Shalom College
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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

21 May 2018

Principal’s Reflection

If you would like to have a better ‘handle’ on your child’s digital footprint, please register for the ‘Family Zone’ presentation in our Theatre on Wednesday evening at 7pm.

I am very hopeful that the Family Zone package that the College is purchasing for every family will be the tool that parents need to control the amount of time children are on games or the net, what they are accessing, the Apps that they are using. These are often the queries and concerns that I hear from parents. This tool is easily managed and there can be different arrangements that can be facilitated. Please have a look at the Cyber Safety Hub set up for Shalom –

This site gives lots of information and videos about Family Zone and what it offers. On Wednesday night, Jessica from Family Zone will be at Shalom to explain further what is involved. We will also have a presentation on Internet Safety from Ross Pascoe who is a former Qld Police officer who worked in Criminal Investigation, Juvenile Aid and Child Protection. This promises to be a very informative presentation and will provide a little more context, if that is required, to explain why the College has partnered with Family Zone to assist parents.

In a practical sense, once we begin to roll-out this product at the College, we will require every device brought onto the College to have Family Zone software installed – school laptops, BYO laptops, all iPads and mobile phones. Outside of school hours, it is up to parents to decide what controls they wish to have – lots or none. This looks like being a wonderful tool for parents if they want to take advantage. Please register and come along on Wednesday evening at 7pm.

Parent Teacher Meetings are on Tuesday afternoon and evening. I encourage parents to have their daughter or son accompany them to these meetings and include them in the conversations about their progress.

Mr Dan McMahon

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Student Welfare and Information

Year 8 Camp Schedule

Camp No.

CSB Class

Dates for Camp

Teacher attending


CSB Class D

21, 22, 23 May

Jessica Altadonna


CSB Class E

28, 29, 30 May

Mick Harris


CSB Class B

4, 5, 6 June

Mick Harman


CSB Class X

5, 6, 7 June

Debbie Bolam/Wendy Davis – shared class


CSB Class F

6, 7, 8 June

Mick Harris


CSB Class H

11, 12 13 June

Brendan Cunningham


CSB Class A

12, 13, 14 June

Trish Allen/Amy Fallon


CSB Class J

13, 14, 15 June

Jessica Altadonna


CSB Class C

18, 19, 20 June

E Austin-Campbell


CSB Class G

19, 20, 21 June

Michael Ray


CSB Class Focus

20,21, 22 June

Steve McKay

Please make sure that students do bring what is on the equipment list, particularly the raincoat.

Old clothes are highly recommended, as on the second day the students undertake raft building – so they will be quite muddy.

Formal News

The Formal Dinner Dance is being held at the Bundaberg Multiplex Centre this year; it would be worth familiarizing yourselves with the area. When you pay and collect your tickets, we will give you a map so that you know where the parent/guest parking is located. The first arrivals are at 5:00pm so I would highly recommend arriving around then.

Parking for guests and onlookers will be on the opposite side to the centre on the grassed verge. The council tell me that when they have had other events there, patrons know that is where they are to park.

Any queries can be directed to me here at the College.

Information for Parents

The following information and link was sent through to me from the Black Dog Institute, renowned for its work around depression.

The link provided is very worthwhile looking at.

Conjoint Associate Professor Josephine Anderson, Clinical Director at the Black Dog Institute, approves of the move to provide strong resources to teens, parents and teachers when pop culture addresses heavy subjects.

“I think there is a need to react thoughtfully and appropriately to an issue like this. Young people may be vulnerable to the sensationalising of topics like suicide, especially when portrayed in a TV series or film they are likely to find attractive,” said Dr Anderson.

While there is no way of stopping people from watching the series, we can put measures in place to provide positive influence and make sure they do it is being viewed safely. Dr Anderson highlights that it also offers the chance for the wider media community to promote positive help-seeking among young people and their families.”

I hope you do find this information very helpful.

Please contact me here at the College if you have any queries or concerns.

Mrs Elizabeth Austin-Campbell
Deputy Principal


Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot – Visual Line of Sight)

This is a 12-month course commencing in Term 3, 2018 and will be suitable for current Year 10, 11 and 12 students. Year 12 students can complete the course post-graduation. This qualification provides the technical skills and knowledge to operate remotely piloted aircraft systems, such as drones. Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) certification such as drone licence and radio assessment are included in this course – you even get to keep your drone!

