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Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111
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9 October 2017

Principal’s Reflection

A few weeks ago the following reflection, attributed to Pope Francis, appeared in the Parish Newsletter. I thought it was fantastic and made a point of ensuring my kids read it on the way home from Mass so that they would know why they will now be written out of my Will!! On a serious note, I think Pope Francis is saying something quite profound about relishing life and not wasting time hoping everything will get better – one day.

A Gentle Reminder

This life will go by fast!

Don’t fight with people, don’t criticise your body, and don’t complain so much.

Don’t lose sleep over your bills. Look for the person that makes you happy. If you make a mistake let it go and keep seeking happiness.

Never stop being a good parent. Don’t worry so much about buying luxuries and comforts for your home and don’t kill yourself trying to leave an inheritance for your family. Those benefits should be earned by each person, so don’t dedicate yourself to accumulating money.

Enjoy travel, enjoy your journeys, give yourself the pleasures you deserve. Allow dogs to get closer. Don’t put away the fine glassware; don’t save your favourite perfume, use it to go out with yourself; wear your favourite sport shoes; wear your favourite clothes.

So what? That’s not bad. Why not now? Why not pray now instead of waiting until before you go to sleep? Why not call now? Why not forgive now? We wait so long for Christmas; for Friday; for reunions; for another year; for when I have money; for love to come; when everything is perfect…look…

Everything perfect doesn’t exist. Human beings can’t accomplish this. Because it simply was not intended to be completed here on earth.

So take this challenge that is life and do it now…love more, forgive more, embrace more, love more intensely and leave the rest in God’s hands. Amen.

2018 Fee Schedule

Embedded below is the School Fee schedule for Shalom in 2018. It represents an increase of just under 3%. We always do our best to keep fee increases to a minimum and hope that this increase won’t be too onerous. We do all we can to keep our fees as inclusive as possible by not charging individual subject levies and including Camps and local transport and sport within our fees as much as is possible. A comparison between Shalom fees and other Independent and Catholic schools will quickly show that there are very few schools that compete with us on a purely financial basis. As always, please let me know if ever fees become an issue. We will always do what we can to assist. A further reminder that if any family holds the appropriate means tested Health Care card, this attracts a significant discount on our fees – approximately 50%.

Past Student Achievement

Felise Kaufusi was a member of the 2009 Senior class at Shalom. In his time here, Felise loved his footy and was a real gentleman around the College. In my time at Shalom, we have been blessed to have the Kaufusi family as a part of our community. Felise’s two sisters, Mele and Maliana, along with younger brother Patrick, have also gone through Shalom. Currently, big brother Antonio is on staff. Anyone who knows what a wonderful young man Felise is was delighted to hear the news this week that he has been selected in the Australian Rugby League World Cup team.

P & F Committee Meeting

Parents and Friends meet in the College staff room, next meeting is tomorrow evening, Tuesday 10 October, commencing at 5:30pm. All are very welcome.

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles

Date Claimers

Year 7 Immunisations – Round 3

The final round of the Year 7 Immunisations will be held this Friday 13 October. Any queries please contact Ozcare, 73 Woongarra Street, Bundaberg or phone 1800 692 273.

Blessing of New Buildings – Monday 23 October

Graduation Liturgy and Farewell for the 2017 Year 12 Students

Bus Fare Assistance

Full details are listed below. Apply via the link below.

College Administration Information

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 only 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.

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.

Mr Robin Wust
Assistant Principal – Administration and Staff


Core Studies Learner Conferences - Reminder

The second of two opportunities this year for Year 7, 8 and 9 Core Studies Learner Conferences (Parent/Teacher Interviews) will be available on the Student Free Day of Monday 16 October. The aim of conferences is to provide an opportunity for parents to meet with teachers to discuss the progress and learning needs of their children.

Conferences may be arranged online via the Parent Lounge. The online Parent Teacher Interview booking facility will open at 8:00am on Tuesday 3 October and close at 3:00pm on Wednesday 11 October to allow teachers to prepare for interviews. Parents without internet access may contact the College on 4155 8111 to make appointments from 8:00am on Tuesday 3 October.

