Compass No 694 - August 2023

From the Principal

The Seeds We Leave

Every interaction we have has the potential to plant a seed in the heart or mind of the person with whom we have contact. We can all think of teachers, parents, family members, coaches, adults or peers who have encouraged or stimulated growth as we have engaged with them through the various groups to which we have belonged. Each of us plants seeds as we welcome and are inclusive. Seeds are planted when we model how to overcome adversity and grow courage and capacity through the tough stuff.  When we share the joy of new creations, performances, ideas, thoughts, or skills, seeds of possibility are shared. Seeds are constantly planted when we live in community and are generous with the gift of talent, time, and welcome. There is a multiplier effect in the growth that occurs.

God encourages us to plant good seeds through loving and serving the needs of our neighbour. Taking time to reflect and appreciate those within our lives that plant seeds of encouragement, learning, hope, and faith enriches growth. Having been richly blessed by God and people throughout our lives we in turn can plant these same seeds.

Principal’s Log

Our ‘One World’ OCEANFest 2023 is fast approaching, and we are looking forward to having a lot of fun as we celebrate the richness of our cultural diversity and natural environment on Friday, August 18th. We will have the opportunity to connect and enjoy the various forms of entertainment, great food, and laser show and take advantage of the generous donations and products on offer through various stalls, auctions and raffles. We thank the many people who are helping to shape a great community event including our sponsors and those who have donated prizes or products, the OCEANFest 2023 team capably led by Ms Samantha Barrass and the Friends of Pacific, and the staff, students and parents who have volunteered to assist on the evening.  Family members can purchase ride passes, raffle tickets and register to volunteer to support our stall leaders later in this newsletter. Further communication in regard to adjusted times for the end of the day on Friday to assist with traffic movement will be emailed home next week.

Last Friday we celebrated Grandparents' Day where we highlighted the rich growth that occurs through the special relationship that exists between young people and their grandparents. It was a tremendous morning where over 450 grandparents and family members enjoyed the chapel presented by our Prep students and Chappie Mark, learning time in class with their grandchildren, a tasty morning tea and then performances by our talented musicians. We thank our families for your strong support of this special morning, Mr Damian Davis and Mrs Sue Zweck and the P-5 teaching team, our hospitality, grounds, IT and music teams for making the morning such a rich experience for all involved.

It was a privilege to join the Year 12 students in their celebration of 100 days to go this week.  This celebration coincided with the completion of internal assessment for general subjects for the Year 12 group and was a special moment of celebration of what has been achieved thus far. They can be proud of who they have been and what they have achieved individually and collectively as a cohort. We wish them all the best as they now prepare for the mock exams later this term, the external exams next term, the completion of qualifications and final year celebrations.  We thank the Year 12s for what they have given and for providing breakfast for staff and students to share.

We congratulate our Senior Girls Volleyball team who won their grand final of Division 2 of the Senior Schools Cup on the Gold Coast last weekend. The competition attracted teams from across the state and our girls can be very proud of their achievement. We thank coach Sarah Ashdown and teachers Mrs Leah Croke and Mrs Tiffany Harmon for accompanying the girls.

Congratulations to our Senior Girls Basketball team who have earnt a place in the Champion Basketball Schools Queensland State Titles competition through being undefeated in the Wild Card trials held this week. This is a great achievement and means that Pacific now has a regular place in these State Championships for both our male and female teams. We thank coach Brooklyn Graves and manager Mr Brad Burdon for the preparation of the girls for this competition.

We farewell Mrs Sharon Middleton who has provided tremendous service to our community and to many of us through her roles in administration and more recently as a nurse.  We have always appreciated Sharon’s warmth, capability and professionalism in the way she has provided care and admin support to us over many years since 2004.  We have valued Sharon’s generosity of hands and heart enabling us and our community in many different contexts and thank her for her significant contribution to our community. We wish Mrs Middleton and her family all the best as she moves to the next phase of life and we look forward to connecting with her as she continues to support our outdoor education experiences.  Mrs Sigrid Davis will be commencing as College Nurse on Monday 14th August.

