Compass No 714 - March 2024

From the Principal

Respectful Relationships at the Heart

As we look forward to celebrating International Women’s Day it is a great opportunity to reinforce the message of the importance of respectful relationships. Whether in our families, friendship groups, community groups or workplaces, respectful relationships are at the heart of people and groups being able to flourish. Schools are workplaces with the purpose of learning. Staff, students and parents flourish where there are respectful relationships. Within the school context, young people are learning how to engage respectfully with peers, family, community groups, and in the world of work. Much of this is caught by young people as they listen to and watch interactions. Different perspectives and ways of thinking strengthen families, friendship groups and workplaces including schools. Learning how to respectfully engage in dialogue where different perspectives are brought to the table is an important life skill and an essential element for growth and improvement.

At the heart of respectful relationships is how we see ourselves, other people and the world we live in. At Pacific, we see each person as a special interdependent part of God’s creation, each uniquely gifted to make a difference and each with a common responsibility to care for ourselves, other people and the environment. Jesus gave us the command to love one another, and to love our neighbour as ourselves. In Genesis, God instructs us to care for all of His creation. As we approach Easter, we are reminded that God comes to us and loves us despite our brokenness and encourages us to share that same love, grace and hope with all we encounter.

Principal's Log

Respect for the human dignity of all people is a core value at Pacific. Having respectful relationships means we are able to sit with each other, listen and come to a better way forward, which can often be a third way. Pausing to consider how each interaction can lead to a better relationship is often the key to being heard well and good outcomes being achieved together. The College’s Restorative Approach to working through issues where relationships have broken down or poor choices have been made has at its heart, this focus on the innate human dignity of all people and the importance of respectful relationships. Having the habit of thinking respectfully and being respectful in all our relationships is an important way of being. Our natural inclination is to focus on our needs and wants rather than pausing and seeking to understand the values, perspective and needs of the people we encounter. The Fifth habit within Steven Covey’s book, the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, is to Seek First to Understand and then to be Understood. This age-old wisdom is also echoed in the peace prayer of St Francis of Assisi.

In a busy time of term, it is important that young people are encouraged to engage with assessment as opportunities for learning what they currently understand and what they are yet to understand. Having a focus on improvement occuring one step at a time and celebrating each small step forward can also assist young people to engage purposefully with draft feedback and preparation for tests. Taking the long view that each day we are learning new skills, dispositions and knowledge for life helps to keep the focus on learning and improvement rather than judgment.

All Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students will be engaging in NAPLAN online from Wednesday 13th March – Monday 18th March. Students have engaged in practice sessions and parents are encouraged to read the article later in the newsletter to ensure students bring the correct equipment to every session.

We look forward to celebrating International Women’s Day together tomorrow and pray that God would assist us to be people who respect the innate dignity of all people in our thoughts, words and actions.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the Director of Students

Clean Up Australia Day: A Lesson from Luke 17:11-19

In the biblical narrative of Luke 17:11-19, we encounter a powerful story of gratitude and responsibility. Ten lepers, healed by Jesus, experienced a miraculous transformation in their lives. However, only one returned to express gratitude for this life-changing act. This serves as a poignant reminder of the significance of acknowledging blessings and taking responsibility for the positive changes in our lives.

On Monday 4th March, students across Prep – Year 12 signed up and participated in Clean Up Australia Day. This collective effort exemplifies gratitude for the beauty of our surroundings and a responsibility to care for the world we inhabit. Our students have the power to set an example for each other by making conscientious choices to keep their areas clean every day.

The message extends beyond a single day of cleaning up, with students encouraged to go one step further by challenging themselves to create a waste free lunch. Waste free lunches benefit the environment by reducing packaging waste, which in turn reduces energy and promotes sustainability awareness among students, parents and staff. 

When reflecting on Luke 17:11-19, it is evident that gratitude should propel us into a continuous lifestyle of positive actions. Just as the leper's gratitude wasn't confined to a fleeting moment, our commitment to a cleaner environment should be an ongoing, daily practice.

Living honestly about our contribution to litter and waste involves recognising that our actions impact the world around us. If we aspire to be grateful stewards of the environment, we must extend our responsibility beyond designated clean up days.

Let us draw inspiration from the leper who returned to express gratitude, and let our actions speak louder than words. By embracing a lifestyle of daily responsibility and honesty, we can create a lasting impact on our environment and inspire others to do the same.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic: Year 12 and 2 Student Buddies

On Wednesday 6th March, Year 12 and Year 2 students participated in the highly anticipated Teddy Bear’s Picnic, where Year 12 students were able to relive childhood memories by bringing in their cherished teddy bears and share their personal stories with their Year 2 buddy. 

