Compass No. 531 May 2019

From the Principal

Acting Out of Love For Others

Having a love for people and the environment enables us to act out of compassion and care. There is humility and a willingness for self-sacrifice. It brings a gentler, more long-term perspective to the way we think and act. When we focus on how we can act for the greater good there is a greater sense of abundance and there is time to be deeply human. It is calming and uplifting.

Jesus modelled this agape love as he interacted with the full range of people in his time. In the Bible there is a constant theme of Jesus’ unconditional love for people as he cared and showed compassion for people from different backgrounds and encouraged his followers to do the same. It is this love that God extends to each of us and invites us to share with each other.

Principal's Log

Throughout last week as we commemorated ANZAC Day within the College and in the broader community, there was a strong focus on serving others and a recognition of the sacrifices that others had made for us. Again, on Sunday at our Open Day, staff, students and parents gave their time to welcome people into our community. The day provided a wonderful opportunity for families to spend time with teachers and students and to learn about our approach to growing young people deeply and richly.  There was a very positive vibe as people enjoyed the student led tours, indoor and outdoor activities, performances and the hospitality of our students and parents. Thank you to our families, students, staff and the Friends of Pacific for your support on the day. Thank you in particular to Mrs Stephanie Scarlett, Ms Marg Gunn and Mrs Chris Henschke for their key leadership.

Well done to all students who represented the College at the District Cross Country event this week. Both our primary and secondary teams finished in sixth place and we congratulate all students on their efforts. We wish Chloe Mitchell, Bella Lumkes, Alicia Woods, Imogen Hiley and Zara Richters all the best as they prepare to compete in the regional carnival later this month.

The energy around our Oklahoma production continues to build and we look forward to the performance on 24th and 25th May. We encourage all families to take advantage of this opportunity to bring family and friends to what promises to be a thoroughly entertaining production. Tickets can be purchased directly from The Events Centre, Caloundra.

We pray that God’s love would fill our hearts and minds and equip us to respond with care and compassion.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor


Love must be honest and true. Hate what is evil. Hold on to what is good. Love one another deeply…Bless those who hurt you…Don’t pay back evil with evil…Don’t let evil overcome you. Overcome evil by doing good. - (Romans 12:9-21, selected verses)

The thread for the start of the term is love; one of the core values of our College, Lutheran education and the Christian faith. Next time you walk into the new reception foyer, you will notice each of the 10 Lutheran values, together with Pacific’s mission, written on the wall.

Central to this thread of love is the issue of revenge. Whenever humans reflect on love and the love they show or don’t show to one another, the issue of revenge raises its head. The Apostle Paul says; “love must be honest and true, hate what is evil and hold onto what is good. Don’t pay back evil with evil. Don’t let evil overcome you. Overcome evil by doing good.” One of the reasons why we find it hard to love others is because revenge is an all too common human response to the acts of evil, violence, hurt, abuse and anger we sometimes experience.

The old way of acting in the world is revenge, repaying evil with evil, or that mentality of ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’. On September 12th 2001, after the World Trade Centre tragedy, a minister in Washington DC read a sermon; “if we live by that motto, then how quickly will we become an eyeless and toothless nation”.

Children and young people need to hear the message that there is a better way forward than revenge. This is especially important in a 21st-century cinema culture where many movies use revenge as a central theme and where revenge can be carried out anonymously on social media platforms. Using that ‘mental switch’ of practising the pause, controlling our words and actions, resisting our initial human reaction to give as good as we get, are all skills to model and encourage in children as we love one another deeply.

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Head of Senior College Students

Leadership in Action

Having been at Pacific for almost 15 years, something that has always stood out for me is the emphasis on the phrase ‘everyone is a leader’. I have used it on assemblies, talking to sporting teams, in class and around the school yard many times. Typically, the first week of a school term can be a settling in phase where the focus is more about reengaging in study habits and home learning. However, in just the opening two weeks of the term, I have been blown away by the response of many students who have stepped up and shown a tremendous amount of leadership.

Last Wednesday was the first Leadership Day for the Year 11 cohort. It was interesting to see how the group interacted and how students took the messages and themes on board throughout the day. I look forward to walking alongside them throughout the year, as they approach their final stages of school life.