We thank God for the many blessings he has given and continues to provide through the people in our lives. We pray that he might guide us to be people who plant good seeds in the hearts and minds of those we encounter.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the Director of Students

2024 Student Leadership and Opportunities to Serve Our Community

It has been wonderful to see an overwhelmingly positive number of Year 11 students apply for a range of 2024 leadership positions, including College Captain, Action Captain and House Captain. 

Over the past week, applicants have engaged in an interview process with the Head of Learning Senior College, Head of House and myself, with an opportunity to share their understanding of what leadership at Pacific is. They were able to reflect on their contributions to the College and identify how they can use their God-given strengths and gifts to work collaboratively with others to serve students across P-12 and the wider College community. It was a joy to listen to the applicants share their appreciation of past College leaders, acknowledge their service to the Pacific community and recognise how this has positively impacted their PLC journey and desire to give back and serve others. 

There are so many opportunities for our 6-12 students to grow their servant leadership capacities at Pacific.  These include volunteering time at next week’s OCEANFest, preparing morning tea and playing musical instruments for our community at last week’s Grandparents Day, acting as Peer Mentors for younger students within Pastoral Care Group, attending and sharing thinking at fortnightly Student Action meetings, by celebrating the strengths of those within each class and by taking time to show appreciation and kindness in our interactions with those who support learning.

I wish all Year 11 applicants the best as they complete interviews this week. Positions for 2024 are announced later in the term.  Throughout this process, it is important to remember that each member of the Pacific community possesses individual strengths, gifts and leadership qualities to make small and large contributions to growing and shaping the future of PLC. 

Ms Leigh Finter, Head of Senior College Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day

Last week we were fortunate to host many Grandparents and Special Friends on the campus to not only celebrate their contribution to the lives of our students but to share our College and the learning journey that takes place both inside and outside the classroom. We were treated to a meaningful chapel celebration of the special people in our students’ lives, led by our Preps before our guests spent the morning in learning spaces. The day was topped off by a wonderful morning tea prepared by our talented hospitality staff and a showcase concert from various musicians across the College. 

Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day is always a highlight of the College year. The students are eager to showcase their learning and progress with their extended family. There is always a buzz of excitement across the Junior College from our guests, discussing how schooling has changed through the years and what opportunities are now available for our students.

We thank our Grandparents and family members for their attendance last Friday. We would like to acknowledge the role that all extended community members play in the lives of their students. We trust that our Grandparents and friends had a small insight into a portion of what occurs during a day at the College and we thank our teaching, grounds, hospitality and music staff for the planning and commitment to the day’s success. We look forward to welcoming you back to the College in 2024. 

The Outdoor Classroom

Since the College’s inception, an intentional focus has been on the outdoor classroom. The building of student capacity through the Outdoor Education Program seeks to educate and grow students in unfamiliar situations whilst reflecting and growing themselves and developing an appreciation of the environment and nature. 

Our Pacific Way deliberately addresses how we collaborate, take risks and show initiative. We also develop a deeper sense of God’s Creation and gain an insight into the Kabi Kabi People as the custodians of the land.

Last week, I was fortunate to attend the Year Two Outdoor Education Experience on Chambers Island, on the Maroochy River. Across our Foundation Years, the College Outdoor Education Program is designed to be a gentle introduction to understanding the gift of our natural environment, the wonders within and the need for conservation. 

The theme for the day was “Sustainability and the Local Area”. The students explored the flora and fauna of the island, built shelters and habitats, and learned about the creatures in the biome from Ocean Life Education. All the while learning the importance of conservation and minimizing the impact of humans on the local landscape.

These experiences require careful planning and execution, and I would like to thank Mr Paul Brace, Head of Outdoor Education, for his meticulous preparation along with the many staff involved, both prior to and on the day. The students had a wonderful learning experience, again highlighting the value of the outdoor classroom in holistic education. 

