Shalom College
PDF Details

Newsletter QR Code

9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111
Fax: 07 4152 6083

30 October 2017

Principal’s Reflection

Principal’s Reflection

Yesterday’s Gospel reading was that great story from Matthew when Jesus was confronted, again, by the religious leaders of his time. He was asked a tricky theological question, ‘Which is the greatest commandment of the Law’. Jewish law contained hundreds if not thousands of laws. The breaking of many of those was a capital offence. According to Matthew, Jesus cut through all the ‘red tape’ of Jewish law and summed it all up in two commands, “Love God and Love your neighbour”. If we take the Gospel seriously, I don’t know how religion and religious practice can get so complex!

Next Friday at Shalom, we have our last Assembly as a College before our Seniors begin their exam block. It is our ‘Giving Tree’ Assembly. We ask every member of our student body to come with a Christmas gift that can be easily passed onto someone in our local community who will be doing it a bit tough this Christmas. We work closely with the local St Vincent de Paul society in this. Children’s gifts or money would be greatly appreciated. I hope every one of our students appreciates how fortunate that they are to have parents who love them and care for them. Who send them to a good school and provide all that they need. I hope that they realise that this is not the fate of so many in Australia and around the world and that we rely on groups like St Vincent de Paul and others to offer people hope. Please generously support this wonderful outreach that Shalom makes each year.

Last Week was a huge week for the College. We had:

  • Blessing by Bishop Michael on Monday of the Fitness Centre, the Shalom Art work and the Band Room
  • Monday night, Academic Awards night
  • Tuesday morning, official opening by the Director of Catholic Education of the buildings blessed the previous day
  • Wednesday saw students and staff travelling to Rockhampton for the Graduation Mass for Year 12 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students
  • Wednesday night ‘Get Smart’ Concert
  • Thursday night, Sports Awards Night
  • Friday night was the opening of the ‘Emerge’ collection of outstanding student Art
  • Friday was also World Teachers’ Day

So much in all of that to celebrate of the achievements of our young people and the staff who give them so much encouragement. We have so many talented and hardworking students at Shalom. They are a credit to their parents and this College.

Congratulations to Mr Brendan Maher on his appointment to an Assistant Principal role at Shalom commencing in 2018. Mr Christian Taylor has resigned from the role of Assistant Principal Curriculum which will be filled by Ms Katherine Nelson and Mr Maher will take the role on the College Leadership team which will have him manage the College Timetable amongst a number of other tasks. Christian will continue at Shalom in a part time teaching role. Brendan is well known at Shalom and will do a great job stepping up to the challenges of leadership.

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


Applications for change of subjects for 2018

We are currently not accepting any applications for subject changes for 2018. However, applications for changes will be accepted and considered from Monday 13 November. Reminders and an outline of the procedure will be posted in Daily Notices and the Newsletter closer to this time.

Year 12 End of Semester Examinations

The Year 12 End of Semester 2 Examination timetable has been posted on the College Intranet (‘Assessment & Reporting’ tab) and the College Website (‘Curriculum/Forms and Publications’). Please note that Graduation Liturgy practice will be included in the examination block schedule and all Year 12 students are required to be in attendance for this.

Release of Year 12 results and OPs

From 9:00am on Wednesday 15 November 2017, students will be able to access their individual QCS Test grade — from A to E — in their learning account on the Student Connect website at the link below.

All other results contributing to the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and OPs and FPs will be available in student learning accounts on the Student Connect website from 9:00am on Saturday 16 December 2017.

Students must know their Learner Unique Identifier (LUI) and password to log in and check their results. Students will be able to access their results more quickly if they have previously activated their learning account. If students have any difficulty with logging in via the Student Connect website, they are welcome to contact the College Office for assistance.

