Compass No 670 - January 2023

From the Principal

Welcome – As A Desired Guest

The word “welcome” is derived from an old English word that means desired guest.  As we welcome each other into the start of a new year we come as desired guests into each other’s lives.  As desired guests, we extend hospitality to one another and are attentive to each other’s strengths and needs. We come together to act with Purpose, Engagement, and Co-Agency to fully grow our gifts and talents so that we are well-equipped to make a difference for people and for the environment.

We come together as a capable and committed learning community, blessed by God who walks with us and enables us.  God welcomes us into relationship with Him as much desired guests, always attentive to our needs and guiding us to use our gifts and talents for good purpose.  May God strengthen our engagement and enhance our co-agency as we grow together to live purpose-filled lives throughout this year and beyond.

Principal’s Log

There was tremendous energy and goodwill as students returned at the start of this week and quickly settled into the routines of learning.  We welcome all staff, students, parents and carers to the start of the 2023 school year and a particularly warm welcome to the many new students and their families and new and returning staff.  We have an exciting year ahead and we look forward to staff, students and parents growing together throughout the year.

The Commencement services provided a great way to welcome staff, students and parents into the new year as we installed the new Middle and Senior College leaders and new staff at the Middle and Senior College service and welcomed students into new phases of learning at both services.  Our Year 5 students modelled their sense of co-agency as they presented their Year 5 badges to each other. We thank Pastor Ray Morris from the St Mark’s congregation for his leadership of the Middle and Senior College service and Mayor Mr Mark Jamieson and the Hon Mr Jarrod Bleijie for their involvement in the installation of our student leaders. We thank Chaplain Mrs Holly Gricks for her leadership of the P-5 service.  We thank Mrs Michi Hauser for her coordination of both services and parents, staff and students for making these services such warm dignified starts to the year.

It was great to connect with many new and continuing families at the Welcome Breakfast where we had over 200 people in attendance. The Breakfast provided a good opportunity for families to build and strengthen relationships within the community.  We appreciate the food provided by our hospitality team led by our Year 11 and 12 students and Mrs Colleen Beattie and the hospitality team.  Thank you to parents including our Friends of Pacific team, students and staff for their attendance and Mrs Leanne Bevis for her coordination of the event.

In the coming fortnight, we have a number of parent information evenings. Parents are strongly encouraged to come along and learn how they can best support the learning of their children. Students learn best in communities where there is a strong partnership and a strong sense of co-agency between parents, students and staff.  We look forward to connecting with families next week at our P-5, Middle College and Year 11 Information Evenings.

We wish our Year 3-6 students all the best with their swimming carnival next week. We also wish our Year 8 students all the best as they engage in their 5-day outdoor education experience where they have the opportunity to grow in their self-awareness, social-emotional capabilities, confidence, relationships with each other and connection to the environment.

May God enable us to see ourselves and others as desired guests who are welcomed into relationship and community for good purpose.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the Director of Students

Welcome to 2023

The start of a new school year brings with it a range of emotions. Year 12 students are excited for the experiences and celebrations that come in their final year at Pacific, mixed in with nervousness at what lies ahead. Year 6 students and families are enthusiastic as they step into what it means to be in Middle College, and also a little nervous as they step into new experiences. New students have a sense of anticipation as they leave previous schools and friends and look forward to connecting in their new environment. New beginnings for everyone have started. The first week back is in full swing. It was great to see so many new students at College and to see them begin to settle into Pacific life.

It has been great to see the students start the year enthusiastically and with good focus in classrooms across the College. In assembly this week we started to look at the core values at Pacific of “care, dignity and respect”. As a part of the Pacific Lutheran College community, everything that we do revolves around these three central principles and we will be exploring these more throughout the year. I would also encourage all students to get involved in every opportunity they are given throughout the year to make the most of their time at the College. Our goal for students in the Middle College is to have everyone participating in at least one co-curricular event per semester to maximise their involvement and explore new horizons.

Thank you to all who attended the Commencement Service on Tuesday evening. Students across all Houses were well-represented and we wish our newly installed College Captains, Pacific Action Group Captains, Year 12 House Captains and Year 9 House Leaders all the very best in their roles this year. There are a lot of exciting things planned and we look forward to seeing them play out throughout the year.

