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Bundaberg QLD 4670

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6 February 2017

Principal’s Reflection


The Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse will begin its last round of hearings today. This last session will focus on the Catholic Church and will try to determine what were the factors that specifically led to such appalling cover-ups and inexcusable behaviour from a significant number of Priests, Religious and employees of the Catholic Church in Australia. The Church here and in many parts of the world have much for which to be deeply ashamed. Most of the offences brought to light were committed in a different era but that is in no way a mitigating factor or an explanation. Parents of students in any Catholic school (or any school) can be assured that Student Protection processes in place today will go a very long way in ensuring that the welfare of students is an absolute top priority for all staff.

The Royal Commission has been a painful and disturbing process for all Catholics but it has been a thoroughly worthwhile process at the same time. Leaders in the Church across Australia have unreservedly apologised for the harm caused and have cooperated fully with all aspects of the Royal Commission. The Church has lost much of the respect it once held as a moral authority and it will take a long time to repair the harm done.

We all need to stand with the victims of these crimes and give them our absolute support. Thank God for their courage in continuing to demand justice. Nothing though will completely repair the harm done and the loss suffered.

Since my earliest years, I have known personally a lot of Priests, Brothers and Nuns. My experience would tell me, clearly, that the vast majority of these have been good people who lived a life of service faithfully. Those good people are, to a lesser extent, have become victims as well. They are unfairly tarred with same brush as the offenders. I am sad that everyone doesn’t know people like our Brother Rochford. He is one of those very many good Priests and Religious who dedicated their lives to making Jesus better known. As I said in last week’s Newsletter, our students are fortunate and blessed to have experienced a man like him.

Below is a letter from Bishop Michael that he has asked be sent to every family on the coming work of the Royal Commission.

Shalom College Parents & Friends

The P&F have their first meeting on Tuesday 7 February. All are welcome. Our meetings are friendly and engaging and don’t drag on. Always held in the College staff room (beside Performing Arts) and commence at 5:30pm.

Health Care Card Discount on Fees

You would be aware that those holding a means tested Health Care card are now eligible for a 70% discount on Tuition Fees in any Catholic school in this Diocese. This will make it easier for numerous families who are keen to support our ethos and values and want to access Catholic education. I spoke to a parent recently who, whilst supportive of this initiative, expressed the concern that this might drive up school fees at Shalom. I can assure parents that this will not be the case. The Diocese has made funds available to schools to compensate for the difference between this new discount and the full fee amount. There will be no added burden to other families.

Inter House Swimming Carnival

This carnival is on Monday 13 February. This is a half day carnival for all students at Norville Pool. It is always a great day with emphasis on the day being participation. We have a few days like this at Shalom. Can I emphasise with all parents and students that participation in days like this are not optional at Shalom. It is part of the ‘package’ you buy into coming to Shalom. Even for students who don’t love swimming, it is a day to be a part of this community and contribute your talents to whatever degree possible and enjoy.

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles

Medical Notice - Chickenpox

Shalom College has been informed that a member of our school community has been diagnosed with chickenpox.

Chickenpox usually begins with a slight fever, headache, runny nose and cough. A day or two later a rash begins, starting as small pink blotches but rapidly progressing to blisters which usually last three to four days before drying out and turning into scabs.

The chickenpox virus is spread through coughs and sneezes and through direct contact with the fluid in the blisters of the rash. The dry scabs are not infectious.

People with chickenpox should be excluded from childcare facilities, schools or work for at least five days after the rash first appears or until dry scabs have replaced all blisters. Any contacts with lowered immunity, such as those with leukaemia, should be referred for specialist advice.

Expectant mothers, who are at risk of contact, should also report to their GP to have their immunity assessed.

Good hygiene practices, such as washing hands after blowing or wiping nose, after coughing and before preparing food or eating should be maintained.

For further information please contact your local doctor or visit the link below.

Mr Robin Wust
Assistant to the Principal – Administration and Staff

School Based Vaccination Program

All forms are due back today, Monday 6 February. Forms must be returned even if you opt out of the program.

