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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

24 August 2020

Principal’s Reflection

In order to make something work affectively we must ensure that all of the different parts are smooth and polished. Think of a car. As well as tuning the engine, the brakes and the air conditioning must work. The tyres must have plenty of tread and the steering has to be aligned.

So it is with the way we live. There are many components that create our day to day existence. In today’s world the most obvious is our economy. Like the engine in our car, the economy is often the thing that we think of first.

However, a problem will arise if we focus too much on the one area. There is a danger if our modern day thinking is influenced too much by employment figures, cost of living, stocks and investments, where we cease to be a society and become an economy only.

There are many other things that contribute to a balanced, happy and fulfilling way of life. Our families. Our relationships. Our leisure time. These are three that come to mind immediately. A fourth is our need for celebrations.

Celebrations are important rituals. Celebrating a person’s birthday; joining with friends to celebrate a marriage; coming together to enjoy the excitement of our favourite sporting team winning a trophy. Imagine how static and uninviting our lives would be without these things.

As a school, staff and students, had a great opportunity last Thursday to celebrate our community. Shalom Day is an important ritual in the College’s calendar. Father Peter defined it brilliantly in the opening liturgy when he spoke about spirit. Sure, there is a great House spirit that comes from winning a relay race or participating in the House dance competition. But Father drilled down into the origin of spirit when he spoke to the students about the Holy Spirit. As Catholics we are brought up with Gospel stories of Jesus and his great love of God the Father. What cannot be overlooked is the importance of the Holy Spirit, the final part of the Holy Trinity. It is the Holy Spirit that provides us with the power that resides in each and every one of us. The energy and enthusiasm, passion and love that we all feel and that we all express, come from the Holy Spirit.

This is why community celebrations such as Shalom Day are so important. It is a time to pause for a moment and put the classwork and assessment on hold for a brief but very important moment. Because it is in these moments that we allow ourselves to be human. We allow the spirit of the Holy Trinity to bubble to the surface in a combination of colour, excitement, friendship and good will.

This is Shalom Day. And this is celebration. In that context what a great day it was. The events and the winners are secondary. The primary motivator is us, joined together in celebration of life. As a Catholic school this is every bit as necessary as everything else we do. It is a time when the car purrs in harmony as the engine, the steering, the brakes and everything else move in unison. It is when we as a Catholic community celebrate the gift of being alive.

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

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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.

Mr Brendan Maher
Assistant Principal – Administration


Shalom Day

Another fun and very active Shalom Day for all students last Thursday. During the Liturgy we got to know Fr Peter a little better and learnt about the importance of the Holy Spirit. After lots of cake and another fabulous set from the Jazz Band we took the opportunity to run the House relays. The highlight was the running of the Open Boys and Open Girls relays, won by Lingiari House and Rice House. To finish the day each House danced their hearts out in super energetic House Dance competition. MacKillop House took out the trophy with a superb dance entitled “Go Crazy”.

Thank you to the many staff from all throughout the school that supported the students to make this such a celebration of who we are.

Reflection Days for Year 10 and Year 9

We have 2 very good presenters coming virtually to Shalom, Katie and David Kobler. They will address some very real issues for young people. Year 10 will have their sessions on 31 August and these will take the entire day. Year 9 will have their session on 1 September for Periods 1 and 2 only.

This is what they are covering for Year 10 …

Ingredients for a healthy relationships
Sexual decision making

And other age appropriate issues

This is what they are covering for Year 9 …

How to find, build and navigate meaningful relationships
Where toxic versions of masculinity and femininity are rife, ways to formulate a healthy understanding of their own gender and identity.

The Youth Hub

Mrs Mary Taylor
Assistant Principal – Mission

ROSA Awards

The ROSA (Recognition of Student Application) award for Middle School students recognises student application to their studies. We value the importance of acknowledging students who are motivated, show perseverance and work diligently to reach their potential. Each student has their own achievable goals and therefore a different definition of success.

There are many ways we regularly encourage and reward the efforts of our students. The ROSA award allows for more of our students to be recognised amongst their peers. Teachers will soon be selecting two students from their Year 7, 8 and 9 classes to receive a Term 3 ROSA award. At the beginning of Term 4, ROSA awards will be presented on House Assembly and the awardees will have their name published in the Shalom Newsletter.

Mrs Megan Munckton
Middle School Coordinator

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



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.


National Skills Week

August 24 – 30 celebrates National Skills Week in Australia.

