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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

18 February 2019

Principal’s Reflection

Principal’s Reflection

At Assembly this week, we were very fortunate to have two wonderful guest speakers and I would recommend you have a look at the live stream coverage of the Assembly at the following link (go to the 10 minute mark)..

Anna Meares is a two time Olympic Cycling Gold Medallist and eleven time World Champion. Stuart O’Grady represented Australia on numerous occasions at the Olympics and also made the extraordinary conversion from a Track Cyclist to a successful competitor in the very gruelling Tour de France race on a number of occasions. These two had some great insights for your daughters and sons. Anna reminded the students that whilst she won two Olympic Gold medals, she lost a lot more races than she won. She told them that, like her, they need to be prepared to be challenged in life and to face adversity. Success, in anything, does not come cheaply. She also made the point to them to really give some thought to their ‘self talk’. She spoke about the significant low points in her life when she did not win and felt that everyone who supported her would be disappointed in her performance. Anna came to realise that people were much more disappointed ‘for’ her rather than ‘in’ her. It is only a difference of one word in the sentence but it makes an extraordinary difference in what it did for her outlook. Anna encouraged the students to set good goals but also to have a degree of flexibility with these as things don’t always work out as you plan.

Stuart O’Grady, perhaps Australia’s greatest road racer, encouraged students to be bold in pursuing their passion. He told them that when he was considering the move from Track Cycling to Road Racing, all the informed advice was that this was a bad idea and no-one had done this successfully. He took on the challenge despite plenty of opposition and recalled to the students the determination and commitment he had to find to be successful. He encouraged them, in whatever field that they want to pursue, to ‘have a go’ and ‘never say never’.

Catholic Schools Race Day – is on Saturday 16 March and is always one of the best social events of the year. Tickets are available now. There will be a St Patrick’s Day theme this year. Always a chance for all to get a few friends together and enjoy a day at the races. The funds go to a very good cause – the Catholic schools of Bundaberg.

Government Data Collection – as a part of our compliance process with the Federal Government, we are required to pass onto them residential addresses of our families. Please find enclosed with this some communication from Government to you by way of explanation to you.

Bishop’s In-Service Day is tomorrow which will be student free at the Catholic schools in town.

Year 7 2020 Enrolments are now open. If your child is currently in Year 6, please begin the enrolment process if you would like him or her to attend Shalom next year. Please let any friends or family know that enrolments are open. Last year, we had Shalom families seeking enrolment late in the year and months after applications had been completed. Some thought that enrolment of siblings was automatic and that is not the case. Our Year 7 Information Evening is on Wednesday 13 March at 7pm. The College Open Day is on two days later on Friday 15 March commencing at 9.30am.

Family Zone – please, please, please make use of this fantastic option to manage your child’s internet use and keep them safe. It is provided free by the College and there is a link to the site on our website Menu.

Mr Dan McMahon

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Free Online Study Help for Years 10-12

Year 10-12 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. Currently, only Year 11 and 12 students have access using the same username and password as last year. Year 10s will be issued with usernames and passwords soon.

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 website by click 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

Quiet Achiever

This week’s quiet achiever is from Lingiari House, Tahia Zia. Tahia came to Bundaberg in 2012 from Dhaka, Bangladesh and together with her parents and brother were granted Australian Citizenship on Australia Day this year.

Tahia enjoys many aspects of Australian life including the open spaces, cleanliness and the many opportunities she undertakes with great enthusiasm. These include music, sport and all things school at Shalom. Last year saw Tahia represent Queensland at the National Table Tennis championships as well as being a member of our College music program. This year Tahia is playing piano in addition to being part of our Opti Minds team once again. Tahia also volunteers as a Reef Guardian and has achieved a very high standard in all academic areas. Tahia is certainly an asset to Shalom and indeed, Australia!

Congratulations to Tahia and family on their recent Australian citizenship.

Tahia Zia and family at their recent Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony in Bundaberg.

Mrs Maryann Parton
ESL Teacher

Meet and Greet

Do you have a child aged 5-17 who lives in Queensland?

Would your child like to participate in Sport?

Are you a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card holder?

You can apply for up to
$150 for your child's sport or
active recreation participation.

Visit website by click the link below.

and follow the link 'for parents and kids'
or call 13 74 68 to find out more.

