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Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111
Fax: 07 4152 6083

17 October 2016

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Principal’s Reflection

I read a couple of interesting opinion pieces in newspapers this week. The first, by Angela Mollard in last weekend’s Sunday Mail, was a letter to her daughters. I presume Angela doesn’t have any sons but the sentiments would apply equally, I think, to boys. She talks about the pressure on girls (read all young people), to be constantly aware of how they appear. She talks about girls never being an arm’s length away from a mirror arising from the ‘look at me’ culture influenced by people like Kim Kardashian and reality television. She quotes a poem by Philip Larkin to a daughter of a friend, “May you be ordinary; have, like other women, average talents.” Anything else, he adds, could ‘pull you off balance’ and thwart, what he called, a ‘catching of happiness’. I think there is something really valuable in teaching our young people to be able to be far less than perfect and even more importantly, to learn how to be better at dealing with failure. Angela Mollard tells her daughters that there will be hard times ahead; failures, pimples, C minus achievements, bad hair, criticism and rejection. It is through those occasions that we develop the mettle and doggedness to handle life and all it will throw at us. If we don’t learn those lessons, Angela Mollard argues that young women (and men) may find a black hole where their core strength needs to be.

There was also a good article this week in the Courier Mail about the prevalence of ‘sexting’. When I was the age our young people are now, I remember how much nervous energy it took to summon up the courage to talk to the Our Lady’s girls at the bus stop in the mornings. Now, it seems, that courtship ritual is replaced by sending or requesting an inappropriate photo of someone met in passing – certainly long before any healthy relationship has developed. Young people are under enormous pressure in this. Our job, as parents and educators, is to help them handle that pressure. We need to remind them that once we hit ‘Send’, nothing is private – nothing! That pressure feeds that demand for visual perfection that Angela Mollard talks to her daughters about. As difficult as they sometimes are, I hope all of us parents have the courage and develop the relationships, to have conversations with our children about these issues. They need us. I have attached the article from the Courier Mail in the hope it might help having a conversation or two. Good luck!

College Dux

College Dux is normally given at the Academic Awards Evening. This year we have decided to delay this presentation until the day of the Year 12 Graduation. This will allow staff to use final data rather than the data available next week. This is a very prestigious award and one that is one of the highlights of our school year.

Awards Evening

The Academic Awards Evening is on Monday 24 October. Everyone is encouraged to attend this event. It is a great showcase of the College. We recognise wonderful academic efforts and also some fantastic cultural displays. On Tuesday 25 October we gather in the Performing Arts Precinct Theatre for the Sports Awards Evening.

Mr Dan McMahon

Tutoring Timetable - Term 4

Please click on the link below to access the Tutoring Timetable for Term 4.

Year 12 Slide/Video Presentation Date Claimer

Year 12 Students - On the night of Wednesday 16 November, there will be a slide/video presentation of your time at Shalom for you and your parents.

This will be held in the Performing Arts Precinct Theatre starting at 7:00pm.

Year 12 exams finish on that day and your Graduation Liturgy will be on the following morning.

Br Rochford

Curriculum Notes

Applications for change of subjects for 2017

We are currently not accepting any applications for subject changes for 2017. However, applications for changes will be accepted and considered from Monday 14 November. Reminders and an outline of the procedure will be posted in Daily Notices and the Newsletter closer to this time.

Current Year 8, 9 and 10 Students may use the login details emailed last term to see (but not change) their selections for 2017 as originally entered in Edval webChoices. These login details can be re-sent to students from Monday 14 November if required – please contact Ms Nelson or the College Administration Office.

Year 12 End of Semester Examinations

The Year 12 End of Semester 2 Examination timetable will be posted on the College Intranet (‘Assessment & Reporting’ tab) and the College Website (‘Curriculum/Senior School/Forms and Publications’) this week.

It is important that students who are absent from examinations contact their House Coordinator immediately. In most cases, supplementary sittings will be required of students who miss scheduled examinations. For further information on procedures for missed examinations, please see pages 16 and 17 of the Student Record Book 2016.

End of semester examinations are scheduled for Year 12 students from Thursday 10 to Wednesday 16 November. During examination block, Year 12 students are only required to attend when an examination is scheduled; however, when in attendance, irrespective of duration or reason, students must wear full and correct day uniform. Please note that Graduation Liturgy practice will be included in the examination block schedule and all Year 12 students are required to be in attendance for this.

