Shalom College
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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

25 May 2020

Principal’s Reflection

One of the upsides of this Covid time are some pretty clever memes!

National Reconciliation Week runs from 27 May to 3 June. Twenty years ago, I was one of thousands who marched across bridges in Australia supporting the dream of Reconciliation between Australians of both Indigenous and European descent. At the time, the theme of those symbolic walks across bridges claimed that, “Our hope is for a united Australia that respects this land of ours; values the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage; and provides justice and equity for all.” We have come some way in the last twenty years to achieving that goal but we have so far still to go. The National Reconciliation Week brings to our collective memory the anniversary on 27 May of the 1967 Referendum that finally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were citizens of this country. 3 June is the anniversary of the decision delivered in 1992 of the High Court which delivered the ‘Mabo Decision’ which recognised Native Title. These were significant events for our country and deserve to be remembered and celebrated. At Shalom, we have a growing number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in our community and we are so much better for that. Education, as it always has, since the days of Edmund Rice and Catherine McAuley, is the key to breaking a cycle of poverty and inequality. Schools like Shalom have a great role to play in that. The traditions, wisdom and culture of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have so much to offer all of us. It is also a reminder of how much work we still need to do to ‘provide justice and equity for all’.

Year 10 Camps will commence on Tuesday 2 June. These will be day events with students being transported to Chaverim each morning and returned in the afternoon. As these camps are being conducted on our own property, they are not considered ‘excursions’ under Government guidelines and are, therefore, permissible.

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles


Report Card Date Change – Now Distributed 24 July

As a consequence of remote learning, Year 7-10 Semester Reports, Year 11 Unit 1 Reports and Year 12 Unit 3 Reports will be distributed later than previously advertised to give students and teachers some more time to consolidate meaningful data. All year levels will have report cards published on Friday 24 July.

Subject Changes

Any essential subject changes must be completed no later than Wednesday 24 June. If any changes are deemed necessary, then a parent interview must be arranged with the Senior School Coordinator, Mrs Janelle Ivers ( for Year 10 & 11 students, or Mrs Megan Munckton ( for Year 9 students, to discuss this. The opportunity for parents of Year 9 & 10 students to book an appointment will become available on Wednesday 10 June, however, parents of Year 11 students are able to book appointments now. Please contact Mrs Ivers or Mrs Munckton directly to arrange this. Subject changes will not be considered in Term 3.

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


I am late to the party, I know, but I have started watching “Call the Midwife” on the ABC. I realised after watching a few episodes I felt uplifted, I began to wonder why. The plot lines are not complicated, there is no mystery and no ‘in your face’ violence. It is a program that celebrates, at its heart, kindness. The respect and kindness that is afforded the vulnerable and those on the fringes of society is inspiring. The response to the kindness shown is varied but ultimately almost always positive.

Our challenge is to make kindness our default response to people. It is not always easy but surely the results are worth it. Most of us can recall a time someone was kind to us and how that made a positive difference. That old saying is true “People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel.”

Red Shield Appeal Coin Line

This year The Salvation Army has assisted more people than ever before. Some people who may never have thought they would ever need to call on the “Salvos” have had to do so. Shalom College has always been a proud supporter of the Red Shield Appeal and we will do so again this year when we hold our coin line. Please start collecting those extra coins that fill up your purse or are in the console of your car and bring them along on Friday 5 June to add to our coin line.

Mrs Mary Taylor
Assistant Principal – Mission

MacKillop House Leader

Congratulations to Patrick Jay for being awarded the position of MacKillop House Leader this week. Patrick has accepted this position vacated by Kye Burgess, who leaves Shalom to pursue a career in the Australian Navy. Mr McMahon presented Patrick with his Leader’s badge on Wednesday.

Mr McMahon and Patrick Jay

Mrs Michelle Moller
MacKillop House Coordinator

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.

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 were encouraged to have a family member take a photo showing them in their home workspace and email it to You just had to make sure the Shalom logo was visible in the photo – wear your hat, uniform or be creative!

Photo of the week

Thanks to Year 7 student Isabella for sending in this snap of Learning @ Home with Shalom!!


Mrs Georgia Halpin
Community Relations Officer

Family Zone – Enforcement

Family Zone has been compulsory at Shalom for the past two years. Recently we have made a change for students in Years 7, 10, 11 and 12 to ensure that all of their devices have Mobile Zone installed. This week, we shall also be making this change to Year 8 students followed by Year 9 students next week. We request that all parents of students in Years 8 and 9 please ensure that Family Zone is installed and signed into on their child’s device. If a student does not have Mobile Zone installed, they will not be able to connect to the Internet whilst at school.

