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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

25 February 2019

Principal’s Reflection

Principal’s Reflection

On the weekend, we celebrated the contribution of the Christian Brothers to the life of Bundaberg over 100 years. At the end of 2018, Br Rochford retired from Shalom which marked 100 years of continuous service of the Brothers in Bundy. Sixty-five of those years were at Christian Brothers High School Bundaberg until the move was made in 1984 to Shalom College with the amalgamation of CBC and Loyola Colleges. The first four Principals of Shalom were Brothers and their presence continued until last year.

When the Brothers came to Bundaberg in 1919 led by Br Joseph Hogan, they came of offer Catholic boys a very practical education. The Brothers were founded in the late 1700s in Ireland by Edmund Rice. It was a time when poverty marked the lives of most. Edmund recognized that the best way out of poverty was through education. When he set up his first school, he recognized then, as we do now, that children find it very hard to learn if they are hungry. So, as a part of his first school, Mt Sion in Waterford, he had a bakery so that the boys could be fed when they arrived at school. Edmund was a very practical man and recognized that if the boys who then graduated from Mt Sion were to get a job, they needed a suit of clothes so that they had a chance at a job interview. So also included in the buildings at Mt Sion was a tailor. That attribute of practicality and pragmatism became a very real part of Christian Brother schooling. That was very much a part of how Christian Brothers Bundaberg began and flows through today to Shalom.

Education remains the pre-eminent way for young people to prepare themselves for life. That is why Shalom continues to offer a broad range of subjects which provide young people with the means to access further study and work. Today, as in Edmund’s time, this is done very clearly with Jesus the Christ at the heart of what we do.

For most of the 100 years the Brothers were in Bundaberg, they provided education to young people by working long days with big classes and few resources. We would not have what we have today without them. The very same could be said for the Sisters of Mercy, the Sisters of St Joseph and the Presentation Sisters – all of whom worked in Bundaberg. Catholic Education owes those men and women a huge debt. Undoubtedly, all of them were human and none perfect but, taken as a whole, they were an outstanding group of people the like of whom we won’t see again. Like Edmund Rice, and Mary MacKillop and Catherine McAuley and Nano Nagle, those who followed them did so because of a passion for the message of Jesus. Those of us lucky enough to work in Catholic Education now do our best to walk in their footsteps and stand on the shoulders of those who went before us.

Confraternity Rugby League & Netball Carnivals will be hosted this year by Shalom. This is a very big event for the College and for Bundaberg. Both Carnivals are held each year in the first week of the Semester holiday period. The Netball (QISSN) Carnival will bring 64 teams to the city. The Rugby League (QISSRL) Carnival will see 48 teams participating. I do not think there will be very many motel beds vacant in Bundaberg or Bargara for the week. We will need assistance to run both carnivals and you will hear more from Mr Simon Gills and Ms Melinda Pearson about their volunteer needs. We will need lots of help with Barbeques and field and court management. The Netball will be played at the Multiplex Centre and Shalom while the Rugby League will be hosted by The Waves.

One of our very real needs is the service, at the Rugby League, of a Doctor. We would love to be able to have a GP at the field for each of the four days of play to assist with Triage. Any GPs in our parent community who might be able to provide some hours that week would be hugely appreciated. Please let me know if you can assist.

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles


Year 12 Induction

On Friday we gathered together to recognise the leadership role our Year 12 students take on this year. Our theme for the year is that of a puzzle piece, which reminds us that everyone is an important piece in our puzzle. No one is more important than anyone else. We are all unique and have a special role to play.

It was wonderful to see so many parents able to witness their child receiving their tie and badge, the outward sign to our College community that they accept the responsibilities that leadership brings.

If you were unable to attend you can view the ceremony via the link on our website.

Mrs Mary Taylor
Assistant Principal – Mission


‘Parental engagement in learning underpins children and young people’s cognitive and social and emotional development, shapes family practices and behaviours, and can impact the nature of the school community and the experience of schooling. Parental engagement is therefore a highly significant leverage point for enhancing the academic attainment and wellbeing of children and young people’ (Emerson, Fear, Fox & Sanders, 2012, p. 34).

As the quote above suggests, parental engagement in learning is a major influence on a student’s experience and achievement at school. We are particularly fortunate at Shalom to have parents who actively support their child and the school in reaching the best possible outcomes. We are also privileged to have dedicated teachers who provide rich learning activities and deliver quality feedback for students and parents.

