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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

17 February 2020

Principal’s Reflection

At the coffee shop yesterday morning, I ran into ex Shalom parents whose son has recently joined the Navy. I was so pleased to hear how well this young man was doing. To say he had a tough time surviving high school is a bit of an understatement. I have no doubt he got through this by the ‘tough love’ his parents consistently gave him and the support they and their son received from some outstanding educators at Shalom. They showed me a picture of their lad in uniform with his ‘4 week badge’ stitched onto his uniform. I asked if any had dropped out in the first four weeks of training and was surprised to learn that there were lots. Quite a few left within the first week! The structure, the discipline, the routine were just too much. There is something that is very worrying in that. Our staff enjoyed an in-service on Tuesday night with Fr Richard Leonard who spoke about the ‘culture of happiness’ that he believes pervades our society. Richard quoted Australian author Hugh Mackay.

“… weekends should be great… Holidays should be havens of happiness… Work should be fun, or, if not fun, then at least stimulating and satisfying. So should marriage, and if it isn’t, then we should strive for a perfect divorce in which we and our former partner will behave in the civilised and responsible way we couldn’t quite manage during the marriage…. The kids themselves should be gifted in ways that make them worthy of special attention…. Sex should be blissful and deeply satisfying, every time… Sport? It’s all about winning, of course…. In our perfect world, blame is easy to affix, revenge is sweet, and outcomes are always positive (for us). Life should proceed from one thrilling gratification to the next, banners triumphantly aflutter: joy unbounded. All we want is heaven on earth. Is that too much to ask?”

On so many occasions I have had parents say to me that, “I just want my daughter/son to be happy.” I am dying for a parent to say to me, “I just want my child to have integrity or be compassionate or be respectful or to make a positive difference in the world”. Just being happy or just being comfortable is not nearly enough. I hope that Shalom will always work with parents to teach young people how to deal with difficulty and, at times, real disappointment. To be young people who are resilient and brave and who can work really hard to achieve their goals. It’s our job as parents and teachers to challenge our kids to push their boundaries and defy their own limitations – it’s what makes our vocations so rewarding.

Enrolment for Year 7 2021 – If you have a child in Year 6 or know someone who does and is interested in looking at Shalom as an option for secondary school, please note the following dates –

Year 7 Information Evening – Wed 11 March at 7pm
College Open Day – Friday 20 March 9am-11.30am
Year 7 2021 Enrolments close Friday 8 May

Tomorrow (Tues 18 Feb) is Student Free Day for Bishop’s In-Service Day.

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles


Yr 12 Exam Block – Term 1 Week 4/5

Update - Please note : Change to the location of the Japanese exam

As a consequence of the new ATAR system for Senior students, there will be an exam block for Yr 12 students at the end of Week 4 and beginning of Week 5 in Term 1. Final dates and exams are yet to be finalised, however, they will be communicated in the next newsletter. Please note that in this exam block, students are permitted to stay home to study at times that they do not have an exam.

Mr Brendan Maher
Assistant Principal – Administration


Bishop’s Inservice Day

Tomorrow Tuesday 18 February is a Student Free Day.

Senior Induction

Please note the Liturgy for the Year 12 Induction will be held on 27 February at 11:30am in the Sports Centre. Parents and care caregivers of Year 12 students should have received their invitations in the mail shortly. Please RSVP through the link below.

Mrs Mary Taylor
Assistant Principal – Mission

Family Zone Assistance Stall

Need assistance activating your Family Zone or installing onto your devices?

Shalom College is providing free 20 minute appointments to all parents at Shalom College requiring assistance in getting Family Zone set up on their children’s devices on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons this week.

Please go to the link below to book your appointment.

2020 Immunisation program for Year 7 and Year 10

Shalom College is participating in Queensland Health’s annual School Immunisations Program. All Year 7 and Year 10 students will be offered free vaccinations as recommended on the National Immunisation Program to protect against vaccine preventable diseases. In 2020, Year 7 students will be offered human papillomavirus (HPV) and diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination. Year 10 students will be offered meningococcal ACWY vaccination.

The vaccinations will be conducted by a team of authorised and registered nurses from OzCare.

The consent cards have been distributed to all our current year 7 and 10 students via House Coordinators/PC Teachers in the first week of Term 1. They need to be returned to Student Reception by the 7th of February, any late forms will need to be returned to Ozcare directly. Only students with a signed and completed consent card, indicating ‘Yes to Vaccination’ will be vaccinated.

The Shalom College 2020 clinic dates are

Round 1 - Year 7 HPV1 & Year 7 dTpa – Monday 16 March and Tuesday 17 March
(note, due to large number of students this clinic is now over two days)

Round 2 - Year 7 HPV2 – Monday 12 October and Wednesday 14 October

Round 1 – Year 10 Meningococcal ACWY – Monday 30 March

Parents are encouraged to ensure their children have breakfast on the morning of the vaccination.

