Compass No 706 - November 2023

From the Principal

Congratulations and Farewell Year 12s

Our Year 12s have brought this year’s theme of Purpose, Engagement and Co-Agency to life in all dimensions of College life. They have engaged very well with their academic learning, encouraging each other to higher performance. Within the sporting domain, they have been talented athletes reaching new levels within regional and state based competitions. In doing so, they have created new pathways for Pacific students in the future. As leaders they have acted very effectively as co-agents to generate new ways of thinking and practices within the College. Their tremendous talent in the performing arts has shone through as they have led music ensembles and the Pippin production. We enjoyed their creativity in the Immersive Light Show and celebrated with them their success with the regional Let The Sunshine In visual art competition. They have strongly supported the spiritual heart of the College through who they have been as people and through leadership of chapel and our Youth Group.

Most importantly, they have done this with good purpose. They have led with humility and strong servant hearts with a desire to grow and use their God given gifts to make a difference for others. Their generosity of spirit and very capable leadership has left a strong and enduring legacy. We thank all of our Year 12 students and particularly our College Captains, Pacific Action Group Captains and House Captains for their very capable leadership and service to this community throughout their time at the College. We are very appreciative of their significant contribution and proud of who they have become as people. We pray that God would continue to enrich our 2023 graduates and enrich others through them.

Principal’s Log

Over the past week parents, staff and students have cheered our teams on as they have participated in Basketball and Water Polo Finals. All teams played with good spirit, skill and determination. We congratulate the Junior B Girls and the Intermediate B Boys on reaching the finals and playing hard right to the end to be runners up. Our Water Polo teams also fought hard with the Junior Boys team narrowly losing their final in a hard fought match to win silver and our Intermediate Girls team showing very good skills and teamwork to win the bronze medal. We thank Mr Burdon, our Basketball coaches and Water Polo coaches Mr Crompton and Mr Sam Irwin for their leadership of our teams and our parents for your support.

It was a pleasure to join the Year 3 and 4 strings concert this week and hear the growth of their talent over the year. The final performance of Jingle Bells which included all Year 3 and 4 students was a wonderful culminating performance that produced many smiles in the audience. Congratulations to all of the students and thank you to our parents for your support. Thank you to our Head of Instrumental Music, Mrs Helen Williams for her very capable leadership of this string program.

Following an incident that impacted our IT environment in 2020, we have been engaging with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) as part of a review of our response. This process has identified a number of areas in which Pacific Lutheran College can strengthen its abilities to prevent or respond to a future data breach. As part of immediate next steps, Pacific Lutheran College is presently developing a comprehensive incident response plan and information security program.  As a College, we are determined to implement this guidance to ensure we are both best prepared for such events and that our approach meets the high standards we place on protecting the personal information of our students, staff and the wider College community. At the time of the 2020 incident, our priority was in supporting those who were impacted. Where members of our community felt let down, we once again apologise and have been working progressively to enhance our systems in consultation with external experts. Now that the OAIC has provided its advice, we have a clear route forward to guide our cyber security provisions. The improvement of cyber awareness and security is one of the intents of our 2023-2026 strategic plan. We will keep the College community updated as this journey progresses.

Mrs Chris Henschke will resign from the position of Personal Assistant to the Principal at the end of the school year. Mrs Henschke has very capably filled the role of College Registrar and Personal Assistant to the Principal. Families new to the College and often the Sunshine Coast have valued Mrs Henschke’s warmth of welcome and professionalism. Mrs Henschke’s attention to detail, highly developed organisational skills and personal qualities have been invaluable to me and this community since she began her role in 2005. We thank Chris for her tremendous service to this community and wish her all the best for the future.

Next week we will welcome Mrs Carly Lovell to the new position of College Registrar. Carly brings with her expertise from within the private not for profit sector and as an educator. As a Chair of the Friends of Pacific, she has built strong relationships and been generous in her service to our community. We look forward to Mrs Lovell continuing to serve this community through this important role.

