Compass No 711 - February 2024

From the Principal

Ash Wednesday, A Mark of God’s Grace

Ash Wednesday is an important part of the Christian calendar that we share together within our community. As we place ashes on our foreheads we are reminded of our common humanity and need for God’s grace. The ashes remind us of our need for God’s forgiveness, mortality and God’s promise that He is with us through all circumstances of life and even into death. The cross points us to Good Friday, where Jesus died for our sins, and to Easter Sunday, where He rose from the dead, bringing hope, restoration, and a gift of eternal life through faith in Him.

Lent is a time of reflection where we remember that we come empty handed into God’s presence. We remember that nothing we can do can separate us from God’s love. His love is freely given. Sitting simply and humbly within His love, God comes to us to restore and renew us through His grace.

Principal's Log

There was tremendous energy and joy as our music students enjoyed the opportunity to come together at this year’s music camp. The camp gave students the opportunity to strengthen relationships as they grew their talents as musicians. It is exciting to see the enthusiasm that students and staff bring to the music program and the continuing momentum of growth of individuals and ensembles. Parents and friends enjoyed the opportunity to listen to the student’s talented playing at the Sunday afternoon concert.  We look forward to hearing our ensembles play and thank our parents and students for their support. We particularly thank Mrs Helen Williams (Head of Instrumental Music), Mr Paul Cusick (Head of Music), Ms Kristelle Hill, Ms Linley Chen, Mrs Alysha Borak and our instrumental teachers for their leadership and organisation.

Students showed tremendous enthusiasm and spirit at the 7-12 swimming carnival. Students are to be congratulated on the high level of participation and talent that they showed. We celebrate with all students who swam and gave of their best for their house, those who were placed and our age champions. We congratulate Buran House as overall winners and Bula House for winning the Spirit Trophy. Thank you to Acting Head of Sport, Mr Liam Jacka and his team for a very well-run carnival. Thank you to our parents for their attendance and support. We wish our swimmers all the best for the upcoming District Carnival.

It is exciting to see the number of students engaging with our parent led Pacific FC Soccer and PLC Netball Clubs. We are very grateful to those parents who volunteer as coaches, managers and members to provide great opportunities for students to grow in their skills and as people. A special thank you to the Executive teams capably led by Mrs Rita Williams and Mrs Donna Watkins who give hours of their time to lead the Pacific FC Soccer and PLC Netball Clubs. We encourage parents to consider ways in which they can support both clubs.

Another important group within the College is the Friends of Pacific who meet monthly. Parents hear about what is occurring within the College, plan for upcoming events and have the opportunity to discuss and provide input around matters that are on the agenda. The meetings also provide a great opportunity for connection with nibbles provided from 6.00pm prior to the meeting which starts at 6.30pm. On Tuesday 20th February, we will be holding our Annual General Meeting. Continuing and new parents are invited to come along and consider taking on roles within the Executive.

This week we farewell Mrs Simone Shaw as the Communications and Administration Secretary. Mrs Shaw has provided a warm welcome for visitors, staff, students, and parents at the main reception and played an invaluable role in supporting our communications, including the production of weekly newsletters and supporting the leadership of events, including the OCEANfest last year. We thank Mrs Shaw for her contribution to the College and wish her well for the future.

Thank you to Acting Principals Ms Leigh Finter and Mrs Sue Zweck and the Administration and Leadership Executive who led extremely well in my absence last week. Thank you to our community for the care and support you also showed through this period.

We pray that God’s grace would empower us to live hope filled grateful lives of good purpose.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal 

From the College Chaplain

Ash Wednesday Reflection

This week has held a profound significance in the Church calendar, marked by two seemingly contradictory yet deeply meaningful events.

We kicked off with Shrove Tuesday, affectionately known as Pancake Tuesday, symbolising indulgence and celebration – an echo of the festive "Mardi Gras" (translated to "Fat Tuesday" in French). Yet, in stark contrast, we transitioned to Ash Wednesday, signalling the commencement of the solemn season of Lent – a period dedicated to sacrifice, repentance, and humility.

Our Spirituality and Service Action Group, in the spirit of Shrove Tuesday, served the community by flipping pancakes on Tuesday morning. Then, on Thursday (due to Wednesday's swimming carnival), students were offered the imposition of ashes, a powerful reminder of our lives and our allegiance to Christ, urging us to reflect on His sacrifice.

During my time at Pacific, I've discovered the exceptional nature of our community. The readiness of everyone within the Pacific 'family' to assist and support each other is truly remarkable. Instances where parents, students, and staff have united to aid those facing challenges have left a lasting impression on me, and I was reminded of this last week when families came together to offer a range of prayer, food and financial support to help those suffering in our community. But you might wonder, what does this have to do with the 40-day period of fasting, praying, and preparing for Easter?

