- Principal's Reflection
- Year 7 Camp Information Monday 22 May - Friday 16 June
- Student Drivers
- Uniform Shop
- Quiet Achiever
- Dance in the Spotlight - Tuesday 23 May 6.30pm
- Legally Blonde Musical
- Fundraising - Molly our School Captain
- QISSN Sponsor Spotlight
- Monster Raffle for QISSN Boys & Girls Teams
- Australian Teacher Aide of the Year Awards
- Catholic Schools Race Day Wrap Up
- From the Library
- Term Dates
- Tuckshop - Breakfast
- Parent and Carer Tuckshop Volunteers
- Shalom Sunday Markets
- The Catholic Parish of Bundaberg
- Community Notice Board
The Catholic Church and Australia lost a hero last month when Fr Bob Maguire died. He was a well known identity and very well known in his home town of Melbourne. I used to love listening to his radio program with John Safran, who is Jewish. They had great chemistry and were very funny. He was an ardent supporter of those most in need. Fr Bob had an unwavering commitment to feeding and housing the poor, the hungry and the homeless. He also regularly butted heads with some members of the Church hierarchy who found his forthright, populist approach to Catholicism difficult to contain. His enthusiastic embodiment of the principles of Vatican II, a modernised Catholicism initiated by Pope John XXIII in 1958, led him to clash with the church’s more traditional members, among them the late Cardinal George Pell who, according to Maguire, considered Fr Bob and some Vatican II devotees to be “cafeteria Catholics”.
Fr Bob, was never afraid to wade into political discussions, he spoke about the ‘national disaster’ of homelessness in one of his final interviews in 2022. In the same interview he urged Australians to ‘brighten up’ and focus on what gave them joy. Fr Bob, who was probably far from perfect, lived a life that Jesus would have loved. He preached a Gospel of joy, of liberation and hope. Fr Richard Rohr is a very well known Catholic priest and theologian. Fr Bob would have loved this quote from him – “The prophet is not an outsider throwing rocks, nor a comfortable insider who defends the status quo; but one who lives precariously with two perspectives held tightly together in a loving and creative tension: the faithful insider and the critical outsider.” Fr Bob, like Jesus, got a few noses out of joint but Fr Bob avoided crucifixion – just. The Church and our world lost a hero in Fr Bob. May his passion and commitment be reborn in all of us.
School Satisfaction Surveys – as a part of our school review cycle, you will receive in your inboxes a ‘Satisfaction Survey’ which has been prepared by the Diocese. I hope that every parent will find a few minutes to answer the questions and give us some useful feedback on what we do well and what we could do better. In anticipation, many thanks.
Parents & Friends – in last week’s Newsletter I included a link for parents to pose any queries relevant to Shalom that I would look to answer by way of a Podcast that we could distribute. To date, we have received zero questions. I’m really hoping that this is reflection on how happy parents are at Shalom and how good our communication is! That said, here is the link again. Don’t be frightened to ask difficult questions!
Mr Dan McMahon
Learner Conferences (ie Parent-Teacher Interviews) – Tuesday 23May 3.30pm-6.30pm
Learner Conferences for all Year 7-12 subjects (other than Year 7/8 Core Studies) will be conducted in the Sports Centre from 3:30pm to 6.30pm on Tuesday 23 May 2023. Interviews will be of ten minutes duration.
Learner Conferences will open for parent bookings through Sia - Parent Lounge - PT Interviews at 8:00am on Wednesday 10 May and close at 3:00pm on Thursday 18 May.
Please note that the following teachers will be unavailable on the date of the conferences: Trevor Barrett, Deb Bolam, Tony Hogan, Steve McKay, Craig Corpe, Shelley Allen, Jo Thomson and Kev Crowley. Please contact these teachers individually if you would like to arrange an appointment with them.
Our teachers work hard to provide detailed feedback through Sia. This information is valuable, and parents are encouraged to take the time to review their child’s assessment through Sia - My Students - Grades as shown below prior to the interviews. If you are having trouble logging into Sia, please contact Shalom IT.
