Compass No. 566 March 2020

From the Principal

Community Together

At times of considerable challenge and change, we can be people who lift one another. Within our community, there will be vastly different scenarios unfolding for each of us. Being people for each other is the greatest gift we can give. Who we are in our families and in community is what enriches us. Being gently present for each other can make a great difference. As we adhere strictly to government guidelines and maintain high levels of physical distancing, we can reach out to care for people beyond our immediate families by phone and technology.

At our simplest and richest, we are people in relationship. God walks with us, gently present.

Principal's Log

Our teachers, students and parents are to be congratulated on the way they have navigated a complex week of learning and community. The positive energy that has flowed around the College as staff and students have grown capacity to engage with each other digitally and maintain effective learning in the face to face setting, while also supporting students at home, has been uplifting. A strong focus on calm, positive purposefulness has pervaded our community. Thank you to those parents who have expressed their appreciation to staff. A standing ovation to you all!

With the Premier’s announcement today, there will be a change to routines and modes of learning at the College. Communication about these changes, including the announcement of student free days for next week, has been sent home to parents via email and via Parent Lounge on TASS. Students and staff were also informed today via email. All parents, staff and students are asked to ensure they have read this communication which announces that next week (Monday 30th March to Friday 3rd April) will be student free and that we will commence online delivery of learning from Monday 20th April. As per advice in the letter, the College will remain open for students whose family circumstance necessitates that they attend school next week and for the start of Term 2. Families wishing to send students to the College are asked to complete the survey via the link contained in the letter.

As this is the last newsletter before Easter, we trust that all families find the time to reflect on the great gift of grace that God has given each of us through Jesus’ death and resurrection. Through His forgiveness, we are free to live hope-filled lives.

May God bless you all and keep you safe over the coming month.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

Fear and Love

There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear. (1 John 4:18)

It is sometimes tough to remain calm in these days of panic buying at the supermarkets, loss of work, health uncertainty for loved ones and much social and economic change. With the constant media coverage, fear is prevalent at the moment and can sometimes take over our decision making and perception of the world. In this situation, God’s word speaks to us and promises that His perfect love drives out all fear. 

Fear does not seem to coexist that well with love. When we are fearful of the world we live in, love, care and concern for others seem to diminish rapidly. The ‘fish’ in our self comes out selFISHness. The thinking is that the world seems like it’s going to end, so I need to look after me and mine. Fear of scarcity, fear of illness, fear of isolation, fear of death creeps in to take over our hearts and minds as we try to deal with the reality of what is happening. But instead of the fish coming out of ourselves, the ‘less’ in the self can emerge…selfLESSness. In these times of fear, of social distancing, of unprecedented change and disruption, it is miraculous to see acts of selflessness. Of people caring for elderly neighbours and strangers, of food being delivered to those in need, of bills, rent and other financial commitments being relaxed. Our human condition is one of selfishness, but selflessness can also emerge.

It emerges because God is at work amongst us, even in a global pandemic. The world has lived through pandemics before and people have persisted in serving others and given witness to the risen Lord Jesus. Our Saviour Jesus provides us with a reason to hope, have faith and to love others. Love which drives our fear when we engage in acts of selflessness. When we care for the other and love our neighbour, when we use our gifts and resources to share, these are ways God’s Spirit is at work in us as His perfect love drives out fear. This is the promise we have from God; His perfect love drives out fear. May you find comfort in this truth in our world today.   

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Director of Students

The Here and Now

There has been a great calmness around the campus and I thank all students, supported by their teachers and families, for the way they have conducted themselves and acted upon the messages delivered at various times these past few weeks. Students have listened and we have heard them singing happy birthday whilst they wash their hands! Likewise keeping a good distance apart, yet still engaging in competitive games of handball. Furthermore, adjusting to and planning for the idea of remote learning has been met with open minds. This has been a learning experience for all involved and we thank staff and students for their increasing capacity to manage this change. Mrs Leah Croke’s Year 7A class were very pleased with themselves last week as they were all connected and mic’d up ready to commence an online lesson. Moreover, there was great delight in engaging in a digital Chapel last Wednesday lead by Bula 5. Thank you to Mrs Kate Vaney and Mrs Janine Stone for leading this and to Pastor Tim Jarick for his message. These are just a few examples of the way we are all adapting to ensure a continuity and consistency of routine and culture.

Ultimately it is incredibly important that we all continue to remain connected with one another in the here and now, in a way that continues to build community.


