Compass No. 617 July 2021

From the Principal

Congratulations Kaylee! 100m Women’s Backstroke Gold

It has been thrilling for our community to watch 2018 graduate, Kaylee McKeown achieve Olympic Gold and an Olympic record in the 100m women’s backstroke final after years of hard work. 

Her belief, courage, persistence and humility strengthened by strong support from her family and team have enabled her to compete and succeed at the highest level.  Just as Kaylee has been encouraged and inspired by Emily Seebohm, Pacific’s students and young people across the region and country are now being inspired by her.

Some of our students have their own photo with Kaylee and signed momento’s from her Commonwealth Games competition which were given to them by Kaylee to encourage them to dream big, believe and work hard.

Kaylee has always been a dignified, quietly determined, courageous and humble young woman who encouraged others and gave of her best whether in the pool or in the classroom.  We are all very proud of her and wish her all the best for her upcoming events.

Principal's Log

It has been exciting to be part of a community that has celebrated the success of a member of our community with great enthusiasm. The roar and cheering in the gym and the excitement around the College as the week progressed from the semi-final, to the final and to the media event on the next morning has been energising.  We appreciate the great response from our Year 2, 5, 11 and 12 students, Year 9 leaders, and Kaylee’s PCG and their families, who came and celebrated Kaylee’s success with the Today show on Wednesday morning, with very short notice. A big thank you to our Hospitality department who responded enthusiastically to the late afternoon challenge of providing breakfast for such a large gathering the following morning. Students, parents and staff have commented on how inspirational Kaylee’s achievement has been for them.

Mrs Anne-Marie Gerlach and the Heads of Department have been busy this last fortnight providing the opportunity for parents and Year 9 and 10 students to learn more about the subjects on offer in Years 10 and 11 in 2022. Due to COVID restrictions the single night face-to-face events have been conducted online over six nights. We thank Mrs Gerlach and the Heads of Department for giving up their time and also our parents and students for the time they are spending in ensuring they are well informed about their future choices.

Pacific has always had a strong culture of Outdoor Education and it is a delight to see our Year 8 students benefit so much from a newly planned week-long experience in the surrounds of Woodford last week. We thank Ms Kim Wood for her leadership and organisation and preparedness to continually revise and adapt programs to ensure they provide the best possible opportunities for students of different interests and capability to grow through the experience. Thank you to Mr Brendan Delaney, Mrs Sharon Middleton, Mr Paul Brace, Mr Josh Cummins and Mrs Rachel Curtis for their attendance and to Mr Brett Kersnovske, Pastor Tim Jarick and Mr Ben Ryan for visiting the group.

Part of our ongoing improvement in Outdoor Education is to extend experiences into Prep to Year 2. We wish our Year 1s all the best as they embark on their inaugural outdoor learning day at Chambers Island next week.

As part of our ongoing improvement process, all parents, staff, and Year 5 to 12 will be invited to provide extensive feedback to inform planning. The research is being conducted by MMG, an educational consultancy firm that specialises in strategic reviews and stakeholder satisfaction. Parents and staff will receive an email from MMG tomorrow Friday 30th July and all Year 5 to 12 students will complete their survey in Personal Development classes next week.  We encourage all members of our community to contribute to this important future shaping process. It will take approximately 30 minutes and can be broken into smaller time intervals by re-entry at different times.

An historic week for the College. May God inspire and equip us with the courage and belief to make the most of our gifts and talents for the good of others.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

Olympic Expectations

This week our college community watched 2018 graduate Kaylee McKeown win a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. It was noisy beyond belief in the school gym as students watched the final of the women’s 100 metre backstroke on the big screen. The last moments of the race were thrilling as Kaylee pushed forward to win not only gold but an Olympic record. The expectations of our college, our country, her family, her fellow teammates were high. Would she perform at her best and equal her PB and world record that she set in Adelaide? Would she beat all her competitors? Competing at her first Olympics, Kaylee admitted before the race to feeling nervous.

Kaylee’s incredible achievement is an excellent example of the thread of expectation we are looking at this week. High expectations can bring out the best in us. When people we care about want us to do well, we try harder. High expectations boost our self-esteem. We feel more capable and willing to take positive risks, to put in the effort and hard work to achieve our goals. We are more willing and motivated to stretch ourselves beyond what we think we are capable of.

