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Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111
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17 July 2017

Principal’s Reflection

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to support the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community; to help celebrate and recognise the rich cultural history that makes Australia unique.

The theme for 2017 is: “Our Languages Matter”.

The following is from a media release from the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, issued on 30 June 2017 and makes some pertinent statements that we can all take ‘on board’.

The Strength and Blessing of Indigenous Family Life was the focus for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday 2 July.

“Despite the devastating effects of colonisation, the dispossession of families in rural areas and the accompanying social dislocation, the strength and unity of Aboriginal families has survived, Bishop Eugene Hurley, Chairman of the Bishops Commission for Relations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, said at the release of the 2017 pastoral letter to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ASTI) Sunday.

He states that all Australians can learn and benefit from the kinship model of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

Bishop Saunders wrote that “while indigenous languages across the continent continued throughout our history of settlement to diminish in number and usage, nonetheless the strength of family relationships and the power that give to the struggle to survive has proved enduring.”

In the past, he wrote, “families were torn asunder through the removal of children of mixed race, from their families, by governmental policies. This resulted in what is known today as ‘The Stolen Generation’ or ‘The Separated Children’. And yet, the bonds of family life persevered and survived these overwhelming tribulations. “However, in our fast moving society, sadly, when every culture in our land is in crisis, other grievous trials continue to assail the strength and blessings of indigenous families as they do non-indigenous families”.

In his statement, the Bishop of Broome also highlighted that “we should never be afraid to speak out against racism or discrimination or anything that harms the family or threatens the integrity of our society.”

“Like the Holy Family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph, let us do our best to see to it that families today continue to strive to be examples of peace and harmony, of commitment and solidarity, of sacredness and wholesomeness.”

[The ATSI Sunday Statement is available to download from the Bishop’s Conference website homepage below]

Each day last week in our morning prayers the College Leaders have shared prayers with us to celebrate NAIDOC week. The following prayer was prepared by Aboriginal people for Pope John Paul II’s visit to Alice Springs in 1986 and one that was read by the students. I would like to share it with you.

Father of all, you gave us the Dreaming,
You have spoken to us
Through our beliefs,
You then made your love clear to us in
The person of Jesus
We thank you for your care.
You won us, you are our hope.
Make us strong as we face the
Problems of change.
We ask you to help the
People of Australia
To listen to us and respect our culture.
Make the knowledge of you grow strong
In all people,
So that you can be at home in us and we
Can make a home for everyone
In our land.

Helping the Homeless

The 15th Bundaberg Ecumenical Lunch will be held on Saturday 26 August at Shalom College commencing at 11:00am and finishing around 3:00pm.

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

The honoured guest speaker is Moira Kelly (AO).

Lunch will be catered by Across the Waves and additional entertainment and fundraising activities will be ongoing.

Tickets are $55.00pp or $35.00pp for aged pensioners and school students.

Purchase online at the link below or over the counter at Bundaberg Broadcasters, 38 Crofton Street, Bundaberg.

I do hope that this function will be well patronised as it is for a very worthy cause; for those in our community who are less fortunate.

Each Monday morning the staff have a briefing to begin the week and a staff member is always responsible for prayer; Trish Ingall used this quote from Mother Teresa before her prayer so I have used it here as it fits perfectly with the call to patronise the above very worthwhile fundraiser.

“I know you think you should make a trip to Calcutta, but I strongly advise you to save your airfare and spend it on the poor in your own country. It’s easy to love people from far away. It’s not always easy to love those who live right next to us.”

Mother Teresa

Shalom to Kilimanjaro and Everest Base Camp…Information Hour Tuesday Evening 18 July at 6:30 pm in Lingiari Block - Li1 Classroom

Last week we welcomed Bernie Kelly founder of ‘Global Immersion’, who offered our Year 10, 11 and 12 students two magnificent opportunities to join the Youth of Australia to trek the World’s Highest free-standing mountain…Kilimanjaro in East Africa or the epic trail to Everest Base Camp in Nepal.

Bernie spoke to our Year 10 and Year 11 students.

These experiences are a unique blend of extraordinary adventure with servitude opportunities to some of the world’s neediest communities. Most of you may have heard of the ‘School of St Jude’ in Tanzania which welcomes Bernie’s groups annually. Should the Nepal and India experience be more appealing then students work with Mother Teresa’s ‘Missionaries of Charity’ in Calcutta. Many past Shalom students have enjoyed these profound life-shifting experiences which I am delighted to endorse.

You have a wonderful chance to meet Bernie on Tuesday evening 18 July in Li1 Classroom commencing at 6:30 pm. Attend this hour and you will receive all the information you could possibly want to make an informed decision about your child or family’s participation.

