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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

20 August 2018

Principal’s Reflection

I really enjoyed a book by Fr Greg Boyle SJ recently. One of the many stories he tells -

When I taught at Loyola High School in Los Angeles in the late ‘70’s, after Sunday morning Mass I’d grab a cup of coffee and sit in the living room on the second floor and read the LA Times. Peace, quiet and felize; it didn’t get better than that. One Sunday, I was sitting with my friend and Jesuit brother, Al Naucke. Both of us had our coffee and were silently turning the pages of the paper when the doorbell started to ring repeatedly. Initially, Al and I hid behind our papers, waiting it out. The doorbell rarely rang, but when it did, it was almost always some homeless person. Finally, Al, the way better man, quietly put down the paper. There was no annoyed sighing (though who would blame him?).

Some ten minutes later he returned, sat down, took a sip of coffee, and resumed his reading. After a few beats I asked, without lowering the paper, “Well?”

“Well what?” Al replied, not lowering his paper either.

“Who was it?”

From behind the sports section he replied, “Jesus, in his least recognisable form.”

‘Barking to the Choir’ Fr Greg Boyle sj p76

I hope this makes you, like me, reflect on how often, even this week, we have come across Jesus ‘in his least recognisable form’. There are lots of very challenging things that Jesus is reported to have told his disciples but few more challenging than in Matthew’s Gospel Chapter 25 when he reminded us all that ‘whatsoever you do to the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you do to me’.

Leadership Team changes – regrettably, Mrs Kim O’Shea-Hard has had to take some necessary sick leave for at least the next couple of months. Kim has been the Assistant Principal Staff Development at Shalom. Mrs Austin-Campbell will step into that role as well as being Deputy Principal. Mr Peter Robinson will step into Mrs Austin Campbell’s role as Acting Assistant Principal Student Formation for the remainder of the year.

Catholic Schools Music Festival is just over. I’m sure that Mrs Robyn Edgar will put in a fuller description of the last few days in Brisbane but it was a real pleasure to be with our music students as they performed so well. Shalom students showed that their skills and performances were as good as any and better than most schools in Brisbane and beyond. Our students were fantastic but we are so blessed to have Music staff of the quality that we do at Shalom. The students only perform as well as they do because of the inspiration and guidance of an amazing group of staff.

Age of ‘the Device’ – moving between periods last week, a Year 7 boy, head focussed on a screen, earplugs in, unwittingly crashed into me. He was very embarrassed, I was bemused.

Middle School Subject Selection Information Meeting is on tomorrow evening August 21 in the Theatre. Year 9 to 10 information commences at 6:00 pm and Year 8 to 9 commences at 7:00 pm. I hope that parents and students will find this opportunity very worthwhile.

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles


Selecting Subjects for Years 9 and 10 in 2019

Reminder: A Subject Selection Information Evening for parents of students, and students going into Years 9 or 10 in 2019 has been scheduled for tomorrow evening Tuesday August 21 2018 in the Performing Arts Precinct Theatre. The evening will commence at 6:00pm for parents of current Year 9 students and 7:00pm for parents of current Year 8 students.

Ms Katherine Nelson
Assistant Principal – Curriculum


Important - School Calendar Modification

Please note an important change to the school calendar - September 7 appears as a Day IX on the calendar, which has been changed to a Day VIII to allow extra class time for some Year 12 classes in the week before their exam block.

Mr Brendan Maher
Assistant Principal – Administration


Shalom Day 2018

Shalom Day is the August 30. Have you asked your grandparents to come along? Please remember to invite them along to our Shalom Day Liturgy commencing at 9am, followed by morning tea. Grandparents are more than welcome to stay for ‘Shalom’s Got Talent’.

Shalom Day is also a free dress day with a gold coin donation going to a charity chosen by your House – many are choosing to support our farmers this year. Appropriate dress please – no short shorts, crop tops, singlet tops and closed in shoes need to be worn.

Program for Shalom Day

9:00 to 10:00 

Liturgy followed by plaque presentations for long serving staff

10:00 to 10:40

Distribution of Cake then tuckshop will be open and we will be

entertained by the Jazz Band.


Shalom’s Got Talent



12:15 to 1:50

Rehearse dance in House areas

1:55 to 2:50

Dance Competition

Walsh House Mass

Mrs Mary Taylor
Acting Assistant Principal – Missions


Congratulations to Samuel Freeman and Rose Kunnathuparambil Jose who recently received gift packs from the University of the Sunshine Coast in recognition of their academic excellence in Year 10.

