20 November 2017
On Wednesday morning, eighteen young men and women from Year 11 will join me at the annual ‘White Ribbon’ breakfast. This event is held each year to highlight the issue of Domestic Violence in this country. It is such a tragedy that events like this one have to be staged at all but the statistics in this area are frightening.
Whilst it is true that sometimes men are the victims of Domestic Violence, it is overwhelming true that men are responsible for most Domestic Violence. I hope that the young men in our community learn very early in their lives that respect is always paramount in any relationship and that it is just unforgiveable for a man to raise his hand against a woman.
The Last P&F Meeting for 2017
The last P&F Meeting will be on in the Staff room this evening from 5.30pm. All welcome.
Last week of the Year
In the next day or so you will receive an email from Mrs Austin-Campbell outlining the schedule of activities that will be on offer for Year 7-9 students next week.
Year 12 Farewell
We had a wonderful farewell for our Year 12 students and their families last Friday. Assistant Principal Mission, Mrs Kim O’Shea-Hard, once again, brought together a beautiful and meaningful liturgy as we said good bye to so many students and families who have made such a great contribution to this community.
Laptop Leasing Programme Year 10-12
We’ve had a few parents querying why the College would be ensuring that repairs are made to devices leased to students. It is important for us, as we still own the device, to ensure that any damage is attended in line with warranty procedures and to ensure that damage does not get worse.
Ms Claire Stallard Update
Ms Claire Stallard, our Rice House Coordinator, as many are aware, has faced a very significant challenge with Cancer over the past eighteen months. Claire recently went for a thorough scan and was pronounced ‘cancer free’. This is a fantastic result for Claire and a real answer to a lot of prayer and hard work on her part and that of her very large support network.
End of year celebrations: Years 7, 8 & 9
To celebrate the end of the school year we have the following:
Tuesday 28 November in the afternoon we will have a movie for all students in the Performing Arts Complex.
Wednesday morning (Session 1): Junior Phoenix Cup – an Inter-house competition
Wednesday afternoon (Session 2): Swimming at Norville Pool
We hope all students in these year levels will come along and participate.
Harry Packwood is the epitome of silent achiever. He is successful in his studies, but also contributes huge amounts of time to House events. For the last two years he has competed in every House competition, including over eight events in our Athletics Carnival victories for the past two winters. Recently, Harry established the ‘Chisholm Lotto’, with no additional support, he raised over $150 for Caritas. Harry is not just a great example to Chisholm students, but to all Shalom students.
P & F Committee
Unfortunately, due to the severe storm that occurred on Tuesday 7 November our usual meeting was cancelled. We have rescheduled this meeting for Monday 20 November at 5:30pm in the staff common room. All parents are welcome. This will be the last meeting for 2017. Please forward any agenda items to the Secretary via email at
Historical Writing Competition Winners
Joshua Burt and Rory Delaney were awarded Highly Commended in the QHTA Historical Writing Competition.
Every year the Queensland History Teachers’ Association (QHTA) holds a historical writing competition to reward the excellent work completed by history students in years 7-12 across the state. This year a number of senior Ancient and Modern History and junior history students entered work they had completed during 2017 for their assessment tasks. All of the entries were judged by their teachers as excellent pieces of historical research; however, two students who entered have been especially recognised with Highly Commended awards. Congratulations to Joshua Burt, year 12 student and top student in Ancient and Modern History in 2017, who was awarded highly commended for his Ancient History piece on the lessons of the downfall of the Byzantine Empire. Congratulations also to year 11 Modern History student Rory Delaney who was awarded highly commended for his piece on Indian independence. These young men will have their work published in an upcoming edition of the QHTA magazine.
A reminder that applications are still open for Students interested in completing a nationally recognised qualification. Please see Mrs O’Donnell as soon as possible to complete your enrolment though.
Certificate III Early Education and Care
We are very excited that Certificate 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/Student - normally cost via TAFE is $2520! This qualification is a prerequisite to working in the Childcare industry and an AMAZING opportunity. Please see Mrs O’Donnell as soon as possible 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.
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
This 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.
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. Please see information about the upcoming Open Day.
Weekend and Holiday Positions at Craft Rental
Craft Rental and Hardware are currently seeking to fill weekend and school holiday positions. The employer is suggesting the role would suit school-aged boys, and includes duties such as: cleaning; assisting customers loading and unloading equipment; assisting senior staff members with general yard duties; answering phones and over the counter enquiries.
