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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

28 October 2019

Principal’s Reflection

We had Learner Conferences earlier last week for our Middle School students. I hope that no Shalom parent had a conversation like Calvin had with this Mum! These conferences are really useful opportunities for parents to get together with their child and their child’s teacher to discuss how things are going. The last thing these events should be is stressful. We all want good outcomes for our young people and working together is the best way to achieve that. I would really encourage parents to not put off having a conversation with their child’s teacher if concerns arise. Learner Conferences are a great opportunity but this can also occur with a phone call or an email as things arise. Sometimes I still come across folks who don’t want to raise concerns because they think that this might make things uncomfortable. Exactly the opposite is true in my experience. Concerns tend to fester and grow out of proportion when not dealt with. Much better being addressed at the earliest opportunity and in the most low-key manner possible. Staff at Shalom will welcome contact with families. Teachers know that their biggest allies will be parents. Good communication is vital. Thanks so much for your support, which is typical of Shalom parents.

Dance Night will be another great event on our Calendar on Friday and Saturday nights. I hope that both nights will be sold out, as they always deserve to be.

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles


Giving Tree

Jesus directs us throughout the Gospels to share what we have with others. Not just our friends and families but with those we don’t know. In one parable Jesus reminds us that to experience eternal life with God we have to reach out to those in the need.

Each year Shalom students give generously to our annual Giving Tree Appeal and this year we will once again be participating in this worthy cause. On 1 November we ask that all students bring a gift, gift card or money to donate to St Vincent de Paul through our Giving Tree. These items will be distributed to families in the Bundaberg area who otherwise could not provide these extras for their families over Christmas.

Times for Giving Tree and House Celebrations

Period 1 8:40 to 9:40

Period 2 9:40 to 10:40

Giving Tree
House Celebrations


Period 3 12:35 to 1:35

Afternoon Tea

Period 4 2:00 to 3:00

Walk for Kerry

On Friday some staff and Year 12 students took the opportunity to remember Kerry Bolam by walking the path he would walk into school each day. Mrs Bolam and her daughters joined us for the “Walk for Kerry”. We listened to his favourite music and appreciated our environment in a tribute to this man who had had a positive impact on so many.

Mrs Mary Taylor
Assistant Principal – Mission


Year 12 students and parents

We are in the middle of quality-assurance processes for Year 12 Authority (OP) courses, which have included the assignment of interim Levels of Achievement (LoAs) for students studying OP subjects. An updated OP Estimate range will be released as soon as possible. Please note that the interim LoAs are provisional: the OP estimates are based upon the best judgements that can be made at the point of calculation.

With one assessment task remaining in most Authority and Authority-registered subjects, students are encouraged to maintain (or lift) their efforts as we work towards the completion of courses.

VET course results are required by our partnering Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) in November; this means that students must have completed all work by the end of Week 3.

Year 11 students and parents

Most General subjects have completed work on Unit 2 and assessments for many conclude with examinations concluding tomorrow. As mentioned in an earlier email, during this assessment period, Year 11 students have study leave and are expected to attend school only for examinations.

Unit 3 has already commenced for General and Essential Mathematics students, while work on this unit will commence for all other General subjects after the assessment period, from Wednesday 30 October.

During 2019, Year 11 students have had an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the demands of the new courses and the types of assessment tasks they may expect in Units 3 and 4. Now is the time to renew efforts and to review study skills and arrangements, since the work commencing in Units 3 and 4 will have a direct impact not only upon QCE credits but also upon the ATAR of those who follow an ATAR-eligible program.

Later this term, QCAA will be publishing on their website an updated version of the QCE and QCIA policy and procedures handbook. The update is expected to provide further details of some processes relating to the new courses and their administration. I encourage parents to locate the handbook and familiarise themselves with sections such as:

Queensland Certificate of Education - Section 2;
Access arrangements and reasonable adjustments (AARA) – Section 3;
Vocational education and training (VET) – Section 5;
The assessment system – Section 8;
External assessment – Section 10.

Year 10 students and parents

Many Year 10 courses have been adjusted this year to allow a taster of equivalent Senior subjects. Timetable construction for 2020 continues. Some students may have found that Semester 2 subject choices have caused them to revise preferences for next year. There will be an opportunity to make an application for change, after the start of Week 6. Students should read Daily Notices for details. It must be noted that timetable construction based upon choices received may mean that changes cannot be accommodated due to class or student numbers, or combinations of subjects.

