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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

5 February 2018

Principal’s Reflection

In his presentation at Shalom recently, Hugh from The Resilience Project, reminded us all how important it is to develop a daily practice of Gratitude in our lives. Isn’t it easy to get caught up in ‘first world problems’ – I need a new gadget or a pay rise or a better house? It’s so easy to miss being grateful for the simple things that populate our lives. That concept ‘belted me’ as I was trawling through FaceBook recently. Many will be aware of the challenges faced over the last twelve months of Gemma Hendricksen (Senior 2010 Walsh). The Henricksen’s have a long and continuing connection to Shalom. Like others, I have just been amazed with some of the content Gemma posts. I feel humbled when I reflect on the things I worry about and the things I whinge about. I have so much to learn about gratefulness and have been so privileged to come across people like Gemma Henricksen. I have stolen a couple of posts she has made recently.

Good morning beautiful people

I have contemplated this post for some days now and just have been at a complete loss for words. At a time when my heart was breaking, the sheer kindness, love and generosity of people has held me and my loved ones together every single day. And for this, no amount of thank-you’s will ever be enough. Wish I could come and individually give you each a cuddle for your positive thoughts and prayers

So the basic story is, my absolutely amazing medical team gave me the best of the best treatment available, but this time my body has not received it in a positive way causing more harm to my liver than it was doing good, proving it unsafe to continue. But every single day I have more than enough to be thankful for, and absolutely I have times I'm absolutely floored and struggle to get out of bed. but I do. Because choosing hope above all else and believing in ourselves, our minds and our spirits is the best damn thing we do

#nottodaycancer #onedayatatime #beautifulplaces#thankfulfortoday #keeponkeepingon

Sometimes you just gotta jump, and hope like hell your wings will catch you and when they don’t I’m bloody grateful I have some amazing people around to help pick me back up

#naturalhealing #nottodaycancer #onedayatatime#findyourhappy #jump #bekind #gentle #youcandoit #slowlyslowly

In this Newsletter, we often focus on the achievements of our current students. If we are turning out past students, like Gemma, this school has a lot of which to be proud. Gemma’s parents, Louise and Glenn deserve huge credit for creating the calibre of young people of Gemma, Daniel, Kelsey and Braden. It is also wonderful to note how crucial to Gemma other past ‘Shalommies’ have been – particularly Harrison Gray (Year 12 Hogan 2011).

Parking & Pick Up - I’m very conscious that morning and afternoon traffic at Shalom is even a little worse than it has been. We are all very hopeful, that by the end of April, the new carpark will ease congestion – if we use it well. I know that parents collecting their child/ren in the afternoon face queues up until 3:20pm. That said, could I please ask that parents DO NOT park on the other side of Br Hogan Drive to wait for their child. Parents must use the designated pick up zone. Asking children to get across Br Hogan Drive, unsupervised and dodging buses and other traffic, is just dangerous. Please do not do this.

Bishop’s In-Service Day is on Tuesday of next week, February 13. This will be a student free day for the four Catholic schools in Bundaberg. We may be able to assist parents if child care is a major problem that day. Please contact Mr Robin Wust at the College if you need assistance.

Our refurbished and expanded Canteen was handed over to the College by Murchie Constructions last Friday. By Wednesday, we should be operating out of the new facility. Murchies are hoping to hand over the attached student toilet facilities to us on Friday. Murchies have been great to work with and have delivered this project earlier than scheduled and on budget.

Bundaberg Traffic Division big thank you to the officers who assisted us in getting out students to and from Norville Pool safely today for our Swimming Carnival. Our local police are great supporters at Shalom and it made the day so much easier.

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles


Curriculum matters: Support staff; Assessment; QCS

Key Staff

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and the staff members who will be supporting students this year. My areas of responsibility have altered slightly: overseeing the teaching and learning at Shalom College has now broadened to include more aspects of curriculum. Work with the College timetable and other administrative tasks will be the responsibility of Mr Brendan Maher, Assistant to the Principal – Administration. Mrs Janelle Ivers has been appointed Senior School Coordinator and works in support of the Year 10,11, and 12 students. Mrs Megan Munckton continues in her role as Middle School Coordinator, supporting Year 7, 8 and 9 students. Megan is working particularly closely with the team of Year 7 Core Studies teachers who will be engaged in innovative ways of teaching and promoting learning for Year 7 students. Mrs Liza O’Donnell, Pathways Coordinator, works in support of all students who wish to seek advice regarding the link between programmes of study and their future aspirations. Mr Peter Robinson, Student Welfare Coordinator, connects with the team through his support of students who have high-level study or sport commitments outside Shalom.

