Compass No. 616 July 2021

From the Principal

Seeing and Encouraging Best Selves

In some cultures, people greet each other by saying “I see you”.  What a great welcome and gift.  “I see you”.  To really see someone means we let go of assumptions and really listen with our eyes, ears and hearts.  We see each person as a whole person with unique gifts and needs.

Every day we influence and are influenced. We are created to live in community with each other and grow through our interactions. By letting go of assumptions and taking time to truly “see” the strengths that each person has and encouraging them to use them in their best possible way we create an environment where people flourish. Within communities we need people of different talents and strengths to be able to bring their best selves forward.  By being an encourager who sees and celebrates strengths we grow capacity for ourselves and others.

In the Bible, Paul writes to different communities regularly advising them to encourage one another and build one another up.   God’s sees the giftedness and the need for grace in each one of us. We can be refreshed, energised and renewed every day through his love and forgiveness.  Refreshed, we are invited to let go of assumptions and to truly see, encourage and build others up.

Principal's Log

This week we have celebrated the leadership that our young people bring into the community.  With parents present, the Year 5 students ran their own Leadership Presentation Ceremony where they reflected what leadership meant and then presented each other with badges.  In presenting badges to each other they were symbolising their interdependence and mutuality as leaders. The Year 11s enjoyed growing through their leadership day conducted by Lutheran Youth of Queensland.   As the Year 11s reflected on themselves as leaders their focus shifted from their role as a leader, to that of leading together with and for community.  Many of the Year 11s were surprised and pleased that the aspirations that they had as a cohort of leaders were the same.  Leading together involves seeing and lifting up the strengths of others.  We thank the students for their leadership, parents for their attendance, Mr Davis and the Year 5 teachers for their new way of seeing and empowering student leadership and Ms Finter for her organisation of the Year 11 day.

As part of our twentieth-year celebrations we are providing opportunity for staff, parents and students to provide extensive feedback to inform planning as we move into the next twenty years. The research is being conducted by MMG, an educational consultancy firm that specialises in strategic reviews and stakeholder satisfaction. Parents are encouraged to ensure they have read the email communication sent on Monday 19th July.

This week has seen families engage in online or phone parent, teacher and student conferences and Year 11 subject information sessions.  We thank staff, parents and students for taking advantage of these times to share information and strengthen learning opportunities. 

This week we farewelled Ms Maddy Dearnaley who has been at the College for one day a week as a Teacher Librarian. We have been very appreciative to share her love of literature and reading with our community and her generous and professional contribution to our library team.  It has been a delight to see Ms Dearnaley grow and now have the opportunity to lead in a full-time capacity at St Paul’s in Brisbane.  We wish her all the best for this exciting new venture.

May God grant us the ability to truly see and encourage others.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

Blunt buddies or sharp soul mates?

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17

What is better when cutting up food in the kitchen, a blunt or sharp knife? If you have helped cut up vegetables or meat at home, or if you have done this in hospitality classes at school, you know the answer to this. A sharp knife is much easier and safer to use than a blunt blade.

The sharply honed edge of a knife cuts through the toughest steak or hardest pumpkin. Less force needs to be used, and it is a lot safer for the handler of the knife and the impact on the food, if preferable. Any experienced chef knows how frustrating a blunt blade can be in the kitchen.

In the Old Testament book of wisdom called Proverbs, we have this same image for human relationships. In the ancient world, iron was used to sharpen iron. Sometimes knives or blades were used to sharpen another knife or blade. According to the proverb, this image rings true for our friendships. A sharp soul mate is more helpful than a blunt buddy. Think, for example, of the power that a good friend has to brighten up your day when you are feeling low just by their sheer presence with you. Such is the power of a companion to sharpen our outlook on life and sense of wellbeing.

All of us, especially children and young people, need people who can help us with our rough edges and angular personalities. We need trusted companions who will help us mature and grow to be the people God intends us to be. We need those ‘sharpening conversations’ from trusted friends. People and peers who care about us and have a genuine interest in what is best for us and will help us grow as gracious people. These ‘sharpening conversations’ do not mean being sharp with another person; that is being hurtful or sarcastic in our words. Instead, offering words that invite self-reflection and growth in understanding ourselves and our effect on others.

Who are your peers or your friends that sharpen you? Can you think of a time when a peer or a friend has had one of these ‘sharpening conversations’ with you? A conversation that has made you rethink something about yourself, or upon reflection, has helped shape your character in some small way?

