Compass No. 565 March 2020

From the Principal

Spreading Care

By small and larger acts of kindness we can spread a culture of care. An important part of the Australian and Pacific cultures is to look out for others. In this time of uncertainty, it is important that we are tuned in to the needs of people around us and provide support as needed. Some of you may have seen the story on the news last night where a person who was a double amputee rode a tricycle for a number of kilometres to complete grocery shopping for an elderly friend who was no longer able to do this for himself. Care with our actions and communication provides important safety for people. As Pacific families we can keep an eye out for each other and for our neighbours. We can check whether other families or the elderly and less mobile in our streets need assistance in anyway. We can be there for each other as individuals and families. 

In the midst of uncertainty and change, God promises that He is there with us. We can rest and recharge in His love, grace and care. Recharged we can spread care through all of our interactions.

Principal's Log

I have been impressed with the way our staff and students have worked creatively together in changing circumstances. As we have moved from large school gatherings, we have seen staff and students adapt to deliver chapels to Pastoral Care Groups and classes digitally, complete with singing. Assembly messages have also been conveyed very effectively using digital resources. As we respond to changing circumstances, opportunities arise for us to creatively explore ways to maintain connection, community and important parts of our culture.

Teachers and students have also been growing their capacity and preparing for home-learning should the College be directed to close. Through the use of Nav across Years 3-12 and Seesaw across Prep – Year 2, students will be able to access online learning materials from home in the event of a school closure. Again, there has been some very creative thinking in a range of areas as teachers have been learning and collaborating together. For students who are absent at present, normal processes for accessing missed learning still apply. 

Congratulations to our speech and drama students who have very successfully completed their grade level exams at the end of 2019. A number of students were recognised at the recent Australian College of Music Annual Awards Night, placing 1st and 2nd in the state. Well done to all students and particularly Luca Jones, Mya Boyall and Sebastian Carter who were awarded gold for being in first place and Emily McKenzie, Lucy Dimond, Priya Miles, Matthew McKenzie and Sameeha Thompson who were awarded silver for being in second place. We also congratulate Luca Jones who was awarded the Annabel Garriock Award for excellence in his grade level and Cosi Winter who was awarded the Patrick Ryan Achievement award for consistency of achievement and dedication. We thank Mrs Lisa McKibbon for her excellent guidance and development of these students.

We do think of and say a prayer of thanks for our many families who are negotiating increased intensity through their involvement in the health industries and other areas of work at this time. We pray for you and pray that God would guide us and equip us with kind hearts and keep all in our community safe.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

A Prayer of Us and Our World

Because we have hope in a God who loves us no matter what, during a time like this, we can tap into that confidence and peace through the gift of prayer. Also, as we pray, God encourages us to reorient ourselves to the needs of others.

Let’s pray for our College community, those in the caring professions and our world;

God, our Healer, show your compassion for the whole human family as we deal with the spread of the coronavirus. Come to our aid, heal those who are sick, support and protect our families and friends.

Give us your spirit of love and self-discipline so that we may come together, working to control and eliminate the coronavirus.  Make us vigilant, attentive, and proactive. Heal our self-centeredness and indifference that makes us worry only when the virus threatens us, open ways beyond fear that too easily ignore our neighbour. 

Strengthen and encourage those in public health services and the medical profession: care-givers, nurses, doctors, all who commit themselves to care for the sick and their families. Inspire, give insight and hope to all researchers focused on developing a vaccine.

Sustain all workers and business owners who suffer the loss of livelihood due to shut-downs, quarantines, closed borders and other restrictions. Protect and guard all those who must travel.

Guide the leaders of our nations that they speak the truth, halt the spread of misinformation and act with justice so that all your family may know healing. Heal our world, heal our bodies, strengthen our hearts and our minds and in the midst of turmoil, give us hope and peace.

Remember all your family, the entire human race and all your creation, in your healing love, we pray. Amen.

(Adapted from a prayer from the Lutheran World Federation)

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Head of Senior College Students

Pacific as a Peace Place

This Friday is Pacific as a Peace Place Day and coincides with the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. Throughout the day, students will be engaged in a variety of reflective activities. In today’s age of social media and technology, online platforms from across the world create one of the most prevalent forms of bullying and harassment. It is easy for young people to say nothing and let it go. However, rather than being a bystander, we encourage young people to become an upstander and speak out against negative comments that can have a detrimental effect on someone else. We hope that as a community, we can come together to support each other and treat everyone with care, dignity and respect at all times.

