Compass No. 557 November 2019

From the Principal


As we head towards Christmas, it is a time of renewal. We are invited to step off the busy paths of life and reflect on the great blessing that God has given us through the birth of His Son. Jesus came so that we might be forgiven and live in good relationships with each other and with God. We are invited to let go of the burdens of the past, to forgive, to restore relationships where they have been broken, to rest in His presence and to go forward to live life fully. Renewed through God’s love, we can receive and give the great gifts of joy, peace and hope.

Principal's Log

We look forward to the return of our Year 9 students tomorrow, who by all reports have grown through their shared experiences of hiking, a solo night, high ropes, animal care, food preparation, horse riding and reflection. We appreciate the leadership of Mr Ben Ryan and the Immanuel Lutheran College staff in the organisation of the Mt Binga experience and thank Mrs Natalie Campbell, Pastor Tim Jarick and Ms Marg Gunn who visited on various days.

At the end of year, we farewell a number of staff. Mr Steven Lake will be taking on the role of Deputy Principal at Redeemer Lutheran College in Biloela. Mr Lake, together with Mrs Helen Williams and Mrs Aleisha Tuaine, has supported tremendous growth in the quality and numbers of students involved in our ensemble groups and has been passionate in his teaching of classroom music. Mr Adam Doyle will be taking on the role of Head of STEM at Caloundra Christian College. Mr Doyle has been generous with his time in the support of student learning in mathematics and has led the department through considerable change. Mrs Tracey White will be teaching in Bendigo and has led the teaching of legal studies including the move to a new senior course at Year 11. We thank all of these staff for what they have given and wish them well for their future. Mrs Christine Doyle has decided not to return in 2020 and we thank her for her contribution in support of Year 3-5 student learning. 

We also farewell five contract staff as Mrs Colleen Beattie, Mrs Elley Wood, Mrs Sarah Atkinson, Ms Nell Keen, Mr Damien Evans, Mr Ian Learoyd and school nurse Mrs Maree Hooper return from maternity and long service leave next year. We thank Mrs Sue Warren for her leadership of the library and passion for literature that she has shared with our community, Ms Nadine Richardson for her support and nurturing of our Year 3 learners, Ms Kate Child for her strong contribution as a HASS, English and PE teacher, Mr Rhys Hurren for his enthusiastic and committed approach to teaching English and History and Mrs Paula Willis for her capable teaching of hospitality and leadership of VET.

Mr David Druery will be finishing in his role as Head of Staff and Students P-5. Mr Druery has been a strong leader of both the staff and students in the Junior College. He has been instrumental in the development of social and emotional wellbeing through his direct support of students, staff and parents, the implementation of restorative practices and the incorporation of positive psychology. We thank Mr Druery for his very significant contribution over 13 years and wish him well for his long service leave in Term 1 before he returns in a part time teaching capacity in Term 2 next year.

Ms Sue Arahill will be continuing in a new role next year as the Director of Learning, which will have a focus on the continuing enhancement of teacher pedagogy and curriculum development. As well as having this role in the past, Ms Arahill has also been providing strong support to senior students and their families since our first group of Year 11 students undertook senior studies in 2004, including the leadership of QCS preparation. We appreciate the strong support Ms Arahill has given and the difference this has made for many students and their families. We thank Mr Brett Kernovske for his capable and supportive leadership of Mumba in his acting role this term.

