Compass No. 556 November 2019

From the Principal

Unsung Heros, The Enablers of Great Community

There are so many people who, each day, quietly go about their roles in life making a significant difference for others without any personal recognition or appreciation. Over the past month we have seen people leave their workplaces and volunteer to fight fires that have saved homes and lives. Closer to home and within our community there are people within our administration support and ground staff who through doing their roles well, support parent connection and enable teachers and students to grow together through rich and diverse learning opportunities. There are teachers who go well beyond what would be expected and parents who make significant contributions to the fabric of who we are as community. Within this mix there are students who are outward looking and focused on supporting and caring for others including the adults of the community.

We are surrounded by people who give generously to others. When it becomes such an integrated part of the fabric of who we are, it is easy to take the gifts that others give us for granted. Being immersed in a generous culture, grows people deeply from within. Part of loving our neighbour is to pause and appreciate the gifts that so many people give us.

Principal's Log

Last week as we farewelled our Year 12s there was a strong feeling of mutual appreciation. Heartfelt thanks flowed from them for what they had received and to them for what they had given to this community. The warmth and dignity that permeated their celebrations that included farewells from their Year 2 buddies and pastoral care groups and then the graduation, final chapel and formal was a wonderful testament to who they had become as young men and women within our community. We thank the Year 12 graduates for all they have given this community and wish them every blessing. We thank all staff, students and parents who have contributed so much to the growth of these young people over many years. A very large thank you to all who contributed to such a special farewell for our Year 12s and particularly Mr Mark Hauser and Mrs Leanne Bevis for their leadership.

As a community we benefit greatly from the work of our Friends of Pacific team. We thank in particular Mrs Jenny Lee for her outstanding leadership, and Mrs Allyson Sarvari and Mrs Erin Carter for their contributions as executive members this year. We appreciate the contribution that outgoing treasurer Mrs Penni Buchanan has made over the past three years and the very significant role that Mrs Teena Thompson has played as our OCEANfest coordinator. We thank Mrs Lisa Ackerman for her support as an executive member over the past two years. We look forward to working together with the incoming committee and thank them for their preparedness to serve our community in this way.

Year 9 students left Wednesday morning for their 10 day experience at Mt Binga. All reports are that they are enjoying their time together and we thank Mr Ben Ryan and Immanuel staff for their leadership.

It was a pleasure to watch a spirited soccer grand final between the Intermediate boys’ teams of Pacific and Matthew Flinders. There was considerable skill on display, with the crowd applauding some very deft moves. In a tightly contested and enthralling match, Matthew Flinders won 2-1. Our boys can be very proud of their game and their season. Thank you to coach Mr Josh Danzey for his leadership of the team.

We thank Mr Ed Bettega for his many years as an instrumental teacher at our College which had included support of ensemble groups and productions. We wish him every blessing for the future.

We thank God for the many people of our community who give so generously of themselves and their time to benefit others.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

Important Notices

2020 School Fees

The College Council has approved the 2020 fee schedule. There will be a general increase of $55 - $85 per term in the tuition fee across all year levels. There has also been increases of $25 - $40 per term in the resource levy across Prep – Year 5 to cover book packs, which are now supplied by the College at these year levels. The updated fee schedule can be found here.

If parents have any queries regarding fees, please contact the Business Office.

Mr Mike Healy, Business Manager

2020 Book Packs

As previously advised this year there are changes to the Book Pack process across Prep – Year 5. From 2020, stationery resources and textbooks for Prep – Year 5 students will be supplied by the College as part of the Resource Levy within the school fees. The stationery resources and textbooks will be supplied to students by their classroom teachers on their first day of the school year.

For Year 6-12 students, the Book Pack process remains the same. Any questions relating to this matter can be directed to our Purchasing Officer Mrs Sanet Strong on or 5436 7344.

