Compass No 647 - May 2022

From the Principal

Finding The Joy

In a Prep interview this week, as adults we were reflecting on the challenges that the rainy weather had brought. When the Pre-Prep child was asked whether they enjoyed playing inside or outside when it was not raining, they enthusiastically corrected me to say, “No I love playing outside when it’s raining, there are lots of puddles to jump in”. Children find delight in a whole range of things. It is always energising to share the joy of a child or young person as they share excitement about their world. Through this rainy period, I have appreciated sharing the joy of young people as they discovered they could model periodic change, people dropping warming foods on my desk, succeeding with a bean bag challenge with the Year 1 students and hearing laughter flow around me. 

God encourages us to pause and see the world as a child, with eyes that are fresh, appreciative, playful and wondering. He goes further to encourage us to have faith like a child.  Simple, uncomplicated and trusting.  

Principal’s Log

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Dracula for an outstanding performance.  Talented performances and direction enabled the balance between the tension of dramatic events and lighter moments of this iconic drama to flow powerfully.  Well done to everyone for a very professional production that had strong performances, clever set design, and effective costuming and choreography.  Right to the design of the Program, it was a thoroughly professional and entertaining production.  Very well done to Mrs Janine Delaney and her team. 

Staff, students and parents will have noticed the new signage that has been placed around the College. Each major sign has a series of 9 tiles attached.  These tiles designed by our Year 10 students of 2021, capture a piece of flora or fauna that can be found on our site.  In the two examples below we can see how the image of part of a tree frog and a native bee have been transformed into a creative tile representation. The tiles are arranged to subtly create a sense of the cross, in the centre reminding us that God is at the centre of His creation and flows as a constant presence through our lives. The whole design reminds us that we are an interdependent part of God’s rich creation.  We thank Mrs Denise McMahon, Ms Lara Masselos, Mrs Rowena Marshall, and the Year 10 Art students listed below, for their very thoughtful and creative contribution to our community.

Thank you to our Year 10 2021 artists for their contribution to the new signage for Pacific Lutheran College. Maya Armitage, Madeline Attard, Ruby Cleland, Caelan Dean-Meredith, Mia Hetherington, Ella Kidd, Elizabeth Maclean, Beyonce Mathew, Elyse McFadyen, Gabrielle Rattey, Ayla Sheridan, Mia Sheridan, Jade Smart, Tiffany Szerenyi, Harrison Taylor, Annalise Whight, Zaida Williams, Ashton Whight, Sofia Aronsson, Jazmyn Bell, Mona Finney, Keira Hickey, Jewel Jamieson, Samantha McVicar, Hanna Meager, Davina Sebastian, Shallah Siddans, Frank Smith, Roze Stockwell, and Eden Williams.

Congratulations to our Esport teams who have reached the semi-finals of the Rocket League competition this week.  The international competition conducted by the Federation of United Schools Esports (FUSE) as part of the FUSE Cup provides the opportunity for students to compete across Oceania. We thank Mrs Janine Stone for her leadership of the teams and wish the teams all the best for the semi-finals.

Congratulations to Elke Madlener and Jada Baker who competed successfully at the National Kayaking competition last week. Elke won a Bronze Medal in the K4 500m Nationals Final & finished 5th in the K2 1000m Australian Nationals Final. Jada won a Bronze Medal in the National Canoe Sprint Championships after a week of intense competition. Well done to these students and thank you to Mr Gary Graves and his team for their development of our kayakers.

We thank God for all of the simple joys that surround us each day come rain or shine.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Chaplain

Don't Worry, Be Happy

Always be joyful because you belong to the Lord. I will say it again. Be joyful! Let everyone know how gentle you are... Don’t worry about anything.

(Philippians 4:4 – 6)

I have worked in a variety of different roles in the College since I began at Pacific all the way back in 2004. In that time, I’ve seen literally thousands of students graduate and walk out our gates as young adults ready to “step out into the world on their own”. Each of those students had a story to tell. Each of their journeys throughout school were different, but every single one of them progressed through their final ‘tunnel of love’ at the end of their journey with joy in their hearts and pride for where they have gotten to.

The students that have made the most impact on my life, during my time at Pacific Lutheran College, have been those whose journey was not always smooth. Very rarely are there graduates who didn’t experience some level of anxiousness, worry, or conflict during their time at the College. It always amazes me that the students who have the biggest problems and are dealing with the biggest issues with academics all seem to graduate in the same way as the rest of the cohort – happy and full of life.  All the worry and anxiety that comes with school life seems to fade away, for a brief period at least.

