Compass No. 581 August 2020

From the Principal

Gratitude for Gift of Time

All of us are shaped by our interactions with each other. Beyond our families there are significant adults who play an important role in helping young people to nurture strengths and embrace new opportunities or perspectives. Coaches, teachers, group leaders, pastors and family friends all play a role in helping to unlock and enhance who young people become. Through the gift of time these people play an important role in the development of young people and community.

It is easy for us to take for granted the gifts of time given by people. As a community we are very blessed to have so many adults as parents, teachers and staff who generously give of their time to provide the best possible opportunities for young people. Expressing our gratitude and taking time to value and make the most of this priceless gift deepens us as people. Expressing our appreciation is a small but important way to give back.

Principal's Log

It has been good to see and hear our young people continue to engage in a breadth of experiences including music ensembles and instrumental tutoring this term. Congratulations to all students who took part in the Sunshine Coast Junior Eisteddfod. It has required considerable creativity and commitment on behalf of teachers and students to maintain momentum with their development in music. We thank Mrs Helen Williams, Mrs Aleisha Tuaine, Mr David Simpfendorfer and the instrumental teachers for their leadership.

Congratulations to our CyberTaipan teams who are competing in a cyber security competition conducted by the CSIRO. After successfully completing two rounds last Friday over a 6 hour period, they now move onto the next round of competition later in August. We thank Mrs Janine Stone for her coaching of these teams and her initiative in finding opportunities for students to test and extend their digital and problem-solving skills.

There was a buzz around the College as Year 5 students departed for their outdoor education experience on Tuesday. We are blessed in Queensland to be able to have these opportunities and are thankful for the work of Ms Kim Wood and Ms Marg Gunn in adjusting plans to meet current health requirements and provide valuable learning opportunities for our students. We thank Ms Kim Wood, Mr Scott Crompton, Mr Scott Massie, Mrs Lu Pollard, Mrs Christine Dobson and Mr Damian Davis for their leadership of this valuable experience and look forward to the return of staff and students on Friday.

We thank the Friends of Pacific, Mr Tim Ambrose and Mrs Steph Scarlett for their work in developing the PLC Community Connect business listing. This resource is intended to enable our community to support our local Pacific businesses of both past and current families. Families can access the resource and register their business on the College website:

Every day our students benefit from the generosity of staff and parents and the blessings that God gives us. Deepening our appreciation as individuals and families enhances our sense of abundance and wellbeing. Starting and finishing our days with a prayer of thanks for the gifts that people and God have given us calms and enriches us.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

Impact Adults

Children and young people need trusted adult relationships with people beyond their parents. This is the thread we are exploring in chapels and devotions this week and next. I like to think of these trusted, supportive people as ‘impact adults’. Adults who serve in this caring role can have a tremendous impact on the lives of young people, especially tweens and teens who are searching for an influence outside of their parents and primary caregivers. An impact adult could be a sport coach, parent of a friend, teacher or youth group worker. Whatever specific relationship they have, a trusted adult gives something of themselves to support, mentor, listen and advise a young person who is open to receiving it. Hopefully, we can all think of someone who was an impact adult for us through the formative years of our lives. If we cast our minds back to those days, what was it that those adults gave us which was so encouraging? Was it something of themselves? Yes, indeed, but more than that it always it comes down to the gift of time. Adults impact us because in our need, they gave us their time.

Jesus said to two of His disciples when they wanted to influence him; Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:42-45). Giving of ourselves and serving others, particularly with our time, can be one of the most significant sacrifices we make in our busy lives. Jesus sacrificed his life for us to show us how to influence others through service. He served the whole world with His life and His time. This is how adults make an impact on the next generation. Serving the next generation with our time – what a gift, what an impact.

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Director of Students

Hope Springs Eternal

I am blessed. Every now and again I look up from my laptop and am in awe of the clear blue segment of sky that I can see. No clouds, no blemishes, only a beautiful blue sky. In fact, we all are blessed. I believe we all know we are, but how often do we remind ourselves. Recently I came across the podcast ‘Hope in Crisis’, hosted by Tim Costello with Dr Alia Abboud, Chief Development Officer at the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development. In brief, the interview covers the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon (over a fifth of Syrian refugees are in Lebanon) and the COVID-19 crisis that has continued to spread across the country. Both of these factors have really stretched the church in Lebanon as it supports various community groups. The outcome of which has highlighted the church as a driver of hope. Incredibly the podcast was recorded prior to the devastation caused in Beirut by the explosion near their port. We pray that the people of Beirut and Lebanon continue to be supported by those countries who can.