Resumes can be dropped in to Craft Rental at 30 Princess Street - ask for Claudia or Lisa.
Any students who would like assistance with their resume can see Mr Braund or Mrs O'Donnell in the VET/Careers Office.
While many other groups have finished rehearsals for the year, the vocal ensemble continues. They are currently preparing to sing some Christmas songs at the Rotary Aged Shopping event on Wednesday 22 November starting at 6:00pm. Matthew Munro, our very talented singer/songwriter/guitarist will also be performing a couple of sets.
The vocal ensemble will also sing at The Lakes on Monday 20 November and will finish the year on Sunday 3 December as guests of the Orpheus Singers at their annual Christmas concert. This final concert will start at 7:30pm in the Holy Rosary Church with entry of $5. See flyer in this newsletter.
Each tutor is currently writing a report of our instrumental/vocal students’ progress for the year and will be posted to each family.
If families of the Foundation Band would like to join Mr King and the students for the final rehearsal for the year, you are invited to come along next Tuesday 21 November at 7:30am – 8:15am in the new band room.
If you have a child who would like to restart (due to a lapse) playing their instruments from 2018, please contact me for details. There are vacancies for most instruments as well as singing lessons and group theory.
This will be my final column for 2017 and on behalf of everyone in the instrumental music department, we would like to thank you for your support for this year and wish you a very merry, safe Christmas and New Year.
See you all in 2018 for another action packed year.
Charities and Community
Simon Rathbone, Matthew Adcock
Two of our Cane2Coral Team’s driving forces, who will also be House Captains in 2018, Matthew Adcock and Simon Rathbone, attended the recent Cane2Coral Funds Distribution with me at the Friendly Society Private Hospital, receiving a cheque for $453.50. This was made up of prize money for the Largest Secondary School Team in the event for the second year in a row, along with 10% of our team members’ registration fees. A number of very worthy charities were nominated by our team members as recipients of the funds but after due consideration, Principal Mr Dan McMahon chose Centacare’s Helping the Homeless Program as the beneficiary for this year. The proceeds will go towards updating facilities to ensure homeless people in Bundaberg have access to showers and washing/drying facilities near the Dorcas Kitchen in Woongarra Street. A total of $59,856 was distributed to local charities and community organisations from the event.
Please mark the date for next year’s Cane2Coral on your calendar: Sunday 5 August 2018.
After winning the award with teams of 41 and 62 respectively for the past 2 years, my goal for the team next year is 100+.
Matthew Pozzebon – Most Outstanding Batsman and Bowler for the Open team in the State T20 Competition
We had a sausage sizzle lunch and presentation of awards for our Open and Intermediate cricket teams last week to acknowledge their performances in the State T20 Competition over the past few months. Both teams won the Central Zone (Gladstone, Bundaberg, Maryborough, Gympie) titles on finals day at Kendall’s Flat, before venturing to Maroochydore for the Southern Conference finals against the North, South and Independent Zone champions, where both went down fighting in the semi-finals. Our Open team then went in the play-off for third position, placing us Top 8 in the state, while our Intermediate team wound up Top 6 for the second year in a row with almost the same team as in 2016. Inspirational Open team Captain Matthew Pozzebon took out the awards for both Most Outstanding Batsman and Most Outstanding Bowler, while three players could not be split for Most Improved – Jamisen Elliott, Liam Heads and Lachlan Sarnadsky. Brendan Grills, who only transferred to the College in Term 2 this year, was Most Outstanding Batsman in the Intermediate team, with leg spinner Jack Gray the Most Outstanding Bowler, and Tom Martin the Most Improved. We are looking forward to even bigger and better things in the competition in 2018.
BDSSS Rugby 7s Grand Final Day.
Last Wednesday afternoon saw all four Shalom Rugby 7s teams take part in the BDSSS Rugby 7s Finals day at St Luke’s Anglican School.
In the first semi-final for Under 15, Shalom Red defeated Shalom Black in a hard fought and entertaining match. Both teams were locked at one try a-piece until just before the final siren when Harrison Bull was fortunate to score a break-away try and seal the win for Red.
