Compass no 649 - June 2022

From the Principal

Being Before Doing

As we wake each morning, our minds can quickly switch into the list of things that await us on a new day.  Slowing our minds by taking time to notice the beauty in the people and the world around us can help us to be more human beings than “human doings”.  Stepping outside, taking deep breaths of fresh cold air, maybe seeing the last stars of the night battling with an emerging sunrise can recentre and refresh.  Taking time to reflect on the things we are grateful for in this new moment and new day can also freshen our minds and bring joy.

God invites us to, “Be Still and Know That I Am God”.  We are invited to come to Him in prayer and put our trust in Him to take care of our needs.  By letting go of our chatter, we are freed to grow richly within His grace as we adventure through the successes and learning moments of each day.

(adapted from Richard Rohr, 2018, Just This, pages 72-73 Letting Go of the Junk, Centre For Action and Contemplation, New Mexico)

Principal's Log

Congratulations to our Year 5 to 10 teams who enjoyed the opportunity to participate in the da Vinci Decathlon online tournament last week.  The competition provides the opportunity for highly able students to expand their thinking, build team skills and enhance their creativity as they compete with students from schools across the state. Students compete in teams across ten different disciplines.  We congratulate all teams, particularly our Year 5 team who came 1st in ideation, 1st in science and 3rd in legacy, and our Year 9 team who were 2nd in ideation, 3rd in engineering, 3rd in art and poetry and 3rd in code breaking.  This is an outstanding achievement for these students and we thank Mr Andrew Block, Mrs Julie Darr, Mrs Adelle Byerlee, Mrs Linda Sydes, and Mrs Chantelle McAllister for providing this rich learning experience for our students.

Our Year 3 to 12 students enjoyed the opportunity to compete in their Athletics Carnivals last week at the Sunshine Coast University Athletic Track.  Students showed very high levels of participation and spirit. Wira house won both the Year 3-6 and the Year 7-12 carnivals and Bula house won the spirit award at both carnivals. We congratulate all students on the way they participated and supported their houses and thank the Friends of Pacific BBQ team for providing much-appreciated food and beverages on the days. Thank you to our Physical Education staff, very capably led by Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Mr Darren Hooper and newly appointed Sports Administrator Mrs Lisa Muir, for their organisation and leadership of the carnivals. 

We congratulate our netballers on a successful season as part of the Sunshine Coast Secondary School Netball Competition and wish the PLC Jade, PLC Sapphires and PLC Opal teams all the best for their grand final games played at 4.00pm and 5.00pm on Monday 13th June.

It was a delight to watch our U13 Boys Rugby team compete against Sunshine Coast Grammar in the semi finals last night. It was a tightly contested game where both teams displayed high levels of skill and sportsmanship.  The boys can be very proud of their performance.  Grammar won the game by a converted try. We wish our boys all the best as they now go on to play for the silver plate next week.

May God grant us the presence of mind to grow through moments of stillness.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Chaplain

The Right Kind of Training

Last week in chapel, we heard about the importance and significance of the Fourth Commandment – “honour your father and your mother”. This is the first of God’s commandments that has a promise; that God will look after us.

There is something special about the family unit in God’s eyes. He values it highly and wants it to be a harmonious and loving environment where we are helping each other and honouring each other. This week, the thread looks at the role parents play in the development of the family unit.

My father was an elite Rugby Union player. He played for the Australian Wallabies (back in the 70s). In order to get there, he had to undergo rigorous training and be disciplined in all that he did. Unfortunately, back then they didn’t have the same advances in training techniques or nutrition that we know of today, but he still found a way! His whole philosophy was to push himself as hard as his body could take. Like any elite athlete, he disciplined his body to improve and adapt to the imposed demands he placed on it. If he would have just simply maintained his regular lifestyle, he would never have gotten to the international stage of the sport.

But there had to be a line. Push yourself too hard, and you can injure yourself and do irreparable damage. He needed to engage in the right kind of training (physically, mentally, and spiritually) for him to succeed.

