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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111
Fax: 07 4152 6083

6 March 2017

The College will be holding an 'Open Day' on Wednesday 15 March from 9am to 11am and extend a warm 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. No booking required.

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

Applications for Year 7,2018, close on Friday 28 April 2017. All enrolment enquiries please contact Mrs Jan Aplin on 4155 8103 or email

Principal’s Reflection


Australian’s Love a Long Weekend! And isn’t that the truth. Even knowing that, I have to admit to being a bit ‘gob smacked’ when I saw the absentee statistics for Shalom so far this year. As is very clear from the graphic below, Mondays and Fridays we experience significantly greater student absences than any other day of the week. Maybe it’s just that people get sicker on Mondays and Fridays? I hope it is not that our young people get an easier mark from parents those days under the guise of ‘catching up’ on their assignments or that they are feeling ‘tired’. Every day at school is important. Being in class is vital for improvement and achieving outcomes. Please always do everything reasonably possible to ensure that your daughters and sons are here, on time, every day.

Lingiari House Mass

Lingiari House Mass was celebrated in our Chapel last Friday. Vincent Lingiari is one of the lesser known Australian heroes. This year Australia celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Referendum in 1967 when Australians voted overwhelmingly to amend our Constitution to count Indigenous Australians as citizens. Vincent Lingiari began the campaign for Land Rights by leading a ‘walk out’ of indigenous workers from Wave Hill Station in the Northern Territory. Over the following nine years Vincent faced enormous financial and political pressure to end the walk out. But he held firm. In 1975, then Prime Minister of Australia, Gough Whitlam, went to Wave Hill and poured dirt into Vincent Lingiari’s hands to symbolise the return of that land to indigenous ownership. He is one of the great Australians. Thank God for Paul Kelly’s song, ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’ or almost no one would know the story of Vincent Lingiari. We are so proud at Shalom to have Lingiari House to remind our students of this great piece of Australian history.

Parents & Friends Help

We are all very grateful to the parents who volunteer their time to assist in both the College Tuckshop, RSL Bingo and at the Sunday Markets in the Canteen. These are significant activities for the College. After this year’s volunteer forms have been collated, we have 18 parents volunteering to assist at Bingo, 75 for Sunday Markets and 35 for the Tuckshop. Shalom has about 1000 families. I am very conscious of how precious family time and weekend time is to us all but if we were able to source more parent assistance, the load would be shared for those who put themselves forward. If at all possible, I would ask families to have another look at these opportunities to see if it is possible to add your name to our volunteer list. The Volunteer Sheet is again attached and we would be so grateful if this could be completed and returned to the office asap.

French Exchange Students

From Monday 5 June to Friday 25 August, one of our Shalom families have agreed to host a French Exchange Student. The company offering this opportunity have a couple more young people who would also love to find host families.

Hosting an Exchange Student brings with it wonderful benefits. Later in the newsletter is some information from the company about what this might entail for host families. I hope that we will be able to assist.

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles

Host a French Student

Student Welfare and Information

Information for Years 10, 11 and 12

Study Skills: Building Concentration Skills

Many students find it difficult to concentrate and stay focused when they are doing their schoolwork at home. So what can we do to improve concentration levels?

Try these top tips:

  1. IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT: Have a good hard look at the environment you are trying to concentrate in. Is it noisy? Are there more exciting things happening around you? Is it too hot? Too cold? Are you uncomfortable? Too comfortable? What can you do to make the space more conducive to concentration?
  2. BLOCKS OF TIME: If you are someone who finds it difficult to concentrate at home don’t try and study for too long at a time. Instead tell yourself you will work for 20-30 minutes then you can have a break. If you know it is only 20-30 minutes it is much easier to concentrate than if it was for an indefinite period of time.
  3. ANCHOR TO THE PRESENT: Create a focus word that brings you back on task. We all daydream. The key is to start to pay more attention to when you are doing it and then immediately take action. If your key word for example was ‘orange’ when you notice you are daydreaming say ‘orange orange orange’ to refocus your attention to your work.
  4. RESET THE BRAIN: Sometimes you just need a time-out from what you are doing in order to be able to concentrate again. If your attention is constantly wandering, then get up and have a drink, walk outside, kick a ball – just take 5 to 10 minutes to clear your head so you can come back fresh to your work.
  5. WORK OUT PEAK TIMES: Start to pay attention to what time of the day you are most focused. That’s when you need to do the harder work or the work that requires greatest concentration. If you know you get tired after dinner don’t leave the difficult work until then.
  6. CARROT AND STICK: Some people are motivated by working towards rewards, others by avoiding punishments. Give yourself a target time to focus with a little reward at the end if you achieve it – or maybe a little punishment if you don’t!