Mrs Sanet Strong, Purchasing Officer

From the College Pastor

Christmas Gospel

Before the account of the birth of Jesus in Luke’s gospel, before Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem, before the angels appear to the shepherds in the fields, we hear the story of two pregnant women. Two pregnant women, one older Elizabeth and one younger Mary. Cousins living in different towns who catch up with each other to share their exciting news. The story in Luke 1:39-41 goes like this; at that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

In this story, Mary has baby Jesus in her womb and her cousin Elizabeth has baby John the Baptist in her womb. When Mary comes to visit Elizabeth, the two special babies draw close to each other and little unborn John leaps for joy in Elizabeth’s womb. How amazing it is, that God’s plan to bring peace on earth includes such amazing things as unborn babies leaping inside a mother’s womb. Mary and Elizabeth were not especially famous for anything before God chose to be at work in them for the extraordinary message we know today as the Gospel of Jesus. God continues to be at work through ordinary everyday people to show his love to the world. From the smallest of school children to College Principals, God chooses ordinary people for extraordinary things. It is quite inspiring that we have a section of the Bible dedicated to this story of two women celebrating the babies in their wombs.

First Communion and Confirmation in 2020

Do you have a student in Year 5 next year who would like to learn more about Holy Communion, the Lord’s Supper? During Lent in the first term of 2020, Pastor Tim Jarick and Pastor Ray Morris will be leading a First Communion course again. Next year, Pastors Tim and Ray will also be offering Confirmation for young people in Years 6-9. Confirmation is a ministry in which young teenagers learn more about the Christian faith and the Bible. If you have children in these age brackets who are interested in preparing for their First Communion or Confirmation, please register your interest to Pastor Tim at or 5436 7353.

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Director of Students

Journey Well

Last Friday we said farewell to our Graduating Class of 2019. There was a mixture of emotions following a tremendous couple of weeks in preparation for the graduation service, final chapel and formal. There was a great warmth in the manner in which we bid them goodbye and it was perhaps the tunnel formed by all students following Chapel, that highlighted for me just how grateful we are of the students’ contribution to our College community. Importantly, it is a time for all to reflect on the memories created and the legacy they leave behind.

The word farewell means to ‘journey well’, we often say ‘Godspeed’, which turns farewell into a prayer. Journeying prayerfully is to make the journey a pilgrimage. We hope the College has helped the Graduating Class of 2019 as they ‘journey well’ to name the presence of God in their lives. We thank all staff who played a role in the graduates’ formation and their parents for entrusting us to walk with them on their journey. I thank our Head of Senior College Students Mr Mark Hauser for his leadership of the Year 12 graduates this year.

Year 9 Outdoor Education

This week we also said farewell, for a brief time, to the Year 9 students as they embarked upon their final compulsory Outdoor Education experience. For many, this is the culmination of a journey that had its beginning with their first camp experience in Year 3. For everyone though, this is an opportunity to set themselves challenges, to connect with nature, to connect with others and a time to connect with their interior selves as they experience a dawn to dusk solo. This program also coincides with the Rite Journey Homecoming ceremony that takes place on Monday 2nd December at 5.00pm in the College gym. As the Year 12 cohort graduated from school, so too, our Year 9 students graduate from Middle College and transition into the Senior College, where they will continue to grow and mature into fine young adults.

Mr Ben Ryan, Director of Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

Prep - Year 2 Swimming

Swimming lessons for Prep – Year 2 students continue on Monday and Wednesday next week. If your child is attending swimming early in the day, please ensure they arrive at the College by 8.30am, as the bus will be departing with the first group at 8.35am. Students should arrive at the College in their swimmers and with sunscreen already applied (sunscreen will also be available at the College for students to use).


Last week was Skin Cancer Action Week. Unfortunately, statistics reveal that by the age of 70, two in three Australians will suffer from skin cancer. The damage leading to these cancers often occurs in childhood and adolescence. One of the best strategies in avoiding this type of cancer is to wear a hat. Unfortunately, each day a number of students are presenting to school without hats. During breaks students need to wear a hat or they are required to stay out of the sun. Students should also wear their hats when travelling to and from the College.

Carols Evening

On Friday 29th November, the annual Carols Evening will be held at the College, commencing from 5.00pm. Food will be available after the concert. A flyer providing further details has been sent home this week.

