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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

3 December 2018

Principal’s Reflection

Principal’s Reflection

The last Newsletter of the year. All of us, to greater and lesser degrees, will look forward to another Christmas. I hope yours is blessed. You sometimes hear people say that Christmas is just for children. You’ve often seen the faces of your children as they tear their presents open on Christmas day and how much enjoyment that brings them and you! Adults tend to be more reserved and more cautious in the way they express emotion. But if you take time to read the story of Christmas in the Gospels of either Matthew or Luke, it is soon obvious that these stories are written for adults. They include images of poverty, desperation, confusion and even violence. The nativity stories are not fairy tales. They speak to people who are familiar with hardship and insecurity, people who have experienced some of the dark side of life. They remind us that God works in the gritty reality of our lives. God offers light to those who walk in darkness. I love the work of cartoonist Michael Leunig. The cartoon below prompts us to be mindful of the many ordinary Christmas miracles that are in our power to create.

Thank You to Mr John Santalucia who is a very old and dear friend to the College. Recently John greatly assisted the College in securing a water license which will enable us to irrigate a second oval at Shalom. This would not have been possible without his generosity. Mr & Mrs Santalucia helped ensure that Shalom had an oval back in the early 80s by providing machinery and labour required to develop the wonderful facility we now have. We are very grateful.

Congratulations to Yr 12 student Connor Simms who has secured a full scholarship through Swimming to Bond University to study a Multi Media degree. Connor will, I have no doubt, continue to be a wonderful advertisement for this College and also his family who have provided such outstanding support for a wonderful young man and athlete.

Farewell to all those students and families who will leave Shalom at the end of 2018. We also farewell a number of staff who have made a wonderful contribution to the College and wish them every success and happiness in the future –

Br Rochford – I am very pleased that Shalom students have experienced the best of the work of a Religious Brother. In an age where so many like him have been tarnished by the evil of a too large minority of Church workers, Brother is a great example of the vast majority of Religious men and women who have lived faithful lives of service. He is a huge loss to this community.

Ms Viv Hillocks – has been a part of the Shalom staff since the College began. Her passion has been the teaching of science and maths and young people. She has been a wonderful role model for colleagues and young people.

Ms Rhonda Challen – has been an integral part of the growth of our Hospitality department. Rhonda displays enormous energy and has always been a champion of those of our students most at risk.

Ms Jacqui Smith – will leave big shoes to fill in the Performing Arts department as well as in our social outreach. Jacqui has lived the Mission Statement of Shalom every day and will be a big loss.

Mr David Magner – will continue his teaching career with EQ in Tannum Sands. David has been a tireless advocate for our students who most struggle with the academic side of school life.

Ms Shelley Allen – will continue teaching in NSW. Shelley has had five wonderful years at Shalom and her professionalism and expertise in Dance have enabled hundreds of students to excel in their Dancing passion.

Our wonderful GAP year students for 2018 – Isabella Beutel, Georgia Hamilton, Maddi Devine, Taylor Lyons, Jordan McLaren, Sam Monk, Josh Zahn, Britt Hess, Emily Lovejoy & Lauren Blackwell – thanks so much for your energy and enthusiasm. You have been able to relate so well to our students and we wish you well as you begin your fantastic futures.

The College Office will close on Friday afternoon Dec 14 and reopen on Monday Jan 14.

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles


What is Advent?"

Advent is the season of the year leading up to Christmas. Advent comes from the Latin word meaning "coming." Jesus is coming, and Advent is intended to be a season of preparation for His arrival. While we typically regard Advent as a joyous season, it is also intended to be a period of preparation, much like Lent. Prayer, penance and fasting are appropriate during this season.

The Advent season lasts for four Sundays. This year it began on Sunday and will end on Christmas Eve and thus is not considered part of the Christmas season. The Advent celebration is both a commemoration of Christ’s first coming and an anticipation of His second coming.

Often we forget about Advent in the crazy lead up to Christmas. Our kids might have Advent calendars and get excited about opening the little doors to find a treat hidden away. Why not make your own Advent calendar. Each day stop for a moment to jot down one thing you are grateful for. By the time Christmas arrives you will have 24 reasons to celebrate.

