Shalom College
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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111
Fax: 07 4152 6083

19 February 2018

Principal’s Reflection

Last Thursday, we took the opportunity to have a ‘get to know you’ afternoon tea with our Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students and families. It has been very satisfying to see the number of those students increasing at Shalom over recent years. Last week was a very significant one for the nation as we reflected on the progress made in the goals established ten years ago for ‘closing the gap’ for indigenous people and also ten years since the apology made by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to the Stolen Generations. At Shalom, we have seen an increasing number of young indigenous women and men participating in school life and successfully completing Year 12. We need to keep working hard at that and playing our part in addressing some fundamental inequities in our nation. It is just not acceptable that indigenous peoples face a shorter life span than other Australians. Improved educational outcomes always play a significant part in people living better and healthier lives. In last Saturday’s Australian newspaper, Warren Mundine wrote an excellent piece that reminded all families that ‘school attendance is the most important factor in ending indigenous disadvantage’. The same is true for all children – black or white. He went on to say, ‘to get an effective education, kids must attend 90% of the time. If a child frequently misses more than half a day of school a week (attendance at less than 90%), their education is considered at risk. Miss one day of school a week (attendance below 80%) and their education is significantly diminished. 90% attendance at a bad school is better than below 90% at a good one. Below 80% attendance is as bad as not attending at all.’ This is true for all kids. Every day at school is important. Every class is important. The gap between educational success, as measured by Year 12 graduation, has closed significantly for indigenous Australians.

Shalom will continue to celebrate the part our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families play in our community. I love that we have “Lingiari House” at Shalom. The story of Vincent Lingiari is not nearly as well known in Australia as it should be – thank God for Paul Kelly’s song ‘From Little Things, Big Things Grow’. Vincent Lingiari is an Australian hero. His role in standing up for the rights of indigenous people began the Land Rights campaign. His courage and commitment in the face of power was amazing. Lingiari House at Shalom reminds all of our students of those values and practice. This community needs to enthusiastically play its part in this process. We are very grateful for the contribution that our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and families make to Shalom. We are a much better school for their presence.

Last Week Walsh House and Shalom enjoyed a visit from past student Gemma Hendricksen. Gemma spoke to the Walsh kids about the importance of gratitude. Being grateful for their families, for their school and simple things like being healthy. She encouraged the students to not take things for granted. She has a particular perspective on that at the moment given the health challenges she is facing and it was a wonderful message for all who listened. We were able to share some birthday cake with Gemma on the day.

Enrolments 2019 – enrolment packages have been sent out to our Catholic primary schools for students currently in Year 6. Our 2019 Information evening is on Wednesday February 28 at 7pm in the Theatre. Please encourage any families you know considering Shalom for their child next year to attend.

Farewell Tom Houghton who concluded his time on staff at Shalom recently. Tom was a GAP year student here in 2016 and continued on staff last year and the first few weeks of this year. Tom was fantastic at Shalom in his work with Lighting, Sound and AV. Tom secured a position with the NIDA of that industry in Sydney. Hundreds apply for a place in the course which takes only a handful. We wish Tom every success in this next stage in his career.

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles


Ash Wednesday

Last week staff, students and parishioners began the Lenten season with an 8am Mass in our beautiful chapel. The ashes were blessed and collected by our College Student Leaders who then distributed these as part of the liturgies held in Houses. Featured in our Ash Wednesday Liturgy was Rattanak, a young Cambodian man who has turned his life around, thanks to the efforts of Caritas Australia. The money raised through our Lenten Appeal and the Colour Fun go directly to Caritas, so this was a great way for our students to witness a sample of the wonderful work they do. One of our committed teachers, Ms Kelsey Huntley, has taken leave this year to volunteer her services to the Cambodian schools striving to make a difference by educating their young. Ms Huntley and her husband, were inspired by the dealings they've had via the Year 11, Shalom Cambodian immersion trip. This week, Kelsie kicked off the Lenten Appeal for Shalom by delivering personally the monies left over from our 2017 fundraising efforts. We wish her luck with the remaining time she has in Cambodia and continue to be inspired by this act of service by such a generous couple to help us keep focus on the reason for this Lenten season.

This Lent, Shalom College is trying to be more grateful and generous of heart. It has been wonderful to see so many students already add to our 'Jar of Gratitude' reflecting their commitment to our collective Lenten promise. Fish and chips were also a popular lunch choice from the tuckshop Wednesday and Friday, an old yet symbolic Catholic tradition which continues to remind us of the reason for this Lenten season.

Kim O'Shea-Hard
Assistant Principal Mission

Student Welfare

Year 10 Camp

Year 10 Camp information will be out to parents via House Coordinators soon. Please see schedule for camps for Year 10s in 2018 for your planning.