In response to these changes and the continuing growth in the Middle and Senior College, we look forward to welcoming the following staff into permanent new roles. Mr Damian Davis as Head of Staff and Students P-5, Ms Anne Marie Gerlach who is currently Head of Learning Senior College at Canterbury College as the Head of Learning Senior Students, Mr David Burrows who is currently Acting Deputy Principal at St Mary’s College Toowoomba having previously been a Head of Mathematics in the United Kingdom as the Head of Mathematics, Ms Kim Wood who is currently a paramedic and previously the Head of Outdoor Education at Brisbane Girls Grammar School as Head of Outdoor Education, Mr David Simpfendorfer returns as a music teacher having been Head of Performing Arts at Redeemer Lutheran College, Mr Jim Tamvakis from Moreton Bay Boys as a teacher of Mathematics And Science, Ms Kristie Broad currently at Good Shepherd Catholic College in Mt Isa as Legal Studies and Business teacher, Mrs Nina Devenish currently Head of Japanese at St Mary’s College in Maryborough as a Japanese teacher, Mr Scott Massie currently teaching at Sunshine Coast Grammar School as a Year 3-7 teacher and Mrs Kirsty Roy who continues as an English and HASS teacher. We look forward to these very capable staff adding to student experience next year.

As the year ends, we look forward to the P-5 Carols Evening and both the Junior College and Middle and Senior College Closing Services next week, where we celebrate the growth, events, achievements of the year and those students making a transition to their next phase of learning. 

As I have reflected on the year that has gone, I am deeply appreciative of the generosity of spirit of staff, students and parents that permeates our community as we come together with the common purpose of providing rich opportunities for the growth of young people and making a difference in the broader community. We thank students and parents for their tremendous goodwill and support. We thank our staff for their willingness to engage in continuous learning and improvement and their commitment to providing best outcomes for young people in all dimensions of their lives.

May this Christmas break be one of renewal and restoration, where God’s love brings joy, peace and hope into our lives. Thank you and God Bless!

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

Important Notices

Middle / Senior College Closing Service

Date: Tuesday 3rd December

Time: 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start (students to arrive at 6.00pm for roll marking)

Location: The Events Centre, Caloundra

This is an important community event that all Year 6-11 students are expected to attend. If students are unable to attend, we ask that parents notify their Head of House, as listed below.

Bula House – Mr Chris Mundey or 5436 7381

Mumba House – Mr Brett Kersnovske or 5436 7305

Wira House – Ms Leigh Finter or 5436 7348

Students are required to wear their full formal winter uniform for the service. Students are to wear their sports uniform to school on Tuesday to allow their formal uniforms to be ready for the evening. Students are to arrive at 6.00pm and report to their PCG teachers for roll marking and further instructions.

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. Please click here to download the form. 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


As the College starts to wind down for the school year, as the Junior College prepares for the Carols Evening, as we hear the message of Christmas at our Closing Services; here’s a piece of poetry from the Australian cartoonist and cultural commentator, Michael Leunig. It’s a reminder as we finish another year at Pacific of the source of reality for Christmas.  

I see a twinkle in your eye,
so this shall be my Christmas star
and I will travel to your heart:
the manger where the real things are.

And I will find a mother there
who holds you gently to her breast,
a father to protect your peace,
and by these things you shall be blessed.

And you will always be reborn
and I will always see the star
and make the journey to your heart:
the manger where the real things are.

(From “Southern Star” by Michael Leunig)

May God bless your Christmas celebrations.

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 Head of Senior College Students

Have A Blessed Christmas!

This week at assembly, Year 6-11 students reflected on some of the positive things that have occurred throughout the year in the Middle and Senior College. The highlight video, prepared by the Pastoral Care Pacific Action Group, showcased the breadth of opportunities that are available to all students each and every year at Pacific. And each year, the list keeps growing!

In the busyness of a year, it is easy to get bogged down in some of the negatives that can occur. Sometimes these downs can help us to learn, but it is also important to reflect on all of the good times and special moments. A great example of this is each year when the graduating cohort have their Final Chapel at the College. Even though there are inevitable ups and downs throughout their 13 years at school, students and parents are able to reflect deeply on the positive experiences that have shaped their learning journey.

We congratulate all students on another great year of learning. I look forward to working with the 2020 Year 10-12 cohorts next year and wish you all a blessed Christmas and a safe and relaxing holiday break.