In this week’s bible reading (Ephesians 6:1-4) God acknowledges the disciple that is required by parents to their children but also warns of making sure that children are brought up and “trained” in the right way. The right training is essential for the spiritual growth of children and is more important today, than ever before. God recognises this and urges adults too, to honour their children and bring them up with the right training.

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. "Honour your father and mother"—which is the first commandment with a promise— "that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth." Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Mr Mark Hauser, College Chaplain

From the Head of Learning Senior College

Year 11 2023 Information Evening

Year 10 students and parents are invited to attend a presentation on Wednesday 15th June that unpacks the Queensland Certificate of Education and provides information about Senior College academic pathways.  Australian Tertiary Admission Ranks (ATARs) and alternate study patterns and pathways will also be discussed. This evening will be an important precursor to the 2022 Subject Selection Expo on Wednesday 13th July.

Both parents and students are strongly encouraged to attend to gain insights into the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority and the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre’s processes and the multiple ways that students may approach their senior course of study.

The evening will begin at 6.00pm in the Pacific Lutheran College gymnasium and conclude at approximately 7.00pm.

Ms Anne-Marie Gerlach, Head of Learning Senior College

From the Acting Head of Middle College Students

Middle College News

Our Middle College students are very busy studying for exams and working on assignments as we approach the end of Semester 1. This signals a direct, explicit need for focusing on time management to ensure students can comfortably and confidently handle these added pressures. Some ideas for students and parents to consider:

  • No screens/devices in bedrooms
  • A visual calendar with times allocated to each subject area
  • Healthy breakfast each morning
  • Daily exercise
  • Minimum of 8 hours of unbroken sleep per night

We encourage all students and parents to explore some very helpful hints and tips to assist our young people in successfully navigating this time of year. A perfect place to start is ‘School TV’ located on the Pacific Lutheran College website. There are some wonderfully practical ideas that can be implemented easily in your home and can help your child to achieve their potential.

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Middle College (Acting)

From the Head of Learning K-5

Maths and Problem-Solving Skills

To develop a basic understanding of maths children need to learn how to solve even the most difficult maths problems. These difficult maths problems are typically word problems. Teaching children how to solve word problems in maths is critical if they are to develop a full understanding of maths.

Children can typically solve a maths problem presented in numbers and equations. However, when the same maths problem is written in a paragraph or sentence format, many children have difficulty sorting the important information from the distracting information. It is not the fact they cannot solve the maths problem in most cases, it is simply they do not know a plan or strategy for solving the problem.

Strategies for Maths Problem Solving

The key to solving maths word problems is to have a plan or strategy, which works in any maths word problem-solving situation. For children having problems with maths word problems, the following 12 tips are provided to help children become good problem solvers.

  1. Read the problem carefully looking for clues and important information. Write down the clues, underline them, or highlight the clues.
  2. If necessary, rewrite the problem to help find these clues.
  3. Look for clues to determine which maths operation is needed to solve the problem, for example, addition, subtraction, etc. Look for key words like sum, difference, product, perimeter, area, etc. They lead to the operation needed to solve the problem.
  4. Look for what is needed to solve the problem, for example: how many are left, the total will be, everyone gets red, everyone gets one of each, etc.
  5. Use variable symbols, such as “X” for missing information.
  6. Eliminate all non-essential information by drawing a line through distracting information.
  7. Draw sketches, drawings, and models to see the problem.
  8. Is the word problem similar to previous work, if so, how was it solved?
  9. Develop a plan based on the information determined to be important for solving the problem.
  10. Carry out the plan using the maths operations which were determined would find the answer.
  11. Does the answer seem reasonable, if it does then it is probably ok – if not then check the work.
  12. Work the problem in reverse or backward, starting with the answer to see if you wind up with your original problem.

Problem Solving in Maths is Personal

The ability to solve problems is the foundation of mathematics. For a student in any year level in school, the road to understanding maths is through the problem-solving gateway. To develop the ability to solve problems, children need to make a personal connection as they visualise, touch, and see the problem.