In achieving our best we learn through both successes and mistakes. As well as reaching for our hopes and dreams, living with imperfection is a constant throughout our lives. This does not diminish from what we can achieve but enhances what we learn. Living with our mistakes is an opportunity to learn forgiveness and receive God’s grace.

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrew 4:16


Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

High Expectations

The past 18 months have thrown up many challenges both personally and systematically. We have needed to be adaptive in how we connect personally and professionally. We have worked out new ways to exercise, plus large events both locally and internationally have been rescheduled or postponed.

The logistical effort of postponing and then staging the Olympics has been no different and thankfully, the last two weeks has had a particular Olympic flavour. The announcement that the Olympics will be coming to the South-East corner has created an added excitement to the events that have finally begun this week in Tokyo. The thought that our students will have the world coming to challenge themselves in their own backyard, and that they are worthy of playing an integral part, has enlivened a sense of reality as to what the future holds.

This week’s thread of high expectations has been brought into clear focus for our College community as they witnessed Kaylee McKeown’s performances this week. Someone who has learnt in the same space, sat in the same gym, and been part of the same teams and events as the students currently at the College highlighted to our students the opportunities and achievements that are possible to strive toward. Irrespective of their own journey and aspirations, her courage, tenacity and persistence to humbly reach the goals that she has set for herself and to meet her own expectations, has genuinely invigorated our students and staff.

Expectations are often modelled by key figures in our lives. They are carefully crafted by the people closest to us and then grow deep within us. They are with and for each other and they are ever present in the reflective moments with God. Our College plays an important part in growing these expectations and encourages our students to follow their passion while meeting our College expectations as one.

For well over 100 years, the Olympic motto has been faster-higher-stronger.  This year the IOC has notably added together to their motto. This week, Kaylee has taken us on an incredible ride “together”. It has been a privilege to witness her represent herself, her family and her community on the world’s biggest stage and one that will serve to motivate our community into the future.

Continuity of Learning

We thank all parents and guardians for the time they have given over the past week to engage with your child’s teacher through our conference process. Our teachers value your support and as a College, we encourage you to continue the communication with them to deepen the connection and improve the outcomes for your child.

Our teachers are focused on providing the best outcomes through focused pedagogy and practice. As a College, we aim to minimise direct communication with the classroom as this has the potential to interrupt the flow of learning for our students. At times, this continuity can be disrupted through late arrivals and early exiting of the school. Students should be prepared for learning at 8.25am and if there are any changes to routines for your child, such as appointments, these should be communicated to your child’s teacher in advance. Teachers will check emails at the beginning of the day, and this provides an opportunity for them to plan for changes that may occur during the day. Parents and guardians are reminded that all student absences are managed by Junior Reception and parents should not be going directly to classrooms to collect children through school hours.


Due to COVID restrictions, students from Prep to Year 5 need to place orders online, and we are still unable to take cash.

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. This process has been put into place to avoid being unable to fill specific orders in the case of a forgotten lunch orders. Details for payment via credit/debit card will be taken during the call to confirm the order.

Take care and God Bless,

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

From the Director of Students

Positive Choices

Recently I have been speaking to students about choices. Indeed, each and every day I engage in dialogue with students, in and out of the classroom, on a range of matters, and most times there are incidental elements to the conversations that relate to the choices they have made or might consider. Specifically, in Year 8 Christian Studies this term, students are learning about ethics, morals, and values, and how these three domains intersect when we are needing to make choices in our lives. I am encouraged by the depth of thinking that students are displaying as they are presented with a range of ethical dilemmas to consider and respond to.

Similarly, in Year 7 Personal Development, students met with myself and their teachers earlier in the week for a lesson to listen to and engage in discussion around making positive choices. The topic of discussion was centered on vaping and the essential information this age group would need to know. What pleased me most was the genuine, respectful, and curious discussion and feedback that was taking place during key moments of the presentation. We explored what they knew, what they would like to know, how a vape works, the risks associated with vaping, and thinking about the strategies they could utilise if they were in a situation where they had a choice to make related to vaping. Ultimately, the talk was grounded in students making positive informed choices and I was encouraged by their attention to the information being shared.

Year 6 ALWS

I congratulate and thank Year 6 and their teachers, Mr Pohlner, Mrs Sydes and Mrs Kiernan for their involvement in ‘Walk my Way’, a Christian fundraising activity. ‘Walk my Way’ is an initiative of the Australian Lutheran World Service (ALWS) ALWS and our students raised $111 for their efforts in walking a distance from school to Currimundi on the last day of Term 2. The money raised was donated to ALWS to support the work they do for refugees and other groups in need. With Year 6 focusing on the plights of refugees and asylum seekers in Christian Studies, it was a tremendous choice staff and students made to engage in this service activity.

