Shalom College
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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111
Fax: 07 4152 6083

5 June 2017

Principal’s Reflection

Friday night we had our Formal which was, again, a wonderful night. I’m sure you’ve all seen plenty of pictures on FaceBook by now! At our recent Year 12 Retreat, the students shared in a ritual which gave them the opportunity to repair some strained relationships from the past. That ritual was one of the highpoints of the Retreat. It was a time to say sorry and also to affirm the friendships that have made a difference to them over the years. In their years beyond Shalom, I suspect that the memories of good relationships and the opportunities to repair friendships will be more important to them than the pictures of the beautiful dresses and sharp suits of the Formal. The Formal was a beautiful night – lots of glitz, glamour and fashion. More importantly, underneath that, this group of Year 12s are a great group of young people. I hope that they will continue to support each other this year and in the years to come. I was talking to my niece recently who is helping to prepare the 20 year reunion for her class. Jane was the school captain of a prestigious girls’ school in Brisbane back in 1997. She was telling me that she was really not looking forward to the reunion as there were a number of the class who were still at each other’s throats 20 years later! One girl posted the following remark on FB – ‘most of you probably won’t remember me which is hardly surprising given I was considered to be the least intellectually gifted student in our year. The most important lesson I learnt at school was how to survive the daily torture at school!’ Posts continued back and forth from some classmates and suffice it to say that their 20 year reunion might be a bit tense if all turn up! It is an example of how important forgiveness is in our lives. Hurt is a part of life. We all have choices in how we deal with that. Some choose to cling on to hurt and hold it close. This gets played out in all sorts of levels across our country. The process this nation is now called on in addressing Constitutional reform in regard to how we, as a nation, have dealt with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a case in point. This generation of Australians are not directly responsible for the actions of our predecessors but we are the inheritors of the consequences of the decisions that they made. Saying sorry is important. Doing something to evidence that sorrow is more important. Like the student’s arrival at our Formal last Friday, everything can look pretty and glitzy on the surface but if we don’t get the underlying things right, what is the point?

Formal Continued

A huge thank you to Mrs Austin-Campbell and the office staff who did so much of the hard work to ensure the success of the night. Mrs Wilson’s dance lessons paid off magnificently. This event is a huge team effort. Shalom is one of the very few schools where parents are able to attend the school Formal. That makes it a significantly better night. There were an awful lot of very proud parents here on Friday night. A big thank you too, to the band of Year 11 parents and students who arrived early on Saturday morning to ensure that the clean up was done efficiently and quickly.


Please try and make attendance at this movie in our theatre a priority for you and your child/ren next Monday night. Tickets can be booked at the school office.

Pick Up and Drop Off

Last week we had a meeting with the Bundaberg Regional Council to put forward our plans for the new entrance off Eggmolesse Street. This will be a reasonably expensive addition to the College but we are very confident that it will reduce wait times at peak times in the day. If you would like to know more about what is proposed, I will present these plans at the Parents and Friends meeting tomorrow evening. The meeting will start at 5:30pm in the Staff room.

Council will, in the next few weeks, open the connection between Kay McDuff Drive and the Ring Road. This will assist anyone who can easily access the Ring Road to get to Shalom a little quicker. The connection between Eggmolesse Street and Johanna Boulevard will be completed by the end of this year.

Shalom Rowing

Shalom Rowing will be working hard this week preparing for the Head of the River Regatta this weekend. Good luck to all rowers and coaches as so much effort comes to a finale.

Mr Dan McMahon

Date Claimers

Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase tickets for yourself and your children to watch this movie together on Monday 12 June in the Performing Arts Precinct Theatre at 7pm! We invite parents and students from the wider community.

Tickets now available at the College office – Adults $5, Students Gold Coin donation.

Newsletter Articles

Student Welfare and Information

Year 8 Camps

An Important Notice

Students are continually reminded by their teachers, prior to their camp going out, that they must bring shirts with collars, a broad brimmed hat, have sunscreen that they can put in their backpacks and also a water bottle.

While out at Chaverim, the students are asked to apply sunscreen before each session and they are expected to follow this instruction. Can I ask you to have this conversation with your son or daughter to ensure they do this?

Mobile phones are collected by the teachers as they get on the bus and kept for the duration of the camp by the teacher; they are returned to the student as they get on the bus to come home. We do expect the students are honest about this and hand in their phones.

Please contact me if you have any queries.

2017 Year 8 Camp Schedule

Camp No.

