Compass No 689 - June 2023

From the Principal

Appreciation for Time Well Spent

As the first semester closes, it is a good time to reflect on all that has been gained as we have come together as a learning community over the first two terms of this year.  Through this six-month period,  there has been tremendous growth in academic learning, sporting skills, performance skills as part of music ensembles and Pippin, in our leadership, in our relationships, in the strengthening of community as we have been able to once again come together for different events, in our connection to the nature, ourselves and others through outdoor education experiences, and in our social-emotional and spiritual development. Staff, students and parents have given generously of themselves and their time as we have come together to provide the best possible learning experiences and increased opportunities for our young people.

The sense of goodwill and positive energy that permeates our community grows from the common purpose of using our gifts for the good of others. God has richly blessed this community through the giftedness and generosity of spirit of our staff, students and parents. We say thank you to God and to all members of our community for bringing such rich opportunities to life. 

Principal’s Log

Many of us had the wonderful opportunity to be entertained by the broad repertoire of our talented musicians at the Ensembles Concert last week. From rock to more classical styles, to pieces that had us tapping and moving to those that prompted reflection while others had us smiling and laughing. We congratulate our musicians on the talent they showcased. We thank Mrs Carlie Purkis, Mr Paul Cusick, Mrs Helen Williams and the instrumental teachers for supporting the love of music as well as for the tremendous growth in our musicians. The food and refreshments provided by our hospitality students and staff added to the experience.  We thank Mrs Beattie, Mrs Lendrum and our Hospitality students for their much-appreciated service. We wish our musicians all the best as they enjoy their NZ tour over this semester break.

The Year 12 retreat over the weekend provided a unique experience for our Senior students to come together to strengthen relationships, reflect, have fun, celebrate and reset for the next semester. As a student-led initiative, the College Captains and Pacific Action Group Captains planned and led the experience. As a non-compulsory event, it was heartening to see so many of our Year 12 students taking advantage of this time to connect and grow and many of our teachers dropping in over the weekend. A special thank you to our College and Pacific Action Group Captains for their leadership and Ms Leigh Finter, Mr Duncan McNee, Mr Josh Cummins, Mr Josh Danzey, Mrs Leah Croke, Mrs Virginia Schlotterbach, Ms Angela Hill, and Miss Georgie Snelling for sharing the whole experience over the weekend.

At the end of this term, we wish Head of Music, Mrs Carlie Purkis, Head of Hospitality, Mrs Colleen Beattie, Chaplain Mrs Holly Gricks and Director of Staff, Mrs Kim Bonello and their families every blessing as they take maternity leave. We also wish Year 2 teacher Mrs Jodie Connors and Year 4 teacher Mr Jo Doran as they take long service leave next term and Head of Outdoor Education, Mr Paul Brace as he takes leave for the remainder of the year all the best.

We farewell College Counsellor Mrs Annie Williams and Middle and Senior English and Humanities teachers, Mrs Kirsty Webb.  Mrs Williams has been our first College Counsellor and has provided support to many staff and students throughout her time at the College since 2012. All members of our community have appreciated Annie’s warm welcoming presence and counsel. She has worked effectively with our Pastoral leaders, providing that special additional support when needed. Mrs Kirsty Webb has very effectively taught English and Humanities to our Middle and Senior College students throughout her time at the College. Students have appreciated her enthusiasm and commitment to getting the best from each of them. We wish both Mrs Williams and Mrs Webb all the best for their futures.

We congratulate the following staff on their appointments: Ms Leigh Finter as Director of Students, Mrs Michi Hauser as Acting Director of Staff, Mr Brett Kersnovske as Acting Head of Middle College Students, Mr Mark Hauser as he returns to the Chaplaincy role, Mr Paul Cusick as Acting Head of Music, Ms Megan Bancks as Acting Head of Bula House, Mrs Virginia Schlotterbach as Acting Head of Japanese and Mrs Emma Lendrum as Acting Head of Hospitality. We look forward to welcoming Mrs Karen Costa as a Year 4 teacher, Mr Cleveland Meyerhoff as a Year 2 teacher, Ms Kristelle Hill as a P-12 music teacher, and Mrs Natalie Van Dongen as an English and Humanities teacher. We look forward to the gifts of experience and perspective that each of these staff members will bring into their positions and wish them well as they transition into their new roles.

