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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

1 April 2019

Principal’s Reflection

A parent this week reported that they were very concerned that their child was spending up to five hours a day playing the internet game, ‘Fortnite’. Another teacher this week brought to my attention the students in the class he was supervising, who had spent a good portion of the class on Instagram and Snapchat through their iPad. I find both these reports incredibly frustrating and disappointing. Shalom has invested close to $100,000 in 2018 & 2019 to provide every family access to ‘Family Zone’. This easy to use application enables every parent to set limits on internet usage, the games and applications their children use and their social media usage. Today, we have only 20% of families at Shalom who have set this programme up on their home devices or their child’s devices. Our Shalom subscription permits six devices per family to be controlled – phones, desktops, laptops or iPads. Folks, surely this is a ‘no brainer’? Having disputes with your child about the amount of time they spend online or where they go online, should be a thing of the past. There is absolutely no need for any Shalom student to have access to Social Media during the school day. Through a concerned parent, I also came across another scary app called, ‘Tellonym’. This app allows users to make anonymous comments to them, with some users promoting their Tellonym profile though their Instagram account. Can anyone tell me a benefit from encouraging the mean and cruel to make anonymous comments?

If you have not given Family Zone some serious consideration, please, please, please, do so now. Every student phone that comes into the College should be controlled by a parent through this application. This is not an area where parents should abdicate their responsibility – even if that means there may have to be a few difficult conversations.

Our Easter Liturgy will be on at Shalom on Thursday of this week. It is important for us as a Christian community to celebrate the suffering, death and Resurrection of Jesus. This is a celebration of life and hope.

Interhouse Cross Country will be run on Thursday afternoon. This is another of our special events at Shalom and we expect that all students will participate if at all possible. On the day earlier in the year when we had our Swimming Carnival we had a surprising number of students not turn up to school because they were ‘unwell’. Parents, I really ask for your support on occasions like these. They are not ‘optional extras’ at Shalom but a part of the fabric of our community. This is another of those times that are part of choosing ‘the package’ that is Shalom.

Les Miserables – I was fortunate enough to be able to enjoy the Matinee session of this iconic Musical on Saturday. Just an outstanding effort from all involved. So many Shalom students, staff and past students part of the cast and crew. If you have not already done so, I would strongly encourage anyone to book a ticket for next weekend’s performances. This is a great story on so many levels and just some great songs and lyrics. None better than, “To love another person is to see the face of God.”

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles

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.


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.

Year 7, 8 and 9 Core Studies Learner Conferences

The first of two opportunities this year for Year 7, 8 and 9 Core Studies Learner Conferences will be available on Friday 3 May 2019. The aim of the Learner Conferences is to provide an opportunity for parents to meet with teachers to discuss the progress and learning needs of their children.

Learner Conferences are for Year 7, 8 and 9 Core Studies only and will be held in the Sports Centre on the day from 8:30am to 3:00pm. Interviews will be of ten minutes’ duration. If there are variations in these times for individual teachers, these will be communicated to parents before bookings open. Students are encouraged to attend and participate in the conference as this is a Student Free Day for Years 7, 8 and 9. Your child’s progress is crucial to all of us and it is a significant benefit in this process if your child can be a part of the discussion.

Core Studies Learner Conferences may be arranged online via the Parent Lounge at any time from 8:00am Tuesday 23 April until 3:00pm Tuesday 30 April. A letter outlining this procedure is available via the link below. Parents without internet access may contact the College on 4155 8111 to make appointments from 8:00am on Tuesday 23 April.

Interim Semester 1 Reports

Interim Semester 1 reports will be published to the Parent Lounge on Friday April 26 (end of the first week of Term 2). The report can be viewed and printed from the Parent Lounge by selecting the ‘Academic Reports’ tab on the left. NOTE: Hardcopy reports are no longer sent home, it is expected parents will access these reports via Parent Lounge.

Parents may still request a printed copy of the report by contacting the College office during business hours. Parents who do not have internet access, are experiencing problems with Parent Lounge or do not know your Parent Lounge login details are welcome to contact the College office during business hours.

