Compass No. 567 April 2020

From the Principal

ANZAC Day

It will be a little different as we remember the service of our Defence Personnel and their families this year. Rather than being part of large physical groups, we will have the opportunity to stand on our driveways and balconies at dawn and be part of a unique community commemoration. As a College, we have and will sit in different places, connecting digitally for our ANZAC services this week. While there will be physical differences, the deep valuing and respect for what those sacrifices have meant for us will be keenly felt.

The qualities of endurance, courage, ingenuity, good humour and mateship shown by our ANZACs have often been described as being at the heart of our Australian character. As we look around the world today, we can be very grateful for the freedoms and the character we and our New Zealand neighbours possess as nations. Each of us can say and live out a deep heartfelt thank you.

Principal's Log

Thank you! Over this past week, staff, students and parents have been intensely engaged in supporting our young people to engage in learning in a very different environment. Being physically back on campus, I have been so impressed with the persistence, warmth, good humour and engagement of our students across Prep to Year 12, whether at the school or at home. Our senior student leaders have been keen to find ways to continue to lead our community through this time and I have seen some great ingenuity as staff, students and parents have created different ways to connect and learn together.

A huge thank you to our parents for your support through this time. For those who have been intensely engaged in your children’s learning it will have been a very, very big week. We are very conscious of the differences families now encounter in their work and home lives. Your support of the College’s health and safety measures through this time has been greatly appreciated. Many of you are playing important roles in supporting the health of our community and keeping important services and businesses running as well as supporting your families. We appreciate all you are doing!

Finally, a huge thank you to our staff who have gone well beyond what is required to be effective and creative in preparing for and supporting learning and connection through this time. It has been a massive team effort with teachers and support staff working well together to provide a calm transition for our community.


 

To you all as staff, students and parents, a massive thank you. Your appreciation, good humour, patience, hard work, creativity and heart for people has shone through strongly.

We will be providing surveys for families, staff and students at the end of this week for you to provide feedback so that we can progressively make improvements to the way we are supporting you all.

Over the holidays, Senior Mathematics Teacher Mr Jeff Goodwin resigned. Mr Goodwin has provided good support to our senior Mathematics students and staff over many years. He also loved the opportunity to lead our Year 12 students in the preparation of their formal dances each year. We thank Mr Goodwin for his many years of service and wish him all the best for the future.

We are looking forward to unveiling some new communication strategies for our community over the next fortnight and so, in what is a historical moment, this is likely to be the last newsletter in this format.

Hopefully we can all find time to rest this weekend. We can rest confident that God is walking with us and be thankful for the service of our ANZACS, for the role many are playing in maintaining the wellbeing of our community, that we live in such a great country and are part of a great community.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

Easter and ANZAC Day

Each year, ANZAC Day comes directly after or within weeks of Easter. Over the years of telling the Easter story and commemorating ANZAC Day, I’ve noticed some similarities and differences between the ANZAC and Easter stories. The ANZAC story, as we remember in Australia, is very much about sacrifice and mateship. The sacrifice of soldiers who have died for us and the freedoms and democracy we enjoy today. And mateship as we perceive it, is about being concerned for your friends and sticking by them no matter what.

You can see that in these themes of sacrifice and mateship there are points of connection with the Easter story of Jesus. Jesus calls us mates, friends and He sacrifices himself, dies for us. There are definite similarities there. But a big point of difference with the Easter story is that Jesus’ friends did not have His back when it came to the crunch. One of Jesus’ closest mates, Peter, denied Jesus three times and another of His 12 mates, Judas, betrayed Him which lead to his arrest and death by an occupying army.

In the ANZAC story, our soldiers sacrificed something for us, so that we can enjoy the freedoms and democracy we experience today. Those who served in war sacrificed time with families. Some also sacrificed their wellbeing as they came home from overseas with scars and wounds, external and internal. Some soldiers paid the ultimate sacrifice in being killed for their country. In the Easter story, Jesus life on earth involved sacrifice too. He sacrificed himself to give us freedom. But His sacrifice was unique. He died as God’s Son to conquer death and give us hope and new life. Jesus’ sacrifice was once and for all to show a different way of dealing with violence, conflict and war; selfless love.

