Compass No. 563 March 2020

From the Principal

Being A Lifter

This year’s International Women’s Day Theme of #EachforEqual invites us to consider the ways in which we respect and protect the dignity of all and act to ensure that people can be the best they can be. People can be treated differently based on a range of characteristics including their gender, looks, where they were born, how well they speak and many other differences. When we live out our motto of ‘Care, Dignity and Respect’ we become blind to differences and instead focus on the strengths that lie within people and how they can enrich our lives and community. We can become proactive in ensuring that all people have a greater likelihood of equal opportunity. We are people who lift others and lift community.

Having the courage to stand alongside the least advantaged and the marginalised can have its costs but it is what makes us truly human and rich as community. Empathy is one of the most important strengths for each of us to grow and possess. God invites us to step out of the crowd and be people who have the courage to make a difference one life and one moment at a time. At Pacific we have an abundance of talents and gifts. God calls us to be people with big hands and big hearts to lift those around us.

Principal's Log

The Future Problem Solving teams, under the leadership of Mrs Jo Belchamber, have begun preparing for this year’s competition. For their practice problems, students will explore the topics of International Travel and Sleep Patterns. If successful in this round, students will then move to the Qualifying stage and compete against other schools from across Queensland, exploring the topic of Gamification. Following this, there’s the opportunity to compete at the National Finals for a place in the international competition. We wish the students for this year’s competition well and also senior student Charles Box, who will travel to the United States in June to represent Australia after winning his division at the National Finals in 2019.

We congratulate our senior students Nicholas Sarvari, Ryan Price, Brooklyn Graves and Anna Kraschnefski who represented themselves and the College well at this year’s Lions Youth of the Year competition conducted by the Currimundi and Caloundra Clubs. We thank Mrs Tina Cox for her support and leadership of these students.

We look forward to celebrating International Women’s Day with our community at breakfast this Friday. As we come together we recognise the very significant contribution that women make within our families, our community and in the world. We thank the many women who give so much to make our community a great place in which to grow and learn.

May God grow empathy within us and enable us to be people who lift others to be the best they can be.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

Planning and Decision Making

“Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.” – Winston Churchill

The thread this week revolves around planning, decision making, organisation and choices. Developing these skills are vital as children, young people and adults grow and navigate their way through life. Having capacity in this area also helps a person’s general wellbeing.

A common barrier to planning and good decision making and choices is stress, worry and anxiety. In our culture, the amount of choice we have in our daily lives is immense. Choices in terms of buying groceries, shopping online, how to use our leisure times, technology to use, media to watch, the list of options to choose from goes on and on. The sheer breadth of choice we have makes it hard for some young people to chart a pathway forward. The pressure for young people to make informed, planned, well thought out choices in the important aspects of life can sometimes be overwhelming.  

One of the instinctive ways we react to overwhelming choice is procrastination. Students doing assignments, people going to the gym, responding to that challenging email are all classic examples of where we can procrastinate. Breaking the habit of procrastination is challenging for anyone. Some helpful questions and strategies to consider are these:

  • Is there any area of your life, or a task you are putting off? 
  • Whatever you are avoiding, is there someone else who could do it? 
  • When you procrastinate find out what is the payoff? What else could you do for the payoff? 
  • When you have a difficult task ahead, how can you deliberately set up your environment to encourage you to change your approach? 

Remember with procrastination, a small win always creates momentum in the right direction; and feelings will follow over time.

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Head of Senior College Students

Senior College Update

As we enter the second half of Term 1, the pressures and demands in the Senior College increase for all students. Over the past fortnight, Year 12 students have been working through their first lot of assessment items in all subjects and it has been good to discuss their progress and results. One common theme that I keep hearing in these informal discussions is the appreciation of the support they have received from both teaching and support staff.

Year 10 and 11 students also have assessment deadlines approaching. During this time, it is easy for students to feel overwhelmed so it is important they make a plan to help them manage their time. Support from PCG teachers, class teachers, Heads of House and the Head of Learning can be an important way for students to manage the pressures of heavy assessment times. Students are encouraged to actively connect with these staff who are always happy to help where they can and offer advice. We wish all students well in their studies for the rest of the term. Student’s results and goals will be discussed in Term 2 with their PCG teachers when they engage in Care Conversations. This is a valuable process for all students to be a part of in order to identify any potential academic concerns, as well as celebrate their victories.