Personal Development

Recently, Year 8 students have been learning about catastrophising and rational thinking. They have been unpacking what both these responses might look, sound and feel like and strategies to cope during times of adversity, applying a disposition of resilience as the foundation for coping. It is important to reflect upon the fact that whilst our young people will invariably experience adversity, there will always be someone who is worse off. It is important to reflect upon the fact that whilst our young people will invariably experience adversity, we walk alongside and gently encourage students to keep perspective and grow in their capacity to apply rational thinking and demonstrate resilience.

EV3 and CyberTaipan

There is some incredible work being done in the field of robotics as Year 7 students engage in their IT lessons for the current trimester. Students displayed great enthusiasm as they programmed their robots and created Lego attachments. I couldn’t help but wish this was around when I was at school!

We also thank Mrs Janine Stone for her leadership and coaching of students for the CyberTaipan competition. CyberTaipan is an Australian cyber security competition run by the CSIRO. Families can read more about our involvement in this competition later in the newsletter.

Finally, I thank Mrs Rae Hall and the incredibly giving team of staff for guiding the Year 8 students as they choose their elective subjects for Year 9 in 2021. The collaboration across many departments and support from IT ensures our students are well equipped to map out and be hopeful of the positive next steps they take on their academic journey.

Mr Ben Ryan, Director of Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

Hugging Big Emotions

From time to time, all of us experience what we might call ‘big emotions’. As we mature, we are more adept at identifying and recognising how these feelings may occur and how we might deal with them. However, this is a gradual process and for younger children it can be a challenge when these big emotions appear.

In assemblies over the past few weeks, I have been speaking about how to recognise these emotions and how the brain processes different situations. Perhaps the easiest way to explain this is by using the analogy of an upstairs and downstairs brain.

The downstairs brain includes lower regions of the brain that are responsible for basic functions (like breathing and blinking) as well as impulses and emotions (like anger and fear). The upstairs brain is responsible for more intricate mental processes like planning, decision-making, self-awareness, empathy and morality. When a child’s upstairs brain is functioning well, they are more likely to be able to slow down, think before they act, regulate emotions, self-soothe and consider others’ feelings and perspectives – all important areas of healthy human functioning.

While the downstairs brain, with its strong emotions and impulses, is fully built and functioning in young children, the upstairs brain is unfinished and is still under construction well into a person’s twenties. Our job as adults is to support the integration of the downstairs and upstairs regions of kids’ brains.

The way we have explained this to our students is by using a clenched fist wrapped around a thumb. When our upstairs brain (fingers) is wrapped safely around our downstairs brain (thumb), we are connected and can recognise the feeling and the impact it is having on us. However, if we ‘flip our lid’, our brains become disconnected and they are unable to talk to each other. Our downstairs brain takes over and makes the decisions based on instinct rather than logic.

By showing our students the connection between our ‘two brains’ we have the ability to hug our big emotions and re-engage the logical portion of our brain to bring our emotional thermometer down.

Year 5 Camp

Tuesday morning marked the first of our junior camps for 2020. There was much excitement and some nerves as the students packed the bus bound for Bornhoffen in the Gold Coast Hinterland. In the current environment, it has been especially challenging to make sure that all our plans for the outdoor education experience have met the health regulations set down by the government. We thank Ms Kim Wood for her planning and expertise in making this happen as well as the staff attending Mrs Lu Pollard, Mr Scott Crompton, Mr Scott Massie and Mrs Christine Dobson. We wish them well and look forward to hearing about the experience on their return.

Take care and God bless.

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

Food for Thought

Keeping Children Safe Online

There are a number of ways children can come across inappropriate content online, including:

  • A friend or sibling may share inappropriate content.
  • A child may accidentally type the wrong word or phrase into an internet search or mistakenly click on a link to something that looks interesting but turns out to be inappropriate.
  • They might click on links in phishing or spam emails, dodgy links and pop-ups (even on harmless websites).

Click here to find out how you can protect your children online.

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Important Notices

Child Protection Policy

Pacific recognises that protecting students from harm and the risk of harm is fundamental to maximising their personal and academic potential. The welfare and best interests of the children within our College will always be a primary consideration.

We expect our students to show respect to our staff and volunteers and to comply with safe practices. We expect all employees to ensure that their behaviour and relationships with students reflects proper professional standards of care and are not unlawful. The College will respond diligently to a report of suspected or actual harm, or risk of harm to a student resulting from either within the College or from outside of the College.

What does the College mean by harm?

Queensland legislation defines harm as:

  • Any detrimental effect of a significant nature on the child’s physical, psychological or emotional wellbeing. It is immaterial how the harm is caused. Harm can be caused by:
    • Physical, psychological or emotional abuse or neglect;
    • Sexual abuse or exploitation; or
    • Domestic or family violence.