When considering interview requests, note that Mrs Debbie Bolam, Mrs Janeen James and Miss Erin McHugh will not be available for interviews on the day but will be available on Wednesday 18 October. Please note this additional date when booking interviews online. Please also note that Mrs Debbie Bishop, Mrs Angela Samways, Mr Christian Taylor and Mrs Mary Taylor are on leave and therefore unavailable.

Whilst the scheduled interview day is seen as an important communication between home and school, parents are welcome to arrange an interview with specific teachers at any time the need arises throughout the year

Mr Brendan Maher
Assistant Principal (Acting) – Curriculum


Shalom held its 8th Edmund Rice Camp at Chaverim over the holiday period. Edmund Rice camps see a group of our Year 12 students (Big Buddies) give up their holidays and part time employment to adopt a number of primary aged students (Little Buddies) from the local community who are in need of some old fashioned fun and a holiday.

Each year I am humbled by Shalom’s past students who return to lead our Edmund Rice Camps, upskilling the next generation of campers. This year all volunteers were either Shalom Staff or Students (past and present). Monet Minnie returned once again (2012 graduate) to join CJ Thom (2014 graduate) and Jessica Fagg (2013 graduate) to lead camp.

Big Buddies worked tirelessly on fundraising throughout the year and our Parents and Friends Association made a healthy donation to this very worthy cause. Fundraising was made easier with the constant motivation and leadership of Taleigha Batt, Tom Houghton and our ‘Gappies’.

The camp experience is often transformative for Little and Big Buddies alike and it was wonderful to witness the connections made between both groups of students. A grant was awarded to our camp for the Bargara Surf School to provide surf lessons, Rip Curl swim shirts and merchandise to all of our Little Buddies. Other activities included; tie dying, building cardboard lairs, bubbles, bush walking, slip n slide, cake decorating, singing, sand castle building, dancing, disco and much more.

In total we invited 25 Little Buddies, 27 Big Buddies, 13 Leaders and staff. Mrs Karen Miller-Smith provided the compulsory Child Safety Training and joined us for the entire camp. We were also thankful to Laurie Robinson, Dan McMahon, Robin Wust, Karen Lyons, Erin McHugh, Vince Habermann and Stephen Chappel who visited camp, cooked sausages, drove buses and assisted in some way.

Brother Rochford attends camp each year and reminds us of the Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice story and how this camp is an excellent way to continue his legacy throughout the local Bundaberg community. Personally, this was the seventh Edmund Rice Camp I’ve been involved in and I am yet to be disappointed in the quality of the students that volunteer for this community service initiative. We should be very proud of how our Year 12’s presented themselves and the difference our past students continue to make in the community. Students have also accepted, for the 17th time, the invitation to take part in the Yeppoon Edmund Rice Camp in November.

Giving Tree

On Friday 3 November, we will have our own Giving Tree assembly, followed by a farewell to the Year 12 Students. This will be celebrated in House Groups. Each student is asked to bring an unopened gift, gift card or monetary donation to be given to the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Fund to be brought forward at the end of a short liturgy.

Please see the timetable below for changes made for Friday 3 November (Day 5).

Timetable for the day:

Period 1 - 8:40am – 9:40am
Period 2 - 9:40am – 10:40am
PC - (Roll, gift and report directly to Sports Centre as a class), Giving Tree Assembly, House Assemblies and a shared lunch in Houses.
Lunch 1 - 11:55am – 12:15pm
Lunch 2 - 12:15pm – 12:35pm
Period 3 - 12:35pm – 1:35pm
Afternoon Tea - 1:35pm – 1:55pm
Period 4 - 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Mrs Kim O’Shea-Hard
Assistant Principal – Mission

P & F Committee

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 this Tuesday 10 October which will begin at 5:30pm.

Mrs Gail Norris
P & F Secretary

From the IT Department

Google Summit

During the holidays, Shalom was lucky to send a team of staff from IT, Teaching and Administration to the Google Summit in Rockhampton. This team was tasked with attending many different Google sessions to gain knowledge in their respective areas to bring back to Shalom for everyone.

Some of the Shalom team that attended Google Summit.

