Compass No. 632 November 2021

From the Principal

Deep Connections Have Enhanced Agency

One of the great strengths at Pacific is the very strong partnerships and connections that exist between College Council, staff, students and parents. This year has been a very good year where we have celebrated the growth in our young people, staff and the growth of the College over its 20-year history.  We have an amazing team of teachers who have had a very strong focus on connecting with and supporting the very best learning within our young people.  We are blessed to have a team of teachers who are continually open to reflecting deeply, to growing their craft and exploring innovative ways to better equip young people to grow their agency and thrive as students and into the future. Our support staff have provided tremendous service to our community, often going well beyond what would be expected and have also led improved practices within the College. Our parents have connected strongly to support their children’s growth and learning and provided greater opportunity through a range of voluntary roles within the College. Our College Council has been thoughtful and future focused and provided strong effective leadership. Our students have engaged with enthusiasm and goodwill and brought a rich culture to life. One of the great joys of working within education is to see young people continually extending themselves, enhancing their agency and growing across all areas of life. It is energising!

Thank you to the College Council, staff, students and parents for your goodwill and connection.  We thank God for the people He has brought into our community and their hearts for deep connection and service. God has blessed us richly as individuals and as community. We say a prayer of deep gratitude for all He has given us. 

Principal's Log

Our community enjoyed the opportunity to join with our Year 12 students of 2021 and their families as they celebrated their Graduation, Farewell Chapel and Formal. The dignity, warmth, gratitude, energy and sense of joy at each of these occasions made them memorable times of celebration and connection. We thank our 2021 cohort for the wonderful way in which they finished and wish them well as they now move forward into the next phase of their lives. We thank all of the teachers and staff who have contributed so positively to their growth, and the parents for their trust and faith in the College and their contribution to College life. We thank Head of Senior College Students, Ms Leigh Finter and Office Manager, Mrs Leanne Bevis for their leadership and all staff who assisted in making these celebrations such a rich community experience.

A strong buzz of energy and excitement flowed as the Year 6 Pacific Plus students shared their learnings with teachers, parents, peers and students from other year levels.  The invitational program trialed this year with Year 6 students, provided the opportunity for highly able students to delve deeply into an area of inquiry. The inquiry projects included: "Where do forgotten thoughts go?", "What would the world look like if we advanced in air travel with the same concepts used for road travel?", "How can I change Da Vinci's flight machine to work and possibly be used in the future?", "Can I create travel with sound?" and "How do magpies recognise us?".  “Pacific Plus is an extension and enrichment program for highly able learners with a focus on developing connections with like-minded peers, embracing academic talent and contributing to a culture of academic excellence”.  We thank Mrs Jo Belchamber and Mrs Adele Byerlee and their team for this very successful innovation for 2021. We look forward to its extension into Year 6, 7 and 8 in 2022. 

Congratulations to Year 10 student Ella Jarick who achieved recognition in the 2021 Poem Forest competition. This Australia-wide competition attracted over 5000 entries and Ella was among the fourteen students who were acknowledged. Her poem ‘The Reawakening’ was Highly Commended in the Upper Secondary division. This is a remarkable achievement. You can read her poem here. We congratulate all of our Mathematics students who performed well in various competitions throughout the year including Year 11 student Noah Winten and Year 7 student Oliver Friend who achieved High Distinctions in the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC). We also congratulate students who received Distinctions in the AMC and in the ICAS Mathematics competition.

We farewell a number of staff at the end of the year.  It is a testament to the rich culture of learning at the College that many of these staff are taking on new leadership opportunities within and outside of the College.

We thank outgoing Director of Staff, Ms Marg Gunn for her positive, encouraging and supportive leadership of staff and attention to detail in the day to day running of the College. Her very generous gift of time has seen a significant improvement in a range of processes and the co-curricular culture of the College. Staff and students have greatly appreciated her warmth and support. 

We thank outgoing Heads of Department, Mrs Tina Cox as Head of English, Mrs Janine Delaney as Head of Drama, Mrs Elley Wood as Head of Humanities and Mrs Aleisha Tuaine as Head of Music. Each of these women have strongly and very capably led a strong culture of learning and growth within their areas of responsibility and made a very valuable contribution to shaping the College culture. They have all grown their departments from simple beginnings to those of strength within the College and been generous with their time to support co-curricular activities. The strong relationships they have formed with staff and students have been greatly valued. We thank Mrs Cox for her leadership of English, the nurturing of debating and public speaking and commitment to the growth of our learning culture, Mrs Elley Wood for her leadership of the Humanities Department that has included commitment to the enhancement of high quality, rich and relevant learning opportunities, Mrs Delaney for her growth of a high quality and engaging performing arts culture and Mrs Aleisha Tuaine for the growth of a vibrant music culture. We look forward to Mrs Delaney continuing to share her talent as the Director of our senior productions. We congratulate Mr Alex O’Connor (Middle and Senior Mathematics and Science teacher) on his appointment as Head of Mathematics at Mt Maria College and thank him for his leadership of debating and generous contribution to the co-curricular program of the College including the senior productions and sport.  We also express our appreciation to P-12 music teacher Mr David Simpfendorfer who is moving to Adelaide with his family. Mr Simpfendorfer has brought enthusiasm and energy to all that he does and we thank him for his generous support of our class and co-curricular program including the Chapel band.

We wish Mrs Cox, Mrs Delaney and Mr Simpfendorfer every blessing as they move to a new phase of life and Mrs Wood, Mrs Tuaine, Mr O’Connor and Ms Gunn all the best as they take up new leadership opportunities.

We thank Mrs Rae Hall for her calm, thoughtful and focused leadership as Head of Learning Middle College since 2012. Mrs Hall has contributed very strongly to the shaping of the Culture of Thinking and the professional development of teachers to provide a vibrant and contemporary approach to learning. We also thank Mrs Jo Belchamber for her very professional leadership of the Learning Enrichment area since 2016. Mrs Belchamber has led the enhancement of opportunities, and professional development of teachers to cater for the diversity of learners including more able students.  We thank Mr Mark Hauser for his strong and capable leadership as Head of Senior College Students. His development of student leadership at the senior level was greatly appreciated and set new traditions. Parents, staff and students have benefitted from the generosity of time, strong support and capable leadership provided by these staff. We wish Mrs Belchamber, Mrs Hall and Mr Hauser all the best as they take on new roles at the College in 2022 as Head of Learning Middle College, Head of English and Chaplain.

We wish Mrs Colleen Beattie and Mrs Abigail Blessing every blessing as they take maternity leave next year and welcome new babies into their families.  We also wish a time of rejuvenation and rest to Mr Ben Dutton who will be taking long service leave in Term 1 of 2022. 

Due to expanding enrolments and staff changes, we look forward to welcoming the following highly capable leaders and teachers in 2022.  Mrs Kim Bonello Director of Staff (Head of Business, and Year 12 Co-Ordinator, Prince of Peace Lutheran College, Everton Hills), Mrs Chantal McAllister, Head of Learning Enrichment P-12 (Senior Manager Differentiation, and EAL/D and Gifted and Talented, Northern Territory Department of Education), Mrs Carlie Purkis, Head of Music (Acting Head of Music Trinity Grammar, Summer Hill, Sydney), Mr Philip Wyatt Head of Humanities (currently Matthew Flinders Anglican College, previously Head of Humanities at Christchurch Boys’ High School), Mrs Lisa Stevens, Middle and Senior College Drama teacher (Magdalene Catholic College, previously Head of Drama at Abbotsleigh College, Wahroonga, experienced HSC marker), Mrs Gillian Haylock, Middle and Senior College English Teacher (Immanuel Lutheran College, Maroochydore), Mrs Holly Gricks, Middle and Senior College Christian Studies teacher (Immanuel Lutheran College, Adelaide), Ms Patricia Barone, Middle and Senior Mathematics (Grace Lutheran College, previously Coordinator of Mathematics, Caboolture campus), Mr Paul Cusick P-12 Music Teacher (Good Shepherd Lutheran College,) Ms Rebecca Abnett Middle and Senior Mathematics and Science teacher (Kawana State College), Mr Graham Kanowski, Middle and Senior College Mathematics and Science, Ms Lucy Comerford Hospitality teacher, Mr Ben Stewart Industrial Technology and Design Teacher and Mrs Leonie Prout Foundation College teacher (returning from leave).

We look forward to welcoming these new staff into our community and wish all staff, students and parents a happy and blessed Christmas.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal 

From the College Pastor

A Christmas Blessing

As the school year draws to a close, the Junior School prepares for the Carols Night this week, and as we participate in Closing Services next week, here is a blessing for our community. These words come from a song written by a pastor and a musician familiar to many Lutherans in Australia. It is called “A Christmas Blessing” and is a beautiful insight into the message of Christmas, that Christ came as a child to reconnect us to God. This very human God, who walks with us, holds us, hears us and smiles over us, gives us himself this Christmas.     

May the feet of God walk with you,

and his hand hold you tight.

May the eye of God rest on you,

and his ear hear your cry.

May the smile of God be for you,

and his breath give you life.

May the Child of God grow in you,

and his love bring you home.

Aubrey Podlich and Robin Mann, 1983

Mr Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Head of Senior College Students

Year 12s Farewelled

Last week we celebrated the graduates of 2021, commencing with a ‘Connection and Celebration’ BBQ breakfast on Tuesday 16th November, hosted by our Year 12 students. The week continued with a 3-day Alternate Program, which included presentations by Red Frogs and Headspace; completion of individual Graduation art tiles; the planting of a tree with Year 2 buddies; Graduation; Final Chapel; Guard of Honour and finally, the Formal. 

A huge congratulations to the graduates of 2021.  My hope and wish is that your final days as a Pacific student are cherished forever and that when you do reflect on your time as a student a PLC, your memories are filled with joy and love. 

Year 10 Leadership Day 2

On Tuesday 23rd November it was the Year 10 cohorts turn to connect at their second Leadership Day, run by Lutheran Youth Queensland. An aim of the second Leadership Day was to grow students’ agency and develop a sense of cohesion as they approach Year 11 in 2022.  They were given time to reflect on their transition from a middle college student, into senior college and now, as they approach their final two years as a student at Pacific. The students also enjoyed and appreciated this time together at the end of a very busy year, focusing on how they can continue the legacy of strong connection, cohesion and senior student leadership.

Finishing with High Expectations

With only a few days left on the College calendar, it is important that students continue demonstrating high expectations of learning, behaviour and uniform standards to finish the 2021 school year.  Students were reminded at this week’s Middle and Senior College assembly about maintaining high expectations, including wearing the correct PLC socks, no skate shoes and specific hats with each uniform. It will be an expectation that all students commence 2022 wearing correct shoes (sports shoes that provide arch support), correct PLC socks, correct hats with correlating sports or formal uniforms, neat and tidy hair as per College policy.  Students must only wear one stud or sleeper and no other additional jewelry or make up (other than a cross chain).  I encourage all students to make appointments with the Uniform Shop before the conclusion of the school year to organise these uniforms so that they are ready for the start of the 2022 school year. 

On Tuesday 30th November, the College concludes with the Closing Service, held at the Caloundra Event Centre, commencing at 6:30pm. Students are expected to arrive at 6:00pm. It is a College expectation that all students attend this very important College event. Students not attending are required to inform their Head of House or Year 6 teacher via email correspondence before Tuesday, Week 9. Thank you for supporting the Closing Service and its important role in celebrating, reflecting and acknowledging individual and collective achievements throughout 2021.

God bless and Merry Christmas.

Ms Leigh Finter, Head of Senior College Students 

From the Head of Learning K-5

Thank you!

2021 has been filled with exciting adventures and new learning for everyone.

A huge thank you to our parents, school families and wider community who have supported Pacific Lutheran College during the year. Your time, expertise and support has helped make our year such a good one and we are extremely grateful.

What I notice most about Pacific is the way families support each other and look out for each other's children. They say it takes a village to raise a child and that is certainly the approach many of you have.

What we do wouldn’t be possible without an amazing team of support staff and teachers. We work well together; we have great vision for our school and where it is heading. It is such a privilege to work alongside you all. As a team we are excited about 2022 and the great things we have planned. 

We are blessed to have such a wonderful College, an exceptional teaching team, huge community support and the greatest students around - lets be proud of our year and all we have achieved. 

Gods richest blessing for a safe and relaxing break. May you rejoice in the birth of Jesus this Christmas.