Mobile Zone can either be found in the App Store or located in the Self Service app.

If any parent is having difficulty with Internet connection outside of school hours, please contact Family Zone at or call on 1300 398 326. Family Zone can be called from 8am-10pm on weekdays and from 9am-5pm on weekends.

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.


The Pathways Department is very excited to announce the launch of #mycareerpathway

#mycareerpathway is an initiative of the Shalom Pathways Department to give students access to realistic and first hand career insights! The short, sharp one minute clips will uncover the background story on everyday people and how they came to be in their current career.

How well do you know Shalom Staff’s career history? We kick off our first post with interviews from Shalom staff who have all had extremely varied careers before they found their aspiration to work in education. These open and interesting conversations will help students to understand that their first job will most definitely not be their last. Statistics show that today’s school-leaver can expect to have 18 different jobs over 6 careers in their lifetime.

Students…be in the draw to win a $20 VOUCHER FROM THE SHALOM TUCKSHOP!

All you have to do is….

  1. Follow #mycareerpathway
  2. Tag 2 of your mates in the comments
  3. The winner will be drawn at random and announced by 3pm Friday, 29 May

Follow #mycareerpathway on Instagram. Stay tuned for more videos!

If you want to discuss your pathway options get in contact with Shalom Pathways Office in Goondeel Library.

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

Quiet Achiever

Kealey Clarke

Kealey Clarke is one of MacKillop’s senior students whose contribution towards MacKillop House deserves to be recognised. As one of our Year 12 students this year, Kealey has consistently fulfilled her leadership role, assisting in all of our House activities when required, she has been an excellent role model for our MacKillop House students and a supportive Senior buddy towards her Year Seven buddy. Kealey’s friendly and cheerful nature is received positively and appreciatively by all. Congratulations Kealey for displaying the elements of character we strive to promote in MacKillop House!

Mrs Michelle Moller
MacKillop House Coordinator

Library News

This week the Beerarlem Library has officially re-opened for the entire school!!

Currently we are missing lots of books, as students were able to borrow out up to 20 books at the end of last term, it was fantastic to see so many students borrowing from the library.

So that we can get officially up and running again, we need all students who borrowed books before the holidays to return as many books as they can to the Library. We understand that you might still be reading some of them, but any that you can return, please do so asap.

Happy Reading Everyone, and we hope to see you at the Beerarlem Library soon!

Miss Bella Little
Gap Year Student – Administration


Shalom Steel

On Monday 18 May Shalom Steel went up against Maryborough Marauders and Trinity College 2 in a best of 5 series of Rocket League. In the first game Nahum Pascoe from Shalom Steel performed valiantly, defending and scoring while working across the field like a professional. The end result of the game saw Marauders walk away with the victory. In the second round Joaquin Arriola, Xavier Ulbl and Alexandrei Burbano went head-to-head against Trinity College 2. Our team gelled and went full ham from the beginning. The team’s communication was second to none making the series a playful yet competitive match that kept you on the edge of your seat. The team ran a strong aggressive attack scoring many tries in each match. At times our aggressive attacked worked against us as it left our goal open which Trinity College 2 capitalised on and scored. Shalom Steel came out on top with a victory against Trinity College 2 winning the first three matches of the series. We are looking forward to our games against Good Shepherd Origin in Round 1, and MFAC Beasts in round 2 on Monday 25 May.

Mr Gavin Hill
eSports Coordinator

Shalom Stealth and Shalom Saints

What a fantastic week for both Shalom Stealth and Saints. The Saints, who play in the beginner Academy League, played hard against their opponents from St. Thomas More College, and came out victorious in the end. The team was led by Rohan Boas, with Kael Yunus and Jake Troy making up the rest of the team. Zack O’Mara, even though he wasn’t playing, supported the boys in their game spectating and providing encouragement through voice chat. Well done Saints.

Meanwhile, Shalom Stealth stomped their way to victory in game one, taking down Unity College 3-0. The team, led by Liam Bury, with Casey Hall and Michael Connolly, played superbly. Kody Hunting supported the team, keeping them focused and energised throughout the games. Game two came with some nerves as the game was being live-streamed and commentated. Liam, Kody and Michael played a strong game, and even though they lost the first round, the team came back and won the next 3 games, taking the round 3-1. Well done Stealth.

