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There has been a strong tradition of servant leadership among our staff, parents, and students.  This week, Mrs Jenny Lee (Chair of Friends of Pacific) and Harrison Dines (past student) were recognised at the Sunshine Coast Citizen of the Year Australia Day Awards.  We celebrated Jenny‚Äôs inspiring, creative and tireless service to the Pacific community through her roles as a member of the Friends of Pacific since 2012 and Chair since 2017 and her long-term leadership within the Pacific Football Club.  Harrison was recognised for his contribution to the Pacific Football Club for over 15 years as a player and a coach.  It was uplifting to be part of a ceremony where so many individuals and organisations were recognised for their service to the Sunshine Coast community. We thank and congratulate Jenny and Harrison for their service to this community.

Parents of our Year 12 Senior leaders joined us at our Installation Service for new staff and senior leaders on Wednesday.  This was a special moment for our community as we celebrated the gifts that our staff and senior students bring into the community in service to others.  We were delighted that parents were able to be part of the presentation of  badges and that new staff were able to take part in the ceremony, which normally occurs as part of our Commencement Service.  We wish our senior leaders and new staff every blessing as they continue to lead within the community.

One of our goals is to enhance the leadership of Year 10, 11, and 12 students within our Pastoral Care Groups, with senior students playing a more formal mentoring role for our Middle College students.  The links formed within pastoral care groups have always been greatly valued by students.  We have very capable students at the College and this program aims to grow the capacity of our senior students to actively mentor Middle College students and lead their pastoral care groups in partnership with their teachers.  The current Year 10 group who began their training in Term 4 of Year 9 will lead the way with their mentorship of Year 7 students later this year.  There were some great ideas generated yesterday as part of their leadership day and we look forward to walking alongside our Year 10s in enhancing our culture of strong senior student leadership.

Students from P-9 really enjoyed the disco on Friday night.  We thank our Senior Student Leaders who very capably led the evening.  Thank you to our staff and Friends of Pacific team who supported the event.

Our Art Department, very capably led by Mrs Denise McMahon, has a strong focus on supporting students to learn about the power of art to inspire thinking in a range of areas and have the opportunity to publicly share their works.  Year 8 students have been engaged in the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden Art and Ecology Butterfly and Moth program and created works that will continue to be displayed this weekend.

The Pacific String Quartet brought joy into the hearts of the dinner guests of Caloundra Rotary Club last Friday night where the students played a variety of pieces to entertain people as they arrived.  We congratulate and thank the students and Mrs Helen Williams for their preparedness and capacity to share their talents so professionally.

We wish our Junior Water Polo team all the best as they compete in the semi-finals next Monday.  We also look forward to our Year 5s being able to enjoy their outdoor education experience next week.

We pray that God would help us to see and respond to the opportunities to serve the needs of people and the planet.  

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal 

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