Compass no 668 - November 2022

From the Principal

Congratulations, Farewell and Thank You

This week we farewell our Year 12 cohort of 2022. As a cohort they have provided strong leadership, having been instrumental in the planning and introduction of College Chaplains, the development of Beyond Pacific, a program that will support future Senior students to strengthen engagement and agency within and beyond the Pacific community, and inspired people through Chapels and connections with their Year 2 buddies. Their participation in the Strategic Planning Day was inspirational with insightful contributions. The efficacy of the Pacific Action Groups has strengthened with the introduction of an improved waste system into the Middle and Senior College, the design of logos and mascots and an outdoor environmental spiritual retreat space. As Pacific House Captains and Seniors, there has been great energy during House and pastoral care activities throughout the year. Strong support for service events including Sleep Out for the Homeless and The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal as well as large community events have provided long-term benefits for people within and beyond our community.  Strong engagement with the academic, pastoral, sporting, spiritual and cultural life of the College has seen them make a significant contribution to all areas of College life. 

We congratulate each of our Year 12 students on their achievement and thank them for the relationships they have built and the service they have given within our community. As they have engaged with community, they have inspired hope and enhanced agency. We pray that they continue to be hope-filled through the sure knowledge of God’s love and grace for them and shine the light of hope and possibility within their families and the broader community.

Principal’s Log

It was a delight to join many other members of our community and enjoy the talents of our students as they staged Elf, the Junior Musical. Congratulations to Mrs Kristy Astwick, Mrs Lisa Stevens, Mrs Tracey Hickey, Mrs Carlie Purkis and Mr Paul Cusick and the cast and crew on a thoroughly entertaining and professional production. Capable and creative direction, voice coaching, choreography, set design and construction, costumes and make-up enabled the tremendous talents of the students to shine through. Right through to the program design, bump in and bump out this was a wonderful team effort that provided a memorable experience for the audience and the cast and crew. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who played their part.

A very large supporter group of Pacific students and families cheered on our three basketball teams that were in the grand finals Friday evening. All three teams played with good skill, spirit and determination.  The Intermediate A Girls, who played in a Division 1 final played particularly well in a very competitive game that saw them finish as runners-up. The Junior C Girls showed great courage as they played hard in a very tight match to win their grand final in the dying moments of the game and our Intermediate B Boys team played with great energy and determination to finish as runners-up. All three teams can be very proud of their achievements over the season and look forward to building on these results next year. We congratulate and thank our basketball coaches of Mr Brad Burdon, Brooklyn Graves, and Mr Mark Hauser for the growth they have supported in our students. We thank our parents for their support this season and the very large contingent of students who enthusiastically and with very good sportsmanship cheered on our teams on Friday night.

Students across Years 6-11 enjoyed attending our first Youth event with over 40 students joining our Chaplains Mr Mark Hauser and Mrs Holly Gricks on Sunday night. Students enjoyed connecting with a variety of activities and then reflecting in small groups on “Who is God?”. The connections, fun and reflection provided a wonderful night for our young people. We are excited to see such a successful start to our Pacific Youth and thank Chaplains Mr Mark Hauser and Mrs Holly Gricks and Brooklyn Graves, Mrs Sara Taverner, Mrs Chantal McAllister and Miss Georgie Snelling for their support.

We say a prayer of thanks for the service and gifts our Year 12 students and their families have grown and shared with our community. We pray that God would keep our Year 12s safe, bless them, give them joy and enable them to live hope-filled lives of good purpose.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the Business Manager

2023 School Fees

The College Council has approved the 2023 fee schedule. There will be a general increase of $80 - $120 per term in the tuition fee across all year levels. This increase was arrived at after careful consideration of the current context, expected wage increases, and funding for the continuing improvement of facilities. The updated fee schedule can be found here Procedure and Fees | Pacific Lutheran College

If parents have any queries regarding fees, please contact the Business Office.

