Compass No. 505 August 2018

From the Principal

OCEANfest Generosity

There has been a tremendous generosity of spirit evident as we have prepared for this year’s OCEANfest.  Many parents have been working hard in the lead up to the carnival, organising stalls, year level activities, entertainment, food and logistics. 

Parents have donated very generously to the year level stalls and the year level baskets which were all amazing.  It was very difficult to differentiate between the baskets and so while we will award three equal winning baskets with class pizza parties, all P-6 students will receive an icy-pole as we did two years ago to say thank you.  The creativity and quality of the baskets and yes, the humour was great to see! 

We are now in the final phase with email communication detailing how parents and students can volunteer online, and purchase ride passes. Thank you for all that you have given and are doing in support of the OCEANfest preparations.  We are looking forward to a fun filled Aloha Festival.

Principal's Log

Earlier this week we farewelled our Seishin students who had enjoyed a week at the College.  We thank our host families, shadow students, staff and general community for the hospitality they shared with the Seishin visitors.  We also welcome two Seishin students, Mone Shimizu and Ririko Wada who will become part of our community for the remainder of this term.  They will join two Rotary International Exchange students Chloe Mear (France) and Camilla Barstad (Norway) who we also welcome warmly.  We particularly thank Mrs Michiko Hauser for her leadership of the sister school exchanges with Seishin.  Her attention to detail, heart for hospitality and professional understanding of Japanese culture ensures that all students, staff and families have the opportunity for rich learning experiences through these exchanges.

We congratulate Mr Wes Warner on his selection by the Google Earth Outreach team to lead a group of educators from the Asia Pacific region to develop resources and provide professional development on the new Google Earth.  Last week he travelled to Silicon Valley to join other educators from around the world to develop resources.  We look forward to Mr Warner sharing his expertise within our community.

There were many high-quality performances from our musicians as individuals and as part of ensemble groups at this year’s Eisteddfods.  We congratulate all of our musicians and in particular Elizabeth Wegener and Eden Williams who placed third in the Under 18’s class, our Junior String Ensemble who also placed third, our Junior Voices who received a highly commended and the Brass Ensemble who performed very well.  We congratulate all of our musicians and thank our music staff very capably led by Mr Adrian King and Mrs Aleisha Tuaine.

We were excited to see our netball teams perform strongly at the Vicki Wilson Cup last week, playing with a good level of skill, tenacity and sportsmanship.  We congratulate all players and their coaches Mrs Michelle Dufty, Ms Leigh Finter and Ms Mel Pietrala for the growth in College netball over the year.  It was particularly pleasing to see the Junior Navy team coached by Mrs Michelle Dufty reach the semifinals.

At the end of this year Mr Brendan Delaney will finish his role as Director of Students and Head of Middle College students at the College.  Mr Delaney has given great service to this community through his roles as Head of House as Head of Middle College students and then nine years in the combined role as Director of Students and Head of Middle College Students.  He has had a significant role in the shaping of the College culture through his strong leadership of the restorative processes and the incorporation of positive psychology into the College.  We look forward to more fully acknowledging the significant role Mr Delaney has played in supporting staff, students and their families at the end of year.

Mr Adrian King will be retiring as Head of Instrumental Music after 11 years of leadership of the College’s instrumental program and prior to that over 15 years as Head of Music at St James Choir School in the United Kingdom at the end of Term 3 this year.  Mr King’s passion for music, professionalism and excellent musicianship has seen the instrumental program at Pacific Lutheran College go from strength to strength.  Mr King has also made a very significant contribution to the culture of music on the Sunshine Coast through his leadership of various community ensembles and events.  The College will continue to benefit from Mr King’s excellent musicianship through his ongoing association with the College’s music and performing arts program.

The College will be advertising for these two positions over the weekend. We express our deep appreciation to both men for the very significant role they have played and pray that as they transition to this next phase they will have a strong sense of fulfilment in having served the people of this community generously and with great capacity.