If you have any queries about the School Based Vaccination Program, please call 1343 2584 or visit the link below:

Student Welfare and Information

Dear Parents,

At Shalom College we are always concerned about our students’ safety, not just your child, but all children here at the school.

Our arrangements for the dropping off and collection of students and the boarding of buses is geared to minimise any risk to our students and to keep them safe at all times.

Sadly, we are finding that for the sake of a few minutes, parents are taking it upon themselves to drop off and collect their children in other areas other than the designated ‘drop off/pick up’ zone outside the Administration block.

Therefore, we ask the following:

  • do not drop students off beside the Student Services building – morning or afternoon
  • do not park in the teacher carparks (the carpark between the Sports Centre and the Students Service building or the carpark beside the tennis courts)
  • do not ask your child to walk down Brother Hogan Drive (the main driveway) to meet you in Fitzgerald Street – students are to use the designated pathway
  • do not ask your child to meet you in the cemetery for collection – those visiting loved ones in the cemetery are dismayed at this practice and find it disrespectful.

We would be very grateful if everyone would follow the procedure for the dropping off and collection of their child – it would make this a safer place.

Thank you
Elizabeth Austin-Campbell


Positive relationships are promoted both within the classroom and via participation in school-wide activities, which build a sense of community, identity and belonging. Our mission statement emphasises that all people within our community must be treated with dignity and respect. As a school we do not condone bullying; the College takes the matter of bullying very seriously.

The House Coordinators will always investigate any reports of bullying.

I have included a definition of bullying as well as including information on conflict. Sometimes the two are confused.

Bullying – a definition

It is important that bullying be defined and that clear messages are sent about what is and is not acceptable behaviour. A school cannot address the more subtle forms of bullying if they are not named and understood to be forms of harassment.

Bullying can be defined in the following ways:

  1. A repetitive attack causing distress, not only at the time of the attack, but also by the threat of future attacks.
  2. Involving an imbalance of power. Its nature may be:
    - Verbal – name-calling, put-downs, threatening
    - Physical – hitting, tripping, poking, punching, kicking, throwing objects, stealing
    - Social – ignoring, hiding, ostracising
    - Psychological – stalking, dirty looks, spreading rumours, hiding and / or damaging possessions.

However, we do often find that students are involved in a relationship conflict – a falling out of friends; shifting of friendship groups….and the like.

What is conflict? In a word, conflict is a clash, a disagreement between two or more parties. In a high school setting conflicts are more frequent. Although conflict often fosters insight and growth, it is frequently perceived as a problem, something that persistently signals trouble. Someone involved in a troublesome conflict usually feels angry and the clash between the disputants can escalate and explode.

Consider the teenager dealing with a former ‘best friend’. Characteristics of this conflict is an underlying problem. Why have the friends had a painful argument? What does each want? What does each need? What might be the underlying problem? When defining conflict, the word problem is the key.

Often when dealing with a complaint from parents or students, the issue is usually raised as a bullying issue because some nasty things have been said between those involved. We find more often that it is a conflict between people.

However, if the conflict continues and any of the above points mentioned in the bullying segment are brought into play, then we deal with it as a bullying issue.

It is always best to report an issue to the school, preferably your child’s House Coordinator, if your child is unhappy about a situation.

Personal Development Education

As mentioned in last week’s newsletter, the Year 7s, in their Personal Development Education lessons, will be looking at different aspects of study skills. If you log on to the website (details below) you will be able to see the units that may be undertaken. Log on details are at the end of this information – parents are encouraged to view the units.

The following is from Dr Prue Salter:

Study Skills - Top 5 Habits for Students

Recently I was asked what I thought the top five habits were for students in their last year of school. I came up with this list below, then realised, wouldn’t it be great if all students had these habits firmly entrenched before they even reached the senior years of school!

So your challenge for this year, no matter what your year level, is to ensure these habits become embedded as part of YOUR practice for learning to help you become an effective learner at school, in your career and personal life.