Mr Mike Healy, Business Manager 

From the Director of Students

Celebrating our 2022 Pacific Graduates

This week, the College welcomed back the Year 12 cohort after engaging in three weeks of external examinations.  The Alternate Days Program, commencing Wednesday 16th November was full of opportunities for staff, students, and families to reconnect, celebrate, and farewell Year 12 students. 

On Wednesday 16th November, the 2022 College Captains and Vice Captains hosted a relaxed BBQ Breakfast, inviting all Year 12 students, parents, and staff to join in connection and celebration as the cohort commenced their final rites of passage of farewell and graduation.  This occasion has become a wonderful tradition of Year 12 students thanking staff and parents for the contributions they made to their Pacific journey.

During the Alternate Days Program, the Year 12 students engaged in their Graduation Art Tile Project, another wonderful Pacific tradition that provides students with the opportunity to design and paint a canvas tile that symbolises their Pacific journey.  The cohort also connected for the last time with their Year 2 buddies and planted a tree beside the College’s Labyrinth to grow alongside other trees planted by previous graduating classes. Heads of House farewelled their House groups and Pastoral Care Group teachers held special farewell breakfasts to farewell individual students.

Each year, the cohort also engages in a QLD Police and Law presentation, another highlight for this year’s graduating class.  In between the many sessions and activities, the graduating class of 2022 enjoyed a pizza lunch, rehearsed their Graduation song, practised their formal dance and took part in the 2022 Sports Awards.

As we farewell our graduates at tonight’s Year 12 Graduation, held at Venue 114 Kawana and at tomorrow’s Farewell Chapel, Guard of Honour and Formal, we thank each Year 12 student for their calm and positive finish. We wish every blessing to the Year 12 Graduates as they take their next step.

Year 10 and Year 9 Leadership Days, Week 8

Next Tuesday 22nd November, Year 10 students will have the opportunity to engage in their first Leadership Day with a focus on building a strong and cohesive cohort to commence 2023 with purpose, a sense of ownership and accountability.  The day will also include a discussion on leadership opportunities that exist within the Senior College and preparing students for these opportunities.

Year 9 students will also have the opportunity to engage in a Transition into Senior College Day on Thursday 24th November with a focus on building on their capacity as Middle College leaders to become leaders of Year 10 next year.  Year 9 students will be engaged in activities that will support their ability to lead one on one discussions, and small group activities within their Pastoral Care Group. Throughout the day, students will learn about Pacific’s Peer Mentoring Program, which will see all Year 10 students as peer mentors of Year 7 students.  Students will also have the opportunity to nominate as a 2023 Peer Mentor Leader, a position to lead their cohort as they support and grow Pacific’s Peer Mentoring Program.

Ms Leigh Finter, Acting Director of Students 

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

Opportunities and Growth

Congratulations to the transitioning classes of 2022

As the year ends, I would like to take the time to reflect on the journey of the current Year 5 students. Toward the end of last year, we began meeting as small groups to chart a course as they prepared for their final year in the Junior College. As a cohort, they have continued the legacy of service in action through the Gawun program. Not only has it been heart-warming to see the interactions and support that our Gawun leaders have provided, they too have learnt more about themselves as individuals and as leaders. Their involvement in playground events, encouraging learning with younger students and supporting our Foundation College on the school grounds in the mornings, has provided tangible examples of the impact that our young people can have on each other. They have set an admirable example to their buddies in Prep also.

I would like to thank the transitioning class of Year 5s in 2022 for the dedication shown to their learning, their warmth and sense of humour and their commitment to many important causes both within the College and in the community. As a Junior College, we look with interest as to what the remainder of your journey at Pacific will hold.

We also acknowledge our Year 2 cohort as they transition from the Foundation to the Junior College. We celebrate the gifts that have been nurtured through your time in the Foundation College and we look forward to continued growth as you enter your next phase of learning. We are excited to welcome the cohort into our new Junior College Learning Space at the beginning of next year.

