Compass No. 613 June 2021

From the Principal

Keeping the Main Game, the Main Game

In the busyness of life, it is easy to get caught up in moving from activity to activity and lose sight of the big pillars or the central goals in our lives. At the end of the COVID lock down last year many people reflected that while they missed their interactions within community, they enjoyed a slower, simpler existence.

Engagement in a range of groups and activities brings important social, emotional, spiritual and personal growth. Our interactions with different activities and people bring rich colour into our lives. As with all things, the Goldilocks principle of not too much and not too little is important to consider.  This is particularly true for senior students as they make choices to balance study, sport, cultural activities, church involvement, family connection, part time work and rest. The main game for our senior students is being a full-time student.  Being intentional about maintaining a good balance while keeping the main goal as the central focus, ensures that we make best use of our time and talents.  Being intentional grows a sense of purpose and achievement.  Doing it together in families and community provides energy and encouragement.

Principal's Log

I was energised after joining the Year 12s on their retreat on Sunday morning. It was a joy to witness the growth in connection and the student’s sense of self that had occurred. It was also wonderful hearing their stories and being part of a reflective chapel where affirmations were shared.

At the start of the year the College Captains had asked if they could have a Year 12 retreat.  Together with the Pacific Action Group Captains, they initiated, planned and led the optional weekend which began on Friday afternoon.  The staff enjoyed the opportunity to simply be with the young people as they had fun, relaxed, learned new skills and built stronger relationships. 

There were lots of highlights including some exciting dance moves caught on video and the fishing group being featured on Channel 7.  It is a testament to the wonderful character of our senior group and staff, that we had such strong engagement and participation in this optional activity. Thank you and congratulations to our Year 12s and the many staff who dropped in for parts of the weekend.  Thank you to Mr Mark Hauser, Mr Duncan McNee, Mrs Leah Croke, Mrs Wanda Hayes and Ms Angela Hill who shared the whole weekend with the students and Ms Kim Wood for her support in the students’ planning. 

Congratulations to our Junior B netball team and the Intermediate Reserve A team who won their grand finals on Monday night at Fisherman’s Road.   Both teams played with good spirit, intensity, and skill.  It has been a season of strong growth for our netball and we thank our players, their parents and coaches Mrs Emma Lendrum, Mrs Melissa Pietrala and Mrs Abigail Blessing.  We particularly thank our Head of Netball Development Mrs Michelle Dufty for her leadership of coaches and players.

The Year 12 debaters, Cosette Winter, Lachlan Buchanan, Noah Beasley and Alexander Jose were disappointed to conclude their season of the invitational Senior A USC Sunshine Coast Schools Debating Competition, with a loss in the grand final to Sunshine Coast Grammar School.  In a short preparation format, the team debated the Affirmative side of the topic, ‘The right to freedom of expression has caused more harm than good’.  The team debated very well and can be proud of their achievement throughout the season.  We wish them and the Year 9, 10 and 11 teams well, as they now move to the first round of finals of the QDU competition in Brisbane, in the coming weeks.  Congratulations to the Year 12 team and thank you to Mrs Ceilidh King for her coaching of the Year 12s, and Mr Alexander O’Connor for his leadership of debating within the College.

As Middle College and Year 10 students receive feedback on their assessments, it is important that they reflect and identify one or two specific ways that they can improve in their approach to learning, for each area.  Discussing these with parents and forming goals with specific measurable actions and timelines helps to turn reflection into action, where progress can be encouraged and celebrated.

May God grant us the calmness of mind to keep what is most important at our centre.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

Out of Home Activities

As a parent, do you feel like you are a taxi service for your child or teenager? Do you find yourself driving your young person from home to school, to sport, to dance, to music, to work, and all those other commitments? The parent-taxi service can be demanding on top of everything else a parent does. Nevertheless, this “transport service” that parents often provide also points to a positive thing. Your young person is involved in out of home activities that are helping them develop socially, physically, and financially.

