Compass No. 634 February 2022

From the Principal

Mutual Responsibility

Communities function best where there is a strong sense of mutual responsibility.  When this occurs, we think in terms of ‘we’, rather than ‘they’ and understand that every action is about ‘us’, rather than ‘me’. At Pacific there is the invitation for every person to see themselves as part of a strong interconnected community. There is high value placed on the partnership between parents, students and staff. The strength and quality of these connections is dependent on our sense of mutual responsibility. As staff, parents and students we each play an important role in ensuring that we have a rich positive and effective learning environment within a supportive, connected, thoughtful and welcoming community. Each person brings a diversity of strengths. We are each challenged to bring our best selves into every moment. It is by bringing our best selves that each of us plays our part to enhance a supportive, connected, and welcoming culture of rich learning and deep thinking.

God’s invitation is for us to think always in terms of ‘we’. He invites us to be in constant relationship with Him and with others, to love our neighbour as ourselves and to have responsible stewardship of our environment. We are invited to see our mutuality and co-dependence and to see ourselves as interconnected and equally loved, responsible and valued parts of his creation. Out of love for all of creation, we have a mutual responsibility to use our gifts and strengths to care for others and the environment. Together with God we can do great good.

Principal’s Log

The energy and excitement amongst students, parents and staff as we returned to learning on campus on Monday was palpable. This excitement highlighted the value we place on being able to physically connect with each other. We greatly appreciate the way parents, staff and students have followed the COVID-safe directions of the College. We understand the challenge this  presented for some families, particularly in the first week of returning to the campus. I am sure we are all looking forward to increasing opportunities to connect directly with each other through the full range of experiences in the coming weeks. 

The first week always presents some challenges with traffic at the end of school day as families become familiar with how to use our car park and there is an adjustment to increasing numbers of families, students and staff at the College. Traffic flows relatively well in the morning because arrivals are spread across the full 25 minutes. Congestion in the afternoon can be decreased if families with only P-2 children plan to arrive after 2.50pm, those who are only P-5 families arrive after 3.00 pm and those with Year 6-12 students plan to arrive after 3.15pm.  Families waiting for Year 6 to 12 students are asked not to be in the car park prior to 3.15pm.  Younger children will be supervised by staff while waiting for older siblings. This simple step can mean that there can be greater flow through the College car park, and everyone spends less time in their cars.  Even this week, both car parks were flowing freely at 3.25pm on Wednesday afternoon.  This is a simple example of how we can each play our part to make an improvement for all within the Pacific and the Kawana Forest Communities.

We are pleased to be making the transition to using the NAV Parent Portal as a main means of communication to our parents.  Families who have logged onto their NAV Parent portal will note that they are able to access Parent Lounge via Links through this same page.  There will be a transition phase through this term with parents receiving communication via email and the NAV Parent portal.  Parents who are yet to connect onto their NAV account can do so by going to and using the directions of the email ‘Parent Login Changes' sent on the 19th January.

Over this past fortnight families have had the opportunity to connect online for the parent information evenings.  The Middle College Information Evening planned for next week is being pre-recorded and a link will be emailed to families early next week. We apologise to the Year 10 families and students who were sent the wrong link and were unable to connect with the live stream on Tuesday evening. We understand the inconvenience this caused for some families. The P-5, Year 10, and Year 11 Information evenings have been recorded and links have been emailed to families. Links can also be found on the NAV Parent Portal under Learning/Parent Information. Families and Year 6 -12 students are encouraged to make sure they have viewed and discussed these communications. We thank the staff who have prepared and led these sessions.

Families are reminded that they need to inform our Director of Staff, Mrs Kim Bonello by email if a student in their family tests positive to COVID-19 after recently being on campus. This will enable us to inform staff and families to monitor their health and be mindful of their community connections particularly with vulnerable people. In our communication of positive COVID-19 cases, we keep a balance between informing families of important health matters and the privacy of individuals and families. Where a positive COVID-19 case is reported to the College, we will notify the staff and families of that year level and the groups with whom the individual has interacted that there has been a staff member or student who has tested positive. Individuals or families will not be identified. There will be only one communication per year level or group per week. Our best protection within highly connected communities such as schools is to keep each other informed, limit our time on campus, socially distance, wear a mask correctly when on campus, maintain high standards of hygiene and follow the advice and guidelines of Queensland Health and the College. We thank our community for your obvious support in following the 'COVID-19 Guidelines 7th February - 4th March' emailed on Friday 4th February.  For ease of reference, we have now placed the guidelines on the Nav Parent and Student portals. Parents will also find a tile that they can use to send a notification of a student testing positive on the front section of the NAV Parent portal.

We pray that God will enable us all to play our part in the enhancement of a rich, supportive, connected, welcoming, and thoughtful learning community.  We pray that God will guide people to find ways to protect the people of the world from the impacts of disease and to live in peace.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor


Your heart will be where your riches are. Luke 12:34

When I was a young child, my father taught me a lesson in responsibility. Being a pastor’s son and giving money to the church through the Sunday offering collected at each service was important for church life. I still remember those wooden bowls passed around the church lined with red felt so the coins from children would not clink clumsily. When it came to my family, I would receive pocket money from my Mum for doing additional jobs around the house, especially in the garden. My Mum was a keen gardener. But my Dad taught me responsibility with money by placing a silver or gold coin on his study desk in his home office each Saturday. My job was to remember it was there and each Saturday night or Sunday morning to take it, put it in my pocket so as not to lose it, or hide it somewhere else to spend it later on lollies or chocolate, and take it with me to church to put on the offering plate at the appropriate time. It was a lesson in responsibility. This weekly ritual taught me several things: planning, forethought, being honest with money, giving to others rather than hoarding for myself, and contributing to the work of the church. But more than all these important life lessons, this habit of responsibility sowed in me the meaning of Jesus’ words; Your heart will be where your riches are.

In life, we take responsibility for the things that are important to us. When we don’t care, irresponsibility towards others can grow. In these brief words, Jesus invites us to consider what is important in life. In the verses before these words of Jesus, we are reminded that since God cares for us and provides for us, we do not need to be busy crushing others for the sake of our own gain. Instead, we can set our hearts to a new level of responsibility, representing God’s heart in the way we care for God’s world and the people in it. We grow in our responsibility towards the world around us because we know we are safe in God’s care and that God sends us to do good to others in the world.

Care, dignity and respect are words that are often said in our school community. Words that can teach us responsibility, just like a coin on a desk, that God dignifies us with his care as we show concern and regard for others and the world.

Rev. Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Director of Students

Bring on 2022!

There was a buzz of energy as students were welcomed back to the College on Monday 7th February.  New and returning students were greeted at the 3-12 drop off area by our 2022 College Captains, Vice Captains, House Captains and Vice House Captains, who led students to their Pastoral Care Group classes.  Teachers were equally as excited to have students back in their classrooms and establish face to face connections.

‘Cuppa with the Captains’ – Episode 2, season 2

Keeping with this year’s theme of ‘Inspiring Hope, Enhancing Agency’, the College Captains and Vice Captains aired the second episode of Season Two of ‘Cuppa with the Captains’ during Tuesday’s Middle and Senior College Assembly. The episode contained important information about Covid safe practices on campus, student uniform expectations and Pacific’s 2022 aims, a recording can be accessed via this link.

Year 10 Information Evening

The Year 10 Information Evening was to have been live streamed to parents and students on Tuesday 8th February. Unfortunately, an incorrect link was sent to families. The presentation has been recorded and contains key information about students transitioning to Senior College, student wellbeing, academic learning, study and goal setting, careers meetings and future planning. Year 10 parents and students are strongly encouraged to watch and discuss the Year 10 Information Evening presentation which can be accessed via this link or on the NAV Parent and Student portals through the Learning tile. We apologise for the inconvenience caused to families and encourage families to email for further information if required.

Middle College Information Evening

The Middle College Information Evening that was postponed on Monday 31st January will now be pre-recorded and shared with families on Tuesday 15th February. Presentations will be specific to each year level and core class, containing core and elective subject information, classroom teacher introductions, Outdoor Education updates, sporting, cultural and co-curricular opportunities and a focus on student wellbeing. Further information, including instructions on how to access individual class presentations will be communicated to families by Monday 14th February.

Ms Leigh Finter, Acting Director of Students 

From the Head of Learning K-5

Proof of Benefits of Reading to Children

Melbourne researchers have proven, what parents have intuitively known all along - the more often you read to your children from an early age, the greater the positive effect on their reading and thinking skills.

The Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research has not only proven a causal effect between the frequency of reading to a child and his or her development but have also for the first time measured the benefits. Children four to five years old who are read to three to five times a week have the same reading ability as children six months older (who are read to only twice or less a week). Reading to children six to seven days a week puts them almost a year ahead of those who are not being read to. It was also found that reading to small children has a positive effect on the development of numeracy skills.

