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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

30 April 2018

Principal’s Reflection

In a correspondence with a priest in Ireland, Jackie Kennedy wrote that she felt bitter toward God after the assassination of her husband. “How could God let this happen?” she asked. But God wasn’t in the Texas Book Depository, aiding and abetting. God was – and is – in the heartbreak and in the insight born of sadness, and in the arms of our grief. This community has worked through a lot of difficult stuff in the last couple of weeks and making some sense of all of that is always important. Fr Greg Boyle in his recent book, ‘Barking to the Choir’, says, ‘Some things are random and other things are meant to be in our control. So God is with me when ‘s*** happens’ and God is in my corner when I need to decide things. And I’m okay with that. I don’t need God to be in charge of my life. I only need God to be the centre of it.’ I think that God has very much been at the centre of our journey recently. In the midst of the sadness’s we have experienced, the richness of community at its best, has been evident. Jesus didn’t leave us with a Church. That has been the response men and women created to be a vehicle and framework for his message. We have seen a bit of what Church should be – encompassing, compassionate, willing, affirming. It is a real shame that this is not everyone’s everyday experience of Church. Again from Greg Boyle, ‘In a recent New Yorker profile of American Baptists, the congregation’s leadership resigned itself to the fact that ‘secular culture’ would always be “hostile” to Christianity. I don’t believe this to be true. Our culture is hostile only to the inauthentic living of the Gospel. It sniffs out hypocrisy everywhere and knows when Christians aren’t taking seriously, what Jesus took seriously. It is, by and large, hostile to the right things. It actually longs to embrace the gospel of inclusion and nonviolence, of compassionate love and acceptance. Even atheists cherish such a prospect.”

Personally, I have been so grateful to have a community (a Church) to share this journey with. We have seen so much of the ‘stuff’ that Jesus loved – compassion, action, practical support and love. That is Church at its best. Thank you. I have been so powerfully reminded why I feel so privileged to be a part of Catholic Education.

Mark Fox and the St Patrick’s community have put love into action for the Wüst family by setting up the ‘Wüst Family Fund’. If anyone would like to contribute, you could do so in person at our Finance Office or by making a Direct Deposit –

Name: St Patrick’s School
BSB: 034-210
Account: 810293
Reference: Wüst Fund


So grateful to the hundreds of Shalom students who represented us so well last Wednesday at the Dawn service at Bargara and the Bundaberg Parade. I am sure that we were represented in Childers and Gin Gin and other places. ANZAC Day represents a really important part of our story as a nation that is important for our young people to know. Claire Stallard was at the Dawn Service in Canberra last week and forwarded me the link to the address given by Col Susan Neuhaus, an Australian Army Surgeon. It is excellent and well worth a read.

Screen Time

One of the issues parents raise with me is their concern about the amount of screen time their child has. Addiction to gaming or social media is a ‘thing’. Working out how to find a balance in this area is difficult. We will offer parents huge assistance in this by introducing ‘Family Zone’ at Shalom. The College will cover the cost of this for twelve months. ‘Family Zone’ will allow parents to set controls – time of the day, site access etc on every internet connected device you have at home and at school – including phones. I have attached a flyer about this for you. Please, please, please put in your diary Wednesday May 23, 7pm for a parent meeting about this. The College will give you the tool to deal with many of the issues that can cause difficulties in your family. It is simple and easy to use – but – you must still be prepared to make some rules and stick by them! Once we introduce this product, we will require that any mobile phone brought into the College by a student must have the software installed. Otherwise, don’t bring the phone to school or have it turned off and placed in a locker. I think this product will be really good so please come along to the parent meeting.

Congratulations to former Shalom student Kara Baldwin (class of 2008) for being selected as one of the ten Global Discipline Award Winners from the Marriott group for her commitment to excellence, outstanding results and passion for her profession. She is the only Australian winner this year, there were over 800 nominations from 6,500 properties and she won the Beveridge Manager award from all the Marriott and Sheraton Hotels in the world. Kara will receive her award at Marriott Headquarters in Washington, DC and will receive her award from Mr Marriott himself.

