One of the cultural underpinnings of the College is that it aims to be a place of peace. In a place of peace there is acceptance, encouragement, care, respect and hope. There is a focus on strengths and an air of possibility. We are free to explore and develop the diversity of our strengths and interests. We learn to walk with humility through success and learn through disappointment. There is the courage to stand with people experiencing difficulty or isolation.
Forgiveness is one of the key elements of peaceful relationships. In any relationship there are times when we fall short of what we should be or of expectations. Learning to let go of hurts and genuinely forgiving people is an important part of living positively. This is the heart of the Easter message where Jesus died on the cross and rose again so that we might be forgiven. We can let go of past disappointments, hurts and mistakes and place them at the foot of the cross. Rather than live burdened by the past, we are free to live abundantly making the most of new opportunities as loved children of God. Our response to God’s love, grace and forgiveness is to extend that same forgiveness to others.
In growing a culture of peace there is a constant intentional engagement with values and making the most of learning moments as they occur. The restorative approach that is used when relationships break down has a strong educative focus. Through this process people learn to advocate for themselves by sharing their perspectives and needs and to respect, listen and learn about the needs of others. There is a strong sense of mutual humanity as people sit together and listen. Learning to forgive, live respectfully together and move on is an important life lesson and an important element in the maintenance of a peaceful safe culture. As part of this sustainment of a culture of safety and peace, we conduct the Pacific As a Peace Place Audit. The anonymous survey gauges student’s sense of engagement and safety within the College. It also provides an important check at the end of Term 1 and Term 3 that we are effectively supporting student’s sense of connection and wellbeing.
Last weekend, more than 15 students travelled to Hervey Bay to compete in the Fraser Coast Rugby 7s competition. The students thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to represent the College and play against a variety of teams. We congratulate all students on the way they conducted themselves and played with good spirit and skill. Well done to the U13 team who reached the grand final, finishing in second place and to our U15 team who came fourth in their division. Thank you to Mr Josh Cummins for his leadership of the activity and to Mr Cameron West McInnes, Mr Josh Danzey and Mr Alex O’Connor for their attendance over the weekend.
It has been good to see a significant number of students take advantage of the opportunity to be part of the College’s sports teams this term. We thank all of our coaches, congratulate our teams and wish the Open Boys soccer teams all the best for their upcoming finals.
It is important that students use assessment feedback for learning. Rather than having a focus on the result, it is important to reflect on what was done well and exploring the one or two things that need to be learnt to progress to the next level. Learning to respond to feedback with a growth mindset is an important academic and life lesson. This is the focus of feedback given through individual pieces, reports and parent, student and teacher conferences. We thank teachers, parents and students for their engagement with the P-5 conferences over this week and look forward to the Middle and Senior College conferences next term.
May God equip us all with gentle hearts, listening ears and the grace and courage to forgive and be forgiven.
Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal
From the College Pastor
At the Middle and Senior College Chapel this week, I encouraged the Year 6 and PCG classes to question why we do some of the things we do at Easter time. Also, any questions they might have about the story of Jesus death and resurrection from the gospels. Below are most of the questions that the Spirituality and Service Captain, Ella Ousley and myself attempted to answer.
Why Easter eggs? What do they symbolise?
Why hot cross buns? What’s the significance and connection to Easter?
Why do we celebrate Easter with chocolate? Why don’t we eat jellybeans? Is there are significance?
Why is Easter represented by a bunny? How did it originate? Is it biblical?
Why is Easter called Easter, where did the word come from?
Where did Jesus die? Where is the cross today?
Why do we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus?
What proof is there to say that people weren’t ‘hallucinating’?
The first four questions centre around customs primarily around food, most of which have developed from European societies. Giving Easter eggs and eating hot cross buns have been around different cultures for a long time, but the Easter bunny image and having chocolate easter eggs are more recent practices that have developed. Beyond the chocolate Easter eggs and bunnies, Jerusalem's ancient city gets closer to the heart of Easter.