Year 12 OP Range Estimates

The latest update to OP range estimates will be distributed to all OP-eligible Year 12 students during PC on Tuesday 31 October. If you have any queries regarding your child’s OP range estimate or the processes involved, please contact me at

Brendan Maher
Acting Assistant Principal – Curriculum


St Vincent de Paul Giving Tree - Friday 3 November

‘The Giving Tree’

Please see the timetable below for Friday 3 November, Day 5

Period 1 - 8:40am
Period 2 - 9:40am
PC/Giving Tree - 10:40 (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

Dance Night DVD

Dance night DVDs are now available from the College Office.

There are Friday and Saturday nights’ DVDs on offer.

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to copy some of the early Rock Eisteddfods DVDs. The job is done but I cannot remember the name of the person who asked me to do it!

Brother 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

National Chemistry Quiz

Year 11 and 12 Chemistry students competed in the Australian National Chemistry Quiz again in 2017. The Quiz is an international competition with papers translated into seven different languages. The Quiz attracts students from across Australia and 17 neighbouring countries as well as Austria and Germany.

Awards are as follows:

HD Excellence - Award of Excellence for outstanding performance
High Distinction - The top 10% of students in the state
Distinction - The next 15% of students in the state (10% - 25%)
Credit - The next 15% of students in the state (25% - 40%)

Shalom students have been successful with 23 certificates of merit being awarded to our school. Four students have achieved High Distinction awards with these presented on school assembly by Mr McMahon.

The winners of the merit awards are as follows:

High Distinctions:

Year 11

Zane Haster, Joshua Roebuck

Year 12

Lauren Blackwell, Nicholas Brown


Year 11

Tom Espe, Patrick Harris, Maddison Kimber, Vincent Knight, Grace Lloyd, Anish Pathak, Chelsea Powis, Justin Todd, Matthew Todd, Grace Voss, Quinlan Wormington

Year 12

Jordan McLaren, Matthias Visona,


Year 11

Emilee Cameron, Ethan Hooper, Giorgia Melham-Mackay

Year 12

Ciaran Huang-Ryan, Mark Khair, Taylor Lyons

Participation certificates are to be presented to the remaining students.

Mrs Debbie Bishop
Competition Manager


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.

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 course fee). We have negotiated a price of $99/Student - normally cost via TAFE is $2520! Please see Mrs O’Donnell as soon as possible so you do not miss out!

Student and Parent information session Monday 6 November at 3:15 pm. If you have already added your name to Mrs O’Donnell’s list, please come along to get enrolment details.

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 in the Australian Public Service (APS)

The Australian Public Service has launched a website – My Career, My APS – to assist jobseekers “to identify and follow a career path in the Australian Public Service.”

This site has a huge amount of information on discovering the range of job opportunities available and how to apply for them. There are also activities to assist you in finding a career in the APS that would suit you – follow the process beginning at this webpage:

If any students have queries, or would like assistance, please contact the Careers Advisor.

Bundaberg Regional Council First Year Engineering Scholarship

A great opportunity for current year 12 students considering Engineering. Bundaberg Regional Council is offering a first year scholarship worth $8,400 + $10,600 worth of paid work placement (over 12 weeks) [total value $19,000] for first year Engineering students at Bundaberg CQUni campus in 2018. Applications close Sunday 19 November, 2017.

A Position description, eligibility, selection criteria and how to apply are on the website below:

Ben Taylor, Senior Lecturer of Engineering at CQUni Bundaberg, forwarded the following information - note employment outcomes!!

"We have some exciting news regarding our engineering courses that we would like you to share with your staff and students. Bundaberg Regional Council is now receiving applications for their $19,000 Engineering Scholarship to study at CQU Bundaberg. Applications are online and close Sunday November 19. We are also very pleased to announce that the Bundaberg campus has achieved 100% employment of our 2017 engineering graduates who have secured salaries above the national average."

Students would need to ensure they have Engineering at CQUni Bundaberg as their first preference on their QTAC application. If they were unsuccessful with the scholarship and want to change preferences, they would need to do this before Tuesday 9 January (final change of preference before major offer round on Tuesday 16 January).

