Compass No 691 - July 2023

From the Principal

Growing Through Feedback

Learning to reflect, plan and act in response to feedback is a lifelong skill. As we reflect, we shift from an emotional response to one where we focus on what can be learnt from the feedback provided. An important motivator in turning our thinking into planning and action is to be clear on the “why”.  Being clear on why this particular feedback is important for us individually or as a group provides the clarity and direction needed to respond thoughtfully and effectively to feedback.  The “why” generates purpose and builds engagement. An important part of caring and getting the best from ourselves is to learn to take responsibility and be thoughtful and discerning in response to feedback.

As we reflect, we are conscious of God’s love and grace for us. We can pray for God to help us to be discerning and to help us to navigate a new way forward. 

Principal’s Log

Over this fortnight students and their families across P-12 have the opportunity to be involved in parent, student and teacher conferences. Our Year 7-12 students will also be involved in care conversations with their pastoral care group teachers. These conferences and conversations provide a rich opportunity for learning through feedback. The Year 7 -12 students will also be involved in the formal development of smart goals in response to the feedback provided through their assessments and reports and their own reflection around their engagement with the opportunities on offer at the College. Parents play an important role as they support their young person in their reflection, goal setting, acting and responding to feedback as plans unfold. Language such as ‘we haven’t learnt that yet’ or ‘haven’t got our plan right yet’ can help to encourage action toward better learning. Building on what has been achieved or learned helps each young person engage with the next step of their learning journey. We thank our staff, students and parents for the time and energy committed to making the most of these experiences.

Yesterday afternoon the Sunshine Plaza announced Pacific Lutheran College as the overall 2023 Sunshine Arts Fest Winner. This is an outstanding achievement in an inaugural year of competition. At the beginning of June, Pacific students installed an art display in the very first Sunshine Art Fest Competition. We were selected from eighteen applications to be one of six participating schools on the coast. Sixteen students nominated themselves to collaborate on this project, utilizing our community’s strengths from Visual Arts, Design, Media, Film, Manufacturing and Music. We congratulate students Olivia Boland, Mya Boyall, Cooper Darlington, Hudson Horne, Erin Lacey, Mya Masson, Samantha McVicar, Hanna Meager, Trisha Nugent, Dion Owen, Eva Pressland, Samuel Roberts, Frank Smith, Meckenzie Stanieg, Roze Stockwell, Brooke Williams and Eden Williams, and teachers Mr Paul Cusick, Mrs Lara Masselos and Mrs Denise McMahon, capably led by Mrs Marnie Whittiker. We celebrate our young creative minds for their commitment to the project and competition which provided the community with the opportunity to engage with unique art installations through augmented reality (AR) technology.

We congratulate our Roborave teams who performed well over the weekend with four of the eight teams progressing to the finals as part of the top 8 in the Middle School Sumo Competition. We congratulate all students and particularly the team of Dean Gertler, Emanuel Espinosa and Lucas Morse who won silver. We thank Mrs Janine Stone and Mrs Nicole Schirripa for their leadership of these teams.

As an exciting new initiative, Pacific has entered into a partnership with UNIQ YOU which provides our Years 9-12 girls with a unique opportunity to engage with and be mentored by inspiring women involved in non-traditional areas of work. These areas of work include aviation, engineering, technology and construction and are intended to inspire young women to pursue careers in any area of their choosing. Twenty of our Year 12 girls are currently taking advantage of this program which provides links to businesses such as Boeing, Urban Utilities and Shell’s QGC Business. Parents can join a free online session on Tuesday 25th July. Further details can be found in the Learning Hub article later in the newsletter.  We thank Mr Wes Warner for his work in bringing this initiative to life.

We continue to celebrate the Pacific Arts through ‘Immersive Light’, tomorrow evening. The L block will transform into a temporary outdoor theatre space for an evening of creative light. We look forward to connecting at this innovative light projection event to enjoy a creative film prepared by Donna Maree Robinson MCA, artist, filmmaker and digital installation artist.

May God equip us to be discerning and effective in our use of feedback.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Chaplain

Part of God’s Family

God invites us all to be a part of his family.