Year 9 students and parents

Work in elective subjects in Semester 2 may have caused some students to rethink preferences. There will be an opportunity to make an application for change from Week 6. Please keep reading daily notices, to look for details of the application process when they are published.

Ms Katherine Nelson
Assistant Principal – Curriculum


Year 12 End of Semester 2 exams 7/11/19 – 12/11/19

The exam timetable for the Year 12 End of Semester 2 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.

Date Claimer

Please note the date change for our Academic Awards Night, the night will now be held on Wednesday 13 November.


Should You Take A Gap Year?

Taking a gap year after school is becoming more popular in Australia and abroad, and it’s not difficult to see why: employers are on the lookout for well-rounded candidates with ‘work ready’ skills. Also, more universities and TAFE’s than before are accepting student deferrals for a gap year, with some openly supporting their many benefits to students.

To defer or not is an important decision. Taking a year off after Year 12 can sometimes not be suitable or realistic for many students. Discuss the potential challenges, drawbacks and advantages with those you trust. This might include your parents or carers, friends or your school or college careers counsellor. Do you know anyone who has taken a gap year? You could speak to them as well.

If you make your gap year work for you, it will benefit your career, health and relationships. Click on the link to see more information on how you could spend your gap year. Whether it is volunteering, travelling overseas, working or upskilling – the possibilities are endless.

Gap Years – Making them work for you

How to Find Work Overseas

How to Write an Effective Entry-Level Resume

A good resume presents who you are, what you have to offer and how you can add value to a business. It summarises your education, skills, employment history, responsibilities and achievements. Curriculum vitae (CV) is another name for resume.

You don't need to have had paid work to put together a resume. If it’s your first job search, you can add the skills, abilities and personal qualities you've developed from school activities, hobbies and community involvement.

For a comprehensive list of what you should include in a resume – contact information, education and qualifications, employment history and work experience, competencies, skills and referees as well as resume templates, see the myfuture link.

How to write an effective entry-level resume

If you need any help with resume writing, call in and see us in the Pathways Office.

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

Instrumental Music

Chamber Strings and Choral Concert

This concert was performed in the Holy Rosary Church on Saturday 19 October to a very large, appreciative audience. The students in both groups played and sang their way through some beautiful repertoire. In addition, a performance by three members of staff demonstrated a very high level of skills by all. Over $1600 was raised to help our ‘Gappie’ student, Molly Dawson, finance her ongoing cancer treatment. A great effort and thank you to all.

Get Smart Concert

This concert was performed in the PAP theatre on Wednesday to a large audience from our Catholic Primary Schools and at the night concert. They were conducted admirably by Mr James Belluz who stepped in for Mr Ian King who is currently on sick leave. At both the Chamber Strings and Get Smart concert, the year 12 students looked stunning in their evening wear.

Intermediate Concert Band and Jazz Band

This group also performed to parents and friends on Tuesday 22 October. These twilight concerts are very popular with both parents and particularly the students who enjoy pizza after rehearsals prior to the 5.00pm concert.

Year 12 farewell Concert

This will be the final major concert for the year where all groups will perform. The custom at this final concert is to run a raffle and share afternoon tea. Could each family please be so kind to donate one of the following: raffle item or afternoon tea. Items for the raffle can be articles suitable for Christmas including non-perishable foods. Items can be left with Mrs Medcalf in the front office, or delivered to my office near the band room. Food for afternoon tea can delivered on the day. I will also need some volunteers to help with the raffle and afternoon tea prep and serve.

Year 12 Chamber
String Students

Year 12 Concert
Band Students


Please email me if your child/ren are not able to attend a rehearsal.

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

Mrs Robyn Edgar
Instrumental Music Coordinator

Indigenous Graduation Mass

On Wednesday 23 October our Year 12 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students attended the annual Rockhampton Indigenous Graduation Mass at the St Joseph’s Cathedral.

Students were presented with their Graduation Sash from Bishop Michael & Leesa Jeffcoat.

It was a memorable day for all.

