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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

22 October 2018

Principal’s Reflection

Principal’s Reflection

Last Friday on Assembly I spoke to students about how much I enjoyed the Harry Potter novels – particularly the third, The Prisoner of Azkaban. During the first week of Term we partnered with Impact in Bundy to celebrate Mental Health week. Impact and Wincs in Bundy provided Milo and Coffee in the mornings and the opportunity for kids to chat with each other. Several of our Yr 12 students, led by Tailah O’Shea, organized a ‘Crazy Tie’ day to raise funds for Mental Health. We also partnered with the Catholic Parish of Bundaberg on this and between us all raised over $3000.

I reminded the students of some of the wisdom contained in the Harry Potter stories. ‘Dementors’ feature in the third novel. One of the teachers featured in this book reminds Harry and his friends to avoid Dementors at all costs – ‘Get too near a dementor and every good feeling, every happy memory, will be sucked out of you.’ For every one of us, our Mental wellbeing can be effected by those with whom we spend time. A bit like Dementors, it is great advice to stay away from negative people – they only drag you down. One of the other creatures featured in ‘The Prisoner of Azkaban’ are ‘Boggarts’ which are beings that present themselves as our worst fear – spiders, snakes and even clowns. Harry was taught that the best defence against Boggarts is laughter – to picture them dressed ridiculously. There is some wisdom for all of us in this. Often our sense of wellness is improved if we choose not to give anything or anyone too much power in our lives. The fear of spiders or snakes might not paralyse us but I have certainly worked with students whose greatest fear has been failing a test or losing a friend or being ignored. I don’t want to reduce Mental wellbeing or lack thereof to trivial examples but working on the skills that will assist us in all stages of life is a good thing. Don’t get sucked into poor peer groups. Do not fixate on things that you can’t control and try to develop a positive outlook is excellent advice. The themes of the Harry Potter novels have much to recommend them – young people, who were not fearless but certainly courageous, confronting evil and, despite lots of failures, eventually triumphing. Well-being – physical or mental – is a lifelong work. It’s never too late to start.

It is with great sadness (but understanding) that I advise the Shalom community that Br Rochford has made the difficult decision to retire from the College at the end of this year. Brother has been an ‘institution’ at Shalom for 30 years – he began here in 1988. At 86 years young, it is hard to begrudge Brother this choice but we all know that he is irreplaceable at Shalom. I have no idea of how to thank him for his presence and ministry to thousands of Shalom students and staff over so many years. He is a credit to the Christian Brothers and is a proud son of Edmund Rice. In a time when so many good people who have given their lives to the service of others have been vilified by the actions of some, Brother is a shining example of a life lived generously, compassionately and with conviction.

School Fees 2019

You will see a small increase in fees for 2019 approved by the College Board this week. The fees, for a single child at Shalom, will rise between 2.3% and 2.8% - there is a difference for fees between senior and junior school. I am hugely appreciative of the efforts parents make to meet their school fee obligations at Shalom. The College Board works hard to keep fee increases to a minimum. I hope all parents feel that they get good value for their fees at Shalom. A very cursory comparison to almost any other Catholic, let alone Independent school will highlight that Shalom fees are very much at the lower end of fees for parents. Additionally, we work very hard to keep fees inclusive – no Camp costs, no local transport or pool costs, no Text book or work book costs passed on to parents. The College Board has also supported the provision of initiatives like ‘Family Zone’ and ‘Studiosity’ for our families at no cost to parents. Thank you again for all the effort that goes into paying your accounts fully and on time.






YEARS 11-12


$ 2160

$ 2160

$ 2670


$ 1435

$ 1435

$ 1480


$ 430

(inc GST)


(inc GST)





(Except for families with children attending diocesan catholic primary schools.)