Students went on a ‘bear hunt’, ate tinny teddies together on picnic rugs, laughed and played chase and handball together. Our Senior students facilitated conversations, shared personal memories and listened to the many stories told by the Year 2 students. It is a wonderful Pacific tradition of connection and celebrating community

The Year 12 and Year 2 students are already looking forward to connecting in Week 10 for an Easter activity.

Ms Leigh Finter, Director of Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

I Think I Can

One of Pacific Way’s statements surrounds the notion of self-belief. In many ways, we are continually developing capacity and resilience in the way we view ourselves. This is not always easily done. Neuroplasticity is in an exciting space and more is being learnt about our ability to rewire our thinking and increase our resilience.

Renowned cognitive scientist, Nathan Wallis, asks us to view our brain as a garden. When we try something for the first time, we are developing a neural pathway through that garden. One that requires ongoing maintenance and cultivating. These pathways flourish when we are happy and settled and when cortisol is flowing, or scientifically when our frontal cortex is engaged and when our brain stem is quiet. Hereafter, they are reinforced by the message we send each other. Language plays a crucial role in the messages that are received by others, and interestingly, the story we tell ourselves.

Self-belief can be built by self-talk but not self-thought. Our brains are overloaded by thought but can be directed by out loud positive affirmations. Alternatively, these pathways can be eroded by negative talk from others and ourselves. The simple use of “yet” at the end of a sentence can have a significant impact on “under-construction” pathways in the brain.

As parents, choosing situations and scenarios that promote self-belief allows for your children to be exposed to challenges that may not be entirely smooth, to begin with. A balanced mix of risk and resilience allows young people to exhibit their competencies through considered experiences. By encouraging routines such as carrying their own school bag, organising personal resources, or making their own bed, you are sending them a strong signal that we believe in you. In turn you are helping them believe in themselves. This is a disposition that flows into their learning, relationships and connections.

Pacific as a Peace Place

If you open one of our Junior College diaries, the first few pages will have an explanation of the College logo. One explanation is the College's deep connection with the ocean we are so blessed to live on, the Pacific. When Magellan named the ocean centuries ago, it was directly translated as "calm". After being at sea for so long, he was relieved to be in such calm and navigable waters.

The connection between the ocean and the College may not be immediately obvious, but upon closer inspection, there are many similarities. Both have a huge variety. Oceans and schools are constantly changing, and both can become unpredictable and unfamiliar. In recognition of the upcoming Pacific Day of Peace, we recognise the role we all play in making the College a place of peace and tranquility. In our assemblies, we continually discuss what characterizes a caring community, which in turn creates peace.

As we know, anything worth appreciating is the sum of its parts. It requires support, admitting our mistakes, and especially honesty and courage. It requires forgiveness, empathy, and understanding that we don't always get it right the first time. It requires confidence, determination and teamwork. But most importantly, creating a place of peace requires a shared understanding that we are all small pieces of the puzzle. Together with our thoughts, actions and words, we can form the structure of a brighter and more peaceful future.

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 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

Certificate II Health Support – 2024 School Holiday Program

This program is designed for Year 10 - Year 12 students who want to gain the skills, knowledge and qualification in Health in a more accessible way.

Course overview:

  • April School Holiday Workshop – One week compulsory block where students undertake practical learning and assessment
  • Online Self-paced learning – 15th April to 21st June, 10 weeks of online self-paced studies. Students will need to commit 4 hours of study per week.
  • June School Holiday Workshop – One week compulsory Block Training. Practical learning and assessment, includes CPR and First Aid.

Student requirements:

  • Able to work independently through course materials over ten weeks.
  • Must attend compulsory workshops over the April and June/ July school holidays.
  • Have a reliable laptop and access to Wi-Fi to complete online learning.

This course will contribute to your Senior Certificate of Education, giving students up to 4 QCE points.

To register your interest, complete the online form:    

Apprenticeship Expo                                                                                            

Sunshine Mitre 10 is hosting an Apprenticeship Expo. This is a great opportunity for Pacific school-based apprentices to connect to Coast Builders and Trade suppliers.

