Compass No. 539 June 2019

From the Principal

Choose Joy

Every day we have a choice about whether we focus on the good things we have in life or the worries about the past or the future. Our opportunity to experience joy is often crowded by our mind’s anxious chatter. Each day we have a choice to focus on the positive aspects of our lives, to celebrate them and to live each moment fully while we can. As we approach the school holidays, it is an ideal time to take advantage of the change in routine to make a choice about how we use our mental energy. 

God encourages us not to worry and to trust that He will cater for our daily needs. Over this holiday period may we all choose joy, look for what is good in our daily life and revel in it.

Principal's Log

Last Friday night our musicians celebrated the end of semester with their Ensembles Concert. Students, parents and staff commented that it was a highly entertaining evening where the continuing growth of our musicians was showcased. Congratulations to our musicians, instrumental teachers and music teachers whose energy and passion has enabled our music program to continue to go from strength to strength. We thank 2018 Graduate Ryan Smart who was the audio technician for the concert and in particular we thank our Head of Music, Mrs Aleisha Tuaine, Head of Instrumental Music, Mrs Helen Williams and P-12 music teacher, Mr Steven Lake who lead our music team.

Our Year 12 Hospitality students provided great service to more than 80 of our staff, parents and grandparents at Tides restaurant in Caloundra on Tuesday night. Students were involved in the food preparation as well as fulfilling all the roles of the front of house. Attendees enjoyed each other’s company, the food and the warm professional service provided by our students. Thank you to our hospitality students and staff of Mrs Colleen Beattie, Mrs Emma Lendrum and Mrs Rhana Holt for making the night such a success. Thank you to our families for your support of this event and to Tides’ owner/operator Mr Michael Mulhearn who provided such a wonderful learning opportunity for our students.

On Wednesday morning, 20 of our senior students departed for their two week Japan experience. While in Japan, students will spend time at our sister school Seishin Gakuen, living with school families and visiting different cultural sites including the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. This is a tremendous learning opportunity for our students and we thank Mrs Michiko Hauser for her organisation and leadership and accompanying staff Mr Mark Hauser and Ms Marg Gunn for their support.

At the end of the term we farewell Mrs Virginia Schlotterbach (Japanese and Christian Studies teacher), Mrs Debbie Foley (Prep Aide) and Mrs Julie-Anne Dews (Learning Enrichment Aide Years 6-12). We thank Mrs Schlotterbach for her teaching of Japanese and Christian Studies across the Junior and Middle College and thank her for her generosity of time in supporting the co-curricular program of the College including Japan trips and our soccer and futsal teams. Mrs Foley has provided tremendous support to our Prep students and teachers for many years. Staff, students and parents have appreciated her patient and gentle guidance of our Prep students. Mrs Dews has also provided great care and guidance for our Middle and Senior College students and staff. We appreciate the contribution that all three women have made in their roles at the College and wish them God’s richest blessing for the next phase of their lives.

Mrs Colleen Beattie (Head of Hospitality) will be taking maternity leave and Mr Ian Learoyd (Head of VET and Industrial Design and Technology) long service leave for the remainder of the year. We wish Mrs Beattie and her family every blessing as they welcome a new member of their family and Mr Learoyd all the best as he enjoys a well-earned break.

We look forward to welcoming Mrs Elizabeth Suzuki who has been Head of Japanese at Sunshine Coast Grammar School as a Japanese teacher, Mr Marshall Murphy who has previously taught Engineering and Industrial Technology at St Peter’s Lutheran College, Indooroopilly and welcome back Mrs Paula Willis as a Hospitality teacher and Acting Head of Vet. We also welcome Prep Aide Mrs Georgina von Plessen. We congratulate Mr Ben Dutton who will be Acting Head of Industrial Technology and Mrs Emma Lendrum who will be Acting Head of Hospitality over the next six months.

At the end of the week we look forward to welcoming back and hearing the stories of our Year 4 students and staff from their camp at Luther Heights. We thank Mr Nick Tait for his leadership and organisation and staff Mr Scott Crompton, Mr Damian Davis, Mrs Amanda Empson, Mr David Druery, Mrs Pia Foxlow and Mr Ben Ryan for their leadership and support of students while they have been away.

Thank you to staff, students and parents for your tremendous energy and generosity of spirit over this term. When we reflect on the activities and learning that has occurred there is much to celebrate. We wish everyone a time of rejuvenation and joy as you experience a change in routine.

May God help us to choose joy every day!

