Compass no 679 - March 2023

From the Principal

Renewal Through Easter

Rest and engagement with friends, family, nature and leisure activities provide important times for the renewal of our mind, body and spirit. We all look forward to the change of rhythm that holidays, weekends and small breaks provide as they present opportunities to have fun, rest, relax and reset.

Over the Easter period, we are reminded of God’s constant invitation to rest in Him and to be renewed through His love and grace for us.  Through his death and resurrection, Jesus took on the burden of our shortcomings, failures and sins.  God’s promise to us is that through faith in Him, we can leave our burdens at the foot of the cross, be forgiven and start renewed every day. Empowered and renewed by His love and grace we can live abundant lives filled with hope, joy and purpose.

Principal’s Log

We congratulate Ben McCormac on winning the Public Speaking competition of the Lions Youth of the Year District Final at Redcliffe on Saturday night. This is an outstanding achievement for Ben who as the Sunshine Coast regional winner competed against the winners from Central Queensland, the Darling Downs, Ipswich and North Brisbane. Ben performed well in all aspects of the competition which again involved the production of applications, interviews, impromptu and prepared speeches and speaking to general knowledge questions. The overall winner from Ipswich Grammar School now moves on to the State Final.  We thank Mrs Rae Hall and the Caloundra Lions group for their ongoing support of Ben through this prestigious competition.

Our art students were also celebrated over the weekend, with 8 Pacific students being selected to exhibit their work alongside 32 other finalists in the Local Student Art Prize conducted by the Caloundra Art Gallery.  We congratulate Byron Bignell, Tilly Bignell, Isabella Jeha, Kahlea Jones, Isabella Lee, Jemma Simpson, Marina Kruger and Erin Lacey on being selected as finalists and having their work exhibited. We particularly congratulate Isabella Jeha on being highly commended in the 13 and under category and Erin Lacey as the 14-18 years winner. We also thank our Art Department capably led by Mrs Denise McMahon for nurturing the growth of our artists.

Families will have received an email at the end of last week with an invitation to download our new College App. The App will become the main communication tool to inform families of short-term changes and provide quick access to Parent Lounge and NAV.  We are excited about the App which provides fast and efficient access to College communications. We encourage all families to download the App and tailor the notifications to suit their family needs. Families should take note of the security and privacy statements provided at the time of download.

We congratulate all students who represented the College this term in a variety of sports and particularly our Senior A Volleyball girls who reached the final of the Senior A Girls competition.  They represented the College with a high level of skill and sportsmanship and can be proud of their achievement.  We thank the staff, parents and past students who have acted as coaches and managers for our College teams this term.

We look forward to the return of our Year 5 students who have been enjoying their camp this week as they have grown in their understanding of themselves, their peers, the natural world and their relationship with God. We thank the Head of Outdoor Education Mr Paul Brace, Mrs Sharon Middleton, Mrs Kim Kiernan, Mr Scott Massie, Mrs Lu Pollard, Miss Georgie Snelling and Mr Rob Belchamber for their leadership and support.

We thank our staff for their very capable, professional and committed guidance of student learning and growth and provision of support services throughout the term. We thank our students for their engagement, goodwill and leadership.  We express our appreciation to our parents for their ongoing support and leadership. It has been a term of growth where we as staff, students and parents have engaged with a generosity of spirit to enhance opportunities for growth.

We wish everyone a time of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation as we enjoy the change of rhythm that school holidays provide. We pray that each member of our community is renewed through God’s love and grace as we reflect over the Easter period.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Chaplain

Chaplain’s Update

In this week's Chaplain's update, we're looking into the Easter story and exploring ways to reflect on Jesus's profound sacrifice for us. We will also highlight our Youth Group's recent gathering. Our students had an amazing time connecting with one another, deepening their faith, and discovering the true meaning of Easter.

As we prepare for this holy season, we're excited that our Easter service will be held on Friday in both the Junior and Senior Colleges. In the Junior College, get ready for an adorable Easter parade by our Prep students. Meanwhile, our Spirituality and Service Action Group in the Senior College has been working to prepare a meaningful service for our community.

