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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111
Fax: 07 4152 6083

31 July 2017

Principal’s Reflection

Catholic Education Week (23 – 29 July)

The 2017 theme is ‘Sharing the Journey’. This annual event is held to promote the special ethos of Catholic schools and to highlight the great things that take place in Catholic schools every day. Catholic education strives to make a difference in the lives of those in our schools and in the wider community by challenging young people to live out the message of Jesus and to reach their full potential as compassionate, contributing, life-giving members of society. There are 302 Catholic schools in Queensland that educate around 146,000 students and employ more than 18,500 teachers and staff.

“Walking in Another’s Shoes”…

The earliest traces of the enlightening proverb “Don’t judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes” dates back to the Cherokee Tribe of Native Americans.

Nelle Harper Lee, an American author, was inspired by this saying, writing in her novel, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’:

“You never really know a man until you understand things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Harper, L, 1960, J B Lippincott & Co.

You never really know the reasons behind a person’s actions until you have had similar experiences.

Being able to empathise means to be capable of identifying and understanding another person’s feelings. It is being able to experience the world from another person’s perspective, “to walk in their shoes”.

Our Year 7 students, as part of their focus this week in Religious Education classes, were to write a poem on an aspect of social justice but with an emphasis on empathy.

I would like to share the following prayer with you - written by Connor Smith, Year 7 Adams House.

My Prayer

Don’t judge people by what you see.
Don’t act unjustly to someone who is sad or alone.
Don’t think you know everything because you never will.
The world always changes constantly and so do people’s stories.
So, until you know what’s going on, don’t act as if you do.
People’s shoes may not fit yours and people’s lives may be different too.
Don’t act as though you know; act as a kind person would.
One shoe doesn’t fit all.

School TV: Parent Resource

This is a great resource for parents - many of the topics are around issues that we frequently hear expressed by parents, mostly querying “What can I do?”

The icon, aptly titled School TV, is on the College Intranet – I do hope that you have made the time to look at this resource. (Click on the icon; then when the page comes up click on Launch School TV).

You will find a range of topics with comprehensive videos from leading specialists and organisations.

Topics include:

Internet Addiction, Online Pornography, Social Media and Digital Reputation, Sexting, Cyberbullying, Drug and Alcohol Use, Suicide and Self Harm, Depression and Anxiety.

You’ll also find FACT sheets, suggested books, apps and websites. Organisations such as Beyond Blue, Reach Out and Headspace have contributed so the information is up-to-date and relevant.

I strongly recommend viewing these and then having a discussion with your son or daughter.

Mrs Elizabeth Austin-Campbell
Deputy Principal

Newsletter Articles

Date Claimer

School Photo Day

School Photo Day is Thursday 17 August, all students and staff will be photographed on this day. A Catch up photo day will be held on Wednesday 23 August for any students who were absent (this has been altered from the date in the College Calendar due to unforeseen circumstances with our photographer).

This week, envelopes from Academy Photographers will be distributed to every student in the College. These envelopes MUST be returned on Photo Day, even if no photos are being purchased.

Curriculum Notes

Subject Selections for Year 11 – 2018

Parents of Year 10 students are reminded that Subject Selections for Year 11 – 2018 are to be made online by today (Monday 31 July 2017). All Year 10 students were sent the login details/links via their school email account again on Wednesday last week. Please contact Ms Nelson or telephone 4155 8141 if your child is experiencing problems with logging in or using WebChoices to select subjects.

Please note that these selections will be used as the basis for allocating SET Plan interviews. These selections may be changed following the SET Plan interview as necessary.

Additional Costs for Senior Subjects in 2018

All stationery requirements and additional costs for subjects offered from 2018 are listed on the second last page of the Senior Subject Selection Guide – 2018. This page is also reproduced separately on the College Website ‘Curriculum’ tab; ‘Senior School’ tab; ‘Forms & Publications’ tab. It is important that students and parents check this information before selecting subjects as some subjects have significant additional costs, particularly subjects that deliver Certificate III courses.

