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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

15 June 2020

Principal’s Reflection

In last week’s Newsletter, I wrote about the issues that have been raised in Australia and around the world following the death of George Floyd in the United States. In that Newsletter, I shared the reflection of one of our students following an interaction had with a young child. I also said in that column last week, “For those of us who call ourselves Christian, there has never been a more important time to stand up and loudly proclaim that ‘all lives matter’!” The next day I got the following email from another student at Shalom that I think is worth sharing…

Hi Mr McMahon,

I hope you’re well. I just read the latest newsletter where you talked about racism and the BLM movement. Of course I totally agree with what you said, however I thought I should let you know that a lot of people find it quite insensitive to say ‘all lives matter’ in response to everything going on. Here are some good analogies I saw for why that is:

“If my spouse comes to me in obvious pain and asks, ‘Do you love me?’, an answer of ‘I love everyone’ would be truthful, but also hurtful and cruel in the moment. If a co-worker comes to me upset and says, ‘My father just died,’ a response of ‘Everyone’s parents die,’ would be truthful, but hurtful and cruel in the moment. So when a friend speaks up in a time of obvious pain and hurt and says, ‘Black lives matter,’ a response of ‘All lives matter,’ is truthful. But it’s hurtful and cruel in the moment.”

I hope you see where I’m coming from.

A couple of days after this, I got a longer letter from another student asking me and the College to ‘step up’ on this issue. Getting feedback from students like these two keeps me loving this job!

I just love knowing that our students, at least some of them, are thinking and reflecting on these issues. I get really worried that too many of them get consumed by their Instagram or Snapchat accounts rather than knowing what is going on in their world. Apathy kills. We provided an opportunity for our students to participate in a small ‘action’ on Friday that was meaningful and well done. I hope it encouraged not just those who participated but all of our students who watched it happen, reflect on some really important issues in the world.

Survey Fatigue I understand but can I beg you all to complete the school satisfaction survey that is sitting in most inboxes at the moment along with reminders to complete this which are also sitting in your inboxes. Only 13% of parents have completed this and only 30% of students. We want to know what you think. Please take a few minutes to do this for us if at all possible.

The Santalucia Family have been a great part of the Shalom story throughout the life of the College. We welcomed back to Shalom this week, John & Patricia Santalucia whose children and grandchildren have come to Shalom. Back in the 1970s before Shalom began, John provided men and machinery, free of charge, to clear scrub and level ground so that we could have ovals at Shalom. Recently, John & Partricia gifted the College a 16 megalitre water allocation. We have now sunk a bore and are pumping that water to keep our ovals lush. This is a huge addition to the College and a gift that will save us thousands of dollars in town water costs each year. Thank you so much to the Santalucia family.

Parents & Friends Meeting this Tuesday evening in the Staff room commencing at 5.30pm. All are most welcome.

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles

Student Welfare

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Mrs Elizabeth Austin Campbell
Deputy Principal

School Officer Day

Wednesday 10 June, marked ‘School Officer Day’. Shalom is blessed with almost 100 EXCELLENT School Officers and Teacher Assistants, who value-add to the College community. School Officers are spread throughout the College from the gym, to the office, to the kitchen, to the Science labs, to the classrooms, libraries, sprinkled around our grounds and out to Chaverim. One of the Year 12 Christian Ministry and Theology classes, tested their ability to work constructively in education teams to ensure each School Officer received a rose, as a small gesture of our acknowledgement and appreciation of the special role they play in the Shalom community.

Mrs Kim O’Shea-Hard
Assistant Principal-Staff


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


Friday Rally

Being a Catholic School, aware of the importance of our Catholic Identity, we teach the Catholic Social teachings throughout all of our subjects. They can be categorised under the following headings:

Care for our Common Home
The Common Good
Dignity of the Human Person
Subsidiarity and Participation
Preferential Option for the Poor

In response to some of these – Solidarity, Dignity of the Human Person and Our Common Good and in light of our Mission Statement, we held a rally on Friday.

This rally was a show of support, a reminder that we need to stand up for justice, respect all groups in our community, show compassion to all and to treat everyone with the dignity they deserve because we are all made in the image of God.

Mrs Mary Taylor
Assistant Principal – Mission

Queensland Day

Dear Dan and all Shalom staff

This Queensland Day, 6 June, I want to say thanks to those Queenslanders who have helped us through one of the most challenging times—our health workers, teachers and emergency service providers, our Care Army, shop assistants and transport operators, our neighbours, family and friends.

I want to say a huge thank you Dan for your outstanding leadership. Thank you too to all staff for making school at home as seamless as possible and fun while maintaining the highest possible standard of education in isolation, as well as continuing classroom lessons for those who continued to physically attend school. You have all made this challenging time much easier for all students and their families.

