Principal's Log

Principal's Log

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We celebrate with the Year 12 cohort of 2019 who performed well with strong results across the OP 1-5 range. We celebrate the achievement of all students with Jackson Laverick, Georgia Harle and Rebekah Pierce achieving an OP 1 which meant that 9% of OP eligible students at Pacific earned an OP 1 as compared with 2.85% statewide. Nine students achieved an OP 1-5 which was 26% as compared to 22.5% statewide, six students an OP 6-10, 16 students an OP 11-15. Of the cohort of 48 students, 73% were OP eligible, which was well above the state average of 49%. Of these OP eligible students, 89% achieved an OP 1-15. Students on both OP and vocational pathways have performed well, with 100% of students achieving a QCE or a Vocational Qualification. All students who applied for tertiary places received an offer. We are proud of our graduates and look forward to seeing each of them chart a purpose filled future.

Last Friday’s Welcome Breakfast provided a great opportunity for families to connect with each other. The friendly and generous hospitality provided by the Friends of Pacific, our Hospitality department, staff and senior students added to the atmosphere. Thank you to everyone who made the morning a special time of connection.

At both the Year 6-12 and Prep – Year 5 Commencement Services last week, we enjoyed the energy of our young people as we opened the school year and celebrated the role of our students as leaders within the College. At the Year 6-12 service, we also installed new staff and rededicated continuing staff members. We thank students, parents and staff for their energetic and warm engagement in both services.

Parents and students benefited a great deal from the Year 10, Year 12 and Prep to Year 5 Information Evenings this week. The evenings provided the opportunity to learn more from staff about learning focuses and pathways for the year, the range of resources and support processes provided by the College and the ways in which parents and students could enhance their learning. We thank parents and students for their attendance and particularly our teachers and staff who organised and presented at these evenings.

Well done to our Year 3-6 students who participated with great enthusiasm at their swimming carnival this week. There was great spirit evident both in and out of the pool. Thank you to Mr Darren Hooper, Mrs Natalie Campbell and PE staff for their organisation and leadership, Year 3-6 teachers for their assistance in coordinating the day and parents for their support.

We look forward to the return of our Year 7 students from their outdoor education experience this Friday. This experience has been an important opportunity for students to get to know each other and form new connections. We thank Head of Outdoor Education Ms Kim Wood for her organisation and leadership of this experience as well as Mr Andrew Block, Mrs Leah Croke, Mr Alex O’Connor, Mr Ben Ryan, Mrs Mel Ousley, Mr Brendan Delaney and Pastor Tim Jarick for their support of our students.

It was great to see the engagement of connection of our Year 10 and 12 students as they completed their leadership days this week, under the guidance of Lutheran Youth of Queensland (LYQ). Students enjoyed connecting and learning with the LYQ team and particularly two past school captains Harrison Dines and Michael Hewitt. Seeing many of our Year 12 students automatically give their jerseys to their Year 2 buddies to wear before putting them on themselves reflected the thoughtfulness of our older students as they started to build a special relationship with younger students who had written an introduction about themselves to share. Thank you to all the students for the way you engaged in the days and to Mr Mark Hauser for his organisation and leadership.

May God helps us start all that we do, from the heart.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal