Compass No 447 - February 2017

From the Principal

Small Steps Secret to Success

Planning time and getting priorities right requires intentional action. One of the secrets of success is to identify the small steps that can be taken to move towards a desired goal. When faced with a myriad of choices and competing options, the first step is to sit back and be clear on the large and important goals that we want to achieve. Putting pen to paper or using electronic media to list our goals and the things that need to be done to achieve them, helps us to identify the small steps to be taken to gradually and purposefully walk to success. Two key questions are, “What is important?” and “What is the small step I can take to make progress?”. Having decided on the small step, we need to fully focus on the moment and do that one thing well, not worried about what lies ahead or behind us. The success we experience gives us the energy to take the bigger, harder steps.

God encourages us not to waste our energy worrying. Instead we are to trust that He provides for us just as He does for the “birds of the air”. Having trust that God walks with us as we take our small steps helps to give us calm focus and purpose.

Principal's Log

At the Friends of Pacific meeting this week, we reflected on the important role that parents play in helping young people to become good planners and decision makers. Home learning is an area that parents can have growing conversations with their young people. In home learning, it is helpful for the young person to break down what needs to be done into smaller, manageable steps on a weekly and daily basis. It has been found helpful to start each night with something small that is enjoyable and then tackle the learning that is more challenging for a longer period of set time before finishing with something that is of moderate challenge. Starting with something that has a tight defined timeline and where success can be experienced helps to build momentum. Providing a well lit and ventilated space and having routines that support home learning can also assist the young person in developing good habits of prioritising, planning and persisting. Developing the internal capacity of self-motivation rather than relying on external rewards also stands a young person in good stead as they grow towards greater independence. 

Pacific is tremendously enriched by the involvement of parents in so many different areas. There are opportunities to assist in classrooms, to coach and manage sport teams, to support different club and special interest areas, to attend information evenings and community events. The College is also quite intentional in providing online resources to assist parents of older children to support the young person in their study and career planning. One of the ways to stay abreast of the range of opportunities open to both young people and their parents is the detailed reading of the newsletter each week. Through the discussion with parents on Tuesday night it became apparent that it would be helpful to provide an overview of these many and varied opportunities that parents and students can access on an as needs basis. We thank all of our parents for the important part they play in shaping Pacific as a great village for young people to thrive within and encourage parents to take advantage of ongoing opportunities to make a difference.

We congratulate our primary and secondary swimming teams for their spirited performances at the Independent Schools District Swim Carnivals last week. We extend our best wishes to all those going on to the regional trials and thank Mr Darren Hooper, Mr Brett Kersnovske, Mrs Natalie Campbell and Mrs Fiona Schefe for their organisation and leadership of students.

May God guide us and equip us with wisdom and discernment to choose small steps that make a difference.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

Planning and Decision Making

Learning to plan and make good decisions is a lifelong process that comes after many mistakes and with much maturity. Some students find it hard to learn to plan ahead and make wise choices in their learning at home and at school. Some students get very anxious and stressed when they do their home learning. While others are good at procrastinating and doing everything but their home learning. As we progress through school and through life, we all need to learn to manage ourselves and our time, plan and set goals as well as develop processes for making wise decisions. Taking life as it comes and avoiding challenging tasks, demands and decisions does not help us in the long run or promote a sense of accomplishment or hope for the future.

The problem we contend with is that we are not born with the ability to plan ahead or make wise decisions. These are skills that must be modelled and taught by showing young people specific steps to follow. To be able to make a decision that involves wellbeing, a young person needs to learn strategies for decision making and asking good questions. Teaching the decision making and planning process requires patience and many adults make the mistake of being afraid to see young people ‘fail’. Brain research tells us that the part of the brain used for impulse control, planning and effective decision making is not fully developed until age 20 or later!

Planning and decision making are finely honed skills to learn but they are skills we are encouraged in by a God who is intentional, planned, deliberate and purposeful to us. In Jeremiah 29:11 we hear a promise from God; “For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. Even though we may feel like we sometimes fail in our decisions and plans, we have a God who promises that His plans for us will never fail. He gives us hope when we worry about our children and their educational journey. God gives us a future when we feel like life is bleak because of the wrong decisions that we or others have made. God promises to each one of us that He has plans to prosper us and not harm us.

Two great practical positive thinking questions that deal with planning and decision making when we feel stress are: What can you do today that will make your life easier next week? At what time will you do it?


First Communion

Year 5 families have been invited to a First Communion course offered by Pastors Tim Jarick and Ray Morris through the Pacific and St Mark’s communities. The program called ‘The Great Escape Feast’ begins next week on Ash Wednesday (1st March) with a meal and introduction to families at St Mark’s Church (14 Bombala Terrace Caloundra) starting at 5.30pm. If you are interested in coming along, please let Pastor Tim know by email or phone 5436 7353. This opportunity is also available to young people in Years 6 and 7.

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Director of Students

Year 7 Camp

This week at the Middle College assembly, Will Block, Jack Carmichael and Holly Williams reported on their experiences at the recent Year 7 camp. Following is what they shared:

“Wednesday morning was the most exiting day of the whole school year as we set off for CAMP! When we arrived, everyone saw the well set out cabins and we were all exited to start the activities. One of the activities we had to do was mountain biking; it was so fun speeding down a rocky mountain with the wind flying past my face. All of a sudden when I was riding up a hill, BOOM my back tire popped! But, lucky for me the end was in sight. Overall mountain biking was fantastic. Another activity was raft building. On our way to this activity we saw a wallaby and two wild koalas. In groups of four, we had four minutes to build a raft and then had to sail across to an island in Somerset Dam. My group did knots after knots after knots. It was fun and we wanted to win so much. I really thought we were going to win but I was so wrong! With no warning our raft fell apart in the water. We had to paddle back but it was hilarious. I loved this activity. When we got back to the camp we had to get ready for dinner. For dinner we had lasagne. It was the best lasagne I have ever had. After dinner we had dessert it was also the best Pavlova I've ever had.” – Will Block, Year 7 Student

“On the second day of camp we had high ropes and group challenges. High ropes was a fun activity but also hard. There were four jobs for students in each group; the belayer, back up belayer, the rope coiler and the climber. Each time you would move forward to a new job. I was lucky because I was one of the first people to climb but I started off as the back-up belayer. As the back-up belayer, your job is to make sure that there is no slack in the rope. Then you moved on to the belayer where it was your job to make sure the person climbing was supported. Finally, it was my time to climb. I put on my harness and got strapped in. I climbed up a ladder and then across a thin wire. Holding on to a rope one meter in front of me, I climbed onto the cargo net, which would swing back and forth. Then I climbed up staples on the side and across the train tracks to the end. I rang the bell huffing and puffing then came the exciting part of jumping off. I jumped knowing it was the easiest way down. We then moved to knot tying since at Year 9 camp you need to build a raft to take your stuff across a river. We learnt about three different knots. One of the knots we learnt about was where you tie two ropes together, then we learnt about a cross knot which was good for stabilising things and the butterfly knot for tying things together.” – Jack Carmichael, Year 7 Student

“On the last day of this amazing camp, the Wira girls and I did canoeing and archery. Canoeing was a fabulous experience that I will remember forever. In this activity we learned how to hold and use our paddle. I was sitting at the back of the canoe, which meant I had to know how to turn the canoe. One way to turn the canoe was to use the paddle as a rudder. So my partner Ava and I had to work out how we were going to paddle and where we were going to sit. Once we were out on the water, I started hearing lots of teamwork and nice compliments. The water in the dam was beautiful and calm. I heard the sound of wildlife surrounding me. The feeling was tremendous I really enjoyed it. The final activity was archery. I was one of the first to shoot an arrow and I felt that I was pretty good it. Archery will be something from the Year 7 camp that will stick with me for a long time. Thank you to Dr McMahon for organising this wonderful trip to Somerset and to all the teachers for making sure we had a fabulous time. Thank you also to all of the helpers at the camp and especially Helena, our guide, who was always making sure we were safe.” – Holly Williams, Year 7 Student

Mr Brendan Delaney, Director of Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

Clean Up Australia Day

In recognition of Clean Up Australia Day (which will be celebrated across the country next weekend and at the College on Friday 3rd March), at assembly next week I will discuss the role each individual can play in keeping our environment litter free. There is a lot of online material that details the degraded state of our oceans and the dangers to our health posed by the enormous accumulation of pollutants:

The environmental footprint of a school can be quite high. When a large group of individuals gather daily in one place, there are environmental implications for water usage and electricity as well as rubbish generation and disposal. At the College in an attempt to minimise our environmental impact, importance is placed on initiatives such as the collection of rainwater, the installation of solar panels, a strong emphasis on recycling and supporting sustainable, environmentally friendly forms of travel.

The amount of non-recyclable rubbish generated at the College is large. Much of this rubbish is generated from plastic food wrapping associated with student lunches, which does not readily break down and unfortunately can end up being washed into the ocean. We encourage parents to consider this when preparing food for lunches and morning teas. Although the use of paper bags is not ideal, paper is certainly preferable to plastic. Reusable stainless steel water bottles and stainless steel cutlery can be used instead of plastic ones. Re-washable containers are also great for storing food. For more information regarding eco-friendly lunches, visit: If every Pacific student’s lunch contained one less piece of plastic per day this would equate to over 160,000 pieces of rubbish removed from the environment annually. Remember every little bit helps!

National Ride2School Day

On Friday 17th March, students are urged to join over 300,000 young people across Australia and adopt a two-wheeled mode of transport for National Ride2School Day. The event is Australia’s largest celebration of active travel to school, involving thousands of children each year. If driving to school in the family car is your only option, you can still be TravelSmart by parking the car a short distance away and then riding from there.

Students can register on the Sunshine Coast Council website ( to enter the draw for great prizes, including $800 in bike shop vouchers. 

Class Parent Representatives

Thanks to those parents from Prep H, Class 1C, Class 3P and Class 3G who have nominated as Class Parent Representatives. If you would like to be a parent representative, please either advise your child’s class teacher or Mr David Druery directly.

Mr David Druery, Head of Staff and Students P-5

Important Notices

Hospital Bus Stop

In preparation for the opening of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital precinct, we have scheduled a stop at the bus stop behind the private hospital. If you would like to take advantage of this stop, please contact the Business Office for further details.

Mr Mike Healy, Business Manager

Student Awards

Stars of the Week

Presented on Monday 20th February

Prep:  Bailee Kiernan, Alia Engler and Mia White.

Year 1:  Elijah Naus, Mia Fenton and Banjo Brandenburg.

Year 2:  Isabelle Britton, Blake Tadgell and Arjuna Suseno.

Year 3:  Brooke Hodgetts, Maddy Walsh, Ryan Schimmel and Amelie Bradley.  

Year 4:  Finn Barnes, Austin Lauritzen, Sam McKean and Max Styles.

Year 5:  Jett Forman, Mitchell Pyke, Caleb Donohue and Jai Britton. 

You Can Do It Awards

Presented on Monday 20th February

Confidence:  Taylah Campbell.

Organisation:  Olivia Cafarella and Zaice McLachlan.

Getting Along:  Holly Richardson. 

Food for Thought

Getting Children to School on Time

Feeling stressed on school mornings is normal but easily avoidable. The following link provides strategies on how to stay (mostly) calm, collected and in control:

Ms Annie Williams, College Counsellor 

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Barn Dance – Friday 10th March

Inspired by our Barn Dance clothesline in the Junior College car park? Dust off your boots and get ready for a wonderful night of music and dancing on Friday 10th March at 6.00pm in the College gym. This is a Kindergarten to Year 12 family event with a BBQ and bar on offer.