CSA Class

Dates Attending



5, 6, 7 June



6, 7, 8 June



7, 8, 9 June



12, 13, 14 June



13, 14 15 June


Year 7 FOCUS

14, 15, 16 June

Mrs Elizabeth Austin-Campbell
Deputy Principal

P & F Committee

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 6 June at 5.30pm.

Mrs Gail Norris
P & F Secretary

Year 10 Vaccination Program

The College has been advised that the Meningococcal ACWY Vaccination Program for Year 10 students will be undertaken in Term 4 on Wednesday 4 October. One dose of the vaccine is required. Please see the attached information sheet from Queensland Health.

To make sure all Year 10 students are offered the opportunity to participate, the Public Health Act 2005 authorises school principals to disclose student and parent information to the school immunisation provider (Ozcare), so they can follow up with parents or legal guardians of students who do not return a Consent card. If you wish to confirm these details, please contact Wide Bay Public Health Unit on 4303 7500.

Ozcare has delivered the Meningococcal ACWY Consent Cards for Year 10 students, they were handed out during Pastoral Care Classes last week. The Consent card is to be returned to the school by Monday 12 June 2017.

Parents/guardians are to return late Consent cards directly to Ozcare 73 Woongarra Street Bundaberg. All queries please contact Ozcare on 1800 692 273.

Quiet Achiever

Our Quiet Achiever for this week is Demetri De Florian, Year 9 Chisholm House.

He represented Shalom brilliantly at chess, playing at a high level and has shown marked improvement this year.

He also helped out students from other schools, by teaching them how to avoid being beaten easily.

His positive attitude is always on display. Well done Demetri!

Mr David Magner

Taking Care of Business

On Friday 23 May, the Year 11 Business Communication and Technology class ventured to Bunnings Warehouse for an exciting opportunity to further explore Workplace Health and Safety within their organisation. Our class was able to experience WPHS in a real life scenario after having studied this topic throughout the term. The Bunnings Warehouse staff allowed us to experience the day-to-day safety practices they employ to maintain a safe work environment for all employees and their customers. We are thankful for this experience and appreciate all the time and effort put in by Mrs Huntly and Mrs Norris. We also acknowledge Shay and Rhiannon from Bunnings Warehouse for showing us around the store and allowing us to expand our knowledge of the subject.

Bradley Bonanno and Kodi Beeston
Year 11 BCT Students

Careers News

CQUni Engineering Links Project

Year 11 and 12 students with aspirations of having an exciting career in engineering are invited to attend the upcoming CQ Engineering Link project event – a two days’ hand on, day in the life of engineering experience.

Students will have the opportunity to work with real engineers across a range of engineering study areas and participate in interactive real world scenarios and activities. Supervised accommodation options are available.

Date: Monday 26 June and Tuesday 27 June
Time: 8.45 am to 4 pm
Location CQUniversity Rockhampton North

UQ Experience Science: Limited Spaces Available

Experience Science is a free event that provides students in Years 10, 11 and 12 the opportunity to discover what studying science is like at UQ and how science is applied in industry and everyday life.

The event is facilitated by academics and industry experts through a series of hands on, interactive science workshops.

Limited places are still available on Friday 7 July and Wednesday 12 July.

For information, contact: Experience Science Team on 07 3365 8598, email or Web at the link below.

Australian Catholic University Experience – coming up Tuesday 4 and Thursday 6 July. Registrations now open!

Every year, Australian Catholic University holds a free University Experience day at our Brisbane Campus during the school holidays.

Students can choose their own mix of workshops and it’s a fun way to try out a class and get a feel for ACU’s famous friendly environment (many current students tell us they chose us after their first visit!)

University Experience is at ACU's Brisbane Campus on Thursday 6 July. For information and to register visit the link below.

Mr Troy Braund
Careers Advisor

Instrumental Music

Instrumental Music

Year 12 Formal

Another wonderful formal for our Senior students, which included 27 music students, who all looked stunning. A big thank you to Mr King and the brass group who played the opening fanfare.

June Concert

The June Concert is this Wednesday 7 June. Commencing at 5pm for Junior and Intermediate Groups and 7pm for Senior Groups. Come along and support your child/ren and hear the progress made since our last concert in March.

Music Camp

To date, we have approximately 24 students attending the annual Diocesan Music Camp in Rockhampton in Week 10. This year they will be staying in The Cathedral College residential accommodation which for many will be a new experience.

Catholic Schools Music Festival (CSMF)

Hopefully next week I will have the program. Thank you to those parents who have started contacting me in relation to indicating whether they will be driving and / or accommodating their own child/ren to Brisbane for this annual event. The more communication regarding this will help with coordinating this massive job.

Performance Schedule

The following is a reminder of events planned for Term 2.

