Compass No 690 - July 2023

From the Principal

Shaping A Community of Care Together

As we come together at the start of this semester, each of us plays an important role in shaping a community of care.  To contribute to a community of care takes compassion, courage, commitment, engagement, and a common sense of purpose of growing to be the best we can be with and for each other. In a community of care, there is both high expectation and high support.  Through having high expectations, we take the responsibility to bring our best selves into the moment. We have the courage to embrace and grow through challenges. In a high-support environment, there is safety to come as we are. There is the appreciation, recognition, incorporation, and celebration of the strengths each person brings into the community. There is an understanding that together we achieve and become more.

The good news is that we do not have to do this alone. In a community of care, we have a sense of walking and lifting together. The best news is that God walks with us, empowering and guiding us through His love and grace.  In those times when mistakes are made or hurts occur, we can turn to God to ask for forgiveness and start anew. We can extend that same compassion and graciousness to others. Where we are uncertain of the next steps or feeling overwhelmed, we can be still and pray that God will guide us. Within a community of care, hope and possibility shine brightly.

Principal’s Log

We welcome everyone to the start of a new adventure of learning and growth over the coming Semester. A particularly warm welcome to our new students and their families and new and returning staff. We welcome back Mr Chris Bartlett, Head of Christian Studies from long service leave and new staff Mr Chris Landman (Middle and Senior College, Humanities), Ms Krist-elle Hill (Music teacher P-12), Ms Natalie Van Dongen (Middle and Senior College English and Humanities), Mrs Karen Costa (Year 4) and Mr Cleveland Meyerhoff (Year 2) who are covering various staff on maternity and long service leave.  We wish all members of our community and particularly those who are new or are taking on new leadership roles, an enriching time of growth and connection.

Thirty seven of our Middle and Senior College music students and staff thoroughly enjoyed and grew through our first International Music tour to New Zealand. There were tremendous opportunities for growth as they formed connections within the school communities in which they performed, engaged in cultural learning experiences, and explored the impressive natural environment of New Zealand. We are very appreciative of the leadership of Head of Instrumental Music, Mrs Helen Williams, Acting Head of Music, Mr Paul Cusick and music tutors Mrs Noeleen Eden and Mr Lindsay Macdonald-Clow for providing such a rich memorable experience for our young people.

We congratulate our Kayakers who won the State Marathon Kayaking Schools competition at the Gold Coast.  This is an outstanding achievement and we congratulate all paddlers and coaches Mr Graves and Mr Mark Rantel.  We thank Mr Graves for his long-term leadership and passion for kayaking at the College and Mrs Leah Croke, Cooper Schwabb (past PLC Student), Mr Brendan Casement and all of our Kayaking parents who have supported the team this year and at the championships.

At the end of this week, we will farewell our Head of Career Development, Mrs Wanda Hayes who will be taking on a team leadership role at Sunshine Coast Grammar. Mrs Hayes has provided tremendous support to students and families through their Senior years as they have planned their future pathways. Her calm yet enthusiastic, “there is a way”, encouragement has been valued by many students. As a College, we have greatly valued Wanda growing the role from one of career guidance to that of career development and particularly the launch of Beyond Pacific program which enables young people to identify and be recognised for the employability skills they have developed whilst at Pacific. We are grateful that Mrs Hayes has accepted the offer of employment by Pacific to provide out-of-hours support for our students as we find a replacement in the early part of this term. Details of booking times and processes for Mrs Hayes will be communicated to Senior students and their families by Mrs Hayes, whose email contact ( will remain active through this time. We thank Wanda for giving so generously of herself and her time, and the very significant professional contribution she has made to our community.

Next Friday, 21st July from 6.30pm, the L Block will transform into a temporary outdoor theatre space for an evening of creative light. ‘Immersive Light’, an innovative light projection, is an exciting cultural event which includes all the Pacific Art subjects – Art, Drama, Dance, Film and Media, and Music. Photographs and videos across these subjects have been provided to Donna Maree Robinson MCA, artist, filmmaker, and digital installation artist who has prepared a creative film for us to enjoy. This is a unique event inspired and led by Mrs Denise McMahon, Head of Visual Arts. There are a small number of seats still available which can be secured online. 

