Compass No. 624 September 2021

From the Principal

Rest, Connection and Rejuvenation

We need to ensure we build in good time for rest and connection with friends, family and nature in our weekly cycle. Holiday periods provide important time for us to change rhythm, rest and connect.  Taking time to connect with nature improves physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.  While there is growing research about the very significant positive effects that nature has on our health and wellbeing, I suspect that this is one of the many instances where the research is catching up with what we already intuitively know.  Many of us already enjoy the benefits that walking on the beach or through a forest, swimming in the sea, paddling or surfing, can bring.  Even pausing to watch a sunrise or sunset or listening to the birds sing early in the morning can shift our mindset.

Taking time to connect with nature provides time for us to connect with God as we appreciate His creation.  We can slow down and recognise the richness of life that we are immersed in.  While the electronic world moves at an ever-increasing pace, God is ever present in the magnitude and beauty of nature to refresh and rejuvenate mind, body and soul.

Principal's Log

Over the next week, families will receive copies of individual student Naplan results.  As a College we celebrate the performance of our Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 cohorts where there were many individual excellent performances.  All cohorts performed above state means in all areas and above national means in all areas other than Year 3 writing (PLC 416, Nat 425), Year 5 Writing (PLC 477, Nat 480), Yr 9 Writing (PLC 550, Nat 550.7) and Year 9 numeracy (PLC 587, Nat 587.9).   Pacific continues to have very high participation rates in these tests and they provide one piece of important data for the full range of our learners, their families and the College.  As a College, we examine and use results from an individual and cohort basis to plan for improvement in learning. 

We were excited to learn that our Year 8, 11 and 12 students will exhibit art works at the Maroochy Botanic Gardens Art Gallery over the holiday period.  The students took on the challenge to create a sense of wonder and awe and to encourage people to consider their connections to nature and its benefits through the pieces they produced.  The Year 8 students had the opportunity to draw animals they found at the gardens and to reflect on their colours, habitat and food.  Year 11 and 12 students had been inspired through their visits to the Mary Cairncross scenic reserve.  We thank Mrs Denise McMahon for her enriching leadership of learning in the visual arts and Mrs Marshall for curating the exhibition.  We would encourage families to enjoy the benefits of our botanic gardens and the creativity of our students through a visit to the gardens.

Our Year 11 and 12 students raised important funds and donated blankets and bedding to support the work of the Integrated Family and Youth Services (IFYS) through their participation in the Sleep Out for the Homeless last Friday night.  As well as supporting IFYS, students had the opportunity to appreciate the benefits of ready access to food, shelter and water in their daily lives.  We thank our senior students and teachers Mrs Leigh Finter, Mrs Leah Croke, Mrs Angela Hill and Mr Alex O’Connor for their leadership.

We celebrate that both Amedy Buchanan and Abigail Tracey have both very successfully completed their Young Endeavour sailing experience.  Both students are to be congratulated on their selection into this competitive program.  We also congratulate Amedy on being awarded the Young Endeavour Award which is presented to one participant for each voyage.  We look forward to hearing from both students about their adventure at an assembly and through the newsletter next term.

We wish the PLC Thoroughbreds Division 1 Team all the best for their grand final this weekend.  The final will be held at Caloundra District Netball courts on Saturday 18th September at 10.30am.  We hope to see a strong contingent of supporters.  We also thank all of the coaches, managers and umpires of our Saturday netball club for their commitment, and our parents for their support.  The Executive Committee for our PLC Netball Club has worked tirelessly over this past twelve months and we thank them for their leadership.  We particularly acknowledge the service of outgoing President, Mr Trevor Colton who has been very generous in his support of Club PLC netball in his role.  His passion, commitment, attention to detail and strategic focus has left the club with a firm foundation from which to build a very strong future. A special mention also to outgoing committee members Mrs Trisha McFadyen (Communications) and Ms Ann Johnston (Community) for everything they have done for PLC Netball.  We also thank our Head of Netball Development Mrs Michell Duffy for her commitment, passion and enthusiasm.