Any queries or assistance required, please see the Careers Advisor.

Mr Troy Braund
Careers Advisor

Opti-MINDS State and Australian Finals

On the weekend of 14 and 15 October a team of students from Shalom travelled to Brisbane for the State and Australian finals of the Opti-MINDS challenge. The students were: Lili Haster, Zali Haster, Meg Freeman, Alani Morley, Bonnie Stephenson and Bailey Ward. The students travelled to Brisbane, staying for 2 nights in a motel and heading out to the University of Queensland each day for set activities. Saturday involved teams presenting, in an ideas market, an idea for making our world a better place. The Shalom team’s idea centred around prevention of depression and suicide in adolescents particularly. Sunday was the hard work, with 3 hours to address a challenge and prepare a presentation for a panel of judges.

The team did our college proud, with excellent behaviour and a lot of hard work. Although we didn’t bring any awards home with us, we are all excited for next year’s adventure. Hopefully next year we can avoid the fire alarm and emergency evacuation that woke us with a very unpleasant start at 2:30am Saturday morning and the 50 floor dash to the lobby – I think our leg muscles are still complaining.

Mrs Joanne Gills
Equity Consultant

Quiet Achiever

This week’s quiet achiever is Year Eight student Zachary Christiansen.

Zachary is involved in many aspects of College life including being part of the Shalom Rowing Team.

His love and dedication to rowing has seen Zachary recently join the Bundaberg Rowing team.

Zachary is a keen trombone player and is a member of both the Intermediate Concert Band and the Intermediate Jazz Band.

Zachary is a hard working student who received a Studentship Award last Monday night at the Academic Awards evening.

Zachary is a hard working student who received a Studentship Award on Monday night at the Academic Awards evening.

Mrs Karen Lyons
Acting Lingiari House Coordinator

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

Learning Enhancement Unit

Mrs Keryn Staley
LEU Coordinator

Instrumental Music

Get Smart Concert

Thank you all staff, students and parents who attended this very popular concert last Wednesday evening. As usual, the concert band played extremely well, performing many very popular and some new tunes for everyone.

Piano Recital

If you would like to hear Mrs Helbig’s piano students, there is a recital in the band room this Wednesday 1 November starting at 6:00pm. Come along and support these young pianists, many of who are playing for the first time in front of an audience.

Pleasant Sunday Afternoon

The final concert for the year is this Sunday 5 November at 1:30pm. I have sent out an email requesting donations of items for the Christmas raffle and afternoon tea. If you didn’t get the email, please have a look in your spam mail as sometimes that’s where they end up. Items can be given to any of the music tutors or handed in to the front office anytime. Let’s make this an afternoon that our current Year 12 music students will never forget.

Dates to Remember

1 November - Piano Recital at 6pm in the Band Room (back of PAP)
5 November – Pleasant Sunday Afternoon concert at 1:30pm. This is an opportunity to say thank you to our wonderful group of year 12 musicians for their contribution to our music department over the past 5 years.

Mrs Robyn Edgar
Arts in Performance coordinator

Sports News

Upcoming Events and Information

Sports Information will be placed on the notice board in the Undercover area. When students need to collect forms and other details from me, I am in the Sports Office located at the back of the Loyola Centre opening onto the Undercover eating area.