Mr Mark Hauser, Head of Senior College Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

Thank You

As the end of another school year quickly approaches and the focus for students and families turns to holidays, Christmas and the New Year, we would like to thank all parents and friends of the College for your valued support throughout 2019. In learning spaces, on the sporting field, in cultural endeavours and at social events, your presence and assistance are much appreciated and valued by both students and staff. The educational journey at Pacific is very much a shared one between parents, staff and students. Throughout the year, large numbers of parents have helped and supported their children, the staff and the College community. We wish everyone a happy, joyous and holy Christmas and a safe and enjoyable holiday break.

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.

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

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Woolworths Earn and Learn Program

Earlier in the year, students and families collected 49 020 stickers for the Woolworths Earn and Learn program. This wonderful support enabled Pacific to obtain valuable educational equipment. We were pleased to present some of this equipment at the Junior College Assembly this week. We now have six robots and numerous Lego educational packs. The library will now catalogue all of the items and we look forward to the IT department demonstrating the capabilities of the robots at assemblies early next year. Thank you for supporting the program.

Christmas Carols BBQ

Friends of Pacific will be hosting a BBQ at the Carols Evening this Friday. 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.

As the year draws to a close, Friends of Pacific wish all Pacific families a safe and joyous Christmas. Thank you for your support throughout the year and we look forward to reconnecting in 2020 at the Welcome Breakfast on Friday 31st January.

Mrs Jenny Lee, FoP Chairperson

Library News

Summer Reading Club Challenge

Stories are everywhere, just waiting to be discovered. Get reading this summer and explore as many stories as you can at Sunshine Coast Libraries.

Step 1. Register online or at your local Sunshine Coast library branch.

Step 2. Get reading!

Step 3. Complete challenges and reading logs for a chance to win great prize packs.

The more days you read, the more entries you get!

Major prizes include a Big Book voucher, LEGO® prize pack, robot prize pack, creative prize pack and an adventure encounter prize. Registrations open on Sunday 1st December 2019 and close on Friday 31st January 2020. The winners will be announced on Monday 3rd February 2020. For more information, visit:

Overdues and Holiday Borrowing

This week, overdue notices were emailed home. Please encourage your child to get their books before the end of term. Students who have returned all of their books may borrow for the holidays in the final week of term.

Ms Nell Keen, Head of Library


As the end of the school year draws near so does my tenure at Pacific. During my time here, I have made so many wonderful friends, met so many caring parents and of course, enjoyed the interaction with scores of delightful and enthusiastic students. We have had tremendous fun in the library during lessons, lunchtime activities and at special events. Many of these will be enduring fond memories for me. It is with sadness that I leave such a supportive circle, but my next adventure as Head of Library at Redeemer Lutheran College will enable me to continue being part of the wider Lutheran community. Thank you all for making me feel so welcome and valued as part of the fabric of the College and I wish you all the very best for the coming festive season and in the future.

Ms Sue Warren, Teacher Librarian

College News

National Recycling Week

Last week, students across Prep – Year 5 celebrated National Recycling Week by running a series of activities, organised and coordinated by our Year 5 Champions for Change. Some of the activities included creating a pet toy for your dog or cat and sewing or tying a repurposed bag out of old t-shirts. We had two lovely parent helpers on the day and the room was abuzz with ingenuity. On Wednesday, we watched ‘The Lorax’, which reminds us of the dangers of consumerism and our need for nature. On Thursday, a Trash and Treasure Market was held and on Friday, students participated in a ‘Go Green’ dress day. Over the course of the week, we collected more than 600 bottles, poppers and recyclables for our Return It fund. Thank you to everyone for your engagement with this initiative.

Mrs Lu Pollard, Year 5 Teacher

Science Awards

The International Competition and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) Science Competition assesses students’ skills in the key scientific areas of interpreting data (observing, measuring and interpreting diagrams and information, tables and graphs);  applying data (inferring, predicting and concluding) and higher order skills (investigating, reasoning and problem solving). 

