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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

29 July 2019

Principal’s Reflection

Principal’s Reflection

I hate getting anonymous letters. Normally, I just throw them in the bin. I think if someone is not prepared to put their name to something, it is not worth my time reading their thoughts. That said, I got one this week which I will share –

“Dear Mr McMahon

It has come to my attention that there are a number of boys requesting nude photos of girls via social media. I think this is happening to Year 7,8 & 9 girls. This is not only happening at Shalom but at other schools in Bundaberg.

I am making you aware of this behaviour in the hope that you will take major action to educate the students both male and female about the consequences of their actions as well as the fact that this is wrong on so many levels.”

The letter was signed ‘A Concerned Parent’. I share this parent’s concern. I wish that parent knew how many times I along with House Coordinators, Counsellors and other staff have spoken to Shalom students about this issue. I also get frustrated when the College provides, free of charge, an App like ‘Family Zone’ that might go a long way towards assisting parents in this area to have some level of control over their child’s use of Social Media and we get so few taking up this opportunity – only about 20% of Shalom families. On Thursday 15 August, we will have Brett Lee, who is an expert in this area talk to students about this issue and he will address a parent night at 6pm. Regrettably, in all likelihood, we won’t get a great roll up of parents to listen to Brett. Later in the year, this issue will be addressed again when David Kobler talks to Yr 9 & 10 students and parents on Sept 4 & 5. I’m not sure how much more we can do but I agree with my concerned parent, we are not winning this battle but it is not through lack of trying.

Social media and the internet in general have so many upsides but the opportunities for ‘sexting’ is a very real downside. This is an area that parents just can’t leave to someone else to monitor. Your child’s access to and use of social media is your responsibility. Please don’t be tempted to believe that your child could never be encouraged to do something stupid in this area or exposed to the less than noble intentions of others. Personally, I do not think it is an unreasonable requirement for parents to require of their children to have access to their social media accounts – one of the difficult areas of parenthood but is why parents get paid the big bucks!

Queensland Police Legacy will be the beneficiary of this year’s Annual Bundaberg Ecumenical Lunch. This event will be held on Saturday 24 August at the RSL on Quay St commencing at 11am. A member of QPS of 43 years, Rolf Straatemier, will be the guest speaker. Shalom has more than a few members of the QPS in our parent body. Qld Police Legacy is a very worthy charity which is dedicated to supporting families of deceased QPS officers. Tickets are available from all Christian Churches and certainly from the office of the Catholic Parish of Bundaberg (4151-6666).

Year 10 Subject Selection Night is on tomorrow evening 30 July commencing at 7pm. Given the changes to the ATAR system, I strongly advise parents to attend this event.

E-cigarettes and Vaping - E-cigarettes and vaping are quickly gaining in popularity, especially amongst teenagers. Manufacturers of these products are deploying sophisticated marketing campaigns in an attempt to glamorise and promote smoking to young people. Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the vapour produced by the heated nicotine liquid of an e-cigarette or vape pen. Many teens believe that vaping is less harmful than smoking as it is often formulated with flavourings to appeal to younger users. Be aware that e-cigarettes stating 0 mg of nicotine, may still contain nicotine. It is a highly addictive substance that can slow the brain development in kids affecting their memory, concentration, learning and mood. Because vaping is new, the short and long-term health effects remain unknown.

However, studies have shown that kids who have tried vaping, are more likely to smoke tobacco products later in life than kids who have not tried vaping. As e-cigarettes leave little odour, they are particularly easy to conceal and use discreetly in public places, even in schools.

In this Special Report from SchoolTV, parents and care givers will be provided with the facts relating to e-cigarettes and vaping, whilst also highlighting the potential dangers and surrounding legislation. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback. Here is the link to your special report

Mr Dan McMahon

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Catholic Education Week

This week is Catholic Education Week and we have a lot to celebrate. Thank you to all who attended the Combined Catholic Schools Mass at Holy Rosary yesterday. A great way to give thanks for our wonderful school.

The theme for Catholic Education Week is Many Voices One Spirit.

