Compass No 696 - August 2023

From the Principal

Caring For Our Neighbours

When we think about caring for our neighbours we may consider those who live close to us or those who belong to the same group and share the same views or background. Thinking more broadly we can see everyone who shares this planet as our neighbour requiring our care. We are all neighbours. The news regularly highlights stories where actions in one place impact lives around the world. There is a web of dependency that binds us together. Small actions can lead to significant gains when people act together to amplify kindness. Small actions like speaking to someone at a checkout, acting for the homeless or supporting those who are lonely, affected by domestic violence, illness or are shut in sends a ripple of kindness outward that is generative. Where this is pervasive in a community or group there is tremendous energy and possibility. Where we care for our patch of the environment, we are showing care for our neighbours around the world, including the plants and animals that cohabit with us as we enhance sustainability.

God encourages us to care for our neighbours from this broader perspective. We can be generators of care and kindness one action and one person at a time. With each pulse of love and care we provide energy for others to do the same.

Principal's Log

OCEANfest ‘One World’ provided a great opportunity for us to relax and have fun together with people within and beyond our community. It was an amazing evening filled with smiles, laughter and connection. We thank everyone for their support. We particularly thank our sponsors IBN Private, Ocean Orthodontics, Plaza Central Medical & Aesthetics, Moffat Beach Brewing Co. and Chilli, and those who donated products and gave of their time. We congratulate Mrs Samantha Barrass for her overall co-ordination, Mrs Simone Shaw, Mrs Crystal Ceccarelli, Friends of Pacific Chair, Mrs Carlie Lovell and the team of stall leaders, staff and parents who led and assisted in the preparation and running of the evening.  We thank our students who performed for us, ran the Chill Out zone and cared for the environment through their enthusiastic collection of containers. It was a great evening of connection, and we thank you for the part that you played.


On Sunday, a group of our Year 7 Pacific Plus students joined the St Marks congregation and conducted a cake stall as part of their community project to support people within the Caloundra community affected by domestic violence. They have joined with the St Marks congregation in this project and have appreciated the donation of children’s clothes and toys from our Prep – Year 5 families and now will use the $700 raised through the cake stall to purchase sanitary and hygiene items to add to their bundles. This project is part of the Community Problem Solving Competition (CmPS) conducted as part of the Future Problem Solving International Program. In the Community Problem Solving Competition, students identify and initiate solutions to local, national or global problems and grow capacity to make a difference. They develop leadership skills and through their submission of their written report can be invited to the International Conference to share their learnings. We congratulate and thank the team for their care and thank Mrs Linda Sydes for her leadership. This is a great example of where care and connection between different individuals and organisations can make a significant difference.

Our Year 4, 5, and 6 netball teams performed very well at the Lightning Cup Netball which attracted 76 teams to the competition at Fishermans Road.  The PLC Jewel team won their pool and came 3rd overall in the Championship Division which is a great achievement. We congratulate both the PLC Jewels and the PLC Gems for their sportsmanship and skills shown throughout the day. We thank Mrs Michelle Dufty and Mrs Karen Costa for their coaching of the girls and the parents who supported both teams.

Monday morning our Prep to Year 5 students enjoyed the opportunity to dress as their favourite book character and participate in a parade in front of their parents and peers as part of Book Week. Staff also made the most of the opportunity to dress up as a character from Where’s Wally.  We thank our library staff for continuing to share the joy of books and literature with our children and parents for their support.

Our Year 6 students have been enjoying their time in Canberra and we look forward to welcoming them back at the end of this week.  We thank Ms Leigh Finter, Mr Scott Crompton, Mrs Mel Percival, Ms Sophia Rule, Mr Stuart Pohlner, Mrs Kim Keirnan, Mrs Sigrid Davis, Mr Brendan Macaulay, Ms Georgie Snelling, Mr Rob Belchamber, Mrs Mel Ousley and Mrs Karen Vorster for leading and supporting our students through this program. We also thank our Head of Outdoor Education, Mr Paul Brace who has continued to oversee the overall organisation and planning and support of staff in their leadership of the program while he has been on leave.