You can learn more about how to be a more effective student below by logging in with the details below and working through some of the units. There are also lots of useful grids and planners at the bottom of the ‘Things to Print’ page.

Username: shalomcollege
Password: 18results

Please make sure that you have a look at this as there is lots of good information.

Years 7, 8 and 9 - The safe use of technology

An excellent website for parents to access is:

There are a number of options there and many are directed at parents, all with the intention of keeping young people safe when online. Have a good look at this site as you will find it very helpful.

Year 7 Camps

Year 7 Camp Schedule

Camp Number


Dates for Camp

Teacher Attending


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’s unsafe.

Elizabeth Austin-Campbell
Deputy Principal

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 below:

Clarifying Pick Up and Drop Off Procedures

Further to the Principals message in last week’s newsletter, I wish to convey our expectations regarding pick up and drop off procedures and the supervision students are afforded before and after regular school hours.

There have been a number of incidents across the Diocese which have put the health and safety of students at risk when they have been unsupervised on school grounds. To ensure you are aware of our school’s expectations with regard to pick up and drop offs, please read the following information.

  • At Shalom we have one student pick up and drop off point. This is the area in front of the Administration building. We understand that this causes some delay. Buses are a viable option and there are many choices available.
  • Many students arrive at school before 8:15am. Please be aware that no supervision is provided before this time. There is however before school tutoring (refer to the Tutoring Timetable) and the libraries are open at 8am, Monday to Friday.
  • Please refrain from collecting or dropping off your child in any area other than in front of the Administration building. This particularly pertains to the following areas: The Catholic Cemetery, the grass parking area across from the main parking zone, the Baptist Church car park or the area in front of the Sports Centre.
  • It is expected that students are picked up in front of the Administration building. A staff member is on duty from 3pm to 3:20pm. Staff members are also situated at the bike exit and the bus area.
  • Students can be picked up after 3pm, unless earlier by arrangement with the College.
  • We ask that you pick up your child between 3pm and 3:30pm. As the Principal indicated last week, the libraries are open from 3pm to 4pm, Monday to Thursday afternoon. Tutoring, sport and clubs can also be attended.
  • Please be advised that your child is under your supervision once they leave the supervised area and it is an expectation that school rules are still followed.
  • Please be aware that that if you bring under school aged children onto the school grounds, then it is the responsibility of the supervising parent to provide active supervision.

Please acquaint yourself with these expectations. It is the safety and wellbeing of your children we value most.

Student Protection Contacts

As a school within the Diocese of Rockhampton, Shalom College takes a comprehensive approach to Student Protection which builds on measures already in place to safeguard children and the integrity of caring, professional teachers. Our protection of students is based upon the belief that each person is made in the image of God and that the inherent dignity of all should be recognised and fostered.

Student Protection procedures at Shalom College provide a framework for responding to and reporting allegations or suspicions of:

  • sexual abuse or likely sexual abuse to a student by another person
  • harm or likely harm to a student from any source
  • inappropriate behaviour by a staff member towards a student

Three staff, under the authority of the Principal, have been appointed as Student Protection Contacts in the College. The Student Protection Contacts are:

  • Mr Robin Wust (Assistant Principal)
  • Mrs Karen Miller-Smith (College Counsellor)
  • Mrs Trish Ingall (Teacher)

More information about Diocesan Student Protection policies and procedures can be accessed below:

Mr Robin Wust
Assistant Principal – Administration and Staff


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.

Mrs Kim O’Shea-Hard
Assistant Principal – Ministry

Curriculum Notes

Monitoring Your Child’s Learning and Assessment

Advice about the assessment calendar has been previously included in the newsletter (Monday 6 February 2017). To assist you to further monitor and support your child’s learning and assessment you have been emailed the login details and password for your child’s Student Café portal. While we would expect that your principle point of contact with the Learning Management System (LMS) will remain through the Parent Lounge, logging in to your child’s Student Café will afford you greater access to learning resources being used in class including assessment task sheets and supporting resources.

If you require further support in the use of the LMS, in particular the Parent Lounge and Student Café portals, a series of useful instructional videos are available on the intranet under the ‘TASS Resources’ tab. This content is referred to as the Jukebox by TASS – just scroll down the list to the video content links of interest to you.

Should you have any difficulty in accessing either the Parent Lounge or your child’s Student Café please contact the College office.

Assessment and attendance

Students are continuously involved in assessment activities in all subjects across all year levels which include assignments, performances and tests. This continuous approach to assessment requires that it must be part of the learning the students engage with rather than something that is just tacked on at the end of a unit, term or semester. This in turn ensures that all assessment is valuable, meaningful and authentic and explains to some extent why there is no one time within a term where it is convenient for students to be absent for an extended period.

