Shalom College
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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111
Fax: 07 4152 6083

6 November 2017

Principal’s Reflection

Principal’s Reflection

Yesterday’s Gospel reading at Mass was from St Matthew and in it, Jesus really gives it to the Pharisees – the religious leaders of this time. He really gives them both barrels for being hypocrites in that they preach one thing and do entirely the other. In our current Australian and world context, there will be plenty lining up, with justification, to say similar things to leaders of Catholic and other Church groups. The failings of leadership around sexual abuse of young people is very well documented and still being addressed. That said, last week I went to a small function to wind up the local effort from a number of Bundaberg Christian Churches following this year’s Ecumenical Lunch. An enthusiastic group of people from a range of faith communities, worked hard for over 12 months to put on the lunch we hosted here at Shalom. It was a great success with about $22,000 raised. That money is going towards building a facility at the Anglican Church in the centre of town that will allow those who are homeless or between homes, to have somewhere to have a shower and wash their clothes. Despite the awful headlines Churches sometimes attract, the great work that those same Churches and Church communities continue to do, may go largely unnoticed. Churches and church men and women have made plenty of mistakes but despite that, no one can deny that Churches in general and the Catholic Church in particular remain the largest providers of education, health care and welfare in Australia and overseas. The Australian government would be lost without them. They do so much work at a grass roots level, just like the groups here in Bundaberg, to put the Gospel of Jesus into practice.

Also, against a prevailing misconception, church-run institutions are not the places where children are most at risk. Tragically, it is the family home. Over 80% of child abuse occurs there. This does not excuse one case of abuse in the Church but it does suggest that, if our wider society really wants to tackle this problem, we are all going to have to start by looking in our own backyards.

Jesus would be awfully proud of the work done by the group behind Bundaberg’s Ecumenical Lunch. He would also be very proud of the generosity shown by the Shalom community at last week’s Giving Tree Assembly. I hope all of our young people realise that they have an opportunity and obligation to continue to make a positive difference in the world by reaching out to those most disadvantaged in our community.

Enrolments 2017

This afternoon we are looking forward to welcoming 250 Year 6 students who will make up our Year 7 cohort next year. It is an exciting time for them and this community. Once again, we will have a fair bit of pressure next year for places at Shalom. If, for some reason, your child won’t be returning to Shalom in 2018, could you please let Mrs Aplin know as soon as it is possible?

Canteen Refurbishments

Before the end of the school year we expect that builders will be on site to do some significant refurbishments to our Canteen and student toilet blocks. This will, as always, result in some disruption to routine. The Canteen will continue to operate from the barbecue area but with a significantly reduced range of options. I am not sure yet when building work will be completed but expect that we will have to put up with these restrictions for a significant part of Term 1 next year. I am very confident that the refurbishments will make the disruptions worthwhile.

Parents & Friends

The final Parents and Friends meeting for the year will be held on Tuesday afternoon at 5:30pm. All very welcome.

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles

Date Claimers

Graduation Liturgy and Farewell for the 2017 Year 12 Students

Date Claimer for Year 12 Students

All Year 12 Students and their parents are invited to the Year 12 presentation (slide and DVD) of their time at Shalom. It will be in the Shalom Performing Arts Precinct on the night of Wednesday 15 November commencing at 7pm.

Brother Rochford


Publication of Year 12 Subject Achievement Indicators (SAIs)

SAIs for current OP-eligible Year 12 students will be published for checking in the College administration building outside Mr Maher’s office from 8:00am Wednesday 22 November to Friday 1 December 2017.

An SAI is used to communicate the relative achievement of a student within a subject within a school. Relative achievement relates to order and gap, i.e. the relative rank of a student in a subject group, and the difference between the student and other students in a subject group.

Only OP-eligible students are given an SAI for each subject they study. OP-ineligible students are not included in SAI decision making. Therefore, SAIs will only be relevant to current OP-eligible Year 12 students and will only be accessible by these students and/or their parents.

If upon checking your child believes an error has been made in determining an SAI they are encouraged to contact the class teacher, the relevant Learning Area Coordinator or me immediately. More information on SAIs is available for download from the Student Connect portal at:

Change of subjects for 2018

We will be accepting requests for change of subjects for 2018 from next Monday 13 November. To facilitate the process a form has been created and posted on the College intranet under the “Documents” tab for current Year 8, 9 and 10 students. Alternatively, parents may write a letter requesting changes; please include the name of the student, the year level for 2018 (Year 9, 10 or 11), the subject(s) originally selected and the new selection.