Students who have few or no examinations scheduled during the examination block are expected to be engaged in organised Work Experience, Structured Workplace Learning related to VET studies or attendance at a workplace related to an established School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship. Please contact Mrs Liza O’Donnell on 4155 8136 or at for more information about Work Experience, Structured Workplace Learning or School-based Apprenticeships or Traineeships.

Release of Year 12 results and OPs

From 9:00am on Wednesday 16 November 2016, students will be able to access their individual QCS Test grade — from A to E — in their learning account on the Student Connect website at

All other results contributing to the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and OPs and FPs will be available in student learning accounts on the Student Connect website from 9:00am on Saturday 17 December 2016.

Students must know their Learner Unique Identifier (LUI) and password to log in and check their results. Students will be able to access their results more quickly if they have previously activated their learning account. If students have any difficulty with logging in via the Student Connect website, they are welcome to contact the College Office for assistance.

Year 12 OP Range Estimates

The latest update to OP range estimates will be distributed to all OP-eligible Year 12 students during PC on Tuesday 25 October. If you have any queries regarding your child’s OP range estimate or the processes involved, please contact me or Mr Brendan Maher.

Mr Christian Taylor
Assistant to the Principal – Curriculum

Academic Awards Evening

Sports Awards Evening

P&F Committee

Monthly Meeting Notes

At our monthly meeting on Tuesday 11 October, a special presentation was given by some of the recently returned staff and students from the Cambodia Trip. Mrs Kelsie Huntly, Mr David Gahan, Courtney Bruce and Emily Smith gave an enjoyable and detailed report on the wonderful and enriching experiences this trip provides for our Shalom students. They outlined the many projects that the College supports by way of labour, care packs and monetary donations to the various communities they visit over the two and a half weeks.

With the AGM of the Shalom Rowing Committee being held on 12 October, the Rowing Committee President Mrs Petrina Pashley submitted her annual President’s Report at our meeting. The P&F Committee would like to sincerely thank the Shalom College Rowing Committee for their continued dedication and tireless work in supporting our rowing students here at the College. We would also like to wish Ethan Weder luck when he competes in the upcoming National Titles in Sydney, early in 2017. The Rowing Committee was pleased to announce that the boat recently purchased with the funds donated by from the P&F Committee will be blessed as ‘Brad Praed’ at the rowing break up on Saturday 29 October.

Additionally, the Committee were delighted to fund the recent purchase of a new piano for the College and we are happy to see that it is being well utilised by students already. Pictured here is Theodor Delaney and Isabella Espe-Makepeace trying out the new piano with Mrs Gail Norris (P&F Secretary) admiring their skills on the keys.

For further information, see the full meeting minutes on the P&F web page on the College website. Please forward any comments to the Secretary via email at If you have an agenda item please address it to the P&F Secretary either at the College Main Administration Office or by e-mail

To all P&F Members, you are reminded that our monthly meeting is held in the Staff Common Room – all parents are welcome. Please note the final P&F meeting for 2016 will be held on Tuesday 1 November at 5:30pm.

Dyslexia Drive

The Shalom P&F Committee would like to advise any interested parents or caregivers of a free seminar on Dyslexia. The accompanying flyer outlines information about the seminar and how to register online to attend. The seminar will be held at the Bundaberg Bowls Club on Thursday 20 October, 1:00pm to 2:30pm.

Mrs Gail Norris
P&F Committee - Secretary

Quiet Achiever

This week’s Quiet Achievers are Will Martell, Year 8 Walsh and Sophie Martell, Year 10 Walsh.

Both students have excelled this past year in their chosen sport of golf. With the many competitions and tournaments they have attended, it has still been possible for Will and Sophie to involve themselves in the Walsh House activities and their school work.

Just to outline a few of their golfing activities: -


  • Involved in the Under 19 Wide Bay golfing team even though he is a Year 8 student
  • Travelled to Cessnock NSW for the Srixon International where he came 7th out of 74
  • Competed in the Queensland Amateur at Bargara
  • Gary Player Tournament in the Northern Territory
  • Junior Golf Queensland has just selected Will to attend the National 15 Years and Under School Golf Championship to be held in Sydney in the week leading up to the Australian Open.