Year 10 SET Plan Interviews

SET Plan interview appointments will be issued to all Year 10 students later this week. These interviews will be conducted from Monday 7 to Friday 18 August during school time. In preparation for the interviews students have been asked to complete their SET Plan forms to bring along to the interview along with their WebChoices online subject selection receipt. Spare copies of SET Plan forms are available from the College office and resources to assist students in completing their SET Plans are available on the Intranet under the ‘Year 10 Personal Futures Resources’ tab.

While parents are welcome and encouraged to attend the SET Plan interviews, the scheduled appointment times will only be changed in response to student absences, class assessments and school excursions. Students will be advised to contact the interviewer to arrange an alternative appointment where clashes of this nature occur. Following the interview parents will be required to confirm the SET Plan (including the subject selection for Year 11 2018) by signing the form, along with their child. Parents are welcome to seek follow-up interviews with appropriate teachers if required prior to confirming the SET Plan. Completed SET Plans must be returned by Friday 1 September 2017.

Year 10 students who will not be returning to Shalom in 2018 are still required to complete a SET Plan and attend an interview. However, in this case, students complete the first two pages of the SET Plan and tick Section C Item 4.1 which indicates the student is not returning; Parents then confirm this decision by countersigning the form and arranging for its return by Friday 1 September 2017.

If you have any queries or concerns regarding the SET Plan or SET Plan interview, please contact me on 4155 8113 or via email (see below).

Year 12 OP Range Estimates

Last week OP range estimates were distributed to all OP-eligible Year 12 students. If you have any queries regarding your child’s OP range estimate or the processes involved, please contact me or Mr Maher.

Mr Christian Taylor
Assistant Principal – Curriculum


Shalom Day – 24 August

Shalom Day is fast approaching! You may have seen recently on our Facebook page for grandparents to save the date of Thursday 24 August.

An invitation is extended to grandparents to come along to celebrate our Shalom Day Liturgy, followed by a morning tea. Grandparents are more than welcome to stay for ‘Shalom’s Got Talent’. This is a great day for grandparents to be a part of your day at school in a fun and entertaining way.

Mrs Kim O’Shea-Hard
Assistant Principal – Ministry

P & F Committee

A reminder to all P & F Members that our monthly meeting is held in the staff common room on the first Tuesday of the month. All parents are welcome.

Please note the next P & F meeting will be held tomorrow, Tuesday 1 August at 5:30pm.

Mrs Gail Norris
P & F Secretary

Quiet Achiever

Our Quiet Achiever for this week is Nash Kuorikoski Year 12 Hogan House. Nash is an outstanding athlete and has recently won the Shalom Age Champion for the Open Boys Age Division, leading by example for Hogan House. Following on from this, Nash won the Bundaberg District Age Champion award for the Open Boys Division and helped Shalom win the Senior Division trophy for the tenth consecutive year. But what was so pleasing at the District carnival was the fact that Nash filled in several events when called upon. Nash is a good role model for younger students/athletes and his commitment to his school was outstanding over the two-day District Carnival.

Mr Simon Gills
Sports Coordinator

Selecting Religious Education Subjects - 2018

I apologise for not attending the Subject Selection Evening last Tuesday. Any queries can be addressed to my email

Mr Tony Hutchins
Learning Area Coordinator – Senior Religious Education

Careers News

Thank You to Personal Futures Day Presenters

Friday 21 July was Personal Futures Day for our Year 10 students, which is part of our overall Personal Futures Program. Twenty-Eight guest presenters from 17 different industry areas provided sessions for students to gather information and begin considering their future career pathways.

