Compass No. 584 September 2020

From the Principal

Celebrating Our Dads

The special role that men play as fathers within their families and community is a great gift that goes on for a lifetime. Through every interaction that we have, ways of being are acted and learnt. Ordinary times of being together and playing together make a lifetime of difference. 

Men play an important role within families as dads and within community as mentors for a range of children through their roles as teachers, coaches, leaders and family friends. Within the Pacific community, our men play a key role in leading, growing and nurturing young people and in providing a wide range of rich opportunity. 

As we celebrate Father’s Day this weekend, we celebrate all that our dads have given us through being who they are as people. As a community we say thank you to our men for their tremendous generosity in giving their time and skills. More than things, it is the way of being and the gift of time and self that makes the difference. 

Principal's Log

It is good to see young people engaging in the full rhythm of school with students participating in early morning and afternoon music ensemble practices, sports training and matches as well as engaging in a variety of other activities and competitions.

I commend the article on Thinking Routines written by Head of K-5 Learning Mrs Sue Zweck as one that is useful to give insight into the learning at the College. The intentional development and making different types of thinking visible is important throughout the whole of the learning journey at Pacific.

Year 12 students are completing trial examinations over this next three week period. The examinations, which are being completed under similar conditions as their final external examinations, will consolidate test awareness and highlight areas for further focus in their study. Year 10 and Middle College students are also completing assessment through this period. It is important that all students maintain regular study habits and a steady, calm approach to revision as they prepare for these assessments and then use the feedback provided as a stimulus for ongoing learning. We wish all students the best for their preparation and engagement and learning through these assessments.

Our team of senior debaters have performed very well, winning all but one of their debates. They now look forward to competing in the finals and honing their skills even further. We congratulate Noah Beasley, Alexander Jose and Lachlan Buchanan and wish them all the best as they work towards the finals later this term. A particular thank you to Mrs Ceilidh King and Mr Alex O’Connor for coaching these students.

It was good to see and hear the start of our Open Boys rugby game against Good Shepherd Lutheran College last night. I was impressed with the teamwork, skill and sportsmanship on display. It was the first time for many years that we have had a senior boys team play at the College and they can be proud of their performance. After being down at half time, the boys fought back to be within one point at the end of the game. Well done to our boys and to coach Mr Josh Cummins.

Our basketball teams have again had a successful season, with four of our six senior teams progressing to the semi finals. We congratulate all of our basketball players and wish those in the semi finals all the best. Thank you to Mr Mark Hauser and his team of coaches.

Well done to our three CyberTaipan teams who participated in round two of the competition last Friday. Over a six hour period, Senior College students worked in their teams to analyse three different systems online using the WebEx platform. Against 87 other teams from around Australia, our teams performed well, placing in the middle of the scoreboard at the conclusion of the competition. Thank you to Mrs Janine Stone for her leadership of this experience.

We say a prayer of thanks for the Dads and men in our community. We pray that God continues to encourage and give joy to our men in all of the different roles they fulfil including the special role of fatherhood.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

Important Notices

Summer Uniform - Commencing Monday

The summer uniform will commence from Monday 7th September.

From the College Pastor

Connecting with Others

Friendship is born at the moment when one person says to another, “What! You too? I thought I was the only one”. – C.S. Lewis

Empathy, friendship, connection with the other; these are some aspects that form caring relationships in our neighbourhoods and communities. Many of us have had the experience of C.S Lewis, of going through some adversity or challenge feeling helpless and alone, before that ‘aha!’ moment when we suddenly realise we are not alone. At these breakthrough times, we learn that there are other people going through similar things. Connecting with another human being through shared experience can establish deep levels of trust, empathy and understanding. Realising that we are not the only one going through hardship can turn us outside of ourselves and connect with the humanity we have in common. Lifting our eyes above the immediate, broadening our horizon and connecting with others in profound ways leads to renewed relationship and friendship. That is what we want to be about as a school community here at Pacific. Learning to connect with others in school, in our family and our neighbourhood as we learn through all the ups and downs of life that we are not alone. God has made us for relationship with others. For community, for friendship, for connection. Certain of Jesus’ grace and love, we can connect with others.

