Compass No 658 - August 2022

From the Principal

Connecting To Community

Being part of community gives us identity and purpose and helps us to grow confidently as people.  In community, we can support and be supported by others.  Being connected to others enhances our wellbeing. We form friendships and relationships as we enjoy common experiences, share and explore interests and work together for the good of individuals and the community within and beyond. Schools provide a great place for people to connect with and contribute to community as we learn together.  Other interest groups such as surf clubs, churches, drama groups, service groups and special interest groups provide opportunities for community connection beyond school.  At Pacific, we encourage parents, students and staff to build strong connections and contribute to community in a variety of ways. Within this community, there is a buzz of connection and possibility that flows throughout each day.

God created us to be in community and encourages us to use our gifts and talents in service to others.  We are blessed at Pacific to have so many students, parents and staff who give so generously of their time and their talents to make a difference for others in ways seen and unseen.

Principal's Log

Congratulations and thank you to the over 80 members of our community who contributed to our Strategic Planning Day last Saturday.  It was an energising purposeful day where many great ideas were generated and shared.  Beginning with a video commentary about the future needs of education produced by the OECD “Re-thinking Education From the Classroom Up”, College Council members, parents, staff and students then used a variety of thinking routines to reflect on how to enhance student experience in each of the six areas of Learning, Student Wellbeing, Mission and Service, Science Technology and the Environment, Sport and Visual and Performing Arts. 

It was a rich day of learning and thinking that generated strong strategic directions.  A large contingent of students played a significant role in the day.  Thank you to all College Council members, staff, students and parents who attended and contributed so effectively.  A particular thank you to Mr Wes Warner, Mr Cameron West McInnes, Mr Mark Hauser, Ms Leigh Finter, and Mrs Carlie Purkis for their leadership of their groups and their preparatory planning. Thank you to Mrs Michiko Hauser and Mrs Leanne Bevis for their support in the planning and running of the day and to our Hospitality staff for preparing morning tea and lunch.  Thank you and congratulations to everyone involved and particularly to Director of Learning, Ms Sue Arahill who planned and led such a successful day and supported the leaders in planning for their sessions.

Families will have received a hard copy of the Compass Review this week.  The publication is a marvellous celebration of the progress made through the 2019-2022 Strategic Plan. A summary of focus areas and celebrations is summarised within the lead article.  Highlights of 2022 celebrated throughout the Compass Review reflect this continuity of growth and culture of co-creation, thinking, creativity, connection, hope-filled purpose and achievement.  The reflections from our graduates including the 2012 College Captains contain these same threads.  We thank all members of our community for their contribution to the ongoing growth and culture of the College and Mrs Samantha Barrass for her leadership in the production of the publication.

The campus was buzzing as the Prep to Year 6 students enjoyed dressing up as their favourite book characters as part of Book Week.  Students enjoyed being part of the book week parade and taking on their favourite character for the day. This was just one of the activities of the week where books and literature were celebrated.  Literature and stories play a huge part in enriching our lives and we thank our library staff for immersing us in the power of story and fostering a love of reading through their passion and imagination.

We look forward to the Celebrating our Dads Breakfast on Thursday 1st September in the music courtyard, where our families can come together to celebrate and give thanks to our Dads and celebrate the important role that men play in our families and community. Please use this link to register for attendance.

We say a prayer of thanks for the many blessings we experience as part of the Pacific community.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the Head of Learning Middle College

Future Problem Solvers

Participation in Future Problem Solving encourages students to become responsible global citizens and lifelong learners by developing the skills to create solutions to complex problems, evaluate those solutions and turn them into a workable plan of action. 

Students as young as Year 6 are coached in the skills of entrepreneurship and innovation to become socially responsible changemakers. They work collaboratively to tackle issues critical to the success of future generations. This year’s Qualifying Booklet introduced a future scenario of global agriculture and the role of insect management. In the future scene, insecticides, cloud seeding, and the genetic modification of mosquitoes have resulted in decreased populations of helpful pollinating insects and the evolution of resistant populations of pest insects. The challenge was for students to use the FPS process and develop an action plan for the sustainable management of insects across West Africa within five years.

This year, four teams of PLC students in Years 6-11 have participated in the Global Issues Problem Solving competition, exploring the future challenges of water supply, building green and insects. The students have demonstrated the characteristics of effective problem solvers, showing skills of futuristic thinking, innovation, divergent thinking, and analytical research.