Lent calls us to recognise that our lives extend beyond our individual selves, emphasising the importance of watching out for each other. Jesus exemplified this care for all through his ultimate sacrifice, commanding us to follow in his footsteps. By giving up something small during Lent, we redirect our focus, thinking more about others and the vital role of community in all aspects of our lives.

As Easter swiftly approaches this year, my prayer is that we all experience a profound sense of God's love, allowing us to share that love abundantly with everyone around us. May our Lenten journey deepen our understanding of community and strengthen our bonds with one another, reflecting the selfless love shown to us through Christ's sacrifice.

God bless you all this Lenten season.

Mr Mark Hauser, College Chaplain

From the Head of Middle College Students

Empowering Leadership: Shaping the Future of Middle College

The leadership from a variety of Middle College students in a variety of different settings has been distinctly evident over the first 3 weeks of this year. This energy will help to drive positive change and foster an environment of growth amongst our students.

The significance of leadership in Middle College cannot be overstated. It serves as the force that propels us toward our collective goals, cultivates a culture of collaboration and innovation and empowers individuals to realise their full potential.

Recently, I had the privilege of witnessing an extraordinary display of courage and determination as over 40 students stepped forward to apply for the role of Year 6 Pacific Action Group (PAG) Leaders and deliver their leadership speeches to their peers. This remarkable turnout speaks volumes about the passion and dedication of our student body to actively contribute to the betterment of Middle College. It showcases their commitment to making a difference and leaving a lasting legacy within our school community.

After careful consideration and a rigorous selection process, we are thrilled to announce the appointment of 14 exceptional individuals who have been elected as Year 6 Leaders. To each and every one of them, we extend our heartfelt congratulations and wish them luck as they work collaboratively with their respective PAG group members to build on the initiatives previous leaders have implemented. Their selection not only recognizes their exemplary qualities of leadership but also symbolises the trust and confidence their peers have in them already. These leaders will be installed at a ceremony in the coming weeks.

Our Year 9 Leaders have hit the ground running, as they demonstrate a very high level of student agency, working collaboratively to deliver their first Middle College Chapel next week. Not only are they taking charge of organising this important event, but several students have also volunteered to participate in the inaugural Ecumenical Service at St. John's College this year. Their proactive involvement and willingness to contribute to the broader community exemplify the values we aim to instil in our students. We couldn't be prouder of their leadership and commitment to making a positive impact, and we're excited to witness their continued growth and success over 2024.

I firmly believe in fostering leadership qualities in all our students, irrespective of whether they hold a badged position or not. Leadership goes beyond titles; it's about taking initiative, showing resilience, and inspiring others through actions. Every student has the potential to lead in their own way, whether it's through academic excellence, community service, attendance at PAG meetings or simply being a supportive classmate. Encouraging all students to embrace leadership roles not only cultivates a sense of responsibility and confidence but also promotes inclusivity and teamwork. In today's rapidly evolving world, the ability to lead, collaborate and adapt is more crucial than ever. By empowering all students to recognise their leadership potential, we're nurturing a generation of capable individuals ready to make meaningful contributions to society.

I look forward to witnessing leadership behaviours and attitudes in all Middle College students as they embark on another year at the College.

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Middle College Students

From the Head of Learning K-5

The Reading Bug…. How You Can Help Your Child To Catch It!

Although many children have well-developed pre-reading skills by the time they start school, the teaching of literacy skills begins in earnest from day one of Prep. Speaking and listening, reading and writing are all part of literacy and your child needs to develop all these skills so that he/she can learn, understand, and communicate in an increasingly complex and challenging world.

And while some children seemingly learn to read overnight, with very little help, most children need plenty of encouragement and guidance before they are flying solo as independent readers.

With a reader coming home in the school bag each day, many parents feel ill-equipped to help their child on the exciting journey to independent reading, but there are many ways you can help and encourage your child to become a reader:

Your child will want to read if:

• There is a choice of things to read. If everything you own has been read a million times and now seems a little young for him/ her, take a trip to the library or perhaps try swapping some much-loved books with a friend.

• You offer a variety of texts. Have him/ her read a recipe to you as you cook or read the instructions for a board game you're going to play together, or even the back of a DVD she wants to rent. By doing this, she'll begin to understand that by reading, she can make a lot happen in her world.

• You're not too ambitious. Reading at home with you should be about building her confidence in reading –he/ she's worked hard at school all day mastering new literacy concepts so your time with her shouldn't be about challenging her further. That's her teacher's job.