There was a lot of excitement and colour around the College yesterday as our P-3 students enjoyed their celebration of Under 8s Day which included a colour run. We wish our P-2 students all the best for their cross country this afternoon and thank our P-3 staff who have supported these events.

Our kayakers have enjoyed having access to new craft this year and the additional technical coaching provided by Mr Mark Rantel who represented Australia at the World Marathon titles.  Over 40 students are looking forward to competing in the State Marathon titles on the Gold Coast over the weekend. We thank Mr Graves and Mr Rantel for their preparation of the students, and our parents for their support and wish our students all the best as they test their skills against others from across the state.

We thank staff, students and parents for all they have given this term. We thank God for the blessings He continues to bring into our community and wish everyone a time of rejuvenation through the change of rhythm that school holidays provide.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the Head of Learning Senior College

Year 10 and Year 11 Subject Information Evening

These information sessions will both be held on Tuesday 11th of July in the Pacific Gym.

The Year 10 2024 Subject Information Evening will be from 5.30pm to 6.30pm while the Year 11 2024 Subject Information Expo will commence at 6.30pm and run until 7.30pm.

The evening will provide an important opportunity for all current Year 9 and Year 10 students and their families to meet with Heads of Department, senior teachers, and representatives from universities, the Sunshine Coast Trade Training Centre, TAFE and other training organisations to gain insights into the rigours of prospective subjects and the suitability of their content in preparation for senior subjects.

It is anticipated that all Year 9 and 10 students will attend the night.  Families are also reminded that students will be required to submit their initial Year 10 and 11 2024 subject preferences on Thursday 13th July during their Personal Development lesson.  Subject lines will be determined based on the initial preferences that the cohort submits.

I look forward to meeting with you at the Expo.

Ms Anne-Marie Gerlach, Head of Learning Senior College

From the Head of Learning Middle College

Future Problem Solvers

The PLC Future Problem Solving team, comprising of Emily, Oliver, Isla and Amy, has recently returned from a memorable experience at the FPS International Conference in Massachusetts USA, where they participated in two competitions and other conference workshops and activities. High-achieving students from countries including the USA, Turkey, Singapore, China, Canada and New Zealand participated in this prestigious academic challenge. They were required to respond to an unseen scenario set in 2052 in the future topic of currency. In two hours, the team needed to identify challenges in this scenario, formulate an underlying problem, generate solutions and select one of these to prepare an action plan. Their plan needed to overcome the challenges of competing cryptocurrencies and the impact on the residents of the future global tourist resort of Trinidad and Tobago.

Fletcher and William, the younger siblings of the PLC Team members, were placed in teams and completed a booklet with students from around the world in multi-affiliate teams. The following day, all six students were required to prepare a presentation of their action plan as a creative and entertaining skit in which they were also required to improvise and incorporate some quotes and props in a creative fashion.

The International Conference took place over four days and included many opportunities for cultural exchange. PLC students participated in the conference activities with enthusiasm, sharing Australian souvenirs at the memento exchange, and participating in improvisation and project management workshops. They attended a variety show and a dance with students representing other nationalities. A community problem-solving fair enabled them to see samples of international student projects developed to benefit communities from many countries.

The International Conference was an exciting and challenging way for participants to develop leadership skills including the ability to collaboratively solve problems with research and optimism. Before and after the competition, the students all embarked on sightseeing experiences including New York City, Toronto, Vancouver, Boston and Los Angeles. The International Conference was an exciting chance for the students to embrace challenges and extend themselves.

Mrs Jo Belchamber, Head of Learning Middle College

From the Head of Instrumental Music

Music News

It has been a very busy and exciting week in the Music department. Last Thursday saw the biggest night of the music department's year with the annual ‘Ensembles Concert’. This night is a showcase of all of the ensembles that we offer at Pacific. This year there were 15 Ensembles performing, including 4 Rock bands, 2 String Ensembles, 3 Concert bands, 2 Choirs, the Pacific orchestra and a newly formed Flute Choir! There were over 180 students performing on the night with a wide range of ages – our youngest performer was from Year 2 – all the way up to our very talented Year 12’s.

