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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

11 November 2019

Principal’s Reflection

Remembrance Day is important. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the Armistice was signed between the Allied powers and Germany. It was a very flawed document as it turned out and was one of the casual links to the disaster which was to be World War II. But we still need to remember. We need to appropriately commemorate the lives of the combatants and so many more civilian deaths that any war destroys. We need to remember the horror and indiscriminate loss of war if we have any hope of preventing others. In the September school holidays, I was with Shalom students when we visited Germany. As we passed through so many beautiful towns and cities I noticed something that you never miss in any Australian town – big or small – no war monuments. Every town in Australia has a statue to the fallen around which we gather at least each ANZAC Day. We won the two big wars so maybe we remember differently. Germany lost more in both wars than any of the Allies but, because they lost, maybe the narrative is different. In Berlin, we visited their version of an ‘ANZAC Memorial’. On the main street of Berlin there is the monument to all ‘the Victims of War and Dictatorship’. It is beautiful. It is free to enter and it is a large stand alone structure. It has a hole in the roof. In the centre of the large square room is a beautiful bronze statue of a mother cradling in her arms, her dead son. When it rains, they get wet. When it is very cold, snow covers them. It is a stark reminder of all of the victims of oppression. It is different from what we do in Australia when we commemorate the sacrifice of war. Rightly, we celebrate the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform – living and dead. The memorial in Berlin reminds us all that civilians and innocents suffer most in any war. Lest we forget.

Academic Awards Night is on Wednesday night in our Sports Centre. All are most welcome and we will get underway at 6.30pm. It is a chance to celebrate the efforts and successes of so many Shalom students. Parents and students have been advised by email about this event.

Graduation Liturgy for our Year 12 class will be at 10am on Thursday. We all hope and pray that our next group of graduands from Shalom will move forward with confidence and hope. More than any OP score or Qualification they may receive, may they be women and men who will live courageous and compassionate lives. May theirs be lives that make a positive difference to others and to our world.

Enrolments 2020 – it is a great problem to have but Shalom is experiencing even greater enrolment demand for the new year than usual. We will be sad to lose families at the end of the year as some leave town or make other plans. I would be really, really grateful if, as soon as you might be aware that your child will not be with us in 2020, that you could let us know as soon as possible.

Industrial Issues for Staff. You may have read in the media that, at this end of the Enterprise Bargaining process, there are still issues to resolve between staff and employers. As a result, enough staff at Shalom have voted to take Protected Action. This will mean that some will not do Playground supervision or take supervision lessons. So far, this has not meant much disruption for students. Other staff who are not in the Union or choose not to take particular actions have ensured that classes are covered and that students are adequately supervised at break times. Some normal student activities at break times may have be curtailed. Student safety and well being will continue to be our highest priority in the coming days as it is always.

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles


Year 12 Students

Year 12 students will be completing final assessment tasks this week and will be looking forward to graduation. Students have been reminded to check that they have access to their learning accounts, which is where they will be able to access full results on publication day, 13 December. Despite encouragement, I have received a report from QCAA that says several students have not yet activated their account. Please encourage your son or daughter to login and to seek help if there is a problem. Clearly, as school holidays will have commenced, teachers will not be available to assist on 13 December.

Ms Katherine Nelson
Assistant Principal – Curriculum


Year 12 – No classes on 13 November 2019

Please note that there are no formal exams on Wednesday 13 November. There will also be no classes that day.

Students required to attend school on this day include:

  • Students who are still to complete any supplementary exams that have not been completed on the Tuesday. These students are to report to Mrs Ivers at 8.30am.
  • Students who are receiving awards for Awards Night practice. It is important that these students be at the Sports Centre by 10am.

If you are not involved in these activities, then you do not need to attend school on that day.

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.

2019 Academic Awards Evening

Shalom College Sports Centre
6:30pm Wednesday 13 November 2019

Parents of award recipients have been e-mailed an Invitation to the 2019 Academic Awards Evening.

Awards include;

  • Year 7 to 9: Academic, Studentship & All Rounder Awards
  • Year 10 to 12: Subject Prizes, Academic & Studentship Awards

See website for awards and award descriptions – in the link below.

2019 Sports Awards Evening

The Annual Sport Awards Evening was held on Monday 5 November. Congratulations to all students who received awards on the night – see full list in the link below. Special award recipients on the night included;



Joe Ellul Trophy

Kharla Hills

Simon Doyle Trophy

Michael Doyle

Andrew Penningh Memorial Trophy

Lingiari House: Reece Santalucia, Dylan Goni, Will Munckton, Christopher Pohlman

Br Rochford Perpetual Trophy

Mackillop House: Amy Hamilton, Mackenzie Bennett, Ruby- Ann Tobin, Elizabeth Godfrey

