As we commemorate Remembrance Day, we remember all of those who have served our country to preserve the freedoms and way of life we enjoy. As we remember, we acknowledge that Australians of all different backgrounds and countries, including indigenous people, have stood together and made sacrifices for us. Our strength comes from being able to stand together with common respect for values and principles that are at the core of our country. As we stand together, there is a common sense of shared home and shared purpose. We show our respect for the sacrifices others have made by making the most of our opportunities. We stand respectfully together to continue building on what our elders have given us.
Compass No. 592 November 2020
From the Principal
A common theme as I have talked with parents, students and staff is how quickly this year has gone. In a year that has presented many opportunities for doing things differently, this article provides a summary of how we have conducted the Year 12 2021 Information Evening and how we will be conducting our end of year celebrations. As we engage with different formats, there is a strong focus on community celebration of what we have achieved together.
We held our Year 12 2021 Information Evening online on Monday evening as the Year 11 students have now commenced their Year 12 studies. The presentation has been recorded and will be made available to families. We encourage all Year 12 2021 families to ensure they watch the presentations over this next week to ensure they are making the most of their learning and career guidance over the coming 12 months. By the end of this year, all Year 12 students of 2021 will have completed a substantial component of their Unit 3 course work. For many subjects, the first assessment for Unit 3 learning will occur very early in the new year.
We look forward to the 2020 Year 12 students completing their exams next week and being able to farewell and thank them as a community. The Graduation, Final Chapel and Formal are all ticketed events, which will enable parents and invited family members and friends to be part of these important celebrations and yes, there will even be dancing at the formal!
Last week, we recorded the 2020 Ensembles Concert, which will be presented as a Zoom event with the Pacific community on Monday 23rd November. The concert will be a wonderful celebration of talent and the growth that has occurred in our Music Department this year. Thank you to Mrs Aleisha Tuaine, Mrs Helen Williams, Mr David Simpfendorfer and our instrumental tutors for their work with our music students this year.
Kindergarten – Year 5 students enjoyed recording their Christmas Carols this week, which will be shared online with the community on Friday 27th November. This will provide opportunity for the event to be shared with a broader range of family and friends this year and we look forward to this celebration. Thank you to Mr Damian Davis, Mrs Sue Zweck, Pastor Tim Jarick and Mr David Simpfendorfer for their coordination of the recording.
This year, we will be holding a Year 3-5 Awards Service on Friday 27th November from 8.30am – 9.00am in the gym. Parents of award recipients will be invited to attend. This event will be a ticketed event.
The Prep – Year 5 Closing Service on Monday 30th November will be held in the gym, with the Year 5 students and their parents present. The remaining Prep – Year 4 students will watch the Closing Service from their learning spaces via a private livestream.
The Year 6-11 Closing Service will be held at the Caloundra Events Centre on Tuesday 1st December at 6.30pm. All Year 6-11 students are expected to attend. Year 9 students will be presented with their certificates to celebrate their completion of Middle College and transition into the Senior College. We will need to know exact numbers to plan for seating. The event will be live streamed with limited seating available for parents. This will be a ticketed event.
The Sports Awards will be conducted in the gym over Thursday 19th November, with separate events for Years 4-6, Years 7-9 and Years 10-12. Parents will be able to attend these events and attendance will be ticketed.
The Rite Journey will be conducted in the gym on Thursday 26th November and Year 9 parents will be invited to attend. Again, this will be a ticketed event. This is an important celebration for our Year 9 students as they make the transition into the Senior College.
Further email communication will be sent in preparation for each of these events. We ask that all families check their emails on a daily basis and respond as soon as possible so that we are able to effectively plan for each of the events. We appreciate your patience as we work to create as much opportunity as possible for parents to celebrate with their children.
We farewell Mrs Gina McCarthy as she and her family look forward to the arrival of their new baby. We thank Mrs McCarthy for the very professional way she has supported staff and students in the Middle and Senior College and wish her and her family every blessing.
We say a prayer of thanks for the service of our Defence personnel and that God would hold all those affected by war in His care. We pray that we have the capacity as individuals and community to be grateful for what we have been given and make the most of our opportunities.
Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal
The College Council has approved the 2021 fee schedule. There will be a general increase of $35 - $55 per term in the tuition fee across all year levels. This increase was arrived at after careful consideration of the current context, expected wage increases and funding the continuing improvement of facilities. There has also been an increase of $30 per term in the Year 6 resource levy to cover book packs, which are being supplied by the College at this year level for the first time next year. There have also been some minor adjustments to the resource levy across Prep – Year 5. The updated fee schedule can be found here: https://www.pacificlutheran.qld.edu.au/.
If parents have any queries regarding fees, please contact the Business Office.
Mr Mike Healy, Business Manager
From the College Pastor
As well as focusing on cultural competency in our threads at the moment, this week is also NAIDOC Week. So, it is appropriate to greet one another with words we sometimes hear at special services in the acknowledgement of country; Wunya Ngulum. This is a Gubbi Gubbi term meaning ‘welcome everyone’.
Our College acknowledging our First Nations People and encouraging connections with the indigenous culture, language and history of our country has got to mean more than mere words and one off celebrations though. Lutherans in Australia have had positive relationships with indigenous communities in central Australia, the west coast of South Australia and in far north Queensland for more than 175 years. In these locations where missions were established, Lutheran indigenous communities still continue today.
Growing our appreciation, knowledge and relationships with indigenous people also means working towards reconciliation in whatever small ways we can. As a Christian school we know that God has created all people as equals in his image. We have differences but we do not let those differences separate us from one another. We are called to work towards justice and reconciliation for all people.
The Lutheran Church of Australia has endorsed a reconciliation action plan and one small initial step in this process is this artwork that has been commissioned. This piece is called ‘Many Eyes’ and was painted by Henry, aged 9, an Eastern Aranda and Wangkangurru boy from central Australia. Henry is a student at a Lutheran school and said this about his painting:
“It’s about how there is one God and there are lots of people … we are all different – that’s a good thing – because we can all see different parts of God and share that with each other … That way we can all learn from each other and love God at the same time.”
What do you see in this image? God’s loving eye at the centre of the cross, flowing waters coming out of it? Some people see the many dots within the cross representing many journeys of reconciliation, side by side. In the many pairs of eyes surrounding the cross, some people interpret this as people watching from the outside. Looking for how we treat, listen, respect and bless one another. What is our witness of reconciliation to them? Whatever you see in this painting, it is a great piece to stop, reflect and wonder, how could we be part of God’s reconciling work in our nation and in the world.
If you would like to learn more about steps we can make towards reconciliation, check out this website from the Lutheran Church of Australia’s Reconciliation Action Plan: https://www.rap.lca.org.au/.
Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor
From the Head of Senior Students
Last Friday marked the end of the Sunshine Coast Secondary Schools Basketball season for our Pacific teams. There were more than 195 teams who competed in the competition throughout Semester 2 and Pacific was fortunate to have 15 teams participate in various divisions across six different age groups. Overall, Pacific had five teams represented in finals matches: four senior division teams and one intermediate girls team, who played their semi final game last week. Our Year 11 Senior E Boys team successfully won their season and I look forward to working with them again in 2021.
Meanwhile, we also have numerous rugby, soccer and water polo teams who have been steadily competing each week during Terms 3 and 4. I thank all students who give up their time and commit to their teams on a weekly basis, along with our dedicated coaches. In a first this year, we also entered a team in the recent inter-school mountain biking challenge. Pacific had eight students represent the College and had two podium finishes, against schools with highly established programs. Well done to our students and thank you to Mr Chris Bartlett for his leadership and organisation of this event this year.
It has been great to see so many students participate in the breadth of co-curricular sporting opportunities this year. I encourage all students to consider what opportunities they could be a part of in 2021.
Year 10-11 Drivers
Any student who is driving to school needs to have completed a driver permission form and submit it to the main reception. Forms are available from the Wellbeing Centre. For more information, please contact me directly.
Year 12 Graduation
Parents and students who are attending Year 12 celebrations (Graduation, Final Chapel and Formal) are asked to please RSVP their intentions as soon as possible. Please also book a time for family photos at the formal with Mrs Leanne Bevis if you have not already done so.