Closing Service

On Monday 2nd December, the Prep – Year 5 Closing Service will be held in the College gym, commencing at 9.00am. At the service, Academic Excellence and Endeavour awards will be presented to students in Years 3-5. The service also marks an important transition for Year 5 students who move to Middle College next year. All parents and family members are most welcome at this important event. An invitation with further details will be sent home next week. 

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

Food for Thought

How to Overcome Perfectionism

Most people would consider having high standards a good thing. Striving for excellence can show that you have a good work ethic and strength of character. High standards can also push you to reach your peak level of performance. For example, athletes often train long and hard to reach excellence in their sports. Perfectionism, on the other hand, involves a tendency to set standards that are so high that they either cannot be met, or are only met with great difficulty. For more information, visit:

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

We also warmly thank the following parents for their service, who are now stepping down from their current roles; Penni Buchanan (2016 – 2019 Treasurer) and Lisa Ackerman (Executive). Teena Thompson will move from OCEANfest Coordinator to an Executive member position and represent the Junior College. We thank these parents for their commitment, time, energy and efforts in delivering a vast range of events to our Pacific community. I am honoured to be staying on as Chairperson in 2020. We also welcome new and returning members to the executive committee. My fellow committee members include:

  • Vice Chairperson: Allyson Sarvari
  • Secretary: Erin Carter
  • Treasurer: Belinda Watman
  • Executive Committee Members:
    • Rita Williams (Senior College)
    • Bron Butler (Middle College)
    • Teena Thompson (Junior College)
    • Alison Fergusson (Foundation College)
  • 2020 OCEANfest Coordinator: Position open…please let us know if you are interested!

Click here to read the 2019 report.

Christmas Carols BBQ

Friends of Pacific will be hosting a BBQ at the upcoming Carols Evening on Friday 29th November. Our senior student leadership team for 2020 will be helping out at the event. Look out for the ‘Containers for Change’ to aid in our campus recycling efforts.

Mrs Jenny Lee, FoP Chairperson

Cultural News

Senior Production 2020

Over 50 students have been busy preparing for their auditions for next year’s Senior Production. Auditions are taking place this Sunday and have been made open to students who will be in Years 9,10, 11 and 12 in 2020.

Due to an initial change in the title of the production, we will be disclosing the ‘new’ production tomorrow for all those who are auditioning.

We wish them all well and will announce the cast list in the very near future. The Production will take place at The Events Centre in May next year.

Mrs Janine Delaney, Head of Drama

Junior Sport (P-6)

Sports Uniform Returns

All students are asked to please return sport specific uniforms to the Wellbeing Centre before the end of term.

Rugby Union – Round Robin Competition

This term, a team of Year 4 and 5 students have been participating in a round-robin rugby union competition with Caloundra State School, Siena Catholic College and Talara Primary College. At this week’s round, four Queensland Reds players attended to answer questions and assist with refereeing. Students are enjoying the opportunity to further develop their skills in a competition environment, and we thank Mr Josh Cummins for his leadership of this experience.

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Junior Sport

Secondary Sport (7-12)

Sports Uniform Returns

All students are asked to please return sport specific uniforms to the Wellbeing Centre before the end of term.

SCISSA Soccer Grand Final

Wednesday 20th November saw the Intermediate Boys SCISSA Soccer team play their grand final against Mathew Flinders. After beating this team the previous week 2 nil the boys were confident they could get the job done. They started the game very strong and had several opportunities to score but were unlucky not to find the back of the net. Against the run of play, Flinders slotted two goals and went into the half time break with a healthy lead. Mr Josh Danzey united his team at half time and the boys came out firing on all cylinders! They scored early to bring the game back into their reach, however time would prove to be the telling factor with the full-time whistle being sounded with a 2-1 win to Flinders. It was the teams only loss in the entire season but this didn’t dampen the boys spirits after the game. They can hold their heads up very high after a sensational season together. Well done!

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Sport

Club Sport

PLC Netball Club

As part of our ongoing series of People and Culture, we take an insight into the Club’s Community Liaison Manager Ann.

