Compass no 656 - August 2022

From the Principal

Finding the Treasure

What are the real treasures in our lives? What is it that makes us rich as human beings? As we reflect on this question, our thoughts might include our families, friends, pets, colleagues, time spent engaging in the things we love which could be reading, sport, the arts, or being in nature, times of stillness, fun and laughter, wondering and having time to be creative and new experiences and learning. We can be inspired and find treasure in the stories of others as they achieve amazing things or overcome significant challenges. We are reminded of what a treasure our health is when we or others become unwell.  A treasure could be a smile, a hand of welcome, or a listening ear.  We find treasure as we respond to the needs of another person and reflect on the things for which we are grateful. 

The story of Job in the Bible reminds us of our greatest treasure and that is our relationship with God. In this story, Job loses everything in his life including his health.  The one thing that remains is his faith which sustains him. Taking time to explore our relationship to God and have it at our centre, enriches us deeply in all circumstances and enables other treasures to shine even more brightly.

Principal's Log

Congratulations to our Music students who took part in the Sunshine Coast Junior Eisteddfod.  The Eisteddfod provides a great opportunity for young people to experience the joy of performance to a broader audience. Well done to the over 100 Pacific students who took part and a special congratulations to the ensemble groups and many individuals who were placed or highly commended. Special mention to our Junior String Ensemble who were placed second and our Senior Chamber Strings and Senior String Ensembles who were highly commended. We congratulate and thank our instrumental teachers, conductors, accompanists, Head of Instrumental Music Mrs Helen Williams, Head of Music Mrs Carlie Purkis and teacher Mr Paul Cusick for inspiring a love of music and the growth of talent in our young people.

At Pacific, we value the opportunity to engage in learning while immersed in our natural environments. Year 2 students had the exciting opportunity to participate in their first Outdoor Learning experience last week, with a day trip to Chambers Island. In groups, students rotated through a variety of activities learning about the natural environment. Investigations included tree exploration and shelter building, experiencing an ocean life presentation where the students were able to see and touch living sea animals, and a scavenger hunt. The students finished the day with time to reflect, drawing and describing in their journals what they saw, heard and how they felt to remember their first outdoor experience. Through engagement with nature, Year 2 students were able to learn more about themselves and develop skills to work with others and their environment.

We wish our Year 12 students all the best as they now move into their final 100 days of schooling.  Many have completed their final internal assessment and are now focused on preparation for external exams.  For some, the coming days will also involve finalising their work in Diplomas, certificate level courses, and traineeships.

After over twenty years of great service to Pacific Lutheran College our Business Manager, Mr Mike Healy will be retiring from the position at the end of the year.  Mr Healy has been very generous with his time and filled multiple roles while fulfilling the important leadership role of leading the College’s finances very professionally and extremely well. Mike has been someone we have been able to rely upon to do what has been needed, no matter how small or challenging, including unblocking drains in the early days, guiding parents and students in the car park through to project management and 10-year financial projections. Mike has been one of Pacific’s great treasures. We look forward to celebrating Mr Healy’s very significant contribution at the end of the year.  We will be advertising for the position of Business Manager this week.

We wish all those competing as part of the Pacific Run Club in the Sunshine Coast Marathon this weekend all the best.

We pray that we might grow in our relationship with God and in our appreciation of the many treasures that fill our lives.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the Head of Instrumental Music

Pacific Shines at Sunshine Coast Junior Eisteddfod

Over the past two weeks our talented music students performed at the Sunshine Coast Junior Eisteddfod. The Eisteddfod is a great place for young performers to showcase their talents and the results of much hard work. Pacific musicians performed in various events achieving some outstanding results.

The Eisteddfod saw around 100 students from our Junior and Senior Colleges perform, with many taking to the stage for the very first time. We congratulate all students who performed and thank our amazing music teachers, conductors, and accompanists for their guidance and support of our wonderful musicians.

