Compass No 699 - September 2023

From the Principal

Travelling Light

Having the ability to travel light and well is a real skill. Many of us will have had the experience of having to climb stairs with baggage where we wished we had packed a little less. At those times, we often notice those who have packed smaller bags and yet at the same time appear to have just the right clothing or gear and appear dressed and equipped well for every occasion. We also notice those who have much bigger heavier bags and the added difficulty that larger bags add to any trip. Packing well often means having learnt from experience and the advice of others, thoughtful planning and leaving unnecessary items behind.

As we journey through life there is also the encouragement to learn to travel lightly and well. At the end of the term, we are encouraged to reflect and learn from our experiences, pack what is essential for the journey ahead and leave the rest behind. Where people have the capacity to learn through challenging experiences and disappointment and then leave them behind, they travel well.  Similarly, where people have the ability and desire to learn from success and celebrate with humility they can leave the glory behind, and step lightly into the next opportunity. We can also make a difference as we support others to travel light, through listening and encouragement.

God invites us at the end of each day and each term to reflect and grow. God is always ready to listen. We can say a prayer of thanks for our successes and the good things that come our way and also pray for the wisdom and humility to learn through hurts, challenges and disappointments. Having reflected and learnt through the experience, we are invited to leave our worries and burdens at the foot of the cross, pray for wisdom and guidance and travel forward lightly with God at our side.

Principal's Log

It was good to witness the joy and sense of common purpose between a group of our Year 7 Pacific Plus students and members of the St Mark’s congregation at the assembly on Tuesday. The students presented the St Mark’s group with baskets containing the clothes and toys donated by our Prep to Year 5 families and bags of sanitary and personal items purchased using money raised through the cake stall they had conducted at St Mark’s after church earlier in the term. These items will be given to families who have been affected by Domestic Violence, are homeless or been adversely affected through other circumstances. The St Mark’s congregation supports Mission Impossible who support a range of those in need within our local community. We thank Pastor Ray Morris, his wife Janelle who leads the Baby Bundle group, Dawn Burrows who leads the connection with Mission Impossible, husband Stuart and Narelle Jeffers who is the Chair of the Congregation for their encouragement, prayers and support of our students and for attending our assembly on Tuesday. We thank our community for their generous support of this initiative and commend our Year 7 students for their service in making a difference for many.

A large group of parents, staff and students enjoyed watching the teamwork, skill, strength and spirit of our PLC Fireballs team as they won the Division 1 Grand Final of the Caloundra District Netball Association on Saturday. It was also a special moment as they celebrated their final game as a team with many of them having played together for a number of years under the leadership of coach Mrs Michelle Dufty.  We congratulate and thank the girls for their contribution to the growth of netball within the College. We also thank Mrs Michelle Dufty who as a coach and Head of Netball at the College has led significant growth in netball through both the Saturday and Monday Night School competitions. We also thank Mrs Donna Townsend, her executive and all coaches and managers who have supported a highly successful year of netball at Pacific. Thank you to our parents for your ongoing support and encouragement.

We congratulate our Junior B Boys, Junior A Boys and Senior B Boys Touch teams who have all won their grand finals this week as part of the SCISSA Touch competition. We thank Touch Coordinator Mr Josh Danzey and coaches Mr Scott Massie and Mr Cameron West-McInnes for their leadership of these teams.

We thank Mrs Karen Costa and Mr Cleveland Myerhoff for supporting the learning of our Year 2 and Year 4 students so well over this last term. We wish Ms Michelle McMillan, Mrs Mel Pietrala and Mr Andrew Block all the best for their long service leave next term. We look forward to welcoming Mrs Jodie Connors and Mr Joe Doran back from long service leave. We also look forward to welcoming Ms Alisha Bausch who comes to us from St Columban’s College, Caboolture as a Middle and Senior College teacher of Mathematics and Science, Ms Sarah Tolhurst from Peace Lutheran College in Cairns as a Middle and Senior College English and Humanities teacher and Ms Kana Chan as a continuing Japanese teacher.

Term 3 has been a busy and productive term full of opportunities for growth. We thank our staff, students and parents for their generous and capable engagement and support.

We pray that everyone has some time for rest and recuperation with the change of rhythm that occurs through the school holidays and that God would help us to travel lightly, trusting that God provides for our needs.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the Head of Middle College

Service Learning: Helping Build a Community of Care

This week at assembly, we witnessed the culmination of hours of work from our amazing Year 7 Pacific Plus students as they served the community with and through the St Mark’s congregation. This was a powerful service learning opportunity for these young students and highlights the way these opportunities can help build a community of care.