When considering changes note that some changes may not be possible due the limited availability of places or clashes as the timetable nears completion. This year, a further layer of complexity is added to timetabling given the smaller cohort size going into Year 11 in 2018 – this may make some changes difficult if not impossible. All changes must be communicated in writing by Friday 24 November 2017. Requests made after this date may be held over until the start of the new school year and may not be included in the timetable initially issued.

Subject details may be found in the subject selection guides available for download from the College website or intranet.

Year 11 End of Semesters Examinations

The Year 11 end of Semester Two examination timetable has been posted on the College intranet (“Assessment & Reporting” tab) and the College website (Curriculum/Senior School/Forms & Publications).

It is important that students who are absent from examinations contact the appropriate House Coordinator immediately. In most cases, supplementary sittings will be required of students who miss scheduled examinations. For further information on procedures for missed examinations please see pages 16 to 19 of the Student Record Book.

End of semester examinations are scheduled for Year 11 students from Monday 20 to Friday 24 November. During examination blocks Year 11 students are only required to attend when an examination is scheduled; however, when in attendance, irrespective of duration or reason, students must wear full and correct day uniform.

Students who have few or no examinations scheduled during the examination block are expected to be engaged in organized Work Experience, Structured Workplace Learning related to VET studies or attendance at a workplace related to an established School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship. Please contact Mrs Liza O’Donnell on 4155 8136 or at for more information about Work Experience, Structured Workplace Learning or School-based Apprenticeships or Traineeships.

Year 10 End of Semester Examinations

Year 10 end of semester examinations are scheduled for Wednesday 22 to Friday 24 November. The timetable has been posted on the College intranet under the “Assessment & Reporting” tab and the College website.

As this will be the first time that Year 10 students are confronted with an examination block, parents and students need to be aware of some variations to conditions, especially attendance. During examination blocks students are only required to attend if they have a scheduled examination or supplementary assessment. There are five examination sessions in the block and not all students have examinations in each session.

Students who cannot be conveniently collected, who cannot make their own way home, who have to wait for a bus or whose parents prefer them to be in attendance throughout the school day will be supervised and engaged in meaningful learning activity until 3:00pm on each day of the examination block.

Help and advice for Year 12 students about careers or QTAC applications

Year 12 students and parents who need urgent advice during the summer break may contact the Careers Advisor, Mr Troy Braund at This service is available for students and parents who need to discuss current QTAC applications, especially during the period Monday 18 December 2017 to Friday 12 January 2018.

Please include your name, a brief outline of the query, a return telephone / mobile phone contact number and available contact times in the text of the e-mail. Mr Braund will do his best to make contact or refer your enquiry as soon as possible.

Please note that this service is for parents and students in Years 12 who are seeking urgent advice. All other routine enquiries should be directed to the College office during business hours.

Mr Christian Taylor
Assistant to the Principal – Curriculum


Last Friday we celebrated our final community service project for the year which was the Giving Tree. The generosity expressed through gifts and gift cards was extraordinary, as you can see in the photos. A sum of $2,313 cash and over $300 in gift cards was also donated. All gifts and donations were gratefully received by Saint Vincent De Paul, as they prepare to spread the joy to families doing it tough this Christmas season.  The Giving Tree always reminds us just how generous the Shalom Community is and that ‘Jesus is the true reason for the season’.

Mrs Kim O’Shea-Hard
Assistant Principal – Mission

Quiet Achiever

Rice House

Nicholas McMahon recently played not one but two roles in the production of Pirates of Penzance at the Playhouse Theatre and is also a member of the College Choir. Shalom’s Choir Conductor, Mrs Robyn Edgar, says that Nicholas is an excellent student, blessed with natural acting skills who is very attentive, observant and animated and wonderful to have as a Choir member. Nicholas also impressed last Friday at College Assembly when he joined 5 (much bigger) Year 12 boys to lead Rice House in singing our Rice House Prayer. For a Year 7 student, Nicholas is certainly showing courage and ability beyond his years. Well done, Nicholas!

