Compass No 723 - May 2024

From the Principal

Celebrating and Thanking Our Volunteers

So many people give generously of their time in our community to significantly add to the quality of experience for our students, their families and our staff. Parents and carers through engagement with Pacific FC, Club PLC Netball and Friends of Pacific create extra opportunities for growth and connection for our young people and their families. Staff also give generously of their time in a host of ways to ensure best quality experiences occur. Many of our students also give generously of their time to support activities such as Open Day, Anzac Day, the Disabled Surfers Association and a variety of external organisations.

Volunteering enables communities and the people within them to flourish. As we volunteer, we live for a purpose beyond ourselves, form stronger connections, and have a greater sense of belonging.  Volunteering enhances the wellbeing of both those who benefit and those who volunteer. God encourages us all to use our gifts to benefit others. We say thank you to the many people within our community who respond to this call and give so generously of themselves. We can all express our individual appreciation this week as we connect with volunteers both within and outside of the Pacific community.


Principal’s Log

We were privileged to be able to witness the Middle and Senior College production of Sense and Sensibility last weekend. Clever direction and casting enabled the tremendous talent of students to shine through. The storyline was carried brilliantly, with strong character portrayals, well-timed humour that bubbled throughout, cleverly selected music, and the occasional joy-filled dance moves skilfully performed. Subtle use of stagecraft that had tables and beds seeming to emerge seamlessly from the floor added to the whole experience. Congratulations and thank you to Director Mrs Janine Delaney and the cast and crew for an outstanding production. Thank you to our parents for their support and the many people who were part of the large appreciative audiences over the weekend. Special thanks to the all of the team who brought a wonderful production to life.

We thank all those families who have already made donations to the Red Shield Appeal through the donation of items to the College. Our collection finishes on Monday 27th May. One or two extra non-perishable items in our shopping trolleys over the weekend can make a significant difference for families supported by the Salvation Army. We look forward to once again filling the Salvation Army truck and supporting families within the southern end of the Sunshine Coast.

Congratulations to our students who were part of the Vicki Wilson Netball Cup and Shield Championships last Friday. Our Senior A Girls PLC Sapphire team reached the Grand Final of the top division, narrowly losing by four goals. This is the second year in a row that our Senior A Girls have narrowly missed representing the Sunshine Coast in Brisbane. Our Intermediate team PLC Emerald comprising of Year 7 and 8 students played well in a division generally filled by Year 9 students and PLC Pearl and PLC Jade teams played well within the Development Division of the competition.  Well done to all of our netballers and thank you to Head of Netball Development Mrs Michelle Dufty and coaches for their leadership of our teams.  Thank you to our parents for your support throughout the season and on Friday.  We wish our Monday night teams of PLC Crystal, Amber, Garnet, Topaz, Jade, Ruby and Pearl teams all the best for their finals which start next week.

At its February meeting, the Friends of Pacific voted to initiate an annual $40 levy per family to support the Friends of Pacific’s initiatives to enhance student experience and facility development in the College. This will be charged as a $20 levy per semester with the first of these occurring in the Term 3 fees. The Friends of Pacific decided to use the funds raised this year to go towards the funding of the new screen which will be part of the gym extension which is expected to commence during Term 4 this year. We are excited to be in the final stages of the design of the extension of the gym and are looking forward to sharing a 3D walk through with our community in the very near future.

We look forward to a spirited day of competition today at the Year 7-12 Athletics Carnival.

We say a prayer of thanks for the spirit of goodwill and generosity that permeates our community and for our volunteers.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Chaplain

A Heart for Service

If you had to sum up what Pacific is all about, what would it be? What is at the core of the College?

For me, one of the most impactful things that I have always loved about Pacific is the value that the College places on the importance of serving others. Ever since I started working here in 2004, service has always been as a core part of our community ethos. This commitment to service is evident in our day-to-day interactions, where students and staff support and care for one another, creating an environment of mutual respect and kindness. It extends to larger initiatives as well, such as our active participation in the Red Shield Appeal, where we come together to raise funds for those in need, and our involvement with the Disabled Surfers Association, where we help provide joy and a sense of accomplishment to individuals with disabilities.

Genuine acts of service are not performed with the expectation of receiving anything in return. Rather, they are expressions of our desire to make a positive impact on the lives of others. This selfless attitude towards service is perfectly captured in John 13:1-15, where Jesus washes His disciples’ feet. On the night before His crucifixion, Jesus, knowing His time was near, chose to demonstrate the full extent of His love by performing this humble act. In doing so, He set a powerful example for us to follow.