In his letter to the Philippians, St Paul tells the people of the time to “not worry about anything”. Imagine if this was the advice that I gave students who have come to me for help! But this is exactly what Paul is telling us to do. Although it is difficult for us to put it into action, there is no point in focusing on negative things or worrying about things that are out of our control; or worrying about anything for that matter.

It appears we have plenty to worry about in this day and age, a quick read of the news headlines is enough! It is so easy for us to focus on these negative things, but in most instances what does that achieve? Jesus points us to where our positivity lies, but more than that, he answers why we should be positive and not worry: because we are children of God. And that’s where our hope comes from as we “step out into the world (never) on our own”.

Mr Mark Hauser, College Chaplain

From the Head of Middle College

Middle College Connections

This week our Year 6 Leaders began connections with their Year 3 peers. ‘Boardom Busters’ is an initiative that has gained traction in fortnightly meetings with our leaders and this week the imitative was brought to life. On Monday 23rd May, 20 enthusiastic Year 3 students were invited as ‘guests’ into the Year 6 classrooms for a lunchtime connection session. There were great conversations and laughter shared as the organic connections formed with mutual enjoyment of board games.

These sessions will continue to be offered every Monday during lunch which offers mutual benefits to each year level. The connection sessions further develop the Year 6 students’ Leadership skills, and the Year 3 students can interact with older students in a new and exciting area of the College that they are yet to explore. Well done Year 6 students and thank you to the Year 3 students!

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Middle College (Acting)

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

Coming Together

Held every Monday, our assemblies provide a time to meet and showcase the learning and celebration in and around the College. Every second week we will meet as a Foundation College (Prep-Year 2) and two weeks after as a Junior College (Year 3-5). We meet as Prep-Year 5 every alternate week. We can tailor our pastoral focus on learning and celebrations by meeting in smaller groups and adjusting our language and direction accordingly.

At our last P-2 assembly, Mrs Ridley and Mrs Hogan shared a beautiful children’s book, “Being you” by Peter H. Reynolds. The story focuses on the things that make us distinctive. Being curious, being different, and being persistent are themes encouraged by the book that reinforces that being the way you are is just fine. In a world where it is easy to be reminded of what you are not, it is lovely to be reminded of all the possibilities that lie within our grasp.

In assembly this week, as a Junior College, we began to better understand the language around the “We” of the Pacific Way.” For anyone to flourish, the road ahead needs to be precise. Terms such as “tolerance” and “celebrating other’s gifts” serve as a reminder that we all have specific gifts and other competencies add value to our own rather than diminish.

One of the key themes in the Pacific Way is tolerance. The tolerance to understand that things don’t always go to plan and sometimes through no fault of our own is an important lesson to learn. Developing a tolerance for our own faults is again another valuable learning opportunity. Everyone makes mistakes, and mistakes provide valuable opportunities to reflect on where we may do things differently in the future. Elements of our You Can Do It Program explore the notion of ‘catastrophising’ and making minor missteps as something which can sometimes become all-encompassing.

The first step in forgiveness is forgiving ourselves. By acknowledging and understanding that we make mistakes because we are human, we permit ourselves to be honest with ourselves and move on to keep improving as learners and as people.


I want to thank the many volunteers amongst the Year 5 Gawun Leaders who gave up their own time to be part of the Open Day Tours on the College Open Day. The motivation of our student leaders was outstanding and joining students from the Middle and Senior Colleges provided an added perspective on the opportunities and learning occurring within the Junior College. The feedback on the day from families new to the College was exemplary, and we thank all students for their involvement in showcasing our College to the community.

Year 4 Outdoor Education

Earlier this term, I enjoyed attending the Year 4 Outdoor Education Experience at QCCC in Mapleton. The planning and coordination between learning experiences and curriculum were outstanding, and I would like to thank Mr Paul Brace for his coordination and oversight. Mr Brace was ably supported by Mrs Sarah Atkinson, Mr Joe Doran, Mrs Amanda Empson, Mrs Sharon Middleton and Mr Robert Belchamber.  It is an intentional move to increase the days away in Year 4, and it was noticeable how much the students grew during their time away. At times, the elements were challenging, but they only added a unique flavour to the experience. A powerful part of any Outdoor Education Program at the College contributes to their camp journal, which will ultimately be presented to them on their exit from the College in Year 12. The students, reflections, and documentation provide a snapshot of their experiences throughout their time at the college.


As the weather cools, we ask parents and students for their support of the uniform policy by combining the correct jumper with the appropriate uniform. Our conversation regarding care for self surrounds how we present ourselves to the community. Our uniform is an observable and easily recognisable sign for others to read the story we want to tell in so many ways. We also ask that jumpers are clearly labeled so they may be returned to their owners quickly, as they are often discarded as the weather warms during the day. We thank you in advance for your support.

