Shalom College
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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111
Fax: 07 4152 6083

20 March 2017

Principal’s Reflection


I’m unashamedly biased but I think that Shalom is a really good school. We have so many great people as a part of this community – students, staff and parents. That said, problems will, at times, inevitably arise. I can’t stress enough to everyone how important it is to communicate concerns that occur effectively. Too often, people spend time talking about problems to people who have no ability to provide a resolution. There are a lot of people in the Shalom community but I hope that everyone feels able to have any concern addressed by someone who can do something about it. None of us – Principals or Teachers – get things right all of the time. Making mistakes is an unavoidable part of being human. Sometimes we only hear part of the story or one side of the story.

I put my email address on every Newsletter to ensure that every parent can contact me if they want to. House Coordinators will always do their best to be readily available by email or phone to those in their House. We are happy to put time into addressing any concerns. Parents will often hear from their children about what does or doesn’t go on at school. If any of that is ever of concern, please check it out. Ask someone who can clarify. Please don’t just automatically, take as Gospel, things you are told. All of us give information through our own particular lens. Good communication is a vital component of a good community. Difficulties should be addressed in the most informal manner, at the earliest possible opportunity and at the lowest possible level. As Principal of Shalom, I am much happier to hear concerns from parents first hand rather than much later through the grape vine. I hope no one in this community ever feels that raising a concern would adversely affect the progress of their child.

Shalom College Open Day

The Shalom College Open Day went off very well last week. We welcomed almost 100 families through the College. Our Year 10 students rose to the occasion as tour guides and were outstanding. We are taking enrolment applications for 2018 currently and expect to commence interviewing for positions early next term.

Catholic Schools Race Day

The Catholic Schools Race Day was a great success last Saturday. A huge thank you to all who supported this marquee event. Special thanks to Coordinator Mr Peter O’Beirne who, along with the organising committee, did so much hard work in the months and weeks leading up to ensure a very successful day.

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles

2017 Next Step survey

The Queensland Government is conducting its annual statewide survey of all students who completed Year 12 in 2016. The Next Step survey is a brief, confidential survey that gains a comprehensive picture of the employment, study and life choices made by Queensland school completers in the year after they finish Year 12.

Between March and June, all our students who completed Year 12 last year can expect to receive instructions to complete a web based survey or a telephone call from the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office to complete the survey. Please encourage them to take part. If their contact details have changed, please assist the interviewer with their updated details or forward the survey to their new address so they can participate.

Thank you for your support of the Next Step survey in 2017.

Further information on Next Step is available online below or on toll free telephone 1800 068 587.

Student Welfare and Information

Term 2 Camps

Both our Year 10s and Year 8s will attend camp next term. The Year 10s will go first in House groups starting Week 3, followed by the Year 8s which start in Week 6. One Year 7 group will also head out next term due to the schedule changes this term.

2017 Year 10 Camp Schedule – Term 2

Camp No.


Dates Attending

House Coordinator



2, 3, 4 May

Ms Paula Van Dalen



3, 4, 5 May

Mr David Bond



8, 9, 10 May

Mrs Michelle Moller



9, 10, 11 May

Mr Chris Roelofs



10, 11, 12 May

Mr Aaron Brown



15, 16, 17 May

Mr Joe O’Driscoll



16, 17, 18 May

Mrs Mary Taylor



17, 18, 19 May

Mr Adam Knott

2017 Year 8 Camp Schedule – Term 2

Camp No.

CSA Class

Dates Attending

Teacher Attending



22, 23, 24 May

Mr David Gahan



23, 24, 25 May

Mrs Judy Luthe



24, 25, 26 May

Mr Patrick Quirk



29, 30, 31 May

Mr Mike Reid;

Mrs Michelle Moller

(Mr Ian Jenner’s class)



5, 6, 7 June

Mr Brett Hoskins



6, 7, 8 June

Mr John Gilbert



7, 8, 9 June

Mrs Megan Munckton



12, 13, 14 June

Mr David Magner



13, 14 15 June

Mrs Judy Luthe



14, 15, 16 June

Mr Steve McKay

Mrs Elizabeth Austin-Campbell
Deputy Principal

Curriculum Notes

Year 7, 8 and 9 Core Studies Learner Conferences (Formerly Parent/Teacher Interviews)

The first of two opportunities this year for Year 7, 8 and 9 Core Studies Learner Conferences will be available on Friday 28 April. The aim of the learner conferences is to provide an opportunity for parents to meet with teachers to discuss the progress and learning needs of their children.

