Compass No 701 - October 2023

From the Principal

Making A Difference One Step At A Time

This week some Year 7 girls approached me and asked, “We want to reduce the pollution in the world. Is that OK?” The optimism and purpose in this question reflected the confidence and hope that the girls had for making a difference one step at a time. Over this past fortnight, we have heard about 11-year-old Abbie who created the “Her Way” digital magazine in 2021 after being frustrated with the lack of coverage of women’s sport, and we also know of several teens including Malala Yousafazi, Greta Thunberg and Nicholas Lowinger who have had impact on a global stage through taking action. When we look on a global or national scale, we can have a sense of powerlessness to make the world a better place. The reality is that we can make a difference by focusing on what we can do and acting. Small but important things of welcoming and valuing different perspectives, backgrounds and traditions and listening carefully to the needs of others and encouraging others to do the same has a multiplier effect. Similarly seeing our interdependence on nature and working to reduce our environmental footprint is the first step in making a difference. Action taken to increase the respect and care for the dignity of all people and the planet one step at a time does make a difference.

God encourages us to care for people and the planet and to see ourselves as neighbours to each other in need of love and care. We are challenged to do what we can in our own corner of the world to make a difference. 

Principal’s Log

The Celebration of Dance at the Ramada, Pelican Waters, last Friday evening was a wonderful celebration of the talent and growth of our dancers through their engagement with Curricular Dance, SCISSA Dance and the Pacific Dance Academy. Dancers of all levels showcased their talents demonstrating prowess across a range of genres. It was a very entertaining evening where clever use of pre-recorded interviews allowed the audience to learn of the benefits of the Dance program offered at the College and the role that Dance can play from professional and personal perspectives beyond school. All of the dancers, alumni coaches Zoe Clewett and Courtney Callaghan and Head of Drama and Dance, Mrs Kristy Astwick are to be congratulated on a wonderful showcase of talent which included a guest appearance of alumni Miss Eliza Bryan. Thank you to Mrs Astwick and Mrs Alysha Borak for their organisation of a professional and thoroughly entertaining event and to Mrs Lisa Stevens and Mr Tim Ambrose for their support of the evening.

Earlier this week we farewelled our Year 9 students who are enjoying and growing through their two week Outdoor Education experience. The opportunity to complete a solo, as well as engage in a range of activities and grow confidence in their ability to overcome challenges as they enhance their relationships with each other, nature and with God provide life changing experiences. We wish the Year 9 students and their leaders all the best for their remaining time together.

Our Year 12 students are now taking advantage of two weeks of study time where they have the flexibility to work from home or school. We wish our Year 12 students all the best as they prepare for their important exams.

Our Year 11 students have now transitioned into leadership of the College and into Unit 3 of their Senior studies. Year 11 students and parents greatly appreciate the information provided at the Year 12 2024 Information Evening which included information about the development of important capabilities through engagement and leadership of a range of activities at the College, their academic journey and pathways within and beyond the College and the range of events and opportunities they can look forward to in their final year.  We thank Director of Students, Ms Leigh Finter, Head of Learning Senior College, Ms Anne-Marie Gerlach and Head of Career Development, Mrs Veronica Sanmarco for their informative presentations and Head of IT Services, Mr Steve Rattey for his support.  Families will be notified when the screencast of the evening is made available on NAV.

We wish students participating in the Future Problem Solving National Finals all the best as they compete this weekend in Brisbane.  All of the individuals and teams are very excited to share their ideas and learn from other students on this National stage. We thank Mrs Linda Sydes, Ms Adelle Byerlee and Mrs Jo Belchamber for their leadership of these teams and parents for their valued support.

We also wish our Intermediate boys team all the best as they compete in the Queensland Champion Schools Basketball competition over this coming weekend. We thank Mr Brad Burdon for his coaching of the team, Mr Cam West-McInnes, and parents for their support.

