Compass No. 540 July 2019

From the Principal

Getting Started Warms Up Motivation

Motivation grows through making a start. Like a cold engine, our motivation grows as we engage in an activity. Establishing simple routines that lead into an action, sees us getting into an activity without thinking. Getting up in the morning and putting on our walking or running shoes can get us moving into exercise. Sitting down at a desk and listing tasks to work on can get us into home learning. By getting started, our minds automatically move into action without having to make decisions. The key is to establish rituals and routines that enable us to move forward and build a habit of doing. By making the same start, engaging in action that leads to a worthwhile goal and following the same patterns, we establish a habit of doing. Through this habit of doing, performance and motivation can grow.

God has given us the great gift of free choice and a life time to explore and grow our potential. It is worth being intentional.

Clear, J. (2019). Motivation: The Scientific Guide on How to Get and Stay Motivated. [online] James Clear. Available at: [Accessed 17 Jul. 2019].
Principal's Log

We welcome everyone to the start of Term 3 including our new students and their families who are joining us this term. We also welcome Mrs Elizabeth Suzuki previously Head of Japanese at Sunshine Coast Grammar School as a Japanese teacher, Mr Marshall Murphy previously from St Peters Lutheran College as an Industrial Design and Technology teacher, Mrs Paula Willis who returns as a Hospitality teacher and Acting Head of Vocational Education and Training, Mrs Julie Darr who returns as a Learning Enrichment teacher across Prep – Year 5, Mrs Georgina von Plessen as Prep Aide and Mrs Brandy Alexander as a Middle and Senior College Learning Enrichment Aide. We congratulate Mrs Emma Lendrum who will be the Acting Head of Hospitality and Mr Ben Dutton who will be the Acting Head of Industrial Technology.

Over the holiday period, senior students enjoyed the opportunity to travel to Japan to visit our sister school and other important cultural sites including the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. The opportunity to experience life as a student at Seishin Gakuen and to learn about Japanese family life through a homestay experience provided very rich learning. Students greatly valued this opportunity to connect with another culture and were deeply appreciative of the considerable time and effort that Mrs Michiko Hauser had put into the organisation and leadership of the experience and to Mr Mark Hauser and Ms Marg Gunn for accompanying the highly successful tour.

A group of Middle and Senior College students also participated in a white-water canoeing expedition on the Clarence River over the holiday period. This opportunity to connect with nature and hone new skills provided a unique learning experience for our adventurers. Students were able to use this as their qualifying experience towards the Duke of Edinburgh Award. We thank Mr Nick Tait for his coordination and leadership of this activity and Mrs Natalie Campbell for her support.

This week, our Year 10 families took advantage of the Year 11 2020 Subject Selection Evening to learn about the next phase of their senior journey. They valued the presentations about the QCE system by Director of Teaching and Learning, Ms Sue Arahill and career planning by our Head of Careers Development, Mrs Wanda Hayes. Students then gained greater insight as they took advantage of the opportunity to speak with Heads of Department about the different subjects on offer. We thank our Heads of Department, Head of Careers Development, Mrs Wanda Hayes and Director of Teaching and Learning, Ms Sue Arahill for their leadership of the evening and our parents and students for their support.

The establishment of home learning routines is important for Middle and Senior College students to enable them to revisit and reinforce the learnings that have occurred through the day. The revisiting and reinforcement of learning for older students is an important part of developing understanding and retention of learning. Effective and focused use of time is important. At the start of Semester 2, it is worth families of senior students in particular, reviewing commitments and routines to ensure there is time for a calm, balanced approach that includes time for home learning, recreational activities, family time and good sleep. 

As we start this term, we pray that God would help us to take on the challenge of getting started and building routines that enable us to be motivated to make the most of the gifts He has given us.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor


Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – If anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4:8-9

Have you been motivated to get out of bed on these cold mornings we have had this week? Motivation can sometimes be lacking first thing in the morning, especially when we are in a warm bed. Have your children and teenagers been motivated to come back to school after the holidays and get back into the swing of things? Are your students motivated to learn, to do their best at school this term and achieve what they are capable of? The motivation to achieve is the thread for the start of this term and the remaining threads for the term focus on commitment to learning and engagement and bonding to school.