This lead to Shalom Black taking on Isis State High School in the 3 Vs 4 playoff, while Shalom Red went on to the grand-final against Bundaberg State High School (Bundaberg State High School defeating Isis in the second semi-final). Both matches followed a similar pattern, with scores being close at half time before both Isis and Bundaberg High kicked away in the second halves. Final scores were Isis 21 defeating Shalom Black 12, and Bundaberg 22 defeating Shalom Red 5. Congratulations to the winning teams who both played a fast pace game and were able to capitalise on chances in broken play. Shalom teams can certainly hold their heads high for their determination and match play.
The under 13 Shalom Black and Red teams rounded off a successful competition by both winning their semi-finals against St Luke’s and Bundaberg Christian College respectively. This lead to an all Shalom grand-final. Another entertaining and close match between two Shalom teams, with five tries a-piece. Shalom Black prevailed by a single conversion, winning 29 – 27. Shalom Red were certainly unlucky after being unbeaten throughout the season. Mason Simpson (Black) and Lane Crossley-Price (Red) were outstanding throughout the season. Even the scrums were great to watch with Dylan Gorman (Red) and Connor Smith (Black) providing a great head to head match up.
Thanks to our players for their commitment to training and playing over a busy term 4, and a special thank you to our coaches and managers – Brendan Maher, Karen Miller-Smith and Blake Hornbrook.
We look forward to players continuing their involvement in Rugby 7s in 2018, with the Fraser Coast 7s tournament being held at Fraser Coast Anglican College on Saturday 17 March.
Under 13 Shalom Black – BDSSS Rugby 7s Premiers
Back L-R: Dylan Gorman, Mason Simpson, Jason Ferris, Jack Picaro, Lincoln Dwyer, Ryan Barrett
Front L-R: Benjamin Toft, Patrick Curtis
Absent: Robert Jones
Under 13 Shalom Red – BDSSS Rugby 7s Grand Finalists
Back L-R: Isaac O’Driscoll, Connor Smith, Lane Crossley-Price, Ilamia Cattell
Front L-R: Lachlan Stevenson, William Zahn, Cody Madden, Oliver Collins, Mitchell Sly
Under 15 Shalom Red – BDSSS Rugby 7s Grand Finalists
Back L-R: Jake Bonus, Bradley Moore, Dylan Murphy, Will Hema, James Waters, Bradley Edwards
Front L-R: Ryan Mant, Harrison Bull, Corey Picaro
Absent: Lincoln Hooper, Harry Packwood (injured)
Under 15 Shalom Black
Back L-R: Darcy Clarke, Bradley Moore, Rylee Johnson, Hamish Young, Nahum Pascoe
Front L-R: Corey Picaro, David Grey, Brynn Harrap
Absent: Ben Milton
Surf Life Saving
Ky Woods, Jasmyn Theuerkauf, Baylee Holden and Jackson Lester
Congratulations to Baylee Holden, Jackson Lester and Ky Woods who were chosen in the Surf Life Saving Queensland Country Under 13 to 17 team. They all excelled for their clubs at the 2017 North Australian Championships at Harbour Beach, Mackay on 3-5 November. Congratulations also to Jasmyn Theuerkauf who was named as a Reserve for the team. Year 9 students Ky and Thomas Pascoe (both of the Bundaberg SLSC) and Year 8 Baylee (Elliott Heads SLSC) were Shalom’s most successful competitors at the titles, each with two gold medals. Ky shone on the beach in the Under 15 Male division, beating all comers in the Flags and clinching silver in the Sprint, with Thomas winding up fourth. Ky, Thomas and Geordan Zunker (Year 9) scored a famous victory in the Under 15 Surf Board Relay, with fellow year 9 school and club-mates Jasmyn, Ella McCaig and Geordan’s twin sister Olivia Zunker forming an all-female combination which placed eighth in that event. Thomas triumphed in the Under 15 Male Champion Lifesaver, ahead of Ky. Ky, Thomas and Geordan were part of the Under 15 Beach Relay silver medal winning team, while Thomas finished a gallant third in the Surf Board Race. Thomas partnered Geordan to cross the line in fourth position in the Surf Board Rescue. Thomas and Geordan were joined by Ella in the team which ran fourth in the Under 15 Cameron Relay. Ky, Thomas and the Zunker twins grabbed fifth in the Under 15 Surf Teams race, one position higher than an all-female Elliott Heads foursome comprising Baylee and Year 9’s Jasmine Dooley, Rachel McDonald and Sarah Nash.