Mrs Holly Gricks, College Chaplain



From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

Moving with our Emotions

During this term in assemblies, we have continued exploring relationships and how we individually deal with what is in and out of our control. Dealing with others is something that as humans, we are programmed to engage in. In fact, we cannot live without it. However, from a slight disagreement to a breakdown in relationships, all of us, from time to time, will need to manage the associated emotions that come with such occurrences. 

Managing emotions and recognising heat moments greatly affect how the brain processes different situations. Perhaps the easiest way to explain this is by using the analogy of an upstairs and a downstairs brain, something we have spent considerable time on over the last few weeks.

The downstairs brain includes lower regions of the brain responsible for basic functions (like breathing and blinking) as well as impulses and emotions (like anger and fear). The upstairs brain is responsible for more intricate mental processes like planning, decision-making, self-awareness, empathy and morality. When a child’s upstairs brain is functioning well, they are more likely to slow down, think before they act, regulate emotions, self-soothe and consider others’ feelings and perspectives — all important areas of healthy human functioning.

When the upstairs and downstairs brains lose contact, we name this “flipping our lid”. We have momentarily lost contact with the rational part of our brain and big emotions are released.

While the downstairs brain with its strong emotions and impulses is fully built and functioning in young children, the upstairs brain is unfinished and is still under construction well into a person’s twenties. Our job as adults in children’s lives is to support the integration of the downstairs and upstairs regions of students’ brains.

Outdoor Education, Gawun and the Year 5 Leaders

As leaders of the Junior College, our Year Five cohort have had the opportunity to attend their Outdoor Education Program this week. Students learnt concepts around leadership, group dynamics and their agency to help and serve others. As leaders of our Junior College, students are responsible for growing their leadership skills to benefit themselves and others.

In addition to the Outdoor Education Program, Year Five Students participated in a series of leadership activities on the last day of the program. One of the core concepts involved in the Pacific Way is one of service to self and others.  The leadership day allowed students to reflect and collaborate to develop a series of service-learning opportunities to enhance the culture and provide our student leaders with tangible opportunities. It also provided a reflection space around how students can hold themselves to the values their families and college promote.

This land’s traditional custodians, the Gubbi Gubbi people, have a name for care or care for, Gawun. It is hoped that our Year 5 leaders can exhibit ‘Gawun’ for our College community and grow as leaders and people through a concentrated focus. You may have noticed our Year Five leaders moving among our Junior College and adding a level of guidance to the younger students in the classroom and our play spaces.

Our plan involves building on the work established by previous cohorts and identifying critical areas within the Junior College that would benefit from additional support. Through further discussion, we hope to move to house-based leadership activities that create a pathway for our students to flow into leadership opportunities that exist in Middle and Senior College.

Our students and teaching staff have been involved in the process from the start, and it has been wonderful to see agency and teamwork in action. We thank Mr Paul Brace, Head of Outdoor Education, for planning and coordinating this experience and the many staff that attended the program and allowed the students to be involved in such a rich learning opportunity.

Opportunity for a free e-safety webinar

eSafety's free webinars provide parents and carers with the knowledge, skills and tools to support their children to have safe, positive online experiences.

Their live webinars for parents and carers attracted record attendance numbers in 2022. To meet the growing demand, we are expanding the program in 2023 to include more dates and topics to support school communities.

Please register at

Easter break

As we close out the term, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you, the wider community for the support offered to the children in your care and the new and continued partnerships you have formed with the staff here at Pacific. I wish you a relaxing break and a Holy Easter.

Take care and God Bless.

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

From the Head of Career Development

Beyond Pacific

Congratulations to Kade Herbert (Year 11) who is the first person to have been awarded Beyond Pacific points. Kade made a submission for points based on his contribution to the Disabled Surfers Association and to PLC’s Welcome Breakfast – both during this term. He received points for both activities.

Beyond Pacific is a program for Senior College students that encourages students to reflect on how their participation in co-curricular activities will help them develop skills and qualities that will enhance their employability. You can find out more on the Beyond Pacific NAV page.

