Compass No. 538 June 2019

From the Principal

Home: A Safe and Welcome Space

There can be many different places and even people with whom and where we feel at home. These places and people provide a sense of safety, welcome and warmth. We can create a sense of home through the way we interact with people and celebrate the strengths they bring. When at home with people and places, we feel safe to take risks and be open about strengths and weaknesses, challenges and opportunities, and dreams, no matter how big. There is a strong sense of personal safety.

God invites us to create this sense of home for others through caring for our neighbours. Most importantly, He invites us to be at home with Him. To relax and rest, to feel safe at our best and our worst in His grace and love and to be recharged. He is always present to welcome us home.

Principal's Log

This week on assembly we welcomed 2018 graduate Kaylee McKeown home, as we celebrated her achievements. In recognition of Olympic Day this Sunday and Kaylee’s achievements at last year’s Youth Olympics, Kaylee was presented with an Olympic Flag, which she in turn presented to the College. Kaylee returned from the Youth Olympics as the top Australian medallist having won one gold, two silvers and a bronze medal! Both Kaylee and past Olympian Tessa Wallace were present at our assembly and provided inspiring reflections as we recognised their achievements. The themes of grit, persistence, determination and having faith in your abilities were key themes of the morning. As a community we are very proud of Kaylee’s achievement and her humility and grace. We wish her well for the upcoming World Championships. We thank Kaylee’s parents Sharon and Sholto, Australian Olympic Committee representative Ms Lisa Zoomers, local member Mr Jarrod Bleijie, Tessa Wallace and Kaylee for joining us and making it one of the special moments in our College’s life.

Well done to the many students, parents and staff who participated in the Caloundra Foreshore Fun Run last weekend. This is one of the events our running club members participate in throughout the year. We thank Mr Stuart Pohlner for his leadership of this group and wish our running club members all the best for the rest of the season.

Well done to our open boys volleyball team who had their grand final against Good Shepherd Lutheran College last night. The boys played with great energy and commitment against a strong opposing side who won the match. We congratulate the team on their season and thank their coach Ms Leigh Finter.

As we finish the term, Middle and Senior college parents and students are reminded that normal learning continues throughout the whole of next week. This is particularly important for senior students who will be covering new material that will not be revisited next term. As assessments are returned, it is important that we reflect on what we have learnt and what our next step is in lifting our understanding and performance to the next level. Reflecting at home and making a written commitment, which is displayed in a prominent place in a study space, can help to grow the intellectual resilience and persistence that is required for optimal growth.

May God give us the grace to be welcoming people of warmth, where many people feel at home in our presence.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

Time at Home

What does home mean for you? Is it a place of safety, the smell of your favourite cooking, memories of good times with family, the presence of loved ones? For many families, home can be all these positive things. But for many families, home can also mean multiple places where children spend time with one parent and then with another parent or with a grandparent in a different location. Home can be a mixed place of mixed blessings.

One of the most well-known parables of Jesus, the parable of the prodigal or lost son, is really a story about home. It is the story of two children’s relationship with their parent. The story of two siblings who don’t get on with one another. The story of a conflicted family with all the dynamics of anger, resentment and unforgiveness that sometimes happens in messy and broken relationships. It is the story of real families in real homes that experience real-life relational problems.

The plot of the parable involves a father who has two sons. The younger son physically leaves his father and home spending his inheritance on wild living. While the older son also leaves his father, not physically but emotionally. The older son leaves his father in his heart. He checks out; the barriers are put up, he shuts himself off from his parent. By the end of the parable the younger son learns to value the gift of home, returns to his family and is restored to his father while the older son resents his family and doesn’t want to be in their home to celebrate his brother’s return.

Families and homes are tricky things because humans are tricky beings. Relationships can be broken, hurt and even ruined unless honesty, trust, forgiveness and grace are shown. This parable of family dynamics in the home shows a father who is forgiving, restorative and unconditionally loving. A reflection of the God we know is Jesus Christ. For anyone to have a positive view of the home, these characteristics of God are needed in some way in our family relationships too. Our homes might not be perfect; family relationships certainly do go through ups and downs as children learn independence and parents learn to give them interdependence. But a forgiving heart and a willingness to restore troubled relationships go a long way and can help parents and children have positive memories of home.