Jesus’ act of washing the feet of His disciples, a task reserved for the lowest of servants, underscores the importance of humility and selflessness in service. He told His disciples, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you” (John 13:15). This directive is clear: we are to serve others as Jesus did, without seeking recognition or reward.

In our school community, whether through small daily gestures of kindness or larger organised events, we are embodying the spirit of Christ’s service. Volunteering for special events is one way we can follow Jesus’ example by meeting the needs of others. In fact, Christ’s love and service to others is seen from the big gestures through to the most seemingly insignificant acts of kindness in our daily interactions with each other. 

True service is about putting others’ needs before our own, just like Jesus did on a daily basis throughout his ministry. It is about following Jesus’ example of humility and love, creating a ripple effect of kindness and compassion in our community. In doing so, we honour Christ’s teaching and imitate His love in the world, enabling us to be able to have a positive impact on each other’s lives in all that we do.

And that is what Pacific has always been about, to me.

Red Shield Appeal:

Thank you to all those who have brought in donations for the Salvation Army this year already. A reminder to all families that the Red Shield Appeal has been running throughout the month of May and is quickly wrapping up. Our final date for collection is on Monday!

So far, we have collected a good amount of donations for people in need, from the generosity of the Pacific community. However, we are still a long way off what we usually manage to collect. It would be great to see the library foyer area packed with non-perishable items, ready to donate to the Salvation Army again this year. We are having one final push and asking for any final donations to be brought in on Monday morning and dropped off in the library foyer area. In 2022, we managed to collect enough items that averaged out to be the equivalent of 3 items per student in the College. That is an amazing effort, and we would like to at least match that again this year!

Students in the Middle and Senior College were given a red ribbon to attach to their bags to serve as a reminder to bring in a few non-perishable items to donate to the RED SHIELD APPEAL. All contributions will be greatly appreciated. It is not too late!

Mr Mark Hauser, College Chaplain

From the Director of Students

Sense of Purpose

Growing Year 9 and Year 12 House Captains’ Roles and Responsibilities to include supporting the Pastoral Care of their peers.

A priority focus this year has been on growing the role of Year 12 and Year 9 House Captains, with responsibilities stemming further than just growing culture and spirit to developing pastoral care, worship and peer mentoring across each House group.  Heads of House have worked with a strategic vision of enhancing the College’s 6-12 Pastoral Care Program, with an emphasis on growing student agency to lead, collaborate and support other students within their PCG. The strategic intents of ‘enhancing co-agency of students and staff within pastoral care to support students to develop self-awareness, efficacy, purpose, belonging and meaning’, as well as ‘enhancing opportunities for student leadership, where they are able to grow their leadership across all dimensions of College life’ have driven this focus across the four Houses, with resounding success.

This Wednesday, the Year 12 and Year 9 House Captains across each of the four Houses of Bula, Buran, Mumba and Wira capably led a chapel service on the theme having a ‘Sense of Purpose’ and linked to the bible reading from 1 Timothy 4:6-13  Youth can do it (ESV)

Two important questions raised within the chapel services that sparked collaborative discussion and opportunities for individual reflection included:

1.   What things matter to you? How can you develop your talents, pursue your dreams?

2.   What gives life meaning?

Through continuing the theme from Wednesday’s Chapel Services, during PCG time, students had opportunity to create a list of 5 things that they were passionate about and then shared this with their peers. Students were given further opportunity to extend on their thinking about how young people can take up opportunities to explore and develop their talents and interests with the purpose of growing their sense of purpose and belonging.

House Chapels and PCG devotions, led by Year 9 and Year 12 House Captains have been received very well from students across Years 6-12, as they can see the relevance of the Chapel’s theme and bible reading to apply to their own lives.

Year 9 and Year 12 House Captains have had a busy week of leadership, encouraging participation, spirit and enthusiasm at the Year 7-12 Athletics Carnival on Thursday 23rd May, held at the University of the Sunshine Coast.  Although these carnivals have a strong focus on individual effort and achievement, the House Captains play an integral role in bringing together students with a common sense of purpose and sense of belonging.  From deafening war cries, individual encouragement and support offered, the House Captains did an amazing job of solidifying culture and community.  It would be remiss not to acknowledge the ongoing behind the scenes coaching, mentorship, support and encouragement of the House Captains provided by the four Heads of House, Ms Bancks, Mrs Croke, Mr Cummins and Mr Danzey.  A great achievement and fun day was had by all.