  • Made the Wide Bay Under 19 Girls team
  • She went to Cyprus lakes in the Hunter Valley for the girls Srixon International competition
  • competed in the Katherine Kirk Under 21’s at Maroochydore

The next carnival for both Will and Sophie is the Ian Baker Finch Tournament at Noosa and the Greg Norman Junior Masters to be held on the Gold Coast in December.

Sophie will also compete in the Invincibles IGA Sunshine Coast Junior Masters 2016.

We wish Will and Sophie all the best for their chosen sport and their upcoming tournaments.

Mr Chris Roelofs
Walsh House Coordinator

Student Travel Bus Rebates

Learning Enhancement Unit

The Transport assistance scheme for students who are registered with the Education Adjusted Program (EAP) is now available for rebate for Semester 2.

Please go to this link to register for the Non Government Schools Transport Assistance Scheme

A form is sent through to Shalom for us to confirm your child is part of our LEU/IEP program. Let us know if you have any problems.

Anxiety in kids - What can we do to help?

Some people, including kids, react more quickly or intensely to situations they find threatening or find it harder to keep their anxious feelings under control. Here’s some useful information about helping kids that experience anxiety.

Mrs Anne Braund
Learning Enhancement Coordinator

Text Book Hire - Collection of Textbooks for 2017

Please note the dates and times for collection of textbooks for 2017. These textbooks may be collected from Book Hire in the Goondeel library (old library) during these periods. Please note that textbooks will not be issued to students who have not returned their 2016 textbooks. If these hours are unsuitable, collection can be arranged before school ends by contacting me on 4155 8111 – extension 8270 or by email

Collection Dates and Times

Monday 5 December to Thursday 8 December 2016 - 7:30am to 4:00pm
(closed Friday 9 December)

Tuesday 10 January to Friday 20 January 2017 - 7:30am to 4:00pm
(closed Monday 9 January)

Miss Sarah Grimes
Book Hire Co-ordinator

Cambodia Trip

If you kept up to date through Facebook or the blog of our journey to Cambodia with the 33 Year 11 students, the following is a list of where all of our students hard-earned fundraising money and care packs donated by all Houses got distributed to. A huge thanks to the Shalom community for getting behind our students and supporting them on their fundraising efforts over the past year. If you didn’t get a chance to check out the blog and have a few spare minutes, click on the following address to see pictures/videos/stories from our time abroad.

Also Year 10’s – keep an eye out in the daily notices over the coming weeks for more details regarding information sessions for the 2017 Cambodia adventure.

Mrs Kelsie Huntly
Cambodia Coordinator

Lingiari House News

Thank you to all who supported the Lingiari House raffle to raise funds for Phoenix House. Also a big thank you to those who donated prizes and bought raffle tickets.

Raffle Prize Winners

  • Weber Q BBQ valued at $430 – V. Barazza
  • Sunglasses to the value of $200 from Clear Optometry Bargara – A. Parsloe-Smith
  • LED Light Bar from the Stubbs Family – P. Gardiner
  • Body Shop Gift Basket from Julia Fox & Rach Family – Ian Lincoln
  • Gift Pack from Quay Street Physiotherapy from Zahn Family – J. Goni
  • Fishing Rod and Tackle Box from Tackle World & Clarke Family – Kaycee Vickers
  • Gift Voucher for Facial at Ethel Hair & Nail Beauty Spa from May Family – Tuzes Family
  • Gift Voucher for Head Massage from Boas Family – Bryce Hibberd
  • Delux Multi Tool Kit from Tackle World & Clarke Family – Whitmore Family
  • Gift Voucher from Kitchen Confidence Cooking Class from Bryans Family – Mrs Allen
  • Serving Dish and Mugs from Watson Family – Tim Pengelly
  • AMART Gift Voucher from Clarke Family – T. Schiffke

Mrs Mary Taylor
Lingiari House Coordinator

Sports News

Wide Bay Athletics - 10 to 12 Years

The Wide Bay Schools 10-12 years Athletics carnival was held late last term at Taabinga State School in Kingaroy.

Mitchell Allen and Brody Allison were selected in the Bundaberg District to compete at this carnival. Both boys performed well and gained selection in the Wide Bay team that will compete at the State Titles next week.

Sports Awards

A list of all students who will be receiving awards, will be posted next week on the notice boards around the school. The awards night will be held on Tuesday 25 October starting at 7:00pm in the Performing Arts Precinct Theatre.

