Compass No 676 - March 2023

From the Principal

International Women’s Day

Embrace Equity

This year’s International Women’s Day theme of Embrace Equity invites us to reflect on the unconscious biases we all hold and to work to reduce barriers that limit the participation or growth of people on the basis of their gender or other characteristics. Sometimes we can place those same limits on ourselves.  Our internal voice can tell us that we are not good enough or sufficiently like others that we view as successful and we choose to limit our engagement with a particular opportunity. Having the courage to rise above the limits set by ourselves or others, creates a tremendous sense of freedom in our lives and in the lives of those we encounter. Learning to view life as an adventure where we look for opportunities to extend ourselves and lift those around us to do the same, brings energy and possibility into life.  There is a particular joy when someone realises that they have gone beyond what they thought was possible.

God invites us into relationship with Him and to use our gifts to care for and enhance the lives of people and the planet. God invites all of us to walk with Him barefoot along a dirt road, just as we are. Jesus was criticised for inviting outcasts to eat with Him. Through God’s love for us, we are invited to see the strengths and possibilities in ourselves and the people we encounter and lift to where we can see and embrace better opportunities.

Principal’s Log

We congratulate Ben McCormac on winning both the Public Speaking and Overall competition at the Regional Lions Youth of the Year last weekend. This is an outstanding achievement, competing against high-calibre students from across our region and we wish Ben all the best as he now progresses to the next level of competition on 25th March. We thank the Caloundra Lions Branch and Mrs Rae Hall for their ongoing support of Ben.

The cast and crew of our Pippin production enjoyed the opportunity to come together for intensive rehearsals at Luther Heights last weekend. There was tremendous energy and joy, as the cast sharpened their singing, dancing and acting skills and strengthened confidence and friendships. The production is always a highlight and we wish Mrs Janine Delaney and her cast and crew all the best in their preparation for what promises to be a very entertaining performance.

We wish all of our students the very best for their NAPLAN testing and for other students their assessments over the coming week. Learning to view assessments as checkpoints and reflection points which inform future learning can help young people approach their tests more calmly. Having the mindset of finding out ‘what I have learnt’ and ‘what I am yet to learn’ can be a helpful habit for life as we encounter a variety of “tests” throughout life.

We pray for all the people of the world, that we would learn to see each other’s strengths and capacities free of bias and work to reduce barriers that limit growth.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the Director of Students

The Power of our Words

This week, I have been reflecting on a message that I heard at the start of the year about the power of words. Apparently, humans average at least 7000 words spoken per day! Obviously, the stage of life and a range of other factors play a huge role in how close you get to this number, but regardless, we probably don’t realise how much we can say in a day. Each and every day.

The old schoolyard saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me” is probably one of the most inaccurate myths that were ever developed. Words hold such power and can influence our interactions with each other both positively and negatively on a scale that we can never really anticipate. Our focus in the Middle College this term has centred around us being part of community. As a community, we want to be able to support each other through our words in a way that builds each other up on a daily basis. We celebrate the achievements of others; offer words of encouragement to those who might be down; and restore broken relationships with acknowledgement of our own mistakes and words of forgiveness.

As we approach a busy time of the term, we celebrate all that we have accomplished over the first seven weeks and offer words of encouragement to all as they complete assessments and focus on finishing the term off strongly. There are still so many exciting and engaging things happening over the last three weeks of the term and I wish everyone all the best as they approach a well-deserved break. I hope that we can continue to use our words and actions to support others and help our community to grow in positive ways, each and every day.

International Women’s Day

We look forward to celebrating International Women’s Day together on Friday morning at our annual breakfast. This morning is always a strongly attended event and allows us to celebrate the role of women in our lives and appreciate all their gifts and talents. It is great that we have the opportunity to come together as a community to support each other in this way. We particularly thank the hospitality department and all who worked on preparing the morning breakfast, for their tireless work and the quality of the food they always supply.