Family Discount Structure (on tuition fees only):

Students in Diocesan School




Four or more

Discount Percentage






Here at Shalom we are committed to ensuring student safety at school. Our school has taken a number of steps to help keep your child/children safe from harm. We try to assist them to recognise, react and report any worries or concerns they may have about their safety. We also support teachers and other school staff to look out for children and young people and, where necessary, take steps to ensure their safety.

From time to time it is important that we check on how we are going, consider what we are doing well and what can we do better. This is where you come in. Your views and experiences can help us make our school a safer place for your child/children and other students.

We would like you to participate in an online survey and share your thoughts about our school. Your involvement is voluntary. If you don’t want to be involved, you don’t have to. If you get involved, you can stop at any time.

The survey is being done by Encompass Family and Community Services. They help schools and other organisations to be safe places for children and young people.

What is involved?

You will be asked to participate in an online survey. The survey includes questions about the school and safety. It will take about 10-15 minutes of your time.


The survey does not identify who you are. All of the information provided by you and other parents will be reported at a group level.

What happens to the information?

Encompass Family and Community will take all of the surveys and write a report about what parents had to say and make suggestions for how we can improve.

Thank you so much for your valuable contribution to evaluating the effectiveness of our student protection and wellbeing strategy.

Sometimes when people are asked about safety issues they may think of experiences in their life now or in the past and may feel distressed or uncomfortable. The Student Protection Contacts at our school are Mrs Karen Miller-Smith, Mr Gavin Hill as well as Mr Dan McMahon, they are to help. Alternatively, you can contact Lifeline Counselling Service PH:13 11 14

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles


Studiosity – Free Online Study Help

Shalom students are lucky to receive free access to Studiosity, for after-hours, one-to-one help with homework and study questions. This is a fantastic tool to help your child apply themselves to their study and improve their grades.

The Studiosity service can help your child in two ways:

Writing Feedback: Your child can upload any draft piece of writing and receive feedback that will help them think about and improve their own work. There is a very impressive 24- hour turnaround on this feedback.

Connect Live: Your child can ask a question or draw a diagram and get immediate help via a live chat system with a qualified Subject Specialist, across all core subjects.

Studiosity can help with your child’s study after school, on weekends and during holidays.

How to get started

Students can log into their account via the Studiosity link on the Shalom Intranet or by visiting the link below to get started today.

Your child can also download the Studiosity mobile app, available in the app store and Google Play store, and link it to their account for extra features like saving a question for later, snapping a quick photo of a problem or using voice-to-text technology.

Happy studying!

Mr Brendan Maher
Assistant Principal - Administration


Giving Tree

“It is in giving we receive.”

Each year Shalom students give generously to our annual Giving Tree Appeal and this year we will once again be participating in this worthy cause. On November 2 we ask that all students bring a gift, gift card or money to donate to St Vincent de Paul through our Giving Tree. These items will be distributed to families in the Bundaberg area who otherwise could not provide these extras for their families over Christmas.

Mrs Mary Taylor
Acting Assistant Principal – Mission

Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study

Two of our Year 8 classes have been selected to take part in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) on Thursday 8 November. TIMSS is an important educational research project investigating student achievement in mathematics and science. More than 60 countries, including Australia, are participating in this study. TIMSS is an important activity to keep us, as parents and citizens, informed about how our students in Australia are performing in comparison to their peers in other countries and to compare programs of study and teaching practices. We will be able to obtain current national and international information which will help improve the teaching and learning of mathematics and science in our country.

Selected students will complete both an assessment in mathematics and science and a questionnaire about their experiences at home and school. There is no need for students to study specifically for the assessment as it will not affect individual student’s grades or progress in school.

All data will be kept strictly confidential and no individual student or school will be identified in published data or reports.

Those students participating in the study have an information brochure to take home. Parents, ensure that you read the privacy statement and direct any questions to Megan Munckton (Middle School Coordinator).

