Compass No 680 - April 2023

From the Principal

Fully Present

In our fast-paced lives, it is important that we develop the skill to be fully present in the moment.  This means, when we are learning or working our minds are engaged in making the most of the opportunities that each moment presents. Being fully present as we spend time with family and friends enriches relationships. Extra colour is added when we are fully present as we relax through a variety of leisure activities.

God has given us life to live moment by moment. In Ecclesiastes, there is a well-known passage that reminds us that there is a time for all things. Later in the Bible, there is the encouragement to not bring the worries of the past or the future into our moments. God promises to provide for our daily needs. He invites us to seek forgiveness from Him for our failings and mistakes. As we place our trust in God, we are freed to live each moment fully.

Principal’s Log

We welcome everyone to the start of a new term and particularly those who are new to our community. We trust that everyone has had some time to rest and rejuvenate through the change in routine that the holidays have provided.

Term 2 is a term with many events and extra breaks. It is particularly important for Middle and Senior College students to quickly settle into good routines for home learning that enable them to keep focus and optimise their learning. Families can assist young people to forward plan to reduce the impact of changes and busy periods throughout the term. Good routines help us to make the most of the moment we are in.

Our PIPPIN cast and crew took advantage of the student-free day to engage in a full day of rehearsal. We look forward to what promises to be thoroughly entertaining performances on the 19th and 20th of May. Tickets are now available through the Events Centre.

Over the holidays a number of students performed very well in their sporting pursuits. Jess Lloyd competed strongly at the Trans-Tasman Challenge and the World Oceania Archery Competition. Jess has been invited to represent Australia at the World Youth Archery Championships in Ireland. We congratulate swimmers Emily Lengenberg and Alex Monroe who performed very well at the School State Swimming Championships and at the Australian National Age Championships. We also congratulate Saxon Mathers for his recent performances in the Australasian Scooter Championships, Dion Owen for his success at the State Gymnastics Championships and Zoe Woods for her achievements at the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships. These students’ accomplishments are further acknowledged in the Senior Sport article.

We wish our rugby teams all the best as they compete at the Armidale Rugby Competition this weekend and thank Mr Darren Hooper, Mr Josh Cummins and Mr Scottt Crompton for the preparation of these teams.  We also thank Ms Leigh Finter and the parents who will also be accompanying our teams.

We thank our Senior College teachers, parents and students who made the most of the Senior College Conferences earlier this week.  These conferences provided valuable time to explore ways in which students could lift their learning to the next level.

We pray that God would strengthen our faith and trust in Him so that we can better live each moment.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the Director of Students

Welcoming Everyone Back!

We welcome everyone back to the start of a new term. There are many valuable opportunities that students and parents are encouraged to be involved in throughout Term Two.

Senior College parent-teacher conferences took place this week and provided valuable insight into how individuals are tracking in their studies. This also allows each student to reflect on their learning and set new goals as we go into the second half of the semester. The Middle College conferences are taking place in Week 3 and I encourage all parents to take the opportunity to connect with teachers, with their children present, to get an understanding of how they can keep progressing in their learning throughout this term.

Next week is the annual ANZAC Day March. This will be held on Tuesday the 25th of April and is open to any students who would like to attend. We will be meeting as a College in the Caloundra Stockland shopping complex car park from 8.30am to march as a group to pay respect to those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. All who are attending will need to register their interest on NAV by Monday of next week. We will also be holding a special ANZAC Day chapel on Wednesday that all P-12 students will attend.

Another service opportunity for students this term is volunteering to be a tour guide at this year’s Open Day. This is coming up at the end of Week 3 (Sunday 7th May) and will run from 12.30pm – 3.30pm. Students from Years 5-12 who would like to assist in showing visitors to the College around the school are invited to sign up via the link on NAV by the end of next week. The student-led tours are always one of the highlights of prospective families to Pacific and are a great way for students to show their passion for the school.

On top of all these events at the start of the term, we also have the College production of Pippin, an athletics carnival, the resumption of SCISSA and Sunshine Coast Schools sporting fixtures, multiple Action Group events, exams, camps and the Year 12 Retreat. I look forward to seeing the engagement and energy around all of these activities along with the fun and excitement that they bring.

Have a great term.

Mr Mark Hauser, Director of Students

From the Head of Learning K-5

Getting the Screen Time Balance Right for Families

Screen time is all about balance. It's sometimes more about what is being done on the screen than the amount of time spent. Too much screen time can mean that family members aren't really talking to each other or spending time in a productive way. If you're not sure if your family has got the right balance, consider these questions:

•  How much screen time does your family use?

•  How do you connect with your kids away from digital devices and screens?

•  How does your family start conversations where the kids can contribute and let you into their world?