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

Time With Each Other

There were two things I enjoyed seeing in the busyness of this last week of term. One was the good old-fashioned games in the staff area of the Wellbeing Centre. A giant Connect Four, jigsaw puzzles, a chess board and Battleship board games were set up for staff to use in their breaks to relax and connect with each other. The other thing was on Year 4 Camp at Luther Heights Coolum, when students experienced rain on their first afternoon. In some spare time before dinner, Mr David Druery asked students to think about spatial dimension as they used their bodies in groups of three to make various letters of the alphabet and numbers. It was great to see how creative and inventive students could be in simply placing and contorting their bodies to convey numbers and letters.

Spending time indoors when it is a wet day and playing these types of games provides more benefits than we realise. Spending time with our colleagues and children having fun and interacting without the intrusion of technology is probably rarer than we would care to admit. But being in one another’s presence and enjoying the moment through the simple act of play is good for us in all sorts of way. Particularly for our social and emotional intelligences.

God has created us to be in relationship with one another. He has given us the gift of time to spend with our loved ones. Over the school holidays this winter, when the weather is wet and cold outside, why not spend some time playing with your children or partners, enjoying their presence and soaking up some quality time? Why not play one of these old fashioned games together?

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Head of Senior College Students

Uniforms for Term 3

Over the last few weeks of the school term, there has been an increasing number of students wearing ‘skate’ shoes with their HPE or sport uniforms. The school policy requires that students are in ‘sports’ joggers with adequate arch support. Skate shoes and other ‘flat’ shoes (such as futsal boots) should not be worn. All students were reminded of this last week and as such we expect that from the start of next term, all are in appropriate footwear.

PCG Photos

Next term, each Pastoral Care Group will have their PCG photos taken for the end of year magazine. Each house will have these spread over two PCG mornings, beginning with Bula house in Week 2, followed by Wira and then Mumba mid-way through the term. All students will be required to attend and be dressed in full formal winter uniform. The Year 12 students will also have their house photos taken during this time. More details will be provided via student notices at the start of next term.

Year 10 LYQ Leadership Day

 This week, the Year 10 cohort participated in their first LYQ Leadership Day. Throughout the day, there was good energy amongst the students and it was great to witness their interactions with one another and with the LYQ facilitators. Students engaged in many team-building activities, small group discussions and reflections on social issues facing young adults these days. At the end of the day, the cohort had a chance to look at what kind of influence or culture they would like to create as they journey through their senior years. Overall, I was very proud of the way the whole cohort engaged with the program and we look forward to walking with students as they continue to grow and come together as a group over the remainder of their school life.

3-on-3 Basketball and Ensembles Concert

 Last Friday night was a particularly busy evening for the College. At the gymnasium, more than 90 secondary students participated in the annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Twenty-four teams registered to play across three different divisions. Once again, the highlight of the evening was the team ‘uniforms’ and names. I have been running the 3-on-3 competitions for more than eight years now and this was one of the most enjoyable nights I’ve witnessed. Thank you to all students for their involvement, attitude and spirit in which the games were played. Congratulations to the following teams:

  • Middle College boys division winners: ‘Caloundra Heat’ – Ryan Salvesen, Henry Friend, Brock Rudes and Alex Monroe
  • Middle College girls division winners: ‘Wiggy Woo’s’ – Katie Graves, Gabby Gorham, April Romagnoli and Imogen Hiley
  • Senior College mixed division winners: ‘Michael Leonard Hewitt’s’ – Michael Hewitt, Sam Henderson, Joey Hock, Ella Block and Tahlia McGregor

 After the 3-on-3, some dedicated students backed up to perform at the Ensembles Concert. Well done to all who performed and congratulations to Mrs Aleisha Tuaine, Mr Steven Lake, Mrs Jenna Woodforth, Mrs Helen Williams and all the instrumental music tutors and technical stage crew who work with such enthusiasm and passion. It was a wonderful celebration of music and talent at the College.

Exchange Students

One year ago, Chloe Mear and Camilla Barstad began their international exchange program at Pacific, organised through Rotary Exchange. During this time, Chloe and Camilla have immersed themselves in the Pacific community and have left a big impact on our staff and students. I know that all Year 12 students will dearly miss both girls, but are also grateful for the experience and the lessons they have learnt from Chloe and Camilla. A big thank you to all the families, staff and students who walked with these girls along their journey, supporting and helping them along the way. We wish both Chloe and Camilla well for the future, God bless you both.