Br Rochford

P & F Committee

To all P&F Members, you are reminded that our final monthly meeting for 2017 will be held in the staff room on Tuesday 7 November which will begin at 5:30pm.

Mrs Gail Norris
P & F Secretary

College News

Collection of Textbooks for 2018

Please note the dates and times for collection of textbooks for 2018. These textbooks may be collected from Book Hire in the Goondeel Library during these periods. Also please note that textbooks will not be issued to students who have not returned their 2017 resources. If these hours are unsuitable, collection can be arranged before school ends by contacting me direct on 4155 8111 or email

Collection Dates and Times

Monday 4 December to Thursday 7 December 2017, 7:30am to 4:00pm
Friday 8 December - Closed
Monday 8 January to Friday 19 January 2018, 7:30am to 4:00pm.

Book hire is requiring volunteers to clean, repair and re-shelve the hundreds of books being returned at the end of this term. Any help from Monday 13 November would be appreciated. Morning tea is provided as well as lunch if staying longer. If you can assist, please contact me by phone on 4155 8111 or by email –

Thanking you.

Mrs Krys Rehbein
Book Hire Coordinator


Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Do you think you would like to work with Children? Take the first step towards your career in the childcare industry. Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care will give you the knowledge, skills and pre-requisite entry qualification to be successful.

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 course fee). We have negotiated a price of $99/Student - normally cost via TAFE is $2,520! Please see Mrs O’Donnell as soon as possible so you do not miss out!

TAFE in Schools Program

Time is running out to get your TAFE enrolment done.

TAFE delivers a range of qualifications in a school friendly format and we are able to adjust subject loads for eligible students to assist in participation. Please see Mrs O’Donnell as soon as possible.

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. Skills Compliance is the training organisation who deliver this qualification and they have secured a wonderful training space in a hangar near the airport. Students this year have worked on a “dead” aircraft and have had a great experience while gaining knowledge and skills to enter this industry. The best news is that this course is VETiS funded and makes it fee free for eligible students. Please see Mrs O’Donnell as soon as possible regarding your eligibility or to add your name to the expressions of interest list.

Mrs Liza O’Donnell
Vocational Education Adviser

Careers Advisor

Apprentice Chef position

The Windmill at Bargara is seeking a school leaver to start as a full-time apprentice chef. Position is to begin as soon as possible after school finishes. Interested applicants need to present in person with their resume to The Windmill Café during operating hours.

Some Tips for prospective applicants:

Do not present during busy times. Staff will not have time to deal with you, and it suggests a lack of understanding of how hospitality operates.

Make sure you present well – dress, grooming and hygiene. School uniform is fine, but it must be clean and neat.

Get your resume in order – see Mr Braund or Mrs O’Donnell for any assistance.

QTAC Applications

A quick look at QTAC applications shows we have fewer students than expected registered and applied with QTAC. A reminder to keep this door open as a potential pathway. Even if you plan on a Gap year, it is best to apply now and defer – you can change your application/preference next year (or cancel it altogether if you want), but at least you have a guaranteed space for 2019. Also a reminder that applications are only valid once you have paid your application fee.

If any students have queries or would like some assistance, please see me.

Mr Troy Braund
Careers Advisor

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Year 12 Celebration Mass

On Wednesday 25 October, 8 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students, Jake Boston, Michael Bundesen, Mykaela Cory, Jaydah Cutmore, Krysten Green, Grace Whaleboat, Rachel Williams and Chelsea Wilson made the journey to Rockhampton’s St Joseph’s Cathedral for the annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Year 12 Celebration Mass.

The ceremony is a celebration of culture and to acknowledge and recognise the achievements of each student. This year the students were accompanied by Mr McMahon, Mrs Cory, Mr Johnson, Mrs Petersen and parents which made this occasion a memorable experience.

Thank you Year 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Shalom Students for your academic efforts throughout your years at Shalom and we wish you all the very best with your future endeavours. You have certainly paved the pathway for younger Shalom Indigenous students to follow.