May God grant us generous hearts to continue to support others in community.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

Be Couragous

During the week some of the students of our college showed great courage as they helped lead chapel. On Wednesday in Middle Senior Chapel one of our college captains took the risk of giving the message in front of his peers. It is rare for students to take the lead and present the message in chapel. Usually I do this as college pastor or a teacher, or another invited adult. Harrison Dines showed courage in doing this and in turn encouraged students and staff to take a risk and be courageous in doing the one thing that they are scared of, the one thing that is holding them back. It was great for students to see one of their own peers talk about the Bible reading and thread and relate it back to our own life and situation at school. And on Friday in Junior Foundation Chapel the older group of Kindy children from the Early Learning Centre showed great courage in leading chapel. This was the first time the Kindy children have lead a whole Friday chapel by themselves. The little ones showed great courage in speaking in front of such a large group of people.

At both these chapel services we heard these words from the Old Testament Book of Joshua; where the Lord said to Joshua; Be strong and courageous, Do not be frightened or discouraged for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9). This is a great verse to encourage courage in us. If you remember Joshua’s story; the people of Israel were challenged. Moses who had led them out of slavery in Egypt and through the desert wilderness was no longer with them. Joshua is chosen to take up the mantle of leadership and to push further with the Hebrews into the promised land. The expectations on Joshua are high. Not only does he have to follow in Moses’ footsteps, but he also has to lead the people into a new land that God promised them. God exhorts Joshua to be brave and courageous, to not be frightened or lose hope for he is with him wherever he goes.

That’s where courage comes from, outside of us. When we feel like Joshua and are afraid of whatever situation we face in life, it can easily seem like we can’t continue, we don’t have what it takes to face the challenge in front of us. We’re not good enough, strong enough, smart enough, powerful enough to conquer that fear and push past that barrier. But God’s promise to Joshua and to you is that we can be strong and courageous even in our fear and discouraging situations. We can be strong and courageous because Jesus is with us wherever we go. Jesus who died on the cross and rose from the grave promised his disciples before he left them, and he promises to you and me, I am with you always to the very end.

Be strong and courageous, Do not be frightened or discouraged for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)

Ps Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Director of Students

Seishin Visit

In a term when we are focusing on positive relationships it is important to reflect on our time spent with our sister school Seishin Gakuen from Kashima in Japan. Our first visit to Seishin occurred back in September 2005 when a group of Pacific students and staff visited Seishin Gakuen. I was lucky to be part of that group and the welcome made to us at Seishin was amazing. Since then the relationship has continued to grow positively through the bi-annual visits. This week it has been our turn to host Seishin staff and students.

A study of twentieth century history shows that when nations put their own interests first then the world can head to conflict and even war. Internationalism is a key philosophy that helps nations link together in a variety of ways from economic relationships to joint actions on environmental issue. Developing key relationships across borders can help keep everyone safe. The Gandhi foundation challenges us all individually and collectively to reach out and give our best so that others may be allowed to flourish in a world that was created for us all- every last one of us. This invitation to bring out the very best in others, and ourselves- to grow beyond the restrictive and limiting mindset that perpetuates a them and us mentality- is an invitation to participate fully in the spiritual gift of life.

Two Seishin Gakuen students from Year Ten will stay with us for the rest of this term. They are Mone Shimizu and Ririko Wada. We warmly welcome them to the Pacific community along with Chloe Mear from France and Camilla Barstad from Norway who join us on international exchange for the next twelve months.

Mr Brendan Delaney, Director of Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

P-5 Update

Chess continues to be a popular activity for students at the College. Chess lessons are run by Chess Mates after school on Tuesdays and large numbers of students are participating in tournaments and playing chess during breaks.  On Sunday, 5th August, the Sunshine Coast Women and Girls’ Chess Championships 2018 were held.  The tournament hosted by the Suncoast Chess Club, is one of the longest running events on the Coast Chess calendar, and again was a great success. A number of PLC students participated in the event. Congratulations to all participants and particularly the following students who placed or received awards.

