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Bundaberg QLD 4670
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17 September 2018

Principal’s Reflection

Our ‘R U OK?’ exercise after Assembly last week got an awful lot of hits on our Facebook page. It was a great way to highlight an important message for everyone. We all have some responsibility for the wellbeing of those around us. As parents, we are terrified that our children would ever be unhappy enough to the point of impacting their health. I have often had parents tell me that ‘they just want their kids to be happy’. This is understandable but it may be setting the bar a little too low. What do we really mean by wanting our kids to be ‘happy’? I want my two kids to be happy but I want them to know a bit about lasting happiness and something of an inner peace that would arise from living with purpose and from living every minute with love, grace and gratitude. I want them to live lives of decency, kindness and maybe even service. I want them to have an education that stresses that happiness cannot be purchased, travelled to, arrived at, owned, accumulated, earned, worn or consumed. I want them to be able to master the hardest arithmetic of all, which would enable them to count their blessings. If I can help my kids get close to that, I think that they will be happy. I am pretty sure then, that they will be OK.

‘Studiosity’ is a program and service the College is purchasing in Term 4. Studiosity is an on-line tutoring service that will be available to students in Years 10-12 for free. Out of school hours, students will be able to log on to the website and seek help for their subjects from teachers in different parts of Australia and even around the world. From reports from schools who have already bought into this product, we believe that this has potential to have great advantages for our students. The College has purchased 15,000 minutes for our students. The cost to the College is about $70 a student in Years 10-12. There are provisions in the system to stop one student using too many minutes. The process and the programme will be explained to students on the first day of next term. Each student will receive their own personal log-in.

I got a great letter last week from the gentleman who is the Crossing Supervisor at South State School. The week before, as he finished his duty, he dropped his wallet – it contained a good amount of cash. As a pensioner, when he got home, he was panicked to discover the loss. He went back to South retracing his steps. Happily, the wallet and its contents had been handed into the school office by four Year 9 boys – three from Shalom and one from Bundaberg State High. Wonderful to see great values being practiced by our young people.

Mr Dan McMahon
Principal
McmahonD@shalomcollege.com

Newsletter Articles

Curriculum

NAPLAN data

NAPLAN Data was released a couple of weeks ago. Parents should receive their child’s individual NAPLAN report in the mail in the next few days.

Shalom’s data is pleasing for both our Year 7 and Year 9 cohort. The mean score in Year 9 for all test areas was higher for Shalom than for the mean score of the state.

Shalom’s mean score for Year 7 students in all test areas, except numeracy, was also higher than the mean score of the state.

Using mean scores from our Year 7 cohort in 2016 and our current Year 9 students, growth can be calculated for each of the NAPLAN test areas. Calculations reveal that there has been growth in all test areas. In the test areas of Spelling, Reading, Grammar and Punctuation, the growth exceeds the growth of the state.

Mrs Megan Munckton
Middle School Coordinator
Megan_Munckton@shalomcollege.com

Administration

Yr 7 to 9 Core Studies Learner Conferences

The second of two opportunities this year for Year 7, 8 and 9 Core Studies Learner Conferences (Parent/Teacher Interviews) will be available on the Student Free Day of Monday 22 October. The aim of these conferences is to provide an opportunity for parents to meet with teachers to discuss the progress and learning needs of their children.

Conferences may be arranged online via the Parent Lounge. The online Parent Teacher Interview booking facility will open at 8:00am on Tuesday 9 October and close at 3:00pm on Wednesday 17 October to allow teachers to prepare for interviews. Parents without internet access may contact the College on 4155 8111 to make appointments from 8:00am on Tuesday 9 October.

When considering interview requests, note that Mrs Jacqui Smith, Mr John Sheppard, Mrs Patricia Allen and Mrs Deborah Bolam will not be available for interviews on the day as they have Verification duties, however they will be available on Thursday 25 October. Please note this additional date when booking interviews online. Please also note that Mrs Austin-Campbell is on leave and therefore unavailable.