Our lovely Nikki Stacey, fashion extraordinaire, will be hosting Barn Fashions on the Floor! There are great prizes on offer for best dressed and most creative!

Early bird tickets are available via the ticket order form here or outside the Prep classrooms next to our Barn Dance display on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Please contact Sara Dent (Year 2) for more information.

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There are a limited number of additional sponsorship opportunities available for the Barn Dance. We invite you and/or your business to be a part of this great family event. For further information, please contact Mrs Mel Pollack at:

Thank You and Next Meeting

Thank you to the many parents/guardians who attended our first meeting for the year! It was a most constructive opening night with new and familiar faces gathering to discuss the year ahead. Thank you to our Hospitality department for catering, Pastor Tim for his devotion and Dr Bronwyn Dolling for expanding upon key actions and opportunities for our College.

Our next meeting is at 7.00pm on Tuesday 21st March. All parents/guardians of the College are welcome to attend.

Mrs Jenny Lee, Friends of Pacific Chairperson


International Women’s Day Breakfast

Junior College

Year 1 Geography and Art

This week in Year 1, students considered the key features of a town that would be a great place for families with children to live in. They drew a plan for the building or feature they were making and then we built the town model collaboratively. Natural features like rainforests and beaches were also included in the designs. Students then drew a map of the town, demonstrating their growing understanding of an aerial view and features of maps.


Mrs Holly Humphrey, Year 1 Teacher

The Year 1 cohort has also been working enthusiastically with art teacher Dr Kym Rodgers in small group workshops. They are working with 21st century printmaking technology by using a gellie plate. The students are making a four colour print using four different stencils based on ancient indigenous Australian art practice. According to Dr Rodgers, students’ responses said it all; “wow these are cool”. These cool works will be displayed in the Student Art Exhibition in October this year.


Mrs Denise McMahon, Head of Visual Art

Year 3 Geckoes Wildlife Visit

We love native Australian animals!

As part of their Science unit this term, Year 3 students were able to get up close and hands-on with a variety of native Australian animals, compliments of the Geckoes Wildlife mobile animal unit. The delight that the students gained from this experience was palpable and the lovely Kristan delivered a wealth of information on each exhibit. Kristan shared information about each animal’s habitats, preferred diet, life cycles, predators and defensive skills when out in the wild.


A range of animals visited from a gorgeous baby ring-tailed possum, to a barking owl and a potoroo with attitude. The students asked questions and were thrilled by some of the answers, particularly learning that snakes will eat each other and that crocodiles are actually very good mothers to their young. It was a wonderfully informative afternoon that successfully supported our Science unit. Thank you to Kristan and Geckoes Wildlife for bringing the unknown into focus.

Mrs Lu Pollard, Year 3 Teacher

Secondary College

Year 11 Biology Field Trip

As a part of the ‘Ecology’ unit this term, the two Year 11 Biology classes attended an excursion in Week 4. Over the two days, we engaged in a variety of practical field tests and evaluations. On Monday, we travelled to the Woombye section of Petrie Creek in the Maroochy Catchment. We tested soil pH levels and texture and collected water quality data using professional equipment. The equipment tested water pH, salinity, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, conductivity and temperature. These tests then provided us with data to make inferences about the quality of the ecosystems we visited. Along with those tests, we also conducted vegetation surveys (observing the variety of species of plants and trees in the area) and aquatic macroinvertebrate identifications (identifying species of water-dwelling animals without spines that you can see with the naked eye). We also visited the Nambour section of Petrie Creek and compared our two sets of results, considering the human impact and the health of the ecosystem.


We faced the heat at Parklakes II in Bli Bli, investigating the new and innovative floating wetlands, which have been implemented to effectively treat storm water runoff. We then visited the Golden Beach mangrove boardwalk to observe the important role mangroves play in our coastline ecosystems and learnt how they effectively filter salt out of the water.

