Compass No. 550 October 2019

From the Principal

Joy in Small Acts of Daily Service

Small acts of daily service make a world of difference for many. Simple things like opening a door, carrying something, including someone in our activities or conversation, tidying a space, taking the bin out, or packing the dishwasher are small acts of service. When someone cooks a meal or goes shopping for us, they too are serving us. Often when we think of serving others we can be drawn to consider bigger, more public events rather than the daily opportunities we have to use our time and gifts to help others. When we do these things out of love for other people and with joy in our hearts, small acts of service become big moments. 

A strong theme of Jesus’ teachings was to use our gifts to help others. Pausing to be grateful for the small acts of service we receive and then taking the small opportunities to make a difference to others, spreads a contagion of joyful action.

Principal's Log

It is always good to feel the energy that comes into a school as staff and students return at the start of a term. We welcome everyone including new students and their families and Ms Katie Child as a Middle and Senior College teacher. Ms Child has taught at Brisbane Girls Grammar and at Siena and is a passionate teacher of English, HASS and Physical Education. We welcome Mrs Marnie Whittaker back from maternity leave and wish Mr Brett Kersnovske every blessing as he leads Mumba House this term.

Over the holiday period, the Melbourne Cultural Tour enabled Middle and Senior College students to be fully immersed in a rich performing and visual arts experience as they revelled in attending various performances as part of the Melbourne Arts Festival. Students also enjoyed the opportunity to visit a range of sites and experience different aspects of Melbourne life. We thank Mrs Helen Williams, Mrs Ceilidh King and Mr Steven Lake for the leadership of this experience.

We continue to work through alternatives for our Year 9 Outdoor Education Experience and are hoping to inform our Year 9 students and parents of these arrangements at the start of next week. Rearrangements of this type are complex, particularly in the current context where areas continue to be impacted by the effects and after effects of bushfires. Student safety is always our number one priority and we thank families for their patience as we finalise arrangements.

We wish our Year 6 students all the best for their Canberra experience next week and thank all of our staff who are attending.  Mr Stuart Pohlner will be leading the experience, along with Year 6 teachers Mrs Linda Sydes and Mrs Kim Kiernan. Further communication will be sent directly to Year 6 families today.

Head of Outdoor Education Mr Nick Tait has formally resigned from the College this week. Mr Tait has ensured that planning for the Year 6 experience and the Year 3 Camp has been completed over the holiday period. We appreciated the leadership that Mr Tait has provided in Outdoor Education and the Duke of Edinburgh experiences over the past two years. Director of Students Mr Ben Ryan and Head of Staff and Students P-5 Mr David Druery, both of whom have expertise in Outdoor Education, will continue to oversee the remaining experiences for the year.

We congratulate Mr Damian Davis on his appointment as the Head of Staff and Students P-5 from next year. Mr Davis very capably fulfilled the role as Acting Head of Staff and Students P-5 at the start of the year. His passion for educating young people and capabilities as an innovative educator and leader saw him selected above highly capable, experienced leaders from Queensland and interstate schools. 

Mrs Anne Marie Gerlach, who is currently the Coordinator of Senior School at Canterbury College, will be taking on the role Head of Learning Senior College from the start of next year, supporting the learning of Senior College students. Mrs Gerlach has had extensive leadership experience including being a member of the Griffith University School of Environment, Planning Discipline Professional Advisory Board and the Queensland University of Technology Education Faculty Professional Academic Advisory Board, been a leader of the Australian and Queensland Geography Teacher’s Associations, current QCAA State Panel for Geography and the QCAA Learning Area Reference Committee for Humanities and Social Sciences. This appointment will then enable Ms Sue Arahill as Director of Learning P-12 to have a strong focus on the ongoing pedagogical development of staff across the College as education continues to evolve.

We give God thanks for the many people in our community who graciously serve each other and the broader community with joy!

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

Service to Others

For me, one of the highlights of the recent school holidays was attending the Caloundra Music Festival for the first time. I went on the last day of the festival to see one musician in particular, Kate Miller-Heidke. If you have not heard of her, she is a classically trained opera singer who has an amazing range to her voice. She sings in a contemporary style then crosses over to high-pitched operatic style sounds. It’s quite a unique style of music that might not be everyone’s cup of tea. But as I sat on the grass at King’s Beach and listened to her sing, one lyric stood out to me; “If I can’t have what I want…Dear God, let me want what I have”. I like this line as it is almost worded as a prayer to God and it speaks to the thread this week, which is also a value of our College, service to others.

Deep behind the action of serving others is the idea of being content with what we have. A challenge for children, young people and everyone in today’s society where we are surrounded by the message that more is better, is the anxiety and fear over missing out on what others experience in life, especially on social media platforms. To rearrange the words of Kate Miller-Heidke; Dear God if I can’t have what I want, let me want what I have.  

The thread of service to others begins in our own hearts with contentment. Being at peace within ourselves over what we have, what we desire and want out of life is fertile ground for God to use as He encourages us to serve other people. As human beings, each of us struggle with being focused on ourselves and our own desires. But the good news is that God can and does shifts our focus to be mindful of and generously serve the needs of others.

There is great joy that we receive when our focus is drawn off ourselves and onto the needs of others and how we can help, serve and love them. We learn to serve others because of the joy, meaning and purpose we receive from it but also because in doing so, we reflect who God is, a God who gives freely, generously and sacrificially.

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

Important Notices

2020 Bring Your Own Device Program

Over the recent school holidays, information was sent to Junior, Middle and Senior College families via email regarding the Bring Your Own Device specifications and Student Device Leasing options for 2020. If you did not receive this communication, were unable to access any of the attachments, or simply wish to confirm your understanding of the requirements and options, the relevant information can be found on our website. Please navigate to the appropriate Junior, Middle or Senior College area under the Learning Journey menu on our website ( and scroll to the BYOD section at the bottom of each page. If you have questions regarding the specifications for BYO Devices or the Leasing Program, please contact our ICT Manager Mr Steven Rattey directly on 5436 7341 or

From the Director of Students

Optimistic October

Welcome back to all members of the College community and in particular, to our new students and their families. We are truly blessed by the students we journey with at Pacific. At assembly this week, I challenged Middle and Senior College students to reach out to at least one other person whom they might not ordinarily speak to this term. I put this to them to go beyond what is comfortable and familiar and embrace who we are as a Christian community, to be inclusive and welcoming to all.

Term 4 also provides new challenges across a range of learning domains. We encourage all students to deep dive into their new learning opportunities with a sense of wonder and curiosity. One element required for learning something new is to approach it with a sense of optimism. Action for Happiness is a registered charity in the United Kingdom and each month their calendars are devoted to specific actions people can make towards leading a happier life. Optimistic October is a brilliant resource for channelling our energies toward becoming not only more optimistic but also more fulfilled in our lives.

Learning also requires us to set ourselves realistic, achievable goals based on where our strengths lie. Indeed, being able to tune into our core strengths adds meaning to both our goals and life’s purpose. Earlier in the year students (and staff) were able to determine their character strengths through completion of the VIA character strengths survey. I wonder how many students recall what their top 5 strengths were from this survey?

Year 6 Canberra Tour

This Sunday we farewell our Year 6 students, teachers and support staff as they commence their trip to Canberra. We wish them a safe and productive trip to our nation’s capital and look forward to hearing about their learning experiences.

Mr Ben Ryan, Director of Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

Term 4

Welcome to the new term. We hope all families had a relaxing and enjoyable time together over the holidays. There are a number of important events scheduled for this term:

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

The sense of community which exists at the College is a fundamental and important feature of a Pacific education. On Friday 25th October we welcome grandparents and family friends to the College for the morning. The morning provides students with the opportunity to show and involve their extended families in their daily experiences at school. Visitors will spend time in learning spaces with students before attending a morning tea and enjoying a variety of student performances.

Year 3 Camp

On Thursday 31st October, Year 3 students will attend their first Outdoor Education Camp. A letter providing details of the camp and student medical forms have been forwarded home this week. Parents and guardians of Year 3 students are asked to complete and return the required documentation to your child’s class teacher as soon as possible.

You Can Do It Term 4

Educational research recognises that the social and emotional development of students is just as important as their academic development. “Non-cognitive aspects of students development, including their attitudes, values and a range of social and emotional capabilities, strongly influence their achievement, happiness and relationships” (M.E Bernard 2007). All Prep to Year 5 students at Pacific complete the You Can Do It program.