The Pacific Gym was transformed into a beautiful concert space with the inclusion of three separate stage areas and round spectator tables so the audience could enjoy the concert in a relaxed atmosphere, whilst enjoying the amazing food that was provided and served by the Pacific Hospitality department. Big thanks to Mrs Beattie and Mrs Lendrum for overseeing the catering and supervision of the Pacific Hospitality students who did an excellent job in serving the food and beverages.

The audience was delighted by jazz classics, modern pop songs, classical strings and booming concert band pieces amongst a varied programme of music which had something to delight every listener. The concert was a huge success with all students giving support to one another and cheering each other on! It was lovely to see the older students supporting the younger groups. Congratulations to all of the performers, a fantastic night of music was had by all.

After many months of planning, it is very hard to believe that the time has finally come for us to embark on the 2023 Music Tour to New Zealand. On Thursday morning 37 PLC students and staff will board the plane for Auckland! The tour comprises 4 public concerts including one in Auckland town square, 2 school workshop days and then immersing themselves in Māori culture. The tour sees the group travel to 4 different locations across the North Island; Auckland, Rotorua, New Plymouth and finally Wellington. The New Zealand Band have been rehearsing all year and now has a full concert ready to go consisting of the New Zealand Orchestra, String groups, Jazz Ensemble, Solos and a whole Choir piece! The tour company Student Horizons have worked very closely with us to provide an exciting itinerary that provides the students with an amazing trip – for some, it will be their first time overseas or on an aeroplane, exciting! We are already eager to share the photos and videos with you next term!

As Semester 1 draws to a close, thank you to all of the Instrumental tutors at PLC who teach around 300 lessons per week. It is not always an easy task to arrange timetables around exams, excursions, gala days and sports carnivals etc – they do an amazing job engaging and guiding the students in their instruments each week and encouraging them into ensembles which helps to make PLC Music a thriving community. Thank you!

If anyone would like any information about instrumental lessons or to enrol in lessons for Term 3, please email

Mrs Helen Williams, Head of Instrumental Music (P-12)

From the Head of Career Development

Careers News

Tertiary Applications Information Evening (Year 12 students and parents)

Current Year 12 students and their parents are encouraged to attend the Tertiary Applications Information evening on Tuesday 25th July, at 6.00pm, in the College Gym. This informative presentation will expand upon the information delivered recently to Year 12 students during PD lessons. Topics include:

•          Registering for and receiving your ATAR

•          Key dates for Tertiary application processes

•          Submitting an application to Queensland universities

•          Applying for early offer schemes

•          Managing applications in multiple states

•          ATAR adjustments, including special consideration for students who have experienced disadvantage

•          How universities make offers

•          How to respond to offers and enrol at university

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the session.

We look forward to you joining us for this very important information event.


TSXPO - Tertiary Studies Expo (Years 10 to 12)

15th and 16th July, Brisbane Showgrounds, 10.00am to 4.00pm
This careers expo is recognised by many as the most comprehensive higher education and careers event in Australia. It is certainly the biggest and the best in Queensland, with many exhibitors choosing to attend TSXPO, but not attend the smaller regional events. It is a one-stop shop for students and their families to gain insight into the vast array of courses and career opportunities available to them. All Queensland universities usually exhibit at this event, and there will be many of the major interstate universities there as well.

TSXPO is on at the Brisbane Showgrounds on Saturday and Sunday 15th and 16th July, from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Entry is free.

NOTE: There will be a smaller version of this expo at Venue 114, Bokarina, on Tuesday 18th July from 9.00am to 2.30pm.


Health Heroes Symposium (Years 10 to 12)

Thursday 3rd August, Kawana Waters State College Secondary Campus, 4.45pm – 6.30pm

In conjunction with the University of the Sunshine Coast, the Kawana Health Education Unit invites you to join medical professionals from around the Coast in live demonstrations and educational talks focusing on pathways to exciting future careers in the Health Industry. There will also be information available at the Symposium about the Health Certificate courses offered to Year 11 and 12 students by the Kawana Health Education Unit. The attached flyer provides details on how to register for this event.