Sometimes families need to go without digital devices to see what else they might like to do.

Here are some ideas for switching off:

•  Make some agreements about not having phones/iPods at the dinner table.

•  Set times for screen time and times for switching it off.

•  Help your children find other things they like to do that don't rely on a screen.

•  Suggest a screen diet - the whole family gives up screens for a weekend to see what happens.

Screen time is not all bad! Children and families enjoy interactive time together playing educational or strategy games, or when using their computers to create something. Keep an eye on what children are using their devices for and learn about other things they can do on their devices and/or PCs that are creative.

Here are some creative things that young people are doing on their devices:

•  Creating movies or stop motion animation.

•  Drawing with a drawing tablet or drawing program on a tablet.

•  Reading or working on photos creatively.

•  Writing a story or creating a comic.

•  Learning to code to create an app or a game.

•  Building a blog.

•  Collaborating with others on a project.

There are so many amazing creative pursuits you can do on a computer besides just homework, checking social media, and watching YouTube!

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

From the Head of Career Development

Careers News

Griffith | Creative Arts Open Day 2023

Sunday 21st May 2023

Designed for those thinking of a creative career, the Creative Arts Open Day is the best way to discover the variety of degree options from design, visual and creative arts, music and performing arts, film and animation, industrial design and architecture. The day will feature hands-on creative experiences staged by expert instructors from visual and creative arts, music and performing arts, film and animation, industrial design and architecture.

Find out more here.


UQ Medicine Information Evening (Year 12)

Online: Wednesday 26th April 2023

Attend our information session to learn about studying medicine at UQ.

Hear from Faculty of Medicine staff, UQ alumni and current students on the changing medical climate, how to apply for medicine at UQ, and tips for success.

What’s involved:

•          Explore the current climate and magnitude of medicine.

•          Learn how to apply for our Doctor of Medicine (MD) program.

•          Discover our multiple entry routes and partnerships with CQUni and UniSQ.

•          Get advice from recent graduates and current students.

•          Engage in an interactive Q&A panel with alumni and current students.

•          Network with current medical students.

Find out more here.


ACU Talk with Business and IT Professionals (Year 11 and 12)

Thursday 27th April 2023

Join us online to hear from ACU alumni about their professional experiences after completing a business or IT degree. Take part in a Q&A session with our graduates to find out what your future could hold with one of these degrees.

Find out more here.


JCU Engineering Futures Residential Camp (Years 10, 11 and 12)

Monday 3rd July – Saturday 8th July 2023

Registrations are open for the inaugural JCU Engineering Futures residential camp. Students in Years 10, 11, and 12 are invited to participate in this experience, designed to provide an overview of tertiary education in science, engineering, and technology-related fields.

Engineering Futures is a live-in program giving students in Years 10, 11 and 12 the chance to sample university life and get more familiar with STEM subjects during the school holidays.

Fully funded by JCU, the program offers students a distinctive experience of tertiary education in science, engineering and technology-related fields, while still studying in high school. Over five days, students live on-campus and take part in academic, personal development and team-building activities, with opportunities to meet current JCU students, university staff and other like-minded high school students.

Applications must be received by Friday 19th May.

Find out more here.


SCCE Exchange Webinar (Years 10 to 12)

Wednesday 26th April 2023

Preparing for your exchange program is an important part of the process and is vital to continued program success. At these online meetings, an experienced high school exchange advisor will share an overview of high school exchange programs with the Southern Cross-Cultural Exchange.

You’ll learn more about living with a host family and how studying overseas can help you develop confidence and independence… and gain a lifetime of memories.

Find out more here.


ADF Health Careers Virtual Information Session

Thursday 27th April 2023

Protect the health and wellbeing of Australian Defence Force personnel both on base and on deployments, in a rewarding Health role.

Join us for a virtual info session and speak with current serving members about the job variety and satisfaction you can experience while contributing to humanitarian, combat and disaster-relief operations.

Find out more here.


Bond | Virtual Open Day

Saturday 29th April 2023

Can’t make it to campus? No problem – our Virtual Open Day experience makes it possible to get to know us at the click of a button. Tune into Virtual Open Day at any time and watch as we dive deeper into our faculties, go behind the scenes of student life, and chat with some amazing Bondies in this unmissable snapshot of the Bond University experience.

Find out more here.


Bond Business School Year 12 Extension Program – Business Stream (Year 12)

Wednesday 26th April to Saturday 6th May 2023

Get a head start on your studies with the Bond Business School Year 12 Extension Program, which comprises fast-paced and fun two-day workshops designed to prepare you for university life. Facilitated by our world-class academics, the Extension Program offers an enriching opportunity that supports the existing Year 12 curriculum across areas such as business and maths. Faced with real-world situations, participants will hone their skills, problem solve, and work collaboratively with their peers. The Extension Program is free of charge to students.

