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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

7 May 2019

Principal’s Reflection

As I hope everyone is aware, Shalom is hosting the Annual ‘Confraternity’ Carnivals (Qld Independent Schools Netball and Qld Independent Schools Rugby League). The opening ceremony is the first Sunday of the Semester break – June 30. This is a huge event and, because of the size and complexity, it is pretty rare for one school to host both Carnivals at once. Sixty-four Open Girls Netball teams and forty-eight Open boys Rugby League teams will descend on Bundaberg for the week of the Carnival. This is always a wonderful event. Shalom hosted the first Confro Rugby League Carnival 40 years ago this year and the first Confro Netball Carnival 20 years ago. Both have grown enormously. The week will be a big one for Shalom and for Bundaberg. It will be a massive economic boost for the town with about 1500 players participating along with their parents and support staff. I don’t think that there is a motel room still available during this week! We need a lot of Shalom support to ensure that we put on a great Carnival. The Rugby League will be played at The Waves Rugby League complex and they have been fantastic in their support. The Bundaberg Multiplex and PCYC facility will host most of the Netball with one court being used at Shalom. If you are able to give us any time during this week, we would so love to hear from you. Please click on the link below. We hope that we can have these completed within a week. In anticipation, many thanks.

NAPLAN is on next week Tues-Thurs for Years 7 & 9. Please encourage and support your child in their anticipation of this. We would all like to see every student just give this their best. Sitting exams like this is just a skill they all need to learn. In Senior years, we are moving into public and external exams. NAPLAN, if nothing else, is a good preparation for those. Let’s all do what we can to take away from the anxiety of testing.

Pathways - Last Wednesday was Enrichment Day and the Years 9, 10 and 12 (non QSC) students had the opportunity to participate in careers activities. We welcomed Project Gen Z who delivered the Dare to Dream workshop to Years 9 and 10. The non-QCS students explored the Shalom College Careers Hub website to research possible pathways and their requirements. I am sure you will agree with me that exploring pathways, and how a young person can apply their passions and talents to the future is a vital component of what we do within education. I hope these sessions sparked some motivation for students to continue this journey with you. Please see the “Pathways” section within the newsletter for more in depth information.

Student Wellness – last week, we were reminded by our OH&S protocols to check with parents that you have advised us if your child is not physically able to participate in the normal round of activities at Shalom. This term in PE, students will be regularly participating in Athletic events – Discus, High Jump, Shot Put etc. If your child has a condition that would prevent this, please ensure that your Medical Form is updated.

Mothers’ Day – in anticipation, a very happy Mothers’ Day to all of our Mums, Grandmothers and others who fill that outstanding role for our young people. I hope you are all spoiled!

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles

Student Formation

Year 12 Formal Dinner Dance

Parents/Caregivers: you will have received an email on Monday last week containing significant information. The email address on our system is the email address we have used. If you have changed email address recently it is important that you update this as a priority. The deadline to meet is May 22 for payment of tickets and for table groupings.

In this letter the following information was given:

Cost of the tickets
How to organize your table groups
Time student arrivals commence and conclude
Time for parents to be seated in the formal room
Details on paying for tickets through Parent Lounge

The invitations, along with the Introduction of your son/daughter Card and a card on which to write any dietary requirements, will be posted.

Details re parking (with map) will be included in the ‘post out’.

Any queries can be directed to me on 41558111.

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.

Family Zone Online Webinar

Shalom College has partnered with Family Zone to provide a system for parents to manage their child's internet activity.

Shalom College is offering all parents within the Shalom College community FREE access to this service

Benefits of Family Zone include;

Safe Content: Removes adult content for safe searching
Restrict Social Media: Manage use of social apps and in-app purchasing
Manage Screen Time: Set routines for what kids can access, when - plus give devices sleep times
Free Cyber Support: Expert answers to all your online safety questions

For more information please join us at the upcoming demonstration webinar on Monday 13 May at 7pm please register here

Finance Office

Term 2 fee statements have been processed. If you do not receive it this week can you please contact the Finance Office on 4155 8104 or email

The due date for payment of Term 2 fees is Friday 17 May 2019.