Mr Ben Ryan, Director of Students

From the Head of Outdoor Education

Year 8 Outdoor Education Program

Last Monday, the Year 8’s gathered together in anticipation for their Outdoor Education program.  With the theme of independence and the encouragement to “try new things” from older students, the group travelled to Woodford to start their week. 

Half the group headed out hiking in the hills of Bellthorpe National Park while others tried their hand at the initiative tasks, mountain biking and giants ladder.  Students learnt the value of layers as the sun set behind the hills and the cold night air swept through. Each day we were blessed with beautiful sunshine to re-warm us and delicious food to fuel us for our days of outdoor learning together. 

As the week drew to a close students reflected on the ways in which they contributed to their group, their personal growth and displayed gratitude for the simple pleasures of a warm bed, loving families and hot showers.  Whilst there were times of challenge, students fondly reflected on their experiences together, growing in confidence and connection with others.

I would like to thank staff who supported students in their outdoor learning experience; Mr Brendan Delaney, Mrs Sharon Middleton, Mr Paul Brace, Mr Josh Cummins and Mrs Rachel Curtis.  I would also like to extend my thanks to the visiting staff Mr Brett Kersnovske, Mr Ben Ryan and Pastor Tim Jarick.

Year 1 Outdoor Learning Day

We are excited to announce the inaugural Year 1 Outdoor Learning Day.  Next Wednesday 4th August, the Year 1 students will spend the day learning outdoors on Chambers Island.  As part of their curriculum, students will be exploring the differences between natural, managed and constructed environments.  Parents, please provide consent before Friday 30th July through Parent Lounge to ensure your student can participate in this exciting opportunity.

Ms Kim Wood, Head of Outdoor Education

From the Head of Career Development

TAFE Queensland Scholarships

Applications are now open for scholarships, for students wishing to study through TAFE Qld in 2022. The scholarship program includes merit and equity scholarships, and can be used for a wide range of qualifications from a Cert III to an Advanced Diploma or even a Bachelor degree, across all industry areas. Scholarship recipients will receive up to $5,000. For more information, or to apply, go to Applications close 24th September 2021.

Gap Year Options for 2022

Believe it or not, Gap Year programs are still operating, despite COVID limitations. Letz Live is a company that provides programs for Australian students to travel to the UK or New Zealand and work as a Boarding School Assistant for one year. “Gappies”, as they are called, receive free accommodation and meals, plus a small weekly stipend for personal expenses. And they are free to travel during the school holidays. Note that in the UK, the long summer holiday is in July and August, so that provides an ideal opportunity for summer travel in the UK and Europe. And in New Zealand, there’s always the ski fields to keep you busy in your June/July break - or maybe even for weekend trips, depending on where you are. To find out more, follow Letz Live on Instagram @letz_live, or visit their website:

News from Sunshine Coast Technical and Trade Training Centre

Just a reminder that the SCTTTC have nominated dates for their upcoming Information Sessions as follows:

Automotive, Construction, Electrotechnology and Plumbing Certificates:

  • Thursday 29th July 2021 - 5.30pm to 6.15pm
  • Thursday 5th August 2021 - 5.30pm to 6.15pm
  • Tuesday 17th August 2021 - 5.30pm to 6.15pm

Certificate III Aviation (Remote Pilot) AVI30419 Information session will be held on:

  • Wednesday 25th August 2021 - 4.00pm to 4.45pm 

Registration is essential for all those attending an information night. To register, contact the SCTTTC on (07) 5499 5222.

Apprenticeship intakes for 2022

In addition to the OSMAC apprenticeships that were advertised in last week’s newsletter, we can now advise that BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance is offering a number of exciting apprenticeship opportunities in Central Queensland at Daunia Mine. Apprenticeships are available in 3 trades: Auto Electrician, Mechanical Fitter, and Diesel Fitter. These are fly-in-fly-out jobs, flying from Brisbane Airport. For more information see the attached flyer.

