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Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

15 July 2019

Principal’s Reflection

The first week of the holidays was very busy for so many of us at Shalom College as we hosted the QISSRL & QISSN Carnivals – the 40th & 20th Anniversaries respectively. Both Carnivals were born in Bundaberg. The week went very, very well from an outstanding Opening Ceremony through to the final presentations. So many members of this community stepped up and offered their time to volunteer in Canteens, at Courts & Fields and general assistance across the week. We could not have pulled this off successfully without so many contributing. It was a great week for Bundaberg as well with literally thousands of visitors experiencing a great week in the region. At the heart of all that were the performances of our Rugby League and Netball teams who did us proud. These young men and women have trained the house down for almost twelve months in preparation for the Carnival. They had wins and losses but never gave anything less than 100%. I am so grateful to the coaching staff of both teams without whose generosity these young people would not have been able to have this opportunity.

The week reminded me powerfully of what a good community Shalom enjoys. This was commented on so often throughout the week by visiting schools. Community happens when people are prepared to contribute and go above and beyond the basic requirements. We are very lucky to have so many who are prepared to do so. We would not be anything like the community we are if everyone just ‘clocked on and clocked off’. This is not something to be taken for granted. This is a very good school.

It would be too difficult and take too much space to name everyone who contributed to the Carnival week but I would very much like to acknowledge the organizing committee led by Mr Simon Gills and Ms Melinda Pearson who shouldered the organization of both carnivals. They were assisted by so many and I hope that everyone involved had a great sense of satisfaction with a job very well done as the last whistle was blown on the week.

Love Your Sister Foundation – we continue to experience the benefits of the visit of Samuel Johnson to Bundaberg. I heard from one of our Mum’s last week who had just had an exploratory procedure for Breast Cancer. As scary as that is to experience, she was so pleased that her kids, after listening to Sam, encouraged her to do a breast check and she found a small lump. She and her doctors think she caught this in the very early stages. Please consider contributing just $10 a month to Sam’s project and do something very proactive to come up with a real strategy to defeat this disease -

It was great to be able to welcome back to Shalom one of our staff, Mr Laurie Robinson, who has been in Brisbane for just over 12 months battling Leukaemia. Laurie is now, thank God, in remission.

Welcome to Shalom to Mrs Emma Vanstone who joins us from Kepnock SHS. Emma will be working principally in the Business department.

Mr Dan McMahon

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Subject selection of Year 11 subjects 2020

Message for current Year 10 students and parents

Parents of Year 10 students, and the students themselves, are invited to the 2020 Senior Subject Selection Information. This will be held on Tuesday 30 July at 7pm.

The evening will be in two parts:

I shall give a presentation that will explain: the new (2019) arrangements; the implications for students in relation to QCE and ATAR; the subject selection expectations; and subject selection processes.

After the presentation, parents and students will have the opportunity to discuss with Learning Area Coordinators the different subjects offered in Year 11, to assist with decision-making.

Prior to the information evening, Year 10 students will have worked through their Personal Futures day on Friday 26 July. The day is designed to allow students to find out about: a variety of future study and employment pathways; the courses and processes surrounding the new syllabuses; and completion of their Senior Education and Training Plan (SETPlan).

Students will register subject choices online during July and August. Information about the online selection and deadline dates will be communicated at the information evening and during the Personal Futures day.

The information evening is an important part of the careful selection of suitable courses leading to an appropriate program of study for each of our Year 10 students.

I urge you to keep the evening free to allow your attendance.

Ms Katherine Nelson
Assistant Principal – Curriculum

Year 10 and Year 12 End of Semester One Reports

End of Semester One reports for Year 10 and Year 12 will be published to Parent Lounge on Friday 26 July. The reports can be viewed and printed from Parent Lounge by selecting the ‘Academic Reports’ tab on the left. Parents are encouraged to contact teachers directly regarding the End of Semester One Report if they have any queries.

Please also remember that the report card is an indicator of student progress in subjects studied over a semester. More specific details regarding student assessment can be accessed through Parent Lounge.

Parent Lounge

Our teachers work hard to ensure Parent Lounge contains useful and current information. Shalom would like to encourage every parent to regularly log on to Parent Lounge to keep involved with your child’s schooling. If you believe there is an error on Parent Lounge in the due dates, completion of assessment etc, please contact the classroom teacher.