''It does appear to be the case that children who are read to more often keep doing better as they age than other children”, said Professor Guyonne Kalb, director of the institute's Labour Economics and Social Policy Program, and co-author of the study.

The research, which was funded by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development found the positive outcomes occurred in children regardless of parental income, education level or cultural background. That is, children with poor backgrounds or parents of limited education or ability have the same benefit of being read to frequently.

''We wanted to try and determine whether reading itself is leading to better outcomes or do parents who read to their children have other things going on,'' Professor Kalb said.

''We worked with children representing a whole range of families, from all different backgrounds and economic circumstances. We found it doesn't matter if a child is from a poor or rich family, or if the parents are highly educated or not, doing this basic thing of reading to them leads to better developmental outcomes”.

The longitudinal study followed the reading skills of more than 4000 children, aged four to five years in 2010, through to age 10 to 11. Victorian Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Wendy Lovell said the research was ''an exciting step forward'' in understanding the importance of reading to young children. “These findings send a clear message to parents, grandparents, teachers and carers that the benefits of reading go way beyond a shared bonding experience”.

Mrs Sue Zweck, Head of Teaching and Learning K-5

From the Head of Learning Enrichment

Learning Enrichment Centre News

What a wonderful week! Pacific Lutheran College is a wonderful community of friendly faces. Thank you to all the parents and students who have been so friendly and made me feel welcome.

I have had lovely phone calls and online face to face conversations with families and students who make up the vibrant LEC community. Thank you to the students who are eager to help and willing to have a chat.

Students, if you are an LEC student and need help with schoolwork or need someone to chat with, there is always someone in the LEC, so just pop in, after you have cleared it with your teacher.

Remember that we are a community and when we work together, we are strong. When we communicate, we need to make sure that we are like a three-strand cord: one strand is YOU; another strand is your TEACHER, and the final strand is the LEC STAFF. If you keep communicating with your teacher and the LEC staff, it will make us stronger together! Please don’t forget to keep your parents in the loop too.

Mrs Chantal McAllister, Head of Learning Enrichment P-12

Food for Thought

School Transitions

Whether it is starting school for the first time, moving up to a higher grade or embarking on a journey through secondary school, there is no doubt that any school transition is a very exciting time for children and parents. It means that the children are growing up!

However, for many it may also be an anxious and stressful time for both parents and children. Parents need to be aware of their child’s feelings during any school transition and minimise anxiety, so the process is an enjoyable experience for all.

“This is a particularly stressful period for both parents and children, and it tends to get trivialised. Parents can often transfer their stress onto their child making transitioning unnecessarily more stressful.” Dr Michael Carr-Gregg.

Click on the link below for more information

Mrs Annie Williams College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Click here to follow our Friends of Pacific Facebook page.

Mrs Jenny Lee, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

Library News

Book Club

The first Book Club order forms for the year went out this week to students in Prep to Year 7. Book Club comes out twice a term. Orders must be placed online – we do not accept cash orders. The closing date to order is Friday 18th February.

Lunchtime Activities

The library is open every lunch time for students to come and relax, read, or study. We have a range of resources that students may use every day including board games, jigsaw puzzles, craft materials, drawing materials, STEM kits and Osmo. We also run a guided craft or STEM activity every week for primary and secondary students. The timetable for this term is below. Due to COVID-19 restrictions there will be no use of VR this term.

P-5 school lunchtime activities for Term 1

Year 6-12 school lunchtime activities for Term 1

LibGuides for Science

The following LibGuides have been added this week to support current assignments. If your child is doing these subjects, they are encouraged to visit the LibGuide to assist in their assessment.

The password is “plc”.

11 Physics

10 Science

  8 Science

Textbook Collection

Secondary students who have not yet collected their textbooks need to collect them as soon as possible from the library.

Ms Narelle Keen, Head of Library

Sport News

Year 7 - 12 Sport

Competitive Sport

We have had a lot of interest in our Year 7-10 Competitive Volleyball teams. Trials will take place on Friday during sport time and teams will be selected. Information will go out early next week to parents regarding student commitments for the volleyball season. The volleyball season will begin on the 23rd of February.

We have also nominated a Year 11 Girls team into the Trish Buckley Volleyball competition. Trials for this team will be run during senior sport time on Friday. Information will be sent out to families on Friday afternoon regarding this competition as it begins on the 18th of February.