Ms Leigh Finter, Director of Students

From the Head of Teaching and Learning K-5

Building Student Agency in the Classroom at Pacific

To create powerful learning experiences that prepare students for the future, we must give them agency over their learning. Greater agency leads to more engaged, confident, and capable students who are ready to succeed in an ever-changing world. 

Given the learning expectations that teachers need to fulfill each year, it can be hard to see how giving students more voice and freedom of choice is possible with so much content to teach. However, there are ways to build student agency, starting small and expanding as both teachers and students get more comfortable with this approach to teaching and learning.

At Pacific allowing students to choose how they will demonstrate their knowledge or understanding is one important aspect of agency. Before offering students choice, it is crucial that we help them reflect on how they learn best. They need the background knowledge and information to make informed choices, especially if greater agency is something they don’t have much experience with.

We ask students to reflect on how they like to take in new information—do they like to read, listen to audio, watch videos, etc.? Helping them understand how they learn best can guide them in how to demonstrate their knowledge in the classroom. We also know that it’s helpful for students to see examples of past work to spark their creativity, so they know what’s possible.

Giving students agency in how they will be assessed is another important way to build their confidence and help them understand their strengths. Giving students clear expectations and communicating how they will be assessed sets them up for success in both self-reflection and giving and receiving feedback.

Helping students develop greater self-awareness around their learning strengths and challenges is a crucial aspect of building agency. Students should have an accurate picture of where they are on their learning journey and what steps they need to take next.

When students know their strengths and areas of growth, this gives them the power and confidence to direct their own learning. They have a clear idea of where they are and a vision for their future. Self-reflection is a skill that can be practiced, and one that students will use throughout their lives. 

Greater agency in the classroom is the starting point for helping our students become independent, successful adults who actively work to make the world a better place. Students who take ownership of their learning develop the confidence, strength, and self-awareness to succeed in their future careers.

Mrs Sue Zweck, Head of Learning K-5

From the Head of Career Development

Careers News

Trade Taster Program

Get a taste for a future trades career while you're still at school. TAFE Queendland’s popular Trade and Skill Taster programs will be returning in Term 3 at their Nambour campus.  It is for eligible high school students to try a course without committing to a full qualification or apprenticeship. This lets students find out if a course is the right option or test out a potential career path they are considering following in the future.

Applications are now opening on Monday 27th May 2024, save the date to avoid missing out.

To find out what is offered and to apply, please go to Pathways once applications are open. The application code is TQEC24TT3.  Please note all students that were on a waitlist for Term 2 will need to apply again.

Any questions please visit Mr Learoyd, Head of Vocation and Training, Careers and VET Office, Library.


Tertiary Open Days and Career Expositions

Queensland Police Service | Open Day – Brisbane- Saturday July 20th, 2024

Join us on July the 20th, at our QPS Open Day to learn all about a career with the Queensland Police Service.

Take this rare opportunity to check out our state-of-the-art training facilities and chat with our specialist units like the Dog Squad, Road Policing Command, Dive Squad, Mounted Unit, Stock Squad, PolAir and many many more.

Policing can be a lifelong career with many different pathways, so take your time touring our training facility, driver training track and firearms range, and drop in to an information session throughout the day where you can ask questions about your future career.

Find out more


UniSC | Open Day 2024- July 21st to August 4th

University of the Sunshine Coast Open Day is all about welcoming community and future students on to campus to check out UniSC’s program offerings, meet staff and explore UniSC’s world class teaching and learning facilities.

Moreton Bay campus- Sunday 21st July

Sunshine Coast campus- Sunday 4th August

Find out more


Bond University | Open Day 2024- Saturday July 27th

Open Day is the perfect way to learn more about everything a university has to offer – whether that’s done through meeting students and academics, roaming our beautiful campus, or even testing out our facilities.

Find out more

QUT | Open Day 2024- Sunday July 28th

Come and explore the amazing facilities at Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove and see for yourself what makes the Queensland University of Technology, the university for the real world.

Find out more


CQUni | Open Days 2024- August 3rd to August 22nd

Explore our Central Queensland University facilities and learn about your study options direct from our supportive staff. Our Open Day events are held across July and August at our regional campus locations.