If you need further information about Parent Lounge, feel free to contact me on the email address below.

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.


The Queensland Independent Secondary Rugby League Confraternity Carnival returned home to Bundaberg for its 40th annual tournament from 1-5 July 2019 and Shalom College continued their great record as hosts by both coordinating another truly outstanding event and with their team winning a division for the third time from the past three times they have conducted the showcase sports-fest.

“Confro”, as it is affectionately known and revered throughout the NRL, was inaugurated in 1980 by Christian Brothers College, which was closed in 1983, together with the city’s then girls’ Catholic high school, Loyola College, to pave the way for the opening of the co-educational Shalom, and from little things, big things have grown, starting with just six teams and developing in size and status to the 48 sides of today.

Shalom have now hosted the carnival four times, in 1985, 2000 when they won a Confraternity title for the first time, the Fourth Division Bowl, 2009, when they took out the Third Division Plate with a team that included current Test and Queensland State of Origin star Felise Kaufusi, and this year when they got their name on the Bowl for a second time with an gutsy 18-10 grand final victory over St Columban’s College Caboolture under coach Neil Feather with Felise’s elder brother Antonio Kaufusi the assistant coach.

Despite tough as teak interchange front rower Bradley Edwards being unfortunately ruled out at the last minute after succumbing to a suspected broken collar bone which he suffered in the semi-final a day earlier, Shalom made a dream start to the decider, with winger Rylee Johnson continuing his great form in his first Confraternity Carnival, finishing off from a perfect pass by rampant front rower Jobe Lister after just 53 seconds after St Columban’s had lost the ball on the third tackle. Halfback Bradley Clarke, who was also in fine form throughout their six matches over four days, then landed a side-line conversion.

Shalom went further ahead when crafty hooker Corey Picaro, who had missed their quarter-final after suffering a painful toe injury in their last pool game earlier that day, scored from close range, after receiving a gem of a pass from ever dangerous five-eighth Brendan Grills in the 15th minute after winger Arin Crook had drawn a penalty when he was upended after rolling up his sleeves and getting his team on the front foot with a strong attacking raid through the middle of the ruck. Bradley Clarke duly added the extras for a 12-0 lead.

Shalom seemed to drop their guard and St Columban’s pounced, opening their account with a try three minutes later, but they missed the conversion and Shalom muscled up in defence to defuse several more attacks over the last six minutes of the half to lead 12-4 at the break.

Shalom began the second stanza like they started the first and rugged centre and co-captain Harrison Bull, whose 2018 Confraternity Carnival was ended when he was knocked out early on day two and had played this tournament through a painful shoulder injury which he had sustained earlier in this week, scored, diving over less than four minutes after the restart, and Bradley Clarke again kicked truly for a 14-point lead.

Down but not out, St Columban’s rallied and dominated the next period until a serious injury suffered by one of their players stopped play for around 10 minutes.

With no time-outs, action resumed with 13 minutes left on the clock but by then, Shalom had regrouped and with time on their side, they played the percentages game, and while their Sunshine Coast rivals got back to within eight points with a converted try in the 47th minute, it was just a consolation as Shalom jealously guarded their lead for the last two minutes and completed a cherished double after beating Bundaberg High 10-4 in the Bundaberg and District Secondary Schools Broncos Challenge Open grand final two weeks earlier.

Corey Picaro, who took out their Spirit Award at Confraternity 2018, was a deserved and popular winner of the Player of the Final award, but they had many other heroes, including their blue collar defence force, with six players in double-figures in the tackle count in a robust team performance, tackling machine reserve hooker Kynan Hard (16), front rower Alex Druce and tough centre Darcy Clarke with 14 each, Bradley Clarke (13), second rower Aaron Cunnington, who played the semi and grand finals with six stitches in his forehead after sustaining a nasty gash in the quarter-final, amassing 12 and Corey Picaro (11), who started as hooker before switching to lock, then second row, while their year 10 starting front row tyro Flynn Purkis and uncompromising second rower Liam Morrison were just behind them with nine each.

Three others notched eight, “axeman” lock Connor Black, whose semi and grand finals game time was restricted after he suffered a badly broken nose in the quarter-final, Jobe Lister, whose time on the field in every game was constrained by injury, and energetic reserve and ultra-reliable forward Caileb Dimes.