It was great to see a variety of students across P-12 march for the ANZAC’s in remembrance of their service to our country last week. It was a powerful statement to honour those who sacrificed their lives and to have more than 200 Pacific students participate was truly inspiring. To top off an already big week, many of those who marched on Thursday once again supported the College with their attendance at our Open Day on Sunday. Students performed, assisted in learning spaces and led tours for prospective families. All students did an amazing job representing the College and their efforts were very much appreciated. Once again, the vision of leadership across a range of age groups was very evident and the selfless attitude of all involved made me very proud to be associated with Pacific.

There are many more opportunities for leadership and service that students can be involved with throughout the year, starting with the Red Shield Doorknock Appeal this month. At the Middle College assembly this week, we were given details about the ways in which we can all be involved in supporting the community and we encourage all who are able to, to help support those who are less fortunate. Students and families can do this with their time and donations throughout the month of May. I’m sure that once again, Pacific will be at the forefront of the Red Shield Appeal, demonstrating our leadership and service to one another.

Mr Mark Hauser, Head of Senior College Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

SCIPHA Chess Tournament

A number of students from Years 4-6 will represent the College at the SCIPHA Chess tournament tomorrow and we wish them all the best. The Tournament involves students from SCISSA schools and is highly anticipated event, enjoyed by the growing number of students with an interest in chess.

Mother's Day Stall

Next Tuesday 7th May, Friends of Pacific will hold a Mother’s Day Stall for all students in Prep – Year 5. A variety of gifts will be available for $5 each. Students need to bring money in a named envelope.

Walk Safely to School Day

On Friday 17th May, Sunshine Coast Council is encouraging students to walk, scoot or skate to school for Walk Safely to School Day (WSTSD). WSTSD promotes road safety, health, public transport and the environment. By walking to school, students get some exercise and quality time with friends, as well as reduce traffic congestion and pollution around the College.

Those who live too far away to walk from home are invited to meet at Oakdale Park, in Oakdale Circuit, Currimundi and join us for a short 850m walk to the College. Staff will be there to meet students and families at 8.00am, for an 8.05am departure. To ensure the safety of our students, we ask that children are accompanied by a parent / carer where possible. 

Students participating in the day can register online to enter the draw for great prizes. To register, visit:

Mr David Druery, Head of Staff and Students P-5

Important Notices

NAPLAN Information for Parents

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assesses literacy and numeracy skills that are essential for children to progress through school and life. From 14th – 16th May, students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will participate in the annual NAPLAN tests in reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.

In preparation for the upcoming tests, parents are encouraged to click here for more information.

Mrs Rae Hall, Head of Teaching and Learning Middle College and Mrs Sue Zweck, Head of Teaching and Learning K-5

Food for Thought

Calm Parenting

Do your children sometimes stress you out? Do they know how to ‘push your buttons’ and draw you into an argument? If so, you're not alone! While parenting has its rewards and joys, it can also be challenging. Many parents wish they could have less conflict and more understanding. Believe it or not, it starts with focusing more on yourself and less on your children. Learn more at:

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Open Day BBQ

Our BBQ on Open Day gave us a chance to catch up with students, staff and both current and prospective families. Thank you to the parent volunteers who helped set-up, cook and pack down the tent including Allyson Sarvari, Josh Sarvari, Teena Thompson, Bronwen Butler and Zane Russell. Your assistance was greatly appreciated!

Woolworths Earn & Learn

Pacific is participating in the Woolworths Earn & Learn program again this year. From Wednesday 1st May until Tuesday 25th June, when you shop at Woolworths you can collect Woolworths Earn & Learn Stickers and place them on a Woolworths Earn & Learn sticker sheet. Shoppers receiver one sticker for every $10 spent. Completed sticker sheets can be placed in the collection boxes at the P-5 Student Administration, the Wellbeing Centre, outside the Prep rooms and the Library. You can also place them in the Pacific box at Woolworths Currimundi, Caloundra and Buddina.

Each Prep – Year 5 student will have recently received a sticker sheet. Year 6-12 students and families can print off a sticker sheet at:

Bonus: Look out for the double sticker offer this Saturday and Sunday!