This term, the program will focus on dealing with social and emotional blockers. The topics that will be covered include how to cope with worry, feeling down, getting angry, procrastination and not paying attention.

Parents can support and develop their children’s confidence to deal with these blockers by always encouraging effort and independence. Allow children to walk from the car to their classrooms unattended and let children carry their own bags (often I see parents loaded up with bags whilst their children happily skip ahead). Also fundamental in developing confidence to deal with these blockers is communication. Explain to your children that everyone has the choice to be an optimist (predict success) or a pessimist (predicts failure) and it is how we think that dictates how we act and feel not what happens to us. When a child acts confidently give praise.

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

Food for Thought

Your Happy Chemicals

Dopamine, Endorphin, Oxytocin, Serotonin

You can enjoy more happy chemicals if you know what turns them on. In the state of nature, happy chemicals turn on to meet survival needs. Whatever met your needs in youth triggered happy chemicals and paved your neural pathways. You are wired to seek more of whatever felt good before. You can re-wire yourself by repeating a new behaviour for 45 days.

Why doesn’t it feel good to start a new habit? Your old habits are like well-paved highways in your brain. New behaviours are hard to activate because they’re just narrow trails in your jungle of neurons. To learn more, visit:

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Volunteering Opportunities

Following on from our success volunteering at IRONMAN 70.3, Pacific has been approached to help out at two upcoming sporting events. We are looking for parents and/or Middle and Senior College helpers for the All Schools Triathlon on Sunday 27th October and the Noosa Triathlon on Sunday 3rd November. The Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival is five-day event, celebrating sports, healthy lifestyles, fitness and fun.

Volunteers receive a t-shirt and a cap and will generally be helping on drink stations. Pacific will receive a donation for every volunteer we provide, which will help us raise funds for the installation of more water coolers at the College. If you would like more information or can commit to helping out, please contact Allyson Sarvari on 0402 276 988 or email:

Next Meeting

Please join us for our next meeting at 6.30pm on Tuesday 22nd October in the Main Reception. We are delighted to have Head of Career Development Mrs Wanda Hayes join us to provide an insight into future pathways. This presentation is not to be missed! We hope to see you there.

Mrs Jenny Lee, FoP Chairperson

Secondary College

Lids 4 Kids - Plastics into Prosthetics Limbs

This term, the Hospitality Department is supporting the Lids 4 Kids movement. As part of the Envision Hands project, Lids 4 Kids collects and recycles plastic lids and bottle tops, which are then turned into prosthetic limbs for disabled children using 3D printing technology. There is a collection point set up at the Coral Café, which will be there all term. Members of our community are encouraged to bring in their plastic lids and bottle tops to support this worthy cause!

Mrs Rhana Holt, Hospitality Aide

Cultural News

Melbourne Cultural Tour

Over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, a group of Pacific students and staff travelled to Melbourne to enjoy the Melbourne Arts Festival. This year’s itinerary included a wide variety of dance, theatre and music performances, which were interspersed with sightseeing some of Melbourne’s iconic locations. 

The highlights of the trip included ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The Musical’, a dance piece called ‘Colossus’ performed by the Stephanie Lake Dance Company and the Terracotta Warrior and Cai Guo-Qiang Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Students also saw performances such as ‘What Girls Are Made Of’ in the Spiegeltent and ‘Roots’, which was a comedic combination of early cinema aesthetics, handcrafted animation and innovative live music. Additionally, Pacific students had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Haroon Mirza Contemporary Art Exhibition, which encompassed sculptural assemblage and live performance to manipulate the acoustic and aesthetic properties of art. Other sites visited were the Old Melbourne Gaol, the Queen Victoria Markets, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Eureka Skydeck.

Over the four days, students enjoyed many walking tours around the Melbourne laneways to see the street art and picturesque food and shopping areas. Students even took the time to indulge in a picnic lunch in the park to soak up the culturally rich atmosphere. Overall, students and staff alike had a fantastic time experiencing everything Melbourne had to offer.

