Compass No. 551 October 2019

From the Principal

Serving Through Being Present

One of the important ways we can serve others is to be fully present. To really listen to someone is a great gift. To take the time and to still our own minds to fully connect with what is being said and unsaid by the other person, opens the opportunity for deep connection. This is particularly important in our fast paced, highly connected world. Creating time in relationships where we are free of distractions and fully present with one another enhances wellbeing. Building still presence into our daily lives enriches and affirms people that they are valued. Using routine times such as sitting together over meals or a coffee, walking the dog or listening when on breaks at school or work, enriches people deeply. It is a free but rare and precious gift.

God invites us to be still with Him in prayer. When we pray, we are invited to slow down our requests for change, to slow down our chattering minds, to listen to God’s words and feel His calming presence flow through us. Being fully present with God, creates opportunity for change from within.

Principal's Log

On Friday, the very significant contribution and achievement of members of our community were recognised at the 2019 Caloundra Electorate Community Awards. Students Hudson Horne and Samantha Hutton were nominated in the Young Achiever of the Year category, Oshi Kirkley, Will Martell and Zaida Williams were nominated in the Young Sport Achiever of the Year category, staff members Mrs Leah Croke and Mr Mark Hauser and Friends of Pacific Chairperson Mrs Jenny Lee were nominated in the Community Volunteer of the Year category. Well done to all nominees for their achievements and contributions to our wider local community and congratulations to Samantha Hutton who won Young Achiever of the Year!

Our Year 6 students have enjoyed their time in Canberra, visiting a range of nationally important sites including Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial, the Australian Electoral Commission and Government House. A highlight for the group was the opportunity to meet with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and present him with some small souvenirs from the Sunshine Coast. We look forward to welcoming them back this Friday and thank Mr Stuart Pohlner, Mrs Linda Sydes, Mrs Kim Kiernan, Mr Darren Hooper, Mr Brendan Delaney, Mrs Melissa Ousley and the outdoor education aides for their guidance of the group. We particularly thank Mr Pohlner for leading the experience well.

We are pleased to inform our community that the Year 9 students will be going to Mt Binga for their outdoor education experience at the end of this year. The 10 day experience will commence on Wednesday 20th November and have students returning on Friday 29th November. Mt Binga is run by Immanuel Lutheran College and we have appreciated their assistance and support in developing this program at short notice. We thank Mr Ben Ryan and Mrs Natalie Campbell for the work they have done in organising the experience from Pacific’s perspective. Further details will be sent home to Year 9 families via email in the coming days.

We congratulate our Head of Careers Development Mrs Wanda Hayes who has been invited to be part of the Australian Governments Vocational Education and Training (VET) Stakeholder committee to provide advice around the implementation of the $525 million Delivering Skills For Today and Tomorrow package. Mrs Hayes is one of 19 people selected to be on the panel which includes representatives from business, consumer groups, peak bodies, registered training organisations and public, private and not for profit providers from across the country. We are privileged to have someone of Mrs Hayes capability, connection and experience providing advice to our students about their future pathways. Mrs Hayes will be making a presentation at the Friends of Pacific meeting next Tuesday October 22nd at 6.30pm.

We look forward to celebrating Grandparents and Friends Day and then Viva La Arts next Friday 25th October. During the day we will have the opportunity to acknowledge the important role that grandparents play within our families and community. In the evening, we are very much looking forward to celebrating and being entertained by the visual and performing arts talents of our students. This new event is a student led initiative and it promises to be a great night for the family. 

Our basketball teams have once again had a strong season and we congratulate all players and teams on their growth.  We wish our seven teams who are through to the semi finals all the best this Friday night. Thank you to all of our coaches and managers and particularly our Basketball Coordinator Mr Mark Hauser for his generous and inspiring leadership.

The debating season has now concluded for 2019. Pacific successfully competed in three competitions this year and it has been great to witness the development and growth of students’ debating skills. We congratulate our two teams of Lucy Dimond, Amedy Buchanan, Maggie Princehorn, Abigail Tracey, Noah Beasley, Lachlan Buchanan, Olivia Gartrell and Alexander Jose who reached the finals of the Sunshine Coast Schools Debating Competition. We thank Mr Alex O’Connor for his leadership of our debating program and coaches Mrs Rae Hall and Mrs Ceilidh King for their support.

We wish our Future Problem Solving team of Jasmin Groves, Sebastian Box, Piper Reid and Trixie Willett and individual participants Charles Box and Logan Pohlner all the best at the National Finals this weekend. The topic will be ‘Coping with Stress’ and finalists will consider how exponential change and fast-paced trends in society will increase stress in the future. We thank Mrs Jo Belchamber for her leadership of this experience and Mrs Rae Hall and Ms Petta Scheiwe for their assistance.

As a community, we look forward to welcoming back our 2009 Graduates this Saturday afternoon for their 10 year reunion. It is always a delight to connect with and hear of the journeys our young people have engaged in since leaving the College. 