• Get your questions answered: We’re a friendly and passionate bunch who take the time to explain the nitty-gritty of starting study. Ask us about your pathway options, fees, scholarships, and get support with your application. 

• Start planning your future: With both TAFE and university study options available, we’ll help you discover your dream course. You’ll even get the opportunity to speak with our teachers about work placements, graduate outcomes, and career opportunities.

• Experience campus life: Step onto our vibrant campuses and soak in the atmosphere. From relaxed student spaces to cutting-edge facilities, you’ll feel right at home.

Mackay Open Day

Saturday 3rd August, 9-11am

Bundaberg Open Day

Thursday 8th August, 4- 6pm

Rockhampton Open Day

Sunday 18th August, 9am- 12pm

Gladstone Open Day

Thursday 22nd August, 4- 6pm

Find out more


UQ | Open Day 2024- August 4th to August 18th

We can’t wait to welcome you to Open Day at University of Queensland’s St Lucia and Gatton campuses. Explore your interests and study options, immerse yourself in university life and get answers to all your questions.

What to expect:

• Attend sessions to uncover your study area of interest and find out more about the degrees we offer.

• Enter a competition, grab some freebies, listen to live music, get hands-on in a workshop or come on a tour.

• Get to know UQ. Ask current students and teachers all your questions and find out about student life.

St Lucia campus Open Day

Sunday 4th August, 9am–3pm

Gatton campus Open Day

Sunday 18th August, 9am–3pm

Find out more


SCU | Open Days 2024- August 4th to August 18th

Want to check out Southern Cross University campuses in person? Come to our Open Days at the Gold Coast, Northern Rivers, and Coffs Harbour campuses in August 2024:

•  Gold Coast Campus – Sunday, August 18

Find out more

Mrs Veronica Sanmarco, Head of Career Development

Food for Thought

Introducing The Resilience Project – Parent and Carer video series

Throughout 2024 we are working closely with The Resilience Project to support the wellbeing of our school community. Students in Years 6 – 9 are participating in this program as part of their Personal Development program each week. The Resilience Project delivers emotionally engaging programs and provides evidence-based, practical strategies to build resilience.

Our Partnership Program consists of online presentations and weekly lessons for students, professional development for staff, and Parent & Carer Hub (inc. digital presentations) for our parent and carer community.

Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing the Parent & Carer Hub with you. The videos are 5-10 minutes long and will walk through the key pillars of resilience: Gratitude, Empathy, and Mindfulness. You will hear stories and be introduced to activities to show how these strategies can support our kids' learning and development and support you as parents and carers.

This program is an important part of our school’s effort to look after the mental health of our community.

Part 1: Meet Hugh and learn about The Resilience Project this presentation, Hugh shares a personal experience about his sister's battles with Mental Illness.

Note: This video contains a story about an Eating Disorder that may be triggering. Please consider this before watching. For mental health resources and support information, visit The Resilience Project’s Support Page. We will be in touch over the next few weeks to share the remainder of the program, including research and wellbeing activities to integrate into day-to-day life.

Be kind to yourself and others!

Mr Brendan Macaulay, Head of Student Support

College News


On Tuesday, photos were taken of all classes and all students.

A reminder that it is not too late to order school photos. 

Photos can still be ordered online with code B7Y 8V9 RRH.

UNTIL FRIDAY 31ST MAY, there is no fee, after this date, there will be a $15 late fee.

Miss Carolyn Sainty, Executive Administration Secretary

Ensembles Concert

On Wednesday, 19th of June, at 6pm Pacific Music students will be performing in the annual Ensembles Concert in the PLC Gymnasium. There are over 180 students ready to showcase their talents for you.

There will be cheese boxes, poke bowls, hotdogs, and snacks, plus drinks available to purchase while you sit back and enjoy the entertainment. Please note that the pre-ordering of cheese boxes is now open via the QR code below and will close at 3.00 pm on Wednesday, 12th June. Please scan the QR code to register attendance.

Mrs Helen Williams, Head of Instrumental Music

School Nurse

Food Allergy Week is an initiative of Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia and is dedicated to promoting community understanding of food allergy, to help protect those at risk of anaphylaxis.

Australia has one of the highest rates of food allergies in the world, with more than 1.5 million Australians living with a food allergy. We also have one of the highest rates of hospital anaphylaxis admissions in the world. There has been a 51% increase in anaphylaxis presentations to emergency departments in a 5-year period, growing to more than 11,500 per year.