We welcome every one back to Term 3 – it will be just as busy as any term

QCS Test days for the Year 12s are on the 29 and 30 August

These are important days for them and we do wish them well.

The Year 11s have their Leadership Days on 15 and 16 August

Bernie Kelly runs the first day and on the second day the students work with their House Coordinators preparing for next year as leaders in our College.


Teaching Staff

We welcomed back Claire Stallard, Rice House Coordinator after an extended absence. We also welcomed new staff to the College: Gillian Deacon until the end of the year; Susan Kendall till the end of this term.

Ancillary Staff

Blake Hornbrook – Teaching Assistant, Fitness Centre

Brendan Cox – Groundsman


I wish to advise you that Scott Stone will be finishing at Shalom this Friday 21 July 2017.

He has announced his decision to resign his position here and will be taking up a teaching position at St Joseph’s Catholic School in Stanthorpe.

We are grateful for the work Scott has done in his department and thank him for his contribution to the school and to the students. We wish him all the best in his endeavours.

We also welcomed several new students so I hope they have enjoyed their first week at Shalom.

Mrs Elizabeth Austin-Campbell
Deputy Principal

Newsletter Articles

Can You Help?

I am keen to borrow a French flag to include in a photo. Could you please contact me if you can help.

Brother Rochford.

Student Welfare and Information

As we commence Semester Two, could I please address some important points to make you aware or remind you of these key practices for students at the College.

General matters

The College uses a variety of methods to communicate key information. Please regularly check any of the following to receive this information: TASS Parent Lounge, our College Website, email and Facebook page. Further Shalom College news is accessible through many of these sources.

If your child will be absent for any reason, we require communication explaining this by 9am on the given day. The best ways to communicate absences is by phone call to our Absentee line on 4155 8181.

For periods of extended absence due to known valid reasons, please contact your child’s House Coordinator at earliest convenience.

Changes to Circumstances

If you have had any changes to your family circumstances, or something of a significant nature has occurred, please give your child’s Pastoral Care Teacher and/or House Coordinator a phone call or send an email. It is for peace of mind for both the College and yourselves that knowing if something has changed for your child over the holidays then help can be offered in managing the return to school routine. Contact emails for House Coordinators can be found below.

Shalom House Coordinators

Adams House

Mr Joe O'Driscoll

Chisholm House

Mr Aaron Brown

Hogan House

Mr David Bond (Acting HC until 31 July 2017)

Mr Adam Knott

Lingiari House

Mrs Mary Taylor

McAuley House

Ms Paula Van Dalen

MacKillop House

Mrs Michelle Moller

Rice House

Ms Claire Stallard

Walsh House

Mr Chris Roelofs

The link below will take you to the Shalom Website Staff Directory:

Uniform Expectations

Please access the following link for our full Uniform and Grooming Policy:

Can I please bring your attention to the following more commonly occurring issues.

For Girls

Ensure their blouse and skirt is an appropriate size. Skirts must be below knee length.

Jewellery can become a concern at times. Girls can wear one set of earrings in the lobe of the ear only. Multiple sets of earrings or any other piercing spot in the ear or nose are not permitted

Specifics are:

  • Sleepers and studs should be plain silver or gold and no greater than 0.5cm in diameter
  • Coloured stones, pearls, beads, flowers etc. are not permitted.
  • Hairstyles should be conservative in nature. Hair is to be tied back in a way that allows hats to sit properly (no buns on top).

For Boys

Ensure that shirts and pants are an appropriate size. Often boys who have trouble keeping shirts in, or ties done up to the top, fail to do so do so because they no longer fit.

The College tie is to be worn for Term 3.

As a guide, hair should be well above the collar in length, short at the front and ears clearly visible. Nothing shorter than a blade three and if hair is longer on top, it needs to be blended into the sides. No layered, ridged, lines or under-cuts are allowed.

Facial hair needs to be shaved on a regular basis.

General Uniform Points

College hats should be clearly named and in a clean and tidy condition and must be worn at all times before, during and after school; inclusive of lunch breaks and are only not worn when in classrooms or otherwise directed by a staff member.

N.B. Hats in disrepair should be replaced at earliest convenience.

College jackets that can be worn on a daily basis with the formal uniform; include only the 1. Red V-neck pullover and 2. Blue spray jacket with red trim

N.B. The black spray jacket with red trim is the top of a tracksuit which, as has been previously mentioned, can only be worn with the Sports Uniform.

Finally, for those families who have had issues with naming of jackets whereby the tag has been removed; we have contacted Shawline and they can embroider a child’s name into items of clothing at a cost of $5.50. This could be more beneficial than having to replace a whole item of clothing at a far greater cost.

I wish you and your family a fantastic term ahead.