Wishing everyone a Happy and Safe Christmas!

Mrs Mary Taylor
Acting Assistant Principal – Mission

Last week of School

Agenda for the last week of the school year: Years 7, 8 & 9

Monday 3 December to Thursday 6 December

Monday 3 December - Normal lessons
Tuesday 4 December - Normal lessons
Wednesday 5 December - Normal lessons

Thursday 6 December - Students may wear sports uniform all day.
Morning session - Junior Phoenix Cup ( Inter house sports )
Afternoon session - Norville Swimming Pool (Students walking to and from the Pool)

Please see your PC Teacher and/or House Coordinator for more details

Peter Robinson
Acting Assistant Principal – Student Formation

Sporting Achievements

National Track & Field Titles

Thomas Morcom has just returned home from the 10-12yrs National Schools Track & Field Titles in Melbourne. Thomas finished with a 5th place in the Tetrathon with 1280pts.

Awesome effort Thomas!!!

Thomas Morcom

Mr Simon Gills
Sports Co-ordinator

Shalom 15 Girls Touch Team

The Shalom 15 Girls Touch Team won the A Grade Women’s Club Touch Premiership on Saturday 24 November, the team won the Grand Final 8-2.

Most Valuable Player of the Grand Final was Ella Hagan-Jenkins.

The team entered the club competition as part of their preparation for the Queensland All Schools Touch Competition, which was held in October.

Congratulations Girls !!!

Shalom 15 Girls Touch Team

Peter Robinson
Coach U/15 Girls Touch Team


Quiet Achiever

Chaise Hartnett

This week’s Quiet Achiever is Chaise Hartnett, Year 7. Chaise is always polite and never misses the opportunity to say hello. He works hard and is very passionate about his health and fitness. Recently the students were asked to donate some items to the homeless and Chaise was very generous with his donations. Chaise always participates in house activities.

Mr Joe O’Driscoll
Adams House Coordinator


Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Congratulations to the students who have completed their first year of the TAFE Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. The course has been a great success and we greatly appreciate the efforts of Mrs Jody Richter who has so competently delivered the content. The course proves to be popular and we will welcome an additional nine students into the class in 2019.

Year 11 student, Jada Sheppard was very popular with the children while on practical placement at a local childcare centre.

2019 TAFE at School

To those students who have enrolled in TAFE courses for 2019 pleased be advised that TAFE will be in contact with you via email; however, this can be a lengthy process and may not be finalised until early in the 2019 school year.

Work Experience

A reminder to all students considering undertaking work experience over the Christmas break that the Work Experience Agreement paperwork needs to be completed and returned to the Pathways Office no later than 5 December.

Trade Training Centre

Apprenticeship Award

Riley De Git was recently nominated for the national 2018 Thiess Rising Star Breakthrough Award for 1st year apprentices, which led to his presentation with the runner up award. Shalom is very proud of Riley’s achievement and his dedication to his Fitting & Turning Apprenticeship. It is wonderful to see our students following their passion and succeeding in their chosen field. Riley successfully graduated from Shalom College’s Cert II Engineering Pathways course at the end of 2017.

Riley De Git

Mrs Liza O’Donnell
Pathways Coordinator


Can One Person Make a Difference?
What can you do to make a difference?

This term students in Year 7 have become ‘board game designers’ to plan, design and market a board game for families to demonstrate strategies to enhance and improve our local community with regards to infrastructure that they believe make a community successful in terms of liveability – health care, education, transport, environmental and social connectedness.

As a culmination of their Geography curriculum learning, ‘Place and Liveability’, students engaged with a presentation from Natalie Lobartolo, Marine Biologist and founder of Dive for Change Australia, who presented to our Year 7 students on how we can enhance and improve liveability in our local and global communities to impact on sustainable well-being for all. Natalie shared her stories through her worldwide travels and factors that influence liveability and how it is perceived and questioned our students’ ability to evaluate the liveability of our own place and to investigate whether it can be improved through their choices and actions.