When I think about the comparison between God’s love for us and a parent’s love for their child, the similarities are astounding. St Paul in his letter to the Ephesians (chapter 6:1-4) provides a biblical insight into the relationship between parents and their children, but it is also a message for us and our Heavenly Father.

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”

Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Just like a parent’s love and support for their child, God has demonstrated his love for us in the same way. These ways can be seen through unconditional love for us; protection and support in times of need; steering us in the right path to follow; and most of all, through forgiveness and grace.

When Paul tells us to “honour your father and your mother”, he is pointing us back to the commandments from the Old Testament, but also reminding us of the significance of parental love for their children. The mutual respect between a parent and a child is something that is “good” and leads to a fruitful and rich life. Parents want what is best for their children out of genuine love and care for them, and this love and support does not change when children do the wrong thing. When we show love for each other, forgiveness and selflessness become an important part of how we deal with one another.

This is the same in our relationship with God. If we listen to him and respect his commands to us, we can live lives that are pleasing to Him and to others. However, we also make mistakes and stray from his perfect plan for us. Fortunately, though, His love is boundless and forgiveness is freely available to us.

And that is what it means to be in a supportive and caring family. One that God invites us to be a part of each and every day.

Mr Mark Hauser, College Chaplain

From the Acting Head of Middle College Students

Community of Care - ‘Compassion’

This week I spoke to the Year 6-12 staff and students about the importance of building compassion in our community. Caring for ourselves is the initial step in this process to ensure we bring our best selves into all environments.

Listening to our Inner Coach and training this voice to be positive and uplifting can help us to feel empowered and confident to take on the challenges of learning. If we can then engage our Outer Coaches- parents, tutors, peers, siblings and teachers to reinforce this idea of confidence and resilience then we can together lift in all aspects of our lives.

Compassion is a fundamental human trait that has the power to create a positive and nurturing environment in any setting. In the school classroom, the importance of demonstrating compassion cannot be overstated. When teachers, students and parents show compassion towards each other, they cultivate an atmosphere of trust, respect, and empathy that enhances learning and personal growth.

Compassion also helps to foster a growth mindset among students. When there is a reciprocal, compassionate relationship between the teacher and student, it encourages them to take risks and embrace challenges. Students are more likely to seek help, accept feedback, and persevere through difficult tasks when they know they are supported and guided with compassion. As a result, students develop a positive attitude towards learning and become more resilient in the face of setbacks.

In addition to benefitting individual students, compassion in the classroom sets a powerful example for society as a whole. When students witness and experience acts of compassion, they are more likely to carry these values into their adult lives. By nurturing compassion in the classroom, we are equipping students with essential life skills that will enable them to build stronger communities and contribute to a more compassionate and inclusive world.

The significance of demonstrating compassion cannot be emphasized enough. By fostering understanding, respect, and empathy, teachers and students promote a positive learning environment, improve mental and emotional well-being, foster a growth mindset, and shape compassionate citizens.

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Acting Head of Middle College

From the Head of Learning K-5

Parent /Teacher Conferences Term 3

Student reports are in the Parent-Lounge at the end of Terms 2 and 4.

Your child’s report will show their progress which includes:

•          where your child is on the learning continuum (the levels used to measure learning)

•          how they're progressing to meet the next level of achievement

•          where they need to improve and what the next steps are.

In Week 3 of Term 3, you can book a time to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss their report. Teachers will let you know when they are available. These parent meetings are for you to:

•          Meet and get to know each other.

•          build a positive relationship.

•          share information about your child's interests and learning.

•          talk more in-depth about your child's student report.

Parent/teacher conferences are valuable. They can help the teacher understand more about your child. You can also learn where you can help your child in their learning.

Before the conference

•          Read your child's report and think about what you want to discuss.

•          Write a list of questions you want to ask the teacher.

•          Ask your child if there are any questions they would like you to ask, or if there is anything they would like you to tell the teacher.

•          Ask your child what they think the teacher will tell you.

•          Think about anything you'd like to tell the teacher. For example, if there have been changes that have had an impact on your child.

During the conference

•          If you want to ask about a specific thing, let the teacher know at the start of the conference.

•          Write down answers to your questions so you can share them with your child.

•          Ask about how your child is enjoying school and taking part in class.

•          Ask about any behaviour issues.

•          Let the teacher know any information you think they need about your child.