At the Currimundi Conservation Wallum, we saw first-hand the intensity of the Australian bushland and learnt about how the banksia uses bushfire to spread their seeds and prepare for mass plantings. We then visited Ewen Maddock Dam, which has an impressive eco-system built around the man-made lake, providing drinking water to the local area with the capacity to provide for Brisbane. This showed us the importance of working with nature to sustain humanity.


Unfortunately, we also had the chance to see the negative impact we are having on the natural environment at a local level. Janine from ECOllaboration had some tips to reduce damage in our local catchment:

  • REDUCE POLLUTANTS IN WATERWAYS: Use eco-safe labelled products, wash your car on your lawn and let the soap filter through the soil and be aware of chemical herbicides and fertilisers used in your garden. 
  • STOP THE SPREAD OF INTRODUCED PLANT SPECIES: Dispose of weeds and lawn clippings properly in the green bin with the red lid and try planting native plants in your backyard.
  • VOLUNTEER FOR YOUR LOCAL LANDCARE: By volunteering to clear introduced species or test local water quality, you largely help the organisations keeping the Sunshine Coast's environments healthy. Mooloolah Land Care Volunteers:
  • LOVE YOUR ENVIRONMENT: Above all else, Janine wanted all of us to appreciate and love our natural environment so we are motivated to protect it throughout our life. 

Thank you to all the teachers, volunteers and ECOllaboration for organising and running a great two days! 

Mali Davis, Year 11 Biology Student

Year 11 Certificate III in Basic Health

On Wednesday, Year 11 Health students completed both their Advanced Resuscitation and Advanced First Aid certificates. It was a very full day as the students worked their way through many scenarios, often having to think on their feet as various injuries and illnesses were played out. Thank you to the staff from Assist First Aid who instructed the students on the day. The Certificate III in Basic Health is offered to students in Years 11 and 12. It provides a stepping-stone for those students thinking about a career in one of the many health related fields.

Dr Peter McMahon, Head of Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education

Year 9/10 Outdoor Education Camp

Thank you to the parents and students who attended the two Parent Information Evenings over the past couple of weeks. It is essential that the camp option form be returned to the Middle/Senior College office by Monday. Year level meetings will then be held for students who chose option 1 so they can select their activity groups – either white water canoeing or mountain bike riding. Once this has been completed, the camp program at Uki can be finalised and distributed to students and parents.

Holiday Expeditions

A final reminder for students and parents who are interested in either the New Zealand Expedition (December 2017) or White Water Canoeing Expedition (Easter holidays) to please contact Dr Peter McMahon directly (5436 7381 or Both of these expeditions are held in remote areas and participants will have an adventure like no other. A movie of the 2015 New Zealand Expedition can be viewed at: This will give potential adventurers an idea of what the expedition is about. 

Other expeditions planned for later in the year are the Mt Barney National Park Tramp (July holidays) and Mountain Bike Expedition (September holidays). To find out more about these programs, please contact Dr McMahon.

Dr Peter McMahon, Head of Outdoor Education

Mathematics – After School Tutorials

To support students academically, the College offers Mathematics tutorials for students in Years 7-12. These tutorials are on Monday afternoons and are in rooms L13/L14 from 3.20pm to 4.20pm. Students are welcome to come along for a quiet place to complete class work, homework or seek assistance. The expectation is that they remain within the room until 4.20pm, unless picked up earlier by a parent.

Mr Adam Doyle, Head of Mathematics

From the Head of Career Development

Meet University of the Sunshine Coast (USC)

Once per month, USC holds an information session and tour of their campus for future students. Career Counsellors also present at these sessions. The next ‘Meet USC’ is on Wednesday 22nd March from 4.00pm to 7.00pm. Students can register to attend at:

Training Nurses and Doctors of the Future

(Article from the Sunshine Coast Daily 11th February)

The new Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) will employ thousands of health staff and help tens of thousands of patients every year, but it's the next generation of health professionals who have christened the new health campus. Opposite the new hospital's main entrance, the 10,000sq m Sunshine Coast Health Institute (SCHI) is already hosting more than 1000 students after TAFE Queensland East Coast nursing and allied health students started last month.