What drives motivation has been of great interest to parents, teachers, employers, social researchers and philosophers for years. In the Bible reading from Philippians, the writer Paul picks up on some of this thinking as he tells us of ways to be motivated. In this text, Paul tells us two things. First, he writes; ‘whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, think about these things’. Here, Paul encourages us to be motivated by what is good, what is true and what is beautiful. For thousands of years, philosophers have been on the quest for goodness, truth and beauty in life. Over time, the search for these virtues has motivated people because they have the power to build people up, grow deep character, help create community with others as well as bring purpose and meaning in life.  

Second, Paul says; ‘whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you’. What motivates us can come from what we have learnt, received or seen in others and especially that which has been put into action, lived out in practice in people’s lives. We are not motivated by wishful thinking, imaginary goals or plans that don’t involve hard work or effort. We are motivated by achievements that have been accomplished by tangible results lived out in the lives of role models. For Christians, the Holy Spirit motivates us as we follow Jesus and God works in us. We can be motivated by higher causes, including the certainty that by focusing on what is good, true and beautiful in life, we are working for the things of God.

Year 4 Bible Presentation

All Year 4 families are invited to a special intergenerational service at St Mark's @ Pacific on Sunday 28th July. At this service, the College and church are introducing a new milestone of gifting an ‘Adventure Bible’ to all Year 4 students. The service is taking place at 9.30am in the Pacific music rooms; entry is via Red Cedar Drive. Please RSVP to the Year 4 teachers or myself ( by Wednesday 24th July. 

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Director of Students

Connecting with Nature

A warm welcome back to the start of Term 3. We hope that all members of the Pacific community enjoyed time with family and friends over the break and that students had the chance to recharge in preparation for the term ahead. We welcome back the 20 students who toured Japan over the holidays and thank the staff who accompanied them, Mrs Michiko Hauser, Mr Mark Hauser and Ms Marg Gunn. If you kept track of their travels on the College Facebook page, you would agree that their experiences were truly once in a lifetime.

It was a privilege to attend the Year 4 Camp at Luther Heights recently. In the last week of term when it is safe to say everyone is feeling a little tired, I was, as were the staff in attendance, incredibly impressed with the energy and effort put in to the various activities the students were involved in. The testing weather conditions did not dampen their spirits in any way. However, it was still pleasing to see the sun shine on the last day! Thank you to Mr Nick Tait (Head of Outdoor Education), Mr David Druery (Head of Staff and Students P-5) and the Year 4 teachers and support staff, Mr Damian Davis, Mrs Amanda Empson, Mr Scott Crompton and Mrs Pia Foxlow for their support and leadership of students.

For many, Term 3 may be described as the ‘camping’ season. No less than four trips are scheduled to depart this term with Years 5, 8, 9 and a senior combined group all undertaking various outdoor experiences. We thank Mr Nick Tait in advance for his leadership in ensuring all participants, regardless of age, are able to engage in meaningful and challenging experiences with the support of teaching and support staff. Whilst Outdoor Education will have a different meaning for different students, all will have the opportunity to be enriched as they fully engage their senses with nature.

We look forward to another productive term, working and learning together.

Mr Ben Ryan, Director of Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

Welcome to the New Term

We hope all families spent a relaxing and enjoyable time together over the holidays.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Research continues to recognise the important role that parent support plays in creating an environment where children can achieve their academic potential. Next week, parent teacher conferences will be held for Prep – Year 5 students. The conferences provide an ideal opportunity for parents, teachers and students to discuss each child’s progress and development. Although the conferences are not compulsory, we encourage parents to attend if they have questions regarding their child’s academic performance and development. 

You Can Do it

This term across Prep – Year 5, the focus for the You Can Do It program relates to developing wellbeing with a focus on resilience and happiness. Life is full of challenges and being resilient enables us to deal with these experiences positively, enhancing our wellbeing and happiness.

So, how can parents enhance their children’s wellbeing, enabling them to become resilient, happy human beings?