PLC OCEANfest One World 2023 is just 6 weeks away and is shaping up to be a truly exciting event. OCEANfest offers a great opportunity to connect with the PLC and wider community and celebrate this year’s theme of ‘One World’. We look forward to coming together to celebrate the richness of our cultural diversity and our natural environment as we enjoy amusement rides, food trucks, live music, an animal farm, roaming performers, and support the Cent Auction, Raffle and Parent-led stalls. Unlimited ride passes and OCEANfest Currency are now available to purchase through Flexischools. We would encourage everyone to support the OCEANfest organisers as we prepare. We look forward to sharing this great event together.

We pray that God would enable and empower us to co-create a strong community of care that encourages powerful learning.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

The True Meaning of Cricket

One of the joys of having children is watching the shows and movies that are primarily designed for young people but are just as watchable and loved by adults alike. As my children are older, unfortunately, I missed out on the phenomenon that is “Bluey” but I have been introduced to it through younger connections in my family.

Recently, a Bluey episode was released that surrounded the topic of cricket. Timely with the Ashes currently underway, but it isn’t about the intricacies of the rules of the game of cricket but more the collective narrative of family, tenacity and love. In this episode, Rusty, a true cricket tragic and a friend of Bluey’s, is struggling with an older faster bowler amongst a range of different batting conditions. Rusty’s dad, who is serving overseas in the military, provides some advice via a letter for young Rusty;

“As you grow, you’ll face harder things than a cricket ball, and you’ll have two choices. Back away and get out or step in front and play a pull shot … keep your eye on the ball and look after your little sister.”

As a result, Rusty practised. Hard. And took risks. He overcame the many challenges he was faced with as well as remembering to value and love after his sibling.

This sentiment captures our wellbeing theme of resilience as well as our thread for this week and next surrounding family connections.

This notion of family is a common place where young people learn about personal identity. Where families support, experience love, encouragement, kindness, and nurture, they have a strong foundation for healthy development as a person. As our young people grow, family support becomes the centre for the adventures out of home, discovering the world and new relationships. All families are different, and each has different ways of helping each other, but young people need consistency and certainty in family support.

Our You Can Do It theme this term focuses on the notion of wellbeing and resilience. But it would be remiss to expect anyone to be in a state of bliss all the time! Life requires persistence and tenacity. Our students require discomfort and resilience for them to comprehend and construct a sense of wellness.  Like Rusty, every day we are faced with situations that present uncertainty. Resilience has been proven to be a skill we can develop and combine. The skills and attributes that we arm ourselves with as we navigate challenging times are the systems that allow us to rebuild and manage our sense of self.

This journey is impossible without the support of the wider community, and we are thankful for the continuing support of your children on their journey here at the College. We look forward to supporting your child during the remainder of this term and beyond. And if you haven’t yet watched “Cricket”, it is well worth a watch. 


The theme for this year’s NAIDOC week is “For our Elders” which fits neatly with our theme of family and family connection for the next two weeks. Elders in all cultures are cultural knowledge holders, trailblazers, nurturers, advocates, teachers and leaders, but they play a crucial role in the stories, traditions and beliefs of First Nations Peoples.

Last term, on our staff retreat, we were fortunate to have Mr Kerry Neill, a Kabi Kabi Leader, speak at length about First Nation’s perspectives and educate us on our path to reconciliation. Along with Pastor Tim Jarick, the message of love and community shone through.

Next Thursday, we are fortunate to have Mr Sean Choolburra, Gu-Gu-Yalanji, Kalkadoon, Kandju and Bwgcolman man from around Townsville and Palm Island visit the College and perform and inform the Prep-Five students about dance, knowledge, and story. We look forward to his visit and continuing our recognition of Elders and their traditions.

Grandparents Day and Special Friends Day

This year Grandparents and Special Friends Day has moved from its traditional date in Term 4 to the 4th of August, which is the end of Week 4. Specific communication regarding the day will come from the College shortly. We look forward to sharing our campus with you on this day, which is always one of the highlights of the College Calendar.

Take care and God Bless.

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

Career Development News

Careers News

Tertiary Applications Information Evening for Parents and Students

Senior students and their parents are encouraged to attend the Tertiary Applications Information Evening in the College Gym on Tuesday 25th July, at 6.00pm. This will be an in-person presentation by Wanda Hayes and will also be recorded and shared with families after the event.