The session runs from 1.00pm -3.00pm on Wednesday 17th April at Novotel Twin Waters, more details below:

  • 85+ Trade Suppliers participating
  • Special “Apprentice Only” Offers
  • New products
  • Hands on Training and Demonstrations
  • Prizes and Giveaways

If you are interested in attending you must preregister by Friday 5th April and make your own arrangements to attend: Sunshine Mitre 10 Trade Expo 2024 - Apprentice Event Registration, Wed 17/04/2024 at 1:00 pm | Eventbrite

How to book a Careers Appointment

Senior College students can now access the Careers Bookings Calendar and manage their own careers appointment, including inviting parents to join a meeting, either in person or via zoom.

Simply select the type of career- related appointment you would like and as a courtesy ensure you check with your Teacher that it is OK before you miss all or part of lesson before you make a booking.

Book appointments via the link: Pacific Lutheran Careers Support or Scan the QR Code

Mrs Veronica Sanmarco, Head of Career Development

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community


Our Friends of Pacific Car Park Raffle is Open - You could be parking in the much sought-after Friends of Pacific Junior Car Park space at PLC for Term 2, 2024.

Imagine Your Own Car Space in Term 2 in the P-2 Car Park .... no more queuing or having to arrive early!!!!

Purchase your $20 ticket to have a chance of winning.

Prize will be drawn at 9am Wednesday 27th March 2024. Winners will be announced on our FoP Facebook page.

Funds raised from our car park raffle will be invested back into the College community. Good luck!

Friday Coffee and Chat – 15th March 8.15am at Coral Cafe

If you would like to hear more about Friends of Pacific and what is involved in volunteering, we will have a couple of members at the Coral Café having a coffee so would love you to drop by and say Hi.

Gala Day – Thursday 28th March 

Friends of Pacific would like to invite those who have successfully completed the volunteer registration process to support them in hosting the first 2024 Year 4-6 SCISSA Gala Day BBQ.

Volunteers will help set up the BBQ, cook the sausages, and serve the students as they compete during these events.  These days are an excellent opportunity for fellowship between volunteers and a rewarding way to support our PLC community.

 Please see below for details and click on the link to register. The team will be in touch to provide further details.

What: Year 4-6 SCISSA Gala Day 1

When: Thursday 28th March 2024, between 8.30am – 2.30pm.

Where: Meridan Plains Oval

Registration Link:

Volunteering at Pacific

This year, the College is streamlining the induction process by using a flexible delivery platform where volunteers work through the Volunteer Handbook, complete an electronic form, and upload relevant documentation. The Volunteer Handbook is accessible via the parent portal in Nav - Nav Community Links.

Volunteering has many benefits. You can make new friends, learn something new, and contribute to the community and your kids love to see you helping around the College. If you have ever thought about volunteering or becoming a part of Friends of Pacific, now is the time. There are so many exciting events on the 2024 calendar and the more people who are available to volunteer and support these events will ensure their success.

Hosting events is only possible thanks to the efforts of those in our College community who give so generously of their time. 

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 Chaplain Mr Mark Hauser-

If you would like to support the continuation of the care-based service through a financial contribution, we invite you to contact Pacific Together via email:

Click here to follow our Friends of Pacific Facebook page.

Ms Jan Watman, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

College News


Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will be participating in NAPLAN online from Wednesday 13th March – Monday 18th March.

NAPLAN online assessment will take place during Term 1 this year.

STUDENTS IN YEARS 7 and 9 - NAPLAN Online requires students to bring a CHARGED LAPTOP and HEADPHONES (not Bluetooth or wireless headphones) with them to every session.

NAPLAN Online questions will be tailored to student responses, ensuring a more accurate snapshot of student understanding. The questions become more or less difficult, adapting to student progress and providing more precise results.

Parents and students are encouraged to visit the Public Demonstration Site and explore the range of question formats available. Please refer to the attachment for more information about the Public Demonstration Site.

Mrs Jo Belchamber and Mrs Sue Zweck

We look forward to Celebrating International Women’s Day Breakfast with our community

Pacific Learning Hub Community Presentation - Mr Brett Lee, Cyber Safety Expert

Pacific parents, carers and staff are invited to attend an evening presentation by leading cyber safety expert, Mr Brett Lee at Pacific Lutheran College’s gymnasium on Tuesday, 26th March from 6.00pm – 7.30pm, with refreshments commencing from 5.30pm.

The presentation, delivered by leading cyber safety expert Mr Brett Lee, will draw upon his extensive career, knowledge and experience, having worked as a Queensland Police Officer for 22 years, 16 of those as a detective predominately in the field of child exploitation. Mr Brett Lee is the creator of Internet Safe Education (ISE), which is endorsed by the eSafety Commission, Australia’s main government regulatory body.

