Compass No. 597 February 2021

From the Principal

Confidence Through Trust and A Growth Mindset

Growing confidence and self-esteem is a process that continually builds on itself. We are more open to trying new things and growing confidence and efficacy where we see stepping out of our comfort zone as an opportunity to learn and grow rather than in terms of success or failure. When we try new things, it is helpful to have a habit of reflecting on the what was learnt and what can be improved. Having a growth mindset and visualising success enables us to pick ourselves up, reflect, revise and try again. We grow confidence, efficacy, self-esteem and agency through the process.

Where we trust that God walks with us and forgives us when we fall short, we are freed to begin again. God believed in us so much that He sent His Son to die for each one of us. God doesn’t leave us stuck where we were. He invites us to learn and grow through His grace. We are empowered to renew and grow every day.

Principal's Log

This week we celebrated our inaugural Academic Assembly. Graduates of 2020 and their families joined with our Year 6-12 staff and students to celebrate those students who were top of subject, received an ATAR greater than 90 and were the Dux and Proxime Accessit for the year. It was good for us to celebrate the hard work, talent, and commitment of these students and to wish them well as they continue their journey to grow their capacity to make a difference in the lives of others.

There was great excitement as the Year 7 students returned from camp. New friendships and connections were formed as students stepped beyond their comfort zones to grow confidence and skills in unfamiliar settings. Having the confidence to embrace challenges and enjoy connections with nature provided rich opportunities for growth both now and into the future. We thank Head of Outdoor Education Ms Kim Wood for her leadership and organisation of this important experience. We thank Mr Ben Ryan, Mr Alex O’Connor, Pastor Tim Jarick, Mrs Leah Croke, Mr Andrew Block, Mr Brett Kersnovske, Mr Josh Danzey and the Outdoor Education Facilitators for giving of their time to form important connections with students and assisting in the leadership of the program.

There was strong spirit at both the Year 3-6 and Year 7-12 swimming carnivals over this past week. Students of all capabilities gave of their best and were encouraged by enthusiastic cheering from their houses. Well done to all students and thank you to Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Mr Darren Hooper and Mrs Natalie Campbell for their organisation and to all staff, students and parents for their support.

It was exciting to see talented Year 8-12 students who were highly engaged with College sport in 2020 growing through the opportunity to visit the Sport Hub last week. Students engaged in activities that demonstrated how evidence-based learning and science could lead to improved training regimes and performance for athletes. We thank Mr Darren Hooper and Mrs Natalie Campbell for organising this experience.

It was disappointing to learn of the cancellation of the Armidale Rugby Carnival last week. The Under 12 group of boys have been training hard together since coming together in Term 4 last year. We thank them and coaches Mr Josh Cummins, Mr Darren Hooper and Mr Scott Crompton for their time and wish them all the best for their upcoming competitions.

We look forward to parents of P-5 students rejoining us for Chapels and Assemblies each week. Parents are reminded that they will need to register on entry, sanitise, and socially distance.

We wish our music staff and students all the best for their upcoming music camp this weekend.

We pray that God would strengthen and encourage us to step boldly and learn through the new experiences that life brings.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal 

From the College Pastor

David's Self-Esteem

Then he took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd's pouch. His sling was in his hand, and he approached the Philistine…David said to the Goliath, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD.” 1 Samuel 17:40,45.

In this classic bible story of David felling the giant Goliath, David had merely five smooth stones as his weapons. All he needed to defeat Goliath was one of those stones in his sling. One stone was thrown from his sling with deep trust in God. David, the shepherd boy, came in God’s name to defeat the towering Philistine. Goliath, the great, was a warrior with the weapons of war; sword, spear and javelin. David, the dwarf, had one smooth stone from the stream. For the people on the sidelines watching, it was not just the size of the Philistine, which was an unfair advantage, but also his multiple weapons of war. This is not just a story of the underdog defeating the giant against all odds. It is also a story of the God who works through the small and humble, through insignificant and unachievable means. Think about it; what does the God of David call for, trust. Trust that he, David, has what he needs to defeat Goliath, confidence and trust in God’s name.

That is what the thread for this week, self-esteem, is about. For us as at Pacific, self-esteem is more than feeling good about yourself. That is part of it but not the full picture. We know that children and young people have a healthy and growing self-esteem when they learn to trust in their abilities, in the care of other adults, and in the God who cares deeply for them. Our job as a school community is to grow a sense of confidence in what God has given each of our children and teenagers. Encouraging and coaching them to see and enhance the talents, abilities and gifts they have been given. Picking up their five smooth stones like David and learning to use one with all their might.