Students are encouraged to attend interviews along with their parents. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Register your interest: Year 12 Exam Invigilators
The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) welcomes early registrations of interest from community members who would like to work as invigilators at Year 12 exams being held in schools throughout Queensland in October and November. These are paid positions. Invigilators must be over 18 years old, eligible to work in Australia and hold a current paid blue card, or exemption card, or a Queensland College of Teachers registration.
Register your interest now and get notified when applications open in early June. By organising your documentation early, you'll be ready to apply straight away. Visit the QCAA website to find out more and register your interest.
Mr Brendan Maher
Assistant Principal - Administration
Each Religious Education class is allocated to a Wednesday morning 8am Mass in Loyola Chapel. The class, along with another, co-hosts this Parish Mass by taking the roles of readers and processors. When your student has an upcoming class Mass, you will receive a notification or an invitation to attend. We warmly welcome all to this weekly joint Parish School celebration. The Year 10 classes will be hosting over the next few weeks:
• 24 May Mr Sheehan's 10 RE B & E
• 31 May Mr Gilbert’s 10 RE D & M
• 7 June Mr Kiernan’s 10 RE F, H & K
Mrs Sandra Freeman
Assistant Principal - Mission
Parents and Carers of Year 11 & 12 Students
If your child has obtained their Provisional Licence and wishes to drive to and from school you are required to fill out a Permission to Drive Form and return it to Student Reception for approval by Mr Aaron Brown. Once approved the details will be placed on our School Register.
Thanks to those Parents who have already completed this form for their child.
Preferred Student Absentee Option
Parents are now able to inform the College of student absentees via Parent Lounge, using the below pathway:
Parent Lounge> Student Details> Attendance> "+Add Absence Notification"
The Shalom College App has now been updated so when parents select "Absentee" it will re-direct to Parent Lounge for the absentee notification to be added.
For Parents that do not already have the College App please click below:
ALL student absentees should be notified to the office by 9am each day. If no notification has been received, an absentee text message will be sent out to parents to advise of the student's absence.
- SAE Creative Media Institute will visit Shalom Tuesday 23May (Tomorrow) Lesson 4. Register your interest.
Click on the HERE for complete Pathways Newsletter for further information.
The Pathways Team
Mrs Liza O’Donnell, Mrs Kim Toll, Mrs Monique McLucas & Ms Jacinta Cook
This week McAuley House would like to celebrate our quiet achiever, Mitchell C. Mitchell is a kind, considerate and thoughtful young man who puts in 100% effort to everything he does. He willingly involves himself in many extra curricular activities both to support McAuley House as well as our College.
Mitchell is never one to make a fuss or demand recognition for all his efforts both inside and outside the classroom as he just quietly undertakes what he is doing and SHINES as he does. Mitchell is to also be congratulated on his 100% attendance for the year so far and this commitment and dedication are the actions we in McAuley always see from Mitchell.
Year 12 Student and College Captain Molly is saying goodbye to 23 incredible inches (or 58.42 cm!) of her luscious locks!
Molly is cutting her hair to help sick children throughout Australia; a cause close to her heart.
It is estimated that, on average, 750 children aged 0-14 are diagnosed with cancer each year in Australia. Molly’s hair will not only be used to make a wig, but assist the ‘Kids with Cancer Foundation’ to continue their support of families who have a child suffering from cancer.
Molly will be having her hair cut in front of her peers in Week 8 during lunchtime on Tuesday 6 June.
If you would like to donate to Molly’s fundraiser, please follow the link below.
Your donation to the cause (big or small) means so much to Molly, and even more to those experiencing childhood cancer.
Together, we can all make a difference.
In the lead up to the QISSN Carnival being held in Brisbane in the first week of the June/July holidays each week throughout this term we will spotlight one of generous QISSN sponsors.
