Shalom College
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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

11 May 2020

Principal’s Reflection

I hope every mother in our community had a great day yesterday. Motherhood, like Fatherhood, done well, is an indispensable ingredient of a great society. I was talking to my niece the other day – a comparatively young mother of four, the oldest being nine. Before her kids came along, she had a pretty successful career. She was chatting to me about being made feel a bit guilty by some of her friends because she has put her career on hold to devote the time to her family. I am a bloke and I don’t deserve much of a say in these things, but I did try to affirm her choices and the sacrifices that come with motherhood. What she is doing and what just about all mothers do, is an unbelievable contribution to the world. There is nothing more valuable than the formation of our young people. To all our Mums, I hope you were spoiled yesterday (and today) and that each of you have a great sense of how important your vocation is.

We farewelled soon mum to be Ms Kelsie Schuler from staff last week as she begins her Maternity Leave. We wish Kelsie and Michael all the very best for this next wonderful stage of their lives. In her place we welcome Ms Meg Nunn to staff and also welcome back from Leave, Ms Simone Wilson.

Mr Dan McMahon

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Learner Conferences - Postponed

Due to the uncertain environment at present, the Learner Conferences that were advertised on the School Calendar for 26 May have been postponed. A new date will be decided and communicated when there is greater certainty about the return of students to school.

If you have any questions about your child’s progress, please contact the relevant classroom teacher.

Mr Brendan Maher
Assistant Principal – Administration


We have two weeks left on our learning from home journey with our Year 7 – 10 students with their scheduled return to Shalom in Week 6. We have been pleased with the commitment shown by our students as they embrace the new format of curriculum delivery. Thank you parents and caregivers for the support you are giving to both your student/s and our staff as we continue our teaching and learning journey.

Welcome back to our Year 11 and Year 12 students from their online learning experience. I am sure both students and teachers alike will be looking forward to reconnecting in person and continuing their learning back in the classroom. Shortly we will ask our senior students via a survey for feedback around their experience with online learning from home.

Previously I have directed you to the QCAA’s Frequently Asked Questions page through the College website, accessed by clicking on the COVID-19 Updates link. I want to draw your attention to the additional factsheets QCAA have provided to support students during this time in the areas of preparing for external assessments and effective study strategies.

Mrs Gail Norris
Assistant Principal – Curriculum


A Call to Prayer

Pope Francis is part of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity. This committee meets with religious and world leaders in order “to support and spread the values of mutual respect and peaceful coexistence.” It aspires to “undertake complex challenges facing communities of all faiths, with an approach of openness, learning and dialogue.”

In response to the COVID – 19 crisis, the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity calls for a day of ‘prayer and supplication’ to God for an end to the pandemic. They are calling on all of us to pray for an end to the pandemic.

Their call also emphasises the importance of asking God ‘to inspire scientists to find a cure that can turn back this disease’.

In calling for worldwide prayer, the Committee says, “Each one, from wherever they are and according to the teachings of their religion, faith, or sect, should implore God to lift this pandemic off us and the entire world, to rescue us all from this adversity.”

The Committee suggests Thursday, 14 May, as a day “for fasting, works of mercy, prayers, and supplications for the good of all humanity.”

No specific prayer has been chosen as this is a multi-faith endeavour but we are asked to spend some time on 14 May asking God to end the pandemic. This prayer can take as many forms as there are people participating but that is ok. The idea is we stop and turn to God. Please take some time on Thursday to pray for our world.

Mrs Mary Taylor
Assistant Principal – Mission

Year 7 2021

Protect Our Kids Online

Please click on the link below to register for this webinar

Online Learning Awards

Our online Learning Legends are students who successfully logged on to all four lessons each day of the previous school week and are working productively.

Please click on the link below to view the list of Students who have been recognised as online Learning Legends.

Stewarts & Sons Buses

Stewarts & Sons Buses will commence their regular Childers bus run from Monday 11 May.

Year 10 Camps

In light of the current situation with Covid-19 our Year 10 Camps that were planned for term two are going to change. At this stage we will still be going to Chaverim each day with a different format of day time activities only. Students will be transported by bus to and from Camp each day and will not be staying overnight.

We have decided to keep year 10 Camps as daytime activities only and move to new dates in Week 7, 8 and 9 of Term 2. The students will be transported to Chaverim by the College bus or by a Duffys bus each day. Students will need to be at school by 8.30 am each morning; they will return to the College on day 1 and day 3 at approximately 2.50 pm, in time to catch buses home. For day 2, please collect your child at 5.00 pm from Shalom as the day 2 activity sessions need more time and will conclude at Chaverim at 4.30 pm. ( if you have an issue with return times – please communicate with your House Coordinator)

If your child is unwell and has flu-like symptoms please keep them at home.