Congratulations to our newest school based trainees and apprentices, Tahliya Fullin, Year 11 (Cert II Business Administration School Based Traineeship), Bronson Carroll, Year 12 (Cert III Cabinetmaking School Based Apprenticeship) and Raul Le Boydre, Year 12 (Cert III Engineering Mechanical Trade School Based Apprenticeship).

Upcoming University Open Days

September 1 - 10am-1pm University of Southern Queensland Open Day – Ipswich
September 7 - 3pm-7pm University of Southern Queensland Open Day – Springfield
September 25 - 3-7pm James Cook University Townsville, Virtual Open Day
September 27-28 Get Ready for QUT (Holiday Campus Tours) Gardens Point Campus and Kelvin Grove Campus

Mrs Liza O’Donnell
Pathways Coordinator

Quiet Achiever

Year 11s Jenna Mason is hard working, polite and an excellent role model for younger students. Jenna strives to achieve her best level in all aspects of College life. She displays the compassionate spirit of Caroline Chisholm and has shown her generosity to younger students through kind words, support and her presence around Chisholm house.

Mr Aaron Brown
Chisholm House Coordinator


On August 7, at our monthly meeting, the committee was pleased to support the College in a number of ways. We were pleased to view the progress on the Reflection Garden. It will be a wonderful space for students and staff and the P & F is proud to have contributed to this project. We are delighted to announce that the new 3D printers are set up and operating in the MakerSpace area. A wonderful resource for staff and students. We are happy to announce that the advertising campaign for the Sunday Shalom Markets has been successful with an improvement in numbers. We look forward to seeing this continue and the new menu developments in the Markets Tuckshop.

The P & F has funded a further year of the School TV resource which is available on the intranet. There are many interesting, informative and worthwhile files that are available to the entire Shalom Community. We strongly recommend that you have a look at this resource on the School intranet.

Lastly, Parents/Guardians were recently sent a link to a survey regarding the after school program. We would love as many families as possible to respond – even if you have not used the service your feedback is valued.

A quick reminder for all parents old and new. As a parent/guardian of Shalom College, you are automatically a member of the P and 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 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

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 September 4 2018 and will begin at 5:30pm.

Mrs Emma Jansen
P & F Secretary

ACTS Camp 2018

“Leadership is more about who you are being than what you are doing.” This is the message that we were given on the Year 11 ACTS camp, held from August 8 – 10 at Yeppoon.

Around 63 students from across the Diocese were challenged in identifying their own leadership talents. Presenter Mr Dave Jorna facilitated discussions and through group activities, leadership skills were put into practice.

ACTS camp was a chance to meet people from across the Diocese, allowing us to create new friendships and develop old ones with students all the way from Mackay to Bundaberg.

Year 10s, when you are given the opportunity next year to attend ACTS camp, I strongly recommend that you accept this invitation. The valuable practical skills you will learn will help you in your role as leaders of Shalom College in 2020.

Paul McMahon
Year 11 Student

Taking Care of Business

R U OK? A Conversation could change a life.

Certificate III – Business students as part of their major assessment project will again conduct the R U Ok? awareness and fundraising campaign. Thursday September 13 is the National Day set aside for R U OK? Day. As this day falls during exam block, the students have decided to raise awareness for suicide prevention by conducting several events during the remainder of this term.

The following events will be taking place at Shalom over the next few weeks.

Wednesday August 22 – R U Ok? cookie sale
Tuesday August 28 – R U Ok? sausage sizzle

Friday September 7 – a human sign displaying R U OK? on the oval, complete with a drone providing aerial photography of this event.

There will be some other surprises popping up during these weeks, so keep your eyes peeled and be on the lookout for our students.

We are very pleased to once again support this wonderful organisation whose mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and offer support to anyone struggling.

Mrs Gail Norris
Learning Area Coordinator Business


Congratulations to all the chess players for their efforts as they were lucky enough to cause a huge upset and topple Bundaberg State High School to take the win.

Shalom Team one, consisting of Patrick Harris, Courtenay Parfitt, Demetri De Florian and Nicholas Whitelum were the overall winners, with Patrick and Courtenay finishing first and second respectively in the individual standings.

Shalom Team 2 (Allen Preshy, Patrick Waters, Darcy Hensel and Lachlan McIntosh) put in a huge effort to finish third overall in the team standings.

This means Shalom has qualified for the State Finals held in Brisbane, in October, which is a great result for us.