A food allergy is an immune system reaction that happens soon after eating a certain food. Even a tiny amount of the allergy-causing food can trigger symptoms such as digestive problems, hives, or swollen airways. In some people, a food allergy can cause severe symptoms or even a life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis.

Pacific Lutheran College aims to be an allergy aware environment. Food items containing nuts or cooked with nut oil should not be brought to school. However, families of students suffering from nut allergies are reminded that although it may be possible to minimise exposure to potential allergens at school, students suffering from these allergens should use preventive measures as they would in other environments.


Mrs Sigrid Davis & Mrs Julie Clucas, College Nurses

Speech and Drama Co-Curricula opportunities for students

Are you looking for more opportunities to engage in drama? The Speech and Drama program at PLC might be right for you! Speech and Drama is a private or small group lesson run during the school day (with limited times before and after school) where students can focus on learning all different aspects of Drama, as their interests dictate. Perhaps you want to focus on developing skills to portray a wide range of characters and accents, or maybe you want to learn more about the theory of speech production and breathing to improve the quality of your voice. We can even work on writing your own stories!

All lessons are effective in building social skills such as: confidence, empathy, creativity, concentration, teamwork, communication, problem solving, and language development. These skills are great for oral presentations and job interviews. Studies have shown that Drama is a very effective way to develop social skills. It is also shown that higher social skills are associated with lower psychosocial stress, which in turn is linked to improved mental health. And, of course, drama is fun!

For more information, or to sign up, please contact Ms Imogen Joppich at or 0499 032 289.

Thanks so much!

Ms Imogen Joppich, Speech and Drama Teacher

Library News

National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops, and many other places around the country. Now in its 24th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children's book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6. This year’s book was Bowerbird Blues by Aura Parker.

On Wednesday this week, PLC students across Kindy and the Junior College joined in a reading of this book and explored some of its themes. In the library, Mr Griffin, did up an interactive display and at lunchtime, for our craft activity, students could make their own bower bird.

Book Club

Book Club order forms were given out in P-6 classes this week. Please get all orders in online by the end of May.

Ms Nell Keen, Teacher Librarian

Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop stocks all the College’s Winter Uniform requirements.

All students in Year 10-12 require the Formal Blazer for Winter.  Male students 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 need to wear a tie with the winter uniform. 

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.


Secondhand Uniforms

To Sell

Current Uniforms will be accepted, except for; sports uniforms (polo and shorts), socks, swimwear, and shoes. Blazers are accepted with a current dry-cleaning receipt attached. Clothes must be freshly laundered, in good condition and free of pet hair.

Items will not be accepted if they are faded, or have; thin fabric, visible repairs, stains (including underarm sweat stains), worn patches and fraying hems/sleeves, broken zippers/buttons, and rips or tears. Uniforms that are not accepted may be discarded at the discretion of the Uniform Shop.

Please label items, place in zip lock bags and deliver to the Uniform Shop when open. Payment details: The Uniform Shop will provide payment via your school fee statement at the end of each term when items have been sold. A 50% fee of the sale price of each item will apply to cover school administration costs.

To Buy

Prices and stock vary on condition and on what items are available. Please make an appointment to come in and view secondhand items.


Mrs Peta King, Uniform Convenor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Coffee & Chat – come and say ‘Hi’ to find out about Friends of Pacific

Date & Time: Friday, 24th May @ 8:00am-8:20am

Location: Coral Café

FoP Community Levy

During the Friends of Pacific Annual General Meeting, held on 20th February 2024, it was raised and collectively agreed upon to introduce a community levy. The purpose of this community levy is to help contribute to initiatives that enhance the school experience for students, staff, and guests. This year’s levy will go towards funding the large screen which will be installed in the new gym. The levy will be included in the school fees at a charge of $20 per semester per family.


Friends of Pacific Trivia Night - Friday 16th August – this will be a great night filled with laughter and friendship for music lovers. More information to follow in coming weeks.

Volunteer Opportunity:

Working Group for Trivia Night – Friday 16th August - this will be a lot of fun, so lock it in your calendars!

Volunteers are needed for organising this great event – from sponsorships, sourcing prizes, theme /decorations. We will also require more volunteers on the night and will call for these later in the year.

Gala Day – Thursday, 6th June 2024

Pacific’s 2nd Gala Day is being held Thursday, 6th June and we are seeking Volunteers for our BBQ.

