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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111
Fax: 07 4152 6083

20 February 2017

Principal’s Reflection

Last Monday we had our Swimming Carnival. The day went really well and our young men and women threw themselves enthusiastically into the day. The structure of the day meant that every student had to miss two lessons in the day but were there for the other two. In talking up the success of the day, I was disappointed to learn that we had 250 students out of 1350 who were not at school on Monday. Our average number of students missing each day is 76! Maybe there was a really serious 24 hour bug that hit town Monday? I have no doubt that some of the 250 students absent last Monday had an excellent and very valid reason for being away. I struggle to believe that we had that many who were unwell. If not unwell, why then the absences? I have no doubt that quite a number of those who were absent might have thought that ‘swimming carnivals are just not my thing’. I understand that but I would also believe that there will be lots of times in our lives that we have to do things we just don’t like or want to do. What are we teaching our young people if we as parents or teachers just give them an easy way out and take the line of least resistance? Part of choosing to be in this community will involve doing things that might not be your first preference – or even second or third! Coming to Shalom is not like shopping at Woolies where I wheel my trolley around the aisles picking off the shelves the things I want and leaving there the things I don’t. Coming to a school like Shalom means choosing the ‘package’ - even the bits that might make you step a little bit outside your comfort zones. This issue touches into a bigger issue of attendance and punctuality. To make the most of the opportunity of a great education means being at school, on time, every single day (other than for really good reasons). Not loving a swimming carnival, is not a really good reason. To all of those parents who might have had to have a little argument with their daughter or son over this issue but held the line – thank you, the battle is worth it. To all of those parents who work hard to ensure that the attendance and punctuality of their daughter or son is as good as possible every day – thank you, it is worth it.

Queensland Police Service

On the topic of last week’s Swimming Carnival, I would like to express a huge thank you to the QPS personnel who were made available to assist our students crossing Enterprise Street safely, both ways. Those officers did a great job and ensured that our students and staff were safe crossing a busy road on Monday.

Year 12 Induction Liturgy

The Year 12 Induction Liturgy is on this Friday 24 February. This ceremony formalises the choice to be Leaders for our Year 12s. They have begun this process very well this term and I look forward to them continuing to develop positive relationships around the College and to focus on their own studies and goals for 2017.

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles

2018 Enrolments

We welcome prospective families to join us on Wednesday 1 March at 7pm in the Performing Arts Precinct for the Enrolment Information Evening for Year 7 2018.

The College will also be holding an 'Open Day' on Wednesday 15 March from 9am to 11am and extend an invitation to all prospective families to come along and view the College during the school day. For the tour please arrive at the Main Administration anytime between 9am and 11am. Bookings for either event are not necessary.

If you have friends, neighbours or work colleagues who are wanting to enrol their child at Shalom, please pass this information on to them.

Student Welfare and Information

Collection of Students

Can I ask again that parents please collect their students from the designated area outside the main Administration office, where you have the option to park or use the drop off / pick up area.

Parents, please do not collect your student from the Catholic Parish of Bundaberg Cemetery. It is extremely disrespectful to families who have their loved ones interred here.

Year 12 Formal

A letter has been posted home to parents regarding tickets – it is very important that the letter is read carefully and the required section is completed and returned to the office. I had asked for this form to be returned this Wednesday 22 February, so please contact the office today if you have not received this letter, so you are not left out.

Year 7 Camps

The first of the Year 7 Camp groups departed by bus for Chaverim this morning and all looked very excited.

The Year 7 Camps will run for the remainder of this term, with details listed below.

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.

Elizabeth Austin-Campbell
Deputy Principal

Immunisation Program 2017

Shalom Facebook

Don’t forget to like our Shalom College Facebook page and keep informed about upcoming events.

A link is now on our website or click the link below.


Year 12 Induction - Friday 24 February at 9am

This Friday we will formally induct our Year 12 Senior Class as the official leaders of Shalom College for 2017. Parents, we ask that you be seated in the area designated for ‘Year 12 Parents’ by 8:45am. There will not be reserved seating unless you are a parent of a House/College Leader (needing to access the front for the badge pinning) or a staff member (due to class/College commitments before Liturgy). We do ask that you sit on the same side as your son or daughter who will be sitting in House order, as outlined below.

We find it difficult to fit all year levels comfortably in the Sports Centre, so Year 9 students will watch a live-stream of the Induction in the Performing Arts Precinct Theatre. If a student has a Year 12 sibling, they are welcome to attend the Liturgy with their PC class.

Following the Graduation Liturgy, Year 12 students will be able to join their parents to get precious photos and congratulatory hugs, but time is precious at this stage of the year and after approximately 15 minutes, the students must then attend Period 2. Parents are then welcome to join Mr McMahon in the Performing Arts Precinct for light refreshments.

