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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

12 March 2018

Principal’s Reflection

It’s been a big couple of weeks at Shalom. We have had our 2019 Enrolment evening, the Year 12 Induction and our College Open Day last Friday. All of these events have focussed on who we are as a community. At the Enrolment evening I spoke to the parents and students about how important it is for schools to be authentic – to live out their Vision. The Vision of this community is summed up in our Mission Statement. I think it is a pretty succinct and relevant document and I am very confident to tell prospective parents that we work very hard to make this sentiment real at Shalom.

Shalom College Mission Statement

Shalom College aims to provide an excellent and holistic education grounded in the mission of Jesus, infused with the values of the Gospel and based on the traditions of Catherine McAuley and Edmund Rice.

At the centre of our mission is the creation of ‘right relationships’ which are characterised by respect, dignity, justice, compassion and restorative practice. This community maintains a special commitment to those most at risk.

Our mission is to create an environment that carefully nurtures growth and the student’s connectedness to their world and each other. Shalom College aims to harness and channel the optimism of the young and the desire to make a difference in the world thereby providing renewed hope and confidence in tomorrow for all.

We try to remind everyone in this community that the values of Jesus are our values – compassion, forgiveness, respect. I am very confident that if Edmund Rice or Catherine McAuley were to walk through Shalom, both would recognize it as one of their schools. We are very committed to doing the hard work of building ‘right relationships’. Sometimes that is a bit ‘messy’ but treating people with respect, dignity, compassion is our business. Restorative practices means that young people (and older people at times) have to be committed to mending the harm done. I think we are also a community that encourages the connections for our young people and their world. Harnessing and channelling the optimism of the young and giving them opportunities to make their world a little better, is one of the real privileges of being an educator.

It was nice to see another example of this in practice last week when a group of our Year 12 students, without any teacher direction, took it upon themselves to participate in ‘Clean Up Australia’ Day. These ten young people focussed their efforts at Shalom and filled seven big bags of rubbish in two hours on a weekend! Just a fantastic effort.

(L to R) – Simon Rathbone, Courtney Parfitt, Bethany Mann, Maddelyn Batt, Emily Obst, Rory Delaney, Briege Taske, Connor Van Kooten, Darcy Braund and Matthew Adcock.

Parents & Friends held their AGM last week. A huge thank you goes to the outgoing Executives – particularly President Mrs Louise Stallard and Secretary Mrs Gail Norris. Louise especially, has done an enormous amount of work for this College for years on the P&F. She has been selfless in the time and energy she has committed. Gail has also been wonderfully efficient and wise in her role. Both ladies will be genuinely missed. We welcome in Mr Paul Wilkinson as President as he steps up from the Treasurer’s role. Mrs Jas Haster will step into that vacant position and Ms Emma Jensen will take on the Secretary’s position.

Catholic Schools’ Race Day is on St Patrick’s day next Saturday. Come along and enjoy a great day for a great cause. Tickets still on sale at the office.

I am on Sabbatical Leave for the next two weeks. I will be attending the US Religious Education Conference in Los Angeles with Mrs Kim O’Shea-Hard and 15,000 others. Mrs Austin-Campbell steps into my role during that time.

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles

Student Welfare and Information

On Monday March 19 we have Rebecca Sparrow coming in to the College to speak to our Year 7s, 8s and 9s.

Rebecca will be speaking on the following topic:

Find Your Tribe

‘What does a good friendship look and feel like? Are your friends propelling you forward or holding you back? And do they cheer when you win? In this presentation Rebecca talks about the importance of finding your tribe – those people in life who are authentic friends. She also discusses the importance of teaching yourself to be resilient, learning to listen to your gut instinct, the power of your high school legacy and the value in giving back to the community.’

