Compass No 686 - June 2023

From the Principal

Rising Above Guidelines and Rules

All families, groups and communities have guidelines and rules that provide clarity about how people within that family, group or community will interact. Within a school context, rules, guidelines and policies help people to be safe, promote identity and belonging and enable quality to grow across all dimensions of life. Learning to grow our inner moral compass enables us to lift ourselves beyond “seeing” and feeling bound by rules to understanding and contributing to our mutual responsibility to enhance the lives of people within community. Living with care, dignity and respect lifts us beyond being directed by rules. We do things well out of care and respect for the dignity and wellbeing of all. There is a shift of focus from me to we.

When questioned about the greatest commandments, Jesus replied “Love your God with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your soul and the second was to “love your neighbour as yourself”, explaining that all the laws and teachings of the prophets hung on these two commandments. By focusing on loving God and our neighbour, our eyes, hearts and hands are called into the service of people. When we embrace these two great commands, we rise above the need to be directed by rules to living fully and being empowered by love.

Principal’s Log

We celebrate the achievements of our Year 5 and 7 Da Vinci teams who performed very well at the State competition. Our Year 5 team came second overall, being 1st place in English, and Art and Poetry, 2nd Place in Code Breaking and 3rd in Cartography and our Year 7 team came 1st in Art and Poetry and 3rd in Ideation. This is an outstanding achievement, and we congratulate Olive Wadey, Vivienne Padwick, Scarlett van den Hurk, Ashlan Hill, Luke Noovao, Eli Woolgrove, Liam Cronin, Kimika Conrad, Jessica Cronin, Fletcher Friend, Nicole Hodgett, Catherine Maclean, Sabine Michel-Power, Paris Pohlner and Asha Rudes.

Our Future Problem-Solving Team of Isla Lendrum, Amy Richards, Oliver Friend and Emily Studiman depart this week for their International Future Problem-Solving Competition which will take place at the University of Massachusetts in the USA. We wish the team all the best and thank Mrs Jo Belchamber for her leadership of the team and this experience and Mrs Emma Lendrum for also accompanying the team.

We are excited to announce a significant new event for the College, ‘Immersive Light’. This event which replaces the Student Art Exhibition now includes all of the Arts subjects – Art, Drama, Dance, Film and Media, and Music. As an innovative feature, the presentations, performances and displays provided by these subjects will be woven creatively together to form a light installation by Donna Maree Robinson MCA, artist, filmmaker and digital installation artist. A temporary outdoor theatre space, with ticketed seating, will be raised up to enable the audience to view the light projection under the stars. We look forward to celebrating our Arts in this new contemporary and innovative form at our Immersive Light evening which will be held on July 21st, 6.30 – 7.30 pm. 

Our Year 7-12 students competed with good spirit and enthusiasm at their athletics carnival on Wednesday of this week. There were a number of very strong performances, and we congratulate all students on their participation and giving of their best throughout the day. We thank our Friends of Pacific volunteer team for the BBQ. We also thank our staff very capably led by Mr Cameran West-McInnes and Mrs Lisa Muir for their organisation and leadership of a highly successful day.

We congratulate our U14 rugby team who played with good skill and teamwork in their Division 1 semi-final against Siena. In a hard-fought match, the boys gave their best right to the final whistle and can be proud of their performance. We thank Mr Josh Cummins for his coaching of the team and leadership of rugby within the College and our parents for their support of the team throughout the season.

We pray that God would enable us to grow in our capacity to love our neighbour and live showing care, dignity and respect for all people and the planet.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the Head of Learning K-5

The Science of Reading

On Wednesday 24th May, Prep to Year 2 staff had a very informative Professional Development Session with Greg Clement who was principal at Clayton South Primary School in Victoria. Greg is currently an Educational Consultant and instructor in the Science of Reading.

What is the Science of Reading?

The term “Science of Reading” refers to more than two decades of research that reading experts, especially cognitive scientists, have conducted on how we learn to read.