Important Dates - Term 2

7 June - June Concert, 5pm Junior and Intermediate Groups and 7pm Senior Groups - All groups - Performing Arts Precinct Theatre.
20 to 22 June (return travel on 23 June) – Rockhampton 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. There will be no billeting available. Information and registration letters were sent our last week. Please contact me if you have any queries.

Term 3

14 to 16 July – SHEP Bundaberg. Music workshops and concert organised by Griffith University Conservatorium of Music and held at Christian College
27 July – Pre Groups Eisteddfod concert
1 to 3 August – Bundaberg Eisteddfod groups competition
9 August – Pre Catholic Schools concert
18 to 20 August – Queensland Catholic Schools Music Festival – Villanova College, South Brisbane

SHEP Brisbane

Nominations for the State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) program scheduled for September holidays have now been sent. Dates are Thursday 28 September to Sunday 1 October with nominations now closed. Cost will be $280 payable to Griffith University upon acceptance of an offer.

Please do not hesitate to contact me anytime by email.

Mrs Robyn Edgar
Arts in Performance coordinator

Sports News

Table Tennis

Shalom students continue to serve up success on the Table Tennis court. At the recent Bundaberg Regional Schools Table Tennis Championships, all four Shalom Teams placed in their respective divisions, with the three Division One teams qualifying to play at the Queensland Schools State Titles on Friday 23 June.

Congratulations are extended to:

Brendan Connolly and Patrick Harris – Open Boys Champions
Meg Freeman and Tayla Scott - Junior Girls Champions
Samuel Freeman and Nicholas Whitelum – Junior Boys Division One Runner-ups
Liam Bury and Seth Vincent – Junior Boys Division Two Runner-ups
Additional congratulations are extended to the Shalom Summer Sport Champions who earned Shalom back-to-back wins at the top of both Division One and Division Two:
Division One Champions – Brendan Connolly, Leah Scott, Patrick Harris, Darcy Braund.
Division Two Champions – Ciaran Ryan, Nicholas Whitelum, Tayla Scott, Liam Bury.

Thank you to Steve Ricketts for the photos

Miss Erin McHugh
Table Tennis 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.

Your Sporting Fanatic
Mr Simon Gills
Sports Coordinator

College News

2017 Premier’s Reading Challenge

Are you running out of things to read for the Premier’s Reading Challenge? We have plenty of new books arriving in Beerarlem and Goondeel Libraries at the moment.

Here are just some of our recommendations that are new on to the shelves:

  • Tui T. Sutherland’s Wings of Fire series – for readers who love fantasy and tales of dragons
  • Shamini Flint’s sports series, Diary of a Soccer Star, Diary of a Taekwondo Master, Diary of a Cricket God – for younger readers who like fun stories with a sporting angle
  • Elena Favilli and Francesco Cavallo’s Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls – plenty of wonderful stories in here!
  • John Heffernan’s Hotaka – a true story of a boy who survived the 2011 tsunami in Japan
  • Emily Barr’s The One memory of Flora Banks – a new fiction book for older readers

Remember to visit the Library to keep up with the Reading Challenge and meet the goal of 15 books read by 25 August.

Dr Wendy Davis
Teacher Librarian

Shalom Career Opportunities

Shalom College is currently seeking applications from highly motivated people to

work as Relief Teachers (All Subjects) for daily and short-term contracts. For queries and how to apply please follow the link below.

Shalom College NAIDOC Art Competition

Relay for Life

Shalom will again have a number of teams of Year 11 and 12 students in the Cancer Council Queensland Bundaberg Relay for Life which runs from 2pm on Saturday 12 August to 8am on Sunday morning 13 August. If you want to be part of the team, please complete and lodge your registration form, together with $30 registration fee, at the College Finance Office as soon as possible. Registration forms can be collected from Mrs Collins at the Student Services Reception. Any Relay for Life queries, please contact Mrs Petersen or Mr Habermann at Student Services or email or

Friendlies Cane2Coral Run/Walk

Shalom will again have a team participating in the 2017 Cane2Coral on Sunday 6 August. This year, there are three distances, 4km (starting and finishing at Nielson Park) and 10km and 21.1km (which both start at Port Marina and finish at Nielson Park) and you can walk or run. This outstanding community event has raised $376,841.50 for various charities since it was inaugurated in 2010. Registration fees are: Half marathon (Adult 16 years and over) $60; 10km – Adult $35, Child (15 and under) $20; 4km – Adult $30, Child $15. There is $300 Prizemoney for the largest secondary school team, plus C2C will donate 10% of our team’s registration fees to the Charity of our choice. Last year, Shalom won this award, with $613 donated to our chosen charity, McGrath Foundation. Students, parents, family members, staff and friends are all welcome to be part of our team. A team information sheet with full details including how to register for the Shalom team can be collected from Mr Gills at the Sports Office or Mr Habermann at Student Services. Any C2C queries, please contact Mr Habermann or 0407 606 266.