Eligible students can use VETis funding and the course would be fee free (see link below) or it can be user-pay for a heavily discounted price of $632 (average cost of this qualification is $3,995). This Certificate III is worth 8 QCE points on completion. A minimum of 9 students are required for this course to run.

Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology

Commences in Semester Two. 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 (see link below). 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 in either of these courses.

2018 Bundaberg Careers Expo

The 2018 Bundaberg Careers Expo will be held at the Bundaberg Multiplex Centre on Tuesday May 22. Students will have access to industry representatives, training organisations and tertiary educators who can provide up to date career information. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet local employers, become familiar with the local labour market and skills shortages. I would strongly encourage all Year 10, 11 and 12 students to attend. Click on the link for more details.

Business Recognition

This week, Shalom College would like to recognise and acknowledge Bargara Meats 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

This week’s quiet achiever is Tara Keightley (Year 7) from Chisholm House.

Apart from constantly bringing fun and laughter to Chisholm House, Tara is a genuinely kind hearted young woman who personifies the house ideals of compassion. Her recent successes as an eco-warrior have seen her celebrated for her Reef Guardian work, as well as presenting her own short film at the Great Barrier Reef Local Marine Advisory Council. This is the same short film that impressively won the Capricorn Film Festival’s #LoveTheReef section. Tara is involved in every House activity. She has thrown, ran and swam for Chisholm in the last few months, as well as helped out when required. We are very proud of Tara.

Mr Aaron Brown
Chisholm House Coordinator

P & F Monthly Meeting Notes

A quick reminder for all parents old and new. As a parent/guardian of Shalom College, you are automatically a member of the P & F Committee. Please feel free to come along to any of our meetings. Details of the next meeting are below.

For further information, see the full meeting minutes on the P & F section of the College website. Please forward any comments to the Secretary via email at If you have an agenda item, please address it to the P & F Secretary either at the school office or by e-mail

To all P & F members, you are reminded that our monthly meeting is held in the staff common-room – all parents/guardians are welcome. Please note the next P & F meeting will be held on Tuesday June 5, which will begin at 5:30pm.

Mrs Emma Jansen
P & F Secretary

Instrumental Music

Performance Uniform Vests

Orders for these are now available for pick-up and payment at the uniform shop. Mrs Stevenson would like them to be picked up and paid for at your earliest convenience. Cost is $60.

Winter Concert

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

State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) Brisbane

Nominations are now being accepted for this annual event scheduled for October 4-7, 2018. If you would like us to nominate your child/ren for the instrumental or choral program, please contact me as soon as possible. Minimum level of ability for instrumental is Grade 4 AMEB and voice students must have and AMEB level or choral experience. Cost of the program is $280 and accommodation and travel is organised privately, not by the school.

Roll marking

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

Bundaberg Youth Orchestra

Many of our members have gone on to play with major symphony orchestras both in Australia and internationally, while others have returned to our community contributing their knowledge as both teachers and performers. We believe that all children deserve music as part of their education no matter what their playing standard is on their instrument, and that the life skills learnt during rehearsals with an ensemble are just as important as the musical ones. The value of music education provided in our orchestras however was in evidence at last week's Bundaberg Regional Music Eisteddfod where seven of our current members received twelve of the major awards. We would like to invite all interested young musicians to join us at an Open Rehearsal on Wednesday 23 May from 3:30 to 5:00 pm at St Luke's Anglican School.

Mrs Robyn Edgar
Instrumental Music Coordinator


Annie The Musical tickets are currently available from the front office. The cost of the tickets are Adults $18.00, Concession and Students $15.00.

Show times are as below –

Thursday June 14

Friday June 15

Saturday June 16
11:00am – Matinee

Please book early as our last show was fully booked out.