Reminder: The Year 12 students will be presented with their senior ties at the Liturgy so they are to leave their regular ties at home on Friday.

Induction Liturgy Program

8.40am – Morning Bell, Year 12s to assemble in order as rehearsed Thursday (parents seated by 8:45am)
9am – Year 12 Induction Liturgy begins
10:45am – Induction will conclude (approximately). Year 12 students will have about 15 minutes for photographs and mingling and then move to Period 2.
11am – Morning Tea at the Performing Arts Precinct Foyer for parents and carers.

Left (when facing stage)


Right (when facing stage)


Induction Liturgy Rehearsal Schedule - Thursday 23 February

Before School and Period 1 – Musicians/singers/special sections
PC and first part of Period 2 – House Leaders
Period 3 – Whole Senior cohort
Period 4 – Dramatisation/Gospel Acclamation/extra chairs to come across at 2:30pm

Thank you for your time and cooperation. I look forward to working closely with this wonderful group of Seniors this week and beyond.

Year 12 Retreat

We are in the process of finalising plans for the Year 12 Retreat, travelling to Alexandra Headland on Monday 8 May to Wednesday 10 May. Please ensure all medical forms are returned by Friday 10 March.

The extra homework we’ve set for parents is due by the last day of term. Please ensure you make this deadline, as it is a challenge for us to ensure all students are accounted for each year. If a student is unable to attend, due to Wide Bay sport or another clash, please notify Mrs Kim O’Shea-Hard (direct number 4155 8114) as soon as possible.

Upcoming Event

BAPTISM, CONFIRMATION, RECONCILIATION AND FIRST COMMUNION are the four sacraments of the Catholic Church that young people are able to prepare for and receive, usually in primary school. For many reasons this doesn’t happen or is delayed. Would you like to find out how we could help you prepare for and celebrate these sacraments? Contact Mrs Petersen on 4155 8111 (Shalom Campus Minister) or the Parish Office (4151 6666) for more information.

Mrs Kim O’Shea-Hard
Assistant to the Principal – Ministry

P & F News

P&F Annual General Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 7 March 2017 at 5:30pm in the main staff room.

Agenda Items:

  1. Election of Executive Committee
  2. Election of General Committee

The March General meeting will follow the AGM.

To all P&F Members, you are reminded that our monthly meeting is held in the staff room in the Administration building – all parents are welcome. Please note the next P&F meeting will be held on Tuesday 7 March 2017 after the Annual General Meeting which will begin at 5:30pm.

Quiet Achiever

Krysten Green, Year 12 Walsh House, is our Quiet Achiever for this week.

Always involved in her Pastoral Care class, Krysten made sure that there were many activities to welcome the Year 7 students and involve others in the class. She is very supportive of all year 7s in her PC and nothing is too much when it comes to helping them or her PC teacher, even arranging a PC lunchtime party with food to share.

Krysten was exceptional with her organisation and encouragement of all students at the recent swimming carnival and she also assisted with the Walsh House ‘meet and greet’ last Monday, preparing coffee/tea, serving food and cleaning up.

I commend Krysten for her enthusiasm and the initiative she demonstrates within all aspects of College life as well as her ability to juggle sporting commitments and study. Good luck for the rest of the year.

Mr Chris Roelofs
Walsh House Coordinator

Text Book Hire

Our Text Book Hire will be changing what times it will be open during the school term. Changes will take effect from today Monday 20 February.

Our new times are:

Tuesday - 7:30am to 3:30pm
Wednesday - 7:30am to 3:30pm
Thursday - 8:30am to 12:30pm
Closed Monday and Friday

Should you have any queries please contact the College on 4155 8111. My email address is also listed below.

Mrs Krys Rehbein
Book Hire Manager

McAuley House News

McAuley Movie Night

We all wish that they still had the old drive in theatres so we could sit with friends and watch a movie as the stars twinkled over-head WELL.

On Friday 3 March, McAuley House is holding their major fund raiser and it is an outside movie night. This offers you a chance to bring along some family and friends, a blanket or chairs and a gold coin donation and have a fun night watching movies in the open air.

The night starts at 6pm and we will be selling snow cones, lollies and soft drinks and having a sausage sizzle. There will be two movies showing which are ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ and ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’. There will also be a raffle on the night.

All money raised will be going to Carinbundi our House charity. Carinbundi is an organisation that offers quality, accessible and planned services to families and caregivers of all people with a disability who live in the Bundaberg region.

College News

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Education

Lunch Time Clubs

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.