We have many voices in our lives, sometimes too many. Voices telling us how we should look, how we should feel, how we should behave. When we feel overwhelmed by the noise around us it is important to make a space in our lives to listen to the Spirit. The Spirit of God speaks to us through the scriptures, through good people, and through our own hearts. Our challenge is to make time to listen to this Spirit.

Shalom Day

Shalom Day is coming up on Thursday 22 August. Each year we extend a special invitation to Grandparents to attend our Liturgy in the morning and continue on to Morning Tea, where our amazing Jazz Band will provide the entertainment. This is a great chance for them to participate in their grandchildren’s school life and for their grandchildren to show how much they appreciate them. Please pass on this invitation onto Grandparents and, in some cases, great grandparents!

Some date changes

Due to changes that had to be made within our academic program we have moved the date of our Academic Awards evening to Wednesday 13 November.

The Year 12 Graduation Liturgy and Morning Tea is as stated in the calendar, Thursday 14 November. Traditionally we have started the Liturgy at 9am but this year we will commence at 10 am, followed by a Morning Tea in the Performing Arts Precinct.

The Year 9 and 10 Reflection Days are now on 4 and 5 September and the Parent Information Night is Wednesday 4 September. Year 10 will attend on 4 September and Year 9 on 5 September.

Mrs Mary Taylor
Assistant Principal – Mission


Assessment details for tasks in all years are currently being entered for viewing in Student Café and Parent Lounge. Please check with your child, and encourage them to transfer details to the Semester planner at the back of the Student Record book.

Year 10 students and their parents or guardians

The 2020 Senior Subject Selection Evening is scheduled for Tuesday 30 July at 7pm in the Theatre, and all parents are invited to attend with their Year 10 children.

In preparation for subject selection, on Monday 22 July students attended a briefing that outlined arrangements for Personal Futures Day on Friday 26 July. They were directed to download and save a number of resources including: The Senior Subject Selection Guide 2020 (SSSG2020); an offline subject selection form; and a resources sheet that included links to a wealth of information regarding careers, further study and pathways.

Students were instructed to share these resources with their parents and to discuss their subjects and plans; it is my hope that you already know the details I have included above!

At the information evening, I shall present for around half-an-hour, outlining the new QCE system and ATAR in Queensland. I also intend to explain the online subject selection process. The process is very similar to that used last year for selections of Year 10 subjects, with the portal open from 31 July. It is hoped that submissions will be finalised by the end of August.

After my presentation in the theatre, Coordinators will be available in the foyer to discuss the variety of subjects on offer and to answer questions that parents may have. Initial questions that many may have regarding the content and structure of courses and details of assessment are likely to be answered by careful reading of the Senior Subject Selection Guide 2020 in advance of the evening.

Personal Futures Day will have been held by the time of reading. The efficient organisation of the day represents an enormous amount of work by our Pathways Coordinator, Mrs Liza O’Donnell and our Pathways Assistant, Mrs Kathy Laing. I hope the presentations by industry representatives have inspired students, and assisted any who needed direction for the future.

I look forward to meeting Year 10 parents on 30 July.

Year 8 students and their parents

Date claimer: The 2020 Middle School Subject Selection evening will be held on 20 August.

The meeting for students and parents of Year 9 students selecting choices for Year 10 2020 will commence at 6pm.

The meeting for students and parents of Year 8 students selecting choices for Year 9 2020 will commence at 7pm.

Year 12 students and parents

Year 12 QCS candidates who completed all or some of the sub-tests in our June practice have received feedback via the Mighty Minds portal. They have been provided with login details. The feedback is accompanied by suggestions of extra work, and some additional practice questions. It is certainly the case that the Year 12 students would benefit from extra preparation for the QCS Test: the portal and the workbook allocated to each student are useful resources.

The QCS Test 2019 will be held on Tuesday 3 September and Wednesday 4 September. Students will receive this week an information sheet that reminds them of the items required for the test and a list of points regarding student conduct before and during the test. It also explains the process to follow should a student unavoidably be absent and wishing to remain OP-eligible.

OP-eligible students will be issued with revised OP range estimates in the next week. These are based solely upon the summative tasks completed in Semester 1.