Early offer program for ACU (Year 12)

The first university early offer program to open for applications each year is the ACU Guarantee program. ACU is a national university with campuses in various locations throughout Australia. The nearest campus is at Banyo, in the northern suburbs of Brisbane. ACU is hosting a webinar about the ACU Guarantee program on the evening of Tuesday 18th July. The webinar will run through the application process and will feature a panel of students who have been awarded an early offer in past years. Click here for more information and to register.


Upcoming University Open Days (Years 10-12)

Keep an eye on the calendar: we are coming into Open Day season! University Open Days are a great opportunity to check out courses of interest, get a feel for a university’s vibe, and investigate accommodation options.

The following Open Days are coming up:

UniSC Sunshine Coast Campus – Sunday 16th July (click here to register, and go in the draw to win a trip to K’Gari)

UniSC Moreton Bay Campus – Sunday 23rd July (click here to register, and go in the draw to win a trip to K’Gari)

QUT Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove Campuses – Sunday 30th July (visit the Open Day website to register for event reminders and go into the draw to win a MacBook Pro)


BOP Industries | Designing Your Products Workshop (Years 7-12)

Monday 26th June to Tuesday 27th June 2023

Do you have a business idea that you would love to bring to life? Join us at the Young Entrepreneurs Hub in June where we will be working to help you build and launch your own business.

Over two action-packed days, we will be working with high school students to build their own businesses as part of the Young Entrepreneurs Hub. With the program hosted at the WeWork Co-Working Space in Brisbane City, and facilitated by the BOP team of expert facilitators, this is a great opportunity for young people looking to bring their business ideas to life.

For our program on the 26th & 27th of June, we will have a specific focus on working with students to get their product or service ready to sell. Over the course of the two days, we will organise specialised masterclasses and expert mentors to work with students as we help students prototype and plan their products and services, identify key costs and potential pricing models, and explore the concept of a low-cost minimum viable product (MVP) to get them started.

Find out more here.


UQ | Senior Mathematics Study Days (Years 11 and 12)

Monday 26th June to Tuesday 27th June 2023

Build your confidence, gain additional tips and skills, and get that extra edge for your assessments and exams with The University of Queensland’s Senior Maths Study Days.

Designed for Year 11 and 12 students and delivered online by UQ’s Associate Lecturer Wenbo Li, you will explore concepts in Mathematical Methods and/or Specialist Mathematics through exercises and workshops which include exam-style questions.

These days provide an excellent opportunity to enrich your mathematical understanding of the topics covered in the senior mathematics curricula and prepare you for tertiary mathematics studies.

Find out more here.


Griffith | Design and Visual Arts Workshops (Years 10-12)

Monday 26th June to Friday 30th June 2023

From 2024 Queensland College of Art will be offering the option of portfolio admission. In this two-day workshop you will learn the do’s and don’ts of a successful portfolio.

Come along to see how you can make a portfolio that expresses your unique creativity. The workshop is tailored to those in Year 10 and above.

Participants choose to work in either Design or Visual Arts and by the end of the workshop will:

•          complete at least one piece of work for your creative portfolio

•          understand how to photograph and present your work for maximum impact

•          learn how to write about your own practice and creativity.

Design portfolio workshops are being offered at both the South Bank and Gold Coast Campuses. The Visual Arts portfolio workshop is only being offered at the South Bank Campus.

Find out more here.


Griffith | Film School Experience Week (Year 11 and 12)

Tuesday 26th June to Friday 7th July 2023

The Griffith Film School prepares the next generation of filmmakers, animators and game designers for creative and exciting careers in the global industry. Our Experience Week is tailored to current Year 11 and 12 students considering future tertiary study at the Griffith Film School.

During the week-long program, participants will choose a study area and be taught by our highly skilled, industry connected teaching team and gain theoretical and practical skills. Participants will also complete a piece of work for their creative portfolio and get a feel for what it’s like to study at the Griffith Film School.

In 2023, you will have the choice to attend Experience Week either 26–30 June 2023, or 3–7 July 2023.

Find out more here.


AFTRS | Intro to VFX & 3D Animation (Years 11 and 12)

Tuesday 26th June to Thursday 6th July 2023

This course aims to demystify the visual effects and animation industry by providing a core understanding of the workflows, processes and tasks involved in contemporary digital visual effects, animation and post-production.