Mrs Megan Munckton
Middle School Coordinator

ICAS English

In Term Three a number of Shalom Students entered the ICAS English competition to test their comprehension and language skills against those of other students around Australia. The ICAS competition is run by the University of NSW and includes a range of challenging questions interpreting literary and non-literary texts in terms of meaning and structure.

Congratulations go to the following students who scored in the top one percent of students in the country for their year level and achieved a High Distinction:

Charlotte Blackwell – year 12
Joel Clancy – year 9

Congratulations to the following students who scored in the top 10 percent of students in the country for their year level and achieved a Distinction:

Cara Mainwaring – year 12
Samuel Freeman – year 11
Caila Maracic – year 9
Hannah Medcalf – year 9
Marnie Little – year 8
Lili Haster – year 8

Congratulations also those who achieved Credit, Merit and Participation certificates, which will be awarded in English classes.

(left to right) Samuel Freeman, Charlotte Blackwell, Lili Haster, Marnie Little, Caila Maracic
Absent: Cara Mainwaring, Hannah Medcalf, Joel Clancy

Patricia Allen
Subject Co-ordinator
Senior Humanities and 8&9 Studies B


Meg Freeman, a Year Eight Shalom student, was this week awarded First Prize in the Queensland History Teachers Association's Historical Writing Competition. This competition is open to all Queensland students who submit a piece of school assessment that is based on historical research.

Meg's research essay was on Alfred the Great, and her hypothesis was that: King Alfred’s title over time has been exaggerated due to the influence of primary sources, particularly the biography written by his advisor Asser, in 893 AD.

This excellent piece of research and writing has resulted in her entry being award a monetary prize and its publication in the QHTA magazine.

Mrs Debbie Bolam

Finance Office

School Fees

By now all families should have received their Term 4 Statement of Fees. If you cannot recall receiving it could you kindly contact the Finance Office on 4155 8104 or email .

The due date for payment of Term 4 fees is Monday 29 October 2018.

Families may access a copy of this statement through their Parent Lounge.

School fee payments can be made via the following methods:

Parent Lounge – this is a convenient and secure method of payment by credit card
BPAY – Please see details of your Biller Code and Reference Number for BPAY at top right hand corner of the fee statement.
Personal/Internet Banking Transfer – Please use your new parent code as the reference.
DDF Direct Debit – the Finance Office can assist with setting this up
PayWay recurring billing – an automatic deduction through your credit card
Credit/debit card in person at the finance office
– only in person at the finance office

Mrs Lisa Castro
Finance Officer

Quiet Achiever

Lingiari’s Quiet Achiever is Libby Boas. Libby has been heavily involved in all aspects of College life including being in the Support Cast for the “Annie” musical. Libby goes about her busy life at Shalom without any fuss or noise, and is always ready to volunteer, sell raffle tickets, or do whatever is required to make Lingiari House and the College a better place. Like big sister Ella, we are fortunate to have Libby as part of our community.

Mr Jason Baulch
Linagri House Co-ordinator



Makerspace Timetable Term 4

Monday Lunch


Tuesday Lunch

Design Challenge

Thursday Lunch

3D Printing


National Junior Table Tennis Championships

Over the holidays, several of our Shalom students traveled to Townsville to compete in the National Junior Table Tennis Championships. Leah Scott (year 11) represented Queensland in the Under-18 girls. She was the only Bundaberg medalist from the titles in Townsville, claiming a highly deserved silver medal in the under-18 girls’ team event, with Mackay's Rebekah Stanley and Brisbane's Meena Bakanay. Leah won 10 of her 15 matches, some being extremely vital for her team. The sixteen-year-old showed enormous composure to record easily her best results at the Australian level, this year being her fourth year in the Queensland team, but first in the highest age group. Leah was also awarded Order of Merit 7th place for the Under-18 girls.