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Head of Senior Students

Defensive Driving Course

Over the weekend, 32 Senior College students participated in a defensive driving course at the RACQ Driver Training Facility at Mt Cotton. The course focused on the unpredictable nature of the road and how to best avoid certain driving dangers and mistakes. It was a very interactive course with students driving a range of cars to experience the difference between how vehicles react under different circumstances.

Students were exposed to practical experiences such as stopping on wet surfaces, emergency braking, turning blind corners, slalom driving and emergency swerving. Prior to the day, students also received theory instruction online about tyre pressure, braking distances, mass verse speed factors and correct steering methods.

Overall, it was a great day for students and their attitude was exemplary. I thank the parents for their support of this day and congratulate all who attended. A big thank you also to Mr Ben Dutton and Mrs Wanda Hayes for giving up their Saturday to supervise the students.

Sleep Out for the Homeless

The College Captains, combined with the Spirituality and Service Pacific Action Group, have been working on an opportunity for Year 11 and 12 students to participate in a ‘Sleep Out for the Homeless’ event this year. We are currently after expressions of interest from students who would like to be a part of this evening, which will involve sleeping in a cardboard box in the College gym on Friday 18th September (last day of Term 3). More information will be provided over the next two weeks and we thank the Captains for their leadership of this initiative. All funds raised will go directly to charities involved in homelessness.

Senior Exams

As Term 3 is nearly over, most Senior College students are in the process of end of term assessment. We especially think of our Year 12 students who currently undertaking mock exams to assist in their preparation for external examinations next term. This is a great way for students to gain valuable feedback and also gain confidence on the overall experience. Year 11 students are also preparing for their exam block, which will occur early in Term 4.

With assessments and exam preparation it is easy for pressure to mount and for us to focus on negative thoughts or begin to doubt ourselves and our abilities. However, it is also important to look at the benefits of being stretched and challenged, as this is when significant growth (both academically and personally) occurs. It is often through these times that we learn the most. It also makes it a little easier, when you know that holidays are just around the corner!

Mr Mark Hauser, Head of Senior College Students

From the Head of Learning K-5

Using Thinking Routines

Thinking routines teach students to make their ideas visible and accessible. This is done through a variety of graphic organisers, which help structure ideation and reasoning. They are simple to use, yet powerful in impact. The purpose of thinking routines is to promote a deeper understanding of content and help students understand how they think and learn. As Margaret Mead writes, “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think”.

Why make thinking visible?

For many students, the thinking behind answers and how other students and teachers reach conclusions is ‘invisible’. By making thinking ‘visible’ students are let into the ‘secret’ of learning by seeing teachers and peers explain their thinking and reasoning.

“Learning is a consequence of thinking, not something extra we tack on for good measure but something in which we must actively engage to promote our own and others’ learning.” – Ron Ritchhart, Creating Cultures of Thinking (2015)

For learners to thrive in the 21st century, they must be able to share their thinking in the most accessible way for ‘active engagement’ with others.

Teachers at Pacific continue to embed thinking routines into all areas of the curriculum. It’s wonderful to see student thinking on a huge variety of topics, written on sticky notes throughout learning spaces. We have found that our students:

  • Show more interest in and commitment to learning.
  • Find more meaning in topics and also more meaningful connections between school and their everyday life.
  • Are open-minded rather than closed-minded, more curious and ask more questions. They are not satisfied with ‘just the facts’, but want to know more and understand better.

Of all the skills that we want students to gain from their educational journey, the ability to think for themselves is possibly the most important.

Mrs Sue Zweck, Head of Learning K-5

Food for Thought

SchoolTV Special Report: Celebrating Father's Day

Recent studies have shown that children benefit greatly from having fathers who are present and who interact in everyday activities. This has transformed the understanding of how fathers shape children’s lives from the start, challenging conventional ideas of parenthood and gender. Research also suggests that fathers influence their sons and daughters in different ways, which is especially true during their transition to adolescence. In this Special Report, fathers will learn about the positive impact they can have on their child’s mental health and wellbeing, whilst also ensuring they indulge in a little self-care.