Year 4-9 Disco: Back to the 80s/90s Friday 17th March

The PLC Disco is one of the highlights for students in Term One, and it is only one week away. This year, students from Years 4-9 will have the opportunity to attend the “80s/90s” themed disco which will be held in the PLC gymnasium on Friday 17th March from 5.00pm until 7.00pm. Cost is $5 per student and the funds raised will go to the Australian Lutheran World Services to support the work they do across Australia and overseas. Parents are requested to please collect their children from the gymnasium at 7.00pm so that all are accompanied by an adult as they leave. All students must register (via the link sent out earlier this week) by Wednesday 15th March. It is sure to be a great night for all involved with prizes and games, along with music and dancing.


We wish Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 all the best in their NAPLAN tests next week. These tests are a good way of gaining academic data on how our students are tracking. The Year 9 leaders gave a special message of encouragement on assembly this week to the Year 7 and 9 students, as well as some important tips for them as they prepare for these special tests. It is important that they all do their very best and we look forward to celebrating their hard work once they are completed. We thank the teaching and learning team and all staff who have been instrumental in preparing each cohort for these tests, and especially Mrs Jo Belchamber for her organisation and efforts with the Middle College to set our students up for success.

Mr Mark Hauser, Director of Students

From the Head of Learning K-5

Literacy Learning in Prep

By the end of the first year at school, the Australian Curriculum: English expects that most children will be able to:

•          Read short, predictable texts with familiar vocabulary and supportive images

•          Identify letters of the alphabet and use the sounds represented by most letters

•          Listen for rhyme, letter patterns and sounds in words

•          Describe their likes and dislikes of familiar texts, objects, characters and events

•          Communicate clearly and retell experiences with peers and known adults

•          Use familiar words and phrases and images to convey ideas in their own writing

•          Show evidence of sound and letter knowledge in their writing

•          Correctly form well-known upper and lower case letters and experiment with capital letters and full stops.

Everyday contexts for literacy learning:

There are many ordinary, everyday opportunities when you can focus on your child’s vital literacy learning.

1. Family leisure and entertainment- demonstrate how you need to read every day- recipes, menus, magazines, sports scores etc. Limit screen time and encourage singing songs, talking about the day.

2. Family Communications-Involve children when you telephone, email, Skype, text or write cards. Help your child to write their own invitations and thank you notes.

3. Family Celebrations – involve children when you send and receive invitations, cards, letters and emails.

4. Doing hobbies and housework- involve children when you are using recipes and cooking, making shopping lists and buying food, following directions for gardening and using manuals for home maintenance. Help your child to follow the instructions for a new game or to assemble a construction.

5. Social and home life-involve children on the internet, reading catalogues or newsletters.

6. At home and in the community- borrow from the local library, draw and create messages, buy plastic letters and make words.

7. Parents as ‘teachers’- talk about the letters of the alphabet- don’t teach them as a chant.

Children learn best when they are reading a favourite story, writing their name etc.

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

From the Head of Career Development

Careers News

Trade Taster program applications open on Wednesday 15th March (Year 10)

The TAFE Qld Trade Taster Program allows eligible Year 10 students to try a trade course without committing to a full qualification or apprenticeship. This lets them find out if a course is the right option for them or test out a potential career path they are considering following in the future.

Trade Taster programs deliver training to Year 10 students, one day per week for nine weeks (one school term).

During the program, students will complete a number of individual competencies from various TAFE Queensland courses, giving them a taste of what that career would be like.

Applications for the Term 2 intake of the Trade Taster program here on the Sunshine Coast will open on 15th March. Interested students will need to get their application in as soon as possible after applications open, as these programs fill quickly. For more information on the Trade Taster program, click here.

Before you apply, please speak with Mrs Wanda Hayes to get some guidance on how to choose your course day.


Planning to go to university in Brisbane in 2024? (Year 12)

When: Thursday 16th March

If you are hoping to study at university in Brisbane next year, you won’t want to miss the annual Residential Living Expo – being hosted this year at St Andrew’s Anglican College on the evening of Thursday 16th March. Year 12 students and their families are invited to attend the expo, which features information and displays from 15 different Brisbane student accommodation providers. Registration is essential as only people from invited schools are permitted to attend. For more information, see the attached flyer via this link.