All parents can do problem-solving at home. For example:

  • How many songs can be downloaded from iTunes for $7.75?
  • How much to charge a neighbor for cutting their grass?
  • How many cars do I need to wash to buy a new game, when charging $5.00 for each car wash?
  • How many marbles will fit inside a jar? First, determine the volume in the jar. Next, determine a reasonable estimate of the number of marbles by using similar materials.
  • When cooking, use fractions when baking.

Geometry Maths Problems

How about seeing what geometric shapes are in your home or outside the home? Geometry is everywhere in homes and nature, examples include:

  • Traffic Signs – octagon, square, round, etc.
  • Bicycles – using “Pi x d” to find the circumference or “Pi x r2” for the area of their bike’s wheels.
  • Windows – square, circle, rectangle, etc.
  • Walls, Floors, Ceilings – rectangle, right angles, perpendicular, parallel, etc.
  • Trees and Bushes – oval, 2 dimensional, 3 dimensional, Round, Cone, etc.
  • Swing Sets and other playground equipment – triangle, square, rectangle, etc.
  • Pythagorean’s Theorem – how to determine a right angle of anything being constructed to ensure the corner is exactly 90 degrees.

There are so many more possibilities, just get your children to look at what they see.

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

From the Head of Instrumental Music

State Honors Ensemble Programme (SHEP)

Last weekend, 6 Middle College music students attended the State Honours Ensemble Programme at the Brisbane Conservatorium of Music in conjunction with Griffith University. The students attended two days of rehearsals with renowned conductors. Their weekends culminated in a final concert on Sunday to showcase the work they had done all weekend. Congratulations go out to, Cooper Darlington, Emily Studiman, Jax Bautista, Kahlea Jones, Joseph Modlin & Charlie Schefe.

Ensembles Concert

The music department has been working incredibly hard to prepare for their upcoming Ensembles Concert next Friday 17th at 6.00pm in the PLC Gymnasium. Booking information has been sent out via email but if you have missed it the details can be found here. Please register using the link found here. Food and drinks will be available to pre-order or on the night. The students are excited to show you what they have been working on all year.

Mrs Helen Williams, Head of Instrumental Music (P-12)

From the Head of Career Development

Career News

Generation Innovation Challenge (Years 9-12)

The GI Challenge is seeking a talented group of budding young entrepreneurs to join the 2022 Generation Innovation Challenge. The GI Challenge is a FREE 12-week program for Sunshine Coast locals aged 15 to 25 to unleash their innovation and launch their dream business, and in the process, stand a chance to win a $10,000 prize package!

Whether you’re wanting to leverage new technology, put your own stamp on a familiar product or service, or tackle a social or environmental challenge, enterprises of all kinds are welcome at the GI Challenge.

Your future beckons:

  • Learn business fundamentals and get the edge in any career path
  • Network with our sponsors, the Coast’s leading business minds
  • Experience one-to-one mentoring and support
  • Be part of something big: join the Coast’s thriving startup ecosystem

Click here for our flyer and here for key dates. Check us out on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

For more information and to register visit the Generation Innovation website.

CQ University Parents and Year 12s Webinar (Year 12)

CQ University’s Parents and Year 12s Webinar is available for all Year 12 students and their parents on Tuesday 14th June from 4.00pm – 5.00pm AEST.

The webinar will walk parents, students, and teachers through the post Year 12 transition, including information on:

  • Opportunities after high school
  • Making career choices
  • Where to find course information, including entry requirements
  • How to apply
  • Alternate pathways
  • Course fees
  • Scholarships
  • What comes after applying

PLC Tertiary Applications information evening for Year 12 students and parents (Year 12)

There will be a Tertiary Applications information evening for Year 12 students and parents on Tuesday 26th July. The evening, hosted by Mrs Wanda Hayes will provide information on:

  • How the Tertiary Applications process works in Queensland and in other States
  • Early offer schemes at Queensland universities and how to apply for them
  • Applying for university scholarships
  • The special consideration process and how to apply
  • How to manage the university application and offer process

Tertiary applications for current Year 12 students do not open until early August.