Want to develop great habits for learning? Here’s what you need to do:

  1. ENGAGE: Don’t just be a bystander, instead be an active participant in your own learning, taking responsibility for what you need to do to achieve your academic best.
    This means:
    - You involve yourself in all of your lessons, staying on task, participating in discussions and trying to absorb as much as you can during your classes (and that means less to learn later).
    - You complete all of the set work for your subjects (your teacher gives you this for a reason) and you try and keep up to date in this work.
    - You seek help on anything you don’t understand or can’t do. This might be from a teacher, a friend, online sources, additional books or study guides. You also do this nice and early, you don’t let the problems pile up.
  2. ORGANISE: Being organised means that you can find things when you need them, you don’t forget about work to be done and you don’t have last minute panics. Much less stressful.
    This means:
    - You have a good system for managing all of the paper for school, you file away completed work and sort and organise all of the papers you are given.
    - You do the same with your digital resources: well named folders and logical filing structures. You do a back-up on a regular basis.
    - When you are given an assessment task you make a plan for when you will do the work for this task and you adjust the plan along the way as things change.
  3. THINK AHEAD: Part of ‘stepping up’ is that you don’t just wait for someone to tell you to do something. You think ahead and work strategically.
    This means:
    - If you know there will be exams (and there are always exams) then don’t wait until exam time to get your act together. Make your study notes as you go. Every time you finish a topic make study notes for that topic and file it away at home.
    - Make your study notes as you go. Don’t fall too far behind. Yes, I know I have already said this, but it is so important I am saying it twice. Keep improving and condensing your notes throughout the year.
    - In fact, it needs to be said three times. Keep up to date in your study notes. Worst case scenario - catch up every school holidays.
  4. STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE: You want to be able to differentiate yourself from all of the other students, so think what you can do to make your work stand out from the crowd.
    This means:
    - You take the time to be thorough when working on essays and assignments. This means lots of planning and brainstorming to start and then multiple drafts over a period of time for editing and proofing (it’s good to give the subconscious time to process and evaluate between drafts).
    - You look for additional source material, you read widely and you do more than what is asked of you. But you ensure that in specific tasks you are focused on answering the question and providing depth to your response.
    - You make the most of any feedback you are given (either along the way or after the task) to make adjustments to your approach to your work to improve your outcomes.
  5. STUDY SMART: Many students are incredibly ineffective in the way they study. They just stare into their books hoping what they need to learn will magically jump into their heads. If you aren’t doing it yet, then it is time to study smart.
    This means:
    - You test yourself over and over on the material you need to be able to recall in exams. You don’t just read it and hope you will be able to remember it.
    - You then check for understanding, are you able to apply the information you have in your head to different types of questions? To do this you do as many practice questions as you can. You get hold of as many different questions as possible to do as practise.

Dr Prue Salter - Enhanced Learning Educational Services

You can learn more about how to be a more effective student at the link below by logging in with the details below and working through some of the units:

Username: shalomcollege
Password: 18results

First Weeks

It has been a big couple of weeks for our Year 7 students in particular with a number of them obviously very tired! They are managing well and when I move around asking them how they are going they seem quite happy. They are delightful.

However, if for any reason your child has not settled well or is unsure of something, please get them to speak with their PC teacher or their House Coordinator.

Year 12 Formal

A letter will be posted home shortly regarding tickets – it will be important that the letter is read carefully. This also allows us to check that postal addresses are current. Your child will advise you when we post them so that if you never receive a letter you will need to let us know and update your details.

Year 7 Camps

Below is the camp schedule for the Year 7 Camps 2017. Your son/daughter would have received the paperwork for the camps by now. The DUE DATE for the return of the medical/permission form is tomorrow, Tuesday 7 February. Please make sure that everything is filled in, including the Medicare number and Health Fund number if you are a member.

Camp Number


Dates for Camp

Teacher Attending


CSB Class H

20, 21, 22 February

Mrs Mary Taylor


CSB Class D

21, 22, 23 February

Mrs Nicole Amey


CSB Class G

22, 23, 24 February

Mrs Jenny Hawe


CSB Class J

27, 28 February, 1 March

Ms Karen Lyons


CSB Class B

28 February, 1, 2 March

Miss Jessica Altadonna


CSB Class F

1, 2, 3 March

Mrs Nicole Amey


CSB Class A

6, 7, 8 March

Mr Michael Ray


CSB Class C

7, 8, 9 March

Ms Karen Lyons


CSB Class E

8, 9, 10 March

Mr Aaron Brown


CSB Class I

13, 14, 15 March

Mrs Nicole Amey

The FOCUS Class Camp has had to be shifted to Term 2 with dates to be advised.