Mr Adam Knott
Acting Assistant Principal – Students

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on Students with Disability

All schools in Australia are required to participate in the 2017 Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability.

Please click on the link below for full details and required forms to complete if required.

Completed forms are to be returned to the College office by Friday 21 July 2017.

Curriculum Notes

End of Semester One Reports

End of Semester One reports for Years 10, 11 and 12 will be published to Parent Lounge this Friday 21 July. Parents are encouraged to contact teachers directly regarding the End of Semester One Report.

Year 10 Personal Futures Program

All Year 10 students commenced the Personal Futures Program this week with an introductory briefing today (Monday 17 July) and a dedicated day of activities on Friday.

The Personal Futures Education Program includes:

  • a series of presentations and workshops for parents and students
  • the development of SET (Senior Education and Training) plans
  • registration of students and their ILOs (Intended Learning Options) with the QCAA
  • subject selection for the remainder of the Senior Phase of Learning (Years 11 and 12)
  • individualised career education consultations as necessary.

Today all Year 10 received advice about these upcoming activities, a letter to parents explaining the program and some important print and electronic resources. A wealth of information has been included on the College intranet under the “Year 10 Personal Futures Education Resources” tab and all parents are encouraged to access this. In particular, I recommend that all parents access the Senior Subject Selection Guide – 2018, Personal Futures Education Program – Students and Parents and Step by Step through the Personal Futures Program 2017 as these resources contain helpful and important information to guide you through processes at Shalom College. The Step by Step through the Personal Futures Program 2017 is also accessible via the link below.

Senior Subject Selection Information – Year 11 2018

Continuing with the Year 10 Personal Futures Education Program, the Senior Subject Selection Information Evening is scheduled for next Tuesday evening (25 July 2017). The evening will commence at 7:00pm in the Performing Arts Precinct Theatre and will be very important for all parents of students, and students, entering Year 11 in 2018.

The Senior Subject Selection Guide – 2018 is published electronically and all students have been instructed to download this to their devices and share it with parents. Parents can also download the Guide via the College Intranet under the ‘Year 10 Personal Futures Education Resources’ tab; a wealth of additional information can also be accessed from this location. Parents who do not have access to the internet and/or who would like a printed copy of the guide may request same from the College office.

Please also note that senior subject selections are now made online. Students have been provided with the necessary login details and selections for Year 11 2018 can be made and updated at any time from Tuesday 25 July, but must be finalised by Friday 25 August following the completion of Senior Education and Training (SET) Plan interviews. All Year 10 students will participate in a SET Plan interview that parents are welcome to attend, during the school day. SET Plan interviews will commence on Monday 7 August; students will be advised of interview times in the coming weeks.

Accessing Learner Accounts

All Year 10, 11 and 12 students have now been advised of how to access their Learner Accounts. It is important that all senior students, especially Year 12s at this time, access their learner accounts. Learner Accounts are accessed through the QCAA’s Student Connect portal A link to this portal is also available on the dashboard of the College Intranet. There are instructions for logging into their Learner Account on the landing page of the portal, but students will need to know their LUI number which Year 11 and 12 students can find on their Shalom Student ID Card. Year 10 students will be given their LUI on a special card during PC this week. Their initial password is the first four digits of their birthday, e.g. the password for a student whose birthday is on 6 January would be 0601. After the initial login students will be prompted to create a new password.

Year 12 students will be particularly interested in accessing Student Connect and their Learner Account as this will give them early access to their QCS Test results in November and OP in December.

If students have any difficulty with logging in via the Student Connect portal, they are welcome to contact the Shalom IT Help Desk or me for assistance. All students can also obtain their LUI number from their teachers, House Coordinator or the College office.

Mr Christian Taylor
Assistant Principal – Curriculum

Clarifying Pick Up and Drop Off Procedures

Again I wish to convey our expectations regarding pick up and drop 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 College 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 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 has previously indicated, 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 Processes

The Student Protection Processes and Student Protection Guidelines for all Catholic Schools (Diocese of Rockhampton) have been updated and copies are available in the College office and also in the library. The revised Student Protection Processes and Student Protection Guidelines are now available on the Catholic education website and our College website.

If you have any questions about any matter to do with Child Protection, please do not hesitate to contact the College.

Mr Robin Wust
Assistant Principal – Administration & Staff


Making Our Space Sacred for NAIDOC

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This week marked the first week back after NAIDOC Week for our school community. We began each morning with a prayer relevant to this important cultural theme. It was also Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday on the 2 July, as celebrated by the Catholic Church. Classes accessed our beautiful sacred space in our Bush Tucker garden, which was embellished with a prayer mat, lantern and prayer cards. Placed in the prayer space, was also an explanation of the reconciliation path we have travelled, as part of our Australian history. This explained our part in the process today and related very well to the following pieces of scripture;

Isaiah 58:1, 10-11
’Cry out aloud, do not hold back raise your voice like a trumpet; tell my people their offences…give relief to the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your darkest hour will be like midday...the Lord will guide you always’

John 10:10
‘that all might have life and have it to the full’

Gospel –Matthew 10:37-42
Anyone who does not accept his cross is not worthy of me. Anyone who welcomes you, welcomes me (see Bible for the rest of reading).

