Compass No 683 - May 2023

From the Principal

Happy Mother’s Day

As we celebrate our mothers on Sunday, we are grateful for the special love of our mums and the many ways they give of themselves and their time to help us. In our lives, mothers are teachers, coaches, mentors, encouragers, cheerleaders and friends. They often play the role of the backstage crew member who in unseen ways work hard to provide us with what we need to succeed on the stage of life. As well as within our families, our mothers play a critical role within our community.  As teachers and parents our mums act out of love to give generously of their time and themselves to support the people and events of the College.  We thank God for our mums and the very special role they play in our lives and within our community.

Principal’s Log

Thank you to our staff, students and parents who gave up their time on Sunday to welcome new families into our community during our Open Day. There were high levels of engagement as students lead tours, performed, led learning experiences in classroom spaces and provided tasty food through the hospitality area. The Friends of Pacific also provided a warm point of welcome through their barbecue.  Students and teachers enjoyed the opportunity to share our rich culture of learning as they shared experiences, engaged in conversation and responded to the many questions of our visiting families. I thank our staff, students and parents for giving so generously of themselves and their time to make it such a successful day full of rich interactions. Thank you and very well done to everyone.

We celebrate our Da Vinci Decathlon teams who all performed very well at last week’s Queensland Regional competition. All teams placed in the top 3 for different aspects of the competition throughout the day.  We particularly celebrate our Year 5 and 7 teams who were the winners for their whole competition and the Year 9 team who came second, narrowly missing out on first place by one point, and our Year 10 team who came third overall.  We congratulate all students and thank our teachers Mrs Jo Belchamber, Mrs Linda Sydes, Mr Andrew Block, Ms Adelle Byerlee and Mrs Julie Darr for their support and leadership of these students.

We are excited to launch the Pacific Learning Hub which will provide opportunities for students, staff and parents to connect with external learning opportunities including speakers. Dr Justin Coulson who has a focus on helping schools and communities to boost wellbeing and improve relationships will lead off the first of these events. There will be a presentation to staff about enhancing wellbeing in the afternoon and then to parents in the evening with a focus on building resilience in children. Dr Coulson is a sought-after keynote speaker who has written many books and been the co-host and parenting expert on Channel 9’s “Parental Guidance”. We look forward to sharing this opportunity with you on Tuesday 23rd May.

We congratulate our cross country and futsal teams who represented the College recently. A particular mention to our U16 girls who reached the grand final of the futsal competition. Thank you to Mrs Kim Kiernan and Mr Scott Massie who have supported the Cross-Country team including our run club throughout Term 1 and to Mr Hooper, Mr Cameron West McInnes and Mrs Lisa Muir for their leadership and organisation of the Cross-Country teams. Thank you to Ms Rebekah Horsey and Mr Tony Davies for their support and leadership of our futsal teams.

We look forward to welcoming back our Year 4 students and staff from their 3-day outdoor education experience tomorrow. We thank Mr Paul Brace, Head of Outdoor Education, Mrs Sarah Atkinson, Mrs Amanda Empson, Mr Joe Doran, Miss Georgie Snelling, Mr Rob Belchamber and College Nurse Mrs Sharon Middleton.

We wish Director Mrs Janine Delaney and our PIPPIN cast and crew all the best as they complete their final preparations for their performances on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th May.

We give a prayer of thanks to God for our mums and pray that God would be with them and fill them with joy.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

Pacific Learning Hub

Dr Justin Coulson

Pacific Lutheran College presents “How to build resilience in your child” with Dr Justin Coulson.

Justin Coulson, parenting expert and co-host on Channel 9’s Parental Guidance will be visiting the College at 6.00pm on Tuesday 23rd May to present to our Parent community.

In this 90-minute presentation, we will learn what resilience is and what we can do proactively as parents to help our children thrive, flourish and be resilient.

This is a great opportunity to hear from a leading expert.

Pre-drinks and nibbles will be provided from 5.30pm.

Please register your attendance HERE or click on the image above to scan the QR code.

View Dr Justin Coulson's video here.

From the College Chaplain

Chaplain’s Update

Welcome back to the Chaplain's Update; this week’s thread will explore Psalm 23, "The Lord is my shepherd."