If you can assist for 1-2 hours, we would really appreciate you registering below.

Thanks again to our wonderful Volunteers at the Senior Athletics Carnival – we could not support or students, staff, and parents without their help.

Haven’t completed you Volunteering Training at Pacific yet and want to help us in our upcoming event!!!! Don’t worry 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 so many exciting events on the 2024 calendar, the more volunteers we have 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.

Have you heard about 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 our 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

Sport News

Year 7 – 12 Sport

Competitive Sport News:


Wednesday night saw both our teams hit it out with Matthew Flinders. Our U13 played in a tight contest where the score line was constantly moving between the two teams throughout the game. The boys went down by a single try and should be proud of their efforts and continued improvement throughout the season. The U15 boys continued their streak of an undefeated season so far, defeating Flinders by two points in a very tight contest. The boys continued to build on their offensive efforts and should be proud of rising to the occasion to get the job done. I look forward to our two fixtures next week against Victory College on Monday and Sienna College on Wednesday.

Monday Night Netball

Congratulations to all PLC Netball teams on their strong performances to finish out the rounds of the regular season.

We have an astounding 7 teams who have made the top 4 in their divisions and will compete in semi-finals next week.

A special mention goes to our Senior A Girls who had to play back-to-back games on Monday. Unfortunately, the results didn’t go their way to get into finals, but they should be extremely proud of their efforts in a very strong division. Thanks to all our Year 12s for their commitment across the season and their contributions to PLC Netball across their schooling.

We would love to get plenty of support out for our players next Monday, particularly in PLC colours. Please see the game schedule below:

Vicki Wilson Netball

 Congratulations to all players who represented PLC at the recent Vicki Wilson Cup and Shield Championships on Friday the 17th May at the Fisherman’s Road Netball Courts. All our teams competed admirably in this tough competition and it was clear their hard work over the school season has paid off. A special mention needs to go to the Senior Girls Team who made the Championship Division Grand Final. They went down in a nail biter in the ultimate match, this is an exceptional result for these players. Thank you to all players and staff who committed their time to prepare for this event.

Trish Buckley Volleyball

On Friday night, our two Year 9 Volleyball teams competed in the penultimate round of Trish Buckley Volleyball. The Year 9 Girls were sitting lower on the table to start the night and were expecting to be finished up early. They didn’t get the memo about this as they went on a winning spree, claiming victory in their next 2 games. This put them into 3rd spot in their pool and thus earning them a spot in the playoffs that night. This meant they had to play 4 games in the same night! Well done to the girls and Coach Katie for their awesome efforts. Our Year 9 Boys had one game for the night and started out strong in the first set. While they didn’t walk away with the win, they were showing plenty of improvement in key areas. Thank you to players and coaches Mr Rob Belchamber and Katie Graves for their fantastic efforts over the last 3 Friday nights.

Mr Cameron West-McInnes, Head of Sport

Junior Sport

3-6 Athletics Carnival

Last Tuesday PLC students, staff and spectators were greeted with beautiful weather conditions for the 2024, Years 3-6 Athletics Carnival held out at The University of the Sunshine Coast. It was great to see high levels of student participation and house spirit on display throughout the day.

A high level of competition was on display with five records broken during the carnival. Congratulations to the following students who were able to set new records:

During the assembly on Monday, the champion house and spirit trophy were also awarded to the wining houses. 

Congratulations to Bula house who were awarded the Spirit House Trophy for 2024.

Lastly the overall champion house results were announced. Congratulations to Mumba who were crowned the 2024 winners when all points were tallied. A full breakdown of the overall results is following.

Student Success 

Congratulations to Vivienne Padwick, Emily Groll, Zoe Barker, Louise Greene, Daisy McDonald, and Haya Gogarty who were all selected in the Independent District Soccer team and played at the Sunshine Coast Regionals last week.

Well done to Emily Groll who has now been selected in the 12 Girls Sunshine Coast Soccer team.

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

Last weekend resulted in some strong wins for 4 of our 7 Divisional teams and some close results for our other teams. There are only 4 games left before the June/July school holidays which marks the middle of the netball season. Game details for round 5 this weekend:

Our PLC students and netball club players will be in action this Friday night in the Thunder Premier League (TPL), with U18 Red playing at 5:50pm against Sunshine Coast Gold and U18 Blue at 7:05pm against Coolum Pink at the Currimundi Recreational centre. All spectators are welcome.