We wish the Year 8 cohort all the very best as they embark on the first Outdoor Education experience for the year when they head to Somerset Dam next week. This will be a great experience for all and an ideal opportunity for the group to get to know each other better and develop new friendships and connections within their cohort. A big thank you to Mr Paul Brace and his team for the organisation and running of this for our families. While Year 8 students are on their outdoor experience, a reminder that there is a Middle College parent information evening next week (Monday) from 6.00pm on the school grounds. Parents have been notified about this and I look forward to meeting you on the night.

I hope that you all have a great year ahead, and I look forward to seeing the students grow and immerse themselves throughout 2023.

Mr Mark Hauser, Director of Students

From the Head of Teaching and Learning K-5

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to school for 2023. A special warm welcome to new families joining our Pacific Lutheran College community.  We are looking forward to getting to know all members of the community as we work together to do great things for our students.

There is a calm and positive atmosphere at the College, and we thank parents and carers, teachers and students for being so organised and ready to start the school year. A special welcome to our new Prep children and their families.

We appreciate how hard it has been for all of you to start school without the usual transition arrangements that would have been in place. Your children have made an amazing start to their time here and have come in smiling and positive. Thank you for the part that you have played in preparing them to start school. We look forward to working with you all and getting to know you.

This year Pacific Foundation College welcomes back Mrs Anna Maher from Maternity leave teaching in Prep and Mrs Sharon Hooper continues in 2023 teaching Year 1. We also welcome Mrs Kim Kiernan to the Junior College who has moved from Year 6 to Year 5. We are sure everyone is helping ensure these new staff members settle in well. It is wonderful to have parents back on school grounds!

We are holding our P-5 Parent Information session on Wednesday 1st February in the Gym. We welcome you for a time to connect with drinks and nibbles from 5.30pm and our first session together will begin at 6.00pm. This evening is a great way to connect with each other and hear from our College leaders and teachers about the learning and opportunities that an exciting 2023 will bring. We encourage parents to register their attendance through the following link or scanning the QR code below.

Have a wonderful week.

Mrs Sue Zweck, Head of Teaching and Learning K-5 and Mr Damian Davis, Head of Staff and Students P-5

From the Head of Career Development

Career News

Defence Work Experience Program (Years 10-12)

The Defence Work Experience Program (DWEP) is a national Youth Program that provides young Australians with an interest in a Defence career, and the opportunity to gain exposure to a range of job roles available within Defence and the Australian Public Service. Defence work experience activities are designed to be hands-on and interactive so that young people can make informed career decisions.

The following programs are now taking applications online with others to follow as the year progresses:

Applications may close before the advertised date if large volumes are received. Students are advised places are limited and are strongly encouraged to submit complete and considered applications as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. The DWEP works alongside ADF Units to bring students a valuable experience with serving personnel and therefore unforeseen changes to operational commitments may result in a placement being changed, postponed and/or cancelled at short notice. Please go to the DWEP website for updates on the program and to apply.

Young Endeavour Youth Scheme (Years 10-12)

Applications are now open for Young Endeavour youth development voyages in 2023. Since 1988, more than 14,000 young Australians aged 16-23 have joined the national sail training ship Young Endeavour on a life-changing voyage.

Each voyage in the Young Endeavour is a unique and challenging experience. The immersive nature of the program encourages participants to rapidly develop interpersonal, leadership and teamwork skills which are readily transferable to their life as they move into adulthood.

The program is delivered by the professional Royal Australian Navy staff crew who ensure that the highest standards of safety are maintained.

Voyage fees and conditions will apply to successful applicants. A limited number of scholarships are available.

For more information and to apply, go to

Medical research work experience programs (Years 11 and 12)

Each year, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute runs a series of work experience programs for school students. These programs are a fantastic opportunity for students who are interested in science or medicine; to give them a chance to see, and in some cases participate hands-on in medical research projects in progress in a professional medical research laboratory. There are one-day programs and 3-day programs, all offered during school holidays. Applications are open now, and the programs are in high demand, so it is very competitive to secure a place. For more information or to apply, go to

Mrs Wanda Hayes, Head of Career Development

Food for Thought

Back to School Tips from a Psychologist

Although getting back into the routine of school might be challenging it’s important to help your child identify their concerns and be present while they work through them. These strategies can certainly help get the wheels in motion, but your presence and emotional support will be key in setting up a successful transition back to school for the whole family.

