Compass No. 618 August 2021

From the Principal

Growing Capacity one Block at a Time

Throughout life, we have the opportunity, to constantly learn and grow through the variety of circumstances we encounter. As we engage in home learning, there will be different experiences.  For some there will be familiarity and for others it may be new.  Having patience and realistic expectations, enables us to grow capacity one block at a time.  There will be times where learning will progress smoothly and other times where we will have to make the most of the moment and adapt.  Graciously maintaining high expectations of doing the best we can within uncertainty, means we develop the capacity to grow through different rhythms.   

God gives us different talents and each other.  He also gives us different times to grow through.  We grow to maturity as individuals, families and communities through doing our best and being open to helping others.  God invites us to ask Him for help and to find our strength, direction and rest in Him.  He is the sure foundation on which we can build.

Principal's Log

Thank you to our staff, students and parents who have moved so quickly and effectively into home learning.  The students are to be congratulated on the way they have engaged with the home learning environment so readily.  We appreciate the support from parents for following the advice of only having the children of essential workers at the College.  This has meant that we have been able to provide greater opportunity for our teachers to work from home.  We understand that having your children at home has put greater demands on families as you juggle the normal rhythms of family life with work and supporting the learning of young people.  

We are very grateful to our teachers and staff who have worked longer hours to prepare learning and online spaces to ensure that we have had a smooth transition.  A particular thank you to Mrs Leanne Bevis who worked over the weekend to publish communication for families and to our IT staff, Mr Steve Rattey and Mr Tim Ambrose for calmly providing considerable support to families and the College.

Many Year 8 families used the opportunity to connect with Mrs Hall and the Heads of Department for the Year 9 2022 Information Evening.  We are very appreciative of the extra time given by our Heads of Department over the last 3 weeks as they have been engaged in our various subject Information Evenings.  Recordings for these evenings can be found on NAV.  Thank you to our families and students for also taking the time to engage.

Our Friends of Pacific team are still communicating with Aussie World and we will inform our community as the situation becomes clearer in the coming days.

Maintaining wellbeing and relationships is the priority for everyone through this period.  Families are encouraged to contact College staff for assistance as it is needed.  We have uploaded a Wellbeing document to NAV which can also be accessed with this link.

May God keep us all safe in his care and guide us to learn and grow through different circumstances.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor


It was only last Tuesday when our whole student community was in the Gym watching Kaylee McKeown win a gold medal. Now a week later, the school site is pretty much devoid of students as they and many staff are home-schooling. The change, if you are on-site at school, is dramatic. A week certainly is a long time in our COVID world where schools, organisations, businesses and families need to quickly pivot upon announcements by the Chief Health Officer.

The change back to home learning brings its own set of challenges and expectations. Teachers need to have their lessons online and ready to go. Students need to focus on their learning and connect via screens yet have time to unwind, exercise and re-energise. Parents have to juggle work commitments, and all of us have to remember how we used Teams and Zoom and the differences between them.

The expectations of learning in a digital online world are slightly different too. In the classroom, there is human contact and the presence of a teacher. In home learning, teaching and learning still occur, and for some, it is easier, for others, harder. But nothing beats real life human presence of a teacher to encourage, coach, mentor and support each person’s learning. Students at home being motivated to stick to a routine, getting up in time for class, checking in with their teacher, listening to tasks, focusing on their learning, putting aside distractions that are generally not at school, presents a different set of expectations and challenges. It is amazing how well our school community, students, staff and families have worked with these changes.

Amid all these changes, the uncertainties around lockdowns, and the worries about the spread of the virus in our communities, the promises of God in the Bible are worth holding onto. As a community, we hold onto these promises because, in them, God holds onto each of us. One such promise from the Old Testament is this one, said to Moses’ successor Joshua; Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9. A hope-filled promise of comfort in our times.

In these times of home learning, may God bless you with strength and courage. May you be blessed with the presence of teachers and the connection of loved ones. And when you spend time away from your screens, may you be energised by this promise of God “for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Head of Senior College Students

Persevering despite adversity

It is pertinent that this week’s character strength focus is perseverance. Described as being ‘hardworking and finishing what has been started, despite barriers and obstacles that arise’ (Institute on Character, 2021), both senior students and specialist senior teachers have had to pivot again and quickly face the realities of learning from home, with a range of uncertainties and changes to their assessment calendar.  Despite the rapid succession of lockdown announcements and extensions this week, Monday morning saw senior students adapt quickly and reacquaint themselves with Microsoft Teams and NAV to access curriculum, learning tasks and connect with their classroom teachers.  Students’ demonstrated the ability to calmly persevere and make quick adjustments to how they normally learn, to confidently accomplish online learning tasks whilst they prepare for their assessment, study for upcoming exams and forge through the uncertainty of what may or may not come next.

The Year 12 College Captains and Vice Captains also shared their thoughts on perseverance, which included organising oneself this week to support their online learning experience.  Activities that supported the growth of perseverance included scheduling breaks and sticking to them and acknowledging small wins along the way.