Rebecca is the author of three best-selling novels The Girl Most Likely, The Year Nick McGowan Came to Stay and Joel and Cat Set the Story Straight (co-authored with Nick Earls). Since 2009 Rebecca has focused on writing non-fiction books for teenage girls to help them navigate those tricky high school years. Those books include Find Your Tribe (and 9 other things I wish I’d known in high school); Find Your Feet (The 8 things I Wish I’d Known Before I Left High School) and the best-selling Ask Me Anything (heartfelt answers to 65 anonymous questions from teenage girls).

I am sure our students, both the boys and the girls, will get something out of this presentation.

Rebecca is here in Bundaberg for that weekend and so we have engaged her before she heads back to Brisbane.

Mrs Elizabeth Austin-Campbell
Deputy Principal


Year 11 and 12 EOT1 Examination 2018

Mr Brendan Maher
Assistant Principal Administration



Shalom strongly recommends exploring the following areas of the QTAC website for parents and Year 10, 11 & 12 students considering tertiary study. This website has been referred to as the mother-ship of all universities.

The ‘For Parents’ section offers great advice to help guide the decision making process, offering assistance on applying, study costs and choosing the right institution being just some of the many topics covered. This can help to make sense of what can sometimes be a very confusing subject.

The ‘Course Search’ offers a comprehensive list of all study areas available at universities and TAFE throughout all regions.

Business Recognition

This week, Shalom College would like to recognise and acknowledge Blooms the Chemist, Stockland Bundaberg for their involvement in school based traineeships.

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

Bond University Visit

Bond University will be visiting Shalom College after school on Monday March 19 and Tuesday March 20 from 3:30pm and will be available for one-on-one family meetings. Feel free to contact Ms Jennifer Latorre directly on or phone 0437024134.

Mrs Liza O’Donnell
Pathways Coordinator

Quiet Achiever

Ella Marschke is a worthy candidate. She is always organised, has an immaculate record book, volunteers in class for PC related activities and taught the PC class the school song with her beautiful voice. Ella flies under the radar, never looks for acclamation but is a true example of the qualities we hold strong in Rice House; always having pride in her House and College; always looking out for others; always looking to excel in every way she can and generally being a thoroughly decent person.

Miss Claire Stallard
Rice House Coordinator

P & F Monthly Meeting Notes

The P & F held the Annual General Meeting on March 6 which was then followed by our usual monthly meeting. The following positions were filled:

  • President – Mr Paul Wilkinson
  • Vice President – Mrs Lynda Crossett
  • Secretary – Mrs Emma Jansen
  • Treasurer – Mrs Jas Haster
  • Diocesan Rep – Mrs Leanne Barker
  • Board Representative – Mrs Kim O’Shea-Hard

The P & F Committee would like to thank Mrs Louise Stallard (retiring President) for her many years of commitment, service and dedication to the Shalom P & F Association. We would also like to take the opportunity to welcome all our new executive and committee members for 2018.

General Meeting Report:

The committee was pleased to support the Shalom Rowing Committee by sponsoring a hole at their upcoming Golf Day on April 22. The committee also financed the recent replacement of one of the data projectors in the Sports Centre.

As mentioned in a previous newsletter the P & F Committee financially support the After School Care Program that commenced at Shalom in 2018. We thank Mr Peter Robinson for his continued work with this program and look forward to supporting this program again in Term 2.

For further information, and to see the full AGM meeting minutes click here:

Please forward any comments or agenda items to the P & F Secretary at the school office or at the address below.

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 May 1, which will begin at 5:30pm.

Mrs Gail Norris
Retiring P & F Secretary

LOTE - Japanese

With exams and assessments coming up students of Japanese have been guided through skills on how to become a successful language student. Here are some tips.

Tips for Successful Language Study

1. Set realistic expectations

It is natural to feel uncomfortable in a language class. You’re used to being in classes where the mode of communication — the language of instruction — is a given. Learning to express yourself in another language with different vocabulary, sentence structures and cultural differences can be difficult at times. Not understanding and making mistakes are a very natural part of the language learning process. Accept the fact that you will not understand everything. In fact, at the very beginning, you will not understand much at all. Remember that during the initial period of adaptation your brain, ears and mouth are all adjusting to the sounds and the rhythm of the language. Remember that the only way to learn the language is through practice, practice, and more practice.