Year 11 students and parents

Unit 1 in the new General and Applied courses concluded in Term 2 with the Overall Achievement detailed in reports issued last term indicating the result for the Unit. These results have been used to enter data as S (successful) or U (unsuccessful) for collection by QCAA. Successful means that the overall grade was A, B or C.

The intention is that students will be able to log in to their learning account via MyQCE at the link below later in 2019, and access information about their study plans and results.

In the meantime, I recommend that students and parents explore the links available within MyQCE: these provide information, advice and tips for students.

Unit 2 study for the General and Applied courses is well under way. You will know that assessment tasks have been scheduled at points through the school week. However, as many subjects plan to mirror, at the end of Unit 2, the external assessment tasks that will be conducted at the end of Unit 4, it has been decided to administer these in a way that causes least interruption of learning by developing a short ‘assessment block’. Students will be allowed Study leave during those days. The days concerned are Thursday 24, Friday 25, Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 October.

As I communicated earlier this year, QCAA’s Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments (AARA), such as extensions of dates, are only approved for absences that cannot be avoided and do not apply to family holidays or other elected absence.

While parents are encouraged to use Parent Lounge to track assessment details, a summary of General and Applied subjects is available here:

Ms Katherine Nelson
Assistant Principal – Curriculum

ROSA Awards

Life for families is busy! Helping your child to establish good routines will assist them to keep on top of their responsibilities and develop effective organisational skills.

A tip that you might consider is assisting your child to construct a homework schedule. The earlier a student embeds this into their daily routine the better.

Help your child to develop a homework schedule and stick to it. Perhaps have the schedule visible on the fridge, a wall, pin board etc… When designing the schedule, take into account extra-curricular activities, work rosters and other jobs that your child may do around the home. Consistency applying this schedule is important. Your child will likely need reminders for a while, but will soon get used to the routine…hopefully!

ROSA (Recognition of Student Application) Awards are presented to students each term. This award program recognises student application to their studies. Students from Years 7, 8 and 9 are nominated by their classroom teachers and then certificates are presented to students.

We value the importance of acknowledging students who are motivated, show perseverance and work diligently to reach their potential. The ‘goal posts’ for all our students are different, however all students are capable of achieving their own success targets.

Our Term 2 ROSA Awards have been announced and students have received their certificates at House Assembly. A full list has been included below:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Kendall Ace

