Shalom College
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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

11 June 2018

Principal’s Reflection

By now, almost every family will have received an email from ‘Family Zone’ which will lead you through the process of setting up this software on iPads, laptops, desktops and your child’s mobile phone. Again, this is a great tool that, when employed, will go a very long way to addressing concerns parents may have about how long, what and with whom their children are dealing with on the Net. It is simple and easy to use. But parents need to take the first steps.

In school hours, there is no need for students to have access to Social Media. These Apps can easily be controlled through Family Zone. Experience would also suggest that during homework times and when young people should be getting the sleep that they need, Social Media is a very significant distraction. Family Zone allows parents the ability to set reasonable boundaries in their area.

As the College has invested in this product, we have the education setup, which means the School Rule is managed by the College from the hours of 8:30am – 3:15pm on ALL devices (with Family Zone installed). However, parents can set their own parameters for home. Most parents have received e-mails already from Family Zone so you can start activating your account. There will be another email coming out soon to the remaining parents as we are aware the basic setup does not work for every family.

BYO Devices

We request that all BYO devices (laptops, macbook, phones, iPads, etc.) have Family Zone installed and activated on the devices immediately. This is quite an easy setup that anyone can perform. To install please access the Family Zone Cyber Hub for Shalom via the link below:

Shalom Leased Laptops

For our Shalom leased Laptops, the IT Unit has already installed the software remotely onto these devices so all that parents need to do is sign in to Family Zone and assign the device to your student.


For iPad users when setting up Family Zone, please use the ‘filter only version’ as this will not affect the iPads connecting to our wireless internet at the College.

Parents need to take control of their child/ren’s internet usage and this is a very helpful tool that can assist. Please give it a go and install this onto your devices. If you then decide you do not want to control the hours, you can always switch it to ‘always allow’ however the app needs to be installed on student devices, including mobile phones, that come to school.

To install the software or to find out more information please visit the link below:

If anyone needed any convincing on why this product has been deployed, the following graphic spells out the case fairly clearly.

Head of the River – congratulations and thank you to all of those students, parents, staff and coaches who contributed to another great event yesterday. Rowing is the ultimate team sport. A lot of effort from an enormous number of people goes into the sport of Rowing. Huge thank you to Mr Rod Silcox and Mr Simon Gills but there are so many others without whose help, rowing would not operate. Great to see so many students out having a great day at the climax of the season.

Annie the Musical is on this week. I have no doubt it will be an enormous success but again, that will only come about because of the huge amount of work that has been expended by cast, crew, musicians, technicians and other support staff. The College Musical is always a massive undertaking and we are so lucky as a community to have staff who are always prepared to go above and beyond. This is just another example. The four shows and one dress rehearsal are all but sold out which will be a huge incentive for the cast to put on a wonderful display. Good luck to all.

Farewell for Jan and Greg Aplin – an open invitation is extended to parents and friends to attend the farewell to these two wonderful people from the College. We will gather for a buffet dinner at Across the Waves on the evening of Saturday June 23. Dinner cost is $30 pp. Please pay and book at the College office.

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles

Student Welfare and Information

Year 8 Camp Schedule

Camp No.

CSB Class

Dates for Camp

Teacher attending


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.

Thank you to all the Year 11 students who gave so generously of their time to help out with the Year 12 Formal. I had over 25 students showing parents to their tables and a crew of students opening the car doors. There were quite a number of hospitality students working in the kitchen for Across the Waves - they do the catering.

Another group of students helped to put 706 chairs covers on 706 chairs! I also will put in a special mention to Trinity Medcalf who volunteered to come on the Sunday morning to assist with the taking off all of those chairs covers…quite a job.

A job well done Year 11.

Mrs Elizabeth Austin-Campbell
Deputy Principal


Stewardship says “Thank you God” not “What about me?”

This year will see the renewal of Stewardship for the Catholic Parish of Bundaberg. Stewardship is using our God given gifts to contribute to society and to help others. We can do this by the giving of our time and our talents.