Whilst the scheduled interview day is seen as an important communication between home and school, parents are welcome to arrange an interview with specific teachers at any time the need arises throughout the year

Mr Brendan Maher
Assistant Principal – Administration
MaherB@shalomcollege.com

Mission

Reflection Days 2018

Last week Year 9 and 10 students spent time with David Kobler from Yourchoicez covering a range of topics that impact on our young people today. The sessions were very informative and the students had a chance to discuss these issues. All students I spoke to learnt something and felt it was very worthwhile. The key outcomes for the days are noted below:

Outcomes for the Day – Girls

Outcomes of the Day – Boys

  • How to deal with the pressures that come from living in a hyper sexualised society and finding a strong sense of personal value and worth despite the pressure.
  • Defining and understanding True love. What does a truly loving relationship really look like?
  • Relationships and sexual decision making from a Christian perspective (i.e. developing relationship skills and the importance of marriage)
  • Keys to developing healthy relationship skills
  • Gaining an understanding of the value and dignity of the human person.
  • The pressures that girls can face on a day to day basis and how to deal with them
  • The impact of media and marketing.
  • How to deal with the pressure of sexting
  • What is it to be a man?
  • Strategies for building a positive sense of manhood.
  • Tools to entering manhood and leaving boyhood behind.
  • Developing positive and healthy relationships.
  • Relationships and sexual decision making from a Christian perspective (i.e. developing relationship skills and the importance of marriage)
  • The science behind pornography.
  • 4 key issues that many men are facing; identity, purpose, self-control, sex drive.
  • The impact of media and marketing.
  • The value and dignity of the human person.
  • Models of manhood - becoming the man you really want to be.
  • How to deal with the pressure of sexting

Outcomes for the Day – Girls

Outcomes of the Day – Boys

  • How to deal with the pressures that come from living in a hyper sexualised society and finding a strong sense of personal value and worth despite the pressure.
  • Defining and understanding True love. What does a truly loving relationship really look like?
  • Relationships and sexual decision making from a Christian perspective (i.e. developing relationship skills and the importance of marriage)
  • Keys to developing healthy relationship skills
  • Gaining an understanding of the value and dignity of the human person.
  • The pressures that girls can face on a day to day basis and how to deal with them
  • The impact of media and marketing.
  • How to deal with the pressure of sexting
  • What is it to be a man?
  • Strategies for building a positive sense of manhood.
  • Tools to entering manhood and leaving boyhood behind.
  • Developing positive and healthy relationships.
  • Relationships and sexual decision making from a Christian perspective (i.e. developing relationship skills and the importance of marriage)
  • The science behind pornography.
  • 4 key issues that many men are facing; identity, purpose, self-control, sex drive.
  • The impact of media and marketing.
  • The value and dignity of the human person.
  • Models of manhood - becoming the man you really want to be.
  • How to deal with the pressure of sexting

The Year 9 and 10 students also spent time with Az Hamilton from Just Motivation. Through playing games and listening to Az the students were able to identify the important aspects of being a good friend and the need for developing a passion for life. Az also shared how God has a place in his life.

Brother Rochford’s Birthday

A special member of our Shalom community had their birthday last week. Brother Rochford turned 86 and it was a great chance for us to say thank you to him for his wonderful presence in our school.

Every day Brother visits each student having a birthday. This year he has spoken about the importance of giving, not just receiving; so in light of this he requested that instead of spending money on a party, that we use that money to give to others in need. So we put some lovely present boxes near the tuckshop and in the office for people to drop some money into. On Tuesday we gave this money to Brother, who then, gave it to a charity of his choice. Truly demonstrating that in giving we receive.

