Compass No 721 - May 2024

From the Principal

Celebrating Our Mums

Our mothers play a special role in our lives as they provide love and care to us during the different phases of life. In our school age years, mums and women as carers are constantly present often shifting seamlessly from the role of listener, adviser, mentor, nurse, coach, chef, supporter, encourager, household manager, taxi, cheerleader, guide and the list goes on. All of this occurring while often playing significant roles in community at work and as volunteers. At the core of this is a great love for children and a deep desire to help children become the best people that they can become. As we mature our mums, grandmothers and carers play different roles as needs change. Throughout life the love of our mums, grandmothers and carers enriches and strengthens.

We say thank you to our mums and carers for all they give us as individuals and as community. We say thank you to God for the special role that our mums and carers play and we pray that God would give them joy and peace through all the rhythms that motherhood and caring brings.

Principal’s Log

Throughout this term we are focusing across P-12 on the mindset that “learning occurs at the point of challenge” and are using different versions of the Learning Pit of James Nottingham as a visual reminder  to embrace and grow through the challenge. This week we have focused on the first step of engaging with challenge.

As we confront challenges, we have a choice to embrace and grow through stepping into the pit or to avoid it. In order to embrace challenges in our learning we need to switch from the emotional flight (avoid) or fight (someone else’s fault that this is hard) response to engaging with the challenge. The two keys to success in engaging with challenge, are to switch from emotional self talk and use connections to switch to front of mind thinking and then be deliberate in our use of time.

This is aided through thinking about how this task is different or similar to what you have learnt before, and how it links to big ideas of the unit or the learning intention of the lesson. Writing down what you understand, which might begin as brainstorming or a best guess and evolve into a mindmap or for shorter tasks a good attempt, also helps shift our thinking into the mode of productive struggle. Discussing with a peer or parent what is understood and having that person ask questions builds connections and deepens understanding. For younger children, helping them to see how an idea connects to what they have done before and helping them to build from that point by questioning them helps to gain confidence in their learning.

Setting specific learning and personal goals helps to provide direction in our use of time. Recognising that we have moved to an emotional response and learning to switch to front of mind by looking for connections as soon as possible gets us moving in the right direction. Being fully present during class, home learning and using transition times well at home and at school creates time. Planning learning time by breaking learning into smaller steps and celebrating progress builds success and capacity.

Learning to engage with and grow through productive struggle is an important life skill that we are constantly needing to employ in all areas of life. Modelling to each other, how to grow through challenge is a great gift that we can share.

We celebrate our Da Vinci teams who were excited to grasp the challenge and performed very well against teams from across the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane in this highly regarded academic decathlon. We congratulate all of our teams, in particular our Year 5 and 8  teams who were placed second and the Year 6 and 9  teams who were placed third overall in their divisions. It was pleasing to see our teams consistently performing very well on the ideation, science and creative producers section of the competition. We thank Mrs Linda Sydes, Mr Andrew Block, Ms Taylor Edwards, Ms Adelle Byerlee and Chantal McAllister for their leadership of these teams.

We wish the cast and crew of Sense and Sensibility all the best as they enter their final fortnight of rehearsals and look forward to thoroughly entertaining performances on Friday 17th May and Saturday 18th May. This promises to be another high quality production that friends and family will enjoy!

Pacific plays an important role in assisting the Salvation Army to provide for families in need in our local area. Families are encouraged to make a difference through donating non-perishable food and household items to the Red Shield Appeal as listed after Chaplain Mark Hauser’s article.

Thank you to our Friends of Pacific team for their support at the Mother's Day stall.

We wish our Mums and carers a happy Mother’s Day and pray that God would continue to care for and refresh them through His love.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Chaplain

The Humble Service of Giving

In Matthew 20:20-28, we encounter a profound lesson on humility from the teachings of Jesus. The passage tells the story of a mother's request for her sons to be seated at Jesus' right and left hand in his kingdom. Jesus uses this moment to teach his disciples about true greatness and the essence of humility.

Instead of seeking positions of power and prominence, Jesus urges his followers to adopt a different mindset—a mindset characterised by servanthood. He emphasises that greatness in the kingdom of heaven is not about lording over others but about serving them with humility and love. Jesus himself serves as the ultimate example of humility, as he came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

This message is one we can all take with us into our daily lives at Pacific! It reminds me of the importance of humility in our own lives. In this day and age, it's so easy to get caught up in the pursuit of recognition and status. However, Jesus calls us to a higher standard—to humble ourselves and serve others selflessly.