The communication shown between the players in both of these team was impressive, and I commend all players for their positivity and team work that has shown. I am looking forward to the next two weeks of games!

Miss Alana Clark
eSports Manager/Coach

Uniform Shop Online!

Shalom College now has an online Uniform Shop! Shop 24/7! Perfect for busy parents and students - you can select the items you need, pay online with credit card and you will be e-mailed when your order is ready for collection!

Go to the link below:

Uniform Shop Opening Hours – Term Time

  • Monday 8:00am – 12:00pm
  • Tuesday 8:00am – 12:00pm
  • Wednesday 8:00am – 12:00pm
  • Thursday 8:00am – 12:00pm
  • Friday – Closed

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.

Tuckshop Roster

Tuesday 26 May

Stacey Tindel

Wednesday 27 May

Volunteer required please

Thursday 28 May

Bundaberg Show Holiday

Friday 29 May

Volunteer required please

Monday 1 June

Wanita Ellis

Tuesday 2 June

Katrina Mulford-McCallum

Wednesday 3 June

Bronwyn Grills

Thursday 4 June

Jacqueline Read

Friday 5 June

Volunteer required please

Monday 8 June

Trish Cahill

Shalom Sunday Markets

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

• Fresh food stalls fruit, vegetable & local food products

• No BBQ or tuckshop

• All stall holders and food vendors will recommence this Sunday

• Social distancing to include gaps between stalls (all outdoors)


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

Breast Screen Queensland

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.

Drivers College

Drivers College has returned to provision of pre and novice learner driver education, special provisions have been put in place for the protection of both staff and students training on our complex. Please see below the changes made to ensure safety from transfer of the virus. Currently we are only working with one student per booking, on Saturday or student free days until further notice.

School holidays at present will be one student per educator with the 2 day program being offered on Monday and Friday of both weeks, this will mean we will only have two student places each week so if you are wanting to book please contact us early as they will go fast. A special amended one day program will be available for students with more than 70 log book hours, only 2 places will be available for these.

Pre learners program;- Pathway to Safer Driving is a 2 day comprehensive program from basic car set-up to hazard identification, crash avoidance, skid control and braking on varying surfaces and reverse parking.

The advanced program is based on less of the fundamental driving skills and more on braking, evade and crash avoidance, emergency stopping, reversing and parking.


Monday 29 June and Friday 3 July for the first week

Monday 6 July and Friday 10 July for the second week

Dates for the advanced program will be negotiated when the booking is made.

To book please call Diana on 41811773 if the phone is unattended please leave a message and I will call you back.

In the current climate of social distancing and our own concern for the health and safety of our clients and staff, Drivers College has developed and constructed two adapted vehicles and a new safe working procedure for cleaning and sanitizing all facilities and vehicles used in education. All staff are required to report any illness, students are required to fill out a questionnaire on their health and contacts for the 4 week period prior to booking. On the day staff and students along with any family entering the complex will have their temperature taken, anyone above normal will be referred to medical assistance and the booking deferred until they are cleared by their doctors. New measures are in place including more frequent breaks at which time vehicles will be cleaned and sanitized, students will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer in the rest area during the break. No staff is permitted to have any physical contact with the students.

We now have two vehicles being utilized in this new format number one has a clear hard Perspex Screen at head height separating the driver and educator as an extra precaution, this vehicle is being used for steering, cornering, etc. The student and educator will change vehicles to our new Distance Education Controller car. This car has had the front passenger’s seat removed and a special safety control system added for student safety during training in crash and skid prevention, emergency braking and other driving skills taught in our learner driver program. With the removal of the seat it allows the educator to distance themselves from the student and gives a more comprehensive view of hands and feet controls as well as a full view of the road. This is an innovative concept providing the educator with a new teaching method using combined visualization of hands, eyes and feet working in unison.

Drivers College is a not for profit entity built by sponsorship of local business and a small army of volunteers who share our vision. Our ethos is to “save lives on our roads through early intervention education”. The College and our education complex is a living work, operated by professional trained educators, all staff are volunteers and financial input is used to run and expand the complex. On our wall and web site below you will find a list of local business who support us please support them when you can as we build a healthier, safer community.

Director of Programs and Administration
Drivers College
Brickworks Circuit, Bundaberg, Qld, 4670
Phone: 0741 811 773