Back Row – Reshae Wallace – Little, Georgia Cutmore, Keeley Bauer
Front Row – Miss Isabella Bundesen, Sophie Maughan, Casey Wigg and Mrs Kelli Cory

Mrs Kelli Cory
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Education Liaison Officer

2019 Dance Night

Dance Night is a showcase of classwork and extra-curricular performance pieces from across years 7 to 12. It is a high energy, fun evening of dance that encompasses all genres, from Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Classical and Entertainment, as well as solos from the graduating class of 2019.

2 Nights only!
Friday 1 November 2019 7:00 PM
Saturday 2 November 2019 7:00 PM
Shalom College Performing Arts Precinct

Tickets available now!
$12 General Admission
$10 Student/Pensioners
+ Booking Fees

Quiet Achiever

Tayla Pearson

Year 11 Student Tayla Pearson is this week’s Quiet Achiever. Tayla has a wonderful way of being a constant support to her house and PC group, without ever seeking thanks or attention. She is a willing participant in all events and helps to organise activities with great diligence and the desire to make it a successful experience for all in the house. Tayla deserves to be recognised for her kind nature, patience and desire to help others without personal gain.

Mr Aaron Brown
Chisholm House Coordinator

McAuley Monster Raffle

Big congratulations to the following winners of the McAuley Monster Raffle

1st prize $200 – Narelle Crooke
2nd prize $100 – Joe Hu
3rd prize $50 – Kyan Kelly

Also congratulations to Charleigh McNamara who receives $50 for selling the most books of tickets (7)

And $50 to Rhys Crook for selling the winning ticket.

A big thank you to all the McAuley families, friends and supporters who helped to make this year’s Raffle a great success raising over $1 200 for CARINBUNDI our house charity.

Ms Paula Van Dalen
McAuley House Coordinator

Camino Skies Film Screening

Former Shalom College student (Class of 2003), Noel Smyth, co-directed Camino Skies, a documentary about the famous Catholic pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago. The most commonly walked route is over 700 kilometres from St Jean Pied de Port in France through to the resting place of Saint James in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. After walking the pilgrimage with my dad in 2016, I’m particularly passionate about sharing stories of the Camino. Camino Skies is an uplifting film about six inspirational pilgrims who embark on the historic walk.

I have teamed up with Fan Force who are aiming to screen Camino Skies at Reading Cinemas on 4th of December at 6pm. Tickets are available at the link below and you can read more about Camino Skies here:

Ms Karli Lancaster

Year 11 Aquatic Practices Excursion to Burnett Heads

On Wednesday 16 October, the Year 11 Aquatic Practices class toured businesses and organisations connected to the marine industry as part of their Boating Unit. The purpose of the excursion was to discover potential employment opportunities working in the boating industry, and understand the role of Volunteer Marine Rescue for recreational boaties.

Students were able to walk through a pilot vessel at Bundaberg port, and gain an understanding of the hierarchy of qualifications for those ‘driving’ the vessels – from a coxswain up to a Marine 1 ticket.

We then ventured to Bundaberg Port Marina for an informative tour around their facilities – from the mooring of boats, to the ship-lift and maintenance operations, boat construction and storage in the hard stand area. Students were given an insight to a wide range of work opportunities across all facets of the marina, and were struck by the impressive price-tag for owning and maintenance of some of the vessels.

Students enjoyed a fish and chip lunch before heading over to Burnett Heads Volunteer Marine Rescue. Here they visited the radio room, were given an insight to the purpose and history of Burnett Heads VMR, and were able to check out their rescue boat – an 11.5 metre, $500,000 alloy catamaran with some hi-tech rescue equipment.

Many thanks to Leon, Mark and Jason at Gladstone Port Authority – Bundaberg Port; Brett at Bundaberg Port Marina; and Karl at Burnett Heads VMR for giving of their time and sharing their expertise.

Checking out the ship-lift area at the Bundaberg Port Marina

Mr Troy Braund
Aquatic Practices Teacher


Chess Mayhem

“Chess is everything – art, science and sport”

On Tuesday 22 October, Shalom sent two teams to compete in Bundaberg’s Primary and High School Chess Tournament in an intense yet fun atmosphere at Avoca State School. This tournament brought together teams from all Bundaberg High Schools as well as some teams from Hervey Bay to battle it out on the chessboard. The Term 4 tournament is much anticipated as the ‘money round’ where high-performers are given cash prizes.