The University of the Sunshine Coast will add 600 to the mix on 20th February and the University of Queensland is also setting up camp in April. If federal government-funded training places are secured for a fully-fledged medical school at the site, medical students from its host university (at this stage understood to be Griffith University) will also be based at SCHI.

Tours through the SCUH are open to the public this weekend on Saturday 25th February from 10.00am to 3.00pm. Visit to register.

VET Student Loans - New Program

In the past, students undertaking diploma and advanced diploma courses at TAFE and other approved colleges could defer paying their tuition fees through the VET FEE-HELP scheme. As of 1st January 2017, this scheme has been replaced by the VET Student Loans program. There are strict requirements for this loan program:

  • Students must meet specific criteria to be eligible for a VET Student Loan.
  • Students can only access VET Student Loans for approved courses provided by approved providers.
  • Eligible students will be entitled to loans up to a capped amount (the cap might be $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000, depending on the course).
  • If the course tuition costs more that the loan cap, the student is required to pay the difference.

Students are required to repay the loan through the taxation system when their income reaches the repayment threshold. See the Study Assist website for threshold information:

There is a list of approved courses and their capped amounts available at: Student fact sheets are also available on the VET Student Loans from the Australian Department of Education and Training website at:

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor

Junior Sport

Primary District Swim Carnival

Last Wednesday a group of excited 9-12 years Pacific swimmers set off to Noosa to swim at the annual District Swim Carnival. The behaviour of students on the day was fantastic and they also displayed great school spirit throughout the carnival. There were a number of excellent individual performances at the carnival, with the following students finishing in the top five places.

  • Cody Proeger – 4th 12 years boys 50m freestyle
  • Emma McEvoy – 5th 12 years girls 50m freestyle and 4th 12 Years girls 50m butterfly
  • Indah Suseno – 2nd 10 years girls 50m freestyle
  • Tom Chapman – 1st 12 years boys 50m breaststroke, 4th 12 years boys 50m backstroke and 5th 12 years boys 50m butterfly
  • Alex Monroe – 5th 12 years boys 50m breaststroke
  • Luca Turney – 5th 11 years boys 50m breaststroke
  • Ainslie Carter – 1st 10 years girls 50m breaststroke
  • Aviva Kelly – 5th 12 years girls 50m butterfly


After a day of spirited competitive swimming, we finished in 6th place overall. Congratulations to the following students who were selected in the Independent District Swimming Team. These students will swim at the Regional Selection Trials on Thursday 2nd March. Good luck to all swimmers.

  • Tom Chapman
  • Emma McEvoy
  • Aviva Kelly
  • Ainslie Carter
  • Indah Suseno
  • Cody Proeger
  • Thomas Jackson

The first SCISSA trial games took place last Thursday against Immanuel Lutheran College. Students enjoyed the opportunity to put into practice some of the skills they have been learning this term. This week students will play in a trial games against Good Shepherd Lutheran College.

A reminder that Monday afternoon training will continue next week in preparation for the upcoming Gala Day in Week 7. A parent information letter will be sent home prior to the Gala Day outlining venues and times for the various sports.

District Sport Trials

There are a number of opportunities for students under 12 to trial for district selection. Pacific is part of the Independent District, which is made up of other independent schools on the Sunshine Coast. District selection is the first step to regional, state and even national selection in sports. This is your last chance to collect a permission form if your child would like to attend one of these trials. Forms can be collected from Mr Darren Hooper and need to be returned by this Friday 24th February.

