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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

14 September 2020

Principal’s Reflection

With exams fast approaching, particularly for Years 11 & 12, and for them very important exams, they need to remember how resilient they have been studying against a backdrop of unrest and uncertainty. This is something of which they should all be proud.

The story of great achievements will always be one which is told in the context of those who overcame obstacles to achieve a dream. That is what it means to be an achiever.

Many years ago, I read somewhere that “anyone can be a loser, it requires no effort, no energy. You do not have to do a thing. But to be a champion is quite different. It requires courage, commitment, and determination. These qualities we all have. We just need to find ways to bring them to the front of what we do.”

Success is actually something that we all want. It is a natural desire that we hope to do well. But to get these will be a struggle. It does not matter what we aspire to.

Going to University

Being a doctor or a lawyer or an engineer

Getting a trade and opening your own salon, garage, or business

Becoming a great footballer, cricketer, golfer, or any other sport

To simply do our absolute best at school and pass all our courses and subjects.

But the accolades, praise, and recognition that we receive, the joy and sense of pride that we feel is only for those who struggle to grab the opportunities and overcome the challenges.

And when we talk about overcoming challenges, we need to be strong enough to recognise what this means. What we need to understand is that it does not matter how well we do, because at some stage of our lives, we will stumble. And why? Because achievers are constantly setting challenges for themselves. They are constantly pushing themselves to do better, to raise themselves higher. If we do this, one thing is for certain, at some point we will fall. But this is not failure. This is not a reason to give up. This is a time where we reflect on what we have done, how we could have done it better and how we will regroup so as to make sure that next time we achieve what we set out to do.

How do we do this? How do we make sure we do not give up? The answer to this lies in recognising how passionate we can be. Because if we do, we will be willing to work hard, to keep driving ourselves especially when the odds are not in our favour. It doesn’t matter where they want to go or what they want to achieve.

I taught a young man, a Year 10 student, many years ago now. I remember him telling me in a conversation that he was going to the Olympics – that was his dream. Most people were sceptical. I was astounded that a student so young could be so determined and definite in what they wanted to do. He made it, representing Australia at two Olympic Games: 2000 and 2004.

Our students should not be afraid; they should identify their passion. They should ask themselves: What do I really want to be? What do I need to do to get there? Do I have the tenacity to pick myself up every time I fall and keep pushing on?

I believe our students do. When I see them chasing after the dreams that motivate them, I see an unbreakable spirit that will not be stopped.

Our students are all winners in some way. Every one of them has dreams. They need to work out the obstacles they will face. Work out the journey they need to take and if they do, I have no doubt that each and every one of them will at some stage in their lives, stand tall and proud.

Each and every one of them, if they believe enough and work hard enough, will make dreams become reality.

They need to keep working hard. Never give up. Never lose their passion. Because if they can, we will all look up to them as society’s great achievers.

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

Newsletter Articles


Year 12 Mock Exam Block – 6/10/20–9/10/20 – Tutorials Available

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 (6/10/20 – 9/10/20) under normal exam block conditions. The schedule is attached. Please note there have been some minor room changes. 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 need help with their study to access. The times that these teachers are available may also be seen on the attached document. Tutorials will take place in Loyola on Tuesday – Thursday and Goondeel on Friday.

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.

Term 3, Week 10

Mock Exam Block, Winter’s Final Day and Retreat

Term 4, Week 1

Mock Exam Block (attendance for exams only or catch up)

Term 4, Week 2

Normal Classes – All Year 12 students to attend

Term 4, Week 3

Normal Classes – All Year 12 students to attend

Term 4, Week 4 - 7

External Assessment Block: 26 October – 17 November

Essential English - Common Internal Assessment: Wednesday, 28 October.

Attendance required after completion of External Examinations.

Mr Brendan Maher
Assistant Principal – Administration


Year 12 Attendance

Good luck to all Year 12 students this week as they commence the first part of the Mock Examination Block. I feel that it is important to remind both students and parents/carers of the timeline for ALL Year 12 students and the expectations around attendance.

For some unknown reason there seems to be a misapprehension from Year 12 students that they do not have to attend during Week 2 and Week 3 next term. This is certainly a misunderstanding and not true.

It is the College’s expectation all Year 12’s will be present at school during these two weeks.

During this time meaningful classroom engagement and teaching will continue for all students. They will also have the opportunity (if required) to finalise assessments for a variety of subjects, complete final VET competencies to ensure completion of their certificate courses. Of course important preparation for external exams will continue and confirmation of results will be taking place.

Furthermore, Essential English students will have to prepare for their Common Internal Assessment (CIA) that was postponed in April due to COVID-19. It is imperative that students are attending school to ensure success for this assessment item. The CIA is scheduled for students to complete on Wednesday 28 October during the external assessment block.