Mr Mark Hauser, Head of Senior College Students

Food for Thought

Reducing Plastic as a Family

Children cannot be expected to self-regulate the accumulation of stuff. Instead, they learn through modelling. As adults, we have to be the ones steering the ship. We need to set boundaries around the stuff we bring into our homes, particularly in relation to plastic. Learn more at:

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!

The Pacific Blockbuster Trivia Night is shaping up to be bigger than Ben-Hur. Tables are selling faster than tickets to the Star Wars Trilogy or Bohemian Rhapsody.

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 MC, Mr Russell Ousley 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!

Woolworths Earn and Learn Program

The Woolworths Earn and Learn program has now finished and we request that any stickers and sticker sheets are returned to the College as soon as possible. The return box in the Main Reception will open until 3.30pm on Monday 1st July. Please click here to download a sticker sheet.

Your amazing support will enable Pacific to gain valuable equipment and supplies. Mrs Sue Zweck will be placing an order on behalf of the College and we hope to receive our order early in Term Four. Thank you to everyone who participated.

Have a safe and enjoyable break over the holidays!

Mrs Jenny Lee, FoP Chairperson

Library News

Voices on the Coast

The list of students selected to attend Voices on the Coast was posted on the library noticeboard this week. Year 7-12 students will need to meet at the library at 8.20am on Thursday 18th July (Week 1 of Term 3). The Year 4-6 students will be attending the event on Friday 19th July and will also need to meet at the library at 8.20am.

Moon Landing Week

Last week the library celebrated the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Our lunchtime activities were extremely popular, with long lines of students waiting to try the virtual reality space tour and the green screen. Other activities included painting a planet, eating the phases of the moon and building a rocket! The library was also decorated with a space theme and videos played of teachers reliving their memories of the momentous day.

Ms Nell Keen, Head of Library

Secondary College

Middle College Work Experience

Earlier this month, Middle College student Aliza Walsh participated in a work experience program with Australia Zoo.

“Over four days, I experienced many different aspects of working at a zoo. During the mornings and afternoons we spent time with the animals and the keepers while during the middle of the day, we participated in educational presentations. I found these interesting as we would learn about zoos, conservation and enrichment for the animals. One of my favourite days was when we made an enrichment activity for one of the species and then the next day, we gave it to them.

We spent a full day at one species and it would change each day. This gave us a good opportunity to really understand the species we were working with. I enjoyed interreacting with the animals and the keepers as well as the visitors who came to the zoo. It was great to see how engaged the keepers are with the animals and to see the animals so well cared for. It was interesting to see how the animals are taken for walks! Some with a little harness and for the wombats, a wagon follows in case they get tired! We cleaned the habitats, which was interesting. We weren’t cleaning just to make the habitats look appealing, but were also checking to ensure the species were healthy and safe.

Spending time grooming, observing, feeding and assisting animals with their enrichment activities was an amazing experience. As a visitor to the zoo I had seen that the animals looked well cared for. Now after doing work experience, I understand more deeply how the animals are loved and cared for with great passion. The zookeepers and Mitch (my coordinator) were all friendly, professional and passionate people giving me an informative and wonderful experience.”

Aliza Walsh, Year 9 Student

Cultural News

Ensembles Concert

Last Friday, we celebrated the end of semester with an Ensembles Concert. Fourteen ensembles performed, comprised of students across Years 3-12. This year, we welcomed back the Pacific Orchestra who have been on hiatus since 2017. We were also very pleased to welcome the Junior Concert Band for the first time. The Junior Concert Band is an extension opportunity for students in the Year 5 and 6 band program who are loving their instrument and looking for more opportunities to play. 

It was a fantastic night of celebration that clearly showcased the growth in our ensembles over the last six months. Thank you to everyone who attended and supported us on the night! Rehearsals have now finished for the term and we hope everyone enjoys the holiday break. We will be back rehearsing from Week 1 of next term (the first Tuesday back for Concert Band!).

Mrs Aleisha Tuaine, Head of Music

From the Head of Career Development

Events and Expos

ACU University Experience

University Experience provides the perfect opportunity for students to explore their study options by living a day in the life of an ACU student. It will be held in the upcoming school holidays from 9.30am to 1.45pm on Thursday 4th July. For more information and to register, visit:

Tertiary Studies Expo – Brisbane

The Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO) is Australia's largest tertiary studies expo. TSXPO offers a unique opportunity for anyone interested in studying at Uni or TAFE. Exhibitors include local, interstate and overseas universities and other education providers. TSXPO 2019 will be held in Brisbane on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July. For more information about exhibitors and seminars, visit:

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo

The annual Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo is the Coast's most comprehensive careers, employment and training expo. This event showcases the latest information on tertiary studies, further training and employment opportunities. This year’s Expo will be held on Tuesday 23rd July at Venue 114 in Bokarina. An evening session is available. Learn more at:

Other programs

UQ Young Scholars Program

Designed to nurture and develop our future leaders, the Young Scholars Program presents Year 11 students with an exciting opportunity for academic extension and enrichment.