Brainstorm Productions

During the week, Junior College students across Year Three, Four and Five attended a performance by visiting the production company, Brainstorm. The purpose of this event was to educate and inform students primarily around the correct use of technology and devices as well as making students increasingly aware of the perils of the internet and how to solve issues should they arise. 

This current production, Sticks and Stones, is a fun and inclusive student well-being program for primary schools that reinforces positive relationships and supports vulnerable children to build confidence and social and emotional skills. 

It encourages positive connections, cooperation, impulse control and respect. The e-Safety Commissioner endorses Brainstorm Productions as a Trusted e-Safety Provider. 

Student Safety

At last week’s assembly, I reminded students of their responsibility in and around the many roads, paths and bikeways that lead to the College. These networks are utilised by many of our students, and it was a timely reminder that all users have a responsibility to use them correctly. It is important that our students are also aware of road users and they were reminded of crossing at appropriate zones, wear correct safety equipment and always double-check before leaving footpaths and refuse islands.

I also reminded students that the gate closest to Prep that allows access to the College from the P-2 carpark is always to remain closed. Intentionally placing items that allow the closing mechanism to not automatically close jeopardises student safety, and we ask that when entering the College via this entry point, this gate is allowed to operate as designed. 

Take care and God Bless.

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

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

OCEANfest 2023 'One World'

PLC OCEANfest Countdown!

OCEANfest is quickly approaching, and we are excited to share this evening with our wonderful community.

We hope you’ve all purchased your ride passes and currency and are ready to come and enjoy what is sure to be a great event! Unlimited Ride passes, OCEANfest Currency and Cheese boxes can be purchased through Flexischools.


There are 22 fantastic prizes to be WON!!! We thank those businesses and individuals from our community for donating towards our OCEANfest 2023 Galactic Raffle.

Raffle tickets are $5 each! Raffle prizes will be drawn on the night of OCEANfest, Friday 18th August 2023.

Click here to review the list of AWESOME Prizes!

Winners do not need to be present. Winners will be contacted by phone or email after the draw.

Funds raised from our raffle will be invested back into the College community.


OCEANfest Helpers!

We are so grateful to our amazing Stall Leaders who are working hard behind the scenes to bring you some great stalls! They are going to need some assistance on the day, from set up to manning the stall during the evening and to pack down, and we’d love your help!

If you can spare an hour or two at our stalls, we would really appreciate it! Click on the link below to sign up to be an OCEANfest helper -

Please sign up for OCEANfest Helpers 2023 activities on today!

All helpers need to wear enclosed shoes. Your Stall Leader will run through some safety instructions relating to your stall before the event.

We appreciate any time you’re able to give to ensure the success of our OCEANfest stalls. If you have any questions, please contact Friends of Pacific at

Ms Samantha Barrass, Community Liaison and Communications Coordinator

Casual Clothes Day

Library News

K-3 Author Visit

Last Monday, students in K-3 visited the library to see visiting author, singer and performer, Deano Yipadee. Deano is the author of around a dozen picture books, including Nee Naw the Fire Engine and Stinkosaurus. His high-energy presentation combined his books with songs, audience participation and loads of humour and had students and teachers singing and laughing along.

Ms Narelle Keen, Teacher Librarian

Sport News

Year 7-12 Sport

Competitive Sport News

Senior Schools Cup Volleyball

Congratulations to our PLC Senior Girls team who won their Grand Final in the 12 Girls Div 2 Senior Schools Cup competition last weekend. Senior Schools Cup is a Queensland-wide competition with hundreds of teams competing at venues across the Gold Coast. Division 2 was split into a number of sections and we competed against schools from Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Darling Downs.

The girls went undefeated throughout the competition and won their Grand Final 2-0 against a side that they only narrowly beat on the first day. Marina Krueger was named player of the finals.