Brett’s powerful and engaging parent presentation will bring to life the possible dangers and responsibilities which are part of young people’s digital world and explains their rights and responsibilities in the online world. To register your place for this presentation, click on the following link or use the QR code.

This presentation is part of the Pacific Learning Hub, launched in 2023 to support the PLC community with our young people’s journey, as we learn and grow together.    

Year 3 - 12 Student Presentations

Mr Brett Lee will also work with students and teachers across Years 3 – 12 during the day (Tuesday 26th March) to deliver age appropriate presentations, including some of the following topics. The aim of these presentations is to support and educate our young people to learn how to stay safe online, use the internet and social media in healthy ways and thrive online.

Parents are requested to complete the online consent in the parent lounge which was outlined in a letter issued to Year 3 – 12 parents on Wednesday 28th February.

Ms Leigh Finter, Director of Students

Year 4 - 9 Pacific DISCO

The PLC Disco for students in Years 4 to 9 is being held on Friday 15th March from 5.00pm to 6.30pm in the College Gymnasium.

The theme is “Neon Glow Disco”, and the cost is $5 per student. Entry is via pre-purchased tickets only and ticket sales will close at 9.00am, Friday 15th March 2024.

Parents are required to collect students from the gymnasium at 6.30pm.

For more information, please contact Mr Kersnovske (6-9 students) or Mr Davis (4-5 students).

Mr Damian Davis, Head of Staff and Students P-5 & Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Middle College Students

Uniform Shop

The Uniform opening hours are -

  • Monday – Thursday 8.00am – 10.30am
  • Tuesday Afternoon from 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Please contact the College’s Main Reception on 5436 7300 to make an appointment.

Flexischools orders are also available for your Uniform needs. These orders will be completed Monday - Thursday and delivered to the students’ classroom in the Junior College and to the PCG pigeonholes in the Wellbeing Centre for Middle and Senior College 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

Competitive Sport News

We encourage students to consider participating in Pacific Representative sport options available this year. These are separate activities to Competitive Sport Options as they are either short tournaments or one-off carnivals.  Please note that some representative options such as CBSQ Basketball, Senior Schools Cup Volleyball, Vicki Wilson Netball and Sunshine Coast Secondary Indoor Netball are not included in this list as students will be invited from inside current competitive sport groups.

Representative Options in Term 2:

  • Term 2: Trish Buckley Volleyball (Year 7-9 Boys and Girls)

Next week students will be able to sign up for a range of competitive and representative sporting options for Term 2. Students are encouraged to look at all options and consider how they may be able to represent Pacific in sport this year. Multiple sports may be played in a term if there are no clashes with the days in which fixtures are played.

Competitive Sport Options for Term 2. Sign-ups close at 5pm, Friday 8th March:

  • Year 7-10 SCISSA Volleyball (Wednesday after school)
  • Year 11-12 SCISSA Soccer (Wednesday after school)
  • Year 7-12 Boys 15 aside Rugby (Wednesday after school)
  • Year 7-12 Netball (Friday Sport and Monday Nights) – Continuing on from term 1.

SCISSA Junior and Intermediate Soccer

It was a quiet fixture this week for Pacific soccer teams with only two out of our five teams playing matches. Our Junior Boys’ Team 2 lost to a very strong St Andrews team. We congratulate the boys on their continuous dedication to their team and skill which is improving each week. We celebrate our Intermediate Boys this week. The Intermediate Boys were able to get their first win of the season over a quality Flinders side in a close 1-0 win. We are excited to see their strong performance continue into the last few rounds of the season. Well done to both teams this week.

SCISSA Senior Volleyball

A difficult round for Pacific Volleyball teams this week with several teams up against some strong opposition. Both Senior Boys Teams competed valiantly throughout their games. The story was much the same for the Senior Girls Team 2 who lost in a close game to St Andrews. The Girls continue to sit high up in the table and are prepping themselves for some strong weeks leading into finals competition. We congratulation our Senior Girls Team 1 who were able to showcase their development over the last few weeks and beat a quality Good Shepherd outfit.

Trish Buckley (Senior Volleyball)

There were no Trish Buckley games in Week 6. Our Senior teams now focus on their games this Friday night at Caloundra Indoor Stadium. While our Year 11 Girls team has a bye, we wish the Year 12 Girls and Boys teams the best of luck for their games tomorrow night.  

Monday Night Netball

Round 3 saw teams move divisions to even the level of competition between schools. Due to the storm activity on Monday evening, games were eventually cancelled for the 5.40pm, 6.30pm and 7.20pm time slots for this round.

Our Junior teams were able to play three quarters before their game were called off due to the thunder and lightning. All teams look forward to their round 4 fixtures next week.