Junior String Ensemble – 2nd place, Junior String Orchestra

Senior Chamber Strings – Highly Commended, Small string groups 18yrs and under

Senior String Ensemble – Highly Commended, Senior Orchestra

Shauntel Pollocks, Year 8 – 3rd place, 12yrs Woodwind Solo

Honor Williams, Year 5 - Highly Commended, Under 11’s Woodwind

Evy Gover, Year 11 - Highly Commended, Open Vocal solo

Hayley Keet, Year 10 - 1st place, Intermediate Woodwind Championship

Brooke Williams, Year 9 - 3rd place, Under 15’s Strings

Charish, Year 6 - Highly Commended, Open Vocal Solo 11yrs

Ruby Cleland, Year 10 - 2nd place, Senior Vocal Championship (15-18’s)

Ruby & Poppy Cleland - 2nd place, Secondary Vocal Duet

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

From the Head of Innovation, Entrepreneurialism and Business

Year 8 STEM: Designing Propellers

This week our Year 8 STEM class looked at why propeller ducts could be used to improve the efficiency of their drone propellers. They watched and were debriefed on several videos which introduced them to the Bernoulli Principle.

A great activity to showcase the Bernoulli Principle was when the students were given a thin strip of paper and asked to blow air over the top of the paper. Before doing this, they were asked what they thought might happen.

When the students blew air over the top, the moving air had to squeeze between the paper and the air above it. As the air squeezed through, it sped up, lost pressure, and stopped pushing as hard. The still air below the paper had greater pressure and pushed the paper up.

In addition to learning about the Bernoulli Principle, students had their first chance to design their propeller duct. Students were given modelling clay to create their prototype. These models were then placed in the oven and baked hard. While the clay models were baking, students then modelled their ducts using TinkerCAD.  

Next week, our class will look at other designs to create to improve the efficiency of their drone motors.

Mr Wesley Warner, Head of Department – Innovation, Entrepreneurialism and Business

Food for Thought

30 Ways to Stay Connected with Your Teen

Parents of teenagers frequently tell me that they no longer know how to connect with their children. Here are 30 ways to build trust, understanding, appreciation, and affection with your teen! Click on the link below for more information.

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Father’s Day Stall
Wednesday 31st August – All gifts $5

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 Mrs Belinda Dawkins ( to register your interest in attending this course.

Save the date - Pacific Lutheran College Soiree – Amongst the Stars
Saturday 29th October – 5.30pm at PLC

This is a ticketed, gala-cocktail event celebrating our 21 years for College parents, staff, alumni, and invited guests, hosted by Pacific Lutheran College, College Council, and Friends of Pacific.

Be greeted at the main entrance of the College with a glass of bubbles and strings of warm lights as you walk the red carpet to our open-air Soiree. Throughout the evening, enjoy a range of delicious canapes prepared by our talented Hospitality department. Under a starry sky, you’ll be treated to a range of musical performances and photo displays, whilst sharing memories and experiences with past and current friends. There will also be space for those who enjoy a dance or two.  Dress is cocktail attire. This is an 18+ event.

Next Meeting
Our next meeting is 6.30pm on Tuesday 16th August in the PLC Library. Please RSVP to for catering purposes.

Click here to follow our Friends of Pacific Facebook page.

Mrs Jenny Lee, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

College News

Year 1 Excursion to Caboolture Historical Village

On Wednesday 3rd August, Year 1 students participated in an exciting excursion to Caboolture Historical Village to explore what life was like in the ‘olden’ days.

Our day started with demonstrations and hands-on experiences. First, students lined up for parade and the school headmaster told us about the way school used to be. Year 1 students enjoyed seeing the prison and old pumps and engines that were used to pump water, generate electricity, and grind grain. We observed a blacksmith at work making various objects out of metal.  The Year 1 students even got to bring back some handmade metal hooks!  We also tried our hand at fossicking and were all rewarded with beautiful coloured gems. Students enjoyed a train ride, experiencing the ways transportation has changed over the years.

After lunch, there was time to explore the many old buildings in the village, including a hospital, a school, a police station, a post office, a general store, a butcher, a barber’s shop, many different types of houses, and lots of other types of buildings.

It was an amazing day, and all students learned a lot about the ways in which things have changed over time. Thank you to our teacher aides for helping on the day.