This information presentation will expand upon the information delivered late last term 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

Parents 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)

Saturday 15th and Sunday 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, 4.45 – 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. Year 10 Students who are interested in enrolling in the Health Cert courses for 2024 are urged to attend this event because they will receive important information about the enrolment process. The attached flyer provides details on how to register for this event.


The Open Day Planner is here! (Years 10-12)

University Open Days are always exciting, and there are so many across Australia each year, so the folk at Study, Work, Grow have brought all 71 of them together into one planner for you.

This 5th edition planner is sorted by month to make it easy to browse and schedule your Open Day visits. There is at least one in SE Qld nearly every weekend for the next couple of months, so think carefully about how you will attend all the Open Days you are interested in.

Download the Open Day Planner here.


Griffith Film School application support webinar (Year 12)

Tuesday 18th July 2023, 5.00pm

Going forward, portfolios will need to be submitted when applying to study Film and Screen Media Production, Animation or Games Design at Griffith Film School. To answer all your burning questions about what this means, we’re holding a portfolio admission webinar in July. The webinar is suitable for teachers, parents and students.

Register today via this link.


Queensland College of Art application support webinar (Year 12)

Wednesday 19th July 2023, 5.00pm

Portfolio admission is now an optional pathway when applying to study Design or Visual Arts at the Queensland College of Art. Griffith is holding a portfolio admission webinar in July. Learn all about our degrees, how to apply, as well as the benefits of portfolio submission. This webinar is suitable for teachers, parents and students.

Register today via this link.


New Queensland Conservatorium application information (Year 12)

Applications to study at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in 2024 are open from 1st–31st August. The application process involves three steps that students must complete before they are potentially invited to a live audition or interview from 25th September 2023.

Find out more here.


Academic Bootcamps: face-to-face and now online during the September school holidays (Year 12)

Griffith University Academic Bootcamps are designed to assist students to achieve their full academic potential. In 2023 the boot camps will again be held face-to-face at the beautiful Gold Coast campus and, for the first time, online! Get an academic advantage and improve confidence, while reducing stress and anxiety around external exams in maths and science.

Express your interest today via this link.


Welcome to TAFE Queensland Open Days! (Years 9 -12)

Engage with our knowledgeable instructors and explore facilities across our campuses during our upcoming open days on September 12th-14th.

Join us for a day filled with activities, workshops, and valuable information about our campuses, study areas and facilities. This is an opportunity for the students to explore an extensive selection of course options and discover the educational path that will propel them towards a successful future.

Students in years 9, 10, 11 and 12, and parents are invited to attend. Click on this link to register today.

Mooloolaba Campus, Tuesday 12th September, 9.30am – 2.00pm

Nambour Campus, Tuesday 12th September, 9.30am – 2.00pm

Gympie Campus, Wednesday 13th September, 9.30am – 2.00pm

Bundaberg Campus, Thursday 14th September, 9.30am – 2.00pm


Saturday 19th August – ADFA Open Day (Years 10-12)

Are you looking at tertiary education options and also interested in joining the Navy, Army or Air Force? The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) welcomes you to explore a unique university offering at the 2023 ADFA Open Day!

If you can’t make it to the in-person Open Day in Canberra, you will still have access to the Virtual ADFA Open Day where you will:

• Hear from ADFA Commandant, Jules Adams, as well as current trainee officers, alumni, and UNSW staff about life and studying at ADFA;

• Explore UNSW degrees, with Information Sessions on Arts, Business, Engineering & Computing, and Science;

• Participate in the Defence Jobs Instagram Q&A with current trainee officers, so they can get their questions answered;

• Take a tour of the campus and much more!

Download an event flyer or click this link for more information.


Mrs Wanda Hayes, Head of Career Development

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Friends of Pacific hopes that everyone had a relaxing break from the school routine and that you’re ready for a busy Term 3. We are looking forward to a successful OCEANfest in a few short weeks and are so grateful for the support of the community for your donations for the Cent Auction. You can find more details about OCEANfest and how you can help later in the Compass.

CAKE STALL - Donation Request

Calling all bakers! To ensure the success of our cake stall at OCEANfest, all PLC families are invited to donate home-baked goods that could add variety to this year’s One World festival theme. Any and all baked goods are welcome. Drop off of baked items will be on the Friday morning of OCEANfest, 18th August - more details to come. All baked items must have ingredients labelled. Please contact for any enquiries.