Last term, SchoolTV provided an excellent resource outlining strategies and information designed to assist parents. Research shows that one of the most important protective factors in the lives of young people, is a close relationship with a supportive adult. Learn more at:

Uniforms and Hats

Students and parents are reminded that the College hat is an important element of the school uniform. During break times, students need to wear a hat or they are required to stay out of the sun. Students should also be wearing their hats when travelling to and from the College

Students in Years 1-5 may only wear their sports uniform to school on the days they have HPE lessons. Years 4 and 5 students may also wear their HPE uniforms to school on Thursdays for SCISSA sport. Students might also be requested to wear their sports uniform to school for carnivals or excursions. On all other occasions, students should attend school in their formal uniform.

If for some reason your child is unable to wear the correct uniform to school, please send a note to your child’s class teacher. A uniform reminder letter will be forwarded to parents whose children are in the wrong uniform without a note

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

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Blockbuster Trivia Night

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. We’re now at 75% capacity so don’t delay in booking your table. This event will sell out!

Gather your team of 8-10 for a night of fun and laughter 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, which will include the famous Pacific car park space! Plus… get your raffle and lucky number tickets for your chance to win fantastic prizes from F45 Training Caloundra and many more.

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. Click here to download the booking form. Complete the details 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

It is with great pleasure we announce that students and families collected 49 020 stickers during the recent Woolworths Earn and Learn program! This exceeded our previous effort by 15 000 stickers.

Your amazing support will enable Pacific to gain valuable equipment and supplies. Mrs Sue Zweck has now placed an order on behalf of the College and we hope to receive our goods in Term 4. Thank you to everyone who participated in the program.

Year 7-12 Athletics Carnival – BBQ Stall

FoP will once again host the BBQ stall at the Year 7-12 Athletics Carnival next Friday 26th July at USC. We will have a sausage sizzle, drinks and muffins available for purchase throughout the day. Thank you to Mrs Allyson Sarvari for once again coordinating the stall. If parents have time to help on the day for an hour or so, please send a quick email to:

Mrs Jenny Lee, FoP Chairperson

Library News

Book Week Competitions

Pizza and movie tickets are on offer in this year’s Book Week competitions for Middle and Senior College students. Book Week is in Week 6 of this term and the theme is ‘Reading is my Secret Power’. Each week from now, we will be posting a new activity on our Book Week page: (password is plc). For each activity completed, students will receive an entry into the draw for a movie pass to Event Cinemas. Any student who completes all five activities will also get an invitation to our Book Week pizza party. This week’s super simple activity involves finding out your super hero name.

Voices on the Coast

This week, across two days, library staff took 55 students to the Voices on the Coast Literature Festival. Students were able to listen to authors speak about their books, see performances, listen to poets and hear from illustrators about how they create their art. During their free time students enjoyed meeting authors and getting their books signed, exploring the University of the Sunshine Coast campus and socialising in the cafeteria. This is always a highly enjoyable and thought-provoking day.

Ms Nell Keen, Head of Library

Secondary College

White-Water Canoeing Expedition

During the recent school holidays, nine intrepid adventurers took the long ride south to embark upon a white-water canoeing experience on the Clarence River. Students across Years 8-12 with a mixture of Duke of Edinburgh attainment levels participated in the experience that emphasised leadership attributes, decision-making and group management processes.

Students worked together to communicate within their canoe pairings to navigate some challenging rapids and as canoe pairings were regularly changing, students had to change their communication styles to suit. Students were involved in the decision-making processes of negotiating each rapid, departure times, campsite selection and general group duties such as cooking, waste management, hygiene and toileting. Each participant had a go at being the leader for a section of the day, which allowed for the practicing of such attributes in a guided and supported environment.

The river looked after us and sustained our journey. A big thank you to all nine participants for their enthusiasm and approach to this experience. We also thank Clarence River Canoes for their expertise and guidance, allowing us to soak up some of the rivers secrets and magic.

Mr Nick Tait, Head of Outdoor Education

Cultural News

Speech and Drama Tutoring

Commencing this term, there are a number of new lesson times available for Speech and Drama Tutoring before, during or after school with past student Imogen Joppich. If you are interested, please contact Mrs Lisa McKibben at or on 0439 622 371.

Mrs Lisa McKibben, Speech and Drama Tutor

Junior Sport (P-6)


For new families to the College, SCISSA is the inter-school sport competition that Pacific’s Year 4-6 students participate in. Students train and play in various sports in preparation for a Gala Day competition at the end of each term. Students also have the opportunity to take part in two inter-school trial games each term, which are played during school time on Thursdays.