Baylee’s victories came in the Pool Rescue events, claiming individual gold in the women’s 15 and Under 100m Manikin Tow with Fins and team gold with Year 9s Rachel, Jasmine and Sarah in the women’s 13-16 years 200m 4x50m Medley Relay. She also came second in the 100m Manikin Carry with Fins and a close third in the women’s 15 and Under 100m Obstacle Swim. Baylee also showed her talents on the sand and in the surf, finishing excellent thirds in both the Under 15 Female 2km Beach Run and Surf Board Race and a brave fifth in the Ironwoman. Baylee also teamed with Sarah to place fifth in the Surf Board Rescue.
Year 11 student Jackson Lester (Bundaberg SLSC) performed strongly in all events in the Under 17 Male division, picking up silver in the Beach Flags and bronze in the Beach Sprint and placing fourth in the Surf Ski, one position ahead of Elliott Heads’ Kiah Everingham. Jackson was also part of the silver medal winning Open and Under 17 Male Beach Relay teams.
Year 8 Shalom students picked up the Under 14 Champion Lifesaver double with Oliver Collins and his Bundaberg club-mate Rachel Findlay-Udris the Male and Female winners respectively. Rachel and Fletcher Ace (Year 7) were members of the teams which grabbed fifth in the Surf Teams and sixth in the Cameron Relay, while Rachel was one of the trio that clinched seventh in the Surf Board Relay.
Ella McCaig took out the Under 15 Female Champion Lifesaver title with Jasmyn Theuerkauf in third position, while Jasmyn was the district’s best in the Beach events in the category, grabbing second in the Flags and fourth in the Sprint.
Kiah also came to the fore, snaring second in the Under 17 Male 2km Beach Run and a very creditable fifth in the Open Male Surf Board race, and being part of the Elliott Heads teams which placed a superb third in the Open Male Surf Board Relay and fifth in the Open Male Beach relay, and the duo which came home fifth in the Under 17 Surf Board Rescue. In the Pool Rescue series, Kiah placed seventh in both the men’s 17 and U 50m Manikin Carry and 100m Manikin Carry with Fins.
Sarah Nash shone in the pool with three solo medals. Silver in the women’s 15 and Under 50m Manikin Carry and bronze in the 100m Manikin Tow with Fins and 100m Manikin Carry with Fins, also winding up fifth in the 100m Obstacle Swim.
Fletcher Ace was also among the medals with his third in the men’s 14 & Under 50m Manikin Carry, as well as placing fifth in the Under 14 Male 2km Beach Run, Surf Board Race and 100m Manikin Tow with Fins, and sixth in the 100m Obstacle Swim.
Three other Elliott Heads young guns were also in the mix with Year 7 student Bonnie Stephenson achieving fifth in the Under 13 Female Beach Flags, Jasmine Dooley coming to the fore in the pool, gaining fifth in the women’s 15 & U 100m Manikin Carry with Fins, sixth in the 100m Manikin Tow with Fins and eighth in the 50m Manikin Carry, and Rachel McDonald aiming up to be eighth in the women’s 15 & U 100m Manikin Tow with Fins.
The Queensland Country team will travel to compete at the State Inter branch Championships against Sunshine Coast, South Coast and Point Danger branches at Miami Pool and Nobby’s Beach on 24 and 25 November, with three other Shalom connections to the team in the form of Laboratory Technician Mr John Davis the Chaperone and Gear Steward, his wife Julie the team manager, and their elder son Ben, a former student at the college who was also employed on the Ground Staff before heading overseas earlier this year the team, the Head Coach.
Rugby League Report
Shalom and The Cathedral College players come together after their Development Carnival matches
Shalom’s under 16 and under 14 rugby league teams performed well at the Development Carnival which we hosted on 4 and 5 November, with games played at The Waves Sports Complex on Saturday and on our field on the Sunday. On Saturday, our under-16s went down to Bundaberg State High 16 nil and then 12-0 to a The Cathedral College (TCC) Rockhampton side which included former Shalom student Jack Roelofs. Our under-14 team, half of which were under-13’s, defeated Bundaberg High 22 nil, which was a reversal of the Broncos Challenge grand final result in August.
The Sunday results saw TCC win both games comfortably against our two teams.
The under 14s did a great job beating the current regional age champs, BSHS, and gained plenty of experience against TCC that, to their credit, put into practice in the longer, Sunday morning game.
Lots of players did really well. In the under 14s the Druce twins Alexander and Mack did a great job in the middle of the field, while many of the under 13s also shone, especially Lane Crossley-Price, Mitchell Allen, and Mason Simpson.