Sports News

Summer Sport Week 2 – 15 February

Open cricket

Our boys produced another outstanding team performance to defeat the skilful Isis High School by 9 wickets. Isis High elected to bat but we made the perfect start, with Jack Hamilton taking a superb low catch (his first of 2 great catches) off the bowling of Simon Rathbone to remove their danger man on the first ball of the innings. Simon and fellow opener Angus McDonald continued to excel with the ball, taking 3-6 and 1-6 respectively from their 3 overs each. All of our 5 other bowlers also continued to do well but Isis recovered to finish at 5-79 from 15 overs on the back of an unbeaten 51 from their other trump. We then took just 10 overs to cruise to victory with openers, captain Rory Delaney (45) and Louis Myers-Macdonnell (32 not out) producing a master-class.

Mr Vince Habermann
Open Cricket Coach


The Shalom 1 Open Girls Volleyball had a 2 sets to nil win over Kepnock State High School 2. In the first set Shalom girls stamped their dominance with consistent serving from Sarah May and reliable backup from team members Krysten Green, Georgia Snare and Isabelle Matebau. The second set was much tighter with scrambling for balls from both teams, which saw Shalom take this set 25 -19. Another great team effort.

Mrs Shelley Greenhalgh
Volleyball Coach

Shalom Lifesaving Success

The Bundaberg Junior Surf Lifesaving Club season is drawing to a close with Shalom students featuring heavily, producing some outstanding performances throughout the season.

The culmination of the season occurs at the Junior Branch Carnival, which includes all lifesaving clubs stretching from Yeppoon down to Hervey Bay. At this carnival in Yeppoon, Shalom students produced some excellent results with the vast majority of competitors returning with a medal.

Gold medals were won by the following Shalom students:

Junior March Past: Oliver Collins, Lane Crossley-Price, Jake McCaig, Ella McCaig, Thomas Pascoe, Jasmyn Theuerkauf, Dylan Theuerkauf, Ky Woods
U13s Female Surf Team: Rachel Findlay-Udris
U14s Female Beach Flags: Jasmyn Theuerkauf
U14s Female Board Race: Olivia Zunker
U14s Female Board Relay: Jasmyn Theuerkauf, Olivia Zunker, Ella McCaig
U14 Male Beach Flags: Ky Woods
All-Age Beach Relay: Lane Crossley-Price, Jake McCaig
U13s Male Board Relay: Fletcher Ace, William Zahn, Oliver Collins
U14s Male Beach Relay: Patrick Maher, Geordan Zunker, Ky Woods
U14s Male Board Relay: Thomas Pascoe, Ky Woods, Geordan Zunker

There were many more silver and bronze medals along with some exceptional performances. I wonder if any other single school could match the performance of our students?

These nippers, along with many others, have qualified to participate in the State Junior Lifesaving Titles in Hervey Bay over the weekend.

The next lifesaving season will begin in September and is definitely a worthwhile pursuit. Lifesaving would love to see even more students have a go and are always very welcoming. These Shalom students can attest to what a rewarding and enjoyable activity lifesaving is.

Mr Brendan Maher
Surf Life Saving Coordinator

Upcoming Events

Sports Information will be placed on the notice board in the Undercover area. When students need to collect forms and other details from me, I am in the Sports Office located at the back of the Loyola Centre opening onto the Undercover eating area.

February 27 - BDSSS swimming Carnival, Norville Pool, 4pm to 8pm
March 2 - BDSSS Winter sports trials

Student Sporting Achievements


West Bundaberg Athletics Club have emailed to let me know that at the recent Regional Championships held in Hervey Bay, a number of Shalom students have gained selection to travel to Brisbane and compete in the State Championships. They are Georgia Francis, Year 11, Ethan Ennett, Year 11 and Matthew Otto, Year 10. Congratulations and we wish you the best of luck for the State.

Also competing at the Regionals was Everett Christen, Year 7. Everett competed in 100m sprint coming 5th, 400m also coming 5th and 800m coming 4th which also gained him selection to compete in Brisbane at the State Championships. Good luck Everett.

Please let us know if your student has achieved in their after-school sports, so we can celebrate their achievements. Please email myself or

Your Sporting Fanatic
Mr Simon Gills
Sports Coordinator

Dance, Drama and Creative Arts Tour

A warm invitation is extended to Year 11 and 12 students and their parents to attend the Shalom College Sydney Dance, Drama and Creative Arts Tour Information Evening on Wednesday 22 February at 5:30pm in the Performing Arts Precinct Theatre.

The tour will take place during the winter school holidays, Friday 23 to Thursday 30 June 2017.

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.


Could all parents please help the younger students i.e. Year 7 in particular, to write the lesson time in their record book for the remainder of the term. Also ensure that they have their music folder packed the night before. The latter also applies to the older, more experienced students as well!

Information night

This evening went very well with many new parents to the Shalom College music program attending to find out more information in relation to ‘how it all works’. Many questions were answered and hopefully will result in a long relationship with our students and their families. If you missed out on the night and you are not sure of a few details, please don’t hesitate to contact me as I can forward the power point to you.