Ozcare will contact all guardians directly to if a student (with a completed and returned consent form) did not attend the Shalom clinic session.

Year 7 and 10 Catch Ups Clinic will be scheduled at Ozcare, date to be advised.

For further information about the School Immunisation Program please call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or visit the link below or click on the following links; immunisation through the school program

The following resources are also available for you

The Public Heatlh Act 2005 requires the school principal to disclose student ant parent, legal guardian or authorised person information for eligible year 10 immunisation provider if requested.

Year 7 2021

Please note the change of date for the College Open Day – this event will now take place on Friday 20 March.

Students at our Catholic Primary Schools will receive a personalised enrolment package in the early March.

Mrs Georgia Halpin
Community Relations Officer



Preferred option is Email or Phone Absentee line 41558181

ALL student absentees should be notified to the office by 9am each day. If no notification has been received, an absentee text message will be sent out to parents to advise of the student’s absence.


Date Claimer - Defence Careers Information Session

Are you considering a career with the Navy, Army or Air Force? A defence careers information session will be held on Monday 16 March from 6.00pm – 8.00pm at the Bundaberg Multiplex, 1 Civic Avenue. This session will help you to learn more about the various roles available and chat to defence personnel to find out first-hand knowledge.

Save the date – Bundaberg YOU (Your Opportunities Unlimited) sessions Wednesday and Thursday 1 & 2 April, 2020.

Defence Work Experience Program

The Defence Work Experience Program provides opportunities for young people who have an interest in a Defence career to gain exposure to job roles that are available in the Australian Defence Force and Australian Public Service. Work experience opportunities are available for Year 11 and 12 students in the Navy, Army and Air Force. Please note that any associated travel and accommodation costs of this program are the responsibility of the student and family. For more information on the Defence Work Experience jobs available in Queensland in 2020 go to:,CurBID,JobListID,jobsListKey&lid=30528190010

If you require any further information, please contact the Pathways Office.

Graduate Success

2018 graduate, Emily Radley, is experiencing great success within the Royal Australian Navy. Her family reports that Emily is extremely happy with this challenging career and would highly recommend it to students to explore this potential pathway. Congratulations Emily, Shalom is very proud!

Do you want to be a doctor? UCAT – External Exam for Medicine

Students wishing to apply for medicine or dentistry at many universities in Australian in 2021 will need to do the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT).

The UCAT is a two-hour computer based test consisting of multiple choice questions. Students are required to complete an online registration to book the test. The UCAT can be completed at any time in July. There are detailed and easy to follow instructions on the UCAT site, which also has extensive instructions to candidates who have special needs.

MedEntry is a government-accredited Registered Training Organisation specialising in UCAT preparation and offers courses and online practice exams which simulate the UCAT. For more information visit

Applications for the UCAT open on 2 March and close on 11 May. You can find information on the University Clinical Aptitude Test here

The Pathways Team
Mrs Liza O’Donnell, Mrs Kathy Laing & Mrs Julia Fox

Quiet Achiever

Lucy Hamilton

Year 8 Student Lucy Hamilton is our first Quiet Achiever for 2020. Lucy has had a very successful cricket season gaining selection in two Queensland cricket teams. The first of these is a club competition where she will represent her state by travelling to Canberra and the second, a Queensland U/15 school representative side, that will play here in Bundaberg against other state teams in April. Lucy is very capable with both bat and ball in hand, playing as an all-rounder and has a very bright future ahead of her.

Mr Adam Knott
Hogan House Coordinator

Shalom Colour Fun

Year 8 Camps


Congratulations to Year 9 Student Cale Little who was recently selected into the Australian Team for the Shotokan Karate World Cup in London in August 2020. Cale was selected from years of performing highly at State and National level.

In 2019, 2018, 2017 Cale won GOLD medal in 13-15 years at Nationals.
In 2016 Cale won Silver
In 2015 Cale won Gold in 10-12 years at Nationals

In the 2020 Australian Team Cale is in the 13-15 years division.

Aussie - Aussie – Aussie !!!

Cale Little

Mr Peter Robinson
Student Welfare
High Performance Program

Duke of Edinburgh

Shalom College is currently offering the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award program for Year 9 or 10 students who are 14+ years of age. We are also offering support to any 16+ years students who would like to complete the Duke of Ed. Gold award program or any of the bronze award recipients from 2019 who would like to do the Silver award program.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is an international youth development program for 14 – 25 year olds. The program enables young people to step out of their comfort zones whilst:

Learning new skills
Getting active
Exploring new places
Helping out in your community
Meeting new friends
Receiving recognition for doing activities you already do
The award programs can also
Earn credits towards your QCE (1 point for bronze)

Help you find a job – increasingly recognised by employers. The program enables young people to gain experience in many of the skills employers look for – communication, problem solving, initiative, organisation, ability to work both independently and as part of it team.