Mrs Wanda Hayes, Head of Career Development

Food for Thought

SPECIAL REPORT: Building Resilience Post Pandemic

Unfortunately, the mental health of young people has been significantly impacted by the pandemic. As many families settle back into pre-COVID routines, there seems to be a pervasive sense of optimism about what lies ahead.

Unfortunately, children and teens are not immune to what is now being termed the “psychological pandemic”. Young people are at risk of not achieving the primary demands of developmental tasks such as procuring independence, identity formation, as well as obtaining and maintaining peer relationships. What kids need most in the current environment is support, understanding, empathy, and encouragement from caring adults. They live up or down to the expectations we set for them.

If there is a remedy to the adversity caused by the pandemic, then it is the building of resilience. Resilience is the capacity to face, overcome, be strengthened, and transformed by adversity. There are 7 integral and interrelated components that make up being resilient that can help young people thrive and develop healthy coping strategies.

This Special Report explores the “7 C’s of Resilience” and includes suggested strategies on how adult carers can best facilitate them. We hope you take a moment to reflect on the information offered, and as always, we welcome your feedback. If this raises any concerns for you, a loved one, or the wellbeing of your child, please seek medical or professional help.

Here is the link to your special report

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Upcoming Events

A huge thank to our AMAZING BBQ team, who fed over 1000 students, spectators and parents at the Junior and Middle/Senior Athletics Day as well as the Year 4-6 Gala Day. Special mention to Mrs Teena Thompson and Mrs Allyson Sarvari for their organisation and commitment to hosting these events for the Pacific community. I’m sure all College families appreciate the effort and time involved in the planning to ensure the days ran smoothly for everyone. Thank you!


Our Junior Car Park Auction will open online soon for Term 3 and 4.

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

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

Volunteering at Pacific

Hosting events 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 12th August 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

da Vinci Decathlon 2022

Last week over a series of three different days, small groups of students across Years 5 to 10 competed in the da Vinci Decathlon online tournament.

The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students. Students compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines: engineering, mathematics, codebreaking, art and poetry, Science, English, ideation, creative producers, cartography, and legacy.

It is a chance for high-ability learners to participate in a fun and engaging challenge that focuses on team building, creativity, and exploring new ideas. This year for the first time, the competition was conducted online against other schools including some very large Brisbane schools and others from across the state.

On Monday the results for the tournament were finalised and placegetters announced.

Year 5

1st Science, 1st Ideation, 3rd Legacy

Year 9

2nd Ideation, 3rd Engineering, 3rd Art and Poetry, 3rd Code Breaking

Congratulations to all students who participated in the tournament. It was an enjoyable and academically challenging time with great teamwork and spirit shown.

A huge thanks to the staff involved: Mrs. Julie Darr, Mrs. Adelle Byerlee, Mrs. Linda Sydes, and Mrs. Chantelle McCallister.

Mr Andrew Block, Teacher – Science, Mathematics

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, SENIOR FORMAL SHIRTS, SPORTS SHORTS, and SPORTS POLOS are now back in stock and can be ordered via Flexischools or make an appointment to come in store for a fitting. 

Please be patient as we are still experiencing delays on stock across all areas and shipping delays from manufacturers. 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

School photos have been RESCHEDULED TO TUESDAY 21ST JUNE

Year 7 students will have their photos taken on TUESDAY 2ND AUGUST due to being away on the Year 7 Camp.

Extra Curriculum Day photos will be taken on Wednesday 3rd August.

If you haven’t already done so, please complete your orders online at

1             Online code: B7H 8V9 RRH

2             Select ORDER PHOTOS from the menu to order this year’s packages.

3             Enter the first student’s details you wish to order for and hit PROCEED.

4             Use the SELECT check box for the package/s you wish to purchase.  List the quantity required and ADD TO CART.

