Compass No 642 - April 2022

From the Principal

Principal's Log

We welcome everyone to the start of a new term and hope that you all had some time over the Easter break to rest and rejuvenate. We extend a particularly warm welcome to our new families and students and trust that all are enriched as we grow together as part of the Pacific community over this coming term.

There was tremendous energy at the end of last term as students competed in their cross country. Well done to all students for their spirited participation and to Buran and Wira who won the Year 7-12 and Year 3-6 carnivals respectively. Thank you to our parents for their attendance and to our staff led by Mr Darren Hooper, Mr Cameron West McInnes and Mrs Natalie Campbell for their leadership and organisation of the carnival.

Congratulations to our U12 rugby boys who greatly enjoyed the opportunity to participate in The Armidale School Rugby Carnival over the holidays. The team played well winning three of their four pool games. They can be proud of the spirit and skill shown in the final where they lost narrowly to Port Macquarie. Well done to the boys and thank you to the parents who travelled to support the team. A particular thank you to Mr Scott Crompton, Mr Josh Cummins and Mr Darren Hooper for their generous preparation, coaching, and leadership of the team.

The cast of Dracula enjoyed the opportunity to come together for rehearsals earlier this week and are looking forward to sharing this gripping tale with our community in May. The strength of characters highlighted within short video clips to be posted on Facebook suggests that this will be another great Pacific production not to be missed. We wish Mrs Janine Delaney and the cast and crew all the best. 

At the end of this week, we farewell Ms Sarah Johns who will be taking on the role of Director of Volleyball and teacher of Humanities at Matthew Flinders Anglican College. We thank Ms Johns for her contribution to our Humanities Department and wish her all the best for the future. We welcome Ms Ruth Douglas who has taught university pathway courses at RMIT and most recently at Thomas Carr Secondary College in Victoria. We also welcome Mrs Samantha Barrass as our Community Liaison and Communications Officer, Ms Gwen Lledo as a Science Lab Technician, and Mr Clinton James as a new member of our grounds staff.  We also welcome back Mr Josh Danzey (Head of Mumba House).   We look forward to each of these staff making a strong contribution to our community.

May God bless us as a community and others through us as we come as guests into each other’s lives to grow together over this coming term.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the Director of Students

Prioritising Senior Student’s Study Skills

In Senior Personal Development lessons, a priority focus is on developing students’ study skills, time management, developing a growth mindset, memory, mnemonics, approach to exams, and the capacity to maintain their overall wellbeing, including managing stress. 

This week, Year 10 and Year 11 students engaged in a 45-minute seminar with world-leading study skills partner, Elevate Education, with the objective of teaching students valuable study and exam preparation skills as they lead into their exams in Week 8, Term 2. The seminar broke down the study techniques of top performers, providing students with a road map for what work they need to be doing across the year and how to do it. Skills covered in the seminar also included: working consistently (how to use the syllabus to frame study and take effective notes), note taking (how to structure and review an organised set of notes), conceptual learning skills (teaching students how to break information into relevant topics and understand how concepts fit together) and standing out on assessment (distinguishing themselves from the thousands of other students being taught the same material).

Year 12 students will also commence external examination preparation during Personal Development lessons this term gearing up to mock examinations in Term 3.

Introduction of Peer Mentoring in Pastoral Care Group Lessons

At the conclusion of Term 1, Year 10 students participated in their second Peer Mentoring Day. Year 10 students were given the opportunity to express their interest in becoming a Peer Mentor Leader within their Pastoral Care Group, focusing on supporting Year 7 students within their PCG.  These elected Peer Mentor Leaders will meet with me and fellow staff members trained in peer mentoring fortnightly, commencing Week 2 with the objective of sharing ideas and initiatives to support and mentor Year 7 students across the four Houses and within each PCG. 

The intention is that these Year 10 students will go on to mentor their peers as they progress from Year 7 into Year 8 and Year 9, and hopefully Peer Mentors for the next cycle of Year 7 students.