It provides robust insight into what skills are involved, how those skills work together, and which parts of the brain are responsible for reading development. It’s also helped inform an evidence-based approach to teaching foundational literacy skills.

What are the key tenants of the Science of Reading? How is it different from other methods?

Thousands of research studies in classrooms and clinics have repeatedly shown that virtually all kids can learn to read — if the instruction approach aligns with what science has proven about how our brains work.

The science of reading says six essential components are necessary for effective reading instruction:

•          Phonological awareness – awareness of the sound structure of words

•          Phonics – correlating sounds with letters or groups of letters

•          Fluency – accuracy, rate and expression while reading

•          Vocabulary – the body of words a child has learned

•          Reading comprehension – the understanding and interpretation of what is read

•          Oral Language

A science of reading classroom follows a structured sequential curriculum, heavy on phonics. Students spend a great deal of time learning sounds, blends, phonemes, and more. This enables them to quickly decode any word they come across.

Hands-on practice and repetition are key. Students also see fluent reading modelled for them, then try it on their own. They read one text multiple times, focusing on different elements. For instance, a first read-through might be about decoding: saying the words out loud. The next might focus on vocabulary. And a final read could tackle overall comprehension of the meaning of the text.

The Science of Reading has proven that a Structured Literacy approach is an important foundation for reading success. As teachers at Pacific, we are committed to continuing our education to support the learning of every student.

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

From the Head of Career Development

Careers News

Career Clusters in focus (Years 10-12)
This is the fourth part in a 6-week series of articles, where 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.

So far, we have looked at Makers, Guardians and Coordinators.

This week’s focus cluster is Innovators.

Innovators design, innovate, and create the things, tools, places and systems we use to live our lives; and work with cutting-edge technology to protect, develop, solve, and maintain technological systems. Innovators design everything from buildings to aircraft, vaccines, and software, and their creations are used in every industry.

In addition to their technical skills, important transferable skills for Innovators include Innovation and problem-solving, Digital literacy, and Communication. Does this sound like you? What jobs do you know that fit within this cluster?


Trade Training Centre open for enrolments for 2024 (Years 9, 10 and 11)
The Sunshine Coast Technical and Trade Training Centre runs a range of Vocational Certificate courses, exclusively for school students in Years 10, 11 and 12. Courses range from traditional trades like Carpentry and Plumbing to Aviation (Drone Pilot) courses and Beauty courses. Details of all their course offerings for 2024 are in the attached Course Guide booklet.

Dates have been announced for the first three information nights for students interested in doing a course at the Trade Training Centre in 2024. They will be held on Wednesday 7th June, Thursday 3rd August and Tuesday 22nd August. Further information on evening dates will be released later in the year. Interested students and families must register to attend one of these information evenings by emailing the Centre. All details are on the attached flyer.

Please note that Aviation and Retail Cosmetics Information Sessions will be held separately and later in the year – dates for those sessions are yet to be advised.

Courses at the Trade Training Centre are run on a one-day-per-week basis. Students attend the Centre for a full day each week and will therefore miss a day of school each week. They use one of their electives for their Trade Training Centre course and therefore have a study line in their timetable, which releases time for them to catch up on the work they miss on the day they are away from school.

To avoid this situation, the Trade Training Centre is trialling the possibility of offering some courses outside school hours in the evening. This would allow students to take a vocational course at the Centre without disrupting their school timetable. When students submit an expression of interest for a course at the Centre, they will be asked whether they would prefer day or evening classes. Evening classes will only run if there is sufficient interest.

First-round applications for courses at the Trade Training Centre will close at the end of this Term, with offers of placement being made in July. The expression of interest form is attached here.


Screen Industry Careers event (Years 10-12)

TAFE Queensland Mooloolaba Campus, 8th June, 4.30pm to 8.00pm

Join a conversation with Screen Industry professionals about the skills valued by the industry and the many associated career opportunities.