Ross Gray Motor City is located at:
A: 101 Takalvan Street, Bundaberg, QLD 4670
P: 4150 1333
Shalom’s QISSN team is grateful for the support provided by Ross Gray Motor City as a Silver Sponsor in assisting the team to get to the Brisbane carnival in June.
TAs at Shalom College are an integral part of our learning team. If you would like to recognise a Shalom College TA for their hard work and enthusiasm for the job, please see the flyer on how to nominate them for this award. Nominations close Thursday 29 June.
Student Services Coordinator
Our 18th Annual Catholic Schools Race Day, held on Saturday 11 March at Thabeban Park Race Course was a great success despite the conditions on the day being in vast contrast to last year’s sunny day with cooling breeze.
The rain on the days leading up to the event gave officials no option but to cancel the local races for the safety of the horses and jockeys. Despite this, in addition to the warm and humid conditions and occasional showers, it didn’t dampen the spirits of our capacity crowd of close to 330 patrons celebrating our Citrus Spritz theme.
Tickets were sold out again, this year three weeks before the event after being on sale for only 10 days.
The afternoon kicked off with the Fashions Parade hosted this year by the ladies from Sanshells Boutique Bargara and VoVos Boutique Bundaberg. The ladies put on a great show and were applauded loudly by the very appreciative crowd.
Everyone in our marquee who were dressed according to our theme were automatic entrants into our Annual Pam Hansen Fashion Awards and the winners were very happy to be rewarded for their special effort in glamouring up for the day.
The marquee’s atmosphere was also enhanced by the talented artists on the stage performing their versions of popular songs in the background throughout the day. This year we also welcomed the growing number of past students of Shalom using the event to reunite. The Class of ’93 celebrated their 30 Year Reunion on Deck which has become the location inside the Marquee for reunion groups.
Food and drinks were in plentiful supply. The fantastic team of volunteers from Shalom catering again prepared and served a tasty range of nibbly treats throughout the day. This team have been doing this for over ten years now and they always deliver the highest quality food with the added benefit of giving current Shalom students real life hospitality experience.
Dominos Pizza returned again this year generously donating 50 pizzas to compliment the range produced by the Shalom team. The volunteers behind the bar and selling drink tickets again did a fantastic job ensuring attendees were served their favourite thirst quencher in a speedy manner.
Another major feature of the day which is a great contributor to the money raised is our raffle. Over $5,000 in raffle prizes were donated by our generous sponsors and $3,940 worth of tickets were sold on the day. An enormous amount of work by members of our committee went into getting this pool of prizes together from the many extremely generous donors. Thanks also to students, parents and school staff who assisted in selling tickets on the day.
The money raised on the day of over $20,000, has enabled $7,000 to be distributed to each of our three Primary Schools and is in the process to being put to the following causes. St Joseph’s allocated their funds towards their Robotics Program for students. St Patrick’s funds are being used to purchase Aluminium Chairs for the students and finally St Mary’s is again going towards their Sacred Space.
As a committee, it is so wonderful to see the money raised going to such valuable causes, annually enhancing the education and experience of our young school students through their primary school years.
Finally, I’d like to thank everyone who was involved in the event - the committee, sponsors, volunteer teachers, staff, students and parents. This Annual Catholic Schools event is an enjoyable day on our calendar and we are already looking forward to next year’s event scheduled for Saturday 16 March 2024.
Catholic Schools Race Day Committee
Some of our students will very soon be participating in the Reader’s Cup competition. On Thursday 8 June, 10 Year 7 and 8 students will travel to Rosedale State School to compete and on Wednesday 2 August, 10 Year 9 and 10 students will go to Kepnock State High School.
Readers Cup is organised by the QLD Branch of the Children's Book Council of Australia and is a statewide competition for young readers. Teams of four to five students read a set of books together, and then compete with other teams to answer quiz questions from the books. Winners from regional competitions go on to compete in a state final.