In an initiative that embodies the aims of the program, two of our experienced FPS representatives, Charles and Sebastian Box have been coaching the FPS team members. Collaboration and Ethical Leadership are infused into FPS and as student coaches, Charles and Sebastian have been impressive in their ability to convert their own success at a national and international level in the competition into effective tuition.

Congratulations to all teams for completing their Qualifying Booklets and we look forward to receiving the results towards the end of term.

Mrs Jo Belchamber, Head of Learning Middle College, and Mrs Linda Sydes, English, HASS and Science Teacher

From the Head of Learning K-5

Dreaming With Eyes Open

Students from the Early Learning Centre to Year 5 have had a wonderful week celebrating Book Week.

Since 1945, the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has brought together children and books to celebrate Book Week and shine a light on Australian authors and illustrators.

Book Week 2022 has been a time for our school to celebrate Australian children's literature. 

The parade on Monday morning was truly a highlight – teachers and students celebrated by coming in costumes featuring their favorite book characters. The library organised very creative lunchtime activities – making Dream Catchers, Herbal Dream Pillows and the Dreamscape room was amazing.

Thank you to everyone who made this week such a wonderful celebration.

Safety Reminder

Parents - please remember to stop at the crossing in the P-2 carpark and allow time for students to safely cross.

It’s important to remember that children do not always have good road safety sense and can also be easily distracted.

Drivers in the carpark have an extra responsibility to take care in this location.

When approaching a pedestrian or children’s crossing, drive at a speed that allows you to stop your vehicle safely.

Mrs Sue Zweck, Head of Learning K-5

From the Head of Mathematics

ICAS REACH Mathematics (and how you can get a detailed analysis)

All students in Years 6 to 9 competed in ICAS (International Competitions and Assessment for Schools) Reach Mathematics. Students receive a certificate and on the back is the ten-digit ICAS ID number (known as the TAP ID) and a four-digit PIN which can be used to access individual results and a detailed analysis and topic breakdown. To do this, visit the website At the top left is a menu to see results and question analysis with your child’s responses. If you click on the question, it will also show the actual question. This is a great way to reflect, learn and improve on future problem-solving and numeracy questions.

An Outstanding Award is given to students achieving greater than 80% on the competition questions. Congratulations to the following recipients.

From Year 6 Kimika Conrad, Year 8 Oliver Friend, Riley Rowe, Brian Iredia, and from Year 9 Ellie Bauer, Austin Lauritzen and Tyler Stocker.

Students listed below achieved an Outstanding or Commendable Award (generally greater than 65%). We congratulate all these students on their fine achievements.

We currently have several students in Years 7-9 finalising their problem solutions for the Enrichment Stage of the Australian Mathematics Trust which runs over Terms 2 and 3.

The Year 5/6 and 7/8 teams have just competed in a selection round to represent Pacific in the QAMT Maths Quiz.

If students are interested in competing in any of the competitions offered, please ensure they sign up next year as announcements are made in daily notices. Problem-solving and critical thinking are part of our normal Maths lessons, but teachers can always provide practice problems for preparing for the range of competitions offered.

Ms Patricia Hosking, Head of Department - Mathematics

From the Head of Career Development

Career News

ACU Virtual Open Day (Years 10, 11 and 12)

Saturday 10th September 2022, 2.00pm

Location: Online

Deciding what to study is a pretty momentous decision. That’s why ACU runs Open Day – it’s everything you need, in one place, to help make your choice.

This year ACU is running both on-campus and online Open Days. The choice is yours – immerse yourself in the campus atmosphere or join in online from the comfort of home.

Details and Registration are found here.  

UniSC Headstart Information Evenings (Years 11 and 12)

Moreton Bay: Tuesday 6th September 2022, 4.30pm – 6.00pm

Sunshine Coast: Thursday 8th September 2022, 4.30pm – 6.00pm

Online: Tuesday 13th September 2022, 5.30pm

Join us at our Headstart Information Evenings where we’ll take you through everything you need to know about the program.

Headstart gives Year 11 and 12 students a real university experience and sets you up for the future, allowing you to study first-year university subjects and receive credit to take time off your degree.

UniSC will cover the cost of the first course and additional courses are only $400, so you’ll also save money on your full degree!

We’ll take you through some of the key changes to Headstart for 2023 and answer all your questions so you’re ready to apply!

You’ll also hear from Headstart students who will talk about their experience and provide tips for what to expect.

Find out more here.