This is always a hectic morning, but extremely valuable for our students. It would not be possible without the generosity of our guest speakers’ time and efforts, who interrupt their busy work schedule to support Shalom students. A huge thank you goes to the following presenters:

Ms Vanessa Morgan (Vanessa Morgan Skin Management Centre)
Mr Chris Longhurst and Mr Abhishek Tewari (UQ Rural Clinical School, Bundaberg)
Mr Mat Sheppard (Design Direct) and Mr Nathan Freeman (Insite SJC)
Mr Mark Vincent and Ms Cassandra Donaldson (East Coast Apprenticeships), Ms Naomi Richards (TAFE East Coast), and Ms Liza O’Donnell (Vocational Education and Training Coordinator – Shalom College)
Ms Annie McKay and Ms Bec Farrell (Bundaberg Base Hospital) and Mr Martin Kelly (Queensland Ambulance Service)
Ms Janet Brennan (MRH Lawyers)
Mrs Karen Miller-Smith and Mr Gavin Hill (Counsellors – Shalom College)
Mr Darren Wakefield (Across the Waves Sports Club)
Ms Claire Rich (Greencross Vets, Barolin Street)
Ms Kallee Buchanan (ABC Radio)
Mr Ben Holliday (Murchie Construction)
Mr Luke Samways (Charter Partners Accounting)
Mr Rob Hoyland and Ms Natalie Payne (Skills Compliance – Aviation Training)
Mr Simon Doyle and Mr Nick Taske (Bundaberg Sugar)
Ms Jackie Goodwin and Ms Tania (Bonnie Tots Childcare)
Ms Regina Luan (CQUni – Digital Media Faculty)
Ms Roz Watson (Bundaberg Base Hospital – Allied Health)

University Open Days


Sat 5

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

Sun 6

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

Sat 12

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

Please contact me on 4155 8111 or by email if you have any queries.

Mr Troy Braund
Careers Advisor


I enjoyed meeting students and parents at the recent Senior Subject Selection Evening and fielded lots of enquiries about additional programs and training opportunities.

To showcase these excellent opportunities and to get our current Year 10 students thinking about pathways that might interest them in 2018, I have listed some programs below. These may also be of interest to current Year 11 Students heading into Year 12 in 2018.

TAFE in Schools Program

TAFE deliver 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 the TAFE at School Guide Here.

Department of Education and Training (DET) Transition to Employment Programs: (for current Year 11 students who will be in Year 12 2018 only)

This is a great program combining theory training to receive a qualification in either Certificate II Logistics or Certificate II Health Support Services with the addition of work placements to enhance transition to employment opportunities on graduation. A great pathway program for students looking at a non OP pathway into Nursing. This program can be followed by the CQUniverstity STEPS program Click here for the 2018 Program Information Brochure .

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.

Cody Mitchelson and Gidarjil Land and Sea participants recently featured in the NewsMail.

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.

WYLD Projects participant Jye McCormack

Possible Partnership Training Opportunities (dependant on numbers and partnership opportunities)

Certificate II Electro Technology – Highly regarded by the electrical industry as a pre-trade qualification.

Certificate II Aircraft Line Maintenance – for those interested in the aeronautical industry this is a great opportunity rare to our area.

Certificate II Rural Operations – Agriculture focused qualification.

All certificates will attract QCE points. New opportunities may arise throughout the year and will be advertised via Parent Lounge and Student Café. Please see Mrs O’Donnell for further information or to be added to an expressions of interest list.

Certificate II Aircraft Line Maintenance Student Harry Moreny doing checks on an aircraft at Bundaberg Airport.

Mrs Liza O’Donnell
VET Coordinator
Phone 4155 8111

Instrumental Music

Pre-Eisteddfod concert

Don’t forget the concert for all Junior/Intermediate groups this Wednesday starting at 5:00pm. Students not going home prior to concert are now asked to bring their own afternoon tea.

Bundaberg Groups Eisteddfod (1-3 August)

An information letter was emailed regarding travel arrangements and times each of our groups will be performing at the Moncrieff Theatre. Admission is a gold coin donation and I’m sure the students would love to see as many parents and friends as possible come to see them play. If you didn’t receive the email, please contact me.