Representative Sport Trials

We have had a lot of interest in the first round of District sport trials, which is fantastic to see. Please make sure that you touch base with Mrs Natalie Campbell by the EOI cut-off date so that your student nominations can be processed. This cut-off date is used to determine if pre-selection trials are needed as we can only send limited numbers to trials. If an EOI comes in after the cut-off date, it won’t be considered. Please see the EOI dates by using the following link.

Student Accomplishments

Well done to Kai Pethick and Tom Chessell for representing QLD in the National Baseball showcase in December. Both boys will also be representing the Sunshine Coast in the QLD School Representative Tournament in March.

Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Sport

Club Sport

Club Sport

Pacific Lutheran College has several sport development programs outside of school hours. These programs encourage participation, giving students the opportunity to be part of a team, and learn basic skills of the game.

The parent-led Pacific FC Soccer and PLC Netball Clubs compete on Saturdays in community competitions throughout the Sunshine Coast.

PLC Netball Club

Registrations for the 2022 season are open for girls aged 7 to 18 and you don’t have to be a Pacific student to join. We have teams for beginners right through to Division 1. You can register now through the Netball Connect app or by emailing any queries through to

Registrations close towards the end of February, with a welcome barbeque, dress hire and team trials for our older teams taking place on Saturday 19th February.

Training is held on Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons on the back courts at Pacific Lutheran College. 

Follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for more details throughout the season.

Contact: Donna Townsend, PLC Netball Club President">
FacebookPLC Netball Club
Instagram: PLC Netball Club

Pacific FC

Registrations for the 2022 season are open for girls and boys born between 2004 and 2017, who wish to join U6-U18 Sunshine Coast Churches Soccer Association teams.

  • New All Abilities Program and All Girls Comp in 2022
  • Weekly team training at PLC after school
  • U6-U10 Saturday Rooball Fixtures
  • U11+ Saturday Competitive Fixtures
  • K3 Coaching Clinics
  • Social opportunities for parents and players
  • Growth mindset sessions

Registrations close mid-February and fixtures commence on Saturday 5th March.

FairPlay Vouchers are accepted. Existing teams are filling quickly. New players are welcome.

Contact: The Registrar
Facebook: Pacific Soccer FC 

Mrs Rita Williams, Pacific FC President

College News

Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop is open from Wednesday to Friday from 8am to 11am, by appointment only.  Appointments can be made via the Main Reception 5436 7300.

Flexischool orders are also available for your uniform needs. These orders will be completed Wednesday to Friday and delivered to the students’ classroom across P-6 and to the PCG pigeonholes in the Well Being Centre for 7-12 students.

Please be patient as we are experiencing delays on stock across all areas.  If an item is out of stock on Flexischools it is also out of stock in the Uniform Shop. Stock will be refilled as quickly as possible.  My apologies that I cannot provide exact stock arrival times.  Thank you for your understanding.

Mrs Peta King, Uniform Shop

Tuck Shop Procedures for the Return to School

Prep to Year 9 (including Year 9) Online Flexischools ordering only.

Preference is Year 10, 11, 12 and Staff order online via Flexischools as well.

However, Counter Sales only for Years 10, 11, 12 and Staff.

Individual class boxes for Prep to Year 6 collected from the Tuckshop.

Years 7-9 will be delivered to the Wellbeing Centre.

Years 10-12 available on tables located at the Tuckshop.

We will serve Counter Sales via 3 windows for Years 10, 11 and 12 students

Contact details for Flexischools for Parents/Guardians is as follows:-

Phone: 1300 361 769 AEDST) 8.00am to 12pm

Online ordering is our preferred method and we will continue to not take Cash.

Connecting with Flexischools

Parents who are yet to set up accounts with Flexischools may find the following contact and information helpful.

Parents can connect to Flexischools in the following ways:

(Online): Any time, via the Flexischool parent contact form which can be found here ( 

(Phone): Between 8am - 12pm (AEDST) on Weekdays, at the Flexischool parent phone line (1300 361 769).

Step by step guides can be found at this link. These guides include Introduction to Flexischools; How to Register; How to Top-Up; and How to Place an Order.

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 9.00am. We are thankful that we can meet together each week for worship. As we do this, there are still physical distancing, signing in, and hygiene requirements we need to follow 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


11       PLC Volunteer Induction Session

14       Year 9 Rite Journey Departure (5pm – access via Teams invite, found on Teams calendar)

15       Middle College Information Evening (Pre-recorded and available by links emailed to families)

21       Year 4-6 SCISSA Training (3.15 – 4.15pm)

28       SC Schools Netball Commences