Liam Arnold

Lucy Alcorn

Neha Alex

Lana Bauer

Noah Anderson

Zain Ali

Kyle Blake

Charlie Aslett

Isabelle Andreoli

Libby Boas

Faith Asubonteng

Kai Applebee

Emma Bolton-Turner

Bradley Balchin

Tenamo Arobati

Samuel Brillante

Stefania Barbera

Taj Arsenault

Sarah Brown

Jesse Beveridge

Nicholas Bacon

Charlotte Browne

Hayley Bignell

Flynn Barber

Mia Cameron

Bria Blunt

Mia Berghammer

Ethan Charteris

Eliza Boge

Kaylee Berthelsen

Lilijana Childs

Sophie Bond

Ella Bigg

Kira Cittadella

Maegan Bowden

Lawson Bignell

Preston Cox

Ronan Boylan

Alexandria Birznieks

Fletcher Crossett

Amara Burns

Patrick Bond

Jayden D'Addario

Liam Bury

Samuel Brosnan

Brianna Dooley

Bailey Canino

Luke Cahill

Jiorgie Duggan

Katelyn Carige

Sam Card

Tia Edwards

Briana Carroll

Shaun Chaplin

Nathan Fawke

Shelby Cass

Riley Clarke

Sophia Galati

Tia Church

Bellah Cornale

Rhys Garland

Sophie Clair

Pascale Crawford

Ryland Gee

Oscar Clancy

Alexander Curtis

Weston Giovannoni

Ainsley Clarke

Reece Davies

Bailey Grigg

Reuben Coleman

Charlie Dove

Chaise Hartnett

Frances Corpe

Maya Drury

Dawson Hess

Angel Cory

Matilda El-Azzi

Nakita Hill

Ella Creighton

Declan Fitzgerald

Briley Honor

Sarah Dalla Rizza

Bella Glass

Fay Hu

Brogan Dell

Ava Halloran

Thomas Johnson

Ronan Dempsey

Lucy Hamilton

Ella Johnson

Myles Dennien

Marissa Harris

Parneet Kaur

Ella Denton

Melinda Hawe

Tara Keightley

Amelia Diab

Leah Herbert

Matthew Knight

Bridget Doyle

Freddy James

Alexander Lamb

Lincoln Dwyer

Kallee Jansen

Cooper Leeson

Claudia Elder

Logan Jarvis

Alice Lu

Lara Emmitt

Malaya Jensen

Lalana Lynch

Claire Fava

Lailani Johnson

Emily Manski

David Felstead

Erin Kitchen

Taylan Manttan

Meg Freeman

Olivia Klowss

Lilly Matthews

Damon Geaney

Joshua Lamont

Tai-Marie Meade

Tahlia Glover

Helaina Lisciotto

Riley Medlock

Tecoda-Faith Groszmann

Liam Loudon

Amber Meech

Kaitlin Hall

Caitlyn Lynch

Gabriella Miners

Lucy Halloran

Shannon MacRae

Keira Nagas

Will Hamilton

Jett Maher

Connor O'Neill

Caitlyn Hartshorne

Sophie Maher

Thomas Parton

Bianca Harvey

Evie Martin

Lani Plath

Lili Haster

Chelsea Maton

Molly Prosser

Zali Haster

Haylee Maughan

Eloise Ray

Emma Hawe

Maya McCrystal

Hallee Rayner

Nina Hilton

Christina McMahon

Keely Redman-Dickie

Max Hore

Kirra McMahon

Zachary Rohde

Kody Hunting

Genevieve O'Driscoll

Laurin Roser

Hope Jarvis

Taya Powis

Dallas Rushton

Indigo Jenkins

Steven Pozzebon

Stacey Ruthenberg

Brendan Jensen

Eloise Radley

Jacob Rutledge

Thomas Jensen

Caleb Redshaw

Beau Schubel

Harrison Johnson

Mila Rose

Molly Sellers

Daley Jones

Hannah Russo

Elissa Shears

Jesse Knapp

Atlanta Santhosh

Baxter Simmons

Marnie Little

Lachlan Scott

Bailey Simpson

Steven Loadsman

Zali Shield

Nate Sologinkin

Mikala Lobegeier

Oliver Smith

Emma Stack

Jorja Logan

Ruby Smith

Lilly Steindl

Ethan Maas

Hayley Smits

Jake Troy

Josephine Manski

Brianna Snell

Alyvia Walton

Erika Marshman

Lani Sologinkin

Sarah Waters

Nick Mason

Cecilia Taske

Thanushi Weerasinghe

Molly McEldowney

Sophie Taylor

Lara Weldon

Nicholas McMahon

Jacob Theuerkauf

Keanu Williamson

Patrick McMahon

Harrison Titmarsh

Jack Wooldridge

Jack Meissner

Elijah Vincent

Tahia Zia

Hailey Mischewski

Kaydyn Vollmerhause

Alani Morley

Nathan Voss

Emma Nash

Angus Walker

Owen Nash

Amelia Walsh

Zak Pearson

Olivia Ward

Kayla Perham

Elizabeth Watts

Jack Picaro

Chloe Williams

Makayla Plate

Benjamin Wilson

Jackson Rand

Sean Yee

Meghan Skerman

Arielle Yunus

Austin Soni

Mikayla Soppa

Lachlan Stevenson

Holly Stone

Sophie Tobin

Ben Trebbin

Renee Tu

Tokoia Tuitoma

Lena Vella

Abbie Walker

Bella Walters

Bailey Ward

Karly Williams

Aleisha Woodcroft

Samuel Wooldridge

Mrs Megan Munckton
Middle School Coordinator

Finance Office

Families will receive their Term 3 Statement of Fees this week. These fees are due for payment on or before 9 August 2019. A copy of the fee statement is available through Parent Lounge.