Student Drivers

As more and more students obtain their P-plates in the senior school, it is important to remind parents and students that their safety on the road, and the safety of others, is a top priority. Students should be abiding by the speed limits of 40km/h in school zones and 5km/h in school car parks. Students can park in the student car parking zones, but should not be going to their cars throughout the day. All students who are driving to school will also need to complete an orange student driver form, which can be collected from the Wellbeing Centre.

Year 10 and 11 Assessment Period

We wish the Year 11 and 10 students all the best for their upcoming tests and assignments. This is a busy time of the year for Senior College students and staff, but if we can approach each day with a calm and positive attitude, then we put ourselves in the best possible position for success. We encourage all students to optimise their time in class and work with their teachers to best prepare themselves for the work ahead.

Mr Mark Hauser, Head of Senior College Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

Care for Each Other

It has been heartening to the see the way our community has responded to the unique set of circumstances we have faced over the course of the last week. By adopting the guidelines around hygiene and restriction of gatherings, we show care for not only ourselves, but for our wider community. As mentioned previously, care is about being part of something bigger than ourselves. The current climate provides a tangible opportunity to show each other what this means. 

At Home Learning

As part of our preparation for a potential change to our school routine, staff are continually building capacity in their ability to deliver at home learning, should the need arise. As mentioned in previous communications, Foundation College staff have been organising at home learning through Seesaw. Each child will have videos, worksheets and hands-on learning activities up-loaded to Seesaw on a regular basis. Combined with the home learning kits that will be sent home, our students will have a mixture or resources to engage with the curriculum. Foundation College students are familiar with Seesaw and we are confident they will quickly adapt to it in the home environment. Similarly, Junior College students will use our learning management system Nav to interact with daily plans set down for learning and utilise the resources provided to support the learning for any given period. Junior College students have had the opportunity to engage with Nav and are familiar with how to access the relevant materials. Across Prep – Year 5, staff are engaging in the many interactive software options that will enable them to connect with students personally, in the event of a school closure. As the College is following government advice and delivering content at school, detailed instructions and access codes to at home learning will only be distributed in the event of the school moving to online delivery.

Pastoral Care

With the government restricting gatherings this week we have been creative in how we deliver our assemblies and chapels, which are important aspects of our culture. I had the exciting task of recording my assembly message and distributing it to learning spaces for classes to view. This will be continued until government advice regarding gatherings changes. Our recognition of our social and emotional growth through our You Can Do It awards is also continuing in individual learning spaces to celebrate our students. Our chapels will remain student-run, in conjunction with Pastor Tim and the class teacher, with classes still responsible for the delivery and spreading of God’s word. These too will be presented in a digital format to classes so we can continue to worship as community.


As we continued to look at our Pastoral Care logo this week at assembly, we focused on dignity. What is dignity? How do we measure dignity? How do we show other dignity? When we look at someone or a picture of someone, what do we see? We see the physical things like eyes, hair and clothes. What is harder to see is what lies beneath. Hidden inside the word dignity is ‘dig’. This provides a clue to what dignity is. When we ‘dig’ inside ourselves, we often get to see who we are, what we value and how we deserve to be treated. When talking about dignity, I used the analogy of a seesaw. If a junior student and I got on a seesaw, I would be down low while the child would be high in the air. But if we were to step on to a ‘dignity seesaw’, it would remain flat and balanced as it measures the same rights we have as people and how we treat others. This is constant regardless of how we appear to others. We are all equal inside, regardless of what we look like or what we can do. We need to be shown the care that we deserve. Our friends and families love us not for what we can do but for who we are on the inside. 

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

Food for Thought

Talking to Children About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

When talking to children about COVID-19, it is important to remain calm and reassuring.

  • Children will react to and follow your verbal and nonverbal reactions.
  • What you say and do about COVID-19, current prevention efforts, and related events can either increase or decrease your children’s anxiety.
  • Remind them that you and the adults at their school are there to keep them safe and healthy.
  • Let your children talk about their feelings and help reframe their concerns into the appropriate perspective.

To learn more, visit:

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

College Nurse

Year 7 and 10 Vaccinations

A reminder that Year 7 and 10 vaccination consent forms were due this week on Tuesday 17th March. If you are yet to return the forms, please complete and return as soon as possible. Please note that forms need to be returned even if you do not wish for your child to be vaccinated at school.

