Compass No 646 - May 2022

From the Principal

Appreciating the Generosity That Surrounds Us

A personal challenge could be to reflect each day on those people who have given generously to us.  At Pacific, we are immersed in a culture where people continuously give generously to each other.  Our parents volunteer to lead and support community and sports activities. Our teachers go well beyond what is expected to support the best possible growth and learning.  Our young people support each other and the broader community, give of their time to community events and activities, and make the most of opportunities.  Small things where people pause to listen carefully or share a smile of welcome, encouragement, enjoyment or appreciation are uplifting gifts.  Generosity makes communities rich and shines hope and possibility into lives.

Service is a core value of Lutheran school communities. Where we freely give of ourselves to use our gifts for the betterment of people, community, and the environment, we are living this value of service.  As we celebrate National Volunteers Week, we say thank you to the many people within our community who give so much on a daily basis in ways large and small.

Principal's Log

A very large thank you to everyone who gave their time and talents to make our Open Day on Sunday such a successful event.  The warmth of welcome, generosity of spirit, enthusiasm, and excitement of sharing the richness of learning and growth at the College was energising and uplifting.  Thank you to our staff, parents, and students who all gave generously of their time and themselves to welcome and share our community with a large contingent of new people to the College.  A standing ovation from a very appreciative Principal.

We look forward to enjoying the performance of Dracula this weekend.  There has been a growing buzz of excitement flowing from the cast and crew as they have completed their final preparations.  We wish Mrs Delaney, her team, and the cast and crew all the best.

The Year 4 students enjoyed their outdoor education experience last week. Through engaging in different types of activities in new settings young people grow in confidence, resilience, appreciation, independence, relationships, self-awareness, flexibility, connection to nature, their relationship with God, and their ability to live, learn and collaborate with different people.  We thank Mr Paul Brace for his very capable leadership and organisation and Chaplain Mark Hauser, Mrs Sarah Atkinson, Mrs Amanda Empson, Mr Joe Doran, Mrs Sharon Middleton, Mr Rob Belchamber, Ms Michelle Bourne, Mrs Leah Croke, and Mr Damian Davis for their guidance and support of the young people.

Thank you to our community for your support of the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal. This is a simple and important way for us to serve our local community. Donations of non-perishable food and/or household items are being collected until Thursday 26th May.

We say a prayer of thanks for the generosity of spirit of the people of this community.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the Head of Learning Middle College


PLC students have now completed NAPLAN Online testing, including catch-up testing for students who were absent last week. Student feedback was that the online testing was an improvement on the traditional booklet format and teachers supervising the tests observed prolonged student engagement and effort.

One of the benefits of digital NAPLAN testing is that questions adapt to student responses, becoming more or less difficult as the test progresses. The introduction of tailored testing will deliver more precise results and we look forward to receiving assessment performance information. Congratulations to the students on their positive engagement with the process.

Mrs Jo Belchamber, Head of Learning Middle College and Mrs Sue Zweck, Head of Teaching and Learning K-5

From the Head of Learning K-5

Literacy Learning In Prep

By the end of the first year at school, the Australian Curriculum: English expects that most children will be able to:

  • Read short, predictable texts with familiar vocabulary and supportive images
  • Identify letters of the alphabet and use the sounds represented by most letters
  • Listen for rhyme, letter patterns, and sounds in words
  • Describe their likes and dislikes of familiar texts, objects, characters, and events
  • Communicate clearly and retell experiences with peers and known adults
  • Use familiar words, phrases and images to convey ideas in their own writing
  • Show evidence of sound and letter knowledge in their writing
  • Correctly form well-known upper and lower case letters and experiment with capital letters and full stops.

Everyday contexts for literacy learning:

There are many ordinary, everyday opportunities when you can focus on your child’s vital literacy learning.

