Compass No 678 - March 2023

From the Principal

Armoured Or Daring

Brene Brown reflects on the difference between leading as someone who is armoured as compared to daring. All of us are leaders as we lead ourselves and exert influence on those around us in our families, friendships, peers, workplaces and leisure activities. Armoured leadership sees us being a knower and being right, whereas daring leadership involves us being a learner and growing to get it right. As a daring leader, there is space for curiosity, humility, vulnerability and growing understanding together. We are set free from the need to constantly defend a position to being focused on what can be learnt and grown. Daring leadership is agile, open to possibility and promotes growth. Daring leadership can grow through success and failure.

A key component of daring leadership is listening and seeking. Daring leadership sees us fully engaged in life, present to what can be learnt from the moment. We can all find ourselves taking armoured positions at times when we want others to understand our way of knowing. In the prayer of St Francis, there is the encouragement to “seek first to understand”. As we seek, there is space for God’s word to come to us to calm, guide and influence. 

Principal’s Log

Prepville was alive and pumping last week as our Prep students shared their learnings with their parents.  The Prep students explored their sense of space and place as they brought Prepville 2023 to life. Our Preps had created 2D designs and 3D models of their special places, along with portraits of their families, to form Prepville 23.  There was a lot of joy as the Prep students shared the story of their special place, whether it was their home, the beach, the forest, Time Zone or Australia Zoo. We thank our families for coming to be part of this wonderful experience for our Preps and our Prep teachers Mrs Shelly Hogan, Mrs Grier Elliot and Mrs Anna Maher, for planning and leading such rich learning experiences capably supported by our aides Mrs Libby Andersen, Mrs Angela Lengenberg and Mrs Georgie Von Plessen.

Our Year 4-9 students enjoyed their disco last Friday night which was very capably led by our Year 12 and 9 Captains. Students came dressed in the theme of the 80s/90s and enjoyed dancing to the 80s/90s classics. There was also enthusiastic engagement with the games led by our student leaders. All funds raised from this year’s disco go to the Australian Lutheran World Services foundation to assist in the earthquake recovery in Turkey and Syria. We thank our Year 9 and 12 leaders, Mr Mark Hauser and Mr Damian Davis for their organisation and our support staff for their leadership.

This week our Prep - 5 families have been able to engage with parent-student-teacher conferences. This is an important time for families and their children to celebrate what has been learnt and to plan together for future learning. The partnership between parents, students and teachers is important one in enabling young people to achieve their potential.  We thank our parents, staff and students for making the most of this opportunity.

Parents gave strong support to our Year 5 and 6 mixed water polo team who reached the grand final of their division of the Sunshine Coast Primary Schools Water Polo Competition. The team played well and after a tight first half were runners up to Good Shepherd Lutheran College. We thank our parents for their enthusiastic support and coaches Mr Sam Irwin and Mr Scott Crompton for their much-appreciated development of our players.

We congratulate Year 10 student Jessica Lloyd and Year 11 student Wil Evans who have both performed very well on the national stage in their respective sports. Jessica has been selected to represent Australia in archery at the Trans-Tasman and World Oceania Championships in April and to be part of the National Archery Pathways Development Squad. Wil has just set a national record for 16-17-year old under 74kg, lifting a dead weight of 272.5 kg in Melbourne last week. We wish Jess and Wil all the best as they continue to grow in their respective sports.

We wish our Year 5 students well as they prepare for their 4-day Outdoor Education Experience at Luther Heights Youth Camp, Coolum on next week. The Year 5 Outdoor Education program is an integral component of Pacific Lutheran College’s curriculum, providing students with the opportunity to focus on personal development, interpersonal skills and environmental awareness whilst engaged in authentic learning experiences outdoors. Students will be capably led by Mr Paul Brace, Mrs Sharon Middleton, Mrs Kim Kiernan, Mr Scott Massie, Mrs Lu Pollard, Miss Georgie Snelling and Mr Rob Belchamber. We look forward to sharing their experience next term.

May God equip us to be daring leaders who influence to support the growth of understanding and capacity to make a positive difference.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the Director of Students

The Importance of Community

Throughout the term, a major focus of what we have been talking about in the Middle College is “being part of community”. This term has had a wide range of opportunities for all students to take advantage of, that allow students to be heavily involved in the PLC community. When we are immersed in a community through involvement in all that it has to offer, that is when our friendships, learning and engagement truly flourish.