Years 11-12

This is a timely reminder regarding assessment in the senior school. If a student does not submit a final response to an assessment and where evidence of authenticated student work is available (a draft or classwork), teachers will make judgments based on this evidence. If the student provided no evidence on or before the due date as specified by the assessment task and no other evidence is available, a student will receive a ‘Not-Rated’. This may result in students not receiving a QCE point for the Unit of Learning.

Senior exams are bound by the guidelines of QCAA Academic Integrity and Assessment Guidelines, your student may miss an opportunity to complete assessment if their absence does not relate to an approved absence, unforeseen illness or misadventure. Student undertaking Vocational Placement, Work Experience or other pathway opportunities must attend school for exams regardless of these days. Academic integrity requires academic responsibilities of students to be approached in an honest, moral and ethical way.

Positions Vacant - QCAA invigilators for external assessment

QCAA is seeking applications from community members for invigilator positions. If interested please read the Position description: Invigilators and Invigilator frequently asked questions available at the link below:

Mrs Gail Norris
Assistant Principal – Curriculum


The Youth Hub

Mrs Mary Taylor
Assistant Principal – Mission

Student Drivers

Parents and Carers of Year 11 & 12 Students

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

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

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



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.

Year 8 Core Studies A

This term, Year 8 Core Studies A students have been investigating the way that bodies, body systems, and organs relate to each other and how the structure of an organ enables it to function. As a part of our investigations into biology, we conducted a pluck dissection to examine the organs and their function. During the dissection demonstration, they saw the following in action:

Rings of cartilage hold the trachea open so that we can breathe freely.

The lungs will not explode or stop working if they are pierced.

Lungs inflate to several times their deflated size.

The left lung always has fewer lobes than the right so that there is room for the heart when the lungs inflate.

The heart has four chambers with one-way valves to prevent oxygenated blood from mixing with deoxygenated blood.

The left side of the heart is more heavily muscled than the right because it needs to pump blood through the body.

Kidneys have different tissues that are responsible for filtering blood and transporting urine to the bladder.

At the end of the demonstration, students were able to examine the pluck in greater detail and to handle some of the dissected organs. Although they had learned about how the organs and systems worked in theory, they were fascinated to see how it all worked in practice.

Special thanks go to our Science Operations Officer, Mr John Davis who prepared the lab for us each day, Ms Jade Tairawhiti who captured the moment for the newsletter, and to Atlanta Santhosh, Olivia Klowss, and Shaun Chaplin who assisted with the demonstration.

Mr Michael Adams

Where Are They Now?

Royal Australian Navy

Last week, past Shalom College students – Kye Burgess, Todd Marriott, Mitchell Parnell, Nahum Pascoe all graduated from Recruit School HMAS Cerberus in Melbourne.

Well done to the boys for their commitment, discipline, determination and perseverance.

Of their intake on the 29 June there were 150 recruits. A smaller group have completed all the requirements that were put to them and graduated last week and ‘The Bundy Shalom Boys’ were amongst them!

The boys are taking on the role of serving our Country with pride, honesty and integrity.

Mrs Georgia Halpin
Community Relations Officer


Work Experience

Work experience is a great opportunity for students to explore their passion and understand what is expected in the workplace, while developing skills outside the classroom. It is also an opportunity to understand what they may need to do to prepare for the future. We would strongly encourage students to engage in work experience in the upcoming school holidays. Please see the Student Work Experience Booklet attached for further information and instruction. All paperwork for work experience in the holidays must be submitted no later than 3pm Wednesday, 16 September.

Year 13

From time to time the Pathways Department are contacted with opportunities for graduated students. We would love to know our current Year 12’s plans for the future, and if they might like to be contacted should opportunities arise. We have created a google questionnaire for Year 12 students to complete so we can capture the relevant data. This has been emailed to all Year 12 students and we ask parents to please encourage their children to complete it.

2021 Additional Learning Opportunities

Students wishing to engage in additional learning such as TAFE and external qualifications in 2021 will soon be able to register their interest with the Pathways Office. The 2021 Additional Learning Opportunities booklet is almost complete and will be emailed to students before the end of the term.

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

Quiet Achiever

Laura Keverkis


Year 11 McAuley Student Laura Keverkis is this week’s Quiet Achiever. Hogan House Coordinator Mr Knott was very impressed with Laura and wrote this about her…… Laura has recently displayed all the qualities that we look for in a Shalom student. This is not in regard to academic study, but instead actively showing the core values of our mission statement within the College. That is, to display a deep care and empathy towards fellow students when they are faced with adversity. Laura was able to help another student recently with their academic studies by helping them submit their English assessment whilst they were experiencing some difficulties of their own. It is this active display of kindness, care and compassion that is so great to witness within students of Shalom College. Well done Laura!