Service learning instils a sense of social responsibility in students that can extend beyond the classroom. When students recognize the impact of their actions on the lives of others, they become motivated to effect positive change. Service learning connects students with the wider community profoundly. Instead of being passive observers, they become active participants in community development. This engagement strengthens community bonds, as students, teachers, and community members work together to address local issues.

Service learning can also help develop important lifelong skills like patience, tolerance, and emotional regulation. These skills are vital for our Middle College students to call on when they encounter circumstances that require good decision making. As we come to the end of what has been a very busy term, we all must manage our emotions, take time with each other and ensure we listen and respect conflicting opinions. Service learning projects bring all of these skills together when students have a common goal they are trying to achieve. By honing these skills, students not only become more resilient but also model emotional maturity and self-control for others in their community. In this way, service learning contributes not only to the betterment of society but also to the emotional intelligence of those involved, reinforcing the foundations of a true community of care.

I wish all of those Middle College students, parents and extended families a restful break and look forward to a productive Term 4 where we continue the journey of creating and strengthening the Pacific Lutheran College Community of Care.

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Acting Head of Middle College Students

From the Head of Learning K-5

Maintaining Learning Momentum in the School Holidays for Children

Maintaining learning momentum for children during school holidays is essential for their continued growth and development. Here are some strategies to help parents and caregivers encourage learning during the holidays:

Set a Schedule: Create a flexible daily or weekly schedule that includes designated learning time. Having a routine helps children know what to expect and makes it easier to transition back to school when the holidays are over.

Incorporate Fun Activities: Learning doesn't have to be dull. Engage children in educational games, puzzles, and hands-on activities that align with their interests. For example, science experiments, art projects, or cooking can be both fun and educational.

Visit Museums and Zoos: Take advantage of local museums, zoos, botanical gardens, and science centres. These places often have interactive exhibits and programs that can stimulate a child's curiosity and love for learning.

Read Regularly: Encourage daily reading. Visit the library and let children choose books that interest them. Create a cosy reading nook at home and read together as a family.

Online Resources: Utilize educational websites, apps, and platforms that offer age-appropriate content. Websites like Khan Academy, National Geographic Kids, and BrainPOP offer engaging educational materials.

Nature Exploration: Spend time outdoors. Nature walks, hikes, and gardening can teach children about the natural world, biology, and environmental science.

Educational Trips: Plan family trips that incorporate learning opportunities. Visiting historical sites, cultural landmarks, or places of scientific interest can be both fun and educational.

Learning Challenges: Set up learning challenges or projects. For example, challenge your child to research and present on a topic of their choice or create a science experiment.

Encourage Creativity: Arts and crafts, music, and creative writing are excellent ways to foster creativity and learning during the holidays. Provide the necessary materials and let children explore their creative interests.

Cooking and Baking: Cooking and baking involve math, science, and following instructions. Let children help in the kitchen to learn valuable skills while having fun.

Balance with Relaxation: While it's important to encourage learning, it's equally crucial to allow children to relax and recharge during the holidays. Ensure they have downtime for free play, relaxation, and spending time with friends and family.

Reflect and Celebrate: At the end of the holidays, reflect on what your child learned and achieved. Celebrate their accomplishments, no matter how small, to boost their confidence and motivation.

Happy Holidays!

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

From the Head of Career Development

Careers News

BOP Industries | Creating Your Digital Presence Workshop

Monday 18th September to Tuesday 19th September 2023

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

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

For our program on the 18th and 19th of September, we will have a specific focus on helping students build the digital presence for their business as they create their own website and business social media accounts. Over the two days, we will organise specialised masterclasses and expert mentors to work with students to design and launch their websites and social media accounts.

Find out more here.


Whitehouse Institute of Design | Illustration and Portfolio Workshop, Brisbane

Monday 18th September 2023

This workshop is for aspiring designers and is recommended as a starting point for those wishing to develop their illustration skills and create a portfolio for application to the Bachelor of Design program. In this 2-hour workshop, you will gain an understanding of how to illustrate with Marker and Paper, experiment with different multi-media materials and learn techniques for presenting your creative ideas.

This workshop focuses on the following areas of skill development including:

• Illustration techniques

• Application of pencils, professional markers and felt-tip pens for professional rendering

• Brief analysis of trends and preparation of illustrations to complement a Mood Board

• Exploring an individual design aesthetic

• Beginners portfolio development and learn how to present your work for application to the Bachelor of Design program.

Find out more here.


UQ | InspireU Spring Camp

Sunday 24th September to Friday 29th September 2023

Immerse yourself in a week-long (24-29 September) university experience to learn about a range of academic areas. Year 10-12 students will get to explore potential study options and get practical insights into a range of disciplines.

