Compass No 704 - November 2023

From the Principal

Growing Through Cultural Diversity

Diversity adds great colour to our lives. In the natural environment biodiversity ensures the wellbeing of ecosystems and adds greatly to their richness. Within our families, groups, and communities we are also greatly enriched by the diversity of thinking, experiences and cultural backgrounds. Being culturally competent means that we understand, communicate and interact effectively with people from diverse cultures. Communities are enriched where individuals understand their own beliefs and values and are tuned into the strengths and needs of people with different backgrounds and perspectives. Having respect for the dignity of all people and valuing the richness of culture that sits within different communities opens the opportunity to sit, learn, and grow together.

God calls us to love our neighbour as ourselves. As we come together as a College, Sunshine Coast region and Australians, we have a great opportunity to learn together through listening, appreciating, celebrating and valuing the different ways of thinking and being within our community. Walking together we create fertile places for people and the planet to thrive. Coming from a sense of abundance and learning there is an openness of welcome and safety to creatively explore better and richer ways of being together.    

Principal’s Log

Volunteers play a very significant role in enhancing the opportunities for young people at Pacific. We are greatly enriched by the generosity of spirit that sits within our parents, students and staff. It was good to be able to celebrate with some of our volunteers who were able to join us for afternoon tea this week. We very much appreciate the gift of time, skills and resources provided by our volunteers throughout the year through the support of Pacific FC, PLC Netball, OCEANFest, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day stalls, Open Day, BBQs and all of the community and co-curricular activities of the College. The generosity of our volunteers adds great colour and possibility into our community.

We welcomed our 2024 Prep families to the College this week. The afternoon provided the opportunity for parents and carers to begin to form connections over afternoon tea and gain further insights into the learning experiences of our Prep students. Participation in this event is one of the early steps in learning more about the important role that parents play as partners through their children’s educational journey. We thank our parents for attending and Mr Damian Davis, Mrs Sue Zweck, Mrs Anna Maher, Mrs Shelly Hogan and Mrs Grier Elliott for their leadership.

On Tuesday, seven students and Year 5 teacher, Mrs Kim Kiernan cut at least 20cm off the length of their hair in support of the Cancer Council Queensland’s Ponytail Project. All funds raised by participating students along with the gold coin donations received from the Middle and Senior College Casual Clothes Day will go towards essential cancer support services, prevention programs and lifesaving research. This is the third consecutive year Pacific leaders have supported this great cause. The Ponytail Project has fostered a sense of community and camaraderie among the students and instilled the values of compassion and generosity. By actively participating and contributing to the fundraising efforts, our students have demonstrated their commitment to making a difference in the lives of others. We congratulate all the students and Mrs Kiernan for ‘rocking the chop’ and thank our 2024 Pacific Lutheran College leaders, Ayrisa Jones and Kiana Campbell, who led the fundraising event and showed their commitment and excitement to make a difference to the lives of people affected by cancer. We also thank Ms Leigh Finter, Director of Students, for supporting our leaders through this student led initiative.

We wish our Year 3 students well as they enjoy their first overnight Outdoor Education experience at Pacific. The Year 3 program is focused on developing confidence in the outdoors whilst experiencing a night away from home. Students are supported by staff to stretch and celebrate moving along the independence continuum through the engagement in nature-based activities including natural construction, roped activities, guided hikes and beach games. We thank Head of Outdoor Education Mr Paul Brace for his overall planning and leadership. We thank teachers, Mrs Suzie Naidu, Mrs Fiona Schefe, Mr Steven Healy, Ms Pia Henriksen, Ms Sigrid Davis, Mr David Druery, Ms Sara Taverner and Mr Rob Belchamber for their leadership and support on camp.  We look forward to learning of the students overall outdoor learning experience when they return tomorrow afternoon.

On Monday evening, students Scarlett van den Hurk (Year 5) and Lucy Dimond (Year 12) attended the Awards Ceremony for the ‘Telling Stories’ short story competition run by Mooloolaba Rotary, UniSC and Voices on the Coast. There were around 180 entries and they were shortlisted in the top 25 stories. The topic was…I had no Choice! We congratulate Scarlett on being placed first in her category and Lucy for reaching the top 5 for her category, receiving a highly commended award. We congratulate these students for their efforts.

We welcome Mr Dominic Connors who will be teaching Mrs Natalie Van Dongen’s classes as she takes leave for health reasons for the remainder of the year. Our prayers are with Mrs Van Dongen who has appreciated the support of this community.