It is great to see so many people registering to attend the ANZAC Day march. If you haven’t already registered please follow this link

Ms Leigh Finter, Acting Director of Students and Head of Senior College Students

From the Head of Learning K-5

The Importance of Home Learning in P-5

Home learning across P-5 is important because it is the intersection between home and school.  As children grow older, home learning and the amount of time engaged in home learning increase in importance.

Here are five constructive purposes for home learning in the context of your child’s educational journey. The first two are the most important and obvious. Through practice and participation in learning tasks, home learning can improve your child’s achievement. It would be expected that if home learning were completed accurately, not only would your child’s general knowledge and marks improve but your child would also increase mastery of basic academic skills, such as reading, writing, spelling, and mathematics.

Home learning can provide other benefits too. Your child’s ability to bring an assignment task home, gather and organise necessary materials to complete the assignment, and return the assignment and receive a grade, strengthens his or her sense of responsibility. There is also improved development of personal skills such as time management gained by completing home learning. Furthermore, when home learning proceeds smoothly it can become a positive aspect of your relationship with your child. Finally, it offers schools an opportunity to let parents know what their children are learning and so can play an important role by keeping parents informed about class activities and policies.

Home learning is a bridge that joins schools and parents. From the school’s perspective, there is the opportunity to monitor students' independent progress. For parents, there is the potential to gain a greater appreciation of education and to express positive attitudes toward their children’s achievements.

Regardless of the amount of home learning assigned, many students unsuccessful or struggling in school spend less rather than more time engaged in home learning. It is not surprising that students spending less time completing home learning may eventually not achieve as consistently as those who complete their home learning tasks.

Home learning is important as one of several influential factors in school success. Some tips:

  • Schedule a regular home learning time. Allow for a relaxation break after school, but do not let children leave home learning until just before bedtime when they are likely to be tired, grouchy, and unable to concentrate.
  • Help younger school students set a schedule. Older students can set their own schedules, but make sure these are workable.
  • Allow time for sports or other activities, balance is important.
  • Provide a home learning area that has good lighting, is comfortable, and is fairly quiet. If possible, supply a desk or worktable.
  • Eliminate distractions by making the telephone, television, video games, etc. off-limits.

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

From the Head of Learning Enrichment

Learning Enrichment News

Easter is all about faith, hope, and love and I pray that you and your family experienced

God’s great love during these holidays. Term 2 is here, and we continue to prepare for the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD).

Every school works toward identifying students with disabilities by identifying their learning needs. Armed with this information teachers make reasonable adjustments to the curriculum, classroom environmental adjustments, and/or adjustments to support students’ social and/or emotional needs.

What is the NCCD?

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) takes place every year.

The NCCD is a collection that counts:

• the number of school students receiving an adjustment or ‘help’ due to disability

• the level of adjustment they are receiving to access education on the same basis as other


Students are counted in the NCCD if they receive ongoing adjustments at school due to disability. This ‘help’ allows them to access education on the same basis as a child without disability. The NCCD uses the definition of disability in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.

How does the NCCD assist schools?

The NCCD prompts schools to identify students with disability and to review their processes and practices. It records the adjustments already undertaken in schools to support students with disability to access and participate in education on the same basis as their peers.

To know more click on these links:

The NCCD Infographic

What do Parents, Guardians or Caregivers of students with disability need to know?

For more information, please feel free to contact the LEC staff or email Chantal McAllister at

Mrs Chantal McAllister, Head of Learning Enrichment P-12

Food for Thought

Helping Students Find the Truth in Social Media

High school students are one with their smartphones, their nimble thumbs tapping their thoughts and desires for posting on social media accounts. As they access platforms like Instagram, TikTok, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook, students read, view, and listen to up-to-the-minute content, responding quickly with words, images, or videos while sharing to their own accounts. With the rapid-fire pace of social media proliferation, many account keepers respond or share without confirming a post’s source or accuracy. Stony Brook University School of Journalism recognizes that “the conflict between speed and accuracy [of information] has escalated.”