Shalom Laptop Repairs (Year10 to 12)

Before the end of this year, Shalom IT will be inspecting every Shalom student laptop for any damage to log them for repair before the end of the calendar year as part of our duty of care. Like all schools, they will be logging damaged device as the end of the year and the supply of parts will be strained. Any students who could proactively bring their device in ahead of time will have a better chance of getting their device back in a timely manner.

Year 12 students, a letter will be coming out explaining your end of year process for the laptop as you will be given a choice to buy out your device or return it.


As usual, we know this time of year is quite busy for you 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 - USBs 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 preconfigured 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.

Mr Matthew Mills
IT Department Manager

Quiet Achiever

Our Quiet Achiever for this week is Benjamin George Pickton-Carlile, Year 7 McAuely House.

Last year just after coming to orientation afternoon for our soon to be new Year 7 students for 2017 George was diagnosed with Lymphoma. Before November 2016 was over George and his mum Ruth left for Brisbane to begin numerous tests. From the end of November 2016 until May 2017 George endured seven rounds of Chemo, multiple courses of antibiotics, a setback in catching Pneumonia, flu shots, procedures to check out his lungs because of an infection, the inability to eat due to side effects from chemo plus a complete shift to Brisbane for the entirety of his treatment - over 149 days!

During this time George’s mum kept a Facebook post outlining what was happening and including photos of George at different times. The strength of character shown by George and the love and support of his mum and family were incredible. There was never a complaint, whinge or sad face emoji on these posts and even at his sickest George had a look of determination in his eye and so often a smile on his face. Being part of this journey through Facebook was such a humbling experience as the strength, fight and endurance by someone so young was truly mind blowing.

George finally joined his McAuley family at Shalom at the start of Term 3 and attended half days at least four days a week by the end of term. He continues to be that strong, quiet achiever who loves a good joke and continues to take each day in his stride.

Ms Paula Van Dalen
McAuley House Coordinator

Where are they now? Shalom Edition


Matt Jensen

Graduating year:


Currently studying:

I am currently in my final semester of a Bachelor of Business degree (with double majors in Management and Public Relations) at the Queensland University of Technology.

Subjects studied at Shalom:

English, Mathematics A, Business Communications and Technology, Accounting, Legal Studies, Religion and Ethics

Current role:

I am working as a Ward Officer with the Brisbane City Council. This role sees me provide executive support to an elected Councillor and Chairman of the 4th largest local government in the world (by population).

My duties include supporting the Councillor in a wide range of aspects including advising, consulting, liaising, representing, problem solving and resolving disputes. This role also sees me engage with a broad array of stakeholders on Brisbane City Council matters and projects.

What qualifications have you gained since graduating high school?

  • I am a registered Commissioner for Declarations in the State of Queensland
  • I have completed a Course in Providing Community Justice and am a member of the Queensland Justices Association
  • I also hold a Certificate II in Retail Operations

What have been some rewarding, challenging or interesting experiences in your study or work so far?

My acceptance into the prestigious Hansard Scholars Program in London has been one of the highlights of my tertiary education. As a participant in the Summer 2017 Program, I joined 18 other scholars from a range of countries including the United States of America, United Kingdom, France and China for eight weeks of intensive study and internship experience in London. This program consisted of tertiary study in British Politics delivered through the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an internship with a Member of the British Parliament, combined with many events and guest lectures. As part of this experience, I interned in the Palace of Westminster for the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, gaining a wealth of practical experience to add to my growing skillset. This is in excess to the cross-cultural skills I received studying and working in a foreign country, and valuable connections I gained throughout the process.

As part of QUTs global outlook and real-world focus, I have been involved in projects for real world clients as part of my coursework. To date, I have worked on a campaign for SunSuper (where an intellectual property deed was issued for use of my team’s work) and this semester I am currently working with RACQ and Lives Lived Well. Being able to contribute to real world PR challenges faced by organisations is extremely fascinating and fulfilling.

I was privileged to have been nominated by the Queensland University of Technology for a Student of the Year Award with the industry body Public Relations Institute of Australia.

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

Whilst at Shalom, I particularly enjoyed subjects within the Business department including BCT and Accounting. Although I’ve always had an interest in finance and business, these subjects solidified this interest by igniting my passion and allure to study Business Management at a tertiary level. I would highly recommend studying these subjects if you are interested in a career in Business, Finance or Communications as I have found them most useful and extremely practical to my further study.