Learner conferences are for Year 7, 8 and 9 Core Studies only and will be held in the Sports Centre on the day from 8:10am to 3:00pm. Interviews will be of ten minutes duration. Students are encouraged to attend and participate in the conference as this is a Student Free Day for Years 7, 8 and 9. Your child’s progress is crucial to all of us and it is a significant benefit in this process if your child can be a part of the discussion.

Core Studies learner conferences may be arranged online via the Parent Lounge at any time from 8:00am Tuesday 18 April until 3:00pm Monday 24 April. A letter outlining this procedure is available via the link below. Parents without internet access may contact the College on 4155 8111 to make appointments from 8:00am on Tuesday 18 April.

Interim Semester 1 Reports

Interim Semester 1 reports will be published to the Parent Lounge on Friday 21 April (end of the first week of Term 2). The report can be viewed and printed from the Parent Lounge by selecting the ‘Academic Reports’ tab on the left.

Parents may still request a printed copy of the report. For ‘one-off’ requests, please contact the College office during business hours.

To routinely receive printed reports, please register for the service by updating the Report Mailing address in the Parent Lounge. To do this, when logged in to the Parent Lounge:

  1. Select the Parent Details tab to the top left of the screen
  2. Select the Update Address Details from the drop-down menu (the Postal address will appear first)
  3. Click the Next Address button at the bottom right of the screen to advance to the Report Mailing option
  4. Click the blue Update Address button to the right of the Report Mailing header
  5. Enter or update your address details (the first field will be initially filled with the words ‘Address for postal reports’ – enter your details over this text and complete the other address fields)
  6. Click the blue Submit Changes button once entries are complete

Parents who do not have internet access, are experiencing problems with Parent Lounge or do not know your Parent Lounge login details are welcome to contact the College office during business hours.

Mr Christian Taylor
Assistant to the Principal – Curriculum

Information Regarding the Collection of Data From College Records

The Commonwealth Department of Education and Training is collecting student residential addresses which will be used to inform the calculation of school’s funding allocations as required under the Australian Education Act 2013.

For information about this collection, please refer to the Australian Government Department of Education and Training notice by clicking on this link:

Any questions you have may be directed to the helpdesk; details are included in the notice.

Ms Katherine Nelson
Assistant to the Principal – Teaching and Learning

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 on Tuesday 2 May 2017 after the Annual General Meeting which will begin at 5:30pm.

Quiet Achiever

This week our Quiet Achiever is Holly Cahill, Year 7 Rice House. Holly showed excellent team spirit at the Shalom Interhouse Swimming Carnival when she filled in for a swimming event at the last minute. Despite thinking that she would not do very well, she managed to win her race. She has also displayed a willingness to be involved in other school activities when volunteers are needed.

Mr David Bond
Rice House Coordinator

Blood Bank

Last Monday saw the second Blood Bank visit for the year. Students aged over 16 years are encouraged to undertake this community service. Even though conditions are much more stringent now about who can donate, the Blood Bank staff are very welcoming of Shalom students and they realise donating for the first time is a daunting task. Thank you to Nakita Breuer, Michael Bundesen, Jaydah Cutmore, Breanna Morgan, Tom Espe and the students who tried to donate.

Mrs Debbie Bolam
Blood Bank Coordinator

College News

QISSN Movie Fundraiser

MOVIE: Guardians of the Galaxy 2
WHEN: Thursday 27th April at 6:30 pm
WHERE: Reading Cinemas Bundaberg
COST: $15 includes movie ticket & ticket into lucky door prize

Tickets can be purchased from the Shalom Finance office. All money raised will support the 2017 QISSN team.