An extremely useful way of being involved in your child’s learning is to become regular visitors to Parent Lounge. Here you can find:

  • Reports cards
  • Calendar Events
  • Parent-Teacher Interview links.
  • Attendance data
  • Teacher Emails
  • and much more

As a Shalom parent myself, my favourite section is the Curricular Activities Due. Here I can see every assessment item my child has done, along with the grades and feedback from the teacher. These are accessible on Parent Lounge for their lifetime at the school. I can also see upcoming assessment items and the due dates often accompanied by the criteria sheets for the assessment item. This information allows me to assist my children in managing their time effectively and to become more involved in my children’s education.

Our teachers work hard to ensure Parent Lounge contains useful and current information. Shalom would like to encourage every parent to regularly log on to Parent Lounge to keep involved with your child’s schooling. If you believe there is an error on Parent Lounge in the due dates, completion of assessment etc, please contact the classroom teacher.

If you need further information about Parent Lounge, feel free to contact me on the email address below.

Mr Brendan Maher
Assistant Principal – Administration

Curriculum Notes

Reading Plus: an initiative for Years 7 to 11

Following very positive reports from other Diocesan schools using the program, Shalom has subscribed to Reading Plus, a program designed to improve reading and comprehension levels. English, English Literature and Core Studies B teachers are currently allocating time to the completion of diagnostic testing to establish reading levels and needs. Subsequent to the testing, subject teachers across all departments have been asked to allocate time to RP tasks once per cycle (i.e. each fortnight). The exception is classes where only three lessons are timetabled each cycle. English teachers will continue with their previous lesson commitments to reading development. Reading Plus is an online, individualised program that your child will be able to show you, and in which it is possible to see achievements and development.

Year 12 QCS Test

Year 12 Students sat a trial QCS test on Friday 15 February. This consisted of two sub-tests, as opposed to the four that will be completed in the June practice and September QCS Test. The Writing Task and Short Response Items papers were completed and will be marked externally to allow feedback later this term. In the meantime, all students will be involved in a preparation program running through Access lessons until June, unless a Memorandum of Understanding has been returned, indicating that an OP-ineligible student will not sit the test.

It is important to remember that, while individual QCS Test grades appear on senior statements at the end of year 12, students’ Overall Positions are calculated using group data. That is, scaling involves use of the mean QCS Test results of OP-eligible students at Shalom College and comparison with the State mean. I hope that parents will help to reinforce the message that we expect all students involved to engage in thorough preparation, and to make a good effort during timetabled QCS sessions, to help them each make a valuable individual contribution to the Shalom College mean scores.

In the event that a student wishes to make an application for Special Provision in the QCS Test, allowing adjusted conditions, I advise them to contact me as soon as possible. I am able to discuss the particular arrangements that are allowed and the documents required to accompany an application. I am able to apply on behalf of the student. I recommend that anyone with questions reads through the 2019 Special provision handbook that is published by QCAA:

Year 11 Students and the 2019 curriculum

QCAA has released a resource for students studying courses in the new, 2019 system. This is the myQCE website, accessible through the link below:

Details are provided about learning accounts (that will be available by mid-2019) and study pathways, as well as study tips and advice for students beyond Year 12.

Middle School students

Year 7 and 8 students are engaging in MathPathways, an individualised mathematics program, now in its second year at Shalom. Keep a look out for an invitation to an information afternoon on the program.

Year 7 students will sit a PAT (Progressive Achievement Test) in each of reading and numeracy during the coming fortnight. Combined with other data, this information is used by teachers to inform quality teaching practice that addresses the needs of individuals.

NAPLAN dates are included on the College Calendar in Term 2 Week 4. Parents of Year 7 and Year 9 students should note these dates. Information will be sent out closer to the tests, which are managed by Mrs Megan Munckton, Middle School Coordinator.

Mrs Katherine Nelson
Assistant Principal – Curriculm

Quiet Achiever

Coen Searle

The Quiet Achiever this week is Coen Searl, Year 9, from Walsh House. Coen plays a lot of rugby league for the College as well as outside of school. He is currently playing club football for East Magpies and trains every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. On weekends Coen referees a number of the local games for the Junior Rugby League competition before he hits the field to play.

