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25 March 2019

Principal’s Reflection

“Look here, for three years I have been coming
to look for fruit on this fig tree and finding none.
Cut it down:
why should it be taking up ground?”
“Sir”, the man replied,
“leave it one more year and give me time to dig around it and manure it.
It may bear fruit next year; if not, then you can cut it down”
Luke 13 7-9

The Gospel we heard yesterday is a powerful one. Sometimes, we just don’t see the results we want to. We tend to expect results and get impatient when they don’t eventuate. This applies to lots of things in life – my diet, my habits, my relationships. It is a common frustration for parents and teachers when we don’t see the change in young people that we want and expect. Real change though, takes time. Having manure thrown around and roots being aerated can be smelly and painful but, often necessary. I’ve spent a lot of my life working with people and I know that sometimes we all need a second and a third and maybe a fourth chance to change. It is a real challenge to find the right balance in knowing that change takes time and the structure of rules and the rights of others. There is no simple solution and a ‘one size fits all’ never seems to fit a Gospel model.

Christchurch – after the article that I shared in last week’s Newsletter following the tragedy that unfolded in New Zealand, I got the following email from one of our Muslim students in Year 8. I thought it was outstanding and worth sharing –

Dear Mr McMahon,

I wanted to let you know that your reflection on the Christchurch Massacre really moved me.

No one is prepared for anything like this. It’s shocking to think that when these unspeakable things happen, people say in all honesty that it’s not a shock anymore, or we should have seen it coming. My own parents and my brother go to the Mosque every Friday to pray, along with a lot of other family friends and relatives. It definitely sparks a fear in my heart to think that they might not be safe anymore, and neither am I. A lot of the innocent people that were killed, moved to New Zealand as immigrants and in hope of a better, safer home, just like my family moved to Australia. I can’t comprehend how anyone can possibly do something like this. It seems inhuman. The state our world is in, is tragic. The fact is, there are bad people in this world. People who do terrible things, who do the unthinkable. But at the end of the day, good will overcome the bad. There may be bad people in this world, but there are countless billions of good people too. People who come together for peace and unity. People, who, when united, conquer the bad. People that spark hope for a brighter future. It always amazes me to see how the world comes together after such a horrific event. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen something this horrible happen, and as much as I hate to say it, I don’t think it’ll be the last. I just hope we can come together in peace and unity, and conquer the bad.

Tahia Zia (8A)

Staff representing Shalom at the Open Day at the Bundaberg Turkish Islamic Mosque on Saturday.

Regrettably, the issue of sexual abuse of young people shows no sign of decreasing. For all that is written and reported about this issue occurring in Institutions and Churches, by far the majority of sexual abuse occurs in families by perpetrators know, trusted and often related to the victim. This is a very tricky topic for parents to talk about with their children but the article below is, I think, worth your reflection.

Laptops in Year 7 2020 – after much thought and discussion, the College will introduce laptops into Year 7 next year rather than iPads. In 2020, these will provided to our incoming Year 7s and the cost of these will be included in our levies. This will enable us to ensure that every child has an identical device which makes it much easier for us to ensure that the required software is installed. Also, it will enable our staff to deal with any faults and failures in the device.

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles


Open Day at the Mosque

This weekend a number of staff accepted an invitation from the Turkish Islamic Community in Bundaberg to attend an Open Day at their Mosque. It was a wonderful expression of unity and many members of the Bundaberg community attended. We were encouraged to tour the mosque, share some amazing Turkish food and spend time talking with members of the community. There was a real sense of horror in regard to what happened in Christchurch yet a sense of hope in the number of people so keen to show this community they belong and are supported. The highlight of the afternoon was the Imam’s speech, he called for everyone to ‘choose love and stand united.’

Mrs Mary Taylor
Assistant Principal Mission

Student Formation

Year 7, 2020 Enrolments

Please ensure enrolment application forms for Year 7, 2020 have been submitted to the Shalom College office on or before 3 May, 2019.