Senior College Exams
We wish students all the very best for their exams this term. Year 12 students are in the final stages of their external assessments and this is an exciting time for them all. We thank Middle and Senior College students for their consideration in ensuring that our Year 12 cohort had quiet space for their exams. We wish Year 10 students all the very best for their exams which are commencing this week, as well as the Year 7-9 students for next week. Please note that normal uniform expectations still apply and students will be required to attend all exams in their formal uniform each day.
Mr Mark Hauser, Head of Senior College Students
From the Head of Learning K-5
This year’s NAIDOC theme, ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’, recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for more than 65,000 years.
It acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were Australia’s first explorers, first engineers, first farmers, first botanists, first scientists, first diplomats, first astronomers and first artists. It celebrates that our nation’s story began millennia before documented European contact. NAIDOC 2020 invites all Australians to embrace and acknowledge the true history of this country.
Schools play an important role in celebrating NAIDOC Week as it’s a great opportunity to incorporate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content into teaching and learning. At Pacific, we have curriculum resources that embed Indigenous perspectives in the classroom.
The 2020 National NAIDOC Poster, Shape of Land, was designed by Tyrown Waigana, a Noongar and Saibai Islander man. Tyrown’s artwork tells the story of how the Rainbow Serpent came out of the Dreamtime to create this land. It is represented by the snake and it forms the shape of Australia, which symbolises how it created our lands. The colour from the Rainbow Serpent is reflected on to the figure to display our connection to the Rainbow Serpent, thus our connection to country. The overlapping colours on the outside is the Dreamtime. The figure inside the shape of Australia is a representation of Indigenous Australians showing that this country, since the dawn of time, ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ Aboriginal land.
Click here to download the 2020 National NAIDOC Poster, to help you celebrate NAIDOC Week.
Mrs Sue Zweck, Head of Learning K-5
Food for Thought
With the impending festive season and end of school celebrations, some teenagers may be feeling ready to celebrate. To ensure our young people stay safe during this time, parents are encouraged to have discussions with their teenagers about safe decision making in social settings.
This Special Report provides some useful information for parents: https://pacificlutheran.qld.schooltv.me.
Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor
Friends of Pacific
In a year like no other, we are enormously appreciative of the involvement of parents from all year levels and for our group of FoP executives who have continued to connect via Zoom each month: Allyson Sarvari, Erin Carter, Belinda Watman, Teena Thompson, Alison Ferguson, Rita Williams and Bron Butler. We thank them for their energy, encouragement and commitment.
At this time, we also pause and reflect upon the dedication and commitment of Allyson Sarvari. Allyson has served the Pacific community for an incredible 16 years, starting as a Foundation College parent, while her three boys progressed through the College. Next week, her youngest son Nicholas will graduate from Pacific. Allyson has worked tirelessly as Vice President, hosting food and drink stalls at athletics and surf carnivals, Carol Evenings, Open Days and of course, the biannual OCEANfests. She has been the driving force behind our volunteer triathlon crews, the legendary PLC Golf Days, as well as many other external community activities. We acknowledge and sincerely thank Allyson for her unwavering support of FoP and wish her all the best for the future.
Join us in 2021
We invite all current and new Pacific parents and staff to attend our general meeting and AGM on Tuesday 16th February at 6.30pm (Term 1, 2021). We encourage you to support FoP by nominating or expressing your interest for the 2021 volunteer committee. It’s a wonderful way to unite with fellow parents and staff, learn more about what is happening on campus and support events that bring much joy to our community.
For any queries, please contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mrs Jenny Lee, FoP Chairperson
This week students have enjoyed the challenge of finding hidden items in our ‘I Spy’ display. We have a number of popular puzzle books in the library including series such as Spot What?, Where’s Wally?, I Spy and Puzzle Adventures. Why not borrow some for the holidays?
Remembrance Day in the Library
End of Year Borrowing Procedures
Next week (Week 7) will be the final week for borrowing. Students will then need to return all of their books in Week 8. Once everything has been returned, in Week 9 students may borrow an unlimited number of books for the holidays.
