Compass No 703 - October 2023

From the Principal

Celebrating Our Staff

One of the great joys and privileges in life is to support young people in their growth. Parents, families, coaches and other mentors play a critical role in the growth of young people. Those involved in education have a special role in working in partnership with families to empower young people to learn about themselves and the universe, to learn how to live and learn well with others, how to engage in lifelong learning and gain the knowledge, capability and skills to make a high-quality contribution to their families and communities. Staff involved in education play a transformative role as they encourage, guide, and explore new ways of thinking and being with young people.

We are blessed to have a very capable staff who give generously of their time and themselves to provide rich opportunities for young people to grow across all dimensions of life. We thank God for the blessings and talents that each member of staff brings into our community. We express our deep appreciation for all that our staff do. We pray that each member of staff has a deep sense of joy and purpose as they work together with parents and students to transform lives.

Principal’s Log

Have you completed your Annual Review?  One of the important ways that parents support the growth of learning within the College is through the provision of feedback. We encourage all parents to access the email sent last Friday 20th October and spend 5-10 minutes to provide feedback about their child’s learning experiences and the College’s strategic direction. This short survey helps to provide a pulse check and is used by College Council and the Administration and Learning Executive to implement improvement action.

The Day for Daniel is an important reminder for us all to play our part in educating and supporting our children about how to protect their personal safety. At Pacific we recognise the memory of Daniel and the legacy of the Morcombe Foundation by Prep to Year 5 students wearing a touch of red with their uniform. The red is significant to our students as it reminds them of Daniel as well as serving as a reminder to the importance of child safety and measures and techniques our students utilise to keep themselves safe.

Students from a range of six local schools enjoyed the opportunity to compete in the Pacific Pulse Surfing Competition last week. Teams were made up of 8 students ranging in age from U10 to U12 who each competed in two individual heats and then a Tag Team event as schools. Pacific students performed well with Ayal Robson (U10) and Tara McFadden (U12) Girls Age Champions and Indie Hooper U10 Girls Runner Up. We congratulate Buddina State School and Talara Primary College on being crowned joint champion schools on the day. We thank Mr Darren Hooper for his organisation and leadership and Mr Damian Davis, Mr Scott Massie, Mrs Lisa Muir, Mr Cam West-McInnes, Mr Joe Doran, Lachlan Buchanan and Mr Warren Schefe in providing this opportunity for young people to enjoy testing their surfing talents. We also thank sponsors Beach Beat Caloundra, Rob Williams Real Estate and North Caloundra Surf School.

We have welcomed back our Year 9 students from camp and have enjoyed listening to their stories. We look forward to continuing to support them to build on the important growth that occurred over the two-week period. We once again thank Head of Outdoor Education, Mr Paul Brace for his organisation and Mr Dave Druery, Ms Rebekah Horsey, Mr Liam Jacka, Ms Georgie Snelling, Mrs Sigrid Davis, Mr Duncan McNee, Ms Taylor Edwards, Mr Brendan Macaulay, Mr Josh Danzey, Mrs Leah Croke, Mrs Emma Lendrum, Mr Graham Kanowski, Mr Josh Cummins, Mr Brett Kersnovske and Ms Megan Bancks that gave so generously to make this such a powerful time of learning.

 Our Year 12 students have been engaging well with the external exams. We pray that God would give each of our Year 12 students energy and clarity of thought as they prepare for and continue into their second week of external assessment next week.

We give thanks to God for all of the staff that He has brought into our community. We pray that God would continue to equip, strengthen and empower them as they inspire hope and possibility in our community.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal 

From the College Chaplain

Listening to your Calling

Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.’” So, Samuel went and lay down in his place.

The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”

Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

           1 Samuel 3:9-10

As a child, I used to listen to this bible verse and marvel at how faithful a young boy, Samuel, was to first be able to hear God’s calling, and secondly and even more amazingly, that God would actually call him! It seemed remarkable to me that God would use such a young boy for his cause. But is it really that strange of a story?

There are many instances where God used and called young people to carry out special tasks. David (when he fought Goliath) was just a young shepherd boy; Daniel; Joseph (who went on to become a ruler of Egypt) and the story of the maid of Israel. These are just a few instances where God has called young people and used them when others might have doubted their ability.

These examples remind us that age is not a limitation when it comes to hearing and responding to God's call. Whether you are young or old, God has a unique purpose and plan for your life.

We often doubt our abilities and qualifications when we sense a calling from God. We may feel unworthy or ill-equipped, just as Samuel might have felt as a young boy. But God doesn't call us based on our human qualifications or worldly standards. He calls us because He sees our potential, and He equips us for the tasks He sets before us.