Mrs Lynelle McAtee
Performing Arts Assistant

Bundaberg Regional Council’s Youth Chronicle

Three keen students have had their stories published in a new initiative by Bundaberg Regional Council – the Youth Chronicle. An initiative of Council’s Youth and Community Services, the Youth Chronicle features contributions from high school students throughout our region, telling their own stories and learning about writing for a newspaper at the same time. For the first edition Simon Rathbone (Year 12), Brooklyn Devine (Year 10) and Madison Bishop (Year 10) worked together to produce feature articles about some of the great and interesting events that occurred during Term 1 at Shalom.

The results of their hard work can be read here.

There is the opportunity to get involved in writing for the Shalom contribution to the Youth Chronicle with two more editions scheduled for 2018. Any interested students should contact Miss Davis on and check the Daily Notices for scheduled meetings.

Miss Wendy Davis
Teacher Librarian


Wide Bay Representatives

Congrats to all the students gaining Wide Bay selection this year. See below link to list I have so far. This list is current as of May 18. More names will be added as the school is notified.

Mr Simon Gills
Sports Coordinator

Sporting Achievements


Congratulations to Charlotte Boge (Year 9) who was recently named as a Qld Shadow for U15 Netball. Charlotte’s achievement was particularly impressive as she was part of the Wide Bay team that finished 9th at the State Titles.

10 Pin Bowling

Congratulations Connor Dingle – Ten Pin Bowling National Championships: On September 2-3, 2017, Connor Dingle was at Aspley Bowl to Roll for the 2018 South Queensland state team. Unfortunately, he did not get selected in the team but was put on the drafting list for other States to pick if they do not have enough players.

A few weeks later the president of the ACT team rang and asked Connor if he wanted to be a part of the ACT shield team. Connor accepted this invitation and found himself going to Frankston, Victoria on March 19 2018. After a few squads on the Friday Connor Qualified 13th in the restricted masters and the top 24 advanced. To be accepted in the Restricted masters you have to have an average under 165 and a handicap was added to the score for even playing (handicap 100% of 200).

He ended up placing 8th in the restricted masters after 8 games total pinfall with handicap. Then on the Monday Connor tried to qualify for the Classic Cup (average under 185) but unfortunately he qualified 34th and they only took the top 24. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday was the Presidents Shield where every team verses each other.

The teams in the competition were SA, SQ, NQ, WA, ACT, NSW, VIC, TAS.

Day one of the shield competition the boys fought hard and finished the day on the bottom with a massive gap.

Due to this ACT finished 8th overall even though day 2 and 3 were much better days. After the President Shield Connor had one more chance to qualify for the Australian Junior Masters to see who is the best in the country. After his squad he was placed 38th with the top 40 advancing but there was one more squad after him that pushed him down into 44th spot missing out of the Masters by 13 pins. In the end Connor ended up placed 15th in the Junior Male, A Grade All Events which include the best 3 game series from his singles, doubles and 5 man team squads with a series of 555 (singles), 510 (doubles) and 450 (5 man team).

This was Connor's first National Championships. Congratulations and Well Done!

Oceania Melanesian Regional Championships

Congratulations to Matthew Otto who put in a strong performance to win 2 Gold and 1 Silver medal for Australia at the Oceania Melanesian Regional Championships in Port Vila, Vanuatu. A big thank you to Matthew’s teachers for their support and patience.

Boys 100m U18 – Silver (Matthew missed first place by just a few centimetres)
Boys 4 x 100m Relay Open – Gold
Mixed Medley Relay Open – Gold

SCASA – Bus Trial

We are currently trialling a bus run after SCASA thanks to Duffy’s Buses on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Bus Details are as follows:

Duffys Shuttle Bus 1

  • Departs Shalom at 4:45pm – travels to Stockland Shopping Centre/Sugarland
  • Arrives at Stockland 4:55pm - Commonwealth Bank end

If going to Bargara, students catch the Bargara bus departing Stockland/Sugarland at 5:00pm, If going into town – students can catch Bus 4 at Sugarland/Stockland.

Cost will be normal school fare of $1.40.

If you already have a bus card, you can use that card. We need approximately 12-15 students to make this bus viable and at the moment we only have approx. 1-3 students per day. If we don’t get approximately 12 -15 students per day, then the trial of this bus run will be unsuccessful and will be cut.

If you would like to make use of this bus run, please let me know via email at the address below.