Rowing End of Year Break Up

All rowing members are invited to attend the End of Year Break Up on Saturday 29 October at 5:30pm in the undercover area outside the Loyola Centre. Cost is $5.00 each, RSVP by Friday 21 October to

Date Claimer

Tuesday 25 October - Sports Awards
Saturday 29 October - Rowing Breakup

Your Sporting Fanatic
Mr Simon Gills
Sports Coordinator

Arts in Performance


Please note that the annual Dance Night Performance will be held on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October.

Please be on the lookout for a letter coming out this week with specifics in relation to rehearsals, performance times and costume requirements. Reminder that dress rehearsal for all students involved in Dance Night is Wednesday 26 October, 11:25am to 6:00pm.


6 November - Pleasant Sunday afternoon (farewell to Year 12 musicians), 1:30pm at Shalom College Performing Arts Precinct. We would like to run a Christmas hamper raffle at this final concert. Could each family please donate items for the hampers which can be delivered directly to me in the PAP staff room or to the front office.

Get Smart Concert

Presented by Shalom College’s Senior Concert Band, conducted by Mr Ian King.

Featuring our talented soloists and band. Come along and be entertained as we showcase a musical smorgasbord for your listening pleasure.

Wednesday evening, 19 October at 7:00pm in the Performing Arts Theatre.

Bundaberg Youth Orchestra

Applications for membership of Bundaberg Youth Orchestra in 2017 are now open. Application forms are available on their website below. Membership applications are due by 2nd November 2016. Please contact for more information, or go to the FAQs page on our website for further details.

Bundaberg Voices

Applications for membership for this Primary/Secondary age group are now open for 2017. Please email for more details. Prospective members are very welcome to attend a rehearsal any Monday afternoon, 4:00pm to 5:00pm at the Uniting Church Hall, Barolin Street.

Griffith University State Honours Ensemble Program

Griffith University calls for nominations for Instrumental Students in Years 5 to 8 to participate the Middle School State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) in Rockhampton from Friday 24 March to Sunday 26 March 2017 at North Rockhampton State High School.

Students who have previously attended found the non-residential camp to be motivating and inspirational.

Nominations close on Friday 18 November. Please indicate your interest in being nominated by your school by emailing Mr Ian King at Parents will need to supply your Childs’ full name, your email address (not student), Parent mobile/ daytime phone and child’s age and 2017 Year Level and the Instrument/voice type they are nominating for.

Please view the SHEP INFORMATION to find out further information about the SHEP program and the nomination process.

Griffith University invites middle school students (Years 5 to 8 in 2017) instrumentalists and vocalists for this activity. Placements are available for students studying violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone (alto/tenor/baritone), french horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion and voice (soprano, alto, tenor or bass).

Students will be required to contribute a fee of $270 towards the cost of this program.

Mrs Robyn Edgar
Arts in Performance Coordinator

College News

International Exchange Program

Year 12 Hogan House student Leticia Maxey-Fisher has been selected as a 2017 International Exchange Student representing Bundaberg Rotary Daybreak club. Leticia was chosen amongst a competitive field of applicants to travel to Japan to the city of Matsuyama. Whilst in Japan, Leticia will attend school and live with several host families throughout the year immersing herself in all aspects of Japanese culture.

Matsuyama is a city of over half a million people and it is here that Leticia will go to an all girls’ Catholic high school and enjoy the spoils of life a capital city of Ehime Prefecture on the island of Shikoku.

Leticia is an outstanding all round student who is a most worthy ambassador for this exchange program. She is bilingual in both Portuguese and English as well as having studied Japanese to Year 12 achieving very high results. Leticia travelled to Japan in 2015 as part of the Shalom College tour and is thrilled to be returning for her extended exchange program.

Leticia is certainly a global citizen having travelled extensively from a young age particularly to Brazil where family are. Most recently she travelled with Mrs Bolam on the combined Shalom / St Luke’s history tour group to Italy and Greece. Archaeology and ancient history are just some of Leticia’s passions. She is a talented football player having represented Wide Bay at school level and playing Ladies Division 1 at club level. Leticia gives back to the community by coaching young Soccer Squirts and is also an active member of the Taiko Drum, the College Debate Club group.