Wellbeing growth

As this is my last Compass article for the year, I would like to make special mention of Mrs. Sarah Atkinson, Mrs. Shelley Hogan and Mrs. Kirsty Ridley who have provided meaningful assembly messages that offered clear and relevant direction of the social and emotional path of students in the Junior School. Pastoral care of students and the promotion of the message at school and home provide a connection so parents, carers and teachers can work in partnership in the nurturing of our children.

Extracurricular opportunities

During the last week, we have had the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of students through music experiences and sporting awards. The Year 5 and 6 concert band along with the Year 3 and 4 strings students provided the platform to celebrate the amazing talent throughout those years and also provided a snapshot of the individual growth of students, some of whom have been involved in instrumental music for four years. Both were well attended by the wider community and it is great to be able to share the music experience with an audience once again. I would like to thank Mrs Helen Williams for her leadership of this program as well as Mrs Carlie Purkis and Mr Paul Cusick for their continued leadership of Music across the Junior College.

This week’s sporting awards showcased the wide and varied sporting choices that are provided by the College. From House carnivals and SCISSA sport, to run club and board riders, students are provided with an enormous choice to become involved in many areas that help build individual capacity. It is often said that sport doesn’t build character, it reveals it. The friendships, camaraderie and healthy competitiveness that are promoted through sport here at Pacific are a credit to our Head of Junior Sport, Mr Darren Hooper, who leads a committed team that continues to build a healthy sporting culture here at Pacific. I would like to thank all teaching staff and sports coaches for their support of the program and the benefits that it brings.

Ceremonies and celebrations

In the next fortnight, we will begin to formally commend the achievement of our Junior College students, staff and families with the Prep-5 Closing Service on Monday 28th of November. An email setting out more specific details was sent home this week.

End of Year functions

As has been the case for the majority of the year, students sharing of food is not permissible for the end of the year class parties and events. These guidelines extend to the bringing of food items such as candy canes and lollies for distribution to other class members. We ask you to follow the direction communicated by your child’s teacher regarding end of year functions.


Saying thanks and expressing gratitude is a large part of what we promote here at the College. In my privileged position, I would like to express my thanks to the College community. My youngest son graduates this week, and therefore marks the end of my ten-year journey as a parent here at Pacific. It is often looking backwards that we see the now. When a child moves through this College, every interaction goes toward shaping that person as the young adult we see today. Thank you to everyone that has guided and shaped the students that will graduate this week. As a family, we have been truly blessed to be a part of the wider Pacific community.

Wishing everyone a blessed and safe Christmas break.

Take care and God bless.

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

From the Head of Career Development

Careers News

Girls in Computing – Free event at Uni of Qld (Years 7-12)

Thursday 1st December, 6.00pm-7.30pm at The University of Queensland (UQ)

The Girls in Computing event at The University of Queensland (UQ) provides an excellent opportunity to discover the exciting and endless career options available in technology, software engineering and computer science.

• Hear from industry leaders and UQ Alumni as they share their experiences and provide advice to the next tech generation.

• Find out about exciting career opportunities available in technology, software engineering and computer science.

• Meet our female students and see what projects they have been working on during the year.• Find your interests by talking to representatives from student clubs and societies including UQ LIT (Ladies in Technology), Design Society UQ, UQ Computer Society, UQ Ventures and more.

• Visit information booths tailored for both parents and students – learn more about careers in tech and have your questions answered.

• Get hands-on with fun activities!

Get event details and register by 25th November here.

Part-time job opportunity (Years 11 and 12)

A local Chiropractic Clinic is looking to hire a student for work on Saturdays and possibly more if they are carrying on into further education. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Helen-Marie Sutherland at

NIDA Acting Bootcamp (Years 10 and 11)

Monday 9th January 2023, 10.00am - Wednesday 11th January 2023, 5.00pm

Brisbane TBC

A fast-paced intensive course for acting recruits: build skills in improvisation, character and scene work.