The Shalom Black team of Nicholas Whitelum, Keagan Geyer, Demetri De Florian and Seth Gayton finished fourth overall on the day. Nicholas Whitelum and Keagan Geyer were awarded $10 each for their impressive performances in winning the majority of their matches against tough opposition. Demetri De Florian also performed very well and was extremely competitive against the best players.

Once again Shalom’s ‘young guns’ of Kyan Kelly, Vivian Blemings and Seth Gayton showed that they are stars of the future with some strong performances. Keep an eye on these names in future chess tournaments over the next few years.

If you would like to be involved in the classy yet tough arena of chess, Chess Club is held every Tuesday in Beerarlem. We would love to see players of all abilities participate in Chess Club and come along to the tournaments. We hope to see you there.

Shalom’s Chess Teams

Mr Brendan Maher
Chess Coordinator

BDSSS Rugby Competition

The BDSSS Rugby Competition kicked off last Wednesday 23 October. A short competition of only two weeks, followed up by a Queensland Reds 7s tournament on Friday 15 November.

Shalom teams performed admirably in their first hit out since March.

The Year 7/8 team were convincing winners over St Luke’s in 10-a-side game, running in seven tries to two.

The Year 9/10 team played in a 7-a-side competition, defeating Bundaberg Christian College 22 to 12 in their first game, but were outclassed by St Luke’s 12 to 5 in their second game.

The Open team also played 10-a-side against St Luke’s. With only one reserve, and a fast-paced game, Shalom did well to be level at two tries each at half time. However, St Luke’s proved too strong in the second half, finishing the victors at seven tries to three.

Parents/family are welcome to spectate at our games this Wednesday 30 October from 4pm at St Luke’s oval.

Mr Troy Braund
Rugby Coach

Shalom students gaining Wide Bay selection

Congratulations to all the Shalom College Wide Bay Reps for 2019


Holly Stone

Lachlan Stevenson


Taylar Krueger

Jaime Krueger (QLD)

Tobias Street


Frances Corpe

Hamish Corpe

Lachlan Campbell


Jacob Theuerkauf

Lachlan Hazell

Georgie Stephenson

Dylan Theuerkauf


Hannah Leggett (QLD)

Ruby Smith


Jack Wooldridge

Kate McFarlane


Matthew Jackson

Edward Ryan

Brendan Grills

Kynan Hard

Lucy Hamilton

Lara Hamilton

River Felstead

Ronan Dempsey

Touch Football

Jayden Black

Will Hamilton

Nick Mason

Mitchell Allen

Chaleese Monsen

Ruby Tobin

Ella Hagan-Jenkins

Jade Garland

Riley Dingle

Jessie Richards

Holly Stone

Kharla Hills

Hannah Leggett

Jack Ellis

Sam Ellis

Brendan Grills

Oliver Moreny

Alannah Hutchinson

Rugby League

Fletcher Ace

Sunny Beatson

Wil Simmons

Lane Crossley-Price

Dakoda Friske

Makenzie Cavanagh

Levi Monckton

Tenamo Arobati

Rugby Union

Chelson Diggins

Connor Smith


Samuel Aitkenhead

Jackson Rielly

Ryley Stevens (QLD)

Anna Smith

Ruby Smith

Cohen Usher (QLD)

Zali Usher (umpire)


Lachlan Scott

Zye Cory

Jayden D’Addario


Luke Wyatt

William Zahn

Max Jonsson-Harlacz

Harrison Schneider

Holly Stone

Kasey Stone

Rachel Findlay

Letila Morris

Safia Borg

Cooper De Silva


Hayden Wessel

Seth Day

Tom Martin

Bryce Hibberd

Olivia Zunker

Lili Haster

Zali Haster

Lucy Hamilton

Illiana Barazza

Meg Freeman

Mila Rose


Kendal Dodd

(+ QLD Umpire at 12yrs Nationals)

Charlotte Boge

Macey Egan

Annabel Roelofs

Georgie Stephenson


Mekkija Blogg-De Haan

Alyssa Cameron

Avril Davies

Makayla Mortensen

Fletcher Doyle

Shelby Cass

Tahlia Glover

Tanisha Sands

Indigo Jenkins

Alistair Papparlardo

Cross Country

Fletcher Ace

Georgia Cutmore

Michael Doyle

Caiden Everingham

Hope Jarvis

Maya McCrystal

Lachlan Stevenson

Amelia Walsh


Lachlan Campbell

Rose Jensen

Helaina Lisciotto

Bridget McEwan

Chaleese Monsen

Lachlan Stevenson

Michael Doyle

Matthew Otto

Chris Pohlman

Kharla Hills

Lee-Challe Kriel

Maya McCrystal

Mr Simon Gills
Sports Coordinator

Queensland All School Athletic Championships

Congratulations to the 7 Shalom College students who represented the Wide Bay in the Queensland All Schools State Athletics Championships in Cairns!