Payment options include:

Parent Lounge – a convenient and secure method for payments of both school fees and excursions using credit card
BPAY – for school fees only
Personal/Internet Banking Transfer – using the account number as the reference
DDF Direct Debit – the Finance Office can assist with setting this up
PayWay recurring billing – an automatic deduction through your credit card
Credit/debit card in person at the finance office
Cash – only in person at the finance office

Mrs Lisa Castro
Finance Officer


Enrichment Day

Last week some of our students had the opportunity to participate in career exploration activities as part of Shalom College Enrichment Day. Year 9 & 10 students took part in Project Gen Z’s Dare to Dream entrepreneurial workshop. Project GenZ are an organisation that inspires, educates and activates the next generation in an ever-changing world of work.

Their documentary is worth a watch and you might like to complete the #generationinspired resource with your child.

#GenerationInspired Resources; 

Generation Inspired Documentary

Project GenZ will soon be launching the #giveonehour initiative on Instagram, where inspirational entrepreneurs will share their story with the aim of motivating young people to explore and tap into their passions. Be sure to follow this # so you don’t miss out.

Non-QCS Year 12 students were hopefully comforted by Amba Brown’s YouTube clip ‘How to Find Your Path After School’ and gained some clarity about planning for their future.

Mrs Liza O’Donnell
Pathways Coordinator

2019 Science and Mathematics Competitions

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


Applications are currently open for Year 11 students who are excited about maths and science. The science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) camp provides Year 11 students with an opportunity to attend a 5-day camp, and engage in solving some of the major challenges facing society and the planet today. The camp is free to attend, and accommodation and transport options for rural and regional students are also provided.

The camp runs in the September school holidays (Monday 30 Sept to Friday 4 Oct). Applications are now open and close midnight on Monday, 20 May. The camp offers students a unique opportunity to form bonds and networks with like-minded students from around Queensland. All STEM camp students are also inducted into the QUT STEM Scholars program.

This program offers:

Access to the STEM Scholars virtual Facebook hub
QUT STEM Ambassadors career advice
Invitations to exclusive STEM Education events and activities
Research assistance for extended essay projects
Opportunities to assist QUT with user-testing of programs and workshops.

For students to be eligible they must:

Be a current QLD or northern NSW Year 11 student
Demonstrate they have 2 x VHAs in STEM Subjects (Year 10 reports)
Be able to attend the full camp week from Sunday 29 September to Friday 4 October
Submit a letter of recommendation from a Teacher, HOD or Principal

More information can be found at:

Ms Larissa Scoles
Senior Science Coordinator

Quiet Achiever

Nicholas Cahill

Year 11 student Nicholas Cahill attended the State Junior Lawn Bowls Championships where he brought home gold in the Boys Fours as well as being selected in the Qld Team for an 8th time! An excellent effort. Nicholas has several events coming up such as Australian Men’s Indoor Championships, State Men’s Championships and the Australian Open later in May and Queensland Representative events.

All of this whilst maintaining excellent grades and being a valued contributor of the Rice House Family!

Miss Claire Stallard
Rice House Coordinator

Library News

Book Recommendation

This week’s book recommendation comes to you from The Bookfast Club – our small and enthusiastic Year 9 and 10 bookclub. The Bookfast Club meets each Wednesday lunchtime in Beerarlem Library with Mrs Hume.

In Term One they read “Six Impossible Things” and wrote the review below.

Remember the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella”? Fiona Wood, presents us with a new and interesting perspective of this tale told through the eyes of teenage boy, Dan Cereill. Six Impossible Things is a coming-of-age story riddled with budding romance. Whilst Dan may be interpreted as endearing, in the eyes of our generation, he can come across as more overbearing than he needs to. This book will resonate with most teenagers or anyone also feeling like “a lemon going down an apple shoot”.

Official Bookfast Club rating: 3.5 books out of 5

Available in the library now!

Miss Wendy Davis
Teacher Librarian/English Teacher

2019 – Shalom College After School Activities (SCASA)

TERM 2 2019 - Shalom College After School Activities (SCASA) - Open now to sign up

2019 - Shalom College After School Activities (SCASA)

Shalom College is offering students the opportunity to participate in organised after school activities conducted by coaches and teachers. SCASA also includes a light afternoon tea from 3.15 pm for the students and all activities will conclude at 4.45 pm.


Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are the four available afternoons for SCASA.

(Fridays is not offered due to student fatigue and early departure for weekends affecting attendance)


SCASA commences in Week 2 of each Term and continues for eight continuous weeks of each Term.


3.00 pm - School lessons completed.
3.15 pm - Roll Call and afternoon tea (supplied) at College Tuckshop and set up time for coaches
3.30 pm - Activities/ Coaching starts (various venues within school grounds)
4.30 pm - Activities/ Coaching  finished
4.45 pm - Students help pack up and return equipment and picked up by parents at school.


The SCASA Fee is $20.00 per term per student ( to be placed on the student account - to pay later)
This is to help cover the afternoon tea and instructors/coach costs.
This flat fee of $20.00 is for one, two, three or all four afternoons activities.
This is to encourage participation in many SCASA activities.

Activities - see below.


Monday -
Option 1 - Dance with Alisa Boisen (Dance Studio)
Option 2 - Volleyball with Adrian Stallard (Hangar or SC)
Option 3 - Cricket with Vince Habermann (Oval and/or Cricket Nets)

Option 1 - Dance with Maddy Batt (Dance Studio)
Option 2 - Boxing training with Malachi Johnson and Ben Porter (Hangar or Oval)
Option 3 - Yoga with Tamar Boas (MacKillop Drama room)

Option 1 - Triathlon training with Rebecca Jenner (Oval and or Gym)

Option 1 - Cross Country Club with Mat Grills (Oval)
Option 2 - Tennis with Brendan Maher (Tennis Courts)

Other school sporting teams will continue to have their own training sessions as usual under the direction of their coaches e.g Strength and Conditioning training, Rugby League, Netball, Touch Football etc. This program is designed to give extra opportunities for Shalom College students to become involved in physical activities after school.

Please complete the student and parent details in the google form below.

REMINDER - no confirming phone calls are made by the school to confirm you are in the program - as once you sign on and you receive a online response - your child has been registered and please turn up starting week 2. Once an activity is full - I will omit it from the selections below - so it cannot be selected.

Sporting Achievement

Congratulations to Year 8 student Kate McFarlane on her recent 3rd place in the Qld State School Girls Golf Championships that were played at Keperra GC in Brisbane.  This is an open age division so Kate has four more years to play in this competition.  Kate currently plays off a handicap of four.  She narrowly missed State Team selection (named as a Shadow) but I am sure we will see Kate representing the State in the not too distant future.

Mr Simon Gills
Sports Coordinator

Naidoc Week

Dance Eisteddfod

A number of Shalom students competed at the Bundaberg Festival of Dance Eisteddfod held at the Shalom Performing Arts Theatre over the Easter holidays.  Many of these students competed successfully in numerous sections across the whole Eisteddfod.  Special congratulations go to the Championship winners and the major award winners as follows-

Coco Suosaari Year 7 – 11 & 12 Years – Tap Champion, Classical Champion, Modern Champion, Junior Bursary & Performer showing the Most Potential.
Aimee Jonsson- Harlacz Year 11 – Runner-Up 15 years & over Modern Championship & Most Promising Lyrical Dancer.
Tahlia Collin Year 10 – Runner-Up 15 years & over Tap Championship.
Kasey Hess Year 10 – Pat Crowe Memorial Trophy awarded to the competitor showing the Most Entertaining Performance.
Seth Sheppard Year 10 – 15 years & over – Encouragement Award & Shirley Fosbeary Memorial Trophy awarded to the competitor showing potential for a career in dance.

Mrs Lynelle McAtee
Teacher Assistant

Instrumental Music

Bundaberg Eisteddfod

Congratulations to all students who competed in the music sections for the Bundaberg Eisteddfod last week.

