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17 August 2020

Principal’s Reflection

This is a speech by Pope Francis recently. Worth a read regardless of your faith.

“You can have flaws, be anxious, and even be angry, but do not forget that your life is the greatest enterprise in the world. Only you can stop it from going bust. Many appreciate you, admire you and love you.

Remember that to be happy is not to have a sky without a storm, a road without accidents, work without fatigue, relationships without disappointments.

To be happy is to find strength in forgiveness, hope in battles, security in the stage of fear, love in discord. It is not only to enjoy the smile, but also to reflect on the sadness. It is not only to celebrate the successes, but to learn lessons from the failures. It is not only to feel happy with the applause, but to be happy in anonymity.

Being happy is not a fatality of destiny, but an achievement for those who can travel within themselves. To be happy is to stop feeling like a victim and become your destiny's author. It is to cross deserts, yet to be able to find an oasis in the depths of our soul. It is to thank God for every morning, for the miracle of life.

Being happy is not being afraid of your own feelings. It's to be able to talk about you. It is having the courage to hear a "no". It is confidence in the face of criticism, even when unjustified. It is to kiss your children, pamper your parents, to live poetic moments with friends, even when they hurt us.

To be happy is to let live the creature that lives in each of us, free, joyful and simple.

It is to have maturity to be able to say: "I made mistakes".
It is to have the courage to say "I am sorry".
It is to have the sensitivity to say, "I need you".
It is to have the ability to say "I love you".

May your life become a garden of opportunities for happiness...
That in spring may it be a lover of joy. In winter a lover of wisdom.
And when you make a mistake, start all over again.

For only then will you be in love with life. You will find that to be happy is not to have a perfect life. But use the tears to irrigate tolerance.

Use your losses to train patience.
Use your mistakes to sculptor serenity.

Use pain to plaster pleasure.
Use obstacles to open windows of intelligence.

Never give up .... Never give up on people who love you. Never give up on happiness, for life is an incredible show.” (Pope Francis).

75th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific

Year 9 Student Bailee Baldwin represented Shalom College on Saturday at the War Nurses Memorial Park to observe the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific.

Bailee called the Honour Roll of Bundaberg and Burnett nurses who paid the supreme sacrifice during World War II.

Trevor Williamson OAM- President of RSL Wide Bay, Bailee, Mayor Jack Dempsey and Jennifer Waldron President Bundaberg Women’s Veterans Assoc.

Bailee doing her reading.

Bailee with her grandfather-Fred WWII Vet

Bailee with David Batt- MP

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.

Mrs Elizabeth Austin-Campbell
Acting Principal
AcampbellE@shalomcollege.com

Newsletter Articles

Administration

Year 7-9 Core Studies Learner Conferences (PT – Interviews) – Friday 4 September

Year 7, 8 and 9 Core Studies Learner Conferences (Parent/Teacher Interviews) will be available on the Student Free Day of Friday 4 September in the Sports Centre. The aim of these conferences is to provide an opportunity for parents to meet with teachers to discuss the progress and learning needs of their children. Please note that due to COVID restrictions, we ask that only one parent attends with their child – no siblings please.

Conferences may be arranged online via Parent Lounge. The online Parent Teacher Interview booking facility will open at 8:00am on Monday 24 August and close at 3:00pm on Monday 31 August to allow teachers to prepare for interviews.

When considering interview requests, note that Amanda Sharpe, Penny McKeown, Darren Roche, Debbie Bishop and Craig Sologinkin will not be available for interviews on the day, however they will be available on Wednesday 9 September in Loyola from 8.30am – 3pm. Please note this additional date when booking interviews online.

Whilst the scheduled interview day is seen as an important communication between home and school, parents are welcome to arrange an interview with specific teachers at any time the need arises throughout the year. Please also remember that detailed information about your child’s progress is available on Parent Lounge under the ‘Curricular Activities Due’ tab. Here you can see the results and teacher feedback on every individual assessment item. This would be advantageous to review before attending the CS Learner Conferences.

2020 Early School Leavers survey

The Queensland Government is seeking the support of the school community for the annual survey of Year 10, 11 and 12 students who left school in 2019, before completing Year 12. This short, confidential survey collects information about what young people are doing the year after leaving school. The results of the survey help provide valuable information to improve services available to school leavers in the future.