Shalom Champion Team Award

Open Girls All Schools Basketball Team


Bundaberg Volleyball Association Award

Hamish Young


Bundaberg Rowing Club Old Oarsmen Award

Open Mixed Quad Crew of Grace Pashley, Amy Snare, Hamish Young, Joshua Pole & cox Fletcher Crossett

Tessa Carty Trophy

Grace Pashley

Nick Silcox Trophy

Lincoln Dwyer


Eastaughffe Trophy

Kendal Dodd

QISSN Netball Shield

Charlotte Boge


Bundaberg Football Club Award

Hayden Wessel


Confraternity Rugby League Shield

Jake Bonus

Brothers Rugby League Club Award

Corey Picaro


Brothers Cricket Trophy

Adam Pozzebon


Service to Sport Award

Rylee Johnson

Junior Sportswoman of the Year

Holly Stone

Junior Sportsman of the Year

Lachlan Stevenson

Sportswoman of the Year

Jaime Krueger

Sportsman of the Year

Ryley Stevens

Mr Simon Gills
Sports Coordinator

Europe Tour 2019 and looking forward to 2020

In the September holidays this year 21 Year 10, 11 and 12 students were lucky enough to travel to Europe to visit sites in Germany and Italy in support of their history and religion studies. Students experienced European history first hand in places such as Nuremburg, Berlin, Rome and Pompeii. These ranged from the sobering sites of Dachau and The Nuremburg Rally Grounds, to the glorious Colosseum and ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. They also visited a variety of religious sites, including the Vatican, and were lucky enough to attend a liturgy with the Pope.

Next year, a similar trip will be on offer for students, this time to Budapest, Vienna and Berlin, followed by a range of archaeological sites in Greece. Students will be able to see up-close the places associated with major historical events, like the remnants of the Berlin Wall and a variety of Ancient Greek ruins. Students will visit a range of museums and experience life in central and Eastern Europe. Sites are chosen to enhance the year 10-12 history curriculum, but will also offer valuable learning for students in music, drama, literature and religion.

The trip is open to year 10, 11 and 12 students and will depart in the afternoon on Friday September 18, 2020 (last day of Term 3), and return to Bundaberg on October 5.

The trip is organised by the Senior Modern History Teacher and Humanities Coordinator Mrs Patricia Allen and Senior Ancient History Teacher Mrs Penny McKeown. Students can collect information letters from the organising teachers at a meeting this week on Wednesday 13 November in C34 at first break. There will then be a parent and student information session in the Staff Common Room on Wednesday 20 November from 5.45pm. In order to secure the best possible prices on flights, deposits are required by 4 December.

For more information please visit the trip website (address below) or email or

The 2019 tour group in Florence, Italy watching the sunset over the city.

Humanities Competitions Certificates Awarded

Earlier this year Shalom Humanities students participated in the Australian Geography and Australian History competitions. Certificates for high achievers were presented last week.

The Australian Geography Competition is available to students in years 7-12 and is organised by the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland, in conjunction with the Australian Geography Teachers’ Association. It tests Geographical knowledge and skills. A number of Shalom students did particularly well in this competition, receiving prizes of High Distinction and Distinction. Congratulations to the following students:

High Distinction


Tahia Zia (8)

Cooper Leeson (8)

Candace Walsh (8)

Lucy Horton (8)

Carter Lascelles (8)

Brianna Dooley (8)

Amara Burns (9)

Libby Boas (8)

Flynn Ingall (10)

Erika Marshman (9)

Michael Burt (12)

Marnie Little (9)

Oscar Clancy (9)

Sophie Bond (9)

Lana Vollmerhause (9)

Recipients of Distinction and High Distinction Awards in the Australian Geography Competition.

The Australian History Competition is open to students in year 7-10. Run by the History Teachers’ Association of Australia, this competition tests knowledge and skills based in the Australian Curriculum for History. A number of Shalom students were awarded High Distinction and Distinction prizes in this competition. Congratulations to the following students:

High Distinction


Libby Boas (8)

Brianna Dooley (8)

Sophie Bond (9)

Cooper Leeson (8)

Nicholas Clarke (8)

Carter Lascelles (8)

Ethan Sologinkin (10)

Joel Clancy (10)

Ethan Wooldridge (10)

Recipients of Distinction and High Distinction Awards in the Australian History Competition.

Certificates were also awarded for Credit, Merit and Participation. These will be presented to students in their Humanities classes.


JMC Academy High School Workshops

JMC Academy Brisbane campus will be holding introductory workshops in January 2020. These workshops are a great opportunity to check out the JMC Academy campus while getting a taste of studying your passion with Australia’s leading Creative Industries provider. These courses are available for High School students going into Years 9 - 12 in 2020 or who have just completed Year 12 in 2019. Workshops on offer include:

  • Character Design Short Course
  • Script to Screen Short Course
  • Recording & mixing a Band Short Course
  • Songwriting & Production Short Course
  • Recording a Band Workshop
  • Think Visual Workshop

Tickets are now available and workshops fill very quickly so check out all the details on the website below:

JMC Academy will also be holding an open day at their Brisbane Campus on Saturday 18 January, 2020. Courses are offered in Animation, Audio Engineering + Sound Production, Contemporary Music Performance, Digital Design, Entertainment Business Management, Film + Television Production, Game Design, Songwriting and Master of Creative Industries. For more information see the link.