We give thanks for the diversity of our community and pray that we would grow in our capacity to understand, celebrate and co-create for good together. We also pray for those impacted by wars and bushfires.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal 

From the Director of Students

Collective Action

6-11 Students and Staff Rally for Cancer Research Raising $4000 through the Cancer Council Ponytail Project

Our PLC community is renowned for its student leadership and agency in actioning meaningful change.  This week, students across P-11 came together to encourage and celebrate five students and a staff member who had 20 cm of their hair ‘chopped’ and then donated for the Cancer Council’s Ponytail Project. The participants independently raised $2000 towards the cause, with students across Years 6-11 participating in a Casual Clothes Day that raised an additional $2000.

The Cancer Council Ponytail Project is an initiative that encourages individuals to donate their hair or raise funds for cancer research and to create wigs for cancer patients who have lost their own hair.  The College has participated in this event for several years and is led by Senior College students, bringing students and staff together to make an important difference for the lives of so many impacted by cancer.

For the event itself, parents were invited to attend, and PLC musicians played to add to the atmosphere of the event. 

Congratulations to Kiana, 2024 Spirituality and Service Captain and Aryisa, 2024 Cultural Captain for their leadership and organisation of the event, whilst supporting students and staff to participate in the Ponytail Project.  Their efforts serve as an inspiring example for their peers and younger students, showing how collective action can bring very important changes to the community and to those impacted by cancer.

Year 10 Students Prepare for End of Year Examinations

It is a critical period for our Year 10 students who find themselves at a transitional phase of their College journey. It also marks an important academic milestone with Year 10 students commencing their end of year block examinations and assessment from Thursday 9th November- Wednesday 15th November, Week 6 and Week 7.

Communication has been sent to Year 10 students and families about expectations of attendance, uniform and behaviour.  It is important for students to lead by example and model College expectations for their peers across the Middle and Senior College. 

At Pacific we have a very strong culture of students engaging positively in their block examinations and it has been positive to see Year 10 students maintain focus on their learning and preparation for their end of year assessment.  We encourage Year 10 students striving to do their best and to enjoy the challenge and experience.

For students and families who would like more information about Year 10 examinations and assessment, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Anne-Marie Gerlach, Head of Learning Senior College at or myself at

Ms Leigh Finter, Head of Senior College Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

In the Learning Pit

One of the privileges of being embedded within a busy educational context is witnessing the dedication of our staff and their application to connecting content learned in theory into a practical and real-world setting.

Recently, I had the enriching experience of attending a Year 4 Learning Excursion to Aussie World. The Year 4s used this experience to build on their knowledge of science and forces as well as integrate their understanding of design and digital technologies. On their return, they were tasked with using Lego Spike to design rides, whilst expanding their understanding of forces and durability of design.

While witnessing the planning phase, there was deep collaboration, resilience, and continual checking and rechecking for success. All students were spread somewhere in the learning pit. Their focus was sharp, and their intention was clear. This process was celebrated at our Junior Assembly this week as students shared their journey to success and spoke to the challenges that presented on the way.

This week we also celebrate study success in the area of writing. Scarlett van den Hurk placed first in the Year 5 division for a short story competition run by Mooloolaba Rotary, UniSC and Voices on the Coast.  There were around 180 entries and they shortlisted the top 20 stories and the winners were announced at the University this afternoon. The topic was…I had no Choice!  Each author had to write under that title. Scarlett has provided permission for her entry to be published for all to enjoy. Click on this link to enjoy Scarlett’s winning entry.

Year 3 Outdoor Education

This Friday our Year Three cohort will return excited and more than likely slightly tired from their very first Outdoor Education experience, held locally at Alexandra Headlands. I can attest to the students having a fantastic time and enjoying the learning attached to the activities and reflections from their first overnight event. We thank Mr Paul Brace, our Head of Outdoor Education for his planning prior and Mr. David Druery for his leadership and delivery of such an engaging program. We also thank the many staff who attended over the two days and we are fortunate that the staff involved have given so freely of their time for the benefit of others. 

Prep Information Evening

This week parents, guardians and carers of Prep students beginning their College experience gathered to hear about the journey ahead for their children and also connect as a community. Beginning the schooling journey is an exciting time of life and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Grier Elliott, Mrs Shelley Hogan, and Mrs Anna Maher for their preparation of the evening as well as the Hospitality department for their catering of the event.  We look forward to officially welcoming our Prep class of 2024 next year.

Uniform and Expectations

I would like to take the opportunity to thank all students and parents for their support of the College uniform policy. How we manage our uniform expectations shows the community about how we present and care for self. A reminder that hair on all students should be always tied back if longer than the collar and that students should not be wearing hairstyles that bring undue attention to themselves. This includes “tracks” in the side of the head as well as haircuts shorter than a number two blade. Students have been reminded about expectations regarding hair and accessories this week. All hair bands should be in line with the colours of the College. Shoes and socks must match the uniform of the day.