Every year, we come together as a school community throughout the month of May to gather non-perishable food donations for the Salvation Army's Red Shield Appeal. Once again, this is happening at PLC, and what better way to demonstrate in a practical way the principle of humility. By collecting and giving food to those in need, we are serving our community with humility and compassion, following in the footsteps of Jesus.

To participate in the Red Shield Appeal this year, all families from P-12 are invited to contribute if they feel called to. Non-perishable food and household items can be brought into school up until the 27th May. P-5 students can bring these to their classroom or place donations directly in the Library foyer area; while 6-12 students can take donations to their PCG rooms.

In this act of giving, we demonstrate that true greatness is not measured by wealth or status, but by our willingness to humble ourselves and meet the needs of others. Even the smallest act of kindness can make a difference in someone's life, and in doing so, we serve others with humility - reflecting the love of Christ and inspiring others to do the same.

Mr Mark Hauser, College Chaplain

From the Director of Students

Learning Through Mistakes

I am continually impressed by the resilience and potential for growth within each one of our Middle College students. One aspect I would like to reflect on this week is the learning that can occur when students find themselves in a situation where they have made a poor choice.

When students find themselves in the aftermath of a poor decision, it is easy for them to feel anger, shame, frustration, disappointment, embarrassment. However, it is precisely in these moments that the capacity for learning shines brightest. By acknowledging our mistakes and understanding the underlying factors that led to them, we open ourselves up to invaluable lessons that can guide us towards better choices in the future.

One aspect worth noting is how our brains function in times of emotional turmoil or conflict, such as during a friendship fire (conflict between friends). Neuroscience tells us that when faced with stress or intense emotions, our amygdala, the part of the brain responsible for our fight or flight response, takes over. In these moments, our ability to reason and make rational decisions, located in the prefrontal cortex, becomes compromised. To navigate through these challenges effectively, it's essential to recognize when we are operating from a place of emotional reactivity and consciously make an effort to shift back into the prefrontal cortex. As an adult we find this a very real challenge and it is often best practice when working with middle college students to press the ‘pause’ button and allow students time to sit with these feelings, acknowledge what lead to them there and self-reflect before looking for a solution.

Once we are using the logical reasoning part of our brain again, we can step back into the productive struggle and learn from this challenging moment in time. Any poor choices can lead to consequences, which in turn can spark conversations with many stake holders- parents, teachers, friends, and peers. These conversations, while uncomfortable, provide fertile ground for growth and self-reflection. By engaging in open and honest dialogue, we gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and also cultivate empathy and compassion for others.

As we continue our journey of education and self-discovery, let us remember that it is through our mistakes that we learn, grow, and ultimately become the best versions of ourselves.

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Middle College Students

From the Head of Learning K-5

Science of Reading Prep to Year 2

This year you have been and will continue to be hearing a lot about the Science of Reading in Prep to Year 2. The Science of Reading refers to research that has been conducted over the past 20 years by reading experts and cognitive scientists. This research has shown us some of the best methods for teaching students to read.

Below are some terms you may encounter in your child’s reading instruction this year:

Phoneme- the smallest unit of sound represented by a letter or letters. There are 44 phonemes in the English language.

Grapheme- the letter or letters that represent a phoneme.

Phonemic awareness- the ability to identify, hear and manipulate the smallest sounds heard in spoken language, phonemes.

Phonological awareness - the skill to identify, hear and manipulate any sound in spoken language. These pieces of sound can be rhymes, syllables or phonemes.  

Word Mapping- the process of breaking a word down into its phonemes and writing the graphemes that represent the phonemes.  

Heart Words- high-frequency words that have a “tricky part” that cannot be decoded.

What Can You Do at Home?

The Simple View of Reading is a basic way to think about how to get our children reading. This multiplicative equation states:

Decoding X Language Comprehension = Reading Comprehension.

Decoding is a child’s ability to look at the letters and words on a page and turn it into speech.

Language Comprehension is a child’s ability to understand the meaning of words and speech.

How can you help your child with decoding?

Discuss letters from speech to print:

Instead of saying, the letters a says /a/, ask your child what letter represents the /a/ sounds?

Segment words to build phonemic awareness:

  • Choose a word and say it aloud (e.g. Cat)
  • Talk about the meaning of the word (Grandma has a cat with soft fur)
  • Tap the phonemes of the word together (/c/-/a/-/t/)
  • Ask how many sounds does the word have? (3)
  • Say the word again (cat)

You can improve language comprehension by reading books together and discussing vocabulary words and their meaning.