Students were called to action on protecting our Great Barrier Reef, becoming global environmental citizens and making one daily life change, such as reducing plastic pollution, to impact on our local environmental quality.

Students had this to say as their take away from the presentation:

‘Natalie made me think about how much waste humans place in to the oceans.’ Emily Bowden
‘I think I can make a difference even though it is something small it will make the difference.’ Lilijiana Childs
‘Natalie made me think we take things for granted compared to other countries who have less than us. We are very fortunate in Australia.’ Tahia Zia and Zoe Nelson
‘Natalie made me realise the impact of throwing away plastic as it can harm the marine life.’ Lana Munckton
‘It made me think about what I want to do with my life and whether to pursue what I want to do or what others expect me to do.’ Daeren Das
‘Natalie made me think about the environment and that we should stop waste and pollution before it’s too late.’ Lachlan Davies

Take a look at The Happy Planet Index:

The Happy Planet Index is an index of human well-being and environmental impact that was introduced by the New Economics Foundation in July 2006. The index is weighted to give progressively higher scores to nations with lower ecological footprints.

Nicole Amey
Year 7 CSB Teacher

College Event Photos

Today, Year 7-11 Parents would have received an e-mail from IT regarding the Shalom College Media Store. The Media Store is set up for parents to find and download photos from College events such as Academic Awards Evening and Year 12 Graduation.

The media store is username and password protected, the e-mail from IT has explained your login details.

For our Year 12 Parents, you would already have your Media Store login details from when the Formal Photos became available.

Your Username is your e-mail account attached to the college OR you can use your new parent code.

If you have not received your e-mail please check your junk mail.

*If the Year 12 Graduations photos are not currently available please check back in the coming days.

Mrs Georgia Halpin
Community Relations Officer

Instrumental Music

Rochford Strings – this string group performed their final 2 concerts last week. The first at The Lakes retirement home and the second at Centacare. Students at both concerts played very well and were very warmly received. The string group from St Patrick’s Primary School also performed at The Lakes before going onto Carlyle Village and Palm Lakes Estate – a very big day for them. Our students played extremely well and all up, have had a very big year with many wonderful performance opportunities. A big thank you to Mrs Connolly and Mrs Hardisty.

After yet another busy but rewarding year making music, all music lessons have now concluded and staff are already planning for next year with timetables and performance dates. A performance schedule will be emailed very early in the first term next year. However, at this stage, I can announce the first concert for the year will be the Autumn concert scheduled for Tuesday 19th March at 7.00pm.

On behalf of the Instrumental Music Department staff, Mr Belluz, Mrs Helbig, Mr King, Mrs Connolly and Mrs Edgar would all like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and very safe New Year.

Mrs Robyn Edgar
Instrumental Music Coordinator

Reef Guardian

Let the Container Refund Exchange competition begin…is each House ready?

We have new Container Refund collection bins in our House colours located in the Middle School eating area. Shalom College Reef Guardians are overseeing the collection of eligible containers to House bins to ensure students are directed to donate to their House collection point and that all is done with honesty!

How does it work?

Each House bin will be monitored to record the House who is donating eligible containers throughout lunch or afternoon tea. This will inform the final count of containers each week and support each House in their bid to apply for the collected money to donate to their chosen local charity.

Who can donate?

Members of our Shalom College community are encouraged to donate eligible containers. You can send these containers in with a student to deposit to their House bin. This will certainly build the eligible container donations.

What can you donate?

You can donate most eligible drink containers between 150ml and three litres. Drink containers such as cordial, plain milk, wine and spirit bottles and other containers such as condiments and cleaning products are excluded. Containers must be cleaned out of liquid to avoid cross contamination.

Over the holiday period, please keep collecting so you can deposit your eligible containers in our House bins. We appreciate the community support we are receiving with your donations.

Nicole Amey
Reef Guardian Coordinator

Information Technology

Yr10 & Yr11 Shalom Laptops

Final Warranty and Repair claims

With all school laptops, the College purchased 3yr HP warranty and Accidental Damage Protection (ADP). The ADP covers each user with up to three parts per calendar year which you can claim from and get fixed for $60.50 per claim. As the device belongs to Shalom College until you graduate, we require ALL damages to be repaired this year. For example if you only have a cracked screen, this normally is quite an expensive part ($500-$800) that can be fixed under ADP for $60.50 if it’s deemed an accident.