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Director of Students

Food for the Soul

I am regularly reminded of how privileged we are to work with such talented students (and staff) at Pacific. The other day I was grateful to hear the Year 6 students and their music teachers, Mrs Helen Williams, Mr Steven Lake, Mrs Aleisha Tuaine and Mrs Jenna Woodforth playing a variety of musical instruments. It was brilliant to listen to the various pieces that were played, whilst observing the conductor energise each performer. I was suitably impressed by the commitment and sheer talent that all exhibited. Playing a musical instrument from a young age has been shown to increase cognitive ability through greater interaction between the left and right sides of the brain. There is an increase in a young person’s capacity to learn, memorise, hone fine motor skills and improve verbal and non-verbal reasoning (Stoklosa, 2016). If music is food for the soul, I can honestly say all our souls were full!

Olympics Comes to Pacific

At assembly earlier this week, Middle and Senior College students and staff had the privilege of hearing from Olympic swimmer Tessa Wallace and our very own past student and current Youth Olympic Backstroke Champion, Kaylee McKeown (graduating class of 2018). The grounded nature of Kaylee as she addressed the College community was refreshing to witness and I hope that all students were inspired by her story and success. We thank both Kaylee and Tessa and wish them all the very best as they continue to represent our community and country with pride in future competitions.

Carpark Safety

I would like to remind all members of the community who drive themselves or loved ones to school each morning that the driving limit is 10km/h once entering the school gates. It is important that this limit is adhered to for the safety of all. I encourage all students to alight from the pathway side of the car they are in. Similarly, I ask all students who travel in buses to remain seated with their seatbelt fastened for the entire duration of their journey. This is a legal requirement for the safety of all passengers and for the driver to maintain their licence.

Japan Trip

We wish all those travelling to Japan over the holidays a safe and enjoyable adventure. We thank Mrs Michiko Hauser, Mr Mark Hauser and Ms Marg Gunn for accompanying the tour group. I am confident all students will represent the College well and we look forward to hearing about their cultural experience on their return. I would also like to wish all Pacific community members a pleasant time with family and friends over the holiday period.

Mr Ben Ryan, Director of Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

SchoolTV - Positive Parenting

As a parent, I appreciate the conundrum of raising children. At times, it can be challenging, but it is also worthwhile, exciting and rewarding. When my children were younger, I wish I had access to the relevant and valuable information provided through platforms such as SchoolTV.

Research shows that one of the most important protective factors in the lives of young people, is a close relationship with a supportive adult. In this month’s edition of SchoolTV, parents will learn some practical skills, knowledge and strategies for raising children. Access the latest edition at:

Prep – Year 2 Cross Country

On Wednesday, the Prep – Year 2 Cross Country Carnival was held under blue skies. Thank you to the many parents and family members who attended the event to support students. A special thank you to Mr Darren Hooper and Mrs Natalie Campbell for coordinating the event and all Prep – Year 2 staff for their support and supervision of students on the day.

Year 4 Camp

The Year 4 camp will be held next week, commencing on Tuesday 25th June. All parents/guardians are asked to ensure that the relevant permission forms are returned to your child’s teacher as soon as possible. Should you have any questions regarding the camp, please contact either your child’s teacher or Mr Nick Tait.

Gala Day

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of being involved in the Term 2 SCISSA Gala Day. Students in Years 4-6 participated in a variety of sports in a round robin competition against other SCISSA schools on the coast. The competition offered a wonderful opportunity for all students to experience and learn from their participation in a team activity. Thank you to Mr Darren Hooper and Mrs Natalie Campbell for coordinating our participation and to all staff and coaches for their support of the program.

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

Food for Thought

SchoolTV - Positive Parenting

Further to Mr David Druery’s article above, many parents today are over-protective, resulting in children being less independent, unable to problem-solve or self-regulate. Parents are failing to set clear boundaries, which is unfortunately making kids feel less secure.

In this month’s edition of SchoolTV, parents will learn some practical skills, knowledge and strategies for raising children. Access the latest edition of SchoolTV at:

If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the College for further information or seek medical or professional help.

