Shalom College
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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

1 June 2020

Principal’s Reflection

Covid19 has put lots of our usual life on hold. Good learning and teaching have been continuing at Shalom in spite of the changes and some great initiatives have been developed that will continue beyond 2020. Facilities developments have continued full steam. The $8m Waterford building which is being constructed to facilitate great teaching in our Middle school, is on track to be completed by Christmas this year. This will house 14 new classrooms, numerous break out spaces and a tiered learning area. Hogan and Rice Houses are very much looking forward to calling the new Waterford building ‘home’ for the start of 2021. Our new Solar farm is also getting a lot closer to completion. The Tesla batteries and Invertor arrived a couple of weeks ago and are now in place. These form a third of the cost of the $3m project. All going well, the solar panels will arrive and be put in place early next month. The third significant capital improvement for the College came in the form of the purchase of the block of ground beside our sports oval that faces onto Enterprise St. This block will allow us to possibly expand the sports fields for the College if we can convince the Bundaberg Regional Council that this would be a good idea. I am very confident that these projects will be great for our current Shalom students and for future generations.

Our On-line Clothing Store is now up and running. Hopefully parents will find this a very useful initiative and simplify the process of ordering school uniforms. Order on-line and just arrange for collection at the Uniform store when it suits. A lot of the work, behind the scenes, for the on-line store was done by our trainee Jade Tairawhiti (Snr 2019 Adams) who had to do a lot of research to set up the back end structures.

Ms Kaylah Fox has had to make the difficult choice to resign her position at Shalom. Kaylah has had some health challenges recently. We wish her all the very best. Kaylah is a very good teacher and highly regarded by her students. We all hope that it won’t be too long before we are able to see her back at Shalom.

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.

Please find attached a letter from our Diocesan Director, Leesa Jeffcoat, regarding Semester 1 report cards.

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.

Mr Brendan Maher
Assistant Principal – Administration


National Reconciliation Week

Last year at our Graduation Liturgy we began by recognising our Senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. I was standing to the side watching as the five students waited to be called forward. Their pride in their heritage was evident in their faces. I felt privileged to be a part of this gesture of recognition. I feel aggrieved that we as a nation have not yet made the recognition of our first nations people a priority.

As we come to an end of Reconciliation Week 2020 – In This Together, it is important to consider what the future will look like for all Australians. I think this summary from Reconciliation Australia expresses such a positive vision.

“Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We strive towards a more just, equitable nation by championing unity and mutual respect as we come together and connect with one another.

On this journey, Australians are all In This Together; every one of us has a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures.”

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

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

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, 8, 10, 11, 12 to ensure that all of their devices have Mobile Zone installed. This week, we shall also be making this change for Year 9. We request that all parents of Year 9 students please ensure that Family Zone is installed and signed into on their child’s device. Please choose “Filter Only” when setting up the device. If a student does not have Mobile Zone installed, they will not be able to connect to the Internet while 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. Our IT Department is also happy to assist any parents wanting assistance with setting up their Family Zone account. Please email to book an appointment.

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.


Date Claimer – QTAC Presentation

Year 12 students - if you are thinking of applying to university you NEED to attend the QLD Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) ‘How to Make Your University Application’ information session. Normally QTAC would deliver the ‘How to Make Your University Application’ session here at Shalom; however, nothing is normal this year! Zoom sessions are the new norm this year.

CLAIM THIS DATE: 4.15pm on Wednesday 17 June. The link for the Zoom session will be emailed out to students closer to the date.


#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 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.

Click here to see the first Instagram post and follow #mycareerpathway

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

The Careers Department

We have recently purchased student logins for The Careers Department website which is a fantastic resource packed with great career research tools and information. Just in case students have forgotten how to login, see below:

Student Login

Just click ‘Get started creating your account’ under the SCHOOLS option and follow the prompts.

They will be prompted to select their school and school password during the process

School: Shalom College – Bundaberg
School password: SCB

We encourage parents to log in and check it out as well. Please feel free to use the below login (please do not use student logins as we have only purchased a set amount):

If you haven’t logged on to the Careers Department yet check out this taste-tester video.

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

Quiet Achiever

This week I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation to the PC teachers and Parents of McAuley House by nominating them all as our QUIET ACHIEVERS. The first five weeks of term 2 have certainly been weeks with a difference that none of us expected. Through the dedication, support, care and positive attitude of our parents and PC teachers the students of McAuley have been able to continue their learning, make contact, communicate, feel involved and carry on each day with some normality.

