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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

22 June 2020

Principal’s Reflection

We’re at the half way point in the school year and at the end of a long term. We’ve all heard the phrase, ‘We’re all in this together’, far too often. That said, it is pretty true. In January, who would have predicted that we would have had the 2020 we have experienced so far? To this point, it has been one of the more challenging years I have experienced in education. As we come to the end of this term, can I just say a very sincere ‘thank you’ to all of the parent community who have had to work so much harder this year in supporting your child’s learning? The vast majority of you have just done a great job. So too have so many staff who have shifted gears, learned new things and done their absolute best to engage their students in their learning. I am very proud of the Shalom staff. We are in this together and teachers can’t achieve much without the whole-hearted support of parents and care givers. Thanks so much for all your support and I expect that there will still be a few challenges and surprises in store for us in the second half of this year. I hope that the coming Semester vacation period is a real blessing for the whole community.

Covid – Stay home if unwell. Again, it is the world in which we find ourselves but the days of ‘soldiering on’ in the face of colds and flus are not OK anymore. Please, if your child is displaying flu-like symptoms, please keep them home for everyone’s safety.

School Fees - As we approach the end of Term 2, we sincerely thank those families who have made instalment payments against their annual school fee account to date. A current account balance with the college for 2020 is available through Parent Lounge, together with a copy of the most recent updated statement. Those who wish to discuss their current fee balance, have queries or require assistance with an existing or new payment plan are encouraged and welcomed to contact the Finance Office on 4155 8104 or email

Families are reminded that if you are experiencing financial hardship due to the present economic climate, and/or hold a Pensioner or Health Care Card, you may be eligible to apply for a concession. Please contact the finance office for further information.”

Last Week for Survey Responses – very grateful to the 35% of Shalom parents who have completed this survey and would be enormously grateful if you could complete this before the end of this week.

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles

School Holiday Office Hours

The College Office and Finance Office will be open during the School Holidays at reduced hours, Monday 29 June to Friday 10 July 8:00am to 3:00pm.

IT: The IT Unit will be performing some system maintenance during the holidays. Students & Staff will be notified via e-mail of the areas affected on specific dates. IT Support will also be available 7:30am-3pm Mon-Fri over the Holidays.

UNIFORM SHOP: Will be closed over the School Holidays. Orders can be placed via the Online Uniform Shop, however orders will not be processed until 13 July.

Wishing all our students, families and staff a safe and happy holidays!

Student Welfare

Upcoming Webinar For Parents

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About Brett Lee

The unique quality and aspects of Internet Safe Education’s approach are a result of the experience of former detective Brett Lee who worked as a Queensland Police Officer for 22 years, 16 of which as a detective in the field of Child Exploitation.

Brett has been personally involved with the interview, location, arrest and prosecution of hundreds of online criminals and predators. Nobody else in Australia can offer programs with this level of credibility or insight whereby the learning outcomes can not be denied.

Mrs Elizabeth Austin Campbell
Deputy Principal


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


Year 10 Subject Selection Evening - Cancelled

Unfortunately, due to crowd restrictions in place for COVID-19 we will not be running the 2021 Senior Subject Selection Information Evening that was scheduled for Tuesday 28 July. All the information usually covered during this evening will be made available to parents and students via our website. We will provide the relevant links to this information and all other resources at the beginning of Term 3.

Year 10 students will still participate in Personal Futures Day as planned on Friday 24 July. This whole day program leads into the subject selection and SET Plan process for Year 11, 2021.

Year 12 - Confirmation

This week QCAA will progressively release confirmed general subject results for the first internal assessment (IA1) for Year 12 students. Once this state wide quality assurance process is finalised students confirmed results for each subject will appear in their Learning Account. Students can view their results by logging into their Student Portal account. Select My Learning Account then Results.

Calculation of Year 12 Results

QCAA have also released updated information regarding the calculation of Year 12 General subject results due to the removal of one internal assessment piece due to COVID-19. Please click here to view document. Further information can be found by visiting the FAQ page on QCAA website.