2. Break study time into smaller chunks and use effective strategies

Research shows that you learn most effectively and remember more when you study frequently and for shorter periods of time. Five minutes a day is more helpful than waiting until you have a test or exam. Try to study each day, and whenever possible, several times a day. For example, do a few homework exercises each day rather than doing all homework assignments the night before they are due. Aside from homework, there are many otherwise “idle” moments during the day when you can work in some studying.

You can review vocabulary while eating breakfast, recite the vocabulary or hiragana while showering (or even draw them on the glass), count your steps as you walk between classes, name as many object as you can in Japanese on your way to school, take your vocabulary flash cards with you on a road trip. There are many apps available for iPads and tablets for practicing hiragana, and several flash card apps as well where you can create your own vocabulary to study. Flashcards are an excellent way to practice vocabulary – use them in both directions, from Japanese – English and English to Japanese. Repetition and frequent practice is very important, especially as you add more and more words to your vocabulary. If you study consistently, you won’t feel panicked when it’s exam time.

3. Study actively!

Whenever possible, speak the language aloud rather than saying it silently to yourself. Say vocabulary words out loud, read passages aloud, do pronunciation activities out load and not just mentally. Write out the answers to activities rather than gliding through them in your mind. Read aloud entire sentences in an activity rather than just reading a fill-in response. Transferring language from your mind to your mouth is a skill that requires a great deal of practice.

Mrs Simone Wilson
Learning Area Coordinator LOTE

IT News

From our recent storage upgrade that was performed in the last two weeks, we have upgraded the default quota sizes for all student home drives to 5GB each. Student home drives is the recommended place for storing a copy of your college work while at Shalom. If you are not aware, we have a backup scheme on the system that runs from 8am – 6pm each day of the week. So if you have lost any files or make any changes that you don’t necessarily want, we can have a look and restore the file you need.

As per an email that has gone out this term to students, we will be retiring our old WebDAV system at the end of Term 1. For those who have not got the email or read it, we have a new system for 2018 called Foldr. (Yes, spelling is correct)

Foldr supports the following platforms:

Windows and Macbooks - URL:

iPads and Android – Apps from the appstores

Students Yr10-12

For these students, Cyberduck will be retired. Please use the URL above to access the Foldr webpage. Here is a link to a video so you can see the basics of how to use it -

Students Yr7-9

The Foldr app for iPads is located in our self-service portal. When using the app, it will require your college Username and password with the following server url –

Foldr will provide all students access to your own College Home drive as well as access to other school resources from both inside and outside the College.

For any one that wants more Shalom ICT information, please visit the following URL –

This webpage also has information regarding our College Device programs with expectations and responsibilities.

College Laptop Repairs

Just a reminder that if a Student has a College laptop with damage or any defects, to please notify the IT Unit as soon as possible so we can assist.

For any Shalom student laptops with the ruggerdised rubber coming loose, please notify the IT unit as soon as possible before it breaks or tears so we can have it repaired under warranty with HP.

Mr Matthew Mills
IT Manager

Instrumental Music

Autumn Concert

A reminder that our first concert for the year will be tomorrow evening Tuesday March 13 staring at 7:00pm. Students are to wear performance uniform if they have one, otherwise wear day uniform – this should only apply to new students to Shalom this year. Entry is free. Come and support your children in all groups.

Music folders

Payments can now be made through Parent Lounge.

On Parent Lounge, select the TAB ‘Make a Payment’, choose ‘Tours and Excursions’, accept the invitation and follow the prompts for payment by credit card.

This is our preferred method of payment, however, payments of $15 may also be made to the Finance Office.