You’re eligible if you:

• Are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent

• Are enrolled in high school at the time of application

• Are enrolled in ATAR subjects and eligible for an ATAR score

• Have a school attendance rate of 90% or greater.

As part of the camp, you’ll:

• Participate in a week-long on-campus residential camp

• Attend engaging sessions to further understand a range of disciplines

• take part in practical, hands-on experiences

• Explore UQ facilities and services

• Connect with current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students

• Meet fellow high school students

There is no cost for students.

Find out more here.


Mrs Veronica Sanmarco, Head of Career Development

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Our next FoP meeting is on Tuesday 24th October at 6.30pm in the College Library. You can RSVP by emailing ( All agenda items should be submitted via email by Friday 13th October. Come along, meet some new people and find out how you can help connect our community.

We wish everyone in the community a safe and restful holiday break and look forward to seeing everyone for a very busy Term 4!

Click here to follow our Friends of Pacific Facebook page.

Mrs Carly Lovell, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

College News

School Photos

We apologise for the lateness in school photos arriving this year. 

Due to Year 5 being on camp the day photos were taken earlier this year; their photos were not taken until the cocurricular photo day in August.

As a result, the photographers could not start the production until all photos were taken.

We will let you know as soon as we have been given an estimated time of arrival.

Thank you for understanding.

Miss Carolyn Sainty, Administrative Executive Secretary

Sport News

Years 7-12 Sport

Competitive Sport News

SCISSA Touch Football

Well done to our Junior B Boys, Junior A Boys and Senior B Boys for winning their SCISSA Touch Football Grand Finals. It is an incredible result to have 3 from 3 teams win their Grand Finals! The Junior B Boys kicked off proceedings last week with a very tight 3-2 win in their ultimate match. Not to be outdone by this, the Senior Boys took their game to extra time drop off and only won with 3 people on the field in golden point. They held their nerve and competed well to the end. The Junior A Boys won in convincing fashion, consistently rolling up the field with dynamic rucking and strong support play. Well done to all players and coaches for a great season of touch.

Sunshine Coast Secondary Schools’ Water Polo

Well done to our Water Polo teams for their fantastic efforts in their fixtures on Monday night. The Junior Boys had a commanding win, finishing off the game with an 11-3 result. The Intermediate Girls fought back with great tenacity to draw their match against a formidable Sunshine Coast Grammar Team. This leaves them undefeated for the season so far and reflects their hard work at training.

Competitive Netball 2024

We have not quite finished the year yet but we are looking to start getting ready for a strong 2024 in Netball. There will be trials for Years 7-11 students on the PLC Rear Courts taking place in Week 4 of Term 4. Please see the details below:

Tuesday 24th October: 3.15pm-4.15pm Years 8 and 9 Girls Trials

Wednesday 25th October 3.15pm- 4.15pm: Years 10 and 11 Girls Trials

Please contact Michelle Dufty if you have any questions regarding these trials.

Student Acknowledgements

Congratulations to Mae Clarke, Zara Richters, Cade Rowlands and Holly Targato who have been selected to represent the Sunshine Coast at the State Athletics Championships held in October.

Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Sport

Junior Sport

Regional Athletics Carnival Success

Congratulations to our 9-12 years students who competed at the recent Sunshine Coast Regional Athletics Carnival held at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Students from Redcliffe up to Noosa compete at this carnival after qualifying to represent their various districts.

This was the highest number of PLC students we have had qualify for this carnival in our history. Below is a list of the events students participated in and their results from the carnival.

Results from the carnival are used to select students to represent the Sunshine Coast region at the Queensland State Athletics Carnival, which will be held QSAC in Brisbane in October.

Congratulations and good luck to the following PLC students who have now qualified to compete at the State Championships.

Emma Duddridge – 10 Girls Discus

Ashlan Hill – 11 Girls Discus

Bailee Kiernan – 11 Girls Shot Put

Zara Koebsch – 12 Girls High Jump

Hudson Smith – 10 Boys Shot Put

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

Congratulations PLC Fireballs for a convincing win in the Division 1 Grand Final on Saturday 9th September, defeating Unity Proteas 46-20. The Fireballs demonstrated teamwork, commitment, skills, and strength across the court from the first whistle.  Thank you to all supporters, including Dr Dolling, Cameron-West McInnes and other PLC staff, family, and friends for your support on Grand Final day.

Congratulations to all our players, coaches, managers, and parents on a wonderful season of netball. What a fantastic year the PLC Netball Club has had. Our 2023 achievements include:

•  Winners, Division 1: PLC Fireballs

•  Third Place, Division 2: PLC Fury

•  Third Place, Division 7: PLC Mavericks

•  Third Place, U12-1: PLC Avengers

The strength and skill our players demonstrated this season in Club netball are closely aligned with their participation in PLC School netball. Both the school and Club netball programs are headed by Michelle Dufty who works tirelessly with players, coaches, and families, to develop skills throughout the year. Heartfelt thanks to Michelle for her passion and commitment this season.