Mrs Sue Zweck, Head of Learning K-5

Food for Thought

Understanding the Adolescent Brain: Supporting Positive Development

As our children journey through adolescence, understanding the fascinating changes happening in their brains can profoundly impact how we support their growth and well-being. The adolescent brain undergoes significant development, making this phase a critical time for nurturing and guidance. Here are insights and strategies to positively support your child's development during this transformative period.

Embrace the Teen Brain

Adolescents' brains are actively rewiring, particularly in regions responsible for decision-making, emotional regulation, and social interactions. This can lead to heightened emotions, risk-taking, and seeking novelty (all normal behaviours during adolescence). Recognizing these changes helps us empathize and respond effectively to our adolescent’s needs.

Foster Healthy Relationships

Adolescents benefit greatly from positive relationships with adults. Engage in open conversations, show empathy, and actively listen without judgement. Strong connections with trusted adults provide crucial emotional support and can influence healthy decision-making.

Encourage Independence with Guidance

Balancing autonomy and parental guidance are key. Encourage responsible decision-making by involving them in setting boundaries and consequences, allowing them to feel a sense of control, by including them in decisions that impact directly on their lives. This promotes independence while ensuring safety.

Prioritise Sleep and Nutrition

Adequate sleep and nutrition are vital for brain development. Establish consistent sleep routines and encourage nutritious meals. Limit screen time before bed to support quality sleep.

Promote Physical Activity

Exercise positively impacts brain function, reducing stress and improving mood. Encourage regular physical activity to support cognitive and emotional health.

Teach Stress Management

Adolescents face academic and social pressures. Teach coping strategies like deep breathing, mindfulness, or hobbies to manage stress effectively. Model these healthy behaviours in managing stress, problem-solving, and communication. Adolescents learn by observing and mimicking adult behaviours.

Stay Connected

Monitor their activities and interests while respecting their privacy. Create opportunities for family time to strengthen bonds and provide a safe space for sharing. Look out for changes in behaviour, mood, personality and seek help if you become worried.

Understanding and actively supporting adolescent brain development empowers parents to navigate this transformative period with confidence. By fostering a supportive environment grounded in empathy, guidance, and healthy habits, we can help our adolescents thrive emotionally, socially, and academically. Remember, being grumpy, upset, irritable, and angry is not ‘normal’ or a phase adolescents go through – it is usually a sign that something isn’t right for the young person.

Look after yourself!

Mr Brendan Macaulay, Head of Student Support

College News

Da Vinci Decathlon

Students with a variety of academic talents from across Years 5 to 10 were selected to participate in the 2024 Queensland da Vinci Decathlon. For the second year, the event was conducted as a regional competition across the Sunshine Coast and involved a much larger number of schools than the previous year, including several schools from Brisbane.

The da Vinci Decathlon involved the students working across ten disciplines as a team. Their engagement and ability to work in a team to develop creative solutions meant they performed to a high standard and acted as outstanding representatives from the College.

At the conclusion of the regional event the following year levels were successful in the following categories:

We acknowledge and thank the coaches who assisted the teams in achieving such great results: Mrs. Julie Darr, Mrs. Adelle Byerlee, Mrs. Linda Sydes, Ms. Taylor Edwards, Mrs. Chantal McAllister.

Mr Andrew Block, da Vinci Coordinator

Senior Drama Production 2024





Information about parking during library construction:


Mrs Janine Delaney, Director


School Photo Day – Prep to Year 12- Tuesday 21st May 2024

Please place your order online before Tuesday 21st May. Go to and enter the code B7H 8V9 RRH

Payment can be made using Visa, Mastercard or PayPal. If you are unable to order online, please hand your completed order envelope directly to the photographers on Tuesday 21st May. If you have any queries concerning school photographs and ordering, please contact Advancedlife directly:

School photography information:

•     Online orders - do not require an envelope returned to your school.

•     Sibling Photos – Do not forget to pre-order your sibling photos online up to 24 hours before photo day. Advancedlife provides Pacific with a list of sibling orders right up to the day of photography, so no one misses out. If you miss the online order deadline, you can submit a completed sibling order envelope first thing in the morning of the day of photography, so we are aware you want the photo taken and can bring your children together in time for it. Sibling photographs only apply to children enrolled at Pacific.

•     Late fees – A late fee will be applied to each package purchased after photo day due to the additional cost of producing these packages separately.