Performance schedule

The schedule for the year is almost complete except for a couple of details in relation to our first concert scheduled 15 March. In the meantime, the table below outlines details for Term 1.









Week 2

Instrumental Music lessons begin

Refer to rotation timetable


Practice rooms



8 Feb

Music Info Night



Band room



24 Feb

Entries close for Bundaberg Eisteddfod (solos/small ensembles)

24 Feb

Yr 12 Induction Liturgy


Vocal Ensemble

Sports Centre



15 Mar

March concert


All groups

To Be Confirmed

Band room




This program was extremely successful in 2016 and has commenced for this term. If your child/ren would like to learn to play an instrument or to restart learning, please contact me as soon as possible and I will forward an information and enrolment form regarding lesson and instrument hire costs.

Please do not hesitate to contact me anytime by email.

Mrs Robyn Edgar
Arts in Performance coordinator

Science and Mathematics Competitions for 2017

This year Shalom College students have the opportunity to participate in the following national and international competitions:

ICAS Science Competition: Tuesday 30 May
Australian Mathematics Competition: Thursday 27 July

Students are assessed against other students in the same school year, state and country. The competitions are designed to be a fun event, removed from the pressures of formal assessment with problems and questions designed to stimulate the interest of students. All students receive a certificate showing their level of achievement and a detailed report outlining their performance.

If your student would like to participate in either the ICAS Science Competition or the Australian Mathematics competition parents need to complete the appropriate nomination form and return to Student Reception. Parents are encouraged to make the required payment online through Tours and Excursions in the Parent Lounge Portal by Friday 21 April.

If you have any questions regarding any of the above competitions, please contact me via email (below).

Mrs Debbie Bishop
Competition Coordinator

Tuckshop Roster

20 February

Mila Robertson

21 February


22 February


23 February

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


3 March


6 March

Dianne Collins

7 March

Suzanne Weedon-Smith
Susie Zunker

8 March


9 March

Paul & Caroline Simms

10 March

Michelle Arvidsson-Smith
Leah Whaleboat
Marilyn Wootton

13 March

Kathryn Hanlon

14 March

Cathy Duffield

15 March

Claire Hamilton
Sharon Pole

16 March

Jennifer Pimm

17 March


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


26 February

6.00am - 9.30am

Michael/Sally DOYLE

9.00am - 12.30pm

Deborah BRIGHT
Sue/Sophia/Molly BURFITT
Kathryn CHURCH
Brenda JAY

5 March

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

12 March

6.00am - 9.30am

Suzanne BROWN
Barbara COYNE
Mechalle KIMBER

9.00am - 12.30pm

Marissa BROWNE
Renita SNARE
George/Jennifer WALSH

19 March

6.00am - 9.30am

Richard/Fiona HAYES
Martin KELLY
Glen/Leanne KREBS
Rohan/Maddy LLOYD

9.00am - 12.30pm


Markets BBQ Roster

26 February

Japan Trip

5 March

Rowing Nationals

12 March

St Pat’s Mini Vinnies

19 March

Cambodia Trip

26 March

PNG Trip

2 April

Edmund Rice Camp

9 April

PNG Trip

Catholic Parish News

Community Notice Board

CQUniversity - Dream Big Event Bundaberg

The Dream Big Project presents an exciting opportunity for Year 10, 11 and 12 female students to be inspired, empowered and educated about the opportunities available in engineering.

This one-day event involves presentations from key female engineering professionals and current undergraduate students who will share their experiences and provide valuable insights.

Hands on activities such as 3D printing, Robotic C programming, structure building, siege engine construction and a Future City Build Workshop will all play a role in this jam-packed day.

With an opportunity to meet current engineering students, undergraduates and successful engineering professionals - it's an opportunity not be missed.

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday 1 March
Time: 8.30am to 3.30pm
Location: CQUniversity Bundaberg, University Drive
Registrations: Ten students from your school have been sponsored to attend this workshop (confirmation of additional spots required). Students are encouraged to complete the Student Registration Form and return via email by Wednesday 22 February.

For more information about this event, please do not hesitate to contact Event Organiser, Jessica Kahl via email to .

Triple P Parenting

Queensland parents and carers can now get free parenting support through the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program.

The State Government is funding free access to Triple P, which is the world’s most evidence-based parenting program and has helped more than four million children and their parents around the world develop closer, more positive relationships.

The program was developed at The University of Queensland by Professor Matt Sanders, who is also Director of UQ’s Parenting and Family Support Centre and continues to lead Triple P’s extensive and ongoing global research program.

Please click on this link, which will take you to the website where you can access information relevant to your situation.

This link will remain in our Newsletter with Triple P sending us regular updates and helpful tips.