Enrolment Form:


Important Notice re Enrolments

If you have a child in Year 6 and have a child here at Shalom, you do NEED to fill out an enrolment form and place an application by the due date.

Mrs Elizabeth Austin-Campbell
Deputy Principal



Preferred option is Email or Phone Absentee line 41558181

ALL student absentees should be notified to the office by 9am each day. If no notification has been received, an absentee text message will be sent out to parents to advise of the student’s absence.


Reading Plus at Shalom College

One of the strategic goals we are working towards at Shalom is the improvement of literacy skills across all year levels. Last year, some of our teacher development sessions were directed towards encouraging improved reading skills while this year, teachers attended a workshop focused upon strategies to improve students’ writing.

In support of the focus upon improved reading, we have subscribed to the Reading Plus program. The program operates on the premise that reading improvement depends upon physical and cognitive elements of reading. The physical aspect of reading relates to speed of reading and efficient reading technique. This is addressed in SeeReader in Reading Plus, whereby a section of text is lit up, to be read by the student. The speed of movement of the lighted section encourages improved focus and improved speed. The cognitive side of reading relates to vocabulary and comprehension: in Reading Plus, an improvement is sought in the student’s ability to read and understand sentences that meet student needs but challenge them at a reasonable level. Read Around tasks in Reading Plus, on topics chosen by the student, are intended to promote improvement in this area.

The level at which a student is operating is established in some diagnostic ‘start-up’ lessons at the commencement of the program. Students in years seven to eleven have been provided with time in CSB or English/Literature lessons to complete the diagnostic work. I have asked teachers, across almost all subjects, to make a commitment to this whole-school improvement goal by planning lesson time, once a cycle, for students to complete a Reading Plus assignment. This is to achieve completion of the number of assignments that Reading Plus indicate is necessary for significant improvement to be secured.

Students are able to login to Reading Plus outside school and complete an assignment when they have around 20 minutes available. The range of reading topics is wide and, of course, presented at a level that provides not only adequate challenge, but also, a reasonable opportunity for success. The capacity to read fluently, decode sentences and develop vocabulary is a skill that underpins success in all subjects at school and that is important for all walks of life and careers.

I do hope that parents will discuss the Reading Plus program with their children, encourage them in the completion of assignments, and celebrate the successes that the program communicates to students when they happen.

I should like to share the success of one student already: the graph below shows his reading speed improvement, measured in words per minute (wpm), over just a few weeks this term.

Please don’t hesitate to call or email if you would like more information about Reading Plus.

Ms Katherine Nelson
Assistant Principal – Curriculum


Year 11 and 12 Exams

The exam timetables for Year 12 Term 1 Exams are below. Please note that Year 12 will have home study during the exam block from 29 March 2019 – 4 April 2019.

Mr Brendan Maher
Assistant Principal – Administration

Family Zone

Family Zone is a fantastic option to manage your child’s internet use and keep them safe. As a College we would like to see every family installing this on their children’s devices. Family Zone is provided free by the College; the link is provided below.

Family Zone - Phone 1300 398 326

Mr Matthew Mills
I.T. Manager

Crazy Hair Day

New Australian Citizens

On Monday 18 March, one of our MacKillop families became Australian citizens! Congratulations to Irene, Alwin, Aldrin, younger brother Ben ( St. Patricks) and their parents, Siby and Sheeba Abraham.

Aldrin, Irene and Alwin Abraham.

Mrs Michelle Moller
MacKillop House Coordinator

Quiet Achiever

Year 12 student Eamon Vincent is our Quiet Acheiver this week, Eamon is a conscientious and caring student who always looks to achieve at the highest level he can. Always polite, caring and very quiet about his abilities, Eamon’s humility is inspiring and he is liked by all. He is a great asset to Chisholm House and will leave a lasting legacy of being a genuinely great person.