Mrs Sue Zweck, Head of Learning K-5

From the Head of Learning Enrichment

Pacific Plus

This week, our Year 6 Pacific Plus students presented the findings of their independent inquiry projects at a showcase presentation.

The showcase was a culminating event at the end of a deep learning experience conducted throughout the term. Students generated their own research proposal and designed the creative presentation of their findings in less than 500 words.

Some of the inquiry projects included: "Where do forgotten thoughts go?", "What would the world look like if we advanced in air travel with the same concepts used for road travel?", "How can I change Da Vinci's flight machine to work and possibly be used in the future?", "Can I create travel with sound?" and "How do magpies recognise us?".

Pacific Plus is an extension and enrichment program for highly able learners with a focus on developing connections with like-minded peers, embracing academic talent and contributing to a culture of academic excellence.

Mrs Jo Belchamber, Head of Learning Enrichment

From the Head of Mathematics

Queensland Association of Mathematics Teachers Maths Quiz (QAMT)

The QAMT is a state-wide competition consisting of teams made up of at least one student from the lower year level. This year we competed on campus for the first round and both the Year 5/6 and 7/8 divisions were selected to compete at the regional finals. Thank you to Mr Andrew Block who coordinated the competition.

Well done to the Year 7/8 teams of Emily Studiman, Ellie Bauer and Orly Sillar and the Year 5/6 teams of Madison French, Flynn Weule, Chloe Haas, Abby Novosel, Henry Greene and Grace Healy.

This year both of our main competitions were completed online using a similar platform to next year’s online NAPLAN testing. Certificates and an individual analysis were awarded at assembly or in class this week. The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC), tests everything from basic numeracy skills through to advanced problem solving and is a benchmark for mathematical ability throughout the Pacific and South-East Asia. Students were nominated for this competition and congratulations go to the following award recipients:

Best in School Award - Nathan Russell, Year 6 who has also been awarded a Distinction and Noah Winten, Year 11 who has also been awarded a High Distinction.

High Distinctions - Oliver Friend, Year 7

Distinction certificates are awarded to students who are in the top 20% of their year and region.

Congratulations to the following students:

Year 6 Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

Harper Hogg

Ella Mulhearn Lilly Cooper Phoebe Shearer

Li-Yu Yang Carter Boland Kai McCulloch   Ned Pelto

Tyler Stocker Aidan Mathew Naima Collett

Elena Butler


Marco Huen

Ezekiele Bautista Amedy Buchanan  Thomas Jackson

Ben McCormac

Daniel Whittingham William Whittingham               

Charles Box Liam Russell

Sam Williams

Cooper Schwab


ICAS Mathematics

All students in Years 6 to 9 joined nominations from the other years to compete in ICAS (International Competitions and Assessment for Schools) Mathematics. Due to COVID, sitting periods were extended across Australia and as such we have only just received our senior results.

A Distinction certificate is awarded to a student achieving in the top 11% of participants. Congratulations to the following recipients:

Noah Winten, Year 11, Ezekiel Bautista, Year 10 and Li-Yu Yang, Year 7.

Congratulations to the following Junior school recipients: Kimika Conrad, Year 5; Jessica Murphy, Marcel Patullo, Lucas von Plessen, Year 4; Louise Greene, Scarlett van den Hurk, Ashlan Hill, Vivienne Padwick and Machado Sully, Year 3.

All competing students receive a report on the back of the certificate outlining how they went in each question and their performance relative to Australia and you can now access this information and a topic analysis.  Please remember that, unlike Pacific, many schools have only their highest performing students compete. The paper report includes a ten-digit ICAS ID number (known as the TAP ID) and four digit PIN number (both found towards the bottom of the report), which can be used to access results online. To do this, simply visit the website . At the top right of the home page, click on ‘portals’ and 'results portal' and scroll down to student results. Then enter your child's ten-digit ID number and four-digit PIN number. Access is then granted to the online portal.

We congratulate all these students on their fine achievement.

If students are interested in competing in any of the competitions offered, please ensure they sign up next year as they are announced in daily notices.

Mrs Patricia Hosking, Head of Mathematics

Food for Thought

How to Teach Children about their Feelings

Children who understand their emotions are less likely to act out by using temper tantrums, aggression, and defiance to express themselves. A child who can say, “I’m mad at you,” is less likely to hit. And a child who can say, “that hurts my feelings,” is better equipped to resolve conflict peacefully. Teaching your child about his/her emotions will help them become mentally strong. Children who understand their emotions and have the coping skills to deal with them will be confident that they can handle whatever life throws their way. Click on the link for more information

Mrs Annie Williams College Counsellor 

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

As the year draws to a close, Friends of Pacific wish all Pacific families a safe and joyous Christmas. Thank you for your support throughout the year and we look forward to welcoming new families to the college in 2022 at the PLC New Families Welcome Breakfast on Friday 28th January.

Click here to follow our Friends of Pacific Facebook page.

Mrs Jenny Lee, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

College News

Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop will be closing for appointments on Friday 26th November.

The Uniform Shop reopens on 10th January from 9am to 3pm. Appointments are essential and can be made via Main Reception. Flexischool orders close Thursday 25th November and reopen 27th January.  Any orders placed for the 27th will be processed when the shop opens for trade from January 10th 2022 and will be available for collection from the Main Office once you have received an email advising it is ready.

Mrs Peta King, Uniform Shop

Back to School packs

A reminder that Pacific Lutheran College back to school packs 2022 are now online. Please see attached flyer for ordering steps and details.

Bus Booking Forms

A reminder to parents to submit the bus booking forms for next year. We will now have buses on all four routes to accommodate for more students.

Hinterland 2022

North 2022

Pelican 2022

South 2022

Library News

Holiday Borrowing

Students who have returned all their books for this year may borrow as many books as they like this week for the holidays. Parents were emailed overdue notices last week. Please check that all of your children’s books have been returned.

Activities in the Library

Primary students last week were creating bubble blowers, while secondary students were using lavender and oatmeal to create bath soaks. This week all ages had the opportunity to make Christmas cards, decorate gift bags and play the Santa Simulator in virtual reality where they flew Santa’s sleigh and competed to throw presents down the chimney. Students have also loved spotting our elf-on-the-shelf each day as he moves to a different area of the library.

Ms Narelle Keen, Head of Library

Sport News

Aspire Basketball Academy Holidays and Programs

The attached brochure outlines details for the upcoming opening of Aspire Basketball Academy on 5th December. It is going to be a fun family day out with lots of awesome prizes. The brochure also details information for the Aspire Wolves Mini Basket 3-day Camp in December suited to Year 4, 5 and 6.

Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Sport 

Club Sport

PLC Netball Club

Registrations for our 2022 netball season will be open soon via the Netball Connect application. More details about registration will be provided via our Facebook and Instagram pages in the coming weeks.

Our 2022 season will officially kick off with a face-to-face registration day at the Caloundra Stadium, and club trials at PLC in February, with the first games held in early March.

In preparation for next season, our club is seeking motivated coaches or anyone who would like to be involved in the PLC Netball club through sponsorship opportunities. This is a great way to be involved in the sport and wider PLC community.

If you would like more information on either of these opportunities, please contact us via email at

Pacific FC

There are opportunities for new people to step into key positions within Pacific FC and all parents are encouraged to nominate for a position. Pacific FC can’t run without a strong volunteer base. We look forward to having some new faces be part of the team to ensure that this fantastic community club continues to grow and develop.

Nominate for the position of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary or Registrar to ensure Pacific FC can field teams in 2022.

What's Ahead?

  • Development of an all-abilities program
  • Walking soccer program
  • Adoption of a new governance model proposed by Pacific Lutheran College
  • Continuing growth of Pacific FC as a point of strong connection, engagement and skill development 

You can make a difference as a volunteer: 

  • Coach
  • Co-Coach
  • Manager
  • Team Assistant
  • Coaching Director
  • Canteen Coordinator or Assistant
  • Grounds Coordinator or team member
  • Uniform and Sponsorship Team
  • General Committee Member
  • Executive Committee Member 
  • Representative coach for the U18 age division

PFC is committed to a place where positivity, patience, and persistence flourish.

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


25        Year 9 Rite Journey Homecoming (5pm)

26        K-5 Carols Evening (5pm)

29        P-5 Closing Service

30        Year 6-11 Closing Service

            Academic Year Concludes