Mrs Mary Taylor
Acting Assistant Principal – Mission
TaylorM@shalomcollege.com

McAuley House Mass

You’re Invited

To the
McAuley House Mass

Friday 21 September
11:25am

Loyola Chapel
Shalom College

Parish, parents and friends welcome to join our Shalom House families

Mrs Cheryl Petersen
Campus Minister
petersenc@shalomcollege.com

Quiet Achiever

Bradley Balchin - Hogan 3, Year 8

Bradley has recently returned from the QC Series KA3 Junior Go Karting in Emerald. He performed very well finishing second for the series over the weekend in the KA3 Junior division and had an overall placement of third for the Series over the course of the year. It is not necessarily just his extra-curricular pursuits that Bradley can be proud of but also the fact that he manages to maintain excellent school results, whilst having to travel and have large amounts of time over the weekend taken up by this hobby. Bradley has maintained A’s and B’s across all his subjects and has kept up strong results in Mathematics, Science, Physical Education, Dance and Drama and Design & Technology. Congratulations on all your fantastic efforts Bradley!

Mr Adam Knott
Hogan House Coordinator
knotta@shalomcollege.com

Reef Together Conference

Did you know Shalom Catholic College has a Reef Guardian Team?

During Term 3, Shalom Catholic College students formed a Reef Guardian Team. We are a team of students from Year 7, 11 and 12 who are looking at improving environmental concerns or issues round our campus. We were invited to the Southern Great Barrier Reef Regional Schools Convention ‘Reef Together’ conference for future eco leaders in Bundaberg. We were fortunate to showcase the environmental work we have started and listen to inspirational guest speakers such as Andy Ridley, founder of Earth Hour, Peter Gash, CEO Lady Elliott Island and Anthony Hill from Plastic Pollution Solutions who spoke about environmental issues that not only impact on the Great Barrier Reef but the environment around us. It was a day where we were inspired by others and met with over 200 school environmental representatives.

We have all signed a pledge to protect our Great Barrier Reef so we are putting out a challenge to our community to become citizens of the Great Barrier Reef. Please support our community by taking a moment to sign up with the link provided.

https://citizensgbr.org/

Keep an eye out on any future upcoming environmental events at Shalom!

Nicole Amey
Reef Guardian Team
nicole_amey@shalomcollege.com

Taking Care of Business

R U OK? Day

Thursday 13 September was the national day of action for the R U OK? Foundation. Raising funds and awareness for the foundation is the major project of the Year 11 Certificate III - Business class this term. The class planned to hold a weekly event in the lead up to 13 September to ensure the R U OK? message was being heard loud and clear by the whole school community.

The first event saw the students selling “R U OK?” sugar cookies that were packaged individually with an affirming or supportive quote attached. The idea behind this was that students could buy a cookie for a friend or mate whom they wanted to check in on and start a conversation with.

Next, a sausage sizzle fundraiser helped the Certificate III students continue their awareness campaign and encouraged further the idea that a conversation can literally change a life. The four-step message is simple: Ask the question, Listen, Encourage Action and most importantly, check in.

Then on Friday 7 September, Shalom College stood united as a community to send a strong message. Approximately 1250 students converged on the school oval to spell out the question we want everyone to remember – “R U OK?”. This was a powerful display of positivity and support showing that we all have what it takes to start a meaningful conversation. None of us need to be an expert. We just need to ask the question “R U OK?” and be there to listen and support those people who may struggle with things.

The Certificate III – Business students would like to thank all the Shalom and Staff for their participation in this activity. Thank you to all the staff who gave their time to ensure that the R U OK? display was a huge success. A special thanks must go to Mr Craig Corpe from Bellamish Aerial Imaging Solutions for capturing the whole event on video (see below links).

Finally, we are pleased to announce that the students have raised $500 and this will be forwarded onto the R U OK? Foundation this week.

Human Sign Drone video link -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-4G1P42IGI

R U OK message -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A32Up3wBS6k

Gail Norris
Business Learning Area Coordinator
Gail_Norris@shalomcollege.com

Technology

Makerspace!

New Challenges

This term in the Makerspace, Years 7 to 9 students have designed, crafted and solved a whole new variety of tasks and challenges. We have saved the Makerspace from a toxic spill with rubber bands, string and wooden blocks and designed ‘grabber arms’ to pick up small objects. Our most popular activity this term, though, were our light-up Father’s Day cards, pictured below. The students decorated the cards before using copper tape, LEDs and batteries to make their cards glow!