Take care, and God bless,

Mr Damian Davis, Head of Staff and Students P-5

From the Head of Career Development

Career News

Canada comes to PLC (Year 9, 10, 11, and 12)

Pacific Lutheran College students have a wonderful opportunity next month to meet a representative from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and learn about studying in Canada.

UBC is a four-year public university, one of Canada's top institutions. It is ranked 42nd in the world in the Academic Ranking of World Universities, 37th in Times Higher Education World University rankings, and 13th in the World Impact Rankings. UBC's Vancouver campus is located on the west coast, in beautiful Vancouver BC. Their second campus, the Okanagan campus, is located 4 hours east of Vancouver in the city of Kelowna and offers an intimate learning environment.

UBC is truly an international institution, with faculty from all over the world and students from 165 countries. Over 30 different languages are taught at UBC, and with many opportunities for exchange study abroad, students can enjoy an exceptional international education.

At the undergraduate level, there are more than 260 different programs to choose from, in comprehensive fields of study. UBC is also a research-intensive institution where undergraduates can engage in research, and explore knowledge at the forefront of their chosen field.  Upon graduation, UBC degrees are fully recognized worldwide - in fact, our graduates go on to leading post-graduate schools, such as MIT, Yale, Harvard, and the London School of Economics.

If you are interested in finding out more about studying at UBC, you need to register for our “Pacific Lutheran College presents UBC” event on 10th June. Click here to register.

Aviation Australia Open Day (Year 10, 11, and 12)

Aviation Australia trains Aircraft Engineers, Cabin Crew, and Drone Pilots. They are opening their doors on Saturday 18th June to young people interested in learning about the career opportunities in aviation. The facilities used by students will be on show, and staff will be there to answer your questions. There are three sessions to choose from. For more information, or to register, click here

Student Accommodation Expo – last chance to register (Year 11 and 12)

If you are planning to move to Brisbane for university study after Year 12, the Residential Living Expo will help you find a place to live while you are studying. Representatives from almost all the student accommodation providers in Brisbane will be at the expo to answer your questions. The expo also includes a series of presentations by some of the providers.  The event will be held at Sunshine Coast Grammar School on Monday 30th May from 4.00pm to 6.00pm. Registration is essential if you wish to attend any of the presentations. Please see the attached flyer for information and a registration link.

Mrs Wanda Hayes, Head of Career Development

Food for Thought

Positive Psychology

In the past few years, there has been an explosion in books and courses about happiness. Brain science has progressed more in the past decade than in the previous hundred years, allowing us to understand the biological bases of human emotion.  Research in positive psychology has made great strides in clarifying the things that make us happy. Through social media, we have more access to this information than ever before. Yet we don’t seem to be happier than we were a generation ago.

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Upcoming Events

Sports Day BBQ – click here for more details

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

SCISSA Gala Day BBQ at Meridan Fields

  • Thursday 9th June

If you can help at any of these three events (even for an hour or so) and have completed the PLC Volunteer Induction, please let us know. Email:

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

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 shortly

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

Volunteering at Pacific

Hosting events such as the upcoming Sports Day and Gala Day BBQ 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 August 12th at 9.00am. Please contact Kim Bonello to register your interest in attending this course.

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


The Cast, Crew, and Staff Production Team would like to thank the many students, parents, and friends that attended our production of ‘Dracula’.

We are incredibly proud of each and every person who was involved in the show as a continued celebration of The Arts and Live Performance at Pacific Lutheran College.

Mrs Janine Delaney, Director

Library News

Under 8s Week

To celebrate Under 8’s Week, the library staff set up a maze where children were challenged to find literary characters such as The Cat in the Hat, Paddington Bear, and the Gruffalo, while finding their way out of the maze. Our K-5 kids had fun exploring the maze and spotting their favourite books.

National Simultaneous Storytime

This week, schools all around Australia stopped to read the same book at the same time to celebrate the importance of books and of reading. This year’s book was Family Tree by Josh Pyke, a beautiful story of a gum tree watching over a family as they both grow. Thanks to all the classes who got involved.

Book Club

Book Club order forms went out last week and orders need to be submitted online by next Monday 30th, please.

Ms Narelle Keen, Head of Library

Sport News

Year 7-12 Sport

Monday Night Netball

We started off very well by having all games played despite the forecast – We arrived at the courts, still no rain, and completed the 4.00pm games. Second-round games started with the rain trickling but by the end of the second quarter we had torrential rain and all games were cancelled. This was very disappointing for the teams that only had half a game as playing a full game would have possibly given a different result.