Mrs Wanda Hayes, Head of Career Development

Food for Thought

Game Plan for Peaceful Parenting in Prep

Prep students are explorers, scientists, artists and experimenters. They're experiential learners, so they keep pushing limits to find out what's solid. They're still learning how to be friends, how to engage with the world, and how to control their bodies, emotions and minds. With a little help from you, these years will build a secure and unlimited foundation for your son or daughter's entire childhood. For more information click on the link below

Mrs Annie Williams College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

We are very excited to be celebrating Pacific’s 20th year, with only sixteen more sleeps till our Aussie World Fun Night!

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


Past students, current parents, staff, College Council and FOP will be sent an invitation in the coming weeks for the 20th Anniversary Soiree Under the Stars.

Quote of the Week

“Success is a journey, not a destination.  The doing is often more important than the outcome.”

- Arthur Ashe.

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

Are you a singer, dancer or actor?

Would you like to win a cash prize in our ‘Centre Stage’ online talent Competition? Well, sign up on NAV, join the ‘Centre Stage Group’, then submit your entry or entries via MP4. There is no limit to the number of submissions, and you can submit from now until the due date.

We can’t wait to see Pacific Lutheran talent shine once again in this year’s exciting Cultural Pacific Action Group initiative.

Mrs Janine Delaney, head of Department - Drama

Visit by Registered Nurse for free Prep Vision Screening

Good vision is important for a child’s educational, physical and social development. Vision screening checks for common eye conditions that may impact your child’s ability to see and therefore impact their learning and development.

A Registered Nurse will be visiting the school Term 4, Week 1 on Thursday 6th October to conduct vision screening for children in their Prep year. An email with further information on the program and a link to complete the online consent form has been emailed to all Prep families this week. Parents do not need to be present for screening, however if you would like to be, please contact the school to arrange this.

If your child’s vision is screened, you will be advised of the results in writing. If a vision concern is found, you will receive a phone call from the nurse to discuss referral to an eye health professional for further assessment. If a vision concern is identified and your child requires glasses, eligible health care card holders may be assisted with free basic glasses through the Spectacle Supply Scheme.

Participation in vision screening is not compulsory. If you do not wish for your child to participate in screening, please complete the consent form and indicate that you wish to decline screening.

If you have any questions, please contact the Primary School Nurse Health Readiness Program on 1800 687 372 or the College Nurses on (07) 5436 7311.

Mrs Sharon Middleton and Mrs Maree Hooper, College Nurses

2021 MILTAQ Japanese Writing Competition

Congratulations to Zara from Year Four for winning the 2021 MLTAQ Japanese Writing Competition for her picture book.

Mrs Jo Bailey, Head of Primary Japanese

Sport News

Competitive Sport Results


Senior A Boys

PLC 43- 52 Maroochydore SHS

Senior B Girls

PLC 4- 63 Maroochydore SHS

Senior C Girls

PLC 27-10 GCC Eagles

Senior D Girls

PLC 60-19 SJC 2nd V


Touch Football

Intermediate A Girls

PLC 11-0 Suncoast

Intermediate B Girls

PLC 1-4 St Andrews 3

Intermediate A Boys

PLC 5-7 Immanuel

Junior B Boys

PLC 4-1 Suncoast


INFQ Secondary Schools Indoor Netball Tournament

Three Pacific Lutheran College teams competed at the INFQ Secondary Schools Indoor Netball Tournament last Thursday and Friday. It was an awesome effort by all our teams who competed admirably across the two-day tournament.

Our 7/8 team played well and finished 5th overall in the competition. The 11/12 came runners up in a close final with a tight score of 25-23. MVP chosen for the 11/12 Grand Final was Charlotte McDonagh.

The Year 9/10 Team won their Grand Final 35-5 with MVP honours going to Georgia Frohmuller.

An outstanding result from these girls who will be invited to compete at the next level of competition. Thank you to all players and coaches for their efforts throughout the tournament.

Sunshine Coast All Schools’ Touch Football

On Sunday, three Pacific Lutheran Touch Football Teams competed at the Sunshine Coast All Schools’ Tournament at Glasshouse Mountains.

It was a huge day for our students with some teams playing all the way to 5pm.

Our teams competed well throughout the day and fought hard against some quality competition.

Thank you to the students who committed to training early mornings in preparation for this event and thank you to Mr Danzey for his unwavering commitment to preparing all the teams for the tournament and giving his time for the event on Sunday.

13-19 Years District Athletics

It is fantastic to see so many students confirming their attendance to represent the College at the upcoming District Athletics Carnival. Students have been reminded that for the next two Monday afternoons we would like our student athletes to attend training with our specialist coaches. We have organised coaching sessions for sprints, middle distance running and throws. High Jump practice will also be available. I look forward to seeing lots of our team out there next week.