Mr David Magner
Chess Coordinator


Thank you to the 65 students, staff, parents and other family members who helped Shalom win the award for the Largest Secondary Schools team in the Bundaberg Sugar Cane2Coral for the third year in a row on Sunday August 5. We will receive $300 prize money to be donated to the Charity of our choice, together with 10% of our team’s registration fees. Most notable results by Shalom students included Caiden Everingham (year 7) finishing eighth in a field of 882 in the 4km run in 14min59sec, Holly Stone (year 8) finishing 21st in 16:28 and being the third placed 11-14 years female in the 4km, Tom Martin (year 10) finishing 7th of 676 in the 10km in 39:11, Michael Doyle (year 10) grabbing 11th in the 10km in 40:56 and third in the Male 15-17 years age group, Lachlan Stevenson (year 8) placing 12th in that event in 41:03 and winning the male 11-14 years category, Thomas Parton (year 7) placing 18th in the 10km in 42:2 2and finishing third in the male 11-14 years category, and Georgia Cutmore (year 11) taking 50th in the 10km in 48:11 and second in the Female 15-17 years age group. There were many heroic performances. Special mention must be made of Thomas Parton’s mum and Teacher Mrs Parton, who also competed along-side her husband and two younger children, providing five family members for the Shalom team. Thank you also to Mr McMahon who got up early and drove the school bus for students to the event, then participated in the 4km walk. Mr Maher and Mrs Pearson were among the other staff members who competed, each also with two of their children.

Mr Vince Habermann
Finance Assistant

Readers Cup

Year 9 and 10 students challenge themselves with the Wide Bay Readers Cup

On Friday August 10, eight students from Years 9 and 10 travelled to Gin Gin State High School to compete in the Wide Bay Region’s Readers Cup Challenge. After spending half of Term 2 and the start of Term 3 reading five novels each set by the Children’s Book Council of Australia, the competition at Gin Gin was a wonderful opportunity to work in teams of four answering questions and interpreting the various novels. In Shalom’s first entry into the Readers Cup in many years, the team of Shalom Red – Brooklyn Devine, Michelle Pople, Paige Veitch and Lana Vollmerhause – came a very close third place. Shalom Black – Zoe Ellis-Lindley, Caila Maracic, Flynn Ingall and Stacey Falvey - were not far behind in 5th place out of a field of 10 teams from high schools throughout the Wide Bay region.

Miss Davis
Teacher Librarian

Learning Enhancement Unit

Options Day

We will be taking a group of students to the 2018 Options Day on Thursday September 13 at the Bundaberg Multiplex Convention Centre. Options Day is celebrating its seventh year and is one of Bundaberg Region’s most exciting annual events for people with all abilities.

We will run a Shalom Bus at no charge that will travel to the Multiplex Centre between 11:45am -1:30pm.

It should be noted that this excursion is during the Exam Block and exams take priority over this excursion.

Please complete the permission slip attached and return either by email to or to Student Services by September 7, 2018.

Mrs Keryn Staley
Learning Enhancement Unit Coordinator


University of Qld Athletics

Kharla Hills Year 9 competed at the University of Qld athletics meet on Saturday August 11.

  • 200m, 4th in heat and 7th overall out of 37
  • 400m, 3rd in heat and 3rd overall out of 21 plus new PB
  • Triple jump, 2nd overall out of 14 and new PB

Kharla was representing Queensland athletics

This meet was seeded... running against women older than her.

State Touch Football Titles

Congratulations to Year 9 Student Hannah Leggett, who was a student official at the recent 10-12 years State Touch Football Titles held in Bundaberg. Hannah gained her Level 2 qualifications in the process.

Mr Simon Gills
Sports Coordinator

2018 Queensland Interschool Ten Pin Bowling Challenge

On Sunday August 12, three Shalom students participated in the Queensland Interschool Ten Pin Bowling Challenge at the Bundy Bowl and Leisure Centre. Thirteen high schools competed in 28 teams across Queensland. Our team consisted of Amber Craven-Hughes, Connor Dingle and Jude Hellmuth-Williamson.

Teams of three bowled four games of Ten Pin and handicaps were applied to the total overall scores. Shalom College came in second, behind Kepnock team 3 for the Bundaberg area. Kepnock 3 had a total score of 1905 and Shalom College had a total score of 1797.

Standout games for our players were;

Game 1: Amber Craven-Hughes – top score of 180
Game 2: Jude Hellmuth–Williamson – top score of 157
Game 3: Connor Dingle – top score of 181

For the overall Queensland competition, Shalom College placed in 5th position. Helensvale State High School won first place with a total score of 2186.