Extra forms can be obtained from the College nurses in the Health Centre.

The vaccination dates for 2020 are as follows:

  • Thursday 23rd April – Year 7 and 10
  • Thursday 29th October – Year 7

Mrs Maree Hooper and Mrs Sharon Middleton, College Nurses

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Pacific Together

Pacific Together…caring for each other.

We can live our lives simply by going about our own business, keeping our own head above water but at some point, this is not enough. We can learn to lean on each other to create a network of friends, support and resources to make our lives rich. We’re all in this together and so let’s be mindful of those around us.

  • Compassion is an amazing gift to foster in an everyday environment;
  • Generosity can come in the form of time and skills;
  • Develop inspiration to reach out to those less fortunate;
  • We ALL have resources to bring light into the life of others;
  • Any random acts of kindness will be appreciated by those in need; and
  • We are all ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Click here to follow our Friends of Pacific Facebook page.

Mrs Jenny Lee, FoP Chairperson

Library News

Announcement of Australia’s Children’s Laureate

Author Ursula Dubosarsky has been chosen as the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2020–21. Ursula Dubosarsky is the author of over 60 books for children and young adults. She has won many national prizes and her books have been published across the world and translated into 14 different languages.

The theme of Ursula's two-year term is ‘Read For Your Life’, promoting reading as a lifelong habit. Check out some of Ursula Dubosarsky’s books in our library.

Alex Rider Short Story Competition

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Alex Rider ‘Stormbreaker’ series, Walker Books are running a short story competition to be judged by author, Anthony Horowitz. Prizes include a scooter, an eBook version of your story and books. For more details and to submit your entry, visit:

Ms Nell Keen, Head of Library


This week, all our reviews are of titles from our eBook collection. Students can access the collection of eBooks via the Library Homepage and follow the link to ePlatform to login.

Junior Readers

‘Jake Atlas and the Quest for the Crystal Mountain’ by Rob Lloyd Jones.

Love action and adventure? Try this action-packed title with futuristic gadgets and belly laughs. Jake Atlas is a treasure hunter, a tomb robber and an all-round trouble maker. And he is rather good at it. As Jake and his family begin a search for an emerald tablet that will reveal secrets about history, the People of the Snake use explosives and drastic measures to try and stop them. Jake will have to use all his skills in a high-altitude mission.

Middle Readers

‘Everything I’ve Never Said’ by Samantha Wheeler.

Ava would love to talk to her family. She’d love to tell them she likes pink not purple. She’d love to say that she would rather watch teen movies than kid shows. And she’d really love to tell them that she loves them. But Ava has Rett syndrome and so Ava can’t move her body the way she would like to, can’t nod, blink, wave and certainly can’t talk. When tragedy strikes her family and throws her life into chaos, Ava knows she must talk, must help save her family. With the help of new friends, Kieran and Aimee, Ava just might have the chance to find her voice and tell the world, tell her family, everything she’s always wanted to say.

Senior Readers

‘Warcross’ by Marie Lu.

Warcross is a dramatic and thrilling science-fiction, it has everything that will keep readers glued to the pages. Emika Chen is a bounty hunter. She hunts criminals who gamble on the world-wide phenomenon, virtual reality game, Warcross. It's the only way she can afford to live and slowly repay her father's debts. But in a moment of desperation, Em accidentally glitches herself into the biggest Warcross game of the season, instantly displayed across the vision of millions of people. Instead of being arrested though, Emika is recruited by the game's founder, Hideo Tanaka, to play in the Warcross championship, working undercover to help him find the person responsible for dangerously hacking into the games.

Ms Madison Dearnaley, Teacher Librarian

Secondary College

Mathematics Tutoring

As most assessments have been completed for the term, Monday afternoon tutoring has concluded and will resume in Week 4 of next term.

Mr Alex O’Connor, Head of Senior College Mathematics

Cultural News

Speech and Drama Students at the Top of Their Game

Pacific Lutheran College students dominated the upper grade levels in Speech and Drama at the Australian College of Music's Annual Award Night on Saturday 14th March. Students and their families from around Queensland came together to honour those students who came first and second in the State for their grade level examinations in 2019.

Gold medal winners on the night were Luca Jones, Mya Boyall and Sebastian Carter. Silver medallists were Emily McKenzie, Lucy Dimond, Priya Miles, Matthew McKenzie and Sameeha Thompson. Luca Jones also won the Annabel Garriock Award for excellence in his grade level and Cosi Winter won the Patrick Ryan Achievement Award for consistency of achievement and dedication to her work.