Coen has been selected as a member for the East Tigers Academy at Shalom (Supported by Melbourne Storm) in which they train every Monday and Friday. Coen is hoping to continue to play Rugby League and in the near future play for the Shalom Confraternity Squad. Coen may even be a touch judge at this year Confraternity Carnival hosted by Shalom.

On top of this, Coen still gets involved in a number of College and House activities and he participated in all events offered at our recent Interhouse Swimming Carnival. Coen juggles all his sporting activities with his school work very well.

We wish Coen well for the year ahead with all of his commitments.

Mr Chris Roelofs
Walsh House Coordinator

Meet and Greet

Year 8 Camp Schedule


Defence Careers Information Sessions

Are you considering a career with the Navy, Army or Air Force? A Defence Careers Information Session will be held on Tuesday 19 March, at 11.25am in Loyola. There will also be a session at the Young Australian Hotel, North Bundaberg from 6.00pm – 8.00pm. These sessions will help you to learn more about the various roles available and chat to defence personnel to find out first-hand knowledge.

Career Quiz Guide

Have you tried the Career Quiz Guide on the Shalom College website Careers Hub? Take this easy test to find out the list of occupations that match your preferences and give you suggestions on job options that would suit your personality.

Business Appreciation

This week, Shalom College would like to recognise and acknowledge Bundaberg Marineland 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


ONAMAE WA NAN DESU KA. What is your name?

The Year 7 classes are smashing their Japanese conversations with Introductions as the topic for this week. Students found a picture and details about a famous person and used them as masks to perform a short conversation with another ‘famous’ classmate.

Students began their conversations with the traditional Japanese greeting HAJIMEMASHITE – It’s a pleasure to meet you. And continued with questions and answers about names, age and health. Students performed with an interesting mix of nervousness and perfect pronunciation, before finishing with the polite Japanese phrase:

DOOZO YOROSHIKU – Thank you and please do good things for me.

Mrs Nicole Anderson
Junior Japanese

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 11th 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.


If your child/ren are unable to attend a rehearsal, please send an email to the conductor or to myself and I will forward.


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

Shalom QISSN Netball

Congratulations to all girls who participated in the trials for the 2019 Shalom Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Netball team, the job of the selectors was made difficult due to the high calibre of game play.

Thanks must go to Ms Brenda Rielly from Alloway Netball Club, who assisted in selecting the team, as well as Mrs Maryann Parton, Mrs Nikki Somerfield and Mrs Melinda Pearson for also being on the selection panel.

The following girls have been named in the team and will be competing in Bundaberg in the July school holidays.

Year 12:

Amy Hamilton
Kelsie Hansen
Chelsea Brooks

Year 10:

Kendal Dodd
Charlotte Boge
Anne-Marie Pohlman
Mekkija Blogg-DeHaan

Year 11:

Tayla Pearson
Zoe Hess
Sarah Nash

The following girls were named as Training Partners: Macey Egan, Pelenatita Kaufusi, Holly Kitchen, Isabella Burgess, Baylee Holden and Isabella Mullally.

This year, the team will be coached by Ms Natasha Cross and managed by Mr Kevin Crowley. Training will be held on a Tuesday and Thursday morning at 7am in the Sports Centre. Players will also undertake fitness training, with Mr Blake Hornbrook, on Friday mornings.

Yours in Netball,

Mrs Melinda Pearson
Learning Area Coordinator – PE

Interschool Sport

Touch Football

Shalom Red Year 7/8 Boys

Unfortunately, the boys had a loss last Wednesday going down 6-4 to Gin Gin. It took a little time to get in the groove of the game due to the heat and the rather strong wind at times coming across the fields.

Great play makers Henry Brophy and Preston Cox really saw the team make plenty of ground when attacking the Gin Gin line in the second half. The wingers, Kai Applebee and Samuel Aitkenhead supported the link players very well and were able to restrict the progress from Gin Gin when they were working the side lines. Mitchell Mulford-McCallum, Daniel Harry and Cale Little worked together to cover gaps created when Gin Gin began throwing the ball around to advance the try line.

Even though the boys had a loss, this week should see them continue to play as a team to further develop their skills and they should come away with win.

Mr Chris Roelofs
Team Coach

Open Girls Touch Football

Open Girls Team defeated North High team 8-0.
MVPs were Ella Hagen-Jenkins, Ruby-Ann Tobin and Jade Garland.