Academic Bootcamps for external exam preparation (Year 12)

When: 2023 September school holidays

Following on from the overwhelming success of the Year 12 Mathematics and Science Academic Bootcamps held at Griffith University Gold Campus last year, the university has received funding to extend the impactful and results-driven program to all Queensland Year 12 students outside of the Gold Coast area. This opportunity will be available through Online Academic Bootcamps to all Year 12 students across Queensland in 2023. 

The bootcamps are held in the September school holidays and are open to any Year 12 student currently studying either Maths Methods or General Maths and Biology or Chemistry or Physics. 

Griffith is now accepting Expressions of Interest for the 2023 Online Academic Bootcamps. For more information, see the attached flyer via this link.


MySCI science program at Monash University (Years 11 and 12)

When: 12th – 14th April

MYSci is a three-day science program specifically designed for students in Years 11 and 12, involving hands-on workshops and access to the brilliant teaching facilities at Monash University, in Melbourne.

This program schedule will include:

•          hands-on workshops

•          access to our brilliant teaching facilities

•          opportunity to meet some of our Research Scientists

•          exposure to potential career pathways

•          activities with the Young Scientists of Australia

•          social activities

The fee for the program is $115.00 per student. Students are responsible for organising their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

Click here for information and to register.


ADF Gap Year Information Session, Brisbane (Year 12)

March 13th, 2023

Spend an exciting 12 months in the Navy, Army or Air Force, where you’ll get paid for meaningful work while travelling Australia, gaining skills for life and making lifelong friends.

Join us for an information session to speak with current serving personnel about the Australian Defence Force Gap Year.

Find out more here.


UniSC HeadStart Information Evening (Years 10 and 11)

Students and their parents are invited to UniSC’s Headstart Information Evening where we’ll take them through everything they need to know to about the program.

Now also available to Year 10 students in Semester 2 (July), Headstart gives students in Years 10 – 12 the chance to start uni in high school, giving them a real university experience and setting them up for their future.

Students will study first-year uni subjects and receive credit to take time off their degree.

UniSC will cover the cost of the first course and additional courses are only $400, so your students will also save money on their full degree.

There are three information sessions to choose from (you only need to attend one):

  1. UniSC Moreton Bay: Tuesday 14th March - Auditorium, Foundation Building, 6.30pm – 7.30pm
  2. UniSC Sunshine Coast: Thursday 16th March - Lecture Theatre 7, Building C, 6.30pm – 7.30pm
  3. Online via Zoom: Thursday 23rd March - 5.30pm – 6.30pm

Click here for more information or to register.


START QUT information webinar (Year 11)

When: Tuesday 28th March, 5.30-6.30pm

Find out how Year 11 (Semester 2, 2023) and Year 12 (Semester 1, 2024) students can study a uni subject while in high school. We’ll cover what’s involved, eligibility requirements, and how to apply. Plus, you’ll hear from past START QUT students about their experiences.

(START QUT is QUT’s version of HeadStart and works just the same way.)

There are plenty of courses available through START QUT that are totally online in terms of delivery and assessment and are therefore suitable for our students.

Click here for more information, or to register for the webinar.


QUT | Engineer Your Future (Years 4 – 12)

March 25th, 2023

An engineering experience day at QUT will open your eyes to a possible career path in Engineering.

QUT in partnership with Engineering Link Group, the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Engineers Australia is delivering a day full of hands-on activities for students from Year 4 to Year 12, to showcase engineering as it really is – exciting, challenging and world-changing.

Find out more here.


QIMR Berghofer | Holiday Science Experience (Years 10-12)

April 4th ,2023

Looking to get a taste of what it’s like working in a medical research laboratory? QIMR Berghofer host 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.


Anthology Travel Writing Competition 2023

Established for writers who like to share authentic travel experiences and to provide a platform for publication. The Anthology Travel Writing Competition is open to original and previously unpublished travel articles in the English language by writers of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. We are looking for an engaging article that will capture the reader’s attention, conveying a strong sense of the destination and the local culture.