Even if you or your child don’t have any specific concerns, getting back into the school/morning routine can be a challenge, so some tips are below to help with the back-to-school transition

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Friends of Pacific play a vital role in strengthening community. As a member, parents have a unique opportunity to grow our College culture and build connections with students and families.  

A child’s transition into adulthood is strengthened with positive adult role models who join in the community together. Throughout the year, Friends of Pacific support a variety of events and College initiatives including the annual PLC Open Day, Mother’s and Father’s Day stalls, sport carnivals, trivia nights, golf days, OCEANfest and much more.

Welcome Breakfast

Thank you to all who attended the Welcome Breakfast this morning. We enjoyed meeting each family and welcoming them to our community.

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. This term inductions sessions will be held on Wednesday 8th February (via Zoom) and Thursday 9th February (on Campus). Please click on the link to register your interest in attending this course.

Register here to attend Volunteer Induction Session.

2023 AGM

You are invited to the Friends of Pacific AGM and first general meeting for 2023 on Tuesday 21st February at 6.30pm in the College Library.

Nominations for the following Office Bearers are being called:

  • Chairperson
  • Vice-Chairperson
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Foundation Executive (Prep-Yr 2)
  • Junior Executive (Yr 3-5)
  • Middle Executive (Yr 6-9) 
  • Senior Executive (Yr 10-12)

If you would like to nominate for a position and/or attend the upcoming meeting, please RSVP by Friday 3rd February via email to:

Click here to follow our Friends of Pacific Facebook page.

Mrs Jenny Lee, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

Library News

Welcome to the Library

Our PLC Library is open from 8.00am until 4.00pm each day. We are a busy, lively library with lots of students visiting every day. At lunchtime we have silent areas for study and reading, as well as more social areas for playing chess or board games, doing arts and crafts, building with Lego, exploring the STEM activities in our MakerSpace or experiencing virtual reality.

Our website contains our library catalogue, where you can search for books, check your loans and place reservations. You will also find links to research skills, our LibGuides page which supports student assignments, our ebook collection and our Clickview video library.

Our Middle and Senior students can access the library homepage here while the Junior students’ page is here

Drop into the library to borrow, ask for book recommendations or for assistance with finding information.

Ms Narelle Keen, Head of Library

Sport News

Year 7-12 Sport

A big welcome back from the Sport Department. We hope to see many of our students enjoying the sport opportunities on offer at PLC this year.

Introduction Information

There has been a lot of information sent out over the past 2 weeks via TASS. Communication through TASS included an introduction letter with lots of information on PLC sport, as well as correspondence about representative sports.

This year, the PLC Sports Department will be using different communication platforms for consent, information and scheduling of all PLC sport activities. The Operoo program will be replaced with the following –

  • All sporting consent will be sent through Parent Lounge via TASS
  • Parent information and scheduling for all sports activities will be communicated via a new program called “Clipboard”.
  • Training and fixture details will be accessible through the NAV calendar once students are allocated into teams and draws have been released. (

The weekly Compass will also be used to pass on information regarding upcoming sporting opportunities and events, as well as competitive sports results, updates and celebrations of student sporting achievements. Please share your child’s achievements in an outside school sports event and we will endeavor to acknowledge them in our weekly Compass Newsletter.

Competitive Sport

Students will have the opportunity to sign up and participate in several competitive sports teams throughout the year. These teams play outside of school hours, generally on a weekday afternoon/early evening. We encourage all students to play in at least one competitive sports team per semester to maximise their engagement (and enjoyment) within the College community (as an added benefit, they will have a lot of fun). All competitive sport sign-ups are done online via the Clipboard link which will be available to students on the 7-12 Sport NAV Page. Students will be told in advance about signing up and it is a very quick procedure to access a signup portal. If there are any issues with signing up, they should contact a member of the PLC Sports Department.

Students in competitive teams will be provided with playing shirts/singlets/jerseys throughout the year. It is important to note that these are on loan to students just for the duration of the season and need to be returned at the conclusion of the season, otherwise, there will be a fee charged for any unreturned items.