Primary and Middle College Disco

It was great to come together as community last week at the annual PLC Disco event. This year it was held in the gymnasium for students in Years 4-9 and was very well attended, with more than 250 students turning up to dance, participate in games and dress up in their best 80s/90s gear. It was a great night for all and a special thank you to our Year 12 College Captains and Year 9 leaders for their organisation and running of the evening. There were also 14 dedicated staff who gave up their Friday night to supervise and help out throughout the night. At the end of the night, we had raised more than $1100 to go to the Australian Lutheran World Services foundation, to help them with their work overseas in places such as Turkey and Syria. Thank you to all who supported this event.

Cross Country

The Cross Country is scheduled for the last day of the term. This is a great event for the Pacific student body to come together, compete and show house and school spirit. It is expected that all students will attend the Cross Country Carnival and remain until the end of the day before we all start our holidays. For anyone who cannot attend, parents are asked to please let their Head of House know well in advance. There will be more information regarding the carnival on student notices and assemblies throughout next week in the lead-up to the event. We look forward to seeing everyone participate and may the best house win.

Finishing the term as community

As we come to the last week of a busy term, all families are reminded that our usual College expectations still remain. This is particularly important in relation to our social interactions, focus and attention to academic learning and attendance at school each day in the final week of the term.

It feels like the start of the year was a long time ago, and it is easy to forget how many things were available to us over the past nine weeks. Aside from the above events that occurred in the last week, we have also had swimming carnivals, International Women’s Day breakfast, New Families breakfast, Year 12 & 2 connections, a range of sporting competitions, NAPLAN, assessments, musical preparations, music camps, Year 8 camp, Clean Up Australia day activities and subject excursions just to name a few. It has been pleasing to see how well-supported all of these events have been and I look forward to the involvement of more students throughout Term Two at the ANZAC Day March (in Week Two), Open Day (in Week Three) and more afterschool sporting events. I hope that all have a great end to the term and enjoy a well-deserved holiday break.

Mr Mark Hauser, Director of Students

From the Head of Learning K-5

Writing in Prep to Year 2

What is writing?

Writing is a process of using letters, words and sentences to communicate thoughts and ideas. Even though it might look simple, it requires the synthesis and application of many understandings and skills. Even when writing a note to a friend, the author needs to consider the ideas to be communicated, the structure and sentences that suit the purpose, the correct letters and sounds, how to form the letters and where to include punctuation – all to make sure that the message is communicated effectively.

Why is it so important?

Writing provides an important way to communicate our ideas, and in doing so we can entertain, inform and persuade others. As we write, we sort our thoughts and learn new things. It is a way to express what we have learned but also a way to express who we are, our interests and our ideas. It makes our thinking visible and at school and throughout higher education, writing is used by others to judge our understanding of topics.

What does learning to write look like?

The best way to learn to write, or to become a better writer, is to write. In the early years of school, this is done through real-life and life-like situations as children experiment with drawing and writing, and build their confidence.

Each term students are supported to create a specific written text as part of their English unit of work. For example, they might create a poster persuading others to read their favourite picture book, construct a written retelling of a familiar fairy tale, or write a description of a favourite place. Students are also provided with an opportunity to create texts of their own choice during Daily 5 Café activities, focusing on creativity, artistry, fun and enjoyment.

How do we know that children are progressing?

Teachers analyse samples of writing at the beginning (pre-test) and end of each English unit, as well as providing feedback throughout the learning phase. Teachers provide feedback in relation to Writing scales and criteria sheets, developed specifically for each writing task. In this way, teachers and students know the ‘next steps’.

What can you do to support writing at home?

• Draw attention to writing in the world (e.g., signs, posters, notes, advertisements, labels).

• Find everyday opportunities to tell and share stories (e.g., after visiting relatives, when something funny happens), encouraging some ‘tall tales’ and exaggerated events.

• Play with language, sharing your ideas and encouraging everyone to participate (e.g., silly rhymes and puns on words, new poems or stories with characters from your family).

• Find everyday opportunities to write (e.g., shopping lists, birthday cards, postcards, drawings, diaries, notes in lunchboxes, and writing games where everyone writes a part of a story).

 • Use a range of writing implements to build confidence and strength in young writers’ hands (e.g., pens, pencils, chalk, whiteboard pens, paint, coloured paper, scissors, glue, and stickers).