Similarities and differences between the ANZAC and Easter stories abound. We take this time in the term to honour and respect our defence force personnel and returned service men and women. Even in times such as these when we cannot gather in public for Dawn Services and other community celebrations, we still remember them. But ANZAC Day falling so close to Easter each year is also a reminder of these similarities and differences with the story of Jesus.

Similarities and differences which we can hear in these words from Jesus from John chapter 15: This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you. (The Message)

As you remember ANZAC Day this year, in these very different times, may God who, in love, sacrificed His Son, give you the Holy Spirit as you befriend others with His love. Amen. 

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

Welcome to Term 2

A warm welcome back to all Pacific families as we begin our learning journey into Term 2. It is certainly a different way to begin our term and although we may not all be together physically, we remain connected through community. A special welcome also to new families joining the College this term.

I have been amazed by what has transpired as we have transitioned into online learning. The flexibility of teachers, parents and students has enabled us to turn a challenge into an opportunity to upskill and collaborate to continue to grow as learners.

Thank you to our Prep – Year 5 staff who have all risen to the challenge and provided high quality learning experiences for our students this week. Thank you also to our support staff who have proactively guided students on campus. The dedication to maintaining a high standard of learning, within a new digital context has allowed our students to maintain a sense of normality and familiarity in unfamiliar times.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our parents for your patience and flexibility. As we journey through this term, we may encounter difficulties and challenges. As smoothly as our learning has begun, may I remind you that communication is key during this time. Our continuous learning document that was emailed to families, provides a range of guidelines and tips to help you best support your child in their learning. It also has the contact details of people at the College who will be able to assist in specific areas of your child’s learning.

For parents whose children have been attending the College this week, an extra special thank you for respecting the guidelines on campus. We are very grateful for the way you have worked with us regarding sanitation and social distancing.

This week we will pause to remember the sacrifice our service men and women have given in times of peace and conflict. This week, our College community commemorated ANZAC Day with online services. Our Prep – Year 5 students will connect for this on Friday morning during their Chapel time. We thank Pastor Tim for his organisation and coordination of this special service.

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

From the Director of Students

ANZAC Day

This year, the College commemorated ANZAC Day differently, with Year 6-12 students participating in an online service on Thursday morning. The service included contributions from our College community and was a poignant reminder of the ultimate sacrifice the many men and women paid in serving their country. We thank all students, families and staff for their involvement with this year’s service.

A parent of our community has also shared the attached, which you may want to share with your children on Saturday as you commemorate ANZAC Day.

Mr Ben Ryan, Director of Students

Food for Thought

Balancing Self-Care with Parenting and Working Remotely

In addition to family-oriented activities, such as movie nights or story time, parents also need to focus on their own wellbeing. We must “put our masks on first” so that we may care for others. The first step may begin with creating a self-care (self-love) plan. This plan must be intentional and designed to maintain balance, health and optimism. Parents should be creative.

Visit the following link for some self-care activities: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/resilience-in-the-shadow-catastrophe/202004/balancing-self-care-parenting-and-working-remotely.

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Important Notices

NBN COVID-19 Education Relief Package

NBN is working with internet providers to make network connections cheaper in eligible households. To assist unconnected low-income families with school children, NBN will be waiving its monthly wholesale charge for internet providers so they can pass on the savings to families with more affordable offers. For further information on the package, click here.

Library News

Accessing Library Resources at Home

Junior College

Prep – Year 5 students should bookmark our junior library homepage: https://library.pacluth.qld.edu.au/oliver/junior.do. Here, students can access our LibGuides, 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, which contains lots of games and puzzles, as well as information and multimedia.

Library lessons and passwords to access resources will be posted on Seesaw for Prep – Year 2 students or Nav for Year 3-5 students.

Middle and Senior College

Year 6-12 students should bookmark our library homepage: http://library.pacluth.qld.edu.au. We have a dedicated eBook collection for our secondary students. We continue to support our students’ assignment needs through LibGuides, providing websites, videos and databases on assignment topics, as well as through our videos on research skills. The teacher librarians are also available via email to help students with research questions. Contact Ms Nell Keen nkeen@pacluth.qld.edu.au and Ms Madison Dearnaley mdearnaley@pacluth.qld.edu.au for help.