  • U-10 Division -  Maddison Clues (Year 4) placed 1st
  • U-8 Division -     Hannah Walsh (Year 2) placed 2nd
  • Catherine Maclean (Year 2) placed 3rd
  • Ribbon Awards –Elizabeth Maclean (Year 6) Amelia Walsh (Year 2)

As part of the chess program at the College students can this week register for the Sunshine Coast Inter-School Teams Chess Tournament which will be on Monday 10th September at the Kawana Community Centre. 

Restorative Practices at PLC

At the College addressing any problem between students focuses on dealing with any issues which may arise through an emphasis on a restorative approach, developing resilience in students and creating a culture promoting students supporting each other rather than standing by.

The Restorative approach starts from the point of view of

  • What happened?
  • Who’s been harmed? and
  • What needs to happen to repair some of that harm?

In this approach to dealing with wrongdoing, the focus is on the harm that has been done and the obligation this brings on the part of those responsible to ‘right the wrong’ as much as possible. It’s an approach that seeks to develop in the wrongdoer an understanding of the breadth and depth of the harm their behavior has caused to others so that they can best try to make amends to those most affected. In this way, it’s an educative approach. It also ensures that those who have been most affected by the wrongdoing have the opportunity to be involved in working out what has to happen in order to move forward. 

Through a restorative approach (focused through restorative conferences and circles), conflict or wrongdoing is seen as causing harm to people and relationships, and there is an obligation first to repair this harm in order for the people involved to move forward. It is a way of educating students towards self-regulated right behavior that is respectful of all concerned. In particular, it puts the onus back on the wrongdoer to be truly accountable for their behavior and to repair any harm caused to others.

If students who treat others without respect fail to moderate their behavior after being given an opportunity to do so then a more punitive path which could ultimately lead to exclusion will be followed. As a footnote, research now clearly articulates that short-term ‘solutions’ alone, like punishing the student doing the bullying, do not improve the relationships and social factors which allow the bullying to happen. Although the bullying may stop in the short-term, unless these factors are addressed, it is very likely to reoccur or become covert.

P-2 Athletics

All P-2 students are busily preparing for their Athletics Carnival which will be held on Monday 3rd September.  The Carnival will start at 9am and will be completed by 10.30am. Parents are most welcome at this exciting event.

Year 4 Camp

Year 4 Camp will be held on 23rd and 24th August at Alex Park. A letter giving details of the camp, permission slips and medical forms was forwarded home last week. Should you have any questions regarding camp please contact your child’s teacher or myself.

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

Food for Thought

This is Your Child's Brain on Video Games


Learning this information can literally change the course of your child’s life, it also will help you as a parent to make informed and mindful screen management decisions and will help you from being swayed by cultural trends and misleading headlines. It puts you the parent in the driver’s seat.

While the world may have changed, how the brain responds to stress and what is needs to thrive has not.

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

One week to go! We’re counting down to Aloha OCEANfest 2018!


We have now collected the Cent Auctions baskets from the P-6 classes and are happy to announce that judging has taken place. Our winning classes are:

2G – Tanya Graves ‘Memory Making Arts & Craft’

4C – Scott Crompton ‘Death by Chocolate’

 6S – Linda Sydes ‘Pamper Dad Pack’


Dr Dolling was very impressed by the high standard of this year’s Cent Auctions Baskets.  As such, a three-way tie has been declared. These classes will each receive a Pizza Party and all classes will receive an icy pole! Mahalo and thank you to all families who have generously contributed towards the Cent Auction Baskets and PCG gift items. A selection of these baskets will be on display at the Coral Café Ticket Stall.