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

From the Head of Career Development

Careers News

Beyond Pacific is live – submit your claims now! (Years 10-12)

Have you been wondering when you can submit a request for Beyond Pacific points? You can do it anytime! Just go to the Beyond Pacific NAV page, and submit your claim. If you’re still not sure how Beyond Pacific works, there is information there to help you. Please note, you can only claim for Beyond Pacific points in the current year, so you can only submit claims for your activities this year. And if you are involved in an activity that runs for a long time, you should wait until the end to apply for points, because the more time and commitment you give to an activity, the more points you can get.


Fast-track Certificate II in Health Support Services (Years 10-12)

Connect ‘n’ Grow are now offering a Certificate II in Health Support Services Holiday Program. This program is specifically designed for Year 10 to Year 12 students who:

• Are on an ATAR pathway and want to gain this qualification to support future careers in a Healthcare profession.

• Want to gain qualifications in health support services without having to drop a subject at school.

• Are not completing a Health Cert III this year.

The program offers unique opportunities for students to gain practical experience and valuable skills in healthcare. Here's how this program works:

1. It is a combination of both online learning and onsite career workshops.

2. The online learning starts in week 5 of Term 2 (15th of May 2023) and will span over a period of 5 weeks.

3. Students will be required to have a reliable laptop and access to wifi to work independently through online course materials over the 5 weeks.

4. The onsite health career workshop is a 10-day learning experience that will be held during the June/July School holidays.

5. The locations for this workshop include Sunshine Coast.

6. Students are required to attend this career workshop to successfully complete the program.

For more information, see the attached flyer, which also includes a QR code you can use to register.


Tell me about… University (Years 10-12)

Are you contemplating university study when you finish school, but are mystified by how it all works? Do you wish you knew the difference between a major and a minor? Do you know whether you should choose a Bachelor’s Degree or an Honours Degree? Are you concerned about how and when to choose your specialisation and/or your major for your university degree? Help is at hand! Come along to this year’s first “Tell me about…” session, and get all your questions answered.

Tuesday 18th April, at 4.00pm (online)

Click here to register.

Can’t make it to the session? Register yourself anyway: only people who have registered will be given access to the recording.


UniMelb 101: A webinar for QLD students (Years 10-12)

Tuesday 28th March, 2023

Always wondered what it’s like to study at the University of Melbourne? Excited to live and learn in Australia’s cultural capital?

If you’re from Queensland, this is your chance to learn what life is like at UniMelb and how to navigate the move from interstate. In this specially designed information session we’ll cover:

• How our Melbourne curriculum supports you to explore your passions, follow your curiosity and find your path through our wide range of breadth subjects and majors

• Our University Accommodation options and student life initiatives to support you in making Melbourne your new home and feeling welcomed by our community

• How you can take advantage of opportunities in and out of the classroom, such as concurrent diplomas, work-integrated learning and internships, exchange programs, and our competitive scholarships

• Access Melbourne, our special entry access scheme that offers guaranteed entry to eligible students from rural and regional areas, and those with a disadvantaged financial background.

You’ll also hear from some of our current students who have made the move from Queensland to Melbourne and be able to ask them questions about their experience.

Find out more here.

Mrs Wanda Hayes, Head of Career Development

Food for Thought

Online Gaming

Young people might have a lot of fun playing online games, but parents and carers need to make sure they empower their children to make wise decisions and help them manage the risks. Numerous games can help your child become more coordinated and adept at problem-solving and multitasking, and help them develop social skills through online interaction with other players. However, it’s also critical to comprehend what may go wrong and what might be harmful to your child. Carers need to play an active role in understanding and being aware of what their young person is playing online and who they are interacting with. For more information click on the link below.

Online Gaming | Pacific Lutheran College (

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community


If you have completed your volunteer induction and have a couple of hours to spare next Thursday 30th March, we’d appreciate some extra hands to help out at the Gala Day BBQ at Meridan Fields. If you’re available for an hour or two from 8.30am, please email – we promise you’ll have fun!

Carpark Raffle

Have you seen the reserved carpark in the Junior Carpark and wondered who gets to park there? Well, that could be your reserved spot for a term! Keep an eye out for some information in the next week about the Carpark Raffle!

OCEANfest 2023 – One World

It’s still not too late to join the OCEANfest Steering Committee to assist with the planning and organisation of OCEANfest in August. This committee will meet in the coming weeks. If you are interested in joining the OCEANfest Committee please contact Ms Samantha Barrass, Community Liaison and Communications Coordinator,

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.