Students have already selected two sports they would like to try before committing to a sport for this semester. These come and try sport afternoons will occur during sport time on Thursday (1.40pm – 3.00pm) in Week 2 and 3. Students who have chosen water polo will need to bring their swimming attire, goggles, towel and a plastic bag to place wet gear into.

Students will then start afterschool training on Monday 12th August (Week 5). Afterschool training dates for each term can be found on the College calendar. More detailed information regarding Semester 2 SCISSA sport can be found in CareMonkey.

Student Success

Over the recent school holidays, Junior College student Thomas Ackhurst represented Pacific at the 2019 Northern New South Wales and Queensland Interschools Snowsports Championships at Perisher.

Thomas competed in three events including moguls, alpine and ski cross and won bronze in the ski cross event! Congratulations Thomas!

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Junior Sport

Secondary Sport (7-12)

SCISSA Touch Results






Junior Boys A




Cooper Johnson

Junior Girls A




Katie Graves

Junior Girls B




Kiana Campbell

Junior Boys B




Harrison Angel


Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Sport

Club Sport

Pacific FC

SCCSA Challenge Cup 2019

Pacific FC had a number of representative players compete in the recent SCCSA Challenge Cup: Joe Harrys, Patrick Dale, Angus Friend, Luke Harrys, Zaida Williams and Alex Lee. Congratulations to the Under 13 SCCSA Girls (Zaida Williams) and the Under 13 Central (Luke Harrys) teams on being named Age Group Champions. 

Congratulations also to the Under 14 SCCSA North team (Alex Lee) for winning the overall Challenge Cup. The Cup, which is based on fair play rather than the score, provides an opportunity for teams to showcase their best team spirit, best coaching spirit and best attitude towards the referees. All results and rankings for the Challenge Cup can be found on the SCCSA website.

PFC Upcoming events

We warmly welcome back all players; the forecast for this Saturday is looking great!

As it's a busy term, we have put together a reminder about some of the upcoming events:

  • Round 14 – 20th July: Home game (canteen duty – Dolphins, Hammerheads, Lions, Barracudas, Seals and Eels).
  • Round 15 – 27th July: Home game (canteen duty – Swordfish, Razors, Dolphins, Stingrays, Seals and Eels).
  • Round 15 – Team photos: The photo schedule will be emailed out to families next week.
  • Round 16 – 3rd August: Away game.
  • Round 17 – 10th August: Away game.
  • Round 18 – 17th August: Final round – away game.
  • 24th and 31st August and 7th September: U11-U14 semi, prelim and grand final matches. Saturday 24th August is our last home game for the season with the Rooball Carnival. We will most likely host the U6 and U7 carnivals with five fields.
  • Friday 13th September: U11+ SCCSA Adermann Night (SCCSA invite only).
  • Sunday 15th September: Pacific FC end of season family fun day and presentations at the College. All Pacific FC families welcome.
  • 12th, 19th and 26th October: SCCSA Representative Trials for the 2020 season (U10-U16) at Mudjimba Multisport. All current U9 (born 2010) – U16 players are welcome to trial.

Mr Zane Russell, Pacific FC President

PLC Netball Club

Welcome back to Term 3 and the last few rounds of the season’s matches before we head into the finals in September. Yes, they will come around very quickly!

A reminder to all that the Club AGM will be held at 6.00pm on Monday 22nd July in L13 at the College. All are welcome to attend and any late nominations for the 2020 committee will be gratefully accepted.

Also, please save the date for the annual presentation night, which will be held on Sunday 15th September at Laserzone commencing at 5.30 pm. 

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


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

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


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

28                    St Mark’s @ Pacific Grow and Share Event – Year 4 Bible Presentation (9.30am)

29                    Year 8 Camp Departure

30                    Year 10 2020 Subject Selection Evening (6.00pm)

                         Friends of Pacific (6.30pm)


1                       Australian Mathematics Competition

2                       Year 8 Camp Returns

5                       Primary Lutheran Athletics Carnival

                         P-2 Author Visit

6                       Year 3-5 Author Visit

7                       Year 6-8 Author Visit

                         Year 10-12 Drama Excursion – Brisbane