For the month of May, our community will be participating in the Red Shield Appeal by donating home goods and food items. Each classroom and PCG group will have a basket for the collection of these donations. There will also be fundraising events such as Crazy Sock Day for P-5 and Casual Clothes Day for 6-12 on Wednesday 24th May.

The chapel update features a Mother's Day chapel led by the prep students, and everyone is invited to attend. It's great to see the community coming together for a good cause and celebrating important events such as Mother's Day.

Mrs Holly Gricks, College Chaplain

From the Head of Senior College Students

Senior College News

Student Leaders Act as Tour Guides at Pacific’s Open Day

Families visiting the College on Sunday experienced an abundance of high energy from the 96 student leaders from Year 5, Year 6, and Years 7-12, successfully leading tours across the Junior, Middle and Senior Colleges.

The student leaders’ knowledge of the College’s Four Pillars, learning and co-curricular opportunities and ability to answer ‘tough’ and ‘hard hitting’ questions by potential, new and existing families was impressive and demonstrated an authentic appreciation for their College community.  It was a lovely afternoon of observing student leadership through the tour guides, in hospitality areas, Science and other key learning spaces and at Pippin and music performances. Thank you to each student for serving the College community proudly.

Year 12 and 2 Mother’s Day Connection Activity

This week the Year 12 and Year 2 students had the opportunity to connect for the first time this term to celebrate Mother’s Day through a range of engaging activities.  These opportunities only exist due to the thoughtful thinking and planning of the Year 2 teachers and the support and facilitation of the Year 12 Personal Development and Christian Studies teachers. 

It was lovely to see connections deepen as the year progresses and the sense of community and belonging established heading into the final weeks of school for the Year 12 cohort. Thank you to both the Year 12 students and Year 2 students for their sense of occasion and a Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers and carers within our College community.

Ms Leigh Finter, Head of Senior College Students

From the Head of Learning Middle College

Middle College Students - A Focus on Learning

At this week’s Middle College Assembly, the benefits of a strong learning focus were outlined, with an emphasis placed on three approaches students can incorporate into their learning cycle:

1.        Understanding Goals

Teachers at PLC design Understanding Goals to support students develop a deeper understanding of each subject. This can help Middle College students to better retain information and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Understanding Goals encourage a focus on the key aspects of a topic and promote meaningful learning; as students engage more deeply with the subject matter, they become more confident and motivated to learn.  Understanding Goals also support students to transfer their knowledge to new situations and contexts so they can apply their learning to real-life situations.

Understanding Goals for each subject are visible in the classrooms and on Nav unit pages for each subject.

2.        Four Pillars of Learning

The pursuit of personal excellence is promoted and valued by the Pacific community. Reports provide important guidance about areas of strength and skills to focus on so that students develop as learners through their education.  Reflection on progress against the Learning to Learn and Learning Together criteria is a valuable routine in the academic cycle for Middle College students, helping them to become better learners and preparing them for success beyond Middle College

The Learning to Learn and Learning Together criteria can be found on Middle College students’ Term One Academic Reports, with more detail about these skills provided on the inside cover page.

3.        Intellectual Standards

The Intellectual Standards provide a strong foundation for critical thinking, clear communication and creative problem-solving. By applying the standards of clarity, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth, logic, significance and fairness, Middle College students develop the skills to express their ideas clearly and concisely across all subject areas. These universal standards help learners to understand and respond to complex concepts and arguments. Applying the Intellectual Standards in the classroom, and during the drafting process, can help prepare students to succeed in rigorous academic contexts in and beyond school as lifelong learners.

The Intellectual Standards can be found in classrooms, and on Middle College student and parent NAV pages under the Learning and Assessment tile.

Middle College learning represents the foundations for developing students’ academic approach and interdisciplinary skills. The provision of essential tools and clear signposts help them to take initiative, develop self-discipline and ultimately achieve their goals under the guidance of their teachers and parents working in co-agency. If you would like further information about where to find any of these resources please contact your child’s teachers or contact me directly.

Mrs Jo Belchamber, Head of Learning Middle College

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

Collaborate, Connect and Commend

The framework attached to the Pacific Way identifies the three themes of “Me”, “We”, and “See” as holistically combining to form a complete picture of the development of the whole child. This term, during assemblies, and in addition to achievement, we will be looking in detail at the “We” component of individuals who relate to each other, how we learn together, what is a Christian community and how learning in the outdoors supports our relationships.