The competition was introduced in 2004 to celebrate 50 years of CBCA in Queensland. It catered for Years 6-8 as a single competition then later split into two sections of 6/7 and 8/9. As Year 7 transitioned into high school in 2015 the competition changed to 5/6 and 7/8. In 2017 a Year 9-10 competition was added in Wide Bay Region and from 2020 there is a state final held in all three sections.
Programs such as this not only inspire a love of literature but develop skills in collaborative work.
Look out for information regarding our upcoming Library/English department event: the resurrected First Draft festival which will focus on Queensland and ‘home-grown’ literary talents.
Congratulations to Hamish C who was selected in the Wide Bays boys 10 - 12 years Hockey team which was held in Hervey Bay last week. He will now travel to Rockhampton in June. Hamish demonstrates great hockey skills and always shows good sportsmanship. A great achievement for Hamish.
Thank you to Maddy E and Emma K who volunteered to umpire at the 10 - 12 years Hockey Carnival. Both girls did a great job while providing them with valuable experience.
Mr Simon Gills
QRSS 10-19yrs Cricket Executive Member Shalom College
ROWING - SECOND REGATTA
Saturday 13 May was the second lead up regatta for the 2023 local season. The weather created an extra challenge this time with the wind, rain and coldness. Despite the challenge our rowers still put in a great effort with some more oarsome results - 15 crews and rowers crossed in 1st place, 24 in 2nd place and 15 in 3rd place.
Highlights were our Year 7 boys and girls, Year 9 boys, Year 10 boys and girls, Year 11 girls and our Open boys and girls for all placing first. For the last race, the Open Mixed Quad, we mixed up all our senior rowers and had four quads on the water. It was so nice to see four Shalom quads lining up at the start line. Mixing up the crews made it a bit of fun for the last race of the day. Not sure how serious and competitive the crews were on the water though - with one crew ending up breaking an oar!!
A big THANK-YOU again to all the parents and coaches that assisted on the day. Rowing is a sport that needs lots of volunteers to make it happen, so we are grateful for all our wonderful parents and volunteers. Thank you to our sponsors as well. Can’t wait to show off our new shirts and hats for Head of River.
Ms Teressa Tibbey
HPE Teacher and Rowing Coordinator
Mr Rod Silcox
Intad Teacher Assistant and Rowing Coach
SHALOM TENNIS SUCCESS
On Monday 8 May, 18 tennis players represented Shalom in the Regional Finals of the Queensland Secondary Schools Teams Tennis (QSSTT) Event. It was fantastic to see the number of representatives participating from Shalom – by far the largest team in the region.
The Open Boys team of Zain A, Lachlan C, Lachlan R and Xander W won through to the State Finals in a tight tussle with St Luke’s. This team will be joined by young gun Harry K at the State Finals in Rockhampton at the end of the term to battle it out with the best schools from around Queensland. This will be a challenging event as we compete against the Schools of Excellence in Tennis from around the State, but we have the talent to be competitive.
The depth of Shalom tennis was on display with our second Open Boys team of Will S, Ethan V, Chase S and Liam H who battled hard going down in both their rubbers. These boys played some great tennis and certaintly did Shalom proud.
The Open Girls Team of Sophie M, Lara B, Erin K, Emily D and Megan C fought hard but came runners-up to a strong St Luke’s team. Between the two teams there were five Wide Bay players on show and some high-quality tennis was played by all. With some young players in the team, the girls are sure to remain competitive for some time.
The Year 7-9 Boys division saw the team of Harry K, Jake W, Jack H, Jack S and Isaac T finishing a close second to Discovery Christian College by only one set. These boys are the next generation at Shalom and are all good players – a testament to the depth we currently have at Shalom.
If you wish to get involved in tennis, there are several avenues. Tennis is a Term 3 school sport, a SCASA sport on Thursday afternoons and there are tournaments such as the QSSTT that we compete in. If you are keen to be involved, feel free to contact Brendan Maher or Dan Hubbard for more information.