Catholic Education Week

Catholic Education Week will be celebrated from Sunday 23 July to Saturday 29 July (Week 3) and we have a number of activities planned, including a combined school ‘Catholic Education’ Sunday Parish Mass. In preparation for this special week, I would like to invite you to respond to the survey link attached. This is to nominate a student, staff member or person from our community, that is a great example of the ‘Catholic Education Spirit’ that we encourage in our College and a short response as to why. Results will be collated and a small thank you delivered to the frequent fliers identified on your behalf. Thank you for being incredibly significant to this community. Collectively ‘we all make a difference’.

Mass with Children

On Sunday 23 July at 5.30pm in Holy Rosary Church will be Mass with Children. This Mass begins Catholic Education Week. All prayers, texts and songs will be suited to children. Some children will take on special parts in the Mass. We’d love to see as many children as possible come together to celebrate our Catholic schools.

Shalom Day – Thursday 24 August

Are you talented, funny or do you have an amazing party trick to share with your College? Shalom Day is on Wednesday 24 August and auditions open soon for the 'Shalom's Got Talent' quest. If you'd like to enter, get your item together and WATCH THIS SPACE for up and coming auditions. There will be a $5.00 donation for each audition, which will go to our St Vincent de Paul group.

Don't forget to have your parents and grandparents save the Shalom Day date, as they are always welcomed to join us on this special day.

Mrs Kim O’Shea-Hard
Assistant Principal – Ministry

Tutoring Timetable - Term 3

Please click on the link below to access the Tutoring Timetable for Term 3.

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 on Tuesday 1 August at 5:30pm.

Mrs Gail Norris
P & F Secretary

Quiet Achiever

This week’s Quiet Achiever is Emily Doyle, Year 11 Adams House. Emily is a hard working student and always strives for academic excellence. She is very quiet by nature but her actions speak volumes. Whenever there is a House event Emily is always more than happy to get involved. Emily’s behaviour and presentation is always impeccable and she is a proud Shalom student.

Mr Joe O’Driscoll
Adams House Coordinator

2016 College Magazine

The 2016 College Magazine (Year Book) was distributed during a special afternoon PC last Tuesday to the youngest member of each family (one magazine is sent home per family).

2016 Year 12 students may collect their copy from the Office. Any queries please phone the main office on 4155 8111 during office hours, 8am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday.

Uniform Shop News

Please be advised that the Navy Jacket should be clearly marked with your childs name. Named on the label is not satisfactory as labels can be cut off.

Name of student or surname can be embroidered on the collar in red by Shawline Embroidery for a cost of $5.50, eg. A.Smith or Amber S.

Name should be clearly and discreetly marked without marring the appearance of your winter jacket.

Mrs Sharon Stevenson
Uniform Shop Manager

Chisholm House Mass

Shalom Year 7 and 8 Beach Party

Cambodia Trip News

Deadly Choices Program

The Deadly choices program is a health education program that aims at supporting students to be positive role models and to assist with leading a healthy lifestyle. The program is delivered by Tyson Whaleboat, a former Shalom Student.

The program sessions include topics such as:

Leadership, chronic disease, physical activity, nutrition, harmful substances, tobacco, smoking cessation, healthy relationships and the importance of accessing Bundaberg’s local primary referral to a clinic or health centre.

Upon completion of the program the students received their Deadly shirts.

(Left to right) Coben Simpson, Makayla Carroll, Lekesha Johnson, Aaliyah Watson, Angel Cory, Jayde Bradshaw, Kayla Little, Tatum Viellaris

Mrs Kelli Cory
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Education Liaison Officer

Where are they now? Shalom Edition


Ben Galea

Graduating year:


Subjects studied:

Ancient History, English, Geography, Chemistry, Maths B, Marine Studies, Sports and Rec.

Current role:

I’m having a ball in my third year of Science at the Australian National University in Canberra, specialising in Natural Resource Management as well as Earth and Marine Science. I’m also working as a ranger at the Botanic Gardens here, running tours and workshops for school groups etc. I’m living at Burgmann College, which is a residence on campus, and I’m a Residential Advisor there, responsible for the wellbeing and mental health of students, and running events etc, it’s good fun.

What qualifications and work experience have you gained since graduating from Shalom?