Eamon Vincent

Mr Aaron Brown
Chisholm House Coordinator


Bundaberg Base Hospital High School Engagement Program

If you are interested in exploring the Health industry as a possible pathway you should apply for the Bundaberg Base Hospital High School Engagement program which is scheduled for May 2019.

This is a 2 day simulation based program covering a diverse range of health careers as follows:

  • Held at the Bundaberg Base Hospital
  • 8.45am to 3.00pm, Thursday 16th & Friday 17th and Wednesday 22nd & Thursday 23rd May 2019
  • Small group rotational sessions with Allied Health; Medical Imaging; Plastering; Trauma; Suturing; Midwifery; Patient Handling; CPR; Pathology; Medical and Theatre
  • Possible discussions with Medical Officers; Nursing; Pharmacy; Dietetics; Oral Health and other career professions
  • Target Group: Year 10 students (Year 11 & 12 students can apply, but preference will be given to year 10)

Places are spread amongst all local schools and application does not guarantee a position. Positions are limited and applications close 21 April, 2019. Please contact Mrs O’Donnell in Pathways for the details of how to apply.

Health Career Ladder

Do you have a Health career in mind but don’t know what study is required to achieve this? The Health Career Ladder provides information on the level of training required for a range of jobs and occupations to help get you into your dream career in the health industry. The ladder separates occupations into four categories, and shows the education level required for each one. You can then go one step further and click on each occupation for an explanation of the duties and tasks involved in the position, the working conditions, the personal requirements, the employment opportunities and the study pathways related to the occupation.

Explore this and many other Career Ladders on the home page of the Shalom College Careers Hub. Scroll down until you find Career Ladders, then scroll across and select Health.

From UMAT to UCAT – External Exam for Medicine Changes

What is UCAT?

UCAT stands for University Clinical Aptitude Test. Students wishing to apply for medicine at many universities in 2020 will need to succeed in the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT). The UCAT is a two-hour computer based test consisting of multiple-choice questions and is divided into five separately timed subtests: Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning and Situational Judgement. The UCAT is a very difficult, time pressured exam, and for some universities it counts for as much or more than your ATAR. Quality preparation is therefore essential. MedEntry is a government accredited institution and internationally trusted leader specialising in UCAT preparation. For more details, including a free trial exam, please visit

This is the first time this test has been nominated as the external exam. It replaces the UMAT which has been in place until now. The UCAT can be completed at any time in July. There are detailed and easy to follow instructions on the UCAT site, which also has extensive instructions to candidates who have special needs.

Applications open on 1 March and close on 17 May. You can find information on the University Clinical Aptitude Test here

Mrs Liza O’Donnell
Pathways Coordinator

Library News

Last week the school recognised Harmony Day, celebrating and recognising the diversity of cultures in our community. Here are some book suggestions for both younger and older readers that would provide insights and awareness into Australia’s cultural diversity. Enjoy.

Small Bamboo – Tracy Vo

This is the real life story of Tracy Vo and her parents as they fled war torn Vietnam on a leaky boat to build a new life in Australia. They settled in Perth where Tracy grew up between two cultures as a Vietnamese Australian.

Unpolished Gem – Alice Pung

The daughter of Chinese-Cambodian immigrants, Alice Pung’s memoir of growing up in the suburbs is a wonderful book to introduce young readers to the challenges faced by a teenage girl attempting to balance the expectations of her family with those of her life in Australia.

Songs of a War Boy – Deng Adut

Deng Adut was six years old when war came to his village in South Sudan. Taken from his mother, he was conscripted into the Sudan People's Liberation Army, taught to use an AK-47 and sent into battle. After five years, Deng was rescued by his brother John and smuggled into a Kenyan refugee camp. With the support of the UN and help from an Australian couple, Deng and his brother John became the third Sudanese family resettled in Australia. An inspirational story of a young man who has overcome unthinkable adversity to become a lawyer, refugee advocate and NSW Australian of the Year.