Corey Picaro topped the hit-ups with eight, but the attacking impetus was shared around with classy fullback and co-captain Jake Bonus, Harrison Bull and Brendan Grills making seven each and battering ram interchange front rower Chelson Diggins also making a big impact with six signature blockbusting bursts.

Jake Bonus was a clear winner of the Shalom Player of the Carnival Award, while Darcy Clarke was rewarded with the Spirit Award, Brendan Grills was voted as their Players’ Player, and 14 others featured in Player of the Match votes, including Bradley Clarke, who picked up two Man of the Match awards, and Connor Black, who amassed more tackles than any other Shalom player at the carnival with 80, just shading Aaron Cunnington (77) and Alex Druce (73).

Rylee Johnson scored the most tries with four, with Jake Bonus and Brendan Grills each crossing three times, and Harrison Bull, Corey Picaro and Jobe Lister racking up two each, while Bradley Clarke was their leading points scorer with 26 from one try and 11 goals.

Shalom started the carnival with a 16-0 victory over St Edmund’s Ipswich on Monday but then conceded a late try to lose to Marist Emerald 12-10 in the evening game, then were also beaten by Columba Charters Towers 12-4 in their last pool game on Tuesday morning to be placed in the Bowl. They then trounced Ryan Catholic College Townsville 32-4 in the quarter-finals on Tuesday afternoon, before toughing out a 22-14 semi-final win over Trinity College Beenleigh on the Thursday after scores had been locked together with five minutes to go.

Game 1: Shalom 16 (Rylee Johnson, Brendan Grills, Caileb Dimes tries; Bradley Clarke 2 goals) d St Edmund’s 6. Half-time: Shalom 10-0. Top hit-ups: Jake Bonus 10, Harrison Bull 7, Darcy Clarke 6, Brendan Grills 6, Corey Picaro 6, Caileb Dimes 6. Top tackles: Connor Black 18, Corey Picaro 14, Caileb Dimes 14, Flynn Purkis 13, Mack Druce 11, Liam Morrison 10. Man of the Match: Bradley Clarke, Players’ Player: Brendan Grills.

Game 2: Marist Emerald 12 d Shalom 10 (Jake Bones 2 tries, Bradley Clarke goal). Half-time: 6-all. Top hit-ups: Jake Bonus 10, Brendan Grills 8, Alex Druce 7, Connor Black 7. Top tackles: Bradley Edwards 13, Corey Picaro 12, Aaron Cunnington 10, Connor Black 9. Man of the Match: Jake Bonus, Players’ Player: Jake Bonus.

Game 3: Columba 12 d Shalom 4 (Jobe Lister try). Half-time: Columba 10-0. Top hit-ups: Jake Bonus 10, Alex Druce 7, Darcy Clarke 6, Rylee Johnson 6. Top tackles: Connor Black 23, Aaron Cunnington 20, Alex Druce 19, Liam Morrison 14, Darcy Clarke 10, Flynn Purkis 10. Man of the Match: Braden Henricksen, Players’ Player: Braden Henricksen.

Quarter-final: Shalom 32 (Rylee Johnson 2, Jake Bonus, Brendan Grills, Bradley Clarke, Liam Morrison, Connor Black tries; Bradley Clarke 2 goals) d Ryan Catholic College 4. Half-time: Shalom 16-4. Top hit-ups: Jake Bonus 7, Darcy Clarke 7, Rylee Johnson 7, Flynn Purkis 7. Top tackles: Kynan Hard 14, Alex Druce 11, Liam Morrison 8, Connor Black 7. Man of the Match: Jake Bonus, Players’ Player: Rylee Johnson.

Semi-final: Shalom 22 (Jobe Lister, Corey Picaro, Harrison Bull, Brendan Grills tries; Bradley Clarke 3 goals) d Trinity 14. Half-time: Shalom 8-4. Top hit-ups: Jake Bonus 12, Darcy Clarke 8, Alex Druce 6, Liam Morrison 6. Top tackles: Aaron Cunnington 24, Alex Druce 15, Connor Black 15, Flynn Purkis 13, Corey Picaro 11, Liam Morrison 10. Man of the Match: Bradley Clarke, Players’ Player: Jobe Lister.