What’s involved?

To complete the Bronze award program students must complete 4 award sections

Service – get involved in your community and give service to others

Skill – build your skills in something practical or creative eg, drawing, painting, fishing or music

Physical recreation – take part in something active such as football, dancing, swimming, surfing, the gym

Adventurous journey – discover a sense of adventure and do something challenging with your friends – practice and final journeys (2 days & 1 night) The Adventurous journeys for 2020 will be held during semester 2.

Skill, service and physical recreation are 1 hour a week for 3 months for two areas and for 6 months for your major. A lot of what students are already participating in outside school hours can be counted towards these award requirements. Eg. Music , swimming lessons, sports training and playing.

Costs: $164.00 - Bronze $169 – Silver $174 – Gold

Additional Costs for adventurous journeys (these are kept to a minimum)

camping fees
Canoe hire
Travel costs

For more information on the program click on the attached link to the Queensland Duke of Edinburgh International Award website:

If you are interested in participating in this exciting program please see Mrs Bishop in the Rice block staffroom or email me @

Mrs Debbie Bishop

Uniform Shop

Normal trading hours have resumed at the Uniform Shop

Monday – Thursday 8am – 12pm

New! Shalom College Supporter Polo!

Available now from the Uniform Shop for $40.00 - available in Mens XS to 3XL and Ladies size 6 to 22. Perfect for parents supporting their child in sport or other College activities.

Mrs Leanne Barker
Uniform Shop Co-ordinator

Class of 1990 School Reunion

Shalom College Class of 1990, other students’ who attend with us between 1996-1990, teaching staff of Shalom and partners of guests, are all invited and warmly encouraged to attend our Bundaberg Shalom College 30 Year Celebration– Class of 1990 Reunion.

The Main Event

Saturday, 21 March
Spotted Dog Tavern, 217 Bourbong Street, Bundaberg
Starting @ 5.30pm until late

Tickets on sale via Eventbrite

For further details contact Claire Lawrence (Woods) on 0418 147 035.

Catholic Schools Race Day 14 March 2020

Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets are now on sale for the 2020 Catholic Schools Race Day, please click on the link below to purchase your tickets online.

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

Mr Peter O’Beirne
Catholic School Race Day Committee
Mobile 0419787279

Date Claimers

Tuesday 18 February


Bishop’s Inservice Day

Wednesday 19 February

Catch Up Photo Day

Shalom Swimming Carnival (Championship) (1pm-3pm)

Summer Sport – Week 1

Thursday 20 February

Wide Bay 10-12 yrs Golf Trials

Wide Bay 13-19yrs AFL, Cricket, Golf, Rugby Union, Softball and Tennis Trials

Friday 21 February

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

2020 Tuckshop Menu


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 18 February

No volunteer help required

Wednesday 19 February

No volunteer help required

Thursday 20 February

Merna Cook

No volunteer help required

Friday 21 February

No volunteer help required

Monday 22 February

No volunteer help required

Tuesday 18 February

No volunteer help required

Wednesday 19 February

No volunteer help required

Thursday 20 February

Merna Cook

No volunteer help required

Friday 21 February

No volunteer help required

Monday 22 February

No volunteer help required

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 23 February 2020

6:00am – 9:30am

Kate Rehbein

Craig Warner

Kylie Walduck

9:00am – 12:30pm

Brendan/Astrid Clancy

Jo Medcalf

John Pappalardo

Vicki Saffioti

Sunday 1 March

6:00am – 9:30am

Andrew Lucht

Janelle Test

Leah Whalley

9:00am – 12:30pm

Sharon Anderson

Katumaree Nabnili

Sunday 8 March

6:00am – 9:30am

Mary Buchanan

Helen/Matthew Mader

Steven Schiffke

9:00am – 12:30pm

Patricia Rochford

Clinton/Rebecca Davenport

Sunday 15 March

6:00am – 9:30am

Suzanne Brown

Mark Morris

Gail/Michael Pimm

9:00am – 12:30pm

Angela Jackson

Wanita Ellis

Markets BBQ Roster

Sunday 23 February

Relay for Life

Vince Habermann

Sunday 1 March

Shalom Rowing

Gretta Waters

Sunday 8 March

Blanket Buddies

B Donovan

Sunday 15 March

Shalom Rugby Laegue

Neil Feather

Sunday 22 March

Relay for Life

Vince Habermann

Sunday 29 March


David Gahan

Sunday 5 April

Shalom Rowing

Gretta Waters

Community Notice Board

Catholic Parish Bulletin

Movie Premiere

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