Samuel's story also teaches us the importance of listening. In a world filled with noise and distractions, it can be challenging to discern God's voice. Yet, as Samuel showed us, it is vital to cultivate a listening heart. God is continually calling us, sometimes in a soft whisper or a gentle tug at our hearts. To hear Him, we must be attentive, just as Samuel was when he said, "Speak, for your servant is listening."

In the world today, we are often distracted by time-deadlines; social media; social occasions; technology and general day-to-day life. However, there is always a need for us all (regardless of age) to take time to slow down and just ‘listen’.

As we go through the remainder of the term, may we all try to take some time reflect, breathe, and listen to our call.

Mr Mark Hauser, College Chaplain

Head of Students Middle College

Term 4 Update

Year 9 Outdoor Education Experience

We are thrilled to welcome back our Year 9 students from their 12-day Outdoor Education experience. The smiles on their faces as they got off the bus and the stories they have already shared is testament to the incredible journey they embarked upon, filled with great adventure, personal challenges, group connections, and self-exploration.

Whether they were conquering challenging hiking trails up Mount Allan, paddling their way up Lake Cootharaba, or navigating through Conondale National Park, each day was a new opportunity for them to embrace the great outdoors. Outdoor education provides the perfect backdrop for personal growth. Our Year 9 students were faced with a series of challenges, both physical and mental. These challenges encouraged them to step out of their comfort zones, pushing their limits and expanding their horizons. Overcoming these challenges, they learned that perseverance and determination can help them triumph over obstacles, not just in the wilderness but in life.

Throughout their journey, students discovered the power of teamwork and camaraderie. As they shared their experiences and responsibilities, they formed lasting bonds with their fellow peers. These connections are not just friendships but valuable life lessons that will serve them well in future endeavours. The sense of unity and support they experienced will undoubtedly remain a cherished memory.

We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the dedicated staff who accompanied our students on this journey, providing guidance, knowledge, and safety throughout the experience. We are excited to see how this Outdoor Education experience continues to shape their growth and perspectives and we look forward to celebrating with the Year 9 cohort at the Home Coming evening later this term.


Middle College Orientation Day/Evening

We are excited to share the resounding success of our Middle College Orientation Day and Parent Evening, which took place on Tuesday, October 17th. It was a day filled with excitement and enthusiasm as we welcomed 68 new students to our Middle College and their positive engagement in the various activities and classes was truly inspiring.

Our dedicated Middle College staff and current students put in tremendous effort to ensure our newcomers felt at ease and excited about their transition to the College. The Orientation Day was packed with informative and enjoyable activities, including:

1. Campus Tour: The opportunity to explore the College facilities, discover their classrooms, and get familiar with the layout of the campus.

2. Curriculum Experiences: A variety of lessons run by current Pacific Lutheran College teachers. E.g. Physical Education, Food and Wellbeing, Science, etc

3. Meet and Greet: Students had the chance to meet some of their teachers they will be working with next year

4. Lunch and Entertainment: Morning tea and lunch was provided as students were entertained by our Year 10 Music Class Band

In the evening, we hosted a Parent Evening that provided parents and carers with valuable insights into our academic and extracurricular programs. We thank the parents who joined us for this special event and also thank the staff for giving up their time to help make this important transition for all stake holders as smooth as possible.

The most heartwarming aspect of the day was the enthusiasm of our new students and the extra energy they brought with the help of their PLC Buddies. They eagerly participated in all the activities and were keen to learn about what Middle College has to offer. The positive energy they brought with them was infectious and felt by all members of staff.

We look forward to a wonderful year in the Middle College in 2024.

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Acting Head of Middle College Students

From the Head of Learning K-5

Supporting your child with the move to Prep

As a parent, you play a vital role in your child’s education. There are many things you can do to support a great start to school for your child.

How you can help

All children have different interests, needs and motivations and each child’s transition from Kindy to Prep will be unique. You can help your child to feel more comfortable about starting school by engaging in everyday activities.

Build your child’s confidence.

Help to build your child’s skills to cope in various situations and increase their self-confidence by:

•  finding answers to their questions or concerns together.

•  talking to your child about how to ask for help and model what to say.

•  asking your child’s Kindy teacher for ideas about how you can help your child to prepare or school

•  talking through some “what will I do if….?” situations with your child, for example “what will I do if my yoghurt spills?”

Strengthen your child’s independence.

Before your child starts school, you can encourage independence by helping your child to practice:

•  packing and carrying their own school bag

•  putting on their shoes

•  eating and drinking without help

•  going to the toilet on their own

•  using tissues to blow their nose

•  recognising their belongings.