Highlights included

Kealey Clarke - 2nd 15-18 years Music Theatre
Chelsea Costar – Vocal 2nd and 2 Highly Commended
Hannah Medcalf – vocal Highly Commended
Ella Marschke - 1st and Highly Commended in 3 contemporary sections
Harrison Samways – Drum Solo 1st
Lani Sologinkin – Woodwind 1st and HC
Erin Barraclough – woodwind, two 2nd and 2 HC
Simon Millett – Brass 2nd and HC
Angus Walker – Brass duet 2nd
Emilie Petts – Woodwind 2nd
Kael Yunus – various brass sections 1st and 2nd
Emerson Taylor – vocal and woodwind 1st and HC
Fay Hu – Strings 1st, 2nd and HC
Kay Hu – Strings 2nd

Other students who performed well were: Bella Wellsteed – vocal; Libby Boas – vocal; Hugh Gilliland – Woodwind. Instrumental ensembles: HC Classy-nets, Class Brass, Flute Troupe, The Treble Makers 1st, Sax Pack 2nd.

Kealey Clarke

Showcase 2019

Join us for Showcase 2019!

With an extravaganza of Shalom College’s best dance, drama and musical acts along with a contemporary visual art display in the Performing Arts Precinct foyer, Showcase 2019 is an arts night not to be missed!

Hear from the 2019 Shalom Choir along with other big band performances. See an array of dance and drama acts, including solo performances and the newly created Shalom Elite Dance Performance Team. The night will conclude with a spectacular musical theatre act!


Showcase 2019 is not to be missed!

Friday 7 and Saturday 8 June 2019 at 7.00pm at the Shalom College Performing Arts Precinct.

TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE NOW! $15 Adults & $12 Students/Concession.

Tickets are on sale now until 3pm Thursday 6 June (unless sold out prior!).

Tickets are only available online through Flexischools:

IMPORTANT: it is recommended to use a DESKTOP when using the Flexischool’s site to purchase tickets – it is easier to select your preferred seats. You can use your mobile to purchase tickets, however make sure you select “Full Site” on your mobile browser.

Please save the digital tickets on your phone or print out for entry to the event on the night.

Diocesan Music Camp

Information has been sent to all middle school groups. Could you please return forms as soon as possible as information needs to be sent to Rockhampton by week 5. Contact your music teacher or me if you did not receive the information email, which had all the necessary paper work attached.

Rhapsody Rotorua 2020

I have sent out information and an expression of interest form to all music students. I would like to take a vocal group of 20 - 25 students but need the expression of interest form returned by 7 June before a meeting is called to answer all questions re the tour. This hopefully will be our 5th tour since 2004 to this Secondary School music festival in Rotorua. Please contact me if you didn’t receive the information email and would like to know more about this wonderful opportunity for our students.


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

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

Mrs Robyn Edgar
Instrumental Music Coordinator

Date Claimers

Tuesday 7 May

Year 10 Camp 4

P&F Meeting

Wednesday 8 May

Year 10 Camp 4

Year 10 Camp 5

BDSSS Individual Cross Country

Thursday 9 May

Year 10 Camp 4

Year 10 Camp 5

BDSSS 10- 12 Years Cross Country

Friday 10 May

Year 10 Camp 5

Monday 13 May

Year 10 Camp 6

Year 12 Retreat

Tuesday 14 May

Year 10 Camp 6

Year 10 Camp 7

Year 12 Retreat

Year 7 & 9 NAPLAN Testing

Wednesday 15 May

Year 10 Camp 6

Year 10 Camp 7

Year 10 Camp 8

Year 12 Retreat

Year 7 & 9 NAPLAN Testing

Thursday 16 May

Year 10 Camp 7

Year 10 Camp 8

Yer 7 & 9 NAPLAN Testing

Friday 17 May

Year 10 Camp 8

Diocesan Youth Pilgrimage

Saturday 18 May

Diocesan Youth Pilgrimage

Sunday 19 May

Diocesan Youth Pilgrimage

BDSSS Lead Up Regatta 2

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

7 May

Help Needed Please

8 May

Katrina McCallum

9 May

Trish Cahill

Merna Cook

10 May

Jeanette Rand

Shalom Sunday


New Stallholders Welcome – Please contact Peter Barone 0438 446 269

Markets Tuckshop Roster

Sunday 12 May 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 12 May

Europe Trip
Trish Allen & Penny McKeown

Sunday 19 May

Relay for Life
Vince Habermann

Sunday 26 May

Jeny Hawe

Sunday 2 June

Relay for Life
Vince Habermann

Sunday 9 June

Europe Trip
Trish Allen & Penny McKeown

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Parish Bulletin

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