Get Started Vouchers are part of the Queensland Government's
Get in the Game initiative.

Round 13 will open for application on 6 February 2019

In to social media? Please share the Get Started Vouchers Facebook Post with your friends

Year 8 Camp Schedule

School Photos - Catch up day Wednesday
20 February

Our Catch up School photo day for students who did not have a photo taken in Week 3 is on Wednesday 20 February. Please note that we do require a photo of all students to create the 2019 Student ID.

Remember to please wear the full formal School Uniform, this includes the school tie for male students and bring your Photo envelope!

Outstanding sibling photos, please present (if your travel arrangements allow) prior to school, from 8:15am.

The two year 8 classes (8CSA A and 8CSA B) that were away at Camp will be coming together as a class and will be notified via teachers.

The photographers will be set up in the Foyer of Theatre and available during Period 1 for all other students. For accurate attendance records all students have to report to their Period 1 teacher prior to arriving for your photo.

We are collecting order envelopes at Student Reception up until Period 4 on Tuesday, the online payment option would now be closed however you can still order as per other alternatives given on the envelope.

Please contact Academy photography directly on 07 3801 4407 for any orders placed after catch up photo day. Late order charge of $20.00 applies to all orders raised four weeks after photo day.

Former Student Takes Gold !!!

Former Shalom College Student Dean Enslin recently competed as a member of the Under 25 Australian Target Rifle Team which Dominated at the National and World Championships held in New Zealand.


Job Jumpstart

Did you know that you are likely to have 17 jobs across 5 different careers in your life? The world of work is changing, so do you need help working out what your next move will be when you leave school? What job will suit you best? The Foundation for Young Australians Job Jumpstart series of videos, will help you to take the next step in getting to know yourself, and what career prospects will suit you.

Click on the link below to get started

Certificate IV in Crime and Justice

This qualification is an excellent opportunity for students to take the first step towards a successful career in the justice industry. They will obtain a head start in the job market and can use the qualification as a step towards further education. This Certificate attracts 8 QCE points and will contribute towards the ATAR. The course is offered through Unity College, part of the Brisbane Catholic Education diocese, at a substantially reduced cost of $700 (the average price is normally around $3000). It can be completed across several year levels but must be completed prior to graduation. See the Information letter for more details or contact the Pathways Office.

Business Appreciation

This week, Shalom College would like to recognise and acknowledge Acorn Childcare Centre for their support and involvement in school based traineeships. Thank you! Your contribution is invaluable in creating the futures of our young people.

Mrs Liza O’Donnell
Pathways Coordinator

Instrumental Music

A fantastic opportunity

We have organised for John Morrison (brother of James Morrison) and Jacki Cooper (professional jazz singer and teacher), to come to Shalom College to run Choral/Vocal and Instrumental workshops. This all day event has been scheduled for Monday 11 March in the PAP theatre and Band room. Jacki will be taking the choir during Period 1 and work with small groups or individuals who would like some insight or assistance with singing, particularly Jazz for the remainder of the day. John will work with the bands throughout the day. There will be no cost to the students for this workshop. Please see the flyer attached this column for more information.


All groups are now in full swing with rehearsals and thank you to students for continuing to arrive on time for the early 7.30am starts. If your child/ren are unable to attend a rehearsal, please send an email to the conductor or to myself and I will forward.


If students who wish to sing in the choir missed the first or second rehearsal, all is not lost. Please either let me know or just turn up on Monday morning in the PAP theatre at 7.25am for a 7.30am start. We are particularly looking for more boys with changed voice for the baritone/bass part. We have started working on repertoire for the various performances up until Catholic Schools Festival in August and also the Showcase Gala Evening scheduled for 7 & 8 June.


First concert for the year will be a Senior Jazz Band lunchtime concert scheduled for Thursday 21 March followed by the Autumn concert scheduled for Wednesday 27 March in the PAP theatre starting at 7.00pm. Most groups will be performing.

Please do not hesitate to contact me for any query in relation to the Instrumental Music Department.

Mrs Robyn Edgar
Instrumental Music Coordinator

Uniform Shop


ORDERS are now being taken for NAVY JACKETS at the Uniform Shop. Sample sizes are available Sizes 8-20. Payment of $60 would be appreciated at the time of order. Delivery time for Jackets is 12 weeks.