Bundaberg Music Eisteddfod

The entry box for the 2018 Bundaberg Music Eisteddfod is now at Inspirations Paint and Colour Centre. Entries close on Friday March 23. Please note that no late entries will be accepted, this message was sent to me by the Bundaberg Eisteddfod committee.

Roll marking

A reminder to email Mrs McAtee by 7:45am if your child/ren are not able to attend a rehearsal.

Mrs Robyn Edgar
Instrumental Music Coordinator


Shalom College Hockey Representatives

Well done to the 15 Shalom students who gained selection into the Bundaberg Secondary Schools 13-19 years’ representative teams for Hockey recently. This is an outstanding achievement as there are only 30 available places. Gaining this selection is a testament to the dedication, hard work and determination each of these students puts in at every training session.

Shalom College Hockey is incredibly proud of these young people and their achievements.

BDSSS U19 Girls: Holly Smith Y12, Reegan Wightman Y12, Ella McCaig Y10, Jessica Asnicar Y10, Anna Smith Y10, Milee Flanders Y9, Zali Usher Y9 and Katelyn Carige Y8.

BDSSS U19 Boys: Jackson Rielly Y10, Jack Beveridge Y10, Harrison Gardner Y9, Jesse Beveridge Y8, Jake McCaig Y8, Benjamin Smith Y8 and Samuel Aitkenhead Y7

These students will now progress to the Wide Bay trials which is held on March 19.

In addition, we congratulate Anna Smith on her selection to trial for the Queensland U15 club representative team. She had a strong trial and has continued to show great improvement and promise this season. Well done Anna!

Mr Robin Wüst
Hockey Convenor

Commonwealth Games Trials

Shalom students Jaime Krueger and Connor Simms covered themselves in glory with their performances against Australia’s best open age swimmers at the Commonwealth Games trials on the Gold Coast last week. Jaime was one of just two 13 year olds in the field of 54 for the women’s 100m Butterfly where she notched a massive personal best to stop the clock at 1:02.40, well under her qualifying time of 1:03.11, to place 25th. Emma McKeon went on to take out the final. Connor, 16, was the youngest competitor in the blue riband men’s 50m and while he swam slightly slower than his qualifying time of 23.60sec, he still clocked 23.75sec to be ranked 49th out of 57 and miss the final by a little over one second, with the final won by James Roberts from Cameron McEvoy and James Magnussen.

Jaime Krueger at the Commonwealth
Games Trials

Connor Simms at the Commonwealth
Games Trials

Queensland Youth Championships

Shalom students Thomas Pascoe, Ky Woods and Geordan Zunker were part of the Bundaberg Surf Life Saving team of four which claimed a glorious gold medal in the Under-15 Male Beach Relay at the Queensland Youth Championships at Alexandra Headlands on the weekend. They beat teams from the host club and North Barrier Branch for the title. Ky also claimed bronze in the U-15 Male Beach Flags to qualify for the Australian Championships in Perth next month, with Thomas claiming a very creditable sixth in the event. Thomas and Ky also placed sixth and seventh respectively in the U15 Male Beach Sprint. Ky, Thomas and six other Shalom students, Oliver Collins, Lane Crossley-Price, Jake and Ella McCaig, and Jasmyn and Dylan Theuerkauf were also members of the Bundaberg SLSC team which placed a notable fourth behind Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park, Maroochydore and Miami Beach in the Junior March Past. Two Shalom students, who are members of the Elliott Heads SLSC, also achieved top-eight finishes, with Baylee Holden taking sixth in the U15 Female 2km Beach Run and Caiden Everingham winding up eighth in the U12 Male 1km Beach Run.

Cricket Report

Both of our teams in the BDSSS Years 11-12 cricket divisions started their season with good wins. With our older team, Shalom Red taking on BCC, who batted first and established a solid total of 2-153 with their opening batsman scoring 114.