We have a fabulous line-up of entertainment on offer at OCEANfest 2018 with the Limelight finalists, PLC College choirs and bands as well as buskers! Plus, don’t miss Atete’s Hawaiian and Polynesian Show, SCPAC Dance, South East Self Defence Display, Dance Edge Studios, SJ Dance and Zumba by Ezyfit Health Club!


•           Visit Flexischools online before 5pm, August 16 or visit either of the Ticket Stalls outside the Coral Café and Prep tomorrow and through until next Thursday (10-16 August). To see all of the rides and amusements on offer, visit Flexischools or the Aloha OCEANfest 2018 Facebook page.


Pre-order your Aloha OCEANfest 2018 Tiki Grazing Box for Two via Flexischools! The amazing team from The Coral Cafe have created a sumptuous grazing box filled with an assortment of cheese, quince, dried fruits, delicious dip, homemade lavosh and crackers, cured meats, an assortment of fresh seasonal fruit and antipasto and finished with a touch of something sweet. This beautiful array will be garnished with organic edible flowers and micro herbs from our kind sponsor Sharon at The Greenshed Palmwoods. A huge thank you to all our generous sponsors, Fowler Lawyers, the #CoralCafe Pacific Lutheran College and The Greenshed. Pre-ordered boxes can be collected at the Tiki Bar on Friday, August 17 from 3.00-8.30pm.

RAFFLE TICKETS – over $15, 000 worth of prizes must be WON!

Visit Flexischools online to pay for your Raffle books or to order additional books. Did you know we also have loads of prizes for booksellers and buyers?  Don’t miss your chance to WIN a Weareco Uniform Gift Voucher or a lunch at La Maison du Patissier, plus more! Please return your book/s before Wednesday 15th August to the Main Office.


We have an amazing array of items that will be auctioned off in the TIKI Bar on Friday August 17! We thank our generous sponsors for making the BIG KAHUNA LIVE AUCTION an event not to be missed.


All College families will now have received an invitation from PLC Admin to volunteer at OCEANfest via The direct link to volunteer for the event is:

We encourage your family to sign up and support your parent reps with the year level stalls as they have spent considerable time organising and planning for OCEANfest.


Sponsorship of OCEANfest 2018 is a unique opportunity to connect with our ever growing and diverse community. Due to the success of previous OCEANfests, we have forged many strong partnerships that have enabled us to raise funds, support our community and our student's academic, sporting, social and cultural experiences. We are very thankful for Newwave Orthodontists, our Aloha Partner! To read more about the Dr Peter Miles and his practise, please click here.

We thank all our generous sponsors of Aloha OCEANfest 2018.


Our Father’s Day stall will be held on Wednesday, August 29 in both the Junior and Senior College. Gifts are $5.

NEXT FOP MEETING: Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Our next Friends of Pacific meeting will be held on Tuesday, 21 August from 6.30pm in the College Library.  All welcome to attend.

Outside School Hours Care

Country Investigation

This week at OSHC the children have been discovering where each other’s families are from. The children have investigated what countries their family originated from and have created flags from these countries which are displayed in our room. The children have now taken an interest about our country that we currently live in.  We have decided to take a trip around Australia to discover everything there is to discover about this beautiful country that we live in. We will begin on the Sunshine Coast, but our hardest decision is where do we head first, clockwise or anti clockwise? Come on in and join us for our trip of a life time.

Mrs Natalie Sorbello, Educational Leader

Secondary College

Author Visits

The lead up to Book Week has begun with a fantastic three days of author visits presenting to students from Prep to Year 8. Local author Aleesah Darlinson had the Prep-Year 2 students completely engaged in her energetic presentation which covered stories, animals, unicorns and more on Monday. Tuesday, we hosted Jess Black who is currently in Queensland from her home town of Newcastle. Jess kept the Year 3/4/5 students engrossed as she talked about her numerous series such as Keepers of the Crystals and Little Paws, her tips for writing and her love of animals. Simon Higgins was our guest on Wednesday for the Year 6/7/8 students. Simon has quite the following for his action/adventure books and intrigues his audience not only with his stories of his writing career but also his expertise in martial arts including his skill with the samurai sword.