Miss Wendy Davis
Teacher Librarian/English Teacher

Shalom Writers

There is plenty of insightful and creative writing being produced by our Shalom Writers again this week.

This piece explores one person’s journey from sadness to hope.

And this one considers the effect television and screen culture is having on our lives.

Finally, this small but beautiful piece of writing provides a glimpse into those thoughts that we sometimes all have when we’re wide awake at 2am.

Shalom Writers meet on Monday afternoons after school in Beerarlem Library until 4pm. If you are interested in finding out more please contact Miss Davis. The group is currently for students in year 9 -12.

Miss Wendy Davis
Teacher Librarian/English Teacher

Instrumental Music

Les Miserables

Pictured are a number of current, past students and staff who are involved in the local production of this wonderful piece of Music Theatre. Shalom College is very supportive of this production and would love to encourage parents and students, (particularly performing arts students) to see the show starting at the end of this week 9 and week 10. Tickets are available online from the Moncrieff Theatre.

Current students: Sarah Krebs, Kurt Reid, Nathanael Pascoe

Staff: Rhonda Cutmore, Robyn Edgar (vocal director), Ian King (conductor) Bernadette Connolly, Sean Udal, Vicki Kelly, Cheryl Petersen, Alana Clark, Megan Hoban.

Gappies: Anna-Jane Vaschina, Jordan Nio, Madeleine Krebs ( Absent )

Absent from photo are past students: Natalie Sweetapple (nee Greer) (Fantine), Liam Pratt (Enjolras); Hayley Pennells, Lukaeja Morrison, Rebecca Tonkin (nee Goodsell).


Don’t forget the Autumn concert which is scheduled for Wednesday 27 March in the PAP theatre starting at 7.00pm. Most groups will be performing one item each which won’t make it a late night. Last Friday, the first concert for the year performed by the Senior Jazz Band was extremely successful and well received by students at a lunchtime concert. Many of the students in the undercover area audience were blown away by the awesome music as many had not seen or experienced live music of this style and standard.

Performance Week

This is a new concept starting from last week that we have adopted into our instrumental curriculum. In place of the normal instrumental/vocal lesson, students, during their lesson time, come together and play for each other. Teachers also perform. Following the performance, students discuss the performance of the teachers in relation to how they performed the various music elements, whether it was good or not and why. This is a concept which will be undertaken once a term. The students’ response for the first week was very positive and it is hoped that it will develop further in the way that students can openly discuss how or why music elements can be achieved and improved.

Gala Showcase Concert

Rehearsals have commenced for the ‘mini-musical’ which will be staged 7 and 8 June. This concert will show off the talents of students in all three performing art departments, Dance, Music, Drama in separate items culminating in the final item which combines the three together.


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


Emails have gone out to our middle school groups with details re SHEP (State Honours Ensemble Program) to be held early term 3 in Bundaberg. If you didn’t receive an email, please contact me and I’ll resend. If you are interested in your child/ren attending, please let me know the students name for nomination.

Diocesan Music Camp

Details for this very popular music camp will be emailed early term 2. It will be held at The Cathedral College in Rockhampton during week 10 of term 2.

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

Mrs Robyn Edgar
Instrumental Music Coordinator

Duke of Edinburgh Award Program

Shalom College is currently offering the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award program for Year 9 or 10 students who are 14+ years of age. We are also offering support to any 16+ years students who would like to complete the Duke of Ed. Gold award program or any of the bronze award recipients from 2018 who would like to do the Silver award program.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is an international youth development program for 14 – 25 year olds. The program enables young people to step out of their comfort zones whilst:

  • Learning new skills
  • Getting active
  • Exploring new places
  • Helping out in your community
  • Meeting new friends
  • Receiving recognition for doing activities you already do
  • The award programs can also
  • Earn credits towards your QCE (1 point for bronze)
  • Help you find a job – increasingly recognised by employers. The program enables

young people to gain experience in many of the skills employers look for – communication, problem solving, initiative, organisation, ability to work both independently and as part of it team.