I hope that all staff, students and families find time to rest, connect and rejuvenate through the change of rhythm that school holidays provide.  We pray that God would enrich mind, body and soul through our connections with family, friends and nature.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal 

From the College Pastor

Pacific's Peace

The college will be celebrating its 20th birthday with a special chapel service for students, staff, parents, and guests early next term. In preparing for this service and thinking about the origins of our College’s name, I wondered what bible verse might sum up who we are?

The word Pacific means peace, so a few passages/stories from the New Testament about peace came to mind. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God from Matthew 5:9. The miracle story from the gospels of Jesus calming the storm after falling asleep in the boat with his anxious disciples. Alternatively, Philippians 4:7, which is sometimes heard in church services at the end of a pastor’s message; And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. However, the more I reflect on it, the more the words of Jesus from John 14:27 seem to sit well with my understanding of the culture of our school; Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. Or to condense it, Jesus says to his disciples and us; Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.

One of the things many people new to our community notice when they first walk around the school campus is its peacefulness. Physically no loud bells and public announcements are blaring from speakers around classrooms and buildings. The campus also is planned to take advantage of the green space of the ovals and the patch of rainforest on the edge of the site. Relationally we are a school that seeks to use restorative practices when there are broken relationships we have to work through. And at the core of our college is Jesus and the gifts he gives us as we live out our Christian identity as a learning organization.

Peace is one of the gifts that Jesus gives his followers. After he rose from the dead on Easter day, he said, “Peace be with you”. This peace Jesus gives us is unlike the peace we experience in the world. This gift is not the absence of conflict, but a deep sense of contentment and wholeness that infects all we do, say and be. This peace reassures us that we belong to God, and nothing will separate us from his loving presence with us. This verse from John, this peace from Jesus, gives meaning and shapes all our learning and living here at Pacific Lutheran College.

God bless you with his peace these holidays. 

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Head of Senior College Students

Finishing Well

“Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:4)

As the end of term approaches, it is important for all to persevere to the finish line.  It is very easy to see the light at the end of the tunnel and want to rush towards it, knowing that on the other side is rest; however, when it comes to finishing well, it means completing tasks well; it means wearing uniform proudly; it means conducting ourselves with integrity and emotional intelligence; it means being gentle and kind to others and most importantly ourselves.  The term will finish, that is fact; the work will get done, that is fact. It is the quality of the work and how we conduct ourselves on route towards that finish line that counts.

The end of the term has included a range of activity across the Senior College.  The Year 11 and 12s participated in the 3rd Senior Sleep out for the Homeless in the College Gymnasium on Friday 10th September.  The students raised $520 and donated bedding and blankets to support the important work of Integrated Family and Youth Services (IFYS).  These donations will support IFYS in their provision of crisis shelter and temporary accommodation for young people aged 16-25.  As a relatively cool evening, it provided a reflective opportunity for students to grow in their gratitude for the necessities of shelter, water and food.  Thank you to Mrs Leah Croke, Ms Angela Hill and Mr Alex O’Connor for their support and attendance.

As the Year 12s returned from their mock examinations they were welcomed back by their teachers and peers and treated to a morning tea slice on Monday from the tuckshop. 

As well as preparing for external examinations, the Years 12s have been rehearsing their Graduation song and dance skills in preparation for their formal in November.

I look forward to working with the 12s over the next few weeks to ensure their finish is everything that they have hoped and worked hard for.

Ms Leigh Finter, Head of Senior College Students

From the Head of Learning K-5

PAT Testing

During Term 3, students from Years 2 to 5 participated in Progressive Achievement Tests (PAT) in Mathematics and Reading Comprehension, designed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

PAT tests are designed to assess each students’ current capability against the appropriate standard for their age. Unlike NAPLAN, the PAT assessments are run each year in Term 1 and Term 3 and have instant results given to teachers. There is no student/parent report.

