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Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

4 June 2018

Principal’s Reflection

It is now five years since Jorge Bergoglio became Pope Francis. At a time when the Church really needed him, he has been a source of inspiration for so many Catholics and non-Catholics. He has had a wonderful ability to temper law with compassion and heart. Here are ten of my favourite sayings of Pope Francis –

  1. Working for a just distribution of the fruits of the earth and human labor is not mere philanthropy. It is a moral obligation. For Christians, the responsibility is even greater: it is a commandment.
  2. You cannot insult the faith of others.
  3. Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope where everyone is welcomed and loved and forgiven.
  4. When God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person? We must always consider the person.
  5. Abortion isn't a lesser evil, it's a crime. Taking one life to save another, that's what the Mafia does. It's a crime. It's an absolute evil.
  6. Every man, every woman who has to take up the service of government, must ask themselves two questions: 'Do I love my people in order to serve them better? Am I humble and do I listen to everybody, to diverse opinions in order to choose the best path?' If you don't ask those questions, your governance will not be good.
  7. We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future and spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace.
  8. A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the Gospel.
  9. Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that creates huge inequalities.
  10. Together with a culture of work, there must be a culture of leisure as gratification. To put it another way: people who work must take the time to relax, to be with their families, to enjoy themselves, read, listen to music, play a sport.

School TV is an excellent resource for Shalom families paid for by the P&F. It has great IT resources and can be found on the web page. This month’s edition has some very good resources for parents about the Netflix show, “13 Reasons Why” (Series 2). I strongly recommend it to you.

The Year 12 Formal went off beautifully on Saturday night at the Multiplex Centre. The students were a credit to their parents. Enormously grateful to Mrs Austin-Campbell and Mrs Medcalf who carried so much of the load in ensuring the event went off so well. The new Multiplex centre proved to be an excellent venue and one we will continue to use. The Bundaberg Regional Council deserve much credit in the foresight to build such an excellent venue for the town. We are also very grateful to the local SES volunteers who assisted us with traffic and parking as well as the Police who ensured that road closures worked well and traffic flowed.

Next year, I anticipate that we will move the date of the Formal earlier in the year. I know that many of our Yr 11 students will already be planning for the event. We will finalize a date within the next couple of weeks.

Maths Team Challenge - congratulations to all students who competed in this event last week. Shalom enjoyed considerable success at this year’s event winning the Senior competition and sharing first place in the Intermediate section. Great to see so many students achieving and working at such a high level at Shalom.

Shalom to Kilimanjaro and Everest Base Camp – Information Hour this Thursday June 7 in old C1 or Lingari classrooms commencing 6.30pm

In recent years, many Shalom students, parents and teachers have embraced Bernie Kelly’s Global Immersion expeditions to Kenya / Tanzania and Nepal / India. The Shalom community know of Bernie, who has delivered magnificent leadership development services to our senior school students for 15 years. He has been awarded the ‘Pride of Australia’ medal for his services to youth around our country and in 2017 actually received a nomination for ‘Australian of the Year’.

As in previous years, Bernie has offered all Year 10, 11 and 12 students and their families incredible opportunities to join Global Immersion … (link below)…and trek the World’s Highest free-standing mountain - Kilimanjaro in East Africa this December or the epic trail to Everest Base Camp in Nepal during the forthcoming September holidays of 2018. These experiences are a unique blend of extraordinary adventure with servitude opportunities to some of the world’s neediest communities. Watch this video to get a feel for the incredible opportunity that is on offer for all Shalom families.

You have a wonderful chance to meet Bernie and some of the Shalom students who have climbed Kilimanjaro at the ‘Parents and Participants Information Hour’ to be held this Thursday evening June 7 in the old C1 or Lingiari Classrooms evening commencing 6:30pm. Attend this hour and you will receive all the information you could possibly want to make an informed decision about your son or daughter’s participation. I am delighted to endorse these experiences to you!

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles

Student Welfare and Information

Year 7 – 10 Students will be allowed to wear their FULL sports uniform including correct socks, shoes and shorts this Friday June 8.

Year 8 Camp Schedule

Camp No.

CSB Class

Dates for Camp

Teacher attending


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

Year 8 Camp Schedule

Camp No.

CSB Class

Dates for Camp

Teacher attending


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.

Mrs Elizabeth Austin-Campbell
Deputy Principal


Year 12 Trial QCS Test

All Year 12 students, with the exception of those who have returned a completed Memorandum of Understanding, will sit a complete QCS trial test on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday June 6. The students have been briefed on expectations regarding attendance and participation in the trial.

Please note that on these days Year 12 students will be dismissed early, at approximately 2:15pm. Should you require any information about your child’s participation in the trial QCS Test, please contact me at the College.