At this point in the year, it is important for Year 11 students to start thinking about how they are going to help and be more active leaders within the school. Each student has been given a leadership reflection document to work through and consider what talents and abilities they possess and how they can best utilise those skills. I have already been impressed with a number of students who have started to show initiative, volunteering to help across various areas of the College. I am looking forward to seeing them excel in their two leadership days with the Lutheran Youth of Queensland later in the year.

Senior Driver Education

Later this year, Year 11 and 12 students will have the opportunity to participate in a Safe Drivers Program. Details of the program will be advertised in due course. However, the following workshop for parents is being offered by the state government in Maroochydore.

Finally, the International Women’s Day Breakfast is on this Friday. I encourage everyone to come along and celebrate the wonderful gift we have in our sisters, mothers, wives and other significant women in our lives. I hope to see you all there.

Mr Mark Hauser, Head of Senior College Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

What does pastoral care look like at Pacific?

A few years ago, the senior design students were challenged to design a logo that encompassed the essence of what Pastoral Care looks like at Pacific. Mikaela Swan’s design was selected, after votes from students and staff were considered.

As the logo reflects, Pastoral Care is a combination of methodology, research and interpersonal skill building. The imagery of interconnected community reminds us that Pastoral Care is a collective experience and for us to flourish in this journey, we are reliant on each other.

At the centre of the logo lies the empty cross. This intentional placement reminds us that our connections, choices and processes are performed with Christ guiding us. We can hang our disagreements and troubles on the cross, safe in the knowledge that we build strength through weakness.

Central to the logo are our three core values of ‘Care, Dignity and Respect’. At assemblies this term, we will continue investigating and explaining what these words mean to us as community.

Last Monday, I spoke to Prep – Year 5 students about ‘Care’ and how we exhibit care. After visiting several learning spaces for guidance, we decided that Care at Pacific falls into three main areas; care for the environment, care for others and care for self.





  • We put things where they need to go.
    • Waste, lunchboxes.
  • We care for nature.
  • We care for the things the school provides.
    • Equipment.
    • Computers.
    • Books.
  • We help others in need.
  • We always use manners.
  • We play kindly and fairly.
  • We sort problems out sensibly.
  • We speak thoughtfully to others.
  • We support others through words and actions.
  • We follow the expectations of the College.
  • We make sure we have enough sleep and drink water.
  • We speak to others if we have a problem.
  • We speak up when we see things that are wrong.
  • We speak thoughtfully to others.
  • We listen to people that are there to help.

Perhaps the most insightful statement came from a Year 5 student who summed up our thinking: “Care at Pacific is bigger than one person. It is about being part of something bigger than yourself. When we care for each other, we make the world a better place”.

Stopping the Snowball

At assembly, we have also been discussing how we can stop problems that we encounter from becoming bigger. I used the analogy of a snowball rolling down a hill. When a snowball starts, it begins small and is easily stopped. However, if left unchecked, a snowball grows, becoming unstoppable and eventually damaging everything in its wake. Luckily there are many techniques we can use to stop a problem from growing into an uncontrollable snowball.

One such tool is the ‘high five hand’ (Speak Friendly, Speak Firmly, Ignore, Walk Away, Report). Students are reminded that if they are involved in or witness problems, they have a range of strategies to call on that aim to solve potential issues between students. The ‘high five hand’ provides quick and easy strategies to solve problems proactively.

Ride2School Day

National Ride2School Day is next Friday 13th March and we encourage our students to get involved! Using active travel to get to and from school means:

  • children arrive at school feeling more alert and ready to learn;
  • there are fewer cars on our local streets, which improves road safety around our school; and
  • it helps students to achieve their recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity each day.