4.30pm to 6.40pm:  Panel discussion moderated by Jon Coghill, Sunny Coast Showdown


•          Heather Macfarlane: Film and Television Producer

•          Daniel Munday: Head of Unscripted at Matchbox Pictures/NBCU

•          Gerry O'Leary: Training Manager, NEP Broadcast

•          Liam Whitehouse: VFX artist and Unreal Engine V Instructor at FXPHD

•          Finley Cameron: Games and SQ Hub Co-ordinator Screen Queensland

6.40pm to 7.15pm: Unreal Engine workshop with Liam Whitehouse - limited seats available

6.40pm to 8.00pm: Industry Expo

Exhibitors: Goat Track Theatre, NEP Broadcast, Stuffit Film Festival, FXPHD, The Screen Collective, TAFE Queensland, Screen Queensland, Sunny Coast Showdown, Huxley’s School of Makeup and more

Register here.


Design and Visual Arts portfolio workshops at the Queensland College of Art in June (Years 10-12)

Griffith is running design and visual arts workshops from 26th to 27th June (South Bank) and 29th to 30th June (Gold Coast). In these two-day workshops, tailored to those in Year 10 and above, students will create a piece of work in their chosen field.

Registrations are now open.


Griffith Film School Experience week from 26th to 30th June and 3rd to 7th July (Years 10 to 12)

Registrations for Griffith Film School Experience Week are now open. Participants will follow their passion for filmmaking, games development or animation while creating a piece for their portfolio. Two sessions will be held over the school holidays, from 26th to 30th June and 3rd to 7th July.

Registrations are now open.


Griffith Sports College elite athlete workshops on 19th and 25th July (Years 10 to 12)

After the Siren is a free program, hosted by Griffith University, that offers students in Years 10 to 12 the opportunity to learn first-hand about life as an elite athlete. Participants will meet current industry professionals and discuss how to achieve success on and off the sporting field.

•    Wednesday 19th July, Nathan Campus

•    Tuesday 25th July, Gold Coast Campus

Email Laura Adric to register via this link.


University of Queensland FEAST program (Years 11 and 12)

FEAST - expressions of interest open
Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology (FEAST) is a 4-day residential program for students in Years 11 and 12. They'll have the opportunity to explore agriculture, animal and plant science at our Gatton campus and test drive what it’s like to be a UQ student by taking part in hands-on workshops run by current students and staff.

Dates: Sunday 25th - Wednesday 28th June

Discover more here.


University of Queensland experience program (Years 9-12)

Experience UQ Skills

Experience UQ Skills is a full day of hands-on, interactive workshops at UQ Gatton for Year 9-12 students considering vocational study in agriculture, animal care or rural operations (including VETiS, certificates, diplomas and traineeships). RTO: #1511

Date: Thursday 6th July

Discover more here.


Defence Work Experience Program (Years 10 and 11)

The following table shows all Defence Work experience programs available for the remainder of 2023 in South East Queensland. Students are advised places are limited and are strongly encouraged to submit complete and considered applications as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. The DWEP Unit works alongside ADF Units to bring students a valuable experience with serving personnel and therefore unforeseen changes to operational commitments may result in a placement being changed, postponed and/or cancelled at short notice.

Please monitor the DWEP website for updates on the program and to apply. Any questions regarding the work experience programs within South QLD can be forwarded to the South QLD Work Experience Program email address /Users/bdolling/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/ORMGETYP/">


myfuture Insights | Managing career uncertainty and anxiety: the power of career conversations (for parents and carers)

Wednesday 7th June 2023

Career uncertainty has been defined as the inability, as a teenager, to articulate a career ambition or occupational expectation for adult life. As transitions from school to further education, training or work have become more unpredictable, and employment markets more competitive and fluid, career uncertainty in young people, both in Australia and internationally, is increasingly common.

In this webinar, Dr Jo Gleeson (Monash University), lead author of the forthcoming myfuture Insights Paper ‘Managing career uncertainty and anxiety: the power of career conversations’, will talk about the findings of her research in this area, and share a questionnaire that can help you to facilitate career conversations with your child.

Find out more here.


Mrs Wanda Hayes, Head of Career Development

Food for Thought

How To Talk to Your Children About Mental Health

Raising sensitive issues with young people can be challenging. It’s important that young people feel comfortable and supported to talk about their mental health.