May God grant us the optimism, love and wisdom to make a difference for people and the planet. We pray for all the people of the world.  We pray for those impacted by acts of aggression and war. We pray that God would grant wisdom to all leaders of the world that they would work to bring peace and enhance the lives of people and the planet.  May we all grow in our respect and valuing of the human dignity of all.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Chaplain

The Value of Youth

One of my favourite stories about an experience at Pacific that I remember being told was one from our Principal a number of years ago. She told the story about the interaction she had with a Prep student at the end of his very first day at the start of the year. Dr Dolling was at the car park saying goodbye to P-2 students after their first day and engaged in some conversation with the young Prep boy. She asked him about how his first day was. He responded “Yeah, it was ok. I had a lot of fun, but I still can’t read yet.” Talk about trying to run before you can walk!

Whenever I remember that story, I also think of the saying “out of the mouth of babes”. There is something refreshing about listening to the stories and words that come out of young children’s mouths at times. To me, it highlights their innocence and their naturally inquisitive and unfiltered nature. I guess this comes from being so reliant on the adults in their lives, that they feel safe around almost anyone and can just be themselves. A little child’s vulnerability is refreshing to me, and I’m envious of their absolute and total reliance on others to give them all that they need for life.

It is no wonder then, considering this, that Jesus often refers to children as being valuable. There are a number of passages where, in his teachings, Jesus scolds his own disciples for their attitudes and recommends that they see the world more through the eyes of a child. He is even quite explicit to us when he says, “the Kingdom of God belongs to these [children]”.

If only we could all be more like children in our faith in God. To completely depend on Him for everything that we need; to understand that we need Him every step of the way in our lives; and to trust in Him for our daily needs. And I think that is the message Jesus was trying to tell us. Coming to God with the approach of a child is reassuring and comforting. It takes the pressure of us and places it on the one who can do ALL things.

So, let’s try to remember to walk before we can run!

Mr Mark Hauser, College Chaplain

From the Director of Students

Enhancing Pastoral Care: Introduction of the 8th PCG in 2024

Pacific is committed to the crucial role that Pastoral Care plays in fostering a nurturing and supportive environment for its students.  To further enhance the quality of pastoral support and guidance provided for students, specifically across Years 7-12, the College is excited to introduce an 8th Pastoral Care Group (PCG) in each of the four Houses, commencing 2024.

Pastoral Care at Pacific is integral to a student’s academic success and personal growth.  It goes beyond the traditional classroom setting, ensuring students feel seen, heard and valued. The introduction of the 8th PCG represents a proactive step towards reinforcing the College’s commitment to individualised care.  The initiative is designed to maintain small groups, allowing for increased interactions and mentorship between Middle and Senior College students and their PCG teacher.

To ensure a smooth transition, students in Years 6-11 will receive email communication this week outlining the introduction of the 8th PCG.  This communication will provide details on the purpose, structure and benefits of the additional PCG.  Importantly, students will have the opportunity to express their interest in moving into the 8th PCG.

The introduction of an 8th PCG in 2024 emphasises the College’s commitment to providing a nurturing and supportive environment for our students and recognising that a strong foundation of Pastoral Care is essential for academic success and personal growth. 

As students express their interest in the 8th PCG, we look forward to fostering stronger connections between students and their PCG teacher as well as ensuring each student feels valued and supported throughout their PCG journey.

If any student or parent would like additional information about the introduction of the 8th PCG, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Ms Leigh Finter, Director of Students

From the Head of Teaching and Learning K-5

What Is Differentiated Instruction and Why Is It Important?

Differentiated Instruction is the process of tailoring lessons to meet each student’s individual interests, needs, and strengths. Teaching this way gives students choice and flexibility in how they learn, and helps teachers personalize learning. This method also requires instructional clarity and clearly defined goals for learning, better enabling students to meet those goals.

What Are Some Differentiated Instruction Strategies?

At Pacific, we differentiate instruction across four main areas: content, process, product, and environment.

To differentiate content, teachers consider the objective of a lesson and then provide students with flexible options about the content they study to meet the objective, from subject or topic to approach or presentation.