Grand final: Shalom 18 (Rylee Johnson, Corey Picaro, Harrison Bull tries; Bradley Clarke 3 goals) d St Columban’s 10. Half-time: Shalom 12-4. Top hit-ups: Corey Picaro 8, Jake Bonus 7, Harrison Bull 7, Brendan Grills 7, Chelson Diggins 6. Top tackles: Kynan Hard 16, Darcy Clarke 14, Alex Druce 14, Bradley Clarke 13, Aaron Cunnington 12, Corey Picaro 11. Man of the Match: Corey Picaro, Players’ Player: Corey Picaro.

Jake Bonus and Darcy Clarke

Shalom Bowl Winners




Shalom had a strong start to the game going into half time with an 11-6 lead. Coomera came out fighting hard in the second half but the Shalom girls dug deep to hold on to win the match 21-20.


Sienna College started the match strongly and went to the half time break leading Shalom by 6 goals, 12-6. A defensive swap at half time moving Amy Hamilton to Goal Keeper against the tall shooter and Tayla Pearson out to Goal Defence was a great move. It allowed Amy to pressure the tall shooter who started to miss some shots.

Defensively Shalom worked hard to gain turnovers but time was not on their side going down by one. Score 15-16. Great fighting spirit shown by the girls.


Shalom started the game strongly and with accuracy and steady shooting from Mekkija Blogg-DeHaan in GS.

Shalom went into half time leading St Patrick's, Mackay 7-9. With minimal errors from both teams it was an even second half Shalom holding on to their two goal lead to win 18-16.

Great day for our Shalom girls end the first day of play with 2 wins and a loss. Great effort and sportsmanship show by all.


What great viewing day 2 of the QISSN carnival was! Each school involved in this carnival should be proud of each and every one of their players representing their respective school. Their high level of skill, teamwork, sportsmanship and respect shown towards the umpires officiating their matches has been impressive.


Marymount had a quick start against Shalom, using quick attacking plays down court. Amy Hamilton’s ability to intercept balls in the goal circle and Kendal Dodd converting the shots at the other end kept Shalom in the game. When the half time buzzers went Shalom was down by 3, score being 10-13.

The Shalom girls came out fighting in the second half. Charlotte Boge provided strong centre court drives and with strong defence over the ball, Shalom were able to turn over some ball. This closed the gap to one goal. The following centre passes went goal for goal with Marymount maintaining the lead by 1. A couple of errors by Shalom allowed Marymount to move ahead in the game winning the game 21-17.


A very well contested game of Netball was witnessed when Shalom took on The Cathedral College (TCC) in round 5. TCC was the first to convert a turnover and this gave them some motivation to work hard in defence. They were able to covert a second turnover giving them a 3 point lead. TCC headed into the half time break 7- 4.

In typical Shalom spirit the girls took to the court and turned over TCC’s second centre pass converting the goal to bring them within two points. Strong defence was displayed by both teams and errors made but in the end it was TCC that capitalised more on their turnovers. In a low scoring game TCC held on to their lead to win the match 13-9.


Day 3 was a tough one for our Shalom girls as their two games were up against Matthew Flinders who were sitting second on the ladder in pool A and Somerset who were undefeated and sitting on top of pool A.


Shalom had their first game at the Shalom College Sports Centre when they faced Matthew Flinders in round 6. Unfortunately, for Shalom, Matthew Flinders were in complete control for most of the game. Shalom tried hard in defence but Matthew Flinders had a convincing game winning 21-7.


Well what can you say? Wow! What a game! Somerset headed into the game as favourites being so far undefeated in the rounds but this didn’t stop Shalom. They came out firing. Great attacking plays down court and strong defensive pressure gave them a one goal lead at half time. The second half was goal for goal for the next 8 or so minutes but then with the switch up in Somerset’s shooters they were able to move the ball very quickly down court and convert to goals. This was one of the games of pool A and Shalom really made Somerset earn their 22-15 win. Great game.



Shalom started the game off hard with athleticism shown at both ends of the court. The momentum carried through for the whole game with the Shalom girls taking out the win by a significant margin 16-25!


What a game! The girls fought hard the whole game – with the full time buzzer going off at 21 all, it went into extra time. With 3 minutes each way the pressure was on both offensively and defensively. Unfortunately our Shalom girls went down 24-26 to Marymount.