Next FoP Meeting and OCEANfest Meeting

We’d love to see you at our next meeting, on Tuesday 18th July 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.

Immediately following our FoP Meeting will be the OCEANfest Steering Committee catch-up at approx. 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. A cheese platter and refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you there.

Click here to follow our Friends of Pacific Facebook page.

Mrs Carly Lovell, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

College News

Music Students Head to New Zealand

During the school holiday, 37 PLC Music students and staff embarked on the inaugural International Music tour to New Zealand. After a very early 4.00am start the first stop was Auckland where the students kicked off the tour with a school exchange day at Long Bay College and a concert. Following that in Auckland were 2 more outdoor concerts (one of which was cut a little short due to rain), a concert at a local music school and some sightseeing, including ascending the Auckland sky tower.

From Auckland, we boarded the bus and headed south to Rotorua where we gave our instruments a little rest and immersed ourselves in the Māori culture and explored the geothermal activity. We attended a traditional Māori dinner and ceremony where we were treated to a Haka and amazing food. We had heaps of fun including a ride on the Jetboat, and a favourite of everyone’s, spending the afternoon up at the cable car and Luge.

A trip to Hell’s Gates mud pools rounded off our time in Rotorua and then we headed even further south to New Plymouth and the Mount Taranaki region, stopping on the way to see a black sand beach. In New Plymouth, we were invited to the Te Paepae o Aotea Māori school where we were greeted with a traditional Māori welcome. The girls learnt how to play the Poi and the boys were taught a little of the Haka. As a musical group, we learnt some traditional New Zealand songs and later we performed at their school assembly to a packed hall. We were then given a once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing their school perform a Kapa Haka, which concluded in a spontaneous audience Haka in appreciation.

During our time in New Plymouth, we also managed to squeeze in a visit to the local botanical gardens and climbed Paratitu rock where we were rewarded with breathtaking views from the top! Our last big journey was even further south to Wellington where we completed our final musical performance in the centre of a busy shopping centre. Our final day saw us take a trip up the Wellington Cable Car and then a walk back down through the stunning gardens. In the afternoon we visited the amazing Te Papa Museum and explored the surrounding quay area for some souvenir shopping.

I was incredibly proud of the way the students represented PLC both on and off the stage with us receiving excellent feedback on our conduct and performance from several members of the public. The students were given lots of responsibility and they stepped up and were able to personally grow, being rewarded with making lifelong friends and memories along the way.

Term 3 is already looking very busy for the music department as we welcome Miss Kriste-elle Hill into the curriculum teaching space, replacing Mrs Purkis whilst she is on Maternity leave. Later this term, we will take some of our groups and soloists to the Sunshine Coast Junior Eisteddfod where we will compete against other local schools. Some of our music groups will feature throughout the evening at Oceanfest and then the term will close with a farewell to the Year 12 musicians with the Senior Ensembles concert in Week 10.

I look forward to updating you on our endeavours throughout the term.

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



Japan Careers Evening

Japan Careers Evening – Thursday 10th August 5.30pm – 7.30pm Hybrid event

The Australia Japan Society of Queensland is hosting its annual Japan Careers evening on Thursday 10th August. This year the event will be co-hosted with the Japanese Consulate General of Japan Brisbane for the delivery of the event. The new Consul-General Mr Gomakubo will make an opening speech and is looking forward to meeting students. This annual event highlights the advantages of studying the Japanese language and connects the audience to professionals who have learnt Japanese and have successfully utilized the language as part of their career paths.

The event will be a hybrid event with the option to attend in person at the Consulate-General of Japan in Brisbane or online via Zoom.

A Consulate–General of Japan representative will also present information on next year’s JET Programme. The JET program is a Japanese Government initiative and has provided the platform for hundreds of Queenslanders to work in Japan and deepen their understanding of Japan.


Arabella Dove, TOLL

Candice Ungerer, Trade and Investment Queensland, Queensland Government

Michelle Allan, Duchesne College, University of Queensland

Presentations will be followed by a chance to chat with all presenters afterwards.

For registration, please follow the following links.

In-Person Registration

Online Registration

Mrs Virginia Schlotterbach, Acting Head of Department, Japanese

General Notices

Chess Mates

Sport News

Year 7-12 Sport

Competitive Sport News

Sunshine Coast Secondary Schools Basketball

We are straight back into competitive sport this week with a number of our basketball teams beginning their campaigns this Friday. Students have been advised of their game times via notices and the PLC Nav Calendar. Just a reminder that students and parents should check the NAV Calendar throughout the week for any updates regarding fixtures. Fixture information can also be found on the PLC App.