Mrs Wanda Hayes, Head of Career Development

Food for Thought

The Importance of Showing Empathy to Kids Who Learn and Think Differently

Empathy is a way of connecting. It shows kids you know they’re experiencing something – even if you don’t understand exactly how it feels to them. Empathy says: “ I want you to know you’re not alone. And I want to understand how this feels to you.”

When kids feel understood and supported, they’re more likely to stay motivated. Your empathy can also help kids become self-aware and better able to speak up for what they need.

For more information, please click on the link below.

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Carpark Raffle
You could be parking in the much sought-after Friends of Pacific Junior Car Park Space at PLC for a term! This raffle is open to all PLC families and all you need to do is purchase your raffle tickets by 5.00pm Sunday 16th April.

Tickets are $20 each. Purchase your raffle ticket here for your chance to WIN!!!!!

We’ll do four draws – one each for the remaining three terms of 2023 and Term 1, 2024.

The draw will take place on Monday 17th April and winners will be announced on our FoP Facebook page.

Funds raised from our car park raffle will be invested back into the College community. Good luck!

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.

Volunteers for Open Day BBQ
We’re looking for volunteers who can assist with the BBQ at the upcoming PLC Open Day on Sunday 7th May. If you’re available for a couple of hours between 10.30am - 4.00pm and have completed your volunteer induction, we’d love to hear from you. Please email us at with your availability. We look forward to hearing from you!

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.

Happy Easter from Friends of Pacific
Can you believe that we are at the end of Term One? Thank you to the many people who so generously contribute to the life of the College. From Friends of Pacific, we wish every family a very peace-filled Easter and a restful holiday.

Click here to follow our Friends of Pacific Facebook page.

Mrs Carly Lovell, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

College News

Public Speaking Champion

College Captain Ben McCormac won the Public Speaking competition at the Lions Youth of the Year District Final at Redcliffe on Saturday night. 

Ben progressed to this final after success at Club and Regional levels.

He joined five exceptional Regional winners, who came from far and wide, including Central Queensland, Darling Downs, Ipswich and North Brisbane. 

Finalists were required to submit an application detailing their leadership experiences, undertake an interview and address general knowledge questions.  The culmination of the process saw them deliver two impromptu speeches of two minutes each and a five-minute prepared speech at a formal dinner at the Dolphins Leagues Club. 

Ben excelled in both impromptu and prepared speeches and was announced the Public Speaking champion at the end of the evening. 

The overall winner of the Youth of the Year District event was Sebastian Toms from Ipswich Grammar School.

We congratulate Ben for his commitment, passion and inspirational performances in representing our College in this prestigious program. 

We would also like to acknowledge the support of the Caloundra Lions Club.

Mrs Rae Hall, Head of Department – English

PLC Local Artists!

The Caloundra Gallery has a prestigious exhibition each year called Local Artists - Local Content Art Prize. As part of that major exhibition, there is a Local Student Art Prize competition. Forty student finalists were selected to exhibit their works at the gallery including 8 PLC students – Byron Bignall (Yr 6), Tilly Bignall (Yr 8 ), Isabella Jeha (Yr 9), Kahlea Jones (Yr 9), Isabella Lee (Yr 9) Jemma Simpson (Yr 9) Marina Krueger (Yr 11) and Erin Lacey (Yr 11).

We congratulate Isabella Jeha from Year 9, as a highly commended in the 13 and under category. And we congratulate Erin Lacey from Year 11, as the 14-18 years winner.

All participants were acknowledged for their participation and received certificates at the full Middle and Senior College assembly on Tuesday.  

We have been selected as one of 6 successful schools to participate in the Sunshine Arts Fest (SAF) 2023!

SAF is a high school competition run by Sunshine Plaza to celebrate our local community’s creative young people, giving schools the opportunity to create and design installations, with the help of augmented reality (AR) technology.

This is a very exciting opportunity for our Art students, who will have an opportunity to work with Sarah Sculley, Artist and participate in the inaugural Sunshine Art Fest competition.