Weekly Friday Sport

Each week students from Yr 7-12 will participate in sporting activities on a Friday afternoon. These activities range from competitive sport training, sport development sessions for upcoming competitive sports, and sport-for-life options which provide students with a variety of physical activity and movement opportunities. As mentioned in other communications, a small fee has been added to sport-for-life options that engage with outside providers. The College continues to heavily subsidises these engaging skill, health, and fitness development opportunities.

Friday Sport Schedule

Yr 11-12 Sport: 12.15pm - 1.15pm

Yr 7-10 Sport: 1.45pm - 3.15pm

Please note, this means that all students will be finishing at 3.15pm on Friday afternoons.

Swimming Carnival

Inter-House Swimming Carnival

12 and 13 years nominations for competitive events have already been collected and all nominations have been accepted without trials being required. 14 years – 18 years nominations will be collected on Friday morning during House assemblies. All students will have an opportunity to be in the pool and get points for their House on the day.

ALL students must:

  • be at their allocated meeting places (TBC) by 8.25am
  • attend and are encouraged to swim (where possible)
  • wear the correct House uniform and swimmers as outlined in this letter
  • return on buses in completely dry clothes
  • not be on mobile devices on buses or at the pool
  • swim in House coloured swim caps (provided on the day) for all events
  • students are permitted to dress up (zinc, costumes, etc.) but must do this once they arrive at school

A full program with further details will be sent to parents prior to the carnival.

District Carnival

The fastest 4 freestyle students and the fastest 2 students in backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly will be selected in the PLC Swim Team to represent the College on Monday 20th February at a twilight carnival held at Sunshine Coast Grammar Pool.  Notification will be sent home via TASS for students who are selected. Students who are in the 12 years age division will have their times integrated with the Junior carnival results and selections will be made from this listing. The 9-12 years Independent District Carnival will take place during school on Tuesday 21st February.


Information has been sent out recently to Year 7 and 8 students and families regarding sign-up and trialing for the Monday night netball season, beginning on the 27th February. Please note that the trial date for Year 7 and 8 netball girls’ trial will change from the 31st January to the 7th of March in order to account for Year 8 students on camp. Unfortunately, dates were set for trials before the Year 8 camp had been confirmed last year. Netball trials will be held on the rear PLC courts from 3.15pm- 4.45pm. Please email netball coordinator Michelle Dufty ( if you have any questions.

All other year level students will be meeting their coaches over the next few weeks and getting organised with a training schedule. Players will be advised when to collect a playing dress from the Sports Office. Game schedules will be available on the NAV calendar when the draw is released.

SCISSA Sport Term 1

Students in Year 7-12 also have had the opportunity to pick a competitive sport for Term 1 and represent PLC in either Yr 11-12 Volleyball or Yr 7-10 Soccer in the Sunshine Coast Independent School Sports Association. Interested students have signed up via the Clipboard link which was sent out through email and put on the 7-12 NAV page. Students who have signed up for the trial on Friday 27th January will be placed into teams. Information regarding the season and a request for consent will be sent out via TASS next week. Game schedules will be available on the NAV Calendar when the draw is released.

Rugby Opportunities Term 1

Keen rugby students will have the opportunity to participate in Representative Rugby Tours/Tournaments in Term 1. These events include the Fraser Coast Rugby 7s tournament and the Armidale Rugby Tour.

Tournament details below.

Fraser Coast 7’s – 24/03/23 (Week 9) – U13, U15, U18’s Boys; U15, U18’s Girls

Armidale Rugby Tournament – U12’s Boys, U14, U16 Girls 7’s. 21st – 23rd April

15-a-side Boys pre-season training and nominations (Term 2 Competition)

Students need to register their interest via the Clipboard link which can be accessed through the 7-12 Sport NAV Page. Interested students will have information and a request for consent sent home to parents via TASS. Nominations need to be in before the 3rd of February as trials will be held on the afternoon of the 6th February from 3.30pm until 5.00pm on the Main Oval.

Students are to register their interest via the Clipboard link which can be accessed through the 7-12 Sport NAV Page. Interested students will have information and a request for consent sent home to parents via TASS. Nominations need to be in before the 3rd February as trials will be held on the afternoon of the 6th February from 3.30pm until 5.00pm on the Main Oval.