I’ve worked in a few places, in various jobs. I took a gap year in 2014 and moved out to Winton in Western Qld, where I worked as a tour guide and fossil preparator in the epic dinosaur museum out there, and lived in a shearer’s cottage on a big sheep, cattle and goat property, where I worked on my weekends. I loved my time out there, the remoteness, the uniqueness of the landscape, the genuine and generous people who take anything in their stride and live in a way that most urban people wouldn’t relate to.

Not a direct answer, but I’ve enjoyed and gained experience doing speeches at big events and dinners, and organising and managing those, I go on radio a bit, give presentations about topics like youth in agriculture. I got to attend the APEC summit in Manila in 2015, I learnt a lot there, met interesting people from all around the Asia Pacific and spent time afterwards with some families and researchers from a local university. Have also found a few more fossils which are now on display in museum collections.

What has been the most rewarding, challenging or interesting experience in your study or work so far?

Well I’m fortunate there’s been a few. When I was working at the museum, it would take us months to remove all the bones from a milk crate sized rock, partly because the encasing stone was like concrete, we have to use low vibration dentist-like tools to chip away the rock from the fragile bones and also because we didn’t know where exactly the bones were inside. So while there, I contacted a scientist I’d once met at the National Youth Science Forum at the start of Year 12 (Apply for it!!!), his name is Dr Joseph Bevitt, he runs part of the ANSTO facility (where they have Australia’s only nuclear reactor, for research) and told him of our predicament. He was keen to help so I put him in touch with the museum’s CEO and we ended up getting a heap of fossiliferous rocks scanned by a Neutron Tomography machine, which let us see the fossils still encased in rock, allowing our work to speed up. What’s more the research was government funded, so we didn’t have to pay heaps of money for it. I ended up in Sydney at the end of the year and Joseph took me for an incredible afternoon tour of the facility, operated a few machines, it was bloody amazing!

How did your senior studies contribute or impact on your tertiary study and/or career choices?

I really loved my time at Shalom! I had a heap of fun, did a lot of sports and athletics, learnt a fair bit and was reasonably able to balance my school commitments with all the other stuff I did outside school. I think that while the standard of education was pretty great, it was the passions, opinions, guidance and friendship of my teachers which had the greatest impact on me. Just from their stories in class, the way they showed me respect, and through things like Mr McMahon’s speeches at assembly, from Year 8 to Year 12 I gained the confidence to stick to who I am, do what I was interested in and develop it. Now that I’m almost finished uni, I still think that’s what gets you places. I love what I’m studying. Whatever careers I end up in, I’ll be there because I enjoy the work. So I’d like to thank my teachers for investing in their students. I reckon teachers are some of the most valuable people in society, on par with doctors. I wouldn’t mind being a teacher if I get to 40 or so, with a bit of life experience behind me.

Can you identify one invaluable thing that you learned at Shalom?

Expect and encourage change, in society and in yourself, but at the same time stick to being you. Don’t fold in to peer pressure, many people do and it’s often not healthy. Find what you’re good at, what you love, and develop it!

What advice can you offer to current students interested in your field?

My field is environmental/agricultural science; my advice is to get out of the library. Enjoy school. I’m loving life right now, but I often reflect on my years at Shalom and while I think I made the most of it, boy I miss it!

Ask yourself the question, ‘what am I interested in?’, probably in Year 10 or 11. Try hard to find an interest and see what careers are available that relate to it. You wouldn’t believe how many jobs are available around Australia and the world. Look for people working in that area that interests you, and try to talk to them, send them an email, see how they got where they are, and maybe try to style yourself on them. Otherwise, just do things in your own time that interest you but also build your skills and get you things that are attractive to employers, or opportunities that will lead on to other things.

Volunteer, at your sporting club, with school, with some land care group, whatever. Volunteer so you can meet people, especially older people, and so you’ve done something positive, beneficial; there’s so much around that needs a helping hand, you’d be surprised what you can do, and one thing leads to another. The secondary benefit of volunteering, is that it looks good on a resume.

Work, save your money and travel.

Don’t spend your school years sitting down. Have fun. Do what you love.