Our Shalom students are well represented in ministries within the Parish. Readily giving of their time and talents. Some students read at Mass, others sing, some run children’s liturgy or assist with this. We have our Vinnies group who tutor Catholic PrimarySchool students every Monday and our YCS (Young Christian Students) group that look for ways to put their faith into action through the Review of Life technique of See, Judge, Act.

If you or your family would like to become more involved in the parish let us know. There are many different ways to share your time and talents.

Mrs Mary Taylor
Acting Assistant Principal – Mission


My Future

We hear from many parents whose children may be struggling to identify possible career pathways and we are hoping that the following website may offer some tools to promote career conversations in your family. The My Future website gives the opportunity to explore tertiary and vocational pathways, as well as subject selection tips, and help to identify your child’s interests and skills. There are activities and information suitable for both middle school and senior school students.

The Skills and Thrills Showcase Is Coming!

The Skills and Thrills careers showcase takes careers advice out of the office and onto the stage through an exhilarating showcase packed with music, film and theatre. Find out the latest on jobs of the future, industry trends and connecting your passion to a successful career outcome.

This is a careers showcase utilising music and film to provide students with inspiring information about industry trends, vocational education pathways and career outcomes. Career information like never before. You will be entertained and leave inspired.

The showcase has been running for 4 years in NSW and has been viewed by over 30,000 students.

The show lasts for one hour and includes a host, a film and a QLD Government Skills Ambassador. There is also a Questions and Answer session with students.

This is a FREE event - Open to Year 12 Students

Date: Thursday, August 2 2018
Time: 9:30am – 10:30am
Location: Reading Cinemas, Bundaberg

See the Pathways Office to register your interest now.

Places are limited – be quick!

Changes to MD Admissions at University of Queensland

Please note changes to University of Queensland Doctor of Medicine Program. See the attached for further information.

Business Acknowledgement

This week, Shalom College would like to recognise and acknowledge Acorn Child Care Centre East 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 worthy candidate for Quiet Achiever is Oscar Lowe from McAuley House. Oscar is always well organised and prepared for all his lessons. He positively contributes to McAuley House by participating in extra - curricular events and being a caring and informed member of his PC. Oscar’s behaviour and presentation are always impeccable and he never hesitates to question important information he may receive on House Assembly so that he can continue to strive to do his very best each day. Oscar is certainly a great advocate for McAuley House as, through his actions towards others he is able to show patience and meet others with peace and ease as he makes sure he “SHINES” each day here at Shalom.

Ms Paula Van Dalen
McAuley House Coordinator

P & F Monthly Meeting Notes

On June 5, at our monthly meeting, the committee was pleased to support the college with a number of new purchases.

We are delighted to assist with the Edmund Rice Camp to be held in the September holidays at Chaverim. This camp provides many benefits for the invited students and is run largely by past Shalom Students. These past students are keen to help out and work in close consultation with the teachers. Further, we are proud to assist the MakerSpace project to purchase 6 mini 3D printers to use in their projects and other curriculum areas. This is a revision on the proposal presented at last month’s meeting and will be an excellent resource in the school for a number of curriculum and extra-curricular purposes. Lastly, we are delighted to announce the marketing campaign for the Shalom Markets will start next week.

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. Snacks are provided. Details of the next meeting are below.

For further information, see the full meeting minutes on the P & F web page on 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 .

Our next monthly meeting will be held in the staff common room – all parents/guardians are welcome. Please note the next P & F meeting will be held on Tuesday August 7 2018 and will begin at 5:30pm.

Mrs Emma Jansen
P & F Secretary

Duke of Edinburgh Award Journey

10 Students from Shalom College attended Stanley River Environmental Education Centre on May 25 – 27 to complete their adventurous journey for the bronze level Duke of Edinburgh International Award. Students participating were Oliver Collins, Jasmine Dooley, Lachlan Harris, Morgan Medcalf, Samuel Nelson, Daemon O’Brien, Eryn Skerman, Rylee Skerman, Patrick Waters and Olivia Zunker.