Assessment Calendar

At this stage, Learning Area Coordinators are adding assessment tasks to the Assessment Calendar for Semester One. The Assessment Calendar (referred to as “Curricular Activities” in our learning management system) is will be available via the Parent Lounge. To access the Parent Lounge, you will need to know your intranet login and password, which were emailed by the IT department. Please contact the College if you are unable to locate these details. Once logged-in, click on the name of your child under Curricular Activities Due to the left of the screen. You will note that there is a separate entry for each child in the family enrolled at the College.

The completed Assessment Calendar will include information about all assessment tasks for students including: Activity Name; Group (subject area); Start Date; Draft Date (only appears for electronic submissions – see task sheets for more details); Due Date; and Activity Status.

Learning Area Coordinators manage and provide initial entries for the calendar. These entries will be updated by the class teacher. Please contact the appropriate class teacher, or Learning Area Coordinator, for more information about assessment tasks if required.

Please note that the Curricular Activities within a student’s allocation of subjects may not be spread evenly through the semester. Across the College, many assessment tasks are assigned during Semester One and each of these is timed according to particular subject requirements. This makes intervention to spread assessments impractical. However, teachers will suggest timelines to help students manage their time when a task is set. Students (with your support) are encouraged to use this information, in conjunction with the Forward Planner 2018 (pages 126 – 127) in the Student Record Book, to help spread their workload and to meet deadlines. It is not unusual for assessment loads to be heavy around peak times such as the weeks leading up to the end of term or an examination block. Our students must develop the capacity to manage their time and we all have a part to play in this. Please contact your child’s pastoral care teacher or class teacher if you would like assistance in helping your child to develop time management and assessment management skills. The Homework/Study Plan (page 124) is recommended for use by all students.

Year 12 Trial QCS Test

Year 12 students who will be sitting the QCS Test will complete trial papers on Friday 9 February. Information regarding attendance, timing and equipment has been communicated via Daily Notices, accessible to students and parents. A document giving details is attached below:

Students who are OP-eligible must sit the trial; students who are not OP-eligible may sit the test. Students who have decided, in discussion with parents/guardians that they will not be sitting the QCS Test must download, print, complete and submit the form below. The form is also available in hard copy from Student Reception.

Please note that on the trial day Year 12 students will be dismissed at approximately 2:45pm. Should you require any information about your child’s participation in the trial QCS Test, please contact Mrs Ivers, or Ms Nelson.

Students not sitting the QCS Test are expected to continue with work experience, structured workplace learning or attendance at their usual workplaces if they are involved in a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship. Should you require any information about participation in work experience, structured workplace learning or school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, please contact the Pathways Coordinator, Mrs Liza O’Donnell.

Year 12 OP Range Estimates

The first in a series OP range estimates for this year will soon be distributed to all OP-eligible Year 12 students. The date of distribution will be communicated via Daily Notices.

Ms Katherine Nelson
Assistant Principal Curriculum

School Photo Day – Tuesday 6 February

School Photo order envelopes were distributed to students last week. Spare blank forms and family photo order forms are available from Student Reception; siblings need to present together to the Sports Centre during lunchtime or prior to the commencement of school (from 8:15am) to have family photos taken.

Formal school uniform, including school tie for boys is to be worn on the day.

Photos can be ordered online prior to photo day. The order envelope is to be given to the photographer even if not ordering photos. Late orders will need to be made by contacting Academy Photography directly, either by phoning 07 3801 4407 or emailing the QLD office at

Any students absent on photo day including the Year 7s on camp will be asked to come to the catch up photo day held on the following Monday February 12.

Mrs Mia Dawson
Office Manager (Daily Arrangements)


The start of year has been quite a busy start and I hope it has gone well for you. Here is some IT services news.