Further details of attendance requirements in relation to assessment are included in the Record Book on pages 12 and 14. Note that Year 11 and 12 students in particular have strict requirements in relation to attendance and assessment.

Year 11 and 12 end of Term One examinations

The Year 11 and 12 end of Term One examination timetable has been posted on the College Intranet (‘Assessment & Reporting’ tab), the College website (Curriculum/Senior School/Forms and Publications) and Daily Notices (pushed to students via Student Café). Most students will have at least one examination during the block, some will have quite a number depending on the subjects they study and how assessment is conducted in these subjects. Not all subjects use the examination block.

While most students will have only a few examinations during the examination block which will give them some time in between to prepare, rest and study, others may have up to six examinations during the examination block and even two examinations in the one day. This can contribute to stress levels of all concerned, but the challenges can be managed through planning, prioritising and communication. In particular, students are encouraged to:

  • Adopt a systematic approach to the use of the examination timetable and the Record Book where the Annual Planner, Homework/Study Plan and daily Homework entries sections are effectively used to establish a study plan to manage time and prepare emotionally, physically and mentally for examinations (a student responsibility - supported and monitored by parents and teachers);
  • Make realistic choices about priorities and expectations that balance family, homework/study, extra-curricular school activities/responsibilities, sports and cultural activities, paid employment and personal/social interests (again, a student responsibility - supported and monitored by parents and teachers); and
  • Maintain contact with teachers, especially if things appear to be going wrong or if something unexpected happens that interrupts study plans or affects attendance at examinations (this is what ‘Special Provision’ is for).

Attendance during examinations

During the examination block all Year 11 and 12 students are deemed to be in attendance but they are only required at school to sit scheduled examinations or to complete supplementary assessments if required. When attending the College during examination blocks students must be in full and correct day uniform. When not in attendance during the examination block students must be engaged in home study, assignment work or work experience or work placement activities – it is not ‘time off’.

Students have been asked to revise their responsibilities related to examinations and assessment in general outlined on pages 16 to 19 of the Student Record Book. It is particularly important that students who are absent from examinations contact the appropriate House Coordinator immediately. In most cases, supplementary sittings will be required of students who miss scheduled examinations.

End of term examinations are scheduled for Year 11 and 12 students from Thursday 23 to Wednesday 29 March.

Students who have few or no examinations scheduled during the examination block are expected to be engaged in assignment processing at home, 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.

If you would prefer your child to maintain regular attendance throughout the examination block, please contact me. Supervision will be arranged until 3:00pm on each day of the examination block.

Mr Christian Taylor
Assistant Principal – Curriculum

Career Opportunities

Please click here for employment opportunities with Shalom College.

Brother Rochford DVDs

A DVD of the recent Year 12 Induction is available from the College office for anyone interested. Cost is $5.

Br Rochford

P & F News

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 next P&F meeting will be held this Tuesday 7 March 2017 after the Annual General Meeting which will begin at 5:30pm.

College News

Shalom Rowing

On Saturday 25 February Shalom Rowing held their High Tea at the Bundaberg Rowing Club. The day was a wonderful success, with everyone dressed so beautifully and all there to support Shalom Rowing.

Thank you to all those who organised the event, helping to make the day such a success and a special mention to Pene Makepeace for sending though the wonderful photos and keeping us up-to-date with this event.

We look forward to the 2018 Shalom Rowing High Tea.

Shalom Rowing High Tea
Shalom Rowing High Tea
Click images to enlarge

Class Mass

Bundaberg Catholic Schools Race Day

Bundy Bowl & Leisure Catholic Race Day Lock-in

Bundy Bowl & Leisure are providing a ‘Lock-in’ Child Minding Service for children aged 13 years and under, during the Catholic Schools Race Day (11:30am to 6pm), cost is $45per child and a donation of $5 from each ticket sold will go back to the Catholic Schools (based on a minimum of 10 children attending). Full details are provided in the attached flyer, please click to read more. All enquiries please contact Bundy Bowl & Leisure on 4152 4334.

Taking Care of Business

Business classes have been buzzing with lots of activity over the last six weeks. We are pleased to see the new Year 7 students settling in and enjoying their first taste of learning about Business Education at high school. While our Certificate III – Business students are powering towards completing their certification which will earn them eight QCE points and the possibility of a QTAC equivalent OP ranking of approximately 15 when they are finished. Year 10 Business Enterprise students are busy planning their group business ventures which will be run at school later this term. So all in all it has been a great start to 2017.