Year 3-12 students who are enrolled in a Science subject at Pacific sit this competition each year. This year, we also offered the competition to Year 3, 5, 11 and 12 students who were keen to take part. 

For the first time too, the competition was delivered as an online version.

To achieve a certificate of Distinction, students need to be ranked in the top 11% of their year level in Australia. The following students achieved this outstanding ranking this year. Of these, eight students were less than 6% points short of achieving a certificate of High Distinction (top 1%).

Year 3: Matthew Carlaw, Rylan Chen (top 3%), Henry Greene and Cadell Tensen.

Year 4: Ben Powell.

Year 5: Carter Boland.

Year 6: Jasmine Corliss and Lily Corliss (both in the top 4%).

Year 9: Liam Russell (top 5%).

Year 10: Harry Collishaw.

In order for a student to be awarded a certificate of Credit, they need to be ranked in the top 36% of their year level in Australia.  This year, we had 63 students across Years 3-12 who were awarded this ranking, with 12 of these students less than 6% points short of achieving a certificate of Distinction (top 11%).

Year 3: Madison Austin, Kimika Conrad, Heath Davies, Fletcher Friend, Grace Healy (top 18%), Euan Lengenberg, Catherine Maclean, Chase McKinnon, Lily Parkes (top 18%), Paris Pohlner (top 18%) and Cooper Ridley.

Year 4: Lincon Daniels (top 13%), Isabel McKeown (top 13%), Rachel Monroe, Sienna Pyke (top 19 %) and Nathan Russell.

Year 5: Oliver Friend, Ella Mulhearn (top 17%), Joe Playford (top 17%), Samuel Roberts (top 13%) and Jemma Simpson.

Year 6: Finn Barnes, Elena Butler, Jai Conrad (top 15%), Luela Holland, Lachlan Oakley, Evie Sillar and Elizabeth Wegener (top 15%).

Year 7: Olivia Boland, Luca Buttrose (top 18%), Ronan Gates,Oliver Grey, Cooper Kiernan, Blake Kopcikas-Moore (top 13%), Taylor Mikolic, Kirrily Petfield (top 18%),Taj Turney and Macey Winter.

Year 8: Amedy Buchanan, Lucy Dimond, Ben McCormac (top 19%), Samantha McVicar (top 16%), Joshua Turnbull (top 16%) and Hugo Winten.

Year 9: Jasmin Groves, Chaise Miles, Jacob Salvesen, Charles Box (top 14%), Noah Smith and Noah Winten (top 17%).

Year 10: Noah Beasley (top 20%), Lachlan Buchanan, Connor Dines, Thomas Grey, Jayda Lowe, Cody McMackin, Jackson Mobbs and Dafydd Thomas.

Year 11: John Redd, Patrick Swindles (top 20%) and Lachlan Wardle.

A huge congratulations is extended to all of these students. As this is an international competition, the writers have identified these skills as being vitally important for Science students in over 20 countries. So as a department, we continue to work on these skills in our students in order to develop their competencies and strengths.

Miss Rebecca Ross, Head of Science 

Lids 4 Kids - Plastics into Prosthetic Limbs

Over the holidays, families are encouraged to continue collecting their plastic lids and bottle tops for the Hospitality Department who 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. Lids can be brought in at the start of the 2020 school year.

Mrs Rhana Holt, Hospitality Aide

Cultural News

Senior Drama Production Announced for 2020!

 We are very excited to share that the 2020 Senior Drama Production will be ‘Great Expectations’ – adapted from the Charles Dickens novel by Barbara Field. We thank the many students who auditioned for the play and congratulate the 36 students who were successful in obtaining a role.

Making resourceful use of a brilliantly theatrical storytelling technique, the play conveys all the energy and warmth of Dicken’s richly human story with cinematic quickness and fluidity and we can’t wait to begin rehearsals.

The play will be presented in May next year at The Events Centre, Caloundra!