Experience a day in the life of a Medical Researcher (Years 10, 11 and 12)

Friday 23rd September 2022, 8.00am – 3.00pm

QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

Looking to get a taste of what it’s like working in a medical research laboratory? QIMR Berghofer hosts a one-day science experience program during the school holidays each year. Students can undertake a day of training in practical skills related to genetics, infectious disease or blood biology in our purpose-built education laboratory facilities.

The program is open to Queensland high school students in years 10, 11 or 12 and is free to attend.

Find out more here.

NIDA Stage and Screen School, Brisbane (Years 7-10)

Monday 19th September 2022, 10.00am - Friday 23rd September 2022, 5.00pm

Venue TBC

Spend a week exploring performance for both stage and screen in this practical introduction to acting. Develop skills in improvisation, text analysis and script work then apply these skills to an on-screen performance. Present live and recorded scenes at the end of the week for your NIDA friends.

This school holiday class is suitable for students in Years 7-10.

Find out more here.

RBA Economic Update Webinar for High School Students (Years 11 and 12)

Tuesday 13th September 2022, 4.00pm


Aimed at students in Years 11-12, this webinar will feature an RBA economist sharing insights on monetary policy and current economic conditions. It’s a great opportunity for students to get the latest information about what’s happening in the Australian economy and pose questions to an RBA economist. Students and educators should register directly to attend this online event.

Find out more here.

Young Writers Workshop (Years 5-10)

Saturday 17th September 2022, 10.00am – 1.30pm

Peregian Beach Community House

Calling all young writers aged 10-15 years. Join author Shelley Davidow for a half day of creative writing. Play with words, learn new skills, and make new friends in this exciting workshop.

Find out more here.

Interested in politics? 2022 My First Speech Competition (Years10, 11 and 12)

2022 My First Speech competition is now open for entries.

Imagine yourself as a newly elected Member of the House of Representatives. Your task is to write a 90-second speech about issues you are passionate about then record yourself presenting the speech on video.

Australian students enrolled in Years 10 to 12 are invited to enter the ‘My First Speech’ competition.

You can enter as a school or as an individual.

Entries close Wednesday 31st August.

Find out more and enter here.

QTAC’s top tips for managing your application (Year 12)

QTAC has published a set of tips to help Year 12 students make sure they don’t miss anything when applying for university study. You can see their tips here. These tips don’t mention anything about early offers. If you are unsure about how to manage your early offer applications, contact me for an appointment (

Scholarships for Tertiary study (Year 12)

•          AVCAT Scholarships

Value: Up to $6,000 AUD per year

Open/Closing Dates: Thursday 18th August 2022 – Monday 31st October, 2022

AVCAT is a national charity providing tertiary education scholarships and bursaries to children and grandchildren of ex-serving veterans. We assist scholars each year to reach their potential through achieving a range of academic and personal goals.

Find out more here.

•          UniSQ Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship

Value: Up to $20,000 AUD

Open/Closing Dates: Wednesday 3rd August, 2022 – Friday 10th March, 2023

The scholarship is to reward and support high academic achievers (ATAR 88+), who have completed Year 12 in 2022 and are commencing their studies at UniSQ in a bachelor’s degree program in 2023.

Find out more here.

•          Griffith Chancellor’s Scholarships

Value: Up to $22,000 AUD

Open/Closing Dates: Wednesday 3rd August, 2022 – Monday 12th December, 2022

The Chancellor’s Scholarships are for students who have experienced financial hardship and/or educational disadvantage that has impacted their ability to achieve their full potential.

There are multiple scholarships available within the Chancellor’s Scholarships.

Find out more here.

•          UQ Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship

Value: $12,000 AUD per year

Open/Closing Dates: Thursday 8th August, 2022 – Sunday 4th December, 2022

Provides financial support to students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievements during their senior secondary studies and who aspire to undertake a coursework degree at UQ.

Find out more here.

Mrs Wanda Hayes, Head of Career Development

Food for Thought

Understanding Family Dynamics

Close family relationships afford a person better health and well-being, as well as lower rates of depression and disease throughout a lifetime. But in many families, getting along isn't a given. The interaction between various members is at the core of these complicated dynamics. We may joke about the stereotypical sources of disharmony—the obnoxious uncle and the ne'er-do-well son—but factors like environment and sibling rivalries do emerge when considering the viability and stability of family networks. 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 have completed the Volunteer Induction and are interested in helping on the Father’s Day Stall, please email

Pacific Lutheran College Soiree – Amongst the Stars

Saturday 29th October – 5.30pm at Pacific Lutheran College

This is a ticketed, gala-cocktail event celebrating our 21 years for College parents, staff, alumni, and 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.