Here are some things you can do to encourage this:

•          Think about how you can talk about and manage your own feelings. Often young people are worried about their parents being upset, anxious, overwhelmed, shocked, angry, blaming, etc. If young people can see that their parents might be able to respond calmly and listen, they are more likely to begin a conversation. If you’re not sure how to respond you can contact support services to seek advice about how to do this.

•          Be available without being intrusive.

•          Spend regular time with them – even doing just one activity a week together can help to keep the lines of communication open.

•          Show that you are interested in what’s happening in their life and try not to focus on things that you think are a problem.

•          Take their feelings seriously – show empathy, listen carefully, and don’t judge (it can be more useful at times to say nothing than to jump in with answers or solutions).

•          Encourage exercise, healthy eating, regular sleep and doing things they enjoy – this will help their physical health as well as mental health.

•          Encourage and support positive friendships.

•          Let them know that you love them. They may not always admit it, but this is likely to be very important to them.

•          Think about a good time and place to talk about sensitive subjects. For example, would they find it easier to talk while driving or going for a walk? Would they prefer to be out of the house with no interruptions? Would they prefer to have someone else there for support?

Good mental health is about being able to reach one’s full potential and live life in a satisfying way. It includes things like being able to work and study, cope with day-to-day life stresses, feel connected to others and be involved in the community.

A young person who has good mental health is more likely to have better emotional and social wellbeing and be able to cope with change and challenges.

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Thank you!
Thank you to the many volunteers who spent time helping at the FoP BBQ at the Athletics Carnivals over the last couple of days. Not only did you help to feed many, but you also brought joy and laughter and great fellowship. Your time and effort are very much appreciated.

FoP BBQ at SCISSA Gala Day
We will be operating a BBQ at the SCISSA Gala Day, being held at Meridan Fields next Thursday 8th June. If your child is participating at this location, they are welcome to purchase the sausages, drinks and snacks we will have available.

It is not too late to register to volunteer at our SCISSA Gala Day BBQ. If you’ve completed the volunteer training and have some time to spare next week, we’d love to see you! We promise you’ll have fun – please email more info.

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 Ms 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.

Next FoP Meeting
We’d love to see you at our next meeting, on Tuesday 20th June at 6.30pm in the College Library. You can RSVP by emailing All agenda items should be submitted via email by Friday 9th June. 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

Immersive Light

‘Immersive Light’ is an innovative light projection evening that will begin this year as a significant new event on our calendars.

It replaces the past Student Art Exhibition which we celebrated annually for many years.  Moving forwards and reshaping the cultural event we have now included all The Arts subjects – Art, Drama, Dance, Film and Media, and Music. More significantly, and with excitement, we can now reveal that the presentations, performances and displays provided by these subjects will be woven creatively together by Donna Maree Robinson MCA, artist, filmmaker and digital installation artist to make a film leaving the audience filled with awe and wonder.

A temporary outdoor theatre space, with ticketed seating, will be raised up to enable the audience to view the light projection on L Block wall under the stars.

Immersive Light is on July 21st, 6.30 – 7.30 pm with free ticketed seats for the outdoor theatre. Tickets will go on sale soon.

Mrs Denise McMahon, Head of Department - Art

Ensembles Concert

The Pacific Lutheran College Ensembles Concert 2023 is coming soon.

The booking link is now open!

The concert is free to enter, cheese boxes can be pre-ordered for $12 and other food and beverages will also be available on the evening.

Mrs Helen Williams, Head of Instrumental Music P-12


I would like to thank all of my incredible staff, in particular Mrs Bev Saunders for leading the team, over the last 8 weeks whilst I have been on extended sick leave.  Bev, Rachael and Chantel have worked above and beyond and extremely hard to maintain the quality of our Tuckshop whilst being short staffed over this time.

I would also like to thank our amazing PLC Staff who jump in to serve or hand out lunches whenever the lines/queues are extremely long.

The Tuckshop has also been experiencing product and supply issues over the last year making it difficult to maintain the availability of some products.