The “We” of The Pacific Way aims to build the attributes involved with collaboration. Humans are social beings, and as much as some of us relish a time to be alone, our connection with others helps us better understand ourselves.

One of the statements involved in the Pacific Way speaks of listening, valuing difference and celebrating the potential of others. Every day across the College, I am privileged to witness interactions that touch on these signposts. Conversations between students and staff allow the opportunity to listen and learn from each other and realise that the skills each of us possess are unique and enrich the lives of all around us.  It supports us in celebrating the learning and growth in each other and reminds us that our differences often unite us the most.

Gawun and Kids in Action

This term has seen the continued expansion of our service leadership model in Year 5. Our leaders have suggested ways to assist others from continued discussions from our Leadership Day at the end of Term One.  Our leaders are easily identifiable through the high-vis vests they wear and make a real impact in our College. Our leaders have been busy helping students enter the College from the Foundation car park, supporting readers, and helping in the playground and the library spaces. Many volunteered to lead tours during our recent Open Day and have taken the opportunity to support the Junior College by tailoring events such as Minecraft challenges for students to partake in.

In addition to this, a group of students took part in the developmental project day of the council-run program Kids in Action. This year’s theme involves biospHEROES, connecting caring and co-creating the future. The students visited the University of the Sunshine Coast and undertook a range of workshops designed to highlight the connected nature of systems and interwoven links within our local biospheres. Their next steps are to work as a team to develop a plan about an identified issue from the day and present their work to other students in the project later in the year. I thank the dedication and enthusiasm of the students, as this requires significant extra work on their part. Their passion for service significantly impacts other Junior Students, and they learn a lot about themselves in the process.

These opportunities don’t happen without a significant commitment from our Year Five teaching team, particularly Mrs Luanne Pollard, who is the driving force behind the Kids in Action Initiative.

Outdoor Education

When the Pacific Way was being planned, there was an intentionality in involving the Outdoor Education department in the finished proposal. How we access risk and what achievement looks like in an unfamiliar setting. Taking a calculated risk and that feeling of success take many varied forms. How we value others and communicate when outdoors is addressed throughout the document.

This week, our Year Four students will attend their component; when students return, I look forward to hearing about their experiences and growth within themselves. I thank Mr Paul Brace, the Year Four Teaching Team and the many staff involved in preparing this rich experience for our students. I look forward to witnessing the learning connection between the College and the outdoor classroom.


Congratulations to those Years Four and Five students who represented the College at the SCIPHA Chess tournament, held at Suncoast Christian College on Friday 5th May. The competition was opened into two categories; Open and Novice. Our teams performed very well and, most importantly, had a great day mingling and learning from other chess enthusiasts.

Take care, and God bless.

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

From the Head of Career Development

Careers News

Career Clusters in focus (Years 10-12)

For the next 6 weeks, I will be overviewing one of the 6 Career Clusters each week. Senior College students have access to information about the Career Clusters on the PLC Careers Hub and will have an opportunity to learn about the Clusters in their PD lessons.

This week’s focus cluster is Makers.

Makers work with their hands and use their skills to fix, mend, create, inspect, maintain, grow, and move. Makers are skilled at using tools and equipment and have a responsibility for maintaining the safety of their work site for themselves and others.

They work in a variety of locations, depending on their industry, which may include industrial and commercial sites, large building projects, farms in agricultural settings, or as tradespeople in residential homes.

In addition to their technical skills, important transferable skills for Makers include Teamwork, Attention to Detail, and Planning and Organisation. Does this sound like you? What jobs do you know that fit within this cluster?


Core skills for Beyond Pacific (Years 10-12)

Are you thinking about applying for Beyond Pacific points, but you’re not sure how to link your activities to skills that are valuable in the world beyond high school? Check out the Core Skills page on the PLC Careers Hub. It gives descriptions for all of the transferable skills that will be used to assess your Beyond Pacific Award applications. The core skills are Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Innovation, Planning and Organisation, Entrepreneurial Skills, Collaboration and Teamwork, Communication, Initiative, Resilience, and Adaptability. Start thinking about what opportunities you have to develop your skills in each of these 10 areas. If you wish, you can even do a Skills Report on the PLC Careers Hub, which will give you some tips about where your strengths are and where are your opportunities for further development.