•     Package delivery - School photographs will be returned approximately 6 weeks after the day of photography. Please note this delivery timeframe is dependent on proofing.

•     Previous Years’ photos - Past years’ photographs are also available to order under the “previous years or group photo” tabs at the Advancedorder site when you click on the “Order School Photos Here” button above. You can also order past packages, portrait images and gifts from your child’s unique, individual and secure an Advancedyou image archive site using the unique 9-digit image code found on packages you have ordered in the past.



Miss Carolyn Sainty, Administrative Executive Secretary

Uniform Shop

Winter Uniform began on Tuesday 7th May.  The Uniform Shop stocks all the Colleges Winter Uniform requirements, 

All students in Year 10-12 will require the Formal Blazer for Winter.  Male students will require trousers, belt and tie.  A trouser and blouse option is available for Female students if they would like. Micro-fibre tights are also available for winter in addition to the dress.

 Middle College (Years 6-9) Male Students will need to wear a tie when winter uniform begins.

Junior college students can purchase the V-neck knitted jumper to wear with their Formal Uniform.  Trousers are available for male and female students as well as ribbed tights to wear with the dress (only) for female students.  Sports jackets and tracksuit pants are available to purchase to wear with the sports uniform only.

For Prep Students, the sports jackets and tracksuit pants are available for purchase. These are worn with the sports uniform from Prep to Year 12.

Please see the College Uniform Guide here for more information.

If you have any questions regarding the Winter Uniform requirements, please contact Peta King at the Uniform Shop via the number below.

The Uniform Shop 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 are completed Monday - Thursday and delivered to the students’ classrooms in the Foundation and Junior College and to the PCG pigeonholes in the Wellbeing Centre for Middle and Senior College students. Please ensure ordered uniforms are collected promptly to ensure that they do not go missing.

Mrs Peta King, Uniform Convenor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Thank You to all our amazing volunteers at our Mother’s Day Stall - it was a huge success.

This Friday come and say “Hi” to some of our volunteers at the Coral Café 8 am -8:20am.

We are well into our busy term with many opportunities for families to come together, meet new families or re-connect and support our students and community by volunteering at the school events.

If you haven’t completed your Volunteering Training at Pacific yet and want to help us in our upcoming event don’t worry as it is quick and easy. This year, the College has streamlined 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 Navigator - Nav Community Links. If you have ever thought about volunteering or becoming a part of Friends of Pacific, now is the time. There are many exciting events on the 2024 calendar and the more volunteers we have supporting these events will ensure their success. Any questions please feel free to contact the Committee –

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

Our upcoming events which we are seeking volunteers for are:

Primary Athletics Carnival – Tuesday 14th May at USC

Secondary Athletics Carnival – Thursday 23rd May at USC

Working Group for Trivia Night – Friday 16th August - this will be a lot of fun, so lock in your calendars! Volunteers are needed for organising this great event – from sponsorships, sourcing prizes, to decorating. We will also require more volunteers on the night and will call for these later in the year.













Click here to follow our Friends of Pacific Facebook page.

Ms Jan Watman, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

Sport News

Year 7-12 Sport

Competitive Sport News:


This week saw our U13’s play St Teresa’s at Maroochydore, while the opposition U15 team unfortunately forfeited, leaving our 15’s with a bye. St Teresa’s showed a dominate performance in the first half against PLC, scoring 4 tries. The boys fought back in the second half, scoring 3 unanswered tries, and closing the gap to 5 points. Well done on the efforts of the boys for showing excellent grit and playing some exceptional football. Thanks again to the support of both staff and parents at the game.

Mr Josh Cummins, Head of House Wira

Monday Night Netball:

Well done to all our PLC Netball teams who are progressing well after the mid semester break.  Currently we have 7 teams that have the potential to make the final top 4 teams with two more games to go. With highly competitive pools, the ladder is very close and the top spots are very much up for grabs. Thank you to all our committed players, coaches and parents for their time and energy given to our netball program.

 Please come and support our teams at their games this week


SCISSA Soccer and Volleyball

Junior and Intermediate Volleyball:

It was another big round for our Volleyball teams. Well done to the Junior Girls Team 1 and the Intermediate Boys Team 1 for their close victories in their fixtures. The Junior Girls Team 2 went down in a close match as did our Junior Boys Team 1. Special mention goes to the Intermediate Boys Team 2 for showing great improvement from last week.