5             CHECKOUT

6             Check that the item is correct and click CHECKOUT to finalise your order or CONTINUE SHOPPING to add an order   

    for another student.

7             Check your order carefully, as refunds will NOT be given for incorrect choices.

8             Enter your payment details and hit PAY.

9             A receipt for your payment and order will be sent to the email address provided.

Ms Carolyn Sainty, Administrative Executive Secretary

Library News

New LibGuides Added

The following libguides were added this week to help students with their assignments. The password to access them is plc.

12 Biology

2 HASS – local history topics

“Telling Stories” Writing Competition

Students in Years 4-12 are invited to submit a short story to the Telling Stories writing competition. The theme for this year’s competition is “I wonder why?” There are cash prizes for the top five stories in each age group. Entries must be submitted to Ms Keen by Friday 9th September. The entry form, with conditions of entry, is attached here.

To celebrate the inclusion of the new senior category, the USC Creative Writing team is offering a one-on-one mentorship with one of their lecturers to the 1st Prize winner of the senior category. The top five seniors will receive free admission to a series of writing workshops offered by the Sunshine Institute of Creative Writing.

Holiday Writing Camp and Workshop

If you’re a budding author aged 7-14 you might like to go to the Write Like an Author event – including a one-day workshop and a three-day camp. For more information, see the attached flyer here.

Ms Narelle Keen, Head of Library

Sport News

Year 7-12 Sport

7-12 Interhouse Athletics Carnival

Last Friday, our Year 7-12 students enjoyed a fantastic day of sunshine and competition for our Inter-House Athletics Carnival. It was great to see so many students get involved on the day, with some tremendous individual efforts on show. Congratulations to Patrick Dale (Year 10) and Chantelle Page (Year 11) for breaking the High Jump records for their age divisions. A special mention also goes to Abby Novosel (Year 7) for equaling the High Jump record in her age group. We are looking forward to announcing our boys and girls age champions at our 6-12 Assembly next week.

It was such a tight contest that up until the relays, only 20 points separated 1st and 2nd place Houses and there were only 100 points between 1st and 4th. Congratulations to Wira House for storming home with the relays to take out the Champions Trophy for 2022. Spirit is a big part of our carnivals, and Bula were worthy winners of the Spirit Trophy this year for their support and encouragement for their team throughout the day. Thank you to all students and staff for a great event.

Monday Night Netball

We had three teams who made it through to the semi-finals with all three teams winning quite convincingly on Monday and now move to the Grand Finals on Monday 13th June.

A very big congratulations to the teams and coaches and we wish them the very best of luck for their grand final games. This is an excellent result for the school as this is the first time we have had more than one team make the Sunshine Coast Secondary School Netball Grand Finals.

Results were:

Our netball program has been a big part of the students’ netball journey and we hope this will encourage more students to join next year. We would like to see as many supporters as we can for our finals next Monday.

Grand Final Times are:

Rugby Union

Congratulations to our U13 Boys team for their fantastic performances this season, earning them a spot in the Semi Finals against Sunshine Coast Grammar. They fought valiantly in their Semi Final loss, stepping up to play for each other and showing great grit and determination. With only minutes to go, our boys scored to bring the score to 17-12, with an opportunity for a last effort to take the game. Unfortunately, there just wasn’t enough time to get back to the other end to score, but the boys should be extremely proud of the skill and passion they demonstrated throughout the match. They will compete in the Silver Plate final next week and we wish them all the best.

SCISSA Volleyball

Student Accomplishments

Well done to Miles Wilson for winning gold medals for Karate at the recent QLD State Championships. We wish him all the best for the National Titles in August!

PLC Kayaking

PLC Kayaking is back into full training each Monday and Thursday after school at Lake Kawana.