Queensland Catholic Schools Music Festival (QCSMF)

Information letters have been sent home.

The Pre Catholic Schools Festival concert for all senior groups will be held Wednesday 9 August in the Theatre starting at 7:00pm. Come and hear these groups at their best, one week out from performing at the festival where thousands of students from Catholic Schools compete over the weekend.

Term 3 – Dates to Remember

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

Mrs Robyn Edgar
Arts in Performance coordinator

College News

Resource Centre and Library News

This week we have new board games for students to use in Beerarlem. There’s plenty to choose from so Game On!

We also have new reading material in both fiction and non-fiction that would be wonderful for the Premier’s Reading Challenge which has just a few weeks left to run.

Finally, we have a new computer in Beerarlem Library for students to use to search for their own reading. Thanks to the IT Department for setting this up for us. It’s been great to see students already using it to search for books.

Ms Wendy Davis
Teacher Librarian

Sports News

Oztag All Schools State Carnival

Further to the article covering the All Schools Oztag Carnival in last week’s newsletter. I am pleased announce that four boys were selected in an All Schools Oztag merit team the ‘All Stars Teams 2017’.

Oliver Collins, Harrison Schneider and William Zahn (Year 8 Mixed) along with Jake Bonus (Year 10 team) impressed selectors throughout the carnival. Their skills and performance during the games stood out from the many players involved in the carnival from all schools participating.

This is a fantastic achievement for these students and for the whole Shalom team, as this is the first year we have been a part of this competition. Congratulations!

Mr Chris Roelofs
Oztag Coordinator

Week 3 Netball Draw – 2 August

Round One – 3:50pm
Round Two – 4:35pm
Bye – Year 7 Cup - Shalom Black (Briege and Francesca)








7 Cup


Shalom Blue

BSHS White

Claudia and Mrs Harman


7 Cup



Shalom Red

Jess and Meredith


7 Cup



Shalom Yellow

Mykayla and Nikia


8 Cup


Shalom Black


Mrs Thomson


9 Cup


Shalom Red


Mrs Fox


9 Cup



Shalom Black

Mrs Somerfield


9 Shield



Shalom Blue

Courtney and Keilani








8 Cup


Shalom Red

Gin Gin

Grace and Mrs Wedemeyer


10 Cup


Shalom Red


Mrs Davis


Open Cup


Shalom Blue


Mrs Pearson


Open Cup



Shalom Red

Mrs Taske


Open Shield



Shalom Black

Mr Ray

Week One Netball Results



Most Valuable Player

7 Yellow

Win vs Kepnock

Charlie Aslett

Open Black

Win vs BCC

Erin Buckmaster

Week Two Netball Results



Most Valuable Player

7 Yellow

Win vs Blue

Angel Cory

7 Red

7 Blue

Loss vs Yellow

Ash-Lee Clarke

7 Black

8 Red

Win vs Kepnock

Bonnie Morcom

8 Black

Win vs Gin Gin

Mikayla Condon

9 Black

Win vs Bundy High

Lee-Challe Kriel

9 Red

Draw vs St Lukes

Casey Martin

9 Blue

Loss vs Kepnock

Abby McMillan

10 Red

Win vs Gin Gin

Devolyn D’aguiar

Open Blue

Loss vs KSHS

Jenna Mason

Open Red

Win vs Bundy High

Jessica Lane

Open Black

Win vs North

Keilani Morris

Mrs Nikki Somerfield
Netball Coordinator

Rugby League

Shalom had a mixed bag in Round 2 of the Broncos Challenge last Thursday, with our 15 Years side having a good win over Kepnock 22-6 and our 13 Years Black side accounting for St Luke’s 30-4, but our Open team going down to Rosedale/Isis 24-6, our 14 Years Boys beaten by Kepnock 32-14, and our 13 Years Red team losing to Bundaberg High 42-4.