Children and teenagers need that wider social circle beyond their family to broaden their horizons. Whether that is through a sporting club, church, or job. Having other trusted adults who coach, guide and mentor young people is important for their maturity. The kind of relationship that can develop with an adult role model, other than family, can be profound.

In these last two weeks of term, our thread focuses on youth and out of home activities. This is all about young people spending time each week in extracurricular activities or community activities, out of the home, that exposes them to stimulating activities with their needs in mind. Children and young people all need activities and programs outside of the home to fully develop, mature and learn. Sporting clubs, music, dance or church groups, community organizations like Scouts, Guides, Rotary, Lions, volunteering and part-time work commitments fall into this area. However, overcommitting to extracurricular activities so that there is no downtime to rest and replenish can be counterproductive to family wellbeing.

Some questions for young people to take stock of their out of home activities include:

  • Overall, are you happy with how many different things you do with your time?
  • Are the activities you are involved in stimulating and challenging for you?
  • Are you making friends with caring, responsible adults in your activities?
  • Do they bring out the best in you?
(P. Benson, J. Galbraith, P. Espeland., “What Teens need to Succeed”, Search Institute, Minneapolis, p.145)

A prayer for the way families use their time:

Thank you, God, for the opportunities we have to grow and learn through our sporting and work commitments, programs and activities we do in the wider community. Thank you for the opportunities we have to be challenged, making friends with caring, responsible adults, and the new skills, talents, and knowledge we can acquire. Help us use our time wisely and where we do not get involved in these activities, bless us in other ways as we connect with people outside our families. Amen. 

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Director of Students

Responding to Feedback

Last week, Middle College and Year 10 were involved in examinations. Students would have had varied experiences during this time, some would have encountered challenges and others, perhaps periods of extended reflection. We hope that all students felt cared for and looked after, as we appreciate the intensity of emotions that exam time can provoke in young people.

I thank all involved in the leadership and management of this examination period, and especially the students for their concentration and commitment in aiming for their academic personal best. I would also like to thank the families for their support, as we navigated through this together.

Importantly, it is the way our young people respond to the feedback from teachers over the coming week that will be an important indicator of their capacity to learn and grow. I encourage students to look for and listen to the feedback that will be broader than a singular grade. The positive relationship between student and teacher is crucial in any school community and importantly it is the ongoing dialogue between all stakeholders that will allow for clear feedback that is actionable.

Finding Meaning in the Everyday

I spoke at Chapel this week about the message that comes out of Matthew 25:31-46, ‘The Sheep and the Goats’. What we might take from this scripture passage is the importance of understanding that God is continually working through us as we engage in good works for others, including those who are less fortunate.

We must be brave and courageous enough to accept that this is what God is doing and indeed what it is He is calling us to do. I challenged Middle and Senior College students to specifically reflect on the micro interactions they have with each other, their families, and the community. These interactions might include a friendly smile, a helpful hand, a warm greeting or opening a door for someone. An outcome of these reflections is to consider whether they have been positive or perhaps required more purpose and consideration. Hopefully, our young people can similarly find the meaning in the everyday through those interactions.

Safety in Carparks

I would like to remind all members of the community who drive themselves or loved ones to school each morning that the driving limit is 10km/h once entering the school gates. It is vital this limit is adhered to for the safety of all. I would encourage all students to exit the vehicle you are in, on the pathway side. Similarly, I would ask all students who travel in College buses and coaches to remain seated with their seatbelt fastened for the entire duration of their journey. This is a legal requirement for the safety of all passengers and for the driver to maintain their licence.

Since this is my last newsletter article for the term, I take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and relaxing break as holidays commence on Friday 25th June.

Mr Ben Ryan, Director of Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

Becoming a Problem Solver

Central to the ‘You Can Do It’ theme for this term, is the notion of becoming a problem solver. With so much of the world around us becoming easily accessible through technology, the concept of persisting when our surroundings become unsure, is an important view to promote to our young people.