Letter to Parents

Mr Brendan Maher
Assistant Principal – Administration


The year is moving quickly and this is the last newsletter for the term. By next term we will have celebrated Easter, one of the most important times in our Church calendar. It marks the end of Lent, where we reflect on our lives, pray and give to others.

Easter is the time when we remember that Jesus was sacrificed for our sins. This may sound a bit strange but in Jewish culture, at the time of Jesus, people would sacrifice animals to atone for their sins. Jesus died on the cross to atone for our sins, the ultimate sacrifice.

The story does not end there. Jesus then rose from the dead. The resurrection demonstrated that death had no power over God and the promise to us of eternal life.

If you wish to join the Bundaberg Parish for any of the ceremonies over Easter here are the times and locations:-

Mrs Mary Taylor
Assistant Principal – Mission

National Evangelisation Team

This Term we have been blessed with classroom visits form the National Evangelisation Team (NET). Recently, they visited my CMT Certificate III class to share a communal activity or spiritual exercise they had witnessed bringing individuals and groups together, to connect with their environment, God or each other. The photos attached were from a team building exercise they used to begin the lesson. This exercised the student’s awareness of how they operate in group situations and the fact that they were more successful when proactive members of a team, as opposed to working as an individual. The characteristics that were identified as necessary for the group to succeed were resilience, problem solving and perseverance. We are very lucky to have this professional group of young people who are making solid connections with our young people, via class visitations and youth groups run during lunch breaks and after Mass on a Sunday evening (6:30pm) at the Holy Rosary church.

Mrs Kim O’Shea-Hard
Assistant Principal - Staff Development

2019 Science and Mathematics

This year Shalom College students have the opportunity to participate in the following national and international competitions:

ICAS Science Competition: Thursday 5 September

Australian Mathematics Competition: Thursday 1 August

Students are assessed against other students in the same school year, state and country. The competitions are designed to be a fun event, removed from the pressures of formal assessment with problems and questions designed to stimulate the interest of students. All students receive a certificate showing their level of achievement and a detailed report outlining their performance.

If your student would like to participate in either the ICAS Science Competition or the Australian Mathematics competition parents need to complete the appropriate nomination form and students then submit it to student reception. Parents make the required payment online through Tours and Excursions in the Parent Lounge Portal by Monday 10 June (Maths competition) and Friday 6 August (Science Competition).

Competition Fees: ICAS Science Competition $14.50 per student

AMC Competition $6.50 per student

If you have any questions regarding any of the above competitions please contact me via email:

Mrs Debbie Bishop
Competition Coordinator

Quiet Achiever

Nicholas Bacon

This week’s Quiet Achiever is Year 7 student Nicholas Bacon. Nicholas is a very determined young gentleman and is really working hard at being organised. Nicholas has managed magnificently all the challenges that come with the first Term of High School. Nicholas always offers to help and always makes the effort to smile and say hello.

Mr Joe O’Driscoll
Adams House Coordinator

NET News

The week 17 – 23 March started with our Youth Groups - ECHO Junior and ECHO Senior looking into the theme of how we can be like Jesus through the tagline of “who do I want to be”? On Monday and Tuesday, we were at St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s, sharing the gospel of the Transfiguration. Through card games and singing “This Little Light of Mine”, we shared with the students on how we all have lights in us that shine just as Jesus did at the Transfiguration.

Wednesday was Rachel’s 21st birthday! We began the day with mass in the Chapel, followed by assisting the year 7’s in exploring their “House Hero’s”. We facilitated “VISION”- our Shalom youth group at lunch time, where we had our biggest group yet! After school on Wednesday, the team celebrated Rachel - through going to the beach, eating Italian food, baking chocolate cake and watching a movie. From Wednesday - Friday at Shalom we facilitated interactive RE classes on topics of the Stations of the Cross and the Eucharist. On Thursday night the team also had the opportunity to lead the opening prayer for the parish Stewardship Council meeting. We are incredibly grateful for their continued support, encouragement and contribution to NET Ministries in Bundaberg.