We give a prayer of thanks for our Year 12s and pray that God would equip them to live abundant lives of good purpose. We pray that God would keep them safe and filled with hope as they make the transition to life beyond school.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal 

From the College Council

Celebration of 2023 School Year and 2024 Planning and Fees

As the year draws to a close, we take this time to reflect and rejoice in another year of Pacific’s journey. The high quality of education our staff engage with and deliver, in conjunction with an exceptional co-curricular and outdoor education program, is to be celebrated. The vast range of opportunities provided to our students, on a firm foundation of Lutheran mission, is indeed the Pacific way. This year we have seen our students excel in areas including sport, academics and service learning on numerous levels, including national. We have celebrated arts, dance and music and delighted in our community coming together at OCEANfest once again. From the Early Learning Centre to the senior spaces, we have been witness to our College community growing in God’s love and sharing that love and compassion with our wider community.

In line with our Strategic Plan, our building program continues in 2024 with Stage 2 of the Health Precinct; the Gym Complex extension, in addition to other works and refurbishments. Ensuring our students are provided with high quality and innovative learning spaces is a key priority of the College. To ensure we can meet the needs of our College moving forward, Council recently ratified a fee increase for 2024. This decision was not made lightly. After due diligence, deliberation and advice from industry experts, we have taken into account the impact of rising costs inclusive of increased fixed expenses, utilities and salaries, construction costs and a significant reduction in government funding due to the changing characteristics of our parent body. The 2024 fee schedule (link here) has been uploaded to our website. College Council is committed to its fiscal responsibilities in conjunction with delivering the expectations of our community and the ongoing development of the College’s facilities. Parents are invited to contact Business Manager, Mr Ryan Lovell if they have queries in regard to the 2024 Fee Schedule.

We congratulate Dr Bronwyn Dolling and all staff of the College for their hard work and commitment throughout 2023. We thank all our staff for their leadership and management of the College and for ensuring our students are well supported and cared for throughout their Pacific journey. On behalf of the College Council, I wish all our students, staff and families a safe and joyous holiday. May God bless you all this festive season and may we all rejoice in the gift of Jesus’s birth and God’s enduring love.

Mr Phil Thamm, College Council Chair

From the Director of Students

Farewelling 2023 Year 12 Graduates

This week holds a special place for our College community as we take the time to informally and formally farewell the 2023 Year 12 Graduates.  Their final week as Pacific students was filled with many memorable moments and meaningful experiences.

Year 12 students engaged in the Alternate Days Program, Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th November.  The Alternate Days Program included a wellbeing session and careers focus session, an opportunity for final Year 2 buddy connections, completion of their Graduation Art Tile, opportunity to walk the labyrinth for the final time, House and PCG farewells, formal dance practice, rehearsal of the graduation song and attending the annual Years 6-12 Sports Awards Ceremony.

As part of Year 12 celebrations on Wednesday 15th November, the College Captains invited graduates to engage in their final fundraising opportunity, permitting students to come dressed as their ‘future selves’ or ‘childhood dream career’ with the purpose of raising awareness for Sunshine Coast’s Youturn Organisation, which concentrates on supporting youth and child safety, homelessness and mental health. This has been a priority focus for the College Captains and Wellbeing Captains this year, raising awareness of student wellbeing, mental health and safety within the College and beyond into the wider community. On behalf of the College Captains, this generous donation will be presented to a representative from Youturn at the Final Chapel service, Friday 17th November.

As the Year 12 students look forward to walking across the stage and receiving their Graduation Certificate from Dr Dolling, singing their Graduation song as a cohort on stage in front of family and friends, attending the Final Chapel service and walking the Guard of Honour, and then finally, getting dressed up to dance the night away at the Formal, held at Sunshine Coast Turf Club, I want to congratulate the cohort on their calm finish, their contributions as leaders of the College community and their lasting legacy of student agency in actioning change for the future of Pacific to enjoy.