Between August and September, these school leavers can expect to receive instructions to complete a web-based survey or a telephone call from the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office. Please encourage them to take part. If their contact details have changed, please assist the interviewer with their updated details or forward the survey to their new address so they can participate.

Thank you for your support of Next Step post-school destination surveys in 2020.

For more information, visit the link below or telephone toll free on 1800 068 587.

http://www.qld.gov.au/nextstep/

Mr Brendan Maher
Assistant Principal – Administration
maherb@shalomcollege.com

Year 10 SET Planning

Reminder of key dates

18 August: SET Plan Interviews finish
21 August: WebChoice online subject selection closes, SET Plans to be completed and submitted to interviewer

Remember all Personal Futures portal resources are available at this location:

http://personalfutures.shalomcollege.com/

Middle School Subject Selection

The Year 9 and 10 Subject Selection Booklet for 2021 and presentations are available on the website

https://www.shalomcollege.com/curriculum/forms-publications/

Year 8 and 9 students and parents received information via email on Friday about the process. Students will receive their Edval Webchoices link this week via email. Please have students clear their email inboxes to ensure they receive this. Timelines around Year 8 and Year 9 subject selections are:

18 August: Edval WebChoices portal opens for students to make selections
28 August: Edval WebChoices portal closes, student must submit signed Edval WebChoices receipt to Student Reception

Year 12 External Assessments (Examinations)

The External Assessment – Timetable, Directions for Students, External Assessment Equipment List and Calculator guidelines is available on the Shalom Intranet for all students under the “Assessment and Reporting” tab. It is also available on the College website in the Year 12 External Assessment section:

https://www.shalomcollege.com/curriculum/forms-publications/

Positions Vacant - QCAA invigilators for external assessment

QCAA is seeking applications from community members for invigilator positions. Invigilators are required to:

attend allocated assessment sessions at assessment venues
observe and report on the administration of assessments and the collection, counting and packing of materials at the end of assessments.

To be eligible to apply community members must:

be at least 18 years of age and hold a blue card or an exemption card
be eligible to work in Australia and have photographic identification
have a personal email address, mobile phone, have access to a computer, the internet and a printer
supply names and contact details of two referees

Before applying please read the Position description: Invigilators and Invigilator frequently asked questions available at

https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/senior/assessment/external-assessment/qcaa-invigilators

Mrs Gail Norris
Assistant Principal – Curriculum
Gail_Norris@shalomcollege.com

Mission

Shalom Day 20 August

As with everything this year, Shalom Day celebrations have been impacted by the current situation. We will be having our Shalom Day Liturgy but unfortunately this year we cannot invite any grandparents or parents. This is usually one of the highlights of our day that we will hopefully reintroduce next year.

Another change this year is the inclusion of the House Relays that would have normally been held at our Athletics Carnival. This will help raise the excitement levels in time for our House dance off at the end of the day.

Shalom Day is a free dress day where students are allowed to wear casual clothes. Please ensure your child does not wear singlet or crop tops, short shorts or ripped jeans. They need to wear closed in shoes due to safety regulations. They will require a hat but it does not have to be a school hat – caps are fine. We will collect a gold coin donation for their House charity.

We also ask that students do not bring school bags. They will not require books or laptops/iPads so a small bag that can be carried by student for the day containing lunch, hat, water bottle, sunscreen etc.

The Youth Hub

Mrs Mary Taylor
Assistant Principal – Mission
TaylorM@shalomcollege.com

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
amanda_omara@shalomcollege.com

Absentees

FOR ALL ABSENTEES

Preferred option is Email absentees@shalomcollege.com 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.

Pathways

Year13

Year 13 Expo is coming back! Prizes to be won, epic speakers and endless exhibitors! It will be held During National Skills Week – August 25 to 27.

The theme this time will be the Future of Work and there will be live webinars, live chat and the chance to ask anything to all of the speakers – all live!

Things are evolving really quickly in the world of work. From new technologies to world pandemics, the future of work is totally up in the air and it’s hard to know where to start when it comes to planning your career. Year13’s Future of Work Expo is here to give you a better view of what your job could look like in a few years’ time, and help you figure out what skills you will need in order to get there.

https://year13.com.au/expo/future-of-work

Get Ready for Queensland’s First ATAR Release

ATARs will be communicated to students at 9am on Saturday, 19 December via QTAC’s purpose built ATAR Portal. The ATAR is an online release only, therefore the only way a student can access their ATAR is by signing up here.

https://www.qtac.edu.au/atar/

Registrations are now open for students to go online to register to receive their ATAR. Before signing up, students will need to have the following information ready: name, date of birth, LUI and email address (personal, students should not use their school email address).