Upon the successful completion of a two-day Extension Program workshop, eligible students will receive early entry into their program of choice and will be able to apply for one of six part-fee (25% and 50%) scholarships or a $5,000 bursary.

The Business Stream will run on two dates:

•          Wednesday 26th April and Thursday 27th April 2023

•          Friday 5th May and Saturday 6th May 2023

Find out more here.


Bond University is offering exclusive backstage tours at World Surf League events (Year 11 and 12)

Thanks to Bond University and WSL, you have a chance to see the inner workings of the Boost Mobile Gold Coast Pro and ride the wave of career opportunities in an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour.

Catch a full lineup of careers from sport management to marketing, events, exercise and sports science, business, journalism, film and television and project management. Get an inside look at WSL, while carving out your own study and career path. A Bond University Regional Manager will be on hand to answer any questions you have about Bond.

Find out more here.


Brisbane Careers & Employment Expo 2023

Friday 26th May to Saturday 27th May 2023

Queensland’s largest Careers & Employment Event is open on May 26th & 27th, 2023 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. The Expo will host over 130 organisations and employers with career opportunities for all ages. Entry is free.

The event is for school students, parents, teachers, graduates, job seekers, people looking for courses and workers seeking new training options.

Find out more here.


Mrs Wanda Hayes, Head of Career Development

Food for Thought

Put Down That Device

Do you argue daily about time wasted on Snapchat? Or the Xbox? Or YouTube? Technology is inescapable, but without limits, teens’ academics and relationships suffer. Learn how making them earn it and blocking apps can help.

Limit Screen Time for Teens with ADHD: For Parents (

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

LAST CHANCE - 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 on Thursday 20th of 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.

We’ve given you a few more days to enter the draw which will now take place on Friday 21st of April. 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!

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. There’ll also be an email this week with sign-up information. We look forward to hearing from you!

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.

Next FoP Meeting

We’d love to see you at our next meeting, on Tuesday 16th May at 6.30pm in the PLC 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

Pippin – On Sale Now

Tickets Can Now Be Purchased From

Mrs Janine Delaney, Director

Sport News

Year 7-12 Sport

Interhouse Cross Country

Congratulations to Bula House who just pipped Buran for first place in the Senior Interhouse Cross Country on the last Friday of Term 1. It was a fantastic afternoon enjoyed by students and staff alike and a great way to end the term. It was wonderful to see many of our students challenge themselves and do their best to run the majority of the course. There was plenty of support and encouragement from all the House teams on the day, and well done to Wira House for their efforts in being awarded the Spirit Trophy.

Athletes who finished in the top 6 have now qualified for the school team which will run at the Independent District Cross-Country at the Big Pineapple on Tuesday the 9th of May. Information will be sent home to students and parents soon.


1ST     BULA                   599

2ND    BURAN                587

3RD    WIRA                   496

4TH    MUMBA               430

Competitive Sport News

SCISSA Soccer and Volleyball

All SCISSA fixtures will begin on Wednesday next week. The draws will be finalized by the weekend and fixture information will be updated on the students’ PLC NAV Calendar. If students are unable to see their fixtures, please contact me (

Players will be given their playing shirts prior to their first game by their coaches. These will need to be worn to each game and returned at the end of the season.

It is critical that students advise their coaches or myself if they are not able to make a week. Commitment is one of our focus areas this year in sport. We do understand that things come up at times, so it is vital that absences are passed on as early as possible. Thank you to those students and parents who are already doing this.

Trish Buckley Volleyball

Our Year 8 Girls and Boys, and Year 9 Boys have their first round of games this Friday in the Trish Buckley Competition. It is fantastic to see so many younger students wanting to be involved in representative volleyball this term. Students and parents are encouraged to keep an eye on their emails and NAV Calendars for any updates to the draw that may occur. We wish our teams all the best this week.

Rugby Union

Wednesday night marked the first of our fixtures for the SCSSRU competition. The boys played in high spirits with some good intensity, defeating St Pats 34-21. Congratulations to Jairus Patelesio on being appointed rugby captain for the season and Joey Woods on vice-captain. A special mention also goes to Aidan Kemp for receiving man of the match in our first round. We are looking forward to a productive season of rugby and continuing to build on our success from last year.

Water Polo

Five PLC Year 7 students competed in the annual Water Polo Queensland State Titles held on the Gold Coast during the Easter holidays. Representing Buderim in the U14s Division, our students competed over four days showcasing the best of the sport, sportsmanship and team spirit. 

The tournament culminated with the boys team contending for the Bronze Medal placing 4th and the Girls team placing 7th in their respective divisions.  