The Sunshine Coast Council is offering great prizes this Ride2School Day, including bike shop vouchers valued at $500, $200 and $100. To go in the draw, register your children online before 5.00pm on Friday 13th March. Children can ride, scoot or skate to be eligible.

For more information and to register, visit:

Mr Damian Davis, Head of Staff and Students P-5

Food for Thought

Surviving the Teen Years

When you consider that the teen years are a period of intense growth, not only physically but emotionally and intellectually, it's understandable that it's a time of confusion and upheaval for many families.

Teens are often energetic, thoughtful and idealistic, with a deep interest in what's fair and right. So, although it can be a period of conflict between parent and child, the teen years are also a time to help children grow into the distinct individuals they will become. For more information, visit:

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor


International Women's Day Breakfast

We look forward to celebrating International Women’s Day with our community at our annual breakfast this Friday 6th March from 7.00am. Enjoy student performances and delicious food prepared by the Pacific Hospitality students.

This year's International Women's Day theme is #EachforEqual. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions. We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements. So collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.

Year 12 Hospitality - Tides Dinner

This year's annual Year 12 Hospitality Dinner will be held at Tides Waterfront Restaurant on Tuesday 24th March. Students, staff, friends and families are invited to come and support our Year 12 students as they experience running a restaurant. Enjoy a delicious 3-course meal, served by our Hospitality students for $65.00 per person. Bookings can be made from 5.30pm by contacting Mrs Colleen Beattie at:

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Shop Earn Grow

Help plant a greener future for our school! Simply shop at Currimundi Markets to vote for Pacific to WIN 1 of 2 Sustainable Garden Prize Packs! From 9th March – 3rd April 2020. Learn more at:

Look out for further information at Currimundi Marketplace.

Upcoming Events

  • Mooloolaba Tri – Sunday 15th March
  • College Dance – Friday 27th March; and
  • One World OCEANfest 2020 Planning Meeting – Date TBA.

If you would like to be involved in helping out at the College Dance and/or OCEANfest, please contact us via email:

Mooloolaba Tri

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help at the Mooloolaba Tri on Sunday 15th March. We now have enough volunteers for the event! Pacific will receive a donation for every volunteer we provide on the day.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday 17th March in the College Library at 6.30pm. Please join us for wine, cheese and a chat.

Quote of the Week

“A ship is always safe at the shore, but that is not what it is built for.” – Albert Einstein

Click here to follow our Friends of Pacific Facebook page.

Mrs Jenny Lee, FoP Chairperson

Library News

Readers' Cup

Year 6 and 8 students are invited to nominate for the Readers’ Cup. Readers’ Cup is a national competition where teams of four students compete to answer questions on books, from a given list of five books.

The Sunshine Coast competition is on Thursday 4th June at 10.00am for Year 6 students and Thursday 11th June at 5.30pm for Year 8 students. Winners of this round go on to the state final and then to the national final in Canberra.

If you love books and trivia and would like to connect with other like-minded people, email me or see the library staff before the end of Week 7.

Ms Nell Keen, Head of Library


Junior Readers

‘You Can Change the World’ by Lucy Bell.

Packed full of wonderful ideas for recycling, upcycling and living sustainably, ‘You Can Change the World’ is the perfect guide for environmentally-minded young readers. This is a bright and fun book, with lots of practical ideas and little projects that can help you make a difference in the world. This book also contains stories of other young people who have made a big difference.

Activity Idea: Try out one of the activities inside this book, like making your own compost bin or growing seeds in an old egg carton.


Middle Readers

‘The Australia Survival Guide: Australia is trying to kill you – this book will save your life’ by George Ivanoff.

If you are venturing outdoors this week to help with Clean Up Australia Day, you might want to take this book along with you. The beaches might look beautiful and the parks might present an air of general safety, but AUSTRALIA IS TRYING TO KILL YOU, you know! This hilarious guide to all things dangerous is as interesting as it is hilarious.

If you like this, try George Ivanoff’s ‘Royal Flying Doctors Service’ series.



‘Dry’ by Neal Shusterman.