Leah’s younger sister, Tayla (year 8), was the other Bundaberg player to be rewarded with an Order of Merit, 9th place for the Under 13 girls. Tayla won 11 of her 18 matches in the teams’ event to guide her side to fifth place against one of the strongest groups of teams ever seen in the age group. She was joined by fellow teammate Tahia Zia (year 7), who won half of her matches in an extremely promising debut in the Queensland team, alongside Amelia Tu and Brisbane's Keira Connolly.

The other Queensland team members had varying amounts of success. Samuel Freeman (year 11), was his under-18 boy’s B team's best player, recording some good wins against the best Australian Juniors. Brendan Connolly (year 12), in the same team as Samuel, had numerous close matches while recording a few wins. Sam's younger sister, Meg Freeman (year 8), played in the Under-15 girls’ presidents’ team which came sixth.

Congratulations to all of these talented young table tennis players on their recent achievements and success on the national scene – a mighty effort! We look forward to hearing more of your table tennis feats in the future.

Left to Right Andrew Udal (BCC), Brendan Connolly (Shalom), Amelia Tu (St. Luke’s), Tahia Zia (Shalom)

Leah with her medal

Tahia Zia in action

Maryann Parton
ESL Support Teacher

Sports Awards Evening

This year, we are very fortunate to have been able to secure Mr Damien Thomlinson as guest speaker at our Annual Sports Awards evening, which is being held on Monday 29 October.

The story of Damien, an Australian veteran of the war in Afghanistan, is one that continues to evolve and inspire people around the world.

Inspired by the military history of his Grandfather, Damien joined the Australian Defence Force and at the age of just 24 achieved his dream of becoming a Commando. This elite group is tasked with the most physically demanding, mentally challenging and dangerous roles in the armed forces.

It was while serving in Afghanistan with the 2nd Commando Regiment that Thomlinson’s life was changed forever. In April 2009, whilst on night patrol in Southern Afghanistan, Damien’s unit drove over an improvised Taliban bomb. Damien suffered horrendous injuries in the explosion, which resulted in both of his legs being amputated. The damage to his body was so severe his medical team claim it is a miracle he was not killed, and there were many times throughout his immediate treatment and beyond that, medical staff did not think he would pull through.

With no time for self-pity, Damien threw himself into his rehabilitation and set about re-claiming his life, on his terms – a testament to his incredible drive and determination. With a great deal of commitment and hard work, he taught himself to walk again with state of the art prosthetic legs.

Today, Damien uses his experiences, passion for life and journey to inspire and motivate. He also commits time to causes important to him as an ambassador for DefenceCare, Soldier On, The Commando Welfare Trust and other initiatives that aim to raise awareness and funds for injured soldiers and their families.

While much of Damien’s work has been in the public eye, for the last three years he has studied acting behind the scenes. His big break came in 2016 blockbuster Hacksaw Ridge, where Damien was cast alongside Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn and Sam Worthington in the Mel Gibson-directed movie. Hacksaw went on to be nominated for Best Picture at the 2017 Academy Awards. Damien continues to act and is President of the Australian Veterans Film Festival.

Most recently, Damien competed against able-bodied contestants on Australian Survivor.

His collective experiences all feed into Damien’s motivational speaking, an area in which Damien has carved out a successful career. His triumph against adversity, positive attitude and ambition for the future continues to resonate with people from all walks of life. Above all, Damien’s incredible journey stands as proof that no challenge is too great and that the ANZAC spirit truly is alive and well.

Damien will speak to the students from Years 9-11 during Period 4 on Monday 29 October. He will then be our guest at the Sports Awards Evening that night. Parents and members of the Shalom Community are invited to join us from 1.50-3.00pm in the Sports Centre to hear Damien speak before the evening event.

Ms Claire Stallard
House Co-ordinator- Rice House

Sports Awards Evening

Sports Awards Evening will be held next Monday 29 October starting at 6:30pm. All students receiving awards need to be seated by 6:15pm. 
Students are required to wear Full Formal uniform including ties.