To read the report, visit:

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

OCEANfest Memories

We’re continuing our trip down memory lane, reliving some of the best OCEANfest moments. Here’s some photos from the archives!

Father’s Day

Even though Father’s Day may look at little different this year, we hope families are still able to celebrate the special day this Sunday 5th September.

Community Connect

A reminder 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.

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.

Mrs Jenny Lee, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

Library News

Book Week Competition

We are launching the first of our competitions in the lead up to Book Week, based on this year’s theme of ‘Curious Creatures, Wild Minds’. Students are invited to use their creativity and make their own curious creature out of recycled materials. Entries should be brought to the library by Friday 16th October. Students of all ages are welcome to enter and there will be prizes on offer.

StoryLinks Short Story Competition

Year 4-6 students are invited to write a short story between 1000 and 1500 words, on any subject, for the StoryLinks Short Story Competition. The winner will receive $100 and have their story published on the StoryLinks website.

Entries due by Friday 9th October via email to:

The winner will be announced at 3.00pm on Sunday 1st November during Australia Reads at a free public session online via Zoom. The best stories entered will be read aloud.

Conditions of entry:

  • Stories must be fiction and all your own work (all entries will be checked for plagiarism).
  • Include your name, address, age, school/home school, email address and phone number.
  • The competition is open to all children living in Australia.

Any enquiries can be emailed to:

Ms Nell Keen, Head of Library


With just six weeks to go until Book Week, we are returning to the notables and short list titles for this week’s Bookmarks recommendations.

Junior Years Readers

‘Three’ by Stephen Michael King

It’s impossible not to fall in love with Three. Three has three legs. He’s a charming little fellow. He lives in the city but it isn’t easy. The six legs (ants) can find a way underground and the eight legs (spiders) can climb and find safety above the crowds. One day, Three follows his nose out of the city and meets some new four, two, one and no legs. He might have even found a place to stay. Acceptance, belonging and family are all themes of this delightful picture book, which is short-listed for the CBCA Picture Book of the Year category. Three is also about gratitude. Three is grateful for the number of legs he has and for his new family and all the new friends he has made.

Middle Years Readers

‘Catch A Falling Star’ by Meg McKinlay

‘Catch A Falling Star’ is a beautiful middle-grade novel about family, grief and growing up. An authentic Australian setting, a compelling mix of historic events and astrology and characters who are easy to love. When NASA announces that their space station, Skylab, is falling, it brings back sad memories for Frankie of star gazing with her father and his plans to talk about Skylab with her brother, Newt. Plans he never got to fulfil after he died in a plane crash. Now, Frankie is 12. Her mother works a lot, so Frankie looks after and protects Newt and does most of the cooking and housework. But with everyone talking about Skylab, Frankie is scared she won’t be able to protect Newt from what his obsessions and studies on the topic will uncover or what it will mean for her family.

Senior Years Readers

‘Take The Shot’ by Susan White

‘Take The Shot’ has a great mix of sport action, complex family relationships and an authentic teen boy narrating the story. If stories about growing up and navigating your way through high school and new friendships are your thing, try ‘Take The Shot’. Bug lives for basketball. It’s the only place he doesn’t feel freakishly tall or gangly, where he has friends and fits in. But when he and his father are diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, his mother bans him from playing, saying it’s too dangerous. When he has to move in with his Nan, the change of school gives him the opportunity to hide his syndrome and join a mixed basketball team without telling his parents. Hiding these two secrets takes its toll, but it’s worth it to play. However, it may be more dangerous that he realises.

Ms Madison Dearnaley, Teacher Librarian

College News

Seishin Gakuen Relationship

2020 marks the 16th year of Pacific Lutheran College’s and Seishin Gakuen’s sister school relationship. Pacific is fortunate to have a number of exchange programs with Seishin Gakuen, which provide opportunity for students to foster genuine intercultural understandings. This includes a biennial rotation of Pacific students undertaking a trip to Japan and then in the opposite year, Seishin students visiting the College.