Students need to learn the skills of news and media literacy, and specifically social media literacy, so they can figure out what’s real, what’s exaggerated, and what’s just made up. Then these information consumers can reflect on what they experience in digital social media realms and decide whether to comment on, share, or ignore inaccurate or extreme information.

The ultimate goal is for students to develop an active role with social media and that they “interrogate information instead of simply consuming it.” Remember, Abraham Lincoln warned that we should not believe everything we learn through social media. (And, by the way, that statement is a fake). For more information click on the link below.

Helping Middle and High School Students Find the Truth in Social Media | Edutopia


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

Dracula Tickets On Sale Now

Don’t miss out on experiencing this spooky tale. Keep your eye out on the PLC Facebook page for our ‘Meet the Cast’ video and show teasers.

Our wonderful cast and crew look forward to seeing you at the show.

For tickets, please visit or phone 5491 4240

Ms Janine Delaney, Director

Support Pacific Lutheran Kindergarten & Early Learning Service

Give Mum Even More This Mothers’ Day with an Entertainment Membership

From 6 pm AEST on the 19th of April until the 31st of May when you purchase a Single City Membership, you can choose between a BONUS $20 Ultimate For Her, Priceline, and Big W eGift Card. When you purchase a Multi-City or a Multi-City Plus Membership, you can choose between a BONUS $40 Ultimate For Her, Priceline, and Big W eGift Card.

That’s two gifts for Mum for the price of one!!! (or a gift for you and a gift for her)

We will also have some new BONUS OFFERS that your supporters can use with additional discounts at places everyone loves, such as Petal, Edible Blooms, the list goes on!!

Click on the link below to have a closer look at the gifts on offer.

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Mrs Ann Barwick, Administration Assistant

Sport News

Year 7-12 Sport

Inter-house Cross Country

Congratulations to Buran house who lived up to the tradition and significance of their name to “run like the wind” and claim the Secondary Cross-Country crown in their first-ever carnival. It was a fantastic afternoon enjoyed by students and staff alike and a great way to end Term 1.

Athletes who finished in the top 6 have now qualified for the school team which will run at the Independent District Cross-Country at the Big Pineapple on Tuesday the 3rd of May. Information will be sent home to students and parents soon.

Overall and Individual Results

1ST     BURAN                625

2ND    WIRA                   527

3RD    BULA                   483

4TH    MUMBA               286

Competitive Sport

Organization for our Term 2 Competition Sports has taken place, with students advised of their teams and information sent to parents. If you have any questions regarding your student’s participation in Term 2 Competitive Sports, please don’t hesitate to contact Brad Burdon at

Rugby News

Well done to our 13 Years Rugby boys who made the trip to Gympie on Wednesday to play against St Patrick’s. A great team performance has Coach Mr. Cummins excited for a solid season. A well-rounded team display ensured a dominant 34-5 win for PLC!

SCISSA Volleyball and Football

The draw for Round 1 Volleyball held in Week 2 on Wednesday the 27th of April is:

The draw for Round 1 Football (Soccer) held in Week 2 on Wednesday the 27th of April is:

Student Accomplishments

Well done to Hayden Burnett who has been selected in the District 14-15 Rugby Union team to compete at the Regional Trial the on 26th of April.

Congratulations to Dion Owen who finished 3rd in the MAG Level 6 Gymnastics State Championships in Brisbane over the holidays. Dion has also been selected to represent Queensland at the 2022 Border Challenge.

Community Sport

Basketball is one of our pillar sports that is continuing to grow and develop. We have a community partnership with Aspire Basketball, which is looking to help grow and develop our young basketballers. There is a new exciting opportunity in the form of the Aspire Champions League for PLC students to build skills with highly qualified coaches while playing in regular fixtures.

Please click on the link below to find out more information

Mr Brad Burdon, Acting Head of Sport

Junior Sport

3-6 PLC Cross Country Carnival

Clear blue skies and mild weather conditions greeted students on the last day of Term 1 for the annual Years 3-6 Interhouse Cross Carnival. Students were very excited to be able to participate in the first inter-house sports carnival after a disrupted term of sport.

