Shalom College
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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

26 August 2019

Principal’s Reflection

Principal’s Reflection

It’s really nice to watch boys and girls being dropped off by their parents at Shalom in the mornings. Mostly there is always a sense of love and care that is evident and shouldn’t be taken for granted. It’s particularly nice to watch some dads be affectionate with their children at those times. I guess that we can come to expect it of Mums but, sadly, not as much for Dads. A friend of mine sent me a really good article on masculinity and fatherhood recently. It is a bit long and I will embed it below but I really encourage you to read it. I thought it was challenging and very worthwhile. This coming Sunday is Fathers’ Day. I hope that it is a time for all of us dads to pause and reflect on how well we are doing at this most significant of vocations. There was a quote in the article from Steve Biddulph who has done a lot of work in the area of boys and men. For 30 years, Biddulph has travelled Australia and the world talking to men about fathering, encouraging them to become more engaged, inviting them to talk about their own boyhoods.

“When I meet with groups of young dads, I conduct a survey and the results are always the same. About 30 per cent of men report that they don’t even speak to their fathers. Their relationship is non-existent. Another 30 per cent have a somewhat prickly or difficult relationship. They do sometimes spend time with their father, but it’s a painful and awkward time. Around another 30 per cent fare somewhat better – they visit their father or phone him regularly, show up for family get-togethers, go through the motions of being a good son, and yet discuss nothing deeper than lawnmowers. Fewer than 10 per cent of men are friends with their father and see the relationship as deep and sustaining. Only about one man in 10 says, ‘My father is fantastic. He’s an emotional backstop in my world.’”

I hope that more of us will be encouraged to become a part of that 10%.

Congratulations to Ms Anita McAtee who is now Mrs Anita Stewart. Anita and Brett celebrated their wedding last Saturday. Anita has made an outstanding contribution to this community in Drama and the Arts over the past ten years. We wish her and Brett every possible happiness in this next wonderful phase of their lives.

Regrettably, Ms Kaylah Fox has had to resign her position at Shalom to deal with some health issues. Kaylah has been fantastic on staff at Shalom this year and we are very sad to lose her from our teaching staff. We are very hopeful that we will see her back at Shalom when she is better.

Mr Dan McMahon

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Shalom Day

We celebrated Shalom Day on Thursday. Bishop Michael joined us and really enjoyed the chance to meet us in a relaxed setting. We had many Grandparents join us for the Liturgy that focused on how we are all really important pieces in our Shalom Puzzle.

Shalom’s Got Talent showcased the talents of some very brave students and our overall winner was dancer Coco Suosaari who wowed us with her skill and passion. People’s Choice Award went to Alice Lu who very skilfully played a traditional Chinese instrument. To finish the segment, to the surprise of the students, the staff performed their Flash Mob. Skill levels varied but everyone had a great time.

The day culminated in our Inter-house Dance competition. Matty and Trace from Hitz 939 came as our impartial judges as this was traditionally Brother Rochford’s job. Every House brought their best but Rice House took out the coveted prize.

A day like this requires so many people working together. Thank you to everyone who made this day possible.

More photos available on our Facebook page!!!!

Reflection Days

Year 10 Students will attend single sex sessions with Katie and David Kobler on 4 September, and Year 9 on 5 September. These sessions are explained in the information sheets that can be found in the links. These are very important days for our students and we recommend you discuss with your child what they learned on these days.

A Must for All Parents! Wednesday 4 September at 6:30pm in the Shalom Performing Arts Precinct.

This year David and Katie Kobler will present a program called “Screenagers”. This program has received rave reviews and is intended for parents and their children. It is strongly recommended that parents attend and you are welcome to bring along your teenagers. Here are some reviews.