We concluded the week with our “REACH” young adults’ night on Friday. This then led into the ‘Hour of Power’ which was part of the 24Hours with the Lord, held in the Parish. The team lead some praise and worship music during Adoration as well as time for silent prayer and reflection. It was a great way to end the week with prayer and fellowship. We are grateful for all the beautiful affirmations and wonderful smiling faces of the parishioners we encounter - have a fabulous week ahead!



ECHO YOUTH (Parish Based Youth Groups Facilitated by NET)
3:30pm-5:10pm: ECHO JUNIOR (grades 5-8)
6:45pm-8:45pm: ECHO SENIOR (grades 9-12)


8:00am Mass at Shalom (music facilitated by NET)
"VISION" Youth Group (for Shalom students in grades 7-12, lunchtime at the Loyola Centre)


7:00pm-9:00pm "REACH": Bundaberg Catholic Young Adults Group (for Young Adults aged 17-35 who are out of high school)

God Bless,

Bundaberg NET Team


Work Experience

The recent article in the Bundaberg News-Mail highlights the difficulties local employers are facing when recruiting. We often hear similar stories from a spread of different industries in Bundaberg and I believe students should heed this advice. Helen Robinson from Gainsite Plumbing & Gas is quoted as saying she was ‘disgusted’ that many of the resumes and cover letters she received did not contain simple grammar such as capital letters. Mrs Robinson stated that ‘the younger generation needs to get out in the community, do volunteer work and put it on their resume – it all helps.’

This is a timely message for students to utilise the upcoming school break to engage in work experience. Work experience is an opportunity to gain industry specific skills, employability skills and to build their resume. The work experience booklet will provide instructions and guidance on securing work experience placements.

We congratulate past Shalom College student, Ella Baulch, for being successful in securing the position at Gainsite over 221 other job applicants.


Resumes are essential for any kind of job search. To stand out among other applicants, you need a resume that markets your strengths and match for the job. A great resume grabs the attention of employers and sells your strongest skills and accomplishments. For students wanting to create a resume or update their current version, we have attached a template. If you need any help in compiling your resume please don’t hesitate to contact the Pathways Office.

Mrs Liza O’Donnell
Pathways Coordinator

Library News

Our book recommendations this week focus on new arrivals of Young Adult fiction in the Library for older readers in the College.

The Astonishing Colour of After – Emily X.R. Pan

Life, loss, love and art explode in a kaleidoscope of emotions as one girl must learn the truth about her family's past in order to bring peace to the present. (Hachette Books)

Watch Us Rise – Renee Watson and Ellen Hagan

Jasmine and Chelsea are best friends on a mission. Sick of the way that young women are treated even at their 'progressive' New York City high school, they decide to start a Women's Rights Club. They start posting everything from videos of Chelsea performing her poetry to Jasmine's response to being reduced to a racist and sexist stereotype in the school's theatre department. And soon, they've gone viral, creating a platform they never could've predicted. With such positive support, the Women's Rights Club is also targeted by trolls. But Jasmine and Chelsea won't let their voices - or those of the other young women in their city - be silenced. (Bloomsbury Books)

Hive – AJ Betts

Hive is the first in a gripping two-book series by award-winning and international bestselling author A. J. Betts. Betts is also the author of Shutterspeed, Zac and Mia and Wavelength – all in the library here at Shalom.

Remember, this is the last week of term to get your holiday reading, so pop into the library and we will help you find a great book.

Miss Wendy Davis
Teacher Librarian/English Teacher

Shalom Writers

Despite the busy end of term with assessment and exams our Monday afternoons with the Shalom Writers continue to be productive. The group has been responding to visual and written prompts, discussing ideas and giving feedback on each other’s writing.

Some highlights from our blog this week include:



The Fire

Shalom Writers meet every Monday afternoon until 4pm in Beerarlem. Please see Miss Davis if you would like more information.

Miss Wendy Davis
Teacher Librarian/English Teacher


We have had a very busy term and start to the year in the Japanese department.

The senior classes have had a strong start, especially the Year 11 class who have been adapting very well to the new course content and new curriculum.

Shalom College and particularly the Year 10 class were very lucky to have a past exchange student Rina, from Sakado High, come to visit and stay with one of our students Jessica Hick during the term. Big thanks to the Hick family for all their efforts in hosting and supporting Japanese at Shalom College. The students gained extra knowledge from Rina’s visit, have formed even closer friendships with her, and Japan.