Last week, Mrs Sarah Atkinson shared some facts around the number of questions that educators can be asked over the course of a day, year and even throughout their career. Many questions that teachers are asked can usually be quickly solved, such as "I don't have a pencil", "What time is music? or "I can't find my writing book".

The total number of questions is approximately three million! As parents, we can also imagine how many questions that are asked over the course of raising a child. Three million plus? Maybe more!

More importantly, at the college, we aim to develop a culture of thinking by using questioning to deepen understanding. By responding to questions that can be easily solved, we create an environment that encourages our students to ask first and become passive observers rather than critical thinkers and doers.

So many of the questions that young people ask are easily solvable by a series of simple steps. This week and into the future, students are being encouraged to "Try 3 before me." By following three simple steps:

  • Ask yourself (stop and focus)
  • Look Around (What are others doing? Are their directions I can follow?)
  • Ask a friend to help (maybe try more than one friend)

Of course, if these strategies have been unsuccessful, their teacher is always there to support them. By encouraging our students to be autonomous when faced with a challenge, we inadvertently create a growth mindset in our young people and improve their capacity to develop a ‘You Can Do It’ attitude. We encourage you to refer to these strategies when possible.


This week, I have enjoyed accompanying the Year 5 cohort down to Bornhoffen PCYC in the Numinbah Valley. Learning in the outdoors provides our students with new and exciting opportunities to form relationships, explore personal boundaries and manage unfamiliar experiences. Special thanks to our Head of Outdoor Education, Ms Kim Wood, for her preparation before, during and after this experience and to Mrs Melanie Percival, Mrs Luanne Pollard, Mr Scott Crompton, Mrs Chrissy Dobson and Mrs Karen Vorster for their commitment to the Outdoor Education program at Pacific.

This Friday, we celebrate an important milestone in the spiritual journey of our Prep students, when they are presented with their first bible courtesy of the St Mark's congregation at our weekly chapel. We pray that these bibles enable our students to engage with God's word.  Special thanks to the congregation of St Mark's, Pastor Ray Morris and our college Pastor Tim Jarick for coordinating this important event.

We look forward to the P-2 Cross Country Carnival taking place next Wednesday afternoon. The students have been training hard and look forward to testing themselves on the course, next week. We thank Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Junior Sport and Mrs Natalie Campbell, Sports Aide, for their preparation of this event and all the other sporting opportunities our students are fortunate enough to be involved in.

Take care and God Bless.

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

Pacific Early Learning Centre

Real Life Play

The children in Studio Two at the Early Learning Centre have been exploring identities and roles through real life play. The morning meetings have been an opportunity for the children to share their ideas with peers, making connections through similarities and interests. During morning meetings this week, one of the children asked to care for the animals, which led to a discussion about where animals go if they are unwell.

Through peer-to-peer teaching, some of the children shared their own knowledge and experience that pets go to see the animal doctor, who is called a vet. Our pets go to the veterinary clinic and other animals like koalas might visit the animal hospital like the one at Australia Zoo.

The children discussed the roles required to create a vet space in the studio, including; animals, pet owners, a vet, vet nurse and a receptionist. The children assisted in setting up our area and have been demonstrating care, empathy and respect toward the animals and each other, while treating the animals in the clinic.

Mrs Julie McCosker, Service Leader

Food for Thought

How to give children feedback for improvement

It can be tempting to allow children to continue to behave badly or to perform chores, homework or sports practice poorly when they argue or resist feedback. Parents need to be part coach, teacher and counsellor so that children learn how to behave well, develop healthy attitudes to learning and know how to get the best out of themselves. Feedback is one of the most effective tools we can use to achieve this.  If we give feedback poorly, it will at best be ignored and at worst, rupture relationships and damage self-worth. If you provide feedback effectively, you will see improvement in behaviour, attitudes, and learning, even amongst feedback resistant teenagers. Click on the link below for more info.