Student Acknowledgements

Each week we aim to celebrate outstanding student achievement in their sporting pursuits, both inside and outside school sport.

We congratulate the following students on their excellent efforts in their sporting pursuits throughout the holiday period:

  • Emily Lengenberg competed at the QLD State Swimming Titles at Chandler. She achieved 5th place in 400m Freestyle, 6th in 200m Butterfly and 7th in 800m Freestyle. Emily was also able to qualify for and will be competing at the Australian National Titles in 9 events this year. Those events include the 50m, 100m and 200m Butterfly, 50m, 100m and 200m Backstroke plus the 200m, 400m and 800m Freestyle. We wish Emily all the best for the National Titles.
  • Isabella Stammers achieved an Australian National Open Water qualification time for the 5km championships. Only 67 children from her age group achieved this in Australia. This is a great achievement, and we wish her all the best at the National championships in Busselton, WA.
  • Tom Chessell represented QLD at the Australian U18 National Championships for Baseball held in Blacktown in January. QLD ended up making the gold medal game, and with some very good plays by both teams, we came away the winners 7-5.  Well done to Tom for contributing highly with batting and pitching in the final game.

Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Sport

Junior Sport

Welcome back to all returning families and also a warm welcome to all the new families starting at Pacific this year. It is a busy start to the school sporting calendar with swimming and various other sporting opportunities happening already.


The 3-6 Inter-House Swimming Carnival will be held next Tuesday 31st January at Beerwah Aquatic Centre. Students will need to arrive at their classrooms by 8.25am for rolls, with buses departing at 8.35am from PLC.

The aim of the carnival is to maximise participation, develop friendly House spirit; have fun and select a PLC Swim Team to compete at the Independent District Swimming Carnival.  All students will have the opportunity to swim at this carnival for house points.

Students will need to wear PLC swimmers under their uniform to school on that day (house shirts to be worn) and enclosed shoes must be worn to and from the carnival with their sports hats.

Parents are welcome to attend the carnival but are asked to remain in the parent spectators area provided on the day.


SCISSA sport will begin next Thursday 2nd February for all students in Years 4-6. Class teachers will ask students to select two sports early next week that they would like to try during the next two Thursday sessions. Students will finalise their sport choice at the end of Thursday sport in Week Three. Please see the table below which contains the sports choices available to students.

Armidale Rugby Carnival

Early in Term Two, PLC will be attending the Armidale Rugby Carnival on Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd April. The tour is open to boys in Years 5, 6 and 7 who are turning either 11 or 12 in 2023.

If you would like your son to be part of this tour, please email to register your interest. Training will start on Monday 6th February.

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Junior Sport P-6

General Notices

Chess Mates

At Pacific Lutheran College, weekly chess classes will be held on a Tuesday afternoon from 3.00pm-3.45pm.

Learning chess has been shown to improve overall performance at school by nearly 20% compared with children who have not.

These classes will help improve planning skills, problem-solving, memory, concentration, independent decision-making, teamwork and general aptitude for learning.

For further information or to book online, please use this link

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

Pacific FC is a not-for-profit soccer club affiliated with the Sunshine Coast Churches Soccer Association (SCCSA). Formed in 2001, the club has always been run by a succession of parent volunteers who offer their time as coaches, managers and committee members.

There is a need for new and continuing club members to step into key positions within Pacific FC this season and all parents are encouraged to nominate for a volunteer role.

Pacific FC cannot run or register teams with SCCSA for the 2023 season without a committed volunteer base.

You can ensure our wonderful community club continues in 2023 by volunteering for one of the following roles:

  • Coach of your team
  • Co-Coach of your team
  • Manager of your team
  • Canteen Coordinator or Assistant
  • Grounds Coordinator
  • Uniform and Sponsorship Coordinator
  • Executive and General Committee Members

This Saturday at the PFC Soccer Canteen

  • Working Bee from 8.30-11.30am
  • U6-U8 Come & Try Session for new players


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       Middle College Information Evening (6.00pm)

30       Year 8 Camp (returning 3rd February)

31       Years 3-6 Swimming Carnival (Beerwah Aquatic Centre)

31       Scholars Assembly

31       Year 11 Information Evening (6.00pm College gym)

31       Music Information Evening (5.30pm)


1         Prep-Year 5 Information Evening