  • 12 years girls and boys soccer
  • 12 years girls and boys basketball
  • 12 years boys AFL
  • 12 years boys and girls hockey
  • 11 years girls netball
  • 12 years girls netball
  • 11 years boys rugby league (trial with Nambour District)
  • 12 years boys rugby league (trial with Nambour District)
Tennis Lessons

Elite Tennis is offering lessons for Pacific students before school and during lunchtimes. Click here to download further information.

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Junior Sport

Secondary Sport

Secondary District Swim Carnival

Well done to all students who attended and swam at the District Swim Carnival last Thursday. It was an excellent day of competition with some stand out swimmers from Pacific! The following students have made the district team and will compete at the Regional Carnival on Thursday 2nd March: James Brown, Oliver Frazer, Chloe Johnston, Jayda Lowe, Kaylee McKeown and Aliza Walsh.


Records: Kaylee McKeown – 50m backstroke, 50m butterfly and 50m breastroke.

Age Champion: Kaylee McKeown – 16 years girls

Pacific finished in a credible 6th place out of the 11 schools in the Independent District, which is a great achievement!

SCISSA Volleyball and Soccer – Results

A special mention to the Senior Boys soccer team who won their third game in a row. They are undefeated so far! Great job boys.





Int. Girls A

Int. Girls B

Jnr. Boys

Int. Boys

Snr. Boys




















Brooklyn Graves

Talysha Mees

Harry Tenkate

Jackson Laverick

Reece Upton

Student Success - Oztag

In January, Year 8 student Lara Pointon participated in the Queensland Oztag State Cup. There were over 2300 players in the competition, with divisions from under 10’s to under 15’s. Lara represented the Caloundra district and was selected as the female flag bearer to lead the Caloundra team into the stadium at the opening ceremony. Lara’s under 13 girls team progressed through the six round games, quarter finals, semi-finals and grand final undefeated, scoring 88 tries and only conceding three. From this competition, Lara was selected to play in the Queensland Barbarian team for the inaugural Queensland tri-series in June. We wish Lara all the best at this upcoming competition.

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Sport

Club Sport

Pacific Soccer
  • Uniforms
  • Sign-On Gifts
  • Pacific Soccer App
  • Rooball and Grading Games
  • Coaches and Managers
  • Pacific Soccer and Brisbane Roar Partnership
  • Pacific Soccer Committee 2017
  • How You Can Help...Volunteer!
  • Working Bee 

Click here to download the Pacific Soccer newsletter for this week.

Mr Matt Gigney, Pacific Soccer Secretary 

PLC Netball Club
  • Club Update
  • Key Dates

Click here to download the PLC Netball Club newsletter for this week.

Mr Trevor Colton, President PLC Netball Club

Uniform Shop

Opening Hours and Online Ordering

The Uniform Shop is open from 8.00am to 9.30am every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Orders can be placed online via and will be delivered to your child the following day.

Mrs Peta King, Uniform Shop Convenor

Church News

St Mark's Lutheran Church Caloundra


Pastor Ray Morris, St Mark’s Lutheran Church Caloundra

Upcoming Dates

24 Primary Lutheran Swim Carnival
26 St Mark's @ Pacific Grow and Share (9.30am)
27 Year 8-9 Theatre Incursion (9.00am - 10.30am)
28 Shrove Tuesday
1 Ash Wednesday
  Year 12 University Showcase Day
  Year 11 Driver Education Day
2 10-19yrs Regional Swim Carnival
3-5 Production Camp - Luther Heights (3.30pm Departure on Friday)
10 International Women's Day
  PLC Barn Dance
11 Safe Drive Australia Skills Day - Mt Cotton
16 Year 4-6 Foundation Cup
17 National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence
18 Academic Scholarship Test
  Year 11-12 Safe Driver Test
20 Year 7 Immunisation - Round 1
21 Friends of Pacific (7.00pm)
21-23 P-5 Conferences and Portfolios
22 Year 10-12 Drama Excusion - Queensland Theatre
23 Year 4-6 Foundation Cup
24 Year 11-12 HOSP Industry Day