Daily routines

Daily routines can help children understand what they need to do, when to do it each day and why it’s important.

To help prepare your child for school, encourage a routine which includes:

•  going to bed early

•  waking up at a certain time and leaving plenty of time to get ready

•  having a healthy breakfast needed for energy and concentration

•  preparing and eating lunch

•  making time for physical activities.

Packing a healthy lunch

When packing your child’s lunch:

•  include them in making choices and helping you

•  provide healthy and filling food in realistic quantities for morning tea and lunch

•  make sure they can easily open wrapped items and their lunch box

•  provide a variety of smaller items instead of 1 or 2 large items

•  provide a water bottle every day and encourage your child to drink it.

A successful education depends on a positive partnership between yourself, your child and your child’s teacher. Enjoy the journey!

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

From the Head of Career Development

Careers News

The GiST | Making a difference – Working in the clean energy sector

Monday 30th October 2023

A third of Australia’s electricity already is generated by renewables. Over the next 30 years, new wind and solar farms, batteries, rooftop solar installations, and hydro projects will need to be built.

This webinar will explore the working lives, school, and career pathways of two young women who have opted to work in the clean energy sector. It is designed to give secondary students insights into careers in this sector and the opportunity to ask questions.

Find out more here.


First Pitch Competition

First Pitch calls on budding young entrepreneurs aged up to 18 to enter their best business pitch for the chance to win great prizes.

You can submit a 3-minute pitch on a business innovation or idea that can make a difference in your community and Australia wide. Your pitch will be judged by a local panel of entrepreneurs and business professionals, and the state winners get to participate in the national championship.

Entries are open until Friday 10th November.

Find out more and enter here.


Westpac Youth Impact Challenge

The Westpac Youth Impact Challenge is a nationwide initiative open to all young people around Australia aged 7 to 21 years. The Challenge aims to help young Australians solve problems in their local communities.

To take part in the Challenge, participants must identify a local problem and brainstorm an innovative business or social change idea to solve it. Participants can choose to work individually, or in a group of up to 3.

All participants who complete the Challenge will receive a Certificate of Completion. Winners will receive an Exclusive Prize Pack which will include a Microsoft Surface laptop from our partner Microsoft, The Academy Membership, a Spill the Beans Pitch Opportunity, financial education mentoring support for your business idea from Westpac’s Davidson Institute and a pitch opportunity at the final Challenge event.

This year’s challenge launches Monday 13th November.

Find out more and register here.


Mrs Veronica Sanmarco, Head of Career Development

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

World Teacher’s Day

Tomorrow, Friday 27th October, is the day Queensland celebrates World Teacher’s Day. We are so incredibly blessed by the wonderful teachers who guide our young people each day. Friends of Pacific are showing their appreciation by shouting ALL STAFF a drink of their choice from the Coral Café over this fortnight. While this is just a very small token of our appreciation for the work that the teachers and admin staff do each day, it is a way that we can express our gratitude for everything they do for our children each and every day.

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 3.30pm – 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 final FoP meeting for 2023 is on Tuesday 21st November at 6.30pm in the College Library. All agenda items should be submitted via email by Friday 11th November. You can RSVP or add items to the agenda by emailing 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

Ponytail Project

On Tuesday 31st October, Week 5, participants will have at least 20cm off the length of their hair ‘chopped’ by a qualified hairdresser and member of Pacific’s community. The hair will then be donated to the Ponytail Project.

Kiana Campbell and Ayrisa Jones, Pacific Lutheran College Students

Interhouse Chess Competition

On Wednesday 18th October, Week 3, Middle College students competed in the Interhouse Chess Competition finals, engaging in quick, 7-minute rounds that put their chess skills to the test in order to earn house points.

The student runner-up was Saxon Locke (Bula) in Year 8, and the overall student winner was Jayden Enderby (Mumba) in Year 8, who went on to compete in an exciting final round against Dr Dolling, with Dr Dolling emerging victorious!

College staff also engaged in a teacher’s round, with the runner-up being Mr Cummins (Wira) and the overall winner being Mr Griffin from the library.

This year’s competition was lots of fun for everyone involved, and the Academic PAG encourages Middle College students to join the competition next year and earn some points for their house! Congratulations to Mumba House for winning this event for 2023.

Beyonce Mathew and Dan Whittingham, Academic PAG Captains

School Photos

School photos have arrived at PLC. The photos were distributed to students over the last week.

If your child has been away from school, please advise them that they may collect their photos from the main office reception.

