Shalom College
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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111
Fax: 07 4152 6083

8 May 2017

Principal’s Reflection

Like many parents, I watch my own children spend a lot of hours a week watching a screen. I console myself sometimes, that this is the world that they live in now but I know that there will be implications for this. Recently, a Shalom parent, alerted me to a movie called ‘Screenagers’. It is not a long movie and promises an insightful exploration of this issue. Click on the link below to see a trailer for the movie.

I contacted the Australian distributor of this movie and have arranged to have a screening in our Performing Arts Theatre on Monday June 12 at 7pm. Can I strongly encourage parents to attend and to bring their ‘screenagers’ with them? Shalom P&F have subsidised this event and the cost per ticket is $5 for adults and a gold coin for screenagers. As this is an issue that affects so many families, we have decided to open this to the three Catholic primary schools in town and to all the other secondary schools. I hope we get swamped with interest! Tickets can be purchased at the front office. Don’t miss this opportunity and don’t be one of those parents who washes their hands of the responsibility to be informed about the technology their children use every day.

Can I also remind you to make use of the fantastic content available to Shalom parents through ‘School TV’ and the ‘Internet Safe Training’ information which can be found via the link below, password is shalom16. The School TV link is on the website. Parents need to know something of the digital world our young people are swimming in. These opportunities are provided to make that easier for you. Make the most of it.

Keep in Your Prayers

Gemma Henricksen graduated from Shalom in 2010. She is one of four Henricksen children to go through Shalom. Braden is in Year 9 Walsh House. Gemma is a wonderful young woman and a past student I have regularly seen at the beach as she always seems to be on patrol with Surf Life Saving. Last month, Gemma got some very challenging news about some serious health concerns. As she was already involved and committed to the ‘Summer Surf Girl’ competition which raises money for Surf Life Saving, Gemma continued with her fund raising and last weekend was in Brisbane for the finals. She is one gutsy young woman and Shalom is enormously proud to have her as one of our past students. Please keep Gemma and her family in your prayers.

Catholic Schools Funding

Funding for Catholic Schools has certainly caught the national media spotlight this week. Catholic schools form a vital and very significant part of the fabric of Australian education. Much of the rhetoric during the week has been around ‘needs based funding’ and the desire to ensure that students and regions in need receive the financial support from Government that they need. If this is the case, it is hard to imagine that Catholic and low fee paying schools in regional Queensland will have their funding put at risk by any government. Details on the new plans the government has in this area are, at the moment, lacking. I would hope that parents in Catholic schools across Australia might be patient in this space until some more accurate data is available.


NAPLAN is on this week. For parents of students participating, I hope that you will encourage your daughters and sons to do their best on the days. NAPLAN data is useful for us to try and identify if there are gaps in student learning and where those gaps are. To get the best information, we need our young people to be prepared and willing to give it a go. There is no need for young people to feel anxious. It is just one of those many challenges in life that might stretch us a little.


Dr Debbie Pushor will be visiting Shalom on Monday May 22. Debbie is a Canadian researcher who is looking at ways parents can be better engaged with the education of their children. Her visit to Shalom is being sponsored by the Queensland Catholic Parents and Friends Association. Debbie will run a one hour session with parents at 7.30pm that evening. The Queensland P&F would like you to register your interest in this event by emailing or calling 07 3336 9242.

Bundaberg Surf Life Saving / Shalom Bingo Fund Raising

Once again, the Shalom community is very grateful to Danny and Steffi Carswell and the team of helpers at the Bundaberg Surf Life Saving / Shalom Bingo held at the Bundaberg RSL each Wednesday evening. Last week, Danny passed on a cheque for $13000 to the College. This is another outstanding effort from a great group of people.

Traffic at Shalom

I am very grateful to those many of you who queue patiently getting in and out of the College during busy times. We have been working with a traffic management company to devise better ways to handle traffic at Shalom once we have the extension of Eggmolesse Street and connections to the Ring Road completed later this year. We are still in planning stages and discussions still need to be had with Council but we are hopeful that we will significantly ‘split’ traffic between the current main carpark and pick up set down areas and a new car park pick up and set down area to be constructed that will be accessed from Eggmolesse Street. Further information to come.