What’s involved?

To complete the Bronze award program students must complete four award sections:

Service – get involved in your community and give service to others

Skill – build your skills in something practical or creative eg, drawing, painting, fishing or music

Physical recreation – take part in something active such as football, dancing, swimming, surfing, the gym

Adventurous journey – discover a sense of adventure and do something challenging with your friends – practice and final journeys (2 days & 1 night) The Adventurous journeys for 2019 will be in May, Term 2.

Skill, service and physical recreation are one hour a week for three months for two areas and for six months for your major. A lot of what students are already participating in outside school hours can be counted towards these award requirements. Eg. Music , swimming lessons, sports training and playing.

Costs: $161.00 for your first level of the award ($115.50 for each award level you do after)

  • Additional Costs for adventurous journeys (these are kept to a minimum)
  • Camping fees
  • Canoe hire
  • Travel costs

For more information on the program click on the attached link to the Queensland Duke of Edinburgh International Award website:

If you are interested in participating in this exciting program please see Mrs Bishop in the Rice block staffroom or email me @

Summer Sport

Summer Sport has been very well attended by Shalom students over the past five weeks. I have visited Touch Football, Volleyball and Cricket and it has been great to see so many Shalom students participating with friends and enjoying sport. Only one week left before Finals Day so good luck to all teams

Swimming Carnivals


Over 1,100 students competed in the Shalom InterHouse Swimming Carnival for 2019. An awesome day was had by all with ADAMS House claiming their fourth consecutive Swimming title while Hogan and Lingiari filled in the minor placings. MACKILLOP House were awarded the Spirit/Cheering Award for the Swimming Carnival, with special mentions to Lingiari and Hogan. At the Championship Carnival, Jaime Krueger set the only new record in the 15yrs Girls Butterfly with a time of 31.03sec. this replaced the old record of 31.69secs set by Brooke Taylor in 2007. The Age Champions for Shalom Swimming for 2019 were also crowned:


Female: Georgie Stephenson (W)

Male:Sam Brosnan (A)


Female: Taylar Krueger (A)

Male:Kobi Holden (H)


Female: Emma Nash (L)

Male:Dylan Theuerkauf (C)


Female: Jaime Krueger (A)

Male:Joshua Booth (Mk)


Female: Sarah Nash (L)

Male:Tobias Street (W)


Female: Jasmine Dooley (W)

Male:Aedan Leslie (H)

Georgie Stephenson, Rose Jensen, Lani Sologinkin, Jaslyn Phillips

Kendal Ace, Summer Woods, Maya McCrystals, Taylar Krueger

Jordan Burridge , Bailey Grigg, Emma Nash, Tyla Royan

Hope Jarvis, Rachel Findlay, Jaime Kruger, Olivia Keech (absent)

Olivia Zunker, Baylee Holden, Charlotte Boge, Sarah Nash

William Zahn, Oliver Collins, Joshua Booth, Fletcher Ace

Tobias Street, Geordan Zunker, Ben Wood, Ethan Sologinkin


Shalom dominated the District Swimming Carnival for 2019 winning eight out of 12 Age Champion awards and cemented the reputation as the top Swimming School in BDSSS. The Age champions were:


Female: Georgie Stephenson


Female: Taylar Krueger

Male:Kobi Holden


Female: Jaime Krueger

Male:Joshua Booth


Female: Baylee Holden

Male:Tobias Street


Male:Aedan Leslie

A special thanks to Mr Luthe, Mr Robinson and Mr Davis for their help throughout the swimming carnivals.