As a real positive for all these sessions not only did the students all agree they gained so much insight, but all the authors commented on the excellent behavior and attention of our students. Thanks everyone for your forbearance with timetable disruptions for the author visits – which it would seem from feedback already received were a great success.

I’m sure many of the students have taken away some valuable ideas around literacy and writing – not to mention for the Middle students some great insights into Japanese culture, history and the uncanny abilities of ninja girls!

Coming up next – Book Fair!   [PIC: Jess Black]

Sue Warren, Teacher-Librarian

Escape Room Challenge

National Science Week is upon us once again and so are the mysteries.  It has been twelve months since our PLC Mock Murder Mystery and this year the challenge is a little different.  You are locked in a room and you must escape.  The only way out is to decode the clues, identify the four-digit code, then unlock the next lock which contains a schoology code with the next set of clues. 

Your first set of clues will be located on schoology and available to you at 6am Monday 13th August.  You need the following information to begin your escape plan.

Schoology; Escape Room:  2018; Access Code:  NRPVJ-JX88Q

You will probably want to consider printing off the clues and piecing them together that way.

Escape Room President


Robotics Club

Do you have expertise or an interest in engineering and robotics?

If you do and would like to work with our robotics club on Thursdays after school, we would love to hear from you.

The club is presently preparing for several competitions and any engineering assistance with our entries would be greatly appreciated.

If you would like to help, please contact: Janine Stone - phone contact: 54367341

Sponsorship Opportunities

Here at Pacific Lutheran College, we have a vibrant robotic club that has performed well in local and national competitions.  Recently, our Year 6-8 students came 3rd in the Sumo category at the Sunshine Coast Robotics Competition where they competed against senior students.

We are looking for businesses to sponsor this dynamic club.   There are 3 tiers of sponsorship for a 12-month period commencing at the start of 2019.  These levels are outlined below: 

Categories of Sponsorship

T-shirt Sponsor                 $100                      Only 4 available. Logo placement on the sleeve of all competition shirts + mention in the College social media posts.

Silver                                $250                      Only 2 available. Logo placement on the back of all competition shirts, +   mention in the College social media posts.

Robot Sponsor                 $1000                    Only 1 available, Prominent logo placement onthe front of all competition shirts (first and largest logo to be listed). 

Business name/logo displayed on the team robot and/or competition box and mention in the Collegesocial media posts.

If you are interested in any of the above sponsorship categories, please contact me via

Wes Warner, Head of Innovation, Entrepreneurialism and Business

Google Earth Outreach Event

Earlier this year I was selected by the Google Earth Outreach team to lead a group of educators from the APAC region to develop resources and provide professional development on the new Google Earth ( Last week I travelled to Silicon Valley in California to meet up with this group along with another forty passionate educators from around the world. 

The two-day workshop focused on developing resources and lesson plans for Google Earth.  These resources leveraged collaboration, critical and creative thinking skills which are important for the success of our students to survive in the 21st century.  These skills are elaborated in this document published by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority.  These resources created at this event will be published online in the near future for educators to use and to adapt.  Additionally, I will be providing PD for the staff of Pacific Lutheran College on how to use Google Earth in their classes.

I was very fortunate to connect with Jerome Burg who founded the not for profit organisation, Lit Trips.  Lit Trips mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth.  I have been in regular contact with Jerome regarding a similar project for Business case studies.

Mr Wes Warner, Head of Innovation, Entrepreneurialism and Business

Drama Department Soaks Up Professional Theatre Experiences

The last few weeks have been incredibly busy and rewarding for middle and senior drama students, who have experienced a wide range of events both inside and outside the college.