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Matthew Otto for taking out the title as the fastest U18 100m sprinter in Queensland!!!!

Results below

Lee-Challe Kriel:

16 Year Olds Javelin (Final) 7th 34.31m

Lachlan Stevenson:

14 Year Olds 3000 Meter Run (Final) 8th 10:16.11

14 Year Olds 1500 Meter Run (Preliminaries) 25th 4:48.51

Michael Doyle:

17 Year Olds 800 Meter Run (Preliminaries) 10th 2:07.06

17 Year Olds 1500 Meter Run (Final) 8th 4:19.12

Matthew Otto :

18-19 100 Meter Dash (Final) 1st 10.92sec

18-19 100 Meter Dash (Preliminaries) 1st 10.85sec

Christopher Pohlman:

17 Year Olds 100 Meter Dash (Final) 7th 11.27sec

17 Year Olds 100 Meter Dash (Semi-Final) 8th 11.15

17 Year Olds 100 Meter Dash (Preliminaries) 10th 11.24sec

Kharla Hills:

15 Year Olds 100 Meter Dash (Semi Finals) 10th 12.86sec

15 Year Olds 100 Meter Dash (Preliminaries) 11th 12.48sec

15 Year Olds Long Jump (Finals) 8th 5.11m

15 Year Olds 200 Meter Dash (Preliminaries) 5th 25.56sec

15 Year Olds Triple Jump (Final) 5th 11:20m

15 Year Olds 200 Meter Dash (Semi-Final) 3rd 25.19sec

15 Year Olds 200 Meter Dash (Final) 7th 25.98sec

Maya McCrystal:

13 Year Olds 800 Meter Run (Preliminaries) 19th 2:35.71

13 Year Olds 1500 Meter Run (Preliminaries) 23rd 5:22.59

Mathhew Otto and
Christopher Pohlman

Mathhew Otto

Australian Boxing Titles

Congratulations to Year 9 student Aaliyah Watson who represented Boxing QLD last week at the Australian titles event at the Gold Coast. Aaliyah won the U/15 Schoolgirls 42 kg AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP.

Aaliyah is the 46 kg QLD Novice champion and the 40 kg Qld State Champion!!

Aaliyah has only been boxing competitively for 12 months – and has 3 titles!!

Australian Champion !!!!


Aaliyah Watson

Mr Peter Robinson
Student Welfare
High Performance Program
After School Activities

T20 Cricket

Shalom College again flexed its muscle in cricket with its Senior and Intermediate Male teams claiming second and third respectively in their divisions after the Southern Conference finals of the 2019 StreetSmarts Secondary School T20 Challenge at Sunshine Coast last week.

The Southern Conference finals brought together the Wide Bay, Northern, Southern and Independent Conference champions and in the Senior (Grades 10-12) semi-finals, Shalom crushed Good Shepherd Lutheran College Noosa by 103 runs, before we went down fighting to a star-studded St Joseph’s College Nudgee by a mere 15 runs in the final.

In the Intermediate (Grades 7-9) category, Shalom pushed Chancellor State College Sippy Downs all the way before losing by five wickets in the semi-finals, but we bounced back to outgun All Saints Anglican College Merrimac by 106 runs in the play-off for third position.

The Senior side compiled 8-149 from their 20 overs against Good Shepherd with opener and captain Edward Ryan laying the platform with 25 runs off as many balls, while No. 3 Brendan Grills led the charge with 64 at a strike-rate of 123%.

Good Shepherd always struggled in their run chase after Shalom opener Matthew Jackson removed both of their openers cheaply, and they were ultimately bundled out for 46 in 11.4 overs.

Matthew finished with 2-5 from his three overs, while first change paceman Braden Henricksen was the main destroyer with 4-12 from three overs, Aaron Cunnington ended the innings with 2-2 from four balls and the other two bowlers used snared one scalp each, Kynan Hard and Joshua Pole.