Summative Appraisal

Next year will be my tenth year at Shalom. I am amazed that the time has gone so quickly. Given that, this brings me to the end of my contract and the Diocesan process dictates that I have a summative appraisal this year. The tool being used to gain feedback from parents is an online survey which will be emailed out. Could any parent who would like to receive a survey please email Mr Stephen Dale (Assistant Director Southern Region) In anticipation, many thanks.

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles

Student Welfare and Information

Term 2 Camps

2017 Year 10 Camp Schedule – Term 2

Camp No.


Dates Attending

House Coordinator



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

To be advised



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

To be advised



14, 15, 16 June

Mr Steve McKay

Mrs Elizabeth Austin-Campbell
Deputy Principal

Curriculum Notes

Learner Conferences (formerly Parent Teacher Interviews)

Learner conferences for all year levels in all subjects (except Core Studies) are scheduled for the evening of Tuesday 16 May.

The conferences (of 10 minutes duration) will be held in the Sports centre from 3:30pm to 6:30pm with students encouraged to attend and participate.

Learner conferences may be arranged online via the Parent Lounge. The online booking facility opened at 8:00am last Friday 5 May and close at 5:00pm this Friday 12 May to allow teachers to prepare for conferences. Parents without internet access may contact the College on 4155 8111 to make appointments this week.

While scheduled learner conferences are seen as an important communication between home and school, attendance is voluntary. Parents are most welcome to arrange an interview with specific teachers at any time the need arises throughout the year.

Mr Christian Taylor
Assistant Principal – Curriculum

P & F Committee

P & F Monthly Meeting Notes

The P & F held the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 2 May and this was then followed by our usual monthly meeting. The following positions were filled:

President – Louise Stallard
Vice President – Lynda Crossett
Secretary – Gail Norris
Treasurer – Paul Wilkinson
Diocesan Rep – Leanne Barker
Board Representative – Kim O’Shea-Hard

Meeting Report

Thank You

The committee would like to publicly thank all the volunteers who gave their time throughout 2016. As part of National Volunteers Week celebrations the P & F Association held a Volunteer Thank You Barbeque on Friday 5 May to show our appreciation.

We are very pleased to report that we have over 132 parents who have signed up as volunteers for 2017.

Uniform News

Parents will be pleased to know that the new stock of the blue winter jackets have arrived at the Uniform Shop, just in time for the cooler weather.

The Uniform Shop opens Monday to Thursday 8am to 12pm during the school term.


The committee was pleased to support the Bundaberg Parish by way of a donation for their upcoming Relay for Life High Tea being held in June. Please see the flyer included in the newsletter under the Parish News heading, for more information about this event.

The full meeting minutes are on the College Website, go to the P&F Association on the menu tab.

Please forward any comments to the Secretary via email at If you have an agenda item, please address it to the P & F Secretary either at the College office or by email to

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 6 June at 5.30pm.

Mrs Gail Norris
P & F Secretary

Bus Transport Assistance

Visit the Non State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme (NSSTAS) website to see if you qualify for financial assistance to help with the cost of transport and apply below by 31 May 2017. Late applications cannot be accepted.

Quiet Achiever

This week’s Quiet Achiever is Jayden Buchanan, Year 8 MacKillop House. Jayden he has been selected to travel with the U12 Wide Bay Basketball team as a referee in June. During the recent school holidays, he again travelled to referee at the U12s State Basketball Championships.

Along with his sporting commitments, Jayden is also a very courteous MacKillop student.

Mrs Michelle Moller
MacKillop House Coordinator

Walsh House

IT News

It’s been a while since my last article and I hope the following information can assist parents.

Restrictions/Parental Controls for iPads

Please find below a link that is available to assist you with setting Parental Controls on an iPad. Apple do publish good guides on their products that you certainly can find via their website or by searching google.

iOS Restrictions Guide below:

These restrictions, are great to limiting certain features of the iPad for example, in app purchases.

Minimum Required Apps

For any student from Year 7 to 9, below is the current required app list to start here at Shalom.

  • ArtStudio
  • Do Ink
  • Explain Everything™ Classic
  • Pages (free with new iPad)
  • Keynote (free with new iPad)
  • Numbers (free with new iPad)
  • iMovie (free with new iPad)

Apple do allow us to supply these apps at discounted prices if you do not have them. If you would like to take up this option, please don’t hesitate to contact us here in the IT Department.

Mr Matthew Mills
IT Manager

Science and Engineering Challenge

On Tuesday 2 May, Shalom College sent a team of 28 students to the Science and Engineering Challenge held at Central Queensland University in Bundaberg.