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

Looking back, some invaluable life skills that Shalom has provided me would definitely include a deep grounding in morals and values, and the confidence to give anything a go. These key lessons, which are supported by Shalom’s unique and rich community spirit, have really assisted me in many situations in my post high school life.

Shalom is very lucky to boast some very dedicated and knowledgeable members of staff who contributed to my journey through high school, and beyond. The hard work of these educators is often overlooked by students and I would undoubtedly say that these staff are what underpins Shalom and its strong reputation.

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

Take the initiative to experience your desired employment field prior to and whilst studying, and make sure it is for you. There is nothing sadder than hearing of students who despise their study and occupation after spending extensive time and money. Remember “Do what you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life”.

Engage in real world industry experience (such as internships and employment) to add a further dimension to your skillset whilst studying. This also increases your employability prospects in what is a highly competitive market post-graduation and is a fantastic addition to a CV. Further, this shows employers you possess the valuable skill of effective time management.

Take advantage of overseas study experiences. In an increasingly global environment, cross cultural training and experience is more vital than ever. Not only will this be a life changing experience for you, it will also significantly improve your cross-cultural awareness and interpersonal skills.

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

College News

Before and After School Tutoring

Please note that, on occasions, staff offering tutoring outside regular school hours may be unable to attend school and may miss tutoring.

Where the absence is expected, teachers generally communicate this information via Daily Notices.

In the event that a teacher is unexpectedly absent from school students who expected to attend a session, and who have either been dropped off early or who need to await collection, are asked to wait in the covered area (Middle School lunch area) if the library is not open.

Uniform Shop News - Trial of New Opening Hours

Please note the Uniform Shop is trialling a change in business hours during Term 4. Opening one day a week in the afternoon instead of the morning.

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

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (or ‘The Duke of Ed’) is an exciting international youth development program. 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.

The Duke of Ed has three Award levels: Bronze, Silver or Gold. Each level has different time commitments. To finish the Bronze level, you have to complete four Award sections. 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.

You'll have an Award Leader, instructors and assessors who can help you decide on activities for each Award section but remember, it's your choice.

Shalom College is opening up the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award to interested Year 9 students to begin their journey in Term 4, 2017. We are offering twenty places to participating students. If you are interested in finding out more information regarding the Duke of Ed, take a look at the website:

If you are interested in participating in the Bronze Award and fourteen years of age, please contact Mrs Amey during Term 4 to express your interest.

Mrs Nicole Amey
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award

Careers News

QTAC Applications

Year 12 students who are considering tertiary studies next year or after a gap year* should be applying through QTAC very soon. Close date for the major offer round in January is 8 December 2017, HOWEVER, some courses have earlier close dates.

Check key dates at the QTAC website (below) and also when the close date is for courses you are applying for (note: put earlier close date courses higher in your preference list).

Remember, your preferences are not submitted until payment is made.

*Tip for those planning on a Gap year: Apply for your courses now. Nearly all degrees allow you to defer for at least one year. That way you have a guaranteed place in 2019 – or you can change your mind and reapply for other courses.

Contact me if you have any queries or need assistance.

CQUni Scholarship and Course Directory Information

Booklets on scholarships and course directory for CQUni have recently been received. If students wish to have a copy, please see me – limited copies available.

Mr Troy Braund
Careers Advisor

Learning Enhancement Unit

Resource Centre

Creative Writing Club Information

VET News

Term 4 is the time for enrolments into external/ additional VET Programs and courses for 2018. Please continue reading this article as we have some very exciting options available for 2018. Please see Mrs O’Donnell in Student Services as soon as possible to ensure you do not miss a place.

Certificate III Early Education and Care

We are very excited to announce that Cert III Early Education and Care will be delivered by an extremely experienced and well regarded Trainer here at Shalom one day each week in 2018. The course will be delivered over 2 years – however 2018 Year 12 Students are welcome to enrol and complete the course at TAFE on graduation (no extra fee). We have negotiated a price of $99 per student, which is a massive saving as the cost of this course would normally cost $2520 through TAFE. This qualification is a prerequisite to working in the childcare industry and an amazing opportunity. Please see Mrs O’Donnell as soon as possible if you are interested so you do not miss out!