Students who are applying interstate also need to sign up to the QTAC ATAR Portal. This provides consent to share the ATAR with interstate TAC’s.

ATAR Hotline

If students or parents have any ATAR specific questions contact QTAC on the ATAR Hotline 1300 193 173.

QTAC Applications

Those students applying to tertiary study in 2021 will need to sign up to the ATAR Portal AND complete a QTAC Application as per previous years.

https://www.qtac.edu.au/atar/

https://www.qtac.edu.au/application-services/

NIDA Applications Now Open for Entry in 2021

The National Institute of Dramatic Art’s (NIDA) Vocational Diplomas and Undergraduate Degrees - Applications close on 30 September 2020. Specialisations in Bachelor of Fine Arts are: Acting, Costume, Design for Performance, Properties and Objects, Scenic Construction and Technologies and Technical Theatre & Stage Management. The Vocational Diplomas are in: Live Production and Technical Services, Musical Theatre, Specialist Make-up Services and Stage and Screen performance. For more information, visit the NIDA website at the link below.

http://www.nida.edu.au/

James Cook University Open Day

Explore the latest at the JCU Virtual Open Day and find out how you can become ready today for tomorrow. Attend virtual presentations, tour JCU's world-class facilities, take part in online activities and live chat with JCU advisors and academics. Virtual Open Days will be held:

Thursday 20 August: 4pm – 7pm
Saturday 22 August 10am – 2pm

To find out more go to the link below.

https://www.jcu.edu.au/open-day?utm_source=CP-and-Teachers-Aust-wide-Jul-2020-myfuture&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=QLD-2733-CPandTeach-Jul-2020

The Pathways Team
Mrs Liza O’Donnell, Mrs Kathy Laing & Mrs Julia Fox
Liza_ODonnell@shalomcollege.com
LaingK@shalomcollege.com
Julia_Fox@shalomcollege.com

Quiet Achiever

Russell Taylor

Russell Taylor is one of Mackillop’s Year 11 students. Russell is an energetic and enthusiastic student who always offers a hello and smile to brighten the day. He is a social student who has contributed positively to MacKillop PC1 during interPC challenges and activities. Russell is currently running an interPC table tennis tournament in MacKillop with the possibility of challenging other Houses. He has an interest in music and can be relied upon to step up and volunteer to be involved in assemblies, House prayers and all House activities.

Mrs Michelle Moller
MacKillop House Coordinator
MollerM@shalomcollege.com

Gold Medal Chess! State Finals Beckon

“Chess doesn’t drive people mad, it keeps mad people sane.”

On 11 August, Shalom sent three teams to compete in the Term 3 Inter-School Chess Tournament at Avoca State School. Once again, Shalom students showed a terrific mix of composure and competitiveness to perform admirably on the day culminating in a gold medal performance.

The Shalom Black team of Paddy Maher, Daemon O’Brien, Harry Packwood and Demetri De Florian overcame a strong Bundaberg SHS team to win the Teams Gold Medal and book themselves a spot in the State Finals. Led by Paddy Maher who remained undefeated on the day taking the Individual Gold Medal and Daemon O’Brien achieving a Merit award, the team showed exceptional chess skills with all players contributing with a majority of wins. This team have now qualified for the State Finals in Brisbane in Term 4, sure to be an intense competition.

Shalom’s ‘young guns’ also performed well on the day with Shalom Red finishing fourth, only 0.5 points away from a Bronze medal. Shalom Red’s team of Callum Macann, Vivian Blemings, Kyan Kelly and Seth Gayton displayed their considerable ability for students so young and are sure to be a force to be reckoned with in future years. Thanushi Weerasinghe and Thomas Brandon represented Shalom White finishing in 7th place on the day and are a valuable asset in our school’s chess arsenal. With the oldest of the students in these teams only in Year 9, the future looks bright for chess at Shalom.

Chess is a great game for people of all ages and experience. If you would like to have a game, or to learn how to play, Chess Club is on every Tuesday lunch at 11.25am in Beerarlem. We would love to have you there!