Mr Peter Robinson
Student Welfare Coordinator

Catholic Schools Race Day - Saturday March 17 2018

Our 13th annual combined Catholic Schools Race Day held on St Patricks Day was another huge success. Our Committee’s decision to embrace the “St Patrick’s Day” theme proved to be a winner with many of our 450-500 Marquee guests and the general Bundaberg racegoers wearing a touch of green. The total crowd at the race track was well over 1000 and The Bundaberg Race Club has advised it was a bigger day than last year’s Melbourne Cup.

The principle objective of our Race Day is to involve our four Catholic Schools in organising and operating an event that brings together all four schools socially with the added benefit of raising funds for specific purposes nominated individually by each school. Each school has representation on the committee, supplies volunteers to assist during the set up prior, operating on the day and clean up the following day. A huge amount of work goes on behind the scenes and I’m extremely proud and fortunate to have such a dedicated committee and team of volunteers. There are too many to name and explain in this short letter of thanks, but you are all an integral part of what has become a major event, not only on our Catholic Schools calendars, but also in the wider Bundaberg community.

On the horse racing side of the day, our marquee was full of action with a Bookmaker to take our bets on the six local races. All Races were individually sponsored by businesses and families from our schools. Thanks must also go to our major sponsors of the day, who, like our Race Sponsors contribute additional funds and enjoy their reserved tables around the catwalk. Hotline Boutique generously provided a show of models on the catwalk and this year we added an Irish Dancing segment to fit in with our theme.

Our entire party of guests who filled the marquee areas were again treated to a tasty variety of nibbles and snacks throughout the day. The Shalom Catering Team did an outstanding job that involved students and teaching staff for the entire week leading up to, and on Saturday, in the preparation and delivery of the food.

This year we had over $5,000 of donated prizes for our raffle on the day. Thanks again must go to all of these donors and the volunteer committee and senior students from Shalom who gave up their Saturday leading up to their exam block. Your hard work resulted in a profit of over $4,000 raised on the day.

Finally, our annual Race Day event has again made a very nice profit, which has just been distributed to our four schools to spend on their current most needed equipment or project.

Our date for 2019 has already been set for Saturday March 16. Note it on your calendar.

Mr Peter O’Beirne
Catholic Schools Race Day Committee

College News

College Social

Lingiari Mass

YCS Design Competition – Open to All Students

Would you like to win $60? All you budding artists out there, YCS is holding a design competition to find the best poster on the environment, keep your design simple. It must have our Shalom Crest and/or name and also the YCS crest, you can find these on the internet. There will be 6 prizes of different values. Posters must be finished by Friday 25 May.

Sunday Session

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 or PH 4155 8105

Student Travel Rebate

Shalom Sunday Markets

Tuckshop Roster

Monday 21 May

Leah Whalley/ Jess Montford

Tuesday 22 May

Fiona Canniffe

Wednesday 23 May

Melissa Patterson

Thursday 24 May

Jacqueline Read

Friday 25 May

Help Needed

Tuckshop Markets Roster

Sunday 27 May

6.00am - 9.30am

Lisa Andreoli

Christine Buwalda-Nicolson

Richard/Fiona Hayes

Martin Kelly

Rohan/Maddy Lloyd

Trish Sellers

9.00am - 12.30pm

Katie Davis

Wayne Fuller

Joanne Godfrey

Bruce Green

Teresa Cowell

Sunday 3 June

6.00am - 9.30am

Kath Clarke

Meagan Dorgan

Elizabeth Harris

Danielle Morrish

Gabriele Norman

Helen Robinson

9.00am - 12.30pm

Steve Cook

Michelle Haase

Tennille Nagas

Maryanne Taylor

Sunday 10 June

6.00am - 9.30am

Jan Bunn

Lisa Hughes

Roselyn Hunting

Susie Mant

Karen Marriott

9.00am - 12.30pm

Lynda/Mackenzie Crossett

Emma Jansen

Jas Haster

Rebecca Schneider

Marie Walker

Markets BBQ Roster

May 27

Relay for Life

June 3

Relay for Life

June 10

Confraternity RL

June 17

Cane to Coral

June 24

Cambodia Trip

Community Notice Board

The Catholic Parish of Bundaberg – News

2018 Flourish Family Fun Day

2018 Volunteer Expo

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