Mrs Annie Williams College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Thank you to those that were able to attend the Friends of Pacific meeting last night.  We are grateful to have the support of so many in our College Community. 

Plans are underway for an exciting community event in celebration of Pacific Lutheran’s 20th Anniversary.  We’ve been working behind the scenes to coordinate this spectacular celebration and look forward to making this announcement very soon.  Stay tuned!

Pacific Together

Pacific Together is a discrete 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.

We invite you to contact Pastor Tim Jarick or Pacific Together via FoP email:

Quote of the Week

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Click here to follow our Friends of Pacific Facebook page.

Mrs Jenny Lee, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

Library News

Overdue and Holiday Borrowing

Overdue notices were emailed home this week. Please ensure that any overdue library books are returned before the end of term. Students may then borrow an unlimited number of books over the holidays.

STEM Learning in the Library

Year 1 students have been reading If I Built a Car and Something Wonderful. After engaging in discussions about how the characters in the book develop designs, they have designed and built their own vehicles using recycled materials.

Prep and Year 2 students have been reading Wendy by Gus Gordon, who is next terms visiting author. Wendy is about a stunt-driver chicken who plans increasingly daring jumps. Students used this as a springboard to create ramps and jumps which they tested with toy cars to see which design would work best.

Finally, Year 3 students have been doing a research unit, looking at how spider webs are made. This involved student’s designing and creating their own spider web.

Ms Narelle Keen, Teacher Librarian

College News

Commonwealth School Data Collection Notice

The Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment collects certain information about your child’s school, its staff and student body.

Please see attached a notification detailing why the information is collected, what is collected, how it is collected and how the information is used.

Parent Privacy Notice

Mr Mike Healy, Business Manager

Pacific Football Club

This Saturday, Pacific Football Club hosts various teams from the Sunshine Coast for the Round 12 home games. If you would like to support the canteen by providing a donation of home baking, it would be very much appreciated. Sales made from the Canteen help to support the Club with essential equipment and coaching.   

Mrs Rita Williams, Pacific FC President

Pacific Lutheran Kindergarten & Early Learning Service

Together we are raising funds with Entertainment. Choose a Membership that is right for you. Visit: Pacific Lutheran Kindergarten & Early Learning Service (

Mrs Ann Barwick, Administration Assistant

Cultural News

Junior Strings Ensemble

On Sunday, some members of the Pacific Lutheran Junior Strings Ensemble joined forces with the Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra for a strings workshop with renowned Brisbane composer and strings pedagogue Loreta Finn. The students were lucky enough to work on music that Loreta had composed herself. They were also joined by the Sunshine Youth Orchestras chamber string groups who entertained the audience during a short finale concert. Congratulations to all the young string players who took part. It was a fantastic opportunity for them to expand their thinking and perform with other musicians from around the coast.

Ensembles Concert – Thursday 24th June

The Music Department warmly invites you to attend our Semester One Ensembles Concert on Thursday 24th June.  This year, we will be hosting this exciting evening in the Pacific Lutheran Gymnasium, offering families the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed dinner as our ensembles perform.  There will be curries and hotdogs available to purchase on the evening, with a bar available for soft drink, wine and beer purchases.  There is also an option to pre-order a cheese box at registration – orders close today!  There will be very limited numbers available on the night.  EFTPOS will be available.

The concert will begin at 6pm with doors and food stands opening from 5.30pm.  Pre-registration is necessary, so please follow the link to register your attendance We look forward to sharing the hard work of our students with you on what promises to be an exciting evening! 

Mrs Helen Williams, Head of Instrumental Music

Sport News

Senior Sport

Athletics Carnival Results

At assembly on Wednesday, we announced Age Champions, Champion House and Spirit Trophy recipients. Congratulations to Bula for taking out the Champion House at the 2021 Athletics Carnival.

It was also fantastic to acknowledge the spirit showed by Mumba, both in their vocal support on the day, but also their overall attendance at the carnival.