We hope to be able to offer our amazing daily specials from next term.

Some parents have been experiencing difficulty linking their children to their Flexischools Accounts.

If parents would like their children to be able to purchase food over the counter they can do this through individually linking their child to their  Flexi Schools Account funds.

Click this link for the steps you need to link your child/children to your account.  Should you have any problems please contact Flexi Schools direct and they will be more than happy to assist you.  Unfortunately, I cannot do this for you as you (parent/ guardian) are the account holders and therefore I do not have the authority to change your account details.

Mrs Shea Moor, Tuckshop Convenor

Library News

National Simultaneous Story Time

Wednesday 24th of May was National Simultaneous Storytime and the school had many avenues of participation. The idea is that to promote reading, all teachers and students across the nation stop at 11.00am (or some part of the day) to read the same book. This year it was “The Speedy Sloth” by Lauren Young, and it was such a fun read.

Activities in the library at lunchtime on Tuesday and Wednesday involved making your own sloth with moving arms. Library staff got in on the fun with our talented Library Technician, Lily, crocheting beanies for the staff!

What a fun day and thank you to all teachers that found time in their day to participate and read.

Ms Gina McPherson, Teacher Librarian

Sport News

Year 7-12 Sport


Well done to our U14 Boys Rugby team for making it through to the Division 1 Semi-Final on Wednesday night. The boys played their best game all season and showed bravery and commitment in the defensive efforts, unfortunately, they went down to Sienna 25-12.

This brings our U14 boys’ season to a conclusion and I would like to thank the strong commitment and support of the players and parents throughout the season.

I look forward to the continued growth and development in our upcoming 7’s seasons.

Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Sport

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

Fantastic results from the last round of games where the majority of our teams came away with wins:

•          Fireballs (Div1) 47 – 36

•          Fury (Div2) 30 - 26

•          Mavericks (Div4) 31-14

•          Avengers (U12-1) 28 - 20

•          Rebels (U12-2) 18 - 3

Our Dynamos (GO-1), Spirits (GO-2) and Angels (SET) teams continue to have fun developing their netball skills each game.

Our new dresses, which now have our Sponsor Logos, were distributed to most teams last Saturday.  Please let your team manager know if the dress does not fit properly so we can arrange for a replacement.  If you haven’t already done so, please bring old dresses to the games this weekend for collection. The old dresses can continue to be worn until a new dress is provided.

IMPORTANT notice … Caloundra indoor stadium is undergoing roof repairs and from this Saturday, games will be held at one of the following locations:

1. Pacific Lutheran College Woodlands Blvd and Red Cedar Drive Meridan Plains

2. Aura Netball Club, Nirimba Sports Complex, Nirimba Sports Drive (access via Aura Blvd, Park Ave) – there is very limited spectator viewing (so please vacate after your match as quickly as possible)

3. Nirimba State Primary School, Park Avenue (access via Aura Blvd) – there is very limited spectator viewing (so please vacate after your match as quickly as possible). ONLY WATER PERMITTED in the Indoor area - strictly no food or other drinks.

Game times for some teams have also changed.  Please check Netball Connect which has been updated with the venue and game time changes.

It is important to contact your Team coach or Manager as soon as possible if your daughter is unable to attend training or the game.  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 10 matches last weekend at PLC.

Click here for the Round 10 Match Reports.

Competitive Results

U12 Pacific Marlins v Siena Taipans 5-0

U13 Pacific Razors v Mooloolaba Jets 2-4

U15 Pacific Barracudas V Currimundi Makos 1-4

Round 11 will be held at venues across the Sunshine Coast and Round 12 will be held at PLC.

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


1         Years 3-6 Athletics Carnival

2         Caloundra Show Day

8         Year 4-6 SCISSA Gala Day 2

13       Year 11 2024 QCE Information Evening

15       Ensembles Concert

17       Year 12 Retreat (Returning 18th)

20       Friends of Pacific (6.30pm)

21       P-2 Cross Country Carnival

21       Term 2 Concludes