Open to both new and established writers, articles submitted must not exceed 1,000 words. Writers can submit as many entries as they wish. Each submission will require a separate entry form and is subject to a separate entry fee.

The winner will receive a €500 cash prize and the chance to see their work published in a future issue of Anthology.

Entries are open until 30th November 2023.

Find out more and enter here.


Anthology Flash Fiction Competition 2023

Established to inspire creativity, and great writing and to provide a platform for publication. The Anthology Flash Fiction Competition is open to original and previously unpublished flash fiction pieces on any theme or genre in the English language by writers of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. We are looking for writing that is clever and unique, inspires us, and crafts a compelling story.

Open to both new and established writers, articles submitted must not exceed 250 words. Writers can submit as many entries as they wish. Each submission will require a separate entry form and is subject to a separate entry fee.

The winner will receive a €300 cash prize and the chance to see their work published in a future issue of Anthology.

Entries are open until 31st October 2023.

Find out more and enter here.


Mrs Wanda Hayes, Head of Career Development

Food for Thought

Understanding Adolescence

Adolescence is the transitional stage of development that is usually associated with the teenage years. In 2018, the Australian Curriculum Assessment Authority redefined adolescence as affecting young people aged between 10-24 years. During this time, they experience rapid physical, cognitive and psychosocial growth which affects how teenagers feel, think, make decisions, and interact with the world around them.

During adolescence, a child's brain can be considered as being “under construction”. The rate of progress will vary depending on the individual and their gender. As a result, some parents may view adolescence as stressful or difficult. However, it does not need to be. Setting boundaries, implementing consistent monitoring and maintaining a strong and loving connection will help families adjust during this time.

It is also an important time to keep the communication lines open through clear and age-appropriate conversations. Speak openly about changes they are experiencing and be conscious of their mental health, as many of the conditions people confront in adulthood can begin to manifest in adolescence.

In this edition of SchoolTV, adult carers can learn how to guide and best support their young person as they transition through adolescence. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition, and we always welcome your feedback.

If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.

Here is the link to this month's edition

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

We are well and truly into the swing of 2023, with our first official FoP event, the Gala Day BBQ happening in a few weeks. We’d love a few more volunteers if you’re available. See details below.

Keep an eye on our article in the Compass each week for important information about upcoming events, FoP news and more information about the Community Connect page on the PLC website.


Volunteering has many benefits. You can make new friends, learn something new, contribute to the community and your kids love to see you helping out around the College. If you’ve ever thought about volunteering or becoming part of Friends of Pacific, now is the time. There are so many exciting events on the calendar in 2023 and the more people who are available to volunteer and support these events will ensure their success.

All volunteers need to have completed the Volunteer Induction for 2023 and have their volunteer lanyard. If you missed the Volunteer Inductions earlier in the year, please email Belinda Dawkins, Human Resources and Compliance Officer, to register your interest.  More information about online training sessions will be released shortly however the next in-person induction will be held on Wednesday 26th April.

Gala Day – Thursday 30th March

FoP has the opportunity to run a Gala Day BBQ at the Meridan Sports Field for the Year 5 Touch Football teams across the SCISSA competition.

We have some volunteers already, but a few more would make for an easier day – plus more people = more fun! If you have completed the 2023 Volunteer Induction and can help on the day, please contact FoP at

OCEANfest 2023 – One World

OCEANfest will return this year on Friday 18th August. We are calling for a steering committee to assist with the planning and organisation of the event. The Pacific OCEANfest is a fun filled carnival which connects our College with surrounding communities.

If you are interested in joining the OCEANfest Committee please contact Ms Samantha Barrass, Community Liaison and Communications Coordinator, We will meet in the coming weeks and welcome everyone who’d like to be part of this committee. 

There’ll also be sponsorship opportunities as well as other ways you can showcase your business, including donating raffle prizes. If you’d like to express your interest, please contact Ms Samantha Barrass, Community Liaison and Communications Coordinator, and we’ll send more information soon.