After next week’s Gala Day, we’ll begin preparations for Open Day on Sunday 7th May. We’ll be calling for volunteers to help with the BBQ from approximately 10.30am – 4.00pm. If you’re available to help for an hour or two, we’d love to hear from you!

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 and she’ll be able to send you more information.

Next FoP Meeting

We’d love to see you at our next meeting, on Tuesday 18th April at 6.30pm in the Library. You can RSVP by emailing Come along, meet some new people and find out how you can help connect our community.

Click here to follow our Friends of Pacific Facebook page.

Mrs Carly Lovell, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

College News

Academic Action Group Pi Competition

On Tuesday the 14th of March, staff and students from Years 6 to 12 competed in the Pi Reciting Competition at lunchtime in celebration of International Pi Day. Students had to recite at least ten digits of the irrational (never-ending) number and their submissions counted towards the Foundation House Cup.

Congratulations to our winner, Zeke Bautista, for correctly reciting an astounding 239 digits of pi, and runner-up Joshua Turnbull for reciting 173. Congratulations also to Wira house for reciting the greatest number of digits (700 across all Wira students) and the 37 total participants on the day.

This was the first time Pacific Lutheran College has held a Pi Reciting Competition, and the Academic Action Group hopes it will not be the last!

Dan Whittingham and Beyonce Mathew, Academic Action Group Captains

‘PIPPIN’ is coming to The Events Centre!

Don’t miss out!

We’ve Got Magic To Do!

Tickets on sale from Monday 17th April

Mrs Janine Delaney, Director

Library News

Saint Patrick’s Day Library Activity

On Friday 17th of March, we celebrated Saint Patrick’s Day in the library with an activity for Junior College students. They were encouraged to make a Shamrock Hat complete with decorative band and shamrock, organized by Mrs. Smith, who guided the students. It wasn’t easy but the results were well worth it.

I’m sure the students left the library feeling more glamorous than when they arrived! Happy Saint Patrick’s Day. 

New LibGuides

Two new libguides have been added this week to support the Year 12 English novel study. The password is plc.

Never Let Me Go

Schindler’s Ark

Ms Narelle Keen, Head of Library

Sport News

Year 7-12 Sport

Competitive Sport News

Monday Night Netball

There were some mixed results for our PLC Netball teams this week with three teams having a win, one team with a draw and five teams with a loss. Currently we have two teams, PLC Pearl and PLC Jade, who are first in their pool and four teams that are sitting just outside top four. Thank you to all students who are committing to their trainings along with their participation during Friday Sport skill development sessions. The last game for Term 1 is on Monday 27th March and we encourage all to come along and support our teams who play every round starting from 4.00pm and ending at 7.20pm.

Trish Buckley Volleyball

Over the course of the last 3 weeks, PLC has had 3 amazing teams of girls compete in the Senior Trish Buckley Volleyball competition. This is a high-level representative tournament held on Friday evenings at Caloundra Indoor Centre with some of the best volleyball teams in the area. Congratulations to our Year 11 and 12 Girls’ teams for their strong campaigns in the tournament with both teams currently placing 3rd in their pools. A special mention goes to the Year 10 Girls as this is their first campaign and they have shown considerable development in their skills as the tournament has progressed. One of their highlights has been taking a game against Burnside SHS, a top volleyball school, to a draw.

Thank you to all coaches, and particularly Mr Graves, for working with the teams each Friday. Next term will see the start of the Junior Trish Buckley tournament where we are pleased to be fielding another 3 teams. It is great to see the Junior Trish Buckley teams training already in preparation for this upcoming tournament.

SCISSA Junior and Intermediate Soccer

The weather wasn’t playing nice this week and while it looked like we were going to miss out on all matches, we were lucky enough to have all but the Junior Boys games go ahead. While the Junior Boys missed out on their last game, they should be proud of their efforts this season as they have finished 4th in their division, which is a great effort for a team consisting mostly of Year 7 students. Our Intermediate Boys teams went down in their final matches, with the Intermediate Boys Team 1 putting up a particularly good fight against top-of-the-table St Andrew’s. Another great story of the season is the Intermediate Girls Team who played in a mixed division of A and B level teams and looks to have secured a top 4 finish. This was a great effort by the girls considering only a handful are full-time soccer players. A big thank you to Ms Rebekah Horsey, Mr Liam Jacka, Mr Joshua Danzey, Mr Jack Best, Ashton Muir, Elijah Modlin and Alicia Woods for their time.

