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11 September 2017

Principal’s Reflection

Well known ABC Journalist, Geraldine Doogue and I have something in common. We have both been asked recently whether the charges against Cardinal Pell have affected our Faith. She wrote a great article in response to this query which appeared in the Courier Mail. I thought it was really worthwhile -

The other day a visiting Israeli man bluntly asked me during a small dinner: was I religious? Well, yes, I replied, though not quite in the way I once would have answered. But Cardinal George Pell is not to blame for that.

Twenty years ago, I probably would have replied more confidently, as a cradle Catholic approaching her middle years, trying to live a good life and hand on the heritage and traditions to children. Because they matter to me. Indeed, they are part of my fabric.

My much-loved and late husband was an atheist, a good man of strong values, not overtly antagonistic to faith like some, but steeped in an anthropological sense of religion being “sophisticated crowd control”, he’d quip.

So there was a layered approach to Catholic institutional life in our household. Yet simultaneously within me, oddly, a growing sense of gratitude for being rooted in a belief tradition rather than not having one, even if I rejected parts of it. I realised it had bequeathed me a precious identity security plus an ability to ask deeper questions about meaning, even though I concede that it took years to fully develop that.

Ex-priest and church historian Paul Collins told a group of us just last weekend, during a book club discussion about one of the seminal texts of Western culture, St Augustine’s Confessions, about his very committed Catholic father’s pragmatic attitude. Respect the priests, he told young Paul, but don’t take them too seriously. It was precisely my own mother’s dictum to me and she was undoubtedly “religious”.

The yield for Paul and myself, alongside others no doubt, might be a capacity to listen to church officials, to grasp their place in some hierarchy but not to elevate them beyond their station in terms of my personal wellbeing or search for purpose. Maybe it is to see their flaws (my mother certainly could about some priests in our South Perth parish), to know that we needed them to officiate but not to stand for the Divine. They are deeply mortal souls and always have been.

In my growing world, the nuns who taught me were probably far more important to my developing sense of Catholicism. The priests enabled the structure to survive, to be a highway of meaning, in a way. But how I drove my car along that route was up to me. To some much older Catholics, that can sound very Protestant.

But to my eyes, that vital commodity called personal conscience has always imbued the Catholic spirit at its core, which is its genius and which makes the church so troubling for many dictatorships around the world because it fortifies individuals to reinvent themselves and defy authority.

Yes, defy authority. That is hardly the sense permeating the coverage of the church of late. I do wonder at the headlines about the church being in full-blown crisis, suggesting this charging of Pell is some special climax.

It’s not an easy time. But I detect more flamboyant verdicts from outside the church than within. I wonder where they think Catholics have been for the past two decades and the past five years, especially during the recent royal commission.

During that time, shame after shame was sheeted home to my institution and various decision-makers from accounts of highly vulnerable people about their treatment. We had to sit, reflect and consider deeply: where was the Good Shepherd with the sacred commission of minding his flock, that superb imagery that is said to be the most beloved of all biblical references? Where indeed, as diabolic people were moved around from parish to parish?

It was legitimate and truly devastating. But as the great saying goes, that which doesn’t defeat you makes you strong. I probably went through my nadir about three years ago and had to decide then: what do I do now? Do I stay within the structure, in some form? Do I find a whole new subgroup and be satisfied with being on a margin but still connected to people who think like me? Do I step back and just assume I’ve received the best of it and am in the afternoon of life anyway: that’s enough?

Do I wrestle with how much this reflects deep-seated attitudes within the church about sexuality, clericalism and power? Yes, and I’m still doing so. And if it means defying established church authorities to re-nuance some of them, well I hope I have the courage to do so in my own small way.

Do I remind myself and other Catholics that our church truly represents far more than these stories: 700,000 schoolchildren in the Catholic sector, served by 82,000 staff, 66 hospitals including 19 public hospitals run by church-related entities? The St Vincent de Paul Society is the most extensive volunteer welfare network in the country and the church is the largest welfare provider outside government. Some of those vulnerable people who have populated the royal commission will surely need some of these services during their lives, along with multiple thousands of other needy Australians.

So how does one synthesise all this? With difficulty. It is a work in progress. I will of course incorporate details of the cardinal’s coming court case but will probably not be blindsided by whatever may emerge, on the upside and the downside. Because as a source of ongoing consolation and meaning, of searching alongside others not merely alone, the broader Catholic Church simply has no peer.


The Shalom P&F are asking parents for a little feedback on the Shalom Newsletter and general school communication. Paul Wilkinson, the P&F Treasurer, has developed a short survey tool that we would ask you take just a few minutes to complete. Communication is vital to healthy organisations and we need to hear from the community about how well, or not, the College is doing in this regard. In anticipation, many thanks.

Student Free Day

Friday is a Student Free Day as staff will be working on preparing for the changes to Curriculum and Assessment that will be implemented in Years 11 and 12 in 2019. If anyone cannot find care for their child/ren, please let me know as we would be able to provide supervision for the day.