Your Sporting Fanatic

Mr Simon Gills
Sports Coordinator

Southern Conference Finals

Shalom can lay claim to the title of premier school in cricket in the Central Region (Gladstone to Gympie) after our Intermediate and Open teams claimed Top Six and Eight honours in the 2017 State Secondary Schools T20 Competition. Our teams qualified for the Southern Conference finals in Maroochydore, which were originally scheduled for Monday 16 October but they were postponed by one week due to the rain. Our Open semi-final opponents All Saints Anglican School Merrimac arrived late after encountering traffic delays due to a serious accident en route, so the game was reduced to 15 overs per side, and after winning the toss, their batsman took full advantage of the conditions, racking up a massive 4-223, with Simon Rathbone our stand-out bowler with 2-40, captain Matthew Pozzebon and Danny Shoobridge claiming one wicket each and Adam Pozzebon stamping his mark with two stunning diving one-handed outfield catches. We were never a chance in our run chase without our “master blaster” Louis Myers-Macdonnell against an excellent attack, and we finished at 8-76 with opener Rory Delaney top scoring with 20 and wicket-keeper Oliver Plumb holding the innings together and remaining unbeaten at the end. In the play-off for third in the conference, the game was again reduced to 15 overs per side, and we did well to restrict Sunshine Coast Grammar School to 8-123, with Simon Rathbone (2-15) and Vincent Knight (2-23) sharing the bowling honours, openers Angus McDonald and Matthew Pozzebon laying the platform with one wicket each from frugal two-over spells, Jack Hamilton also picking up one scalp, and Danny Shoobridge, birthday boy Jamisen Elliott and Liam Heads each also doing well. Promoted to opener in our run chase, Lachlan Sarnadsky relished the opportunity to blunt the attack, but we lost early wickets and never recovered, finally being bowled out on the last ball for 64, of which Matthew Pozzebon was the main contributor with 26. All Saints went on to lose the final to their city counterparts The Southport School.

Sent in to bat in their semi-final against St Laurence’s, our Intermediate team, coached by Mr Gills, lost two early wickets but recovered to amass a competitive 4-98 from their 20 overs with opener Kynan Hard (25) and No. 4 Brendan Grills (35) combining in a 61-run third wicket partnership and Aaron Cunnington finishing unbeaten on 12. Brendan Grills also gave us a good start with the ball, effecting a run-out on the first ball and claiming a wicket in his 1-12 from an excellent four overs. Braden Henricksen also struck in his one over for the city side to be struggling at 3-36 after 7.2 overs, but from there, they blasted their way to victory, passing their target without further loss in just another 4.5 overs. It was the second year in a row that our Intermediate team lost a Conference semi-final, with 11 members of the side from last year. St Laurence’s also proved too strong for Sunshine Coast Grammar in the final, while Shalom was awarded third in the Conference after the other losing semi-finalist John Paul College chose not to play off for the position.

Congratulations to all players from both of our teams for your efforts after also guiding Shalom to the Open and 15 years’ premierships in BDSSS Summer Sport earlier in the year. Thank you also to the College for installing the new synthetic pitch on our oval and the new cricket nets, both of which were well used in our preparation over the past two months.

Mr Vince Habermann
Open Team Coach


Year 9 student Nicholas Cahill continues to bowl his opponents over on the greens. The 15 year old Bargara Bowls Club member started in the sport of lawn bowls at the age of just two and he has been playing competitively for the past six years, but 2017 has been easily his best year so far, especially over the past few months. In the September school holidays, he claimed gold at the Under-18 Australian Championships in Sydney, helping Queensland to the overall title and winning silver in the triples at his first nationals. Earlier this month, he was part of the duo which claimed the mixed pairs silver medal at the State Championships in Mackay, while last weekend he represented his club in the State Champion of Champions Fours at the Gold Coast, and Nicholas also won four events at the state titles in April. His other successes this year include the Junior Nugget Singles against players up to three years older than him at Tweed Heads in July. Nicholas is now preparing to again represent Bargara at the Division 1 State Pennants Final on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 November, and he is also looking forward to the 2018 Junior State Championships, which will be held in Bundaberg in January.

Mr Vince Habermann
Teacher Assistant

Shalom AFL 2018

Dear Parent of Year 7 and 8 boys and girls,

The purpose of this communication is to inform incoming Shalom parents and students of an important, and new, sporting direction that Australian Football and Shalom sport is attempting to take.