Individual Gold Medal Winner Paddy Maher

Team Gold Medal Winnners, Demetri De Florian, Paddy Maher, Daemon O’Brien and Harry Packwood

Back Row - Vivian Blemings, Demetri De Florian, Paddy Maher
Middle Row - Kyan Kelly, Daemon O’Brien, Harry Packwood and Seth Gayton
Front Row - Thanushi Weerasinghe, Callum Macann and Thomas Brandon

Mr Brendan Maher
Chess Coordinator
MaherB@shalomcollege.com

Instrumental Music

Instrumental Music students were recognized at assembly in week 4 for their achievements in woodwind, brass or percussion, receiving a medal, pin and certificate. To be successful students were required to learn between 120 and 160 exercises and perform 40 to 60 of those without error.

Congratulations to:

Alli Geiger – Level 1 and 2
Amelia Walsh – Level 2
Libby Boas – Level 1
Christina McMahon – Level 1
Harrison Maher – Level 1
Jack Test – Level 1
Austin Ellery – Level 1

A huge effort – well done!

Mrs Megan Hoban
Instrumental Music Coordinator
Megan_Hoban@shalomcollege.com

Library News

This week we are featuring two great books in our library. While they are both quite different from each other, they are spectacular books for our younger readers.

KidGlovz is a unique read for those who enjoyed reading The Invention of Hugo Cabret, while Missing is a fantastic book for fans of Agent 21 and Artemis Fowl.

KidGlovz by Julie Hunt.

Missing by Chris Ryan.

Another reminder to all students to bring back overdue library books ASAP.

See you at the library!

Miss Bella Little
Gap Year Student – Administration
Bella_Little@shalomcollege.com

Sport Team Photos

Sport Team photos for all Winter Sport Teams, All Schools Touch & SLS Team will be taken this term.

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.

Sport

Netball

Our open girls netball team came away with a 23 all draw against St Lukes yesterday with the lead changing every quarter of the match. It was good to have our shooters back scoring 17 of our total with Sarah Nash chipping in the other 6.

Open Team

Mrs Julia Fox
Netball Coach
Julia_fox@shalomcollege.com

Year 9 Team

The Year 9 Red Netball team had a scrappy, but hard-fought 16-12 win over Bundaberg SHS. Despite not displaying their usual level of skill and teamwork, the defence made enough rebounds and the shooters were able to capitalise to ensure their win. Player of the Match – Lauren Richter for her quality movement and accuaracy in the goal circle.

Images IMrs Melinda Pearson
Netball Coach
Melinda_Pearson@shalomcollege.com

Year 8 Team

Shalom Red Year 8 had a very convincing win against Bundaberg State High School. MVP: Hayley Asnicar for her continual intercepts.

Mrs Jo-Anne Thomson
Netball Coach
joanne_thomson@shalomcollege.com

Year 7 Teams

A great effort was seen by the Year 7 Red Netball Team on Wednesday afternoon when they showed a positive team spirit against the Year 7 Black Netball Team. While we did not win outright, the celebration dance by Madeline Smith when she scored a goal represented what our team is all about. Congratulations to both sides, and we look forward to next week.

Mrs Justine Blinco
Netball Coach
Justine_blinco@shalomcollege.com

Table Tennis

Division One

Shalom’s Division 1 Team secured a convincing win over Kepnock eight matches to one. Braydon Chapman did not drop a game, through in two games for his three matches. Tahia Zia had a couple of close three game matches, and came out on top six games to two overall. Amelia Tu contributed well winning two matches, and claiming four games to two overall.

Division Two

Our Division 2 Team won by forfeit over Kepnock 2 whose players rotated to ensure our students still had matches to play. Overall, Shalom won six matches to three, with Will Martin our best player winning six games to one. George Stelmack won four games to three, while Michael Connolly was narrowly beaten in two 3-set matches, winning two games overall.

Troy Braund
Table Tennis Manager
Troy_Braund@shalomcollege.com

Winter Sport Restrictions

BDSSS Inter-school sport

Please see important letter to parents and students regarding Term 3 Inter-School Sports.

In summary, for the BDSSS Winter Sport season to be successful during this unprecedented COVID era, students are required to

  1. Be dropped at and collected from their sport venue (unless travelling with their team in school arranged transport) – NO PARENT ENTRY TO ANY SPORT SITE
  2. Be ready to play their game – no change rooms will be available
  3. Bring a NAMED water bottle to games
  4. Be aware there are NO canteen facilities available at any venue

Mr Simon Gills
Spors Coordinator
GillsS@shalomcollege.com

Uniform Shop Online!