This year we will be honouring our ANZACs in a different way. One of the elements requires the involvement of families. Specifically, we are after an old photo of a family member who has served or is currently serving in the Armed Forces (preferably with your child in it). Whilst it would be great to see the medals on show, we will happily accept any photo (even with a brief caption of where and when they served). The photos will be collated and combined into a photo reel that will form part of the service on the day. We thank Mrs Aleisha Tuaine for her sharing of this tremendous idea. Families are encouraged to email their photo to Mrs Leanne Bevis by Friday 3rd April.

Mr Ben Ryan, Director of Students

From the Head of Learning K-5

Home and School Learning Together

As we move into remote learning through Seesaw and Nav, it’s important that we put some protocols into place for our students in Prep to Year 5. The following ideas will be sent home:

  1. Focus your mind
  • Have household jobs done by 8.30am so that you are ready to check in with your teacher.
  • Have all your equipment ready – laptop, pencils and books.
  • Check the daily plan with an adult.
  1. Getting ready to learn
  • Make sure your learning space is tidy and comfortable.
  • Dress in comfortable clothes.
  • Be respectful of what adults need to do.
  1. Be productive
  • Manage your time well – use it for learning.
  • Contact your teacher if you need help.
  • Remember to keep your device charged.
  1. Your general wellbeing
  • Eat and drink properly throughout the day.
  • Take regular breaks to go outside and exercise.
  • Talk to someone at home or school if you are worried.

Remember that children will take a lead from adults about how to behave in difficult situations, so maintaining a sense of calm will help children cope.

It is also equally important to look after yourself as a parent or carer; keep an eye on your sleeping, eat well, spend time doing activities you enjoy and look into relaxation and mindfulness techniques to help maintain your calm.

As a College we are here to support you in any way that we can. Please contact us via email if you need help or guidance.

Mrs Sue Zweck, Head of Learning K-5

Food for Thought

SchoolTV Special Report: Preparing for Learning at Home

Following the Premier’s announcement this morning, learning at home has become a reality for students across Queensland. This will likely involve parents establishing new routines and schedules, whilst juggling their own work responsibilities. During this time, parents will need to continue to be reassuring and supportive in this time of uncertainty.

While Pacific is working hard to ensure your child’s academic and pastoral care needs are met, parents will also play a key role in providing them with the structure and groundwork for success. Young people will be looking towards their parents to keep things in context and help ease the transition to a different learning environment.

In this Special Report, parents are provided with some guidelines on how best to navigate this time of transition with minimal disruption. View the Special Report at:

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

College Nurse

Year 7 and 10 Vaccinations - Postponed

Following consultation with Ozcare, the Year 7 and 10 vaccinations will be postponed until further notice.

The permission forms that have been returned will be kept for when the vaccinations are rescheduled. If you are yet to return the forms, please keep them until school resumes.

Mrs Maree Hooper and Mrs Sharon Middleton, College Nurses

Library News

Accessing Library Resources at Home

The Pacific Library is very well set up to support students’ research and reading needs from home.

Junior College

Prep – Year 5 students should bookmark our junior library homepage: . Here students can access our LibGuides, (password plc) which are organised by year level and topic, as well as some great age-appropriate resources such as DK Findout and KidCyber. They can also access our online encyclopaedia World Book Kids, (username: pacluth1 and password: library), which contains lots of games and puzzles, as well as information and multimedia. Year 4 students can also access their coding pages from this site.

Students may borrow as many books as they like in the lead up to the holidays and we encourage families to become members of their local council library in order to access their eBook collections.

Middle and Senior College

Year 6-12 students should bookmark our library homepage: . We have a dedicated eBook collection for our secondary students and encourage them to borrow as many physical and ebooks as they like and to keep up their reading while at home. We will be supporting our students’ assignment needs through LibGuides (password plc), providing websites, videos and databases on assignment topics, as well as through our videos on research skills. The teacher librarians will also be available via email to help students with research questions. Students can contact Ms Nell Keen at: and Ms Madison Dearnaley at: for help.

Library lessons for Years 6-8 will continue via students’ Nav English page. Year 11 PD research lessons will continue via the Senior Personal Development Nav page.

Co-curricular activities such as Readers’ Cup, our Choc-Lit reading group, Writers’ Group and Reviewers’ Group will also continue to operate through Nav.


The following LibGuides for Senior English text studies were added to our site this week. The password to access them is plc.

Ms Nell Keen, Head of Library


Junior Readers

‘Baz and Benz’ by Heidi McKinnon.

