Shalom College
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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

29 January 2018

Principal’s Reflection

Shalom has had a great start to 2018. Lots of new faces in our community and all of whom, I hope, have been made to feel welcome. Undoubtedly, it will take a while for some of our new students and staff to settle in but we will work hard to make that happen. On Thursday, our students listened to Hugh van Cuylenberg from The Resilience Project. Hugh’s message was simple but profound. He talked about GEM – Gratitude, Empathy, Mindfulness. He encouraged all of us who listened to begin a habit of, each day, writing down three things for which we can be grateful, to practice a few minutes of meditation each day and to do something kind for others. Seems pretty simple.

Like all good things these days, there is an App which is available for download from the Resilience Project website below. The App will be available in a couple of weeks for those with an Android device. Hugh spoke about the trap so many of us fall into of not being present to things and people in front of us. We spend a lot of time worrying or wondering about the future or re-living the past. He also spoke about how we often convince ourselves that happiness will come when we get something else – better marks, a better job, a bigger house, a better car. We miss the things around us for which we should be grateful now. Mindfulness or Meditation, is a skill that needs a little practice but is so important for us all. There are lots of good Apps available to assist if that makes it easier. Hugh spoke about the huge increase in Australia of rates of depression and is convinced, from working with so many people, that regular practice of Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness is an enormous assistance in building our Resilience. It might be a great start for us all for 2018 to begin the 21day challenge outlined on their website.

New Staff

Welcome to new Shalom Staff along with just over 300 new students this year, we also welcome the new staff to Shalom.

Mr Peter Robinson –
Student Welfare Coordinator

Mr Nathan Halford –
INTAD Coordinator

Mr Alan Pacey -

Ms Kat McLennan -
Maths & Science

Ms Luise Straker –
Teacher Aide Year 7 Core Studies

Mr Ken Smith –
Teacher Aide Year 7 Core Studies

Mrs Georgia Halpin –
Community Relations Officer

Miss Emily Lovejoy – Gap Year Student

Gap Year Students –
Taylor Lyons, Jordan McLaren, Brittany Hess, Madison Devine,
Isabella Beutel, Samuel Monk, Lauren Blackwell and Georgia Hamilton

After School Activities

SCASA (Shalom College After School Activities) has hit the ground running at the start of this year. Thanks to the P & F for their support of this new initiative and thanks to our SCASA Sponsors - Dolce Farms, Murchie Constructions, Pac Plus, Bond University and Iglu-Brisbane City. We have nine activities on the three afternoons and this program runs alongside our already existing sports trainings of Rugby League, Volleyball, Netball, AFL, Touch Football and School Gym to name a few. Mr Robinson is coordinating this new SCASA program and he tells me we have 112 students signed up already, to start in week 2 of term and participate for 8 continuous weeks. We have some quality coaches and the response has been amazing. Some activities are already full including Dance, Tennis, Football and ABCs. We have started reserve/waiting lists for these. We still have a few spots left to fill in Cricket on Mondays, Basketball, Games Skills and Triathlon and Running training on Tuesdays and also Cross Country on Thursdays. It won’t be long before all of these activities are full, so we encourage you to sign up as soon as possible.

A minimal cost of $20.00 per child is charged to help cover the instructors’ costs and the light afternoon tea we will supply at 3:15 pm to each SCASA student before they commence the activity at 3:30 pm. We will add this $20.00 to your school account. This is a flat fee for one, two or three afternoons to encourage student participation in these sporting and fitness activities.

For more detailed information on SCASA program and to access the Google form to sign up click here -

Australia Day Awards

It was great to see Shalom student, Nathan Donaldson, recognised in local awards for Junior Sporting Spirit. Also, congratulations to Bundaberg local, Mr Joe McCorley, who is a former Director of both Queensland and Rockhampton Catholic Education was named as Senior Citizen of the Year. Shalom past student, Suellen Cusack-Greensill was recognised for her Creative Spirit. Past parent Jocelyn Bowman received the Sporting Spirit Award and past parent David Baldry received Citizen of the Year award.

Other News

Kelsie Schuler and her husband Michael will be away from Shalom for Semester One. Kelsie will be missed from staff but we applaud their generosity as a couple to give six months to work internationally with those far less well off. Currently the Schulers are working at the Trek Orphanage in Thailand and will spend the next part of their time away working with the Christian Brothers in Kenya and finally working between two orphanages in Nepal. We wish them every blessing for this amazing time.