Nudgee boast four Australian and three Queensland representatives and are coached by former Queensland Bulls coach Terry Oliver but our boys did brilliantly to bowl them out for 126 in 18 overs, with Matthew Jackson firing out both openers in his 2-22 from four overs, Braden Henricksen picking up another big scalp and also effecting a run out, and Joshua Pole and Aaron Cunnington also grabbing two wickets apiece.

But Nudgee’s potent attack reduced us to 3-36, and when Edward Ryan was unfortunately run out for 34 to make it 4-70, then Adam Pozzebon departed for 22, the Shalom innings fell away in a collapse of 5-3, and in the end, we finished at 9-111.

Coach Mr Gills said despite the players’ disappointment of falling just short, he was very proud of the efforts of all his players and with nine year 11’s in the side, they will form the basis of another very strong team in 2020 when Shalom will aim to go at least one better.

For the one year 12 student in the team, Adam Pozzebon, and seven of the nine year 11 students, Edward Ryan, Kynan Hard, Matthew Jackson, Jack Gray, Joshua Pole, Braden Henricksen and Ethan Rach, it was the fourth year in a row that they have been part of the team which has qualified for the South Queensland Conference finals, but this is their highest finish so far. For the other two year 11’s, Brendan Grills and Aaron Cunnington, it was their third year as Southern Conference finalists. Team newcomers Jordan Condon and Hayden Wessel also contributed to the side’s success.

The Shalom Intermediate team batted first in their semi-final and despite being floored by two unfortunate early run outs, they amassed 9-98 with opener Reuben Coleman and No. 4 Zachary Richters leading from the front with 27 and 25 respectively.

Our pace spearhead Harrison Johnson then fired out Chancellor’s batting lynchpin opener in his 1-16 from four overs, and after Oliver Boge (2-25) and Jonty McMahon (2-12) each struck twice, the match was in the balance at 5-81 after 17 overs, but alas, the Sunshine Coast school was able to score the remaining 18 runs needed in the next 11 balls to triumph with seven balls to spare.'

Then batting first against All Saints, every Shalom batsman used played their part nicely, with Zachary Richters the main-stay with an impressive unconquered 42 from just 35 balls in a total of 5-158, while captain Will Hamilton and Jonty McMahon chipped in with 28 each.

All Saints had no answer to the opening onslaughts by Harrison Johnson (2-8 from 4 overs) and Lucy Hamilton (2-6 from 2 overs), while first-chance Matthew Parker continued the carnage with 2-7 from two overs.

Tobias Lamond stepped up to the plate with 1-5 from one over, before spinner Zachary Richters mopped up the tail with 3-18 from 2.4 overs as the Merrimac school was routed for just 52 runs.

With seven year 9’s in the team, they will all have to move up to the Senior division next year but the one year 8 in the side, Ned Jenner, will become the most experienced player in the side, while the performances of all four year 7 team members, Lucy Hamilton, Oliver Boge, Tobias Lamond and River Felstead, who did a great job as wicket-keeper/batsman, also augers very well for Shalom’s Intermediate chances for the next two years.

Coach Mr Habermann congratulated the team and thanked them for their dedication to training throughout the year.

Senior – Semi-final: Shalom 8-149 (Brendan Grills 64, Edward Ryan 25) d Good Shepherd Lutheran 46 (Braden Henricksen 3-0-12-4, Aaron Cunnington .4-0-2-2, Matthew Jackson 3-1-5-2). Grand final: St Joseph’s Nudgee 126 (Joshua Pole 4-0-10-2, Aaron Cunnington 3-0-21-2, Matthew Jackson 4-0-22-2) d Shalom 9-111 (Edward Ryan 34, Adam Pozzebon 22).

Intermediate – Semi-final: Chancellor State College 5-99 (Jonty McMahon 2-0-12-2, Oliver Boge 4-0-25-2) d Shalom 9-98 (Reuben Coleman 27, Zachary Richters 25). Play-off for third: Shalom 5-158 (Zachary Richters 42no, Will Hamilton 28, Jonty McMahon 28) d All Saints Anglican Merrimac 52 (Zachary Richters 2.4-0-18-3, Lucy Hamilton 2-0-6-2, Matthew Parker 2-0-7-2, Harrison Johnson 4-1-8-2).