It is important that you read the Equipment List but please note the following (which is mentioned on the list).

Students need to remember that they are to be sun-safe at all times – they must have t-shirts with sleeves and preferably collars. They are to have longer shorts – particularly the girls as they will be using harnesses for some of the activities. Each student needs to have their own sunscreen as well. A raincoat is a must because even if it is raining the activities will still go ahead; obviously they won’t if the instructors feel it unsafe.

Please make sure all forms are returned by tomorrow, Tuesday 7 February to their CSB teacher only.

Elizabeth Austin-Campbell
Deputy Principal

2017 Term Dates

Term 1

Monday 23 January - for Year 7, Senior buddies and new students
Tuesday 24 January - All students return to Friday 31 March
*** Wednesday 15 February - Student Free Day - Bishop’s Inservice ***

Term 2

Tuesday 18 April to Friday 23 June

Term 3

Monday 10 July to Friday 15 September

Term 4

Tuesday 3 October to Friday 1 December

Curriculum Notes


A number of College teachers voluntarily run tutorial sessions before and after school in a number of learning areas and in various year levels. The Term 1 Tutoring Timetable has been published on the Intranet under the ‘Study Skills Resources’ tab and a link is also available below.

Assessment Calendar

At this stage we are still working on adding assessment tasks to the ‘Assessment Calendar’ for Semester 1. Under normal circumstances we would have a clear list for the semester in place by this time; unfortunately, we are experiencing some problems with our learning management software following an update. We are in contact with our software providers and appreciate your understanding while the problems are rectified.

The Assessment Calendar (referred to as ‘Curricular Activities’ in our learning management system) is available via the ‘Parent Lounge’. To access the ‘Parent Lounge’ you will need to know your intranet login and password; once logged-in, click on the name of your child under ‘Curricular Activities Due’ to the left of the screen. You will note that there is a separate entry for each child in the family enrolled at the College.

The ‘Assessment Calendar’ includes information about all assessment tasks for all students including the Activity Name, Group (subject area), Start Date, Draft Date (only appears for electronic submissions – see task sheets for more details), Due Date and Activity Status.

Learning Area Coordinators manage and provide initial entries for the calendar. These entries may be updated by the class teacher. Please contact the appropriate Learning Area Coordinator or class teacher for more information about assessment tasks if required.

Please note that the Curricular Activities are not moderated to ‘spread’ assessment tasks over the semester. There are usually thousands of assessment tasks assigned across the College for Semester 1 and each of these is timed according to particular subject requirements which makes intervention to spread assessments impractical. However, teachers will suggest timelines to help students manage their time when a task is set; students (with your support) are encouraged to use to this information in conjunction with the Forward Planner 2017 (pages 120 – 123) in the Student Record Book to help spread the workload and to meet deadlines. It is not unusual for assessment loads to be heavy around peak times such as the weeks leading up to the end of term or an examination block. Our students must develop the capacity to manage time and we all have a part to play in this. Please contact your child’s Pastoral Care or class teacher if you would like assistance in helping your child to develop time management and assessment management skills.

Year 12 Trial QCS Test

Year 12 students who will be sitting the QCS Test will complete trial test on Friday 10 February. The students have been briefed on expectations regarding attendance and participation in the trial. Students who are OP-eligible must sit the trial; students who are not OP-eligible may sit the test.

Students who will not be sitting the QCS Test must download, print, complete and submit the form below. The form is also available for download from the Intranet under the ‘QCS Test’ tab.

Please note that on the trial day Year 12 students will be dismissed at approximately 2:45pm. Should you require any information about your child’s participation in the trial QCS Test, please contact me or Mr Brendan Maher.

Students not sitting the QCS Test are expected to continue with work experience, structured workplace learning or attendance at their usual workplaces if they are involved in a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship. Should you require any information about participation in work experience, structured workplace learning or school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, please contact College VET Coordinator, Mrs Liza O’Donnell.