As a school community, we know the one who calls us friends and companions us through our life journey. This proverb invites our children and us into the wisdom of that deep companionship. It reminds us that sharp soul mates are preferable over blunt buddies.

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Head of Senior College Students

Year 11 Leadership Day

On Tuesday, the Year 11 cohort completed their second Leadership Day, titled “Legacy Leavers”. The day was filled with whole cohort and small group activities, as well as time for individual reflection and goal setting.  Students engaged with the idea of leaving a legacy as Year 12 graduates in 2022 and were given opportunities to reflect on their own ability to influence College culture at Pacific.  The day, run by LYQ staff was also a chance to identify the key values required as leaders to positively impact their cohort and step up as Year 12 leaders.  Year 11s who aspire for further leadership opportunities within the College will now embark on a process of self-guided reflection. They will contemplate the strengths, virtues and examples of good leadership and consider their own character strengths and personal challenges that could be utilised to demonstrate strong leadership and discover what it means to be a servant leader at Pacific. The students will identify examples of their community service and commitment to the College.

Year 11 Subject Expo Information Sessions

In personal development lessons, Year 10 also explored 2022 Subject Selections and the process for making important academic and pathway decisions as they approach their final two years of school.  Students and parents were also invited to attend the Year 11 Subject Expo, on Tuesday evening, 20 July, delivered via Zoom.  This was the first of three information sessions to assist them in making decisions about subject choices and course options.  For 2022, the College continues with this tradition, as it focuses on preparing each student to meet requirements of the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) system. Whether it is for further study at a tertiary institution, an apprenticeship or entry into the workforce, Pacific, through its subject offerings, aims to prepare students for whatever endeavour they ultimately wish to pursue. For students, parents and families that could not attend the first session, please do not hesitate to connect with Ms Anne-Marie Gerlach, Head of Learning- Senior College for more information.

Ms Leigh Finter, Acting Head of Senior College Students

From the Head of Learning K-5

Why is home learning important?
  1. Helps build responsibility. Home learning makes children accountable and taking ownership of their learning and take responsibility for their actions.
  2. Develops work ethic from an early age. By completing home learning projects children start to understand the obligation and self-regulation to commit to their projects and to see them through. This will help them in both Secondary School, University and beyond.
  3. Gives children confidence. Sometimes children need to attempt problems or tasks on their own and realise that failure is an important part of the learning process. In working through maths problems or constructing a piece of writing, students gain confidence and hone creative problem-solving skills.
  4. Enhances self-esteem. Once children gain confidence that they can complete a task or perform a skill independently, they build a healthy self-esteem, which is important to many aspects of everyday life.
  5. Teaches study habits.  Consistent home learning can help children realise the importance of practice, and the importance of building positive study habits.
  6. Parents become more involved in a child’s education. Home learning allows parents to support their child and also keep regular contact with their class teacher if their child is finding a task difficult.  This allows the teacher and parent to work together closely to support the child’s progress and how regularly discuss how best to help them.
  7. Prepares students for professional careers. While some professions do not require workers to take tasks home, there are indeed deadlines in the real world. Home learning can help children prepare for the real world by teaching them to meet their obligations on time.

Happy home learning in Term 3!

Mrs Sue Zweck, Head of Learning K-5

From the Head of Career Development

Year 12 Tertiary Applications Information Evening

Year 12 students and their parents are invited to join us for this event, from 6m on Wednesday 28th July. Wanda Hayes will be presenting information on tertiary applications processes for Queensland universities, including key dates. At this stage we will be offering this session as an online presentation, due to COVID restrictions. Parents and students will have the opportunity to ask questions during the session.

2022 applications open for Trade Centre courses

The Sunshine Coast Technical and Trade Training Centre (SCTTTC) is now accepting expressions of interest for the following 2022 courses.

  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Electrotechnology
  • Plumbing

Students and their parents are welcome to register for one of the SCTTTC information evenings, to find out more about the centre and its courses, as well as information on how to apply. Information sessions will be held on 29th July, 5th August and 17th August. For more information on the sessions, and how to register, see the attached flyer. Note: Due to COVID restrictions, only one parent is allowed to register with each student and only those who have pre-registered can be admitted.