It is important for Senior Students to utilise the Continuous Learning - Senior College document to keep track of the College’s expectations of home learning and connect with wellbeing staff if they require support throughout the day. 

Ms Leigh Finter, Acting Head of Senior College Students

From the Head of Learning K-5

Support Learning Online

The guidance below can help us all make the best of learning online. It can help you be ready for some of the more practical aspects of learning from home.

1. Establish routines and expectations

It is important to develop good habits from the start. Create a flexible routine and talk about how it’s working over time. Chunk your days into predictable segments. Help students get up, get dressed and ready to learn at a reasonable time. Everybody make your bed! Keep normal bedtime routines, including normal rules for digital devices. Adjust schedules to meet everyone’s needs but don’t default to staying up late and sleeping in.

2. Choose a good place to learn

Your family’s regular learning space for occasional homework might not work for extended periods. Set up a physical location that’s dedicated to school-focused activities. Make sure it is quiet, free from distractions and has a good internet connection. Make sure an adult monitors online learning. Keep doors open, and practice good digital safety.

3. Stay in touch

Teachers will mainly be communicating regularly through our online platforms and virtual learning environments. Make sure everyone knows how to find the help they need to be successful. If you have concerns, let someone know.

4. Help students ‘own’ their learning

No one expects parents to be full-time teachers or to be educational and content matter experts. Provide support and encouragement and expect your children to do their part. Struggling is allowed and encouraged! Don’t help too much. Becoming independent takes lots of practice. At Pacific, your child usually engages with others students and any number of adults hundreds of times each day. Many of these social interactions will continues from a distance, but they will be different. You cannot replace them all, and that’s OK.

5. Encourage physical activity and exercise

Living and working at home, we will all need some room to let off steam. Moving (independently and together as a family) is vital to health, wellbeing, and readiness for learning. It’s a great opportunity to practice exercising ‘alone together’ with digital workouts and online instructors. Set new fitness goals and plan hands-on, life-ready activities that keep hands busy, feet moving, and minds engaged. You may want to think about how your children can pitch in more around the house with chores or other responsibilities. Now’s a good time to think about increasing personal responsibility and pitching in.

Thank you so much for all you are doing at home in supporting your child’s learning.

Mrs Sue Zweck, Head of Learning K-5

From the Head of Mathematics

From the Head of Mathematics

The Stanford University has an amazing free online course for students about how to learn math. I am so excited about the benefits of the course that we are asking all students in Year 7 to complete it during Term Three. I would like to request parents involvement in the learning process, along with your child. I think it will change the way you think about Mathematics.

Starting in Week 5 students will work through one of six lessons each week. Lessons take approximately 20 minutes to complete but with the shared language, teachers and parents can continue the discussion beyond the course. Below is an introduction from the Stanford University course information. If you have had past negative experiences with Maths, this will help change your relationship to one that is positive and powerful.

How to Learn Math combines really important information on the brain and learning with new evidence on the best ways to approach and learn math effectively. Many people have had negative experiences with math, and end up disliking math or failing. This class will give learners of math the information they need to become powerful math learners, it will correct any misconceptions they have about what math is, and it will teach them about their own potential to succeed and the strategies needed to approach math effectively. If you have had past negative experiences with math this will help change your relationship to one that is positive and powerful. The course will feature Jo Boaler and a team of undergraduates, as well as videos of math in action - in dance, juggling, snowflakes, soccer and many other applications. It is designed with a pedagogy of active engagement.

Your child will complete the course in class and as part of the weekly homework, but I encourage you to also enrol or work through with your child.

Ms Patricia Hosking, Head of Mathematics

From the Head of Instrumental Music


Again, we find ourselves in lockdown, where for many, music is a very welcome outlet.  Whether it be playing or listening, I would encourage all students to connect with music in some way. It could be by practising their chosen instrument or even putting some music on in the background. For the younger Year 3 and 4 students, this may be getting out your strings instrument at home and having a go.  You might be surprised by what you can do! For Year 5 and 6, keep practising your band music - it really does make a difference and can be a welcome distraction to the demands of your school timetable. 

After many weeks and months of rehearsals, the Pacific singers and musicians were disappointed not to be able to showcase their efforts at the Sunshine Coast Junior Eisteddfod over the last week.  The committee is hoping to reschedule the events and hopefully the students will be able to play in the not too distant future. You will be updated with dates for performances as information becomes available. 

It has been very pleasing to hear about the online instrumental lessons that have been happening during the last few days. After the success of online lessons during lockdown last year, our Instrumental Music Tutors have been able to get straight into online lessons again, meaning that learning has not been disrupted. The online learning format brings an added dimension to instrumental lessons for students, having to learn how to tune and set up the instruments and then really listening to themselves and self-adjusting. Whilst we are very much hoping to return to face-to-face music lessons shortly, it would be wonderful to see many more students having a go at online music lessons if the necessity arises. 