Congratulations to Mae, Will, Fletcher, Sam and to Charlie who was also presented with the Coach’s Award. 

Student Acknowledgements

Well done to Zoe Woods for her strong performances at the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships.  Zoe made finals in all her events and placed in 6 of the 7 finals she competed in.  What is also notable is that Zoe collected the most medals of any athlete in her age group and was named as a Standout Performer for her age group.

Gold Medal - Surf Teams and Cameron Relay

Silver Medal - Ironwoman and Board Rescue

Bronze Medal - Board Race and Board Relay

Well done on some incredible results!

Dion Owen competed over 2 days at Senior State Championships for Gymnastics during the first weekend of the school holidays in Brisbane. He was awarded State Champion on pommel horse and placed 4th on floor & 5th on vault placing 7th overall for Level 7 Open division.

Following these excellent results, Dion has also been selected into the Queensland State Team where he will compete at nationals in May at the Australian Gymnastics Championships on the Gold Coast. Well done Dion!

Congratulations to Saxon Mathers for his recent performances in the Australasian National Scooter Championships. Saxon placed first and is now number 1 in QLD and Australia. He has now qualified to compete in the Junior Division at the World Championships in Sydney in October. We wish him all the best in his preparations for this event.

Congratulations to Jessica Lloyd who has recently represented Australia at the Trans Tasman and Oceania Archery events in Adelaide.  She did incredibly well, winning 3 gold medals, and has been invited to join the Pathways Development Squad at the AIS and will be travelling to Ireland in July to compete at the World Youth Archery Championships for Australia.

Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Sport

Junior Sport

3-6 PLC Cross Country Carnival

Clear blue skies and great weather conditions greeted students on the last day of Term One for the annual 3-6 Interhouse Cross Carnival. Students were very excited to be able to participate after practising during Physical Education lessons leading up to the carnival.

It was great to see many parent spectators present and the outstanding House spirit on display. Well done to Wira House who was crowned the overall champion House at the end of the carnival.

House results at the end of the carnival were as follows:

Wira 1st – 483

Bula 2nd – 247

Mumba 3rd - 231

Buran 4th – 207

Congratulations also to the following students who finished in the top three places for their age group.

District Cross Country Carnival

9 – 12-year-old students who have qualified to run at the Independent District Cross Country Carnival held out at The Big Pineapple will be notified this week via Operoo. The carnival will be held on Tuesday 9th May.

Independent District Sport Selections

Congratulations to the following students who at the end of last term were selected for Independent District sports teams in the following sports.

Daisy McDonald              10 – 12 Girls Soccer

Eva Barker                      10 – 12 Girls Soccer

Haya Gogarty                  10 – 12 Girls Soccer

Emily Groll                       10 – 12 Girls Soccer

Louise Greene                10 – 12 Girls Soccer

Marcel Patullo                 10 – 12 Boys Soccer

Tahj McDonald                10 – 12 Boys Soccer

Kauan Gogarty                10 – 12 Boys Soccer

Good luck to these students in their upcoming Regional Sport trials.

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

Welcome back from Easter break – we hope everyone had a blessed Easter holiday filled with happiness, love, and faith.  This Saturday 22nd April will see all teams back on the court for the first non-grading round of the season.  Game details (through to May) are now available on NetballConnect – please have a chat with your team manager if you have any questions about accessing and navigating NetballConnect.

This week will be the first time that CDNA is introducing ‘rolling subs’ to Divisions 1, 2 & 3.  It is important that players in these teams understand the rules around this change so please talk to your coach and manager if you have any questions.

The Nissan Senior State Age netball competition was held on the first four days of the Easter holidays.  There were 11 students from PLC that participated in this competition, representing both Caloundra and Sunshine Coast Netball Associations.  Over these four days teams played between 14 and 16 games of netball at the highest intensity for each age group.

 Congratulations to all PLC students:

•  U18: Amedy, Gabby, Jessica, and Katie

•  U16: Ava, Brooke, Georgia, Kate, and Meckenzie

•  U15: Evie & Isla.

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.

Facebook: PLC Netball Club
Instagram: PLC Netball Club

Mrs Donna Townsend, PLC Netball Club President

Pacific FC

Our teams completed their Round 5 matches last weekend at venues across the Sunshine Coast. Congratulations to our players who filled in and supported other teams on the last Saturday of the holidays.

Click here for the Round 5 Match Reports including Player of the Match and Encouragement awards.

This Saturday, all PFC games (except the U13 Razors) will be at PLC. The Razors will be playing an away game at Unity College at 12.10pm.

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


25       ANZAC Day

26       Year 11 Leadership Day 1


1         Labour Day

7         PLC Open Day

9         FoP Mother’s Day Stall

10       Year 4 Camp departure (returning Friday 12th)