Charging Devices

Charging laptops and ipads at school is becoming an increasing problem. Part of the agreement with parents and students in having a personal device at school is that it comes to school fully charged each day. From the start of Term 4, teachers will be instructed not to allow students to charge their devices in classrooms. This is becoming a Health and Safety issue with cords snaking across floors. Students need to be responsible for their devices and to monitor the charge. If, in the very rare cases, that a school supplied device is defective in this area, our IT staff will work on that and provide, if necessary, a written exemption for students.

UQ Young Scholars Program

Shalom students have gained places at UQs Young Scholars Program - Congratulations to Charlotte Blackwell, Emilee Cameron and Chelsea Powis for their successful application to the University of Queensland Young Scholars Program. This is an annual program that brings together high achieving students from across Queensland for a five day camp at UQs St Lucia campus in late November. YSP is designed to nurture and develop future leaders, and aims to motivate students towards continued academic success and leadership through guest speakers, university experiences and challenging activities.

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles

Date Claimers

Additional Student Free Day – Friday 15 September

Please add the following dates to your calendar:

Friday 15 September - Student Free Day. This is a new date and was not in our calendar. The last day of Term 3 for ALL students will now be Thursday 14 September 2017.

This Student Free Day has changed the date of a sporting event, please note the new date;

Thursday 14 September - Wide Bay Surf Life Saving Carnival.

Change to Office Hours

On Friday 15 September (Student Free Day) the College office will remain open from 8am to 4:30pm, however the Finance Office will not open until 1:30pm, closing at 4pm. This is due to PD for staff, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Shalom Day DVD

A DVD of Shalom Day is now available from the front office. It contains the Liturgy, Shalom’s Got Talent and the House Dance Competition. Cost is $5.

Brother Rochford

Student Welfare and Information

Today, Monday 11 September, we celebrated Brother Rochford’s 85th birthday!

Brother Rochford
Brother Rochford
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End of Term 3

Mrs Elizabeth Austin-Campbell
Deputy Principal

Academic Awards Evening

Our Academic Awards Evening for 2017 will be held on Monday 23 October at 6:30pm in the Shalom College Sports Centre.

Academic awards to be presented on this night include:

  • Subject Prizes
  • Academic Excellence Awards
  • Studentship Awards
  • Special Awards

Most awards are determined using results up to the end of Term 3.

Academic Excellence Awards

Academic Excellence Awards are allocated to students in each year level who have achieved a pre-determined number of ‘A’ standards across the subjects they have studied for the year to the end of Term 3. To be eligible for an Academic Excellence Award the following criteria must be met:

  • Year 7 and 8 students must achieve an ‘A’ in at least one of the four core subjects, and at least six altogether
  • Year 9 students must achieve an ‘A’ in at least one of the four core subjects, and at least six altogether
  • Year 10 students must achieve an ‘A’ in at least one of the four core subjects, and at least five altogether
  • Year 11 and 12 students must achieve at least four VHAs across their subjects.

Studentship Awards

Studentship Awards acknowledge students who have been consistently diligent in their approach to academic studies; who have been active participants in class and who have completed all tasks to the best of their ability.

Studentship awards are allocated on the basis of a quantum of nominations received from class teachers. In making their nominations, teachers are asked to specifically identify students who have demonstrated:

  • consistently high academic effort in class throughout the year
  • consistently high application to study and homework
  • an excellent attitude to learning

A studentship award is not an acknowledgement of good behaviour; it is an award that recognises and promotes individual academic excellence.

Subject Prizes

Subject Prizes are only awarded to Students in Years 10 to 12.

All subject prizes for students in Years 10 to 12 are determined by the respective Learning Area Coordinators in consultation with subject teachers.

Special Awards

Special awards include the ‘All Rounder’ Awards (one boy and one girl from each of Years 7, 8 and 9), sponsored awards including the ADF Leadership and Teamwork Awards (Years 10 and 12); the EH & FC Churchward Sugar Cane Technology Award (Year 10); the EH & FC Churchward Sugar Industry Bursary (Year 12); the Ahern Family Bursary (Year 12); the Service to School & Community Award (Year 12); Gladstone Port Authority Bursary (Year 12); the Mayor's Medals (Year 12); the Principal's Award (Year 12) and Dux of the College (Year 12).

Special awards are determined by the Principal in consultation with the College leadership team and academic and pastoral coordinators as appropriate.

Parents of all students who are receiving awards this year will be notified during Week 3 of Term 4.

If you have any questions about the Academic Awards Evening or the process of Award selection, please direct them to the Assistant Principal, Mr Robin Wust.


Shalom College has been informed that there is currently a case of chickenpox in the community.

Chickenpox usually begins with a slight fever, headache, runny nose and cough. A day or two later a rash begins, starting as small pink blotches but rapidly progressing to blisters which usually last three to four days before drying out and turning into scabs.