Depending on ability, students are training in K1, K2, K4, TK1, Tk2, and C1 in preparation for the school sprint and marathon championships early Term 4. Most training sessions consist of marathon training (1.5km – 10km depending on age group) and sprint training over 200m and 500m.

This year we welcome Mr Mark Rantel to our coaching team. Mark has had extensive involvement in coaching both kayaking and surf lifesaving over many years. Mark will be working with our more talented paddlers working on fitness development and stroke correction.

Some of Mark’s achievements as a kayaking competitor include:

2007                  World Cup Marathon Denmark

2009                  World Cup Marathon Hungary

Australian K2 Champion

World Championships Portugal (top 10 finish)

2011                  Australian K2 Marathon Champion

3 x Victorian K2 Marathon Champion

3 x Victorian K1 Marathon Champion

Victorian Institute of Sport member

Students at Pacific Lutheran College are very privileged to be able to train in a school kayaking team, train on a world-class lake, have access to a diverse array of equipment, and be able to get instruction from leading coaches such as Mark Rantel.

Please contact Mr Graves for more information at

See you on the water!

Term 3 Sport Selection

Term 3 Sport Surveys are open for student sport selections and they close on Friday of this week. Students will need to use the 7-12 Sport NAV page to access this survey. Year 7-9 students will be given an opportunity to complete their selections during PE theory classes. If students are unsure of the process or have questions about sports, they are encouraged to contact Mr West.

Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Sport

Junior Sport

3-6 PLC Athletics Carnival

Last Thursday, the weather provided a beautiful Winter’s day for our Year 3-6 students to participate in the Athletics Carnival. Held out at the University of the Sunshine Coast, it was great to see high levels of house spirit and student participation and engagement. Bula took out the spirit trophy on the day with some fantastic cheering and house spirit on display throughout the carnival.

Congratulations to the following students who were named runners-up and age champions at the end of the carnival.

Congratulations also to the following students who set new records on the day.

Finally, congratulations to Wira who were crowned the 2022 overall house champions at the end of the carnival. The final points for the day were:

WIRA – 2848

MUMBA – 2122

BURAN – 1803

BULA - 1660

P-2 Interhouse Cross Country Carnival

The P-2 Interhouse Cross Country Carnival will take place on Wednesday 22nd June (Week 10). An information letter was sent home to families this week outlining the course and relevant details about the afternoon. Please note all students will need to wear their full sports uniform with House shirts to school on the day of the carnival. Parents are warmly invited to come along and support their child but are requested to always remain on the outside of the playing field fence whilst spectating.

Student Success

Over the last couple of weeks, we have had a number of students attend District and Regional sporting trials. Well done to the following students on their achievements.

Tennis – Isabella Welsh

Isabella recently competed in the Under 12 Sunshine Coast Regional Tennis Trials. Isabella won the tournament and is now regional champion as she progresses through to the State Championship in Cairns.

Rugby Union

Three students from PLC (Saxon Mathers, Mitchel Van Dyke and Tom Cannon were members of the Under 12 Boys District Rugby Union team who competed last week at the Regional trials. The Independent team played exceptionally well and recorded several great wins.

Saxon and Mitchel were asked to play in the Possible’s vs Probable’s game at the end of the carnival with Mitchel gaining selection in the Sunshine Coast team to play in the State Championships in Rockhampton later this year.


Over the last two weeks, we have had a few boys attend the Under 12 Independent District Cricket trials at Matthew Flinders. Well done to Fletcher Friend and Josh Allen who have been selected in this team to compete at the Sunshine Coast Regional trials.

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

Another awesome round of netball this weekend. After Saturday’s games, our PLC Fireballs and PLC Rebels are sitting at the top of the ladder, undefeated. A big congratulations go to all the girls and their determination as well as to their coaches Michelle and Nicole. Keep up the great work! Good luck to all the teams for this Saturday, we can’t wait to watch you play!