I have been involved with school AFL for the entirety of my teaching life in Victoria, NSW, and for the last twenty-one years at Shalom. I have been Wide Bay Schoolboys coach or assistant coach for twenty years, and am a life member of the QSSSA AFL organisation. My club AFL coaching life has also included coaching premierships in senior and junior clubs since 1986, including coaching the Brothers Bulldogs Seniors to a grand final in the Sunshine Coast/Wide Bay league this year.

During my time in Bundaberg, AFL as a national code has expanded and developed in many directions, including the 2017 Women’s AFL competition. On a local level however AFL has struggled to develop, with kids often completing Auskick and other modified sporting programs in Primary School, then not playing ANY sport in Secondary school. Further to this, the local Bundaberg clubs- Across the Waves and Brothers Bulldogs often struggle to retain kids after the Under 12s.

The College has decided to explore the level of interest in entering a Shalom team in the local Under 14 club competition, with the goal of moving towards Under 16s in future years. After the Under 16s, students would be free to choose which senior club to continue playing with. Mr Shaun Stone, the local AFLQ Development Officer will also be physically supporting all aspects of the Shalom team.

I am particularly interested in recruiting boys and girls who do not currently play AFL in the local organisation, as it is not the intention to “poach” players from the two existing clubs, rather to involve reasonably athletic boys or girls who may have dropped out of other sports or never tried AFL. Mr Stone has also recently discussed the possibility of entering a “stand alone” girls’ team into the developing local female competition, but girls are allowed to play in the same competition as boys until Under 14s anyway if there are not sufficient numbers.

Some benefits for parents may be;

Training would be from 3:15-4:30pm (rather than club training from 5-6pm etc.) from pre-season in March until the finals in August

Fantastic facilities including the Hangar space and new Fitness Centre when required

Experienced coaches

Playing Jerseys etc. supplied initially by the College

Team members will all be Shalom College kids which will help with communication and transport, and creating a culture of mateship

To conclude, I will only pursue this further with some expression of interest from parents and students. Should you wish to let me know of your interest, or require further information, my contact details are listed below.

Yours in sport,

Mr Jason Baulch
Head of Physical Education

Tuckshop Roster


30 October

Help Needed Please


31 October

Help Needed Please


1 November

Leanne Grogan

Katrina O’Sullivan


2 November

Help Needed Please


3 November

Help Needed Please


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

Stefanie Hale


21 November

Fiona Canniffe

Pauline Shaxson


22 November

Trish Cahill


23 November

Diana Willoughby

Tania Wright


24 November

Nancy Poldervaart

Shalom Sunday Markets

Tuckshop Markets Roster


5 November

6.00am - 9.30am

Murray/Michele Flick

Greg/Jenny Jackson

Andrew Lucht

Janelle Test

Clarissa Pointon

Brendan/Yvette Simpson

9.00am - 12.30pm

Sharon Anderson

Terry/Leanne Emmitt

Sandra Killer

Belinda Prossliner

Warren Vaschina


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

Markets BBQ Roster

5 November


12 November


Community Notice Board

The Catholic Parish of Bundaberg – News

Bundaberg Youth Orchestra

Applications for membership in Bundaberg Youth Orchestra for 2018 now open. BYO provides orchestral training and performance opportunities for instrumentalists up to 23 years of age. BYO1 has recently undertaken a successful tour to Brisbane and Toowoomba during the September school holidays performing with Queensland Youth Orchestra 2 in concert.

Membership of BYO is by ability, not age group, with membership of our training orchestra BYO2 from approximately AMEB Gr 2 standard, and BYO1 membership by audition only (approximately AMEB Gr 5 standard and above). Sight reading ability essential for both orchestras. Application and audition forms are available on our website at Our website also provides further details regarding auditions and membership or contact us at for more information.

Triple P Parenting

The State Government is funding free access to Triple P, which is the world’s most evidence-based parenting program and has helped more than four million children and their parents around the world develop closer, more positive relationships.

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.