We wish Leticia safe travels for 2017 as she embarks on this most wonderful opportunity of a lifetime – bon voyage or Yoi ryokoo oよい旅行を as they say in Japan!!!

Mrs Maryann Parton
ESL Teacher

Year 12 Walsh House student, Meghan Roelofs has also been accepted into the exchange program and is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bundaberg Sunrise. Meg received an email from her first host family and she will be based in Turin, northern Italy for twelve months. This city has a population of around 900 000 people is only two hours away from the shopping capital of Milan.

Meg will be co-sponsored by a Rotary Club in Turin and she will be hosted by four families during her twelve month stay in Italy. She will be attending a high school when she arrives and participating in a ‘language school’ to become conversant in Italian.

Mr Chris Roelofs
Walsh House Coordinator

Papua New Guinea

As the Shalom St Vincent De Paul Society have supported the PNG community for many years, we are looking to see if there is a possibility for a school trip to the region for September 2017. At this stage we are interested in gathering expressions of interest for students in Years 10 and 11. An information session will then be held for further details. Please contact Mrs Joanne Gills (, Mrs Cheryl Petersen ( or Mr Vince Habermann ( to express an interest in the possible trip or seek further information.

Mrs Joanne Gills
Inclusive Curriculum - Regional Coordinator

Tuckshop Roster

17 October


18 October

Holly Hess

Linda Stehbens

19 October

Claire Hamilton

Sharon Pole

20 October

Merna Cook

Jennifer Pimm

21 October

Jenny Beveridge

24 October

Stefanie Hale

25 October

Fiona Canniffe

Pauline Shaxson

26 October

Kate Crook

Karen Higgins

27 October

Merna Cook

Tania Wright

28 October

Michelle Arvidsson-Smith

Nancy Poldervaart

31 October


1 November

Suzanne Weedon-Smith

Susie Zunker

2 November

Leanne Grogan

Katrina O’Sullivan

3 November

Cheryl Carroll

Merna Cook

4 November

Donna Habermann

Cianna Moore

7 November

Dianne Collins

Kym Russell

8 November

Cathy Duffield

9 November

Ann Holliss

10 November

Paul & Caroline Simms

Merna Cook

11 November

Michelle Arvidsson-Smith

Leah Whaleboat

Marilyn Wootton

14 November

Kathryn Hanlon

15 November

Holly Hess

Linda Stehbens

16 November

Claire Hamilton

Sharon Pole

17 November

Merna Cook

Jennifer Pimm

18 November

Jenny Beveridge

21 November

Mila Robertson

22 November

Fiona Canniffe

Pauline Shaxson

23 November

Kate Crook

Karen Higgins

24 November

Merna Cook

Tania Wright

25 November

Michelle Arvidsson-Smith

Nancy Poldervaart

Shalom Sunday Markets

The Artisan Collective

This unique addition to the Shalom Markets will occur every second Sunday of the month running from 7:00am to 12:00pm in the Sports Centre.

A list of 2016 dates are below;

  • Sunday 13 November
  • Sunday 11 December

We hope to see you there.

Tuckshop Markets Roster

23 October

6.00am - 9.30am


Elizabeth HARRIS




9.00am - 12.30pm

Steven COOK



Corrie-Anne GORMAN

Maryanne TAYLOR

30 October

6.00am - 9.30am


Jocelyn BOWMAN





Robert/Patricia SMITH

9.00am - 12.30pm

Damon/Kate CROOK


Neil/Karen GARSON


Josephine MEDCALF

6 November

6.00am - 9.30am

Bruce/Kayleen BRYAN


Robert/Mellisa DOYLE


Allan/Karen WHITE

9.00am - 12.30pm


Sophie/Ysa BURNHAM

Katherine MINGIN

Roxanne MCLEAN

Marlyn MAY


13 November

6.00am - 9.30am

Suzanne BROWN

Barbara COYNE


Mechalle KIMBER


9.00am - 12.30pm


Marissa BROWNE



Renita SNARE

George/Jennifer WALSH

20 November

6.00am - 9.30am



Richard/Fiona HAYES

Martin KELLY

Glen/Leanne KREBS

Rohan/Maddy LLOYD

9.00am - 12.30pm






Markets BBQ Roster

23 October


30 October

Japan Tour

6 November

St Joseph’s P&F

13 November


20 November

Rugby League

Community Notice Board

Catholic Parish