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

Pacific FC

Thank you to the many volunteers who set up the fields, worked in the canteen and BBQ and packed up for our Round 9 home games. These games would not happen without the efforts of many. Our canteen bakers also did us proud on Saturday with an array of sweet treats on offer including brownies, muffins, cookies, and cupcakes!


U6 Mantarays - This was the re-match the Mantaray’s had been waiting for. A stronger, faster, better team took the field full of confidence coming off the game of the year last week. The highlights could have filled an ‘Eye of the Tiger’ Rocky montage. Unforgettable goals from Harvey, throw in precision from Emika and courageous tackling from Quinn all featured. Simply too much amazing play to cover it all. The adoring and vocal crowd gasped, and then silence fell amongst us as we witnessed our very own ‘hand of god’ moment as Ethan deflected the ball leading to a world class strike and goal from Hudson. People will be talking about this game for seasons to come. - Manager Mike

U7 Snappers - Snap snap snappers! 4-1 home game win. Liam got two goals, Elliott scored his first goal for the season and Xavier also got one! Big grins and great spirit. - Katie

U7 Stingrays - A ripper of a game for the team. They played so well! A huge improvement from them all as they showed great teamwork. Isaac was a superb goalie with lots of great saves and well-planned big kick outs. Finn defended the goals wonderfully kicking from the back line. Great attack from all the others as they ran and ran all game! Their happy faces at the end said it all. Manager - Kirsty

U8 Angelfish- The girls played their hearts out for 2 games! Two losses but we don’t mind, we were just excited to play as a full team for the first time all season! Congratulations to Abi, Meika, Dotti, Alaina and Isla who all won themselves an award today.

U9 Seahorses - The U9 Seahorses played 2 x back-to-back games with a draw on our first game and a loss on our second. Player of the match was Luella for game 1 and Autumn for game 2 - both giving it their all and showed great skills and sportsmanship. It was great to see the sun shining again and have the girls back on the field having fun. Our goal celebrations were on fire. Well done Seahorses and Coach Greg.  Manager - Gaby

U9 Sharks - Two games today for the Sharks. Two wins and a lot of grins! Game 1 Vs Stella Boom. Game 2 Vs Pacific Seahorses. All the boys played well, and we’re super proud they played two games back-to-back. Excellent defending and attack, and some sharp leg work to guard or recover the ball. A HUGE thank you to stand in Ref Michael Yared for being on field for both games! Manager - Katie

U11 Marlins - The team played really well in a very even game against Stella Scorchers. The final score was a draw 1-1. Congratulations to our Player of the Match, Zane T, with Charlie and Mani receiving encouragement awards for their work on the field. The boys then met up at Laserzone to enjoy their Fair Play Award from 2021. Manager - Amanda

U12 Razors - Razors excited to be back on the field again after a long break, for a home game against the Bli Bli Jesters. Lots of energy and pressure on the opponents gave the Razors the upper hand throughout the game. First half delivered many opportunities and a few near goals. In the second half the Razors took their game to another level again, showing some beautiful team play and combinations all over the park, resulting in a solid 2-0 win. Great game by all players and promising more fireworks to be expected over the next weeks. - Manager Lara

U14 Barracudas - Barracudas remain top of the table with a 3-0 victory against Unity Mambas, with the Barracudas playing at home for the first time this season.  Barracudas used wind to their advantage in the first half to put away three goals within the first 10 minutes.  The game tightened up and remained 3-0 at full time.  Special mention: - Nick, Isaac, Manny, Talys and Carter. Coach - Sheldon

U15/16 Eels – The team went head-to-head with Caloundra Black and resulted in one of the closest and most nail-biting games so far this season. When the whistle finally blew, the scores were locked at 1-1. Special mention to Joey Harrys for extraordinary keeping. Well done Eels.

The draw for Round 10 can be found here.

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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


13       Year 6 Tree Planting Excursion

16       Ensembles Concert

16       Year 2 Amazing Race Excursion

18       Year 12 Retreat – Luther Heights

20       Year 7 Outdoor Education Program

21       Friends of Pacific meeting