Athletics Singlets

We currently have a number of athletics singlets needing to be returned to the Sports Office as soon as possible.

The following is a list of students needing to return their singlets.

Steven Borg


Jada Brown


Thomas Groszmann


Naomi Jarman


Ebony Jones


Riley Jones


Jessica Lane


Samuel Stephenson


Mr Simon Gills
Sports Co-ordinator

After School Activities

2018 - Shalom College After School Activities (SCASA)

Shalom College offers students the opportunity to participate in organised after school activities conducted by coaches and teachers. SCASA also includes a light afternoon tea from 3.15 pm for the students and all activities will conclude at 4.45 pm.


Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays are the three available afternoons for SCASA.


SCASA commences in Week 2 of each Term and continues for eight continuous weeks of each Term.


3.00 pm - School lessons completed.
3.15 pm - Roll Call and afternoon tea (supplied) at College tuck shop and set up time for coaches
3.30 pm - Activities/ Coaching starts (various venues within school grounds)
4.30 pm - Activities/ Coaching finished
4.45 pm - Students help pack up and return equipment and picked up by parents at school.


The SCASA Fee is $20.00 per term for students (to be placed on the student account - to pay later)

This is to help cover the afternoon tea and instructors/coach costs.

This flat fee of $20.00 is for one, two or all three afternoons activities. This is to encourage participation in the program.

Activities - see table below.



Option 1 - Dance with Miss Alisa Boisen (Dance Studio) or
Option 2 - ABC’S with Mr Ben Porter (Oval)*


Option 1 - Netball with Mrs Kelli Cory (Hangar or SC) or
Option 2 - Yoga with Ms Tamar Boas (Dance Studio) or
Option 3 - Volleyball with Miss Kelsey Henricksen (Hangar or SC)


Option 1 - Cross Country Club with Mr Mat Grills (Oval) or
Option 2 - Tennis with Mr Brendan Maher (Tennis Courts) or
Option 3 - Minor Fun Games with Mr Ben Porter. (Oval) or
Option 4 - Dance/Pilates with Miss Shelley Allen (Dance Studio)

*ABC’S = Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed activities in a fun game centred friendly atmosphere.

Other school sporting teams will continue to have their own training sessions as usual under the direction of their coaches e.g Strength and Conditioning training, Rugby League, Netball, Touch Football etc. This program is giving extra opportunities for more students to become involved in physical activities and sports after school.

Please complete student and parent details in the google form below

REMINDER - no confirming phone calls are made by the school to confirm you are in the program - as once you sign on and you receive an online response - your child has been registered and please turn up starting week 2. Once an activity is full - I will omit it from the selections below - so it cannot be selected.

Thanking you

Mr Peter Robinson
Acting Assistant Principal – Student Formation

Taking Care Of Business

Over the coming weeks the Year 10 Business Enterprise students will be conducting their Business Ventures at the College. This term sees a variety of businesses trading in both the goods and services areas. The following is a summary about each of the businesses:

Name: Decoration Creation
Products: Crafted Christmas Decorations
Trading date: Monday 5th November
Trading location: Junior Eating area, near Loyola

Name: Laura’s Scrunchies
Products: Hand-made hair scrunchies
Trading date: Wednesday 24th October
Trading location: Near Rose Garden between Junior & Senior eating areas

Name: House Bandies
Products: House Coloured Wrist Bands
Trading date: Wednesday 7th November
Trading location: Near Rose Garden between Junior & Senior eating areas

Name: Snow Cones
Products: Flavoured Snow Cones
Trading date: Wednesday 31 October
Trading location: Markets BBQ area

Instrumental Music

This term is going to busier than ever. See what’s next followed by details for each concert.

What’s next

October 23 Late pick up concert for the Foundation Band
October 24 Get Smart Concert
October 30 Vocal (5.00pm) & Piano (6.30pm) concert
November 4 Pleasant Sunday Afternoon - Year 12 Farewell Concert
November 5 Awards Night.