In the Under 16s matches, many players also impressed, but Isaac Coyne, who was playing his first ever game of Rugby League, really aimed up against two teams that would be in the top 10 in North Queensland, while Under 15s Corey Picaro, Harrison Bull and Jai Smith, who was an integral member of the Open team this year including at the Confraternity Carnival, were other stand-outs.
The purpose of the games was purely procedural though, as both groups were seeking to be competitive in the ruck and work on winning tackles. The Under 16s, after losing to TCC in Rockhampton last year to the tune of 80 points, were certainly very happy with their progress in gaining ruck control. The Under 14s also saw big improvements in their ability to win the ruck in the Sunday morning game. It also must be said that the level of commitment shown by each of the Under 14s players was outstanding. They only had 15 players on Saturday night and had two injuries. Almost the whole team was playing out of their preferred position and each of them arrived on time on Sunday morning to play against a very physical and fast TCC team. I'm very proud of them for that and also of the fact that those young men are embodying the tough physical and mental attitude that is becoming the standard for Shalom Rugby League.
In Term 1 of 2018, our Rugby League groups will play some trials against Mountain Creek in Gympie with several other trials, for the Opens group to follow against Xavier College, Hervey Bay, and the hopeful commencement of the school Rugby League season in term 2.
All players will be expected to train over the holiday period with supplied programs as well as gym and fitness sessions at the College.
I look forward to continuing to develop the skills and fitness of our Rugby League players as well as introducing a new group of players in to the program in 2018.
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 –
New Menu Monday 20 November 2017 until end of Term
20 November, 2017
21 November, 2017
22 November, 2017
Southern Style Chicken and Bacon Burger
Beef, Bacon and Egg Burger
23 November, 2017
24 November, 2017
Fish and Chips
Sausage in bread with Sauce (onion optional)
Additional items available each day
Salad and Meat Wraps
Salad and Meat Turkish Pocket
Chicken Nugget school base product
Vegemite and Cheese Scroll,
Cheese and Bacon Pies
An array of Muffins
Sunday Market Volunteers
To all my Wonderful Volunteers
Well, the end of the year has once again come around surprisingly fast, by now, you all may have heard that we are closing the Canteen for a short time while renovations are being carried out.
However, I will still require some help on Sunday Mornings as we are moving into the Barbeque Room for the time the Canteen is being renovated. I will leave your names on the Roster and send you a reminder as per normal.
I bid all of you that are leaving this year a very fond farewell, I have enjoyed working with all of you. I will miss you BUT you are more than welcome to come back and train our new volunteers. I hope you all have enjoyed your time with us and wish you all the best in the future.
Thank you very much for your support throughout the years.
THREE CHEERS FOR OUR VOLUNTEERS
- Very Important People
- Outstanding workers
- Love getting up early on Sunday Mornings
- Understanding of Convenors idiosyncrasies
- Needed for their senses of humour
- Trained easily every 2 Months
- Enjoy a chat
- Extraordinary people with hearts of Gold
- Ready, willing and able
- Special People
Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Shalom Sunday Markets
Tuckshop Markets Roster
6.00am - 9.30am
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Community Notice Board
Centacare CQ Bundaberg is looking for volunteers to assist with group outings and activities for clients within the Social Support Program.
The program caters for clients who live independently but may be socially isolated and benefit from the wide range of social activities and leisure experiences. Most outings/activities occur between 9am and 2pm on weekdays. We conduct activities and events at the Centacare Rooms, corner Barolin and Boston Streets, Bundaberg and take tours around to various locations in the greater Bundaberg area using our transport fleet. Activities include:- craft group; games mornings; special event morning teas and luncheons; picnics in the park; computer/internet kiosk; mystery tours; scrabble group; men’s social group; 50+ fitness etc.
Inquiries and applications can be made by calling 1300 523 985 and asking for Mr Mark Ennett or Mrs Maria Ebert in Bundaberg.
School Holiday Program
SUMMER HOLIDAY INTENSIVE BLOCK SWIMMING LESSONS
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30min swim lesson - Monday to Friday - Same time each day - Same swim teacher
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Kepnock State High School Pool
Gate 3, Baird Street
BUNDABERG QLD 4670
BLOCK 1. 11/12- 15/12
BLOCK 2. 18/12 - 22/12
BLOCK 3. 8/1 - 12/1
BLOCK 4. 15/1 - 19/1
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