National Skills Week is dedicated to raising the status of practical and vocational learning, dispelling outdated myths and showcasing the attractive career opportunities for all Australians and how they contribute to a modern successful economy. ‘Learning by doing’ is as important as ‘academic learning’ and there are many pathways to success.

Vocational Education and Training has been the foundation of Australia’s strong and vibrant economy. It has produced industry leaders, it offers great diversity, new and exciting career paths, supports our resources and primary industries, builds our cities, supports our tourism and our heritage and much, much more.

This week at Shalom College we will be recognising and celebrating the many and varied skills that contribute to success in every career pathway.

Try A Trade Day

Recently, seven Year 10 students participated in a Try A Trade day held at the Bundaberg TAFE College along with students from other schools in the Bundaberg region. The objective of day was for students to rotate through a number of practical experiences from Bricklaying, Electrical, Plumbing and Carpentry areas. 'Tradies' demonstrated the various trades, then students 'worked' in the respective areas using a variety of tools and equipment associated with that particular trade area.

Through the link developed with Construction Skills Queensland it was possible for the students, who attended, to gain a valuable insight to some of the trade areas which will allow them to make a better choice for their future career path.

Thank you to Mr Mick Zardus for his supervision and the Manual Arts Department for recruitment of students.

Nick Mason, Zak Pearson, Will Hamilton and Tallon Foster watch the safe operating procedures for operating a radial arm drop saw.

Xakhai Cooney using a battery powered finishing gun.

Damon Geaney cuts a piece of timber to length using the radial arm drop saw.

Xakhai Cooney braising a copper fitting.

Tallan Foster and Will Hamilton try their hand at brick laying.

Kayleb Matteschek tests his brick laying skills.

Students thinking about going into a trade, should involve themselves in some work experience during their school holidays to develop skills and really find out what the trade area is like. Work experience is an opportunity to gain industry specific skills, employability skills and to build their resume. The work experience booklet will provide instructions and guidance on securing work experience placements.

Literacy and Numeracy Skills for Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships

When starting an apprenticeship or traineeship, you won’t be expected to have specific skills and experience in the industry – you learn this on the job and through your training. However, this doesn’t mean you don’t need any skills at all before starting!

Literacy and numeracy skills are important for everyone, but they are sometimes underrated by people looking at apprenticeships and traineeships. The training for Australian Apprenticeships requires both literacy and numeracy, but in ways that are specific to your job.

For example, someone starting a traineeship in retail will need to be able to deal with money, but in carpentry, you will need to understand lengths and angles. Different occupations might require different types of literacy numeracy skills. Across all areas, reading, writing and verbal communication will be important as you learn your job.

The Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service have developed short online quizzes to help you self-assess your literacy and numeracy skills. The questions are related to an industry you might be looking to do an apprenticeship or traineeship in. For example, you will get different questions depending on whether you do the Animal Care and Management quiz, compared to the Electrotechnology quiz.

These quizzes will help you understand the types of literacy and numeracy skills you might need when starting an apprenticeship or traineeship in the industry you choose. Once you finish the quiz you will see what questions you got right and wrong, and your score. You will also get information about what your next steps might be. This could include focusing on your literacy and numeracy skills or starting job hunting.

To explore these different tests and quizzes go to:


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!

Here is a snapshot of just a few of the amazing line-up of presenters.

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.

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

Quiet Achiever

Gina Bowden

As members of McAuley House we value attributes such as participation, care of self and others, support of other house members and staff and striving in all areas to do our best. In showing these things we feel we truly “SHINE” and are following the example shown by our Patron Catherine McAuley.

I am lucky to say that often throughout each year I see so many McAuley students demonstrating in so many different ways the above attributes. But one student in particular jumps into my mind when asked to name the Quiet Achiever for our house. This student has, in all the six years of her schooling at Shalom, on a daily bases and so naturally shown to each person she spends time with, her ability to care, share, support and “SHINE”. That McAuley student is Gina Bowden.

Ms Paula Van Dalen
McAuley House Coordinator

Year 11 Tourism and Aquatic Practices

On Thursday 6 August, the Year 11 Tourism and Aquatic Practices classes travelled to Fraser Island to explore how Kingfisher Bay Resort has considered the challenges and opportunities of sustainable tourism. Ranger Cassie took students to inspect the resort’s sewage works, where waste from guests, shredded paper and kitchen scraps are turned into rich compost in the worm farm and later used to grow herbs for the kitchen.