Tennis joke of the week: Why shouldn’t you date tennis players? Because love means nothing to them.
Check out some of our players in action below.
Term Dates for 2023
Term 1: Monday 23 January – Friday 31 March (10 weeks)
Term 2: Monday 17 April – Friday 23 June (10 weeks)
Term 3: Monday 10 July – Friday 15 September (10 weeks)
Term 4: Tuesday 3 October – Thursday 30 November (9 weeks)
Breakfast is available every morning for purchase from 8.00am - 8.30am.
Items available are:
Croissant Ham & Cheese (1/2 side) $1.00
Breakfast Bars $1.00
Toasted Sandwich $3.50
Bacon & Egg Muffins $3.50
Bacon, Egg & Cheese Wraps $3.50
Fresh Fruit (seasonal) $1.00
Other items available for purchase are Yoghurt Pots (not everyday), Up n Go drinks & Flavoured Milk.
Students who train before school need to consider utilising the breakfast menu to replenish energy lost during their early morning training sessions, however, students must be dressed appropriately before entering the tuckshop and must not be late for class.
If you are interested in volunteering at our College Tuckshop, we would love for you to indicate your availability and book a shift following the link below.
The booking system helps to accommodate our very much appreciated regular volunteers, but also families who may not be able to commit on a regular basis and have a day here or there throughout the year. The beauty of this system is that you can select your day and manage your booking, so if something comes up, you can quickly and easily go online to reschedule or cancel. Your booking will generate a confirmation email with links to manage your booking, it can be synched with your calendar and an SMS is sent the day before as a reminder. Of course, we are also here to help - simply contact Shalom College on 4155 8111.
For those of you who are regular volunteers your shifts have already been added to the schedule for this year and you should have received an e-mail for each booked shift.
Shifts last from 2-3 hours (school drop off to around 11.30 am).
No experience required!
The Shalom Markets are open every Sunday 6am-midday. Come along to purchase your fresh fruit and vegetables, local food products and handmade items.
Volunteers Required - Markets Tuckshop
We are seeking your help!! We are always in need of new volunteers for the Markets Tuckshop and BBQ. If your child/children would like to gain some work experience, why not get them to volunteer in the canteen. If you have a few hours you could spare to assist in our canteen, please contact Leanne via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Markets Tuckshop Roster
Sunday 28 May
6:00am – 9:30am
9:00am – 12:30pm
Sunday 4 June
6:00am – 9:30am
9:00am – 12:30pm
Sunday 11 June
6:00am – 9:30am
9:00am – 12:30pm
|Sunday 18 June||6:00am – 9:30am||
9:00am – 12:30pm
Markets BBQ Roster
Sunday 28 May
Bundaberg Netball Ass U12's
Sunday 4 June
St Joseph's P & F
Sunday 11 June
Bundaberg Croquet Club
Sunday 18 June
Rotary Club of Bundaberg Sunrise
Office Hours: 9:00 - 1:00 Monday to Friday
Parish Office: Rossolini Place Level 1, 66 Woongarra St
Phone: 07 4151 6666 PO Box 79 Bundaberg QLD 4670
AFTER HOURS: Anointing of the sick for medical emergencies
phone 4151 6666 and follow the prompt
UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF MARY MOTHER OF CHURCH
"The annual parish "Good News" magazine is now available in all churches for a Gold Coin Donation. As you read our in-house publication of the Good News magazine this year, discover the ways in which our parish vision statement is being made clear.
Shalom College Families Business and Trade Directory
To help assist the Shalom College community in supporting local businesses that are run by Shalom families, we have created our Shalom College Families Business and Trade Directory. If you would like to be listed in this directory, please send a copy of your business card to Mr Peter Robinson who will be establishing and developing this directory to Peter_Robinson@shalomcollege.com
Workshop - Supporting Students with Autism
Student Travel Rebates
Student travel rebate applications are only open in May for Semester 1 and October for Semester 2. Please click here to check if you are eligible.