The chickenpox virus is spread through coughs and sneezes and through direct contact with the fluid in the blisters of the rash. The dry scabs are not infectious.

People with chickenpox should be excluded from childcare facilities, schools or work for at least five days after the rash first appears or until dry scabs have replaced all blisters. Any contacts with lowered immunity, such as those with leukaemia, should be referred for specialist advice.

Expectant mothers, who are at risk of contact, should also report to their GP to have their immunity assessed.

Good hygiene practices, such as washing hands after blowing or wiping nose, after coughing and before preparing food or eating should be maintained.

For further information please contact your local doctor or visit:

Mr Robin Wust
Assistant Principal – Administration and Staff

Formal Photos 2017

Last call for anyone wishing to purchase photos of the Year 12 Formal. Please contact Camera House on 4152 2999 or visit in-store. Purchases open until 30 September.

P & F Committee

P & F Monthly Meeting Notes

At our monthly meeting on Tuesday 5 September the committee was pleased to welcome two new members to the P & F. We are always pleased to have new families/friends join the committee and we look forward to working together to support the College.

The P & F were delighted to approve financial support for a new Reflection Garden that will be established where the old chapel previously stood. This will be a lovely area for students and staff to utilise.

In August several committee members had the pleasure of attending the Ecumenical Lunch that was held at Shalom. It was a wonderful event for a very worthwhile cause. Having the opportunity to listen to Moira Kelly’s inspirational story was a highlight of the lunch.

Shalom Rowing reported that a small number of Shalom Rowers attended the Pine Rivers Club Premiership Rowing Regatta at Lake Kurwongbah. As this was a Club Regatta, Shalom joined with other schools and rowed as Bundaberg Rowing Club. On the first weekend of September school holidays, Queensland Schools Championship Rowing Regatta will be held in Rockhampton (16 September to 18 September). We will have a group of rowers attending this event. We wish them all the best for this meet.

A quick reminder for all parents old and new. As a parent/guardian of Shalom College you are automatically a member of the P & F Committee. Please feel free to come along to any of our meetings. Details of the next meeting are below. The meetings are a great way of keeping up with college events and a good opportunity to meet other Shalom parents.

For further information, see the full meeting minutes on the P & F Web page on the College Website. 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 school office or by email

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 10 October which will begin at 5:30pm.

Mrs Gail Norris
P & F Secretary

Quiet Achiever

Our Quiet Achievers for this week are Joshua Shaxson, Year 12 Rice House and Dean Read, Year 10 Rice House. Both recently competed in the Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament in Brisbane. Joshua won the prestigious Golden Gloves for his weight and age division and Dean received a silver for his weight and age division. Both lads train locally under Attila's PCYC Boxing Academy. Both lads go about their training and competition without fanfare; just lots of hard work and determination and have been rewarded for their efforts.

Miss Claire Stallard
Rice House Coordinator

Where are they now? Shalom Edition


Jasmine Bury

Graduating Year:


Subjects studied:

English, Maths A, Study of Religion, Legal Studies, Business and Accounting.

Current role:

Events and Marketing Officer at Civil Contractors Federation Queensland

What qualifications and work experience have you gained since graduating high school?

I began studying a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) in 2013. In 2014 I decided psychology was not for me. I have just recently graduated with a Bachelor of Business (Event Management). I also completed invaluable volunteer work experience for Bundaberg Regional Council’s Events Department in 2015/2016 for nine months as a requirement of my degree.

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

The most challenging part of starting to work in events & marketing has been the transition from high-scoring student to inexperienced young professional. Sometimes people doubt my abilities because of my young age and my lack of experience. However, I have learnt that, over time, if you work hard and maintain an ongoing willingness to learn, you will quickly be recognised as a serious and smart businessperson. I have always been determined to show people how hard I can work and how passionate I am about my career.

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

I believe that my business, legal studies and accounting classes gave me a great understanding of business, and allowed me to study business at a tertiary level with a level with confidence. I already knew basic financial, legal and business concepts that made settling into university easier for me. Additionally, I can't emphasise enough how important statistics was in my business studies. Once again, senior maths assisted me with these classes.

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

Shalom taught me that I am capable of achieving anything; so long as I remember to be persistent, positive and willing to learn, whilst showing respect and kindness to those around me.

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

The business world can be scary, confusing and tough. Event management is a field where you need to be able to face challenges bravely, think on your feet, and basically give your all to each event. These abilities come with time and work experience – regardless of where this is. If you are considering a career in events and/or marketing, study business, legal studies and accounting in school and look for volunteer experience at events or internships with companies during the holidays. It may take hard work to get experience but it is the key to getting your foot in the door in the industry. Remember: it is never too early to start working towards your career. If you do not know what your path is yet, do not fear. Sometimes it takes time and that is okay.