Every day we have the opportunity to send a pulse of kindness and care to lift our neighbours.  We pray that God would give us the eyes, ears, hearts, hands and wisdom to make a difference.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the Director of Staff

Speed Change - 40km Area

The College has received notification from the council regarding the recent change in the speed limit on Woodlands Boulevard. Over the past twelve months, the Kawana Forest Resident’s Association has made representations to the council to turn the estate surrounding the school into a 40km area at all times. This change has taken effect and new speed limit signs have been placed as a reminder to motorists.

As it is a ‘one-way-in, one-way-out’ community via Woodlands Blvd, the suggestion was put through the review committee and ultimately supported.

The recently installed signs serve as a reminder to all motorists.

Please drive carefully and be mindful of this change as you enter and exit the College.

Mrs Michi Hauser, Director of Staff (Acting)

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

Collaborating with Compassion

Over the last month, our nation has been transfixed as the World Cup has played out on our shores. We have marvelled at the athletes’ skill levels and the backstory of individuals and nations. What is always evident in any high-level tournament is the level of collaboration and teamwork necessary for any given team to succeed at a high level.

At last week’s assembly, we considered how we collaborate with compassion in the outdoors and how our words and actions build positivity within any group. When faced with new challenges, language and attitude inform others of our priorities for them and ourselves. Often when playing and interacting outside, young people can become fixated on their skills and individual talents rather than the skills involved in collaboration, thinking that 90% of success is talent, 10% collaboration and hard work, or what they can do, rather than who they are.

As we move through life, we know the opposite to be true. Commitment to the cause through positive actions carries far more kudos for those around us. As our young people engage in the outdoors, in structured and unstructured experiences, we are prioritising the commitment to collaboration through positive thoughts, words and actions. By developing our individual competencies, we positively embrace the teaching embodied in our “Learning Together” pillar.

Service in Action

Over the past few weeks, the P-5 community has supported several initiatives from Middle College Students involved in the Pacific Plus Extension Program. Junior College Students were asked to bring clothing and items for young children, and the Foundation College supported this program by donating toys. These items were then donated to the St Mark’s Congregation and distributed to families and individuals who will benefit significantly from this generosity. This is an excellent example of service in action and a tangible way for our young people to see how a small action can make a big difference.  As a College, we thank you for the contributions that you have made to this project, and we look forward to being involved in more projects in the future.

Our Year 5 “Kids in Action” team is busy preparing their presentations for the upcoming conference on the 7th of September. This year’s theme of biospHEROES: Connecting, Caring and Co-creating the Future focuses on the connection between biospheres. It promotes an effective form of creating a cultural change in how the community views and uses the natural environment.

The KIA team has also been responsible for forming the Environmental Eagles group, promoting the removal of rubbish and waste around the College. This group has championed the individual responsibility of all in how we dispose of our waste. It is a common sight for our Foundation and Junior Students to freely give their time to eradicate waste from the College grounds.

Thank You

Finally, an enormous thank you for supporting OCEANfest ‘One World’ 2023 and Book Week. OCEANfest provided a lovely opportunity to enjoy time as a College community but it was a mighty effort from our parent connectors and volunteers to ensure its success. The time and effort invested in the evening were reflected in the joy experienced by all. Thank you.

Our annual Book Week was another successful day and special thanks must go to our hardworking library team for their planning of author visits last week, book week parade on Monday and exciting activities in the library space each day this week. Thank you to the wider community for the time and effort you have invested in this day and the costumes were amazing!

Take care and God Bless.

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

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community


Our hearts are full and we are extremely grateful for the tireless work of our wonderful Friends of Pacific volunteers who contributed their time, effort and talents to create an amazing OCEANfest last Friday evening.

From our incredible stall leaders to each parent who helped out at the stalls and attended OCEANfest, we extend our heartfelt gratitude – YOU all helped to bring our community together and we couldn’t be prouder.

Father’s Day Stall

The FoP Father’s Day Stall is next Tuesday 29th August, and we are calling for volunteers to help out. Volunteers will assist in setting up the stall and supporting students to make their Father’s Day gift selections. This is an excellent opportunity for fellowship between families and a rewarding way to support our PLC community. If you have completed your PLC Volunteer Induction and are available to assist, we ask that you register your interest via email to as soon as possible.

All gifts will be $5. Students should bring their money to school next Tuesday 29th September to shop at the Father’s Day Stall.

Gala Day BBQ – Volunteers Required

PLC will be hosting a Gala Day on Thursday 7th September at the Meridan Fields and we will need volunteers to help run the FoP BBQ. More info to be sent out soon, but if you are available on this day and have completed the PLC Volunteer Induction, we’d love to have you! Pop this date in your diary now.

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.

Click here to follow our Friends of Pacific Facebook page.

Mrs Carly Lovell, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

College News

MLTAQ Japanese language speech contest

On Sunday, August 20th, 11 students from Pacific Lutheran College participated in the Modern Languages Teachers Association of Queensland (MLTAQ) Japanese language speaking competition at the University of the Sunshine Coast. 

Students from Years 5 to 10 represented the College to showcase their Japanese language speaking skills. 

It was wonderful to see students extend their learning experiences outside of the classroom by taking up this valuable opportunity. 

The following students represented the College in this event:

Year 5   Olive Wadey, Tara Lund, Vivienne Padwick

Year 7  Sabine Michel-Power, Joshua Cockburn

Year 8  Sophie Day, Erin Lund, Mya Masson, Shauntel Pollocks

Year 10 Luella Holland, Alexandra Schlotterbach

Our students received the following awards and recognition:

Year 5  Olive Wadey 2nd place and Vivienne Padwick Highly Commended.

Year 7  Sabine Michel-Power   Highly Commended

Year 8 Shauntel Pollocks  Highly Commended

Year 10 Alexandra Schlotterbach   Highly Commended.

Congratulations and well done to all participants.

Mrs Joanne Bailey (HOD -Prep to Year 5) and Mrs Virginia Schlotterbach (A/HOD – Year 6-12)

Kawana Forest – River Trail Closure

As part of the construction works, McConnell Dowell will need to close part of the Kawana Forest river trail as it will become an active construction zone whilst they clear, install the pipe and reinstate. To keep path users and their construction crews safe they will need to partially close the path from September 2023 to late 2024. This will be a temporary closure until the construction is complete.

Attached here is a notification outlining the closure in more detail.

If you have any questions, please refer them to McConnell Dowell (

Pacific Plus - We Walk Together

Hi there!  We are Asha and Ariel, Year 7 Pacific Plus students who have created a project focused on spreading love and acknowledging the VIPs in our lives. Our project's goal is to encourage people to look out for their peers and appreciate their family, friends, and even people they don’t know!

Check out the QR code on our posters around the Junior College to explore some fun activity suggestions to do with your friends or send us an email at if you’d like to find out more.

We’d love for you to get involved! 

Asha and Ariel, Year 7 Pacific Plus Students

Library News

What’s Happening in the Library?

Visiting Author Dr Rob Bell

Last week, the library hosted Dr Rob Bell, author, TV presenter and science educator. As part of a joint Science Week and Book Week celebration, Dr Bell talked to the Year 4-6 students about his books and presented a series of fascinating experiments that had students laughing and gasping in amazement. Experiments included exploring sound vibrations using slinkies and tubes, chemical reactions such as slime and giant exploding bubbles, and seeing what happens when a balloon is placed in liquid nitrogen. The students enjoyed predicting what would happen and then trying to come up with a scientific explanation.

Book Week

Book Week kicked off with our Book Parade, where students in K-5 dressed up as book characters and staff joined in the fun by dressing up as characters from Where’s Wally. Lunchtimes in the library were busy, with events happening every day based around this year’s theme of Read, Grow, Inspire. Students could do craft activities such as strawflower painting, colouring in or painting a flowerpot, enter competitions such as Book in a Jar or Little People, Big Dreams, try our Escape Room challenge or take a nature trek in virtual reality.