Mrs Janine Delaney, Director

Year 3 and 4 Strings Concert

On Monday last week, the Year 3 and 4 strings students came together to perform in front of staff, students, parents and friends. They showcased the pieces they had worked on throughout the year. For some of the Year 3 students, this was their very first musical performance, which is commendable. They conducted themselves very well and played beautifully, even including some dance moves! The Year 4 students split into three groups and played pieces that were more orchestral in sound. Again, they played wonderfully and should be proud of everything they have achieved on their instruments during the past two years. It is very exciting to see the progress of the young string players. The concert culminated in a performance from the Junior String Ensemble. Congratulations to all students on their performance.

Mrs Helen Williams, Head of Instrumental Music

Club Sport

Pacific FC

Registrations for the 2020 Sunshine Coast Churches Soccer Association season will open shortly.

U6-U16 players are invited to register their interest now for the Early Bird registration offer. Connect with us via email: or via the Pacific FC Facebook 2020 Registration Event.

Thank you for all the support in 2019 and we look forward to seeing you in 2020!

Mr Zane Russell, Pacific FC President

PLC Netball Club

The year is almost at an end and since the finals, the Committee has been working to develop the program for the 2020 season. A review of Club operations has resulted in a change of training days for the 2020 season. Training will still occur on the back courts at Pacific during the following days and times:

  • U12 and below – Wednesdays from 3.15pm to 4.30pm or 5.00pm (subject to age); and
  • Open teams – Thursdays from 3.30pm to 5.00pm.

A reminder for the PLC Palominos of 2019, your team graduates into the open category next year, so your training will occur on Thursday.

Squad training for our U12 and above teams will commence in Week 2 of Term 1. The program is as follows:

  • Thursday 6th February 2020 – Squad training (U12 and above);
  • Saturday 8th February 2020 – CDNA sign-on;
  • Thursday 13th February 2020 – Squad training;
  • Saturday 15th February 2020 – CDNA sign-on;
  • Thursday 20th February 2020 – Squad training;
  • Saturday 22nd February 2020 – Trials day (team selections);
  • Wednesday 26th February 2020 – Team training for U12 and below commences;
  • Thursday 27th February 2020 – Open team training commences;
  • Saturday 7th March 2020 – Coaching clinic; and
  • Saturday 14th March 2020 – Season commences.

The Club has secured the services of Kim Howard, former assistant coach at the Sunshine Coast Lightening, to provide a series of development clinics for our coaches. The first of these is confirmed for Saturday 7th March 2020. There are still coaching opportunities available in 2020 for parents and students in Year 8 and above. If you would like to get involved, please make contact with the Club.

Finally, on behalf of the Club, have a safe and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you all next year! 

Mr Trevor Colton, PLC Netball Club President

Uniform Shop

Christmas Closure

The Uniform Shop is now closed for the year. Thank you to everyone for a wonderful year.

We will reopen for all your back to school needs from Monday 20th to Friday 24th January 2020. For appointments, please contact Reception. Our hours of operation will be 9.00am to 3.00pm. This week is always busy, so please ensure that you arrive on time for your appointment.

Volunteers are always greatly appreciated during this period. If you are able to help out during this time, either in the morning or afternoon, please send me a text on 0488 222 195 or email

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

LYQ Kids Camp 2020

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

29 Year 9 Camp Returns
  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)
4-6 Staff Days
22 St Mark’s @ Bombala – Children’s Service (9.00am)
24 St Mark’s @ Bombala – Carols and Communion Service (6.30pm)
25 St Mark’s @ Bombala – Christmas Day Service (9.00am)


28 Student's First Day
29 Year 6-12 Commencement Service - The Events Centre, Caloundra (6.30pm)
30 Year 3-6 Swim Trials
31 Welcome Breakfast (7.00am)
  Prep - Year 5 Opening Service - Gym (8.45am)
  Year 7-12 Swim Trials