Well done to the students listed below for being awarded runner up or age champion. Early next term we will be communicating with students who have been selected for the school athletics team and we will begin preparations for the Independent District Carnival.


Runner Up Girl

Champion Girl

Runner Up Boy

Champion Boy


Orly Sillar

Holly Targato

Monty Palmer

Carter Kiernan


Isla Lendrum

Evie Richters

Ryder Sewell

Oliver Friend

Charlie Schefe


Chloe Mitchell

Danica Cockburn

Riley Shortland

Patrick Dale


Katie Graves

Macey Winter

Hugo Winten

Lachlan Woodward

Logan Pohlner


Maggie Princehorn

Imogen Hiley

Thomas Johnson

Charles Box


Alicia Woods

Yasmin Richters

Elijah Modlin

Sebastian Moye


House Points

  • Bula: 2490
  • Wira: 2427
  • Mumba: 1810

Spirit Trophy Winner: Mumba House


Congratulations to the Pacific Lutheran Crystal and Emerald Netball Teams for their grand final wins on Monday night. Their success is a testament to the hard work they have put in throughout the semester. A fantastic achievement for the girls and coaches. Thank you to all students who have been committed participants in Monday Night Netball this year and have turned up to all trainings and games. I’d like to also take this opportunity to thank our Pacific Lutheran teachers Mrs Emma Lendrum, Mrs Melissa Pietrala and Mrs Abigail Blessing, who gave up their time to work with their teams throughout the semester and Mrs Michelle Dufty for her vision and direction of the netball programme. It has been a brilliant end to the season and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve in 2022.

Upcoming District Trials

If you are interested in attending these trials, please register your interest with Mrs Natalie Campbell.





10-12 yrs G



13-15 yrs B



13-15 yrs G



13-14 yrs B



13-14 yrs G


Rugby League

11-12 yrs G



Student Acknowledgements

Congratulations to Dion Owen for his outstanding efforts in Gymnastics during a recent qualifying competition.  Dion achieved the following results:

  • 1st on vault
  • 1st on high bar
  • 1st pommel
  • 2nd on Floor
  • 3rd on p-bars
  • 1st all round for Level 6 Gymnastics

Dion has passed his level and qualified for State Championships.

Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Sport

Junior Sport

Gala Day

Last Thursday, students in Years 4 to 6 enjoyed their first Gala Day sporting experience for 2021. Fantastic weather greeted students who travelled to various locations around the Sunshine Coast to compete in round robin games against six other SCISSA schools.

The sports on offer were:

  • Rugby 7’s
  • Netball
  • Cricket
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Touch Football

Congratulations to the following teams who were announced as overall winners for their division at the completion of the day.

  • Netball – Girls 5/6 Division A
  • Netball – Girls Year 4
  • T20 Cricket – 5/6 Boys Division A
  • T20 Cricket – 5/6 Boys Division B
  • Basketball – Boys Year 4

We also had a number of dance students who remained at school and participated in dance workshops before performing in front of a Year 3 audience.

Students will finish their SCISSA sport this week. New SCISSA sport selections for Semester Two will occur early next term.

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Sport P-6

Uniform Shop

Winter Uniforms

The Uniform Shop has all your winter uniform needs on hand.  Formal jumpers are available in all sizes to complement your formal uniform, sports jackets and tracksuit pants for days you require sports uniform.  We also have girls formal trousers and blouses in stock for students Year 1 to Year 12.  Orders can be placed online via Flexischool or make an appointment on (07) 5436 7300.

Reminder: the sports jacket is to only be worn with your sports uniform.

Mrs Peta King, Uniform Shop Coordinator

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


16                        Year 11 2022 QCE Information Evening (6pm)

15-17                  Year 5 Outdoor Education Program

18                        Prep Bible Handouts

23                        P-2 Cross Country

24                        K-12 Chapel Ensembles Concert

25-12 July          School Holidays