Course components:

• Improvisation: Discover the key principles and improve your spontaneity as a performer.

• Characterisation: Participate in practical exercises under the guidance of an industry expert designed to provide you with tools to create diverse character depictions.

• Technique: Unpack NIDA’s acting technique to identify the given circumstances of your scene, apply actions and pinpoint your character’s objective with ease.

Find out more here.

Work Experience at QPAC

Do you have an interest in live theatre and technical production? The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) regularly takes on Year 11 and 12 students for work experience.

Our program generally offers experience across the technical disciplines of production; specifically lighting, staging and sound technology. Placements take place during a 5-day block week (Monday to Friday) from 9.00am to 5.00pm. Availability of placements is dependent on show and venue activity.

Work Experience Placements need to fit the following criteria:

• Currently studying in Year 11 or 12 secondary students

• Possess demonstrated interest in the Performing Arts – particularly in live theatre and technical production

• Available to do work experience at an allocated time

To apply for a placement, you will need to write to our Work Experience Coordinator outlining the preferred time period, the type of work experience requested and the skills and experience which relate to the work experience being requested.

Learn more here.

Quantum Computing School Summer Camp (Years 9-12)

Monday 16th January 2023, 9.00am - Friday 20th January 2023, 5.00pm


Applications open soon for the 2023 SQA Quantum Computing Summer Camp — delivered by Qubit by Qubit (QxQ), a leading educational organisation in quantum, in collaboration with Sydney Quantum Academy (SQA).

Join us to dive into quantum computing during our 1-week summer camp designed for high school students. Learn about the fascinating world of quantum physics, to explore quantum phenomena like superposition and entanglement.

The summer camp includes special workshops where you’ll learn how to code quantum gates and circuits — the building blocks of quantum algorithms using IBM’s quantum coding language, Qiskit.

Held virtually on 16th – 20th January 2023 with a bonus day in person, the summer camp will be open to Australian high school students (Years 9-12) and recent school leavers.

No prior quantum or coding knowledge is required or expected, and there are many full scholarships available! Scholarships are prioritised for students underrepresented in STEM.

Find out more here.  

UniSC Emeritus Professor Paul Thomas AM and Ms Anita Grunau Scholarship (Year 12)

Value: Up to $25,000 AUD

Open/Closing Dates: 1st September 2022 – 30th November 2022

Emeritus Professor Paul Thomas and Ms Anita Grunau aim to support tertiary education for a USC student who demonstrates outstanding academic potential but faces financial or other barriers to completing a degree.

Find out more here.

Griffith ICT Academic Excellence Scholarship (Year 12)

Value: $5,000 AUD

Open/Closing Dates: 1st September 2022 – 16th January 2023

The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage Year 12 school leavers to undertake undergraduate studies in Information Technology on a full-time basis. The aim is to assist potential applicants in an IT career path.

Find out more here.

TJ Ryan Memorial Medal and Scholarships (Year 12)

Value: Up to $10,000 AUD per year

Open/Closing Dates: 3rd October, 2022 – 9th December, 2022

Up to 10 TJ Ryan Memorial Medal and Scholarships are awarded each year, to support exemplary Queensland students to pursue tertiary studies.

Find out more here.

Aspiring Teacher Grant (Year 12)

Value: Up to $5,000 AUD

Open/Closing Dates: 3rd October, 2022 – 9th December, 2022

If you have decided to become a teacher, our Aspiring Teacher Grants will help you to get started.

Find out more here.

Mrs Wanda Hayes, Head of Career Development

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Click here to follow our Friends of Pacific Facebook page.

Mrs Jenny Lee, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

College News

Speech & Drama Performance Exams Wow the Audience!

On Saturday eleven Speech & Drama students took part in our annual ASCA Drama Performance exams. Students performed in front of a live audience doing everything from drama, poetry and prose to mime, improvisation and impromptu speaking. As well as sitting for different grade levels, students had the choice of performing individually or in small groups.