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Important Notices

Enrolling Now for Prep 2020

We are enrolling now for Prep 2020! For more information and to book a tour, contact our College Registrar, Mrs Chris Henschke on 5436 7321 or

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Blockbuster Trivia Night


It’s the event we’ve all been waiting for! Gather your team of 8-10 for a night of fun and laughter at the Pacific Blockbuster Trivia Night on Saturday 17th August. We welcome back our quiz scribe, Mrs Leah Croke and wait in anticipation to see which team will be crowned champions. Plus…come dressed as a character from your favourite movie for more laughs. The Avengers, Cars, Three Men and a Baby, Bruce Almighty, Jurassic Park, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Wayne’s World, Bridesmaids; the possibilities are endless!

Kicking off at 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start, tickets are $10 per person. There will be a fully stocked Blockbuster Bar and you’re invited to BYO food and table decorations. There will also be some amazing prizes up for grabs for the trivia winners and round winners, table challengers, best-dressed themed tables and individuals. Don’t miss our Blockbuster Live Auction, Raffle and Lucky Numbers.

To book…

1. Get your team together and appoint a captain. No need to worry if you don't have a full team, we can place you with others (adults, alumni and Year 11 and 12 students).

2. Download and fill in the attached form and return via email to:"> before tables sell out!

3. Look out for clues. The earlier you book your table, the more chances you’ll be given to gather hints.

4. The best-dressed Blockbuster-themed tables and individuals will win prizes!

Click here to download the booking form.

If you or your business would like to sponsor and/or donate to the event prize pool, please email Friends of Pacific at:

Mrs Jenny Lee, FoP Chairperson

Early Learning

Children's Thinking and Exploring in the Senior Studio

To extend on the thinking occuring over the past few weeks with water investigations, a new resource was added in the ELC for children to experiment with. It was wonderful to see the teamwork occurring as small groups of children brainstormed their ideas and problem-solved together to see what the resources could be used for.

Over the week, different indiviuals and groups of children have come together to share their ideas and theories and to test these. Mathematical language and concepts are expanding as children discuss what length of bamboo/tray is required in order to piece them together and create some kind of water feature. The concept of volume has also been discussed, with children discovering that if they increase the volume of water going through the bamboo/trays by using watering cans, the flow will last longer and travel further. Different theories and concepts are being explored such as balance, force and direction of water. After carefully balancing all the pieces to make a type of ramp, it was discovered that water cannot travel up the bamboo/tray, it will only travel down. However, children discovered that if enough force is used, a car could travel up the ramp.

Children are learning to care for the ELC and their resources. While using the new resource in the sandpit, peers have been reminding others to treat it carefully and not to put things that may be too heavy on it so that it doesn’t break. Throughout the senior studio, peers are reminding each other to ‘stay and play or pack away’, showing respect for their learning environment.

Mrs Julie McCosker, Service Leader

Junior College

Year 2 Narratives

In class, Year 2 students have been writing stories that integrate their History knowledge of local Sunshine Coast landmarks.

To read some of their wonderful stories, click on the links below:

Mrs Leonie Prout, Year 2 Teacher

Secondary College

Robotics Club - Sponsorship Opportunities

The Pacific Lutheran College Robotics Club has performed well in local and national competitions. We are currently seeking businesses to sponsor this dynamic club. There are three tiers of sponsorship packages, which are for a 12-month period. These levels are outlined below: 

T-shirt Sponsor: $100 (only four available)

  • Logo placement on the sleeve of all competition shirts.
  • Mention in the College social media posts.

Silver Sponsor: $250 (only two available)

  • Logo placement on the back of all competition shirts.
  • Mention in the College social media posts.

Robot Sponsor: $1000 (only one available)

  • Prominent logo placement on the front of all competition shirts (first and largest logo to be listed). 
  • Business name/logo displayed on the team robot and/or competition box.
  • Mention in the College social media posts.