Library lessons for Years 6-8 will be posted on Nav.

Co-curricular activities such as our Choc-Lit reading group and Writers’ Group will continue to operate via Nav; however, please note that Readers’ Cup has been cancelled for this year.

Ms Nell Keen, Head of Library

Bookmarks

Welcome back to Bookmarks. This term, we will start by focusing on eBooks. You can access all of these books and more online at our eBook platform: https://plcs.wheelers.co/. Students can login with their student ID number and password.

Junior Readers

‘Meet the ANZACs’ by Claire Saxby

This story follows the soldiers who signed up to serve and who got on boats and travelled, not to Europe like they expected but to Egypt. The story shows the time the soldiers were waiting for the call to action, the things they did while they waited and the training they undertook, as well as the landing on the shores of Gallipoli. This book doesn’t go into any of the details of the war or the events of the landing. However, it does share the gravity of the sacrifice the ANZACs made and is perfect for sharing with younger readers.

Middle Readers

‘A Rose for the ANZAC Boys’ by Jackie French

What did all the women do during the war? It wasn’t only men who journeyed to the front lines in Europe. ‘A Rose for the ANZAC Boys’ follows Midge and her friends Ethel and Anne as they start a place in France where soldiers can find food. But with many injured soldiers needing help, Midge finds herself traveling through Europe doing different jobs, including working as an ambulance driver. What makes this book even more special is that almost all of the stories, characters and letters are based on real people and events. It’s a touching and powerful book.

Senior Readers

‘1914’ by Sophie Masson

Louis and Thomas are brothers, sons of an Australian ambassador, living in Europe. When war breaks out, Louis becomes a war correspondent at some of the battles in France. Readers who are interested in history or war action will enjoy this book, which also considers the role of journalism during war.

Ms Madison Dearnaley, Teacher Librarian

Sports News

Year 4-12 Online Sport

We are pleased to announce that an online sports group will be launched this week in Nav for students across Year 4-12.

With the majority of students at home and unable to participate in regular sport with social distancing rules, we are providing opportunities for our students to participate in basic skill and movement activities. Regular physical activity plays an essential role in both our mental and physical health, so we have worked with some of our sports coaches and local businesses to produce online videos for our students to complete.

Students at home are encouraged to watch and participate in one or more of these online sports during their normal Thursday (Year 4-6) and Friday (Year 7-12) sport time. Students still at school will participate in the same online programs, under teacher supervision.

Currently, students have the opportunity to participate in following sports or activities:

  • Soccer
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • High Intensity Fitness
  • Lower Intensity Fitness

We will be working to introduce more sports and interactive opportunities for students over the next few weeks such as surfing and running.

The Nav sport pages can be accessed under My Groups in the left menu bar.

Students and families must watch the safety induction from Mr Darren Hooper before scrolling down to choose your sport from the folders listed.

Working out at home is very different to being in a big space at school. There are a number of things that students and families need to ensure prior to completing any of these online sessions.

  • Parent supervision is required for all sessions. Parents are also required to ensure the activity area is safe for the sessions to be completed.
  • A safe activity area must be established – including but not limited to: a flat floor, clear space away from any obstacles or anything breakable including glass windows/doors, good clearance above your head and arms for jumping.
  • Students must wear workout clothing – sports clothes must be worn including sports shoes, hat and sunscreen if you are outside.

Students can access all sports sessions. There is also a survey component attached to the page where students can provide feedback.

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Sport

Uniform Shop

Online Ordering

Flexischool uniform orders are still open for students at school: www.flexischools.com.au.

Orders placed online can be collected after morning tea from the Wellbeing Centre (for Year 6-12) and the P-5 Students class pigeon holes on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

An email will be sent to the contact on the Flexischool order and the student (Year 6-12) advising when the order is ready for collection.

Winter sports tracksuits and formal jumpers are now all in stock.

Mrs Peta King, Uniform Shop Convenor

 

St Mark’s Lutheran Church

Keep in Touch

 

Pastor Ray Morris

0429 856 532

ray.morris@lca.org.au

www.stmarkslutherancaloundra.net


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 www.lll.org.au.

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: https://www.entertainment.com.au/orderbooks/230p536