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7 September 2020

Principal’s Reflection

“We are the Heart of God in this Time and Place”

An ancient Chinese curse said, “May you live in changing time!” Alternatively, the Scriptures tell us that there is a “{time for everything” [Eccl 3:1 – 8] and our time now is very different to anything we have known.

The world has passed through many major and dramatic changes and survived with new strength and life. After World War II there were dramatic changes to the world; the Empires collapsed replaced by multiple new nations, a dramatic increase in science and technology; radar, aircraft, medicines, vaccinations and many more. There is now in the world more knowledge, wealth, health, education, population and so on. This is all for the better or the worse, experienced by some and not others, but constitutes major change. The Black Plague in the Middle Ages marked another major change in society and Europe, as did the Potato Famine in Ireland and other places. After these events the world was no longer the same and there is no going back. This is exactly what we are saying now for the “new normal”; the world is changing, will change and there is no going back.

Is this a curse as the ancient proverb says or is it the “season for everything”, in which we “cannot comprehend the work of God from beginning to end”. People may ask why God allows such things to happen? God gets blamed for many things of human origin. What is important is how we live in this situation, how we react to the situation, how we adapt to what is happening. We know there are many good things happening as people care for each other, discipline their lives for the common good and find new ways of living. Through all the difficulties we often find inner strength, new gifts and talents, new friends, new relationships.

This crisis will finish, sooner or later, we will survive, and we will come out on “the other side”. How we will be then and how the world will be, we cannot predict. However, we know and believe that Jesus will be “with us till the end of time.” Our parents, grandparents and ancestors lived in different times, in a different world, which was their time and world. We live now, and will live in the future, and that is our world. We are called to live now as we are with our families and friends, in this society and culture. We are called to faith and service of each other and called to create a better world for all people. There is a time for everything and there is much we can do. Above all we cannot sit back, give up, hide in a corner, we called to be alive, active, creative people who believe in the goodness of God.

[Roger Purcell MSC Director Mission Outreach Issue 81 2020]

2021 College Captains

Oliver Collins and Brigette McMahon

Congratulations to Oliver Collins and Brigette McMahon on their appointment as the 2021 Shalom College School Captains.

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 12 Mock Exam Block – 6 – 9 October 2020

In preparation for the Year 12 External Exams, Shalom intends to a run a Mock Exam Block for all students in General Subjects. This is one of a range of methods Shalom is using to prepare our students as thoroughly as possible for this important event.

The Mock Exam Block will occur in the first week of Term 4 (6 – 9 October 2020) under normal exam block conditions. The schedule is attached. Year 12 students need only attend school for the exams they are scheduled for. Full school uniform and normal behaviour expectations are required when students enter the school during this time. Some mock exams will also take place in Week 10 of Term 3, however normal classes will continue for this time and all students are expected to attend school.

During the Mock Exam Block, students not involved in exams are expected to be involved in home study. Year 12 teachers not supervising exams will be available at certain times during the Mock Exam Block for students who are studying to access – these times will be advertised as soon as possible.

Students who are behind in their schoolwork may also be required to attend school to complete outstanding work. If this is required, these arrangements will be communicated by individual class teachers.

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

Curriculum

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity requires academic responsibilities of students to be approached in an honest, moral and ethical way. The College’s Assessment Policy outlines strategies used to ensure all students maintain academic integrity. This includes scaffolding class work and assessment tasks, the use of checkpoints, drafting and the authentication of student responses.

Accurate judgments of student achievement can only be made on student assessment responses that are authenticated as their own work.

In cases where a student response cannot be authenticated as their own work (plagiarised), procedures for managing alleged academic misconduct are followed. As per QCAA Policy, results are awarded using evidence in the response that is verifiably the student’s own work.

Parents please support your student’s academic integrity towards their studies by encouraging them to:

forward plan — understand the components of a task and how long each might take to complete
manage their time — implement a plan to achieve the assessment outcome
allow for unexpected events such as issues with technology or changes in personal circumstances
reference correctly — appropriately acknowledge the ideas, work or interpretation of others
submit drafts — engage in drafting and activities that authenticate a response such as at checkpoints
submit final response (on due date) — from draft feedback by editing and refining their response

Year 12 - Calculation of General Subjects in 2020

As you are aware due to Covid-19 this year students in Year 12 completed a reduced number of summative assessments this year. QCAA has released a factsheet for students and parents/carers on the procedures they will use to calculate students’ final subject results in General subjects. This will assist you and your student in understanding how their results will be calculated.