"Screenagers is a very balanced, sympathetic and sane look at the way millions of teens are struggling with phones and games and technology in general. In part by letting the teens themselves speak about their own concerns and solutions, Screenagers is deeply affecting, too." Dave Eggers, Best-Selling Author, Publisher and Education Activist

"My 13 year old son and I watched the film Screenagers together. The impact of the film was so great, that all on his own, when the movie ended, my son announced that he would voluntarily be relinquishing his computer for a week. In the end, he was off completely for 10 days, and when he did get back on he started setting a timer and sticking to his own self-imposed time limits." Nancy B., PTA, Chair of Parent-Education MVMS PTSA

Mrs Mary Taylor
Assistant Principal – Mission


Year 10 students and parents

This is a reminder that completed, signed SETPlan forms, accompanied by a signed subject slip (from online selection) should be submitted to students’ SETPlan interviewers by 30 August.

Year 8 and Year 9 students and parents

Many people attended the subject selection evenings dealing with choices for Year 10 and Year 9 2020, it was good to meet so many and to be able to discuss choices.

For both year levels, selections will be made online using the web link and code emailed to students by Mr Maher.

At the end of online selection, a Submit button leads to a printable page. This page must be printed, signed by parents to endorse the choices, and taken to Student Reception by 30 August. At this point WebChoices will close and work will begin with the combinations of subjects selected by students.

Should any student be having difficulty determining a suitable collection of subjects, please know that I am happy to provide assistance and may be contacted by email or reached in my office just off Student Reception.

Ms Katherine Nelson
Assistant Principal – Curriculum


YEAR 12 END OF TERM 3 EXAMS 9/9/19 – 13/9/19

The exam timetable for the Year 12 End of Term 3 exams is attached. Please note that Year 12 will have home study during the exam block. If you know you will be absent for your exam, you must see your classroom teacher as soon as possible with appropriate documentation (ie medical certificate or statuary declaration) to organise an alternative exam time.

Mr Brendan Maher
Assistant Principal – Administration



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.

IT Information

2020 Year 10 Laptop Program

Thank you to our Year 9 parents who have responded to us quickly so we can organise the amount of laptops to order. As our 2020 Year 7 group are also moving to laptops, we have a very large order to place. So once you have replied, your decision is locked in for the next three years.

For our BYO (Bring Your Own) Laptop students, please make sure you monitor the below URL for any software changes. As we are now forward planning for 2020, I will be working with our learning area coordinators to confirm software packages for 2020.

BYO (Bring Your Own) iPads Year 7-9

Just a reminder to our parents and students about the iPad expectations. The iPad must last until the end of year 9 at Shalom. Our curriculum in middle school is based around iPads and certain iPad apps. Please remember that if something happens to your device, shalom does not provide spares for BYO iPads or Laptops.

The next version of Apple’s iPad operating system (OS) will be coming out soon and it’s called iPadOS. We have advised students to not update their device when the operating system is released so the IT Unit has a chance to test and make sure the operating system is compatible with our network. To see more about iPad OS and what iPads are compatible, please check the following URL -

Mr Matthew Mills
IT Manager


Year 12 QTAC Information Session

For Year 12 students who may have been unable to attend the QTAC Information Session last Monday, or for those who missed grabbing a printed copy of the handout, please see the link here:

SAE Creative Media Institute

SAE is a world leader in creative media education and has been delivering outstanding industry-focused education for more than 40 years. With almost 50 campuses in more than 20 countries, SAE provides courses to more than 3000 students across six campuses in Australia in Brisbane, Byron Bay, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. SAE offers postgraduate, bachelor, associate degree, diploma and certificate courses in animation, audio, design, film, games, and web & mobile. SAE’s courses are fast-tracked enabling students to complete a bachelor degree in just two years.

If you are considering a career in any of these creative fields, find out more information through Shalom’s Career Hub - Good Universities Guide

Careers in Mining

Are you interested in a career in mining? There’s a lot more to the modern mining industry than big machines, hard hats and high vis.