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

The schedule of sub-tests is as follows:

Tuesday June 5: Writing Task (am); Multiple Choice I (pm)

Wednesday June 6: Short Response Items (am); Multiple Choice II (pm)

Mrs Katherine Nelson
Assistant to the Principal – Curriculum

Parent Lounge – Please Log On

‘Parental engagement in learning underpins children and young people’s cognitive and social and emotional development, shapes family practices and behaviours, and can impact the nature of the school community and the experience of schooling. Parental engagement is therefore a highly significant leverage point for enhancing the academic attainment and wellbeing of children and young people’ (Emerson, Fear, Fox and Sanders, 2012, p. 34).

As the quote above suggests, parental engagement in learning is a major influence on a student’s experience and achievement at school. We are particularly fortunate at Shalom to have parents who actively support their child and the school in reaching the best possible outcomes. We are also privileged to have dedicated teachers who provide rich learning activities and deliver quality feedback for students and parents.

An extremely useful way of being involved in your child’s learning is to become regular visitors to Parent Lounge.

Here you can find:

  • Reports cards
  • Calendar Events
  • Parent-Teacher Interview links
  • Attendance data
  • Teacher Emails
  • and much more

As a Shalom parent myself, my favourite section is the Curricular Activities Due section. Here I can see every assessment item my child has done, along with the grades and feedback from the teacher. These are accessible on Parent Lounge for their lifetime at the school. I can also see upcoming assessment items and the due dates often accompanied by the criteria sheets for the assessment item. This information allows me to assist my children in managing their time effectively and to become more involved in my children’s education.

Our teachers work hard to ensure Parent Lounge contains useful and current information. Shalom would like to encourage every parent to regularly log on to Parent Lounge to keep involved with your child’s schooling. If you believe there is an error on Parent Lounge in the due dates, completion of assessment etc, please contact the classroom teacher.

If you need further information about Parent Lounge, feel free to contact me on the email address below.

Year 11 and 12 End of Semester One Examinations

The Year 11/12 examination timetable is attached below and has been posted on the College Intranet (‘Assessment & Reporting’ tab), the College website (Curriculum/Senior School/Forms and Publications) and Daily Notices (pushed to students via Student Café).

Mr Brendan Maher
Assistant Principal – Administration


Ordinary Time

Do you get grumpy when straight after Christmas the Easter Eggs appear in the supermarkets? I do. We just seem to have special event followed by special event – there is no down time, no time to take a break, no time to reflect on the more exciting times. It has been proven that we don’t appreciate the good times, the exciting times, unless we have times when things are not so good, not so exciting.

The Catholic Church is now moving into the season of Ordinary Time. We have just celebrated a number of important events, Easter, Pentecost and Trinity Sunday; and now there is a time to pause, reflect and renew. This down time enables us to celebrate the presence of God in the ordinary patterns of human life.

Mrs Mary Taylor
Acting Assistant Principal – Mission

Youth Pilgrimage

Over the weekend of May 19-20, 17 students attended the Youth Pilgrimage in Rockhampton. The weekend was facilitated by Mr Paul Skippen’s group GPBS - Gather, Proclaim, Break and Send. Mr Jesse Manibusan was the guest artist brought out from America by Paul. Jesse is well known for his song ‘Open My Eyes Lord’ that we sing from time to time at our Liturgies. One of Jesse’s messages to us was,

“Who is the Church?” “We are!”

“Where is the Church?” “Right here!”

“And?” “Everywhere!”

“How are we alive and active?” “Because all are Welcome!”

“All are welcome because?” “All belong!”

They also had a mime artist who was very entertaining; some of our students were encouraged to assist him in a couple of mimes.

The students were involved in a variety of activities and rituals over the two days. The pilgrimage concluded with everyone celebrating Mass in the Cathedral with Bishop Michael, where some of the students were also involved in the ministries.

Thank you to Mr McMahon for driving the bus to Rockhampton and to the NET team for joining us and running some games. It was a weekend enjoyed by all.

Our Shalom crew at the Pilgrimage including our NET team and Fr Andrew Hogan.

Some of the students and NET team with Jesse Manibusan, singer and song writer.

Patrick Jay Baptism 2018

Sunday May 20, we celebrated Pentecost in our Catholic Church. We remember this feast as the time God sent His Holy Spirit upon His people to strengthen them in their ministry. On this night at Holy Rosary, we also celebrated the Initiation of one of our Year 10 students, Patrick Jay. Through water, anointing with oil and receiving the body and blood of Christ Patrick became a full member of our Catholic Church. Patrick was very excited to be able to celebrate his initiation with us and was welcomed by a number of young people following the celebration. If you would like more information about celebrating your sacraments, please contact me at Shalom College.