Purchase your ticket here.

Click here to follow our Friends of Pacific Facebook page.

Mrs Jenny Lee, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

College News

Buzby of the Buffalo Play: Monday 12th September 3.30pm

Save the Date! The Speech and Drama students are putting on a full-length play in the College gym on Monday 12th September (Week 10) at 3.30pm.

Buzby of the Buffalo is the true story of a sailor named Ned and his adventures on board the sailing ship HMS Buffalo in the 1830s. It stars all 48 Speech and Drama students ranging from Years 1 to 12.

Stay tuned for ticketing information.

Mrs Lisa McKibben, Speech and Drama Teacher

Library News

It's Book Week!

Book Week Winners Announced

The Children’s Book Council of Australia kicked off Book Week with the announcement of the winners of the Book of the Year Awards. P- 4 students have been reading the nominees in their library lessons. The winners were:

Picture Book of the Year – Iceberg by Jess Racklyeft and Claire Saxby

Early Childhood – Jetty Jumping by Andrea Rowe and Hannah Sommerville

Younger Readers – A Glasshouse of Stars by Shirley Marr

Older Readers – Tiger Daughter by Rebecca Lim

Book Week

Book Week was a huge success, kicking off with our costume parade on Monday. Lunchtime activities were very popular, with students making dream catchers, exploring dream worlds in virtual reality, and making herbal dream pillows. Our sensory dream room was great fun and students loved the competitions – particularly trying to match the eyes of the staff member.

Ms Narelle Keen, Head of Library

Sport News

Year 7-12 Sport

Competitive Sport News

All Schools’ Basketball

What a great round of basketball last week! We saw some big wins with the Intermediate B Boys & Senior B Boys (as they both continue their preparation for the Championship School of Qld competition); the Junior C Girls; and our Junior B Boys teams.

There were some tough losses in there as well, but the scoreline doesn’t always reflect how they played. The season has only just begun for most teams and I look forward to seeing you all improve throughout the season.

We have nearly all our teams playing this week so please read the draw carefully. The Intermediate F Boys division (our PLC “D” team) is now playing in the round this week (initially meant to start next week). Please ensure that you are all ready to play.

This will be the final week of competition for senior teams (except for the Senior B Girls who will play the semifinals next week).

All players need to return their uniforms to Mrs Muir by the end of next week. Uniforms need to be signed back in via the uniform register or if the office is unattended, left in a clearly labelled bag. Students who just leave their uniforms on the office floor run the risk of incurring a fee. The Senior C Girls’ season has been completed so please return your uniforms to the sports office this week. Thank you for all your effort this season.

All School’s Water Polo

Congratulations to the Intermediate Water Polo Girls team for their first win of the season over a formidable Siena team. Their attack and defence have improved immensely since their very first week of competition and they are playing with great intent. Most importantly the girls are all loving their involvement in Water Polo and are striving to keep improving. Well done to the team and Coach Sam.

SCISSA Touch Football Results

Congratulations to our Senior Girls and Junior Boys teams for their wins in their SCISSA Touch Fixtures on Wednesday. The Senior Girls competed well in a tough game against Good Shepherd finishing with a 2-0 score line. The boys didn’t quite have the same polish with their rucking as last week but managed to do enough to win 8-5. Our Junior Girls had an away game at St Andrews and had to fight back after a slow start. They did an amazing job to bring the game back to 5-5 but unfortunately went down in a tight tussle to finish the game. The Intermediate Boys weren’t able to field a team this week but we are looking forward to finishing off strong with their final game next week.

SSCRU Girls Rugby Results

The U14 Girls continued to play with great spirit in their fixtures on Wednesday afternoon. They were a few players down but that didn’t stop them from competing to their best in each game. The team should be very proud of their efforts. Well done to the U16 Girls who played well despite missing many of their players.

Mountain Biking

Congratulations to all our students who competed in the MTB competition last Friday at Sugar Bag Rd Trails. It was a great day of competition for our riders, with our best result coming from Carter Costa coming in 4th place. Thank you to Mr Bartlett for organizing the team and investing his time and energy into the MTB program.