Mya Boyall and Lucy Dimond performed a duologue from Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' for the audience and left us in no doubt of their talent. The whole evening was very inspirational for students and their families as they got to feel part of a much wider creative community at the top of their respective fields. As the Awards were held in Brisbane, a group of us managed to fit in a visit to the theatre that afternoon to see the final year QUT Kelvin Grove drama students perform Anton Chekhov's 'Three Sisters'.

A record 29 students from Pacific participated in the Speech and Drama exams last year and all of them should be congratulated on their performances. Examiner Ms Sandra Neale was impressed with the absolute fearlessness and outgoing personality of every performer and enjoyed seeing many of them again at the Awards Night.

Mrs Lisa McKibben, Speech and Drama Tutor

Student Poet Published Again

Julian Schirripa has had another poem published on the Australian Children's Poetry website. This time it was a shape poem called 'Tornado Touchdown' -- a rhyming poem in the shape of a twister. Celia Berrell (Australia's favourite science poet) has taken a keen interest in Julian's work and made the comment, "Sensational!" on the blog page. Check out the poem at:

Mrs Lisa McKibben, Speech and Drama Tutor

From the Head of Career Development

ADF Gap Year Applications Now Open

The ADF Gap Year program is available to school leavers (after Year 12). It is a unique opportunity to experience life in the Navy, Army or Air Force, without needing to make a long-term commitment. The ADF Gap Year program will provide valuable work and life experience and opportunities to develop a range of skills that are completely transferable.

Students who take part in the ADF Gap Year program:

  • Gain valuable skills and work experience;
  • Enjoy a great salary package plus free healthcare;
  • Live a varied, active and healthy lifestyle;
  • Make friends with like-minded people; and
  • Have the opportunity to see more of Australia.

There are a variety of roles including experiences as an officer, in management, engineering, logistics and warehousing, combat and security and administration. For more information, visit:

Headstart Information Evenings – Cancelled

We have received notification from USC that the upcoming Headstart Information Evenings have been cancelled. Any families who are considering applying for Headstart in the second semester of this year are welcome to make an appointment with Mrs Wanda Hayes ( to discuss the program and the application process.

Mrs Wanda Hayes, Head of Career Development

Secondary Sport (7-12)

Sport Update

In line with the recent government directive to minimise non-essential gatherings in order to reduce exposure risks associated with COVID-19 and to ensure we are not compromising the health and wellbeing of our students and staff, please see below a decision around the following scheduled Independent District and SCISSA sports, events and courses:

  • Interschool Sport – Term 1:
    • Wednesday Volleyball and Soccer CANCELLED
    • Monday Night Netball CANCELLED.
  • Interschool Sport – Term 2:
    • Rugby, Volleyball, Tennis, Futsal PENDING
  • SCISSA Trial Games and Gala Days
    • Term 1: CANCELLED
    • Term 2: PENDING
  • Independent District Cross Country Carnival CANCELLED
  • Regional Cross Country Carnival PENDING
  • All district trials scheduled for Term 2 CANCELLED
  • All district training sessions CANCELLED
  • District Athletics Carnival PENDING

Obviously, the situation is fluid and these decisions are subject to change at very short notice. We will continue to update the Pacific community with new information as it comes to hand. Thank you for your ongoing support of the health and wellbeing of our community.

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Sport

Club Sport

Pacific FC

“The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence, but to act with yesterday’s logic.” – Peter Drucker

Thank you to everyone in our soccer community for demonstrating remarkable resilience and leadership during these turbulent times. Managers, coaches, players and parents have been calm and measured in the face of the difficult decisions made for the safety of the community amid the evolving situation surrounding COVID-19.

With training having ceased, SCCSA pausing the season until 1st May and the cancellation of the State Titles, uncertainty has become the new norm. It’s uncomfortable and unpleasant, but it forces us to focus on what is truly important; our family, friends and community. 

Let’s continue to work together.

Mrs Rita Williams, 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

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

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

20 Pacific as a Peace Place
21 Academic Scholarship Test
24-26 Prep - Year 5 Parent Conferences
3 Year 3-12 Cross Country Carnivals (TBD)
  Term 1 Concludes
9 Maudy Thursday
10 Good Friday
11 Easter Saturday
12 Easter Sunday
13 Easter Monday