Part of the adventurous journey involves getting yourself organised in a timely manner, working in a team for cooking duties including supply of food. Each group needed to supply a suitable menu for a journey. They also had to work as a team with people they did not know who came from other schools to complete their award.

The students had to tie two canoes together forming a catamaran for safety before departing due to the weather conditions being very windy. Using their navigation skills. They paddled in mixed school groups in hard conditions, with a change to the original canoeing/bushwalking itinerary due to weather and timing.

On arrival at camp they had to work on setting up camp before dark, cooking a meal, keeping warm and socialising, as well as demonstrating some leadership skills and teamwork with assisting others who may have had difficulties.

The following day after an early start and some fishing, which was limited as they forgot to bring the rods and tackle, the group set off back to Stanley River on a beautiful sunny, non-windy morning. Quite a contrast to the previous day.

Teamwork was again required for the pack up of canoes onto trailers, drying tents, unpacking barrels, cleaning equipment and leaving to travel back to Bundaberg on schedule.

Many thanks to Mrs Bishop for driving, always difficult after a tiring weekend that she had participated in fully as well.

The final group of bronze students will be doing their qualifying journey on the upper Noosa River through the everglades in the Cooloola National Park On June 8 – 10. At the end of both camps it will mean all 16 Dukes students have completed their adventurous journeys and the majority are about to finish that level of the award which is a great achievement for anyone.

Janet Lindsay
Shalom College Award Leader

Bundaberg Maths Team Challenge

Happy numbers, mirror numbers and Christmas ribbons featured in the Bundaberg Maths Team Challenge for 2018. Fifteen Shalom Teams from Years 7 to 12 competed in the annual competition last week, with the chance to experience unusual, abstract and totally different mathematical questions.

Avril Davies, Jordanah Cowell, Chelsey Bainisavu , James Waters and Sarah Juillerat formed a Year 9 team, and tied for First place in the Intermediate Division against 37 other teams of Year 9 and 10 students.

First place in the Senior Division was awarded to the Year 12 team of Will Alcorn, Enrique Aretos, Zane Haster, Joshua Roebuck and Patrick Harris. In the first round they earned a perfect score and finished nearly 40 points ahead of the team who came in second place.

Congratulations to all the students who competed and did their best to answer the 30 questions across two rounds. Also, a big thank you to the students who came along to be supervisors – without you the competition could not go ahead.

Can you solve this Junior question:

What number is represented by the ?

The winning Senior team: Will Alcorn, Enrique Aretos, Zane Haster, Joshua Roebuck and Patrick Harris

Intermediate team tied for First: Sarah Juillerat, Jordanah Cowell, James Waters, Avril Davies and Chelsey Bainisavu

So many students hard at work during the Mathematics Team Challenge

Mrs Lucia Briggs
Maths Team Challenge Coordinator

Project Based Learning at Shalom College

Our Year 7 students have been participating in Project Based Learning (PBL) within their Core Studies classes. A major component of PBL is that it puts more emphasis on the Four Cs; critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication. These Four Cs may be called soft skills, 21st century skills, habits of mind or enterprise skills. The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) has stressed the importance of developing these skills in our young people, embedding these skills into the curriculum with a view to better prepare our children for success in life.

Students are given an open-ended problem or challenge that is relevant and engaging. Solving the problem through inquiry, hands-on activities, collaboration and focused teaching, the students develop a solution that is presented as a product to an authentic audience. There are opportunities throughout the project for traditional learning to occur, for example teacher directed learning, individual assessment and note-taking, however the main difference is that the project fosters a genuine need to know in order for the students to progress to their solution.

This term in CSB, students are developing a persuasive film campaign designed to encourage keeping our waterways clean. In CSA, students are selecting and justifying a new animal addition for Alexandra Park Zoo to entice more teenagers to visit our local attraction.

Mrs Megan Munckton
Middle School Coordinator

Instrumental Music

Diocesan Music Camp

Students are getting very excited to travel to The Cathedral College in Rockhampton for the annual 3 days of music making, ending in a concert. I think they are also very excited to be staying in the College boarding houses and the tilt train ride home. Could all families please return the Permission and Medical Forms prior to departure and also pay through parent lounge.