Preparation for Year 12 Mock Exams

Last week Year 12 students were spoken to regarding requirements for the mock exams being run next week and Week 1 Term 4. Could I ask that you support your child in preparing for these assessments by making sure they have:

their College ID with them at each exam
the approved equipment required for each exam (including calculator)
their equipment visible in a clear plastic bag/container
no phones or smart watches/devices on their person

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.

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

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

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

Mission

Reflection Days

Years 9 and 10 were involved in their Reflection Days last week. David and Katie Kobler joined us via Zoom and spoke to the students about how to navigate being a teenager in our world today. Students responded positively to their sessions and felt they had learnt something to assist them.

David also ran a parent information session via Zoom on Monday night. Not too many people joined in but what he had to tell parents was very important. The clearest message I got from this session was about the importance of being able to communicate with your child so they can approach an important adult in their life without fear of or rejection. Our kids will encounter situations that they may need an adult to assist them in some way. They may be embarrassed about something they have done or they may have a question about a sexual term they have heard. Talking to a trusted adult is far better than Googling, which is a common way for young people to encounter, unintentionally, pornographic images. Parenting is not easy so we are lucky to have experts such as David and Katie to talk with our school community.

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

The Careers Department

Exploring careers can be an overwhelming task with the abundance of material available on the internet however it is a task that we strongly recommend that students persist with. We encourage students to utilize the Careers Department website where they can create a personal profile. This profiler test will identify students working style and suggest three industries to explore and jobs that have been hand-picked.

To log in to the link below:

https://thecareersdepartment.com/

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

You will be prompted to select your school and school password

School: Shalom College – Bundaberg
School password: SCB

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

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

https://www.dropbox.com/s/7draruizvas93eg/The%20Careers%20Department_Student%20Preview.mp4?dl=0

CareersEvent.com

Another great resource that we recently discovered was CareersEvent.com. The Seminar Hub on this website allows students to explore a wide range of industries and careers. While there is a definite university focus, we believe that this is still a great research tool for all students. There are a wide range of careers videos including the Police Force, Health, skills based occupations just to name a few.

https://www.careersevent.com/seminar/

Work Window

The Pathways Department has dipped their toes into the virtual world and this is a great opportunity to introduce our new virtual reality career exploration acquisition. Work Window provides students with insight into the world of work through virtual reality experiences so they make more informed career decisions. Virtual reality gives students an experience as opposed to just viewing a video clip.

Work Window claim that the experiences they have created are as close as you can come to a job shadowing experience without actually being there.

We will very shortly be announcing the introduction of lunch time VR sessions, so stay tuned!

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

Taj Wilson

Year 7 student Taj Wilson is the Walsh House Quiet Achiever this week. Whilst living overseas Taj had the opportunity to train at three different tennis academies, one in Tokyo, one in Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur and then private training with a retired professional Tennis player who did the international circuit for many years in New Taipei - Taiwan.

Even during the COVID time after moving back to Australia Taj was still ‘zooming’ and participating in coaching lessons with his crew back in Kuala Lumpur who he still keeps in touch with.

Taj returned to Australia at the beginning of the COVID restrictions (end of term 1). He was due to return to Shalom and begin Year 7 in term 2, but the first five weeks of online learning and his first 14 days back in Australia in self isolation restricted his love of tennis as well as his online learning.

Since the COVID restrictions eased a little in QLD Taj has been able to take up lots and lots of training, up to 11 hours a week. The last two tournaments have been in Maryborough, Gladstone and most recently in Rockhampton. All the hard work is paying off with Taj winning his division in Gladstone for both singles and doubles and then winner of doubles in Rockhampton.

In between training Taj devotes his spare time to either homework and study or surfing to keep up his core fitness and endurance.

Taj has continued his tennis and has made the Shalom school team to compete in Rockhampton in the coming weeks in a City verses Country tournament. We wish the Shalom team and Taj all the best in this tournament.

We have many very talented students in Walsh House and Taj is another one of our Quiet Achievers.

Mr Chris Roelofs
Walsh House Coordinator
roelofs@shalomcollege.com

Library News

This week we are featuring two different series for those who love anything to do with sport, action, and adventure!

Big Bash League by Michael Panckridge.

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy.