Miss Carolyn Sainty, Administrative Executive Secretary

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

Crochet Club in the Library

Behold, seekers of the magical art of crochet! We've heard your call, and we're thrilled to launch our Crochet Club this term!

Join us every Wednesday at lunchtime for some crafty fun. Our first gathering saw our crocheters embracing magic, weaving threads of imagination into creative projects. Don't have a plan yet? No worries! Our library has a stack of crochet books to get your creative juices flowing. For those keen to learn or brush up on skills, we welcome Year 4 and beyond to join our crochet club.

To any crafty staff members who seek the company of kindred spirits, we invite you to join our band of creatives. We would like to thank Mrs. Linda Sydes for helping our first-time crocheters get started.

Mrs Lily Smith, Library Technician

Sport News

Year 7-12 Sport

Secondary Schools’ Basketball

Our basketball teams are now at the pointy end of the season and after some competitive Friday night fixtures, we have a few teams in finals contention. Congratulations to our Intermediate Boys B, Junior Girls B and Junior Girls C who have put themselves in the mix to continue into postseason fixtures. We wish our teams and coaches all the best in their last games of the season.

A special mention needs to go to members of our Junior B Boys team who will be representing PLC at the Sophomore Champion Basketball Schools Queensland Tournament.

Players attending the tournament are Joseph Woods, Sascha Cleland, Seth Hellyer, Mitchel Van Dyke, Sam Rodway, Jayden Machemedze, Archer Mansell and Eray Polat.

We wish the team and coaches Connor Dines and Mr Brad Burdon all the best for the tournament.

Secondary Schools’ Water Polo

Our Junior Boys showed great grit and determination in their top of the table clash on Monday at Sunshine Coast Grammar. Even though the boys played with only one substitute player, they gave their all for the whole game. There were some brilliant moments in defense and attack, and although they didn’t come away with a win, they have demonstrated they have the attitude to match it against any team in their competition. Both teams have one game remaining next week before moving onto Semi Finals!


Our Tennis teams had to do some travelling for their games this week. Team 1 had a disrupted match due to problematic traffic, but it was great to see our available players win their sets within the match. Team 1 displayed improvement in their match, taking out several games within their played sets. All the best for the double home games next week.


Congratulations to all teams last night who continued to show strong competitiveness and sportsmanship in our Rugby 7's fixtures. Our U13 girls continued to grow in their playing confidence, walking away with 2 wins on the night. Our U13 boys had a tough draw, but continued to work hard and support each other, improving in their tackle technique throughout the night. Our U14 A and B Boys continued to go from strength to strength, with the highlight of the night coming from both the PLC A vs PLC B match, as well as the hard fought win against Immanuel from PLC B's. Our U14 girls have continued to grow in numbers, defeating Immanuel, however narrowly going down to grammar by a few conversions. Thanks to Leah Croke, Kristie Brock, Tiffany Harman and Josh Danzey for supporting our teams across a range of venues this week.

Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Sport 

Junior Sport

Pacific Pulse Surfing Contest

Last Friday, PLC hosted our annual Primary inter-school surfing contest “Pacific Pulse” down at Currimundi Beach. The contest involved six schools from Noosa through to Caloundra, including Good Shepherd Lutheran College, Pacific Lutheran College, Buddina State School, Mooloolaba State School, Talara Primary College and Our Lady of the Rosary.

Teams were made up of 8 students (boys and girls) ranging in age from Under 10 through to Under 12.

All students surfed two individual heats with their highest two wave scores from each heat combining to determine age champions for each age group. At the end of the individual heats, all 8 students from each school surfed in a Tag Team event which was the highlight of the day.

Well done to the following PLC students who were named as runners up or age champions for their age groups.

Ayla Robson – Under 10 Girls Age Champion

Indie Hooper – Under 10 Girls Runner Up

Tara McFadden – Under 12 Girls Age Champion

Congratulations to Talara Primary College who were crowned the Tag Team Champions.

Lastly, in a first for the 17-year history of the event, we had a tie for the overall champion school. Both Buddina State School and Talara Primary College finished on the same points total and were therefore crowned joint champions for 2023.

We also thank sponsors Beach Beat Caloundra, Rob Williams Real Estate and North Caloundra Surf School for supporting this fantastic event.

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

Our Rep Prep sessions continued this week, working on the motto ‘great players are made during the off-season’.

Thank you to K3 Coaching for leading the team.

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


23       Year 12 External Assessment Commences

24       Friends of Pacific (6.30pm)

27       Day for Daniel


1         Prep Information Evening

2         Year 3 Camp (Departs and returns Friday 3rd)

6         STEM Showcase

8         Year 5 & 6 Instrumental Concert