MsPaula Van Dalen
McAuley House Coordinator

Shelley Major - Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Careers & Transition Pathways sessions 2020

Shelley Major provides crucial support and advice to Shalom College Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students throughout their senior years and last week made her annual visit to Shalom College to hold sessions with year 10 and 11 students and Individual interviews with year 12 Indigenous students discussing future pathways, such as University, ADF, Tafe, apprenticeships/traineeships or employment. Students engaged well in each session and had great discussions regarding their future pathway options.

Ms Kelli Blair-Cory
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Education Liaison Officer

Queensland Regional Development Program Scholarship

Shalom students Ella Marschke and Matthew Parker are recipients of the Regional Online Artist Development Program (ROAD). Matthew and Ella are two of five students from regional Queensland selected to participate in this program run by Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra Camerata.

Camerata are committed to travelling to regional areas of the state to further opportunities for music teachers and students. Due to the limitations with travel this year Camerata had to get creative with designing new pathways to support the development of young artists. The aim of this year’s program is to deliver specialised double bass performance and teaching strategies through an online scholarship. Scholarship winners receive 8 lessons online with professional bassist Marian Heckenberg.

Marian is principal bass with Camerata and bassist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra as well as lecturer in bass at the Queensland Conservatorium. Marian travelled to Bundaberg in early February to run a local bass workshop and from this the idea for this year’s ROAD program was initiated. Ella and Matthew were chosen due to their musicality and enthusiasm and are benefiting from the expertise of one of Australia’s top bass players. These fine musicians are representing their school and state with distinction and are a credit to their parents and community.

Ella Marschke and Matthew Parker

Ms Alison Vercoe
Cello/Bass Teacher

Library News

Miss Bella Little
Gap Year Student – Administration

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.

Primary & Secondary School Athletics Meet – Gold Coast

Recently, Year 9 student Joshua Bulbert represented Shalom at the Primary & Secondary School Athletics Meet at the Gold Coast Performance Centre.

Joshua placed 3rd in the 14 year boys 100m and 4th in the 200m.

Joshua Bulbert

Well done Joshua!

Mr Simon Gills
Sports Coordinator

Queensland Schools Golf Titles

Last week Shalom had 3 Students compete at the Queensland Schools Golf Titles in Cairns, Year 10 student Amara Burns, Year 9 student Jack Wooldridge and Year 7 student Rohan Wooldridge.

Amara had 4 consistent rounds finishing 3 under her handicap for the 4 rounds, and was 7th in the nett overall. Jack finished strong after a slow start to card a 76 and 72 in the final 2 rounds to finish mid field out of 70 boys in the 13-19 years division. The round of 72 (par round) a new PB and was 6th best on the day and best nett for the final round.

Rohan played the 4 days 7 under his handicap and was tied 3rd in the overall nett for the 10-12 years boys division.

Amara, Jack and Rohan all played very well in windy, showery and hot conditions on a challenging golf course.

Jack Wooldridge and Amara Burns  

Rohan Wooldridge

Mr Simon Gills
Sports Coordinator

QLD Pool Rescue Lifesaving State Championships

Congratulations to Year 8 Student Kobi Holden, Kobi won Gold in the 2020 QLD CHAMPION 13 Male Brick Carry Pool Rescue Lifesaving State Championships. Kobi also won a Silver medal in the Under 13 Male 100m swim with obstacles as well.

A great State Champs for Kobi!!

Congratulations !!!!!!

Mr Peter Robinson
Assistant Principal (Acting) – Students


With so many sporting events cancelled in 2020, the Shalom rowing crews were eager to participate in their first event for the year, Maryborough Bridge to Bridge. The event comprises of a 13km time trial, starting from the Granville Bridge, rowing through to the Lamington Bridge and then back again. This year the rowers were faced with rough waters and windy conditions hampering their row. We are proud to say all participants completed the event, while their sculls were swamped with water everyone managed to stay afloat and finish with respectable times.

Well done to the Shalom rowers

Single Sculls

Grace Pashley

Double Scull

Sam Card and Samuel Heinz

Quad Scull

Jayne Wake, Kaitlyn Rochford, Sarah Waters, Jada Critchlow and Emily Parker
Emily Evans, Gabriella Miners, Lilly Fenton, Piper Rochford and Sarah Wake

Mr Rod Silcox
Rowing Coordinator

Vicki Wilson Netball State Finals

On the last weekend of the September holidays, Shalom College’s Vicki Wilson teams will travel to Brisbane to compete in the State Finals of the 2020 Vicki Wilson competition.

In a revised competition due to the effects of Covid-19, the preliminary rounds of this year’s competition were abolished in favour of a 3-day finals competition. The Shalom College VW Cup and VW Shield teams were extended an invitation to the 2020 Vicki Wilson State Finals as a result of having competed in this stage of the competition last year.