Australia’s minerals industry is an exciting and vibrant sector with diverse jobs and opportunities to attract a wide array of talent. Investing in people, skills and innovation is critical in delivering a more globally competitive minerals sector that delivers fulfilling careers in highly paid, highly skilled jobs. As a global technology leader, Australia’s mining sector provides opportunities in the minerals workforce of the future. This includes cutting-edge roles in innovative tech-driven fields such as data scientists and mechatronic engineers as well as new opportunities for the existing workforce to upskill and take on new roles.

To find out more about careers in this exciting industry call into the Pathways Office to collect a copy of the Mining Careers Guide which will provide information on the roles that the mining industry has to offer, and also provide information on the different VET, Trades and tertiary pathways into the industry.

You can also view a digital copy here: More to Mining Careers Guide

The Pathways Team
Mrs Liza O’Donnell & Mrs Kathy Laing


Saturday 24 August saw the Wide Bay Regional Opti-MINDS Final held at Shalom College. 43 teams from 18 different schools – state, independent and catholic – spent 6 weeks working hard to prepare a 10-minute solution to a challenge in the form of a presentation. Shalom had two teams involved, both receiving an Honours award. The senior Science Engineering team will also attend the State Final in Brisbane in October.

Social Sciences team:

Kallee Jansen

Mia Bielenberg

Hannah Nash

Samantha Harris

Brooklyn Terry

Science Engineering team:

Abhash Pathak

Jasmine Dooley

Naomi Anderson

Daemon O’Brien (unfortunately sick and could not perform on the day)

Brianna Dooley (filled in on the day for Daemon)

Their behaviour on the day was wonderful. As well as performing, and practicing their presentation any chance they got, they assisted in setting up rooms, cleaning rooms, odd jobs for Alana and I, and selling merchandise.

A special thanks also to Justine Blinco for help leading up to the day, Stephen Cronin and Sandra Freeman for being judges and giving up their Saturday, and Matt Mills for helping us with access to the internet for judging.

Science Engineering Team

Social Science Team

Social Science and Engineering Teams

Mrs Gills and Miss Clark
Opti-MINDS Directors

Instrumental Music

QCMF (Queensland Catholic Music Festival)

Another wonderful weekend was spent this year at this amazing music festival hosted by Villanova College in Brisbane. In addition to performing, 56 students and 8 staff attended stage shows, School Of Rock and Les Mise’rables. Both were enjoyed by all and very grateful that they had the opportunity to see two shows on the same weekend. No doubt, many found it all very tiring but when it came to their performances, they certainly continued to make Shalom College music teachers very proud.

Gold – Senior Jazz Band, Chamber Strings, Symphony Orchestra.
Silver – Choir, Vocal Ensemble, Senior Concert Band.

Well done to all and a huge thank you to all staff who helped out.

Vocal Ensemble at QCMF

Terms 3 and 4

A reminder that there are many more concerts to come during the remainder of this term and the final term.

Major dates include

October 19 - Strings and Choral concert at Holy Rosary Church
October 23 – Get Smart Concert in PAP theatre
November 3 – Year 12 farewell concert in PAP theatre

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

Mrs Robyn Edgar
Instrumental Music Coordinator

Reef Guardian Presentation

Year 8 student Tara Keightly spoke about the Reef Guardian program, as a previous Kalkie SS Reef Guardian, to open The Reef Room in the Education and Environment Precinct at Oceanfest on Saturday. Well done Tara!

Tara Keightly

Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey

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

Swimming Success

Congratulations to Jaime and Taylar Krueger on their success at the recent QLD State Short Course Swimming Championships. Despite both girls being unwell for the entire meet and not able to perform at their best they came away with very impressive results.

Jaime Krueger

  • Gold 200m Butterfly in the 15 year old age group and Bronze overall (opens)
  • Silver 50m Butterfly 15 year old age group
  • Gold 100m Butterfly 15 year old age group and 3rd in the 15 - 18 year old

Taylar Krueger

  • Top 10 in QLD for the 200m Breaststroke.