What a week of netball! The girls showed great determination and sportsmanship throughout the game and the whole week. The girls finished off their 2019 QISSN campaign going down to Coomera 11-23 in their Grand Final. As a result Shalom College finished in 4th place in Division 2 a great achievement coming from winning Division 3 in 2018. Well done girls!

Also a big congratulations to our QISSN Training Partners – Pele Kaufusi (Year 9), Bella Burgess (Year 11), Isabella Mullally and Holly Kitchen (Year 10) - who were selected to play as part of the QISSN team for St Mary’s College Maryborough – who were also competing in this year’s carnival. The players trained hard with the main squad and were rewarded for their commitment and enthusiasm with an opportunity to play in this year’s carnival. St Mary’s College Maryborough finished the carnival in 3rd place overall in division 8. Well done girls!

Joe Williams – Guest Speaker

Joe Williams will be speaking at the College in week 1 of Term 3. (5 sessions plus Assembly - Year 8 to Year 12 - in year groups in the Performing Arts Theatre)

Joe is a passionate and well respected Aboriginal Elder who travels the world speaking about Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.

He has had a career as a NRL Rugby League player and a professional boxer.

I am also taking Joe to North Bundaberg SHS, Bundaberg SHS and Kepnock SHS as we are sharing Joe with some of our Bundaberg Community.

We would also like to thank our P and F for their financial support of Joe's visit to us.

As a College we would like to welcome Joe and thank him for coming to Shalom and Bundaberg. However, if you feel that your son or daughter is best to miss this talk from Joe - for any reason, please feel free to contact myself or the College Student Reception and we will arrange for your child to do an alternate program for that period of time.

Mr Peter Robinson
Acting Assistant Principal – Student Formation

SCASA - Term 3 - 2019

2019 - Shalom College After School Activities (SCASA) sign on form.

Click on link above to sign on.

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 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 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 (Dance Studio)
Option 2 - ABC'S* with Antonio Kaufusi (Oval and Hangar)
Option 3 - OzTag with Erin Mitchell (OzTag Development Officer) (Oval)

Tuesday -

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)

Thursday -

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

Family Zone Assistance Stall

Click on link below to book.

Vinnies School Sleepout

When: Friday 26 July from 4pm to Saturday 27 July 8am

Where: Shalom Sports Centre

What: Homelessness is one of the leading social issues facing Australians each day. On average over 116,400 people experience some form of homelessness every single day, with over 1.4 million Australians having experienced homelessness within the past 10 years.

Shalom students are invited to join the St Vincent de Paul Society QLD to offer a hand up this winter. Vinnies School Sleepout is a fun and interactive way to raise awareness about the issues and effects of homelessness. By taking part in the School Sleepout, you are taking action against the homelessness crisis Australia is facing. This is a great opportunity for students to engage in advocating for change, whilst making a difference to the lives of people in their local community. It also gives students the opportunity to experience what it might be like for someone sleeping rough.

If you are interested in attending this activity, see Mrs Petersen in Student Services for more information.

Mrs Cheryl Petersen
Campus Minister

Quiet Achiever

We would like to acknowledge Brady Rushton as our McAuley House quiet achiever. Brady is one of those young men who get things done in such a quiet, unassuming manner. He is always doing little things to help those around him and to assist within McAuley. Catherine McAuley once wrote a poem to a superior and the first few lines make me think of Brady and how he demonstrates his behaviour here at Shalom and in McAuley House.

Don’t let crosses vex or tease
Try to meet all with peace and ease
Notice the faults of every day
But often in a playful way.
Keep patience ever at your side
You’ll want it for a constant guide

Thank you Brady for all you do in McAuley House it certainly doesn’t go unnoticed.

Brady Rushton

Ms Paula Van Dalen
McAuley House Coordinator


Welcome to TK Sensei and Sayonara to Shalom

Last term we welcomed Mr Takeshi Kurosawa back to Shalom, this time not as an Exchange teacher but as a full time staff member. Takeshi has visited the college for many years as an accompanying teacher with the Sister School – Sakado High. He will now be taking my classes for the next year while I am on leave teaching English in Japan. The students have already been working with him during the last term and his wealth of teaching experience plus being a native speaker will only be of benefit to the students but also to the department.

In my absence, Mrs Nicole Anderson will be taking the Learning Area Coordinator role for Japanese. She is a very experienced teacher and I welcome her to the role and know she will do an outstanding job while I am away. Please direct any queries about Japanese her way.