Conducted by industry leader and creative professional, Alexander Hoetzer, you will be prepared to engage with a wide range of creative industries, and in a wide range of tasks. Gain insider perspectives on professional creative processes which will help close knowledge gaps in foundational topics and provide an overall perspective of visual effects and animation workflows.

It doesn’t matter how close or distant your dreams are, it is always good to know more. And this course is designed to help you choose the right pathway towards your first production, your first job, or just so you know what is going on behind the scenes of a blockbuster.

Suited for:

•          Anyone looking towards a career in visual effects or animation

•          Filmmakers and other screen content producers looking to integrate visual effects

•          Production management personnel who need to know more

•          This course is open to students aged 16 years and over (students under 18 must complete an Under 18 consent form).

Find out more here.


UniSC | FashCamp 2023 (Years 10-12)

Tuesday 27th June to Thursday 29th June 2023

Are you a Year 10, 11 or 12 student interested in exploring your career potential in the exciting world of high fashion? If so, this three-day workshop is designed for you!

Come and try out fashion-styling, direct a fashion photography shoot and illustrate your ideas while you create content for digital media just like a fashion influencer on social media!

Incorporating the principles of sustainable fashion, you will work with a wide range of vintage clothing kindly donated by Bloomhill, a local not-for-profit charitable organisation.

Find out more here.


ADF | Engineering Careers Virtual Information Session (Years 10-12)

Thursday 29th June 29, 2023

Engineers in the ADF spend their careers working with some of the world’s most sophisticated hardware and technology. Consider a career in the Navy, Army or Air Force and keep Defence’s weapons, vehicles, aircraft, ships and infrastructure operating safely and effectively.

Join us for a virtual info session to speak with serving personnel and find out more.

Find out more here.


TAFE QLD | TAFE at School Season School (Years 9-11)

Monday 3rd July to Friday 7th July 2023

Thinking about future study but not sure what you want to do? Or just looking for something fun to do during the school holidays? TAFE at School is hosting a series of workshops to give high school students a taste of what TAFE Queensland has to offer.

Find out more here.


Mrs Wanda Hayes, Head of Career Development

Food for Thought

SPECIAL REPORT: Social Media Influencers

Social media influencers have become powerful individuals who often shape the opinions and beliefs of others due to strong connections with their audiences. In today's fast-paced digital world, attention has become a valuable commodity.

However, the impact of social media influencers on youth mental health is a growing concern, most recently, the controversial actions and statements of an individual featured in this report. His rise to fame has made him a polarising figure, amassing a significant following of mostly young males. Educators and families have raised urgent concerns about the damaging nature of this person’s content, worried that his messages may radicalise students and create a generation of young men with regressive and harmful beliefs.

Young people often compare themselves to the idealised lives presented by influencers, leading to feelings of inadequacy, low self-worth and dissatisfaction. Social media algorithms may also expose them to inappropriate or harmful content such as explicit material, promotion of harmful behaviours, or distorted perceptions of body image or mental health.

It is important to guide a young person’s social media use and promote open communication. Be curious to comprehend why they might be drawn to radical influencers, and actively seek understanding as part of the solution. While not all influencers have a negative impact, parents play a vital role in ensuring a balanced approach to social media. By actively modelling kindness, respect and positive values, parents can help tackle the sway of radical influencers and be part of the solution to countering unhealthy masculinity.

This Special Report provides guidance on how to respond to misinformation and disinformation, instead encouraging critical thinking and emphasising the value of real-life connections. We hope you take a moment to reflect on the information offered, and as always, we welcome your feedback. If this raises any concerns for you, a loved one or the wellbeing of your child, please consider seeking medical or professional help.

Click on this link to view the Special Report

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Click here to follow our Friends of Pacific Facebook page.

Mrs Carly Lovell, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

College News


PLC OCEANfest One World 2023 – From 3.00pm, Friday 18th August – TICKETS ON SALE!!!

 $40 Unlimited ride passes

  • Bonus Laserzone Unlimited Session Pass for the first 200 ride passes purchased. Thank you Laserzone Sunshine Coast.
  • PLUS, every unlimited ride pass pre-purchased will also receive a FREE Single Laser Mission Pass
  • 5 hours of unlimited rides – Skater, Cups, Dodgem Cars, Sizzler, Round Up, Super Flyer, Giant & Rock Wall.

