It has been exciting to see our students engage with sport, academic and cultural co-curricular activities over the past fortnight. Engagement in these activities strengthens connections, provides shared enjoyment, deepens our sense of personal awareness and enhances our capability in many dimensions of life. Being fully engaged in the breadth of opportunity at the College strengthens the growth of individuals and our community. We wish all of our groups and teams the best as they begin the journey of lifting each other to greater ways of being and thank our teachers and parents who give of their time to support these activities.
There are also many opportunities beyond the College. I would encourage all Year 10, 11 and 12 students and families who have an interest in science to read the Head of Career Development’s article which highlights a number of exciting opportunities in the areas of STEM. We thank Mrs Wanda Hayes who has a strong focus on growing young people’s capabilities through engagement in activities within and beyond Pacific.
We congratulate our library aide Mrs Peta Griffin who has been appointed to lead the library at Grace Lutheran Primary School. It is a credit to Mrs Griffin that she has grown through her role as library aide at Pacific to take on this new leadership opportunity. Mrs Griffin has been instrumental in making the library an inspiring and welcoming place of learning. The creativity and time given to creating amazing displays including an ocean scene complete with a very large paper mache whale, a space journey, and an outdoor camping experience are evidence of her deep desire to inspire a love of literature. We welcome Ms Sarah Johns as a Middle and Senior College Humanities teacher. Ms Johns has extensive experience in teaching senior Geography and is a writer for Oxford Press in this area. As a Level 2 volleyball coach she has inspired great growth in skills and the quality of the volleyball program at her previous school. We also welcome Mrs Alysha Borak as the Finance Assistant to our Business Office while Mrs Sanet Strong is on leave.
We share with our community that Pastor Tim Jarick has accepted a call to be the Senior Chaplain at St Peter’s Lutheran College, Indooroopilly. Pastor Tim will take up this call at the start of Term 2. We have appreciated that Pastor Tim has been able to work alongside our Chaplain Mark Hauser as we have established this new role. The College Council has begun the process of calling a new Pastor into our community. This has involved a review of our current and future needs including consideration of the growth of a worship community here on campus. We look forward to continuing to grow with Pastor Tim through the final weeks of Term 1. We will formally acknowledge Pastor Tim’s contribution to our community towards the end of this term.
May God inspire us to explore and embrace the question of “What can we learn?”
Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal