Compass No 636 - February 2022

From the Principal

What Can We Learn?

“What can we learn?”  This is a really powerful question that focuses on hope and possibility.  Developing the habit of asking this key question enables us to maintain a hope-filled, growth orientated approach in times of success and challenge.  In times of success it helps us to maintain momentum and build on the success by identifying contributing factors.  In times of challenge, we move beyond the fight or flight section of our brains and engage in thinking. We learn most when we make mistakes. Growing this habit of recognising our mistakes and seeing it as an opportunity to learn, enables us to negotiate life calmly and purposefully. In relationships at home, at school and at work, asking and answering this question together, shifts people from blame and inaction to collaborative action for improvement. Through exploring and acting on this question together, relationships are strengthened, and better futures are built.

God invites us to grow and learn through all the circumstances in life. His grace speaks most strongly to us in times where mistakes are made.  Learning how to accept God’s forgiveness, forgive ourselves and others and to learn from our shared experience is at the core of living a grace filled life.  God invites us to come into relationship with Him through reflecting on the stories within the Bible and asking the question, “What can we learn?”.  Rather than giving us a list of instructions, God invites us to think and learn as we engage with these stories. The stories speak differently to us in our varying circumstances as we grow. God’s promise of love and forgiveness is a powerful source of hope.

Principal's Log

It has been exciting to see our students engage with sport, academic and cultural co-curricular activities over the past fortnight.  Engagement in these activities strengthens connections, provides shared enjoyment, deepens our sense of personal awareness and enhances our capability in many dimensions of life. Being fully engaged in the breadth of opportunity at the College strengthens the growth of individuals and our community.  We wish all of our groups and teams the best as they begin the journey of lifting each other to greater ways of being and thank our teachers and parents who give of their time to support these activities.

There are also many opportunities beyond the College.  I would encourage all Year 10, 11 and 12 students and families who have an interest in science to read the Head of Career Development’s article which highlights a number of exciting opportunities in the areas of STEM.  We thank Mrs Wanda Hayes who has a strong focus on growing young people’s capabilities through engagement in activities within and beyond Pacific.

We congratulate our library aide Mrs Peta Griffin who has been appointed to lead the library at Grace Lutheran Primary School.  It is a credit to Mrs Griffin that she has grown through her role as library aide at Pacific to take on this new leadership opportunity.  Mrs Griffin has been instrumental in making the library an inspiring and welcoming place of learning.  The creativity and time given to creating amazing displays including an ocean scene complete with a very large paper mache whale, a space journey, and an outdoor camping experience are evidence of her deep desire to inspire a love of literature.  We welcome Ms Sarah Johns as a Middle and Senior College Humanities teacher.  Ms Johns has extensive experience in teaching senior Geography and is a writer for Oxford Press in this area. As a Level 2 volleyball coach she has inspired great growth in skills and the quality of the volleyball program at her previous school.  We also welcome Mrs Alysha Borak as the Finance Assistant to our Business Office while Mrs Sanet Strong is on leave.

We share with our community that Pastor Tim Jarick has accepted a call to be the Senior Chaplain at St Peter’s Lutheran College, Indooroopilly.  Pastor Tim will take up this call at the start of Term 2.  We have appreciated that Pastor Tim has been able to work alongside our Chaplain Mark Hauser as we have established this new role.  The College Council has begun the process of calling a new Pastor into our community.  This has involved a review of our current and future needs including consideration of the growth of a worship community here on campus.  We look forward to continuing to grow with Pastor Tim through the final weeks of Term 1.  We will formally acknowledge Pastor Tim’s contribution to our community towards the end of this term.   

May God inspire us to explore and embrace the question of “What can we learn?”

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

Positive View of Future

All who saw it began to grumble. Luke 19:6

That’s what the people did when they saw Jesus call out to Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus was a tax collector for a foreign government, and he happened to be a little man in stature. He had, in a sense, separated himself from his community by climbing a tree to see Jesus. He probably didn’t expect Jesus to speak to him, someone who may well have been seen as the town pariah. A small man who stole money to get fat from the taxes he collected for the Romans. Tax collectors were not that popular in Jesus’ time. That’s why the crowds grumbled that day. Jesus was talking and inviting himself into the home of a social outcast, a sinner, a thief, a cheat. Luke’s gospel tells us that all the people who saw this; began to grumble.

The crowds were pessimistic about what they saw. They were turned “inwards” on their preconceptions and negative attitudes, while Zacchaeus soon became very optimistic. The encounter of eating with Jesus in the tax collectors home changed his heart, giving him reason to repay his stolen money and sell his possessions to give to the poor. Through his gracious encounter with Jesus, Zacchaeus turns “outwards” to help people. Zacchaeus is changed to see his future as an opportunity to use what he has to bless others.              

This story of Zacchaeus and Jesus is an excellent connection to the first part of the College’s theme for the year, “Inspiring Hope”. How do we encourage the children and young people in our lives to have a favourable view of their lives, an optimistic view of their futures? How can we inspire one another in our school community to see a hopeful future where we use all we have to bless others? It is a good thread to focus on now, when the media we consume speaks of war, pandemics, floods and natural disasters. Inspiring hope is always a challenge when humans tend to look around us and grumble at what we see.

However, Zacchaeus learns that life with Jesus can involve change. Change from old ways of being to hope-filled futures. The invitation of Jesus into his grace means that Zacchaeus can reach out in love towards others, and we can too. The way that Zacchaeus turns “outwards” to help people inspires us to see the opportunities we have and to bless others with our gifts and abilities.

Rev. Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Director of Students

Year 6 Leadership Process

I am excited to hear the enthusiasm of aspiring student leaders in Year 6 applying for a 2022 Year 6 Leaders badge across the seven Pacific Action Groups. These Pacific Actions Groups promote and instigate student led initiatives across P-12, in the areas of Academic, Environment, Culture, Spirituality and Service, Sport, Student Wellbeing, and Technology.  Appointed Year 6 Leaders and other interested Year 6 students are invited to meet with the Year 12 Pacific Action Group Captains every second Wednesday with a purpose of inspiring hope and enhancing student agency in their specific area of interest. 

A huge thank you to the Year 6 teachers who have led the leadership process and will continue to work with and grow each Year 6 student’s capacity to lead, regardless of receiving a badge or not.  Exciting times lay ahead for our Year 6 leaders in inspiring hope and making change.

Year 7 Cohort Connection, Culture and Community Building Culminative Program

Due to the postponement of the Year 7 Outdoor Education Program at the commencement of the school year, Year 7 students will engage in a range of exciting activities each Friday during their Personal Development lessons in their House groups. These activities will be commencing on Friday 25th February and continuing each Friday until 18th of March.  The program will conclude with a culminating day of connection, culture and community building activities led by Lutheran Youth Queensland (LYQ) and supervised by student’s core teachers on Tuesday 22nd March in the College gymnasium. Further information will be communicated to students and parents this week with details of this exciting program aimed at immersing our Year 7 students in a range of activities that promote development of their sense of purpose and belonging here at Pacific.

Year 10 and Year 12 Leadership Day Date Changes

Due to the postponement of the Year 12 Leadership Day at the commencement of the school year, this program has now been modified as a half day program, led by LYQ and will now take place on Friday 11th March from 10:45am-3:15pm in the College gymnasium.  Further information will be communicated to students and parents this week.

The Year 10 Leadership Day also postponed earlier this term, will take place early in Term Two.

Ms Leigh Finter, Acting Director of Students 

From the Head of Learning K-5

Information for Parents and Caregivers NAPLAN 2022

NAPLAN is the name of literacy and numeracy tests completed by students in Australia.

All students do NAPLAN tests when they are in Year 3, 5, 7 and 9. Students are tested in the areas of Mathematics and English. In English they are assessed on their reading, writing and grammar and punctuation skills.

This year all students will complete all or parts of the assessment online.  The online components branch students into easier or more challenging questions depending on the level of success demonstrated by the individual student. Some of the questions are written and some of the questions are spoken.

Students do four different tests during two weeks in May this year- the tests are Writing, Reading, Conventions of Language, and Numeracy.
Students in Year 3 will do the Writing test using pencil and paper.
Year 3 students will answer the other test questions on the computer.
Students in Years 5, 7 and 9 will answer all their test questions on computers.
Teachers will help students get ready for NAPLAN tests.


After getting the results back in Term 3, schools will give parents and carers a report showing how their child performed. Parents and carers can talk to the teacher about these results. Teachers at Pacific use these results to review individual and cohort performance and plan for improvement in learning in these areas.

The information from the NAPLAN tests is used by people working in the Australian Government, your state or territory education authority and the school, to find out how students are progressing all over Australia.

For more information on NAPLAN, visit


Mrs Sue Zweck, Head of Teaching and Learning K-5

From the Head of Learning Enrichment

Diverse Learners

The Learning Enrichment Centre staff have had a busy week supporting students to plan and prepare for assessments. The energy in the LEC is palpable, and as staff, we are learning about different strengths and unique gifts that LEC students share.

I marvel at the uniqueness of our PLC students and the wonderful differences in how our students learn. The gift God gives us is our differences and differences are our strength.

The Bible says, “Just as there are many parts to our bodies, so it is with Christ's body. We are all parts of it, and it takes every one of us to make it complete, for we each have different work to do. So, we belong to each other, and each needs all the others.” Romans 12:4-5.

Learning is a core part of the LEC. In the next few LEC News updates, we will be looking at different ways people think and learn. We will be looking at neurodiverse learners and how exceptionally creative their thinking styles are.

Santuzzi says that when we see learning disabilities as neurodiversity, “it makes people take a few steps back to think more creatively about all the different ways work or school tasks can be done.” PLC teachers work hard to find different and creative ways for students to learn and as a teaching team we are learning to cater better to the neurodiverse learners in our community.

In 2013, Stephen Tonti shared his life journey living as a neurodiverse individual, who was diagnosed with what he and others call the ‘gift of ADHD’. He was a Senior Directing major at Carnegie Mellon and was also the President of Carnegie Mellon's Film Club.

I invite you to sit back and learn a little more about neurodiversity and the journey of hope for Tonti who has ADHD.

Mrs Chantal McAllister, Head of Learning Enrichment P-12

From the Head of Career Development

International Science School – applications now open (Years 11 and 12)

From 2nd to10th July 2022, 150 top science students from across Australia and around the world will gather online for nine days of inspiring, enthralling science. This event is run by the University of Sydney. If you are in Year 11 or 12, and you have a keen interest in science, further information and applications are now open here.

Junior Physics Odyssey (Year 10)

Do you have a passion for physics? Hear from researchers, meet with current physics students and explore diverse topics in physics such as quantum physics, relativity and astrophysics.

In this 3-day program during the June-July holidays, you'll meet like-minded people while participating in an exciting range of hands-on physics experiments and workshops. For Year 10 students only. Find out more here.

Interested in Medicine or Medical Research? (Years 10, 11 and 12)

The SPARQ-ed Research Immersion Program provides you with an opportunity to work alongside a dynamic group of scientists and likeminded peers on pressing biomedical problems facing society. The program is open to year 10, 11 and 12 students with an interest in STEM throughout Queensland.

Over the 5-day program you will

  • Gain hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art PC2 biomedical research laboratory
  • Attend cutting-edge biomedical science research seminars
  • Learn valuable academic research skills, and
  • Showcase your findings in a research forum

Working in a team on a real research project, you will use the latest technology to examine, test and analyse your results, then discuss your findings with world renowned university researchers based at the Translational Research Institute.

Programs are run during each school holiday during the year, and it is very competitive to get into this program, so students are advised to apply early. Get more information or apply here.

Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology (Years 11 and 12)

FEAST is a four-day residential program to inspire high school students about rewarding science careers in the agriculture, animal, plant and food industries.

It is open to students in Years 11 and 12 and is held each June/July at UQ Gatton.

The program runs during the June/July school holidays, and it is very competitive to get into the program, so students are advised to apply early.

By participating in FEAST, you’ll get to:

  • Test-drive university and meet other students with similar interests
  • Explore science disciplines through hands-on activities and workshops
  • Meet UQ students and staff and attend industry-run sessions
  • Experience living in the UQ Halls of Residence and take part in social and sporting activities
  • Expand your knowledge of UQ Science study options and programs
  • Learn about current challenges faced by scientists, including climate change, biosecurity, feeding the world and protecting endangered wildlife.

You can find more information here.

Mrs Wanda Hayes, Head of Career Development 

Food for Thought

This Month on School TV – ‘Understanding Adolescence’

Adolescence is the transitional stage of development that is usually associated with the teenage years. In 2018, the Australian Curriculum Assessment Authority redefined adolescence as affecting young people aged between 10-24 years. During this time, they experience rapid physical, cognitive and psychosocial growth which affects how teenagers feel, think, make decisions, and interact with the world around them.

During adolescence, a child's brain can be considered as being “under-construction”. The rate of progress will vary depending on the individual and their gender. As a result, some parents may view adolescence as stressful or difficult. However, it does not need to be. Setting boundaries, implementing consistent monitoring and maintaining a strong and loving connection will help families adjust during this time.