Ms Nell Keen, Head of Library
Tiffany’s determination and talent throughout the show saw her make it through to the final few episodes of the series, before being eliminated last week. With the Grand Finale held on Monday night, we’ve chatted with Tiffany about her experience. Click here to read more.
Congratulations and well done to Tiffany on this amazing achievement.
It has been a busy month in the Outdoor Education Department, with four year levels heading off for their much anticipated experiences this year.
In October, we launched a new Outdoor Education experience for Year 6 students. While we were unable to travel interstate for the traditional Canberra trip, Year 6 students were excited to experience the outback, travelling to Longreach and Winton instead. The bus trip was filled with board games, trivia, card games and craft and before we knew it, we had arrived in Longreach to the red earth beneath our feet. Students had a busy few days visiting attractions such as the Waltzing Matilda Centre, the Age of Dinosaurs museum and the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame to name a few. Students experienced first-hand the impact of the current drought on farmers as they met ‘Outback Dan’ at Camden Park Station, who generously showed us around his property. A highlight for both staff and students was the lightshow at the QANTAS museum, a history of aviation in Australia expertly projected onto the side of a 747. Thank you to our wonderful staff Mr Stuart Pohlner, Mrs Linda Sydes, Mrs Kim Keirnan, Mrs Natalie Campbell and outdoor aides Karen McLean, Kristan Fischer, Bryn Harper, Gennessa Lee and Tegan Luker for their relentless energy, patience and support for our Year 6 students.
Year 9 students headed to Kenilworth for 12 days of exploration in the Conondale National Park and surrounding private properties. This extended experience utilised the outdoor environment to draw focus on their transition from Middle to Senior College in our community. Students spent time in smaller groups working together to journey through the landscape, supporting each other when facing adversity and growing in confidence together. Whether it was from the trees tops or hill tops, students committed to supporting one another through the challenges and learnings on offer. To add to the adventure, there were numerous weather events which required changes to scheduled experiences … students were grateful for extra showers and cabin time! Students were adaptable and flexible in their thinking and adjusted to the daily changes at hand. A highlight for many students was the 24 hour solo experience. Students had their own outdoor space and shelter within the base camp property and spent time reflecting on who they are as a young person and what lies ahead of them as they grow towards adulthood. Many life-long friendships were forged during these 12-days. I am grateful to have shared the experience and journey with these young leaders of tomorrow. Thank you to staff who gave their time to contribute to this amazing experience: Mr Chris Bartlett, Ms Marg Gunn, Mr Duncan McNee, Mrs Emma Lendrum, Mrs Natalie Campbell, Mr Brendan Delaney, Ms Genessa Lee and outdoor aides Karen McLean, Tegan Luker, Kristan Fischer, Declan Pearl and Ben Ferguson. Thank you also to Pastor Tim Jarick and Mr Ben Ryan for visiting and helping to strengthen the connections back to our experiences at Pacific.
Year 3 students had their introductory experience at Alexandra Park Conference Centre in the last week of October. As their first of many outdoor experiences at Pacific, the Year 3 program explored the theme of positive experiences in nature. In small groups, students participated in some team challenge activities, built miniature rafts together and burnt off some energy while playing the open space games. For some of them, it was their first night sleeping away from home but they took the challenge in their stride. Students rounded out their experience with a nature walk around the property in the sunshine before heading home. I would like to congratulate the Year 3 students on their energy and enthusiasm for being outdoors and thank teachers Mrs Fiona Schefe, Mr Scott Massie, Mr Steven Healy, Ms Pia Henriksen, Mrs Karen Vorster, Mrs Sara Taverner, Ms Gennessa Lee and Mr Damian Davis and outdoor aides Bryn Harper and Weslee Audsley for their support in the delivery of this program.