Mrs Helen Williams, Mrs Ceilidh King and Mr Steven Lake, Melbourne Cultural Tour Coordinators

State Honours Ensemble Program

Each year, Griffith University runs a State Honours Ensemble Program for students who are outstanding on their musical instrument. The competition to be involved in this program is fierce, with senior students from all over Queensland contending for limited places. This year, two Year 9 Students, Charles Box and Lachlan Eden, were fortunate to be selected for this program, which ran during the school holidays. Playing under the baton of Brian Balmages, an acclaimed conductor and composer from the United States of America, they undertook a gruelling schedule of rehearsals that culminated in a showcase concert at the iconic Brisbane Conservatorium of Music theatre.

Although challenging, both Charles and Lachlan relished the opportunity to play with other musicians of such a high calibre in an experience that will help shape their future musical endeavours. Congratulations to Charles and Lachlan!

Mrs Helen Williams, Head of Instrumental Music

Viva La Arts

Come along to ‘Viva La Arts – a night under the stars’ to celebrate the incredible talent and creativity of our students. The evening, organised and run by our Cultural PAG, will showcase Music, Dance, Drama, and Visual Art in an exciting interactive and rotational format in different locations around the art, music and drama rooms.

The evening will begin at 5.00pm on Friday 25th October (the evening of Grandparent’s Day) at the amphitheatre, with a surprise performance and a special guest who will officially ‘open’ the event. Roam from venue to venue and be entertained by soloists and groups in each of the performing arts forms and walk through ‘Gallery Lane’, a pop-up art exhibition just outside the art block. There will also be a food truck open for purchases on the night.

In total, more than 50 students are involved, either in organisation or in performing (or both) for this exciting new initiative! ‘Viva La Arts – a night under the stars’… We look forward to seeing you there!

Mrs Janine Delaney, Cultural PAG

Secondary Sport (7-12)

SCISSA Soccer Results






Intermediate Boys A







Elijah Modlin

Brock Bloomer

Intermediate Girls A




Alicia Woods

Junior Boys A




Oshi Kirkley

Junior Girls B




Charlise Bell

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Sport

Caloundra Basketball

Caloundra Basketball has a range of upcoming programs for students interested in extending their skills. Click on each of the links below to learn more.

Mr Mark Hauser, Basketball Coordinator

Club Sport

Pacific FC

Pre-Rep Session

On Wednesday this week, we welcomed a number of players to our first pre-representative trial session. This was a wonderful opportunity for junior players to train with others in a comfortable, supportive environment prior to the Representative Trials later this month. We thank Coach Kristy for her leadership of this program.

Representative Trials

On 12th, 19th and 26th October, the SCCSA Representative Trials for the 2020 season (U10-U16) will be held at Mudjimba Multisport. Please note, a new U9 age division has been added to the 2020 representative program. All current U8 (born 2011) – U18 players (up to 2002) are welcome and encouraged to trial. Pacific FC will hold a free pre-rep information and trial session for interested players and their families in late September. Please let us know via email if your player is interested in attending. Click here to register for the trials.

Mr Zane Russell, Pacific FC President

PLC Netball Club

Whilst the 2019 season is over, planning for the 2020 season has already commenced. The Club is pleased to announce the re-appointment of Michelle Dufty as the Director of Coaching. Michelle is a wonderful asset to both the Club and the College and her knowledge and ability to relate and motivate the girls is first class. For those who are not aware, Michelle participated in the 2003 Netball World Cup as both an assistant coach and player for Niue.  

We also congratulate Kate Cameron, Rhianna Higginson, Brooklyn Graves and Caitlin Hall who have been selected as 2020 Student Leaders. These girls have held coaching and other leadership roles within the Club over the last three years and we wish them all the best on the next phase of their ‘professional’ development.

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

Pastory 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

Pacific Fitness Hub

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


13-18               Year 6 Canberra Tour

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

21                    Student Free Day – Verification

22                    Friends of Pacific (6.30pm)

24                    Year 7 Immunisations – Round 2

25                    World Teacher’s Day

                        Grandparents and Special Friends Day

                        Viva La Arts (5.00-8.00pm)

27                    St Mark’s @ Bombala – Reformation Service (9.00am)

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

30                    Pacific Pulse Surf Contest

31                    Reformation Day

                        Year 3 Camp Departure – Alexandra Headlands

                        Years 4-6 SCISSA Trial Games