It was great to see many parent spectators present and the outstanding house spirit on display. Well done to Wira house who was crowned the overall champion house at the end of the carnival.

House results were as follows:

Wira 1st – 396

Mumba 2nd – 316

Buran 3rd - 250

Bula 4th - 211

Congratulations to the following students who finished in the top three places for their age group.

9 – 12-year-old students who have qualified to run at the Independent District Cross Country Carnival held out at The Big Pineapple will be notified this week via Operoo. The carnival will be held on Tuesday the 3rd of May. The bus will leave at morning tea (10:30 am) from the front bus stop and will return for normal afternoon dismissal at 3:00 pm.

Armidale Rugby Carnival

During the Easter holidays, 15 excited boys departed Pacific Lutheran College to attend The Armidale School Rugby Carnival. Pacific has been unable to attend this carnival since 2019 due to COVID restrictions. The carnival is the largest of its type in Australia for Under 12s with 30 teams from Queensland and New South Wales competing over the weekend. 

The PLC team had been training throughout Term 1 in preparation for the carnival and the skill level of the team had greatly improved as a result of these training sessions.

At the carnival, all teams played four games on Saturday and one final game on Sunday based on their overall position from Saturday’s pool games. Pacific won three out of their four games on Saturday, which meant we finished in second place out of five teams in our pool and qualified to play in the 3rd vs. 4th playoff game on Sunday morning.

The results from Saturday’s pool games were as follows:

Game 1 -                         Pacific 26 - Scots College, Sydney  0

Game 2-                          Pacific 35 – Wollongbar Alstonville 0

Game 3-                          Pacific 0 – Gordon Rugby Club, Sydney 19

Game 4 -                         Pacific 41 – Lismore Rugby Club 5

Sunday Final                   Port Macquarie 35 defeated Pacific 26

At the end of the carnival, Pacific finished in fourth place in their division of ten schools and clubs, which is a fantastic achievement.

A special mention must go to the Pacific coaches who gave up their time training the boys in the lead-up to the carnival and over the weekend of the carnival. Thanks to Mr Scott Crompton and Mr Josh Cummins who freely gave their time and expertise to help make this experience possible.

Thanks also to the small number of parents who were able to travel down to Armidale for the weekend to cheer on the team in all games. Their support and encouragement were appreciated by the players and coaches.

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Junior Sport P-6


Club Sport

Club Sport

Pacific Lutheran College has several sports 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

Please feel free to contact our support team for any queries.
Contact: Donna Townsend, PLC Netball Club President
Facebook: PLC Netball Club
Instagram: PLC Netball Club

Pacific FC

Fixtures resume this Saturday with Round 4. Pacific teams are playing across the coast so please check the SCCSA website for venues and times.

Jonti’s Junior Matildas Journey

Congratulations to former Pacific FC player, Jonti Fisher on her selection into the Junior Matildas Squad. Jonti started her football journey in 2011 with the U6 Pacific Taipans and was an integral part of the U11 Premiership and Championship Taipans in 2016. Jonti joins the training camp in South Australia this week as national selectors seek talent from across the country.

“We want to continue to send a message to all players that we are looking to unearth talented players whom we think can go on and become professionals and Matilda’s of the future.  That’s where our gaze is; it’s on the future.”   CommBank Junior Matildas Head coach Rae Dower

Harrison Dines

We recently acknowledged and celebrated 15 years of combined playing and coaching by Harrison Dines with his nomination as Sunshine Coast Council’s Young Citizen of the Year. We thank Harrison for his many years of service to the Pacific community and wish him well in his future endeavours in Tasmania.

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


25       ANZAC Day

26       Senior College Conferences

27       Senior College Conferences

27       PLC ANZAC Day Services


2         Labour Day Public Holiday

3         9 -19 years District Cross Country

3         Middle College Conferences

4         Middle College Conferences

4         FOP Mother’s Day Stall

10       NAPLAN week

11       Year 4 Camp – Mapleton

15       PLC Open Day