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

Year 7 Uniform and Year 10 Girls Formal Uniform Fittings 2021

Appointments are now available for uniform fittings, please click on the link below to book your appointment.

https://shalomcollegeuniformfittings.youcanbook.me/

ONLINE ORDERS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PICK UP THE NEXT DAY DURING THE 11:25am LUNCH BREAK

PARENTS WILL BE NOTIFIED VIA EMAIL ALERTING THEM ONCE THEIR STUDENT’S ORDER IS READY FOR COLLECTION

Rugby League training shirts and Rugby League training shorts are now in stock.

Currently Out of stock – Sports Socks Sizes 2-8 and 8-11

Phone: 41 558 121
Mrs Leanne Barker
Uniform Shop Co-ordinator
barkerl@shalomcollege.com

World’s Greatest Shave

On Friday of Week 9 this term, a group of staff members and year 10-12 students will be participating in the World’s Greatest Shave to help raise funds for the Leukemia foundation.

Blood cancer is one of the highest causes of cancer related deaths in Australia. The Leukemia Foundation have estimated that over 7500 Australians are expected to die of blood cancer in 2020 alone. However, your donations can help diminish that number and assist researchers in getting a little closer to a cure.

http://my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/shalomcollege2020

Any donations that you are willing to give would be so greatly appreciated. We also really love if you could share our fundraising link around to your friends and family to help us spread awareness for Blood Cancer in Australia.

If you have any questions in regards to this event, please don’t hesitate to contact Miss Laura Helbig (Laura_Helbig@shalomcollege.com).

Thank you

Miss Laura Helbig
Gap Year Student
Laura_Helbig@shalomcollege.com

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

Parent and Carer Tuckshop Volunteers

At the start of each school year we ask parents to indicate their availability for volunteering in the College tuckshop.

Life is busy and forever changing, so for this reason we have set up a booking system that will not only accommodate our very much appreciated regular volunteers, but also families who may not be able to commit on a regular basis and who may have a day here or there throughout the year to come along and lend a hand and support our students. The beauty of this system is that you can select your day and manage your booking, so if something comes up, you can quickly and easily go online to reschedule or cancel. Your booking will generate a confirmation email with links to manage your booking, it can be synched with your calendar and an SMS is sent the day before as a reminder. Of course, we are also here to help - simply contact Shalom College on 41 55 8111.

For those of you who are regular volunteers your shifts have already been added to the schedule for this year and you should have received an e-mail for each booked shift.

Shifts last from 2 to 3 hours (school drop off to around 11.30 am).

No experience required!

Click here to book a shift >

https://shalomtuckshoproster.youcanbook.me/

Breakfast

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 18 August

Jeanette Tu

Wednesday 19 August

Angela Jackson

Thursday 20 August

Merna Cook

Volunteer required please

Friday 21 August

Kylie Jarvis / Nereda Torok

Monday 24 August

Tia Booth

Tuesday 25 August

Stacey Tindel

Wednesday 26 August

Volunteer required please

Thursday 27 August

Merna Cook

Melanie Forey

Friday 28 August

Jeanette Rand

Monday 31 August

Wanita Ellis

Shalom Sunday Markets

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

  • Fresh food stalls fruit, vegetable & local food products
  • BBQ and tuckshop are operating, social distancing practices are in place
  • Social distancing to include gaps between stalls (all outdoors)

SHALOM MARKETS 6AM TO 12PM EVERY SUNDAY!

Markets Tuckshop Roster

We NEED volunteers for the Markets Tuckshop or BBQ, if you have any queries please contact Leanne via email – barkerl@shalomcollege.com