The PLC Careers Hub is run by Study Work Grow and is a treasure trove of information and resources – spend some time exploring it! If you haven’t yet signed up for the PLC Careers Hub, you can do so using the link in the attached flyer.


Electrical Apprentice Information Session (Year 12)

Ergon Energy Network and Energex would like to invite you to attend the 2023 Apprentice Information WebEx Sessions. These sessions are for anyone who is considering an apprenticeship with them in 2024. You can choose to attend one of the three sessions on offer but if the dates or times are unsuitable, they can provide you with a copy of the recorded session.

To Register:

1. Please send an email to  

Your email should include your name and email address and the date and time of the session you will be attending.

Session options are:

•        Tuesday 20th June – 6.00pm to 7.00pm

•        Thursday 22nd June – 3.30pm to 4.30pm

•        Monday 26th June – 12.00pm to 1.00pm

2. The week before the session, you will receive an email with the WebEx dial-in details.  

The information session will include:

o         Information on the trades/apprenticeships that Ergon Energy Network/Energex offer

o         Locations of the 2024 apprenticeships

o         Opportunity to hear from our Apprentices and Tradespeople

o         Overview of our recruitment process including testing requirements

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Apprentice Team on 1800 262 353 Option 3.


Griffith Creative Arts Open Day 2023 (Years 10-12)

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.

Find out more here.


UQ Career Pulse (Years 10-12)

Wednesday 31st May 2023

Explore the exciting career paths open to you at UQ’s free, career-focused event for high school students.

You’re invited to participate in our engaging and interactive career-focused sessions run by our academic staff.

You’ll have the chance to identify your strengths and interests and find out how to turn these into a fulfilling career. It’s also the perfect opportunity to see UQ’s beautiful St Lucia campus and check out our state-of-the-art facilities too.

Find out more here.


JMC Academy May Open Day, Brisbane (Years 10-12)

Saturday 27th May 2023

Register for our Free Open Day! This is your chance to see our multi-million dollar world-class facilities.

Things to do at Open Day:

•          Tour our world-class facilities and tech

•          Explore your creative future in our hands-on workshops

•          Meet our current students and industry expert lecturers

•          Check out live student performances

•          See creativity come to life with course demonstrations

•          Build your creative network

Find out more here.


QSFT Career Pathway Information Session (Years 11 and 12)

Saturday 13th May 2023

Are you looking to change or kick-start your career in the screen & media industry? Want to discover more about the industry and the opportunities?

Come along to the Queensland School of Film and Television’s (QSFT) next Career Pathway Information Session.

This is the perfect opportunity for you to gain knowledge about the Screen & Media industry and career pathway options. You will hear from industry professionals & QSFT trainers for the most up-to-date insights.

Find out more here.


ADF Gap Year Information Session, Maroochydore (Year 12)

Wednesday 17th May 2023

Wondering what to do with your time after finishing school? Consider doing a Gap Year with the Australian Defence Force (ADF)!

Spend 12 months with the best of the best as you get paid to experience life in the Navy, Army or Air Force, having unique life experiences and making lifelong friends along the way.

Come along to an upcoming info session where you can speak to military personnel about what an ADF Gap Year has to offer you.

Find out more here.


ADF | ADFA Careers Information Session (Years 11 and 12)

Wednesday 17th May 2023

Would you like the opportunity to undertake military training in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) while earning a degree? All without debt – in fact, we’ll pay you!

You will earn a salary while learning and step into a guaranteed role upon graduation as an Officer in the ADF.

Head to the upcoming info session to speak with current serving military personnel and learn more about the Australian Defence Force Academy.

Find out more here.


The Hotel School Open Campus (Years 10-12)

You are invited to experience life as a student at The Hotel School at their Open Campus event in Brisbane on 10th June.

•          Meet faculty team members and the Head of Campus

•          Discuss career opportunities with the Work Integrated Learning team

•          Find out about our courses and the application process

•          Chat with our current students

•          Enjoy Barista coffee and light refreshments

Date: Saturday, 10th June 2023

Time: 10.00am to 1.00pm (Local Standard Time)

Location: The Hotel School Brisbane; Level 13, 127 Creek Street, Brisbane.

You also have the opportunity to attend a Masterclass in Sustainable Business during the event.

To register, click here.


Work at a Summer Camp in the USA or Canada (Years 11 and 12)

Become part of the Aussie tradition and work at a summer camp in the USA or Canada with CCUSA.