Students will need to have collected their playing uniforms before Friday. It is important that students do not wear casual clothes with their PLC uniforms before and after games. Students can wear either the standard PLC Jacket or Competitive Sport Jacket (if eligible) to games over their playing uniform. Long Sleeve Pacific Basketball shirts are also acceptable.

We are always in need of parents to jump in and help with the score bench on the night, so please come and touch base with coaches at the games if you can assist. It is a relatively easy process, and the coaches will be grateful to be coaching rather than scoring at the same time!

If you have any questions regarding basketball for your student, please contact Mr Brad Burdon at

SCISSA Touch Football

We will have every team hitting the field next Wednesday in Round 1 of SCISSA Touch Football. All fixture information will be available on the PLC NAV calendar, which can also be found through the PLC App. Students will be advised when they can collect their playing singlets. As with any of our competitive sports, it is important that students are committed to turning up to each game and need to advise their coaches by email or in person if they can’t be at a game for any reason.

If you have any questions regarding touch football for your students, please contact Mr Cameron West-McInnes at

Sunshine Coast Secondary Schools’ Water Polo

Our students will begin their training this week for the Water Polo season starting later in August. Our students will train during Friday’s sport at Kawana Aquatic Centre with their coaches. It is important that students have their PLC swimmers and a mouthguard ready for training and competition.

If you have any questions regarding water polo for your students, please contact Mr Cameron West-McInnes at

Student Acknowledgements

Congratulations to the following students for their fantastic achievements in sports.

• Danica Cockburn attended an Oztag Super Series competition playing for QLD Fury U16 girls, comprising girls selected from around the state at the State Cup Competition. After 6 games over the weekend, their team took the series win. Danica’s strong efforts have resulted in her being selected for a QLD Force team.

• Tom Ackhurst participated in 3 events at the QLD & Nth NSW Ski Interschools Competition at Perisher over the school holidays. Tom placed second for Moguls, and in first place for both Alpine and Ski Cross for QLD.

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

Welcome back to Saturday Netball!!  We hope everyone had a safe, relaxing, and happy school break. This Saturday will be the start of the final 6 standard rounds of netball before the Semi-Finals commence on 26th August. All of our teams are in the top 6 for their Division, and have a great opportunity to be in the top 4 by the time finals commence. 

Please remember: all players must sign the game sheet prior to taking the court. Any substitute players must be listed below the registered players for the team, with the division and team name they are registered in next to their name and signature. Incorrect completion of the game sheet will result in a loss of points.

Please also ensure players arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of their games so that they can participate in the team warm-up, fill water bottles, and sign the game sheet.

Please check Netball Connect or with your team Manager or Coach regarding the time and venue for your games over the next few weeks.

We wish all teams Good Luck in the run to the finals!!

Facebook: PLC Netball Club
Instagram: PLC Netball Club

Mrs Donna Townsend, PLC Netball Club President

Pacific FC

Over the holiday break, SCCSA representative players enjoyed the Challenge Cup Tournament at Bli Bli United. Congratulations to Chase M (Pacific Marlins) from the U12 SCCSA South team who took out the U12 division.

Congratulations also to Noella F (Pacific Razors) on her selection in the 2023 Sunshine Coast Churches Soccer Association’s U17 Female team to compete at the QFFA Nationals in October! Noella has played 7 years for Pacific and her dedication and commitment to training and games has paid dividends. We wish her all the best and will be following her journey.

After a couple of weeks off, our teams head into their Round 15 matches this weekend at locations across the coast. It’s ‘Wear green and gold’ this Saturday to celebrate the Matildas in action at the FIFA Women’s World Cup from July 20th to August 20th.

Round 16 games will be held at PLC on Saturday, July 22nd.

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


18       Year 6-12 Parent Conferences

18       Friends of Pacific (6.30pm)

19       Year 11 Leadership Day 2

21       Light Installation Evening

24       P-5 Parent Conferences (concluding 28th July)

25       9-12 years District Athletics

25       Year 12 Tertiary Information Evening

25       Year 7 Camp departs (returning Friday 28th July)