Please remember to bring back overdue library books ASAP – emails will be sent out to PC teachers in the coming weeks.

See you at the library!

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

Culture and Service Team Photos

Group photos for all music performance groups, SRC, Dance Performance Team, Relay For Life and Edmund Rice Camp students will be taken in Term 3 – Week 9 & 10 and Term 4 Week 2.

Please check your child/ren allocated day in the below link – please note in Student Record Books as a reminder.

Sport

Table Tennis

Division One

Shalom’s Division 1 Team finished their round games unbeaten – although they were challenged by a strong Kepnock team. Amelia Tu won her first match easily, but was unlucky in her next two matches, going down in a particularly tight three game match. Tahia Zia won two of her three matches – each one completed in two games. Braydon Chapman won all of his matches, winning a tense three game match against Kepnock’s best player – with two games going beyond 11 points. Final result was Shalom six matches, Kepnock three.

Division Two

Shalom Division 2 won narrowly over Gin Gin five matches to four, with each team winning 11 games. Michael Connolly showed great sportsmanship, volunteering to play for an undermanned Gin Gin team – and winning two of his three matches. All of George Stelmack’s matches went to three games, and he was unlucky to only win one of those. Jack Helbig did not win any of his matches but did not give up – taking one game out to a 16-14 win. Will Martin showed his strength by winning all his matches in two games.

There are no round games this week. Our Division 1 team is through to the finals on Tuesday 15 September, while our Division 2 team will have a nervous wait to see if they will go through – awaiting results from other teams.

Mr 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

2021 Senior Jerseys

For the Year 11 students that are interested in purchasing the 2021 Senior Jersey and Jacket for next year the ordering process is now LIVE on the Uniform Shop Website. There are sample sizes available to try on in the uniform shop here at school so that you can try before you buy. (There are only jerseys in stock to try on at the moment, the jackets should be arriving shortly)

The jerseys are a full cotton top and you are able to have your name or text placed on the back above the year number. The jackets will NOT have names placed on the back. All of the text submissions will be checked before the order can be placed so please choose what you would like on the back of your jersey carefully.

Please be aware that while you are able to wear the Bomber Jacket during your time here at school, you can only wear the Jersey (with your name on the back) on days such as free dress days.

Posters and code scanning icons are currently being placed around the school so that the year 11’s can use their phone to access the ordering page in the uniform shop website.

All orders must be placed prior to Friday 18 September 2020.

LINK - Order Senior Jersey and Jacket HERE

Mr David Bond
Teacher
bondd@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.

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

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

Leotards are now available for purchase in store or online.

Dance Leotard – Please see below link.

https://uniform.shalomcollege.com/?product_cat=performing-arts

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
barkerl@shalomcollege.com

World’s Greatest Shave& Crazy Hair Day

Crazy Hair Day (ALL STUDENTS) & Worlds Greatest Shave (Staff & Year 10, 11 & 12 Students with parent permission only)

WHEN: Friday 11 September - ALL DAY EVENT with the Worlds Greatest Shave taking place in the Sports Centre during Lunch (from 11:25am).

COST: Gold Coin donation for Crazy Hair Day + money for World’s Greatest Shave auction – students can bring $10 to tear a wax strip from a teachers leg or participate in an auction to chop off a ponytail!

*No permanent colours or shaving for Crazy Hair Day participants.

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 8 September

Isobel O’Brien

Wednesday 9 September

Volunteer required please

Thursday 10 September

Merna Cook

Volunteer required please

Friday 11 September

Volunteer required please

Monday 14 September

Mila Robertson

Tuesday 15 September

Jeanette Tu

Wednesday 16 September

Angela Jackson

Thursday 17 September

Merna Cook

Volunteer required please

Friday 18 September

Kylie Jarvis/Nereda Torok

Monday 5 October

Queen’s Birthday Holiday

Tuesday 6 October

Katrina Mulford-McCallum

Wednesday 7 October

Bronwyn Grills

Thursday 8 October

Jacqueline Read

Friday 9 October

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
  • 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 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