Installations will be on display at the Plaza between 8th – 17th June, where you can support our Art students by casting your vote. 

Find out more here.

Mrs Denise McMahon, Head of Visual Art

‘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

Mathematics Research Competition

Students from Years 5 to 12 are invited to participate in the 2023 University of Melbourne Research Competition.

Work in a team of up to 3 or work on your own.

There are 3 divisions:

  • Junior – grades 5 and 6
  • Intermediate: grades 7, 8 and 9
  • Senior: grades 10, 11 and 12

Unleash your creativity and your problem-solving skills for the chance to win some cash. (Up to 10 prizes per age group)

There will be meetings on Tuesdays at lunchtime from 1.00pm in room L2.6

Submissions are due by the 31st of July.

For further information or to get a booklet of the questions to view please e-mail:

Mrs Wendy Wescombe, Teacher - Mathematics

New PLC App!

Last Friday we announced the launch of our brand-new Pacific Lutheran College App. The PLC App has been designed to conveniently combine our parent services together in one space. The App combines Parent Lounge for administrative tasks which include activity consent, updating medical details and reports with the Navigator (NAV) features such as personalised assessment calendars, assessment feedback, news and notifications. We invite you to download the PLC App for iOS or Android by following the below links.

Details for how to download the App were emailed to families last week.

Security and privacy policies are available in the App Store or Google play at the time of download should you wish to review them in detail.
As well as combining the administration tasks through the parent lounge and reporting through NAV, the PLC App will also become the main communication channel to inform users of short-term changes to service provisions such as changes to the tuckshop menu and operations, updates to the return of buses from sports/excursions/outdoor education experiences and storm warnings. Updates to changes of routine will be sent and received faster than a text message or email, especially with the customisation of app notifications.

This is an exciting tool which combines all parent services together for fast and efficient receipt of College communication. We encourage all parents to download the PLC App.
Should you have any questions or are having difficulties installing the App and setting the notifications, please don’t hesitate to contact our IT department by email or phone 07 5436 7300.

Mr Steve Rattey, ICT Manager

Library News

Kid’s Lit Quiz

On Monday 27th March, the PLC Library was excited to host a state heat for Kid’s Lit Quiz and compete against St. Luke’s Anglican College, Bundaberg. The event was comprised of book-savvy students showcasing their general literature facts. There were 10 rounds within the heat and the students had a lot of fun using their book knowledge to answer questions. It was a close heat between all teams at first, but St. Luke’s Team 1 ran away with the lead and received first place. PLC Team 3 took second place, consisting of Joshua, Erin, Grace and Mia. So well done to all 7 teams that participated! It was a great opportunity to celebrate the elite readers amongst us and to showcase their skill-building over many years of reading.

Ms Gina McPherson, Teacher Librarian

Sport News

Year 7-12 Sport

Competitive Sport News

Monday Night Netball

It was a strong final round of the term for our PLC netball teams with at least 6 of the 9 teams recording a win in their fixtures. Congratulations to PLC Amber, Jade, Emerald, Pearl and Opal for taking out their games. A special mention goes to the A Division team, PLC Sapphire, for recording their first win of the season. They are playing the very top teams week in and week out and it was fantastic to see that they reaped the rewards of all their hard work across the term. We hope all our players and coaches enjoy a well-deserved break over the holidays before the start up again later in Term 2.

Trish Buckley Volleyball

Congratulations to our Senior Trish Buckley Volleyball Girls teams for their strong finish to the competition. The combined results of all three teams gave PLC a 5th place finish overall, which is a fantastic result considering the calibre of teams in the competition. Our Year 11 and 12 teams both won their final matches and the Year 10s finished off with a loss and a draw. Thank you to all players for their commitment to the competition. We also thank Sarah Ashdown, Ella Hardstaff, Brooklyn Graves and Mr Gary Graves for their time and effort working with our teams across the competition.