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

Families with any queries please kindly contact the Finance Office on 4155 8104 or email

Mrs Lisa Castro
Finance Officer



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.

First Draft Festival

Attending the Festival costs $5.00 per student and can be paid to the Finance Office.

For more information please talk to Mrs Hume or Miss Davis at school or email them

Miss Wendy Davis/ Mrs Louise Hume
Festival Organisers

Shalom College on Instagram

Shalom College is now on Instagram!

Make sure you follow our page to stay up to date.

Year 12 Formal Photos - Shalom College Media Store

New Year 12 parents have received an email from IT with new account details for the Media Store.

Year 12 students have received an email from IT with new account details for the Media Store.

Existing parents should have received an email with their account details (in 2018)

If you can’t find the email or have forgotten your password;

Login into Parent Lounge/ Student Café
Find “Year 12 Formal Photos” in Daily Notices, click on the link
Sign in (using your e-mail address – select “forgotten password” and an e-mail will be sent for you to reset your password if required.
Click on Shop and choose Year 12 Formal 2019

Digital copies are $3 each- no hard copies are available, families can print themselves once they have purchased the digital copy.

Mrs Georgia Halpin
Community Relations Officer


Personal Futures Day

Ahead of senior subject selection, students attended a Personal Futures day on Friday 26 July, to gain an understanding of the connection between career pathways and subjects.

Representatives from an array of industry areas gave up their time to come to Shalom and share knowledge of their industry area with the students. Their insight was an invaluable component of assisting and guiding students to make informed subject choices to support their future pathways.

Shalom would like to give a big shout-out and thank you to the following businesses/organisations for their support of the Shalom College Personal Futures Day:

Queensland Ambulance Service, Queensland Police, Queensland Fire Services, Skills Compliance Pty Ltd, Walkers Engineering, RMA Engineering, Moncrieff Theatre, Bundaberg Broadcasters, Bundaberg Tourism, Lyons Judge Accountants & Advisors, Sugarland Animal Hospital, CQ University, Acorn Childcare, Wide Bay Hospital & Health Service, Department of Agriculture & Fisheries, Tafe East Coast, East Coast Apprenticeships, and Shalom Teaching, IT, AV, Community Relations and Counselling Staff.

Year 10 Subject Selection

Year 10 students are now considering subject selection for next year and may be considering further study options, such as vocational education and training (VET), higher education and apprenticeships. Below are some links to myfuture resources that you may find helpful in exploring options and pathways.

How to Select Senior School Subjects

Know the Curriculum and Research Your Career

Alternative Pathways to Higher Education


Australian Apprenticeships Offer a World of Opportunity

Shalom students can access a wealth of further career information through the myfuture website. Please note that you will be asked to create an account which will be free for all users with a email address.

University News

Open Days

4 Aug

Cromwell College, St Lucia

4 Aug

Kings College, St Lucia

4 Aug

St Leo’s College, St Lucia

4 Aug

University of Queensland, Brisbane

4 Aug

University of Sunshine Coast, Caboolture

Mrs Liza O’Donnell
Pathways Coordinator

Shalom Athletics Carnival

Congratulations to Chisholm House for their win at the Shalom Athletics Carnival. This is the 4th consecutive year Chisholm have taken the top spot. The minor places were filled by Adams and Hogan respectively

Age Champions



12 yrs

Oliver Smith (Chisholm)

12 yrs

Bridget McEwan (Adams)

13 yrs

Thomas Morcom (MacKillop)

13 yrs

Mia Cameron (Chisholm)

14 yrs

Lachlan Stevenson (Lingiari)

14 yrs

Sophia Galati (Lingiari)

15 yrs

Bradley Balchin (Hogan)

15 yrs

Kharla Hills (Walsh)

16 yrs

Nahum Pascoe (Walsh)

16 yrs

Abbe Shoobridge (Rice)

19 yrs

Rylee Johnson (MacKillop)

19 yrs

Paige Hogan (Walsh)