As student data is available to our school as soon as the student completes the test, it is a valuable and researched based source of information on each students development. We can immediately use PAT data towards better understanding each student in Maths and Reading. We also use the results to track each students development from year to year, noting what potential misconceptions reoccur. This information is then used to better tailor our teaching programs, communicating with students on their goal setting and in the celebration of growth.

The PAT testing process is explained to all students by teachers and should be not seen as a stressful pass or fail assessment. We do not teach to the test or promote unnecessary attention to the testing process. Instead, students will be encouraged to view the tests as a way for teachers to learn more about their capabilities and for the results to encourage better learning programs that will help them improve.

We also use the data as part of our selection criteria for creating extension groups.

Mrs Sue Zweck, Head of Learning K-5

From the Head of Career Development

Interested in a Career in TV or Radio? (Year 10, 11 and 12)

The USQ Television and Radio Two Day Experience on 21st and 22nd September is designed for years 10, 11 and 12 students who have a high interest in the industry and future aspirations to study a Bachelor of Communication and Media (Television and Radio) or a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film, Television and Radio).

Places are limited to 35 school students (25 Television and 10 Radio), who will have the opportunity to engage with USQ academics, Dr Ashley Jones and Spencer Howson, current students and our industry partners. The event will outline some of the opportunities and the future needs the industry is facing and give attendees a chance to experience the industry first-hand.

Parents are invited to the final session on Tuesday (2:45pm - 4:00pm), where students will present their TV program and Radio shows, and be presented with their Certificate of Attendance.

For more information and to register, go to

Bond University’s Personal Open Day (Year 11 and 12)

The Bond student experience is renowned for its personalised approach to education - and they want you to experience it all for yourself with an all-access pass to Bond.  Introducing Bond's Personal Open Day! 

Personal Open Day is all about you - your passions and ambitions - and is your opportunity to see how Bond can help you to realise your full potential. Year 11 and 12 students can access this exclusive experience by reserving your spot, and Bond will be in touch to create a fully personalised itinerary for you.

For more information or to register, go to

Bond University’s Personal Open Day (Year 11 and 12)

If you are interested in studying in the USA, there are a number of useful information webinars on offer over the holidays. These sessions provide information on how the application process works for US colleges (universities), or information on college sports scholarship pathways. The following sessions are available:

  • Student Information Session from Brown University, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania & Princeton University (all Ivy League universities): Saturday, September 18th, 10:00am AEST. Information & registration:
  • Study in the U.S. General Information Session - EducationUSA to provide an overview of the process for applying to U.S. universities. Relevant for all students. Wednesday September 22nd, 1:00pm AEST. Information & registration:
  • The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Pathway: Hear directly from a NJCAA representative to learn about their college sports pathway. This session is for students who are looking for a sporting scholarship. Tuesday September 28th, 10:00am AEST.  Information & registration:
  • The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Pathway. Hear directly from a NAIA representative to learn about their college sports options. This session is for students who are looking for a sporting scholarship. Wednesday September 29th, 10:00am AEST.  Information & registration:

Defence Force Recruiting information sessions (Year 10, 11 and 12)

Here are the details of upcoming Defence Careers information sessions on the Sunshine Coast.

Women in Defence – Careers and Coffee - Wednesday 29th September, 3:00pm at CK Wholefoods – Maroochydore Homemaker Centre.

Defence Careers - Thursday 29th September, 6:00pm at Rumba Resort, Caloundra.

Registrations are essential. To register for a session visit

Mrs Wanda Hayes, Head of Career Development

Food for Thought

15 Self Care Strategies for Parents

Taking care of your spiritual, physical, psychological, and social needs will help you feel your best so you can be the best parent you can be. It’s important to set aside a little bit of time for self-care even when you feel like you don’t have a single second to devote to yourself. While there are many different self-care strategies for parents, it’s important to experiment with them to figure out which strategies work best for you. Click on the link below for more information

Mrs Annie Williams College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Warm wishes to all our Pacific family for a safe and happy holiday. May the well-deserved break find us all rested up and prepared for an exciting and productive Term Four.