Jesus died in a place the gospels called Golgotha, which means ‘place of the skull’. In first-century Roman times, this was outside the city walls of Jerusalem. Today people can visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, built on the site of the tomb where Jesus was buried and the spot where the cross stood. In this church is also relic of the ‘true cross’. If you were to visit Jerusalem today, you could also visit other churches which other Christian groups believe were the spots where Jesus died and rose again. However, people of faith don’t need proof of the exact spots where Jesus died or relics to believe that these events of Easter are true. Faith involves trust in what we do not see. This does not mean a blind faith in Jesus and the events of Easter. Thomas the doubter, one of Jesus’ disciples is proof of that. But it does mean that there is evidence that Jesus did do what the gospels report him doing, coming back to life. The witnesses of Jesus resurrection could have hallucinated but rarely does this happen beyond individuals. The New Testament reports that 500 people saw the risen Jesus. People who hallucinate rarely influence such life-changing transformation on others, especially the millions of people who have believed in Christ since.
These are some of the responses to these questions in chapel this week. Questioning our faith, being aware of our doubts and checking the Bible's validity are worthwhile things for us to do. May the Lord Jesus bless you as you ask questions about faith, life and Easter.
Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor
From the Director of Students
Every Day Is A Day To Act
Last Friday as a College, we acknowledged and supported the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. Importantly, we need to take a stand against bullying behaviour every day. This year there was a focus on promoting the role of being an ‘upstander’ when witnessing behaviour that is causing harm to others. An upstander may engage in a number of actions including asking the person to stop causing the harm, reporting it to a member of staff or going to the Wellbeing Centre or their class teacher. It may also be that an upstander stands with the person being harmed to show them support or removing them from the harm. Naturally, as a College we would also seek to educate first and foremost our students as to the nature of bullying and why we as a College stand by our core values of Care, Dignity and Respect for all members of our community. Ultimately, we encourage all students who feel affected by bullying behaviour to speak to a trusted adult. This may take courage. Within the restorative practices approach we take to repair relationships, speaking about behaviour is the first step to healing and being able to move forward. If you would like any advice regarding this, please reach out to your child’s PCG teacher or any of the Pastoral Care team at the College.
Year 7 Physical Theatre
It was great to be able to visit Mrs Kristy Astwick’s Year 7 Drama class last week. Students were working in pairs to develop a short sequence of movements to music that involved quite a degree of physicality. Their capacity to simply use their bodies to express emotion and create a performance was great to see. The addition of a chair to incorporate into their performance added a degree of difficulty and flair. There is a significant body of research that reinforces the benefits to our overall wellbeing, of moving our bodies and being physically active each day. I encourage all students to find the time and space to engage in some form of physical activity or sport. I also thank Mrs Astwick for allowing me to watch the students as they learnt a creative way of performing.
ANZAC Day – Save the Date
Sunday 25th April will be our annual march for ANZAC Day. Those attending will be required to pre-register via QR code. Further details will be sent to families.
I wish all families a lovely Easter break at the end of next week following what has been a positive and purposeful term. I thank you all for the support you have given over the last few months as we continue to grow the hearts and minds of our young people.
Mr Ben Ryan, Director of Students
From the Head of Staff and Students P-5
Pacific as a Peace Place
If you open one of our Junior College diaries, in the first few pages there is an explanation of our College logo. Amongst the explanation is the deep affinity the College shares with the ocean that we are so fortunate to live so closely to, the Pacific. When Magellan named the ocean many centuries ago, it translated directly to ‘Peaceful’. After so long at sea, he was relieved to be in such calm and navigable waters.
The correlation between an ocean and a school may not be evident straight away, but when looking more closely, there are many similarities. There is enormous diversity within both, oceans and schools are ever changing and at times, both can become unpredictable and unknown. By acknowledging Pacific as a Peace Day last Friday, we recognise the part in which we all play in making the College a place of peace and tranquillity.
At assembly we have been looking at what characterises a community of care, that in turns build a place of peace. As we know, anything worth valuing is a sum of its parts. It takes support, recognising our mistakes and especially honesty and courage. It takes forgiveness and it takes empathy and understanding that we don’t always get it right the first time. It takes confidence, persistence and it takes teamwork. But most importantly, creating a peace place is a shared understanding that we are all small pieces of the puzzle. Together through our thoughts, actions and words, we can form the construct of a brighter and calm future.
Gawun and the Year 5 Leaders
One of the benefits resulting from last year was the ability to stop and reassess our processes and systems. One area identified for improvement was building stronger leadership skills within the Junior College, particularly among our Year 5 students. Through initial discussions with our current Year 5 cohort, students are very enthusiastic about getting more involved and adding value through service in our community.