OCEANfest Currency – Available in bundles. OCEANfest is a cashless event.

  • At the Festival OCEANFest Currency is accepted at the Lions Club BBQ, Cent Auction, Petting Zoo, Games Arena and at all College operated stalls. College operated stalls include – Cupcakes & Cakes, lollies, popcorn, snow cones, chips & drinks, fairy floss, showbags plus more)
  • OCEANfest Currency is also available to purchase at the event by EFTPOS.
  • EFTPOS Only - FOOD TRUCKS and BAR (these vendors will not accept OCEANfest Currency)

$28 Cheese Box to pre order

Pre-Purchase Ride Passes, OCEANFest Currency and order your Cheese box via flexischools!

Ride passes and currency will be available to collect on the day of OCEANfest. 

Raffle – You Can Help Our Students

Pacific Lutheran College and Friends of Pacific are very excited and proud to host OCEANfest ‘One World’ 2023. Sponsors and donors enable us to raise funds and support our community and our student’s academic, sporting, cultural and social experiences. All sponsorship proceeds go towards projects that improve Pacific Lutheran College and benefit students. We appreciate the support received across PLC and the broader community.

The OCEANfest committee ask PLC families and local businesses to consider donating an item for our raffle. In previous years we have received donations of stand-up paddle boards, jewellery, scooters, gym memberships, beauty treatments, hampers, vouchers, dinner and entertainment experiences. If you are interested in supporting this wonderful event, please email Simone Shaw by email at or Carly Lovell by email at for further details.

Cent Auction (ELC – Year 6)

Our Cent Auction baskets for this year’s OCEANfest are filling up fast! Thank you all so much for helping to drive these donations.

The baskets will be collected at the end of the first week of Term 3 (Friday 14th July), families who have not yet donated please do before this date.

There will be a prize for the class that best matches their allocated theme with a creative display. The winning class will be announced before the festival and the class will receive a Pizza Party!

Your help is appreciated!

PCG Donation

As a way for our Middle and Senior students to help, we are seeking a small $5 donation per family, which we ask is handed to your PCG teacher. This donation will go toward purchasing raffle prizes for the Festival. We ask that all donations are handed in at the end of the first week of Term 3 (Friday 14th July). 

Ms Samantha Barrass, Community Liaison and Communications Coordinator & Mrs Carly Lovell, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

Pacific Plus Graduation

Today marks the graduation day of the first cohort of students to complete the Pacific Plus journey through years 6, 7 and 8.

We have seen these students grow intellectually and socially over the years, transitioning from fresh-faced eager entrants to the accomplished students that they are today. The impacts of actively participating in the program have gone beyond what our initial conceptions of what Pacific Plus could be. These are some words from the students:

“ Pacific Plus allows students to build and create new levels of understanding. You can change the course of your learning. My most memorable moment was my second showcase about the many possible ways to have vaccinations in the future. Last year while doing our Community Problem Solving Program, I was very thankful to Miss Adelle Byerlee, who has a fantastic amount of knowledge that helps all participants to build more understanding and new learning in the chosen area of interest. I am thankful for the opportunity I have had the past three years and highly encourage students to embrace Pacific Plus.”  Amy Richards.

“Pacific Plus is fun and it challenges your thinking ….. the experience is fun and interesting. It stands out because it helps you challenge your brain and that can help you become smarter.“ Patrick Butler

“Pacific Plus is enjoyable because of the versatility and choice of what you study. My favourite part was the opportunity to go to Melbourne as part of the Community Problem Solving program.”  Jax Bautista

“ I enjoyed the three years of Pacific Plus because of all the fun memories and experiences, like my magpie project in grade 6 and all the debates and conversations. “ Flynn Weule

“I would definitely recommend Pacific Plus to any gifted students. It’s like being let loose from a leash. I love that we can research any topic that we want to. Because it makes me more motivated to do the work. The teachers are amazing, and really help shape the projects and inquiry questions.” Nathan Russell

“Pacific Plus is a great opportunity for having great conversations with other motivated learners and learn whatever you want to learn. A highlight is having conversations that end with everybody feeling intellectually satisfied.” Harper Hogg

“I enjoyed being able to connect with other students that I wouldn’t usually connect with, and being able to research and discuss interesting subjects. My highlight was unexpectedly getting into the national finals for Future Problem-Solving. “ Hunter Fullard

The students would like to thank teaching staff from across the college for their support as mentors, and for their flexibility to facilitate their involvement and for providing audiences for their many projects.