New Records set

13yrs Boys 200m

Old record

25.70 by K Prentice in 2000

New record

24.70 by Thomas Morcom in 2019

15yrs Girls 200m

Old record

26.56 by Riley Dingle in 2018

New record

26.20 by Kharla Hills in 2019

Open Boys Relay

Old record

49.51 by Chisholm in 2012

New Record

48.31 by Lingiari in 2019

13yrs Girls Javelin

Old record

23.62m by A Martin in 1996

New record

25.15m by Lucy Hamilton in 2019

16yrs Girls Javelin

Old record

33.00m by S Liebelt in 1998

New record

35.30m by Lee-Challe Kriel in 2019

Open Girls Shot Put

Old record

9.97m by Kaitlyn Bunn in 2017

New record

10.63m by Ruby Tobin in 2019

Mr Simon Gills
Sports Coordinator

SCASA - Term 3 - 2019

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 and Thursdays are the 3 available afternoons for SCASA.
(Wednesdays is for BDSSS Interschool Sport)
(Fridays are not offered due to student fatigue and early departure for weekends affecting attendance)


SCASA commences in Week 2 of each Term and continues for 8 continuous weeks of each Term.


3.00 pm - School lessons completed.
3.15 pm - Roll Call and afternoon tea (supplied) at the College tuck shop 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 for students ( 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 Geraldine Belluz (Dance Studio)
Option 2 - ABC'S* with Antonio Kaufusi (Oval and Hangar )
Option 3 - OzTag with Erin Mitchell (OzTag Development Officer) (Oval)


Option 1 - Rugby Union with Noel Flowers (QRU Development Officer) (Oval)
Option 2 - Boxing training with Jackson Ramsay (3b'z Fitness) (Hangar)
Option 3 - Netball with Kelli Cory (Hangar or SC)


Option 1 - Cross Country Club with Mat Grills (Oval)
Option 2 - Tennis with Brendan Maher (Tennis Courts)
Option 3 - Football/Soccer with Madison Masterman-Smith (Oval)

* ABC'S is for Agility, Balance, coordination and Speed minor games.

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.

Mr Peter Robinson
Student Welfare
High Performance Program
After School Activities

Internet Safety

Quiet Achiever

Brooklyn Devine

Brooklyn Devine is our Walsh Quiet Achiever and she is involved wherever possible when it comes to PC time. Brooklyn also has been very involved in quite a number of activities throughout the college and has the ‘have a go’ attitude in all things.

Over the years Brooklyn has been very involved with the school music program. She goes to band rehearsal every morning at 7:30, is involved in the Soprano for Choir, Pianist for Senior Jazz (which she tells me led to the amazing opportunity of being able to play a set at Sam Johnson's Fundraiser Gala at the Multiplex). She is a Percussionist for the Senior Concert Band, Piano Accompanist for Chamber Strings, Percussionist for Orchestra.

On top of this, Brooklyn was part of the winning Senior Team for an unofficial senior debate at the Rotary Inter-school Debating event against Bundaberg North recently. She has also been a volunteer usher at the Opening Mass for the QISSN + Confraternity event held at the start of the June/July school holidays.

Brooklyn is part of the 'Shalom Writers' club, she is a participant in Shalom's Showcase Gala, playing in the listed 5 bands for the 1st act + performing as one of the 8 lead characters Alana Beck in the extracts from the musical Dear Evan Hansen for the 2nd act. This year is her 5th year attending Queensland Catholic schools Music Festival and she was also part of the Vinnies Sleepout held last Friday (26 July).

In August, a group of students from Shalom will be attending the Year 11 ACTS Camp held in Yeppoon and Brooklyn has been accepted to be part of this camp. Brooklyn always tries to be a good role model to her buddy and younger friends in PC and she strives to achieve the best academic results she can.