  1. Family leisure and entertainment: Demonstrate how you need to read every day- recipes, menus, magazines, sports scores, etc. Limit screen time and encourage singing songs and talking about the day.
  2. Family communications: Involve children when you telephone, email, Skype, text or write cards. Help your child to write their own invitations and thank you notes.
  3. Family celebrations: Involve children when you send and receive invitations, cards, letters, and emails.
  4. Doing hobbies and housework: Involve children when you are using recipes and cooking, making shopping lists and buying food, following directions for gardening, and using manuals for home maintenance. Help your child to follow the instructions for a new game or to assemble construction.
  5. Social and home life: Involve children when using the internet, reading catalogues or newsletters
  6. At home and in the community: Borrow from the local library, draw and create messages, buy plastic letters and make words.
  7. Parents as ‘teachers’: Talk about the letters of the alphabet- don’t teach them as a chant.

Children learn best when they are reading their favourite story, writing their name, etc.

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

Food for Thought

7 Ways to Raise a Well-Rounded Child

Research conducted by Carol Dweck, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, and a leading researcher in the field of achievement and success, discovered that a person's mindset can influence their behavior. When it comes to parenting, she suggests praising your child for his hard work instead of labeling him as "smart" or "talented."

People with a fixed mindset are usually reluctant to take on challenges because they believe their achievements come from innate abilities. Those with a growth mindset are usually more willing to face challenges with hard work because they believe in always learning new skills. "Above all, keep in mind that the grade is not what motivates a top student to succeed—it's his inner drive for learning," adds Borba.

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Open Day Thanks

As we celebrate National Volunteer Week, we thank Mrs Allyson Sarvari and Mrs Louise Walker for their amazing hosting of the Open Day BBQ. In a new location this year, we were all treated to wonderful tunes by the music department whilst enjoying tasty treats.

We also thank the Pacific Lutheran College parents who attended the recent May Friends of Pacific meeting in the library. These meetings always provide the opportunity to connect with other parents and staff in an informal setting. If you would like to be involved in the planning and hosting of any of the Friends of Pacific events listed below, please make contact. We’d love to hear from you.

Volunteering at Pacific

Hosting events such as the upcoming Sports Day and Gala Day BBQs is only possible thanks to the efforts of those in our College Community who give so generously of their time. If you are interested in volunteering with the College, induction sessions are run once a term and are marked on the College calendar, the next session being Friday 20th May at 9.00am. Please contact Kim Bonello to register your interest in attending this course.

Upcoming Events

Sports Day BBQ

  • Thursday 2nd June – Primary Carnival 
  • Friday 3rd June – Secondary Carnival

SCISSA Gala Day BBQ at Meridan Fields

  • Thursday 9th June

Sausage sizzle, snacks, and cold drinks will be available for students and staff to purchase. EFTPOS facilities are available.

Save these Dates

Battle of the Bands Trivia Night. Get your table sorted for the night of nights.

  • Saturday 20th August
  • Venue: Pacific Lutheran College gymnasium
  • Tables of 8-10
  • Bookings will open next week

Father’s Day Stall

  • Wednesday 31st August – All gifts $5

Pacific Lutheran College Soiree – An Evening Gala Celebration

  • Saturday 29th October
  • This is a ticketed College event, which will be hosted by Pacific Lutheran College, College Council, and Friends of Pacific

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is 6.30pm on Tuesday 21st June in the Pacific Lutheran College Library. All are welcome to attend.

Click here to follow our Friends of Pacific Facebook page.

Mrs Jenny Lee, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

College News

Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop opening hours are as follows:

Monday:            8.00am-10.30am

Tuesday:           8.00am-10.30am and 2.00pm-4.00pm

Wednesday:      8.00am-10.30am

Thursday:          8.00am-10.30am

Friday:               Closed

Appointments can be made via the Main Reception on 5436 7300.

Flexischool orders are also available for your convenience. These orders will be completed Monday to Thursday and delivered to the students’ classroom for P-6 students and to the PCG pigeonholes in the Wellbeing Centre for Year 7-12 students.

BOYS FORMAL HATS, GIRLS FORMAL HATS, and SPORTS POLOS are now back in stock and can be ordered via Flexischools or by appointment at the Uniform Shop.

Please be patient as we are still 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. I apologise if I cannot provide exact stock arrival times. Thank you for your understanding.