With process differentiation, teachers differentiate how students learn. Grouping students based on their individual readiness or complementing each other is one way to accomplish process differentiation. Another is varying the way concepts are taught: through visual, auditory, or kinesthetic lessons, for example.

Product differentiation applies to the types of assignments students create. A teacher might ask students to explain a concept; the product could be a written report, a story, a song, a speech, or an art project. Varying the types of assessments that we give students is also an example of product differentiation.

The classroom environment also affects learning. Changing physical things in the classroom - how desks are set up or arranged, or where students can sit (on beanbags, for example), serves as classroom environment differentiation, which can also include changes to routines and habits.

Differentiating instruction is really a way of thinking, not a preplanned list of strategies. Oftentimes, it is making decisions at the moment based on this mindset. It’s recognising that all of our students bring different gifts and challenges and that as educators, we need to recognize those differences and use our professional judgment to flexibly respond to them in our teaching.

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

From the Head of Career Development

Careers News

QUT Early Offer – Next Steps for Students, upload of supporting documentation

For current Year 12 students who have received an invitation for the QUT Early Offer, a reminder that you will need to upload your documents by 31st October for the 17th November QTAC offer round.

You must provide evidence of your confirmed QCAA General subject internal assessment (IA) marks for IA1, IA2 and IA3 in the form of:

• a full screenshot of the Results page within your QCAA Student Portal learning account (ensure this shows your Learner Unique Identifier (LUI); or

• a PDF of your Learning Account Summary – your school can generate this for you from the Student Management application.

QCAA has advised that confirmed marks for second and third IAs for all students across the state will begin to be published in QCAA Student Portal learning accounts shortly and this may continue into November for some students.

The final date to provide documentation is 17th November to be considered for the 27th November QTAC offer round.


University Showcase for Year 11 Students

We have booked a session on Tuesday 7th November to give Year 11 students the opportunity to listen to university students, TAFE and the Australian Defence Force on the following topics:

• Find out more information about tertiary programs on offer and ask questions at our partner expo display, which will include representatives from all universities in Queensland.

• Learn more about tertiary programs, how to apply, study costs, scholarships, accommodation options, and life as a university student.

A courtesy reminder to Parents/ Carers that you are required to complete the online consent process and confirm medical details in Parent Lounge by Tuesday 24th October 2023.


Mrs Veronica Sanmarco, Head of Career Development

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Term 4 Events

If you have done your volunteer induction and have a couple of hours to spare for our Term 4 BBQ events, we’d love to have you! Save the dates now and keep eye on your email for more details soon. If you’re available, we’d love to hear from you - please email – we promise you’ll have fun!

  • Term 4 SCISSA Gala Day at Meridan Fields - set up from 8.00am – Thursday 2nd November (Week 5)
  • K-5 Christmas Carols at PLC - set up from pm – Friday 24th November (Week 8)

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.

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.

Click here to follow our Friends of Pacific Facebook page.

Mrs Carly Lovell, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

College News

We Need Wool

Dear Pacific families,

Do you have any spare wool that we could use for our finger-knitting group in the Junior College?

We have so many children excited to participate in our finger knitting club on Thursdays that we have run out of wool!

If you can help by bringing in any spare wool for our club, it would be most appreciated.

Please bring any donations to the main office.

Sabine and Zara, Pacific Plus Students

Uniform Shop

The PLC Uniform Shop is accepting Second Hand uniforms for sale.  Please see the below conditions for sale in the shop.

Current Uniform will be accepted, with the exception of; sports uniform (polo and shorts), socks, swimwear and shoes.

Clothes must be freshly laundered, in good condition and free of pet hair.

Unacceptable items: Too faded, fabric too thin, bad repairs, Stains-including underarm sweat stains, worn patches and fraying hems/sleeves, working zippers/buttons, rips or tears.

Blazers are accepted but only with a current dry-cleaning receipt attached.