Growing self-esteem in young people is largely about growing confidence. Confidence to trust in overcoming the barriers and obstacles in their way, with the help of others. And confidence to get up again after their challenges and trust in the God who is with them through it all.

A prayer for self-esteem…

Gracious God, you have created us as people of extraordinary abilities, talents and worth. Sometimes we think we cannot do the challenge before us, that we do not have what it takes to battle our giants. When this happens, help us to not give in to these thoughts. Give us confidence, persistence and healthy self-esteem that comes from knowing we are loved by you. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Director of Students

Swinging Into Action

I hope that all students have felt positive about the start of the academic year. I also hope that all families have felt supported as new learning begins for their child in a climate of academic care. It has been a busy few weeks and you would be forgiven for feeling that the holidays are now a distant memory. I have been incredibly impressed with the overall attitude of students in and out of the classroom as they engage in their work and interact with one another.

Year 7 Outdoor Education

We welcomed back the Year 7 students last Friday as they returned from their 4-day program at Camp Somerset. Students experienced a diverse variety of activities including how to cook for themselves, work collaboratively while canoeing, navigate social and emotional concerns, abseil, mountain biking, and have fun in a safe and inclusive way. Of those I asked across a number of groups, one of the most popular activities was the Giant Swing.

Harnessed and lifted to a height of almost twenty metres by your peers before you release the rope that allows you to swing, the activity captures many of the elements of the program. Each student has a choice as to how high they go and being able to communicate this to their team of “donkeys” is crucial. Students have a tremendous view ahead of them. Meanwhile, they are the only one to decide when to release their hold that sends them swinging into action. My hope is that they carry their experience of this into all aspects of their learning, spiritual and social and emotional growth; through stepping out of their comfort zone, working closely with a strong support network and reflecting upon the courage it will take to let go and take flight into the unknown. I thank Ms Kim Wood for her leadership and organisation, parents for allowing us to take your child away for several days, and all staff who attended in various capacities.

Robotics meets Positive Psychology

I was amazed at the energy coming out of the Year 7 Information Technology class I visited the other day. Focusing on EV3 robots, students were highly engaged and in flow as they attempted to code their robots to navigate a simple route. Research in the field of positive psychology informs us that those who experience high levels of flow report high levels of wellbeing. Working in small groups, each student had a specific role and executed this with increasing precision and a strong sense of purpose. The collaboration and initiative on display reflected in many ways some of the skills the same students developed whilst on their outdoor education program. I thank Mrs Kate Vaney for allowing me to observe her robotic technicians in action.

Student Handbook

All students in Years 6-12 are in receipt of a student handbook. The handbook is a tremendous resource for referring to key policies and procedures, recording work and assessments to be completed and as a conduit for maintaining a strong home-school partnership. To this end I would kindly ask that parents and carers with children in years 6-10, sign their handbook on a weekly basis please.

Mr Ben Ryan, Director of Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5


This term, our focus as a Junior College will be about achievement and what it can take to achieve a goal. On Monday morning’s assembly, Mrs. Atkinson spoke to the Junior College about confidence, and growing as a confident person enables us to achieve. Mrs. Atkinson had key points that can grow our confidence including;

  • Visualising success- having a picture in your mind of achieving a goal
  • Believe in your ability to improve.
  • Having a growth mindset- a belief we all can improve, and
  • Practice failure

As technologies continue to evolve our lives can become easier to navigate. We have the combined world knowledge at our fingertips and are increasingly connected. Although at times, the struggle or practice of failure can be missed. Encouraging our children to keep resilience in the face of adversity encourages confidence and resilience and provides a “working tough” mentality when faced with challenges. Starting small with achievable goals can help to create a positive mindset. By giving effort and promoting an “I can do it” encourages us all to enhance our agency and flourish as learners and as individuals.

Entry and Exit

With the reintroduction of the community onto the College, the parking around the College has been put under increased pressure. All carparks, particularly at pick up, are very busy. Our staggered finish times are designed to have specific areas of the College clear for all areas to flow adequately. Below are key reminders to alleviate congestion.

  • The P-2 carpark is available for all parents with a child in the Foundation College.
  • Parents across P-2 with additional children in Years 3 and above, will be able to drop and pick up from this car park or if more convenient, collect them from the Year 3-12 drop off zone.
  • Students, unless siblings of foundation students across Years 3-5, must be collected from the Year 3-5 drop off space.
  • On Wednesday, your child will receive two laminated cards for use in multiple cars with your family name to access to the P-2 carpark.
  • Parents and guardians are welcome to use the Stop and Go space in the P-2 carpark, but we ask you to remain with your car and move off quickly to enable traffic to continue to flow.