If you are interested in any of the above sponsorship opportunities, please contact me directly at:

Mr Wes Warner, Head of Innovation, Entrepreneurialism and Business

Junior Sport (P-6)

Prep - Year 2 Cross Country

Bright, sunny conditions greeted our eager Prep – Year 2 students on Wednesday afternoon for their 2019 Cross Country Carnival. Students were well supported by a large number of family and friends who cheered on their fantastic performances.

Congratulations to the following students who recorded in the top three places for their year level:


  • 1st Flynn Chapman and Ariella Niazov
  • 2nd Harley Fairbanks and Alexandra Glasson
  • 3rd Cooper Carrick-Ryan and Isabella Wylie

Year 1

  • 1st Archie Whatham and Schylar Taylor
  • 2nd Harley Evans and Ashlan Hill
  • 3rd Jax McFadden and Emily Groll

Year 2

  • 1st Beau Woods and Billie McKinnon
  • 2nd John Fihelly and Bailee Keirnan
  • 3rd Lucas von Plessen and Macey McFadden

At the end of the carnival, results were tallied from all year levels and Mumba House was crowned as the champions! Well done to all students and thank you to all staff who assisted at the carnival.


 Last Thursday, all Year 4-6 students arrived at school bright and early, ready for their Term 2 SCISSA Gala Day. Students had the opportunity to represent the College against other SCISSA schools in a round robin style competition in T20 cricket, netball, touch football, soccer, rugby 7s and basketball.

We also had a number of dance students who spent the day at school rehearsing performance pieces and then presented these to parents and our Year 3 cohort in the afternoon.

Congratulations to the following teams who were divisional champions at the end of competition:

  • Girls T20 Cricket
  • Year 5/6 Boys Cricket Team 1
  • Year 4 Boys Soccer

From all reports, students thoroughly enjoyed the day. Thank you also to all teachers and sport coaches who looked after teams on the day.

Caloundra Foreshore Fun Run

Wonderful sunny conditions greeted Pacific students, parents and staff members last Sunday morning for the Caloundra Foreshore Fun Run. Participants had the choice to compete in either a 3km run from Moffat Beach to Shelley Beach and back or for the more adventurous, a 10km run from Golden Beach to Moffat Beach.

We had a record number of participants this year, with 35 Prep – Year 8 students, parents and staff racing on the day. Congratulations to the following students who recorded outstanding results in their races:

  • Ainslie Colton, 1st – 13-17 years female
  • Grace Garland, 3rd – 13-17 years female
  • Chloe Mitchell, 2nd – 5-12 years female
  • Riley Bowering 3rd – 5-12 years male

Also, a special mention to Brody McGregor who finished in 7th place in the junior boys 10km, running a time of 50mins 35seconds which is a remarkable achievement for a 10-year-old!

It was very pleasing to see so many students running on the day and this is a direct result of Mr Stuart Pohlner who has been the driving force behind our Tuesday morning PLC running club. Each week, Mr Pohlner is assisted by Mr Brett Kersnovske, Mrs Kim Kiernan, Mrs Fiona Schefe and various parent helpers who do a wonderful job of encouraging and supporting a large group of junior runners. 

The PLC running club will continue to meet each Tuesday morning now up until August as they train for the Sunshine Coast Marathon Festival.

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Junior Sport

Secondary Sport (7-12)

Kayaking – Water Safety and Lifeguard Course

The PLC kayaking team is looking for volunteers to assist at our Monday and Thursday training sessions at Lake Kawana from 3.30pm – 5.00pm.

Volunteers would need to have, or be able to gain, a Working with Children Blue Card and have a Paddle Australia (previously Australian Canoeing) Flat Water Lifeguard Certification. Holders of the Lifeguard Award are also qualified to manage a paddling activity in canoes, kayaks or sit-on-tops in enclosed situations and perform rescues as required.

We will be running a two-day Flat Water Lifeguard and Assessment course early in Term 3. If you are interested in attending this course and assisting our team, please contact Mr Gary Graves by Wednesday 26th June:

SCISSA VolleyBall Grand Final

The Open Boys A Division volleyball team took on Good Shepherd Lutheran College last night in the season’s grand final. They were up against a very tough opposition but held their own on the court. After a 25-16 loss in the first set, the boys regrouped and came out firing in the second set, only narrowly going down 25-23. Well done on a fantastic season and thank you to Ms Leigh Finter for coaching the team.