Year 10 Students with Rina

Nearing the end of the term students in Year 7 have been involved in planning and participating in a Japanese banquet. I know everyone had a great time and learnt so much from this great activity. Thank you so much to Mrs Nicole Anderson for arranging all the ingredients and setting up such a task.

Next term I will be advertising for homestay families, if you would like to get in early please email me simone_wilson@shalomcollege.

A safe and Happy Easter to all. ハッピー・イスター

Culture corner


Have you heard of 花見 (hanami)? 花見 means“flower viewing” and it specifically refers to the act of viewing 桜 (sakura – cherry blossoms).

In the springtime, it is common to see many groups of people doing 花見 (hanami), enjoying their 弁当 (bentō – boxed lunch) and drinking 酒 (sake) together under the trees.

Enjoy some of the photos attached, these photos were taken on a previous Shalom Tour of Japan.

Mrs Simone Wilson
Japanese Coordinator

Instrumental Music

Gala Showcase Concert

Rehearsals have commenced for this wonderful variety concert including a ‘mini-musical’ in the second half that 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. Nominations close 26 April. 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.

Happy Easter break to everyone.

Mrs Robyn Edgar
Instrumental Music Coordinator

Duke of Edinburgh Award Program

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award Recipients

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a leading youth development program, empowering all young Australians aged 14-24 to explore their full potential regardless of their location or circumstance.

Through this challenging journey of self-discovery, Participants:

Become equipped and empowered to achieve their personal best
Learn to take responsibility for their goals and choices;
Become connected to and actively engaged within their immediate community;
Make a real difference to society through their positive contributions and involvement;
Learn to persevere and overcome barriers to success;
Learn important life skill

More than 130 countries have adopted the program with over 8 million young people having participated worldwide. 775,000 young people have participated in the Award in Australia in the past 58 years, with an average of 40,000 participants annually

To earn an Award, each young person must learn a skill, improve their physical wellbeing, volunteer in their community and experience a team adventure in a new environment.

For Bronze award level students take a minimum of 6 months to complete these requirements.

8 students who completed the Bronze award in 2018 were awarded their certificate and medallion at the last college assembly.

Back row: Back row: Thomas Pascoe, Oliver Collins, Ky Woods, Patrick Waters
Front Row: Morgan Medcalf, Jasmine Dooley, Jasmyn Theuerkauf, Rachel Findlay, Janet Lindsay.

Mrs Debbie Bishop

Olympics in Sights

Nathan Donaldson recently travelled to Brisbane for a Paralympic Presentation, Registration and Uniform sizing.

Nathan is on the Paralympic long list which means he has the potential to make the Paralympics in Tokyo 2020.

There are no guarantees but they start the process this early to make sure when the time comes nothing is missed.

At the presentation there was a very inspiring video before a discussion about what being a Paralympian means along with the do’s and don’ts and everything that is involved in being an Olympic Team member. Nathan then had to try on the many, many items of clothing that make up the uniform to get the correct sizing, this was followed by Nathan completing a Biography along with data collection, passport details and much more.

Nathan was selected to do an interview for the Paralympic Committee to use on their social media and web pages about his story and pathway. Congratulations Nathan!!! we look forward to following your journey.

Queensland Selection

Well done to Year 10 Student Hannah Leggett for being selected in the Queensland Open Schoolgirls Softball team following last week’s State Championships. The Nationals will be held in Canberra 11 May to 18 May, with a training camp before the Nationals.

Hannah was selected as the Queensland catcher and an outfield player. As a 15-year-old Hannah is the youngest in the Queensland team. Her batting and fielding stats were outstanding at the State Championships.

Congratulations Hannah!

Wide Bay Championships

Lily Thatcher recently competed at the Wide Bay Interschool Championships in Caboolture. Lily’s results were:

6th in Dressage on HPA Wynetta
6th 1m Showjump on Belle
1st 90cm Showjump on Its Cinderella

Mr Peter Robinson
High Performance Program

Interschool Sport


SHALOM will contest all 3 BDSSS Cricket grand finals this Friday after our Year 11-12 and Year 9-10 teams each topped their tables and progressed directly to the deciders and our Year 7-8 Black team defeated Bundaberg Christian College in their semi-final.