Mrs Leonie Prout, Mrs Suzie Naidu, and Mrs Lara Stiller, Year 1 Teachers

Year 6 Spelling Bee

On Friday 4th August, 12 Year 6 students, four from each House, competed in a Spelling Bee. Points earned in the Spelling Bee go towards the Foundation Cup. Students wore their House shirts proudly as they participated in turn, sitting patiently, waiting to receive their word to spell. The Academic PAG Captain and Action Group members called on each contestant and read out loud the word, which was required to be spelled. In some instances, competitors asked for the word to be provided in a sentence. 

Students were provided with a whiteboard to assist, however, the first spelling uttered was the response judged. The competing students were required to spell their words standing up in front of their Year 6 peers, which added an extra layer of pressure. After 2 rounds of spelling, we were down to the final 3 contestants and placings. Well done to all competitors for an amazing event and congratulations to the following students:

1st place, with 100% words spelled correctly: Henry Greene (BULA)

2nd place: Joshua Cockburn (BULA)

3rd place: Shyam Sathish (MUMBA)

The House points for this event go towards the Foundation Cup points and are as follows:

1st Place: Bula

2nd Place: Mumba

3rd Place: Buran

4th Place: Wira

Thank you to the Year 6 teachers for their assistance and to the Academic PAG for organising and running this Spelling Bee.

Mrs Jasmin Steven, Academic Pacific Action Group

National Science Week

Monday 15th – Friday 19th August

Come to the library at lunchtime during Science Week for glass-themed science activities and a chance to win some great prizes! Click the link here for more details.

Mrs Claire Richards, Acting Head of Department - Science

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.

When purchasing on Flexischools, please ONLY ORDER WHAT YOU REQUIRE as we are still experiencing shipping delays on stock from manufacturers. Flexischool orders can only be issued on the day chosen for your order. Orders from Flexischools are received in the Uniform Shop on the night prior to the date you have chosen for the order.

BOYS FORMAL HATS, GIRLS FORMAL HATS, FORMAL JUMPERS, TRACKSUIT JACKETS and TRACKSUIT PANTS 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

Library News

What’s Happening?

Book Week

Book Week is fast approaching, and the library staff are busy making costumes for our Book Parade on Monday 22nd August. We have lots of great activities and competitions planned for Book Week for both Junior and Senior students, all based around this year’s theme of Dreaming with Eyes Open. Students will be able to make dream catchers, explore dream worlds in virtual reality, make sweet dream pillows, experience our sensory dream room, and much more. For full details, click here.

Visiting Authors

As part of our Book Week celebrations, we have a number of visiting authors booked over the next four weeks. Next week, Jess Black will be visiting the Year 3-5 students. Jess has written over forty books for children, including the popular series Pepper Creek Ponies, Kitty is Not a Cat, and Little Paws. For more about Jess Black, visit

Ms Narelle Keen, Head of Library

Sport News

Year 7-12 Sport

Competitive Sport News

All Schools’ Basketball

Another great round of basketball was played on Friday evening. We had a few tough losses, but congratulations to our Senior C Girls team who won their second game of the season – great work girls; as well as the Senior B Boys who were missing some key players but still managed a hard-fought win against MFAC; and our Senior B Girls also had a solid win to keep them in second place on the ladder.

The game of the week would have to have been the Senior D Girls who lost in a nail-biter. They all fought hard throughout the whole game and never gave up, despite being down 10 points early on. Their solid defence kept them in the game and they managed to almost beat a strong St John’s team, narrowly going down by three points in the dying seconds of the game. The girls were fantastic, and it was a great team effort. If you get a chance to watch these girls play – it is certainly worth it!

The Senior E boys, unfortunately, had a loss against the top of the ladder GSLC, but the boys were in control for half of the game and showed glimpses of brilliance. They remain in contention for the finals.

All School’s Water Polo

On Monday afternoon, our Intermediate Girls Water Polo team had their first fixture of the season at Sunshine Coast Grammar. Many of the girls have not had a lot of experience with this sport, but their enthusiasm and energy helped them compete against a well-versed Grammar side. While PLC went down 7-2, the team gained valuable experience to take into their next game. The commitment shown by the players to continue backing up in defence, even when fatigued was awesome to see. Special mention goes to Amber Hetherington for her outstanding goalkeeping efforts. A big thank you to Coach Sam for working with the team this season.