We would certainly appreciate if students can be proactive and bring devices into the IT department as we will be performing class checks soon and we will keep a list of all devices we have seen.

We would appreciate if all final 2018 Repair/Warranty claims can be performed before the 14 December 2018 as we will not be able to guarantee the device can be processed after this time.

The IT Unit is here to work with all students and we would like to get as many devices fixed as possible before the specified dates.

Mr Matthew Millls
Technical Officer

RSL Bursary 2019

Bundaberg RSL Sub Branch is offering school age (Prep – Yr. 12) children and grandchildren of ex-service personnel in the Bundaberg region, the opportunity to win a $150 Bursary for 2019 school supplies.

To enter they must write a 150-250 word essay on


Upon entering, please provide proof that your parent/grandparent are ex-service personnel. (Sub Branch membership, discharge papers, enlistment papers)

College Event Programs and DVD’s

College Event Programs

The following programs are now available from the College office:

2018 Academic Awards
2018 Year 12 Graduation Liturgy
2018 Sports Awards

College Event DVD’s

The following DVD’s are available to order from the College front reception for $5 each - please call 4155 8111 to place your order.

2018 Dance Night
2018 Academic Awards
2018 Shalom Day
2018 Year 12 Graduation
2018 Year 12 Slide Night

Uniform Shop



The uniform shop will be open on the following dates, appointments are required and can be made by phoning the Uniform Shop on 4155 8121.

Monday 3 December – Friday 7 December

8:00am – 5:00pm (CLOSED 12:00pm – 1:00pm)

Monday 10 December – Wednesday 12 December

8:00am – 5:00pm (CLOSED 12:00pm – 1:00pm)

Thursday 13 December

8:00am – 12:00pm

Monday 14 January – Friday 18 January 2019

8:00am – 5:00pm (CLOSED 12:00pm – 1:00pm)

Mrs Sharon Stevenson
Uniform Shop Manager

Textbook Collection 2019

Volunteers Wanted

Book hire is requiring volunteers to clean, repair and re-shelve the hundreds of books being returned at the end of this term. Any help would be appreciated, morning tea is provided as well as lunch if staying longer. If you can assist, please contact me

Phone – 4155 8100 – extension 8270
Email -

Thanking you.

Collection of Textbooks

Please note the dates and times for collection of textbooks for 2019. These textbooks may be collected from Book Hire in the Goondeel Library during these periods. Also, please note that textbooks will not be issued to students who have not returned their 2018 resources. If these hours are unsuitable, collection can be arranged before school ends by contacting me on 4155 8100 – extension 8270 or by email

There will be NO COLLECTION OF TEXTBOOKS FOR YEARS 7 AND 8. However, if you have students in the higher grades needing textbooks, novels (year 7) and English workbooks (year 8) can be collected at the same time.

Collection Dates and Times: -

Tuesday 11 December - Thursday 13 December 2018

7:30am - 4:00pm

Tuesday 15 January – Friday 25 January 2018

7:30am – 4:00pm

Krys Rehbein
Book Hire Co-ordinator

P & F

P & F AGM Tuesday 5 March 2019

Tuckshop Roster

3 December

Tricia Cooney

4 December

Susie Zunker/ Emma Appo

5 December

Limited Tuckshop Menu

The Tuckshop will have a limited Menu for the last week of school, we will do different ranges of food for each day this week.

There will be No Flexi Schools available to order from as of Monday 3 December, if a student wishes to pre order they will have to do so before school commences each day.

We would like to sincerely thank each and every person that has volunteered their valuable time in the tuckshop this year, your help is always very much appreciated. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday season. See you all in 2019.