Mr Dan McMahon

Student Welfare and Information

Formal Information

The information for the invitations has now been sent into the printers. We hope to have our invitations back within the next two to three weeks. To keep costs to a minimum, we will be giving the invitations to the Year 12s to take home. Some invitations will be posted depending on family circumstances.

Our invitations have been designed by a former Shalom student, Dana Bishop, now Maggicas, as she was married a couple of months ago. So that is quite special.

Arrival Times

As we have done in the past, the students select a time of arrival. They book this time with their driver and we have a record of their arrival time here. We ask that student try to keep to their allocated times as possible.

With the formal being held at the Bundaberg Multiplex Centre we are hoping that the arrivals will run smoothly – we won’t have as many cars competing for one driveway!

I will give more details regarding parent arrivals and where to come to watch the students’ arrival closer to the time.

Dancing Practice

Dancing practice will commence this week. I am very grateful to Mrs Simone Wilson for undertaking the teaching of dances to approximately 230+ students! Maddi Devine, one of our TAs (a gap year student) will be her assistant.

Year 8 Camps

The Year 8 camps commence on May 21, going right through to the last one finishing on June 22.

The schedule for the camps:

Please find attached a letter to parents, the medical/permission form and the equipment list.

The medical form needs to be printed, filled in and returned to your child’s Core Studies B teacher by Friday May 4.



Hair: the boys are not permitted to have undercuts or longer hairstyles (as mentioned in last week’s newsletter). Our hair policy is clearly outlined in the Student Record Book and I am very appreciative of those who comply with this at all times.


Jewellery: Only one set of piercings in the ear lobe are permitted.

Record Books:

Can I ask that you sign your child’s Record Book each week? Each student should have their four subjects for each day written up and something written in for homework Often at Parent/Teacher interviews a parent will say that their child tells them that they get to do their homework in class…please check this with your child’s teacher if this is a frequent comment as to why they don’t have homework.

It is very important for students to get into good work habits and be active participants in their learning if they want to be successful at school. It is so very important that students get a good education.

If you have any queries, please direct them here to me at the College.

Mrs Elizabeth Austin-Campbell
Deputy Principal

Newsletter Articles


New QCE Arrangements Yr 12 2020

Ms Katherine Nelson
Assistant to the Principal – Curriculum


Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology

We are thrilled to advise that TAFE Bundaberg campus are now offering Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology commencing in Semester 2. This is the first time this course has been offered in Bundaberg. It will run for 12 months and is suitable for Year 11 students. In this introduction to the fashion industry, you will learn sewing, pattern making and garment design. Full training is provided in a simulated workroom using industrial sewing machines and cutting-edge equipment so no previous sewing and/or design skills are required. Completion of this qualification will give students direct entry into our Certificate or Diploma in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising qualifications and will provide credits towards future study.


Eligible students can use VETiS funding and the course would be fee free

This Certificate II is worth 4 QCE points on completion. Students can apply for a Study period to assist with managing the study workload.

See the Pathways office for more information and to enrol.

Business Recognition

This week, Shalom College would like to recognise and acknowledge Bundaberg Marineland 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

Quiet Achiever

Last term Dana Collins quietly organised with the RSL a supply of poppies to sell at Shalom prior to ANZAC Day. She and her friends spent several lunchtimes selling poppies to remind us of the sacrifice made by so many. All money raised will go to the local RSL. Thank you Dana for the idea and the effort you put in. Dana is in Lingiari 1.

Camryn Frew is the perfect example of a quiet achiever. She never draws attention to herself but is very aware of how others are managing. She is willing to offer assistance and a kind word. Over these recent difficult weeks Camryn’s thoughtfulness was evident and we are very grateful to her. Camryn is in Lingiari 4.