Blue Dog Graduation

Blue Dog Training held a congratulatory BBQ for Year 12 Certificate I Construction & Certificate II Engineering Pathways students where they were presented with their qualifications. We congratulate the students on their hard work.

Names from left: Blue Dog Trainer, Mr Garrick Dillon, Liam McCrae, Zoe Witt, Aiden Beresford, Will Hema, Dylan Goni, Riley Emmitt, Shane Paulsen, Bailey Coutts, Jobe Lister

Additional Learning Opportunities for 2020

Applications are now open for students in Years 10, 11 & 12 wishing to enrol in Additional Learning Opportunities (such as TAFE and external qualifications) in 2020. Students would attend their course one day a week as opposed to school. Please see the attached Additional Learning Opportunities guide listing the programs on offer. Please note, Mr McMahon must approve Year 10 enrolments in external courses. To register your expression of interest, please see Mrs O’Donnell in the Pathways Office.

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

Instrumental Music

Pleasant Sunday Afternoon – this was the final major concert for 2019 where we also farewelled nine Year 12 instrumental music students. Most of these students have participated in more than one group during their years at Shalom and we would like to thank them for their immense contribution and encourage them all to continue making music for many years to come. Thank you to all who helped with the organisation of the afternoon. A special thank you to Mrs Jo Medcalf who collated and wrapped the raffle items donated by our families, into seven lovely prizes. Also special thanks to parents who donated food and helped to prepare and serve afternoon tea.

Final music excursion for 2019 – this is be undertaken by Rochford Strings and eight vocal students of Mrs Edgar. The students will perform at The Lakes and Palm Lakes retirement villages on Monday 25 November. The vocal students have been rehearsing Christmas songs including Jesus Born on This Day and two Australian Christmas songs.

Absenteeism – 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

Quiet Achiever

Samuel Freeman

This week’s Quiet Achiever is none other than Hogan male Captain Samuel Freeman. An organised and very high achieving academic student balanced with a range of extra-curricular pursuits, makes this young man a very hard working and dedicated student.

However, we do not often hear about the ‘extra stuff’ that students like Sam get up to. Towards the end of last term, Sam entered the Quota Student of the Year Competition. He completed a written application, was interviewed before a panel on a Saturday morning and then attended a formal dinner that night whereby he delivered a five minute speech on the topic of "Scientists - the New Age Rockstars".

Sam also recently addressed the East Rotary Club about his time in Canberra at the National Youth Science Forum and then took questions from the Rotary members. Always giving of his time and energy, it was most impressive to hear that Sam stayed afterwards to help assemble some care packages, which the club were putting together.

Congratulations on your ‘behind the scenes’ feats and contributions Sam!

Mr Adam Knott
Hogan House Coordinator

Book Hire Opening Hours for 2020 Resource Collection

Years 7, 8 and 12 (for 2020) do not need to collect resources prior to school commencing. However, if you have a sibling going into 9, 10 or 11, the couple of resources required for 7 and 8 can be collected at the same time.

Monday 9 December – Wednesday 11 December

8:00am- 3:00pm

Wednesday 15 January – Friday 17 January

8:00am- 3:00pm

Monday 20 January – Friday 24 January

7:30am -4:00pm


Volunteers are required to clean, mend and re-shelve resources in preparation for 2020 issuing. If you can spare some time, book hire will be open for volunteers from 18 November 2019. Morning teas and lunches are provided. Please contact me on Thanking you in advance.

Mrs Krys Rehbein
Book Hire Manager

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 4 December at 6pm. Tickets are available at this link below and you can read more about Camino Skies here:

Ms Karli Lancaster

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.

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.

Umbrella’s $35

Insulated cups $15
Keeps drinks Hot or Cold for 3 hours

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

Tuesday 12 November

Year 12 EOS2 Exams

Wednesday 13 November

Awards Night

Year 12 EOS2 Exams

Thursday 14 November

Year 12 Graduation Liturgy

Friday 15 November


Saturday 16 November

Wide Bay Triathlon Trials Hervey Bay

Sunday 17 November

Monday 18 November

Week 7

Tuesday 19 November

Year 7 2020 Orientation Afternoon

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


12 November

Cathy Duffield


13 November

Katrina McCallum


14 November

Trish Cahill

Merna Cook


15 November

Kylie Jarvis

Nereda Torok


18 November

Mila Robertson


19 November

Jeanette Tu


20 November

Help Needed Please


21 November

Help Needed Please

Merna Cook


22 November

Jeff Freeman


25 November

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 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 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

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