Ann and the Team

Shalom Sunday Markets

New Stallholders Welcome – Please contact Peter Barone 0438 446 269

Markets Tuckshop Roster

Sunday 9 December

6:00am – 9:30am

Jan Bunn

Lisa Hughes

Roselyn Hunting

Susie Mant

Karen Marriott

9:00 – 12:30pm

Lynda/Mackenzie Crossett

Emma Jansen

Jas Haster

Rebecca Schneider

Marie Walker

Sunday 16 December

6:00am – 9:30am

Linda Adcock

Carol Barrazza

Lisa Christensen

Sally Doyle

Brenda Jay

9:00 – 12:30pm

Chris Dennien

Jade Law

Jo Leveritt

Maria McMahon

Jacqueline Read

Sue Sargent

Sunday 23 December

6:00am – 9:30am

Valentin Burbano

Rachel Lynch

Kate Rehbein

Craig Warner

Penelope Wrench

9:00 – 12:30pm

Brendan/Astrid Clancy

Jo Medcalf

John Pappalardo

Vicki Saffioti

Tracey Shears

Sunday 30 December

6:00am – 9:30am

Michelle Baumgartner

Kirsten Beyer

Tracey Clarke

Melissa Floyd

Jennifer Obst

9:00 – 12:30pm

Chloe Connor

Karen Garson

Neil Hibberd

Jo Medcalf

Nadia Tairawhiti

Sunday 6 January

6:00am – 9:30am

Murray/Michelle Flick

Andrew Lucht

Clarissa Pointon

Brendan/Yvette Simpson

Janelle Test

Leah Whalley

9:00 – 12:30pm

Sharon Anderson

Terry/Leanne Emmitt

Sandra Killer

Katumaree Nabnili

Belinda Prossliner

Warren Vaschina

Sunday 13 January

6:00am – 9:30am

Mary Buchanan

Robert/Melissa Doyle

Helen/Matthew Mader

Peter O’Beirne

Cassie Savage

Steven Schiffke

9:00 – 12:30pm

Katie Davies

Jenette Matthews

Michelle Purkis

Patricia Rochford

Sunday 20 January

6:00am – 9:30am

Suzanne Brown

John Delaney

Mechalle Kimber

Mark Morris

Jennifer Walsh

9:00 – 12:30pm

Lily Bradshaw

Marissa Browne

Lauren Elvin

Sara Hodginson

Renita Snare

Sunday 27 January

6:00am – 9:30am

Lisa Andreoli

Christine Buwalda-Nicolson

Richard/Fiona Hayes

Martin Kelly

Rohan/Maddy Lloyd

Trish Sellers

9:00 – 12:30pm

Wayne Fuller

Joanne Godfrey

Bruce Green

Teresa Cowell

Sunday 3 February

6:00am – 9:30am

Kath Clarke

Meagan Dorgan

Elizabeth Harris

Danielle Morrish

Gabrielle Norman

Helen Robinson

9:00 – 12:30pm

Steve Cook

Tonyia/Lily Garland

Michelle Haase

Tennille Nagas

Maryanne Taylor

Markets BBQ Roster

9 December

Shalom Rowing

16 December

Elliot Heads SLSC

23 December

East Bundaberg Rotary

30 December

St Joseph’s P&F

Community Notice Board

Position Vacant

Counselling Services Coordinator

An exciting opportunity has become available for suitably qualified and experienced applicants for the position of Counselling Services Coordinator to commence in January 2019. The role holder will provide leadership and support in the area of counselling to educational communities in the Diocese of Rockhampton. An attractive remuneration package is available to the successful applicant plus access to enhanced superannuation (up to 12.75%) and salary packaging options. This full-time position is a great opportunity to lead and inspire others in a supportive and secure work environment. To view the position description and download an application package please visit our website at the link below. Applications close 7/12/18.

The Catholic Parish of Bundaberg – News

Catholic Schools Race Day


Mark your diaries now!


Gladstone Port Corporation Bursary

IWC Dental

Natives Netball Club


All players from last season and new players interested in playing NET SET GO netball in 2019 are invited to join us for a morning of fun and games.

DATE: 9th December 2018
PLACE: Bundaberg Netball Association Courts

TIME: 9am to 11am
AGE GROUPS: Born 2009-2012

If you are unable to attend please let us know by email so we are able to put you in a team.

Triple P Parenting

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