Queensland is known for coming together through some of the toughest challenges, but it is people like you all who make Shalom, our Region, State and Country great.

Kind regards
Vince Habermann OAM
Division 7 Councillor

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

Family Zone has been compulsory at Shalom for the past two years. Recently we have made a change to ensure that all of their devices have Mobile Zone installed. If a student does not have Mobile Zone installed, they will not be able to connect to the Internet while at school.

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.

Zone Manager App

Zone Manager is an app that can be installed from the App Store and Google Play to make managing student’s Internet access even easier.

Download Zone Manager for free via the App Store or Google Play

What can I do in Zone Manager?

  • Log in to your online account
  • Add, edit or remove family members and their devices
  • Update routines and calendars
  • Allow device borrowing
  • Monitor alerts more frequently
  • Timely response to Access or Quick Time change requests
  • Change your PIN or passwords
  • Seamless linking to the online account

Is there anything that Zone Manager can’t do?

  • At the moment, you will still need to log in to your online account to:
  • Manage Home Zone
  • Complete school registration
  • Purchase additional products and services
  • Cancel Family Zone

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.

HSC/QCE/VCE & Beyond Expo

From June 17-21, students will be able to attend the HSC/QCE/VCE & Beyond Virtual Career Expo and explore exhibits from a host of different universities (both Queensland and interstate), colleges, defence and other educational institutions. Students will also have the opportunity to hear from some amazing and inspiring speakers from all walks of life, some who have taken unconventional careers paths or overcome immense obstacles to become a success in their industry. Through a series of live chats, webinars and virtual ‘booths’, the HSC/QCE/VCE & Beyond Expo will help you figure out what it is you’re passionate about and what you need to do in order to get there.

You can access the expo from anywhere you have internet. Register to attend here in the link below.

SAE Creative Media Institute

SAE is a world leader in creative media education and has been delivering outstanding industry-focused education for more than 40 years. With almost 50 campuses in more than 20 countries, SAE provides courses to more than 3000 students across six campuses in Australia in Brisbane, Byron Bay, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. SAE offers postgraduate, bachelor, associate degree, diploma and certificate courses in animation, audio, design, film, games, and web & mobile. SAE’s courses are fast-tracked enabling students to complete a bachelor degree in just two years.

SAE Brisbane have produced a Digital Schools Pack to assist with enquiries about creative media pathways. You can access course flyers, handbooks and the parent’s guide here:

If you are considering a career in any of these creative fields, you can also explore more information through Shalom’s Career Hub - Good Universities Guide

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

Quiet Achiever

Rachel McDonald

Year 12 Student Rachel McDonald is always very busy with Surf Lifesaving. Prior to the lockdown and sports being suspended, Rachel would spend many hours training. She would normally do three board sessions a week, maintain her fitness for events, do a beach patrol every weekend either on a Saturday or Sunday when her crew is rostered on, as well as public holidays. On top of this Rachel would do swimming training for club events.

When it comes to school, Rachel would overlap all of her outside activities to ensure she participated fully in the Interschool and Interhouse Carnivals, which she has participated in since she was in year 7. Rachel would always nominate for either Division A or B in the interhouse carnivals. Rachel was age champion at the surf lifesaving event last year when competing for Shalom which was held at Bargara at the end of term 3. So as soon as beach patrols recommence, no doubt Rachel will be ready to volunteer and be part of the Shalom team again.

Rachel volunteered to participate as a member for the Relay for Life event for Shalom last year and she maintains good academic results whilst juggling all of her curricular and extracurricular activities.

Well done Rachel

Mr Chris Roelofs
Walsh House Coordinator

Chess Club

Chess guru Demetri De Florian taking on three opponents simultaneously at Chess Club

Mr Brendan Maher
Chess Club Coordinator

Library News

This week in Beerarlem Library we are featuring two new titles which are on the shortlist for the 2020 Readings Young Adult Book Prize.

These two books represent great YA fiction, have diversity in style and subject matter, and are stories that young people would enjoy.

The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim.

Take the Shot by Sue White and Susan White.

Also, just a reminder to bring back all overdue library books. Accounts will be sent out over the holidays for books that have not been returned.

See you at the library!

Miss Bella Little
Gap Year Student – Administration

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.

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 16 June

Volunteer required please

Wednesday 17 June

Angela Jackson

Thursday 18 June

Merna Cook

Jeanette Tu

Friday 19 June

Kylie Jarvis

Nereda Torok

Monday 22 June

Tia Booth

Tuesday 23 June

Stacey Tindel

Wednesday 24 June

Volunteer required please

Thursday 25 June

Merna Cook

Melanie Forey

Friday 26 June

Jeanette Rand

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