Harrison Bull continued his outstanding form for our 14 Years Boys, scoring two stunning long-range tries in a heavyweight all-round performance. Benjamin Milton and Corey Picaro also notched great tries, and Bradley Edwards also stood out, along with Darcy Clarke, and special mention must be made up 14 Years captain Bradley Clarke, who doubled up from his game to give us a full complement of 13 players and play very well in a robust team performance.

In the 13s, Shalom Black played a St Luke’s team that were playing rugby league for the first time, so coach Mr Feather said the result wasn't important. Several of our players offered to help the opposition which enhanced the spirit of the game and made it more competitive. Mitchell Sly was our Player of the Match, ahead of Wil Simmons and Cody Madden.

Our Opens were again playing without half of the regular starting team and came up against a strong Rosedale/Isis combined team that was comprised of several district and Wide Bay players. Our team tried very hard for significant patches and improved on aspects of last week’s game, but went down after a spirited fightback at the start of the second half. The game marked the first occasion for two players to make their Opens team debut also, Dylan Murphy, who is in year 10, and Zachary Hanlon, who is in year 11. Michael Bundesen received our three points, with two going to Brentin Reinhardt and one to Dylan Murphy.

In the 14 Years division, Kepnock struck with two converted tries in the first seven minutes, but we hit back with two tries in the space of five minutes, with Jake McLennan doing brilliantly before throwing an exquisite pass for winger Jessie Zammit to finish off, then scoring himself, but we missed both conversions, and Kepnock re-established control with a converted try on the verge of half-time and another four-pointer less than three minutes after the restart. They knocked on from the kick restart and we capitalised with Caileb Dimes scoring a fine try and Russell Taylor converting. But while our boys continued to compete strongly to the end, that was as close as we got, and Kepnock put the icing on their cake with two late tries, including one after the siren. We had many good players, headed by Caileb Dimes, Mack Druce, Alexander Druce and Kynan Hard, while captain Bradley Clarke again led from the front.

Our 13 years Red team never stopped trying and they were very competitive in the second stanza after trailing 30-0 at the break and conceding another converted try three minutes into the second term. Pocket dynamo Isaac O’Driscoll was rewarded with a try, while Ronan Dempsey was Player of the Match and Players’ Player.

15 Years

Shalom 22 (Tries: Harrison Bull 2, Benjamin Milton, Corey Picaro. Goals; Bradley Clarke 3) d Kepnock 6.

14 Years

Kepnock 32 d Shalom 14 (Tries: Jessie Zammit, Jake McLennan, Caileb Dimes. Goal: Russell Taylor).

13 Years

Shalom Black 30 d St Luke’s 4; Bundaberg High 42 d Shalom Red 4 (Try: Isaac O’Driscoll).

Mr Vince Habermann OAM
Teacher Assistant

Bundy District Athletics Carnival

Last Monday and Tuesday some 145 Shalom students competed in the District Track and Field Carnival against eight other schools. The weather stayed fine and the competition was red hot. Shalom dominated the Senior Division (Year 10, 11 and 12) winning by a massive 325 points over its nearest rival St Lukes. In the Junior Division KSHS outclassed all other schools winning by 101 points over St Lukes with Shalom only two points adrift in third. Shalom finished with two Age Champions for the carnival. Jessica Lane (16 Years Females) and Nash Kuorikoski (Open Males) were standouts in their Age Divisions. Shalom students broke three records on the day with Matthew Otto running a 22.71secs in the 16 Years Boys 200m event, eclipsing the old record of 22.90secs. Fletcher Doyle set a new benchmark in the 12 Years Boys High Jump. His jump of 1.41m was 1cm better than the old record. The Shalom Boys 16 Years Relay team of Ethan Ennett, Bailey Perrin, Nathan Cook and Matthew Otto smashed the old record of 46.80secs, setting a new time of 46.35secs. I would like to thank team managers Nikki Somerfield and Michael Harris and the Shalom staff who helped out at the Carnival.