SCISSA Volleyball

Student Accomplishments

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

  • Joseph Harrys for his selection in the 13-16 years Independent District Football Team. We wish him all the best in the upcoming regional tournament.
  • Elke Madlener (Year 10) competed in the 2022 Australian National Kayak Championships held in Adelaide last week.  Elke received a Bronze Medal in the K4 500m Nationals Final & 5th in the K2 1000m Australian Nationals Final.
  • Jada Baker competed in the 2022 Australian National Canoe Sprint Championships in Adelaide last week. Jada won a Bronze Medal and earned numerous PB’s.

Developing Athletes Program

Our students in the PLC Developing Athletes Program have been working hard in their sessions and have really been impressing the strength coaches from Sunshine Coast Sports Institute. It is great to see this level of commitment from our athletes, and I’m sure that their efforts in the program are transferring to their sporting pursuits. We are always on the lookout for more enthusiastic athletes to invite to the program as we continue to build on our sporting potential at PLC. If you have any questions regarding the program, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

7-12 Inter-House Athletics Carnival

We are looking forward to a break in the weather for our Year 7-12 Interhouse Carnival next Friday! It will be a great opportunity for our students to be able to get out and have a fun day of competition. We are expecting all students to come along and represent their houses on the day. There will be opportunities for all levels of athletes to participate and gain points for their houses. Students will be required to catch the bus to and from school, with the bus schedule to be sent out early next week. A full program will also be sent out at this time. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr West.

A reminder that we are organizing 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 and 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 will also be looking to hold the Triple Jump event purely as a trial for districts. Interested students need to contact Mr West and we will organize a lunchtime to run a trial if we have too many competitors in an age group.

Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Sport 

Junior Sport

3-6 PLC Athletics Carnival Information

The Primary Inter-house Athletics Carnival will be held next Thursday 2nd June (Week 7). The carnival will be held at the University of the Sunshine Coast track. Students will need to meet in their classroom that morning at 8.25am sharp for roll call before boarding buses to head out to the carnival.

Students will need to wear their house shirt and their sports hat on the day and bring a packed lunch and water bottle. Friends of Pacific will be running a BBQ and selling drinks on the day as well.

10-12 Years 1500m – District Selection

Monday 30th May (7.30am – 8.25am – Meridan AFL fields)

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

Brisbane Active Football Program

Coming up later this term, Pacific will host the Brisbane Active Football Program on Friday afternoons on the College fields. Details regarding the program are included in the attached flyer and pictured 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 use the contact details below for any queries.

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

Pacific FC


Poor conditions across the Sunshine Coast led to Round 7 being cancelled last Saturday and Pacific Lutheran College fields closed for training this week.

We thank the PLC ground staff for their continued maintenance of our fields, especially over this intense wet-weather period. We are hoping the fields will hold up for our home game this Saturday but please check the SCCSA website for any changes. The Round 8 Draw can be found here.

This Saturday 28th, the new All Abilities Program will launch at Pacific. Our very own Trevor Picken (Jimmy U10 and Jed U15/16) has campaigned for the inclusion of All Abilities, and we are very happy to host the first game. Please make the players and teams welcome at Pacific on that day. Field 7 (nearest the sports gym) has been allocated for the game at 10.20am. Because of this, there is a slight alteration to the U7 Snappers times for Rounds 8 and 9.

U9 Sharks

Our U9 Sharks took the opportunity while the fields were closed this week to have a team get-together at Spinners Bar and Bowl, Caloundra. The team had a fabulous time and Spinners have since decided to sponsor our club with Encouragement Awards. We thank our team manager Katie, for organising the support for our club!

Election Day BBQ at PLC

Thank you to Amanda (U11 Marlins) for helping with the Election Day BBQ last Saturday. It was great to catch up with so many soccer families while they cast their vote.

Smartasport Session – Sports Hub

Our U15/16 Pacific Eels took a visit to the Sports Hub this week to work with the Smartasport high-performance team. After undergoing several fitness tests to gauge speed, agility, and strength, the team was put through their paces in the gym with a workout.

We thank Nannette from the Sunshine Coast Sports Institute (SCSI) for her expertise. This session was a great opportunity for our players to discover their strengths and work on minimising injuries in future games.

Our U14 Barracudas will also be heading to the Sports Hub in the coming weeks to work with Nannette.

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, 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


27       Caloundra Show Day


2         Year 3-6 Athletics Carnival

3         Year 3-6 Athletics Carnival continued

16       Year 2 Amazing Race Excursion

20       Year 7 Outdoor Education Program