3D Printing

Another exciting addition to our space are six brand new UP! 3D printers. Our participants have had great fun printing pre-existing designs and learning how to use the website ‘TinkerCad’ and the program ‘Inventor’ to create their very own customised keyrings, name plates and more. 3D printing is a great way to experience developing technology and many start-up companies use the devices to prototype or manufacture their products.

Breakout EDU

Classes from all over the school come to the Makerspace for the education game ‘Breakout EDU’. Over the past few months we have held Breakouts for subjects including PE, History, Maths, Religion and English where the class works as a team to locate hidden clues and solve them to unlock a box in the centre of the room, testing their knowledge, problem-solving and teamwork skills. We often think of a Breakout like an escape room. It has been awesome to see the students engage and have fun with a whole new area of the school.

Bundy Crush Makerspace Event

On 6 October, we are excited to announce the Shalom Makerspace will join a group of other wonderful facilitators from around the region to produce the Bundy Crush Makerspace. Everyone is welcome to check out the event from 5:00-6:00pm and 7:00-8:00pm in the Anglican Parish Hall behind Buss Park. There will also be food available and plenty of entertainment on Post Office Lane.

Makerspace Timetable Term 4

Monday Lunch

Crafts

Tuesday Lunch

Design Challenge

Thursday Lunch

3D Printing

Instrumental Music

2018 Strings Orchestra Concert

The 2018 Strings Orchestra Concert ‘An Afternoon of Beautiful Music’ will be held on 20 October. This annual concert performed by our very talented string students will be held in the Holy Rosary Church starting at 3:00pm.

The String Orchestra will perform many Classical and Contemporary favourites including Erlkonig by Franz Schubert and Eleanor Rigby by Lennon & McCartney. Also on the program will be guest artists, the Shalom College Choir who will perform three songs including When We Believe from the Prince of Egypt. Please support this event as entry is by donation which will be donated to the Drought Appeal.

Vacancies

Singing lessons and music theory

There are a couple of vacancies for singing lessons as well as music theory in Term 4 – the latter in small groups preferably. Singing is basic techniques such as breathing and safe, healthy voice production in either Contemporary or Classical style. Theory is taught to improve music reading skills as well as a prerequisite for upper levels of practical music exams. Theory is the same for singers and instrumentalists.

Vacancies will also be available with the instrumental teachers particularly for next year. If you are interested now, please contact Mrs Edgar or one of the tutors.

Upcoming Events

String Concert

20 October 2018

Get Smart Concert

24 October 2018

Piano and Vocal Concert

30 October 2018

Year 12 Farewell Concert

4 November 2018

Awards Night

5 November 2018

Christmas Raffle

Donations of items for the Christmas raffle are now being accepted and can be left at the front office or with one of the music tutors.

Roll marking

Please email Mrs McAtee Lynelle_McAtee@shalomcollege.com by 7:45am if your child/ren are not able to attend a rehearsal.

Mrs Robyn Edgar
Instrumental Music Coordinator
edgarr@shalomcollege.com

Pathways

Defence Force Recruiting Visit

Considering a career with the Navy, Army, or Air Force? Defence Force Recruiting will be visiting Shalom College on 18 October to show you what you can achieve in the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Shalom College Defence Careers Presentation

Time: 11:25am
Date: Thursday 18 October 2018
Place: LOYOLA2 (bring your lunch)

TAFE Offerings for 2019 and Beyond

Applications are now open for students wishing to enrol in TAFE courses in 2019. Students would attend TAFE one day a week as opposed to school. Please see the attached course guide listing the programs on offer – please ensure the course of interest is available at the Bundaberg TAFE. To register your expression of interest, please see Mrs O’Donnell in the Pathways Office.