TAFE in Schools Program

TAFE deliver a range of qualifications in school friendly format and we are able to adjust subject loads for eligible students to assist in participation. Certificates available are:

  • Certificate II Automotive Servicing Technology
  • Certificate II Health Support Services
  • Certificate II Kitchen Operations
  • Certificate II Retail Cosmetics
  • Certificate II Salon Assistant
  • Certificate II Sport and Recreation
  • Certificate II Electrotechnology

These will be delivered at TAFE in 2018 as opposed to Shalom purely based on resources. This will still be the same high level of delivery from the same Trainer as this year.

Transition to Employment Program (for current Year 11 students who will be in Year 12 2018 only)

This is a fantastic program combining theory and work placements with the goal of enhanced opportunity employment opportunities on graduation.

Certificate II Logistics

Logistics management is the part of supply chain management that plans, implements, and controls the efficient, effective flow and storage of goods, services, and related information and is predicted to be a growth industry seeking employees due to an aging workforce.


Certificate II Health Support Services

Pathway to working in a chemist, medical office, Disability or Aged Care sectors. This program can be followed by the CQUniverstity STEPS program for those seeking a non OP pathway into Nursing.

Gidarjil Land and Sea Training

Specifically, for Indigenous Students who will engage with their culture, learn about the land and sea while completing a Cert II in Horticulture

WYLD Projects

Specifically, for Indigenous Students who will engage with their culture, learn about the land and sea while completing a Cert II in Rural Operations

Certificate II Aircraft Line Maintenance

For those interested in the aeronautical industry this is a great opportunity that is rare to our area and can provide pathways into further aeronautical studies and career pathways.

Performing Arts Upcoming Dates

Dance Night - Friday 20 and Saturday 21 October

It’s that time of year again! Shalom College Annual Dance Night. To culminate the year of work by students in Dance, students from years 7 to 12 will be putting on a ‘Dance Evening’. This event allows parents, friends and other students to see some of the work that has been created by students throughout the year. This event will take place on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st October at the Performing Arts Precinct starting at 7:00pm. I would like to extend an invitation to all families and friends of the school even if you don’t know anyone that is performing. It’s shaping up to be a fantastic night of dance entertainment!

Tickets will be on sale through the College Office from today, Monday 9 October. Adults are $10, Children and Pensioners $7. Get in quick as tickets will sell fast!

Year 10 ‘The Scene Project’ Public Performance - Thursday 16 November

This year, the Year 10 Drama Public Performance class has been involved in The Scene Project with the Queensland Theatre Company, which is a Queensland wide initiative to get students engaged in the Arts and working with professional actors and directors. There are eight schools in the district and approximately 50 throughout Queensland who are involved with this project this year, which culminates in presenting 15 minutes of what they’ve developed for other schools and artist from QTC. This sharing is at the Moncrieff Theatre on Friday 27 October and is unfortunately not open to the public. The class, however, will be performing the entire script of 600 Ways to Filter a Sunset at the Performing Arts Precinct on Thursday 16 November starting at 6:30pm.

Please be advised that the drama evening will require a gold coin donation for admission.

Instrumental Music

Strings Concert

This popular annual concert will be held in the Holy Rosary Church on Saturday afternoon 14th October starting at 3.00pm. It will feature the 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. Shortly I will send 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 this week. 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

Piano concert

Please note a change of date to the end of year Piano Concert, is now on Wednesday 18 October, starting at 6:00pm in the Band Room. Come along and support these students and their tutor, Mrs Rebecca Helbig.

The Belluz Experience

This was a very successful afternoon of jazz performed at the Railway Hotel in the middle of the holidays. Performing was our own Jazz king, James Belluz who wrote and/or arranged all the charts, plus Ian King, Jacob King, who was on holidays from the James Morrison institute in South Australia, Rebecca Helbig and Laura Helbig, who made her debut performance as a Jazz singer.

Dates to Remember

14 October

produced and performed by our String groups in the Holy Rosary Church, 3:00pm.

18 October

Piano Concert, Band Room at 6:00pm.