Lastly, I wish every one of my students the best year ahead in learning Japanese. I will miss every single one of them and I know they are in the best of hands. I look forward to keeping in touch, and sharing my new found knowledge and language of Japan on my return.

Mrs Simone Wilson
Learning area Coordinator – Japanese

Shalom Writers

Shalom Writers will meet again on Monday afternoons until 4pm during this term. Currently, students are working on entries for Shalom’s First Draft Writing Competition. During Term 2 students experimented further with finding their own writing voice, expressing their ideas through poetry and prose, as well as working as a group to give each other constructive feedback.

Here’s an example of a beautiful poem posted to our Shalom Writers site about helping others, using light from a candle as a metaphor.

Creatures of the Night has a message for all of us about living gently with the environment and thinking about the future.

Meanwhile, if epic stories of days gone by are what you like then The Pirate’s Lament will carry you away!

For more information about Shalom Writers please contact Miss Davis in Beerarlem Library.

Miss Wendy Davis
Teacher Librarian/English Teacher

First Draft Festival

On Friday 9 August Shalom will be hosting the First Draft Festival. Celebrating reading and creative writing, this day-long event will feature Australian authors AJ Betts, Kate McCaffrey and others visiting our College to run workshops and talk with students.

If you love creative writing and reading then this is an amazing opportunity for you to learn wonderful skills and ideas from real-life published authors!

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

We are very grateful to Shalom College P and F for assisting the College to present this event for our students.

Miss Wendy Davis/ Mrs Louise Hume
Festival Organisers

Internet Safety


Head of River Rowing Regatta

Late last Term, 45 dedicated Shalom students participated in the final Head of River Rowing Regatta. All involved, both on and off the river, displayed outstanding effort and sportsmanship, always lending a hand wherever it was needed, and putting 110% into each event, with many taking home some shiny new medals to add to, or start, their growing collections.

Being their third ever regatta, the new Year 7s performed extremely well. Two crews of Samuel Heinz, Fionn Houston, Reghan Fischer and Flynn Barber (coxed by Montana Weder) and Zali Shield, Sam Card, Shaun Chaplin and Thomas Stevenson (coxed by Amy Snare) took out silver and bronze medals (respectively) for the Yr 7 Boys Quad event. Fionn and Reghan also managed to snag 2nd place in their double, and Fionn proudly received a gold medal for his single scull, pushing through strongly in the final 100m to pull through to first place. Girls Montana Weder, Mia Bielenberg, Piper Rochford, Eloise Radley (coxed Cecilia Taske) placed second in their quad, while Zali rowed in a Bundy High composite crew to take out 3rd. Montana and Eloise took out 2nd place in their double, while Montana and Mia managed 2nd and 3rd placings in their single finals.

Yr 8 girls Emily Evans, Gabriella Miners, Sarah Waters and Finley Christiansen (coxed by Fletcher Crossett) placed third for their quad. Emily and Finley also placed 2nd in their double together. Fletcher Crossett, Will Shield, Emily Evans, Baiden Howard and cox Clare Evans took home bronze for the Yr 8 Boys Quad.

The Yr 9 boys stole 2nd in their quad event, rowed by Timothy Chaplin, Denyin Rose, Matthew Parker and Tallan Foster, and coxed by Harrison Foster. Lincoln Dwyer and Tallan placed third in their double, with Lincoln also taking home bronze for his single. Emily Evans, Lilygrace Dove, Sarah Waters and Kaitlyn Rochford, coxed by Fletcher Crossett, all achieved third place, while Finley rowed up with Kaitlyn to grab a 2nd place for Yr 9 doubles. Kaitlyn also managed a 2nd for her single.

Darcy Hensel, Zachary Christiansen, Harrison Foster, Patrick Waters and cox Tallan Foster achieved 2nd in their Yr 10 quad. Samuel Stephenson and Timothy Chaplin placed 3rd in their double.

Senior rowers Amy Snare, Grace Pashley, Claire Barber, Ellie Greer and cox Clare Evans rowed extremely competitively, just missing out on 1st place to St Luke’s in the last few meters of the race. Amy and Grace also took out 3rd in their double. Grace placed 2nd in her single final, however perhaps her biggest achievement was being awarded with the Vince Habermann trophy for outstanding involvement in rowing. Senior boys Hamish Young and Joshua Pole pulled through to 2nd for their double. All seniors, plus Patrick Waters and cox Fletcher Crossett, rowed well in their first time racing an eight to receive a silver medal.

