Compass No. 614 June 2021

From the Principal

Rest and Rejuvenation

Rest is important for us on a daily and weekly basis, and for extended periods throughout the year.  Ensuring we get enough sleep and find ways to relax and connect with people and nature on a regular basis, helps us to live life in the best possible way.  Sleep improves our sense of wellbeing, boosts our immune system, allows the body to repair itself and enhances learning, memory and recall.   Downtime enhances our motivation, encourages productivity and inspires creativity. Rest is essential for us to achieve our highest levels of performance and be our best selves.  Connecting to nature has many of these same benefits. 

Understanding the importance of rest and downtime has been part of human history.  Many cultures, built rest into their daily and weekly rhythm, including those from a Jewish and Christian tradition.  In the creation story, God rested on the seventh day.  Taking time to rest and be present with God, provides opportunity for deep rejuvenation and renewal.

Principal's Log

At the end of a busy semester, we can reflect on the tremendous growth that has occurred. For students and staff there has been opportunity for rich learning in the classroom, on the sports field and through engagement with cultural pursuits. Throughout the semester there have been occasions for building new relationships and strengthening existing ones, learning about our social and emotional selves, connecting with nature and growing in understanding of our relationship with God. Schools are great places because they are full of life and possibility. As a community we have enjoyed the opportunity to connect. Through the strong partnerships we have with parents, this vibrancy and growth flows between home and school.  Together we create a world of hope and possibility for young people. Thank you to our staff and students for engaging enthusiastically with the opportunities to grow together, and to our parents for your engagement and encouragement.  There has been a tremendous generosity of spirit and goodwill from staff, students, and parents alike.  Thank you!

It was good to see a large contingent of parents encouraging and supporting our P-2 runners at their cross country yesterday.  The display of effort and proud smiles on the children’s faces as they finished, said it all.  Well done to our P-2 students for giving their best, having fun and cheering each other on. Thank you to Mr Darren Hooper and Mrs Natalie Campbell for their organisation, and to staff and parents for their support.

We are excited to be announcing the community events that will celebrate our 20th anniversary. The first is a birthday party celebration for current families at Aussie World on Saturday August 14th from 5-9pm. Invitations will be posted over the holiday period with full details.  This will be followed by a Chapel Celebration Service for current students, staff, College Council members and foundation community members on Friday October 15th at 11.30am. This event will be recorded and streamed to existing families.  We then look forward to the 20th Anniversary Soiree which will be a red-carpet ticketed evening event for adults. The event will be open to past students, and past and present staff and parents.  It will be held on Saturday October 16th. The purpose for all of these events is to have fun, relax, connect, celebrate and appreciate. We encourage families to note and share these dates and we look forward to enjoying these experiences together. 

We are pleased to announce that Mr Mark Hauser will take on the role of College Chaplain from the start of next year.  The role will provide opportunities for students to form strong connections with each other, and grow in their sense of themselves and their relationship to God. The Chaplain will mentor current and past students and strengthen student engagement with service and connection to community, including our St Mark’s congregation.  This is an exciting new role that will bring benefits to many students, families and our community as a whole.  Mr Hauser is taking long service leave for the remainder of the year and we thank him for his outstanding leadership as the Head of Senior School Students.  His tireless commitment to supporting the wellbeing of senior students, mentoring senior students as leaders, leading community events and the enhancement of this community has made a significant difference for individual students and the community as a whole.  We thank Mr Mark Hauser for many years of tremendous service, wish him all the best for his long service leave and look forward to him returning to pioneer the new exciting role of College Chaplain. 

At the end of this term we farewell Mr Gregg Elliot who has been teaching Art, Design and Media to middle and senior college students.  Mr Elliott has formed close relationships with staff and students and made a valuable contribution to the College.  We wish Mr Greg Elliott all the best as he returns to Immanuel College to teach Art.  We also farewell and thank Mrs Heidi Buchanan who has provided tremendous support to our tuckshop over the past 2.5 years.

We are pleased to announce that Ms Leigh Finter will be the Acting Head of Senior College and Mr Josh Cummins Acting Head of Wira House for the remainder of the year.  We wish both Ms Finter and Mr Cummins all the best for their new roles.  Interviews for the remaining positions will occur over the holiday period.