Camp Number

(Term 2)


Dates for Camp

House Coordinator/ Teacher attending

1 (Week 3)


Mon 30 April to Wed 2 May

Claire Stallard



Tues 1 May to Thurs 3 May

Adam Knott



Wed 2 May to Friday 4 May

Paula Van Dalen

4 (Week 4)


Tues 8 May to Thursday 10 May

Joe O’Driscoll



Wed 9 May to Friday 11 May

Michelle Moller

6 (Week 5)


Mon 14 May to Wed 16 May

Chris Roelofs



Tues 15 May to Thurs 17 May

Mary Taylor



Wed 16 May to Friday 18 May

Aaron Brown

Mr Peter Robinson
Student Welfare Coordinator

Enrolments 2019

Applications for Year 7 2019 close on April 27 2018. For families interested in enrolling their child at Shalom College for 2019 an Enrolment Prospectus is available upon request from the College Enrolment Secretary, Mrs Jan Aplin P 4155 8103, E or visit the link below. We are also hosting two events for further information for parents.

Mrs Georgia Halpin
Community Relations Officer

Quiet Achievers of the Week

In the last weeks of 2017, our tuckshop closed for a major refurbishment which meant that it then had to be moved into the market barbeque area. As it was the end of the year, we only had Years 7 – 9 in the College giving us a chance to streamline just how we could get approximately 700 students fed.

The beginning of 2018, however, was a different story; we now had over 1350+ students back at school with a significant proportion of them using the canteen to buy lunches and afternoon teas.

Today I want to highlight three quiet achievers: Ann Guy, the tuckshop convenor and her offsiders: Cathy Kleintz and Leanne Barker. What a wonderful job they did whilst the refurbishment was underway; they operated under what must have been very trying conditions. The ladies were so flexible and did it all with such good humour.

Thank you so very much on behalf of all the students Ann, Cathy and Leanne - your work is greatly appreciated.

Mrs Elizabeth Austin-Campbell
Deputy Principal


The 2018 year has seen some changes in this area and what we previously knew as VET and Careers are now merged into our more inclusive PATHWAYS model. This is a very fitting name that is focused on supporting the needs of all students on their journey – no matter what that may be.

There will be a renewed focus on industry immersion, providing the opportunity for students to have a greater understanding of an industry or specific role prior to making subject choices, and the team will be working hard on creating opportunities for varied study pathways – both vocational and tertiary focused. The 2018 Pathways team consists of Mrs Liza O’Donnell (PATHWAYS Coordinator), Mr Peter Robinson (Student Welfare, High Performance Program, Tertiary Studies Guidance, After School Activities) and Mrs Kathy Laing (Pathways Administration).

We have kicked the year off with a record breaking 61 Students currently engaged in an external activity and are seeing an increase in school based apprenticeship sign ups.

Students who have opted out of QCS testing will have the opportunity to participate in Pathways activities during the Access session to assist student in goal setting and preparing for the world of work.

This week, Shalom College would like to recognise and acknowledge Bundaberg Community Kindergarten for their involvement in school based traineeships.

Thank you! Your contribution is invaluable in creating the futures of our young people.

Mrs Liza O’Donnell
Pathways Coordinator

P & F Association

To all P & F Members, you are reminded that our monthly meeting is held in the staff common room, all parents are welcome. Please note the next P & F meeting will be held on Tuesday 6 March 2018 after the Annual General Meeting which will begin at 5.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Mrs Gail Norris
P & F Secretary

Instrumental Music

Bundaberg Music Eisteddfod

The entry box for the 2018 Bundaberg Music Eisteddfod is now at Inspirations Paint and Colour Centre. Entries close on Friday March23 2018. Please note that no late entries will be accepted. (This message was sent to me by the Bundaberg Eisteddfod committee)

Performance Uniforms

Could all Year 7 and other new students in the instrumental/choral music program please go to the uniform shop for sizing of the vest. Mrs Stephenson needs to finalise the sizing’s as soon as possible so that an order can be placed. She will also advise where the shirt and black pants can be purchased.

2018 Performance Schedule

Please let me know if you didn’t receive a copy of the 2018 performance schedule which was email out in week 2. Please note that the first concert for the year will be March 13 2018 where all groups will be performing.

Performance Groups

All instrumental and choral/vocal groups are working very hard preparing music for our scheduled concerts as well as competition work. The newest group, the middle school vocal ensemble is a small group of very enthusiastic singers who are working very hard to sing at the Senior Induction liturgy as well as the first concert. New members from years 7-9 are still very welcome to join.