Shalom’s Intermediate Team

Mr Vince Habermann
Intermediate Team coach

Rugby League

Fullback Bradley Clarke notched 10 points with one try and three conversions as the Shalom years 10-11 rugby league team warmed up for a big year with a 22-0 victory over hosts Xavier College in their first trial match of the new season in Hervey Bay on Thursday night.

Xavier had the bulk of possession and field position in the first half but Shalom’s defence aimed up magnificently to repeatedly shut them out, with hard hitting second rower Mack Druce leading the charge with 16 bone-crunchers until having his afternoon ended early when he suffered a painful rib injury in the 20th minute.

Scores remained deadlocked until Bradley Clarke scored from a penalty, then converted on the stroke of half-time.

Shalom posted three more excellent tries in the second half, to winger Mitchell Allen, who capitalised on a polished switch of play by five-eighth Sunny Beatson, centre Caileb Dimes and halfback Brendan Grills.

Mack Druce’s twin brother Alexander topped the tackle count with 20, while blockbusting front rower Chelson Diggins chalked up 16 to finish equal second with Mack.

Cricket star Matthew Jackson was a clear winner of the Players’ Player with a robust all-round performance in his first ever game of league, including making 10 strong charges to jointly top the hit-ups with high-class second rower Connor Black.

Coach Mr Feather praised the performances of all 21 players, naming interchange front rower Caleb Tairawhiti as another stand-out among the newcomers to the team as it sets its sights on the BDSSS Open title defence and more silverware at the Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Rugby League Confraternity Carnival after winning the Fourth Division Bowl in Bundaberg this year.

The team’s next hit-out will be when Shalom hosts the second annual Rochford Development Carnival 9-10 November when it will take on rugby league powerhouses Wavell State School and St Brendan’s Yeppoon and Bundaberg State High School.

Their last game for the year will be against Mountain Creek State School on 18 November.

Shalom 22 (Bradley Clarke, Mitchell Allen, Caileb Dimes, Brendan Grills tries; Bradley Clarke 3 goals) d Xavier 0. Top hit-ups: Matthew Jackson 10, Connor Black 10, Chelson Diggins 9, Caileb Dimes 8, Brendan Grills 8, Alexander Druce 8. Top tackles: Alexander Druce 20, Mack Druce 16, Chelson Diggins 16, Brendan Grills 12, Wil Simmons 12, Sunny Beatson 11, Caileb Dimes 10, Kynan Hard 10, Connor Black 10.

Caleb Tairawhiti was one of the stand-outs for Shalom in its trial game against Xavier College

Mr Vince Habermann
Team Manager

Next Step

Next Step is a statewide post-school destination survey of all students who complete Year 12 in Queensland. Insights gained from Next Step assists schools to review and plan their services for students, and school system personnel to evaluate education policies as they affect the transition from school to further study and employment.

This year's students will be invited to complete the Next Step survey in March 2020 and I seek your support in promoting participation in the survey. Some suggested text that you might consider incorporating in a school newsletter or other publication is included below. Also, attached are two images that you might prefer to use instead of the text.

Support from schools is critical in maintaining a high response rate for this survey and ensures that the results are representative of all Year 12 completers. Higher levels of response give schools better data for use in internal analysis.

Further information about Next Step is available at the link below. To provide feedback,

I invite you to contact Mr Adam Horsten, Principal Statistical Officer, Department of Education, by email at or on (07) 3513 6868.

Uniform Shop

For appointments please book online via the link below.

Boys ties are now available at $24 each.

Boys belts are now available in all sizes at $20 each.

Umbrella’s $35

Insulated cups $15

A limited supply of Shalom Umbrellas are available for purchase at $35 each, along with Insulated Cups and Travel Mugs for $15.

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

Catholic Schools Race Day 14 March 2020

As the year is coming to a close it is time to start putting in Event Dates for next year, the start of a new decade. Our 2020 Race Day event will be our 15th. How time flies. For those who are new to our Schools and aren’t aware of our annual event, a committee of past and present Parents and Teacher representatives from our three Catholic Primary Schools and Shalom College combine to organise a relaxed and classy get together at Thabeban Park Racecourse.