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

Women’s College Information Session at Shalom College

Women’s College is a residential college for young ladies on the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus. Deputy Head, Chloe Langbroek, will attend Shalom College on Wednesday 13 September to provide an information session about life at Women’s College. The presentation will be in Loyola from 11:25am to 12:05pm (during lunch break).

All Year 11 and 12 girls are encouraged to attend – particularly if you are considering studying at a Brisbane university (not necessarily UQ).

QTAC Applications

With exams for Term 3 over, students who are considering applying for tertiary studies should commence their applications through QTAC. The close date for the major offer round in January next year is 8 December – however, many courses have earlier offer dates, with some already closed. Go to the below webpage to see key dates and click on the link ‘View courses with fixed closing dates’ to find out if degree you wish to apply for has an earlier close date.

Educational Access Scheme

Students who have experienced circumstances that have negatively affected their senior studies may be able to apply for the EAS (Educational Assistance Scheme) to gain increased QTAC rank points and improve their chances of getting an offer.

Circumstances include:

  • Financial hardship
  • Home environment and responsibilities (eg. family conflict or separation, caring for family member)
  • English Language Difficulty
  • Personal Illness or Disability
  • Educational Disruption (eg. frequent change of school, living in remote area)

University of Sunshine Coast – Early Offer Guarantee

Beat the stress of getting into University with USCs Early Offer Guarantee program.

The Early Offer Guarantee allows you to secure an offer to study at USC as early as November, before OPs and results are released. This offer is made to you on the basis of your school Principal's recommendation.

Your Principal will consider your academic performance, as well as your talents, passions and abilities to see if they are a match for success at university.


  • Gain early entry to a USC program
  • No need to wait for your Year 12 results or the main QTAC offer round in January
  • Start making plans for next year now
  • Access USC support services sooner

University of Queensland Rural Access Scheme

UQ have advised that all students from regional and rural areas (including Bundaberg) will receive two (2) bonus QTAC rank points (NB. Not 2 bonus OP points) when applying for many Health programs at the University, including medicine, dental, nursing, psychology, speech pathology, etc.

Uniform Shop News

Trial of New Opening Hours

Please note the Uniform Shop will trial a change in business hours during Term 4. Opening one day a week in the afternoon instead of the morning, commencing Thursday 5 October.

New Hours for Term 4

Monday to Wednesday – 8am to 12pm (noon)
Thursday – 1:30pm to 5:30pm
Friday – Closed

Mrs Sharon Stevenson
Uniform Shop Manager

From the IT Department


We know this time of year is quite busy for students with assessments and exams. As a matter of precaution, don’t forget to place a second copy of your assessments on your College H drive. Please note - your documents folder on the local computer (This PC > Documents) is not your H drive.

We have recently had a few instances of users loosing work due to hardware faults (including - USB sticks and external hard drives). We don’t want this to happen to you, so please don’t forget to backup. Your H drives are being backed up every hour between 8am and 6pm each day, so we will be able to assist with recovering files if required.

If you cannot access your College H drive via Cyberduck, please come and see the IT Unit so we can assist.

Microsoft Auto Save

For those using Shalom Laptops, we have also pre-configured Microsoft Office to auto-save every five minutes. For this auto-save to work, you must have saved your file first. We recommend saving your file immediately after creation as a part of your processes. For those with BYO devices you can set this up too, try googling it.

Term Time Holiday Maintenance

Please be aware the IT Unit will be performing updates during the holidays. If a service is not available, please try again later.

Shalom Laptop Repairs

With the Term holidays fast approaching, if your child has a Shalom Laptop with damage, please organise with the IT Unit to get this repaired as soon as possible. We cannot let these damages go unrepaired for too long as sometimes it can cause further issues.

Mr Matthew Mills
IT Department Manager

College News

MacKillop House

Lingiari News – Raffle Results

Thank you everyone who supported our raffle. We raised $1748.60 for Phoenix House which is a wonderful result. Here are the winners:

Weber Q BBQ valued at $440 - Tammy Garland
Sunglasses to the value of $200 – Clear Optometry Bargara from Blackwell Family - Ellis Lindley Family
Body Shop Gift Basket from Julia Fox & Rach Family – Cody Schubel
Gift Pack from Quay Street Physiotherapy from Zahn Family – Robyn Groom
Glass Scales from Cutmore Family – Sarah Pannowitz
$50 Voucher Reading Cinemas from Bradshaw Family – Jacelyn Woodrow
$50 Voucher Bunnings from Bradshaw Family – Chelsea Collins
Wine, BBQ Sheet and Oodies voucher from Sophie Bond’s family – S Fleming
Homewares from Willoughby Family – T Warburton
Tea Set from May Family – Louise Stallard
Sportsgirl Handbag from Cutmore Family – Paula Cittadella
Towels from Jack Watson’s Family – Pople Family
Wine from Clancy Family – Bryce Hibberd
$25 Fuel Card from Rochford Family – Tony Bradshaw
Tax Return Voucher from Michelle Zielke – Paul Nash

Mrs Mary Taylor
Lingiari House Coordinator

Indigenous Literacy Day

Last week around the nation people celebrated Indigenous Literacy Day.