Winter concert

A very big thank you to all who attended the recent Winter Concert where 10 of our 11 groups performed over a nearly 2-hour period! We appreciate your patience and hope you enjoyed it all. Next concert is scheduled for July 24.

2018 Performance Schedule

I was a bit disappointed that some students left it until the day or evening to let tutors know that they could not perform in the Winter Concert. Most reasons were in relation to ‘forgetting’ or ‘had to work’. The performance schedule was sent out in February this year and all tutors would really appreciate if specific dates are noted in diaries or calendars ahead of time and in particular, that students organise their work times in order to ensure they are available. Each group is a team and when members of the team are missing, it can be very difficult for the remainder of the team. If you have lost your performance schedule, please contact me and I will send you another one.

Roll marking

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


Good luck to all students who are performing in the musical, Annie. There are many students from the instrumental music department in the show itself and also make up the majority of the orchestra. A lot of time for a lot of memories which none of them will ever forget.

Mrs Robyn Edgar
Instrumental Music Coordinator


League Report

Shalom will contest the Bundaberg District Secondary Schools Rugby League Broncos Challenge grand finals at The Waves Sports Complex this Wednesday June 13 in three of the five divisions after the last round of fixtures last Wednesday. The depleted Open team finished second after a 32-6 loss to their grand final opponents Bundaberg State High School, while the Year 10s made it back-to-back good wins, white-washing Barbarians 32-0, but they wound up third, missing the decider on nett points’ differential, and the Year 8s also placed third after outgunning St Luke’s 14-0. Last week, our open side never stopped trying and they were rewarded with a late try to powerhouse front rower Jobe Lister, but centre Joel Larter was our Man of the Match, edging out five-eighth Jai Smith, who was again outstanding. Halfback Braden Henricksen and five-eighth Bradley Clarke shone for the Year 10s in a polished team performance, while halfback Jack Picaro was a two-try hero for the Year 8s and Junior Tuitoma and Benjamin Toft also impressed

Our Year 7s have won both of their games against the only other team in the competition, Bundaberg State High School, and they will be hoping to continue their great form, while our Year 9s, who had the bye last week, will take on minor premiers Bundaberg State High School.

The Year 7s play at 3:55pm, with Year 9s at 4:50pm and the Opens at 6:40pm. Everyone’s support would be appreciated.

Mr Vince Habermann
Finance Reception

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

NAIDOC Art Competition 2018

NET Team

Barbara Sisley Awards

Congratulations to Madeleine Krebs (Yr 12 Hogan) and Nicholas McMahon (Yr 8 Rice) who were invited to perform last Saturday night at Parliament House for Speech and Drama. They were participating in the Barbara Sisley Awards which brings together young people across Queensland who topped their section in 2017 for Trinity College or AMEB performances. Well done to both. Pictured with them is Amity-Lee Medcalf who attends St Joseph’s and will be at Shalom in 2019.

State of Origin

Mr Kerry Devine and Br. Rochford rearing to go for State of Origin Game 1.

Shalom Sunday Markets

Tuckshop Roster

Monday 11 June

Bronwyn Grills

Tuesday 12 June

Cathy Duffied

Wednesday 13 June

Help Needed

Thursday 14 June

Paul and Caroline Simms

Friday 15 June

Kyle Jarvis

Monday 18 June

Mila Robertson

Tuesday 19 June

Steph Hughes

Wednesday 20 June

Lily Bradshaw

Thursday 21 June

Christie Thwaite/Eva Deveraux

Friday 22 June

Help Needed

Tuckshop Markets Roster


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 17

Cane to Coral

June 24

Cambodia Trip

July 1

Blanket Buddies

July 8

East Bundaberg Rotary

July 15


July 22

Relay for Life

July 29

Cambodia Trip

Community Notice Board

Race of Legends

Kids with a Disability - Safe Kids Playtime

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