I have also taken the opportunity to include the latest statement from the Education Council regarding 2020 ATAR Results and 2021 University Admissions.

External Exams – alternate venue

External Examination for Year 12 students run from 26 October – 17 November. It is expected that all students will complete their scheduled exams at Shalom College. If there is an exceptional circumstance as to why your child cannot complete their exams at the College please contact Mrs Norris immediately to discuss this as an alternate venue will need to be arranged.

Mrs Gail Norris
Assistant Principal – Curriculum


Edmund Rice Camp Fund Raiser

Over 30 of our wonderful Year 12 students are helping to raise money for our annual Edmund Rice Camp. It may be more of a ‘long day’ this year, than a camp, but these are still keen to get involved. They cooked up a storm and sold many yummy delights to the Shalom community, raising over $400.

Mrs Mary Taylor
Assistant Principal – Mission

Student Drivers

Parents and Carers of Year 11 & 12 Students

If your child has obtained their Provisional Licence and wishes to drive to and from school. You are required to fill out a Permission to Drive Form and return it to Student Reception for approval by Mrs Elizabeth Austin-Campbell. Once approved the details will be placed on our School Register.

Thanks to those Parents who have already completed this form for their child.

Mrs Amanda O’Mara
Executive Assistant to the Principal/ Enrolment Officer

Year 7 Camps

In light of the current situation with Covid-19 our Year 7 Camps that were planned are going to change. At this stage we will still be going to Chaverim each day with a slightly different format.

The students will be transported to Chaverim by the College bus each day. Students will need to be at school by 8.30 am each morning; they will return to the College each day at approximately 2.45 pm, in time to catch buses etc. home.

Please login to Parent Lounge to give permission for your child to attend the Camp and update medical and dietary information.

These Outdoor Education programs aim to provide an additional approach to the personal and spiritual development of your child and the greater Shalom community. This three-year program has specific objectives designed to provide.

  • An atmosphere of cooperation between students, which can be applied at school, in the family and on the sports field. This may be characterized by cooperation, encouragement and concern for fellow students.
  • Knowledge, skills and attitudes that contribute to a sense of responsibility, self-reliance, cooperation and harmony within oneself, with other people, and with the natural environment.
  • Opportunities for participants to develop knowledge, low level skills and attitudes for participation in a number of outdoor pursuits.
  • Knowledge, skills and attitudes towards a ‘minimum impact ethic’ consistent with the environment in which activities take place.

Each participant involved in the program will be given the opportunity to:

  • “Look into the mirror” to see how their behaviours, both good and bad, impact their fellow participants.
  • Participate in physically and mentally challenging activities while remaining safe on physical, mental and emotional levels.
  • Experience and practice Christian values by living and working together in an open and encouraging atmosphere.
  • Develop low level skills in a number of outdoor activities as well as a basic understanding of the associated equipment and safety precautions.
  • Experience achievement in a non-competitive ‘win-win’ environment.

The camp also gives the teacher and students the opportunity to get to know each other well.

Please see camp schedule below.

Mr Peter Robinson
Student Welfare
High Performance Program



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.

Where Are They Now

Name: Jayden Grogan
Graduated: 2014

Performing Arts Career

Where are they now? Is a semi-regular feature where we hope to profile many ex-students to learn more about their successes and achievements post-Shalom. If you, or someone you know, might be interested in being featured in Where are they now? (either by video or written article) Please email Mrs Georgia Halpin at

Mrs Georgia Halpin
Community Relations Officer


Work Experience

With restrictions easing, many businesses are now happy to host students on work experience. This is a great opportunity for students to explore their passion and understand what is expected in the workplace, while developing skills outside the classroom. It is also an opportunity to understand what students may need to do to prepare for the future. We would strongly encourage students to engage in work experience in the upcoming school holidays. Please see the Student Work Experience Booklet attached for further information and instruction.


Virtual Work Experience

The Careers Department website offer an amazing virtual work experience opportunity where students can complete industry tasks, receive industry feedback and certificates of completion.