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Sport

Club Sport

Pacific FC

U14 Cobras

Our U14 Cobras enjoyed a decisive win over their Caloundra opponents last Saturday. It was so good to see everyone playing to their strengths and the effect that teamwork has on results! Well done to Marley who scored two goals on his birthday.

Pacific FC Coaches and Managers

On Wednesday evening, we held an informal feedback session for Pacific FC coaches and managers.

It was a great opportunity to offer suggestions on how we can improve and enhance soccer at Pacific. Families were invited to pass on constructive suggestions to their team coaches and managers. Under the SCCSA framework, Pacific FC is operated entirely by volunteers for the benefit of the players and parents.

Some of the feedback and discussion from our coaches and managers included:

  • Introducing some pre-season training for the older players to have teams working better for grading games.
  • Focusing on fun while learning skills during training.
  • Introducing a ‘player passport’ for children to collect stamps at each training session and game attended to earn some fun prizes.

We thank you for your continued support and contribution towards the Club’s success.

Home Game – This Weekend!

Round 12 games this weekend on Saturday 22nd June will be played at home.

The teams on canteen duty are – Swordfish, Stingrays, Tigers, Seals and Cobras.

Winter Canteen

Now that winter is here, we have loads of hot food available in the canteen. Enjoy your regular Pacific Burger or try our new slow-cooked chicken or pork rolls. Don’t forget, we also have EFTPOS available.

Mr Zane Russell, Pacific FC 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

Baby Bundles

As part of the St Mark’s Lutheran Church Caloundra congregation’s outreach to the wider community, we prepare Baby Bundles to give to struggling families. These bundles are passed on to Community Health Caloundra for distribution. Over the past 14 years we have assembled hundreds of bundles to show God’s love to people in need.

In past years, families from Pacific Lutheran College have been generous in donating items, used and new, for the bundles. We are appealing to families again to help us with donations that assist in this ministry.

Each bundle contains clothing for newborns up to about size 2 and items such as bunny rugs, sheets, baby shoes and soft toys, depending on availability. The bundles also include some consumable items such as baby wipes, baby cream, powder, disposable nappies and hair brushes.

If anyone has any of these items in good condition and would like to donate them, it would be greatly appreciated. Even if you could perhaps purchase one or two items of consumables or clothing when you do your shop, this would be greatly appreciated. Just one or two items from each College family would make a great difference. These bundles go to very needy families and are much appreciated.

If you would like to give to this worthy cause or know more about it, please contact our Baby Bundle Coordinator, Robyn Kruger, by phone on 5493 6968. Thank you in advance for your support.

Service Notice


Sunday Worship Times

St Mark’s Church @ Pacific

9.30am Pacific Lutheran College

(Entry via Red Cedar Drive, Meridan Plains)

Google Maps St Mark's Lutheran @ Pacific


Are you looking for a friendly church where young people, old people, children, families and singles are appreciated, empowered and encouraged to grow as Christians?

Everyone is welcome!

Get in touch: Pastor Ray Morris

0429 856 532

Pastor Ray, St Mark’s Lutheran Church

LLL School Banking

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


General Notices

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:

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


21                    Year 7-12 Athletics – Javelin, 1500m, 12yrs High Jump

                        Ensembles Concer

23                    St Mark’s Anniversary – Pacific Voices

25                    Year 10 Leadership Day

                        Year 12 Tides Waterfront Dining Experience

25-27               Year 4 Camp (Luther Heights)

26                    Japan Trip Departure

27                    K-12 Chapel

                        Term 2 Concludes

28                    Staff Day


11                    Japan Trip Returns

15                    Staff Day

16                    Term 3 Commences

                        Year 11 2020 Subject Selection Evening (6.00pm)

16-17              Regional Athletics Carnival – 10-12yrs

17                    Years 7-12 SCISSA Touch Season Begins

                        Year 8 Camp Information Evening (6.00pm)

18-19              Voices on the Coast

19                    Years 7-12 Schools Basketball Begins