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is a foundation which aims to provide essential resources to give every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child living in remote communities the same opportunities as other Australian children, in employment, health and general wellbeing.

Shalom was lucky enough to have hundreds of books donated from families and community members from recipe, novels, sporting and children’s books for any student, teacher or parent wanting to purchase for a gold coin donation and chose 1, 2 or 3 books.

Shalom is assisting the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to fundraise which will help reach their goal of $200,000 to gift 20,000 new books. These books will go to the remotest communities – to crèches, schools, women’s centres and many other organisations in remote Australia.

Let’s show our support to help reach this goal and work towards equal access to literacy resources for remote communities. Please consider making a donation to support improving literacy in remote Australia.

Please visit Goondeel Library to donate and choose some books with your gold coin donation, either before school, or during lunchtimes. Books will be available up until school holidays.

Mrs Kelli Cory
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Education Liaison Officer

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award

Do you want to get involved with something different and achieve something worthwhile? Then the Duke of Ed bronze award might be what you are looking for. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (or ‘The Duke of Ed’) is an exciting international youth development program that builds confidence and resilience.

Anyone between the ages of 14 and 25 can take part and the best bit is you choose your own activities and set your own goals. You design your own program around the things that interest you most.

The Award sections are:


Get involved in your community and give service to others.


Build your skills in something practical or creative, such as drawing, painting, fishing, or music.

Physical Recreation

Take part in something active such as football, basketball, dancing, surfing or swimming.

Adventurous Journey

Discover a sense of adventure and do something challenging with your friends.

Requirements of The Bronze Award:

The Bronze Award takes at least 6 months to complete.

Physical Recreation: 1 hour a week for 3 months
Skill: 1 hour a week for 3 months
Service: 1 hour a week for 3 months
Adventurous Journey: 2 days + 1 night (plus a practice journey of the same length).

All participants must also complete a major—an extra three months in one of Physical Recreation, Skill or Service (that is, six months total in one of these sections).

NB: It is important that students make a commitment to the requirements detailed above.


$150 for your first level of the Award

This fee covers your Online Record Book, certificate and badge.

(NB: The Duke of Ed fee would need to be paid up front along with your application)

Other costs would include costs associated with the adventurous journey (transport, camping, food etc) and these would be payable before each trip in 2018.

Shalom College is looking at offering Duke of Ed Bronze award to current Year 9 students who are 14 years of age. Students would start the award in Term 4 this year and complete it during Year 10.

There will be a maximum of 20 places available to students. If interested, please attend a meeting Wednesday 13 September in Lingiari 6 at 11:45am.

Mrs Debbie Bishop and Mrs Nicole Amey
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award

Learning Enhancement Unit

Disability Action Week 2017

Disability Action Week 2017 is this week (from Sunday 10 to Saturday 16 September). The aim of the week is to empower people with disabilities, raise awareness of disability issues, and improve access and inclusion throughout the wider community.

With 1 in 5 Queenslanders having a disability, and disability touching the lives of most Queenslanders in some way, the week is an important celebration. Working towards an inclusive community is more important than ever, especially with the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme or NDIS.

As part of Disability Action Week, a group of Shalom College students attended Options Day at the Multiplex Centre. Community organisations and businesses came together to showcase educational and skills development pathways for people with a disability and to encourage them to achieve their economic goals and to promote opportunities, independence and future careers. It was a fun, interactive and informative exhibition.

Shalom students pictured with Options Day Ambassadors, Hayden Medcalf and Monique Van Kooten

I would like to conclude with a thought-provoking paragraph from a cover letter written by a Shalom student recently:

‘I have high functioning Autism. I am aware that having autism makes me different, however, not less. Having autism offers an advantage as I am better able to remain focused on the task at hand and persistent enough to keep trying until I get the task done. I trust that my personal qualities are in keeping with your organisation’s core values.’

Mrs Keryn Staley
Learning Enhancement Coordinator

Instrumental Music

Strings Concert

This popular annual concert will be held in the Holy Rosary Church on Saturday afternoon, 14 October starting at 3:00pm. It will feature both Rochford and Chamber Strings with guest artists including members of the College Choir and College trumpeter Ciaran Huang-Ryan.

Get Smart Concert

Another of our popular annual concerts performed by the Senior Concert Band will be held Wednesday 25 October at 7:00pm in the Performing Arts Precinct Theatre.

Pleasant Sunday Afternoon

The final concert for the year will be Sunday 5 November at 1:30pm. Once again, I will be asking if each family could donate an item for the raffle or an item for the afternoon tea. Non-perishable items can be brought into the front office anytime or can be delivered to me in my office in the music teaching studio section of the Performing Arts Precinct complex. After the September holidays, I will be sending out more information regarding the afternoon and also looking for helpers to serve afternoon tea.