Student Athlete Acknowledgment

Congratulations to the following students for their outstanding achievements in sport:

•          Tom Chessell for recently being a part of the gold medal QLD team who competed in the School Sport Australia National Baseball Championship. Qld last won this tournament 15 years ago and this year they beat the previously undefeated NSW side in the gold medal game, winning 8-6 over 9 innings. Tom was named MVP for the whole tournament, has been selected for the All-Australian Team, and was the runner-up in the batting award for the tournament.

•          Isabella Walsh for her recent success at the School Sports State Championships in Cairns. Isabella has been selected to represent QLD at the Australian Tennis Championships in October.

•          Riley Shortland for his selection to represent QLD at the 2022 National Youth Championships in Coffs Harbour from Monday, 26th September to Friday, 30th September. Riley has worked hard over the last 3 years in Football Queensland Academy Program.

Key Sports Dates Term 3

  • Friday 9th September: Term 2 and 3 Sports Group Photos (Netball/Basketball/ Catch up from previous session)
  • Friday 16th September: Years 7-12 Interhouse Swimming Carnival
  • Wednesday 14th - Sunday 18th September: Champion Schools Basketball Queensland.

Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Sport

Club Sport

Club Sport

Pacific Lutheran College has several sports development programs outside of school hours. These programs encourage participation, allowing students 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 contact details below.

Facebook: PLC Netball Club
Instagram: PLC Netball Club

Mrs Donna Townsend, PLC Netball Club President

Pacific FC


•          27th August - U14B Barracudas – Preliminary Final vs Noosa Gold 11.30am at Parklakes - Bli Bli Sports Complex

•          3rd September – U12B Pacific Razors – Grand Final 3.00pm Chancellor Park SC - Palmview Sporting Fields

Match Reports

U6 Mantarays - The festival atmosphere was at fever pitch! Rio de Janeiro puts on a party but when the Mantarays are in town there is no hotter ticket. 3 consecutive wins and goals on tap to close out an undefeated historic season. Coach John commented, “To see the team in such good spirits one last time was great”. He went on “it’s going to be a long off-season, but we’ve laid the foundation for years to come”. The emotional medal ceremony featured “We are the Champions” flash photography and a lineup for autographs. On behalf of John (coach of the year) and I - thank you for an amazing season! ~Manager Mike

U12 Razors - Wow! What a game by the Razors against Sienna Raptors - a formidable opponent who has won all their games to date. The Razors however were focused, and all put their best efforts and teamwork into play. It was a tight game as expected but the Razors had the upper hand most of the first half although the Raptors managed to get ahead 1-0. The Razors kept their heads up and determination going which paid off with a nice equaliser in the second half. Overtime was looming, but some last efforts of pressuring paid off with a penalty kick awarded in the last minute of the game. With the ball calmly slotted into the goal, the Razors went straight through to the Grand Final, held on Saturday 3rd September! Very exciting game and exceptional performance by all players. Well done! ~Coach Terry

U14 Barracudas – The team headed to Palmwoods to play Palmwoods in the knockout semi-final. Both teams’ defences were wall-like with very few scoring chances for any team in the match.  0-0 throughout the match until…. In the last minute of play, the Barracudas were pressing for one more opportunity and as the attack was underway and close to goal, a Palmwoods’ hand made contact with the ball, allowing Barracudas to go up through a penalty. Enter Nick. Our skipper went hard and low with the shot and as it made its way into the net the Barracudas and their supporters rose as one. A marvellous 1-0 victory to PLC, launching the Barracudas into another must-win match next week to advance to the Grand Final. ~Coach Sheldon

U15/16 Eels – The Eels headed west on Saturday to Palmwoods for their semi-final. They played their hearts out but bowed out of finals contention with a 2-nil loss. This tight tussle of a game showed off their true spirit and grit. We thank Coach Ray and Manager Nicole for their dedication and unwavering commitment to the players. We also thank the parents, grandparents, and friends who have supported us from the sidelines each week. Watching the team play has been a highlight for many and we applaud all they have achieved during the season. We also thank K3 Coaching for their fabulous support.

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


30       ICAS

31       Friends of Pacific Father’s Day Stall

31       P-2 Athletics Carnival


1         Celebrating Dads Breakfast

2         Pupil Free Day

4         Year 6 Canberra Tour (returning Friday 9th)

14       Years 3-6 Swimming Carnival

15       Senior Ensembles Concert

16       Years 7-12 Swimming Carnival

16       Term 3 Concludes