Miss Nikki Somerfield
QISSN Manager

Careers Advisor

Visit from Bond University Representative

Jennifer Latorre from Bond University will be in Bundaberg on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 March to meet with students/parents who are interested in finding out more about Bond’s application process and scholarships. Jennifer will deliver a presentation for students at Shalom College during lunch break on Tuesday 28 March, however, she has also offered to meet students/parents individually. If you would like to make arrangements, please contact Jennifer directly on 0437 024 134 or

Mr Troy Braund
Careers Advisor

Uniform Shop News

Notice to All Shalom Rowers

To order your Rowing Zoot Suit, please advise Mrs Stevenson of your accurate height and weight measurements as soon as possible.

Payment for your zoot suit can be made on collection. Limited second hand zoot suits are available.

Please note orders for new zoot suits will definitely close on Thursday 23 March.

Opening hours for the Uniform Shop are Monday to Thursday, 8am to 12pm, term time.

Notice to Music/Choir Students

Due to a necessary change in suppliers, there are limited Music vests and long sleeve black shirts available. Delivery on orders is six weeks. If you are requiring a performance uniform, please organise this as soon as possible.

Second Hand Music Vests Needed

We urgently require second hand music vests. If you have a music uniform at home that is not required, please consider selling it to the Uniform Shop.

***The music uniform is a long sleeve black collared shirt, College music vest with crest embroidery in red and black, and tailored long black pants (no jeans)***

Mrs Sharon Stevenson
Uniform Shop Manager

Sports News

Summer Sport - Week 6

Open Cricket

Congratulations to our open team who claimed first place outright and turned the tables on Bundaberg High with a comfortable last-round victory, thanks to another highly spirited team performance. We restricted the powerful Bundy High to 4-81 with opener Simon Rathbone continuing his outstanding season with 2-12 from his 3 overs and also taking the catch to remove their last clash blazing centurion, Danny Shoobridge snaring that big scalp, Louis Myers-Macdonnell taking the other wicket and wicketkeeper Harrison Waters contributing with a good catch and stumping. Then in our run chase, after the loss of an early wicket, opener Rory Delaney and No. 3 Louis were sensational in leading us to victory inside nine overs before both being retired for 58 and 27 respectively. We went on to finish at 5-129. Under a revised finals format, we will now play the fourth placed team in the semi-finals, before hopefully progressing to the grand final later in the day.

Mr Vince Habermann
Open Cricket Coach


The Shalom 1 Open Girls Volleyball team, again played exciting volleyball in their inter-pool match, taking on Bundaberg Christian College 1. The results mirrored the previous time these two teams met just a fortnight ago, with Shalom winning in two very competitive sets. In the first set, Georgia Snare again showed consistency with reliable serves and net play. Isabelle Matebau and Krysten Green showed skilful setting, Sarah May was accurate in her passing and Isabella Espe-Makepeace put away some great attacking centre spikes. The second set saw both teams scrambling for the ball with many thrilling rallies eventuating and was point for point even at 15 all, but Shalom's determination won out in the end with Emily Smith serving out the final ten consecutive serves! We're excited for Finals Day!

Mrs Shelley Greenhalgh
Volleyball Coach

Ten Pin Bowling

Ten Pin Bowling
Ten Pin Bowling
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We have wrapped up the competition side of bowling. Players have enjoyed competing over the past six weeks and are looking forward to their finals day next Wednesday. There has been some great improvement in scores over the past few weeks. Players across the board have been playing above average. A few of standouts are:

Amber Craven-Hughes with her highest score this competition of 170.
Connor Dingle had a great game this week with a high score of 163
Erin Buckmaster has had a great end to the competition with scores of 128 / 136 (57 over average)
William May has shown great improvement the last couple of weeks with scores of more than 30 above average.
Claire Mallows with a score of 114 (36 above average)

A big thank you to all players for their wonderful team spirit throughout the competition.

Mrs Debbie Bishop
Ten Pin Bowling Coordinator

Rugby League

On Thursday 9 March, Shalom Centre Lachlan Dullaway scored in the last minute out wide, after a good individual effort down the sideline to clinch a 4-all draw against Bundaberg SHS in our first Open Rugby League Trial game.

A missed conversion after the siren cost us a win but we were happy with the performance and result after Bundaberg SHS had scored midway through the fourth term. Our defensive structures were mostly sound, as the boys have been training fairly hard over the past month.

Lock Rece Hansen, Hooker Samuel Tobin and Prop Michael Bundesen provided good communication and application in defence. On top of scoring our only try, Lachlan saved three tries, holding up and knocking the ball with many players contributing well though the game.