Photos for College Year Book

The Year Book photos will be taken for our groups Week 2, Term 4. These are listed below. Boys, please wear your ties.

Monday 9 October - Intermediate Jazz, Jazz Vocal and Choir and Vocal Ensemble
Tuesday 10 October - Senior Jazz and Foundation Band
Wednesday 11 October - Senior Concert Band and Rochford Strings
Thursday 12 October - Intermediate Concert Band
Friday 13 October - Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Strings and Junior Jazz

Dates to Remember

7 & 8 September - Opportunity for our students to play with the Army Band in workshops (8/9) following a concert for the public in the theatre on the 7 September. The concert in the theatre starts at 7pm and entry is by donation. The workshops commence in the band room at 10:30am to 12pm. Don’t forget to bring your instrument.

14 October – produced and performed by our String groups in the Holy Rosary Church
23 October – Academic Awards
25 October – Get Smart Concert, produced and performed by the Senior Concert Band
5 November – Pleasant Sunday Afternoon concert which is the final concert for the year. It is an opportunity to say thank you to our wonderful group of year 12 muso’s for their contribution to our music department over the past five years.

Mrs Robyn Edgar
Arts in Performance coordinator

Sports News

Shalom Rowing

Our rowers head off this weekend to Rockhampton for the Queensland State Championships. This is a three-day competition which our Rowers have been preparing for. We wish each and every student all the very best of luck and hope that you all do your best.

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Thank you to our Rowing Supporters and our Shalom staff who work tirelessly and give so much of their time to this sport.

Winter Finals Results

Congratulations to all Shalom Teams that participated in the Winter Sports Season this year. Below is a list of how the Shalom teams went in 2017 Winter Sport:


Open Boys Black – Runners up
Open Boys White – 6th
Open Girls – Premiers
U15 Boys Black – Premiers
U15 Boys White – 4th
U15 Girls – Premiers
U13 Boys – Runners up
U13 Girls – Premiers


Open Mixed – Runners up

Rugby League

Open Boys – 3rd
U15 Boys – Runners up
U14 Boys – Runners up
U13 Boys Black – Premiers
U13 Boys Red – 4th

Table Tennis

Division 1 – Premiers
Division 2 – 4th

Lawn Bowls

Shalom 1 – 5th
Shalom 2 – 7th


U13 Boys Shalom Red – Runners up
U13 Boys Shalom Black – 6th
U15 Girls – Premiers
U15 Boys – Premiers
Open Girls – Premiers
Open Boys – 3rd


Year 7 Red – Premiers – Cup
Year 7 Yellow – 3rd – Cup
Year 7 Black – 4th – Cup
Year 7 Blue – 6th
Year 8 Black – 4th – Cup
Year 8 Red – Runners up – Cup
Year 9 Black – Premiers - Cup
Year 9 Red – 3rd – Cup
Year 9 Blue – 3rd – Shield
Year 10 Red – Runners up – Cup
Opens Red – 3rd – Cup
Opens Black – Premiers – Shield
Opens Blue – 5th - Cup

Ten Pin Bowling 2017 Wrap Up

The junior fixtures finished on Wednesday 30 August. We had 11 players across three teams this term. They displayed excellent sportsmanship throughout the term, improved their games and a lot of fun was had by all over the seven weeks.

Winter fixture results are as follows:


Highest Game:

MaleJude Hellmuth-Willamson (Shalom) – game 203
FemaleKhloee Sellen (Kepnock) – game 228

Highest Game (Handicap):

Male - Lachlan Lewis-Rickards (Kepnock) – game 257
Female - Pagan Samuels-Rosser (Kepnock) – game 211

Highest Series:

MaleDeclan Ball (BCC) – 258; Female – Tanika Mason (BSHS) – 279

Highest Series (Handicap):

MaleErich Bronkhorst (BCC) – 430; Female – Skye Doyle (BSHS) – 396

Most Improved:

MaleLachlan Lewis-Rickards (Kepnock) 35 over average
FemaleTecoda-Faith Groszmann (Shalom) 25 over average


Handicap – St Lukes 3 (Harry Reynolds, Bailee Hancock, Joel Johnston)
Scratch – Kepnock 1 (Khloee Sellen, Pagan Samuels-Rosser, Lachlan Lesis-Rickards)

Overall Winners for 2017 (Junior & Senior Combined)

Handicap – Isis High (185.7)
Scratch – Kepnock (102.4)

Mrs Debbie Bishop
Ten Pin Coordinator

Winter Finals Football (Soccer)

Shalom had a successful day out at Martens Oval last Thursday, winning three out of the four contested Grand Finals on the day. Some great football, excellent teamwork along with some flashes of individual brilliance, and great sportsmanship was on display within all age groups.

Our U15 Boys team had a stellar day defensively, keeping two clean sheets on their way to winning the competition for the 5th year in a row.