Current Families please arrange to visit the Uniform Shop during Term 4 for uniforms for next year to avoid the rush.  Visits to the uniform shop are by appointment.  Appointments can be made with the Main Reception on 5436 7300.  Our Uniform Shop hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8.00am to 10.30am by appointment and Tuesday afternoon 2.00-4.00pm. 

We strongly advise all current families to please arrange uniforms for next year before the end of Term 4 2023.  All new uniforms can be returned for exchange in Term 1 2024 if still in original packaging and unwashed/named.  Transitioning students in Prep to Year 1 and Year 5 to Year 6 students will require Formal Uniforms for the start or 2024. 

New families will be given preference for Back to School appointments in January 2024 and appointments will be required.


Current Year 9 students will be required to arrange to purchase a Blazer for Home Coming on Thursday November 23rd.  Trousers will be required, and ties will be required for boys and senior tie for girls also.

Mrs Peta King, Uniform Convenor

Library News

Book Fair

Our annual Book Fair will begin in the library next Monday and run until Thursday afternoon.

Books are available for purchase, starting from $5.

Ms Narelle Keen, Teacher Librarian

Sport News

Years 7-12 Sport


Our Tennis teams started this season with a PLC vs PLC fixture at Caloundra Tennis Centre. Well done to both teams for a good afternoon of competition. It is great to see enthusiasm from our Middle College students to give Competitive Tennis a go and we look forward to seeing their progress across the season.

SCSS Water Polo

Our teams resumed their season on Monday evening with the boys travelling to St Andrew’s and the Intermediate Girls playing at Sunshine Coast Grammar. The Junior Boys played well despite having limited numbers and a special mention goes to Arjuna Suseno for his great work in goals. The Intermediate Girls remain undefeated with their forfeit win on Monday, but it was great to see their sporting spirit in action as they offered to help with numbers to play a friendly with the other team. We wish our teams all the best in their fixtures next week.

District/Regional Trials

Students who are interested in attending the following Regional Trials need to contact Mrs Lisa Muir by Monday 16th October to register their interest:

• 15-18 Baseball

• 16-19 Boys Cricket

• 16-19 Girls Cricket

Student Acknowledgement

Well done to Isabella Welsh who attended the National Junior Hardcourt Championships last week in Adelaide. Isabella made the tournament on a wildcard entry after winning QLD Championships. All her singles matches were against higher ranked players and got the No.1 seed for the first round. She played really well and finished in the top half of competitors within the tournament.

Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Sport

Junior Sport

Years 2 – 5 Learn to Surf Program

As part of our school surfing program, we are pleased to announce that we will be offering a four-week Learn to Surf Program for students in Years 2 – 5 this term.

The program will be run through North Caloundra Surf School in conjunction with Pacific Lutheran College staff.  A range of topics will be covered in this four-week program including: reading ocean conditions, board handling and developing fundamental movements such as balance, agility and coordination.

There are only a few remaining spots left for this year’s program.

Details of the program are as follows:

•          Monday mornings before school, 6.00am arrival for a 6.15am start. Sessions will conclude at 7.15am.

•          Program begins on Monday 23rd October (Week 4) and runs through to Monday 13th November (Week 7).

•          Students will surf at various Caloundra beaches (Kings, Dicky’s, Happy Valley) depending upon conditions.

•          Parents responsible for transport to and from the venue.

A portion of the cost of the program will be subsidised through the College but will still cost $20 per student, which will cover four surfing sessions as well as use of a foam surfboard and wet shirt supplied through North Caloundra Surf School.

Participation in this program is limited with only 24 places available. Spots will be given on a first served basis.

If you are interested in your child participating in this program, please email to register your child.

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

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

For all enquiries, please use the contact details below.

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


17       Middle College Orientation Day & Evening

20       Pacific Pulse Surf Contest

20       Year 9 Camp Returns

23       Year 12 External Assessment Commences

24       Friends of Pacific (6.30pm)

27       Day for Daniel