Mrs Mary Taylor
Lingiari House Coordinator

Anzac Day Commemoration

Harry Packwood at Villers-Bretonneux:

Year 10 student Harry Packwood commemorated Anzac Day at a special ceremony in Villers-Bretonneux, France. Harry attended after being selected as one of eight students from Queensland as part of the Premier’s Anzac Prize. Harry has spent the last week touring World War 1 memorial sites and immersing himself in Australia’s Anzac history in the region, including the new Sir John Monash Centre.

As part of his duties as a Premier’s Anzac Prize recipient, Harry also wrote a small commemorative address that was read out at Shalom’s Anzac Day liturgy on Tuesday last week:

On this Day 100 years ago, Australian troops were preparing for the battle of Villers-Bretonneux. German troops had taken the town from the British, as they marched forward, threatening the vital supply lines of the British Imperial Forces. Under the cover of darkness, the Australians attacked. Encircling the town, they moved in. As the sun rose on the 25th of April, three years on from that fateful day where the Anzacs first landed and fought for their country at Gallipoli, they had turned the tide of the war in Europe.

I too, on this day, will be preparing for what is to come. To remember and to mourn those men who went and fought for their country, with many to lie eternally in a foreign land.

To truly appreciate the horrors of war, one must look further and explore the devastation that it had on the families of those involved, as these men paid the ultimate price for their country.

From the rocky shores of Gallipoli,

To the poppied fields of Flanders,

The desolate plains of Libya,

Up the Mountainous heights of New Guinea

And all lands in-between,

These men fought for their country,

For Australians are not defined by race, religion or kin,

But by the belief in freedom, mateship, courage,

And the Anzac legend within,

Lest we forget.

A fantastic and well-deserved experience for Harry. Shalom congratulates him on his achievements.

Harry Packwood (in red and black jacket to left of picture) meets with Prince Charles and Malcolm Turnbull at the Anzac Day service in Villers-Bretonneux.

Harry at the
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial venue.

The eight recipients of the Premier’s
Anzac Prize after the ceremony.

Mr Troy Braund

P & F

Meeting Date Change

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 8, which will begin at 5:30pm.

Mrs Emma Jansen
P & F Secretary

Instrumental Music

Diocesan music camp

Emails were sent out during Week 1 of Term 2, with all the information regarding this annual music camp during Week 11 this Term. Please read the letters attached to the email very carefully as you need to enrol on-line which goes directly to the organisers at The Cathedral College in Rockhampton. If you have any queries or you did not receive the email (please check to see if it went to junk or spam folder), please contact me.

Winter Concert

A reminder that our next concert is scheduled for May 29 starting a 7:00pm in the theatre. All groups will be performing.

Australian Honours Ensemble Program (AHEP) and State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) Brisbane

Both programs will be running concurrently this year in Brisbane during the September/October holidays. Nominations are currently being accepted for AHEP but the minimum level of ability is grade 6 AMEB. If your child/ren are at this level and you would like them nominated, please contact me. Nominations close May 25.

Roll Marking

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

Singing /Theory Vacancies

There are still a couple of vacancies for singing and/or theory students which will be available after the Bundaberg Eisteddfod. Please let me know if your child/ren would like to take advantage of these lessons from a qualified singing teacher.

Mrs Robyn Edgar
Instrumental Music Coordinator


Australian National Archery Championships

During the holidays, Marnie and Bella Little competed at the Australian National Archery Championships in Alice Springs.

The competition was held at the Dead Centre Bowhunters Club in Alice Springs, and they competed in two Competitions of Archery during the championships.

During this time, they competed in the ABA Titles, and the IFAA Titles. ABA stands for Australian Bowhunters Association, and IFAA stand for International Field Archers Association.

In the ABA Target Competition (a 2 day event), Marnie competed in the “Junior Girls Bowhunter Compound” division, and received a Gold in her division and a National Championship. She also received a Silver in the Central Queensland Junior Team.

Bella competed in the “Junior Girls Bowhunter Unlimited” division, and received Gold in that division and a National Championship. Bella also received a Silver in the Central Queensland Junior Team.