My hope is that this week has been everything the Year 12s could ever have imagined and more.

God bless.

Year 9 and Year 10 Leadership Days

As we farewell our Year 12 students, there is a transition for Year 9 and Year 10 students entering into Senior College and becoming peer mentors for Middle College students, commencing 2024.

On Tuesday 22nd November, Year 10 students will engage in their second Leadership Day, led by Lutheran Youth Queensland, held at the College’s Gymnasium. The day will have a focus on growing students’ sense of belonging and connection, observing joy and a sense of renewed purpose as they look ahead towards Year 11 in 2024.

On Thursday 24th November, Year 9 students will engage in a Peer Mentoring Day, also led by Lutheran Youth Queensland, held at the College’s Gymnasium. The day will have a focus on growing their leadership capabilities and growing in confidence as Senior College peer mentors for Middle College students.

Communication and additional information for both Leadership Days has been shared with students and families. 

Ms Leigh Finter, Head of Senior College Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

Congratulations to the Transitioning Classes of 2023

As the end of term draws near, I would like to take the time to reflect on the journey of the current Year Five students. Toward the end of last year, we began meeting as small groups to chart a course as they prepared for their final year in the Junior College. This has been reinforced through leadership days and supported firmly by the Year 5 teaching team. As a cohort, they have continued the legacy of service in action through the Gawun program. Not only has it been heart-warming to see the interactions and support that our Gawun leaders have provided, they too have learned more about themselves as individuals and as leaders.

Their involvement in playground events, encouraging learning with younger students and supporting our Foundation College on the school grounds in the mornings, has provided tangible examples of the impact that our young people can have on each other. Special mention must be made of their dedication to environmental causes and they have continued the legacy of previous cohorts by promoting a sustainable mindset in our Junior College. They have set an admirable example to their buddies in Prep also, and in the meantime, learned numerous lessons personally.

I would like to thank the transitioning class of Year Fives in 2023 for the dedication shown to their learning, their warmth and sense of humor and their commitment to many important causes both within the College and in the community. As a Junior College, we look with interest as to what the remainder of your journey at Pacific will hold.

We also acknowledge our Year Two cohort as they transition from the Foundation to the Junior College. We celebrate the gifts that have been nurtured through your time in the Foundation College and we look forward to continued growth as you enter your next phase of learning. We are excited to welcome the cohort into our new Junior College Learning Space at the beginning of next year.

Wellbeing Growth

As this is my last Compass article for the year, I would like to make special mention of Mrs. Sarah Atkinson, Mrs. Shelley Hogan, and Mrs. Kirsty Ridley who have provided meaningful assembly messages that provided clear and relevant direction of the social and emotional direction of students in the Junior School. Pastoral care of students and the promotion of the message at school and home provide a connection so parents and carers have a strong understanding of the messages addressed here at school.

Extracurricular Opportunities

During the last few weeks of the academic year, we have had the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of students through music experiences and sporting awards. The Year 5 and 6 concert band along with the Year Three and Four strings students provided the platform to celebrate the amazing talent throughout those years, and also provide a snapshot of the individual growth of students, some of whom have been involved in instrumental music for four years. Both were well attended by the wider community and it is great to be able to share the music experience with an audience once again. I would like to thank Mrs Helen Williams for her leadership of this program as well as Miss Krist-elle Hill and Mr Paul Cusick for their continued support of music across the Junior College.

This week’s sporting awards showcased the wide and varied sporting choices that are provided by the College. From House carnivals, and SCISSA sport, through to run club and board riders, students are provided enormous choice to become involved in many areas that helps build individual capacity. It is often said that sport doesn’t build character, it reveals it. The friendships, camaraderie and healthy competitiveness that is promoted through sport here at Pacific is a credit to our Head of Junior Sport, Mr Darren Hooper, who leads a committed team that continues to build a healthy sporting culture.

I would like to thank all teaching staff and sports coaches for their support of the program and the benefits that it brings.