We look forward to the Ensembles Concert this evening which will enable students to showcase their talents. In a new format, the audience will be seated at tables and able to enjoy the music while sampling food provided by the hospitality team.

All staff of the College will be involved in a retreat on Monday 12th July. The College will be closed on this day.

Thank you to all staff, families and students for your energy, goodwill and engagement in shaping a strong semester of growth.  We pray that all members of our community will find good opportunities for rest over the school holiday period and that God will keep us all safe.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

End of Term

I look up to the mountains. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord. He is the Maker of heaven and earth. He won’t let your foot slip. He who watches over you won’t get tired…The Lord will keep you from every kind of harm. He will watch over your life. The Lord will watch over your life no matter where you go, both now and forever. (Psalm 121 selected verses)

Have you ever felt discouraged when walking up a mountain? Plodding along the track, ascending slowly, making little progress, still seeing the climb in front of you? This is what it was like for the Old Testament people who sang this bit of the bible when they walked up the mountain to Jerusalem. Jerusalem, the special city of God, was built on a mountain, the highest point in Palestine. These psalms were written initially for pilgrims who were travelling to Jerusalem for religious festivals. They were sung to provide travelers with hope, encouragement and persistence in the journey, not just up the mountain but throughout their lives.

Psalm 121 provides words of comfort and assurance that tell us we need not fear in our walk through life. God does provide help, protection and safety for us. We may worry over the things that cause us to stumble, we may become tired and not have the energy to go on, but this psalm promises that the Lord is not too busy or tired to care for us.  No matter what choices we make along our journey or what challenges we face, there is someone who gives us their time, love and protection. So, as our school community heads into the holidays, may we all be renewed, rested and recreated by our Lord Jesus, who accompanies us throughout our journey in life. 

Prayer: Gracious Creator God, as we conclude this term, bless us with your protection and care in those areas in our life where we are tired, worried or ill.  You do not tire from watching over us with your love and supporting us. Keep on growing us as your people for these last days of term and into the holidays. We pray this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.  

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Head of Senior Students

Year 12 Retreat

As mentioned in last week’s edition of the newsletter, the Year 12 cohort spent the weekend in Alexandra Headlands at Pacific Lutheran’s first ever Year 12 Retreat. It was great to be able to spend three days with the graduating class of 2021. They came together to work on what they could achieve during the rest of their time at Pacific.

It was a weekend of reflection, fun, games, and peer-to-peer connection which culminated in a range of special memories for the cohort to take with them when they leave the College. A big thank you to all who attended, including Ms Kim Wood for organising the retreat and other staff for their assistance. A special mention to the College Captains and Pacific Action Group Captains for leading the activities. This is sure to be a significant event for graduating classes of the College into the future, to share deep experiences that they can cherish for years to come.

3 on 3 Basketball

Last Friday night, to celebrate the end of the school term, the Sports Pacific Action Group held the first 3-on-3 Basketball tournament for the year. 21 teams competed across three divisions for the title of ‘2021 3-on-3 Basketball Champion’. In the end, more than 60 games were played in a short timeframe. As is always the case, the team uniforms on display were the highlight of the evening. Congratulations to the winners in each division and to all who played for fun and entertainment. A great time was had by all, and I look forward to seeing everyone compete again at the next event. A big thank you to Pacific Action Group Captains Lachlan Buchanan and Alicia Woods for organising the night and their enthusiasm for sport throughout the year, so far.\


We wish everyone a safe and blessed break as we move into our mid-year holidays. It has been a busy term for all, filled with a wide range of events and opportunities for students across all year levels. I pray that all families can have good quality time with one another and students can rest and rejuvenate, ready for Term Three. I wish the Year 11s all the very best as they start to prepare for leadership positions early next term and thank the current College Action Group and House Captains for their leadership so far this year. I look forward to seeing them work closely with the incoming (2022) leaders after their appointment in Term Three.

Mr Mark Hauser, Head of Senior College Students

From the Head of Career Development

Energy Australia Apprenticeship Intake

Energy Australia has opened its 2022 Apprenticeship intake. Year 12 school leavers are eligible to apply, provided they EITHER pass Year 12 General Maths, English and a Science subject OR they have completed a Certificate II in Electrotechnology or Engineering Pathways. Apprenticeships are available with Ergon and Energex. See the attached flyers for details, including what jobs are available, and information on how to apply.