Year 12 OP Range Estimates

The first in a series OP range estimates for this year will be distributed to all OP-eligible Year 12 students at the end of this week. If you have any queries regarding your child’s OP range estimate or the processes involved, please contact me or Mr Maher.

Mr Christian Taylor
Assistant to the Principal – Curriculum

Upcoming Event

Quiet Achiever

Our Quiet Achiever for this week is Ella Boas, Year 11 Lingiari House. Ella has just returned from the Netherlands where she has spent the last five months on an exchange program. Ella, who is now in Year 11, met an exchange student when she was in Year 8 and decided then she would like to participate in an exchange program. Over the next couple of years, she thoroughly researched options and with her family organised through WEP a semester long exchange to the Netherlands. She lived with a local family in Spijkenisse, near Rotterdam and attended De Ring Ban Putten School.

It takes a lot of courage to leave your home and country to go and live somewhere with a different language and culture. She really enjoyed being able to travel so much as the country is so tiny and the public transport is readily available. She found it exciting to be able to travel freely and independently all over the country. She has made many new friends and particularly enjoyed a survival camp in Belgium. Ella embraced all the opportunities available in this once in a life time adventure and highly recommends this to others.

Mrs Mary Taylor
Lingiari House Coordinator

Humanities Competitions

A number of competitions are open to Humanities students this year. These include quiz-style and research-based competitions with a range of prizes on offer. The competitions can be an excellent chance to test skills and highlight areas of interest for students. To assist students looking to enter the research-based competitions Mrs Bolam will be available after school on Thursdays to guide the development of their entries. Any student interested in any of the competitions listed below please speak to your Humanities teacher or see Mrs Allen in Pod One or Mrs Bolam in the Goondeel Resource Centre after school on Thursdays for more information and entry forms.

Competitions include:

  • The Australian Geography Competition, which is open to all year levels and will be held early in Term 2. Competition entries must be registered with Shalom by Monday 20 February.
  • The Australian History Competition, which is based on the Australian Curriculum and offered for years 7 and 8 and 9 and 10 students. Entries must be registered with Shalom by Monday 20 March and the competition takes place on Wednesday 24 May. Entry is $6.
  • The National History Challenge is a research-based competition open to all students. This year the theme is ‘Making a Better World’. Entries close in August.
  • The Premier’s Anzac Prize, which opens for entries in April, focuses on ANZAC history and offers trips to Gallipoli as prizes.
  • The Queensland History Teachers Association Historical Writing competition, which is open to all students and allows the submission of excellent pieces of student work on any historical topic.

Mrs Patricia Allen
Humanities Coordinator

College News

Congratulations to the 2016 OP 1 students – Timothy Harris, Theodor Delaney, Sophie Whitelum, Jessica Clements, Brenna Wormington and Annabel Bowden.

Date Claimer - Bundaberg Catholic Schools Race Day

The 2017 Race Day will be held on Saturday 18 March. We look forward to your continued support of this annual fun day out for the Catholic Schools Community.

Shalom Rowing

Sports News


There will be Bundaberg and District Sport Trials for Cricket (14years and under, Open Males, 15yrs and under Females), Golf (Males and Females), Softball (Males and Females), Squash (Males and Females), Surfing (Males and Females), Tennis (Males and Females), Touch Football (Males and Females – Open and Under 15) and Volleyball (Males and Females – Opens and Under 15) after school today, Monday 6 February. Details and medical forms must be collected from me (after Wednesday 1 February) at the Sports Office. The signed medical form will need to be presented to the coach at the trials. Students will be given all details of the Wide Bay trials for this season, which will also appear on the BDSSS web page at the link below in the next couple of weeks.

Summer Sport Season

The Interschool Summer Sport Competition will start on Wednesday 8 February. Sign-ons have been held in the first week of school and the following convenors have and will be calling for meeting/trials (in the school notices) to select the final Shalom teams this week.