Greetings from the NET Team

We would like to inform the Shalom Community of different opportunities for high school students run by the NET team. Every Wednesday at lunchtime, we hold Vision Youth Group in the Loyola Centre. This is open to all Shalom students. It is both a time for fun and games, as well as an opportunity to reflect on life and faith.

Every Sunday at the Parish Youth Centre behind Holy Rosary Church, we hold two youth groups.

  • Group One, Echo Junior for Years 5-9 runs from 3:30pm-5pm.
  • Group Two, Echo Youth for Years 10-12 begins at 5:30pm with Mass at Holy Rosary Church and continues straight on afterwards until 8:45pm.

These youth groups are an opportunity for young people to have fun, ask questions and take a deeper look at faith.

Finally, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons at the Parish Youth Centre, we hold Drop-In from 3:30pm-5:30pm. This is an opportunity for high school students to hang out with the NET team, play board games, work on their homework, or just chat.

If you would like more information about any of these events, please contact us at or contact Mrs Petersen.

Mrs Cheryl Petersen
Campus Minister


Iglu Academic Scholarship

We are pleased to announce the Inaugural Iglu Academic Scholarship, which will provide the recipient with 50% of accommodation costs for Iglu Student Accommodation in 2019. This is available to any current Year 12 student wishing to study in Brisbane in 2019. Please submit your application form (see link below) to Mr Peter Robinson ( on or before Friday September 21 2018. The successful applicant will be notified by Mr Robinson on Wednesday October 17 2018.

Thank you to Dean Preddy and Xanthea Jensen from Iglu Brisbane City and Iglu Kelvin Grove for this excellent opportunity for one of our Year 12 students. Check out the link for more information about Iglu’s fantastic student accommodation.


Brisbane TSXPO is a great opportunity to research universities and further study institutes and Shalom will be providing a bus again this year on Sunday July 22. Entry is free; however, there will be a fee of $35 per student, and $25 per parent, to cover the cost of the bus. Spaces are limited so please see the Pathways Office to register. Check out the link below for further information about the TSXPO.

Business Acknowledgement

This week, Shalom College would like to recognise and acknowledge Community Lifestyle Support 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

From July 14-27 2018, some of the best junior golfers in the world will descend on Las Vegas, USA to represent their country at the IJGA World Stars of Junior Golf and AAU Junior Olympic Games Golf Championship.

Amara Burns – Rice 2, Year 8, attained a position with the Australian Junior Golf team to compete in these championships after competing at the recent Australian Junior Age Division Championships qualifying event at Capricorn Resort, Yeppoon.

The Australian team will depart in early July to Las Vegas to compete for two weeks. Amara is a quiet achiever when it comes to her golf prowess - we wish her all the very best.

Ms Claire Stallard
Rice House-Coordinator

P & F Monthly Meeting Notes

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


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.

Ticket availability refer below:

Thursday June 14

Friday June 15

Saturday June 16



11:00am – Matinee

9 single seat tickets left

3 single seat tickets left

100 tickets

Mrs Lynelle McAtee
Performing Arts Assistant


Pre-Carnival Championship Events

QISSN & CONFRO Sunday ‘Sesh’ Fundraiser Wrap Up

Last weekend’s fundraiser at the Spotted Dog Tavern was an excellent way to bring two parts of the Shalom sporting community together to raise funds for the upcoming QISSN netball trip to Townsville and the CONFRO rugby league trip to Charters Towers during the July school holidays.

The netball and rugby league players approached local businesses to request donations for raffle prizes and families gathered with friends to come and support the afternoon. With an outstanding 107 tickets sold the atmosphere of the afternoon was jovial and was a great opportunity for parents, friends, community members and staff to interact together to support these dedicated students.

Without the support of the Spotted Dog Tavern, particularly Mr Stephen Patterson and his staff, the afternoon would not have run as smoothly or raised so much money for the students and staff attending the two carnivals. A total of $4,425 was raised for the two teams that will go towards reducing the cost of the trips for each student. Special thanks and congratulations must go to Mr Scott Grogan who successfully outbid a few members of the crowd to win the signed 2017 Melbourne Storm jersey. The jersey was kindly donated by the Shalom Sports department, signed by the Melbourne Storm as a result of Mr Antonio Kaufusi’s organisation and framed by Dallas at Bundy Frameworks.

All students, families, friends and staff that supported the afternoon at the Spotted Dog should be thanked because without their support before and during the event, the afternoon would not have been a success. The following businesses and families kindly donated prizes that contributed to a fun filled afternoon, nearly everyone took home a prize.