Our Refurbished Tuckshop, all being well, should be handed over at the end of this week. The new toilets will be a few more weeks. Work on the second entrance and carpark off Eggmolesse Street is well under way and should be ready for use at the start of Term 2.

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles

Student Welfare

Collecting students from the College

Parents - we do ask that you not use the staff car park adjacent to the Learning Enhancement Unit /Sports Centre or the staff car park beside the tennis courts to collect your child.

The students MUST wait in the designated area adjacent to the Administration building.

Mr Robin Wust
Assistant Principal Staff and Development

Immunisation Schedule

Our school is participating in Queensland Health’s annual School Immunisation Program.

2018 Immunisation program for Year 10

In 2017 Queensland Health added the Meningococcal ACWY vaccination as part of the School Immunisation program. This is offered to Year 10 students only. For further information click here:

The 2018 clinic for our year 10 students will be held at Shalom College on Tuesday 20 March.

2018 Immunisation program for Year 7

All Year 7 students will be offered free vaccinations as recommended on the National Immunisation Program schedule to protect against human papillomavirus (HPV) and diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (whooping cough).

The 2018 clinic for our year 7 students will be held at Shalom College on:

Round 1 - Year 7 HPV1 & Year 7 dTpa - Thursday 15 March
Round 2 - Year 7 HPV2 – Wednesday 07 November

For further information click here:

The consent cards are distributed to all our current year 7 and 10 students via House Coordinators/PC Teachers in the first two weeks of Term 1. They need to be returned to Student Reception by the 5th of February. Any late forms need to be returned directly to OzCare, 73 Woongarra Street.

For further information about the School Immunisation Program please call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or visit the links below.

Parents are encouraged to ensure their children have breakfast on the morning of the vaccination.

School Photo Day – Tuesday 6 February

All students will receive an order envelope from their House Coordinator/PC Teacher during Week 2. The order envelopes are printed uniquely for each student. The order and payment instructions to students and parents can be found on the envelopes. Spare envelopes for new enrolments can be collected directly by the students from Student Reception.

IMPORTANT: Every student must present their envelope directly to the photographers on photo day, even if not purchasing a photo. These photos will also be used for the 2018 Student IDs.

Please note, the ‘composite group’ option includes composite photos of all the students in the same year level as your student.

If you would like a photo of siblings together (that are currently enrolled at Shalom) you may order a ‘Family photo’. These order envelopes are to be collected directly from our Front Office or Student reception prior to photo day.

Mrs Mia Dawson
Office Manager (Daily Arrangements)

Quiet Achiever

Since it is still early in the term it is difficult for a Quiet Achiever to emerge. So I submit a photo of a group of Achievers taken last year. The photo is of past students who were on the Shalom staff in 2017.

Absent from the photo are Mr Michael Zardus, Mr Adrian Stallard and Mrs Jenny O’Driscoll who was the first to have this honour

P & F Association

New Shalom College P & F Initiative

Each year Shalom College offers students the opportunity to participate in several extra-curricular activities (namely excursions/trips that have an immersion focus such as Cambodia, Japan, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, ACTs camps etc). These provide our students with a wonderful range of experiences and opportunities to connect with, build upon and broaden their understanding of the wider world; enabling them to explore their passions/interests and further develop their chosen skills. Unique experiences, such as these, nurture future connections and continue to inspire our students to strive towards their personal goals.

While participation in such activities is elective, the costs associated with travel to these activities may present challenges for families who are experiencing long term or unanticipated personal or financial hardship.

The Shalom College Support Scholarship Program is an opportunity for families experiencing such hardship to reach out for a helping hand and seek financial assistance for a Shalom Student who has indicated a commitment to participate in such activities. This scholarship will be provided by the Shalom Parents and Friends (P&F) Association up to the value of 50% of the travel cost for the trip.

For more information please click below:

Mrs Louise Stallard
P&F President


Shalom QISSN Netball – Date Claimer

Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Netball Competition brings together the best 64 netball teams from Queensland Independent schools for a week long carnival that is held during the first week of the June school holidays. Shalom established this competition in the year 2000 and has won the competition on several occasions. Last year we placed 8th out of 60 teams and this year we will be travelling to Townsville to compete.