Mr Peter Robinson
High Performance Program
After School Activities

Vicki Wilson Netball

Following on from the recent great success of Shalom College music students, our Vicki Wilson netballers continued their own successful run last Tuesday in the Wide Bay Regional Final.

The Junior Vicki Wilson netball team travelled to Gympie to play Victory College. Shalom won this game 43-20.

The Senior Vicki Wilson team made the long trek to Kingaroy to play Kingaroy SHS. They too were successful 62-32.

These two teams will now travel to Brisbane on 21-22 September (departing 20 September) for the Vicki Wilson State Finals, which involves the Top 20 school teams from around the state.

For the first time, the girls teams will also be accompanied to the State Finals by our Boys Vicki Wilson netball team, who will play in their 4-team round robin competition on Sunday 22 September. The boys have been training hard and are excited about showing everyone how far they’ve come.

Exciting times for Shalom netball!!

Mrs Melinda Pearson

National Hockey Championships

Cohen Usher and his Queensland Team mates won Bronze at the National 10-12 Years Hockey Championships in Bendigo last week. The Team completed a 2 day training camp in Redcliffe then a 1 day team bonding session at Mooloolaba before flying to Melbourne then driving up to Bendigo. The Team had 4 wins and 2 losses, with Cohen scoring 2 goals for the Tournament. The Queensland Team not only came up against tough competitors they had to brave the cold wet and windy conditions, they were even greeted with ice on the turf on the final day of play.

Shalom College was well represented in the Queensland Team with former Students, Cameron Hutchins (Coach) and Matthew Barritt (Manager). Coach Cam and Manager Matt are now both in there 9th year of taking the Queensland 10-12 Years Boys Hockey Team.

Matt, Cohen & Cameron

Queensland 10-12 Years
Hockey Teams Boys~Bronze,
Girls~Gold - Bendigo Victoria

Mr Simon Gills
Sports Coordinator

Winter Sport


Shalom 7 Blue

A great game of netball between the Shalom 7 Blue netball team and their opponents Shalom 8 White netball team with a score of 25 – 8 in favour of 7 Blue. 7 Blue came away with the win last Wednesday due to a great display of teamwork, defence and excellent shooting. Congratulations go to all of the girls. Well done to our dynamic defenders: Erin Kitchen, Erin Muir and Mila Rose. Superb shooters, Rylee Lavaring, Georgie Stephenson and Summer Woods. Attentive attackers, Kendall Ace, Jessica Taylor and Lily Austin.

Mrs Justine Blinco

Shalom Open Red

This week we started the game with only 4 original players and no umpire due to Vicki Wilson Cup. Big thank you to our year 9 girls Tahlia Rach (who stepped up to umpire) Emma Nash, Tia Church and Holly Crowley-Price who stepped up to play.

MVP goes to Sarah Nash who was away at the Vicki Wilson Cup in Kingaroy all day then came to play half the game as centre.

Unfortunately we went down to BSHS in a very close game 16-14.

Mrs Julia Fox


Year 7/8 Boys

Week 2: 7 August

  • Shalom 42 defeated BCC B 18.

Despite only having five players, and a distinct size disadvantage, Shalom played very well. Tom Parton and Dillon Zielke were key in providing support and options throughout the game; Keenan Mullaney defended well with some incisive attacking raids; Bryce Sewell was aggressive under the net and secured the ball to score many points; while Flynn Barber was consistently strong in both attack and defence.

Week 3: 14 August

  • Shalom 35 defeated Isis SHS 30.

Week 4: 21 August

  • Shalom 37 defeated Gin Gin SHS 31

In a closely fought game, Shalom did well to come away with a win against a very strong Gin Gin side. Scores were neck-and-neck through the first half. Gin Gin pulled ahead in the third quarter before Shalom was able to claw back in the final quarter for a gritty win.