SCISSA Senior Volleyball

Our final round of Senior Volleyball saw some great games played out across the afternoon. The Senior Boys and Girls Team 2 started off the early home games, with the girls coming up with a handy win and the boys going down to a well-versed Suncoast team. The Senior Boys Team 1 played one of their games of the season against Sunshine Coast Grammar. The game went to a tiebreaker set with PLC going down in heartbreaking fashion 15-13. These boys should be proud of the way their game has improved over the year. Congratulations to the Senior Girls Team 1 who won their final match which has put them in contention for the A Division final held next week. This is an incredible result for our girls who have worked really hard to put themselves in this position. Thank you to Mr Paul Brace, Mrs Grier Elliot, Mr Steve Rattey, Ms Georgina Snelling, Mr Rob Belchamber, Sarah Ashdown, Ella Hardstaff, Brooklyn Graves and Connor Dines for their efforts in working with our teams this year.

Student Acknowledgements

Well done to Jessica Lloyd who will be representing Australia at the Trans-Tasman and the World Oceania Championship events, which both take place in South Australia from 6th – 16th of April. Jessica has also officially been selected and invited to join the National Archery Pathways Development Squad which includes 4 intensive training camps this year at the Australia Institute of Sport and the possibility of an internal camp for a select few in Taiwan.  This squad has been developed with the view of identifying and preparing archers for the 2024 / 2028 and 2032 Olympic games to represent Australia. Congratulations Jessica!

We also congratulate Wil Evans, Year 11 student on his recent achievement at the Powerlifting event held in Melbourne last week.  Wil’s first attempt and opening lift was at 255kg. Wil then successfully lifted 272.5kg, setting a national record – The biggest deadlift by a 16-17 year old, under 74kg, this year. Unfortunately, Wil didn’t make the 285kg attempt which would have seen him break a world record for his age. Congratulations Wil!

Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Sport

Junior Sport

Sunshine Coast Primary Schools Water Polo

On Monday evening the finals of the Sunshine Coast Primary Schools Water Polo Competition were held at St Andrews. Our PLC mixed team made up of students from Years 5 and 6 played well during the term and qualified to play in the gold medal match for their division against Good Shepherd.

The game began with both teams scoring early goals in a close first quarter with scores locked at 2 – 2. The scores remained tight for the remainder of the first half with Good Shepherd going into the break slightly ahead on the scoreboard.

Unfortunately, in the second half, PLC was unable to hang on and finished as runners–up.

Thank you to both Mr Sam Irwin and Mr Scott Crompton who coached the team and also all the families who supported the team during the season.

3-6 PLC Interhouse Cross Country Carnival

The 3-6 Interhouse Cross Country is fast approaching and will be held next 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.

Please find a map of the course below.

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

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

Last Saturday, 18th March saw the first full-game round of the season. The weather was unseasonably warm which made it very difficult for all teams. Thank you to all players, coaches, managers, and supporters for ensuring the day was a great success in these conditions.

If someone is unable to attend training or the game, 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).

Training continues to go very well.  Please remember that all players are required to participate in their weekly training session. After this Saturday’s games there is a break for Easter holidays.  Please check with your coach or manager about training sessions next week and prior to the next round (22nd April).

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

Amid the heat of last Saturday, our 14 teams played their Round 3 matches across the Sunshine Coast. We also welcomed our new Pacific team, the U6 Trevallys to the club.

Thank you to the Coaches and Managers who have taken on the important role of mentoring and guiding our players through the season.

MATCH REPORTS: Click here for the Round 3 Match Reports.


U6 Wahoos – Cillian; U7 Manta Rays – Amelie and Ethan; U7 Eagle Rays – Darcy, Oscar and Ethan; U8 Stingrays – Cam and Lily; U8 Angelfish – Alaina and Evie; U10 Seahorses – Ashlan, Phoebe, Haya and Ayla; U10 Sharks – Dylan and Elyjah.

ROUND 4 DRAW: Saturday 25th March: Click here for the draw.

LOOKING AHEAD: 2023 Pacific FC Home Game Dates: 22nd April, 13th May, 20th May, 27th May, 10th June, 22nd July, 29th July, 12th August, 19th August (Carnival).

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


27       Year 5 Camp departs (Returning 30th)

31       Year 7-12 Cross Country Carnival

31       Term 1 Concludes


18       Term 2 Commences

18       Friends of Pacific (6.30pm)