Ranger Martin gave students a tour of the resort and surrounds, pointing out sustainable practices the resort has implemented from the building’s design that complements its natural surrounds, to the way awnings have been designed to ensure run-off water is put back into the land.

After a delicious lunch prepared by the resort chefs, Renae the training manager at Kingfisher Bay Resort highlighted to students the various roles of staff within a tourism business. Renae mentioned factors affecting the social aspect of sustainability regarding diversity and local employment.

It is important to recognise the additional sanitary practices Kingfisher has employed to ensure the safety of guests in this unsure time, such as taking our temperatures before we boarded the barge. It was a beautiful day on a stunning island and the Year 11 students are so thankful to Miss Lancaster and Mr Braund for this opportunity.

Lana Vollmerhause
Year 11 Tourism Student

National Science Week

Last week saw the Science department celebrate National Science Week 2020 “Deep Blue: innovations for the future of our oceans”. Mrs Rachael Reece with the able assistance of our UQ Science Ambassadors, James Waters and Sarah Krebs coordinated the science extravaganza with four fun-filled days of science activities.

Monday saw a group of keen science enthusiasts explore science through a number of pop up science experiments, including the creation of elephants’ toothpaste. On Tuesday, the senior physics team took out the science quiz, whilst many others enjoyed the creation and consumption of their decorated science biscuits. The makerspace centre under the creative eye of Miss Bella Little became an underwater escape room for the day, with students having to find the clues, solve the puzzles and unlock the chest to ensure they could safely repower their submarine in order to resurface. The final activity to celebrate the wonderful world of science was a popcorn and movie chill out in Science watching the delightful Pixar film “Finding Dory”.

The resounding success of Science week could not have happened without the energy and imagination of our self-confessed science nerd Mrs Reece and the assistance of her senior students. All enjoy the vigour and verve she brings to the Science department.

Emma Felstead (year 12) shows Thomas Brandon (year 7) the Van de Graaff generator that produces very high voltage direct current electricity at low current levels - static electricity

Creating Elephant’s toothpaste

Miss Little assisting year 7 students Michaela Jackson, Rhanni Piggott,
Truc Nguyenand Raign Warner to “break the codes” for the escape room.

Decorating biscuits
for the brain break

Mrs Rachael Reece,
Science week

Ms Larissa Scoles
Science (Senior) Coordinator

Library News

This week we are featuring two very different books in our library.

Our first one is The Honeyman and the Hunter, which is a beautiful coming of age tale about family and belonging. Our second book, Unearthed, is a science fiction fantasy novel about enemies becoming allies to defeat an evil alien plan to wipe out humanity.

The Honeyman and the Hunter by Neil Grant.

Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

Please remember to bring back overdue library books ASAP.

See you at the library!

Miss Bella Little
Gap Year Student - Administration

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.


Open Team

Shalom Red came away with a 1 point win (22-21) against Shalom Black at Netball last Wednesday. It was a very hard fought game with the lead changing several times. The third quarter was the stand out of the game for our team with Angel Cory being our surprise goal scorer with 6 goals and Holly Kitchen being the intercept queen in defense. Well done to everyone involved in such an exciting game!!

Mrs Julia Fox
Netball Coach

Year 7 Teams

Our Wednesday afternoon game against Year 8 Bundaberg State High School allowed the girls to brush up on attacking skills. While our defence needs some work, all team members displayed a positive and supportive attitude, and we came away with six goals. After a quick munch on some carrot sticks kindly donated by Maddison, Ashton took to the court with energy in her wing defence position. Well done to Laura and Ashley in goal shooting positions. It seems the number 3 is favouring us as we look to improve our score by three each week—well-done girls.

Mrs Justine Blinco
Netball Coach

Table Tennis

Division One

Shalom’s Division 1 Team again showed their dominance by defeating St Luke’s without dropping a game. St Luke’s had to forfeit due to only having two players, but Braydon Chapman, Tahia Zia and Amelia Tu won the two matches they played each, securing their matches two games to zero.

Division Two

Shalom Division 2 took on Bundaberg SHS 3 team, which was a tighter affair. Shalom snuck away with a 5 matches to 4 win, overall securing 12 games to 8. Individually, Jack Helbig won one match, and lost his other in three games; Michael Connolly was narrowly beaten in two games in each of his two matches; Will Martin showed strong ability to win both his matches in two games; while George Stelmack played three matches – winning two comfortably, and going down in three games in the other.