The Senior Drama students, as a part of their assessment have recently seen ‘Good Muslim Boy’ and ‘Jasper Jones’ at QPAC. Both plays, whilst sharing vastly different stories, challenged perceptions of cultural differences and offered tales of perseverance and courage, portrayed with sensitivity and empathy by the cast of Queensland Theatre actors. We were fortunate to have three of our Seishin visitors come along to the second play last week and we hope that they enjoyed the experience as much as we did.

In other events, the Year 12 Drama students were fortunate to have Amy from Shake and Stir Theatre Company deliver a two-hour workshop on Directing – equipping the students with the necessary tools required to confidently and effectively direct stage action. Our Year 8 cohort and Year 9 Semester Two drama students were yesterday fortunate to view the incursion of ‘The Stones’ by Shock Therapy Theatre Company. This was a powerful two-handed play about consequences, based on the true story of the death of a motorist at the hands of two adolescents pranking by throwing stones off a freeway overpass. The students were amazed at the versatile acting of Sam and Hayden from the company and it made them think on a deeper level regarding the innocence or guilt of the young boys.

Finally, next week sees Clint Bolster from Humonculous Theatre Company come to do a day-long workshop with the Year Ten Drama students on the 400-year-old style of comedy and satire, Commedia Dell ‘Arte. We hope that they enjoy the day and gain further understanding from Clint as an amazing performer and a professional in the area.

Mrs Janine Delaney, Head of Department Drama

Extension and Enrichment Program

Each year, Sunshine Coast Independent Primary Heads’ Association (SCIPHA) provides selected, talented Year 6 students with the opportunity to attend the ‘Buranga’ extension and enrichment program. Buranga encourages like-minded students to gather over two days to participate in workshops in one of 6 prescribed areas. The six areas include: Music (Chorale/Voice), Visual Art, English, Math, Science and Technology. Camp Buranga was an exciting opportunity for our students to work with others from a range of schools and to really engage intently for two days in a special interest area.  Students were flying drones, creating songs, designing surfboards, finding DNA and much more! A wonderful camp and memories for those students that will last a lifetime.


Mr Stuart Pohlner, Middle College Educator  

National Science Week - Circuit Work

This week is National Science Week. In Year 6 this term we have been learning about electricity. We have made circuits with light globes, small motors, switches, insulators, conductors and batteries. We have also been learning about renewable energy sources such as solar energy and why it is so much better than non-renewable resources such as coal. Each practical experience has presented us with a challenge. One week we were asked to make a Lego building or object and then add a circuit into it. We also needed to make a circuit with a switch. Our next practical lesson is to make a robot artist and then we will conduct a myth busters experiment. Our design task and main assessment for this term will be to use a circuit to power a real-life object such as a solar powered car, a light up t-shirt, an electric fence or even a car racing track.

Mrs Linda Sydes and the Year 6 Team, Middle College Teacher

Cultural News

Seishin Visit & Inbound Exchange!

After a short but eventful week, our sister school departed PLC to continue their travels around Australia. The tears and emotions which flowed through the farewell assembly on Monday morning was a reflection of the strong bond and friendships formed during the visit.

I would like to thank all our host families, shadow students and the PLC community for their help and support in continuing our strong international relations with Seishin. We look forward to catching up with the Seishin students and teachers next year, on the 2019 Japan Trip.

As we farewelled 20 students, Mone and Ririko are here to spend the rest of Term 3 at PLC to complete their studies. We look forward to seeing the girls in PLC uniforms, participating in our classes and wide range of co-curricular activities!

Michiko Hauser, Head of Japanese & Exchange Coordinator

From the Head of Career Development

Career News

PLC congratulate Ben Watson on achieving a High Distinction in Japanese through the USC Headstart program during Semester 1 whilst also undertaking his senior studies. Ben continues his Japanese studies during Semester 2 with his second Headstart course. Ben plans to study languages at USC upon the completion of year 1.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Traineeships at PLC

If you are considering commencing Vocational Education and Training through Certificate courses or Traineeships as part of your senior phase at Pacific, speak with Mr Learoyd our Head of VET about suitable options to match your preferred pathway. Some examples of training our past students have undertaken include: Trades, Hairdressing, Beauty, Business, Crime & Justice, Fashion Design, Health Support Services, Dental Assistant, Information, Media and Digital Technology, Early Childhood Education, Commercial Cookery, Sport and Recreation and Music. VET Certificates III or higher contribute to a student’s ATAR. Introductory courses for the trades can be accessed through the Sunshine Coast Technical Trade Training Centre one day per week. See details below for the upcoming information eve.