Year 9-10

After being sent in to bat, Shalom amassed 2-158 from 14 overs completed in the allotted time against North, with Jonty McMahon, promoted to opener, stepping up to the plate with 43, before retiring. Captain and fellow opener Reuben Coleman and No. 3 Ronan Dempsey also excelled with 37 and 38 respectively, with Ronan taking his superb season tally to 254, and Matthew Parker cracking two fours in the last over to put the icing on the cake. We then bowled North out for just 18 with openers Harrison Johnson (2-7) and Matthew Parker (2-4) doing the early damage, and Bailey Canino and Benjamin Smith taking one wicket each. Bailey also took a brilliant catch for the first wicket and also completed a caught and bowled, while Reuben removed their batting star with a gem of a catch, and Harrison snared the catch to end the game. After winning all of their six round games, Shalom will meet BCC in the grand final, aiming to defend the title they won last year as a Year 8 side.

Mr Vincent Habermann
Team Coach

Year 7-8 Black

After losing the toss and being sent in to bat, the Shalom Black team managed to score a total of 3-119 from their allotted 15 overs. Starring with the bat was opening batman Patrick Marshman who scored 55 runs while batting through the innings, only to be run out on the very last ball while trying to secure a larger target for the BCC batters to chase. Other scorers for Shalom were Sean Millett (opening batter) with 18, Oliver Boge also with 18 and Tobias Lamond with a quick fire 7 after coming in with just over an over to go. Shalom Black’s bowlers then had the perfect start with Nicholas Clarke striking with a wicket in his first and third overs to finish with the figures of 2-8 from his allotted 3 overs. Tight fielding and accurate bowling helped restrict the BCC batting to a final total of 4-81 from their 15 overs. The other wicket takers were Tobias Lamond for figures of 1-19 from 3 overs and Oscar Schneider bowling 2 overs for figures of 1-11. The other bowling figures were Oliver Boge (0-15 from 3 overs), Simon Millett (0-15 from 2 overs) and Benjamin Wilson (0-13 from 2 overs). Shalom Black have now won the right to compete in the Grand Final this Friday against the St. Luke’s/Bundaberg High combined team. Shalom Black's player of the match was Patrick Marshman.

Mr David Bond
Team Coach

Date Claimers

Tuesday 2 April

P & F Meeting

Thursday 4 April

Shalom Cross Country

Friday 5 April

Summer Sports Finals Day

Term 1 Concludes

Wednesday 24

Year 10 Immunisations

Thursday 25 April


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

2 April

Help Needed Please

3 April

Tia Booth

5 April

Melanie Forey
Merna Cook

5 April

Alana Card

22 April

Easter Monday

23 April

Help Needed Please

24 April

Help Needed Please

25 April

Anzac Day

26 April

Jeff Freeman

Shalom Sunday Markets

New Stallholders Welcome – Please contact Peter Barone 0438 446 269

Markets Tuckshop Roster

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

Sunday 14 April 2019

6:00am – 9:30am

Lisa Hughes
Roselyn Hunting
Susie Mint

9:00am – 12:30pm

Emma Jansen
Jas Haster
Marie Walker

Sunday 21 April 2019

6:00am – 9:30am

Carol Barrazza
Lisa Christensen
Brenda Jay

9:00am – 12:30pm

Chris Dennien
Jacqueline Read
Sue Sargent

Sunday 28 April 2019

6:00am – 9:30am

Kate Rehbein
Craig Warner

9:00am – 12:30pm

Brendan/Astrid Clancy
Jo Medcalf
John Pappalardo
Vicki Saffioti
Tracey Shears

Markets BBQ Roster

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

Sunday 12 May

Europe Trip
Trish Allen & Penny McKeown

Sunday 19 May

Relay for Life
Vince Habermann

Sunday 26 May

Jeny Hawe

Community Notice Board

Parish Bulletin

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