If anybody would like to use their time at home to begin learning a new instrument, then please get in touch at and I will be able to help you. 

Mrs Helen Williams, Head of Instrumental Music

Food for Thought

Game Plan for Peaceful Parenting in Prep

As the nation remains on alert and in various stages of lockdown, restrictions continue to be mandated. And we, as a society, persevere to do the best we can to navigate this post-COVID era.

Young people and adults will vary in how they respond to these periods of lockdown. Young people can’t choose what happens to them, but they can choose how to respond. Encouraging them to use programs such as Moodgym, will help them change their thinking.

Wellbeing advice for students has been uploaded to NAV.  Families are encouraged to familiarise themselves with this document.

If your young person wishes to talk to someone outside of the family unit, encourage them to call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 - anytime, any reason. Alternatively, they can chat online at

Kids Helpline has also created some resources specifically relating to this topic for young people who may be struggling during lockdown. Click on the link below for more information


Mrs Annie Williams College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

We will maintain our communication with Aussie World in regard, to our 20th Anniversary Birthday Celebration. In the planning for the event, the safety of our community has been a priority with different contingencies having been planned.  We will keep you updated on any changes.

Pacific Together

Pacific Together is a discreet helping-hand offered by Friends of Pacific, in conjunction with Pastor Tim, to College families in times of need. 

If you or someone you know within our College community needs extra support anytime during the year, the Pacific Together care group may be able to help in some small way or offer a care package in times of need.

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

Quote of the Week

“The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.”

- Walt Disney, Mulan.

Click here to follow our Friends of Pacific Facebook page.

Mrs Jenny Lee, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

College News

Student Garden

The Year 6 students have been very busy reviving the old garden beds behind the Prep buildings. They have been moving rocks, clearing the leaves and twigs, and planting around the garden beds in preparation for plants that will be arriving for our Student Garden very soon. 

We would like to thank our school community who have been generously donating items so that our Year 6 students and other interested "green thumbs" can learn about ways that we can look after and enhance our environment. In particular, we would like to thank iLandscape in Caloundra for the organisation of donations and the very generous donation of plants for our garden beds. Harmony Landscaping have been very supportive by donating new soil for the garden beds that have allowed us to prepare the boxes for plants. What a wonderful school community we have!

If you have any other ideas for things that the students might be interested in using in the garden that they are creating, please contact Mrs Linda Sydes

Mrs Linda Sydes, Teacher Year 6

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.  With the College currently in lockdown, it is an opportune time to prepare and film your entry for ‘Centre Stage’.

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. 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

Library News

Research and Reading Support Through Lockdown

The library has lots of online resources to assist students with their assignments, and library staff are just an email or phone call away if you need assistance. Our LibGuides have been set up to provide research help for students - collecting webpages, videos and databases on their topic, as well as tutorials on how to conduct research.

We also have an extensive ebook collection to support reading in the middle and senior college. Library lessons have continued as normal this week via Nav.

Book Week Costume Parade

Book Week is fast approaching and this year our costume parade will be on Monday, 23rd August at 8.30am on the grassed area outside the hall. All students in P-6 are encouraged to come dressed as their favourite book character. There will be a photo booth in the library at lunch time for students to get their photo taken.

Dress Up Day

Ms Narelle Keen, Teacher Librarian

Sport News

Competitive Sport Results

Due to the current lockdown, all competitive sports are on hold. Updated draws will be sent through to students and parents are soon as further information is released. The changes will particularly impact Basketball and the beginning of the Intermediate/Junior Season.


Senior A Boys

PLC 50-37 Sienna

Senior B Girls

PLC 13-28 SCGS First V

Senior C Girls

PLC 53-23 MFAC

Senior D Girls


Competition Sports Uniform

The Sport Department is putting out an urgent plea for all students to go through their cupboards to find any PLC Sport specific uniform items and return them to the Sport Office. This includes Netball dresses/shirts, rugby jerseys, general playing shirts and singlets. You might even still have some from previous years. Regardless of how long they have been there, we would love to have them all back! We don’t want families to have the unfortunate surprise of being charged for missing uniforms at the end of the year.

It is getting harder and harder to kit out students due to missing uniform items and we want to make sure our teams all look the part when the play in their competitions. This check will be important particularly for senior students who need to have everything returned from the uniforms registered to them before we can sign off on their exit forms.

Rugby players will need to return theirs even if they are playing Rugby 7’s in Term 4 as they may be in different teams. Once we have all the Rugby uniforms back, we can get the sets together and prepare for the upcoming season.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to have a look for these uniforms and helping to create a consistent approach to our school’s presentation in the sporting community.

Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Sport

St Mark’s Lutheran Church

Worship @ St Mark's

Sharing a common mission and ministry with Pacific Lutheran College

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

Due to the current lockdown, there will be no in-person worship this Sunday...

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


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)