Foundation Band ‘late pick up’ concert – Mr King has scheduled a short concert to be held in the Band Room on Tuesday October 23 starting at 5.00-5.30pm. Entry is free.

Get Smart Concert is scheduled for October 24 in the Performing Arts Precinct theatre. Conducted by Mr King, his concert will be performed by our amazing Senior Concert Band who will perform a large variety of repertoire including music from Harry Potter and Big Bang Theory. Also appearing will be the Staff Ensemble performing Darius Milhaud’s Suite for Violin, Clarinet and Piano with Bernadette Connolly, Ian King and Rebecca Helbig. Entry is free and starts at 7.00-8.00pm. A concert not to be missed.

Tuesday October 30 – this date has been set aside for a short concert for the Vocal and Piano students. The vocal students will begin at 5.00pm and the piano students at 6.30pm. These concerts are a great opportunity for the students to gain performance experience in front of an audience, particularly their families.

Pleasant Sunday Afternoon – scheduled for November 4. This will be our final concert for the year where we like to acknowledge and officially farewell our year 12 music students. A certificate and small token of appreciation for their contribution during their 5 years in the instrumental music department is also presented. A Christmas raffle and afternoon tea is organised but we need donations of items for both. Therefore, could I please ask each family to donate an item for the Christmas raffle and / or food for the Pleasant Sunday Afternoon, afternoon tea. Raffle items can be left with Mrs Medcalf in the office or delivered to one of the music tutors. Afternoon tea goodies to be brought in on the day.


Please email the applicable conductor by 7:45am if your child/ren are not able to attend a rehearsal.

If your child is unable to attend a group rehearsal, please email the applicable conductor, NOT Mrs McAtee, as she now has a new role within the College. A phone call or email will still be sent to the student’s family if no apology has been received.


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 Music Events

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

Mrs Robyn Edgar
Instrumental Music Coordinator

Dance Night


Additional Learning Opportunities

Enrolments and expressions of interest are now open for the following additional learning opportunities for 2019 Year 11 & 12 students (2019 Year 10 students will need to see their House Coordinators or Mrs O’Donnell). Places can fill quickly so please see the Pathways Office as soon as possible.


Cert II in Health Support Services
Cert II in Salon Assistant
Cert II in Applied Fashion Design & Technology
Cert II in Horticulture
Cert II in Automotive Vocational Preparation
Cert II in Community Services
Cert II in Electro Technology
Cert III in Information, Digital Media & Technology (fee applies)
Cert III in Visual Arts (2D/3D Arts) (fees and conditions apply)


(These courses will require a minimum number of students to run so students will be adding their names to an expression of interest list)

Cert II in Agriculture
Cert II Aircraft Line Maintenance
Cert III in Aviation Remote Pilot Visual Line of Sight (Drone)
Cert III in Early Childhood Education & Care (delivered at Shalom one day a week) (Shalom College price $125 usually $2520 via TAFE)

Unless otherwise stated courses are VETiS funded. VETiS is government funding which renders a course fee-free for eligible students. Students can only complete one VETiS funded course whilst enrolled at school. Not all courses are VETiS funded and this can be confusing so please see the Pathways Office to confirm your eligibility.

Certificate II Courses attract 4 QCE points on completion, Cert III Courses attract 8 QCE points on completion.

Mrs Liza O’Donnell
Pathways Coordinator

Clean Up Australia

Vale Ian Kiernan, who founded the Clean Up Australia campaign in 1986. It’s now 'Clean Up the World', involving 40 million volunteers in 120 countries. Mr Kiernan’s wish was that the next generation continue the work to protect our most precious asset, our planet. So, it’s up to us. #sustainableshalom.