Looking to take a gap year between high school and university? Our summer camp counselor program is the perfect option. We work with over 1000 amazing summer camps throughout America and Canada. Our camp program includes support from start to finish, camp placement, insurance, visa, food accommodation, and earning over US$2000/ CA$2000, PLUS SO MUCH MORE!

Join us for an exciting Zoom session where we’ll discuss how you can work abroad at summer camps in 2024. This is your chance to discover all the benefits of gaining international work experience, meet new people, and explore new cultures while working at summer camp.

Head to our Facebook page to find all the information about our upcoming Zoom! The Zoom will be held on the 16th of May 6-6.30pm AEST.

Find out more here.


Student accommodation rental support for 2023 school leavers (Year 12)

Finding the ideal place to live while you study is just as important as selecting the right place to study. At Iglu, we want every student to have access to the best possible student living experience.

We understand this may pose a challenge for some families so in 2020, we established the Iglu Regional Scholarship to help students transition from regional Australia and New Zealand to university life in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The scholarship provides significant rental assistance during the student's first 12 months living with us.

Since 2020, we have welcomed more than 740 scholarship recipients to live with us and are pleased to continue to support this program in 2024.

Students can register their interest for 2024 now and be the first to know when applications open in August.

Scholarship rooms will be available in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.


Mrs Wanda Hayes, Head of Career Development

Food for Thought

Why Kids Engage in Negative Self-Talk and What You Can Do

It is important to keep in mind that in some moments, children rarely mean exactly what they say. They could be in a highly-charged state, flooded with big emotions that are difficult to experience and process. What they are struggling with may not be readily apparent to us or even to them. But it’s important that we seek to understand the underlying issues, and, most importantly, identify what the child needs in order to work through the distress the proclamations represent. Click on the link below for more information.

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Thank you to our amazing volunteers         
We have been incredibly blessed by the amazing support of many volunteers this week – at our Open Day BBQ on Sunday and at the Mother’s Day Stall on Tuesday.

Huge thanks to the volunteers who came to help at the Open Day BBQ, giving up their Sunday to provide sausages and drinks to the staff and students who were helping at Open Day and to the wider community visiting the College. Your enthusiasm and willingness to pitch in ensured everyone had fun!

The volunteers who helped at our Mother’s Day Stall on Tuesday enjoyed being part of the shopping experience for the students, who loved browsing the items to find that special something for their mum, grandma or special person. Thank you for making time to be part of this wonderful experience for the students. Special thanks to Teena Thompson for her organisation of the stall, purchasing the beautiful gifts and ensuring that everyone enjoyed a wonderful shopping experience.

Thanks again to Grandma Wendy and the Delarue Family for their generous donation of beautiful, handcrafted gifts to the Mother’s Day Stall. The clever handcrafted designs were very popular with our students. To our wonderful friends at Shine Beauty, thank you for spreading joy around the College with your generous gift donations. We value your long-standing support.

Pacific Together
Pacific Together is a care-based service offered by Friends of Pacific to College families in times of need. If you, or someone you know within our College community, needs extra support during the year, the Pacific Together care group may be able to help in some small way or offer a care package. Please contact PLC Chaplain Mrs Holly Gricks -

We were never meant to do life alone. We need the love and care of others, especially in times of need. If you would like to support the continuation of this care-based service through a financial contribution, we invite you to contact Pacific Together via email: ( Your contributions ensure that we can provide a care package for those in our community when the need arises.

Volunteers for Sports Carnivals and Gala Day
If you have done your volunteer induction and have a couple of hours to spare for the upcoming Athletics Carnivals on Wednesday 31st May and Thursday 1st June, and the next SCISSA Gala Day on Thursday 8th June, we’d love your help at the FoP BBQ at these events. Keep an eye on your email for more details, but if you’re available, we’d love to hear from you - please email – we promise you’ll have fun!

Next FoP Meeting
We’d love to see you at our next meeting, on Tuesday 16th May at 6.30pm in the College Library. You can RSVP by emailing Come along, meet some new people and find out how you can help connect our community.

Happy Mother’s Day from Friends of Pacific
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mums, grandmothers and mum figures in our community. We hope you know how loved and appreciated you are. Thank you for all you do for your families and our community. Have a wonderful day on Sunday!

Click here to follow our Friends of Pacific Facebook page.