Ceremonies and Celebrations

Week 9 allows us to formally commend the achievement by our Junior College students, staff and families with the Prep-5 Closing Service on Monday the 28th of November. We look forward to acknowledging our transitioning year levels and celebrating the achievements of our Year 3, 4 and 5 Academic and Endeavor Award recipients.

End of Year Functions

As has been the case for the majority of the year, students' sharing of food is not permissible for the end-of-the-year class parties and events. These guidelines extend to the bringing of food items such as candy canes and lollies for distribution to other class members. We ask you to follow the directions communicated by your child’s teacher regarding end-of-year functions.


A common theme when we reach the final few weeks of a school year is “Where did the year go?” Every week, month, term and semester are full of learning opportunities, and at times it can seem as though the year has passed without us noticing. However, if we reflect on the growth all of us have experienced during the year, we begin to see where we began and where we are going. As a College and on behalf of all Foundation and Junior College Staff, we would like to express our gratitude and thanks for your support of your child’s growth by navigating home learning and attending culminating events and celebrations right across the Prep-5 spaces. Our success as a connected community is in large parts a reflection of the lengths the wider community go to broaden the work of the College. Thank you.

Wishing everyone a blessed and safe Christmas break.

Take care and God bless,


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

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Can you help with the BBQ at the K-5 Carols?

If you have done your volunteer induction and have some time to spare to help on the BBQ at the upcoming K-5 Carols from 3.30pm on Friday 24th November, we’d love to have you! If you’re available, please email – we promise you’ll have fun!

Final FoP Meeting for 2023

Our final FoP meeting for 2023 is on Tuesday 21st November at 6.30pm in the College Library. You can RSVP by emailing

Click here to follow our Friends of Pacific Facebook page.

Mrs Carly Lovell, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

College News

STEM Showcase Afternoon

Join us for our upcoming STEM Showcase Afternoon on Monday 20th November from 2.30pm to 3.45 pm.

This is a fantastic opportunity to witness the incredible work our Year 8, 9, and 10 STEM students have been doing throughout this year.

Here's a glimpse of what you can expect:

Year 8

Students will showcase their drone design and flying skills. They have been learning about the principles of flight and how to design and build their own drones. They will also be demonstrating their piloting skills by flying their drones through a variety of challenges.

Year 9

Students will explain how their underwater drones can tackle real-world problems aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals. They have been working on a project to design and build underwater drones that can be used to monitor water quality and collect data.

Year 10

Students will delve into the physics of rollercoasters, bionics, and solar ovens. Throughout this year, they have been studying the principles of motion, energy, and electricity. 

Location: S2.5 - The STEM Room in the Science Block

Time: 3.30pm to 4.30pm

Refreshments will be provided.

Please note that students are expected to wear their formal uniform for the Showcase Afternoon.

We hope to see you there!

Mr Wes Warner, Head of Department – Innovation, Entrepreneurialism and Business

Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop will be closed Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th November for Stock take.  We will reopen on Monday 8th January 2024.  Appointments are essential and can be made via Reception.  Flexischool orders will not be taken after Wednesday 22nd November due to stock take.  Orders will begin again for January 2024.

The 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, no 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

Calling all YA Fans

See your favourite YA authors such as Victoria Aveyard, Alexandra Bracken, and Sarah Street, and hear about upcoming new releases.

Join here online at 6.30pm on the 28th of November and go in the draw for book prize packs.

Overdues and Holiday Borrowing
Emails were sent home this week outlining what items students currently have on loan. Please remind your children to return these items before the end of term. There will be no borrowing next week, as the library will be conducting stock take. Once students have returned all their books from this year, they may borrow for the holidays in Week 9.

Ms Narelle Keen, Teacher Librarian

Sport News

Years 7-12 Sport

SCSS Basketball Finals

Friday night saw the conclusion to a big basketball season for our teams. Our Junior B Girls and Intermediate B Boys played in some hard-fought finals matches against quality opposition. Our Junior Girls had to fight back against a fast start from the opposition. They made some headway in the 3rd quarter but couldn’t quite match it in the final stretch. A great effort from the girls and they should be proud of their achievements this year.