In the semi-final, goals from striker Patrick Maher and midfielder Joshua Mason ensured a comfortable 2-0 victory over Bundaberg North State High School. The team played well, utilising space, and every player doing their job on the pitch to ensure a well-deserved win. Player of the match on this occasion was Daniel Ferns who orchestrated the midfield very well, along with Declen Thatcher.

In the Grand Final, the boys played some great football and dominated Kepnock for possession and field position, camping in their box. Chance after chance went by and if it weren’t for some inspired goalkeeping by the Kepnock keeper and the upright, which saw Joshua Mason’s drilled left shoot come cannoning back off it, extra time would not have been required. However, even after five minutes each way of extra time the two teams could not be spilt and a penalty shootout ensued.

Keeping their nerve in front of goal and converting their penalties were: Declen Thatcher, Joshua Mason and Daniel Diab. Always a nerve wracking job to be the goalkeeper in this situation, but Lachlan Patterson did very well causing the opposition to blast wide and over the top on a couple of occasions. Shalom eventually run out winners 3-2 on a penalty shootout after a 0-0 fulltime score line.

Marshalled very well by our two Centre Backs: Dylan Goni and Mason Vickers; again everyone played their part in the Grand Final win. There were several standout players of the final including the two Centre Backs mentioned, Declen Thatcher, Myles Jacobsen and again Joshua Mason. However, the standout player of the final for his awesome performance and cool head was clearly goalkeeper Lachlan Patterson.

Congratulations to all players that were involved in our very large squad for such a short Winter Sport season. A very enjoyable experience for all involved.

The victorious Shalom U15 Boys Football team on Finals Day. Picture courtesy of Mr Mark Burns

Mr Adam Knott
U15 Boys Football Coach

Rugby League

Shalom did well in the BDSSS Broncos Challenge grand finals at ATW Sports Complex, contesting three of the four boys’ divisions deciders and winning one of them with our 13 Years Shalom Black side upstaging Bundaberg State High School 26-14.

In the 13 Years play-off, it took into the tenth minute for the deadlock to be broken with blockbusting front rower Lane Crossley-Price scoring a signature try after a 60m break down the left by elusive fullback Mitchell Allen. Mitchell Allen produced a similar run for another big man Dylan Gorman to crash over six minutes later, before slicing through for a try of his own and kicking the goal five minutes on.

The game could have changed when BSHS scored in the left corner on the stroke of half-time to reduce their deficit to 14-4 and we had a player sin binned. But the balance was restored in the first minute after the restart when Mitchell Allen made another 50m break, paving the way for Lane to break the shackles for a trade-mark try, then Mitchell piloted the ball between the posts. Given field position through a penalty, Lane completed a personal hat-trick nine minutes later and Mitchell added the extras for a 22-point lead.

Bundaberg State High claimed two consolation tries in the last six minutes, but it was too little, too late, and our boys picked up the 13 Years crown for the first time since 2010. Captain and lock Wil Simmons truly led from the front but Mitchell and Lane could not be separated for the Player of the Match.

By contrast, the 14 Years decider went right down to the wire, with Bundaberg State High holding on to edge out Shalom 16-10 after scores had been deadlocked at 10-apiece at oranges (half time).

Shalom drew first blood in the ninth minute with potent second rower Nahum Pascoe, who started on the bench due to illness, slicing through in the ninth minute. But the minor premiers took the lead with two tries in the 14th and 19th minutes. However, we levelled the ledger with one of our trumps Caileb Dimes, who started at lock before switching to hooker, showing his strength and determination with a great solo try on the stroke of half-time and captain Bradley Clarke raising the flags.

Bundaberg State High regained the lead midway through the second stanza, capitalising on back-to-back penalties in the Shalom red zone. We created a number of good scoring opportunities over the last 14 minutes, but BSHS really aimed up in defence to jealously guard their lead and wrap up the 14 Years crown. Five-eighth Bradley Clarke was our Player of the Match, ahead of Caileb, while front rower Mack Druce was another stand-out.

Our 15 Years team also tried hard throughout but in the end, they were soundly beaten by BSHS High 54-6 after trailing 30-0 at half-time.

It took until the 31st minute for our boys to open our account with a try to big hearted second rower Harrison Bull and conversion by Will Hema, but Bundaberg High put the icing on their cake with three tries in the last seven minutes.

Lock Darcy Clarke was our Player of the Match, with Bradley Edwards voted as Players’ Player and fellow front rower Corban Church also never taking a backward step.

15 Years: Bundaberg State High 54 d Shalom 6 (Harrison Bull try, Will Hema goal). Shalom Player of Match: Darcy Clarke.

14 Years: Bundaberg State High 16 d Shalom 10 (Nahum Pascoe, Caileb Dimes tries; Bradley Clarke goal). Shalom Player of Match: Caileb Dimes.

13 Years: Shalom Black 26 (Lane Crossley-Price 3, Mitchell Allen, Dylan Gorman tries; Mitchell Allen 3 goals) d Bundaberg High 14. Players of Match: Mitchell Allen and Lane Crossley-Price.