Mrs Carly Lovell, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

College News

Ensembles Concert

Kids in Action

Did you know that approximately 1 billion containers of cans and bottles are still ending up in landfill or the environment? That equates to more than $100 million worth of refunds still available to our schools, community, charities and businesses within Queensland.

Kids in Action would like to talk to you about our new containers for change program in the Junior College. As well as trying to establish a sustainable way to collect and dispose of our containers, we have entered a Battle of the School's competition- with express recycling.

If you are looking for a way to donate, we have a drive-in donation idea.

The drive-in donations is a new initiative where all you need to do is bring your donated cans along with your children and drop them into the bins provided in the P-2 drop-off zones on Wednesday mornings.  Members of our Kids in Action team will be there to help you with your container donations!

The dates that we will be there to collect, this term are:

•          Wednesday 17th May

•          Wednesday 24th May

•          Wednesday 31st may

•          Wednesday 7th June

•          Wednesday 14th June

•          Wednesday 21st June (last day of Term 2)

Thank you for acknowledging the Kids in Action’s first program!

Written by Emelie and Vivienne, Pacific Lutheran College Students

School Photos

Tuesday 23rd May 2023

1.        Please wear your full College uniform.

2.        Please place your order online before the day of photography.

           Go to enter this code: B7H 8V9 RRH

3.        Payment can be made using Visa, Mastercard, PayPal or Latitude Pay.

4.        If you are unable to order online, please hand your completed order envelope directly to the photographers on the day of photography.

For more information on how to order, click this link.

Ms Carolyn Sainty, Administrative Executive Secretary 


Hurry! Hurry! Book your tickets now to avoid missing out on this amazing show!

Tickets are still available for the Friday 19th Matinee (12.00pm) and the Saturday 20th Matinee (1.00pm)

‘Join us’ and witness the magic of PIPPIN!

A show for the whole family.

Tickets available at:

                                 Phone – 54914240

Mrs Janine Delaney, Director

College Uniform

The wearing of Formal Uniform began on Monday 8th May and you may need 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 the 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 Blazers.  Senior Boys are required to wear trousers and their tie.  Socks to be worn 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 Winter uniform. 

For a full visual guide of uniform requirements, please see the Uniform Guide link here.

Mrs Peta King, Uniform Convenor

School-Based Vaccinations

Year 7 and 10 School based Immunisation clinic will be held next Thursday 17th May.

Only those students who have sent in a completed consent form will receive the vaccination.

Year 7 students will be receiving one dose of Dtpa and one dose of HPV.

Year 10 students will be receiving a meningococcal Vaccine.

Unfortunately, any student who returns a consent form between now and the clinic date will not be vaccinated on the day of the clinic.

For any further information please contact Ozcare on ph: 54138460 or the College Nurses on 54367311.

Mrs Sharon Middleton, College Nurse

Sport News

Years 7-12 Sport

Competitive Sport News

Monday Night Netball

Well done to all our PLC Netball teams who are progressing well after the mid-semester break.  Currently, we have 6 teams that have the potential to make the final top 4 teams with two more games to go. With highly competitive pools, the ladder is very close, and the top spots are very much up for grabs. Thank you to all our committed players, coaches and parents for their time and energy given to our netball program.

Vicki Wilson Netball

We have 4 teams representing the College at the prestigious Queensland Vicki Wilson Secondary Schools Competition.  The preliminary competition is held on Thursday 1st June where the top two teams in Vicki Wilson Cup and Vicki Wilson Shield divisions will represent Sunshine Coast Secondary Schools and play in the final series at Nissan Arena in August. We wish our teams all the best in their preparations for this event.


It was a tough afternoon for our Senior Soccer teams with all teams going down in some hard-fought matches. It was a very close game between our Senior Boys and Immanuel College, but the opposition managed to see the game out with a slender 1 goal lead. Our Senior Girl’s teams faced some quality opposition in their fixtures and will be looking to bounce back next week.

Junior and Intermediate Volleyball 

It was also a tough night for our volleyball teams with a few narrow losses across the board. The Intermediate Girls Team 2 did a great job of fighting back in the second set but unfortunately, the third set got away from them. It was a flip of this dynamic for the Junior Girls who hit the ground running with a strong first set before their opposition stepped up and took the next two. Our Intermediate Boys had a hard game against a strong Matthew Flinders side and will have picked up plenty of experience to keep progressing their skills in A division. Well done to our Intermediate Girls Team 1 who won 2-0 in their fixture against Matthew Flinders yesterday in a very strong showing.