Shun was one of the Seishin students who visited Pacific a number of years ago. He has since returned to the Sunshine Coast to study at USC. Following, Shun shares what he’s been up to since his exchange trip.

“My name is Shun. I am from Ibaraki city in Japan. The city is known as the “most unattractive city in Japan”. People from other countries haven’t really heard of the city, so don’t worry, it is normal that you have nothing to say about it.

I graduated from Seishin Gakuen High School in Japan, which is a sister school of Pacific Lutheran College. In the ninth grade, I had the chance to come and study at PLC as an exchange student for a short period and I just loved it. This is when I found out that Aussies are super friendly and easy-going. The next year, students from PLC came over to our school in Japan and we had a lot of fun. However, at the same time, I found my English level wasn’t very strong and thought that it would be great if I could speak with them without a language barrier. That is why I decided to go overseas and study English.

The reason I chose USC as my university was because I have a “family” on the Sunshine Coast. They are the family that hosted me when I went to PLC and they always take care of me, even when I am in Japan. These guys gave me the peace of mind to stay in Australia, thus, my experience of studying in Australia was not as hard as I expected.

I have had a few hardships in terms of assignments and exams, but these were normally worked out. In my opinion, focusing on study is definitely important, however, making friends is just as much so. As I made friends, I not only improved my English, but also learnt a wide range of culture and new things that I would never know in Japan. Especially since Australia is a multi-cultural country and people from many other countries coexist, so it is a perfect circumstance to engage with them.

One of my achievements in Australia is that I graduated from university last month. It might sound easy, but for me, getting out of my home country was actually really hard and it was a big decision in my life. I am really proud of myself and appreciate my parents for giving me this opportunity. 

I am currently doing an internship in Brisbane as a marketing assistant and gaining new skills every day. My nearest future goal is to work full-time in an Australian local business and to be able to communicate with colleagues without difficulty.

Arigatou!” – Shunsuke Fujie

Mrs Michiko Hauser, Head of Japanese 6-12


Last Friday, 14 Senior College students took part in round two of the CyberTaipan Challenge against 87 teams from around Australia.

The teams analysed three different systems online using the WebEx platform. The systems were a virtual Windows10 system, a Windows 2016 server and an Ubuntu system. Teams were tasked with identifying and removing vulnerabilities and security issues. Students worked hard in their teams solving forensic questions and searching for hidden problems on the system images to earn points for hardening the system while maintaining critical services. Well done to the following teams of students.


Team: 061

Points: 189

Position: 36


Noah Beasley

Harry Collishaw

Michael D’Addario

Cody McMackin


Team: 457

Points: 200

Position: 31


Jordan Doughty

Kai Randl

Jack Carmichael

Lachlan Eden

Noah Taverner

Matthew Stanton

Ethan Donohue


Team: 456

Points: 150

Position: 55


Jackson Mobbs

Astrid Williams

Jack Chessell


The CyberTaipan competition is now over for us for 2020. The students involved did an amazing job supporting each other for six hours of solid investigation and analysis. They have each learned a great deal from the experience, which put us in a good position to be part of the competition in 2021.

Thank you to all students for their interest and hard work throughout the challenge. They were a pleasure to work alongside.

Mrs Janine Stone, Head of Information Technology

Lids 4 Kids

Families are encouraged to continue collecting their plastic lids and bottle tops for the Hospitality Department who is supporting the Lids 4 Kids movement. As part of the Envision Hands project, Lids 4 Kids collects and recycles plastic lids and bottle tops, which are then turned into prosthetic limbs for disabled children using 3D printing technology.

Lids can be sent in with students and dropped off to the Coral Café.

Mrs Rhana Holt, Hospitality Aide

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

From the Head of Career Development

Griffith University Walking Tours for Regional Students and Families

Griffith University is inviting students from regional Queensland and their families to tour their campuses and accommodation facilities this September.

Places are limited and bookings are essential.

  • Dates: Sunday 6th and Sunday 13th September or during the September school holidays.
  • Tour duration: 1 hour.