What would you do if you were running out of water? Everyone knows the water is running out. Alyssa lives by the rules of her society – don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool and never take long showers. But when the water runs out, families turn against each other, neighbours become enemies and the fight for water – and survival – begins. Alyssa and her brother, along with their neighbour and a few other teens head off to find the water they need. This is an apocalyptic road trip novel that will have older readers hooked.

Ms Madison Dearnaley, Teacher Librarian

From the Head of Learning Enrichment

Social Studio

Social Studio is a new service that has opened at the Sports Hub at Bokarina. Social Studio is a fully inclusive purpose-built studio catering to the needs of kids, teens and young adults living with Autism, ADHD or anyone experiencing social isolation.

They provide a range of special interest groups including art, chess, lego, virtual reality and lots more. They also provide support work, small community social groups and programs such as life skills, come and try sports groups and relationship coaching.

For further information, click here, or visit Mrs Jo Belchamber in the LEC.

Mrs Jo Belchamber, Head of Learning Enrichment

Secondary College

Lions Youth of the Year 2020

Last week, four of the College Captains participated in the annual Lions Youth of the Year competition. Nicholas Sarvari and Ryan Price competed at the Currimundi Club final, while Brooklyn Graves and Anna Kraschnefski attended the Caloundra Club final. All students were interviewed on their leadership, community involvement and interests, before delivering prepared speeches to very supportive audiences. This was a great opportunity for the students and they enjoyed the experience after some initial nerves. While they do not move on to the next level of the Australia-wide competition, they represented the College with pride and we congratulate each student on their efforts.

Mrs Tina Cox, Public Speaking Coordinator

Industrial Technology and Design Excursion

Last Friday, Year 11 and 12 Furnishing Skills and Industrial Technology Skills students had an excursion to two workplaces. Their first stop was BFX Furniture at Yandina where they were given a tour of the factory that manufactures office furniture for businesses, schools and hospitals. Students gained an understanding of the tradespeople and equipment required, variety of materials and processes used, the recycling of waste products from one product line that gets used for other products and how automation streamlined the production processes.

Their second stop was the workshop of Far Far Furniture Designs in Witta. Here, students met local designer and maker, Paul Mitchell who is currently constructing a one-off 5.5m tall CNC routered ‘Reading Tree’ sculpture that will be installed in the new council library at Rosewood. He explained the process from dealing with the client, prototyping, CAD modelling, CNC routing and constructing. This unique design demonstrated how CAD software and CNC routing technology (which students use at school) can be utilised in a creative way on a commercial project.

Mr Ben Dutton, Industrial Technology Teacher

Mathematics Tutoring

This year, the Pacific Mathematics department will offer ‘Maths Homework Help’ to all Year 6-12 students each Monday afternoon, from 3.20pm – 4.20pm in L13/14. This gives students the opportunity to come and do their maths homework in a quiet environment with a teacher present to ask questions when needed. All students who attend are expected to work quietly on their maths homework/revision.

Mr Alex O’Connor, Head of Senior College Mathematics

Cultural News

Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra Music Camp

Over the weekend, 13 of our musicians attended the Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra camp in Mapleton. They spent the weekend rehearsing in groups with experts from across the Sunshine Coast. They even indulged in a group yoga session to aid their postures whilst playing their instruments. The finale concert on Sunday was a fantastic showcase of their musical talent and sounded fabulous! Well done to all students who participated.

Mrs Helen Williams, Head of Instrumental Music

Secondary Sport (7-12)

Regional Swimming Carnival

Well done to Catalina Stylianou, Alex Monroe, Ben McCormac and Ainslie Carter on their performance at the Regional Swimming Carnival this week. Alex has qualified to represent the region at the upcoming State Championships! Congratulations, Alex.