Briege Taske and Rory Delaney
Shalom College Captains 2018

P& F News

Next Meeting

All P&F Members (all parents) are welcome

Date: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Time: 5:30pm
Location: Staff Common Room

Shalom Sunday Markets

New Stallholders Welcome – Please contact Peter Barone 0438 446 269

Markets Tuckshop Roster


28 October

6:00am – 9:30am

Valentin Burbano

Melissa Lancaster

Rachel Lynch

Kate Rehbein

Craig Warner

Penelope Wrench

9:00am – 12:30pm

Brendan/Astrid Clancy

Jo Medcalf

John Pappalardo

Vicki Saffioti

Tracey Shears

Markets BBQ Roster

28 October

Hogan House Charity

4 November

Cambodia Trip

11 November

Australian Bobsled Team

(Joseph Williamson)

18 November

Elliott Heads SLSC

Tuckshop Roster


22 October

Student Free Day


23 October

Fiona Canniffe


24 October

Help Needed


25 October

Jacqueline Read


26 October

Help Needed


29 October

Help Needed


30 October

Help Needed


31 October

Help Needed


1 November

Trish Cahill


2 November

Vicki Saffioti


5 November

Tricia Cooney


6 November

Susie Zunker/ Emma Appo


7 November

Leanne Grogan / Katrina O’Sullivan


8 November

Paul & Caroline Simms


9 November

Jeanette Rand / Cameron & Robyn McDonnell

Reef Blitz

Have you heard of Reef Blitz? Do you want to become involved?

Reef Blitz is an annual event to help Queensland communities understand information about our reef health. Reef Guardians, at Shalom College, and Reef Blitz have a common goal to inspire people to take on an active role of understanding and protecting the reef.

2018 is the International Year of the Reef so it is even more important to take action to save and protect the Great Barrier Reef. There are a number of activities organised with Reef Blitz and Dive for Change Australia that you can become involved with which will be held in Bundaberg.

Lady Musgrave Experience is hosting a REEFBLITZ/Coral Watch event out on the Southern Great Barrier Reef on Saturday 27 October 2018. Bring your children and family and learn how to be biologists for a day! This event is co-hosted by Dive for Change Australia. Organise a booking through Lady Musgrave Experience.

Discover the local corals and collect Coral Watch data with a shore dive/snorkel directly off the Bundaberg coast, at Barolin Rocks, on Sunday 28 October 2018.

For more information and details look at the Reef Blitz website

Shaylee Rendell and Ruby Harris
Reef Guardians Team

Community Notice Board

The Catholic Parish of Bundaberg – News

Positions Vacant

Professional Standards & Safeguarding Manager

The Bishop and the Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton are committed to ensuring the safety, well-being and dignity of all people, especially children and vulnerable adults in our communities. We have an important legal, moral and spiritual responsibility to create a safe and nurturing environment for our people. Having laid strong foundations in recent years by implementing a safeguarding framework throughout the Diocese, a skilled Professional Standards & Safeguarding Manager is required to continue this very important work.

Applicants are asked to submit a covering letter, their resumé and no more than four pages addressing each of the Key Selection Criteria (shown on page 6 of the Position Description) to

The Position Description can be downloaded via the link below

For further information, please call Vicki Oliver on 07 4887 3090 or email

Applications will close Monday 29 October at 9am.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and enthusiastic persons for this part time continuing position.

The successful applicant will have appropriate experience and an understanding of and a commitment to the ethos of Catholic Education. It is a requirement of the position that the successful applicant undertake a police check or provide details of a police check that is not more than six months old.

A Working with Children Check (WWCC) and eligibility for a Suitability Notice will also be required.

Application packages can be obtained from the school office:-

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
22 Barolin Street

For further information, please contact:

The Principal, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
phone: (07) 4151 4771 or email:

Applications close Monday 29th October 2018

Catholic Education is committed to best practice in student protection policies and procedures and is an equal opportunity employer.

Day For Daniel

Student Travel Rebates

Brothers Aston Villa Football Club

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.

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