Mother’s Day

FoP will host a Mother's Day Stall on Tuesday 7th May (P-5) and Thursday 9th May (Year 6-12). We thank Mrs Teena Thompson, Mrs Sanet Strong and the Year 4 parents who have been busy organising the gifts. Prep to Year 5 students will visit the stall in their class groups, while Year 6-12 students can visit the stall during morning tea outside Coral Café. All gifts are $5 each.

Athletics Carnivals

FoP will also support the Athletics Carnivals with a BBQ and drinks stall on Wednesday 8th May (Years 3-6) and Friday 26th July (Years 7-12).

Golf Day

The Pacific and IBN Private Golf Day is on Sunday 9th June at the Pelican Waters Golf Club. The Golf Day has been designed particularly for parents to connect. We'd love to see a team of four from each year level, so please share the event with your class/year level and encourage maximum participation. Click here to download the Registration Form. The registration fee includes a cart, brunch and a meal at the 19th. It will be a whole lot of fun, so gather your team together now! Plus…look out for entertaining activities on various holes from our sponsors:

  • IBN Private
  • Mooloolah Valley Pharmacy
  • Forensix Group

We also have some fantastic prizes in our Golf Day Raffle including a BBQ, a photo package and a travel prize! If your business would like to be involved in sponsoring hole or donating raffle prize, please let us know via:

Mrs Jenny Lee, FoP Chairperson

Outside School Hours Care


Last week, children shared their understanding of ANZAC Day with their peers. Children displayed great knowledge of what the day means and shared what they would be doing with their family to commemorate ANZAC Day. Children also engaged in a number of activities which are displayed in our multicultural area.

Mrs Natalie Sorbello, Educational Leader OSHC/Vacation Care

Library News

Book Club

Book Club order forms were issued this week to students across Prep – Year 7. Please return your order forms to the library or order online by next Friday 10th May.

Ms Nell Keen, Head of Library

Cultural News


Pacific Lutheran College is excited to bring the golden-era musical production of Oklahoma! to the stage in its 75th anniversary year.

Set just after the turn of the 20th Century in America’s romanticised Western Frontier, spirited rivalry among local farmers and cowboys sets the backdrop for two burgeoning love stories. Curly is a handsome cowboy who has his sights set on the beautiful farm girl Laurey, but Jud Fry is also vying for Laurey’s love. Ado Annie is engaged to Ali Hakim but she has second thoughts when Will Parker enters her life. The road to true love is anything but smooth in Oklahoma!

With a professional orchestra, the show’s musical score will have audiences singing along to this Broadway Box Office smash! Featuring classics such as ‘Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’ and ‘People Will Say We’re In Love’ as well as exciting staging and brilliant costumes, Pacific’s cast of 38 students bring Oklahoma’s colourful characters to life with heartfelt performances.

Tickets are on sale now! To book, visit:

Mrs Janine Delaney, Director


Welcome back to Term 2! All ensemble rehearsals have begun for the term. We are busily working towards our Ensembles Concert on Friday 21st June (Week 9) so we ask students to make attending all rehearsals punctually a priority. 

Thank you to all our student performers on Open Day. It was fantastic to see the progress of the ensembles so far this semester!

Mrs Aleisha Tuaine, Head of Music

Junior Sport (P-6)

District Cross Country Carnival

Well done to all students who participated at the Independent District Cross Country Carnival on Wednesday. This year the carnival was moved to The Big Pineapple. Students experienced a wet and hilly course, which challenged them all the way.

Pacific finished in sixth place out of the 10 schools competing and recorded some fantastic individual results. Well done to the following students who placed in the top five for their age groups:

  • Jaz Edmondstone – first place, 9 years girls
  • Tahlia Kelly – fifth place, 9 years girls
  • Chloe Mitchell – second place, 12 years girls
  • Bella Lumkes – fifth place, 12 years girls

Congratulations to Chloe and Bella who have also qualified for the Regional Cross Country Carnival later this month.

Year 3-6 Athletics Carnival

The Year 3-6 Athletics Carnival will be held next Wednesday 8th May. This is to accommodate the National Athletics Carnival in Darwin this year.

All students need to wear their coloured house shirt to school on the day. Buses will depart at 8.30am to transport all students to USC. Students will be back at school by 3.00pm for normal afternoon dismissal.

Friends of Pacific will be running a BBQ on the day, however students are also encouraged to pack their own lunch and a water bottle.