SCISSA Touch Football Results

It was a mixed round of results for our PLC Touch Football teams this week. The Junior Boys team competed well against Grammar, showing glimpses of brilliance at the start of each half but were unable to continue their momentum to take out the game. The Intermediate Boys were given a lesson on the level of skill, intensity and teamwork needed to succeed in the A Division, and while a loss of this nature is never fun, it is a valuable learning experience. The Junior Girls team started slowly in their game against Glasshouse but put on a great display of skill in the second half to win 7-3.  The game of the round must go to the Senior Girls who put in a strong winning performance against Immanuel. They were not only dangerous in attack (scoring 7 tries), but they also managed to keep their opposition scoreless, which is no mean feat. We look forward to seeing our teams continue to build into the next round!

SSCRU Girls Rugby Results

Our U14 Girls teams continued to show tremendous improvement in their confidence and playing ability in their games on Wednesday afternoon.


PLC 10 – St Pat’s 10

PLC 5 – St Johns 15

Student Accomplishment

Congratulations to Abby Novosel who competed in the Australian Pool Rescue Championships over the weekend winning gold in the U13 Line Throw.  Adding to the success from the QLD State Pool Rescue titles a few weeks ago with gold in the U11/12 Line Throw (new QLD record) and gold in the U11/12 Patient Tow.

Sport Photo Schedule 19th August

On Friday 19th August, students in a number of competitive sports teams will have their photos taken during sports time and lunchtime in the gymnasium. Students will be photographed in their sports uniforms.

  • 12:55pm - Senior Volleyball: Boys Team 1, Boys Team 2, Girls Team 1, Girls Team 2
  • 1:05pm - Senior Basketball: Senior Boys Team 1, Senior Boys Team 2, Senior Girls Team 1, Senior Girls Team 2 Senior Girls Team 3
  • 1:20pm - U13 Boys Rugby
  • 1:25pm - Intermediate Girls and Junior Boys Soccer
  • 1:35pm - Intermediate Girls Water Polo
  • 1:40pm - SCISSA Touch Football: Senior Girls (Roll marking on Oval for 7-10 Sport)
  • 1:55pm - Girls Rugby Union
  • 2:05pm - SCISSA Touch Football: Junior Boys, Junior Girls, Intermediate Boys

Key Sports Dates Term 3

  • Friday 19th August: Term 2 and 3 Sports Group Photos (All except Netball and Basketball)
  • Friday 9th September: Term 2 and 3 Sports Group Photos (Netball and Basketball)
  • Friday 16th September: 7-12 Interhouse Swimming Carnival
  • Wednesday 14th - Sunday 18th September: Champion Schools Basketball Queensland.

Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Sport

Junior Sport

Junior Sport

Year 4-6 Monday Afternoon SCISSA Training
Year 4-6 afterschool SCISSA training resumes next Monday afternoon with students training from 3.15pm – 4.15pm. After-school training will occur each Monday through to Week 9. A reminder that all Water Polo students will be training at the Kawana Pool. Students will be transported down to the pool by the College bus and parents will need to collect their children from the pool at 4.15pm.

Attendance is taken and rolls are kept for each Monday training session. If your child is absent from training, we ask that you inform the College by contacting Junior College Reception on 5436 7389 or by email ( prior to 2.45pm.

If your child is absent for the entire day, there is no need to contact the College to explain an absence for training.

Run Club
Tuesday morning marked the final PLC Run Club session for 2022 for students, staff, and parents. Run Club has been running since mid-Term One with the early sessions focused on preparing students for our College and Independent District Cross Country Carnivals.

Recently students have been increasing their running distances as they build towards the Sunshine Coast Marathon which will be held this weekend. Good luck to all PLC runners including several staff who will be participating on Sunday.

Thanks to Mrs Kim Kiernan who has led the Run Club sessions this year and the other PLC teachers who have given up their time each Tuesday morning to help supervise and run with students.

P – 2 Athletics Carnival
The P-2 Athletics Carnival will be held later this term on Wednesday 31st August (Week 8) from 10.45am – 1.00pm. Students have been practicing in a range of events during Physical Education lessons this term. A parent information letter regarding the carnival will be sent out this week with further details about the day.

Student Accomplishments

Congratulations to Joshua Cockburn who played in the U11 Boys Coulter Shield tournament, representing the Sunshine Coast team. The boys played in Division 2 – executing 3 wins and 1 draw, taking the Division 2 Coulter shield.