Cricket - Mr Habermann
Golf - Mr Cronin
Tennis - Mr Maher
Ten Pin Bowling - Mrs Bishop
Touch Football - Mr Hammermeister
Volleyball - Mr Reid
Table Tennis - Miss McHugh
Surfing - Mrs Moller
Rowing (Full Year) - Mr Gills and Mr Silcox
Swimming - Mr Gills

Students interested in sport should regularly check the daily notices and the notice board located in the undercover area.

Championship Swimming Carnival

On Thursday 9 February, the Championship Swimming Carnival will be held at Norville pool from 2pm to 4pm. This carnival is targeted at those students who would like to gain selection in the Shalom Swim Team that will compete at the Bundy District Carnival and then on for Wide Bay selection. Age Champions will also be determined at this championship carnival. Sign-ons close on Wednesday 8 February.

Interhouse Swimming Carnival

The InterHouse Carnival will be held on Monday 13 February during the school day. This is predominantly a participation carnival with points allocated to Houses so that a champion House is crowned at the end of the carnival. More information about these carnivals will be in the next newsletter.

Your Sporting Fanatic
Mr Simon Gills
Sports Coordinator

Instrumental Music

Instrumental Music


All groups started rehearsing last week and are spread out between the Band Room and the Performing Arts Precinct Theatre stage. I would like to remind all students that they need to arrive no later than 7:20am to help set up on rehearsal days.


If a student is unable to attend a morning rehearsal, please notify the tutor or myself so that the student can be accounted for. This is a very important issue in relation to child protection.


All lessons have started with timetables almost full. If your child or children have not received their timetable, please contact me as soon as possible.

Music Lessons and Groups

If there are more students who would like to have lessons with an instrument and also be in a band, orchestra or choir, please contact me as soon as possible. (see ‘Have-a-go’ below)

Information night

This evening has been scheduled for this Wednesday 8 February starting at 7:00pm in the new Band Room which is the extension to the Performing Arts Precinct. We invite all parents, particularly new music students to this evening in order to meet the tutors and also to explain how the music lessons work and information regarding the performance schedule. We also welcome parents and students who would like to participate in the ‘have-a-go’ program (see below).


This program was extremely successful in 2016 and is being offered once again starting from Term 1. If your child/ren would like to learn to play and instrument or to restart learning, please contact me as soon as possible. I will send all information including an enrolment form regarding lesson and instrument hire costs for a term.

Please do not hesitate to contact me anytime by email.

Mrs Robyn Edgar
Arts in Performance coordinator

Tuckshop Roster


6 February

Dianne Collins

Kym Russell


7 February

Suzanne Weedon-Smith

Susie Zunker


8 February

Ann Holliss


9 February

Paul & Caroline Simms

Merna Cook


10 February

Michelle Arvidsson-Smith

Leah Whaleboat

Marilyn Wootton


13 February

Kathryn Hanlon


14 February

Cathy Duffield


15 February




16 February

Merna Cook

Jennifer Pimm


17 February

Jenny Beveridge


20 February

Mila Robertson


21 February

Holly Hess

Linda Stehbens


22 February

Kate Crook

Karen Higgins


23 February

Merna Cook

Tania Wright


24 February

Michelle Arvidsson-Smith

Nancy Poldervaart


27 February

Stefanie Hale


28 February

Fiona Canniffe

Pauline Shaxson


1 March

Leanne Grogan

Katrina O’Sullivan


2 March

Cheryl Carroll

Merna Cook


3 March

Donna Habermann

Cianna Moore

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.

Tuckshop Markets Roster


12 February

6.00am - 9.30am





Michael/Sally DOYLE



9.00am - 12.30pm


Deborah BRIGHT

Sue/Sophia/Molly BURFITT

Kathryn CHURCH

Brenda JAY


19 February

6.00am - 9.30am



Robert/Carol McGILL




9.00am - 12.30pm

Kristine ARNOTT

Brendan/Astrid CLANCY





26 February

6.00am - 9.30am





Michael/Sally DOYLE



9.00am - 12.30pm


Deborah BRIGHT

Sue/Sophia/Molly BURFITT

Kathryn CHURCH

Brenda JAY

Markets BBQ Roster

12 February

Japan Trip

19 February

Cambodia Trip

26 February

Japan Trip

5 March

Rowing Nationals