Over the holidays we retired our Cyberhound internet filter to use our head office approved zScaler filter system. Even though we planned ahead of time, we have had some teething issues this year. Due to the zScaler setup, all users need to use their DCEO account to get out to the internet. We have found a few accounts are having issues and we are working with head office to get these resolved as fast as we can. We have been asking students to be patient during this time.


Towards the end of last year, we conducted a trial with a product called Foldr which we hope would replace our aging WebDAV system. This year we have implement it and we are hoping to switch off WebDAV by the end of Term 1.

Foldr has the following benefits:

Android & iOS – these platforms have an app for Foldr. It will therefore integrate with other apps by using the open in functionality

Macbooks (OSX) & Windows – Accessible from a webpage via the link below:

Windows 10 Updates

At the end of last year, Microsoft released a new version of Windows 10 called 1709. We have made this version accessible to all our Yr11 and 12 students which they can start installing now. We have advised students the preference is for them to install this as soon as possible before week 5.

Matthew Mills
IT Manager

Quiet Achiever

Maddison Kimber (12)
Lingiari 7

Thank you to Maddison for being proactive and supportive. She can see when assistance is required and is quick to offer her help especially in PC and with her Year 7 buddy. When we need volunteers Maddison turns up – even for mundane jobs like putting away chairs. She is a keen participant in all of our sporting endeavours and has for years stepped up to fill spots in our swimming carnival when no one else was keen. Also in Bombardment she has been the last one standing on several occasions. Her enthusiasm is infectious and much appreciated.

Mrs Mary Taylor
Lingiari House Coordinator

Middle School Matters

Core Studies B for 8 and 9

Welcome back to all students in Year 8 and 9 this year. Teachers in Core Studies B (English and Humanities) are looking forward to a range of interesting and challenging units of study for 8s and 9s and hope that all students are ready for learning.

This term, Year 8 students will focus on the theme of environment. Students will be studying an English unit investigating the way our relationship with the environment influences poetic expression and a Geography unit looking at landscapes and landforms. Students will have the opportunity to learn Geography skills such as field sketching and to try them out on an excursion to Elliott Heads later in the term. They will also be experimenting with multimodal forms of presenting poetry.

In Year 9, students are beginning their Humanities studies with a unit on the Industrial Revolution. This will include the study of a range of primary sources and consider the causes and effects of the industrialisation of society. In 9 English, students will investigate the concept of ‘construction’ in texts by examining the way teenage identity is constructed across a range of popular culture texts.

Should you have any questions about your child’s learning in Core Studies B for Year 8 and 9, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or the subject co-ordinator Patricia Allen.

Left to right, Year 9 Humanities students Chloe Johnstone, Lana Vollmerhause, Leandra Saupp-Saunders, Caitlyn Harrap, Sarah Krebs, Chelsey Bainisavu with their Industrial Revolution timeline on a new whiteboard topped desk.

Left to right, Year 9 Humanities students Claudia Thomson, Avril Davies, Oliver Collins and Ethan Sologinkin work on a timeline using new white-board topped furniture on trial in some Humanities classrooms this year.

Mrs Patricia Allen
Subject Coordinator
Senior Humanities and 8&9 Core Studies B

LOTE - Japanese

あけましておめでとうございます (Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Welcome to all Year 7 students and returning students. This promises to be an interesting and challenging period, with many of you learning Japanese for the first time. You will be learning interesting things about a different culture, an entirely new alphabet and a new way of looking at the world.

Learning Japanese will also help your academic achievement in other subjects. By learning a new language, you will learn more about English, which will help strengthen your literacy skills. You will also learn to use parts of your brain that would otherwise be under-utilised. This also helps with numeracy and creativity.

2018 is The Year of the Dog.

In Chinese astrology, each year is related to a Chinese zodiac animal according to the 12-year cycle. 2018 is an Earth Dog Year. Dogs are ambitious, and this will be more obvious in 2018. So, 2018 is a great year to strive had and be adventurous in learning.

Mrs Simone Wilson
Subject Coordinator


Presenters from Skills Compliance will be holding an information session for Cert II in Aircraft Line Maintenance on Wednesday 7 February at 11:25am in the Loyola Centre. See attachment for further information.