Mrs Peta King, Uniform Shop


School Photos Tuesday 24th May 2022

School photo day is coming soon. Group and portrait photographs can be purchased by following the link below. If you prefer to order using an envelope, please visit the main reception to collect an order envelope and hand your payment to our photographer on school photo day.

advancedlife now offers LatitudePay!
 To take advantage of LatitudePay and split the cost of your order into 10 easy payments, simply order your school photos online, as usual, and set up a LatitudePay account in just a few clicks. Pay no interest or fees when you pay according to your payment schedule; it’s that easy.

3 easy ways to purchase:

  1. LatitudePay – Click on the link  PACIFIC LUTHERAN COLLEGE | advancedLife photography Home (, set up an account during the online order process, and split your payments across 10 weeks with no interest or fees, (if you pay on time).
  2. Visa, MasterCard, or PayPal
  3. Cash – complete the envelope supplied and return it to our photographer on photo day

Or visit:
And enter online order code: B7H 8V9 RRH

Further information:

  • Online orders - do not require an envelope returned to your school
  • Sibling Photos - Don’t forget to pre-order your sibling photos online up to 24 hours before photo day.  We provide your school with a list of sibling orders right up to the day of photos being taken, so no one misses out.  If you miss the online order deadline, you can submit a completed sibling order envelope first thing in the morning on the day of photography, so your school is aware you want the photo taken and can bring your children together in time for it. Sibling photographs only apply to children enrolled at your school.
  • Late fees - a late fee will be applied to each package purchased after photo day due to the additional cost of producing these packages separately.
  • Package delivery - photographic packages will be returned to your school for distribution approximately six weeks after photos are taken.
  • Previous Years’ photos - Past years’ photographs including sports, co-curricular and representative groups are also available to order under the “previous years or group photo” tabs at your school’s advancedorder site when you click on the “Order School Photos Here” button. You can also order past packages, portrait images, and gifts from your child’s unique, individual and secure advancedyou image archive site using the unique 9-digit image code found on packages you have ordered in the past.

advancedlife would like to express their appreciation to Pacific Lutheran College for placing your trust in them. Please remember advancedlife offer a 100% money-back guarantee on all products to ensure your peace of mind and would also love to receive your feedback or resolve any issues you may experience as fast as possible, to ensure your satisfaction. If you have any questions, comments, or feedback relating to your advancedlife experience, please contact them at:

For a step-by-step guide to ordering school photos, please click on this link.

Ms Carolyn Sainty, Administrative Executive Secretary

‘Dracula’ – based on the timeless classic by Bram Stoker

‘Dracula’, the Senior Drama Production for 2022 opens THIS WEEK! Tickets are still available both online and at the door.

Both matinees are half price - $15 each

Don’t miss out on this beautifully portrayed drama based on Bram Stoker’s literary classic. It will be a feast for your eyes and your senses!

Matinees – Friday 20th May 12.00pm and Saturday 21st May 1.00pm

Evening Shows – Friday 20th May 7.30pm and Saturday 21st May 7.30pm

Bookings: Phone The Events Centre on 54914240

Mrs Janine Delaney, Director

Library News

Open Day in the Library

The library welcomed many families on Open Day. Children enjoyed exploring under the water and encountering whales in our virtual reality environment, while many could be seen walking around the College with badges they had made in the library with our badge-making machine.

Kids’ Lit Quiz

This week, 12 students competed in the Kids’ Lit Quiz. This international competition tests students on their knowledge of literature. Teams of four students competed in a virtual heat via Zoom against schools from all over Queensland. Our competitors were:

Year 8: Ella Mulhearn, Max Zorgdrager, Lawson Willett, Jasper Scard

Year 7: Flynn Weule, Erin Lund, Grace Berry, Isaac Nguyen

Year 6: Grace Healy, Paris Pohlner, Nicole Hodgett, Tapasya Upreti

Ms Narelle Keen, Head of Library

Sport News

Year 7-12 Sport

Competitive Sport Results

Monday Night Netball

The rain held off for us all to enjoy Monday Night Netball with our first game for Term 2.  