Take care and God Bless,

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

From the Head of Career Development

Careers News

QIMR Berghofer | Holiday Science Experience

Tuesday 5th December 2023

Looking to get a taste of what it’s like working in a medical research laboratory? QIMR Berghofer host a one day science experience program during the school holidays each year. Students can undertake a day of training in practical skills related to genetics, infectious disease or blood biology in our purpose built education laboratory facilities.

The program is open to Queensland high school students in Years 10, 11 or 12 and is free to attend.

Find out more here.

Mrs Veronica Sanmarco, Head of Career Development

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Click here to follow our Friends of Pacific Facebook page.

Mrs Carly Lovell, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

College News

Junior Ensembles Concert 2023

Mrs Helen Williams, Head of Instrumental Music P-12

'Speech & Drama Showcase Day', Saturday 4th November

The Annual Speech & Drama Showcase Day is coming up on Saturday 4th November. Come and watch your fellow students perform a variety of drama, poetry and improvisation in a fun and supportive atmosphere. These individual and paired performances in front of a live audience are part of their ASCA Speech & Drama exams and are always great entertainment with full staging, costumes and props.

There will be three sessions during the day starting at 9.00am, 11.00am and 1.15pm in the Dance Room (Music Block)

Session 1 at 9.00am: Matthew, Priya and Ayrisa (Year 11) are performing a montage of Restoration Era comedy pieces.

Session 2 at 11.00am: Stella (Year 7) & Alice (Year 9), Hamish (Year 9), Sameeha (Year 10), and Nala & Araya (Year 6).

Session 3 at 1.15pm: Sienna & Jemma (Year 8), Tilly, Mya and Erin (Year 8), Edie & Charlie (Year 5), Emelie & Evie (Year 5).

For more information, please contact Lisa McKibben at

Mrs Lisa McKibben, Speech and Drama Teacher

School Photos

Photos have arrived and handed to students.

If you did not order, and would like to, you can still order online:

School code:  B7H 8V9 RRH, then follow the prompts.

If you have any queries, please contact them on 1300 728 972.

Miss Carolyn Sainty, Administrative Executive Secretary

You Can Now Find Us On Instagram - follow us ‘pacluthcollege’

We have used our social media page, Facebook, to share and celebrate student and College success and milestones and provide news and fun facts to our community. In addition to Facebook posts, we have now started to post our news on Instagram. Being on both platforms enables us to easily stay in touch with our community.

If you are an Instagram user, please follow the link below to have a look at our Instagram page, and follow us!

Ms Samantha Barrass, Community Liaison and Communications Coordinator

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

Sport News

Years 7-12 Sport

Junior Boys Champion Schools Basketball Team

Last week, a group of Year 7/8 PLC boys had their first run at high level tournament play in the Sophomore CBSQ Tournament held at Coomera. It was a big challenge for our team, and they came up against some quality opposition. The team demonstrated improvement as the tournament progressed and were able to win their final game in a strong showing. Thank you to Mr Burdon and Connor Dines for their support of the team during this tournament.

Sunshine Coast Secondary School’s Water Polo

Congratulations to both the Intermediate Girls and Junior Boys for making the Semi Finals in their divisions. The Intermediate Girls will play at 5.20pm at Sunshine Coast Grammar on Monday with the Junior Boys playing at St Andrews at 5.20pm. We wish both teams and coaches the best of luck.

Sports Awards

Our Years 7-12 Sports Awards Assembly is just around the corner and we are looking forward to celebrating another year of fantastic student engagement in PLC Sport on the 16th of November. Alongside our MVP and Coaches’ Awards this year, we will also be awarding Bronze, Silver and Gold Sport Endeavour awards based on participation in PLC Sport teams as well as Year Level Sport Champions. All parents are welcome to join us for this event.

Student Acknowledgements

Congratulations to Saxon Mathers who recently competed in the Junior World ISF Titles. Even though Saxon is 13 years, he competed in the 15 years and under division where he placed 8th out of 63 riders.

Well done on this amazing achievement Saxon!

Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Sport 

Junior Sport

Student Acknowledgment

Congratulations to Scarlett van den Hurk who competed on the weekend in the Queensland All School Aquathlon held at Lake Kawana.

This was Scarlett’s first aquathlon, competing in the 10-11 girls’ race. Competitors were required to start the race with a 1km followed by a 200m swim and a further 1km run. There were over 100 competitors in Scarlett’s division from across the state, with Scarlett managing to finish in second place.

Well done to Scarlett on this achievement.

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

Upcoming Dates


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

6         STEM Showcase

8         Years 5 & 6 Instrumental Concert (2.00pm-3.00pm)

13       Years 3 & 4 Strings Concert (2.15pm – 3.00pm)

16       Years 4-6 Sports Awards (12.00pm)

16       Years 7-12 Sports Awards (2.00pm)

16       Year 12 Graduation (Venue 114, Lake Kawana, 6.30pm)

17       Year 12 farewell Chapel (8.30am)

17       Year 12 Formal