Aussie World Family Fun Night

Aussie World Family Fun Night 22 October 2021, 5 – 9pm

Aussie World Family Fun Night is fast approaching, so don’t forget to pre-purchase your tickets at Flexischools Aussie World Tickets or scan the QR code to link.  Only 5 weeks to go!

Quote of the Week

“Those who overcome great challenges will be changed, and often in unexpected ways.  For our struggles enter our lives as unwelcome guests, but they bring valuable gifts.  And once the pain subsides, the gifts remain.  These gifts are life’s true treasures, bought at great price, but cannot be acquired in any other way.”

- Steve Goodier.

Click here to follow our Friends of Pacific Facebook page.

Mrs Jenny Lee, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

College News

Ishmael at QPAC

A group of Year 9 Speech and Drama students had the chance to see a live theatre production of ‘Ishmael’ on Saturday at the Cremorne Theatre, QPAC. 

The play was a Dead Puppet Society production set in a futuristic world and based on the novel ‘Moby Dick’ by Herman Melville. What made this production unique was the fact that the audience had a full view of not only the actors performing, but also of the sides of the stage where they manipulated cameras focused on miniature sets. These camera shots of the miniatures were then projected onto the backdrop creating different scenes for the actors to perform in. 

We stayed for the actors’ Q&A at the end of the performance and got to hear all about the creative process from the directors of Dead Puppet Society. It was truly an amazing collaboration of multimedia, IT, art, music and drama. 

Mrs Lisa McKibben, Speech and Drama Tutor

Library News

Read an Ebook over the Holidays

Our middle and senior students have access to our ebook collection at by logging in with their school user name and students ID number.  If you’re looking for something to read over the holidays, why not browse our huge range of ebooks and download one to your device?

Study Guides for Senior Students

The library has purchased a number of study guides to assist senior students with their preparation for assessment, including the brand new Oxford Study Buddies.


Oxford Study Buddy


Cambridge Checkpoints

Dot Point




General Maths


Maths Methods


Specialist Maths









Physical Education






Legal Studies


Modern History




Ms Narelle Keen, Head of Library

Sport News

Competitive Sport Results







Snr A Boys





Snr B Girls (11s)





Snr C Girls (12B)

Grammar (Semi Final)




Snr D Girls (12A)





Int A Girls





Int C Blue Girls





Int C Navy Girls



Int D Green Girls

St Johns




Int D White Boys



Int E Green Boys





Int F Blue Boys





Jnr D Boys

St Johns




Jnr E Boys





Competitive Sports News


It doesn’t seem that long ago that the Netball season was finishing up, but we are now looking to prepare for 2022 to build on our strong efforts from this year. On Thursday 4th November, trials for the 2022 Monday Night Netball teams for Years 7 to 11 will be held at PLC Rear Courts from 3.15-4.30pm. We want all keen students to be there! Please contact Ms Michelle Dufty at if you have further questions.

SCISSA Rugby 7s and Soccer

Please note that the SCISSA Soccer and Rugby will start in Week 1 for some of our teams. Draws will be sent out to parents in the holidays.

Student Acknowledgement

Congratulations to Dion Owen for his successful campaign at the Sunshine Coast Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) Regional Championship on the weekend.
Dion placed 2nd all around in Level 6 Optional, with the following on each apparatus:
1st on vault, High-bar and p-bars
2nd on Floor, Pommel and rings

Dion will compete in the MAG state championships on the Gold Coast the first week of September school holidays. All the best Dion!

Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Sport

Junior Sport

3-on-3 Basketball Competition

During Monday and Tuesday lunch time this week, we hosted a 3 on 3 basketball competition for students in Years 2 and 3. The competition was keenly supported by students with plenty of teams battling it out over the two days.