To Whom It May Concern: support the transition of Year 12 graduates into employment, the Queensland Government offers free TAFE courses in high priority employment areas. Eligible Year 12 graduates must enrol and start training in a high priority qualification within the calendar year after graduating to take advantage of this great opportunity. A current list of these courses is available at:

https://online.tafeqld.edu.au/information-for/school-students/year-12-fee-free.html

Mrs Liza O’Donnell
Pathways Coordinator
Liza_ODonnell@shalomcollege.com

P& F News

September Meeting Notes

At our monthly meeting on 4 September the committee discussed a number of initiatives around the school. The P & F is proud to continue funding the School TV for a further 12 months. This wonderful resource provides interesting viewing on many contemporary issues and it well worth a look. The link is on the school intranet.

After School Activity Survey

We have also set up a survey asking for your feedback regarding the After School Activity Survey. The P & F is delighted to contribute to this wonder initiative, but we are after your feedback. To complete the survey, follow the link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/shalomasc

House Captain Blazers 2019

The P & F were delighted to approve the funding of Blazers for our school captains next year and blazer pockets for our house captains. These are items for our future leaders to wear with pride in 2019 and keep as a memento of their time at Shalom.

Shalom Rowing

Shalom Rowing reported that the Vince Habermann Head of River Trophy was recently awarded to Rod Silcox at a school assembly. Rod was nominated by a number of schools and we congratulate him for this well-deserved win. On the first weekend of September school holidays, Qld Schools Championship Rowing Regatta will be held in Rockhampton. We will have a group of rowers attending this event. We wish them all the best for this meet. We also look forward to hearing about the End of Year Break up Night at our next meeting. We hope all the rowers from this year enjoy their night on 20 October.

P & F Membership

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. The meetings are a great way of keeping up with college events and a good opportunity to meet other Shalom parents.

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 pandf@shalomcollege.com. If you have an agenda item please address it to the P & F Secretary either at the school office or by e-mail pandf@shalomcollege.com.

Next Meeting

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 6 November 2018 which will begin at 5:30pm.

Sport

Winter Finals Day

The 2018 Winter Sports Finals Day is on Tuesday 18 September. Shalom sporting teams will be competing in netball, football, basketball and hockey. See the below attachment Winter Sports Finals Day Schedule 2018 for further details.

Sporting Results

Winter Ten Pin Bowling Fixtures

Ten Pin Bowling wrapped up this week with our finals day on Wednesday 12 September.

Many thanks to all players this year. Great sportsmanship was displayed throughout and everyone gave their best.

Junior Competition Results:

Team Results: (including handicap)

Tied results: Kepnock 2 and St Lukes 1

Team Results: (Scratch)

Bundaberg State High School 1

Overall Results for 2018:

(Including Senior and Junior Competitions)

With Handicap: Score of 180.8 – Shalom

Scratch: Score of 95.3 – Kepnock SHS

Shalom Winners:

Alicia Nierla – Highest Series (scratch) – 272

Mrs Debbie Bishop
Ten Pin Bowling Coordinator
bishopD@shalomcollege.com

Shalom Mental Health Week Activities

Mental Health Week Activities – 8 to 12 October 2018

This year, Shalom College, IMPACT Community Services, Headspace Bundaberg and the Catholic Parish of Bundaberg are working together to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health, and raise funds to implement a mental health framework within Shalom College. The vision is for Shalom College to be the leader in creating safe spaces within schools to have open conversations about mental health.

How to get involved

10 October 2018 - Wear a tie day - Wednesday

Gold coin donation

Wear your best (or worst tie) to school or to work. The tie is a symbol of solidarity and support for creating a community committed to creating safe spaces that improve mental health

9, 10 and 11 October (between 7:30am – 9:00am) - Share a Milo with a Friend morning

Gold coin donation (per cup)

The opportunity for students and teachers to ‘share a milo with a friend’. Purchase a milo for yourself and for someone else in the school who you might not have connected with for a while.

Shalom Sunday Markets

Tuckshop and Market Volunteers Reminder

If you are a regular volunteer or about to help us out for the first time, these few things can go a long way to helping us to make sure the food we provide is safe. Please see below for further details.