Mr Chris Roelofs
Walsh House Coordinator

Gym Closed Wednesday Afternoons-Term 3

The gym will be closed to students of a Wednesday afternoon for the duration of Term 3. This is due to Oztag, All Schools Touch and Winter Sport commitments for coaches and supervisors. We do encourage students wishing to be active of a Wednesday afternoon to participate in the myriad of sports being offered at Shalom College. Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

Mrs Kim O’Shea-Hard
Assistant Principal Administration – Staff

Shalom Social

UQ Pokemon Seminar

Instrumental Music

Pre Catholic Schools Concert

The students from Chamber Strings, Senior Concert and Jazz bands, Orchestra, Choir, Vocal Ensemble will be performing Tuesday night 6 August in the PAP theatre from 7.00pm. Please support this concert, as they really need your support as they work together as a well drilled team. Students, please note that when players are missing from any team (sport or music), this affects the whole group who in this case, then have to make up the sound or try to play the notes that are missing.

Bundaberg Groups Eisteddfod

This local competition for the music department will be held this Wednesday and Thursday. A vast number of students are performing outside school hours and I have therefore requested that they be dropped off or picked up by private transport. Please attend at the performance times on the letter sent out during week 1 if you can.

QCMF (Queensland Catholic Music Festival)

A letter regarding travel, accommodation and performance information has been sent to all parents and students. Payments are to be paid through Parent Lounge. The medical information form must be returned before departure. If there is anything that needs further explaining, please do not hesitate to contact me by email.

Michelle Leonard Choral Workshop

This workshop was held last week for 90 Year 7 and 8 students. The students were taught techniques for breathing and some interesting body percussion techniques and rhythms. Ms Leonard will be back later in the year where she will work with students putting together a collection of songs based on a ‘turtle’ theme. These workshops and concert will be held at the Moncrieff Theatre. I will gather interested Shalom students in a few weeks and start teaching the songs. Local composers John Rotar and Lukaeja Morrision, two past Shalom students will also be involved.


If your child/ren are unable to attend a rehearsal, please send an email to the conductor or to myself and I will forward. Thank you to parents who are very vigilant with this.

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

Mrs Robyn Edgar
Instrumental Music Coordinator


Shalom Men’s Netball Team

In an exciting new edition to the school netball calendar, Netball Queensland have announced the first ever Boys Division in the 2019 Vicki Wilson Competition. Shalom College is lucky enough to have gained a placed in this inaugural 4-team competition. The Shalom Men’s Netball Team will compete in a round robin format at the Vicki Wilson Finals Series in Brisbane on September 22nd.

The team was selected last week and the boys have started training hard under the watchful eyes of Mr Craig Hammermeister (Coach) & Mr Kevin Crowley (Manager). We can’t wait to see them in action!

Congratulations to the following students:

Year 12 - Harrison Doyle; Rylee Johnson; Chris Pohlman; Oliver Moreny
Year 11Reece Santalucia; Ethan Rach; Caileb Dimes; Jackson Rielly; Abhash Pathak
Year 10Jak Quinn

Mrs Melinda Pearson
Learning Area Coordinator – PE

Surf Lifesaving

Kobi Holden recently represented Elliott Heads SLSC when he competed at the 2019 Queensland Pool Rescue (Lifesaving) Championships on the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre (Southport).

Kobi won the GOLD medal in the Under 12 Male 50m Brick Carry event.

Congratulations Kobi !

Kobi Holden

Mr Simon Gills
Sports Coordinator

Gardening Club

Sustainable Garden Update

Our first sustainable garden meeting took place last Tuesday, during the first lunch break. Interested students gathered at the garden to discuss ideas for the club. Students will have opportunities to provide input, including ideas to both grow and direct the club.

Care of the earth and how to become good stewards of the land are skills, once learnt, promote a lifelong sustainable Landcare mindset. Gardening can promote skills to assist mental health and has been linked to improving anxiety and depression conditions in people of all ages. Improved physical health can be another benefit of gardening, improving fitness and the atural intake of vitamin D.

A lot was discussed in this first meeting with some interesting ideas to develop into the future. We are looking forward to expanding our club and finding ways to connect with the wider community. The aim is to explore ways to reduce our individual carbon footprint and explore ways to live a simple and meaningful life. All student levels are welcome at this club. We meet every Tuesday at the garden, at the start of first break. Do not forget to bring your lunch! Come and be a part of the change.

Planting seeds, one student at a time. Growing minds for a resilient future.