There were some great team names and the interest and level of basketball is developing in the Junior College with many of these students also taking part in the current Junior Basketball Program on Wednesday afternoons.

Well done to the following teams who were overall champions at the end of the competition:

  • A Division – Thunder shoot
  • B Division – Minecraft Piggies
  • C Division – The Opals


Year 4-6 Junior Netball Development Program

In preparation for the 2022 Netball season, Michelle Dufty (PLC Netball Coordinator) is offering students in Years 4-6 the chance to participate in a Junior Netball Development Program in Term Four. These sessions will include the development of invaluable netball skills for the 2022 season.

Pacific Lutheran College Netball Programme for 2022 includes:

  • Year 4 - 6 SCISSA Netball
  • Year 7 Monday Night Netball Junior Competition
  • Queensland Primary School Cup Netball Carnival
  • Independent District / Sunshine Coast Regional Netball Trials / Teams
  • Queensland Vicki Wilson Shield Representation Netball
  • Saturday Club Netball

Dates and times are as follows:

Years 5-6

Skills Session 1                             7am – 8am           Tuesday 12th October                                    

Skills Session 2                             7am – 8am           Tuesday 19th October        

Skills Session 3                             7am – 8am           Tuesday 26th October        

Skills Session 4                             7am – 8am           Tuesday 2nd November

Year 4

Skills Session 1                             3:15-4:15pm         Wednesday 13th October                 

Skills Session 2                             3:15-4:15pm         Wednesday 20th October  

Skills Session 3                             3:15-4:15pm         Wednesday 27th October  

Skills Session 4                             3:15-4:15pm         Wednesday 3rd November

The cost of this 4-week program is $20 which includes a Netball for each student to take home.

These sessions are open to both girls and boys who may want to try Netball with the aim of further participation in this sport in 2022. At present boys can participate in the Primary School Cup competition, with further Netball competitions looking to include boys in the future.

If you are interested in registering your child for this program, please send an expression of interest email to either or  An information letter and registration details will be forwarded to you.

Years 1, 2 and 3 Have a Go Netball Sessions

During Term Four lunchtimes, students in Year 1, 2 and 3 will have the opportunity to take part in some lunchtime “Have a Go Netball Session”.

The aim of these sessions is to introduce students to netball in a fun environment and to encourage further student participation in the PLC 2022 Netball program for both school and club netball.

The lunch-time sessions will be run by Michelle Dufty (PLC Netball Coordinator) and PLC senior netball students. 

2021 ‘Have a Go’ Netball Lunch-time Session Dates:

Wednesday 13th October -            Pacific Lutheran College Gymnasium             1.00pm – 1.40pm

Wednesday 20th October -            Pacific Lutheran College Gymnasium             1.00pm – 1.40pm

Wednesday 27th October -            Pacific Lutheran College Gymnasium             1.00pm – 1.40pm

Wednesday 3rd November -           Pacific Lutheran College Gymnasium             1.00pm – 1.40pm

There is no additional cost associated with this program. If you are interested in registering your child for this program, please send an expression of interest email to either or  An information letter and registration details will be forwarded to you.

Year 2 to 5 Learn to Surf Program

As part of our school surfing program, we are pleased to announce that we will be offering a four week Learn to Surf Program for students in Years 2 – 5, during Term Four.

The program will be run through North Caloundra Surf School in conjunction with Pacific Lutheran College staff.  A range of topics will be covered in this four-week program including: reading ocean conditions, board handling and developing fundamental movements such as balance, agility and coordination.

Details of the program are as follows:

  • Monday mornings before school, 6:00am arrival for a 6:15am start. Sessions will conclude at 7:15am.
  • Program begins on Monday 18th October (Week 3) and runs through to Monday 8th November (Week 6).
  • Students will surf at various Caloundra beaches (Kings Beach, Dicky Beach, Happy Valley) depending upon conditions.
  • Parents are responsible for transport to and from the venue.