Mr Peter Robinson
Team Coach


Year 9-10

Shalom 2-124 d Isis 3-102

Despite being four players short, Shalom did brilliantly to defeat a strong Isis, amassing 2-124 with opener Ronan Dempsey retiring after reaching 40 and Zachary Richters chalking up an unbeaten 22. We then kept Isis to 3-102 with Ronan Dempsey snaring the first wicket and Benjamin Smith bowling superbly for the figures of 1-5 from his two overs.

Year 7-8

Shalom Black 5-162 d Bundaberg Christian College 6-95

Shalom Black batted first and racked up 5-162 from their 15 overs with opener Toby Lamond smashing an unbeaten 53, River Felstead and Beau Marshman notching 22 each and Beau’s twin Patrick managing 21. Shalom then restricted BCC to 6-95 with Benjamin Wilson taking two wickets in successive balls in his first over before finishing with 3-13 from his three overs, Sean Millett claiming 2-11 and Toby Lamond the other wicket-taker.

Mr Vincent Habermann
Team Coach

Shalom Students Excel at Wide Bay Trials


On Wednesday 6 February, students from local schools competed to gain selection in the Bundaberg team to compete at the Wide Bay trials. Shalom students performed well on this day, with three students gaining selection for Bundaberg: Hamish Corpe, Frances Corpe and Katie Maher.

These students then competed in trials on Wednesday 21 February in Bundaberg to gain selection in the Wide Bay team. In blustery conditions, all three competed well with strong performances from both Hamish Corpe and Frances Corpe gaining them selection in the Wide Bay team.

Hamish backed up his excellent performance last year to place second in the Wide Bay team once again. With his combination of superb shot-making with clever adaption of his game to suit the tricky conditions, Hamish once again showed what a class player he has become.

Frances also demonstrated her considerable improvement combining an impressive baseline game with her determination to perform her best. In a strong field, Frances has a bright future ahead – a place in the Wide Bay squad in Year 8 is remarkable.

Although Katie was bundled out, she too has proven she has an exciting period ahead of her with some excellent tennis displayed from this Year 9 student.

Hamish and Frances will now travel to the Gold Coast 14-17 March to compete for Queensland Selection. We wish Hamish and Frances the best of luck.

If you wish to become involved in tennis at Shalom there are a number of avenues. For beginner/intermediate players, there is the Thursday Afternoon After-School Activities and B-Division Summer Sport Tennis. For more advanced players, there is A-Division Summer Sport Tennis and the Queensland Secondary Schools Team competition later in the year as well as the normal representative pathways.

Please contact me if you would like to know more information about getting into tennis – a sport you can play for life.

Mr Brendan Maher
Wide Bay Tennis Coach

Hamish Corpe, Frances Corpe and Katie Maher in the Bundaberg squad

Hamish Corpe cracks a forehand

Colour Fun

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.

Year 12 Induction Liturgy Booklet

All Year 12 students received a copy of the Induction Liturgy booklet on the day.

For parents and guests who would like an extra booklet, copies can be obtained from the College’s main reception.

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 16 March are now available to purchase from the Finance Office. Tickets are $60 each and this covers entry into the Catholic Schools Marquee and Race Course, two 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 Roster

26 February

Help Needed Please

27 February

Help Needed Please

28 February

Merna Cook
Jacqueline Read

1 March

Alana Card

4 March

Bethany Swadling

5 March

Help Needed Please

6 March

Tia Booth

7 March

Merna Cook

Melanie Forey

8 March

Jeanette Rand

Shalom Sunday Markets

New Stallholders Welcome – Please contact Peter Barone 0438 446 269

Markets Tuckshop Roster

Sunday 3 March 2019

6:00am – 9:30am

Andrew Lucht
Janelle Test
Leah Whalley

9:00am – 12:30pm

Sharon Anderson
Katumaree Nabnili

Sunday 10 March 2019

6:00am – 9:30am

Mary Buchanan
Helen/Matthew Mader
Cassie Savage
Steven Schiffke

9:00am – 12:30pm

Katie Davis
Jenette Matthews
Patricia Rochford

Markets BBQ Roster

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

Sunday 7 April

M Pearson

Community Notice Board

Breast Screen Queensland

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