Roll Marking

Thank you for your cooperation in relation to advising our tutors and Mrs McAtee if your child/ren are not able to attend a rehearsal. If you are not aware of this new method of marking the instrumental music rehearsal rolls, please contact me. An email was sent out, but to our dismay and frustration, we find some go to your spam mail.

Mrs Robyn Edgar
Instrumental Music Coordinator

Music Achievement

On January 6, former student Matthew Munro went to the Senior Academy of Country Music and did two weeks intensive training. He then went to the Tamworth Music Festival on January 19 where he was chosen to compete in a talent quest. 40 contestants performed in the talent quest with 16 progressing to the finals. On January 22 Matthew was awarded the Nathaniel O’Brien Encouragement Award 2018 at the Aristocrat’s Entertainer of the year ceremony.

Well done Matthew.

Mrs Lynelle McAtee
Performing Arts Assistant

Uniform Shop News

All Music Students requiring Music Vests – to avoid disappointment please visit the Uniform Shop for size fitting by Thursday February 22 at the latest. Price $55-$60.

Delivery of music vests cannot be guaranteed after this date. Delivery time approximately 3 to 4 weeks. Minimal second-hand vests available.

Students are required to wear long sleeve tencel shirt and tailored black pant/trouser available at Lowes – Stockland.

All Rowing Students – to order your Zoot Suit – Please visit the Uniform Shop with your height and weight. You must know your height and weight to determine your size. Orders close February 22. Delivery approximately 3 weeks. Price to be advised.

Zoot suits are ordered each season at Oarsome and embroidered at Shawline with the College Crest.

Orders for Navy Jackets can be taken from Monday February 26. Try on sizes available at the Uniform Shop. Please note payment of $60 will be required on order. Orders will close of Monday March 12. Limited excess stock will be ordered. To avoid disappointment please order before closing date. Delivery time is 12 weeks and students will be advised on delivery of their jacket. We strongly suggest that your uniform is embroidered with student’s name. Embroidery can be done at Shawline for a cost of $5.50 for e.g. J. Smith or John Smith in red.


Swimming Carnival

Jaime and Taylar Krueger

MacKillop Leaders

Connor Van Kooten and Tailah O’Shea

MacKillop Leaders

Connor Van Kooten
and Tailah O’Shea

Sisters Jaime (Year 9) and Taylar (Year 7) Krueger were the only two record breakers at our recent College Swimming Carnival. Jaime, who will contest the upcoming Commonwealth Games selection trials, broke the College’s second longest standing swimming record, clocking 31.16sec in the 14 years Girls 50m Butterfly, eclipsing the mark of 31.90sec set by Jacinta Zimitat in 1995. Taylar posted 46.14sec in the 12 years Girls 50m Breaststroke, lowering the previous best of 47.03sec achieved by Sarah Nash in 2015. Jaime and Taylar also claimed their Age Championships, with their Adams team-mates, another Commonwealth Games trialist, Connor Simms (Open Male) and Connor Patterson (13 years Male) also picking up age titles, along with Hogan’s Tailah O’Shea (Open Female), Aedan Leslie (16 years Male), Liliana McLennan (16 years Female), Baylee Holden (15 years Female); Walsh’s Tobias Street (15 years Male); Lingiari’s William Zahn (14 years Male) and Caiden Everingham (12 years Male); and McAuley’s Bailey Grigg (13 years Female). Adams were again crowned as the Champion House with 9.150%, in advance of Hogan (9.140%) and Walsh (8.494%), while a very vocal Lingiari, were again judged by Br Rochford as the winners of the Cheering Award.

Lingiari – Cheering Award


Shalom will have two representatives in the Oceania Under-13 Futsal Team, chosen from Australia, New Zealand and Solomon Islands, to attend a training camp and play in an International Tournament in Barcelona in April, with Patrick McMahon (year 8) and Keanu Crofts (year 7) both selected in the side. The boys started in the game at a young age and have continued to impress for the Bundaberg Wildcats against the best from throughout South East Queensland but the super competitive pair of 12 year olds and good friends are very much looking forward to their first experiences abroad. Patrick said he is really looking forward to playing the top overseas teams, including North America and South America. Patrick and Keanu are both also very talented football players and both are also members of the Wide Bay Buccaneers under-13 team in the Queensland Premier League.

Keanu Crofts and Patrick McMahon

Mr Vince Habermann OAM
Teacher Aide
Learning Enhancement Unit

Open Girls Volleyball

The Shalom 1 open girls’ volleyball team had a narrow 2-nil defeat to BCC. After trailing earlier in the first set, Shalom College worked hard to almost meet the opposition at 18 - 21 but were unable to finish off the set. In the second set, Shalom College gave away a handy 10 - 4 lead going down 15 - 25. Jessica Lane was effective at the net, Emily Doyle put away many winners in her serving while Georgia Young and Meredith Ryan worked tirelessly as setters. Well done Shalom on a big effort for your first match where we are still learning our specialist volleyball positions.