• You have regular reading times together. The end of the day is often a great time to read together or a lazy Sunday morning in bed - you can either take turns reading aloud from the same book or just lie side-by-side reading your books quietly.


Make sure that you take some time to read for pleasure too. The best way to get your child enthused about reading is for you to model the behaviour you want to see in him/her.

At Pacific, all our classrooms are a hub of reading and writing every day. Teachers put an enormous effort into planning exciting, creative, and relevant activities that encourage all children to catch the reading bug!

Mrs Sue Zweck, Head of Learning K-5

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

A great strength of the Pacific learning journey has always been the willingness of parents and families to support the College community by involvement in activities that strengthen relationships and foster opportunities for our students, staff and parents.

The Friends of Pacific (FoP) play a vital role in strengthening the community. Throughout the year the FoP are responsible for the organisation of a variety of events that support student connection as well as many other initiatives such as trivia nights and the biannual OCEANfest.

The FoP AGM will be held at 6.00pm on Tuesday, 20th February, in the College Library. Nominations are open for a range of positions within the Executive Committee.

Nominations for the following Office Bearers are being called:

• Chairperson

• Vice-Chairperson

• Secretary

• Treasurer

• Foundation Executive (Prep-Year 2)

• Junior Executive (Years 3-5)

• Middle Executive (Years 6-9)

• Senior Executive (Years 10-12)

• Alumni Executive

Friends of Pacific provides opportunities to create strong ties to the people around us which is important to our wellbeing. Become a greater part of your children’s learning journey at Pacific and enjoy meeting new people as you support the College to continue to grow connections within and in our wider community.

We look forward to seeing you at our AGM!

Click here to follow our Friends of Pacific Facebook page.

Ms Jan Watman, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

College News

Design Thinking Challenge Day

Five of our highly creative Year 6 students were selected by their teachers to participate in a Design Thinking Sprint at the SCIPHA Challenge Day, held at Matthew Flinders Anglican College on Tuesday.

The Sunshine Coast Independent Primary Heads Association (SCIPHA) provides a day of extension, thinking and challenge in various disciplines. The Design Thinking challenge focused on devising a solution to a real-life problem using the human-centred design thinking methodology. Well done to Emelie, Harley, Alexa, Macahdo and Vivienne on their selection for the program and for representing Pacific Lutheran College so well during the challenges.

Next term’s SCIPHA Day, hosted here at PLC, will have a focus on Unleashing STEM Potential through Laser Cutting and Tensegrity.

Mrs Jo Belchamber, Head of Learning Middle College

Senior Ensembles Music Camp

Last weekend, 70 Pacific Lutheran College Musicians and teachers headed to Luther Heights in Mount Coolum for the annual Senior Ensembles music camp. They spent the weekend rehearsing and workshopping within the different senior ensemble groups,small tutorial groups and massed ensembles.

The students worked hard all weekend and rewarded their parents and friends with a short showcase concert.

Thank you to the Music staff and tutors who gave up their weekend to come along and help. This camp has really set the pace for the musical year ahead. Bravo!

Mrs Helen Williams, Head of Instrumental Music (P-12)

Reminder: Year 10 Immunisations and Prep Vision Screening

Year 10 Immunisations

The 2024 School Immunisation Program will be providing free vaccinations to prevent meningococcal disease for all Year 10 students at Pacific on Thursday 29th February (1st dose) and Wednesday 10th July (2nd dose).

Vaccination packs have been collected from the College, however, some families have yet to return the consent card. Please ensure this gets returned to the College by the end of the week.

For more information about vaccines or the School Immunisation Program, visit or if you have any other queries please don’t hesitate to contact the College Nurse. 

Prep Vision Screening

The Primary School Nurse Health Readiness Program is a free QLD Government initiative offering vision screening for children in Prep on Tuesday 12th March.

To secure your child’s spot to receive this free screening, please scan the QR Code by Thursday 29th February to complete your child’s consent.

Mrs Sigrid Davis, School Nurse

Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop is open from Monday – Thursday 8.00am – 10.30am and Tuesday Afternoon from 2.00-4.00pm.   Appointments can be made via the Main Reception. 

‘Flexischools’ orders are also available for your Uniform needs.  These orders will be completed Monday - Thursday and delivered to the students’ classroom in the Primary school and to the PCG pigeon-holes in the Wellbeing Centre for Secondary students.  Please ensure that these are collected promptly to ensure that they do not go missing.

Formal Hats are all now back in stock as well as Middle College girls’ ties, dresses and House polos.