It is also an important time to keep the communication lines open through clear and age-appropriate conversations. Speak openly about changes they are experiencing and be conscious of their mental health, as many of the conditions people confront in adulthood can begin to manifest in adolescence.

In this edition of SchoolTV, adult carers can learn how to guide and best support their young person as they transition through adolescence. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition, and we always welcome your feedback.

If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.

Here is the link to this month's edition

Mrs Annie Williams College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Click here to follow our Friends of Pacific Facebook page.

Mrs Jenny Lee, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

College News

Uniform Shop - Change of Hours

Until Monday 7th March, the Uniform Shop will be open from Wednesday to Friday 8am to 11am, by appointment only.  Appointments can be made via the Main Reception 5436 7300. 

From Monday 7th March 2022, the Uniform Shop opening hours will be as follows:

  • Mon:    8.00am – 10.30am
  • Tues:   8.00am – 10.30am and 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Wed:    8.00am – 10.30am
  • Thurs:  8.00am – 10.30am
  • Fri:       Closed

Flexischool uniform orders are available for your convenience.  These orders will be completed Wednesday to Friday and delivered to the students’ classroom for P-6 students and to the PCG pigeonholes in the Well Being Centre for 7-12 students.

Please be patient as we are experiencing delays on stock across all areas.  If an item is out of stock on Flexischools it is also out of stock in the Uniform Shop. Stock will be refilled as quickly as possible.  My apologies that I cannot provide exact stock arrival times.  Thank you for understanding.

Mrs Peta King, Uniform Shop

Year 12 Drama and Senior Dance

The Year 12 Drama students have been busy this term preparing for their IA1 performance submissions. They entered the final stages of their rehearsal process this week, polishing their Absurd Theatre performance pieces in small groups to present on Friday morning in their double lesson. It has been encouraging to see the commitment and the effort that the Year 12’s have approached this first task of the year with and I wish them the best for their final performance on Friday.

In Dance, senior students have completed their first task for the year, a solo performance in the style of contemporary dance. They are feeling positive as they move into the next focus area of their dance studies and should be congratulated on the excellent organisation for this task, despite the challenges the beginning of the term presented.

Year 9 Drama

There is a positive buzz of energy and creativity in the air as the Year 9 drama students engage in collaborative brainstorming around the implementation of the dramatic elements in contemporary texts. The classroom atmosphere was alive with students focused on their group work under the guidance of their teacher, Mrs Stevens.  

Mrs Lis Stevens comes to us from Sydney, having moved here with her family in the holidays, and brings with her an enormous amount of expertise and energy for classroom practice in drama. We warmly welcome Mrs Stevens and look forward to working with her in the drama and cultural contexts of the College throughout the year.

Mrs Kristy Astwick, Head of Drama


An inspired cast of 40 students at the college are now into their second week of rehearsals for this year’s Senior Drama Production of the classic Bram Stoker Tale of ‘Dracula’ – creatively written for the stage by David Calcutt.

The enthusiastic cast are already well underway in preparation for the show, which will be presented in May at The Events Centre. Vibrant costumes, music, and an amazing set design are also being prepared. The play, while it stays true to the gothic tale, has some interesting character additions.

Keep an eye out for when tickets go on sale. We would love to see you there.

Mrs Janine Delaney (Director)

Academic PAG Trivia Afternoon

Are you a trivia buff? The Academic PAG Captains Sophie & Jack along with Mrs Jasmin Steven, would like to invite all staff and Year 10 & 11 students to attend the Trivia afternoon held on Monday 7th March, Week 7. Please see below for details.

Mrs Jasmin Steven, Maths


Library News

Farewell to Mrs Griffin

Mrs Peta Griffin has been a valuable member of the library team for the last fourteen years. Today is her last day as she heads off to Grace Lutheran Primary School to run the library there. Mrs Griffin has been the friendly face behind the counter, who knows all the students and takes an interest in their well-being. Many students have enjoyed the lunch time craft activities and board games that she has run, and everyone has marvelled at the wonderful displays she has made around the library. Each year, Book Week became an extravaganza as Mrs Griffin unleashed her creativity on her costumes and displays, creating such things as a giant papier-mâché whale, a working lighthouse, a replica of Stone Henge and Willy Wonka’s factory.

Farewell, Mrs Griffin. You will be missed.

Lunchtime Activities This Week

Primary students had fun with papercraft this week, using their imagination to construct a dinosaur. Secondary students had a STEM activity where they constructed and flew an aeroplane using only straws and paper.