Select an industry task

Choose from the constantly growing library of real industry tasks to work on. These industry briefs are taken from and developed with real businesses and industry professionals. Students can complete as many as they like.

Complete an Industry Task

Complete your task. This could take anywhere between 2 hours and 2 weeks – these work experience tasks are what you make it and great additions to any portfolio, scholarship application and resume.

Receive Feedback and Certificate of Completion

Upon completion, students receive a certificate highlighting the industry tasks undertaken, the skills (both hard and transferable) they have developed and most importantly, they receive personal feedback on their work mapped to guidelines provided by industry.

To login to the Careers Department website.

Go to

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

You will be prompted to select your school and school password during the process

School: Shalom College – Bundaberg
School password: SCB

We encourage parents to log in with their child and check out this brilliant resource.

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

Quiet Achiever

Sophia Galati

Year 9 student Sophia Galati is our quiet achiever for Lingiari.

Sophia is always polite, impeccably presented, and diligent with her studies.

On top of that Sophia excelled in her performances in the Virtual Cross Country during the Remote Learning phase of this term. Her efforts were a major reason that Lingiari House won this event.

Mr Jason Baulch
Lingiari House Coordinator

Singing lessons

We are currently fortunate to have two qualified singing teachers working at Shalom College. Both teachers have limited vacancies and would like to invite singers to come along and ‘have a go’ commencing Term 3.

One specialises in contemporary and music theatre styles and the other in classical and music theatre styles. In the hope that the College is able to put on a musical production next year, it would be great for the singers who would like to audition, to have some prior knowledge and understanding particularly in relation to the control of breathing and basic projection techniques.

Please contact the Instrumental Music Coordinator if you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity.

Ms Megan Hoban
Instrumental Music Coordinator

Library News

This week in Beerarlem Library we are featuring a new manga series called Maximum Ride, and a brand-new novel, Ghost Bird.

While widely different from each other, these two are both great reads, and I highly recommend Maximum Ride for our younger students, and Ghost Bird for our more mature readers in the library.

Maximum Ride

by James Patterson.

Ghost Bird

by Lisa Fuller.

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

Fitness Centre

With the Fitness Centre re-opening last week and the school moving to a more online and digital version we have created a Shalom Fitness Centre Tour on Parent Lounge. This 'tour' allows for our Permission Form to be accepted and signed off on digitally, as well as completing the Covid 19 Form.

These forms allow your student access to the College Gym during outside school hours outlined in the form.

If you could please log on to Parent Lounge and accept the invitation from the Shalom Fitness Centre for both the Permission Form and Covid 19 Form, your student can then attend the gym. Parent Lounge

If your child has not used the Gym before please ensure that your child speaks with me at the first session and they will be guided through their program and shown how to correctly record and perform all movements.

Mr Blake Hornbrook
Fitness Centre

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 23 June

Stacey Tindel

Wednesday 24 June

Volunteer required please

Thursday 25 June

Merna Cook

Melanie Forey

Friday 26 June

Jeanette Rand

Term 3

Monday 13 July

Trish Cahill

Tuesday 14 July

Isobel O’Brien

Wednesday 15 July

Volunteer required please

Thursday 16 July

Merna Cook

Volunteer required please

Friday 17 July

Volunteer required please

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

Tennis Holiday Clinic

Bundaberg Junior Tennis is inviting children to join in the fun and games at Rotary Park Tennis Complex, 69b George Street, South Bundaberg, in the second week of the school holidays on Monday 6 July, Tuesday 7 July & Wednesday 8 July.


8.30am -10.30am (1st timers, Beginners (5-12years)
2pm to 4.30pm (1st timers, 13 years & up, High School, existing Intermediate/Advanced players)

Players must register

Phone Kevin 0409 520 753 or Murray 0407 639 824.
Check the Bundy Junior Tennis Website / Facebook page.

Kevin Banner
Tennis Australia Certified Advanced Coach

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