Wide Bay Representatives

Term 1 has been an extremely busy one with Cluster 1 and Cluster 2 Wide Bay Trials taking place. Congratulations to all the Shalom students gaining Bundaberg District selection to compete at the Regional Trials. Shalom students gaining Wide Bay selection are:


Tom Martin

Holly Stone

Caiden Everingham

Lachlan Stevenson


Taylar Krueger

Jaime Krueger

Tobias Street


Frances Corpe

Hamish Corpe


William Zahn

Harrison Schneider

Lachlan Hazell

Georgie Stephenson


Hannah Leggett


Jack Wooldridge

Kate McFarlane


Matthew Jackson

Edward Ryan

Brendan Grills

Kynan Hard

Lucy Hamilton


William Stupart

Rugby League

Fletcher Ace

Sunny Beatson

Wil Simmons

Lane Crossley-Price

Dakoda Friske

Makenzie Cavanagh

Rugby Union

Chelson Diggins


Luke Wyatt

William Zahn

Max Jonsson-Harlacz

Harrison Schneider

Holly Stone

Kasey Stone

Rachel Findlay

Letila Morris

Safia Borg


Hayden Wessel

Seth Day

Tom Martin

Bryce Hibberd

Olivia Zunker

Lili Haster

Zali Haster

Lucy Hamilton

Illiana Barazza


Kendal Dodd

Charlotte Boge

Macey Egan

Annabel Roelofs


Mekkija Blogg-De Haan

Alyssa Cameron

Avril Davies

Makayla Mortensen

Fletcher Doyle

Shelby Cass

Tahlia Glover

Tanisha Sands

Indigo Jenkins

Please note this is the list so far, there will be more student’s names to follow in the next newsletter.

Jack Wooldridge and Kate McFarlane

Mr Simon Gills
Sports Coordinator

Fraser Coast Rugby 7s

Two Shalom teams competed in this year’s Fraser Coast Rugby 7s tournament hosted by Fraser Coast Anglican College on Saturday 16 March. Thankfully, the storms that threatened throughout the day held off, and the cloud cover (mostly) meant a reasonable temperature for our players.

Our under 15 team played above expectation in their three round games and was unlucky not to gain a win. Victory College (Gympie) came out firing, and while Shalom won the second half, Victory had done enough to win 19-12. St Luke’s was another close game, narrowly going down by two points 12-10, with Shalom pushing St Luke’s try-line for the final minute, but unable to cross. Shalom was the only team in our pool to score points against a very strong Chanel College (Gladstone) outfit, who won comfortably 32-5. Lane Crossley-Price was our top try scorer with three tries, while Jason Ferris and Lachlan Stevenson bagged a try each.

The under 13 team, ably coached by Katrina Mulford, were far stronger throughout the day. They easily accounted for Victory College 31-0, and St Luke’s 26-0, but had a narrow loss to St James College (Hervey Bay) 19-17. This left Shalom in second place after the round games. They met James Nash SHS (Gympie) in the semi-final, winning comfortably 39-0 to progress to the final against St James. This was again another hard fought affair with St James prevailing 29-12, leaving Shalom in second place overall for their age division.

Queensland Reds players and staff were in attendance and selected players from some games as recognition for their efforts, ability and spirit of play. Jason Ferris, Lane Crossley-Price, Thomas Morcom (twice) and Ethan Norman were selected at various games and received Reds cap. During the presentations, Reds representatives made special mention regarding the efforts of players in the Shalom under 13 team – Taylan Manttan, Mitchell Mulford- McCallum, Tom Morcom, Ethan Norman and Zack O’Mara.

Having said that, all players can be proud of their sportsman-like conduct and efforts on the field.

Thanks go to many people for their involvement on the day: to Katrina Mulford for her efforts and passion in coaching the under 13 team over the weeks leading up to the tournament, as well as managing the team on the day; to Karen Miller-Smith and Amanda O’Mara for their assistance and supervision; to the many parents who attended and supported our players throughout the day, particularly those who provided equipment to make the day easier – marquee, water containers, etc; and to David Brown and the crew at FCAC for organising and hosting the event.