Winter Sport

All Draws for the Winter Sport Season (as well as BDSSS Athletics results) can be found on the BDSSS website

Pierre de Coubertin

Every year Secondary Schools throughout Queensland can nominate a student to receive the Pierre De Coubertin award. This award was named after the founder of the Modern Olympic Games, Baron Pierre De Coubertin. The award is designed to recognise students who demonstrate initiative, teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play through a participation in a variety of sports in the competitive arena. The award strongly supports physical education and sport in schools and promotes a commitment to positive values. It aims to recognise good sportsmanship and not just elite performance. This year Shalom’s Awardee is Year 11 student Connor Simms.

Connor has been a keen and active participant in several sports throughout his high school life. His major sporting highlight to date was winning Queensland Titles in the 50m and 100m Freestyle events for 16 Year Boys at the State Schools Swimming Championships. As well as his swimming success, Connor has represented Shalom at Interschool level in Surf Life Saving and Cross Country. A very worthy recipient!!

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.

3 & 4 August - BDPSS T & F Carnival
31 August - Winter Finals Day

Sporting Achievements

Congratulations to Liliana McLennan Year 9 and Brody Allison Year 8 who competed at the Queensland Junior Road Titles held at the Gold Coast on the weekend.

Lili gained a silver medal in the individual time trial and a bronze in the road race.

In the criterion event, Lili led a breakaway and with 800m to go but the main bunch run her down and just missed out on a medal.

Brody Allison competing in his first State Titles gained a top 10 finish in the criterion, just missing out on a top 10 place in the road race out of 28 riders.

Your Sporting Fanatic
Mr Simon Gills
Sports Coordinator

Tuckshop Roster


31 July

Help Needed Please


1 August

Susie Zunker


2 August

Leanne Grogan

Katrina O’Sullivan


3 August

Danielle Wooldridge


4 August

Jenny Cross

Jodie Horton


7 August

Dianne Collins


8 August

Cathy Duffield

Margaret Keverkis



9 August

Kellie Walker

Cher Giovannoni


10 August

Paul & Caroline Simms

Allison Toft


11 August

Michelle Arvidsson-Smith

Leah Whaleboat

Marilyn Wootton


14 August

Kathryn Hanlon


15 August

Kym Creighton

Karen Higgins


16 August

Sharon Pole


17 August

Holly Davidson

Jennifer Pimm


18 August

Andrew Henricksen

Kylie Jarvis


21 August

Mila Robertson


22 August

Fiona Canniffe

Pauline Shaxson


23 August

Trish Cahill


24 August

Diana Willoughby

Tania Wright


25 August

Michelle Arvidsson-Smith

Nancy Poldervaart

Shalom Sunday Markets

The Artisan Collective 4670

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

Tuckshop Markets Roster


6 August

6.00am - 9.30am

Paula Cittadella

Kath Clarke

Elizabeth Harris

Shelley Pisani

Alison Reinhardt

Helen Robinson

Nicole Schubel

9.00am - 12.30pm

Steve Cook

Tonyia/Lily Garland

Jackie Orchard

Maryanne Taylor

Michael/Cheri Visona


13 August

6.00am - 9.30am

Glen Boys

Jan Bunn

Roselyn Hunting

Trish Ingall

Susie Mant

Karen Marriott

9.00am - 12.30pm

Jenny Cross

Lynda/Mackenzie Crossett

Helen Glass

Jas Haster

Sheridan McMahon


20 August

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

6 August

St Joseph’s P&F

13 August

All Schools Touch

20 August


Community Notice Board

S.W.A.G. + Youth Group

Umoja Orphanage Family Trivia Night

Triple P Parenting

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Please click on this link, which will take you to the website where you can access information relevant to your situation.

This link will remain in our Newsletter with Triple P sending us regular updates and helpful tips.