Interested in an Aviation career?

Aviation Australia is now offering the Certificate II in Aircraft Line Maintenance for Year 10 and 11 students on the Sunshine Coast.  In this 2 year course, you will be instructed by qualified aviation engineers. There are courses commencing in July this year, or February next year. The course is funded by VET in Schools funding. Further details are available here

Mrs Wanda Hayes, Head of Career Development

From the Head of Outdoor Education

Year 5 Outdoor Education

Last week the Year 5s gathered with excitement ready for their Outdoor Education Program to PCYC Bornhoffen.  We travelled through storms on our journey south to arrive in the Gold Coast Hinterland to blue skies and sunshine.  With the theme of growth mindset in their thoughts, students split into groups and started their adventure.  In the stunning surrounds of the Numinbah Valley, students challenged their bodies as they hiked Mt Zimba, explored the aquatic insects that live in the creek, and then swam in the chilly blue yabby pool.  Students also challenged themselves to overcome their fears during the abseiling activity and had some recovery time as they created plaster masks of each other’s faces.

For many of the Year 5s this was their first night sleeping in a tent and enjoying the warmth around the night campfire.  Adventure and exploration of our natural surrounds were the vehicle for conversation about growth mindset.  Students explored what strategies we must cope with when we feel uncomfortable, when we’re feeling challenged and don’t feel like we can do it.  They also discussed how we can be good friends to each other, be supportive and push ourselves to try new things.  The weather was kind to us throughout the week and while there were many tired bodies at the end of the trip, there was a lot of growth and learning.

I would like to thank the Year 5 teachers Mrs Melanie Percival, Mrs Luanne Pollard and Mr Scott Crompton for their support and preparation of the students.  I would also like to thank Mrs Christine Dobson, Mrs Karen Vorster and the Outdoor Education facilitators for their calm and thoughtful contribution to the success of the week.  Finally, I would like to extend my thanks to Mr Damian Davis for his ongoing guidance, support and leadership in strengthening the Junior Outdoor Education programs.

Ms Kim Wood, Head of Outdoor Education

From the Head of Information Technology

Rocket League Tournament

From Monday to Wednesday this week during the lunch break, the L block Lab has been a hive of busy students as we hosted our very first ‘Rocket League Competition’ within the College.

The Competition was driven and run mainly by students and saw 10 teams of two competing each of the three days. Teams were comprised of students (both girls and boys) between Year 6 and 12. All students were supported by a rowdy bunch of enthusiasts, spectating and encouraging players throughout the lunch times.

Among the competitors was some internationally ranked players, one of which is a Grand Master III level and others Platinum level.

Prizes included 2 x $10 gift vouchers from JB Hi-Fi and a free voucher for Holy Moley mini-golf.

Prizes will be announced on Thursday in student notices.

Mrs Janine Stone, Head of Department – Information Technology

Food for Thought

30 minutes to a More Connected Family

When was the last time your family sat down and enjoyed a meal together? With music lessons, sport practice and work schedules, it can be tough. However, research is showing that eating as a family has great benefits for your children and teenagers. Having dinner together could change your child’s life. Dinner is the best predictor we have of how children will do in adolescence. The more frequently children eat dinner with their families, the better they do in school. Click on the link below for more information.

Mrs Annie Williams College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Pacific Lutheran College is turning 20! Students were excited this week at the announcement of a whole of school community event:

Pacific Lutheran Family Fun Night at Aussie World

Saturday 14 August 2021, 5 – 9pm

Your Invitation will arrive in the mail over the school holidays and will provide further details about the event and ticketing information.  This is a private ticketed event and the College has exclusive use of Aussie World for this most thrilling community celebration.

This celebration of Pacific’s 20th year is a wonderful opportunity for us to join together as a community!

Junior Car Park Space Auction

Imagine having your very own carpark at Pacific Lutheran when you’re running late to drop the kids off!

The Junior Car Park is once again open for auction, with this priceless space available for use from 13thJuly until 31st December. To be in the running, place your bid from now until 11.45pm Sunday 11th July via the link provided

Quote of the Week

“Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead.”