Their success is a testament to their hard work over the last few years in SCISSA volleyball, Trish Buckley and regular training. They were ably supported by coach Sarah Ashdown who has played a huge role in improving the girls' skills over the last 2 years. A big thank you to Mrs Leah Croke and Ms Tiffany Harmon for their considerable generosity of time and energy in supporting these girls on this trip. Without the input of these staff, these girls would not have had this opportunity.

We hope to continue the strong achievements of our PLC volleyball teams into next year.


A big congratulations to our PLC Girls Basketball Team who competed in the Champion Basketball Schools Queensland Wildcard Trials on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Any teams that have not played in CBSQ must trial for their spot and there were over 20 teams fighting for 4 entry spots into the State Titles held in September. Our students have played exceptionally well and went undefeated throughout the trials, earning their spot in CBSQ. This is the first female team that PLC has had compete at State Titles. Thank you to coach Brooklyn Graves and manager Brad Burdon for the time and energy that has gone into preparing this team for the competition.

SCISSA Touch Football

It was another great round of SCISSA Touch Football with only 1 narrow loss recorded for the week. While the Junior Girls went down 3-1, they were still competitive against a well-versed opposition. Our Intermediate Girls Team 2 and Senior Boys took their games down to the wire and finished with a couple of handy draws against tough teams. Congratulations to Junior Boys Teams 1 and 2, along with Junior Girls Team 2 for their great wins. We have many of our teams currently sitting in the top 4 with half the season to go. We wish our teams all the best in their fixtures next week.

Student Acknowledgement

Congratulations to Tom Ackhurst for his recent success at the Regional Ski Championships in Perisher in July (2 gold and 1 silver medal). Tom has now qualified and has been invited to compete in the Australian National Ski Championships at Mt Buller from 4th-11th September, where he will represent Pacific Lutheran College. Well done!

Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Sport

Junior Sport

Prep – 2 Inter-House Athletics Carnival

The Prep to Year 2 students will participate in a Foundation College Athletics Carnival on Wednesday 30th August. A parent information letter regarding this event was sent home this week via email to families.

There will be a range of different team and individual events on the day, including a 60m sprint, shuttle relay, long jump, high jump, plastic javelin throw, sack races and ball games.

The aim of this carnival is to provide students with an opportunity to implement skills learnt during Physical Education lessons into practice in a fun, participation-based carnival experience.  All students will receive a participation ribbon and points for their house. First, second and third ribbons will also be awarded for the 60m sprint.

Parents and spectators are welcome to attend the carnival.

4-6 SCISSA Training – Monday Afternoons

4-6 after-school training restarts this coming Monday with students training from 3.15pm – 4.15pm. Students except for water polo players need to meet out on the main oval for rolls before moving off to their training location.

Students training for water polo will need to meet out on the front oval next to the gymnasium to catch their bus to Kawana Pool for training. Parents are required to pick their child up from the pool at 4.15pm.

If your child is unable to attend training for any reason, please email or call the Junior College Office prior to training on Monday.

Sunshine Coast Marathon

There is still time if students would like to join us for a great run on Sunday 13th August at the Sunshine Coast Marathon. There are a range of distances you can enter from 2km to 10km. When registering, join the team ‘PLC Run Club 2023’ for a 10% discount. There will be a PLC tent set up on the day and some refreshments will be provided for students after their race. It would be great to see as many students as possible come along and run on Sunday.

Student Success

Well done to the following students in the Junior College who have recently achieved some amazing results in their sporting fields.

Scarlett van den Hurk – Cross Country

After qualifying through the District and Regional trials, Scarlett competed in July at the Queensland Schools State Cross Country Championships in the 11 years girls 3km race. Scarlett competed against 62 of the best cross-country runners in her age group and finished in 13th place with a time of 11:30min.

Scarlett also competed in the 11 girls 5 x 1000m relay with four other girls from the Sunshine Coast region. Her team won the gold medal in this event with a time of 17:21min.

Well done Scarlett!

Lexi Adcock - Gymnastics

Last weekend, Lexi competed in the Regional Gymnastics competition. Lexi finished in 3rd place on the beam and 6th overall. The region stretches from Cooroy / Gympie all the way down to Morayfield.