Student Acknowledgements

  • We congratulate Chase McLady in Year 8 who was selected in the Under 15’s Touch Regional Team. This is a fantastic effort considering Chase only turned 13 in November. We wish Chase the best of luck in the upcoming State Championship.
  • We congratulate Sam Schefe also in Year 8 who was selected in the 13-15 Years Regional Hockey Team. We wish Sam the best of luck in the upcoming State Championship.

Mr Liam Jacka, Acting Head of Sport

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

This Saturday 9th March will see our first round of matches in a Grading ‘Round-robin’ style program where each team will play 3 shorter games on the day.

Grading Round Robin Details:

  • Grading Games are 2 x 8min halves with a 2min half-time break, and 7 minutes between games.
  • Division 1 – 10 games commence at 8am, with the last round at 11:20.
  • Division 11, SET & GO games commence at 11:45, with the last round at 1:50.
  • Players are to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to their first game.
  • Scoreboards will be on each court, winning teams to return score sheets to the control desk. BYO pen for scoring.
  • Players must be court ready - correct uniform (blue or black bike pants no longer than the playing dress), short nails, NO jewellery.
  • PLC will have a gazebo for the day which all players and parents can use between games.
  • Please quickly vacate the court at the end of each game to enable the next teams and supports to prepare for their game.
  • Players are reminded to drink plenty of water, wear sunscreen and court approved visors (soft peak caps) while playing outside.
  • There is NO parking along Pelican Waters Boulevard.
  • Team coaches and managers will communicate exact game times – please contact them with any questions or to advise unavailability for games this weekend.
  • Please be aware that some players have a ‘no photo consent’, including videoing – coaches will advise when playing one of these teams. Teams/Parents/Spectators are welcome to take photos before or after their games away from other teams, but not during play.

The Caloundra Indoor netball stadium has a Kiosk serving coffee and a variety of hot and cold food. CDNA will have a BBQ service available, raising funds for all CDNA Representative players. Your support would be appreciated.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone on court this weekend!!!

For all enquiries, please use the contact details below.

President – Donna Watkins |

Secretary – Peta King |

Registrar – Karen Costa |

Facebook: PLC Netball Club
Instagram: PLC Netball Club

Mrs Donna Watkins, PLC Netball Club President

Pacific FC

A massive THANK YOU to our team of 40 VOLUNTEER Coaches and Managers who led our players during the opening season matches on Saturday!

A HUGE thank you also goes to our small team of volunteers who helped with the canteen, grounds, set-up and pack-up.

Our helpers in the Canteen and on Rooball Carnival duty, Johnno, Lucie, Amelie, Isabella, Jenny, Kathleen, Toby, Chalise and Alex worked hard to ensure the carnival was a huge success.

Please also take a minute to appreciate the grounds crew of Darren, Sam and Johnno who worked until late Friday afternoon to have the PLC fields marked out and set up for the games on Saturday.

A big thank you also goes to Lola, Kelly, Blake and Johnno for their early morning/late afternoon efforts in putting up nets, field signs and gazebos.

These legends work full time or are students, yet gift hours of unpaid time to Pacific FC to ensure games go ahead.

To everyone who pitched in assisting with getting players to their games on time and in the correct uniform, you're the best!  It makes all the difference, and thank you for helping out.

We all do it so kids can create lasting memories on the paddock.


Our youngest two teams made it out onto the pitch at Siena for their first matches.



Fantastic morning at Siena where the U6 Orcas won one and lost two games.

The determination and team effort were outstanding for these exhausted preppies.

Yay! Bring on the season!

Manager Jess



Our Dolphins had an awesome carnival, despite not being able to play their first game due to the other team being a no show. They had a win 2-1 and a loss 1-0.

Overall, an awesome day!

Manager Rachel

For all U7-U16/17 Match Reports follow on Pacific FC.


The Draw for Round 2 can be found at

Pacific will host U6-U10 match this Saturday and for Round 3 the following Saturday.

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


8        International Women’s Day Breakfast

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

11      Prep Vision Screening

13-22  NAPLAN Commences

15      Pacific as a Peace Place

15      Year 4-9 PLC Disco

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

18-22  Prep – 5 Conferences Begin

19      Friends of Pacific Meeting

25-27 Year 5 Camp

25      Kids Lit Quiz

26      PLC Learning Hub with Brett Lee

27      Senior College Conferences

28      Year 4-6 SCISSA Gala Day 1

28      K-12 Chapel

28      Term 1 Concludes