A final mixed quad would decide the 2019 Head of River Champions, and despite a promising start, tired rowers Grace, Amy, Josh and Hamish (and cox Fletcher Crossett) missed out on the long sought-after trophy in the last 100m, still managing a shiny silver medal. (We’ll be back next year, St Luke’s!!!)

Overall, it was a wonderful weekend, however, the decorations, cheering squad, power of stripy, knee-high socks, fresh fruit and lollies for a sugar hit before a race would not have been enough to bring the event together if it weren’t for the dedication of parents, coaches and volunteers from all schools. Shalom, especially, must extend huge gratitude to Head Coach Mr Rod Silcox, and Rowing Co-ordinator Mr Simon Gills.

Well done to all rowers involved – you should all be extremely proud – and we look forward to seeing you back next year, along with some fresh new faces!

Mia Bielenberg, Cecelia Taske and Lilygrace Dove, decked out in Shalom colours as they cheer on fellow rowers.

Clare Evans (Year 11)


Brody Allison has had a busy school holidays, 29 and 30 June saw him compete in the Balmoral Junior tour. A tour consisting of four races varying in distance up to 52km over the two days.

Brody rode well and got a Bronze medal in the Criterium race. July 12, 13 and 14 saw him compete at the State Junior Road titles in Ipswich, again Brody rode well riding to Silver in the Criterium and achieving a PB in a very hilly and challenging Road Race. Brody now awaits news to see if he has been selected in the State team. Congratulations Brody!

Brody Allison

Club Representative Sport

Several Shalom students represented the Bundaberg Touch Football Club in Hervey Bay at the QLD Junior State Cup last week. All students played well and had a great time, thanks to Helen Arsenault for the photos.

Table Tennis

State Championships

The 2019 Queensland School Table Tennis Championships were held on 28 June at the Brisbane Table Tennis Centre in Windsor. Braydon Chapman and Liam Bury took Gold in the U15 division whilst Amelia Tu and Tahia Zia also took Gold in their U15 division.

Braydon Chapman and Liam Bury

Amelia Tu and Tahia Zia

National Championships

Congratulations to Tahia Zia, Amelia Tu, Braydon Chapman, Leah Scott and Tayla Scott who recently competed at the National Table Tennis Championships in Woollongong NSW on 7-13 July. All states competed including teams from New Zealand.

Mr Peter Robinson
Student Welfare
High Performance Program
After School Activities

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.

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

Wednesday 17 July

Joe Williams – The Enemy Within

Thursday 18 July

Joe Williams – The Enemy Within

Friday 19 July

Joe Williams – The Enemy Within

Saturday 20 July

TSXPO - Brisbane

Sunday 21 July

TSXPO - Brisbane

Monday 22 July

Our Place – Year 11

Supernatural – Year 11 & 12

Year 10 Personal Futures Program Briefing

Tuesday 23 July

Pre – Group Eisteddfod Concert

Friday 26 July

Year 10 and 12 Reports Issued

Year 10 Personal Futures Day

Monday 29 July

Catholic Education Week

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 16 July

Jeanette Tu

Wednesday 17 July

Help Needed Please

Thursday 18 July

Merna Cook

Help Needed Please

Friday 19 July

Kylie Jarvis

Nereda Torok

Monday 22 July

Help Needed Please


23 July

Help Needed Please


24 July

Help Needed Please


25 July

Jacqueline Read

Merna Cook


26 July

Help Needed Please


29 July

Help Needed Please


30 July

Help Needed Please


31 July

Help Needed Please


1 August

Merna Cook

Melanie Forey


2 August

Help Needed Please


5 August

Bethany Swadling

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 21 July 2019

6:00am – 9:30am

Lisa Andreoli

Christine Buwalda-Nicolson

Trish Sellers

9:00am – 12:30pm

Joanne Godfrey

Teresa Cowell

Sunday 28July 2019

6:00am – 9:30am

Tracey Clarke

9:00am – 12:30pm

Neil Hibberd

Jo Medcalf

Nadia Tairawhiti

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 21 July

Kepnock Scouts

Chris Jansen

Sunday 28 July

Edmund Rice Camp

Mary Taylor

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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