After her results over the weekend, Lexi has now qualified to compete in the State Championships to be held in September.

Congratulations Lexi!

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

With finals only two games away, PLC teams are in strong positions in their respective Divisions:

•          Div 1 – Fireballs, 1st

•          Div 2 - Fury, 4th

•          Div 4 - Patriots, 4th

•          Div 7 – Mavericks, 4th

•          U12-1 – Avengers, 2nd

Top 4 teams from each Division compete in the finals so best wishes for all teams to maintain their standings in their division.

Upcoming game dates:

•          12th August

•          19th August

•          26th August SEMI FINAL

•          2nd September PRELIM FINAL

•          9th September GRAND FINAL

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

Save the DATE … PLC Presentation Day will be held on Sunday 3rd September (Father’s Day), at Moffat Beach Brewery Co, Production House, 51 Caloundra Road, Caloundra, followed by a skating session at the Rollerdrome. Exact details will be communicated shortly but it is anticipated to commence approximately 3.30pm and then 5pm for skating. Please let your coach or manager know as soon as possible if you will be attending presentation day.

Please remember points will be deducted if the scorecard is not correctly completed, and all points are critical to maintain/progress the teams’ standings in their Divisions:

•          all players must sign the game sheet prior to taking the court

•          all 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.

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.

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

Matildas Inspire Generations

A generation of young Australian girls are being inspired by the Matildas. Airports, training grounds and sporting venues across the country are now filled with girls wanting to catch a glimpse of their favourite soccer stars and then replicate the performances in their own Saturday games.

Meet the four talented females from our U13 Pacific Razors who go above and beyond each week - Noella, Chloe, Amelie and Heidi. Noella and Chloe have both played for 7 years and Amelie and Heidi for 3. Together these girls train weekly and are always pumped for their match days. We commend them on their efforts and hope they continue to dream big! Thank you to our photographer Shannon for capturing their spirit out on the pitch.

And it’s not just the girls who are being encouraged - just look at the stats coming through regarding Monday night’s clash between the Matildas and Denmark, which drew an audience of 2.29 million people in major cities. This record outshone every National Rugby League grand final and every Origin since 2016, and all but two of the AFL grand finals in the same period, according to analysis by sports industry blogger Jason Lassey. Additionally, across free-to-air television and streaming platform 7plus, 6.54 million tuned in. The average audience was 3.56 million.

Round 17 Competition Results

U11 Pacific Marlins v Nambour Pumas 6 -1

U13 Pacific Razors v Mooloolaba Jets 0-9

U15 Pacific Barracudas v Buddina Bullsharks 0-3

Round 18 - Home games this Saturday and continuing celebrations for the FIFA Women’s World Cup

Round 18 Draw:

EOY celebrations on August 12th at PLC – 19th August.

Rooball Carnivals – August 19th Pacific will host the U6 and U10 Carnivals. Other age divisions will be held at venues across the coast. Draw:


Congratulations to all three of our competitive teams who will be heading into the Championship or Plate semi-finals from August 19th. After the completion of the last round this Saturday, the table positions will be decided and semi-final draws will be created.

2024 SCCSA U9-U18 Representative Trials

Dates 7th, 14th and 21st October. Venue: Chancellor Park Soccer Club. Registrations open shortly. Register your interest via:

2024 U7 and U9 Girls Divisions SCCSA Proposal (September vote)

1. U7 Girls- players born 2017, 2018 and 2019 and 2 players born at the end of 2016 can play in this competition.  

2. U9 Girls- players born 2015, 2016 and 2017 and 3 players born at the end of 2015 can play in this competition.  

2. Girls will not be allowed to automatically play down into the all-girls competition

Register your interest via:

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


10       13-19 years District Athletics

10       Year 5-7 Library Author visit

11       13-19 years District Athletics

15       Friends of Pacific (6.30pm)

18       OCEANfest 2024 ‘One World’