23 October

Academic Awards

25 October

Get Smart Concert, produced and performed by the Senior Concert Band

5 November

Pleasant Sunday Afternoon Concert, Performing Arts Precinct. 1:30pm.

Mrs Robyn Edgar
Arts in Performance coordinator

Sports News

Surf Life Saving

Shalom produced a magnificent team performance to continue its domination of the University of Queensland Surf Life Saving Queensland Secondary School Surf League (Wide Bay) at Nielson Park, Bargara, on Thursday 14 September. Shalom amassed 358.7 points to claim the Overall Pointscore – Champion School Trophy for 2017, a massive 168.4 clear of St Luke’s, with Kepnock third on 116.5, followed by Bundaberg North 82.5, Xavier Hervey Bay 59, St James Anglican Hervey Bay 29.7, Urangan SHS 26.3, Discovery Coast College 26, Fraser Coast Anglican 18 and Bundaberg SHS 9. Shalom also took out the Overall Percent Pointscore Champions with 8.75, beating Xavier 7.38, Bundaberg North 5.89, St Luke’s 5.77, Kepnock 5.3, St James 3.3, Discovery Coast 2.6 and Bundaberg SHS 1.5. We also produced four of the six age champions, Connor Simms (16 plus male), Baylee Holden (U15 female), Geordan Zunker (U15 male) and Fletcher Ace (U13 male). Connor beat all comers in the surf race and Ironman and also placed fourth behind two other members of our team, Jackson Lester and Kiah Everingham, in the board race, while Jack was also runner-up in the beach sprint. Baylee was victorious in the surf race and Ironwoman, with team-mate Sarah Nash third behind her in the former, while Baylee was also runner-up in the board race. We also had third placegetters in both beach events in this division, Anna Smith (sprint) and Jasmyn Theuerkauf (flags). Geordan took out his title with second placings behind team-mate Thomas Pascoe in the U15 male board race and in the ironman, fifth in the surf race and sixth behind another Shalom representative Ky Woods in the beach flags. Tobias Street was our best in the surf race with a gallant second placing. Fletcher clinched his championship with top six finishes in all five events, winning the ironman in advance of team-mates William Zahn and Oliver Collins, and finishing second in the beach flags, third in the surf race behind Oliver and William, fourth in the board race, with Oliver also successful in that event and William taking third, and sixth in the beach sprint behind a further Shalom talent Mitchell Allen. Dylan Theuerkauf also grabbed third for Shalom in the U13 male flags. Shalom girls team captain Sandi Davis was our other winner, in the 16-plus Years Ironwoman. Sandi also showed her strength in water events by running second in the board race and third in the surf race. Ruby Harris also did well to record third placings in both the 16-plus female board race and Ironwoman. Shalom students also performed strongly across the program in the U13 female category, with Rachel Findlay-Udris picking up seconds in both the surf race and Ironwoman, Bonnie Stephenson runner-up in the beach flags and third in both the board race and Ironwoman, Dakoda Friske second in the beach sprint, and Kaylee Bell picking up third in the beach flags.

The 2017 Shalom team after taking out the Overall and Percent Pointscore trophies

Shalom Surf League captains
Sandi Davis and Liam Heads
with the Overall Pointscore

Connor Simms, Geordan
Zunker, Fletcher Ace and
Baylee Holden were among
the age champions at the
Surf League Wide Bay

Shalom Surf League
captains Sandi Davis
and Liam Heads
with the Overall
Pointscore Trophy

Connor Simms,
Geordan Zunker, Fletcher
Ace and Baylee Holden
were among the age
champions at the
Surf League Wide Bay

T20 Cricket Report

Captain Matthew Pozzebon truly led from the front while his younger brother Adam also played a leading hand as Shalom College qualified for the Secondary Schools State T20 Competition Southern Conference Open division finals by claiming the Central Zone title at the Regional finals at Kendall’s Flat on Wednesday 13 October.

Shalom also advanced to the Conference finals in the Intermediate division of the tournament for the second year in a row by also winning their two Central finals games on the adjacent field.