I would like to take this opportunity to promote some extra-curricular business education events that are coming up. While it is not possible for students to be involved in everything that is on offer at the College, I always like to inform students of opportunities for participation in events that may be of interest to them. The following events are occurring this term:

ASX Share Market Game

Once again the Business Faculty would like to offer Shalom students to participate in the ASX Share Market Game. Students will once again swap their school hat for an investors cap to compete against other schools throughout Australia seeing who can make the best investment decisions when it comes to trading shares.

The aim of the game is to trade (buy and sell) shares over a 10 week period to see who can make their $50000 grow the most. Game 1 for 2017 begins on Thursday 9 March. If you are interested in registering to play as an individual or in a group of four please see Mrs Norris in POD 2 as soon as possible. The commencement date will be Thursday 9 March with trading closing on Wednesday 17 May.

Blue Shift – A Global Business Case Competition for High School Students

BlueShift is an annual business case competition for high school students run by QUT Business School.

Students participating in BlueShift work in teams of three to five, analysing and preparing a written solution to a real-life business case. The teams with the best submissions present their ideas at the BlueShift finals, held at the QUT Gardens Point campus in Brisbane, to a panel of judges.

By participating in BlueShift, students are able to apply their academic learning and work in a team on a real-world business case, develop relevant business skills such as professional presentation, financial analysis and creative problem-solving and gain valuable insight into the world of business. In 2017, they will also have the added benefit of networking with peers from across the world and competing in a truly global business competition.

If you are in Year 11 or 12 and are interested in forming a team to compete in this worthwhile experience, please see Mrs Norris in Pod 2 by Wednesday 8 March.

Mrs Gail Norris
Learning Area Coordinator – Business


The ROSA (Recognition of Student Application) program was rolled out last year with our middle school students and proved to be very well received. It is an award program which recognises student application to their studies. We value the importance of acknowledging students who are motivated, show perseverance and work diligently to reach their potential. The ‘goal posts’ for all our students are different, however all students are capable of achieving their own success targets.

There are many ways we regularly encourage and reward the efforts of our students. The ROSA award allows for more of our students to be recognised amongst their peers. At the beginning of Term 2, two students from each class subject will receive a ROSA award presented on House Assembly. The awarded students will have their name published in the Shalom Newsletter.

Mrs Megan Munckton
Middle School 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 email Mrs Bolam, or see Mrs Allen or Mrs Bolam in Pod 1.

Competitions include:

  • The Australian History Competition, which is based on the Australian Curriculum and offered for Year 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
Learning Area Coordinator – Humanities

Sports News

Summer Sport Week 4 – 1 March

U15 Cricket

Shalom U15 Cricket Team continued their undefeated season with a 23 run victory over Kepnock State High School. Shalom lost the toss and were sent into bat and finished their 15 overs at 9/110. Matthew Jackson 42 (25) retired and Adam Pozzebon 24 (24) were the main contributors. Shalom then bowled very tight to restrict Kepnock to 7/87 from their 15 overs. Jack Gray was the chief destroyer taking 3/10 from two overs with single wickets to William Stupart, Tom Martin, Jordan Condon and Matthew Jackson.

Open Cricket

Our boys claimed the outright lead in the competition with another strong team performance to claim a 118-run victory over Bundaberg Christian College. Batting first, we amassed 2-182, with openers co-captain Rory Delaney and Lachlan Dullaway, who was promoted from the middle order, laying the foundation with scores of 46 and 50 respectively, both being retired. Our other co-captain Matthew Pozzebon chipped in with 26. We then restricted BCC to 8-64 with Simon Rathbone again spearheading the attack with 2-1 from two overs, and six other bowlers claiming one wicket each, including Angus McDonald who also took two catches, while Louis Myers-Macdonnell backed up his unbeaten 19 with two superb catches.

Mr Vince Habermann
Open Cricket Coach


The Shalom 1 Open Girls Volleyball had a to 'dig deep' for their 2 sets to nil win over Bundaberg Christian College 1. With improved passing to setters Krysten Green, Sarah May and Lili Jacobsen, the Shalom girls showed determination to win the rallies by attacking the ball. Georgia Snare had some great work at the net in blocking and handy flicks. In the closing points of the first set, Isabella Espe-Makepeace's serve was deadly to the opposition, allowing Shalom to continue their early lead and complete this set. The second set was much closer where Shalom had to fight their way back from an 18 to 20 deficit to take the set 25 to 20. A well deserved win to a super determined team.

Mrs Shelley Greenhalgh
Volleyball Coach

BDSSS Swimming Carnival

Last Monday night a strong Shalom swimming team took on the might of seven other schools in the Bundaberg District Swimming Carnival. The Shalom Swimming Team were fantastic all night, falling only nine points short of St Luke’s.