Please support our teams by supporting their appointed coaches. Although you might think you know best how to coach the team, we have appointed coaches. Please don’t confuse the players by yelling instructions during the game or giving instructions during breaks. Be a supporting spectator and encourage your daughter to listen to the coach during the game and go to their coach during quarter and half time.

Most teams have between 8 and 10 registered players so there is often 1 to 3 substitute players each game which allows the coach to rotate players as needed.  Players are rotated during games for several reasons:

• Rotating players allows teams to adapt to different opponents, playing styles, and game situations. For example, a coach might rotate players to match up better against specific opponents (e.g., height, speed) or to counter strategies employed by the opposing team.

• Netball is a physically demanding sport that requires constant movement and agility. Rotating players helps to manage fatigue and ensure that players remain fresh throughout the game. By giving players periodic breaks, coaches can help prevent injuries and maintain optimal performance levels.

• Different players may excel in specific aspects of the game, such as shooting, defending, or ball handling. Rotating players allows coaches to utilise the specialized skills of each player effectively. For instance, a shooter may be rotated in during critical scoring opportunities, while a defender may be brought in to strengthen the team's defence.

• Rotating players can help build team chemistry and cohesion. By giving all team members playing time, coaches foster a sense of inclusivity and teamwork. This can also boost morale and motivation among players, leading to better overall performance on the court.

• In addition to managing fatigue, rotating players provides strategic rest periods during the game. By strategically substituting players, coaches can ensure that key players are rested and ready to perform during crucial moments of the game, such as during the final quarter.

• Rotating players allows coaches to develop the depth of their team. By giving bench players playing time during actual game situations, coaches can assess their performance under pressure and provide valuable experience that contributes to their development as athletes.

We are still looking for 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 email. Registration fees will be discounted for joining later in the season.

At PLC Netball, we are all about growing 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 they reach their formative years. 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 of your business or club 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.

Kind regards

Your PLC Netball Club Committee

President – Donna Watkins |

Secretary – Peta King |

Registrar – Karen Costa  |
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Mrs Donna Watkins, PLC Netball Club President

Pacific FC

Round 8 Match Reports

U6 Orcas

Thanks to Ella McCormack and her son, Bailey for stepping in to run the training and this round for us. An awesome day for the Orcas, but a loss of 2-0. The goalies tried their absolute best, and we are here to make good times happen for the U6 team.

• Jasper, Fynn & Levi - Players of the Match and Team Spirit.

Solid effort from all. Well done you little champs!

Manager Jess


U9 Angelfish vs Unity Medusas

Playing on home turf, the Angelfish had some great competition against Unity Medusas. The girls played their hearts out and were met with some strong defence from the opposition. It was a 1-0 loss it and a great game to watch as the girls kept up their attack, defence skills and tried their hardest to get an equal scoreboard.

It’s been wonderful watching the team work together during their training sessions and we look forward to seeing them take to the pitch each week. Well done girls!

•Player of the Match: Emilia

•Team Spirit Award: Eve R

•Opposition Award: Mila

•Photographer: Chris Beadnell

Manager Renée


U16/17 Barracudas

The boys took on Mooloolaba at home late in the day. Both teams were up for the match with entertaining football on show. Mooloolaba edged ahead to lead 1-0 at half time. PFC stepped up in the second half and nailed a cracking goal to level up before a penalty to Mooloolaba saw them finish 2-1 up.

•  Player of the Match: Ned P.

Barracudas remain in touch with top 4 with an important match this week at home against Caloundra.

Coach Sheldon

Round 8 Volunteers – Thank you!

Thank you to our amazing volunteers from the Makos, Angelfish, Orcas, Sharks and Barracudas who assisted during Round 8, ensuring all aspects of the day ran smoothly.

Thank you also to Lucie, Amelie, Zara and Nikki for their efforts in the canteen. Once again, a special mention to Mr Darren Hooper, Ms Leigh Finter and the PLC Grounds Staff who prepared the pitches, goals, and grounds beautifully for the home game.

Celebrating National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week (20-26th May) is Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteering and provides an opportunity to highlight the important role of volunteers in our community and invites people not currently volunteering to give it a go!!

Round 9

We are back at PLC this Saturday, 25th May for Round 9. Teams on duty – Trevallys, Snappers, Swordfish, Seahorses, Marlins and Barracudas.

Team photos – Saturday, 5th June

• 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. 

Contact: The Registrar

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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

Upcoming Dates


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