It was like ‘an escape from Alcatraz twice’ as the Open team recovered from 5-54 in the 12th over to finish at 6-123 in their first match against Maryborough champions Xavier College, then restricted their Hervey Bay opponents to 7-115 after they had blasted their way to 52 in 29 balls. They then blazed their way to 1-193 on the back of a belligerent unbeaten 87 from opener Louis Myers-macdonnell against Gladstone champions Gladstone State High, who could manage on 7-148 in their run chase despite Shalom sharing the bowling around once they had the game under control.

Batting at No. 4, Matthew Pozzebon finally found a good ally in Simon Rathbone, with the skipper finishing unconquered on 51 and Simon playing a perfect supporting role with 22 in a partnership of 67 before he was dismissed on the penultimate ball.

First-change bowler Jack Hamilton made the initial breakthrough for Shalom with one of Xavier’s big guns caught by Matthew Pozzebon, who then took the ball in the next over and delivered a double-wicket maiden to complete a collapse of 3-0. Matthew finished with the outstanding figures of 3-13 from his four overs, while openers Angus McDonald and Simon Rathbone came back from early poundings to also strike major blows with the former tightening the screws with 2-2 in his last over and the latter taking 1-2 in the final over with Xavier needing 11 for victory. Simon also took a juggled catch off Matthew Pozzebon to remove the opener for the opposition, who went on to plunder a century against Gladstone in their second match. While he went wicket-less, medium pacer Danny Shoobridge also chipped in, conceding just 19 runs from his four overs.

Adam Pozzebon, the only 15-year-old in the side, also made his mark at his Open team debut, opening the batting and laying the platform with 15, before also blunting the Gladstone High attack with 32 at almost a run a ball in a partnership of 55. His departure was a brief moment of respite for the Northerners, with Louis unleashing with one six and 14 fours and No. 3 Rory Delaney another perfect partner for him with an unbeaten 31 from 27 balls.

Gladstone High also came out swinging with the bat, reaching 75 in nine overs, but Matthew Pozzebon struck first, then two wickets in his next and fourth over for figures of 3-24, virtually sealed the result. Spinner Vincent Knight was their other multiple-wicket-taker with 2-13 from his three overs.

By contrast, the Shalom Intermediate team cruised to an eight-wicket victory against Maryborough champions Urangan High but then had some anxious moments before reeling in Gladstone champions Tannum Sands High’s modest total of 6-82, scraping home with just three wickets in hand and seven balls to spare.

Urangan were bundled out for a mere 42 runs, before Shalom lost two wickets in passing their target in eight overs. Leg spinner Jack Gray, who recorded a hat-trick in the Bundaberg finals of the competition last month after achieving the same feat in last year’s Regional finals, wreaked havoc against Urangan with 4-13 after opener Matthew Jackson started with a wicket-maiden and backed it up with 1-1 in his second over.

Jack was also Shalom’s only multiple-wicket-taker against Tannum with 2-14, while they lost wickets at regular intervals in their chase, but No. 4 Brendan Grills held it together with 22 before falling with just three runs needed.

The Southern Conference finals will be played on the Sunshine Coast on Monday 16 October, also involving the North (Sunshine Coast, Metro North and Metro West), South (Metro South, Metro East and Darling Downs) and Independent (GPS, AIC and TAS) Zone champions.


Game 1: Shalom 6-123 (Matthew Pozzebon 51no, Simon Rathbone 22) d Xavier 7-115 (Matthew Pozzebon 3-13, Angus McDonald 2-28, Jack Hamilton 1-26, Simon Rathbone 1-31).

Game 2: Shalom 1-193 (Louis Myers-Macdonnell 87no, Adam Pozzebon 32, Rory Delaney 31no) d Gladstone High 7-148 (Matthew Pozzebon 3-24, Vincent Knight 2-13, Liam Heads 1-10, Jack Hamilton 1-29).


Game 1: Shalom 2-50 d Urangan High 42 (Jack Gray 4-13, Matthew Jackson 2-1, Jesse Beveridge 1-0, Kynan Hard 1-2, Will Stupart 1-4).

Game 2: Shalom 7-83 (Brendan Grills 22) d Tannum Sands SHS 6-82 (Jack Gray 2-14, Braden Henricksen 1-2, Joshua Pole 1-5, Kynan Hard 1-22).

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