The traditional custodians of the land, the Gubbi Gubbi people, have a name for care or care for, Gawun. It is hoped that through a concentrated focus, our Year 5 leaders can exhibit ‘Gawun’ for our College community and grow as leaders and people.
Through a process of consultation and feedback, the Year 5 students have developed a series of service-learning opportunities that aim to enhance the culture and provide our student leaders with tangible opportunities. Our plan involves starting small and identifying key areas in the College that would benefit from additional support. Roles such as leading assemblies and flag bearing will remain within the responsibilities of the Year 5 leaders.
From next term, students will be involved in a range of leadership activities such as, walking younger students in from the car park in the mornings, overseeing games and competition in the playground and working in small reading groups with younger students. They will be noticeable by their high-vis jackets and are here to care. We hope to grow our leadership model as the year progresses and the students are already brainstorming further experiences. Our students and teaching staff have been involved in the process from the start and it has been wonderful to see agency and teamwork in action.
Car Park and Shared Food
A reminder to our community that the Prep – Year 2 car park is only for parents with students in these year levels. Students in Year 3 and above are asked to use the senior drop off space. For our car park to perform at its optimum, we ask that you remain with your car when using the student set down area and vacate the area as quickly as possible. Your cooperation on this matter provides flow within the car park and allows many more cars to use the drop off zone.
With Easter approaching, many students may wish to bring in treats such as chocolate eggs to share with their class mates. Unfortunately, COVID restrictions remain in place at the College in regards to shared food among students. Any food that is brought in by students to be shared will be returned home. We thank you in advance for your understanding.
Shared birthday packs are now available for ordering through the tuckshop. These can be catered to specific class numbers. Please contact the tuckshop for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take care and God bless.
Mr Damian Davis, Head of Staff and Students P-5
From the Learning Team
Making Thinking Visible: 9 Tips for Parents
Over the coming weeks, the Learning Team will be sharing 9 tips for parents about making thinking visible.
1. Name and Notice Thinking
Use the language of thinking to name and notice the thinking your child is using to make it more visible. The language of thinking helps to cue action. Noticing when and where students are thinking and specifically naming the thinking being demonstrated will develop awareness, direct attention and reinforce process. Instead of saying “great thinking”, we could say:
“I like how you have used what you already know to make connections. That is a perspective I hadn’t thought about.”
Being more specific in our use of language directs students to specific cognitive acts.
Ms Sue Arahill, Director of Learning
Food for Thought
The most important job any of us will ever have is raising our children. We parents embrace this opportunity with joy, but also worry. Often parents focus on two questions:
“What is the best way to raise a wonderful human?” We want to prepare our children to be contributing, caring, successful individuals.
“How can I keep my child safe?” We also want to keep our children protected from harm and danger.
It has been an interesting week with the weather events we have been experiencing, but great to see that despite some congestion at school pick up, Pacific families are continuing to be patient and understanding with each other. The kindness of letting others into the flow of traffic and considerate driving we practice is key to a calm and safe school zone.
Since discussions took place at our most recent FoP meeting, we have received feedback from our community regarding car park and traffic matters. All this feedback has been passed on and welcomed by the College who continue in their efforts to enhance efficiency and ensure child road safety.
Friends of Pacific meets on the third Tuesday of each month with our next meeting to be held on 20th April, which is the first day of Term 2. We meet in the College Library at 6.30pm and all are welcome to attend.
Pacific Together is a discreet helping-hand offered by Friends of Pacific, in conjunction with Pastor Tim, to College families in times of need.
If you or someone you know within our College community needs extra support anytime during the year, the Pacific Together care group may be able to help in some small way or offer a care package in times of need.
The Queensland Government is conducting its annual state-wide survey of all students who completed Year 12 in 2020. The Next Step survey is a brief, confidential survey that gains a comprehensive picture of the employment, study and life choices made by Queensland school completers in the year after they finish Year 12.
Between April and June, all our students who completed Year 12 last year can expect to receive instructions to complete a web-based survey or a telephone call from the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office.
Thank you for your support of the Next Step survey in 2021.
Positions Vacant - Casual School Crossing Supervisor
Positions exist for Casual School Crossing Supervisors at Pacific Lutheran College. The positions will commence in Term 2, 2021.