If there are any parents who are able to assist with timekeeping on the day, could you please email me directly at:

10-12 Years District 1500 Trials

Due to time constraints at the District Athletics Carnival, the 1500m race for 10-12 year old students will be held prior to the carnival. The event will be held on Tuesday 14th May at USC and will start at 4.00pm.

If you would like to nominate your child for this event, please email me directly to register your interest by this Friday 3rd May. Each school is only able to send two students per age group, so if we receive more than two nominations in an age group, we will hold a trial during lunchtime next Thursday 9th May.

Parents will need to transport their child to and from this event if they wish to compete.

Junior Athletics Training

During Term 1 and continuing into this term, selected primary students have been participating in athletics training each Monday afternoon here at the College with Chris Brearley from Athletics Australia. Chris is offering further sessions for any sprinters interested in improving their technique and speed. The Athletics Australia sprint program is designed to teach young people to run more efficiently and gain speed and fitness while having fun in a friendly team environment.

Sprint Training sessions are for students aged 11 to 17 years. The sessions are located on the oval at Caloundra State High School on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4.15pm to 5.15pm.

To join the training squad and for more information, please contact Chris Brearley directly on 0427 517 959 or Chris is an accredited level 2 sprint coach and is fully insured with Athletics Australia.

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Junior Sport


Starting later this term, there is an opportunity for students aged 5-11 to be a part of the Rookies2Reds program delivered by Queensland Rugby Union. This fun and safe program is facilitated for one hour each week over a five-week period with sessions commencing after school from Monday 27th May to Monday 24th June 2019.

This program is designed to establish base level rugby skills such as passing, kicking and match play. Participants will receive a ‘Rookies2Reds’ pack for completing the program, which includes:

  • Bag
  • Hat
  • Rugby Ball and pump
  • Water bottle
  • Family pass to a reds home game, valued at $120

The cost is $60. Registrations and payments can be made online at:

Any questions regarding the program can be directed to Mr Josh Cummins at:

Mr Josh Cummins, Rugby Coordinator

Secondary Sport (7-12)

SCISSA Results - Wednesday 1st May






Girls A Volleyball







Maya Prout

Tegan Graves

Girls B Volleyball




Georgia Harle

Boys A Volleyball




Charlie Nightingale

Boys Tennis




Jamie Kemp

U14 Rugby

St John’s



Harrison Hockam

Monday Night Netball

This week was the first round back after the school holidays and Easter break. All teams were very eager to play and there were some pleasing results, as detailed below. There are only two rounds left before the finals begin!




Senior Grey


Emily McKenzie

Senior White


Ella Block

Intermediate Pink


Holly Bennett

Junior Yellow


Jessica Watkins

Junior Blue


Sophie Bloomer

Junior Green


Mariah Stamm

Junior Purple



Queensland Schools Water Polo State Championships

This week, Cosette Winter and Salvador Alfaro played for the Sunshine Coast Regional Water Polo teams at the Queensland Schools State Water Polo Championships in Rockhampton.

The Sunshine Coast girls team reached the semi-finals where they lost in a very close game to the eventual winners, Met East. In their 3/4 play-off, the game ended in another close finish and a final placing of fourth for the Sunshine Coast girls.

The Sunshine Coast boys reached the final but lost a close match in a finger-biting penalty shoot-out to Met East. The Sunshine Coast boys earned a silver medal.

Well done to Cosette and Salvador.

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Sport

Club Sport

Pacific FC

Due to the Queensland State Titles this weekend, there are no club games this Saturday 4th May. Games will resume with Round 6, a combined Pacific FC and CDNA day, on Saturday 11th May.

As we head into the State Titles, we acknowledge and congratulate the Pacific FC players who have been selected by SCCSA to represent the Sunshine Coast:

  • U11 Joseph Harrys
  • U12 Patrick Dale
  • U12 Angus Friend
  • U13 Luke Harrys 
  • U13 Zaida Williams
  • U14 Alexander Lee
  • U16 Astrid Williams


Congratulations to the U10 Vipers who, with only seven players available last Saturday, put in a mighty effort. Pacific FC would also like to formally acknowledge the Coolum team for their sportsmanship and generosity in lending players so the game could go ahead.