Ms Narelle Keen, Head of Library

Sport News

Year 7 - 12 Sport

Competitive Sport News

Trish Buckley Volleyball

Well done to the Year 11 PLC Girls Volleyball Team who competed in the Senior Trish Buckley competition on Friday night. The girls performed extremely well and won their first match against Matthew Flinders, two sets to nil. A fantastic effort to start the season in the leading volleyball competition on the coast. These girls have shown great commitment with both their training efforts and their enactment of rostered duties on the night.

SCISSA Volleyball

It was a shame that our fixtures were cancelled this week due to flooding and further predicted poor weather. We are very much looking forward to kicking off our season next Wednesday. Most Intermediate players have now come and collected their playing shirts, with a few teams to be sorted out early next week. Students will now be required to sign a register in the sport office when they collect and return their uniforms. As we end up missing numerous uniforms throughout the year, this process has been brought in to keep track of items. Students are to make sure they return their uniforms at the end of their volleyball commitments otherwise a $50 dollar fee will be incurred.


Our Basketball Development sessions have begun on Monday and Friday mornings from 7am-8am. All students of all abilities are welcome. This is a great opportunity to gain skills in preparation for the 2022 All Schools’ Basketball season, as well as those who may be interested in further competitive basketball opportunities. Please contact Mr Mark Hauser or Mr Brad Burdon if your student is interested in attending.

Student accomplishments

Well done to Alex Monroe, Emily Lengenberg and Isabela Stammers for their selection into the 13-19yrs Independent District Swimming Team. These students will be competing in the Sunshine Coast Regional Swimming Trials on 2nd March.

Well done to Brooke Williams and Georgia Frohmuller for their selection into the 13-15yrs Independent District Netball Team. These students will compete in the Sunshine Coast Regional Netball Trials on the 1st March.


Junior Sport

Water Polo

The Sunshine Coast Primary Schools Water Polo competition started on Monday evening this week at St Andrews. PLC played St Andrews in their first round of the competition and recorded a strong 15-4 win over our opponents.

Well done to all players who represented the College and thanks to Mr Crompton for coaching the team on the night.

Run Club

It was great to see a huge turnout for the first Run Club session for 2022. Approximately 70 students from Years 3 to 10 arrived at school bright and early on Tuesday morning to complete a time trial to see their level of running ability at the beginning of the season. Students will aim to improve their time when they complete a second time trial towards the end of the term.

This year students will also have the opportunity to work with a specialised running coach through the University of the Sunshine Coast.

We look forward to next Tuesday’s session, with students working towards improving their distance running leading up to our PLC Cross Country Carnival this term and the Independent District Cross Country Carnival early next term.

4-6 SCISSA Training – Monday Afternoons

SCISSA afterschool training continues next Monday afternoon from 3:15 – 4:15pm. All students will select their Term One SCISSA sport at the end of Thursday’s training session and will commence training in these sports in preparation for their Gala Day in Week 9.

If your child is unable to attend training, could you please send an email to

Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Sport 

Club Sport

Club Sport

Pacific Lutheran College has several sport development programs outside of school hours. These programs encourage participation, giving students the opportunity to be part of a team, and learn basic skills of the game.
The parent-led Pacific FC Soccer and PLC Netball Clubs compete on Saturdays in community competitions throughout the Sunshine Coast.

PLC Netball Club

Registrations for the 2022 season are open for girls aged 7 to 18 and you don’t have to be a Pacific student to join. We have teams for beginners right through to Division 1. You can register now through the Netball Connect app or by emailing any queries through to
Registrations close towards the end of February.
Training is held on Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons on the back courts at Pacific Lutheran College. 
Follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for more details throughout the season.
Contact: Donna Townsend, PLC Netball Club President
Facebook: PLC Netball Club
Instagram: PLC Netball Club

Pacific FC

Year 9 to 11 Families

We have four spots available in our U15/16 team for Saturday soccer this season.

  • Male and Female players born in 2007/2006/2005 are invited to join the U15/16 Eels team.

Email for information and/or register via

Contact: The Registrar
Facebook: Pacific Soccer FC 

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 can meet together each week for worship. As we do this, there are still physical distancing, signing in, and hygiene requirements we need to follow 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


28       SC Schools Netball Commences


1         Shrove Tuesday

2         Ash Wednesday

8         Year 12 Biology Excursion: Mooloolah River National Park and Peregian Beach

11       Year 12 Leadership Day

15       Prep Vision Screening

18       Fraser Coast Rugby 7’s: Year 7 – 10

19       Academic Scholarship Test