For more information and to book, visit:

All tours will adhere to the Griffith University Covid-19 safe plan, in alignment with Queensland Government guidelines and social distancing measures will also apply.

ACU University Experience Day

Students and parents are invited to ACU’s University Experience Day to get a taste of university life and try out the degrees you might be interested in studying.

On the day you’ll get to:

  • Participate in two hands-on workshops to sample degrees of your choice;
  • Meet ACU staff and current students;
  • Get a feel for your local ACU campus;
  • Learn about different industries and careers; and
  • Hear helpful tips on preparing for university.

The Experience Day is on Tuesday 29th September from 9.30am to 2.00pm at ACU’s Brisbane Campus. For more details and to register, click here.

University Scholarships – Applications Open!

All universities offer a variety of scholarships and bursaries to support students with the costs of university study. They aren’t just for high achievers – scholarships and bursaries are also awarded to students who need financial assistance or who demonstrate other achievements, such as sporting excellence or participation in community activities. There are also scholarships for different areas of study or relocation scholarships that support students in their move away from home.

If you are applying for a university course in 2021, you should investigate whether you are eligible for any of the scholarships available at your university of choice. Just search for ‘scholarships’ on the university’s website. In many cases there is a single application form to complete for all scholarships that are on offer. If you need some help, make an appointment to see me.

Defence Careers Information Session

Defence Force Recruiting has scheduled a face-to-face information event in Caloundra at 4.30pm on Wednesday 30th September. For more information and to register, visit:

SCTTTC Information Evenings – Trade, Beauty and Aviation

If you are interested in learning more about courses in Beauty or Aviation at the Sunshine Coast Technical and Training Centre, don’t forget to register for the information sessions as follows.

  • The event on Wednesday 16th September will provide information about two beauty courses offered at the centre:
    • Dual Certificate II Salon Assistant (Barbering) and Certificate II Retail Cosmetics
    • Certificate III Beauty Services
  • The event on Thursday 17th September will provide information about the Certificate III Aviation (Remote Pilot).

If you wish to attend either of these events, you must register in advance. There is a limit of one student and one parent per family. To register, call the Centre on 5499 5222.

Mrs Wanda Hayes, Head of Career Development

Sport News

Competitive Sport


Well done to all teams for their effort so far this season. The Junior and Intermediate Girls seasons begin this week! We have four out of our six senior teams through to semi-final matches this week. Good luck to all these teams and we hope to see them all progress to the grand finals in Week 9. Well done to the Senior A Boys and the Senior B Girls for their efforts. Unfortunately, both of their seasons have now finished. If those players could please return their uniforms to Mrs Natalie Campbell this week.

It was a tough round for us last Friday with only one team recording a win (Senior A Girls) and one a draw (Senior D Girls). It was great to see the enjoyment from all and the ‘never-give-up’ attitude displayed out on the court.


Our three teams played again on Wednesday evening at various locations around the coast. The Under 16 Girls unfortunately lost against Sunshine Coast Grammar School. The Under 14 Boys continued their winning streak against Mountain Creek, recording a 36-19 win. The Open Boys played their first home game in a number of years at Pacific in a Lutheran grudge match against Good Shepherd. After being down at half time, the team fought back to be within one point of Good Shepherd at the end.

Water Polo

On Monday evening our Intermediate A Boys and Girls teams played Good Shepherd. Students were very happy to play in the newly designed Pacific water polo caps for the first time. Unfortunately, both teams were unable to come away with wins on the night. Special mention to Romola Frazer who was MVP for the Intermediate A Girls and Liam Hague who played with plenty of courage against a much larger and physical team in the Intermediate A Boys.


Touch Football

The Junior A Girls recorded their second win in a row over Suncoast Christian College on Wednesday afternoon. Locked at 1-1 with only seconds remaining, Zara Grant intercepted a Suncoast pass to sprint 40m to score to snatch victory. This will most likely be the final game of the season, as the girls with just finish out of the top four on the table for semis.