Mr Vince Habermann


Golden Gloves

Shalom students and Attila PCYC Boxing Club members Joshua Shaxson, Hunter Somerville-Kimlin, Dean Read and Bronson Carroll each packed powerful punches against Australia’s best at the 2017 Golden Gloves in Brisbane from 25 to 27 August. Joshua claimed the 69kg Youth Division crown, while fellow Year 12 student Hunter and Year 10 Dean each claimed silver medals, and Year 11 Bronson Carroll also performed creditably. After not making the finals at last year’s tournament, Joshua continued his emergence by scoring a decisive points victory over his opponent from MBA Boxing Brisbane after having defeated an Impact Boxing Club representative in his semi-final. Hunter and Dean were likewise pleased with their silver medals. Their next major tournament will be the State Championships.

Hunter Somerville-Kimlin, Joshua Shaxson, Bronson Carroll and Dean Read at the Golden Gloves

Junior Dragsters

Year 8 student Harrison Thwaite, drove brilliantly to win the Junior Dragsters division at Round 2 of the Queensland Championship Summit Racing Equipment Eighth Mile Series at Benaraby Raceway on Saturday 2 September. Harrison said his race car ran ‘pretty consistently’ to clock closest to his ‘dial-in time’ of 7.9 seconds, across his three qualifiers and three races at the meeting, winning all six of them in a field of eight. Harrison placed fourth behind his cousin Kilarney Back, of Sunshine Coast, in the first round of the series in Mackay a few months ago, but his car, which he built with his father Nathan, ran perfectly on the weekend. A member of the Central Queensland Drag Racing Association (CQDRA), Nathan said it was good to win on his home track and it was also a nice belated birthday present for him after turning 14, five days earlier. Nathan said he had won ‘about 16 trophies’ since taking up the sport three years ago. The third and final round of the series will be held at Roma on 4 November, but before that, Nathan will compete in a CQDRA Meet also at Benaraby at the end of this month.

Mr Vince Habermann

World Champion!

Congratulations to Adam Bylsma, Year 12 Adams House, (as part of a three-man team) has won a gold medal at the World Championships for Clay Target shooting in Russia. The event was the Junior Mens Trap with Australia winning gold, Italy taking out silver and USA a bronze. What an achievement! Well done Adam.

Upcoming Events and Information

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

Tuckshop Roster


11 September

Bronwyn Grills


12 September

Cathy Duffield


13 September

Cher Giovannoni

Kellie Walker


14 September

Paul & Caroline Simms

Allison Toft


15 September

Student Free Day


2 October

Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday


3 October

Susie Zunker


4 October

Leanne Grogan

Katrina O’Sullivan


5 October

Help Needed Please


6 October

Help Needed Please


9 October

Bronwyn Grills


10 October

Cathy Duffield


11 October

Cher Giovannoni

Kellie Walker


12 October

Paul & Caroline Simms

Allison Toft


13 October

Leah Whaleboat

Marilyn Wootton


16 October

Student Free Day


17 October

Kym Creighton

Karen Higgins


18 October

Sharon Pole


19 October

Jennifer Pimm


20 October

Kylie Jarvis

Shalom Sunday Markets

Tuckshop Markets Roster


17 September

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

Renita Snare


24 September

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


1 October

6.00am - 9.30am

Kath Clarke

Elizabeth Harris

Alison Reinhardt

Helen Robinson

Nicole Schubel

9.00am - 12.30pm

Steve Cook

Tonyia/Lily Garland

Maryanne Taylor

Michael/Cheri Visona


8 October

6.00am - 9.30am

Glen Boys

Jan Bunn

Roselyn Hunting

Susie Mant

Karen Marriott

9.00am - 12.30pm

Lynda/Mackenzie Crossett

Jas Haster

Sheridan McMahon


15 October

6.00am - 9.30am

Linda Adcock

Carol Barazza

Lisa Christiansen

Sally Doyle

Brenda Jay

Penny Green

9.00am - 12.30pm

Sue Sargent

Kathryn Church

Chris Dennien

Jo Leveritt

Maria McMahon

Markets BBQ Roster

17 September

St Joseph’s P&F

24 September

Edmund Rice

1 October

Blanket Buddies

8 October

Fairymead Swim Club

15 October

Confraternity Rugby League

Community Notice Board

The Catholic Parish of Bundaberg – News

Creating a Dementia Friendly Church

Host Families Needed

Bundaberg Junior Cricket Club

Want to Play Cricket?

Brothers Cricket Club has vacancies in all senior and junior divisions for the new Bundaberg season which commences on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September for Divisions 1, 2 and 3, and Under-16, 14, 12a and 12b, and on Thursday night 5 October for Under-10. More information available on club website. Inquiries phone Vince Habermann 0407 606 266 or secretary David Boge 0407 158 922.

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