Ms Shelley Greenhalgh
Volleyball Coach

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 20 and Thursday 22 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 29 June – Friday 6 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

2018 Lions Youth of the Year Competition

Simon Rathbone, Cara Mainwaring, Charlotte Blackwell and Darcy Braund

Next Tuesday, February 20, four Shalom College Year 12 students will participate in the Hinkler Lions Club Judging of the Lions Youth of the Year Quest. The students who have chosen to enter the quest are: Charlotte Blackwell, Darcy Braund, Cara Mainwaring and Simon Rathbone. Judging will occur at the St Mary's Conference Rooms, on the corner of Maynard Road and Barolin Street, using the Boston Street entrance. Initially, students will undertake a private interview with a panel of judges during the afternoon. Subsequently, at 6:30pm, the public speaking competition session will take place. Students will respond individually to two impromptu questions before delivering a five-minute prepared speech to the assembled audience. A light supper will be provided for supporting family and friends.

We wish our four competitors all the very best of luck in this worthwhile endeavour.

Mrs Jeanette Wedemeyer
English Leaner Area Coordinator

Science and Mathematics Competitions for 2018

This year Shalom College students have the opportunity to participate in the following national and international competitions:

ICAS Science Competition: Tuesday May 29
Australian Mathematics Competition: Thursday August 9

Students are assessed against other students in the same school year, state and country. The competitions are designed to be a fun event, removed from the pressures of formal assessment with problems and questions designed to stimulate the interest of students. All students receive a certificate showing their level of achievement and a detailed report outlining their performance.

If your student would like to participate in either the ICAS Science Competition or the Australian Mathematics competition parents need to complete the appropriate nomination form and students’ then submit it to student reception. Parents are encouraged to make the required payment online through Tours and Excursions in the Parent Lounge Portal by Friday April 20.

Competition Fees: ICAS Science Competition $9.00 per student

AMC Competition $6.50 per student

If you have any questions regarding any of the above competitions, please contact me via email:

Competition Coordinator
Mrs Debbie Bishop

Lunch Time Clubs

Lunch time clubs have begun in Week 2. There is something for everyone so come along and have some fun and also meet new people along the way.






Goondeel Library


Chess Club

Goondeel Library


Games Club



Ukulele Club

Goondeel Library


Drama Club


Colour Fun


  • Antique single spring beds
  • Radio
  • Wooden scrubbing brushes
  • Metal buckets

Please email Mrs Lynelle McAtee in the Performing Arts Department on the address below if you have any of these lying around.

Mrs Lynelle McAtee
Performing Arts Assistant

Shalom Sunday Markets

Tuckshop Markets Roster

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

Sunday 4 March

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

Sunday 11 March

6.00am - 9.30am

Bruce/Kayleen Bryan
Mary Buchanan
Robert/Mellisa Doyle
Keightley Family
Peter O’Beirne
Steven Schiffke
Maria Walker

9.00am - 12.30pm

Rodney Allport
Michelle Purkis

Sunday 18 March

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

Community Notice Board

The Catholic Parish of Bundaberg – News

Chinese New Year

Have a howling good time at the Bundaberg Chinese New Year celebrations! Unleash the fun on Saturday February 24 as we welcome in the Year of the Dog from 3pm. The celebrations, being held in the Bundaberg CBD, will feature a range of free pooch-themed children’s activities as part of the Chinese Animal Zodiac Trail. Participants work their way through the trail, located between Buss Park and BRAG Park, completing 12 activities for each sign of the Chinese zodiac and collecting stamps in their passport as they go. Activities will include umbrella painting hosted by Bundaberg Regional Galleries and craft activities hosted by Bundaberg Regional Libraries. All participants who complete the trail receive a prize! A lantern parade will light up the night from approximately 8:15pm followed by the evening’s grand finale - a fireworks display! For more information, head to the link below or call 1300 883 699.

Catholic Schools Raceday

Eastern Suburbs Magpies Junior Rugby League

Eastern Suburbs Magpies Junior Rugby League Club have vacancies for 12, 13 and 14 years’ age groups. 13s and 14s have started training and are training on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 5:30pm – 6:30pm at Easts oval on Olsen Street, East Bundaberg.

Families can contact Mr Brendon Jones 0447608511 or email for further information.

Bundaberg Model Railway Inc.

Early Years Breakfast Forum

Festival of Netball

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