A School Crossing Supervisor must be able to work in all-weather conditions
Up to 1 hour and 30 mins per day
Relief opportunities at other schools
Pay Rate $31.11 per hour
Applications close 1 April 2021.
Commencement of employment for the successful applicant is dependent on:
The favourable outcome of a health assessment.
A Positive Notice Blue Card (you do not need to have a blue card to apply for the position).
Applications are available from the College Business Office.
Pacific Early Learning Centre
Thinking and Learning in Studio Two
Clay has continued to be a key language the children have planned for in our morning meetings. Over the past couple of weeks, the children had been exploring the clay in our outdoor environment, predominantly using their feet to explore its texture. We have recently observed a shift with the children making the decision to move their plans indoors, sitting at the table with clear ideas about how they would like to explore the clay. This is a great example of supporting the children to explore their thinking and understanding and reinforces the importance of the process rather than the product (clay). By exploring clay freely with their senses, the Studio Two children are able to develop their ideas and discover new possibilities as the children squeeze, roll, stomp and stack the clay. Each of these steps are important in building toward a gradual mastery of skills as the children learn how to form clay, roll balls and join pieces together to model and sculpt. We are now observing the children revisiting the pieces they have been working on. The children have been taking increasing responsibility and ownership of their learning, demonstrating their autonomy as they source the resources required to independently prepare their learning space (EYLF – Outcome 1 – Children have a strong sense of identity).
Children have also been exploring their ideas around construction in more depth as we have revisited the idea of think, say, plan, do. As a group, we’ve discussed our ideas, what play might look like as we engage with the construction learning area and what resources were available. The children were also introduced to new vocabulary and concepts as we discovered that builders don’t just turn up to a job and build a house or shop, there is a person or team of architects that first take the time to plan the construction before it is built. We wondered if we could become architects. We have seen some great plans so far! Our morning meetings provided us an opportunity to connect with construction through the lens of social responsibility as we discussed ways that we could be respectful learners in the space. The children have been demonstrating problem solving as they consider the size of their plans, resources needed, number of children involved and the physical space that they will need and what resources are available. (EYLF: Outcome 4 – Children are confident and involved learners).
Studio Two Team, ELC
Overdue Notices and Holiday Borrowing
Overdue notices will be emailed home this week. Please ask your child to return their overdue books before the end of term. Students may then borrow up to 10 books for the holidays.
Lunchtime Activities in the Library
Students across the whole school had the opportunity to make Easter bags this week. Last week, our Middle and Senior College students created hologram viewers to display a hologram above their iPhone or iPad screen. Junior College students used teamwork and creativity to construct marble runs out of box lids, paddle pop sticks and straws, then had a go at getting the marble through their maze.
Ms Nell Keen, Head of Library
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 program. 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
Gardening Club Competition
The Pacific Gardening Club is running a competition to design a student garden that we would like to build here at our school. There will be different categories for Prep – Year 3, Year 4-5 and Middle and Senior College.
To enter the competition, you will need to bring in a gold coin donation and draw your design on the entry form or you can be more creative and include designs on Minecraft, a model or even Lego.
If you are interested in entering this competition, please collect an entry form from P-5 Students or the Wellbeing Centre. There will be a submission box in both these offices as well. Don’t forget to include your gold coin donation, which will go towards more gardening club projects such as a new vertical garden. Entries will close on Wednesday of Week 10 and results will be announced early in Term 2.
Mrs Linda Sydes, Year 6 Teacher
Duke of Edinburgh
The upcoming Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Journey is a three-day bushwalk along the Cooloola Wilderness Trail from Saturday 24th to Monday 26th April (ANZAC Day long weekend). This trip is open to Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh students, which will see them follow in the footsteps of Eliza Fraser across the Great Sandy National Park and culminate with a river cruise through the Noosa Everglades. For more information about the Duke of Edinburgh program or to register for this Adventurous Journey please email me directly: email@example.com.
Ms Kim Wood, Head of Outdoor Education
Grease - Save the Date
Grease tickets will be on sale from Tuesday 20th April. The cast, crew and live band are in the full swing of rehearsals and revving up for an amazing show on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd May at The Events Centre, Caloundra.