Where are they now? is a semi-regular feature where we hope to profile many past students to learn more about their successes and achievements post Shalom. If you, or someone you know, might be interested in being featured in Where are they now? please email Patricia Allen at

Mrs Patricia Allen
Learning Area Coordinator – Humanities

Careers News

University Open Days


Sat 22

Australian Catholic University Open Day, Banyo, Brisbane – 9am to 2pm

Bond University, Gold Coast – 2pm to 8pm

Sun 23

Griffith University Open Day – Nathan, South Bank and Gold Coast campuses

University of the Sunshine Coast Open Day, Sippy Downs – 9:30am to 2pm

Sun 30

Queensland University of Technology Open Day, Gardens Point Campus 9am to 3pm


Sat 5

Christian Heritage College Open Day, Brisbane – 2pm to 6pm

Sun 6

University of Queensland Open Day, St Lucia – 9am to 3pm

Sat 12

CQUni Open Day, Bundaberg Campus – 9am to 1pm

Medicine at UQ Information Evening

Medicine at UQ Information Evening is on this Thursday 20 July at UQ Rural Clinical School (behind the Base Hospital) starting at 6pm. Please RSVP by close of business today, Monday 17 July. Seats are limited. Register on-line below and select: Medicine@UQ Bundaberg

UQ Pharmacy Experience Day

UQ Pharmacy Experience Day will be held on Sunday 20 August at UQ School of Pharmacy, UQ Campus, St Lucia. This will run from 10am to 1pm. Students and Parents welcome. Experience a guided tour of the Pharmacy precinct, do some hands-on laboratory activities, learn how pharmacy opens doors for students. To register, go to the link below:

UQ Young Scholars Program

Applications for the University of Queensland Young Scholars Program is now open for Year 11 OP students. Applications close Friday 11 August.

The 2017-2018 UQ Young Scholars Program involves:

  • A five day (four night) Residential Camp at the St Lucia campus
  • A YSP Open Day Reunion (Early August 2018)
  • Facebook Group Networking and Support
  • Regular newsletters

Students will gain valuable insights into university life and fields of study they may not have encountered as part of the school curriculum. They will hear from leading thinkers and engage in discussions and collaborative forums in group settings. A range of social, sporting and cultural activities will complement the academic program.

While on campus, students are housed in single rooms in one of UQ’s residential colleges. The Program is administered and supervised by University staff and Student Mentors.

For more information, go to their website:

For any assistance with the above information, please contact the Careers Advisor, Mr Troy Braund on 4155 8111.

Mr Troy Braund
Careers Advisor

Instrumental Music

Performance Schedule

Pre-Eisteddfod concert – scheduled for 26 July will be a Junior/Intermediate concert only, starting at 5pm following an afternoon tea of pizza.

Bundaberg Groups Eisteddfod (1-3 August)

Performance times are now available and I will send out a detailed letter this week re times each of our groups will be performing at the Moncrieff Theatre. Admission is a gold coin donation and I’m sure the students would love to see as many parents and friends as possible come to see them play.

Queensland Catholic Schools Music Festival (QCSMF)

Thank you to all families who have returned the information form in relation to indicating whether they will be driving and / or accommodating their own child/ren to Brisbane for this annual event. There are still a number of forms outstanding and I urge those who have not returned them to do so as soon as possible. Travel and accommodation can’t be finalised until all information has been returned.

Musical Theatre Intensive

Information re this workshop/masterclass to be held in the Performing Arts Precinct Band room this Sunday 23 July from 12:30pm to 4pm. This will be a great opportunity for all singers interested in the music theatre style particularly those currently studying for Trinity College London exams. The presenter is Kate Schirmer, who is a past Shalom College student and is currently teaching singing for Music Theatre at the Griffith University Conservatorium of Music.

Term 3 – Dates to Remember

27 July – Pre Groups Eisteddfod concert – Junior and Intermediate groups only starting at 5.00pm
1 to 3 August – Bundaberg Eisteddfod Groups competition
9 August – Pre Catholic Schools concert – Senior groups only starting at 7.00pm
18 to 20 August – Queensland Catholic Schools Music Festival – Villanova College, South Brisbane

Mrs Robyn Edgar
Arts in Performance coordinator


Last term, I travelled with students from various year levels to the civic centre for a Digital Skills Workshop. Here they had eight stations filled with new and emerging technology that could occupy anyone for hours. From giant robots to a new, large world inside of tiny goggles, also known as virtual reality, which proved to be everyone's favourite, including mine. It was fantastic, and I'm sure many would go back in a shot, as this was a once in a lifetime experience. Here we learnt about new technology and how to use it. I became aware of things that I never knew existed, for example mini robots that can shoot across the floor on your command, operated by an iPad; you can truly make them do anything you want. Not only did we have fun, but we definitely learnt a lot. I now know how to work and program a robot, which I think could definitely be handy in the years to come considering how fast technology is advancing. I know that these tools could really enhance our education, preparing us for the times when our whole world could be technology based. Who knew that there was such a thing as minuscule robot that can follow anything you are drawing, or follow a colour coordinated circuit? I certainly didn't. The Digital Skills Workshop was so useful as it gave us an insight into some of the cutting edge technology, which will probably become commonplace in the future. I really appreciate the opportunity I was given. It was a very enjoyable day!