Mitchell Mulford- McCallum with Reds Representatives

U15 Team

U13 Team

U13 Team huddle

Fraser Coast Chronicle feature

Fraser Coast Chronicle feature

We look forward to next year’s Fraser Coast Rugby 7s!

Yours in Rugby

Mr Troy Braund
U15 Rugby 7s Coach

Interschool Sport


Open Boys


V Bundaberg SHS / Kepnock SHS

Result – Shalom 7/143 off 15 overs; Bundaberg/Kepnock – 5/104 off 15 overs.

Shalom started the batting with a consistent flow of runs through their innings. Brendan Grills top scored with 66 runs from 33 balls faced, with Kynan Hard contributing 30 from 17, and Adam Pozzebon 25 from 10. Our bowling was also very consistent with quality bowling generally restricting Bundaberg/Kepnock’s scoring opportunities. Kynan Hard claimed top bowling honours with two wickets for six runs from his two overs.

Mr Troy Braund
Team Manager

Year 9-10

Shalom secured top spot in the Year 9-10 division with a hard-fought 20-run victory over Bundaberg Christian College in their penultimate round top of the table showdown on Wednesday. In what was a possible grand final dress rehearsal, Opener Ronan Dempsey again led from the front as we amassed 5-124 from our 15 overs. Ronan was dismissed for just the second time in the competition with his 40 runs taking his tally to an impressive 216 in five matches, while fellow opener and captain Reuben Coleman, No. 3 Zachary Richters, Benjamin Smith, relishing a promotion up the order to four, and Matthew Parker were the other main contributors with 16, 17, and unbeaten knocks of 14 and 13 respectively. BCC also batted very well to finish at 3-104, with Nicholas Clarke, filling in with his Year 7-8 team having the bye, our only wicket-taker with the ball with 1-14 from his three overs, with the other two wickets being run outs. We have a last-round game to go next Wednesday, with the result of the other game between BCC and Isis to determine who we will play in the grand final.

Mr Vincent Habermann
Team Coach

Year 7-8 Red

The Shalom Year 7-8 Red team finished their season with a competitive loss to the top of the table St Luke’s/Bundaberg State High School team, who compiled 4-128 with Oscar Schneider, Xavier Freeman and Luke Trebbin taking one wicket each and Cooper De Silva effecting a run out. Shalom was bowled out for 58 with River Felstead the stand-out with an unbeaten 24 and Riley Quinn also doing well.

Mr Simon Rathbone and & Mr Connor Van Kooten
Team Coaches


Week 5 of Tennis saw some excellent performances from our Shalom players.

In Division A, the powerhouse Shalom Black team of Hamish Corpe and Zain Ali defeated a strong Kepnock team 13-8, highlighted by the singles win by Zain Ali over a well-credentialed opponent. ‘Team Lachie’, otherwise known as Shalom Blue consisting of Lachlan Campbell and Lachlan Royan won two of the three sets but were pipped on games by North Bundy SHS 14-12. The local derby between the deadly Shalom White team of Frances Corpe and Katie Maher and the gallant Shalom Red team of Nicholas Whitelum and Joshua Parry ended with a White victory 18-4. With the top four teams qualifying for Finals day, we are hoping to have at least 2 Division A teams representing Shalom on the day.

In Division B, the Shalom Yellow team of Bayley Herwig, Curtis Hancock, Samuel Freeman and Bryce Hibberd continued their impressive form disposing of North Bundy SHS by 16-2. Shalom Red’s team of Sophie Maher, Laurin Roser, Mithrran Karthick and Claudia Elder showed some good skills for such a young team to comfortably defeat BCC4 by a score of 16-3. Shalom Black had a tougher task against a strong St Luke’s B team with both schools winning two sets each but St Luke’s just edging the team of Harry Packwood, William Canniford, Paddy Maher and Riley Hunting by 12-10. If the results fall the right way, Shalom may have three teams out of the four on Finals Day which would be a fantastic effort.