Shalom Red responded with Vincent Knight anchoring the team as the opening batsman, retiring on 37 with a couple of overs to go. Rory Delaney came in at number 3 and smashed a quick-fire 70 runs off 18 balls, which put Shalom on the front foot. From there, a steady stream of singles and the odd boundary saw Shalom come away with a comfortable win, finishing at 4-174.

Our year 8 team in the years 9-10 competition won on forfeit by Kepnock, but they played a practice game and Ronan Dempsey was outstanding, blasting an unbeaten 31 from his 15 balls, and taking 6-7, while our year 7-8 team went down narrowly to Bundaberg State High School, reaching 4-94 in reply to their 4-101. Vice-captain Nicholas Clarke opened the batting and bowling and was outstanding, claiming 2-13 and batting through the innings to finish unbeaten on 50.

Mr Vince Habermann OAM
Cricket Convenor

Shalom Black V Bundaberg State High School

After waiting four rounds, we were able to get our season underway. This year the Shalom U15 team are competing in the Open competition. Debut captain Braden Hendricksen lost the toss against Bundaberg State High School and we were sent into bat. After a steady start by Caileb Dimes and Aaron Cunnington our middle order was able to come in and play their shots. Led by Matthew Jackson (49 off 20 balls), Kynan Hard (18 off 16 balls) and Edward Ryan (26 off 16 balls) Shalom were able to amass a formidable 128 for the loss of 4 wickets in our allotted 15 overs.

We bowled steadily with Jackson (2 for 9) and Aaron (2 for 1) restricting the opposition to 83 for the loss of 6 wickets in their overs. Braden and Caileb bowled well without much reward. A more dedicated and consistent effort in the field is needed in the coming weeks.

Player of the match: Matthew Jackson 49 and 2/9
Result: Shalom win by 45 runs.

Mr Robin Wüst
Cricket Coach

College News

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

Year 12 Induction DVD

If anyone is interested in purchasing a DVD of Br Rochford’s take of the year 12 induction, it can be obtained at the school’s front office for $5.

Br Rochford
College Minister

Shalom Sunday Markets

Tuckshop Roster


12 March

Bronwyn Grills


13 March

Cathy Duffield


14 March

Jeremy & Danielle Van Der Heide


15 March

Christie Thwaite

Eva Deveraux


16 March

Kylie Jarvis


19 March

Mila Robertson


20 March

Kellie Jenkins

Steph Hughes


21 March

Lily Bradshaw


22 March

Jacqueline Read


23 March

Nancy Poldervaart


26 March

Leah Whalley

Jess Montford


27 March

Fiona Canniffe

Meg Galati


28 March

Melissa Patterson


29 March

Melissa Weldon

Trish Cahill

Tuckshop Markets Roster


18 March

6.00am - 9.30am

Suzanne Brown

John Delaney

Mechalle Kimber

Mark Morris

Jennifer Walsh

9.00am - 12.30pm

Marissa Browne

Renita Snare


25 March

6.00am - 9.30am

Christine Buwalda-Nicolson

Joanne Godfrey

Richard/Fiona Hayes

Martin Kelly

Rohan/Maddy Lloyd

Karlee Pfeffer

9.00am - 12.30pm

Wayne Fuller

Bruce Green

Markets BBQ Roster

March 18

Confraternity R.L.

March 25

Cambodia Trip

April 1

Fairymead Swim Club

April 8

Waves Rugby League

Community Notice Board

The Catholic Parish of Bundaberg – News

Catholic Schools Raceday

Shalom Rowing Golf Day

Get Active Tennis Clinic

A tennis clinic for children will be conducted at Rotary Park Tennis Complex, 69b George Street, South Bundaberg by Bundaberg Tennis Academy Coaches, Mr Murray Whitbread and Mr Kevin Banner.

  • Monday 9th, Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th April 2018
  • 8:30am – 10am Junior Beginners 5-12 years
  • 2:30pm – 5:00pm High School/Intermediate/Advanced

To Register and for enquiries, please phone Mr Kevin Banner on 4152 0753 or 0409 520753.

Bookings are essential!

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.