As things are changing with Covid-19 and the Government’s directives we will be in contact further if things do change again.

Due to term 2 being disrupted, as you know, we have had to make the decision to cancel all of our Year 7 Camps this term and keep the Year 10 Camps.

The Year 10 Camp program initiates and promotes our students leadership and teamwork journey into Senior Schooling at Shalom and our House Coordinators are the teachers in charge of these Camps.

Please login to Parent Lounge to give permission for your child to attend the Camp.

Please notice that we have had to swap Camp 7 and 8 from previous planning due to one House Coordinators availability.

Please see camp schedule below.

Mr Peter Robinson
Student Welfare
High Performance Program

Photo Competition

Students learning from home are encouraged to have a family member take a photo showing them in their home workspace and email it to The best photos will be posted on the School’s social media pages and appear in the Shalom Newsletter next week. You just have to make sure the Shalom logo is visible in the photo – wear your hat, uniform or be creative!


IT Tips and Tricks

Parental controls for iPads

Screen Time lets you know how much time you and your kids spend on apps, websites and more. This way, you can make more informed decisions about how you use your devices, and set limits if you'd like to. Read on to learn how to turn on Screen Time, view your report and set limits, and manage a child's device.

For more info at the link below:

IT Assistance

If any student requires IT assistance, please contact the IT Department by:

Logging a request or using the “Chat” option at the link below:

Visiting us in the IT Office
Calling 4155 8131
We are here to support you!

Ms Stephanie Johnson
IT Service Desk Manager



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.

Homework Club

Due to the return of our regular school timetable, the daily tutoring sessions between 2.10 pm to 3.00 pm have ceased. Homework club will recommence from 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm each WEDNESDAY afternoon, commencing this Wednesday.

Mr Steve McKay
Learning Enhancement Teacher


To prepare for life post-school, we would strongly encourage Year 12 students to take care of some basic life administration so that they are well prepared for the world of being a young adult when they leave school. We have put together a checklist of tasks for students to start working through in readiness for the next chapter.

See useful information and links below:

LUI (Learner Unique Identifier) – This is your learning account within the Queensland Curriculum Assessment Authority. Forgotten LUI’s can be accessed here:

USI (Unique Student Identifier) - A reference number made up of ten numbers and letters that all students doing nationally recognised training need to have. Forgotten USI’s can be accessed here:


  • Go to myGov
  • Select Create an account at the bottom of the screen and follow the instructions.
  • You will need an email address to create your account.
  • You can then use your email address or mobile phone number to sign in.

Once your myGov account is set up, you can link it to many other services such as the Australian Job Search, Australian Taxation Office, Centrelink and Medicare.

If you need any further help with completing these tasks, don’t hesitate to make contact with the Pathways Office.

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

Quiet Achiever

Bailey Kruger

Bailey Kruger has made a fantastic start to Year 12. Apart from being a great House Captain, excellent role model for our younger students and a constant support for the house, he is also achieving very well academically. We are extremely proud of Bailey in Chisholm House, he is a credit to himself and all the younger students who look up to him.

Mr Aaron Brown
Chisholm House Coordinator

Virtual Cross Country

To keep the students of Shalom College active and interested in sport, we have organised an Inter-House Virtual Cross Country event for 2020. Shalom is keen to have as many students as possible PARTICIPATE in this event.

All you need to do is walk, jog or run; record your time and share your time with the School

There will be a Virtual Cross Country Champion House Trophy up for grabs.

Mr Simon Gills
Sports Coordinator

Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop remains open with it’s regular hours, Monday – Thursday
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Orders and payment via phone are most welcome, students will be notified via email when their order is ready for collection from the Uniform Shop.

Phone : 41 558 121

Mrs Leanne Barker
Uniform Shop Co-ordinator

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.

Shalom Sunday Markets

Shalom Markets will continue to operate (with restrictions) until further notice!

  • Fresh food stalls only – fruit, vegetable & local food products
  • No other food stalls – BBQ, tuckshop etc.
  • Social distancing to include gaps between stalls (all outdoors)

The running of the markets will be reviewed weekly until further notice.


No volunteers required

Due to the temporary closure of the Shalom Markets Food Stalls we DO NOT NEED volunteers for the Markets Tuckshop or BBQ, if you have any queries please contact Leanne via email –

Community Notice Board

Student Travel Rebates

Catholic Parish Bulletin

Triple P

The State Government is funding free access to Triple P, which is the world’s most evidence-based parenting program and has helped more than four million children and their parents around the world develop closer, more positive relationships.

Please click on this link, which will take you to the website where you can access information relevant to your situation.

This link will remain in our Newsletter with Triple P sending us regular updates and helpful tips.