Student Acknowledgement

Congratulations to Alexander Lee for his selection in the Lord’s Taverners Squad for Cricket which is a pathway for Premier and QLD Cricket. Well done!

Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Sport

Junior Sport

Primary Independent District Athletics Carnival

On Tuesday, Pacific Lutheran was represented by a team of over 60 students from Years 3 to 7 at the Primary Independent Athletics Carnival held at the University of the Sunshine Coast. The carnival had a unique atmosphere due to the Olympic Games currently running, the success of our past student Kaylee McKeown who won gold during the day, as well as the recent announcement of the 2032 Brisbane Olympics. The level of competition was outstanding with a huge number of records broken on the day. There is a real possibility that there were students competing yesterday that could be representing Australia at the 2032 Olympics.

Whilst all Pacific students competed exceptionally well on the day, I would like to recognise some outstanding individual results from the carnival. Well done to the following students who finished in the top three places for their events on the day.




9 Years Boys and Girls

Gemma Bryce

Long Jump

Shot Put





Bailee Kiernan

Shot Put


Billie McKinnon



Jackson Napthali

Shot Put


Marcel Patullo



10 Year Boys and Girls

Sasha Kopera

High Jump


John Fihelly

High Jump


Angus Sallie



Liam Diprose



11 Year Boys and Girls

Emily Bryce

Shot Put




12 Year Boys and Girls

Charlize Kipping

100m Sprint

200m Sprint



Holly Targato

Shot Put




Ana-Belle Mogg



Josh Brouw

Shot Put



Congratulations to Gemma Bryce and Holly Targato who were both named age champion runners-up in the 9 girls and 12 girls age groups, respectively.

The 10 to 12 Years Independent District team who will be competing at the Sunshine Coast Regional Athletics Carnival, will be released in the next few days. Pacific students who have been selected in this team will be notified by the College.

Junior Basketball Program

This term we are pleased to offer a Junior Basketball Development Program for students in Years 2 to 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 next 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 game play.

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.


Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Sport P-6

Pacific Football Club

After an extended break, we were back at Pacific Lutheran for Round 15. Thank you to the many club volunteers who made this possible, including our set-up and pack-down team, and our coaches and managers, who ensured their teams were ready for their matches.

We also thank our canteen volunteers, especially our player volunteers - Liam Russell, Zaida Williams, Alex Lee, Bella Baso, Summer Doughty, Haya Gogarty, Emily Groll and Ashlan Hill for their time throughout the long day. Being in the canteen gives the players a good sense of what happens behind the scenes and is very much appreciated by club members.

To celebrate the Olympics, we introduced our Above & Beyond Award in conjunction with Rebel Sport for each of our 15 teams. Award recipients from each team were invited to choose a small gift from the 'Olympic table' at the Pacific FC canteen. Congratulations and well played to all award winners.

We also send congratulations to former Pacific Soccer FC player, Jonti Fisher, on making the Junior Matilda’s extended list. Jonti played for Pacific FC from 2011-2015.

This Saturday, Pacific Lutheran College will host both SCCSA games (Round 16) and Caloundra District Netball Association games. We look forward to welcoming netball clubs from across the coast at Pacific. It will be a busy day in the canteen, so please consider when you might be able to help.

For more information on our events and matches, go to:

Mrs Rita Williams, Pacific Football Club President

St Mark’s Lutheran Church

Worship @ St Mark's

Sharing a common mission and ministry with Pacific Lutheran College

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

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

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

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

All are welcome at any of our services.

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

Upcoming Dates


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

7-8       Duke of Edinburgh – Adventurous Journey

9          Year 4-6 SCISSA Training (3.15-4.15pm)

12-13  13-19 Yrs District Athletics Carnival

16        Year 4-6 SCISSA Training (3.15-4.15pm)

16-20  Science Week

19        Year 4-6 SCISSA Trial Game – ILC

23        Year 4-6 SCISSA Training (3.15-4.15pm)

23-27  Book Week & ICAS Science Competition

26        Year 4-6 SCISSA Trial Game- MFAC

30        Year 6-7 Author Visit

30        Year 4-6 SCISSA Training (3.15-4.15pm)

31        Year 12 Mock External Exams Commence

31        P-2 Author Visit

31        Year 9 Outdoor Education Information Evening (6pm)