PLEASE:

  • Wear clean, comfortable clothes. Tie long hair back and keep loose hair away from your face. For your own safety, please wear covered shoes.
  • Let the convenor know as soon as possible if you are sick (especially if you have an upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhoea, infected sores, cold or flu.)
  • Keep jewellery to a minimum

When you are in the Canteen please remember to WASH YOUR HANDS thoroughly before:

HANDLING FOOD AFTER:

  • Visiting the toilet
  • Using a handkerchief or tissue
  • Coughing or sneezing
  • Smoking, eating or touching animals
  • Touching your hair, face, ears or other body parts
  • After handling money before handling food
  • Touching your mobile phone or tablet
  • Handling money

Mrs Leanne Barker
Tuckshop Convenor
barkerl@shalomcollege.com

Markets Tuckshop Roster

Sunday

16 September

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

Sunday

23 September

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

30 September

(week 1 of school holidays)

6:00am – 9:30am

Michelle Baumgartner

Kirsten Beyer

Tracey Clarke

Melissa Floyd

Jennifer Obst

Ros Mc Caig

9:00am – 12:30pm

Chloe Connor

Karen Garson

Neil Hibberd

Jo Medcalf

Nadia Tairawhiti

Sunday

07 October

(week 2 of school holidays)

6:00am – 9:30am

Kath Clarke

Meagan Dorgan

Elizabeth Harris

Danielle Morrish

Gabrielle Norman

Helen Robinson

9:00am – 12:30pm

Steve Cook

Tonyia/Lily Garland

Michelle Haase

Tennille Nagas

Maryanne Taylor

Sunday

14 October

6:00am – 9:30am

Jan Bunn

Lisa Hughes

Roselyn Hunting

Susie Mant

Karen Marriott

9:00am – 12:00pm

Lynda/Mackenzie Crossett

Emma Jansen

Jas Haster

Rebecca Schneider

Marie Walker

Markets BBQ Roster

16 September

NET Team

23 September

Africa Trip

30 September

Edmund Rice Camp

7 October

Shalom Cricket

14 October

Knights of the Southern Cross

Tuckshop Roster

Monday

10 September

Bronwyn Grills

Tuesday

11 September

Cathy Duffield

Wednesday

12 September

Help Needed Please

Thursday

13 September

Paul & Caroline Simms

Friday

14 September

Jeanette Rand/Robyn & Cameron MacDonnell

Monday

17 September

Mila Robinson

Tuesday

18 September

Steph Hughes

Wednesday

19 September

Lily Bradshaw

Thursday

20 September

             Christie Thwaite/ Eve Deveraux             

Friday

21 September

Kylie Jarvis

Term 4

Monday

08 October

Bronwyn Grills

Tuesday

09 October

Cathy Duffield

Wednesday

10 October

Help Needed

Thursday

11 October

Paul & Caroline Simms

Friday

12 October

Jeanette Rand, Cameron
& Robyn MacDonnell

Monday

15 October

Mila Robertson

Tuesday

16 October

Steph Hughes

Wednesday

17 October

Lily Bradshaw

Thursday

18 October

       Christie Thwaite       

Friday

19 October

Kylie Jarvis

Community Notice Board

Headspace Day 2018

Woolworths Junior & Master Blaster Programs and Junior Cricket

Bundaberg Junior Tennis Holiday Clinic

Bundaberg Softball Gala Day

Junior Rugby Union

Come and Try - Junior Rugby Union

School Holidays Skills Clinic

Drivers College Holiday Program

Triple P Parenting

The State Government is funding free access to Triple P, which is the world’s most evidence-based parenting program and has helped more than four million children and their parents around the world develop closer, more positive relationships.

Please click on this link, which will take you to the website where you can access information relevant to your situation.

http://www.triplep-parenting.net.au/qld-uken/triple-p/?cdsid=ilpoufshggqlfikonuhfhumkomkkklqr

This link will remain in our Newsletter with Triple P sending us regular updates and helpful tips.

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