Mrs Peta King, Uniform Convenor

Sport News

Years 7-12 Sport

Interhouse Swimming Carnival

A big thank you to all students and staff who were a part of this year’s 7-12 Inter House Swimming Carnival. We were blessed with fantastic conditions on Wednesday amidst some recent poor weather. It was great seeing a mix of students of all abilities doing their best to represent themselves and their Houses in both competitive and non-competitive events.

A special mention goes to our King of the Pool, Charles Garland and Queen of the Pool, Isabella Van Der Merwe, for their superb efforts in the 200m medley.

Also, a huge congratulations to Isabella Van Der Merwe for breaking the Open Girls 50m Breaststroke record.

This year the top honour for Champion House goes to a very deserving Buran House. They swam strongly on the day and had lots of representation in all events.

Congratulations to Bula House who were the recipients of the Spirit Trophy after showing great support and loud encouragement for their house all day.

The final congratulations belong to this year’s age runners up and age champions for each year level. These students generally competed in every event and certainly looked exhausted when collecting their awards at the end.

Age Champions List

District Swimming Carnival

The results from the Interhouse Carnival will be used to determine the fastest 4 freestyle students, 3 fastest students in backstroke, breaststroke and 2 fastest butterfly swimmers. These students will be selected in the PLC Swim Team to represent the College on Thursday 22nd February at a twilight carnival held at Sunshine Coast Grammar Pool. Notification will be sent home via TASS for students who are selected. Students who are in the 12 years age group but are in Year 7 will attend the Senior District Carnival and compete in the 12 years division. They will not combine with the 12 years students in Year 6 as they have in previous years. The 9-12yrs Independent District Carnival will take place during school Thursday 22nd February.

Competitive Sport News

SCISSA Junior and Intermediate Soccer

All our SCISSA soccer teams worked hard this week and should be proud of their efforts showing up and competing after a long, warm day at the swimming carnival. They played against some tough teams and continued to try without many teams having any subs on their bench. It is an expectation that students who have signed up to competitive sport teams are committing to all games, and if not attending, they need to advise their coaches in advance.

Results (Round 2)

SCISSA Senior Volleyball

Once again, we had our Senior Volleyball teams travelling all over the coast for their fixtures on Wednesday night. A big thank you to the players and coaches who are committing their time and energy to represent PLC in competitive sport. A fantastic effort by our teams with wins across the board and one loss. While the wins are a pleasant outcome, our focus is celebrating student commitment to representing PLC with their teams each week. The majority of our senior students are doing an amazing job and they are supporting their team mates admirably. It is an expectation that students who have signed up to competitive sport teams are committing to all games, and if not attending, they need to advise their coaches in advance. We look forward to celebrating more volleyball success next week.

Results (Round 2)

Trish Buckley

Trish Buckley volleyball kicks off on Friday 16th February with PLC submitting a Year 11 Girls and Year 12 Boys and Girls team. We wish them all the best with their matches and hope they have a lot of success in the tournament.


With the PLC Kayaking Program starting in Term 2, we are looking for any interested parents with potential experience in watercraft who may be able to volunteer their time to the program. The program has greatly benefitted from the fantastic involvement from parents in previous years. If you are interested, please contact me at

Student Acknowledgements

• We congratulate Sierra Anderson who competed in the U16s University of the Sunshine Coast Little Athletics. She was able to finish in the top three in all 5 events she competed in along with winning Long Jump, 300m Hurdles and 90m Hurdles.

• In January, Carter Kiernan was fortunate enough to officially sign a contract with the Dolphins Junior NRL Academy for the next three years. This contract is a pathway to the Queensland Cup and the NRL. It will see him involved in regular training sessions with the squad at Redcliffe as well as individual training sessions on the Sunshine Coast.

Carter was given the opportunity to join the Academy for a couple of training sessions late last year as well as attending a 2-day camp before Christmas where he was involved in team building activities and given the opportunity to meet some current Dolphins players.

Sunshine Coast Secondary School Netball

Sunshine Coast Secondary School Netball (known as Monday Night Netball) starts on Monday 19th February where we currently have 9 Netball teams registered in this competition.

The first game is at 4.00pm and the last game is at 7.20pm.

We welcome PLC family and friends to come along and support all our teams.  A detailed draw will be sent out shortly to all parents and players.

Mr Liam Jacka, Acting Head of Sport

Junior Sport

PLC Athletics Training (Years 3 – 12)

In preparation for both the PLC Primary, Secondary and Independent District Athletics Carnivals which will be held in Term Two (dates as per College Calendar), PLC will be offering Athletics training sessions on Monday afternoons. Students who were selected in the College’s Athletics team in 2023 have been automatically invited to these sessions. However, if your child is new to the College or would like to train in the lead up to these carnivals please email Lisa Muir to receive further information.