Next FoP Meeting

We’d love to see you at our next meeting, on Tuesday 21st March at 6.30pm in the Library. You can RSVP by emailing the FoP email address below. If you have anything you’d like to add to the agenda, please email a week prior to the meeting.

Looking forward to meeting many of you at the International Women’s Day Breakfast on Friday 10th March.

Click here to follow our Friends of Pacific Facebook page.

Mrs Carly Lovell, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

College News

PIPPIN Production Camp

Our talented cast immersed themselves over the weekend in intensive PIPPIN rehearsals at the Luther Heights Production Camp. The energy was electric as the cast energetically honed song, dance and acting skills for this incredible show. They even performed for the Kitchen Staff at the camp!

PIPPIN was written by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked and Godspell) and originally choreographed on Broadway by the famous Bob Fosse (Chicago, Cabaret). It won Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by an actress in a Leading Role, Best Performance by a Featured Role and Best Direction of a Musical in the 2013 Tony Awards.

PIPPIN is a colorful, playful, funny, moving, circus-inspired, family musical that will delight all audiences! We know you won’t want to miss it!

Stay tuned for updates on the PLC journey to the staging of this amazing show. You’ll experience Tumbling Acrobats, Incredible Set and Costumes, Magic Tricks, Romance, Beautiful music, lots of laughs……….and a puppy!

Tickets on sale from April 17th

Mrs Janine Delaney, Director

Lions Youth of the Year news update

Double Honour - School Captain Ben McCormac had a doubly successful Saturday this weekend.

Amidst high calibre competition, Ben was awarded both the winner of the public speaking element and the overall winner of the Regional Lions Youth of The Year. 

A trip to Wamuran for the contest saw him meet and compete against five other young leaders, each representing a Lions Club from this Region, before returning to his weekend-long production camp for rehearsals. 

He again undertook a panel interview, worth 70% of the judging points and then delivered two impromptu speeches and a five-minute prepared speech.

The Lions Youth of The Year program has a proud history of encouraging and fostering leadership skills in Australian students. We thank the Lions Club of Caloundra for their support of Ben and the opportunity to participate in this rewarding program. 

We wish Ben all the best as he takes on the next round of competition on March 25th

Mrs Rae Hall, Head of Department-English

REMINDER - Visit by Registered Nurse for Free Prep Vision Screening

Good vision is important for a child’s educational, physical and social development. Vision screening checks for common eye conditions that may impact your child’s ability to see and therefore impact their learning and development.

A Registered Nurse will be visiting the school on Monday the 13th of March 2023 to conduct vision screening for children in their prep year. Only those students who have a completed consent form will be screened.

If you wish to have your prep child participate in this FREE vision screening program, please complete a consent form.

The online portal is now closed but paper consent forms are still available from the College Nurse. 

Participation in this free vision screening program is not compulsory.

Parents do not need to be present for screening, however if you would like to be, please contact the school to arrange this.

If you have concerns about your child’s eyes at any time, please take your child to see an eye health professional (optometrist/ophthalmologist). 

For further information, please scan the below QR code to visit the Program website or contact the Primary School Nurse Health Readiness Program on 1800 687 372.

Mrs Sharon Middleton, College Nurse

Sport News

Year 7-12 Sport

Competitive Sport News

Monday Night Netball

The 2nd round of the Sunshine Coast Secondary All Schools’ Netball fixtures saw all our teams in action. The commitment to training shown by many of the teams is evident and there were some great performances across the evening. It was our Senior A Girls’ first game and while they played strongly and worked to build a lead across the game, Unity fought back in the last quarter and took the win. The team will no doubt bounce back and take some valuable lessons from that game into the next round. Congratulations to PLC Crystal, Emerald, Ruby, Pearl and Opal for picking up wins on the night. We wish our teams all the best for Round 3.

SCISSA Junior and Intermediate Soccer

It was a tough round for our soccer teams this week with a number of fixtures against top of the table teams. The Intermediate Boys Team 1 were valiant in their efforts but were unable to overcome strong performances from Immanuel College. Our Intermediate Girls played a top of the table clash against Matthew Flinders and performed strongly in a tight first half. Unfortunately, the tide turned against them in the second half, but the girls should be proud of the resilience they showed. Congratulations to the Junior Boys soccer team for turning a very tight game into a win against Good Shepherd. The boys displayed strong defence in the first half to keep the scores at 1-1. Some slight positional changes meant that they came out of the blocks quickly in the second half and made the most of scoring opportunities. 