Mrs Liza O’Donnell
Pathways Coordinator

P & F Association

P & F Monthly Meeting Notice

The P & F Association would like to take the opportunity welcome our new families to Shalom College and invite you to our first meeting for 2018. A quick reminder for everyone as a parent/guardian of Shalom College you are automatically a member of the P & F and are very welcome to attend our monthly meetings.

The meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 5:30pm in the staff common room which is located near the PAP. The meeting dates are also included on your Shalom College Calendar as a reminder and for easy future reference.

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday February 6, commencing at 5:30pm. We look forward to seeing all our existing and new members at our first meeting for 2018.

Please return the P & F volunteer form as soon as possible. A link to the volunteer form has been attached for your convenience.

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.

Mrs Louise Stallard
P&F President

Instrumental Music

Welcome to all students for another exciting and busy year in the instrumental music department.


All groups have now started rehearsals. It was lovely to see so many enthusiastic musicians eager to start playing and singing again after the long break. Could we please remind all students that they are expected to arrive 10-15 minutes before commencement of rehearsal (particularly those groups in the theatre) to warm up or help set up the rehearsal space which includes chairs and stands. This includes choir.

2018 lessons

All lessons have also started for the year. If you have a child/ren who would like to restart (due to a lapse) playing their instruments, please contact me for details.

Parent music information meeting

Scheduled for Tuesday February 6 in the band room starting at 7:00pm. This is an opportunity for parents to meet the tutors and ask questions re the program. Topics covered will include how the music lesson timetable works.

Performance uniforms

All students in the instrumental/choral music program will need a performance uniform. We would like all students, particularly Year 7, who have not got a vest to go to the uniform shop for sizing. Mrs Stephenson will also advise where the shirt and black pants can be purchased.

Mrs Robyn Edgar
Instrumental Music Coordinator

College Musical 2018


Charlotte Smith

Miss Hannigan

Ella Boas

Grace Farrell

Laura Helbig

Oliver Warbucks

Jordan Nio

Rooster Hannigan

Josef Baumgartner

Lily St. Regis

Ella Marschke


Kasey Hess


Lana Munckton


Mikayla Condon


Tamae Marschke


Chelsea Costar


Charlotte Boge

Feature Roles and Chorus

Bailey Simpson

Gretel McGeorge

Libby Boas

Matthew Capuzzo

Tom Espe

Liam McGuire

Nicholas McMahon

Dominique Rotar

Lukaeja Morrison

Madison Test

Bella Little

Maddelyn Batt

Bailee Baldwin

Candace Walsh

Kaitlyn Johnson

Lilly Steindl

Grace Bushell

Daneka Robinson

Brooklyn Devine

Clare Evans

Jasmine Nio

Jordyn Mason

Lily Christensen

Mackenzie Crossett

Poppy Bartels

Ruby Harris

Trinity Medcalf

Bonnie Niven

Dianne Enguito

Ebony Stone

Lace Davies

Regan Caldwell

Miss Anita McAtee
Performing Arts Coordinator


Shalom AFL Team Progress

Training for the Shalom Saints Under 14 AFL team which will be playing in the local club competition will begin on Tuesday 20th February. There is still room for 5 more players in the squad, and I would be keen to hear from students who wish to sign on. Please remember that this is different to our Wednesday Interschool Sport The AFL team will train twice a week and play on Saturdays from April 21 until late August, and will occasionally play on the Fraser Coast. I am happy to discuss any further details of the on 4155 8123 (Shalom Physical Education Office), , or 0431139922 (Mobile).

Mr Jason Baulch
Head of Physical Education

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

Wide Bay Capricorn Branch Surf Life Saving Carnival

On the weekend Dylan Theuerkauf, Jake McCaig, Connor Patterson and Lachlan Stevenson competed in Wide Bay Capricorn Branch Surf Life Saving Championships. They competed in both team and individual events. The 4 boys performed amazingly, especially in light of the weekends challenging conditions. In the team events they came 2nd in the surf team race and the board relay, 3rd in the board rescue and the Cameron relay. The highlight was placing 1st in the beach relay. In the individual events they were all successful in winning medals. Throughout the carnival they gave it their all, all the while demonstrating great sportsmanship.