The U14 boys faced some tough competition this week, losing to Sunshine Coast Grammar 17-0. The boys put up a strong defensive effort and continued to defend well up until the final whistle. The boys will continue to train hard throughout the week and focus on continuing to improve their game plan for their match against Sienna next Wednesday.

Sunshine Coast Futsal Championships

We recently had 4 teams represent PLC in the Sunshine Coast Futsal Championships held at the Caloundra Indoor Centre. This opportunity was offered to students who had participated in the full season of SCISSA soccer as a means of recognizing and celebrating their commitment to our sports program. As our teams found out, it is a very tough competition, and our boys’ teams took away a lot of valuable learning opportunities regarding how the game is played. Our U16 girls’ teams found success on the last day of the tournament and competed in the Grand Final, narrowly going down to Chancellor in extra time. Thank you to all our Junior and Intermediate soccer players for their fantastic efforts in representing PLC this year. A special mention to Ms Rebekah Horsey and Mr Tony Davies for giving their time over the 3 days of the tournament to work with our students.

District Cross Country

A big thank you to the 40 PLC students who represented PLC at the Independent District Cross Country on Tuesday the 9th May. Our runners competed to their best and pushed themselves over quite a tricky course. One of the highlights of the day was our 14 Yrs Girls winning their age division as the combined points of each of the runners involved put them on top. A special mention also goes to the runners below who placed in the top 6 and will be invited to attend the Sunshine Coast Cross Country Carnival in a few weeks.

Logan Pohlner: 2nd Place 17 Boys

Joshua Groll: 6th Place 16 Boys

Oliver Friend: 5th Place 15 Boys

Sascha Cleland: 3rd Place 14 Boys

Hayden Cole: 5th Place 14 Boys

Porscha Taylor: 4th Place 14 Girls

Abby Novosel: 5th Place 14 Girls

7-12 Inter-House Athletics

With the 7-12 Inter-House Athletics Carnival fast approaching on May 31st, please see some important information regarding a few pre-events which will be held in Weeks 6 and 7. The events listed below are run prior to the main event in order to help our carnival run to time on the day.

This information will also be sent via a letter in the coming days. All nominations for pre-events need to be emailed to Mrs Lisa Muir (

Athletics pre-event information:

Triple Jump – District Selection Nomination (13 – Open Age Groups)

Students wishing to compete at the District Carnival will need to nominate your interest by Friday 19th May 2023.  If there are too many students nominated in an age group, a lunchtime trial will be organized.

12 Years High Jump – Age Champion / District Selection Trial- Monday 22nd May – 1.00pm in PLC Gymnasium

Students in Year 7 who are turning 12 this year (2011 birth year) and would like to accumulate Age Champion points or be considered for district selection will need to compete in this event at PLC.

Students will need to nominate their interest by Friday 19th May 2023. 

Please note that 13-19 Yrs High Jump will take place at the 7-12 Athletics Carnival, however, due to time constraints, there will be limitations on participation. 3 competitors per age group and gender in each House will compete in the high jump event on the day. Nominations for 13-19 Yrs High Jump will be processed in House Assemblies prior to the carnival. If there are too many student nominations in an age group/house/gender, a trial will be organized prior to the carnival.

Javelin Events (13 – Open Age Groups)  - Monday 29th May 2023 – 1.00pm on the Main Oval

Students wishing to accumulate Age Champion points or be selected to compete at the District Carnival will need to attend this session, house points will not be awarded for this event. 

Students will need to nominate their interest by Friday 26th May 2023. 

1500m Events (10 yrs – Open Age Groups) – Tuesday 30th May 2023 – 7.15-8.15am at Meridan AFL Fields.

Students wishing to accumulate Age Champion points or be selected to compete at the District Carnival in this event will need to attend this session, house points will not be awarded this year for this event. 

Students will need to nominate their interest by Friday 26th May 2023. 

If you have any questions regarding these events, please don’t hesitate to get in contact.