Zali Haster

College News

The Catholic Leader printed an article recently highlighting past staff member Miss Christi Chapman and her recent achievements. Christi left Shalom at the end of last term to pursue her studies, please click on the link below to read the article.

Get Your Running Shoes On

If you want to be part of a great community event, have fun and help raise funds for local charities, you can be part of the Shalom team on Sunday 6 August for the 2017 Friendlies Cane2Coral Run/Walk from the Port Marina to Nielson Park. You have a choice of three distances: 4km, 10km or 21.1km. We are hoping to again win the award for the Biggest Secondary School team in the event. All details are on the attached information sheet. Students, Parents and other family members and Teachers are all welcome to be part of the team. There is $300 prizemoney for the largest Secondary School team, to be donated to the team’s chosen charity, together with 10% of our team members’ registration fees. There will also be a prize of a Pizza Party for the House with the biggest number of participants. For further information contact Mr Habermann or 0407 606 266

Sports News

Netball Draw - Week 1 (19 July)

Round One – 3.50pm
Round Two – 4.35pm

Year 7 teams have had a change in the draw and will need to check notices on Tuesday to see when they are playing. All Year 7 teams are now playing this Wednesday, Year 7 Red (Briege and Francesca’s team) do not have a bye.






Shalom Coach

Shalom Coach


8 Cup


SLAS Green

Shalom Red

Grace Whaleboat & Mrs Wedeyemyer


8 Cup


Bundy North

Shalom Black

Mrs Thomson & Darna Gardiner


9 Cup


Shalom Black

Shalom Red

Mrs Somerfield

Mrs Fox


9 Shield


Shalom Blue


Courtney Frohloff and Keilani Morris


10 Cup


Shalom Red


Ms Davis






Shalom Coach


Open Cup



Shalom Blue

Mrs Pearson


Open Cup


Bundy North

Shalom Red

Mrs Taske


Open Shield


Shalom Black


Mr Ray

CQ Regatta

A new star arose for Shalom at the 2017 Central Queensland Schools Rowing Regatta at Bucca over the first weekend of the June-July school holidays, with Year 7 student Tim Chaplin claiming a famous victory in the 1000m Boys Under 14 Single Scull final, leading a Bundaberg trifecta, with St Luke’s duo Aiden Davidson and Tobias Reynolds filling the minor placings. Tim won by 6.45sec. Tallan Foster also did well to qualify for this final as the eighth fastest out of the field of 16 and wound up 8th. It was an amazing effort by the 12 year old Tim, having to compete against older rowers and for the first time over 1000m, with all his Head of the River races over 500m. Tim was also cox for the crew of Anna Nicolson, Ella Creighton, Jayde Bradshaw and Emma Nash who placed fourth in the Girls Year 8 Quad final. Ethan Weder, who competed strongly at the Australian Championships in the April school holidays, also did brilliantly to take silver in the 2000m Boys Under 17 Single, just 3.93sec behind Dylan Rhodes (Kingscliff HS), with Chaplin’s coach Ryan Barber also qualifying for the final after he and Ethan each took second in their respective heats, but Ryan could not repeat the effort, winding up 8th. Patrick Waters, Samuel Nelson, Darcy Hensel, Zachary Christiansen and Taitum Staley (cox) also powered to an excellent third behind Trinity Lutheran and Whitsunday Anglican School/Mercy College in the Boys Year 8 Quad Final. Amy Snare, Clare Evans, Grace Pashley, Ellie Greer and Taitum Staley (cox) also finished a close 4th in the Girls Year 9 Quad Final. Two Shalom crews also qualified for the Boys Year 8 Double final, with Zachary Christiansen and Samuel Nelson taking 4th and Patrick Waters and Darcy Hensel claiming 7th after Zachary and Samuel had won their heat. Congratulations also to all other Shalom rowers and coaches who represented Shalom with distinction at this regatta.

A report in the last newsletter on 19 June incorrectly stated that Patrick, Sam, Darcy and Zac finished second in the Quad at the Head of the River. They in fact scored a big win in this event. I apologise for this mistake which was corrected in the online version of the newsletter but not the printed version.

Mr Vince Habermann

Confraternity News

Workaholic forward Rece Hansen was rewarded for a series of absolutely outstanding performances when he received the Shalom Player of the Carnival award at the 2017 Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Rugby League Confraternity Carnival hosted by Padua College Brisbane over the school holidays. Lachlan Dullaway, who started the week at centre but finished at fullback, was also recognised when he received the Shalom Spirit Award, which is decided by accumulation of our Players’ Player votes across all of our six games.