Applications now open for TAFE At School courses 2022

Year 10 and 11 students can now lodge their applications for TAFE At School courses for next year. Students are advised to get their applications in as early as possible, as some courses fill quickly. You can research available courses by downloading a copy of the TAFE At School Guide here

Students should advise Mrs Wanda Hayes of their intention to enrol in a TAFE course for next year, at the same time as they submit their application to TAFE. To apply:

1) Visit
2) Enter code TQEC2201 to access application form
3) Fill in the application form (students will need their Unique Student Identifier – USI – to submit their application)
Students should ensure they use their correct legal name as per their ID documents, as USI and application details must match. If a student doesn’t already have a USI, they can create one here:
4) Once submitted an email request will be automatically sent to the student's parent/guardian for approval -

students should discuss this with their parent/guardian, as this is a mandatory requirement.

Students and Parents should be aware that many TAFE courses incur additional fees; and most require a student to attend classes at a TAFE campus one day per week, so students will miss a day of school each week. If you have any questions or concerns about including a TAFE course in your senior program of study, please make an appointment to speak about this with Mrs Wanda Hayes.

SAE Creative Media Institute Open Day

SAE Creative Media Institute offers Bachelor Degrees, Associate Degrees and Diplomas in creative media disciplines, including animation, audio, film, games, virtual reality, web and mobile. They are hosting an Open Day on Sunday 8th August, and students can attend on-campus in Brisbane, or virtually. The Open Day program will include course content presentations, student work displays, tours of the equipment and facilities at SAE, and information on internships and admissions. Students who register and attend Open Day (either on-campus or virtually) will go into the draw to win a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and a Panasonic lens package. For further information or to register go to

Insights Day at The Hotel School in Brisbane

Welcome to the “BEHIND-THE-SCENES” of a luxury hotel: The Hotel School is inviting Year 12 students to Industry Insights Day, a fully interactive experience. 

During Industry Insights Day, students will experience life behind the scenes at one of Brisbane’s luxury 5-star hotels. They will meet professionals from key departments and know first-hand what life is really like through the eyes of a hospitality professional.

Insights Day is perfect for those currently in Year 12 wanting a better understanding of the complexities and depth of careers in hotel management.                                                                                                                                                                      

Saturday, 21 August

Sofitel Brisbane Central
249 Turbot St, Brisbane 

Attendance at Industry Insights Day is free, with early registration highly encouraged as places are limited. To register, go to

ANU Hybrid Open Day

Australian National University is hosting a special online Open Day on Saturday 14th August, from 9am to 4pm. Prospective students and parents will be able to engage with ANU online to learn about their programs, get an insight into student life, and access virtual content. To register, go to

University Open Day events coming up in South East Qld

Another reminder for students who are planning to attend one or more university Open Day events in the coming months. A list of the remaining dates is provided below. In each case further information is available on the individual university website. You may need to register to secure your place.

QUT (Qld University of Technology) – Open Day – 24 July on-campus; 25 July online

Bond University – Open Day Online – 24 July

Griffith University – Open House (continuously available online) – 12 July-20 August

UQ (University of Qld) – Open Day (St Lucia campus) – Sunday 1 August

ACU (Australian Catholic University) – Open Day (Brisbane Campus) – 7 August

Griffith – Open Day (Nathan, Gold Coast and Southbank campuses) – Sunday 8 August

Mrs Wanda Hayes, Head of Career Development

Food for Thought

Fixed Mindset vs Growth Mindset: How To Shift To A Path Of Learning And Growth

How do you approach failures in life? 

Yes, failures can be painful. But does it define you and prevent you from learning from your mistakes or does it serve as a powerful mechanism to embrace new challenges. 

Our mind plays a very powerful role in what we believe and how we think. What we think about ourselves, and our abilities decides how we act and lead our life. 

When you look at successful people or those who have achieved mastery in life, what do you tell yourself – they are more gifted than others, they have talent, their innate abilities made them successful or do you believe success comes from hard work, developing new strategies, drawing inspiration from others, getting good mentoring, investing in learning and through constant improvement. 

What you believe is what you achieve. Conscious or unconscious, how you choose to interpret your experiences can set the boundaries on what you can accomplish. Click on the link below for more information

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. 

We are looking forward to celebrating Pacific’s 20th year at our Aussie World Fun Night!

Get your tickets at Flexischools Aussie World Tickets or scan the QR code to link.

Quote of the Week

“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.”

- Steve Maraboli.

Click here to follow our Friends of Pacific Facebook page.