In the IFAA Competition (a 3-5 day event: they competed for 3 days), Marnie competed in the “Junior Girls Bowhunter Compound” division again, and received a Gold in her division and a National Championship. Bella competed in the “Junior Girls Bowhunter Unlimited” division again, and received Gold in that division and a National Championship.

Marnie and Bella’s parents also competed in their respective divisions, receiving a Gold, two Silvers, and a Bronze between themselves. Congratulations to all.

Year 9/10 Girls Touch Team –Red

Congratulations to Year 9/10 Girls Touch Team –red – for winning the BDSSS Summer sport premiership last term.

Sporting Achievements

National Swimming Championships

Congratulations to Connor Simms, Jaime Krueger and Tobias Street who competed at the National Swimming Championships last week.

Jaime achieved outstanding results and is now the 2018 Australian Champion in the 400m Freestyle winning Gold, she also received Bronze in the 200m Freestyle and a Silver in the 200m Butterfly.

Tobias put in a great effort to come 9th in the 50m Freestyle (25 .09).

Connor came 4th in the 50m Freestyle with a time of 23.55, 5th in the 100m Freestyle with 51.9 and won a Bronze medal in the 200m Freestyle with 1.53.18. He fought hard for 3rd but was 9th at the last turn, which shows a big heart.

All swims were personal bests!

Mr Peter Robinson
Student Welfare Coordinator

Surf Lifesaving National Competition

Bundaberg Surf Lifesavers have done it again at the Aussies, the national competition currently being held in Perth WA.

Current Shalom students, Ella McCaig and Ky Woods teamed up to gain a silver medal in the under 15 First Aid, finishing behind the Noosa team and in front of Umina (NSW) and Laura Greenhalgh (Past Shalom student) won gold in her age group in Champion Lifesaver.

The first Aid competition is a team event designed to promote and to demonstrate a high standard of First Aid prowess by Surf Life Saving Association members. The competition is a set simulated accident scenario and a set time limit for each team in the event. Every effort is made to achieve realism with the scenario and in the presentation of casualties and give the competitors the correct atmosphere by using casualty makeup, acting and staging. As far as possible, the injuries are similar to those an SLSA Club First Aid member, may be faced with to treat using the resources of the First Aid Room.

Teams are required to examine the casualty(s), make their diagnosis and then treat the casualty(s) using the materials provided and/or their first aid kit.

Ella and Ky have trained together to achieve the club’s first Aussie medal in the First Aid Competition. Jacob Crothers, a former Bundaberg Surf Club member who now trains and competes with Maroochydore Surf Life Saving Club in First Aid has assisted with the recent training at Bundaberg. He has just won a bronze medal in under 19 First Aid behind teams from Newport (NSW) and City of Perth (WA).

Laura Greenhalgh was outstanding in the Champion Lifesaver event winning the majority of the physical events of beach sprint, tube race, swim and board paddle. She excelled in the exam and her resuscitation and finished over 10 points clear of her nearest competitor from Bondi (NSW) followed by Cronulla(NSW).

The aim of the Champion Lifesaver event provides individual members the opportunity to demonstrate in a competitive manner the physical, lifesaving and knowledge skills required of a Lifesaver, a true all-rounder competition.

Mr Simon Gills
Sports Coordinator

Sports Report - Summer Finals Day March 30 2018

On Summer Finals Day, the Shalom 1 open girls volleyball team found themselves grand finalists after earlier eliminating the top finishing team Bundaberg Christian College, 2 sets to nil in the playoffs.

This win proved to the Shalom girls that "anything is possible"!

The grand final against Bundaberg State High School proved to be a marathon match going to the fifth set and for over an hour and a half in length with exciting volleyball played from both teams! After a slow start, Shalom fought back from 2 sets down to take the 3rd and 4th sets with more consistent play and better attacking volleyball. The 5th set was a nail-biter battle with the Shalom girls just being edged out by a better finishing Bundaberg State High School.