Performing in front of an enthusiastic audience really added to the exam experience, with students 'taking it up a notch' at every opportunity. The visiting ASCA examiner, Ms Anita Eldridge, was absolutely floored by the creativity and imaginative staging of the performances and thanked us for "a wonderful day with these so very talented students".

I'm immensely proud of my students for managing to perform at such a high level even though we had limited time to prepare after our 'Buzby' play late last term. Well done!

Mrs Lisa McKibben, Speech and Drama Teacher

Uniform Shop

Please arrange to visit the Uniform Shop during Term 4 for uniforms for next year to avoid the rush.  Visits to the uniform shop are by appointment.  Appointments can be made with the Main Reception on 5436 7300.  Our Uniform Shop hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8.00am to 10.30am by appointment and Tuesday afternoon 2.00-4.00pm.

Students transitioning from Prep to Year 1 and Year 5 to Year 6 will require Formal Uniforms for the start of 2023.

If your student is commencing Year 1-5 in 2023, please see the below pictures for formal uniform requirements. All these items are available in the Uniform Shop. Formal shoes for Years 1-5 are black leather lace-ups. Skate shoes, high tops and Mary-Jane style shoes are not part of the uniform.

If your student is commencing Year 6-12 in 2023, please see the below pictures for formal uniform requirements. Year 6 students require a formal hat to be worn with their formal uniform. The bucket hat continues to be worn with their sports uniform. All these items are available for purchase in the Uniform Shop. Formal Shoes are black leather lace-ups. Skate shoes, high tops and Mary-Jane style shoes are not part of the uniform.

We strongly advise all current families to please arrange uniforms for next year before the end of Term 4 2022.  All new uniforms can be returned for exchange in Term 1 2023 if still in original packaging and unwashed/named. 

New families will be given preference for Back-to-School appointments in January 2023 and appointments will still be required.

Uniforms ordered via Flexi-schools will be delivered to the classroom (Junior College) and the Wellbeing Centre (Middle/Senior College) up to Thursday 24th November 2022.  Orders placed during the holidays will not be ready for collection until after Monday 9th January 2023.  You will receive an email advising when your order is ready, and it can be collected from the College Main Reception.

Year 9 Rite Journey

Please ensure all Rite Journey uniform requirements (including Blazers and Trousers) are purchased prior to Thursday 24th November 2022.

Swim Trials/Carnival 2023

Swim Trials will be held from the first week of Term 1 2023 and school swimwear is required for all students in Years 3 to 12.  To avoid the Back-to-School rush on these items, current families are strongly encouraged to purchase swimwear during Term 4 2022. It is advised that, when purchasing swimwear, it is tried on as they cannot be exchanged or refunded.

The last day of operation for 2022 will be Thursday 24th November and reopen on Monday 9th January 2023.  Appointments will be required.

Mrs Peta King, Uniform Convenor

Library News

What’s Happening in the Library?

Summer Reading Club

These summer holidays, adventure awaits your child through Sunshine Coast Libraries’ free Summer Reading Club. Whether going away or staying home, children can win fantastic prizes by embarking on three quests outlined in a Summer Reading Club Adventure Map. Just join up online or within a branch and either download the map or collect it in person from your local Sunshine Coast Library to be involved. Prizes include a torch and library bag, and if all three quests are completed children go into the draw to win a $50 book voucher! Better still, the quests encourage your child to keep reading and learning through the summer holidays. So, don’t miss out on the fun! The Summer Reading Club will be held from 1st December 2022 to 31st January 2023. To find out more about the Summer Reading Club, Sunshine Coast Libraries and their exciting holiday programs visit

Borrowing and Overdues

Next week there will be no borrowing as the library is undergoing a stock take. Students are encouraged to return all their library books, textbooks, music books, IT equipment etc. next week. An email will be sent home to tell you what your child has on loan. Once children have returned all this year’s items, they may borrow as many books as they like in Week 9, to read over the summer holidays.