The success of the Shalom Swim team was highlighted with three Age Champions on the night. Baylee Holden (14yrs Girls), Tobias Street (14yrs Boys) and Joshua Zahn (Open Boys) all competed well to be named Age Champions. Special mention goes to Connor Simms (16yrs Boys) for breaking the 50m Freestyle record and setting a new mark of 25.56secs. Shalom was represented in every event and the depth across all age groups led to a very good performance. A great team effort!

Thanks to Mr Luthe, Mr Harris and Mr Davis for organising the team and all the Shalom College ‘Cheering Squad’ for their efforts on the night.

Open Boys Medley Relay Team: Connor Simms, Joshua Zahn, Liam Heads, Jordan Winning and Brother Rochford.

State Carnival

Last weekend saw our first State Carnival held in Hervey Bay. Tom Martin competed in the State Triathlon and finished 29th out of 84 competitors. This is a great achievement for Tom, improving on his performance from last year, while still a year younger in his Age Division.

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.

Monday 20 March - Wide Bay Cluster 2 Trials
Friday 31 March - Summer Finals Day

Sporting Achievements Outside of School

Nathan Donaldson attended the Queensland Athletics State Championships in Brisbane on 26 February. It was very windy but at least it did not rain. The wind was constantly changing directions making qualifying times doubly hard.

As there were no other wheelchair racers at the event Nathan was mixed with Ambulant runners under the Multi Discipline Scoring System. Nathan came away with a silver in the 800m and gold in the 100m, 200m and 400m.

Congratulations Nathan.

Please let us know if your student has performed to a high standard in their after-school sports, so we can celebrate as a community. The College is happy to publish student achievements but rely on parents and sporting associations to advise us of these.

Please email myself or

Your Sporting Fanatic
Mr Simon Gills
Sports Coordinator

Performing Arts Department

Just a reminder that all ‘Expression of Interest’ forms for the Performing Arts Trip to Sydney, planned for the June/July holidays are to be received by Wednesday 8 March along with a deposit of $200 to the College Finance Office.

Ms Anita McAtee
Performing Arts Coordinator

Instrumental Music

First Concert

Our first concert will be held on Wednesday 15 March in the Performing Arts Precinct Theatre, starting at 7:00pm. The concert is free and all groups will be performing a short piece each.


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!

Performance schedule

The schedule for the year was emailed out on Tuesday 21 February to all students and parents. If you did not receive an electronic copy, please email me and I’ll give your child a hard copy.









15 Mar

March concert


All groups




SHEP (State Honours Ensemble Program)

An email will be sent out this week outlining details in relation to this program which is designed for instrumental and choral students in Years 5 to 9 particularly. Please let me know if you would like your child/ren nominated for this amazing weekend of workshops and concert. Nominations close Tuesday 21 March.


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

6 March

Dianne Collins

7 March

Susie Zunker

8 March

Kellie Walker

9 March

Paul & Caroline Simms

Allison Toft

10 March

Michelle Arvidsson-Smith

Leah Whaleboat

Marilyn Wootton

13 March

Kathryn Hanlon

14 March

Cathy Duffield

Margaret Keverkis

(bi-monthly from March)

15 March

Claire Hamilton

Sharon Pole

16 March

Holly Davidson

Jennifer Pimm

17 March

Andrew Henricksen

Kylie Jarvis

20 March

Mila Robertson

21 March

Kym Creighton

Karen Higgins

22 March

Trish Cahill

23 March

Diana Willoughby

Tania Wright

24 March

Michelle Arvidsson-Smith

Nancy Poldervaart

27 March

Stephanie Hale

28 March

Fiona Canniffe

Pauline Shaxson

29 March


30 March


31 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.

The next Artisan Collective is on this Sunday 12 March.

Tuckshop Markets Roster


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

Rohan/Maddy LLOYD

9.00am - 12.30pm







26 March

6.00am - 9.30am

Murray/Michele FLICK

Greg/Jenny JACKSON

Leslie/Heidi GEYER

Andrew LUCHT

Janelle TEST

Clarissa POINTON

Brendan/Yvette SIMPSON


9.00am - 12.30pm


Terry/Leanne EMMITT


Craig/Joanne KLUVER




2 April

6.00am - 9.30am




Susie MANT


9.00am - 12.30pm





Markets BBQ Roster

12 March

St Pat’s Mini Vinnies

19 March

Cambodia Trip

26 March

PNG Mission

2 April

Edmund Rice Camp

9 April

PNG Mission

Community Notice Board

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.