Sunday 23 August

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Kate Rehbein

Craig Warner

Kylie Walduck

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Brendan/Astrid Clancy

Jo Medcalf

John Pappalardo

Vicki Saffioti

Sunday 30 August

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Tracey Clarke

Jeanne Ferguson

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Jo Medcalf

Nadia Tairiwhiti

Sunday 6 September

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Andrew Lucht

Janelle Test

Leah Whalley

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Sharon Anderson

Katumaree Nabnili

Markets BBQ Roster

Sunday 23 August

Elliott Heads SLSC

Laura McDonald

Sunday 30 August

St Joseph's P & F

Jess Marsellos

Sunday 6 September

East Bundaberg Rotary

David Baldry

Sunday 13 September

Rotary Club of Bundaberg Sunrise

Tony Castro

Sunday 20 September

St Joseph's P & F

Jess Marsellos

Sunday 27 September

Moore Park Beach State School P & C

Diane Patterson

Community Notice Board

Esports Competition

The Bundaberg Regional Council and Quantum Lounge are running a 5v5 Valorant tournament on Monday 24 August 2020. This PC game is tailored to people who enjoy First Person Shooters (FPS). Unlike many other FPS, Valorant DOESN’T include the graphical violence of blood seen in traditional FPS games. The appearance within this game are like that of cartoons seen on TV. If you or friends are interested in joining, use the hyperlink below to register. Alternatively, you can contact Gavin Hill at: gavin_hill@shalomcollge.com.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/bundaberg-library-valorant-open-tickets-114369357828

Back to School Support from Headspace

The Catholic Parish of Bundaberg

15 - 16 August 2020
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

FOCUS
by Kaye Beston
Principal, St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

During the June/July holiday break, I read a book (one of many) titled - The Choice Embrace the Possible - by psychologist Dr Edith Eger. While it details the author’s holocaust experiences, it is much more than a recount. It focuses on how to live life after surviving a trauma, any trauma. It is more about living than death.

Trauma is the response to a deeply distressing or disturbing event that overwhelms an individual’s ability to cope, causes feelings of helplessness, diminishes their sense of self and their ability to feel the full range of emotions and experiences. Given our current situation, it would seem that trauma experiences are inevitable. There’s been and continues to be lots of change that can cause anxiety and a feeling of helplessness.

The undercurrent theme of the book, highlights a road map to get through trauma in life. The tone is positive, not negative. Shining through are messages of hope, healing, courage and wisdom.

The Catholic school is a dynamic, diverse and complex environment of students, staff and families. The one essential ingredient that every successful school needs to maintain a harmonious, happy environment is respectful relationships.

Restorative Practices in schools, is a pastoral approach to healthy relationships and personal welfare. This approach promotes resilience and emphasises the strength and potential of each individual. The premise of restorative philosophy is based on hope in facilitating the well-being of community members who are challenged to grow and deepen personal reflection. Participants experience and offer healing and forgiveness often within courageous, honest sharing times.

During this present uncertainty, even though it can be confronting, seeking out, focusing on and celebrating the positives, no matter how small can be very uplifting. Choosing a reflective approach and accepting that there are some things beyond our control allows us to accept and reframe a situation so that change becomes an opportunity to learn and grow. We have seen and heard of many examples of creativity and ‘pivoting’ over these past months. There is also the possibility of slowing down, reconnecting with family and friends, and taking stock of who we want to be.

While everyone has different experiences with the COVID-19 outbreak, we all do have a choice in our response. Every day we make choices for ourselves without even thinking about it and those choices can affect our life and the people around us. Dr Edith Eger’s unforgettable story is a moving testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of choice in our lives.

Last weekend was the feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. Having hope was an important part of Mary’s life as she faced many challenges and internal struggles.

Today, more than ever, we need hope and the world needs hope. Without hope, no one would care about anything any more, or nothing would get done: nothing would change. Hope and joy are possible – we all do have a choice!

Be calm and full of hope. (Mary MacKillop -1871)

Catholic Parish Bulletin

https://www.bundabergcatholic.net.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Bulletin-16-August-2020.pdf

Parish News and Updates

https://www.bundabergcatholic.net.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/16-Aug-Update.pdf

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.

http://www.triplep-parenting.net.au/qld-uken/triple-p/

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 3 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.

Dates:

Monday 21 September and Friday 25 September for the first week

Monday 28 September and Friday 2 October for the second week

Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 September our 2 day program will be run at our Mundubbera Outreach Center located at the Airport on Jack Parr Street.

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 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 doctor. 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 are permitted to have any physical contact with the students.

Drivers College is urgently seeking volunteers to train up as Driver Educators on our off road complex. All you will need is a clean licence for the last 5 years and a blue card or the ability to obtain one.

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 you will find a list of local business who support us, please support them when you can as we build a healthier, safer community.

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