Mrs Jenny Lee, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

College News

Tuckshop News

Our Flexischools system has been updated and Year 6 - 12 students are again able to purchase food over the counter using their Student ID cards, however, they will need to physically have their card with them to pay. Due to COVID restrictions, students from Prep to Year 5 need to place orders online, and we are still unable to take cash.

Tuckshop Vouchers

The process for tuckshop vouchers has been streamlined. If a student forgets their lunch there will be set options available for order, a muffin or fruit for morning tea, and a fresh or toasted sandwich for lunch. Details for payment via credit/debit card will be taken during the call to confirm the order.

Mrs Shea Moor, Tuckshop Convenor

Mathematics Support Sessions

It is important that students develop agency as independent learners.  Students can use the textbook and interactive tutorials through Cambridge Go, NAV, online resources such as, or my personal favourite,  These are great to access extra practice of the range of skills and extra assistance in understanding a concept.

When difficulties arise, individual assistance can help to improve understanding.  All the Mathematics teachers are aware of this and allow time in lessons.  Students should make use of all opportunities to ask their own teacher for assistance in class and to let them know if they are struggling.

As another facility, members of the Mathematics department provide free support sessions to provide further assistance to students who are experiencing difficulty.  Teachers may rotate and are an indication only.  Students can turn up to the room below and ask for help with a specific difficulty, homework question or complete study.  Students need to attend the session at the starting time and ensure that they record their name on the attendance roll.









Mrs Wescombe

6-12 Mathematics


3:20 – 4:20



Mr Block

Mrs Hosking

Ms Grewar


6-12 Mathematics




Mrs Steven


7&9 Maths


10&11 General Maths


12 Mathematical Methods





Dr Dolling


10 Mathematics Methods





Miss Arahill


Mathematics Methods and Specialist



Mrs Patricia Hosking, Head of Mathematics

Chess Mates

Do you want your child to experience the benefits of learning chess while still having fun along the way?  Designed especially for children in Prep and above, our chess classes are fun, interactive, and tailored by our teachers to suit the students in each class. While your child will still learn that winning can be fun, they’ll also learn a whole lot more! In fact, chess can help your child develop socially, academically, and emotionally.

Tuesday 3:00 - 3:45
Location: Year 4 Classroom
Starting Week 1
$15 per session

To book please go to Pacific Lutheran College is under Sunshine Coast.

To know about what we stand for, our founder Ash did a TEDx talk at UQ last year. Here is a link to it -

Wave of Change

There are 14 members of the Champions for Change Environmental Group this year and they have already been working hard to maintain and support our recycling program in the Junior School.  Every Friday they empty, sort and bag any containers that are recyclable and Mrs Pollard takes the empties to our local Containers for Change depot, to be deposited in our PLC account.

This Semester they plan to increase their commitment and they have entered a competition with Containers for Change and Plastic Oceans. The goal is to raise as much as we can for our school, while competing against other schools. The Champions want you to know, if they win, they will win $1000 for the school.

You can help by donating bottles. You can bring them from home to put them in the green wheelie bin. Even If you do not normally collect them, please still bring them to school as it would be a great help. There is also going to be a competition to see which grade can contribute the most recyclable containers. If you can do these few things, then you are champions too!

We have posters to give to any families who own their own business that are willing to contribute. We can also provide the stickers to place on any ‘bags’ of containers that you may want us to drop off on your behalf, or you are able to drop off.

We have information regarding what is acceptable for cashing in, we will continue to inform both sectors of the College over the coming term and we are more than willing to respond to any family businesses who might like to ask additional questions.

The competition runs until November and we really want to raise as much as we can, while ‘raising’ our environmental voice.

Written by Sabine Michel-Power and Mitchell Richmond (Year 5)

Emails can be sent to Mrs Lu Pollard who will be able to forward the posters for display at your local business or workplace.  We will organise a “drop-off’ point in our next COMPASS article, for those bringing in from home.

Laptops 2022 - Pre-order Now

Families are being asked to pre-order laptops for 2022 due to a supply shortage of IT equipment.  Our college community will be aware of the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic to the supply of various goods and services across the world. This impact has already been significant in the technology sector, with the supply of new IT equipment and obtaining parts for repair of existing IT equipment being particularly problematic. In addition to the pandemic, the continuing global Integrated Circuit (chip) shortage is also increasing delays in the delivery of new devices – especially laptops – to the point where most major manufacturers (including Microsoft and Apple) and commercial suppliers are warning of delays of up to six months for deliveries on any new orders.