We have two more round games before finals. The results were;

SCISSA Volleyball

Well done to our Senior Boys Team 2 and Senior Girls Team 2 for their wins on Wednesday. We had the benefit of mostly home games this round and it was great to see our teams represent our College so well.

SCSS Rugby Union

Our Under 13 Boys fought hard but went down in a close match, 17-12, to St John’s Navy on Wednesday. It was a tied match just before the end when St John’s snuck over in the dying moments of the game. Our boys had the chance to even things just before the final whistle but couldn’t convert the opportunity into points. It was fantastic to see our players hold their own against the top team and we can’t wait to see them continue to progress this season.

Student accomplishments

Well done to the following students for their recent achievements in sport:

•          Naite Pethick and Rhys Veizer for their selection in the 13-15 years Independent District Basketball Team

•          Alexander Lee for his selection in the 17-19 years Independent District Football Team.

We wish these students all the best for their upcoming regional tournaments.

7-12 Inter-House Athletics Carnival

It is not too long until our Year 7-12 Inter-House Athletics Carnival! In the lead-up, we are organising some pre-events that won’t be held on the day of the carnival. The 1500m event for 10-19 years students will be held on Monday 30th at 7.30am on the Meridan AFL Fields, with the Javelin event for 13-19 years students being held at lunchtime on the Main Oval. Students need to email Mr West if they are interested in participating in these events.

We are looking forward to seeing all our students competing at our carnival on Friday 3rd June.

Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Sport

Junior Sport

3-6 Pacific Lutheran College Athletics Carnival Information

The Primary Inter-house Athletics Carnival will be held on Thursday 2nd June (Week 7).

Due to the rain over the last week, we had to postpone the 1500m District trial. Information about the new date for this event is listed below.

10-12 Years 1500m – District Selection – Monday 30th May 2022 – (7.30am – 8.25am before school – Meridan AFL fields)

Students wishing to compete in the 1500m at the Independent District Carnival will need to attend this trial. Age champion and house points are not awarded for this event as this is only for district selection.

Sprint Nominations – At Carnival

Students will nominate to run in competitive races (heats) or a non-competitive race on the day of the carnival.  All competitive heats at the carnival will be timed using electronic timing gates with the times from these heats collated to determine the fastest times per age group. This will be used to determine age champion points and district selection in these events.

Brisbane Active Football Program

Coming up later this term, Pacific Lutheran College will host the Brisbane Active Football Program here on Friday afternoons on the College fields. Details regarding the program are included in the flyer here and below. If you are interested in your child being part of the program, please register by following the details below.

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 forward all inquiries to the below details;

Contact: Donna Townsend, PLC Netball Club President
Facebook: PLC Netball Club
Instagram: PLC Netball Club

Pacific FC

National Volunteers Week

This week we celebrate National Volunteer Week (NVW) with the theme ‘Better Together’. Volunteering brings people together and builds communities.

National Volunteer Week is a chance for all of us to celebrate and recognise the vital work of volunteers and to say thank you.

We thank all our volunteer coaches, managers, canteen and field helpers, as well as committee and association members for connecting our community through sport.


Unfortunately, poor field conditions after a week of rain, led to Round 6 being cancelled last Saturday.

Hopefully, the rain will stay away this weekend but please check the SCCSA website for any changes. The Round 7 Draw can be found here.

Our next home game is Saturday 28th May.

Election Day BBQ at PLC

The PLC Sports Gymnasium will transform into a voting booth this Saturday from 8.00am-6.00pm and Pacific FC will host a Sausage Sizzle stall for voters from 8.00am -12.00noon.

Drop by and say hello whilst voting and pick up a democracy sausage! EFTPOS available.

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, 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


20       Volunteer Induction session

20       Senior College Production of ‘Dracula’

21       Senior College Production of ‘Dracula’ – last performance

24       P-12 Photo Day

27       Caloundra Show Day


2         Year 3-6 Athletics Carnival

3         Year 3-6 Athletics Carnival continued