Unfortunately, the Intermediate A Girls went down 7-1 to Immanuel Lutheran College (ILC). With a number of the girls out due to injury, the team played strongly but were unable to stick with ILC for the entire game. The intermediate girls will play their final game next week against Sunshine Coast Grammar School. Good luck girls.

Prep – Year 2 Athletics Carnival

Well done to all Prep – Year 2 students who participated in the athletics carnival on Monday afternoon. It was fantastic to see so many smiling faces having a go at the various athletic events. It was also exciting to see the level of athletic ability in our youngest students. Congratulations to Mumba House who were crowned the 2020 champions. The final scores at the end of the carnival were:

  • Bula – 987
  • Wira – 1065
  • Mumba – 1094

Year 4-6 SCISSA Gala Day

The Term 3 Year 4-6 SCISSA Gala Day is next Thursday. A parent information letter was sent out this week with details regarding this event. A reminder that students need to be at school by 8.15am on that morning and need to meet out on the front gym oval to mark rolls and be ready for departure.

Due to COVID school sport restrictions, no spectators are allowed at any of the sporting venues.

Good luck to all teams that are competing next Thursday.

Girls Programs – Caloundra Basketball

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Sport

Club Sport

Pacific FC

With only two more rounds until the 2020 season officially concludes, two of our competitive teams, our U12 Barracudas and U14 Eels, are in the running to finish at the top of their ladders. For both teams, their final two games will decide the ultimate placements with dual wins probably needed to secure the number one division spots. We wish the teams the very best for these matches!

Last weekend, we had 13 of our 14 teams playing at Pacific with our club photographer, Shannon Russell, out on location to capture the action. We especially thank our early morning crew for setting up our home games. The early morning starts are a little easier with the warmer spring weather and pack-up sees us leaving at dusk instead of under the stars. Once again, we thank the increasing number of families checking in and out via the EVA app when attending games and respecting the hygiene and social distancing regulations.

Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting some of our players, coaches and managers who have achieved major milestones with Pacific FC. These members have all made important contributions to our club through their commitment and leadership.

Celebrating Pacific FC 10-Year Players

Lachlan Whincop and Alexander Lee have played for Pacific FC for 10 years. Starting in 2011 in the U6 Pacific Taipans, these boys quickly progressed through the ranks, with the highlight being part of the winning U11A Major and Minor Premiership squad. Over the years, both boys have shown commitment and additional leadership through coaching younger players, volunteering in the canteen and representing the Sunshine Coast region. It’s been a pleasure to watch these boys develop into young men and we wish them well in the continuation of their journey.


Upcoming Events

⚽️ 2021 SCCSA Rep Trials and Preparation sessions for current U8-U16 players in October.
⚽️ 1-1 K3 skills coaching is now available on Thursdays from 4.15pm.
⚽️ End of season Presentation – Saturday 12th September at PLC after each game.

For a wrap up of all of the action, follow the Pacific FC Facebook ​and Instagram pages or email:

Mrs Rita Williams, Pacific FC President

St Mark’s Lutheran Church

Holy Communion Worship

We are pleased to announce that we will move forward with fortnightly public worship services at 14 Bombala Terrace on the first and third Sunday of each month. Our care is for the vulnerable and wider community with the resources we have at one location.

Commencing on Sunday 6th September and then Sunday 20th September there will be services at 8.30am, 9.30am and 10.30am, all with Holy Communion.

Bookings are now available by clicking here, or follow us on Facebook and visit our Church webpage. Please contact Janelle on 0488 556 150 for booking assistance.

Weekly online worship for St Mark’s is also available at our Church webpage or Facebook page.

All are welcome.

Pastor Ray Morris, St Mark’s Lutheran Church (0429 856 532 or

General Notices

Entertainment Books

Pacific Lutheran College is fundraising with Entertainment™ again this year. Order your Entertainment™ Books and Entertainment™ Digital Memberships today and 20% of the proceeds will go towards Pacific Lutheran Early Learning Centre. For a limited time, when you purchase an Entertainment™ Book, an additional $10 or $20 will also be donated to our Early Learning Centre.

To order your book or digital membership, visit:

Child Protection Week - Online Event