Please support these businesses in our local Bundaberg community that have supported our students.

The Spotted Dog Tavern

McDonalds Wide Bay

Ocean Pacific Seafood

Rip Curl Bundaberg

3BZ Fitness

Shawline Embroidery

GYG Bundaberg

Bargara Surf School

The Shoe Fringe

Essence Spa and Beauty

High Street Dressing Room

Chippendall’s Newsagency



Beauty Rhapsody Day Spa

Saywells Meats

Zacs Meats

Rebel Sport



Muffin Break Stockland

Malouf Pharmacies Walker Street

House of Flowers

Cutting Crew

Lorna Jane

Avoca IGA

The Cheesecake Shop

Tattersalls Hotel

Grindstone Coffee House

Aristocut Hairdressing

Bundaberg Golf Club

Bundaberg Rum

Grills Family

Hussey Family

Hansen Family

Tairawhiti Family

Cameron Family

Habermann Family

A special mention to all QISSN and CONFRO staff who assisted in the running the afternoon either by collecting donated goods, selling tickets to family and friends, attending the event, wrapping prizes or assisting in the running of the Sunday ‘Sesh’, without their time and effort a fundraising event like this would not be successful.

Mrs Nikki Somerfield and Mr Vince Habermann
Event Organisers

Junior Vicki Wilson Cup Netball Trials

When: Monday June 25 and Wednesday June 27 from 3:15pm-4:15pm (times to be confirmed)
Where: Sports Centre
Who: Any girls in years 7-9 who are experienced netball players and are available to play on Thursday August 9 and Thursday August 16 2018 during school time.

Senior Vicki Wilson Cup Netball Trials

When: Wednesday July 18 2018 from 3:15pm-4:30pm
Where: Sports Centre
Who: Any girls in Years 10-12 who are experienced netball players and are available to play on Thursday August 9 and Thursday August 16 2018 during school time.

Nominations: Please see Mrs Somerfield in the sports centre or email her on

If students are selected in the Shalom All Schools Touch team they will be unavailable to participate in the Vicki Wilson State Finals. Therefore, you may not be considered for selection in the team, please discuss this with Mrs Somerfield when nominating.

Mrs Nikki Somerfield
Netball Coordinator

College News

College Social

The College Social was held on Wednesday May 30. There were some very inventive ‘M’ costumes. Congratulations to the MacKillop Year 12s who were involved in organising, setting up and contributing to a successful night.

Mrs Michelle Moller
MacKillop House Coordinator

Rice House Mass

Cultural And Linguistic Exchange

Shalom College will host students from Sakado High School in Saitama at the end of July (it will be the same students from Sakado whose company many of us enjoyed last year during the Japan Tour 2017). The students will be in Bundaberg for a period of one week during early Term 3. Students will be arriving on approximately July 23 and leave on August 4. Shalom College is still seeking host families for the students for this period. You do not need to be a family of a student of Japanese to host. If you are interested in hosting one of the Japanese students, please email Mrs Wilson and collect a form as soon as possible. An information evening will be held prior to their arrival. However, if you have any questions in regards to hosting, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mrs Simone Wilson
Learning Area Coordinator LOTE

Shalom Sunday Markets

Tuckshop Roster

Monday 4 June

Tricia Cooney

Tuesday 5 June

Susie Zunker/ Emma Appo

Wednesday 6 June

Leanne Grogan/ Katrina O’Sullivan

Thursday 7 June

Trish Cahill

Friday 8 June

Jeanette Rand/Cameron and Robin MacDonnell

Tuckshop Markets Roster


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


17 June

6.00am - 9.30am

Linda Adcock

Carol Barrazza

Lisa Christensen

Nikki Ellis

Brenda Jay

9.00am - 12.30pm

Chris Dennien

Jade Law

Jo Leveritt

Maria McMahon

Jacqueline Read

Sue Sargent


24 June

6.00am - 9.30am

Valentin Burbano

Melissa Lancaster

Rachel Lynch

Craig Warner

Penelope Wrench

9.00am - 12.30pm

Brendan/Astrid Clancy

Jo Medcalf

John Pappalardo

Vicki Saffioti

Tracey Shears


1 July

6.00am - 9.30am

Murray/Michele Flick

Andrew Lucht

Clarissa Pointon

Brendan/Yvette Simpson

Janelle Test

Leah Whalley

9.00am - 12.30pm

Sharon Anderson

Terry/Leanne Emmitt

Sandra Killer

Katumarerei Naibunaki

Belinda Prossliner

Warren Vaschina

Markets BBQ Roster

June 10

Confraternity RL

June 17

Cane to Coral

June 24

Cambodia Trip

July 1

Blanket Buddies

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