SCISSA Senior Volleyball

Well done to our Senior Girls Volleyball Team 1 who competed in the SCSSA Senior A Division Grand Final on Wednesday night. The team did an exceptional job to work their way to a finals match in a very tough competition. The girls played extremely well and, although they couldn’t quite secure the game from a determined Sunshine Coast Grammar side, they should be extremely proud of what they have achieved this term. Thank you to coach Sarah Ashdown and manager Mrs Grier Elliot for the time and energy they have put into working with the girls this term.

Student Acknowledgements

Well done to Cade Rowlands for his strong performances at the Australian Life Saving Championships held in Perth last weekend. Cade competed in a number of events and his notable results included winning silver in U13 & U14 Male beach sprint relay and making the semi-final of the U13 Male Beach sprint (from a starting field of 39). Well done Cade!

Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Sport

Junior Sport

Well done to John Fihelly (Year 6) who recently competed at State Little Athletics in Townsville and finished in 4th place in the Under 12 Boys High Jump.  John jumped a personal best of 1.45m, which is a fantastic achievement!

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Junior Sport P-6

General Notices

Uniform Shop

Winter is nearly upon us and it time to stock up on your Winter Uniform needs.

If you wish to wear a jumper with your Formal Uniform, then you will require the school Formal knitted Jumper.  Sports Jackets are only worn with your sports uniform for all students in Prep to Year 12.  The Prep Fleecy Jumper is only to be worn in Prep.

When the Winter Trimester begins, all students in Years 10-12 are required to wear their Senior Blazer.  Senior Boys are required to wear trousers and their tie.  Socks to wear with trousers are available to purchase in the Uniform Shop.

Ties will also be required to be worn in the Winter Trimester by all Middle College boys as part of the full Winter uniform.

There are optional trousers available for students from Years 1-12 as part of the Girls Winter uniform.  These are worn with the girls blouse and trouser socks.

Flexischools is available for your winter purchases and orders will be processed when school returns in Term 2.

For correct winter uniform wear please refer to the Uniform Guide.

Mrs Peta King, Uniform Convenor

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

Saturday 25th saw our teams take the court for round two of the season with some hard-fought wins for some of our teams. Once again, the weather was unseasonably warm which made it tough for all players. Thank you to all managers, coaches, players, and supporters for ensuring the day was another great success in hot conditions.

The next round of games, after the Easter school holidays, is Saturday 22nd April.  Please check with your coach or manager about training recommencing prior to the next round.

It is important for the junior athlete to eat well every day – not just on the day of the event. The foods they eat on a day-to-day basis help maximize their growth and development and prepare them for performing at their best on competition day. The junior athlete will perform better and recover quicker from training and competition when they are well-fuelled. Signs and symptoms of low energy availability include:

•          Fatigue

•          Often ill or injured

•          Not able to gain muscle or strength

•          Poor performance

•          Training hard but not improving

•          Irritability

Active children need constant refuelling and hydration.  Here are pre-exercise food ideas:

For more detailed information on fuelling active kids, visit the Sports Dietitians Australia website at

And don’t forget, managing fluid intake is just as important as food intake for the health and performance of junior athletes. Children can overheat and dehydrate quickly as they are not able to regulate their body temperature as well as adults … so remember to drink plenty of water regularly!

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).

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

PLC netball club wishes all families a blessed Easter holiday filled with happiness, love, and faith.

Facebook: PLC Netball Club
Instagram: PLC Netball Club

Mrs Donna Townsend, PLC Netball Club President

Pacific FC

Our teams kicked off their Round 4 matches across the coast under sunny skies and warm conditions.

Match Reports: Click here for the Round 4 Match Reports  

Players Of The Week:

U6 Wahoos – Dylan; U7 Manta Rays – Amelie, Harvey and Asher; U7 Eagle Rays – Curtis, Oscar and Hunter; U8 Stingrays – Oscar and Finn; U10 Seahorses – Louise, Summer, Haya and Abi; U10 Sharks – Finn and Kaiden.

Round 5 Draw for Saturday 15th April (to be released 4th April).

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

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


31       Year 7-12 Cross Country Carnival

31       Term 1 Concludes


18       Term 2 Commences

18       Friends of Pacific (6.30pm)