May God gives us the stillness we need to be fully present for people and His word.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

Humble Service

Service to others is a message that students at Pacific keep on hearing. A message that is part of our culture and a core value of who we are as a Lutheran school, a Christian learning organisation. From Year 5 visits to IRT Woodlands aged care facility, Middle and Senior College students doorknocking for the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal, Year 12 students raising awareness for the homeless by sleeping ‘rough’, the Australian Lutheran World Service Walk my Way initiative, the College’s partnership with Christians in Cambodia, students exploring global justice issues in the classroom, to people simply helping a friend in need. There are so many ways that Service Learning is embedded throughout the educational journey at Pacific.

In the following verses, Jesus reminds His disciples that our service to others is to flow freely from the heart as it is part and parcel of who we are as people of God. When we give to the needy, we do so in humility without drawing attention to ourselves. Jesus said; Be careful not to do good deeds in front of other people. Don’t do those deeds to be seen by others. “When you give to needy people, do not announce it by having trumpets blown. Do not be like those who only pretend to be holy…When you give to needy people, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Then your giving will be done secretly.” (Matthew 6:1-2, 4).

We serve and help people in need and the people around us, in small and big ways, not because we want the attention, or the College expects it, but because God is alive and working through us as His Spirit motivates us.

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Head of Senior College Students

Atitude of Gratitude

It is hard to believe that we are already into the final term of yet another year. It seems that each school year passes us by faster and faster. It is easy for us to be caught up in the busyness of everyday life. When we are busy and tired, it is also common for us to lose sight of the many positive things in our lives. Term 4 is a busy but exciting term for all at the College. There are many significant events that occur – exams, Year 12 graduation, Year 9 students graduate into the Senior College, Middle College Orientation Day and basketball finals!

At the Senior College assembly this week, the College Captains encouraged students to have ‘an attitude of gratitude’. When we get into the mindset of complaining or feeling down about ourselves, it is valuable to take a reflective step back and focus on the blessings that we have. Being grateful for the positive things in our life can have great benefits to our perception of our current circumstances and can also help to boost others around us.

So, throughout this final term of the year, I wish all Senior College students the very best for their studies. We celebrate your successes so far and pray that we can all be thankful throughout the term.

Year 11 Drivers

Any student who is driving to school needs to have completed a driver permission form and submit it to the Main Reception. Forms are available from the Wellbeing Centre and for more information, please contact Mr Mark Hauser.

Year 12 Graduation

Parents and students who are attending our Year 12 celebrations (Graduation, Final Chapel and Formal) are asked to please RSVP as soon as possible. Please contact Mrs Leanne Bevis on 5436 7338.

Senior College Exams

We wish students all the very best for their exams this term. Year 11 and 12 students are commencing block exams in Week 5, and Year 10 students in Week 7. Please note that normal uniform expectations still apply during these weeks and students will be required to attend all exams in formal summer uniform each day (even on Fridays).

Mr Mark Hauser, Head of Senior College Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

Term 4 Events

Grandparents and Friends Day

The sense of community which exists at the College is a fundamental and important component 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 the College. Visitors will spend time in learning spaces with students before attending a morning tea and enjoying a variety of student performances.

Bandanna Day

Friday 25th October is also Bandanna Day. Bandanna Day recognises the important work done by CanTeen, who support young people affected by cancer. Over the years, a number of Pacific students have been afflicted with cancer and have experienced the great support of CanTeen firsthand. Your support of this cause is much appreciated. Bandannas will be on sale during Grandparents and Friends Day.

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 sent home. 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.

Prep – Year 2 Carpark

Recently a number of parents have raised concerns about the actions of drivers in the Prep – Year 2 car park.

Before school each morning and in the afternoon, the car park can become congested. Often students are alighting from or entering vehicles and moving through the car park. To ensure their safety, parents are reminded not to park in the drop off zones as it can cause increased congestion. Drivers are also reminded to follow signage and road markings as well as the directions of staff on duty. Your assistance in keeping our students safe and lessening stress and congestion in the car park is most appreciated.

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

Food for Thought

Should Parents Get Involved in Their Children’s Friendships?

All parents want to protect their children from challenges that life throws at them; and navigating the complicated and highly emotional world of friendships is no different.

But there’s only so much parents can do to support their children and getting too involved can often do more harm than good. For more information, visit:

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Important Notices

Year 7 Immunisation Program

Ozcare will be providing Year 7 students with round two of their school-based vaccinations on Thursday 24th October from 9.00am.

Year 7 students who have previously provided consent and received their round one vaccination will receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) (2) and diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination.

On immunisation day, please ensure your child has a good breakfast. Make sure your child tells the nurse or a teacher if they are unwell or nervous. It is important your child is feeling well on the day.

For more information about diseases, vaccines or the School Immunisation Program, visit or call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).