Last but not least, was the long awaited re-scheduled Year 4 connection to place Outdoor Education program. Based at Luther Heights at Coolum, students were excited to learn more about our local area. Students undertook a range of exploration activities with a focus on indigenous culture and also participated in team building activities that required cooperation and problem solving skills. Earlier in the year, local Gubbi Gubbi elder Aunty Christine introduced students to the indigenous shelter, a Gunyah. She challenged students to recreate miniature versions of these Gunyah’s whilst away on their Outdoor Education experience. Aunty Christine joined the group on Tuesday afternoon and was proud to see all the Gunyah that the students had built. She then continued to share her knowledge of country and indigenous connection to the Sunshine Coast through an ochre painting workshop where the students painted indigenous symbols on rocks as a keep sake. It was a wonderful three days of learning outdoors. Thank you to staff Mrs Amanda Empson, Mrs Sarah Atkinson, Mr Joe Doran, Ms Pia Henriksen and Mrs Sara Taverner for their energy and support in organising the experience. I would also like to thank Mr Damian Davis and Ms Gennessa Lee for their leadership and Ben Ferguson and Tegan Luker for their ongoing commitment to delivering outdoor learning at Pacific.
I am grateful to have had the opportunity to educate outdoors across both the Junior and Middle College this term. In a year that has been unpredictable and challenging in so many ways, I am thankful that we could continue to provide outdoor learning opportunities for all students. I hope all students and their families can enjoy some enjoyable time relaxing in the great outdoors over the upcoming summer holidays.
Yours in the outdoors…
Ms Kim Wood, Head of Outdoor Education
On Friday, the Music Department recorded its 2020 Ensembles Concert. All music ensembles recorded pieces they had been working on throughout the year and this will be combined into a Zoom concert that will be shared with the Pacific community on Monday 23rd November. An invitation will be emailed closer to the date. We look forward to sharing our music with you all. Thank you to all Pacific music staff and tutors for their time and energy in supporting students to prepare for the concert. Thank you also to our wonderful students for their commitment throughout the year!
On Monday, senior student Lachlan Eden performed The Last Post on trumpet at a Remembrance Day service for Kawana Companions in the Kawana Community Centre. We congratulate Lachlan on his performance. It is a particularly hard piece to play and Lachlan represented himself and the College well, delivering his performance to a very high standard.
This week during an online Zoom meeting, we launched the 2022 New Zealand Music Tour. We are very excited to offer this tour for our senior music ensembles. If you missed the meeting or would like any further information, please contact me directly at: email@example.com.
Mrs Helen Williams, Head of Instrumental Music
Speech and Drama Exams
Last weekend, 17 Speech and Drama students from the Junior, Middle and Senior College had their annual practical exams with the Australian College of Music.
We are so proud of all the students who participated this year. It wasn’t easy doing Drama during those months of online learning, but the fact that we had so many students still determined to do the exam was inspiring – well done! The results are expected back in about two weeks.
Depending on your NDIS goals, students may be able to use their funding for Speech and Drama lessons. All lessons are tailored to meet individual goals, whether that be developing confidence, communication skills, clear speech, speaking in front of groups or gaining new social skills. We have a special interest in working with students with ASD and Speech and Language Impairment. We can also work with your current Speech Pathologist to reinforce and generalise good speech habits in a fun and creative environment. Please contact Lisa McKibben on 0439 622 371 with any NDIS related questions.
Lisa McKibben and Imogen Joppich, Speech and Drama Tutors
The Sunshine Coast Technical and Trade Training Centre (SCTTTC) is introducing a new course for 2021, a Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot). There will be an information session for this course at the SCTTTC on Thursday 19th November at 4.00pm. Interested students and parents must register their attendance by contacting the SCTTTC directly. All details are available on the attached flyer.
Mrs Wanda Hayes, Head of Career Development
The Secondary Schools Basketball competition has been running since early Term 3 and last Friday evening, the final Pacific team finished their season. Well done to the Intermediate C girls who unfortunately went down in their semi-final by 9 points. The girls fought back during the game but were not able to bridge the gap. Overall, Pacific had five teams play in the finals this season which is an outstanding achievement. Thank you to Mr Mark Hauser for his continued knowledge and passion leading our basketball program and also to all teachers and external coaches who were part of the program this year.
The SCISSA Rugby 7s season finished up on Wednesday evening for our Under 13 and 15 boys’ and girls’ teams. It was a pleasure seeing so many students sign up to play rugby for the College this year. Well done to our Under 15A girls who won both their games against Matthew Flinders Anglican College and Sunshine Coast Grammar School to finish Runners Up this season. The Under 13 girls and Under 13 boys also had wins on the night. Thank you to Mr Josh Cummins who was instrumental in the increase in student numbers this season and to all staff and external coaches who led teams this season.