Trials for the Shalom QISSN team will take place on the following afternoons:

Tuesday 20th and Thursday 22nd February from 3:15pm-4:15pm


  • Girls must know the rules and have experience in playing netball
  • Girls from years 7-12 can trial
  • Must be available to travel to Townsville and compete from Friday 29th June – Friday 6th July (First week of July school holidays)
  • Must be passing all subjects
  • Must be available to participate in trial games and fundraising that will take place outside school hours
  • Must attend all training sessions once selected

Training in preparation for the trials has already commenced but more girls are welcome to attend.

Skills Sessions

Tuesday and Thursday mornings 7am-8am in the Sports Centre

Fitness Sessions

Group sessions Wednesday mornings 7am-8am in the fitness centre.

If you are unable to attend the group sessions Mr Hornbrook (Fitness Centre Manager) can provide players with an individual program.

If you require any further information please contact Mrs Somerfield via email (

Mrs Nikki Somerfield
Netball Coordinator

College News

Year 11 Cambodia Trip 2018

Information night: 6pm Wednesday February 7th
Where: Shalom College Staffroom

All parents and students in Year 11 interested in the Cambodia Trip please attend a meeting in the staffroom to find out more information about this year’s trip.

Any enquiries please email:

Mrs Jacqueline Smith

Dr Joseph Ireland Visit

Dr Joseph Ireland will once again visit Shalom College on Friday February 16 to give a presentation to the Year 9 Science students. For further information on Dr Joe visit his website below. There will also be wonderful books that make students think, available for purchase on the day. For further information, please see the website for details.

Mr Mitchell Smith

Tuckshop News

New Menu Monday 29 January 2018 until Friday 2 February 2018

Temporary Tuckshop Menu




Turkish Pockets

Salad & meat rolls


Meat Pie

Cheese and Bacon Pie

Chicken Burger


Turkish Pockets


Meat Pie

Cheese and Bacon Pie

Southern Style Chicken & Bacon Burger


Turkish Pockets


Meat Pie

Cheese and Bacon Pie

Cheese Burger


Turkish Pockets


Meat Pie

Cheese and Bacon Pie

Sweet Chilli Chicken Burger


Turkish Pockets

Available everyday:

Vegemite and cheese scrolls

Chocolate, apple, blueberry muffins

Fruit salad

Pre-orders can be taken before school at start of everyday

FlexiSchool orders will not start until the Tuckshop re-opens

Shalom Sunday Markets

Tuckshop Markets Roster

Sunday 4 February

6.00am - 9.30am

Kath Clarke

Elizabeth Harris

Alison Reinhardt

Helen Robinson

Nicole Schubel

9.00am - 12.30pm

Steve Cook

Tonyia/Lily Garland

Maryanne Taylor

Sunday 11 February

6.00am - 9.30am

Glen Boys

Jan Bunn

Roselyn Hunting

Susie Mant

Karen Marriott

9.00am - 12.30pm

Lynda/Mackenzie Crossett

Jas Haster

Sheridan McMahon

Sunday 18 February

6.00am - 9.30am

Linda Adcock

Carol Barazza

Lisa Christiansen

Sally Doyle

Brenda Jay

9.00am - 12.30pm

Sue Sargent

Kathryn Church

Chris Dennien

Jo Leveritt

Maria McMahon

Sunday 25 February

6.00am - 9.30am

Vince Habermann

Kate Rehbein

Craig Warner

Penelope Wrench

9.00am - 12.30pm

Brendan/Astrid Clancy

Kym Murphy

Jo Medcalf

John Pappalardo

Community Notice Board

The Catholic Parish of Bundaberg – News


On Thursday 1 February 5.30pm
at Rossolini Place,
our Parish is hosting
a “Nibbles & Drinks” Evening
as a welcome to new parishioners.

If you have joined
our worshipping community
in the past 12 months
we would love to meet you
at this gathering.

Please RSVP to parish office
by Monday 29 January.

Brothers Aston Villa Football Club sign-on is on Saturday 3rd February from 9am-1pm at the Brothers Sports Club.

Registration fees are displayed on our website and registration forms can be completed online at

Triple P Parenting

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