Mrs Kelli Cory
Indigenous Student Support

Taking Care of Business

Certificate III – Business

Congratulations to our Year 12 Business students who have this week been awarded their Certificate III in Business. This new course was introduced to Shalom at the beginning of 2016 making these students our first-ever cohort to receive this qualification. We are very proud of each and every one of these students who have worked very hard to ensure they gained competency in all of the required units in the course. As part of the course they also received an additional statement of attainment for completing the Be Money Smart program. Each student who achieves their Certificate III will contribute 8 points towards their QCE. A special thanks must go to Mrs Kelsie Huntly who has been the lead teacher involved with the delivery of this certificate course. The success of this program has been a direct result of her passion and commitment.

Calling all Entrepreneurs

On Monday 1 November the business faculty had the amazing opportunity to meet Mr Steve Baxter from Network 10s Shark Tank at the Entrepreneur Masterclass held at The Generator in Bundaberg. The event was part of the work undertaken by the Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur. It was a fantastic chance to listen to a panel of experts from a wide variety of business fields discuss what they see as crucial steps for our local and Australian business success. Our business faculty looks forward to liaising further with this dynamic team to hopefully provide similar opportunities for our students in 2018. So watch this space! On a side note it was wonderful to see some budding entrepreneurial students from Shalom attend this event.

Mrs Gail Norris
Head of Business Faculty

Sports News

Sports Awards

Last Tuesday the annual Sports Awards evening took place. A great night was had by all and we were privileged to have Cowboys and Maroons legend Mr Paul Bowman as our guest speaker. A full list of awardees is attached. Along with the Sports Awards recipients, a list of all the Wide Bay representatives for 2017 is also attached. Wide Bay Certificates will be distributed during House Assemblies once they arrive from WBSS.


If your child has played sport for Shalom in 2017, can I please ask that you have a look at home for any team sporting uniforms (this is not the Shalom Sports uniform). We seem to be missing a lot of uniforms from our team bags this year. If you find any, can you please return them to Mr Gills in the Sports Office.

Your Sporting Fanatic
Simon Gills
Shalom College Sports Co-ordinator

Term 4 Rugby 7s

The BDSSS Rugby 7s competition kicked off on Wednesday 25 October, and Shalom teams have made an impressive start. Four Shalom teams are competing - Shalom Red and Black in both Under 13 and Under 15.

Both Under 13 teams have been undefeated against opposition teams, except in last week's head-to-head game when U13 Red won against U13 Black in a closely fought game.

Similarly, U15 Red just pipped U15 Black in their head-to-head in the first week of competition with three tries apiece and two conversions giving U15 Red the win. Both U15 Red and Black have had wins against all other teams except Bundaberg State High School, who look to be the dominant team in this competition.

One more round game will be played this Wednesday 8 November, with finals the following week where we are aiming for a strong Shalom showing. Games begin at 4pm at St Luke's School.

Troy Braund
Shalom Rugby 7s Coordinator

Shalom Rowing

Tuckshop Notice

FlexiSchool Orders

Friday 10 November is the final day for FlexiSchool orders. A notice will be placed in the newsletter early next year as to when ordering from FlexiSchool will recommence.

Ms Ann Guy
Tuckshop Convenor

Tuckshop Roster


6 November

Dianne Collins


7 November

Susie Zunker


8 November

Cher Giovannoni

Kellie Walker


9 November

Paul & Caroline Simms

Allison Toft


10 November

Leah Whaleboat

Marilyn Wootton


13 November

Bronwyn Grills


14 November

Cathy Duffield


15 November

Sharon Pole


16 November

Jennifer Pimm


17 November

Kylie Jarvis


20 November

Mila Robertson


21 November

Kym Creighton

Karen Higgins


22 November

Sharon Pole


23 November

Jennifer Pimm


24 November

Nancy Poldervaart


27 November

Stefanie Hale


28 November

Fiona Canniffe

Pauline Shaxson


29 November

Trish Cahill

Shalom Sunday Markets

Tuckshop Markets Roster


12 November

6.00am - 9.30am

Bruce/Kayleen Bryan

Mary Buchanan

Robert/Mellisa Doyle

Keightley Family

Peter O’Beirne

Steven Schiffke

Marie Walker

9.00am - 12.30pm

Rodney Allport

Marlyn/William May

Patricia Rochford

Tin Yu Wong

Michelle Purkis


19 November

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


26 November

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

Kyllie Johnstone

Markets BBQ Roster

12 November


Community Notice Board

The Catholic Parish of Bundaberg – News

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