Mrs Debbie Bishop
Ten Pin Bowling Coordinator

Soccer - Year 9/10 Boys

Shalom drew with Bundaberg Christian College 3-3

A game of two halves, with Shalom dominating early with goals to Ethan Cox and Seth Day. The midfield was controlled well by Michael Doyle and a hardworking Akil Ulahannan limiting the opportunities for Bundaberg Christian College. Probing runs by the wings Seth Day and Paddy Maher throughout the game kept Shalom on the attack for much of the first half. Any opportunities created by the opposition were effectively stopped by Jack Brophy who had an outstanding game in defence. A fightback in the second half by Bundaberg Christian College saw the scores levelled at 2-2 before a spectacular 25 metre goal by Michael Doyle put Shalom back in the lead. A goal in the dying minutes to Bundaberg Christian College saw the game finish in a draw.

MVP for the game: Akil Ulahannan, Jack Brophy

Mr Brendan Maher
Soccer Coach

Girls basketball

Week 1- forfeit

Week 2- 7/8G vs Shalom Open Girls.

7/8s started shaky against the older girls as they were a little nervous. They quickly realised that they were faster and could duck around the Open girls. They managed to find their confidence in the second half and finished 22 points up. Tahlia Glover was a standout and put some excellent shots away and Bonnie Stephenson finished with multiple 3-point shots.

Week 3- 7/8G vs Shalom 9/10 Girls

The 7/8 Girls had to put up a bit more of a fight this week, particularly at the beginning of the game. The Haster girls worked hard for the entire game and did not tire. They were anxious coming up against State player, Alyssa Cameron, but worked well together and shared the ball around to finish 17 points up.

Mrs Rachel Chappel
Netball Coach


Year 7 comp

Shalom 43 vs Kepnock 2

The defence displayed by these girls was amazing, with most of the turnovers coming from amazing intercepts. Some girls, not even playing in their usual position, managed to defend and equally attack all the way down the court!! Great game girls!!

MVP for the game: Lauren Fuller

Rhys Crook
Netball Coach

Year 9 Cup

Shalom 11 V Bundaberg State High School blue 26

Holly Kitchen shot some amazing goals! Diamond Henriques worked relentlessly throughout the game. After a slow start, our girls had a great final quarter.

MVP for the game: Diamond Henriques

Mrs Jo-Anne Thomson
Netball Coach

Ten Pin Bowling – Junior Winter Fixtures

Our junior ten pin bowling team has made a great start to the winter fixtures season. Our team consists of 7 players: Bianca Matthews, Alicia Nierla, Lydia Stewart, Max Hore, Nicholas McMahon, Jack Meissner and Cody Schubel.

Team members have been showing great sportsmanship and show a great deal of encouragement to each other. They have been getting some great tips from the Bundy Bowl coaches and are showing improvement as the season progresses.

Some standout games are:

Week 1: Alicia Nierla – games of 140 & 132
Week 2: Nicholas McMahon – game of 81 Lydia Stewart – games of 81 & 88
Week 3: 5 players achieved their top score for the season so far:

Max Hore – 67, Bianca Matthews – 88, Jack Meissner – 75, Cody Schubel – 71, Lydia Stewart – 95

Debbie Bishop
Ten Pin Bowling Co-ordinator

College News

RSPCA Cupcake Day

Delicious cupcakes will be sold on Tuesday August 21, to raise funds for the RSPCA. Cupcakes are $2.00 each and will be sold in between the two student eating areas during the first break.

Shalom Sunday Markets

Tuckshop Roster


20 August

Mila Robertson


21 August

Steph Hughes


22 August

Melissa Patterson


23 August

Jacqueline Read


24 August

Help Needed Please


27 August

Leah Whalley/Jess Montford


28 August

Fiona Canniffe


29 August

Help Needed Please


30 August

Help Needed Please


31 August

Vicki Saffioti


3 September

Tricia Cooney


4 September

Susie Zunker/Emma Appo


5 September

Leanne Grogan/Katrina O’Sullivan


6 September

Trish Cahill


7 September

Help Needed Please

Tuckshop Markets Roster


26 August

6:00am – 9:30am

Valentin Burbano

Melissa Lancaster

Rachel Lynch

Kate Rehbain

Craig Warner

Penelope Wrench

9:00am – 12:30pm

Brendan/Astrid Clancey

Jo Medcalf

John Papalardo

Vicki Saffioti

Tracey Shears


2 September

6:00am - 9:30am

Murray/Michelle 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


9 September

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

Markets BBQ Roster

August 26

Edmund Rice Camp

September 2

East Bundaberg Rotary

September 9

Knights of the Southern Cross

September 16

NET Team

September 23

Africa Trip

September 30

Edmund Rice Camp

Community Notice Board

The Catholic Parish of Bundaberg – News

Moore Park Surf Life Saving Club


Elliott Heads Surf Life Saving Club

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