Thank you to Mr David Bond, who was the referee for the game and it couldn't have gone ahead without his efforts.

Our next trial game should be against Bundaberg SHS again in Week 2, next term.

Mr Neil Feather
Rugby League Coach

Sporting Achievements

2017 Queensland Surf Life Saving Championships

A number of Shalom students attended the recent Queensland Senior Surf Life Saving Championships held on the Gold Coast and achieved some great results.

Kiah Everingham (Year 11 Lingiari) a member of Elliott Heads SLSC competed in the Under 17's in Boards, Ironman, Surf Swim and the 2km Beach Run. He placed 3rd in the 2km Beach Run seeing him awarded with a Bronze State Medal. Joshua Zahn (Year 11 Lingiari) and Jackson Lester (Year 11 McAuley), both in Bundaberg SLSC achieved a bronze medal in the U17 Beach Relay. Also, the fathers of current students, Craig Holden (Baylee Year 8 Hogan) and Scott Collins (Dana Year 10 Lingiari), both in Elliott Heads SLSC won several medals in Masters events.


Mr John Davis
Surf Life Saving Representative

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

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

Your Sporting Fanatic
Mr Simon Gills
Sports Coordinator

Instrumental Music

First Concert

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This was held last Wednesday and was very successful in every way. Thank you to all students and tutors for such dedication and awe inspiring music, and to parents for supporting your children and their tutors.

Performance schedule

The schedule for the year was emailed out in February to all students and parents. If you still don’t have a copy, please email me and I’ll resend or give your child a hard copy.

SHEP (State Honours Ensemble Program)

Details in relation to this program which is designed for Instrumental and Choral students in Year 5 to Year 9 particularly were sent out at the end of February. Although nominations are now closed, please let me know if you would still like your child/ren nominated for this amazing weekend of workshops and concert, as I could try for a late nomination.


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 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



17 April



18 April

Kym Creighton

Karen Higgins


19 April

Claire Hamilton

Sharon Pole


20 April

Holly Davidson

Jennifer Pimm


21 April

Andrew Henricksen

Kylie Jarvis


24 April

Stefanie Hale


25 April



26 April

Trish Cahill


27 April

Diana Willoughby

Tania Wright


28 April

Michelle Arvidsson-Smith

Nancy Poldervaart

Shalom Sunday Markets

The Artisan Collective

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

Tuckshop Markets Roster


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





2 April

6.00am - 9.30am

Paula Cittadella

Kath Clarke

Elizabeth Harris

Shelley Pisani

Alison Reinhardt

Helen Robinson

Nicole Schubel

9.00am - 12.30pm

Steve Cook

Tonyia/Lily Garland

Jackie Orchard

Maryanne Taylor

Michael/Cheri Visona


9 April

6.00am - 9.30am

Glen Boys

Jan Bunn

Roselyn Hunting

Trish Ingall

Susie Mant

Karen Marriott

9.00am - 12.30pm

Jenny Cross

Lynda/Mackenzie Crossett

Helen Glass

Jas Haster

Sheridan McMahon


16 April

6.00am - 9.30am

Linda Adcock

Carol Barazza

Lisa Christiansen

Sally Doyle

Nikki Ellis

Brenda Jay

Penny Green

9.00am - 12.30pm

Sue Sargent

Kathryn Church

Chris Dennien

Jo Leveritt

Maria McMahon

Markets BBQ Roster

26 March

PNG Mission

2 April

Edmund Rice Camp

9 April

PNG Mission

16 April (Easter Sunday)

Knights of the Southern Cross

Community Notice Board

Rugby Bundaberg Junior

We are looking for boys and girls from U6s to U18s for the Autumn competition. Bundaberg will also be looking for the best players in the regional U12s, U14s and U16s to take to the Qld State titles for the first time as ‘Rugby Bundaberg’ to take on teams from North Queensland, Central Queensland, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Darling Downs.

There are ‘COME and TRY’ days on Friday 24 March and Friday 31 March from 6pm at Across the Waves Sports Complex for those interested in finding out more.

Mr Jeff Messitt – President Rugby Bundaberg
PH: 0459 203 596

Thabeban State School Centenary Celebrations

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