Catherine McAuley once said to her Sisters of Mercy when they were experiencing some hardships – ‘Don’t let crosses vex or tease. Try to meet all with peace and ease.’

It is through the example of peace and ease shown by our PC teachers and Parents that we as a house are understanding and accepting life as it is right now. Each of you have shown your ability to SHINE and are truly deserving of McAuley Quiet Achievers.

Ms Paula Van Dalen
McAuley House Coordinator

Library News

The Beerarlem Library has some very exciting news with the arrival of some new books to read!!

One of our favorites, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins is the much-anticipated prequel to The Hunger Games, which is always a fan favorite and will be an amazing read.

An exciting new series has also arrived at the Library called The Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger. This book is bound to ensnare any fantasy reader looking for a hit new series.

Come on over to the Beerarlem Library to find your next book read, and just a reminder to bring back all library books that were borrowed out before online learning commenced.

See you at the library!
Miss Bella Little
Gap Year Student – Administartion

Virtual Cross Country

Below are the full results from the ‘ISO’ Cross Country that Wide Bay School Sport put on.

Congratulations to the Shalom students that competed and entered results.

Maya McCrystal (1st) in the 14yrs Female Division
Amelia Walsh (2nd) in the 14yrs Female Division
Oliver Smith (5th)in the 13yrs Male Division
Taj Wilson (7th) in the 13yrs Male Division
Thomas Parton (2nd) in the 14yr Male Division
Lachlan Stevenson (2nd) in the 15yrs Male Division
Fletcher Ace (2nd) in the 16yrs Male Division

WBSS had 212 entries

Certificates will be sent to schools for the Age Champions.

Mr Simon Gills
Sports Coordinator

Sport Team Photos

Sport Team photos for all Summer Sport Teams, Swimming, Rowing and QISSN/QISSRL teams will be held this month.

All photos will be taken at the 2ND HALF OF LUNCH – MACKILLOP 2. Please check your child/ren allocated day in the below link.

Staff and names listed are the coaches and managers of each team.

Catholic Race Day Sponsors

The Catholic Schools of Bundaberg would like to thank the following businesses for their generous monetary & service donations which have helped to make 2020 Catholic Race Day possible. We ask all families to support these wonderful local businesses whenever possible.

AAStat Stationery

Alowishus Delicious

Avanti Collections

Aussie Home Loans


Blissful Spa & Beauy Therapies

BloomsThe Chemist

Bob Gallagher Family

Boost Juice

Brothers Sports Club

Bull Financial Group

Bundaberg Swimming Academy

Bundy Chop Shop

Bundaberg Discount Drug Store

Charltons Lawyers

Cityfit Gym

Comfoot Shoes

Cutting Crew for Men

Diocesan Catholic Education Office

Duffys Buses


Friendly Society Pharmacy

Flaunt It Hairdressing

Greg Whalley Dental

Greensill Farming Group

Hair Synergy

Hinkler Parties

Lukey’s PC Repairs

Maddison Jayne Photography

Manskeden Property P/L

J & R McCracken

Me & My Mirror

Manta Bargara Resort

Mint Six Boutique

Michel's Patisserie

Mon Repos Turtle Centre

Murchie Constructions Pty Ltd

Moncrieff Entertainment Centre

Oscar Nails

Pacific Coffee

Precision Locking

Rum City Foods

San Shells

Premium Turf

Shawline Embroidery

Smiling Wide Orthodontics

Scallywags Childcare Centre

The Hansen Family

Studio 202

Spotted Dog Tavern

Sunstate Travel Centre

The Shoe Fringe

Summer Breeze

Tony Madden Architects

The Photobooth Company

The Royal Albert Hotel

The Waves Sports Club

The Wax Pot

West Bundaberg Pharmacy

Willow & Hide Designs

Bush Air Refrigeration, Electrical & Gas

3BZ Fitness

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!

Girls tights are available now at the Uniform Shop, all sizes in stock $8.50 each

New to the Uniform Shop

Boys formal socks will be compulsory as of Term 1 2021. These socks are available now, 2 pair to a pack $21.

Girls Bummers are available now, $30 each.

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 2 June

Katrina Mulford-McCallum

Wednesday 3 June

Bronwyn Grills

Thursday 4 June

Merna Cook

Jacqueline Read

Friday 5 June

Volunteer required please

Monday 8 June

Trish Cahill

Tuesday 9 June

Isobel O’Brien

Wednesday 10 June

Volunteer required please

Thursday 11 June

Merna Cook

Volunteer required please

Friday 12 June

Volunteer required please

Monday 15 June

Mila Robertson

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
  • 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

Back to School Support from Headspace

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