Mrs Sharon Middleton, College Nurse

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Volunteering Opportunities

We are looking for parents and/or Middle and Senior College helpers (Year 6-12 students) for the upcoming All Schools Triathlon and Noosa Triathlon.

  • All Schools Tri – Sunday 27th October from 6.00am – 11.00am at Lake Kawana
  • Noosa Tri – Sunday 3rd November from 9.30am – 2.00pm

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 additional 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

From the Head of Learning Enrichment

Parent Seminar – Guiding Gifted Children

Michele Juratowich is Director of Clearing Skies, an author of publications and resources for gifted students and has lectured in the postgraduate course in Gifted Education at the Gifted Education Research, Resource and Information Centre (GERRIC) at UNSW. She supports gifted students and families through counselling, advocacy in schools and seminars and was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study the counselling and intervention needs of gifted children.

Michele will be conducting a one-day seminar for parents at Maroochydore on Sunday 3rd November. Please click here to learn more.

Mrs Jo Belchamber, Head of Learning Enrichment

Cultural News

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

From the Head of Career Development

Trade Training Centre Information Nights

The Sunshine Coast Technical and Trade Training Centre (SCTTTC) is holding information nights for interested students and their parents on Tuesday 22nd October, from 4.00pm and Tuesday 29th October, from 6.15pm. SCTTTC’s courses provide opportunities for Senior College students to include a hands-on, trade-focussed course in conjunction with their senior years program at Pacific. Click here to download the event flyers.

University Scholarships

All universities offer a range of scholarships to school leavers. Year 12 students who are applying for university courses should make it a priority to research scholarships at their preferred university and apply for all that they are eligible for. If you need help to identify possible scholarship opportunities, please make an appointment to meet with Mrs Wanda Hayes.

CQU Principal’s Recommendation Scheme

CQUniversity has introduced a new scheme for students who are interested in studying at university but are concerned they won’t achieve the results they need. Under this scheme, the Principal can recommend students who they believe are capable of succeeding at university. Recommended students receive an unconditional early offer to study in their chosen course at CQU. Any Year 12 student can apply for the Principal’s Recommendation Scheme, here.

USC 2020 Head Start Applications Now Open

Applications for USC’s Head Start program in Semester 1 of 2020 will close on Thursday 31st October. Information is available on the USC website, here. To discuss the program, including how to apply, please make an appointment to meet with Mrs Wanda Hayes.

University of Melbourne – Trinity Young Leaders Program

The Young Leaders Program offers a selection of exciting learning experiences and activities over two weeks in early December, for Australian and international secondary school students. Students may attend for one or two weeks. All activities are hosted at the University of Melbourne and participants stay in Trinity College – one of the university’s oldest and best-known residential colleges. For more information and to register, visit:

School-Based Traineeships in Floristry

Are you interested in flowers and floral art? You might enjoy a career in floristry. We now have access to school-based traineeship opportunities in this field. If you are in Year 10 or 11 and would like to know more, please make an appointment to see Mrs Wanda Hayes.

Mrs Wanda Hayes, Head of Career Development

Secondary Sport (7-12)

SCISSA Soccer Results






Intermediate Boys A




Sebastian Moye

Intermediate Girls A




Cosette Winter

Junior Boys A




Bailey Teed

Junior Girls B




Sophie Bloomer

Monday Night Water Polo






Intermediate Girls







Beyonce Mathews

Romola Frazer

Intermediate Boys


Sunshine Beach





Tom Chapman

Cooper Schwab

Senior Girls




Yasmin Ritchers

Friday Night Basketball

Well done to all teams who played on Friday night; we had some outstanding results! The score does not always reflect the quality of the match, so congratulations to all players for another solid round.





Intermediate A Boys




Intermediate A Girls




Intermediate B Girls

Siena Blue



Intermediate C Girls

Siena Black



Intermediate D Girls




Junior A Girls




Junior B Boys




Senior A Girls




Senior C Boys




Senior C Girls

St John’s



Senior D Girls

St John’s



We now have seven teams who are through to the semi finals this Friday night. We wish these teams the best of luck for their games.

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Sport

Club Sport

Pacific FC

Pre-Rep Session

On Wednesday of next week, Coach Kristy will run another representative trial session. This is a good opportunity for junior players to train with others in a comfortable, supportive environment.

  • Date: Wednesday 23rd October.
  • Time: 3.15pm – 4.00pm.

Please email if your player wishes to attend:

Representative Trials

Due to the rain last Saturday, the first trial was postponed. Therefore the trials will be held on 19th and 26th October and the 3rd November at Mudjimba Multisport.

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


Menu Update

The updated Term 4 menu is now available on the College website: There are some new daily specials including Butter Chicken and Fish and Chips!

Unfortunately, sushi is currently unavailable at the Tuckshop. We hope to resolve this issue in the near future and will update families via the newsletter. We thank you for your patience.

Mrs Shea Moor, Tuckshop 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

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


18                    Year 6 Canberra Tour Returns

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