All players are commended for their behaviour and sporting spirit.

Troy Braund
Table Tennis Manager

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

Performing Arts

The Performing Arts department is excited to announce that we now have a formal black leotard to be used as the uniform for practical dance classes. These leotards will be available from the Uniform Shop for $35 each and are embroidered with the college name. These leotards will be compulsory for all female Senior Dance students commencing in 2021 and for successful Performance Team auditionees. Although not compulsory for other year groups, they are available for all Dance students to purchase as an alternative to more expensive dancewear brands.

Ms Cassie Hoiberg
Performing Arts Department

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.

As of Term 4,Tuesday 6 October, after school fitting appointments will be available via the link below.



Esports Jerseys and Leotards are now available for purchase in store or online.

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

Phone : 41 558 121
Mrs Leanne Barker
Uniform Shop Co-ordinator

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.

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 (

Thank you

Miss Laura Helbig
Gap Year Student

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 >


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 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

Tuesday 1 September

Katrina Mulford-McCallum

Wednesday 2 September

Bronwyn Grills

Thursday 3 September

Merna Cook

Jacqueline Read

Friday 4 September

Volunteer required please

Monday 7 September

Trish Cahill

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

Tuesday 1 September

Katrina Mulford-McCallum

Wednesday 2 September

Bronwyn Grills

Thursday 3 September

Merna Cook

Jacqueline Read

Friday 4 September

Volunteer required please

Monday 7 September

Trish Cahill

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)


Markets Tuckshop Roster

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

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

Sunday 13 September

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Mary Buchanan

Helen/Matthew Mader

Steven Schiffke

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Patricia Rochford

Clinton/Rebecca Davenport

Markets BBQ Roster

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

Sunday 4 October

Shalom Rowing

Gretta Waters

Community Notice Board

Back to School Support from Headspace

The Catholic Parish of Bundaberg

22 - 23 August 2020
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time


by Fr Peter Tonti

The Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton held the Diocesan Assembly 28-30 March in Rockhampton 2019. Bishop Michael McCarthy wrote “The Diocesan Assembly is the culmination of the Listening Sessions undertaken in 2017 and 2018. These were very productive meetings and I felt privileged to be able to hear your stories and insights.” The Listening sessions in our Southern Deanery were held in Gladstone 28th October 2017 and 21st July 2018.

At the Diocesan Assembly Bishop Michael emphasised that “The Church is the living body of Christ in which all share in various and diverse ways the responsibility for the mission given to the Church by the Lord to:

Worship God in joyous celebration of the Mass and Sacraments
Proclaim the Word of God to all people
Witness the love and redemptive healing of Christ
Serve those in need in both Church and society
The essential mission of every Catholic is evangelisation.

The Parish of Bundaberg has accepted the challenge and established the Parish Planning Group to determine our Parish Vision and how we could revitalise our parish into the future. Some of the Scripture passages which we used as a guide were:

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19) Check Parish Website The Great Commission.

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mark 16:15)

“Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” (Luke 5:4)

“And let the one who believes in me drink. “ As the scripture has said, “Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” (John 7:38)

Pope Francis, in his signature work Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) writes, “In all its activities the parish encourages and trains its members to be evangelisers. It is a community of communities, a sanctuary where the thirsty come to drink in the midst of their journey, and a centre of missionary outreach. We must admit, though, that the call to review and renew our parishes has not yet sufficed to bring them nearer to people, to make them environments of living communion and participation, and to make them completely mission-oriented.” (#28)

PARISH SUMMIT ONE: Where have we been?

It is now time for action. On Saturday, 29th August from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at Shalom College the first of three Summits will be held under the guidance of our facilitator, Craig Farmer, who has been facilitating our Parish Revitalising Project. The three areas which we will be discussing in the first Summit will be:

Why the Revitalisation Process

Biblical Purpose where we discuss the role of scripture.

Church Values where we look at the journey/history of our Church.

Summit Two will look at: Where are we going? And Summit Three will look at: How will we get there?

We will then confirm and implement the Catholic Parish of Bundaberg Plan so we can confidently journey into the future.

Please note your invitation in today’s Parish Bulletin. This is our opportunity to actively participate in the Revitalisation of our Bundaberg Parish.

It is time to put out into the deep water and let down our nets for the catch.

Catholic Parish Bulletin

Parish News and Updates

Mass Timetable

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 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.


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.