Book of the Year Awards

Book Week commences with the announcement of the winners of the Children’s Book Council’s Book of the Year awards. Students in P-6 have been examining some of these books in library classes. The winners are:

BOOK OF THE YEAR: OLDER READERS - Neverlanders by Tom Taylor, ill. Jon Sommariva


BOOK OF THE YEAR: EARLY CHILDHOOD - Where the Lyrebird Lives by Vikki Conley, ill. Max Hamilton

PICTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR - My Strange Shrinking Parents by Zeno Sworder

Ms Narelle Keen, Teacher Librarian

Sport News

Year 7-12 Sport

Competitive Sport News

SCISSA Touch Football

This week marked our final round before we hit the catch-up round and finals. Our Senior Girls, Junior Girls Team 2 and Intermediate Girls Team 1 went down in close games. Congratulations to the Senior Boys, Junior Girls Team 1 and Junior Boys Team 2 for their away wins. Special mention goes to Junior Boys Team 1 and Intermediate Girls Team 2 for their commanding home victories this week.

At this stage, it looks like PLC has a definite 3 teams locked in for finals with a few who are on the cusp. This is a great result for our PLC Touch program, and we look forward to a strong finish for the season.

SSCRU 10 aside Girls Rugby

Well done to the girls on another exceptional round of competition this week. The girls posted a convincing win against St Teresa's defeating them a total of 42 to 0. Their second game against James Nash came down to the wire with the girls showing an exceptional defensive effort and solid attack, unfortunately, they went down by a single conversion with the final score being 12-10. It's pleasing to see the girls continue to play more and more competitively throughout the season and continue to grow their confidence in their playing ability. Well done!

Sport Selection Term 4

A reminder that Term 4 Competitive Sport Selection will close for students on the 28th of August. Term 4 Competitive Sports available are SCISSA Rugby 7’s (Wednesday afternoons) and SCISSA Tennis (Wednesday Afternoons). Please note that Friday Basketball and Monday Water Polo will be continuing into Term 4 for some teams. We will also be running Competitive Sports Development for Term 1 Sports (Soccer and Volleyball) on Fridays. Mountain Biking and Kayaking will also continue.

Any students who don’t intend to participate in a Competitive Sport or a Sports Development option will not need to sign up for a sport. Students who aren’t signed up for a sport will be allocated to the Non-Competitive Sports Pool and there will be a sign-up for Non-Competitive Friday Sports Options on the first Friday of Term 4.

If you have any questions, please contact me at

Regional Trials

Trials for the 2024 Sunshine Coast Regional Triathlon and Aquathlon will be held at Lake Kawana over the weekend of 28th & 29th October.

Students who are interested in competing in these trials, please email Lisa Muir at for further information.

Student Acknowledgements

Congratulations to the following students for their outstanding achievements in their sporting fields:

• Lennon Biggs has been selected to represent Queensland at the U14 Football State of Origin Cup taking place in Victoria this September.

• Riley Shortland has been selected to represent Queensland at the U16 National Youth Championships (NYC) taking place in New South Wales this October.

• Tom Chessel has been selected as part of the 20-man team for Baseball Australia to compete at the U18 World Cup to be held in Taiwan.

We wish these students all the best in their upcoming high-level representative sport events!

Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Sport

Junior Sport

Lightning Cup Netball Carnival

Last Friday our Year 4/5/6 PLC Gems and PLC Jewels Netball teams participated in the Lightning Cup Netball Carnival held at the Sunshine Coast Netball Association (Fisherman’s Rd).

64 girls teams and 12 boys teams from Gympie right down to Redcliffe competed on the day in three divisions – Championship (Girls Lightning Cup), Development (Girls Thunder Cup) and Boys Storm Cup.

Both teams showed great sportsmanship throughout the event and represented PLC well during the day.

Congratulations to our PLC Jewels team who played in the championship division. They were undefeated in all their pool games, winning all six games to progress through to the semi-finals. In a very tight game, PLC went down 9-8 to St Eugene College, Burpengary. The Jewels then played off in the 3rd vs 4th playoff against St Michael’s College, Caboolture, winning this game 12 – 8 to finish in 3rd place in the Championship Division out of 28 schools.