Mrs Jo Belchamber, Head of Learning Middle College

Colour Splash

On Tuesday, we celebrated Under 8’s Day at Pacific. This year’s theme was- ‘Play-You, Me and Community’. The students from P-3 took part in the Colour Splash: School Fun Run. They enjoyed completing the colourful obstacle course which included activities such as balance frisbee, mini hurdles, relay races, sprint races, sack racing and parachute games… just to name a few. 

Thank you to all those students who participated in the colourful morning celebrating being ‘Under 8’. A special thanks to the P-3 staff who helped run the morning so that it was an enjoyable and colourful day for all.

Mrs Shelley Hogan, Teacher - Prep

Run Club

The PLC Run Club held their final run for 2023 this morning in beautiful running conditions. We had a great turnout and completed a 5-6km circuit around the first part of Kawana Lake. It has been great to see our runners reaching their potential this year with lots of students now being able to run for extended distances. Thank you very much to all the staff, students and parents who have turned up each week to join us.

Our culminating event is the Sunshine Coast Marathon on Sunday 13th August. It would be great to see lots of PLC students and parents join us on the day to represent our College. Anyone from our community is able to join, even if they haven’t been a part of Run Club this year. When signing up, join the team ‘PLC Run Club 2023’ to receive a 10% discount. There are a range of distances: 2km, 5km, 10km and 21.1km (age dependent). There will be refreshments provided for all entrants on the day.

Mrs Kim Kiernan, Teacher – Year 5

Library News

Year 1

This term, Year 1 students have been reading and discussing what it takes to be an Engineer. Even better, they have been drawing plans and creating cars, trains, rocket ships and all kinds of things that go. This has taken the entire term and the results are amazing, to say the least. Using Makedo Engineering Kits, students have become experts at using saws, screwdrivers, screws and screwplates. These are the finished products. They really wanted to keep going next term as well, but we have to stop somewhere! Ask your Year 1 student all about it!

Ms Gina McPherson, Teacher Librarian

Sport News

Year 7-12 Sport

Basketball Blitz

Well done to our Intermediate Boys Basketball team and Coach Brad Burdon who represented PLC in the local Basketball Blitz competition held at Meridan State College on Wednesday afternoons. This competition has been used as a tune-up for the Intermediate CBSQ competition for our players. The team has recorded 2 draws, 1 win and 1 loss against both intermediate and senior boys’ teams from other schools.

Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Sport

Junior Sport

Student Success

Well done Jayden Murphy (Year 4) and Cooper Willis (Year 6) who competed over the weekend at the 18th Caboolture Open Taekwondo Championships.

Jayden won a silver medal in the 10-11yrs Blue Belt Male Division, and Cooper won Gold in the 12-14yrs Red Belt Male Division!

Congratulations to both of these boys on their achievements.

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

For all enquiries, please use the contact details below.

Facebook: PLC Netball Club
Instagram: PLC Netball Club

Mrs Donna Townsend, PLC Netball Club President

Pacific FC

Our teams completed their Round 12 matches last Saturday at PLC.

Click here for the Round 13 Match Reports.

Competitive Results

U12 Pacific Marlins v Stella Scorchers 1-1

U13 Pacific Razors v Unity King 5-2

U15 Pacific Barracudas v Mooloolaba Galaxy 2-2

Round 14 will be held at venues across the coast after the break.

Click here for the full 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


22       NZ Music Tour departs (returning 2nd July)


11       Term 3 Commences

11       Year 10 2024 Subject Information Evening (5.30pm – 6.30pm)

11       Year 11 2024 Subject Expo Evening (6.30pm – 7.30pm)

18       Friends of Pacific meeting (6.30pm)

18       Years 6-12 Parent Conferences

19       Volunteer Induction