Mrs Kay Bishop
Teacher Assistant

Uniform Shop

Navy Jackets

Thank you Students and Parents for your patience regarding the Navy Jackets. We now have in stock size 10 – size 20.

Payment options include: - Cash, Eftpos or Credit Card via phone.
Students will be emailed when their uniform is available for collection.
All enquiries please call Leanne on 41 558 121 at the Uniform Shop.

Mrs Leanne Barker
Uniform Shop Manager

Dental Van

Message from Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service – Mobile dental van coming to Shalom

The Mobile Dental Clinic will be starting at Shalom College in about three weeks’ time. The School Dental Service will be offering a free dental examination and dental treatment to all students that return their offer of Treatment form to the allocated return box at Student Reception. All forms must be completed in ink. Once the form is returned an administration officer (from Bundaberg School dental service) will send the parent/legal guardian a contact letter to arrange an appointment.

Please note: A PARENT/LEGAL GUARDIAN MUST ATTEND the first appointment as the way this service is delivered has changed.

Your student will be provided with a dental form (handed out during PC) in the next few days.

Note from Shalom College: Students and guardians, to avoid unexplained absence from class alerts, please notify Shalom prior to each appointment in the manner you would any other appointment, dental van staff will not communicate to the school regarding student appointments. Students are required to report to Student reception before and after each appointment.

Date Claimers

Tuesday 30 July

Catholic Education Week

Bundaberg “Groups” Eisteddfod (Moncrieff Theatre)

National Chemistry Quiz

2020 Senior Subject Selection Information Evening

Wednesday 31 July

Catholic Education Week

Bundaberg “Groups” Eisteddfod (Moncrieff Theatre)

Winter Sport – Week 1

Thursday 1 August

Catholic Education Week

Bundaberg “Groups” Eisteddfod (Moncrieff Theatre)

Australian Mathematics Competition

Vicki Wilson Regional Finals – Northern District (Hervey Bay)

Friday 2 August

BDSSS 13-19 yrs T&F Pre-Events

Catholic Education Week

Sunday 4 August

Bundaberg Sugar Cane2Coral Fun Run

Monday 5 August

BDSSS 13-19 yrs T&F

Year 10 Set Plan Interviews

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

Tuesday 30 July

Help Needed Please

Wednesday 31 July

Help Needed Please

Thursday 1 August

Merna Cook
Melanie Forey

Friday 2 August

Help Needed Please

Monday 5 August

Bethany Swadling

Tuesday 6 August

Help Needed Please

Wednesday 7 August

Tia Booth

Thursday 8 August

Merna Cook
Trish Cahill

Friday 9 August

Jeanette Rand

Monday 12 August

Bronwyn Grills

Shalom Sunday Markets

New Stallholders Welcome – Please contact Peter Barone 0438 446 269

Markets Tuckshop Roster

We are in need of more volunteers for the Markets Tuckshop, if you are available to help out please contact Leanne via email –

Sunday 4 August 2019

6:00am – 9:30am

Kath Clarke
Meagan Dorgan
Danielle Morrish
Gabrielle Norman
Helen Robinson

9:00am – 12:30pm

Michelle Haase
Tennille Nagas
Maryanne Taylor

Sunday 11 August 2019

6:00am – 9:30am

Lisa Hughes
Roselyn Hunting
Susie Mant

9:00am – 12:30pm

Emma Jansen
Jas Haster
Rebecca Schneider
Marie Walker

Sunday 18 August 2019

6:00am – 9:30am

Carol Barrazza
Lisa Christensen
Brenda Jay

9:00am – 12:30pm

Chris Dennien
Maria McMahon
Jacqueline Read
Sue Sargent

Sunday 25 August 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 4 August

Shalom Rowing
Gretta Waters

Sunday 11 August

Duke of Edinburgh
Debbie Bishop

Sunday 18 August

Edmund Rice Camp
Mary Taylor

Sunday 25 August

NET Team
Vince Habermann

Sunday 1 September

Blanket Buddies
B Donovan

Sunday 8 September

East Bundaberg Rotary
David Baldry

Community Notice Board

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