Sunday 20 September

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Suzanne Brown

Mark Morris

Gail/Michael Pimm

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Angela Jackson

Wanita Ellis

Sunday 27 September

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Christine Buwalda-Nicolson

Jo Godfrey

Trish Sellers

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Isobel O’Brien

Nicole Schubel

Sunday 4 October

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Kath Clarke

Danielle Morrish

Helen Robinson

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Michelle Haase

Tennille Nagas

Maryanne Taylor

Sunday 11 October

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Roselyn Hunting

Susie Mant

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Emma Jansen

Jas Haster

Marie Walker

Sunday 18 October

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Carol Barazza

Lisa Christensen

Brenda/Colby Jay

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Chris Dennien

Jade Law

Maria McMahon

Sunday 25 October

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Kate Rehbein

Craig Warner

Kylie Walduck

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Brendan/Astrid Clancy

Jo Medcalf

Nadia Tairiwhiti

Markets BBQ Roster

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

Sunday 11 October

Shalom Esports

Gavin Hill

Community Notice Board

St Patricks Tuckshop For Sale

Are you looking for a career change in 2021?

Please call into the Tuckshop & have a chat if you are interested in purchasing this business. Alternatively I can be contacted on 0413 483 082 or at the email address below.

Mrs Fleur Wooldridge
Tuckshop Proprietor
fleur01@hotmail.com.au

Back to School Support from Headspace

The Catholic Parish of Bundaberg

Catholic Parish Bulletin

https://www.bundabergcatholic.net.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Bulletin-6-September-2020.pdf

Safeguarding Newsletter

https://www.bundabergcatholic.net.au/our-parish/safeguarding/

Bishop’s E-Newsletter

https://rokcatholic.schoolzineplus.com/diocesenews?nid=26&fbclid=IwAR3xT2Gjafh3dwTSno-je4-LDMwNaX6redCLTCs-poRLUfzmDa5yTAtvUH0

Bulletin Attachment

https://www.bundabergcatholic.net.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/6-Sept-News-and-Updates.pdf

More FAQ- Covid Safe Plan

https://www.bundabergcatholic.net.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/FAQ-1.pdf

Mass Timetable

https://www.bundabergcatholic.net.au/mass-prayer/

5 - 6 September 2020
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

FOCUS
by Maddison Devine

HIS NAME SCREAMS HIS NAME

Throughout the past few weeks a particular verse from the Gospel of Matthew has kept appearing in my everyday life. Brought up in conversation by friends, shared through social media or reflected upon in prayer, this verse has been stuck in my mind, a constant reminder that has helped me grow deeper in my faith and my understanding of why we are here.

From Matthew 6:25-27, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink: or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

Throughout many seasons of our lives, particularly recently, our relationships with God and each other have been pushed to their limits. This year has been filled with so many unknown changes and uncalled for anxieties that some of us have found ourselves questioning not only our path in life, but our personal relationships with Jesus.

Recently at one of our Young Adults events, we were discussing our ‘Identity in Christ’ and belonging in this world. The words “Creation screams his name” were spoken by one young adult and upon hearing this I was filled with overwhelming wonder and joy. I had never thought of it that way. How every single leaf in nature, every person, every sunset, was perfectly handpicked through his eyes, embodying his eternal and overwhelming love for us. A reminder of how he knew us, and loved us before we were even born. With this realisation, I started to notice so many moments and how much time in my day was taken up with worrying or anxiety about insignificant things. I was giving space in my heart to problems that only created drama or stress. What if instead, I was able to hold this space for God, for my personal relationship with Jesus? Spend this time that I used worrying, turning my faith into actions and take part in screaming his name every day. Many times God will use our thoughts or other people to call on us and connect with our hearts. Whether this is the small moment in your day when your brain says “Go! Say hi to that person over there!” Or “Say yes to that opportunity”, This is his way of reaching for that relationship. Our purpose each and every day should not be to fill our time worrying about what outfit to wear or where we should go for lunch, about the latest drama or unkind gossip but rather, to love. To unconditionally love and care for those around us, especially when it’s not the easiest option. For the most beautiful way we can live our faith and our relationship with Jesus is through our words and actions.

This week we set a challenge for our kids at CHAOS YOUTH, We asked of them to do one random act of kindness, expecting nothing in return. To take 5 minutes out of their day for someone else. I want to ask a similar challenge of you. That you give 5 minutes to someone else, even if it’s just to have a conversation about their day. With each moment we take for someone other than ourselves and our problems, our eyes are opened just a little more to the beauty of creation that surrounds us and how blessed we are to experience it.

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” - Job 12:7-10 NIV

https://socialjustice.catholic.org.au/2020/07/03/social-justice-statement-2020-21/

https://catholicleader.com.au/digital-newspaper-covid19

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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