Baz and Benz are best friends. But sometimes being friends isn’t easy. Sometimes friends change. Sometimes they do annoying things. Really annoying things! But through it all, friends stick together. ‘Baz and Benz’ is a charming picture book. It’s honest because, yes, sometimes our friends annoy us and we have to tell them to STOP! It’s funny because Baz likes to test Benz’s patience. And it is a true ode to friendship. Perfect for reading aloud together, this is a great reminder about the important and strength of friendship.

If you liked this, try ‘Snail and Turtle Are Friends’ by Stephen Michael King.

Middle Readers

 ‘200 Minutes of Danger’ by Jack Heath.

Like to live dangerously? 10 stories. 10 dangerous situations. 10 brave teens. 20 minutes to escape. This is the next instalment in Jack Heath’s Minutes of Danger series. This one is even more dangerous and faster paced as the kids only have 20 minutes to get themselves out of a range of dangerous situations, from being thrown overboard into an ocean with sharks circling nearby, a science experiment gone wrong and a futuristic submarine with robots shooting taser stun guns. Minute-by-minute count downs on the page keep the suspense high as time runs out for these teens.

If you liked this, try ‘300 Minutes of Danger’ by Jack Heath.

Senior Readers

‘Mallee Boys’ by Charlie Archbold.

‘Mallee Boys’ is an enthralling novel that captures the unique voices and lives of two young brothers living in rural Australia as they bridge the gap from childhood to adulthood. Parties, schooling, farming, deadly snakes, grief and loss, family and friends, ‘Mallee Boys’ encompasses the simplicity of everyday life and the many complications it brings. Sandy has only months left of Year 10. Months to decide if or where he can continue his schooling. Red is happy his school days are behind him. Now he can help his dad on their farm, play footy and hang with his mates. Both boys are still grieving the sudden loss of their mother who died only one year ago. As their days fill with work, dirt biking, friendship complications, and trouble with girls, both Sandy and Red face decisions that will shape their futures.

If you liked this, try ‘Brontide’ by Sue McPherson.

Ms Madison Dearnaley, Teacher Librarian

Cultural News

Junior Production - Annie

Prior to the restrictions surrounding non-essential activities, some of our Annie cast auditions were held. Well done to all students who had the opportunity to audition. It was so heartening to see the energy and talent that exists at Pacific. Unfortunately, given the current evolving situation regarding COVID-19, all further preparations for our production of Annie have been put on hold. As not all auditions were completed, we are unable to post a cast list at this stage.

We hope to resume our casting announcements and preparations later this year. Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.  

Mrs Kristy Astwick and Mr David Simphendorfer

Instrumental Music Lessons

This week, the Music Department has received a number of enquiries regarding how instrumental music lessons will continue in a learning at home scenario. We are thrilled to report that we have begun offering high quality, individual online lessons. The uptake on these lessons has been fantastic and we look forward to seeing more of our students move across to this option.

We are still taking enrolments for individual instrumental lessons and have a small number of instruments available to hire. If you are looking for activities that can happen from home, are proven to keep the brain active and can break up the routine of learning at home, please collect an enrolment form from any of our offices or send an enquiry to Mrs Helen Williams at:

A number of our tutors also take on private students. If you have always wanted to learn an instrument, or would just like a better understanding to help your child learn, now could be your chance! As a special offer, we are offering a deal of four online lessons for $148. Using the code #AfriendatPacific, send an email to Mrs Helen Williams ( letting her know what instrument you would like to learn or for a full list of instruments offered. Please note that some conditions apply for this offer:

  • All money is to be paid upfront, directly to the tutor. 
  • Pacific Lutheran College is unable to supply instruments for private lessons, so please ensure you have access to the instrument you wish to learn.
  • This offer is only intended for the use of families of Pacific students.

Mrs Aleisha Tuaine, Head of Music

From the Head of Career Development

Remote Careers Appointments

Following the transition to online learning, careers appointments can still be held via video conferencing. Several students and parents have already trialled using this technology for their career meetings and the feedback has been universally positive. We can even set up the meeting when students and parents are in different locations. So please feel free to book your appointment by contacting Mrs Wanda Hayes directly at:

Mrs Wanda Hayes, Head of Career Development

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

Keep 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

27 Term 1 Concludes
30-3 Student Free Days
3 School Holidays Commence
9 Maudy Thursday
10 Good Friday
11 Easter Saturday
12 Easter Sunday
13 Easter Monday
20 Term 2 Commences - Online