How does the College protect students from harm?

The College has a comprehensive Child Protection Policy, which outlines the actions to be taken if a member of staff or a parent of the College becomes aware or reasonably suspects that harm has been done to a student by other staff, people outside the College or by other students.

What should you do if you become aware or reasonably suspect that harm has been caused to a student of the College by a member of staff, someone outside of the College or by other students?

You should report your concerns to the Principal or member of the Administration and Learning Executive or to any other member of College staff.

What will happen next?

If you report your concerns to a member of staff other than the Principal, the member of staff will report it to the Principal immediately. If the subject of the complaint is the Principal then the member of staff will report to the Chairperson of the College Council.

Child Protection Policy and Procedures

Every student has the right to feel safe and free from harm while at Pacific Lutheran College. We expect students to respect their teachers and other students and we expect that they will receive the same respect in return. Students should never allow themselves to feel unsafe without reporting it to someone they trust.

Who should a student tell if they do not feel safe at school or at home?

Any member of staff, including the Pastor. If a student does not feel comfortable talking to a member of staff, they may like to write him or her a letter. If a student would prefer to talk to somebody outside of the College on a confidential basis, they can also call Kids Help Line which is a free call – 1800 551 800.

What will happen if a student reports what is happening to a member of staff?

If the concern is worrying the student but not causing them immediate harm, then the member of staff will discuss ways to solve their problem. If the concern is serious and the member of staff believes that the student is being harmed or is in danger of being harmed, he or she will report it to the Principal.

What if the student does not want the member of staff to tell the Principal?

The member of staff will aim to keep the student’s concerns confidential as much as possible. However, if the member of staff is aware or reasonably suspects that harm has been caused to a student of the College, the law states that the matter must be reported to the Principal and it may have to be reported to the Police. If the staff member has no choice about reporting what the student has told them, he or she will explain exactly what will happen next.

The most important thing is that the student feels safe and free from harm. Students must tell someone if they are being harmed or afraid that they will be harmed.

Pacific has a legal and moral responsibility to ensure that students, staff and members of the College community are not subjected to behaviours, practices or processes that may constitute harassment, discrimination, vilification, or victimisation and is therefore committed to developing an environment which promotes respect for a person’s integrity, equitable treatment and natural justice.

Taking and publishing photos, and recordings of school-based activities

Recording of school-based activities should only be for personal use and should not be published in a public manner without the permission of the College. This would include social networking sites such as Facebook or You Tube. Publishing images without permission of those in the image contravenes the College’s privacy policy. Copyright permissions are also infringed upon if music from public performances is broadcasted or duplicated

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

PLC Community Connect Now Live!

We are very pleased to announce that PLC Community Connect is now live on the College website. Community Connect is an initiative of Pacific Lutheran College and Friends of Pacific, which aims to unite, build and strengthen connections within our community. We hope this resource will cultivate a strong culture of supporting local community businesses.

To connect with businesses in our community, visit:

As a past or current family of the College and a business owner, we encourage you to list your business in our free online directory. To be part of PLC Community Connect, simply visit the above link.

Next Meeting

Our next FoP meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday 18th August at 6.30pm. For the link, please email your RSVP to: by Monday 17th August. All are welcome to attend.

Mrs Jenny Lee, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

Library News

Book Club

We request that all Book Club orders be placed via the LOOP online ordering system in future. We will no longer be accepting cash payments.

Author Visits

Last week, Year 8 and 9 students had the opportunity to see author Taryn Bashford. Taryn has written two young adult novels, ‘The Harper Effect’ and ‘The Astrid Notes’ as well as a number of adult novels under the name T.M. Bashford. Taryn talked about her novels and the writing process, then gave students tips for their own writing.

Celebrating 90 Years of Nancy Drew

Everyone’s favourite teenage detective, Nancy Drew, turns 90 this year, with the first book ‘The Secret of the Clocks’ published in 1930. Nancy Drew books have never been out of print and have even been made into various movies and TV shows. To celebrate, the library ran three weeks of activities. Students were invited to take part in an online scavenger hunt, decipher clues in Morse Code, explore the library in a life-size Choose-Your-Own-Adventure game and solve the clues in an escape-room style mystery.

The online scavenger hunt was for students across Years 7-9 and was titled the ‘Goose Chase’! Our winning team of Emily, Ellie, Lara, Brooke and Poppy, completed 30 missions and scored an impressive 13,600 points. Teams had to solve riddles, answer trivia questions related to Nancy Drew and take photos of themselves completing detective training. Well done to everyone who participated.