This year we have once again employed the services of Mr. Chris Brearley to coach our students in sprints. Chris is a Level 2 sprints coach who has worked with our sprinters for a number of years. We will also once again have Mr. Richard Franklin coaching this year. Richard is a highly qualified athletics coach in high jump and will work with our students in this area. Lastly, Mr Garth Cooper, who is one of the leading throwing coaches in Queensland will guide our discus and shot put students each week.

Training sessions will run from 3.15pm – 4.45pm and start next Monday afternoon on the main oval. Students who are in Years 4-6 and would like to train for athletics will take part in these sessions in place of their normal SCISSA sport training session.

Student Success

Well done to the following students who have recently been selected in Independent District sports teams.

Bailee Kiernan – Under 12 Girls Basketball

Troy Gertler – Under 12 Boys Basketball

Haya Gogarty – Under 12 Girls Touch Football

Gemma Bryce – Under 12 Girls Touch Football

Emily Groll – Under 12 Girls Touch Football

Hunter Raymond – Under 12 Boys Touch Football

Judd Fleischer – Under 12 Boys AFL

Scarlett van den Hurk

Well done to Scarlett who competed over the weekend in Hervey Bay for the Sunshine Coast region in the Queensland School Sport Aquathon Championships.

Scarlett finished in 8th place out of 87 competitors and has now been selected in the Queensland Schools Aquathlon team to travel to Rockingham in Western Australia to compete in the National Championships in March.

Good luck Scarlett!

District Sport Trial Upcoming Dates

There are a number of Independent District sporting trials coming up during Term One. Below is the list of sports and the cut off dates. If your child has a suitable level of skill and experience in one of these sports and would like to trial, please email to register their interest.

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

PLC Netball Club is committed to developing a netball club for the entire community that supports and develops all players fairly, keeps players in the game and ensures they have a good sports experience. The best way to do so is to find a level of play that suits a player’s abilities, desired level of commitment and social needs. The player selection process helps identify the level of play that is most suited to players at this moment in time. While players (and parents) may be upset in the short term if a player is not placed on a team considered at their desired level, in the long run, it will facilitate their continued love of, and participation in, the sport.

The following criteria is taken into consideration in the team selection process:

•          Player age, skills, and abilities.

•          Team balance and competitiveness.

•          Performance on trial day (for Divisional players).

•          Player position preferences.

•          Team position requirements (2-3 GS/GA, 3-4 WA/C/WD and 2-3 GK/GD).

•          CDNA by-laws.

•          CDNA age guidelines as below:

Initial team lists have been finalised and all players/parents should have received an email regarding their team allocation and training details. Whilst we endeavour to accommodate player preference regarding training days/times, this needs to be balanced with the availability of our volunteer coaches. We appreciate the support provided by all parties in making our training schedule work as best as possible.

Just a reminder that grading games on 9th, 16th and 23rd March are to ensure players are allocated to the right team, and the team is in the right Division. A player may be moved to a different team, or a team to a different Division, as a result of performance during the grading rounds.

Please note the following important dates:

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 one game of normal length.

Easter School holiday break.

Saturday 20th April: Competition commences, round one, Caloundra Indoor sports stadium.

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!!

Facebook: PLC Netball Club
Instagram: PLC Netball Club

Mrs Donna Watkins, PLC Netball Club President

Pacific FC

We are excited to announce our 16 teams heading into the 2024 season, with an amazing 185 players from Prep through to Year 11.

U6 Dolphins

U6 Orcas

U7 Wahoos

U7 Makos

U7 Trevally

U8 Manta Rays

U8 Eagle Rays

U8 Electric Rays

U9 Angelfish – Girls Division

U9 Snappers

U9 Stingrays

10 Swordfish

U11 Seahorses

U12 Sharks

U13 Marlins

U16/17 Barracudas

All teams are full except the following age divisions where we have limited spots -

3 x U6 spots and 2 x spots – U12 Sharks and 2 x spots – U13 Marlins.

In the coming week, we look forward to announcing the coaches and managers who will be leading our young people through the season. A huge thank you to the small team of volunteers have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to bring this season together.

Contact: The Registrar
Facebook: Pacific Soccer FC 

Mrs Rita Williams, Pacific FC President

Upcoming Dates


20       Friends of Pacific AGM (6.30pm)

22       Year 6 Leadership day

22       9-19 Years District Swimming

22       Year 7-12 Voices on the Coast

23       Year 4-6 Voices on the Coast

26       Year 4-6 SCISSA Training (3.15pm – 4.15pm)

29       Year 10 Vaccinations