Year 4-6 Gala Day
Last Thursday, students in Years 4-6 had the opportunity to participate in their second SCISSA Gala Day competition of the year. It was a great day of competition with a number of Pacific teams winning their divisions at the end of the day. Congratulations to the following teams:
- PLC 1 – 5/6 A Girls Volleyball
- PLC 1 – 5/6 Division A Girls Basketball
- PLC 3 – 5/6 Division B Girls Basketball
- PLC 2 – 5/6 Division B Boys Touch Football
Thank you to all class teachers and coaches who worked with teams throughout the semester and at Gala Day last week.
End of Year Sports Awards
Next Thursday our end of year Sports Awards will be held in the gym with guest speaker Tom Fullarton from the Brisbane Lions. This year, the awards will be split into Junior, Middle and Senior College ceremonies. Start times for the awards will be as follows:
- Junior College (Year 4-6): 10.45am – 11.45am
- Middle College (Year 7-9): 12.00pm – 1.00pm
- Senior College (Year 10-12): 2.15pm – 3.15pm
Parents are welcome to attend the Sport Award presentation for their child but will need to pre-register for this event. Details regarding registration will be emailed early next week.
Pacific Mountain Biking
On Friday 6th November, eight students from Pacific Mountain Biking competed in the inaugural Sunshine Coast Schools Mountain Bike Competition. The competition involved 150 students from local schools and included three stages targeting different strengths – a cross country endurance stage, a flow stage and a technical rocky stage. Students could attempt each stage up to five times throughout the day with their fastest time counted towards their results.
The students provided strong competition, with the format requiring them to strategise throughout the day to incorporate recovery breaks, eating and stages to get their best times down. As they day progressed and fatigue set in, they were forced to find new ways of generating and maintaining speed and momentum that weren’t as reliant on their tired legs!
The group persisted and represented the College well. Standout performances include Ethan Haas’ late efforts, which moved him from 36th position to third place in the Year 9-10 division. Patrick Swindles also produced some very fast times throughout the day to clinch a place on the podium in the senior boys division, with our other two senior boys also finishing in the top 7.
All the boys relished the opportunity to test their skills and fitness against other keen mountain bikers and it proved to be a valuable learning experience. Very well done to the following students who represented Pacific:
- Carter Costa
- Tom Farrell
- Joshua Stevenson
- Ethan Haas
- Patrick Swindles
- Bailey Thiele
- Riley Mannion
- Thomas Ford
Race times and results can be viewed here: Race results
Mr Chris Bartlett, Pacific Mountain Biking Coordinator
PLC Club Sport
We're getting ready for 2021!
SCCSA's online registration portal for the 2021 season will be open soon. Look out for the link so you can register your player early! We have a number of great initiatives planned for 2021 and hope to have as many players back next season as possible!
2021 Roar Program
The Brisbane Roar will again be running a Friday afternoon program at Pacific for U6-U12 players.
Dates: 12th February, 19th February, 26th February and 5th March 2021
Time: 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Look out for the online booking form in January 2021.
SCCSA Representative and Next Level Program
Congratulations to all Pacific players who made the 2021 representative squads. We wish you well in representing the Sunshine Coast Region.
If you child tried out for the representative program but didn't make the final cut, we have a new Next Level program for your player to join. We invite all of our 2021 U9-U13 male and female players who would like to commit to regular Monday afternoon, coach-led training sessions, with a view to representing Pacific FC. At this stage we'll be looking for a squad of 16 based on commitment, drive and an enthusiasm to improve skills and sportsmanship. For more information and to register your interest, please email: PacificFC@pacluth.qld.edu.au.
Mrs Rita Williams, Pacific FC President
St Mark’s Lutheran Church
We are pleased to announce that we hold 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.
All are welcome.
Pastor Ray Morris, St Mark’s Lutheran Church (0429 856 532 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
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: https://www.entertainment.com.au