Sunshine Coast Technical Trade Training Centre (SCTTTC) Information Evening for courses on offer in 2019 will be held Thursday 16th August at 6.15pm – 7.30pm.  The evening will be an opportunity for students moving into years 11 and 12 and their parents/carers to gain an overview of SCTTTC and gain further information about the courses on offer, along with an opportunity to talk directly to the Trainers. Register your attendance via EMAIL: ADDRESS: 40 Bower Street, Caloundra 4551 (situated behind Caloundra SHS, opposite football fields)

Course offerings include:

  • Cert II Automotive Services (AUR20716)
  • Cert I Construction (CPC10111)
  •  Cert II Electrotechnology (Career Start) (UEE22011)
  • Cert II Plumbing (52700WA)
  • Aviation Start University Now (SUN) Studies – CQ University
  • Built Environment & Design Program (SUN) – CQ University

Performing Arts – QTAC

If you are applying for performing arts courses for QUT, UQ or Griffith University, then be mindful of the key dates through QTAC for booking auditions, interviews or portfolio submission. Fixed closing dates as early as August can be found on this QTAC link: Please contact Mrs Purcell if you are applying and we haven’t already spoken.

Griffith University Open Day is this Sunday 12th August including their South Bank campuses and the Conservatorium.

UQ Gatton Campus Open Day Sunday 19th August for Ag Science, Vet Science, Equine Science and more.

Tertiary Scholarships and Uni Campus Accommodation Scholarships are open. Don’t forget to research and apply. Information can be found on each University website.

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor

Junior Sport

4-6 SCISSA Sport

Monday afterschool training will be on again next Monday 13th August. Afterschool training is from 3.15 – 4.15pm and the training dates can be found on the College calendar.  

Please note that water polo students train each Monday afternoon at the Kawana Aquatic Centre. Students will be transported to training by College bus, but parents will need to pick up their child at the completion of training at 4.15pm.  These students need to meet out on the front school oval by 3.10pm at the latest.

p-2 Athletics Carnival

Just a short note to let all families know that the P-2 Athletics carnival will be held later this term on Monday 3rd September as listed on the College Calendar. The carnival will run from 8.50 – 10.30am on the main oval.

Student Success

Well done to Seb Carter from Year 6 who recently represented the Sunshine Coast in the 2018 Queensland 10-12 years State Golf Championships which were played at the Kingaroy Golf Club and Nanango Golf Club. Seb played well throughout the tournament hitting the following scores over the four rounds.

Day 1: 9 holes @ Nanango:                          49

Day 2: 18 holes @ Kingaroy:                        97

Day 3: 18 holes @ Kingaroy:                        94

Day 4: 9 holes @ Nanango:                          45

Players had to play off the men’s tee’s during each round. Unfortunately, Seb missed the cut to qualify for the national championship this year but he is already looking forward to next year where he hopes to be part of the championships once again.

Congratulations to Eamon Mahoney from Year 7 who last week represented the Sunshine Coast Region at the Under 12 Queensland Rugby Union Championships in Cairns. The games were played in hot tropical conditions with Eamon’s Sunshine Coast team progressing through to the Semi Finals of the competition. Here they played a very big Darling Downs team who were a little too strong for the Sunshine Coast team.

As a result, the Sunshine Coast team played off in a third/fourth playoff against Metropolitan North. Unfortunately, Sunshine Coast went down in a close game 10 -7 but Eamon still enjoyed the experience and was able to form some great friendships from the experience.    Well done to Eamon! 