The day is full of activity with the running of five local Races, Fashion Parade, Fashions of the Field competition, a huge Raffle with a bundle of excellent prizes, all under the comfort of our Private Marquee area with two bars catering for our 500 guests. Food supplied throughout the day is catered for by students, staff and volunteers from Shalom and the Bars and Gate are manned by volunteers from all four Catholic Schools. It is a wonderful opportunity to catch up with friends from the past and present of our Catholic School community and all money raised on the day is donated directly to the four schools for special projects of their choice. We have many very generous sponsors, some who have been supporting our event for its entire 14 years, and without them, along with our many volunteers, the day would not be the success it is.

At our upcoming event, the past students from Shalom, the 2010 and 2000 Year 12 cohorts are celebrating their 10 and 20 Year Reunions. Past students from the 1990 cohort are celebrating their 30 Year Reunion a week later here in Bundaberg, but also are welcome to double up on their celebration and join us at Thabeban Park.

I can be contacted on my Mobile 0419787279, or alternatively Mrs Teresa Cameron at Shalom College on 41558137 if there are any enquiries in relation to our Race Day regarding sponsorships, volunteering or ticket sales. Any past students looking for information in relation to their 10, 20 or 30 year reunions can contact the following representatives through the Facebook pages set up for their event or phone:

2010 Kurt Dempsey 0498 066 555
2000 Nadine Zunker 0409 060 366
1990 Claire Lawrence (nee Woods) 0418 147 035

Peter O’Beirne
Catholic School Race Day Committee
Mobile 0419787279

Date Claimers

Friday 1 November

All Saints Day

Final House Celebrations

Giving Tree

Dance Night

Saturday 2 November

All Souls Day

Dance Night

Sunday 3 November

Year 12 Farewell Music Concert

Monday 4 November

Sports Awards Evening

Tuesday 5 November

Year 7 2020 Music Orientation Day ( PAP Theatre and Band Room)

P & F Meeting

Wednesday 6 November

Thursday 7 November

Year 12 EOS2 Exams

Friday 8 November

Brother Rochford Rugby League Challenge

Year 12 EOS2 Exams

Saturday 9 November

Brother Rochford Rugby League Challenge

Sunday 10 November

Brother Rochford Rugby League Challenge

Monday 11 November

Year 12 EOS2 Exams

Rememberance Day

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

Term Dates for 2020

Term 1

28 January – 3 April

Term 2

20 April – 26 June

Term 3

13 July – 18 September

Term 4

6 October – 4 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

29 October

Help Needed Please

30 October

Help Needed Please

31 October

Merna Cook
Help Needed Please

1 November

Help Needed Please

4 November

Bethany Swadling

5 November

Help Needed Please

6 November

Tia Booth

7 November

Melanie Forey
Merna Cook

8 November

Jeanette Rand

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 3 November 2019

6:00am – 9:30am

Andrew Lucht

Janelle Test

9:00am – 12:30pm

Sharon Anderson

Katumaree Nablini

Sunday 10 November 2019

6:00am – 9:30am

Mary Buchanan

Helen/Matthew Mader

Cassie Savage

Steven Schiffke

9:00am – 12:30pm

Katie Davies

Patricia Rochford

Sunday 17 November 2019

6:00am – 9:30am

Suzanne Brown

John Delaney

Mark Morris

9:00am – 12:30pm

Sunday 24 November 2019

6:00am – 9:30am

Lisa Andreoli

Christine Buwalda-Nicolson

Trish Sellers

9:00am – 12:30pm

Joanne Godfrey

Teresa Cowell

Sunday 1 December 2019

6:00am – 9:30am

Kath Clarke

Helen Robinson

9:00am – 12:30pm

Michelle Haase

Tennille Nagas

Maryanne Taylor

Sunday 8 December 2019

6:00am – 9:30am

Roselyn Hunting

Susie Mant

9:00am – 12:30pm

Emma Jansen

Jas Hunter

Rebecca Schneider

Marie Walker

Markets BBQ Roster

Sunday 3 November

Shalom Rugby League
Neil Feather

Sunday 10 November

Blanket Buddies
B Donovan

Sunday 17 November

East Bundaberg Rotary
David Baldry

Sunday 24 November

Shalom Rowing
Gretta Waters

Sunday 1 December

St Joseph's P & F
Gemma Bush

Sunday 8 December

Elliott Heads SLSC
Laura McDonald

Community Notice Board

Catholic Parish Bulletin

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