Congratulations Shalom girls on an outstanding commitment to volleyball and most importantly for representing Shalom with pride and great sportsmanship. Hold your heads high-

Jessica Lane, Emily Radley, Emily Doyle, Meredith Ryan, Madison Masterman-Smith, Chelsea Sheppard, Georgia Young and Sarah Bunn.

Ms Shelley Greenhalgh
Volleyball Coach

College News

2018 Anzac Day Parades

Thank you to all the Shalom Students, Staff and families that marched with the College.

Both the Bargara Dawn Service and the Bundaberg Anzac Day Parade were excellent.

Thanks to Mrs Thomson for helping me, with organising this year’s school participation.

Special Thanks to our Year 12s for their leadership of this event.

Mr Peter Robinson
Student Welfare Coordinator

27th May 2:00pm Spotted Dog Tavern



All the nibbles and pizza you can eat!

10 Tickets into the 70+ raffle prizes

Win 4 tickets to a BRONCOS home game – on the half way line!

AUCTION of 2017 Melbourne Storm signed Jersey

18+ Event

$25 ticket on sale now from the Shalom College finance office

For raffle item donations or more info contact event organisers
PH 4155 8105

Duke of Edinburgh

Seven Shalom College students participated in their Practice Adventurous Journey for their Bronze level Practice Journey Canoeing, Duke of Edinburgh International Award at Chaverim last weekend. Olivia Zunker, Geordan Zunker, Ella McCaig, Thomas Pascoe, Rachel Findlay-Udris, Jasmyn Theuerkauf and Ky Woods.

The students participated in an overnight camp at Chaverim boat shed, and took part in canoe skills practise and rescue training as well as paddling up the Burnett River and Pine Creek for some hours on Sunday morning. They also worked on campcraft including preparation and cooking of food. The Adventurous Journey section is to encourage exploration of the outdoors, gain a sense of adventure and learn about the environment.

These students are also the majority of the way through their six month commitment to their award requirements including physical recreation, skills and service for their Bronze Level, with the hope they will all continue on to Silver and Gold Level.

The next challenge for these students is to improve their knowledge of navigation, minimal impact camping, first aid, understanding weather conditions and other factors that may affect their qualifying journey, which will be camping and canoeing in the Noosa River area in early June.

Mrs Debbie Bishop
Edmund Rice 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

Shalom Sunday Markets

Tuckshop Roster


30 April

Tricia Cooney


1 May

Susie Zunker/Emma Appo


2 May

Leanne Grogan/Katrina O’Sullivan


3 May

Melissa Weldon/Trish Cahill


4 May

Vicki Saffioti


7 May

Labour Day


8 May

Cathy Duffield


9 May

Jeremy & Danielle Van der Heide


10 May

Paul & Caroline Simms


11 May

Jeanette Rand/Cameron & Robyn MacDonnell

Tuckshop Markets Roster


6 May

6.00am - 9.30am

Murray/Michele Flick

Andrew Lucht

Clarissa Pointoin

Brendan/Yvette Simpson

Janelle Test

Leah Whalley

9.00am - 12.30pm

Sharon Anderson

Terry/Leanne Emmitt

Sandra Killer

Katumarerei Naibunaki

Belinda Prossliner

Warren Vaschina


13 May

6.00am - 9.30am

Mary Buchanan

Robert/Melissa Doyle

Helen/Matthew Mader

Peter O’Beirne

Cassie Savage

Steven Schiffke

9.00am - 12.30pm

Katie Davis

Jenette Matthews

Michelle Purkis

Patricia Rochford


20 May

6.00am - 9.30am

Suzanne Brown

John Delaney

Mechalle Kimber

Mark Morris

Jennifer Walsh

9.00am - 12.30pm

Lily Bradshaw

Marissa Browne

Lauren Elvin

Sara Hodginson

Renita Snare

Markets BBQ Roster

May 6


May 13

Confraternity R.L.

May 20


May 27

Relay for Life

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