Student Acknowledgements

Well done to the students listed below for their outstanding achievements in sport:

•          To the following boys who represented Independent District in the 14-15yrs Boys Sunshine Coast Region Rugby Union Trials: Hayden Cole, Cruze Francis, Seth Hellyer, Aidan Kemp, Louie McCormac, Jairus Patelesio and Samuel Rodway.

 It is fantastic to have such a big cohort from PLC in this team.

•      Congratulations to Logan Pohlner and Sofia Hutchinson for their selection into the 13-19yrs Independent District Cross Country team.

•      Well done to Mae Clarke for her excellent efforts in the Qld State Water polo tournament in Brisbane during the Easter break. She played with her local team, Buderim in the U14s and U16s. From this tournament, she was chosen for the Qld Development Squad for Water polo where she will compete for selection in the Qld State team to play in the Australian titles.

•     Jessica Lloyd who recently participated in the 2024 Archery Nationals Championships in Tuggeranong, Canberra. Jess did incredibly well winning 3 out of 3 gold medals. This has set her up well for the Youth World Championships next year.




Mr Cameron West-McInnes, 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







We hope everyone had an enjoyable long weekend for Labour Day. Netball returns this Saturday 11th May and details for all games through to Saturday 15th  June are now available on NetballConnect – please chat with your team manager if you have any questions about accessing and navigating NetballConnect.

Game details for this weekend:

The Greater Brisbane Netball League (GBNL) Emerald competition is a development competition for emerging players with HART Sapphire Series franchises to bridge the gap between playing at the Association level and playing at the HART Sapphire Series level. SC Thunder netball is one of the 4 clubs involved in this competition for its inaugural year. GBNL recently invited select players to trial for a training partner position in the Emerald Team. Congratulations to the following PLC students and club members for being accepted as training partners:

•          Georgia Frohmuller

•          Jessica Watkins

•          Brooke Williams

We are looking for a few additional players from years 8 or 9 to join our club, so if you or someone you know is keen, please reach out to the Netball President via email. Netball is a great social game to play with your friends and will keep you fit while having fun.


At PLC Netball, we grow future leaders through the joy of sport, teamwork, and lifelong friendship. It is about the community coming together around this great game, developing life skills and positive attitudes in our young women. As proud parents and volunteer committee members behind PLC Netball, we invite you to become a sponsor and support the ongoing success of our club and development programs. As a sponsor, we can offer a range of acknowledgement and promotion to businesses or clubs to our families and the extended community. If your business or employer can partner with PLC, please contact us with any queries.

Don’t forget to follow us on social media – Facebook and Instagram.

Your PLC Netball Club Committee

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

Three Pacific FC players represented the Sunshine Coast over the weekend at the Qld State Titles;

U13 SC Girls - Ashlan Hill

U13 SC South - Chase McKinnon

U13 SC Central - Cash Cartwright

We congratulate the three players on their efforts and wish them well on their representative journey. The SCCSA representative program offers weekly training and several tournaments throughout the season.

Round 7

We are back at PLC this Saturday, 11th May for Round 7!

Teams on Canteen Duty – Electric Rays, Manta Rays, Swordfish, Seahorses, Sharks, and Marlins.

Round 8 – Home game

Round 9 – Home game

•          No club games on Saturday 29th June and Saturday 6th July (School Holidays)

The Junior Draw (U6-U16/17) for the whole season is now available on the SCCSA website. 














 Mrs Rita Williams, Pacific FC President

Contact: The Registrar
Facebook: Pacific Soccer FC 


St Mark’s Lutheran Church

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

Upcoming Dates


11      Friends of Pacific Coffee Meet- Coral Cafe

14       Years 3-6 Athletics Carnival

14       Year 9 Leadership Day

15-18  Senior Drama Production – Sense and Sensibility

15-17  Year 4 Camp

21       P-12 Photo Day

21       Friends of Pacific Meeting

22       National Simultaneous Story Time

23       Years 7-12 Athletics Carnival

28       Instrumental Tutor’s Concert

29-30  District Secondary Athletics

30       District Primary Athletics

30       Instrumental Tutor’s Concert

31       Caloundra Show Day

31       Intermediate Schools Cup Volleyball


3-5      Year 8-9 Middle College Exams

3-7      Year 10 Exams

6         Years 4 – 6 SCISSA Gala Day 2

11       Year 11 2025 QCE Information Evening

14-16  Year 12 Retreat

18       K-3 Colour Splash

18       Friends of Pacific Meeting

19       K-12 Chapel

19       P-2 Cross Country

19       Ensembles Concert

19       Term 2 Concludes