Science Week

Next week is Science Week and the theme for this year is ‘Deep Blue: Innovations for the Future of our Oceans’. To celebrate, the library has three weeks of ocean-themed activities. So far, primary students have had the opportunity to make paper-plate jellyfish and create and code moving dolphins using LEGO WeDo. Secondary students have made sea-themed fridge magnets. More activities will continue to take place over the coming weeks.

As part of our celebrations, students have also had the opportunity to use ‘The Blu’ app with our Virtual Reality headset. ‘The Blu’ allows students to explore three underwater worlds – the dark of the abyss with its luminous creatures, a migration of turtles and jellyfish through a coral reef and a close encounter with a whale. Prep classes had the chance to use the app during their visit to the library, but Year 1-12 students are invited to try it out during lunchtimes.

Ms Nell Keen, Head of Library


Our Bookmark titles for this week are all science themed to tie in with our Science Week celebrations.

Junior Readers

‘Edie’s Experiments’ by Charlotte Barkla

Edie is a scientist. She loves conducting experiments, investigating results and sometimes making things explode. When she starts at a new school, she decides to make the whole experience one giant experiment. Can making friends be a scientific process? You’ll be laughing non-stop as Edie accidentally melts slime all over her classroom and tries to win friends with cookies, face cream and flowers (none of which go according to plan). This is a fun, fantastic novel for young readers who love science or understand how hard it is to master the art (or science) of making friends.

Middle Readers

‘Born Curious: 20 Girls Who Grew Up To Be Awesome Scientists’ by Martha Freeman, illustrated by Katy Wu

Want to be inspired? This book highlights 20 women who have excelled in their field of research, from biology and physics to oceanography and geology. Each scientist is given a three or four page write up, exploring their life and scientific achievements, along with a beautiful colour illustration. The scientists are arranged in order of their birth date, so readers can journey through science history right the way through from 1842 to present day. The book also offers tips on becoming a famous scientist and there are lots of listed sources, so you can learn more about your favourite scientist.

Senior Readers

‘The Vanishing Deep’ by Astrid Scholte

After the Great Waves destroyed the planet, people had to learn to live on the sea. Tempe is seventeen. All she has known is a life after the Great Waves swallowed the earth. Now she dives beneath the surface to scavenge the ruins below for anything of value to trade. She is trying to buy years for her dead sister’s life. A research facility offers to revive the dead for 24 hours and Tempe wants answers from her sister. Answers that will explain the death of their parents. But the reanimation doesn’t go quite to plan and Tempe has to decide what she will sacrifice for Elysea’s secrets. Science fiction, dystopian and a touch of mystery, ‘The Vanishing Deep’ will keep you hooked to the pages, with twists you won’t see coming.

Ms Madison Dearnaley, Teacher Librarian

College News

Sunshine Coast Junior Eisteddfod

Throughout July and the start of August, a number of Pacific students participated in the Sunshine Coast Junior Eisteddfod. Our students enjoyed many successes, but in particular we congratulate the following:

  • Brooke Williams – 2nd place, string solo
  • Phoebe Shearer – 1st place, open vocal solo
  • Amelie Bradley – 2nd place, open vocal solo
  • Kai Sorbello – 1st place, vocal championship
  • Evy Gover – 3rd place, vocal solo

Well done to all students on their performances and thank you to our dedicated Music Department staff for their time, energy and passion.

Mrs Helen Williams, Head of Instrumental Music


CyberTaipan is an Australian cyber security competition run by the CSIRO. Similar programs are being held around the world, all modelled on the US Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot program.

Three teams of students from the College took part in the first of two rounds of the competition on Friday. The competition was held online over a six hour period. Students worked hard and scored well in this round. The teams analysed a virtual Windows10 and an Ubuntu system to identify and remove vulnerabilities and security issues. Students solved forensic questions and searched for hidden problems on the system images to earn points for hardening the system while maintaining critical services.

Cyber Taipan Teams 2020
Rogues Chens JAMS
Noah Taverner
Jordan Doughty
Lachie Eden
Ethan Donohoe
Jack Carmichael
Noah Beasley
Harry Collishaw
Cody McMackin
Mick D’Addario
Astrid Williams
Jackson Mobbs
Jack Chessell


Each of our three teams scored in the top 50 of the 104 teams competing, which was a fabulous result. Well done to all students who put in a magnificent effort and provided support and encouragement to one another throughout the six hours. We now progress through to the next round of the competition, which will be held on Friday 28th August. Following this, the top teams from across Australia will have the opportunity to represent their school in the national finals before moving to the international finals. We wish our teams well at the next round.