The Science and Engineering Challenge is a day-long competition designed to provide Year 9 and 10 students with a positive experience of Science and Engineering.

Each school provides eight teams of three or four students. Each team is assigned a challenge in which they must design, build and test something in order to solve a problem. There are eight possible challenges for students to choose from including building a model table and chair, suspension buggy, earthquake proof tower and the strongest bridge.

The students showed some exceptional problem solving and design skills on the day to finish 3rd against other regional schools. The competition was taken out by Bundaberg State High School. This performance earned Shalom an electronics kit as a prize which will be donated to the Science department. Special mention goes to a group of our Year 9 students, Harry Packwood, Daemon O’Brien, Abhash Pathak and Patrick Maher who won the ‘ElectraCITY’ challenge on the day.

Once again the Shalom students participated in the great spirit that Shalom is known for and the day was enjoyed by all who attended.

Sophie Maughan, Emma Moonie
and Lara Gardiner in the
Catapult Challenge

Josef Baumgartner,
Daniel Ferns, Michael Burt
and Samuel Freeman in the
Mission to Mars Challenge

Curtis Hancock, Liam
McGuire and Thomas
Woodland in the Bionic
Hand Challenge

Eve Scott, Nicola Johnson,
Jordyn Mason and Kira
Ferns in the Earthquake
Proof Tower Challenge

Jack Gray, David Grey and
Jaiden Luthe in the
Flat Pack Challenge

Bayley Herwig, Bryce
Hibberd and Adam Pozzebon
in the Confounding
Communications Challenge

Abhash Pathak, Daemon
O’Brien, Harry Packwood
and Patrick Maher in the
ElectraCITY Challenge

Seren Burrows, Jai Kunze,
Paige Hogan and Makenzie
Burridge in the Bridge
Building Challenge

The winning team for the ElectraCITY Challenge: Harry Packwood, Abash Pathak, Patrick Maher and Daemon O’Brien

Mr Brendan Maher and Mr Graham O’Shanesy
Competition Coordinators

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

Kayla Little had an exciting opportunity in January 2017 to play in the Queensland U14’s Murri Netball team at Sydney Olympic Park. They played against other states which were, Top End (Western Australia and Northern Territory), New South Wales and Victoria teams.

From this opportunity, Kayla was able to trial for the National Indigenous Budgies team and succeeded in being selected for the U13’s. This team travelled to the Gold Coast over the Easter holidays and competed at the International Netball Festival where Kayla’s team placed 6th overall.

Well Done Kayla!

Mrs Kelli Cory
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Education Liaison Officer

Careers Information

Careers Expo 2017

Upcoming University and Career Information Sessions at Shalom


Information Session

Time / Notes

Monday 8 May

Australian Defence Force Recruitment

Time to be advised

Friday 12 May

CQUniversity Experience, at Bundaberg Campus

9am to 2pm - Students need to register their interest with Mr Braund

Friday 12 May

Presentation by Raymont Residential College, Auchenflower, Brisbane

During lunch break in C34

Monday 22 May

Presentation by Australian Catholic University

During lunch break in C34

Monday 22 May

Presentation by University of Queensland

Students need to register their interest with Mr Braund

Tuesday 23 May

Bundaberg Careers Expo

in Civic Centre - public session from 4pm to 5:30pm

Further information received:

  • International House (co-ed residential college at University of Queensland)
  • Faculty information booklets for University of Queensland 2018 Undergraduate programs

These documents are available at the Careers Advisor’s office or at Goondeel Library.

Any queries, please contact Mr Troy Braund, Careers Advisor, at the College – 4155 8111 or via email.

Mr Troy Braund
Careers Advisor

Instrumental Music

Music Eisteddfod

I will place a full report in next week’s newsletter regarding results.

Performance schedule

Here is a reminder of events planned for Term 2. Please take note in diaries etc. and also note Queensland Catholic Schools Music Festival (Brisbane) in Term 3 is scheduled for Friday 18 to Sunday 20 August. Please notify me ASAP if your child/ren will be unavailable.

On the schedule below, you may notice that there has been a slight change to the start times for the June concert. At this stage, the Junior groups will perform at 5pm and Senior at 7pm. I will email out more details about this in the next couple of weeks.