•          You and the teacher may create a plan for the next steps.

•          If you're unsure about anything, ask the teacher to explain further.

After the conference

•          Keep in regular contact with the teacher to follow up on your agreed plan.

•          Talk with your child about what you discussed. Talk about ways you can work together to improve their learning.

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

Career Development News

Careers News

Appointments with Wanda Hayes are available now

Wanda Hayes will be returning to PLC to make herself available to meet with students and parents one afternoon each week until a new Head of Career Development is in place. She is also available for Zoom appointments over the weekend.

Next week, Wanda will be available in the Careers Office in the PLC Library from 2.45pm to 5.30pm on Tuesday 25th July (and will also be presenting at the Tertiary Applications Information Evening in the Gym at 6.00pm that evening).

In the following week, Wanda will run a QTAC application coaching session on Thursday 3rd August in H2.1 and H2.2 for interested Year 12 students from 3.15pm to 4.30pm, and will be available for questions after that session up until 5.30pm.

You can access Wanda’s calendar to book appointments directly – please click here to access the calendar. If you have any problems booking an appointment, please email Wanda at


Shadforth Civil Apprentice intake for 2024 (Year 12)

Looking for a career as either a Heavy Diesel Fitter, Boilermaker welder, Light Vehicle, Auto Electrician or Fitter Machinist?

Kick start your career with Shadforth in January 2024 working on our Heavy earth-moving fleet at our Workshop located in Forest Glen, Sunshine Coast.

Applications are now open with the below apprenticeships on offer:

•          Heavy Diesel Fitter

•          Boilermaker Welder

•          Light Vehicle

•          Auto Electrician

•          Fitter machinist 

Our apprenticeship programs are designed for recent school leavers, you’ll receive on-the-job practical learning, with mentoring, guidance and support from our experienced trades personnel while working towards a nationally recognised qualification.

Applications close Wednesday 2nd August.

For more information, go to


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 for 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.


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.

NOTE: 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.


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 here to register today.

Mooloolaba Campus, Tuesday 12th Septembe, 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

Click here to register.


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 the link here.


Mrs Wanda Hayes, Head of Career Development

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

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 Mr Mark Hauser -

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 and OCEANfest Meeting

We’d love to see you at our next meeting, on Tuesday 15th August at 6.30pm in the College Library. You can RSVP by emailing

All agenda items should be submitted via email by Friday 7th August. 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. We look forward to seeing you there.

Click here to follow our Friends of Pacific Facebook page.

Mrs Carly Lovell, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

Pacific Learning Hub

Pacific Lutheran College's Exciting New Initiative Empowering Girls to Pursue Diverse Careers

Breaking barriers, empowering minds, and embracing limitless potential!

We are thrilled to announce a groundbreaking partnership between Pacific Lutheran College (PLC) and UNIQ YOU, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to challenging the expectations of what girls can achieve. Through this innovative initiative, UNIQ YOU aim to pave the way for a more inclusive and diverse future for our girls.

UNIQ YOU's Vision: Empowering Girls to Embrace Their Full Potential

At PLC, we believe that education extends beyond textbooks and classrooms. It encompasses fostering curiosity, instilling confidence, and encouraging students to dream big without limitations. Embracing this vision, we have joined forces with UNIQ YOU to provide our high school girls with the opportunity to engage in 1:1 real-world, personalized video conversations with inspiring women working in 'non-traditional' roles and industries.

Breaking the Mold: Redefining Gender Norms

In many societies, certain career paths are still perceived as "appropriate" for specific genders, creating barriers and limiting opportunities for young individuals. However, times have changed, and so should our mindset. Together with UNIQ YOU, PLC is committed to dismantling these stereotypes and opening doors to every field, occupation, and skill set regardless of gender.

A Glimpse into the Future: Personalized Video Conversations

Through the partnership with UNIQ YOU, our students will have the unique chance to interact with women who have defied conventions and succeeded in diverse industries. These empowering video conversations will expose the students to a broad spectrum of career options, from aviation to engineering, technology to construction, energy to environmental science, and beyond. By connecting with accomplished professionals from esteemed organizations such as Boeing, Urban Utilities, Shell's QGC Business, and more, our girls will gain invaluable insights and first-hand knowledge about various fields.