2018 Capricorn Summer Junior Classic

Two Shalom Students were successful at the recent 2018 Summer Junior Golf Classic that was held at the Capricorn International Golf Course near Yeppoon, 3-5 January 2018.

After one day of professional coaching with some of Australia’s best coaches, Amara Burns and Coben Simpson competed over two days at this event.

Playing conditions were challenging with the temperature reaching 37 on both days. Amara and Coben played extremely well to take out the Championships in their respective divisions with Amara winning the C Grade Girls Gross Prize and Coben winning the 13 hole boys Gross Prize.

Amara commenced day two 8 shots behind the day 1 leader and played an exceptional game to finish the overall event 6 shots ahead. Coben played a high level of golf over both games, edging ahead of another fellow Junior Golf Bargara member. Amara and Cooper have won free entry to compete at the upcoming Australian Junior Age Division Golf Championships that will be held 10-13 April at the Capricorn International Golf Course. Placing at this upcoming event will result in a position on the Australian Team to complete at the UGA World Stars of Junior Golf and West Coast AAU Junior Olympic Games at the United States taking place later this year.

Mr Simon Gills
Sports Coordinator

State Rowing

Shalom rowers Ryan Barber, Zachary Christiansen, Tallan Foster, Matthew Parker and Denyin Rose all performed well at the 2018 Queensland State Rowing Championships Regatta at Lake Wyaralong, Beaudesert, from January 19-21. Tallan combined with a St Luke’s Anglican School student to claim the Silver medal in the Men’s Under-15 Double Scull, while Zachary and Matthew picked up the Bronze in the same event. Tallan, the St Luke’s student, Zachary, Denyin and Matthew (cox) also placed second in the Under-15 Men's Quad, while in the Singles, Tallan, Zachary, Denyin and Matthew wound up fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth respectively. Ryan took out seventh in the Men's Under-19 Single heat, while he also joined forces with two other Bundaberg representatives, a Brisbane GPS Rowing Club and Tallan (cox) to grab sixth in the Men's Under-19 Coxed Four, and a Bundaberg SHS rower to take fifth in the Men's Under-19 Double heat, just missing out on the final.

Matthew Parker and Zachary
Christiansen with their medals
after winning bronze in the
Under-15 Doubles

Ryan Barber on the water

Matthew Parker and
Zachary Christiansen
with their medals
after winning bronze
in the Under-15 Doubles

Ryan Barber on the water

Mr Vince Habermann
Teacher Assistant

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

Tuckshop News

The Tuckshop will be operating from the BBQ room on Monday and Tuesday. As of Wednesday February 7 the new Tuckshop will be open.

FlexiSchool ordering will start on Monday February 12 2018. Until then pre-ordering can be done from 7:30am until school commences.

Tuckshop menu 5 February – 9 February




Turkish Pockets

Salad and Meat Rolls


Meat Pie

Cheese and Bacon Pie

Chicken Burger


Turkish Pockets



Cheese Burger

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Burger

Steak Burger


Turkish Pockets

Wraps with Meat and Salad

Meat Pies

Cheese and Bacon Pies

Potato Pies


Beef, Bacon, Egg and Cheese Burger

Sweet Chilli Chicken Burger

Homemade Pizza

Sausage Rolls


Turkish Pockets

Meat Pies

Cheese and Bacon Pie

Potato Pies


Sausage Rolls

Pork Riblette Burger

Hot Dog with Cheese


Turkish Pocket

Meat Pies

Cheese and Bacon Pies

Potato Pies

Available everyday:

Vegemite and cheese scrolls

Chocolate, apple, blueberry muffins

Fruit salad

Watermelon Tub

Shalom Sunday Markets

Tuckshop Markets Roster



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



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



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



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

Community Notice Board

The Catholic Parish of Bundaberg – News

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

A weekend away for married couples in peaceful, picturesque surroundings – away from the distractions of everyday living. Take time out of your busy schedule, to invest in your most precious asset . . . your Marriage! This is a unique opportunity to to reconnect, rekindle and refresh your relationship.

Our next weekend will be held 3 - 5 August 2018.

Venue: Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre, Ormiston QLD (on Brisbane’s bayside)

For bookings/details contact: Maria and David Murphy, phone (07) 3342 1456,

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 the link below, 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.