As directed by the Sunshine Coast Referees Association, floppy hats (ie Pacific sports hats) can be worn by U6-U10 players anytime during their match. U11+ players need to seek a dispensation in writing to SCCSA to wear a floppy hat. No peak caps are allowed to be worn during games and no jewellery including earrings.

Mr Zane Russell, Pacific FC President


PLC Netball Club

Over the weekend, all of our 11 teams took to the field to ‘strut’ their stuff. It has been a difficult start to the season as injuries have forced a couple of forfeits, but the break over the holidays has allowed a period of consolidation. 

The Labour Day weekend is a traditional break from netball with no games being played. Games will resume on 11th May, with the round being played at Pacific. Team managers will be approaching parents to assist with canteen duties and we ask that you pitch in and assist where possible. The greater the participation, the less work for everybody. 

A special note of congratulations to Kaylah Newcombe and Yasmin Richters who coach our U11 Division 2 team, the PLC Ponies. The PLC Ponies are a team of firsts. It is the first time Kaylah and Yasmin have coached a side and the side consists of a group of girls playing their first season of netball. The team spirt, enthusiasm and improvement the girls have demonstrated is a credit to all.

A core foundation of the Club is to provide personal and professional development opportunities for the girls in the form of coaching, umpiring and captain positions. These appointments provide leadership, decision making and confidence building opportunities and we commend all concerned.

Mr Trevor Colton, PLC Netball Club President

Uniform Shop

Opening Hours and Online Ordering

The Uniform Shop is open from 8.00am to 9.30am every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Orders can be placed online via and will be delivered to your child the following day.

Mrs Peta King, Uniform Shop Convenor

St Mark’s Lutheran Church

Service Notice

Pastor Ray, St Mark’s Lutheran Church

General Notices

Oaks Oasis - Mother's Day Lunch

LLL Banking

Pacific provides opportunities for children and parents to operate savings accounts with the Lutheran Laypeople’s League (LLL). The LLL is a charitable financial institution which provides savings accounts and has been trusted since 1921.

The LLL has a variety of savings accounts: personal and joint accounts; guardian accounts for children; and Business accounts, including self-managed super funds and not-for-profit organisations.

LLL Savings Accounts have many features, including:

  • A great interest rate;
  • No fees or charges at all;
  • Internet banking;
  • No minimum balance or deposit requirements;
  • No ‘bonus’ interest hurdles; and
  • Your money is available to withdraw at any time.

For further information regarding the LLL, visit the College’s Business Office or

Entertainment Books

Pacific Lutheran College is fundraising with Entertainment™ again this year. Order your NEW 2019 | 2020 Entertainment™ Books and Entertainment™ Digital Memberships today and 20% of the proceeds will go towards Pacific Lutheran Early Learning Centre!

To order your book or digital membership, visit:

Pre-order now to enjoy special bonus offers!

Pacific Fitness Club

Parents have enjoyed the opportunity to participate in Pacific Fitness Hub’s classes! The classes are a great way to keep fit and make new friends.

  • Training: We will be offering a mix of various types of training, tailored to each individual, including high intensity, weights, cardio, core training, yoga/ flexibility.
  • Transformation: Mason will track your progress and achievement of your goals.  Functional fitness assessment, body composition measurement and goal related fitness assessment will be recorded at commencement and on completion.
  • Goals: Improve strength, increasing lean muscle, increasing endurance, mobility, flexibility, reducing body fat percentage, improving sleep, concentration and mood and increasing energy levels, nutrition changes.

For enquiries and registration please contact Mason on 0433 421 969 or email:

Upcoming Dates


5                       Labour Day Public Holiday

7                       Friends of Pacific Mother’s Day Stall – Prep – Year 5

7-8                   Senior College Parent Conferences

8                       Year 3-6 Athletics Carnival – USC

                         Year 11-12 Drama Excursion – Brisbane

9                       Friends of Pacific Mother’s Day Stall – Years 6-12

12                    Mother’s Day

13                    Trimester 2 Commences

13-14               Middle College Conferences

14-16              NAPLAN

20                    Years 4-6 SCISSA Training (3.15-4.15pm)

21                    Friends of Pacific (6.30pm)

24                    9-12yrs District Athletics

24-25              Oklahoma!

                         Brisbane Careers Expo

26                    Red Shield Door Knock Appeal