By arriving near to or just after children are released from classes, saves time for you as a family, supports a smooth flow of traffic and creates space for others.

P-5 Parent Information Evening

We thank-you for the support of Prep-5 information evening last Wednesday night. The night provided an opportunity to connect with the Junior College Admin as well as your child’s teacher. If you were unable to attend last week, the presentation in the Gym has been recorded and communication regarding the viewing of the evening has been emailed home during the week.

Parents and Community on Campus.

This week we have the pleasure of being able to welcome our wider community back to our chapels and assemblies here at the college. As COVID restrictions remain, attendance must be within the guidelines and all adults are required to use the QR code for each event, sanitise on entry and maintain social distancing. We look forward to including you in our celebrations and worships.

Take care and God Bless.

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

Food for Thought

9 Things Every Parent with an Anxious Child Should Try

Many kids miss school, social activities, and a good night’s rest just from the worried thoughts in their head. Many parents suffer from frustration and a feeling of helplessness when they witness their child in this state day in, day out. For strategies click on the link below.

Problem Solving Workshop

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Friends of Pacific AGM

You are invited to the Friends of Pacific AGM and first general meeting for 2021 on Tuesday 16th February at 6.30pm in the College Library.

Friends of Pacific play a vital role in strengthening community. As a member, parents have a unique opportunity to grow our College culture and build connections with students and families.

A child’s transition into adulthood is strengthened with positive adult role models who join in community together. Throughout the year, Friends of Pacific support a variety of events and College initiatives including Open Day, Mother’s and Father’s Day stalls, sport carnivals, Trivia Nights, Golf Days, OCEANfest and much more.

Monthly meetings are held on campus, typically on a Tuesday evening at 6.30pm. These meetings offer a welcoming space to connect, share, reflect and plan for upcoming events, as well as explore fundraising opportunities and worthy causes to support.

If you would like to attend the upcoming meeting, please RSVP by Monday 15th February via email to:

Mooloolaba Tri Volunteering Opportunity

Pacific is volunteering at the Mooloolaba Tri on Saturday 13th March, 10am - 4.30pm, and we are looking for 20 parents and Middle / Senior College helpers who would like to join the Pacific/FoP volunteer team. It’s a six-hour commitment at Mooloolaba and promises to be a rewarding experience assisting competitors to rack their bike prior to the race on Sunday. Volunteers receive a t-shirt and food. Pacific will receive a donation for every volunteer we provide on the day.

If you would like more information or can commit to helping out, please contact Ange in the Middle College Office or Mrs Jenny Lee.

  • Moo Tri Volunteer Team – Saturday 13th March – Register here

For any queries, please contact us via email:

Mrs Jenny Lee, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

Library News

Bookmarks - Your Guide to What's New in the Library!

Junior Fiction

Wolf Girl Series by Anh Do

Fans of the Wolf Girl series by Anh Do will be thrilled with the release of the 3rd and 4th books in the series. In Book 3 of the series, The Secret Cave, Gwen returns to the search for her family and in Book 4, The Traitor, Gwen must face the challenges that are chasing her, including giant snakes, Komodo dragons and a new wolf family. This series is perfect for young readers who enjoy chapter books but still want visual aids to guide their reading. Each of the Wolf Girl books have black and white illustrations on every page and bold fonts that bring the story to life. Lovers of adventure and animals will enjoy this fantastic series.

Middle Grade Fiction

We Are Wolves by Katrina Nannestad

Do you enjoy stories from the past? You might like We Are Wolves. This book is about the Wolf family, who are fleeing from East Prussia and the Russian Army at the end of World War II. When the three Wolf siblings find themselves lost and alone, Liesl knows it is up to her to keep her family safe. Based on a true story, this is a heart-warming book about survival, courage, hope and family.

Senior and Adult Fiction

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Read this one before it becomes a film in 2022. If you enjoy fantasy novels, check out Children of Blood and Bone. Narrated in three alternating perspectives we meet Zélie, one of the few left who can still do magic and wants to bring retribution down on the leaders who killed her mother and other mages; Amari, a princess who is finding her own way in life against her family’s rules and joins with Zélie; and Inan, the prince who is caught between two worlds and forced to decide which side he is on. With great fantasy world building and strong characters, you’ll love Children of Blood and Bone.