Thanks to Ms. Michelle Dufty and Mrs Karen Costa who coached and led our teams on the day as well as the parents who supported both teams.

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.

This carnival aims 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.

Regional Trial Notice - TRIATHLON / AQUATHLON

Trials for the 2024 Sunshine Coast Regional Triathlon and Aquathlon will be held at Lake Kawana over the weekend of 28th & 29th October.

Students who are interested in competing in these trials, please email Lisa Muir for further information.

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 in the game.

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

PLC Netball Club

For all enquiries, please use the contact details below.

Facebook: PLC Netball Club
Instagram: PLC Netball Club

Mrs Donna Townsend, PLC Netball Club President

Pacific FC

Adermann Award Nominees

Congratulations to Banjo B (U12 Marlins) and Isaac N (U13 Razors) on being nominated as Pacific’s best and fairest. This award commemorates the founder & patron of the Association and is awarded to the player who accumulates the most votes for being the best and fairest player during the competitive season. Points are awarded by referees and coaches after each game. Nominees will attend the Sunshine Coast Churches Soccer Adermann Night on September 8th at Unity College where the winner will be announced.

Competitive Teams

Congratulations to our three competitive teams who played their semi-finals last Saturday.

Semi Finals - Results

U12 Pacific Marlins v Buddina Wahoos 2 -0

U13 Pacific Razors v Unity King Browns 2-3

U15 Pacific Barracudas v Buderim Cyclones 1-0

The U12 Marlins and U15 Barracudas will now progress to the Grand Finals on Saturday, 2nd September at Buderim United, Fishermans Rd. Please come along and support the teams!

U12C Premiers

Congratulations to our Pacific Marlins who ended the competition rounds at the top of the table and were crowned 2023 Premiers.

Competition Stats:

•          Played 15 rounds

•          Won 11

•          Drew 2

•          Lost 2

•          Scored 53 goals

•          Conceded 21 goals

•          Points - 35

They also won their semi-final 2-0 yesterday and this takes them straight into the Sunshine Coast Churches Grand Final on 2nd September - at 11.30am at Buderim United Churches Soccer Club, Fishermans Rd. Thank you to Coach Doug, Manager Amanda, assistants, parents and K3 Coaching, who have mentored the boys throughout the season.

U13 Pacific Razors – Coach Terry

The semi-final for the Razors against Unity King Browns turned out to be a nail-biting game!
Starting well and pressing, the Razors had the upper hand and scored, taking a 1-0 lead. From there on it was anyone’s game, with both teams keeping up their scoring until it was 2-2 at full-time. Extra time was played - 2 x 15 mins with tiring troops and penalties looming to decide. But then the Kings scored in what literally was the last kick of the game. Final score 3-2 to Unity. Super proud of the Razors for giving it all they had, and well done to all throughout the season.

U15 Pacific Barracudas – Coach Sheldon

Our Pacific Barracudas are through to the U15 Plate Championship after a hard fought 1-0 victory over a determined Buderim side this afternoon. Pacific edged in front in the first half with a solid strike from Josh inside the box. Our defence stood up and was able to nullify the numerous counter-attacking raids Buderim threw at us. A week off then the Barracudas have their second year in a row playing on Grand Final Day. The match is at 11.50am at Buderim United, Fishermans Rd.

U6-U10 Rooball Carnivals

Pacific hosted the U6 and U10 Carnivals last Saturday whilst the other age groups played across the Sunshine Coast. Congratulations to all our players, coaches, managers and families on their dedication to the carnivals and end of the season games. Thank you to the volunteers who helped with the set-up and canteen. It is very much appreciated.

2024 SCCSA U9-U18 Representative Trials

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


28       Year 12 Mock Exams Commence (conclude 8th September)

29       Father’s Day Stall

30       P-2 Athletics Carnival

31       Celebrating Dads’ Breakfast (7.00am)


1         Pupil Free Day

4         Year 11 Exams Commence (conclude 14th September)

15       Term 3 Concludes