Mr Troy Braund


Year 7/8

Boys (Team 1)- Shalom VS BSHS, 1-0, Shalom LOSS
Boys (Team 2)- BYE
Girls- Shalom VS Kepnock SHS, 5-0, Shalom WIN

Year 9/10

Boys- Shalom VS North SHS, 4-0, Shalom WIN

Year 11/12

Boys- Shalom VS BSHS, 1-0, Shalom LOSS
Girls- Shalom VS Rosedale SHS, 1-0, Shalom WIN

Uniform Shop

Girls Socks

All girls socks are now in stock and are $8.50 per pair.

Appointments are now open for Year 9 girls to be fitted for their Senior Formal Uniform, please book online via the link below.

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

Date Claimers

Tuesday 27 August

Wednesday 28 August

Year 10 ACTS Camp

Winter Sport – Week 5

Thursday 29 August

Year 10 ACTS Camp

Friday 30 August

Wide Bay 13-19 yrs Athletics Nominations Close

Year 10 ACTS Camp

Monday 2 September

Year 12 QCS Test Briefing (P4)

Tuesday 3 September

QCS Test

P&F Meeting

Wednesday 4 September

QCS Test
David Kobler Parent Night

Winter Sport Week 6

Year 10 Reflection Day

Thursday 5 September

Year 9 Reflection Day

Wide Bay 13-19 yrs Athletics Carnival-Bundaberg

ICAS Science Competition

Friday 6 September

Wide Bay 13-19 yrs Athletics Carnival-Bundaberg

Tuesday 27 August

Wednesday 28 August

Year 10 ACTS Camp

Winter Sport – Week 5

Thursday 29 August

Year 10 ACTS Camp

Friday 30 August

Wide Bay 13-19 yrs Athletics Nominations Close

Year 10 ACTS Camp

Monday 2 September

Year 12 QCS Test Briefing (P4)

Tuesday 3 September

QCS Test

David Kobler Parent Night

P&F Meeting

Wednesday 4 September

QCS Test

Winter Sport Week 6

Year 10 Reflection Day

Thursday 5 September

Year 9 Reflection Day

Wide Bay 13-19 yrs Athletics Carnival-Bundaberg

ICAS Science Competition

Friday 6 September

Wide Bay 13-19 yrs Athletics Carnival-Bundaberg

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

Tuesday27 August

Help Needed Please

Wednesday28 August

Help Needed Please

Thursday 29 August

Merna Cook

Help Needed Please

Friday 30 August

Jeff Freeman

Monday 2 September

Bethany Swadling

Tuesday3 September

Help Needed Please

Wednesday4 September

Tia Booth

Thursday 5 September

Merna Cook

Melanie Forey

Friday 6 September

Help Needed Please

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 1 September 2019

6:00am – 9:30am

Andrew Lucht

Janelle Test

9:00am – 12:30pm

Sharon Anderson

Katumaree Nabnili

Sunday 8 September 2019

6:00am – 9:30am

Mary Buchanan

Helen/Matthew Mader

Cassie Savage

Steven Schiffke

9:00am – 12:30pm

Katie Davis

Patricia Rochford

Sunday 15 September 2019

6:00am – 9:30am

Suzanne Brown

John Delaney

Mark Morris

9:00am – 12:30pm

Help Needed Please

Sunday 22 September 2019

6:00am – 9:30am

Lisa Andreoli

Christine Buwalda-Nicolson

Trish Sellers

9:00am – 12:30pm

Joanne Godfrey

Teresa Cowell

Markets BBQ Roster

Sunday 1 September

Blanket Buddies

B Donovan

Sunday 8 September

East Bundaberg Rotary

David Baldry

Sunday 15 September

Shalom Cricket

Vince Habermann

Sunday 22 September

NET Team - Ken Thompson

Vince Habermann

Sunday 29 September

Edmund Rice Camp

Mary Taylor

Sunday 6 October

St Joseph's P & F

Gemma Bush

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