Darren Hooper, Head of Junior Sport

Secondary Sport

Year 7 - 12 Water Polo







Junior Girls

Mrs Elliot, #Brad





Paige Whincop

Junior Boys

Mr Kersnovske


Siena 1



Henry Friend

Senior Girls

Mr Jones





Karla Lowe

7-12 SCISSA Wednesday 8th August 9 Results








Junior Girls

Mr Hooper






Junior Boys

Mr Cummins





Sam Williams

Senior Girls

Ms Finter





Caley Williams


Senior Boys

Mr Danzey







Mr Brett Kersovske, Head of Sport

Club Sport

PLC Netball

Last Saturday CDNA visited PLC for the round and with the fine weather, it was a great day out for all.  A special thank you to all of the soccer and netball parents, players and friends who worked to make the day the success that it was.

This weekend the Club will play in the CDNA Club Carnival.  This is an opportunity to baseline ourselves against teams from outside of CDNA.

Congratulations to Tayla Gorham on being presented with her National C Umpiring badge.  This is the first time a ‘home grown’ PLC Umpire has progressed to a National C umpiring level.  As our senior umpire, Tayla is responsible for the training and development of the club’s 16 junior umpires.      

Our players of the week are:

  • PLC Mighty Mares – Nina Stokes;
  • PLC Almighty Appaloosas – Taylah Jelfs;
  • PLC Thoroughbreds – Tayla Gorham;
  • PLC Arabians – Evy Way;
  • PLC Ponies – Kirra Burdett-Cluer;
  • PLC Palominos – Poppy Schreiweis;
  • PLC Mustangs – Kahlia Taylor; and
  • PLC Pintos – Erin Lund.

Mr Trevor Colton, PLC Netball President

Pacific FC Update

Saturday August - 4 Games

We had a fantastic and busy day on Saturday with our second combined Football/Netball Day.  On a fantastic Sunshine Coast winter’s day, we had kids playing sport and families all enjoying themselves. We thank our wonderful photographer, Shannon Russell, for truly capturing the spirit of our players in action. To read more please click here…



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


Volunteers Required!

Calling all parents, grandparents and friends of the Pacific community! If you can volunteer for only 45 minutes, (from 12.45 to 1.30pm) then we'd love to hear from you! We have volunteer positions available to serve at the front counter.  We would love to see some new faces at the Tuckshop this term! Your time and effort will be most appreciated by staff and students. If you are unsure about what is involved, please feel free to pop in, meet our Tuckshop Convenor and have a look around. There are jobs to suit everyone and it’s a great way to meet new people and lend a helping hand. Click here to download the Volunteer Form.

Ms Carrie Dickson, Tuckshop Convenor

General Notices

Bike Racks

On Monday 13 August, the bike-racks will be moved next to J block to cater for OCEANfest.

Mr Michael Vidulich, Property Manager                      

LLL Banking

Pacific provides opportunities for children and parents to operate savings accounts with the Lutheran Laypeople’s League (LLL). The LLL is a non-profit financial institution established in 1921. All LLL Deposit Accounts are ‘at call’ accounts and there are no fees or charges. All LLL deposit accounts have an attractive rate of interest with no ‘Bonus’ rate hurdles to jump.  The LLL pays a $5 gift to the first savings account opened for the child.  Deposits can be made through the College’s Business Office each Tuesday before school. To find out more, visit the Business Office.

Upcoming Dates


9          Australian Mathematics Competition

12        Thread: Parent Involvement in School.

            PERMA: Accomplishment, Engagement

            St Mark’s @ Bombala Hymns – We Love

13        Trimester 3 Commences

            Yrs 4 - 6 SCISSA Training (3.15-4.15pm)

            Yrs 7-12 Schools Water Polo Begins

14        Junior College Science Expo

            ICAS Mathematics Competition