SCISSA Senior Volleyball

Congratulations to the Senior Girls Team 1 and Senior Girls Team 3 on their wins in the SCISSA Soccer Competition on Wednesday afternoon. We had a number of home games this week and the first round saw some hard-fought games with our B Division teams. Both Senior Boys Team 2 and Girls Team 2 showed plenty of spirit in their matches and showed plenty of development. Special mention goes to the Senior Boys Team 1 for the hard work they have been putting in to improve their performances.

Friday Sport Sign Up

The Term 2 Friday Sport Selection Portal will open on Friday the 10th of March for students who aren’t participating in a Term 2 Competitive Sport to select a sport option. Students will have one week to make their selection. Please note that some sports will fill up quickly, so students are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. Students who are participating in Year 11-12 Soccer, Year 7-10 Volleyball, 15 aside Rugby, 7-12 Netball and 7-10 Kayaking do NOT need to sign up for a Friday Sport.

Friday Sport Options:

Competitive Sport Training (Students will be allocated to these training from competitive sign-ups)

  • Soccer (Year 11-12)
  • Volleyball (Year 7-10)
  • Netball (Year 7-12)
  • Rugby (Year 7-8)
  • Kayaking (Year 7-10)

Sport Development (For sports in Term 3)

  • Touch Football (Year 7-12)
  • Basketball (Year 7-12)

Sport for Life

  • Fitness (Year 7-12)
  • Pilates (Year 7-12)
  • Self Defence (Year 7-10)
  • Tennis (Year 7-10)
  • Recreational Sport (Year 7-12)

Year 7-12 Inter-House Cross Country

It is not too long until our students will hit the grass/pavement to compete in the Inter-House Cross Country! This carnival is a compulsory event for students and is both a House Championship event and a District Team Trial. The top six runners from each gender and age group will be selected to represent PLC at the District Trials held on the 9th May. 12-year-old runners in Year 7 will have their times compared to 12 year old’s in the Year 6 group when selecting the team.

Please see further about the event below:

Date: Friday 31st March 2023

Time: 1.30pm

Venue: Meridan Plains Sports Fields

Uniform: House sports uniform and hat. Hats are required to be worn whilst cheering but are not required when running.  Students must also wear suitable running shoes and not bare feet.

Required: Water bottle, spare uniform and shoes to change into after event if conditions are wet.


*Please note that times are only a guide and races may be run earlier/later, depending on circumstances.                    

1.00pm- Lunch

1.15pm- Assemble in House groups (war cries and House announcements)

1.30pm- Gather on Meridan Fields ready for the start of Cross Country event

1.45pm- 12/13 Boys and Girls Race (3km)

2.00pm- 14/15 Boys and Girls Race (4km)

2.15pm- 16/Opens Boys and Girls Race (4km)

2.55pm- House/Age Presentations

3.10pm- PCG Roll Marking and Departure

Student Acknowledgements

Well done to Jye Flynn who finished 4th in KA3 Junior at the 2023 SP Australia Karting Championships, Round 1 3rd - 5th March at Monarto SA.

Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Sport

Junior Sport

3-6 PLC Interhouse Cross Country Carnival

An information letter was emailed to parents this week regarding the 3-6 Interhouse Cross Country which will be held on Friday 31st March. Spectators are welcome to attend the carnival which will be held at the Meridan AFL and Soccer fields. First races on the day will begin at 11.00am with the Under 8 boys and girls.

Students over the next few weeks will have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the course during Physical Education lessons.

Please find a map of the course below.

Primary School Water Polo Competition

The Primary Schools Water Polo Competition continued Monday evening with games played out at Sunshine Coast Grammar. This week our team played Noosaville State School in what turned out to be a very exciting and close game.