Igniting the Flame of Aspiration: Making Confident Career Choices

The impact of these 1:1 video conversations goes far beyond inspiring our students; it empowers them to make confident and informed career choices. Armed with knowledge, encouragement, and the belief that they can thrive in any industry, our girls will be better equipped to pursue their passions and contribute meaningfully to the workforce of tomorrow.

Parent Virtual Event

UNIQ You are offering parents of our Year 9-12 girl students to take part in an interactive online forum to hear and be inspired on how you can be involved and support your daughter to think outside the box when considering their career pathway and how you can ensure you also have a positive influence on their decision.

To register for this exclusive (and FREE!) online event, visit and find out the best ways for you to broaden your daughters’ horizons today.

TUESDAY 25 JULY | 7.00pm - 8.00pm | VIRTUAL EVENT

Book your spot now at

In Conclusion

The partnership between Pacific Lutheran College and UNIQ YOU represents a powerful step towards empowering girls to challenge gender norms and embrace their full potential. Through personalized video conversations with women in diverse industries, we aim to inspire confidence and passion in our students, preparing them for a future where they can fearlessly pursue any career of their choosing.

Mr Wesley Warner, Head of Department – Innovation, Entrepreneurialism and Business

College News


On Sunday 16th July, twelve students from Years 7 and 9 represented Pacific Lutheran College in eight teams in the Middle School Lego Sumo and High School Lego Sumo competitions.

Over 500 people attended the annual event with 168 teams in the Middle School Sumo event alone.

Our teams performed highly on the day with four teams progressing through to the finals as part of the final 8 top schools in the Middle School Sumo Competition. Unfortunately, the four PLC teams were put against one another and so two teams went forward into the semi-finals.

• Dean Gertler, Emanuel Espinosa and Lucas Morse won a silver in the Middle school division which was an amazing achievement.

• Chase Bowden reached the final 4 teams.

• Declan Bancks and Jake Dunstan reached the final 8 in the MS Lego sumo.

• Matthew Martin, Deion Mathew and Elijah Rule were in the final 8 top teams.

It was great to see the collaboration happening on the day with teams helping one another as problems arose. Teams successfully completed their matches, despite crowded conditions and confusion in the pits due to several changes to the draw, resulting in a final ‘Sudden Death’ Challenge to determine the top 8 teams.

All teams are now focused on improvements and modifications for the next competition!

Congratulations to all teams who took part. Your sportsmanship, collaboration, consideration of others and your resilience on the day made us proud to be part of the Pacific Lutheran Team.

Janine Stone and Nicole Schirripa - Robotics coordinators.

Mrs Janine Stone, Head of Department – Information Technology

Year 8 Enterprise

Nurturing Young Entrepreneurs: A Glimpse into the First Week of Term

As we kickstart the semester in Enterprise, I want to take a moment to share the amazing progress and creativity of our young budding entrepreneurs in Year 8.

In the first week of this term, our students delved into the captivating world of entrepreneurship. They explored the meaning and essence of being entrepreneurial, gaining valuable insights into the skills and mindset required to turn ideas into reality. Through engaging discussions and activities, they discovered that entrepreneurship goes far beyond starting a business—it's about embracing innovation, problem-solving, and creative thinking.

One of the highlights of the week was the "Unwanted Inventions" project. Our students examined peculiar inventions from a serial inventor on YouTube.  These inventions often missed the mark and never quite captured the public's interest. Using their keen sense of imagination and innovative flair, our Year 8’s took on the challenge to redesign these seemingly flawed inventions into something fresh and exciting.

Their enthusiasm was palpable as they worked tirelessly to come up with new concepts, improve existing designs, and infuse their unique touches into each creation. Witnessing their enthusiasm was truly inspiring, and we were amazed at the ingenuity our young minds possess.

Having redesigned their inventions, the students were then tasked with the thrilling prospect of preparing an "Elevator Pitch." They learned the art of concise and persuasive communication—essential skills for any entrepreneur. As they confidently presented their revamped ideas in front of their peers, we saw remarkable growth in their public speaking abilities and self-assurance.

In the upcoming week, our young entrepreneurs will dive into the realm of financial analysis, specifically exploring the concept of a "Break-Even Analysis." This exercise will help them understand the crucial point at which revenue equals expenses, providing a solid foundation for making informed business decisions.