The cost of the program will be $20 per student which will cover four surfing sessions as well as use of a foam surfboard and wet shirt supplied through North Caloundra Surf School.

Participation in this program is limited with only 24 places available. Places will be given on a first served basis.

If you are interested in your child participating in this program, please email to register your child.

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Sport P-6

Club Sport

Pacific FC

2021 SCCSA Adermann Awards

Congratulations to the following Pacific players who received recognition at the SCCSA Adermann Awards Presentation last Friday night:

  • Tom Ackhurst (U13 Pacific Barracudas) was named the U13 Adermann Award Winner
  • Patrick Dale (U15 Pacific Eels) nominee award for the Terry Reynolds Representative Player of the Year
  • Alex Lee (U16 Pacific Cobras) nominee award for the Terry Reynolds Representative Player of the Year


The criteria used to select the nominees are, ‘a player who not only played soccer to his/her highest standard, but also was respectful to team members, coaching staff and referees, whilst approaching training and representative duties off the playing field in an exemplary manner’.

Congratulations to the following players who received their 10 Year Sunshine Coast Churches Soccer Association Award:


  • Cooper Whatham (U15 Eels)
  • Luke Harrys (U15 Eels)
  • Blake Dines (U15 Eels)
  • Macy Winter (U15 Eels)
  • Henry Friend (U16 Cobras)


  • Lachlan Whincop (U16 Cobras)
  • Alex Lee (U16 Cobras)

K3 Coaching Camp at PLC

Book now for the K3 Coaching September Holiday Camp at Pacific Lutheran College - Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th September 9am-12noon.

To register go to this link.

2022 SCCSA Representative Trials

The first trial for U9 (2013)-U18 (2004) groups will be held on the 23rd October from 3pm-6pm at two locations. After that first Saturday, the coaches will run a further two (or more) sessions midweek at a venue they have organised and we ask all players to try to attend all sessions. To register, go to this link.

Chaplain's Award Nominee’s at Sunshine Coast Churches Soccer Association Awards Night

The Chaplain's Award is presented each year to a volunteer, administrator, player, or group to provide an outstanding service to the community, including their involvement in soccer This year we had two of our hardest working yet extremely modest heroes nominated.

  • Nicole Harrys
  • Jenny Lee

Congratulations to these two power houses of the Club!

Mrs Rita Williams, Pacific FC President

St Mark’s Lutheran Church

Worship @ St Mark's

Sharing a common mission and ministry with Pacific Lutheran College

“Growing in faith and sharing God’s love with others”

Weekly worship services are held at 14 Bombala Terrace Caloundra at 9.00am. We are thankful that we are able to meet together each week for worship. As we do this, there are still physical distancing, signing in, and hygiene requirements we need to follow in order to ensure the health and safety of everyone in our community.

Our worship services are intergenerational with a blend of traditional and contemporary.

You’re welcome to follow us on Facebook and visit our Church webpage.

All are welcome at any of our services.

Pastor Ray Morris, St Mark’s Lutheran Church (0429 856 532 or

Upcoming Dates


17       K-12 Chapel

17       Term 3 Concludes


5         Term 4 Commences

7         Year 4-6 SCISSA Photos

7-8      Year 3 Outdoor Education Program (Alexandra Headland)

11       Year 4-6 SCISSA Training (3.15-4.15pm)

12       2022 Middle College Orientation Day

12       2022 Middle College Information Evening (6pm)

13-22  Year 11 Exams

16       20 Year Anniversary Chapel Service

18       Year 4-6 SCISSA Training (3.15-4.15pm)

18-29  Year 9 Outdoor Education Program (Kenilworth)

22       Grandparents and Friends Day

22       Aussie World Family Fun Night

25       Year 12 External Assessment Commences

25       Year 4-6 SCISSA Training (3.15-4.15pm)

26       Friends of Pacific (6.30pm)

27       Pacific Pulse Surf Contest

27          Year 12 2022 Information Evening (6pm)