Mrs Janine Stone, Head of Information Technology

Mathematics Tutoring

Mathematics tutoring is continuing on different days for different year levels, as follows:

  • Years 7-9: Monday afternoons in L13/14 from 3.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Year 10: Wednesday mornings in A5 from 7.30am – 8.15am
  • Year 11-12 General and Specialist Mathematics: Monday afternoons in upstairs A block from 3.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Year 11-12 Methods: Tuesday mornings in L13/14 from 7.30am – 8.15am

Students are to bring their work and teachers will be available to answer questions and provide general assistance.

Mr Alex O’Conner, Head of Senior College Mathematics

Sport News

Competitive Sport

Well done to our basketball teams who continued their season with a strong performance last Friday evening. Nearly all senior teams had wins in this round!

PLC Team Opposition Score
Senior A Girls Unity College PLC won 30-27
Senior A Boys Kawana PLC won 42-23
Senior B Girls St Johns PLC won 39-17
Senior D Girls St Johns PLC lost (no score available)
Senior D Boys St Johns PLC won 50-16
Senior E Boys St Johns PLC won 44-17


Our rugby teams also played their second round of the season on Wednesday evening, versing James Nash Highschool from Gympie. Congratulations to our Under 14 team who recorded a strong 53-0 win in their game. Our 1st XV boys went down 24-0 in a tough game against a big, strong side. Lastly our 16 girls also went down to a much stronger and experienced side. However, the girls are really enjoying the season and exposure to a new game many have not played before.

Our Senior Girls water polo team also played on Monday night against St Johns. The girls played well in a close game but unfortunately went down in the end.

Lastly, our Intermediate Girls touch football team played a double header on Wednesday afternoon against Nambour Christian College (NCC) and St Andrew’s Anglican College (SAAC). The girls recorded a convincing 25-0 win against NCC and also scored a tight 2-1 win against SAAC in the second game. The girls now sit second on the ladder in their competition.

Well done to all students who represented the College over the last week and thank you to all teachers and coaches who gave of their time for these teams.

Athletics Carnivals

We’re looking forward to the Primary and Secondary Athletics Carnivals, which will be held next week at USC:

  • Primary Athletics Carnival – Thursday 20th August
  • Secondary Athletics Carnival – Friday 21st August

Well done to all students who participated in the 1500m, Javelin and 12 Years High Jump events this week. It was great to witness some strong performances in these events.

A reminder that the 1500m district trial for 10 and 11 years will be run next Monday afternoon during SCISSA training time.

Year 4-6 SCISSA Training

Monday afterschool SCISSA training for students in Years 4-6 starts again next Monday 17th August (Week 6). Students will train from 3.15 – 4.15pm at the College. Due to the Kawana Pool being unavailable for the first two Monday afternoons, students who train for Water Polo will remain at school and complete dry land training sessions.

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Sport

Club Sport

Pacific FC

With the wet weather about last week, two games were cancelled, two were postponed and 10 were lucky to go ahead. We again thank our players, managers, coaches and spectators for taking everything in their stride during this unusual season.

The season has now been extended until 12th September with our next home games to be played at Pacific over four Saturdays from 22nd August until the season end. With the use of the EVA app, all spectators will be required to check in and out of the grounds and of course, will be required to follow the directives of Pacific, SCCSA and Queensland Health. We also thank Mr Darren Hooper and the Pacific grounds staff for preparing the fields and surrounds for training and our upcoming games. This work can often be overlooked by spectators, but it is significant in the staging of a safe and pleasant environment for all.

We’ve had plenty of photos coming through of the games. These photos detail and document the effort and determination of our players on and off the pitch. Thank you to Jane Hill, Shannon Russell and Mel Evans, amongst others, for capturing the action from the sidelines!


For a wrap up of all of the action, follow the Pacific FC Facebook page.

Mrs Rita Williams, Pacific FC President

St Mark’s Lutheran Church

Holy Communion Worship

Monthly Worship with Holy Communion on Sunday 16th August

14 Bombala Terrace, Caloundra

All welcome!

Choice of times: 8.30am, 9.30am, or 10.30am. Under the current guidelines, there is a maximum of 35 people allowed at each service, which run for 45 minutes.

All safety precautions are being taken including hand sanitising, social distancing, recording of people attending and sanitising and cleaning of high-contact surfaces between services.

Bookings are essential and can be made at:

Phone or text Janelle for assistance on 0488 556 150.

Alternatively, online worship resources can be found on Facebook or our website.

Pastor Ray Morris – 0429 856 532

Pastor Ray, St Mark’s Lutheran Church