You can find book 1 in the series in the Library and both books in our ebook collection:

Ms Madison Dearnaley, Teacher Librarian

College News

Gardening Club

Did you know that recycling is an important way that we can help our planet and community? 

There are 5 reasons why you should recycle:

  • Recycling reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators.
  • Recycling conserves natural resources such as timber, water and minerals.
  • Recycling increases economic security by tapping a domestic source of materials.
  • Recycling prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials.
  • Recycling saves energy.

The 2021 Gardening Club has started, and we have many eager Year 6, Year 7 and Year 8 students who are interested in gardening and learning about the ways that we can recycle, compost, plant and improve our carbon footprint at PLC.

If you have any ideas or ways that you can assist us with this, please contact Mrs Sydes

Mrs Linda Sydes, Year 6 Teacher

Sport News

Junior Sport News

It has been a busy couple of weeks of sport for students in the Junior College with swimming trials, swimming carnival and the start of SCISSA sport.

3-6 Inter-House Swimming Carnival

Students and staff were greeted with a beautiful, sunny day last Thursday for the 2021 Primary Swimming Carnival held at Beerwah Aquatic Centre. It was great to see a high level of house spirit displayed on the day and thank you to the Year 6 students who led their houses in war cries and cheering during the day.

Congratulations to Wira house who were crowned the 2021 champion house at the end of the carnival. The final points at the end of the day were:

  • Wira – 2635
  • Bula – 2336
  • Mumba – 2198

Students who have been successful in being selected to represent PLC at the upcoming Independent Primary Swimming Carnival will be notified via Operoo in the coming days. The carnival is scheduled to be held at St Andrews College on Friday 19th February. Unfortunately, there will be no parent spectators allowed at both the District and Regional Swimming carnivals this year due to space limitations and the large number of spectators that normally with to attend these events.


Students in Year 4 – 6 will begin their SCISSA sport experience this week with two “come and try” sessions organised. All students have selected two sports they would like to try on Thursday 11th February and during our first afterschool training session on Monday 15th February. After these sessions’ students will make their selection for what sport they would like to play in Semester One.

Dance is once again a popular choice but is limited to 25 students due to space within the dance studio at the college. A selection afternoon will be used if numbers exceed this limit, with students in Years 5 and 6 given preference. Please discuss this with your child if they are thinking of selecting dance as their sporting option.

Afterschool training commences next Monday 15th February and runs each Monday afternoon through to Week 8. Afterschool training dates for 4-6 SCISSA can be found on the College Calendar. Training is compulsory for all students on these dates. If your child is unable to attend a training session for any reason, please email to advise of their absence. Attendance rolls are taken at each of these sessions.

Run Club

Starting next Tuesday 16th February students will have the opportunity to join the PLC Run Club which will once again be pounding the pavement each Tuesday morning before school.

Run Club is open to all students from Years 3 -12 and is aimed at improving student’s confidence in distance running and aerobic performance. The program will run each Tuesday morning with a strict 7:15 start during both Term One and Two. Students will spend Term One preparing for the school cross country carnival and will continue into Term Two with the Caloundra Foreshore Run in June rounding out the Run Club season.

If your child would like to be part of the PLC Run Club, please send a short email to Mrs Kim Kiernan to register your child’s interest.

PLC Sports Hub Excursion

Last Friday afternoon a group of students from Year 8 -12 had the opportunity to travel up to the Kawana Sports Hub. A selected group of students who were highly involved in PLC sport during 2020 were provided this opportunity.

The short excursion provided students with the opportunity to engage in Science and evidence learning under the guidance of expert professionals. Students were able to participate in a range of warm up activities, various strength, power and speed tests as well as some clinical testing, including an ACL test using video movement diagnostics.

Students really enjoyed the experience, and we look forward to continuing this association with the Sports Hub in coming years.

Important Upcoming District and Regional Sports Trial Dates

Below is a list of the important cut off dates for District and Regional Sport Trials. If you would like your child to trial for any of the sports below, please contact Natalie Campbell to register your interest prior to the closing date listed.