Student Acknowledgements

Well done to the students listed below for their outstanding achievements in sports:

-          Dion Owen for his fantastic efforts at Nationals for the Queensland State Gymnastics Team in the Level 7 Open Division. This competition is held over 2 days and is comprised of team and individual events.  We congratulate Dion and his Queensland Level 7 open teammates for winning Gold in the team event!

Dion’s remarkable results also include winning a silver medal on the pommel and only missing out on Gold by 0.5 of a point. He also placed 6th all around out of 46 competitors in a highly competitive field of gymnasts from across Australia.

Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Sport

Junior Sport

District Cross Country Carnival

Well done to all students who represented the College on Tuesday at the Independent District Cross Country Carnival at the Big Pineapple. The course is a true cross-country track with plenty of hills to test the endurance of runners along the way.

Our PLC Primary team finished in sixth place overall out of the eleven schools competing with a number of great individual performances from students on the day.

Congratulations to Patrick Richmond (3rd place Under 9 Boys), Aiden Booker (6th place Under 12 Boys) and Scarlett van den Hurk (3rd place Under 11 Girls). Aiden and Scarlett have been selected for the Independent District Cross Country team for the upcoming Sunshine Coast Regional Cross Country Trial.

Thanks to Mrs Kim Kiernan and Mr Scott Massie who were team managers at the carnival and have supported students along the way with Run Club training sessions in Terms One and Two.

3-6 PLC Athletics Carnival Information

The Primary Inter-house Athletics Carnival will be held on Thursday 1st June (Week 7). The focus of the carnival is student participation and a positive sports experience.  A few events will take place prior to the carnival next week. Information regarding the carnival was emailed home to parents recently. 

Details of the pre-carnival events are as follows:

12 Years High Jump – District Selection Trials - Wednesday 22nd  May  (1.00pm – 1.40pm, lunchtime)

Students in Year 6 who are turning 12 this year (2011 birth year) and would like to be considered for district selection in high jump will need to attend this trial held during lunchtime. Students from Year 7 who are also turning 12 this year will attend this trial.

Year 6 students will still compete in the 12 years high jump event at the 3-6 Athletics Carnival for house and age champion points.

Sprint Nominations – At Carnival

Students will nominate to run in competitive races (heats) or a non-competitive race on the day of the carnival.  All competitive heats at the carnival will be timed using electronic timing gates with the times from these heats collated to determine the fastest times per age group. This will be used to determine age champion points and district selection in these events.

Discus Event - Thursday 18th May (1.40pm – 3.00pm)

All students in Years 3-6 will take part in the Discus event at PLC during Thursday sport time. Students will be awarded age champion, house points and district selection for this event.

10-12 Years 1500m – District Selection – Tuesday 30th May  – (7.15am – 8.15am, before school – Meridan AFL fields)

Students wishing to compete in the 1500m at the Independent District Carnival will need to attend this trial. Age champion and house points are not awarded for this event as this is only for district selection.

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 saw some good results for Mavericks (Div 7) (19-8) and Avengers U12-1 (30 – 23), a forfeit win for Fireballs (Div 1) and closely contested battles for Rebels (U12-2), Patriots (Div 4) and Fury (Div 2).

Our teams are improving each week and the smiles from our players are an indication of the fun they are all having on court.

Please ensure your daughter wears the correct uniform as CDNA have a strict uniform policy that may result in a player not being able to take the court.  Dresses must be long enough to cover the bike pants when walking – or bike pants of a suitable length not to show beneath the dress. Bike pants must be a dark colour (blue or black). Please ensure all players conform to these Association requirements.

Please LET THE COACHES DO THEIR JOB. Although you might think you know best how to coach the team, someone was selected for the job. Please don’t confuse the athletes by giving instructions during the game or during breaks. Be a supporting spectator and encourage your daughter to listen to the coach during the game and go to their coach during quarter and half time.

If someone is unable to attend training or the game, it is important to contact your Team coach or Manager (in the first instance) or the President’s 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 7 matches last weekend.

Click here for the Round 7 Match Reports.

Round 8 will be held at PLC this Saturday, including the All-Abilities match at 9.25am.
Click here for the draw:

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


12       Year 4 Camp returning

15       Year 4-6 SCISSA Training (3.15pm-4.15pm)

16       Friends of Pacific (6.30pm)

17       Year 7 and 10 Immunisations

19       ‘PIPPIN’ Senior Musical (19th and 20th)

23       School Photo Day

31       Years 7-12 Athletics Carnival