- Nelson Mandela.

Click here to follow our Friends of Pacific Facebook page.

Mrs Jenny Lee, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

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

Cultural News

Senior String Ensemble

Last Friday, 23 members of the Senior String Ensemble spent the afternoon at Siena Catholic College undertaking a joint strings workshop with the string ensembles from Siena Catholic College, Sunshine Coast Grammar School and St Teresa’s Catholic College. The students were split into their instrumental sections and spent time rehearsing four new pieces in groups and as one large ensemble. They experienced working with other conductors and playing alongside other students. This was a wonderful experience for our string players to extend themselves musically and discover how other school ensembles rehearse. The afternoon culminated in a short concert where all four of the new pieces were performed. Congratulations to all of our Pacific Lutheran string players who played beautifully and set a wonderful example.

On Sunday, Kate Monroe and Sebastian Box played at an outdoor concert in Buderim, in the Rising Stars quartet as part of the Sunshine Coast Chamber Music Festival. They were selected from many hopefuls to be part of this quartet and after many months of rehearsals they finally got to perform – Congratulations Kate and Sebastian.

Another very busy term has now passed, and it has been a huge one for the Music Department. It was filled with performances at assemblies and chapels, Anzac day marching band, strings workshops, jazz ensemble workshop, exams, tutor concerts, open day, the Bunnings sausage sizzle and to finish it all off, an end of term Ensembles Concert! Big thanks go out to our amazing music tutors who teach all of the talented Pacific Lutheran musicians. If there is anyone who would still like to enrol for instrumental lessons next term please get in touch with Mrs Helen

Wishing everyone a happy and relaxing holiday. To the music students, keep practising!


Mrs Helen Williams, Head of Instrumental Music


The professionally filmed and edited live performance of the Grease Musical production is for sale at the main reception. The USBs are $15 each.

Mrs Janine Delaney, Head of Department - Drama

Sport News

Junior Sport

P-2 Cross Country

What a wonderful way to end the term with students from Prep to 2 participating in their Cross-Country carnival on Wednesday afternoon. Students had been practicing all term during PE lessons and were very excited to finally be able to run in front of teachers and parents. It was also great to have so many parents, grandparents and friends able to support the runners on the day.

The level of performance was quite impressive with some fantastic individual performances on the day. Another highlight for students was the support from the Year Six students who led the Foundation students in war cries as well as supported and encouraged runners on the day.

Results from the day were as follows:





Prep Boys


Xavier Butt



Nate Bowering



Eddie Mircovici







Prep Girls


Madeline Andrew



Quinn Hagan



Ella Ellul







Yr. 1 Boys


Lucas O'Connor



Patrick Richmond



Benjamin Moore







Yr. 1 Girls


Harper Everingham



Henlee McLean



Isabel Carrick-Ryan







Yr. 2 Boys


Flynn Chapman



Cooper Carrick-Ryan



Oliver Gillies







Yr. 2 Girls


Zoe Barker



Alexandra Glasson



Ariella Niazov



P-2 Overall House Champions










Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Sport P-6

Club Sport

Pacific FC

Our U16 Pacific Cobras took a visit to the Sports Hub this week to work with the high-performance sports team. One of their goals was to try and break the 3 second sprint barrier and a few of the players came very close. After undergoing a number of other fitness tests, the Cobras were put through their paces in the gym with a rotating workout.

We thank Nannette and Dylan from the Sunshine Coast Sports Institute for their expertise in working with our players to bring out their best and minimise injuries in the future games.

Follow Pacific Football Club on Facebook.


Mrs Rita Williams, Pacific FC President

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


12                        School closed for Staff Retreat

13                        Term 3 Commences

14                        Year 11 2022 Subject Expo (6pm)

15                        Year 4-6 SCISSA Photos

16                        SC Schools Basketball Competition Commences

19-23                  Year 8 Outdoor Education Program Woodford

20                        Year 11 Leadership Day 2

20                        Year 6-12 Parent Conferences

20-21                  Year P-5 Parents Conferences

27                        9-12yrs District Athletics

27                        Year 10 2022 Subject Selection Eventing (6pm)

28                        Year 12 Tertiary Information Evening (6pm)