SCISSA Results – Wednesday 3rd March






Int Boys A Volleyball




Will Butler

Int Boys B Volleyball




Jack Mitchell

Int Girls A Volleyball




Ainslie Colton

Int Girls B Volleyball




Ashley Anderson-Stevens

Jnr Boys A Volleyball





Jnr Boys B Volleyball





Jnr Girls A Volleyball




Amity McGregor

Jnr Girls B Volleyball





Open Boys Soccer




Liam Russell

Open Girls Soccer




Rebecca Pike


Monday Night Netball

The 2020 Monday Night Netball season commenced this week with our first games. All Pacific teams did very well with five wins and two losses, which is a strong start to the season. It was very pleasing to see all the students playing and enjoying the game. The results for this week are as follows:




PLC Coral

Won by default


PLC Silver


Rhianna Noble

PLC Opal


Jessica Watkins

PLC Crystal


Freya Mulholland

PLC Pearls


Katie Graves

PLC Jade


Eden Williams

PLC Emeralds


Kaylah Newcombe


Caloundra Basketball Camp

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Sport

Club Sport

Pacific FC

Season Opening – 7th March

This Saturday, Pacific will host the U6 and U7 Rooball Carnival with our U6 Scorpions, U7 Orcas, U7 Sharks and U7 Seahorses taking the field. Click here for the U6 Draw and the U7 Draw. Our U8-U10 teams will play at various locations across the coast and it’s $5 to play. Our U12-U15/16 teams will complete Grading Round A, also at various locations. The full Round 1/A Draw and Round 2/B Draw can be found on the SCCSA website and our Pacific FC website.

If you are playing at Pacific, keep an eye out for:

  • Ice-cold slushies at the Rooball Ribbon Tent!
  • Full canteen menu running throughout the day.
  • Our new hydration station at the canteen. Bring your own water bottle to refill as we are cutting down on selling pre-packaged water.
  • Our Great Boot Swap, which enables families to pass on boots that no longer fit their children to others.
  • Our Donated Jersey Rack is raising money for the Bushfire Appeal. Thank you to our ex-Pacific Soccer Family (Rhana and Matt Holt) for their most generous donation of pre-owned jerseys for the appeal.

Mark Your Calendar

On Tuesday 10th March, a special ‘Growing Pacific FC’ information evening will be held from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. If you are interested in helping out this season, please come along and hear how you can contribute to growing the Club. Please RSVP on our events page to help with catering (no charge to attendees).

We Want You!

Do you enjoy keeping fit and having fun with your friends? Most teams are full for the 2020 season, however we do have a few opportunities in the following age divisions:

  • U8 x 2 spots
  • U9 x 2 spots
  • U13 and U14 x 1 spot each
  • U15/16 x 2 spots

Follow us on Facebook!

Mrs Rita Williams, Pacific FC President

PLC Netball Club

This weekend the 2020 season commences. The opening two rounds are ‘Round Robin’ grading weeks where each team will play a number of shortened trial matches. Based on the results, teams are then allocated to their playing divisions for the season.

This Saturday will commence with a club march past and official opening ceremony. All players are requested to be at the Caloundra Indoor Stadium by 7.30am on Saturday morning dressed in their PLC socks, dress and with their Club ribbon in their hair.

Our home base will be located in the usual position next to Courts 8 and 9. It promises to be a wonderful day.

There are still positions available for girls born in 2008 or 2009. If you are interested in playing, please contact me via

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

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

General Notices

Entertainment Books

Pacific Lutheran College is fundraising with Entertainment™ again this year. Order your NEW 2020 Entertainment™ Books and Entertainment™ Digital Memberships today and 20% of the proceeds will go towards Pacific Lutheran Early Learning Centre!

To order your book or digital membership, visit:

Upcoming Dates

6 International Women's Day Breakfast (7.00am)
9 Year 4-6 SCISSA Training (3.15pm - 4.15pm)
12 Year 4-6 SCISSA Trial Game - NCC
14 Music Scholarship Test
16 Year 4-6 SCISSA Training (3.15pm - 4.15pm)
17 Friends of Pacific (6.30pm)
20 Pacific as a Peace Place
21 Academic Scholarship Test
24 Year 12 Hospitality- Tides Dinner
24-26 Prep - Year 5 Parent Conferences
26 Year 4-6 SCISSA Gala Day 1
27 Prep - Year 9 College Dance
3 K-12 Chapel
  Year 3-12 Cross Country Carnivals
  Term 1 Concludes