Important Dates - Term 2

2 June - Senior Formal, 7pm - Brass Quartet - Sports Centre
7 June - June Concert, 5pm Junior Groups and 7pm Senior Groups - All groups - Performing Arts Precinct Theatre
20 to 22 June (return travel on 23 June) - Diocesan Music Camp, 8:30am to 5pm each day – All eligible students to attend – The Cathedral College, Rockhampton – College coach or private transport – Accommodation, TCC Boarding House.

Diocesan Music Camp

I am anticipating all information will be sent out next week regarding cost and accommodation. I am still waiting for final details and appreciate your patience.

SHEP Brisbane

The dates for the State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) program are scheduled for the September holidays. Dates are Thursday 28 September to Sunday 1 October 2017 with nominations closing Friday 19 May. Cost will be $280 payable to Griffith University upon acceptance of an offer. If you would like your child/ren to attend please let either their tutor or myself know. We will be nominating students however you do not have to accept if you don’t wish to.


This program was extremely successful in 2016 and will be offered once again next term. If your child/ren would like to learn to play an instrument or to restart learning, please contact me and I will forward an information and 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

Sports News

Table Tennis

The following students from Shalom College have been selected to represent Queensland at the Australian Junior Table Tennis Championships which will be held in Hobart in July.

Samuel Freeman (Under 15 Boys), Leah Scott (Under 15 Girls), Tayla Scott and Meg Freeman (Under 13 Girls).

Congratulations to you all on your selection and good luck in July.

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.

7 May - Rowing Regatta 1
21 May - Rowing Regatta 2
24 May - BDSSS Teams Cross Country, held at St Luke’s

Your Sporting Fanatic

Mr Simon Gills
Sports Coordinator

Tuckshop Roster


15 May

Mila Robertson


16 May

Kym Creighton

Karen Higgins


17 May

Claire Hamilton

Sharon Pole


18 May

Holly Davidson

Jennifer Pimm


19 May

Andrew Henricksen

Kylie Jarvis


22 May

Stefanie Hale


23 May

Fiona Canniffe

Pauline Shaxson


24 May

Trish Cahill


25 May

Diana Willoughby

Tania Wright


26 May

Michelle Arvidsson-Smith

Nancy Poldervaart


29 May

Help Needed


30 May

Help Needed


31 May

Help Needed


1 June

Show Public Holiday


2 June

Jenny Cross

Jodie Horton

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


14 May

6.00am - 9.30am

Bruce/Kayleen Bryan

Mary Buchanan

Robert/Mellisa Doyle

Keightley Family

Peter O’Beirne

Steven Schiffke

Marie Walker

9.00am - 12.30pm

Rodney Allport

Marlyn/William May

Patricia Rochford

Tin Yu Wong

Michelle Purkis


21 May

6.00am - 9.30am

Leone Aslett

Suzanne Brown

John Delaney

Mechalle Kimber

Mark Morris

Allison Toft

Jennifer Walsh

9.00am - 12.30pm

Marissa Browne

Anne Exelby

Linda Francis

Renita Snare


28 May

6.00am - 9.30am

Christine Buwalda-Nicolson

Joanne Godfrey

Richard/Fiona Hayes

Martin Kelly

Rohan/Maddy Lloyd

Karlee Pfeffer

9.00am - 12.30pm

Wayne Fuller

Bruce Green

Kylie Johnstone

Gretta Waters


4 June

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

Markets BBQ Roster

7 May

Edmund Rice Camp

14 May

Edmund Rice Camp

21 May


28 May

Relay for Life

4 June

Rugby League Confraternity

Catholic Parish of Bundaberg

Parish Relay for Life

Community Notice Board

Bundaberg Regional Council

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is coming to Bundaberg Regional Galleries. Join us on Friday 12 May from 10am for a very special opening event, or for storytelling and art making workshops all throughout May and June. For more information about these free family fun activities, follow Bundaberg Regional Galleries on Facebook.

Mummas Nest @ BRAG!

Bundaberg Regional Galleries and Mumma’s Nest bring you our annual artisan and maker’s market – Mummas Nest @ BRAG! Come and enjoy the autumn cool with an array of designer arts and crafts, refreshment stalls, and live entertainment. Saturday 13 May, 3pm to 7pm, Bundaberg Regional Galleries, 1 Barolin Street.

For more information about this free event, follow us via the link below:

Triple P Parenting

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.