The Intermediate Boys came out of the blocks charging and were dominant for the majority of the match, before the balance tipped in the final quarter. The boys will have learnt a lot from this and regardless of the result, they stepped up considerably to get themselves into finals contention. A big thank you from Mr Burdon to all students, coaches and parents involved in PLC Basketball this year.

Sunshine Coast Secondary School’s Water Polo

Our Water Polo teams saved their best games for their final matches on Monday. The Junior Boys played ferociously against their well drilled opposition and only fell away very late in the game. Our boys should be pleased with their efforts this year and were well deserved silver medalists.

The Intermediate Girls showed huge improvement across the season to take out their Bronze medal match. They were dominant from the start and showed great skill and grit to finish the match strongly. Thank you to coaches Mr Sam Irwin and Mr Crompton for a great season and for all players and parents for their continued support.

Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Sport 

Junior Sport


As the year draws to a close, the Sports Department is in the process of stocktaking sports uniforms in preparation for 2024. Can parents please check at home and return any outstanding uniforms. Primarily this will be Netball dresses, Rugby jerseys and Touch Football shirts.

Sporting uniforms can be returned to Mrs Lisa Muir who is located in the Sports Administration office adjacent to the tuckshop.

Student Acknowledgment

Well done to sisters Madeline (Year 6) and Layla Jackson (Year 4) who have been selected to play at the Junior Country Championships at the start of December playing for Wolves Water Polo, and at the Australian Youth Water Polo Championships held in Brisbane in January 2024.

Good luck girls.

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

Planning for the 2024 Netball season is well underway. Please note the following key dates for next year:

January 2024 – Netball Connect registrations for 2024 season commence. Please download/update the Netball Connect App.

Sunday 4th February: PLC Netball club team selection trials, 8am – 11am in the Gym at PLC. Dresses distributed on the day.

Saturday 9th March: Grading round-robin; teams play multiple shorter games.

Saturday 16th March: Grading round-robin, teams play multiple shorter games.

Saturday 23rd March: Final round of grading games; teams play 1 game of normal length.

Easter School holiday break.

Saturday 20th April: Competition commences, round 1, Caloundra Indoor Sports Stadium.

Club training will commence mid-February once the team selections and announcements are completed.  Training is held at PLC on the back netball courts immediately after school finishes. The training day will depend on the availability of the Coach and majority of players, usually Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday afternoons.

CDNA have changed the Divisional structure for the 2024 season as outlined below. A player’s age on 31st December of the current year will determine the age group. The age listed is the maximum age of the player.

Competitive Divisions:

Intermediate – Female Divisions, players 12 years to 18 years (still at school):

  • Divisions 1 to 6

Junior – Female players 10 years to 13 years and Male players 10 years to 12 years:

  • Division 7 – 11 (more divisions added if needed)

Non-Competitive Divisions:

GO-1 (10 years) Full Rules (scored, but no finals)

GO-2 (9 Years) Modified-Full Rules

SET-1 (8 years) Modified Rules

SET-2 (7 years) Modified Rules

NET Program:

10-week introductory program 5-6 years

PLC Netball club encourages and welcomes parent involvement with our teams, so if you are interested in being a team manager or coach, please reach out.

We look forward to another wonderful year of netball in 2024, where we hope to see you all return.

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


17       Year 12 farewell Chapel (8.30am)

17       Year 12 Formal

21       Year 7 Immunisations

23       P-2 Swimming Carnival (9.00am-11.00am)

23       Year 9 Rite Journey Homecoming (5.00pm)

24       K-5 Carols (5.00pm)

27       P-5 Closing Service (8.45am)

28       6-12 Closing Service (Caloundra Events Centre, 6.30pm)

28       Academic Year Concludes