Hamish Corpe

Nicholas Whitelum

Queensland State Secondary Schools Championships

On 13-16 March, Shalom had two representatives on the Wide Bay tennis team at the QSSSC – Hamish Corpe and Frances Corpe. Both players played extremely well showing a combination of talent, skill and determination.

Frances is only 14 years old this year and has a number of years left in this 13-19yrs competition, however, she certainly did not look out of place and competed well against the older girls. Hamish won a few rounds of his matches but fell short of making the Queensland squad. Both these players can be very proud of their achievements.

Hamish was also part of the Wide Bay boys’ team whose results gained them the title of Queensland Country Champions – an outstanding achievement.

Congratulations to Hamish and Frances.

Mr Brendan Maher
Shalom Tennis Convenor

Colour Fun

COLOUR FUN 2019: THANK YOU to EVERYONE involved with Shalom Colour Fun 2019! A HUGE $3,500 was raised! Funds this year will be split between Caritas Australia - Project Compassion and our friends in the Catholic Diocese of Townsville - Flood Relief Appeal. Mr McMahon will also donate an extra $500 to each of these causes!

*Unfortunately funds are down from last year due to two reasons; less participants and no left over stock (shirts and coloured powder) from last year resulting in everything having to be purchased from scratch.

THANK YOU TO OUR AMAZING SPONSORS: Devcon, Friendlies Physiotherapy & Allied Health, Mark Haster Painting, Aristocut Hair Design, DNA Aquatics, Shalom College P & F, Casablanca on See, Aplus Exhaust & Mechanical, Superior Cleaning Bundaberg.


Date Claimers

Wednesday 27 March

Autumn Music Concert

Tuesday 2 April

P & F Meeting

Thursday 4 April

Shalom Cross Country

Friday 5 April

Term 1 Concludes

Term Dates for 2019

Term 1

29 January – 5 April

Term 2

23 April – 28 June

Term 3

15 July – 20 September

Term 4

8 October – 6 December


Breakfast is now available in the tuckshop for purchase each morning 8:00am – 8:30am.

Items include;

  • Bacon & Egg Muffins - $3.50
  • Ham & Cheese Croissant - $3.50
  • Porridge & Cereal - $3 (self-service option with milk and bowl & cutlery are supplied)
  • Fresh Fruit - $1 (seasonal fruits such as; Bananas, Apples, Mandarins etc)
  • Plus, the already available items of Yoghurt Pots, Up n Go drinks & Flavoured Milk

Students who train before school need to consider utilising the breakfast menu to replenish energy lost during their training sessions, however must be dressed appropriately before entering the tuckshop and must not be late for class.

Tuckshop Roster


26 March

Help Needed Please


27 March

Help Needed Please


28 March

Jacqueline Read

Merna Cook


29 March

Jeff Freeman


1 April

Bethany Swadling


2 April

Help Needed Please


3 April

Tia Booth


5 April

Melanie Forey

Merna Cook


5 April

Alana Card

Shalom Sunday Markets

New Stallholders Welcome – Please contact Peter Barone 0438 446 269

Markets Tuckshop Roster

Sunday 31 March 2019

6:00am – 9:30am

Tracey Clarke

9:00am – 12:30pm

Neil Hibberd

Jo Medcalf

Nadia Tairawhiti

Sunday 7 April 2019

6:00am – 9:30am

Meagan Dorgan

Danielle Morrish

Helen Robinson

9:00am – 12:30pm

Tonyia/Lily Garland

Michelle Haase

Tenille Nagas

Maryanne Taylor

Markets BBQ Roster

Sunday 31 March

St Josephs P&F

Gemma Bush

Sunday 7 April


M Pearson

Sunday 14 April

Relay for Life

Vince Habermann

Sunday 21 April

Confraternity Rugby League

Neil Feather

Sunday 28 April


Jenny Hawe

Sunday 5 May

St Josephs P&F

Gemma Bush

Community Notice Board

Parish Bulletin

Breast Screen Queensland

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.