Limited excess stock will be ordered, to ensure delivery prior to cooler weather. Orders need to be placed no later than Thursday 28 February 2019.

Limited stock available in store now, sizes available are 6, 8, 10, 16, 18 and 20.

NOTE: Due to the large number of Navy Jackets required at the College, orders will be given priority. To avoid disappointment please ensure that you have ordered and paid for your Jacket prior to Thursday 28 February.

Students are required to wear ONLY the College Red Jumper and/or the Navy Jacket.


Orders are now being taken at the uniform Shop for the Shalom College Zootie. To order your Zootie, you are required to provide your height and weight for correct sizing. Limited pre-loved Zoot Suits are available.

Head Lice Alert

Head lice are a very common problem in schools everywhere in the world. They are not a threat to health and do not transmit disease, however if they are not treated effectively, they can continue to spread throughout a community. Anyone can get head lice. They are not a sign of poor hygiene. They have no preference for hair colour, hair type or age.

All parents should check their children and other family members for head lice regularly as early detection decreases treatment time and helps break the breeding cycle.

Qld Health advises that the most effective way to detect head lice is by using the hair conditioner and combing method. This method along with other treatment advice can be found on the Qld Health website at

The school requests that families make regular checks of their children at this time so that the breeding cycle can be broken.

As well as following the treatment recommendations on the Qld health website, children should also be advised to:

Avoid head to head contact.

Keep long hair tied back or in plaits.

Do not share brushes, combs or pillows.

Thank you for your assistance with this matter.

Mrs Kim O’Shea-Hard
Assistant Principal – Staff

P & F

P & F AGM Tuesday 5 March 2019

2019 Catholic Schools Race Day

Race day tickets for the upcoming Catholic Schools Race Day being held on 16th March are now available to purchase from the finance office. Tickets are $60 each and this covers entry into the Catholic Schools Marquee & Race Course, 2 complimentary drink tickets, finger food throughout the afternoon and passage on a bus to the CBD at the end of the day. Please be aware our marquee party is an 18+ event and ID may be requested when purchasing tickets or on entry to the Race Day. So if you’re looking for a great day out, secure your ticket before they sell out.

Tuckshop Menu

Tuesday 19 February

Student Free Day

Wednesday 20 February

Lily Bradshaw

Thursday 21 February

Merna Cook

Friday22 February

Help Needed Please

Monday25 February

Help Needed Please

Tuesday26 February

Help Needed Please

Wednesday27 February

Help Needed Please

Thursday28 February

Merna Cook
Jacqueline Read

Friday1 March

Alana Card

Shalom Sunday Markets

New Stallholders Welcome – Please contact Peter Barone 0438 446 269

Markets Tuckshop Roster

Sunday 24 February 2019

6:00am – 9:30am

Valentin Burbano

Rachel Lynch

Kate Rehbein

Craig Warner

Penelope Wrench

9:00am – 12:30pm

Brendan/Astrid Clancy

Jo Medcalf

John Pappalardo

Vicki Saffioti

Tracey Shears

Sunday 3 March 2019

6:00am – 9:30am

Tracey Clarke

9:00am – 12:30pm

Neil Hibberd

Jo Medcalf

Nadia Tairawhiti

Markets BBQ Roster

Sunday 24 February

Duke of Edinburgh

D Bishop

Sunday 3 March


M Pearson

Sunday 10 March

Edmund Rice Camp

M Taylor

Sunday 17 March


Kelsey Huntley

Sunday 24 March

Confraternity Rugby League

Neil Feather

Sunday 31 March

St Josephs P&F

Gemma Bush

Community Notice Board

Celebrating 100 Years of Bundaberg Christian Brothers

Celebration Dinner – 6:30pm Saturday 23 February at Brothers Sports Club - $45pp (RSVP and Payment required to Shalom College by 18 February)

Parish Mass – 8am Sunday 24 February at Holy Rosary Church (No RSVP Required).

For payment and RSVP please see link to invitation;

All welcome!

Bundaberg Army Cadets

Recruiting information afternoon Monday 18 February:
9 RQR depot 50 Quay Street Bundaberg
Time 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Minimum age 13 (or turning 13 during 2019) and in Year 8

Army Cadets is a youth development organisation.

Any questions or queries you or interested parties may have can be directed to -

UA Christopher Salmon
STAFF 18ACU Admin Officer

IWC Dental

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