Where did you grow up and where did you go to school?
I grew up in northern New South Wales alongside three brothers. I attended the local Catholic school except for one year when I did school by correspondence after a serious back operation for scoliosis. My secondary schooling took place in Brisbane as did my first university degree. I enjoyed beautiful Melbourne for my second degree after an amazing year there of voluntary work with older women who experienced homelessness. After returning to Brisbane, I achieved my Masters degree and have loved the opportunities this created.

What was your first job and jobs that followed?
I enjoyed lots of babysitting in my teens and also worked with my father. During my initial university years, I worked for a supermarket. My professional career has had great variety and has involved working across several non-government and government settings.

Who was the greatest influence in your life?
My father, now deceased. He was very committed to his family, church, work and community pursuits and had a wonderful sense of humour. I have fond memories of him playing and having fun with me and my brothers and later, his grandchildren. He recognised my love of netball early on and when I couldn’t play for a year, he would take me to games in our car despite me being in a body plaster cast that wouldn’t allow me to bend. I am sure it was a sight to see me being manoeuvred in and out of the boot of the family car!

What sports did you play during your school years?
Swimming lessons and Swimming Club were whole family events as was learning to play and compete in tennis. Netball became my passion from primary school and continued through secondary school; I played, coached and umpired. Playing indoor netball as an adult was also fun and a great way to de-stress!

How did you become involved in PLC Netball?
Waiting for my daughters to be of age to play netball couldn’t come soon enough! I loved watching them train and play. My eldest daughter didn’t continue, she has become a talented swimmer. My youngest daughter continues to love netball and plays for PLC. Trevor invited me to join the Netball Committee and my involvement since has brought me much enjoyment and satisfaction. The new role of Community Liaison is an evolving role and I am loving meeting Club members and their families and contributing my skills to the Club in this role.

In 2020, we hope to integrate the feedback and learnings into improved communication and community building throughout the Club. We hope to further develop our team building activities to create a stronger sense of belonging. We welcome feedback, so I encourage members to use face to face opportunities, phone calls or emails to let us know your thoughts. Please refer to the Handbook for contact details of all Committee members. My club email address is

Mr Trevor Colton, PLC Netball Club President

Uniform Shop

Upcoming Closure - Stocktake

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.

This year the Uniform shop will be closing for stocktake on Tuesday 26th November. Please ensure that, if you are in Year 9, that you have purchased your blazer, tie and trousers (for male students) and blazer and senior tie (for female students) before this date. 

2020 Uniform Requirements

If your student is commencing Year 1 in 2020, please see the below pictures for formal uniform requirements. All of these items are available in the Uniform Shop. Formal shoes for Year 1 are black leather lace ups. Skate shoes, high tops and Mary-Jane style shoes are not part of the uniform.

If your student is commencing Year 6 in 2020, please see the below pictures for formal uniform requirements. Year 6 students require a formal hat to be worn with their formal uniform. The bucket hat continues to be worn with their sports uniform. All of these items are available for purchase in the Uniform Shop. Formal Shoes are black leather lace ups. Skate shoes, high tops and Mary-Jane style shoes are not part of the uniform.

As the new year is always busy with new students, existing families are encouraged to make their purchases before the end of this term. Swimming trials are also in the first couple of weeks of school resuming next and all students in Year 3-12 are required to have school swimwear (or approved race swimwear) for both the trials and carnival. It is advisable to try swimwear on to get the correct fit. A full range of sizes will be in store from the beginning of November for both styles.

The Uniform Shop will be reopening on Monday 20th January 2020 for new student fittings. For appointments, please contact the Main Reception on 5436 7300.

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

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

Upcoming Dates


18-26               Year 10 Exams

20-29              Year 9 Camp – Mt Binga

27                    Year 5-6 Multi Instrumental Concert (1.40pm-3.00pm)

29                    K-5 Carols Evening (5.00pm)


2                       Prep – Year 5 Closing Service (9.00am)

                         Year 9 Rite Journey Homecoming (5.00pm)

3                       Students’ Last Day

                         Year 6-11 Closing Service – Caloundra Events Centre (6.30pm)