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

For any queries, please use the contact details below.

Facebook: PLC Netball Club
Instagram: PLC Netball Club

Mrs Donna Townsend, PLC Netball Club President

Pacific FC


•          Round 17 – at PLC - Saturday 13th August - EOY Trophy Presentations after each match

•          U11 Marlins at Golden Beach

•          All Abilities game at 10.20am Field 7

•          Various teams on canteen duty

•          Rooball Carnival – 20th August at PLC and across the Sunshine Coast

•          Finals - from Saturday 20th August

This weekend CDNA will also host games at PLC. Please be mindful of parking and children crossing the carparks. Car spaces have been reserved for the All-Abilities players in the carpark near the Sports Hall.

Match Reports
U6 Mantarays - A road trip to the big smoke and the close out of a monumental debut season. The breadth and depth of the Mantarays talent cannot be understated. Heavenly is a fitting description for the play as we witnessed moments of individual greatness, teamwork for the ages and of course, ferocious strikes on goal. Manager Mike

U7 Snappers - Our wonderful Snappers all played exceedingly well, working as a team to move the ball up the field. Everyone celebrated each other’s hard work, by dabbing, passing the ball, and having a blast. Everyone did so well, that we called an all-team man of the match! Snappers victory 9-0. Go Snappers! Manager Sian

U7 Stingrays - Awesome game at Stella Maris for our Stingrays. Teamwork and persistence saw the team score a win 5-3! Go Stingrays. Manager Kirsty

U8 Angelfish - The Angelfish were missing a few players so a huge thank you to Ethan and Archie who stepped in to help out. The Angelfish really put the pressure on the Caloundra Black team and had a few moments of play that were the best we have seen all season. Player of the Match went to Indie for a great effort on the field with a few shots at the goals, eventually scoring one, and the second award to Dotti for her amazing goalie skills in the second half. Excellent work Angelfish!! Manager Sharon

U9 Seahorses - The girls had another amazing day on the pitch. We lost the game against Mooloolah Copper Heads, but the scores did not reflect the display of skills. We had some very close shots at goal, with Luella hitting the back of the net with an awesome goal in the first half. The Player of the match was Louise, with incredible defence and speed throughout the game. Luella also deserved player of the match but got Captain’s Choice and super effort award as she was just on fire today. The encouragement award went to Esmae. We were missing 4 of our players, Manager Jane and Coach Greg, but they would have been proud of the whole team. Thank you to coach Phong, Owen, and Mieka for stepping in. Manager Gaby

U9 Sharks - A great effort by all. Amazing kicks by Jai, sharp kicks by Luke and great tackles by Noah. Won 2-0 Both goals were scored by Jason and Oliver. Amazing performance by Darcy who started training at 6 am! A few saves by goalie William and nice moves from Fin & Angus with high-performance passing by Kaiden & Dylan. Well-deserved win! Coach Peter

U12 Razors – The team travelled for the game against Palmwoods Celtics, trying to secure a spot in the finals. Straight away pressure by the Razors created some good opportunities and we were unlucky not to get one in the net. Solid midfield and defence play paired with a lot of hard work made the Razors the better team throughout the game. Wasn’t until deep in the second half before a goal was slotted. Determination by all made it happen, what a good win in a tense game. Well done Razors! Final competition game on Saturday before the exciting semi-finals to look forward to.

U14 Barracudas – The boys took on top 3 side Palmwoods with a plan to topple them to consolidate a top four position, with finals around the corner. The game was locked at 0-0 until close to halftime when, in one of the very few scoring opportunities on offer for both teams, Nick took his chances on a dribble and shoot play and it paid off, leaving a hapless keeper in his wake. Barracudas went into halftime at 1-0 and that was how it stayed at full time. Defenders played their hearts out to turn threats away time after time. Midfield showed courage in getting physical when required and finding sources of energy they probably didn’t know they had. Very proud of a team playing for each other and their club. Coach – Sheldon 

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


12       PLC Volunteer Induction (9.00am)

15       Science Week

15       SCISSA training commences

16       Friends of Pacific Meeting (6.30pm)

18       ELC Photo Day

30       ICAS