Ms Narelle Keen, Head of Library

Sport News

Year 7-12 Sport

Competitive Sport News


Congratulations to our Junior C Girls. After dominating their division all season, they won their grand final match by 2 points in a thrilling game against Siena. Each player fought incredibly hard. Well done girls on a great season.

The Intermediate B Boys also fought hard. The boys had moments of brilliance and had some exciting plays to delight the crowd but finished runners-up in the end. A big thanks to Mr Burdon for his coaching passion and commitment to the team. Intermediate A Girls were in control throughout the first half of their game. It was the first game that the girls were able to play together as a full team, with the return from injury from two key players. The girls fought well all game but came up short. A big thank you to Brooklyn Graves for coaching the girls all season. Well done to all teams on a spectacular basketball season.

The support from the Pacific community at all three games was tremendous, the largest crowd from any school represented on the night. Thank you!

Student Acknowledgements

Congratulations to Tom Chessell who has been named in the Qld U18 Baseball Team to compete at the Australian Youth U18 Championships in Sydney in January 2023. Well done on a fantastic achievement!

Key Sports Dates Term 4

Tuesday 22nd November: St Andrews Relay Carnival

Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Sport

Junior Sport

Pacific Pulse Surfing Contest

Last Friday, Pacific once again hosted our inter-school primary surfing contest, The Pacific Pulse. Six schools across the Sunshine Coast participated, with Mooloolaba State School and St Andrews College competing for the first time. Held this year at Kings Beach, surfers were greeted by fun 2 -3 ft waves with light offshore winds all day.

The competition structure allowed students to surf two individual heats with points going towards the Overall Champion School and the Individual Age Champion Awards. At the completion of the individual heats, a Tag Team event involving all eight surfers from each school was held at the end of the day, which always proves to be a popular way to finish the contest.

Congratulations to St Andrews who were able to take home the Champion School trophy.

The results at the end of the day were as follows:

Tag Team Event –                  1st Mooloolaba State School

                                                2nd Buddina State School

                                                3rd Pacific Lutheran College

Champion School –                1st - St Andrews

                                                2nd – Good Shepherd and Buddina State School

                                                4th – Mooloolaba State School

                                                5th - Pacific Lutheran College

                                                6th – Baringa State College

Well done to all Pacific students who surfed on the day. Team members who represented PLC were:

Beau Woods, Oscar Hagan, Kai Newcombe, Georgia McFadden, Tara McFadden, Jax McFadden, Indie Hooper and Ayla Robson.

Well done to Indie Hooper who won the Under 10 girls division.

A big thank you to Mr Damian Davis and Mr Scott Massie for their help in organising and running the contest as well as our PLC support staff of Mrs Lisa Muir, Caity O’Keefe and Lachie Buchanan who assisted in the running of the contest on the day.

Lastly, thanks to our valued event sponsors who continue to support this event each year.

Beach Beat Caloundra for their generous donation of some awesome prizes for the kids.

Rob Williams Real Estate for their cash donation for the screen-printing of the Pacific Pulse Contest Shirt which each surfer received.

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 all enquiries, please use the contact details below.
Facebook: PLC Netball Club
Instagram: PLC Netball Club

Mrs Donna Townsend, PLC Netball Club President

Pacific FC

For all enquiries, please use the contact details below.

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


17       Years 4-6 Sports Awards (12.00pm – 1.00pm)

17       Years 7-12 Sports Awards (2.15pm – 3.15pm)

17       Year 12 Graduation

18       Year 12 Farewell Chapel (8.30am)

18       Year 12 Formal

24       P-2 Swim Carnival (9.00am-11.00am) - Kawana Aquatic Centre

25       K-5 Carols (5.00pm) - College Gymnasium

28       P-5 Closing Service (8.45am) - College Gymnasium

29       Years 6-11 Closing Service (6.30pm) – Caloundra Events Centre

29       Academic Year Concludes