As parents, your support and encouragement are invaluable to the success of these young entrepreneurs. Engaging in conversations about their projects, asking questions about their ideas, and fostering an environment of curiosity and creativity at home will undoubtedly enrich their learning experience.

I look forward to sharing more updates on our students' progress as the term unfolds. Together, let's nurture the next generation of trailblazers and change-makers.

Thank you for being an essential part of this exciting journey.

Mr Wesley Warner, Head of Department – Innovation, Entrepreneurialism and Business

Pacific Plus

Our names are Jessica, Nicole, Cody, Paris, and Grace. We are part of a project for Pacific Plus in Year 7. One of our project ideas is collecting goods for the homeless from our College community. We would like to organise two collections. The first one will run for two weeks and is for the Year 3 to 5 students.  The second one is for the Prep to Year 2 students which will also run for two weeks.

In Week 2 and Week 3, we are asking Years 3, 4 and Year 5 students to bring any old children’s clothes that they have at home that are in good condition and have been washed.

Please bring them to our College and put them in the collection basket that will be in your classroom. These donations will then be taken to the library at the end of each week. Together with our other ideas and fundraising efforts, we are going to make up baskets to donate to several homeless shelters in Caloundra. This supports the work that is done with the St Marks Church in Caloundra.

Look out for the details about your turn soon Prep to Year Two students.

Mrs Linda Sydes, Teacher – English, Humanities

OCEANfest 2023


PLC Parent Lounge

Please note that PLC Parent Lounge will be unavailable on Monday July 24th, from 3.30PM to 4.30PM while a security update is performed.

Other Parent services, such as the PLC App and access to PLC Navigator, will remain available during this time.

Mr Steve Rattey, ICT Manager

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Library News

Telling Stories

Writing Competition
Mooloolaba Rotary is once again running its “Telling Stories” writing competition for students in Years 4-12. Entries close on the 12th of September. The theme for this year’s competition is “I had no choice!”. There are cash prizes on offer and stories range in length from 300-1000 words, depending on year level. See the attached entry form for more details.

Book Club
Please get your Book Club orders in by Monday, 24th of July.

Book Week Display
Our library aide, Mr Griffin, has been busy over the holidays creating a wonderful display for Book Week on this year’s theme “Read, Grow, Inspire.” The front foyer has become a jungle of plants and vines, while inspirational words from people featured in the Little People, Big Dreams series hang from the ceiling. This year’s nominees for the Book of the Year awards are also on display and will form the basis of library lessons this term.

Ms Narelle Keen, Teacher Librarian

Sport News

Years 7-12 Sport

Competitive Sport News

Sunshine Coast Secondary Schools Basketball

A mixed first week of results for our Senior Basketball teams with only 2 wins out of 7 games.

Congratulations to the Senior B Boys and Intermediate E Boys teams who recorded comfortable wins. Some of our teams who lost were unlucky to draw their competition’s top teams in Round 1 so should find the going much easier for the rest of the term.

A big thank you to all the coaches and players who give up their Friday nights to represent PLC. Just a quick reminder to all players to regularly check their NAV calendar for draw updates and if you are not available to play then please communicate directly with your coach and Mr. Burdon as soon as possible.

SCISSA Touch Football

There were some great efforts from our touch football teams on Wednesday night. Many of our students were playing their first games together and all players worked hard as a team to compete throughout the matches.

There were some narrow losses from the Senior Boys, Junior Girls 1 and Intermediate Girls 2. Congratulations to the Junior Boys Team 2 for their strong win at home. Next week will be a bye for the Junior teams due to Year 7 Camp, however, the Intermediate and Senior games will still be going ahead.

Student Acknowledgement

Congratulations to Tom Chessel on his selection to attend the national baseball squad camp on the Gold Coast from the 14-18th August. This event will be a preparation event to determine the Australian team for the U18 World Cup. We wish Tom all the best in his endeavours!

Well done to Jye Flynn who has won the Qld Kart championship that was held in Townsville on the 2nd of July. Jye has earned a blue plate which means Jye is officially the best in Qld in KA3 Junior light division. Following on these great results, Jye secured a 4th place finish at Ipswich at the Australian Karting Championships last weekend.

Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Sport

Junior Sport

Junior Basketball Program

This term we are pleased to once again offer a Junior Basketball Development Program for students in Years 2 -5. The program will be run after school on Thursday afternoons from 3.30pm – 4.30pm in the College gymnasium and outdoor courts.

The basketball program will be run by Mr Brad Burdon who has a long history of coaching here on the Sunshine Coast and in Cairns with school, representative and senior teams including the Cairns Taipans. Brad will be assisted by myself, and senior school basketball players as well as some PLC ex-students. 

The program will commence on Thursday 10th August and will run for five weeks, finishing on Thursday 7th September. During these sessions, students will focus on fundamental basketball skills through drills before moving into gameplay.

The cost of this 5-week program is $30 which includes a basketball for each student to take home at the completion of the program.

If you are interested in registering your child for this program, please send an expression of interest email to ( An information letter and payment details will be forwarded to you.

Pacific Board Riders Club

Pacific Lutheran College will again offer the opportunity for students to be part of the Pacific Board Riders (PBR). The aim of the program is to provide an opportunity to develop individual surfing skills and grow the culture of surfing within the College. Due to stringent supervision and safety requirements, participation in the program will be capped at 24 students per session and will be dependent on individual competencies, including an ocean swim and board paddle, assessed by the teachers in charge.

Please note that these Friday morning sessions are not a “learn to surf” program. Sessions start next Friday 28th July (Conditions Dependent).

If you are interested in your child being part of this program, please email for further details.

Student Achievement

Congratulations to Zoe Barker (Year 4) who competed in the QJJC State Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships in late June in the 10 Years Girls Division. Zoe received a silver medal at the championships. Well done.

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Junior Sport P-6

Club Sport

Club Sport

Pacific Lutheran College has several sports development programs outside of school hours. These programs encourage participation, giving students the opportunity to be part of a team and learn basic skills of the game.

The parent-led Pacific FC Soccer and PLC Netball Clubs compete on Saturdays in community competitions throughout the Sunshine Coast.

PLC Netball Club

Last Saturday saw all teams back in action for the final 6 standard rounds of the season before the Semi-Finals commence on 26th August. There were smiling faces everywhere as our players enjoyed being back on the court! 

All it takes is one game of netball to make you realise how fit you need to be to play. Netball is a sport where you’re constantly moving, jumping, twisting and turning. In addition to improving your stamina, working on your fitness will reduce the risk of injuring yourself. Here are a couple of netball drills that will help improve fitness and you can do at home.

Two Steps Forward One Step Back Drill:

•          Place 5-6 cones 3-5 meters apart

•          Accelerate and sprint the length of 2 cones then back 1 cone, for example, runs to the third cone then back to the second. Then run from the second to the fourth then back to the third. Then to the fifth then back one, then they repeat. This drill is great for working on acceleration, footwork and speed.

Lateral Cone Jumping Drill (a great netball exercise to improve cardio while also working the muscles needed for jumping):

•          Fast explosive jumps over a low obstacle (Obstacle could be a ball, cone, or even a shoe etc)

•          Perform 3 x 8 reps

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 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

10 Year Players

Congratulations to the five Pacific players who were presented with their commemorative jackets by coach Sheldon, on behalf of the club - Carter B, Nicholas C, Kai M, Taj M and Brodie M.

Each of these players has reached the impressive milestone of playing 10 years with the Sunshine Coast Churches Association. At the EOY presentations, they will also be awarded their 10 Year medallion and trophy.

We are very proud of their efforts and commitment to our club and SCCSA.

Round 15 and FIFA Women’s World Cup

Our teams head into Round 15 this Saturday with games at PLC. To celebrate the opening of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, our Canteen will go Green and Gold on Saturday.

Round 15 Draw:

Green and Gold Competition

Head to SCCSA’s Facebook page by Monday 24th July to like your favourite Pacific photo in support of the Matildas. We have a number of Pacific entries in the photo competition.

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


21       Light Installation Evening

25       9-12 years District Athletics

25       Year 12 Tertiary Information Evening

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

25       P-5 Parent Teacher Conferences


1         Year 8 and 9 2024 Information Evening

3         Year 2 Camp Experience

4         Grandparents and Friends Day