Shalom had two fighting losses on day one, going down to ultimate Bowl grand finalists All Souls/St Gabriel's Charters Towers 10-6 and St Michael's Gold Coast, who reached the Plate quarter-finals, 34-6. After losing second rower Jett Grogan to injury early on and captain Martin Powell to a carnival ending shoulder injury early in the second stanza against All Souls, we were rewarded with a great last-minute try to centre Nash Kuorikoski and conversion by Lachlan Dullaway. With a mounting injury toll against St Michael's, they led 22-0 at half-time, but our boys never stopped trying and we were again rewarded with hooker Sam Tobin, who started on the bench due to a painful wrist injury, racing 50m to score in the dying minute and Lachlan Dullaway again raising the flags. Rece Hansen and Lachlan Dullaway received the official Man of the Match awards, but we had many other very good performers across both games, including powerhouse forward Jai Smith, Sam Tobin and halfback Lachlan Dempsey. Come Tuesday, and all players did Shalom very proud despite again losing both of their matches, going down in our last pool fixture to Clairvaux MacKillop, who went on to reach the Plate grand final, 18-0 after Aaron Franklin’s carnival was ended through concussion. Sam Tobin was a thoroughly deserved Man of the Match with a game-high 23 tackles and 7 runs. Then we went down to Chanel College Gladstone 18-10 in the Cup quarter-finals after tries to our Man of the Match Rece Hansen and Sam Tobin and one conversion to Lachlan Dullaway.

After the rest day on Wednesday, with many of our boys playing injured, we suffered a heart-breaking 12-6 loss to coach Mr Feather’s former school St Mary's Woree on Thursday after Sam Tobin scored a try and received his second Man of the Match award and Rece Hansen racked up a massive 36 tackles in another superb display. We lost Nash with a nasty cut to his head, but the rest of the team rallied to finish with a 60-0 white-wash of Gilroy Santa Maria College Ingham on Friday with Lachlan Dullaway amassing 28 points with 3 tries and 8 goals in a Man of the Match performance, Rece Hansen also notching a hat-trick, rugged second rower Bill O’Doherty a double, and in a great team performance, single tries to Samuel Tobin, and forwards Jett Grogan and Jai Smith, who were each rewarded for soldiering on despite sustaining painful injuries on Monday and Tuesday respectively and always turning in lion-hearted performances. Front rower Anthony Altadonna stepped up to captain after Martin’s unfortunate injury and always led from the front, while all other team members also played their hearts out and made their marks, William Stewart, Ethan Ennett, Blake Hutchinson, Lachlan Dempsey, Michael Bundesen, Brentin Reinhardt, Daniel O’Driscoll, Christian Glass, Lachlan Sarnadsky and Tomasi Tikonilia, with all of our 20 players picking up Player of the Match and/or Players’ Player points. The Carnival was the culmination of six months’ hard training which started in September last year and continued on apart from breaks over the Christmas and Easter school holidays. A big thanks to the team’s sponsors Rum City Foods and The Waves Sports Club. The team’s focus is now on the Broncos’ School Challenge which starts this week.

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.


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Your Sporting Fanatic

Mr Simon Gills
Sports Coordinator

Tuckshop Roster

17 July

Mila Robertson

18 July

Kym Creighton

Karen Higgins

19 July

Claire Hamilton

Sharon Pole

20 July

Holly Davidson

Jennifer Pim

21 July

Andrew Hernricksen

Kylie Jarvis

24 July

Stefanie Hale

25 July

Fiona Canniffe

Pauline Shaxson

26 July

Trish Cahill

27 July

Diana Willoughby

Tania Wright

28 July

Michelle Arvidsson-Smith

Nancy Poldervaart

31 July

Help Needed Please

1 August

Susie Zunker

2 August

Leanne Grogan

Katrina O’Sullivan

3 August

Danielle Wooldridge

4 August

Jenny Cross

Jodie Horton

7 August

Dianne Collins

8 August

Cathy Duffield

Margaret Keverkis


9 August

Kellie Walker

Cher Giovannoni

10 August

Paul & Caroline Simms

Allison Toft

11 August

Michelle Arvidsson-Smith

Leah Whaleboat

Marilyn Wootton

Shalom Sunday Markets

The Artisan Collective 4670

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

Tuckshop Markets Roster

23 July

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

30 July

6.00am - 9.30am

Michelle Baumgartner

Carolyn Caldwell

Tracey Clarke

Melissa Floyd

Jennifer Obst

Ros McCaig

Patricia/Robert Smith

9.00am - 12.30pm

Kate Crook

Karen Garson

Neil Hibberd

Jo Medcalf

6 August

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

13 August

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

Markets BBQ Roster

23 July

Cambodia Trip

30 July

Hogan House

6 August

St Joseph’s P&F

13 August

All Schools Touch

Community Notice Board

S.W.A.G. + Youth Group

The Catholic Parish of Bundaberg – News

Aarron’s Yard Maintenance

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