Last week the senior Dance class and invited dance enthusiasts attended the Queensland Ballet 60th Anniversary Gala evening at QPAC in Brisbane. We were treated to a collection of seven iconic pas de deux and ensemble works, which paid tribute to past artistic directors and choreographers. The students were awed by the sensational imagery of the stunning choreography, staging and costuming of the dancers, and their exceptional talent.
What a wonderful way to mark the return of our excursions to live dance and theatre for 2021!
Mrs Kristy Astwick, Dance Coordinator
Queensland State Swimming Championships
Well done to Emily and Euan Lengenberg who competed over the last three days at the Queensland Schools State Swimming Championships in Brisbane. Competition at these championships is very strong with some of the best age swimmers in the nation competing.
Year 5-6 Sunshine Coast Primary School Water Polo Competition
Well done to our Year 5-6 water polo team who has been playing in the Sunshine Coast Primary Schools Water Polo Competition. On Monday night, they played their final two rounds, going down 5-8 to St Andrew’s Anglican College (SAAC) Team 6 before having a convincing win 11-4 over SAAC Team 7. With only one loss in the pool games, they finished on top of the ladder and now play off in the finals next Monday.
Thank you to Mr Brett Jones who has been coaching the team. We wish them the best of luck for the finals next week.
Year 3-6 Cross Country Carnival
Next Thursday 1st April the Year 3-6 Cross Country Carnival will be held from 10.45am to 1.00pm at the Meridan sports fields, adjacent to the College.
All students are to wear the house sports shirt for the race. Shoes must be worn at all times and hats should be worn when not racing. The course has the potential to be muddy after the recent rain and so we encourage students to wear old runners and bring a plastic bag, towel and a spare sports uniform to change into after the race. Students will also need to bring their own drink bottle.
Order of Events
Please note race times are only a guide and may vary on the day.
10.45am Students move over to Meridan Sports fields
11.00am 8 years boys and girls (born 2013) 1km
11.20am 9 years boys and girls (born 2012) 2km
11.40am 10 years boys and girls (born 2011) 2km
12.00pm 11 years boys and girls (born 2010) 3km
12.20pm 12 years boys and girls (born 2000) 3km
Parents and family members are able to come along and support their child but are to remain in the designated parent area. Spectators will be required to scan and check in on arrival and practice physical distancing whilst at the event.
Congratulations to Intermediate Girls Volleyball Team 1 and Team 2 for their wins yesterday. The Intermediate Girls Team 1 only narrowly miss out on the grand final due to points difference. This is an incredible effort from the girls, considering the challenge of playing in the top pool. That now brings the SCISSA volleyball season to an end. Thank you to all students who have taken part in competitive volleyball this term!
The Open Boys soccer finals are still to come. The Open Boys Team 1 will play next Wednesday, with the venue still to be decided. The Open Boys Team 2 finals match will be played in the first week of Term 2. Congratulations again to both teams for making the finals and we wish you all the best.
Competitive SCISSA Sport – Term 2
SCSS Boys Rugby Union (Year 7-12)
SCSS Netball (Year 7-12)
Uhlsport and ISSA Soccer (Year 7-12)
SCISSA Volleyball (Year 11-12)
Students have had the opportunity to sign up to these sport teams over the last few weeks. There is still an opportunity to be involved if they pass on their interest to Mr West-McInnes.
Congratulations to the following students on their recent sporting success:
Emily Bryce for her efforts at the state level Lifesaving Championships. Her team received a bronze in U11 Cameron Relay.
Gemma Bryce for her efforts in State Little Athletics Championships, in which she received a bronze in the 700m walk.
Holly Targato for top 10 finishes in her age division in high jump and shot put in State Little Athletics Championships.
Parents and students are encouraged to continue to pass on high level sporting achievements to Mr West-McInnes so we can celebrate our remarkable students as a community.
We are pleased to launch the 2021 PLC Kayaking program. Students in Years 5-12 are invited to join the program, which trains on Monday and Thursday afternoons at Lake Kawana. Students must be competent swimmers but do not need previous kayaking experience. All equipment is provided for students to train throughout Terms 2 and 3 as they prepare to compete at the Paddle Queensland Schools State Canoe Championships in Term 4. If your child is interested in joining the program, please contact our Kayaking Coordinator Mr Gary Graves (firstname.lastname@example.org) to receive further information.
Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Junior Sport and Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Sport
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.