Most industry commentators are now warning that these shortages will also impact retails suppliers such as Harvey Norman and JB HiFi etc. This unfortunate situation is expected to continue until at least mid-2022. Considering this relevant information, and following the advice from multiple suppliers, we are planning to pre-order devices for the 2022 College device leasing program within the next few weeks. This should provide sufficient lead time for the requested devices to be delivered in time for the start of the 2022 school year.

To better accommodate for expected demand, we are requesting that all our Junior and Middle College families complete a survey to indicate if they are planning to lease a new device from the College in 2022. This request is particularly important for families with students starting Year 3 or Year 4 in 2022, as these students will be starting their one-to-one device journey. This request will also be important for families who may already have a leased device which expires at the end of this year, and who wish to commence a new device lease in 2022. We would also encourage families who are still unsure whether they will lease a device from the College or purchase their own device from a retail supplier, to indicate they may lease a device, as we expect retail device shortages may cause leasing a device from the College to be the only viable option.

The survey is only intended to provide the College with preliminary device numbers and is not considered entry into a leasing agreement. Separate nomination forms will be distributed later this term for official device nomination – providing either lease or BYO options along with updated device specifications.

However, ordering devices after July will not enable our suppliers to guarantee delivery by the start of Term 1 in 2022. We would like to request that you please complete the survey (link provided below), by 28th July to enable the College to collate the results and prepare appropriate device orders. All responses to this survey will remain confidential, and the results will only be used to determine approximate device leasing numbers for 2022.

The Survey may be accessed via this link

We thank you for your consideration of and cooperation with this request.

Mr Steve Rattey, IT Manager

Sport News

Competitive Sport Results


A strong first week for our Senior Competitive Basketball Teams. Well done to all players and coaches!

Senior A Boys

PLC 39- 42 Unity

Senior B Girls

PLC 14-29 STCC


PLC 19-18 Siena

Senior C Girls

PLC 43-18 Siena

Senior C Girls

PLC 36-12 Unity

Senior D Girls

PLC 41- 11 SJC


Student Acknowledgement

Congratulations to the following students for their outstanding achievements in their sports:

  • Alfie Ward for winning the Half Moon Bay Junior Open U18 Golf Tournament in Cairns and being awarded Junior Champion.
  • Catalina Stylianou for her recent selection by Queensland Football to referee in QLD Futsal and Football Tournaments, as well as the upcoming International Futsal Tournament

Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Sport

Junior Sport

Junior Basketball Program

This term we are pleased to offer a Junior Basketball Development Program for students in Years 2-6. The program will be run after school on Wednesday afternoons from 3:15 – 4:45pm in the school gymnasium and outdoor courts.

The basketball program will be run by Mr Lee Miles who has over a decade of coaching experience in running junior development programs here on the Sunshine Coast as well as working with our Junior SCISSA and Senior Basketball teams this year. Lee will be assisted by myself, and recent school graduates Brooklyn Graves and Phoebe Swan. 

The program will commence on Wednesday 4th August and will run for five weeks, finishing on Wednesday 1st September. During these sessions, students will focus on fundamental basketball skills through drills before moving into gameplay.

The cost of this 5-week program is $30 which includes a basketball for each student to take home.

If you are interested in registering your child for this program, please send an expression of interest email to either or An information letter and registration details will be forwarded to you.

Student Success

Well done to Euan Lengenberg (Under 10), Saxon Mathers (Under 12) and Taj Taylor (Under 14) who have all been selected in the 2021 AUSuperstars Junior Rugby Academy squads for the upcoming Pacific Youth Rugby Festival.

The competition has 6 different teams that are made up of New Zealand, Australia, PNG, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa players.

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Sport P-6

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


26  Hopevale - Parent Information Evening 5.30pm

27  9-12yrs District Athletics

27  Year 10 2022 Subject Selection Evening 6pm Online

27  Prep visit to Australia Zoo

28  Year 12 Tertiary Information Evening 6pm Online

28  Cocurricular Photo Day


2  Sunshine Coast Junior Eisteddfod

3  Year 9 2022 Information Evening

4  Year 6 Canberra Tour Information Evening 6pm

4  Yr 9-12 Music QPAC

7  Duke of Edinburgh – Adventurous Journey