When: Sunday 1st December – Thursday 5th December (five-day residential program)
Where: UQ’s St Lucia Campus
Cost: $615 (includes all activities, meals and accommodation)

Applications are now open for this program. For more information and to apply, visit:

Queensland School of Film and Television Holiday Workshops

QSFT holds a number of school holiday workshops for students interested in film. The following workshops will be run in the July school holidays:

  • Friday 5th July, 9.30am – 3.30pm: Junior Filmmaker Bootcamp for Years 7-8 students
  • Saturday 6th July, 9.00am – 1.00pm: Write It! Introduction to script writing workshop
  • 10th – 11th July, 9.00am – 4.00pm: Filmmaker bootcamp for Years 9-12 students

For more information about the workshops, phone 07 3392 7788 or email

QUT Winter Holiday Program @ The Cube

QUT’s The Cube will host an exciting line up of art and science family fun over the winter school holidays from 6th – 12th July. The program invites curious minds to explore everything from robotics, to future cities, to bionic arms. Visit for further details.

UQ Robotics Workshops

UQ runs introductory and advanced robotics workshops for school students during the school holidays. Participants in the programs will have the opportunity to build and program their own robot. Learn more at:

Year 12 News

ACU Community Achiever Program 2020

Applications for ACU’s Community Achiever Program (CAP) in 2020 are now open. The CAP considers the community contribution students have made through regular volunteer work and involvement in social justice organisations, sporting, performance, cultural or religious groups. The CAP can provide students with early entry into an ACU undergraduate degree and thresholds for entry to most ACU courses are also eased for successful CAP candidates. Visit the CAP website for more information:

UQ Student Accommodation

Students from regional areas (including the Sunshine Coast) who will be studying at UQ’s St Lucia or Herston campuses in 2020 will receive guaranteed accommodation through UQ’s Accommodation Services. Accommodation options include UQ’s Residential Colleges and UQ's external partners. For more information, visit:

Mrs Wanda Hayes, Head of Career Development

Club Sport

Pacific FC

U14 Cobras

It was a very chilly day for our 12th round last weekend. With Erin and Lachie missing the game, U13 Eel’s player Luke helped out to provide a sub. Last time we played the Chancellor Commandos in round 5, they scored 4 to our nil so we knew it would be a tough game. 

A very quick play from Zaida and Marley assisted Henry to score a goal nine minutes into play. Captain Will gave excellent direction and communicated throughout the game. As always Will ‘Stevo’ reacted to directions immediately for excellent play, assisted by speedster Caleb and the ever-solid Jake.

In the second half, you could feel the frustration and disappointment as the saved ball slid awkwardly from Alex’s hand to give a goal to Chancellor. A truly magnificent corner save later in the game had everyone (including the opposition) cheering and applauding his goal keeping skills. It was fabulous to see newcomer Ayla getting onto the ball and positionally directing her opposing player to allow Luca to take them out. Will was in amongst the action and Luke was here, there and everywhere.

Coach Ray was his usual positively enthusiastic self – pumping the Cobras with a pre-game huddle, lots of high-fives and his personalised game direction was on point.

Canteen - Round 12

Congratulations to Jimmy Allen from the Stingrays on winning the Round 12 canteen volunteer draw. Jimmy picks up the $50 Rebel Sport gift card simply for helping out! 

And...a huge thank you to Kirsty Ridley from the Swordfish for the most fabulous soccer ball cupcakes. We were so lucky to have a fully loaded treat shelf!

Away Games - This Saturday

Round 13 games are away this weekend. Please check the SCCSA website and Facebook page for any game cancellations due to the weather.

K3 Holiday Coaching Camp at Pacific

Book now for the K3 Coaching Holiday Camp at Pacific Lutheran College these school holidays. The camp will run from 1st - 3rd July and places are limited. Click here to book!

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

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 Marks' Lutheran Church

General Notices

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:

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


27                    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

20-21              TSXPO – Brisbane

23                    Sunshine Coast Careers Expo – Venue 114

                        Year 6-12 Parent Conferences (6.00pm)

23-24              Prep – Year 5 Parent Conferences

26                   Year 7-12 Athletics Carnival – USC