Tuckshop Roster


5 June

Dianne Collins


6 June

Susie Zunker


7 June

Leanne Grogan

Katrina O’Sullivan


8 June

Paul & Caroline Simms

Allison Toft


9 June

Michelle Arvidsson-Smith

Leah Whaleboat

Marilyn Wootton


12 June

Kathryn Hanlon


13 June

Cathy Duffield

Margaret Keverkis

(bi-monthly from March)


14 June

Cher Giovannoni

Kellie Walker


15 June

Holly Davidson

Jennifer Pimm


16 June

Andrew Henricksen

Kylie Jarvis


19 June

Mila Robertson


20 June

Kym Creighton

Karen Higgins


21 June

Claire Hamilton

Sharon Pole


22 June

Diana Willoughby

Tania Wright


23 June (last day of Term 2)

Michelle Arvidsson-Smith

Nancy Poldervaart


10 July

Kathryn Hanlon


11 July

Cathy Duffield

Margaret Keverkis

(bi-monthly from March)


12 July

Cher Giovannoni

Kellie Walker


13 July

Paul & Caroline Simms

Allison Toft


14 July

Michelle Arvidsson-Smith

Leah Whaleboat

Marilyn Wootton

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


11 June

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


18 June

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


25 June

6.00am - 9.30am

Vince Habermann

Melissa Lancaster

Kate Rehbein

Louise Stallard

Craig Warner

Penelope Wrench

9.00am - 12.30pm

Brendan/Astrid Clancy

Kym Murphy

Jo Medcalf

John Pappalardo


2 July

6.00am - 9.30am

Murray/Michele Flick

Greg/Jenny Jackson

Andrew Lucht

Janelle Test

Clarissa Pointon

Brendan/Yvette Simpson

Wanita Stringer

9.00am - 12.30pm

Sharon Anderson

Terry/Leanne Emmitt

Sandra Killer

Belinda Prossliner

Warren Vaschina

Markets BBQ Roster

11 June

Rugby League Confraternity

18 June


25 June

Cambodia Trip

2 July

Knights of the Southern Cross

9 July

Relay for Life

Community Notice Board

The Catholic Parish of Bundaberg – News

Ecumenical Lunch - Helping the Homeless

Join us in the Shalom College Sports Centre for a special event with International Humanitarian and Global Peacemaker Moira Kelly.

Lunch will be catered by The Waves and additional entertainment and fundraising activities will be ongoing. Tickets will be available at $55pp or $35pp concession (discounted prices are for aged pension and school students only).

All fundraising proceeds will go towards updating facilities to ensure homeless people have access to showers and washing / drying facilities, as well as conversation and connection with volunteers for further support and referral.

The 2017 Ecumenical Committee is underpinned by CentacareCQ as the auspicing body, and has additionally brought together enthusiastic representatives from the Bundaberg Housing and Homeless Forum, Churches, Local Government, Media, Local Business and Service Groups to help identify and implement projects that will have practical outcomes to those effected by homelessness in Bundaberg.

Every night there are more than 19,838 people experiencing homelessness in Queensland alone, that’s 1 in 200 people Australia-wide, so it was not difficult to facilitate a fundraising campaign that is “Helping the Homeless”.

Please click on the link to follow the event on our Shalom Facebook Page 15th Annual Ecumenical Lunch .

Catholic Education – Diocese of Rockhampton

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.

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.

2017 Move It Expo and the Ring Road Run

Weekend of 10 and 11 June

Come along to Bundaberg Regional Council’s 5th Annual MOVE It Expo to see a showcase of the region’s local sporting clubs, professional fitness trainers, and health experts.

When: Saturday 10 June, 10am to 2pm
Where: St Luke’s Anglican School, 4 Mezger Street, Bundaberg

Free entry, everyone welcome!

With demonstrations, and a wide range of local stallholders, there is something for everyone interested in their better health and wellbeing at the Move It Expo.

Find out more about the Move It Expo online at the link below.

Run, walk or wheel – join us for this year’s Ring Road Run on Sunday 11 June. Kids 2km Dash or 5km and 10km options. Have some fun with your family and friends and help raise funds for RACQ LifeFlight and Leukaemia Foundation. Register online at the link below.

See the Move It Expo and Ring Road Run poster for more information.