We look forward to a rest over the coming months, as we prepare for another great year of netball in 2024, where we hope to see you all return.

Your PLC Netball Club Committee.

Facebook: PLC Netball Club
Instagram: PLC Netball Club

Mrs Donna Townsend, PLC Netball Club President

Pacific FC

Season Wrap-Up
Pacific FC had a successful 2023 season with 14 teams and 164 players from Prep to Year 10 in the SCCSA Competition. Our two all-girls teams continued this year with Pacific FC keen to support female players. The Club celebrated the season with new jerseys, Rooball carnivals, a Premiership trophy, and two of our competitive teams finishing as Runners-up in the Grand Final Championships.

2023 Competitive Teams
U12C Pacific Marlins - Premiership and Grand Champions - Runners-up

U13B Pacific Razors – Semi-finalists

U15 Pacific Barracudas – Grand Champions - Runners-up

Carter Boland, Nicholas Currey, Taj McCulloch, Kia McCulloch, and Brody McGregor

Jackson Beilken, Heath Booker, Jai Bradley, Ned Brandenberg, Henry Greene, River Mills, Faolan Shearer, Oliver Stocker, Zane Thompson, and Marshall White

U12 Marlins - Chase McKinnon

U12 Marlins - Mani Bray

U13 Pacific Razors - Noella Finney

U12 Pacific Marlins – Banjo Brandenberg

U13 Pacific Razors – Isaac Nguyen

Sunshine Coast Referees’ Association rated teams on spirit, coaching and attitude. Our two top-ranking teams were:

U9 Pacific Swordfish (U9-U10)

U15 Barracudas (U12-U15)

Lucie Bradley and Carice Tadgell

Jetts Kawana and Caloundra


Guzman Y Gomez


Green Beginnings Child Centres

Australis Roofing

Pacific Lutheran College 

U6 Makos – Robert McDonald and Brittany Finch

U6 Wahoos – Niall Geoghegan and Katie Wilke

U6 Trevallys – Aaron and Tabitha Harris

U7 Manta Rays - John McKie and Mike Rodwell

U7 Eagle Rays - Fiona Craven and Casey McKenna

U8 Snappers – Dean Butt, Max Maksan and Martin Gres

U8 Stingrays - Darren Hooper, Kirsty Ridley and Shelly Hogan

U8 Angelfish – Kylie Peters and Sharon Hooper

U9 Swordfish – John Moore and Natalie Martin Booker

U10 Seahorses - Greg Hill, Jane Hill, and Gabriela Gogarty

U10 Sharks – John Scott and Rachel Yared

U12C Marlins - Doug McKinnon and Amanda Dee

U13B Razors - Terry Finney, Lara Hodgson, and Carice Tadgell

U15 Barracudas - Sheldon Boland and Rod McGregor

Jonti Fisher - Young CommBank Matildas squad

Thanks to Lucie Bradley, Carice Tadgell, and the student volunteers, particularly Amelie Bradley, Ruby Davis and Isabella Lee, for ensuring the canteen at home games and carnivals operated efficiently. Our appreciation also goes to the home bakers and parent volunteers who helped with field setup, canteen, and pack up. The Club couldn't have run smoothly without our dedicated volunteers. We also thank Tish, College sports aide, who managed the equipment shed and supported our coaches and managers.

Thanks to Melinda Geelhoed and Lisa Ackerman, who coordinated the new training shirts and jerseys in 2022 ready for the 2023 season. The biggest thank you to Jenny Lee and John Williams for countless hours behind the scenes in logistics. We also appreciate the College maintenance and grounds crew, especially Sam, for marking the fields and keeping the pitch in excellent order throughout the season. Thank you to Head of Sport, Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Junior Sport, Darren Hooper and Principal, Dr Dolling, for their unwavering support of the Club throughout the season so we could achieve our goals.

We thank the parents, grandparents, and friends who have supported the teams from the sidelines each week. Pacific FC's 22nd year in 2023 was a resounding success thanks to the unwavering dedication and commitment of its volunteers.

2024 SCCSA U9-U18 Representative Trials
Dates 7th, 14th and 21st October. Venue: Chancellor Park Soccer Club. Registrations now open.

Register your interest via:

Open from 1st of November.

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


14       Senior Ensembles Concert

15       Term 3 Concludes


2         King’s Birthday

3         Term 4 Commences

9         Year 9 Camp Depart (Return 20th October)