Independent District 2021







10-12 yrs B



10-12 yrs G



10-11 yrs 



10-12 yrs 


Rugby League

14-15 yrs G


Rugby League

16-18 yrs G


Rugby Union

11-12 yrs 



10-12 yrs B



10-12 yrs G



13-19 yrs B 



13-19 yrs G 



12-15 yrs B



12-15 yrs G



16-19 yrs B



16-19 yrs G


Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Junior Sport and Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Sport

Rugby Update

U12’s Armidale Tour 2021

Unfortunately, due to the complex nature and logistics of crowd numbers and interstate travel, the annual Armidale rugby carnival has been restricted to Regional NSW teams only. This unfortunately means that we are unable attend the carnival for another year. Organisers are optimistic that under a national vaccination program, 2022 will move ahead as planned. I would like to thank all players and parents who expressed an interest in participating this year.

Fraser Coast 7’s

We are currently receiving expressions of interest for the upcoming Fraser Coast 7’s tournament that will be held on Saturday 20th March at Hervey Bay. We are hoping to enter four teams into the competition: U13, U15 and Open’s Boys, and an Open girls’ team. Please make sure all players register their interest with me so we can start consideration for total team numbers and trials.

District Trials

A reminder that players who are interested in competing in the independent school’s team are to register their interest with Nat Campbell ( for the upcoming trials. It would be fantastic to see the many talented Rugby players at the College attend these.

Mr Josh Cummins, Rugby Coordinator

Club Sport

Pacific FC

Sign-on for our 2021 teams is closing soon!

We currently have vacancies in the following teams:

  • U9 Mixed Year 3 – born 2012/2013
  • U13 Barracudas – Year 7 males and females players born 2007 and 2008
  • U15 Cobras – Year 10 or Year 11 males and females born 2004/2005/2006

To register or go onto the waiting list for U6-U16 (Prep-Year 11) male and female teams, visit:

Saturday fixtures for the 2021 season will commence on 6th March.

We have a number of exciting initiatives planned for 2021 as we celebrate our 20th anniversary.

Look out for the celebrations throughout the season.

  • PFC Guzman y Gomez Birthday Club
  • Anniversary gear
  • 10-Year player jackets
  • Fun days
  • Prizes and giveaways
  • New programs and opportunities
  • K3 Coaching
  • Social opportunities for parents
  • Growth mindset sessions

Here’s to another season full of friendship and fitness.

Mrs Rita Williams, Pacific FC President

PLC Club Netball

Sign-on for our 2021 teams is closing soon!

Welcome back to another year of netball. Registrations are open via the new Netball Connect application. Details of how to find it can be sourced from our Facebook page or by emailing

On the subject of social media, watch out for the PLC Netball Instagram ‘chatroom’. Whilst the Club will have oversight of the account, the design content will be administered by the players under the guidance of Trisha. The approach is designed to provide Facebook for the adults and Instagram for the players, thereby creating a whole of community outcome.

Training has commenced on Tuesday night from 3:30pm to 5:00pm for the open girls, with the age group girls being on Wednesday from 3:15pn to 4:30pm on the back courts.

Our grading day and team selection is on Saturday 20th February. Timings and sequence will be provided in due course. The event is at the school gym.

Finally, a big thank you to Trisha McFadyen who has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to implement the new Netball Queensland Management System, Netball Connect.  The project has presented many challenges, most recently the changing of the on-line registration forms at midnight the evening before the Caloundra registration day. This was the sixth time this had occurred. Trisha has invested well in excess of 50 hours effort since the system went live on 15th January, whilst working full-time. As you see Trisha around, an acknowledgement of the efforts would be appreciated as we would not have a 2021 season without her dedication.

Trevor Colton, Club Netball President

St Mark’s Lutheran Church

Worship @ St Mark's

Sharing a common mission and ministry with Pacific Lutheran College

“Growing in faith and sharing God’s love with others”

Weekly worship services are held at 14 Bombala Terrace Caloundra at 8.30am and 9.30am. We are thankful that we are able to meet together each week for worship. As we do this, there are still physical distancing, signing in, and hygiene requirements we need to follow in order to ensure the health and safety of everyone in our community.

Our worship services are intergenerational with a blend of traditional and contemporary.

You’re welcome to follow us on Facebook and visit our Church webpage.

All are welcome at any of our services.

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


Upcoming Dates


12                        Music Camp Departs

14                        Music Camp Returns

15                        Year 4-6 SCISSA Training (3.15pm – 4.15pm)

16                        Shrove Tuesday

                            Friends of Pacific (6.30pm)

17                        Ash Wednesday

18                        13-19yrs District Swim Carnival (Twilight Meet)

                            9-12yrs District Swim Carnival

22                        Year 4-6 SCISSA Training (3.15pm – 4.15pm)

25                        Voices on the Coast – Years 7-12

26                        Voices on the Coast – Years 4-6