PLC were down 8 – 5 at the start of the fourth quarter, with Noosaville scoring another quick goal early, putting PLC four goals behind. PLC managed to come back strongly, scoring four unanswered goals to level scores at 9 – 9 which is how the scores finished.

Thanks to Mr Sam Irwin and Mr Scott Crompton who are coaching the team.

Student Success

Well done to Bailee Kiernan who represented the Independent District at the Under 12 Girls Sunshine Coast Regional Basketball trials last Wednesday and Thursday. Bailee played strongly during the tournament and was selected in the Under 12 Girls Sunshine Coast team to play at the State Championships in Townsville in May.

District Sport Trials

There are a number of Independent District sporting trials coming up. Below is the list of sports and the cut off dates. If your child has a suitable level of skill and experience in one of these sports and would like to trial, please email to register their interest.

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Junior Sport P-6

General Notices

Ride 2 School Day

Don’t forget National Ride2School Day is coming up on Friday 24th March 2023.

We encourage our students to use active travel to get to and from school because:

•  children arrive at school feeling more alert and ready to learn

•  active travel helps students to achieve their recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity, and

•  fewer cars on our local streets improve road safety around our school.

Sunshine Coast Council is offering great prizes this Ride2School Day including 4 x $500 bike shop vouchers. A schoolbag flyer will be coming home soon.

You can register your children for Ride2School Day at Councils website before 5.00PM on Friday 24th March 2023. Children can ride, scoot or skate to be eligible.

This year Council is encouraging students to ‘buddy up’ with their friends and ride to school together. Parents can join in by riding with children.

Families who live far from school can still participate. Just park the car a kilometre away and ride, scoot or skate the rest of the way.

All students riding to school are required to wear helmets (this includes children on scooters and skateboards).

We would love to see our students continue riding to school throughout the year.

For more information on prizes, please view this link.

Chess Mates

Looking for something fun and exciting for the kids these school holidays? Something challenging, engaging and encouraging new friends?

Try Chess Mates!

Chess, soccer, Business Kids, Coding Chess, Tournaments and more!

Prep to Year 6 students.

Click on this link for more details about availability and registration.

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

This Saturday 11th March is our Grading ‘Round-robin’ games at Caloundra Indoor Stadium.  Each team will play three or four games (8-minute halves, 2-minute halftime).  The day is split into two sections with Divisional teams (Div. 1 to Div. 7) in the morning (8.00am – 11.30am) and younger teams (U12s, U11s, SET and GO) in the afternoon (11.45am – 4.30pm).  PLC will have a Gazebo set-up as our central point of meeting the coaches and managers and distribution of dresses for those players that do not have one yet.  Game details have been provided to all coaches and managers so please contact them if you haven’t received any information yet.

Training is going very well.  Please remember that all players are required to participate in their weekly training as their involvement allows:

•          The body to gradually build up strength and endurance for games

•          Builds motivation, ambition, and confidence

•          Improved knowledge of netball skills and strategies

•          Players on the team to learn more about every other player

•          Makes the team more connected and understanding of each other.

If someone is unable to attend training, please contact your team coach or manager (in the first instance) or the President email as a last resort.  Please ensure your team manager and coach have your correct contact details (email and mobile phone number).

Each team requires a manager to assist with coordination of communication for the team and some other duties on game day (e.g., scoring, collection of game card, ensuring all players sign the card etc.).  If your team does not yet have a manager, please consider taking on this small, but very important, role for your child’s team.

PLC Mavericks need both a team coach and manager.  If this is your team, please contact the President if you are interested in either of these roles.  First-time coaches (unrelated to the team) are welcome as the Club will support you through completion of the Coaches Foundation course.

We welcome any suggestions for helping our club or providing feedback if you have any concerns.

Don’t forget to follow us on social media – Facebook and Instagram.

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


10       International Women’s Day Breakfast

11       Music Scholarship Test

13       Prep Vision Screening

13       NAPLAN commences

17       PLC Disco (Years 4-9)

18       Academic Scholarship Test

27       Year 5 Camp departs (Returning 30th)