In 2020, teams have been placed in pools of eight, with round robin games to take place across Saturday and Sunday. Teams who finish in the top four of their pool will then progress to a Super-16 Finals format on Monday 5 October.

We wish the following players and coaches’ good luck for this year’s only netball competition.

VW Cup (Senior Team)

VW Shield (Junior Team)

Charlotte Boge

Tahlia Baretta

Tayla Pearson

Tyla Royan

Kendal Dodd

Amber Meech

Evette Land

Keira Nagas

Pelenatita Kaufusi

Keiarna Seymour

Annabel Roelofs

Summer Woods

Holly Kitchen

Bailey Grigg

Isabella Mullaly

Sophia Galati

Macey Egan

Tanika Hartfiel

Angel Cory

Lani Plath

Lauren Richter (shadow)

VW Cup (Senior Team)

VW Shield (Junior Team)

Charlotte Boge

Tahlia Baretta

Tayla Pearson

Tyla Royan

Kendal Dodd

Amber Meech

Evette Land

Keira Nagas

Pelenatita Kaufusi

Keiarna Seymour

Annabel Roelofs

Summer Woods

Holly Kitchen

Bailey Grigg

Isabella Mullaly

Sophia Galati

Macey Egan

Tanika Hartfiel

Angel Cory

Lani Plath

Lauren Richter (shadow)

Mrs Melinda Pearson



Year 7 Team

With a season now over, the 7 Red Netball Team showed remarkable team spirit and sportsmanship. While we didn’t make the finals, I am super proud of how well each team member worked together and had fun during Winter Sport. Congratulations go to (in no particular order): Ashton Redman-Dickie, Jordan Torok, Ashley Burgess, Maisey Wust, Sarah Farmer, Rhanni Piggott, Madeline Smith, Ellehra Wilkin, Caitlyn-Rose Mullins, Laura Stack, Chelsea Wardlaw, and Abigail Karpowski. Many thanks also to Emma Nash, who turned up every week with a smile to be our umpire.

Mrs Justine Blinco
Netball Coach

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
Sports Coordinator

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

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

Boys formal socks

Boys formal socks will be compulsory as of Term 1 2021. These socks are available now, 2 pair to a pack $21.

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.

Dance Leotard – Please see below link.

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

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 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

Monday 12 October

Trish Cahill

Tuesday 13 October

Isobel O’Brien

Wednesday 14 October

Volunteer required please

Thursday 15 October

Merna Cook

Volunteer required please

Friday 16 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)


Markets Tuckshop Roster

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

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 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

Sunday 18 October

Rotary Club Bundaberg Central

David Baldry

Sunday 25 October

Elliot Heads SLSC

Laura McDonald

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

Back to School Support from Headspace

The Catholic Parish of Bundaberg

Catholic Parish Bulletin

More FAQ- Covid Safe Plan

Mass Timetable

Statement from Queensland Bishops

5 - 6 September 2020
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

by Madonna Davitt
Principal, St Mary's Catholic Primary School

Recently, I heard on the news the story of 2 large black holes colliding and creating one unimaginably massive black hole. Ripples from the collision, were detected in May this year. Where this is an extraordinary event in our understanding of the universe what is even more difficult to truly comprehend, is that this event happened 7 billion years ago (before our sun came into existence) and it is only now that the gravitational waves have reached us!

This event was a stark reminder that the size of our universe is beyond what we can comprehend. But what about the God who created this vast universe? Is this God incomprehensible to us as well?

Simply put – yes.

And yet it is this very same God, revealed to us through the incarnation of Jesus, loves us unconditionally and wants to be in an intimate relationship with each and every one of us. This is not forced on us, but it is very strongly presented to us everyday with every breathe we take, everything we experience, be it joy or suffering, everything we see, hear, feel, smell. Everything is suffused with the presence of God. And God’s promise to us is, when we know this, our little lives will take on a fuller, richer and broader perspective. We will start to see the divine in everyone and everything. We are beckoned to become co-creators of God’s universe.

This is an undeserved gift. A gift that humbles us in the presence of our all-loving God.

Breast Screen Queensland

Triple P

The State Government is funding free access to Triple P, which is the world’s most evidence-based parenting program and has helped more than four million children and their parents around the world develop closer, more positive relationships.

Please click on this link, which will take you to the website where you can access information relevant to your situation.

This link will remain in our Newsletter with Triple P sending us regular updates and helpful tips.

Drivers College

Drivers College has returned to provision of pre and novice learner driver education, special provisions have been put in place for the protection of both staff and students training on our complex. Please see below the changes made to ensure safety from transfer of the virus. Currently we are only working with one student per booking, on Saturday or student free days until further notice.

School holidays at present will be one student per educator with the 2 day program being offered on Monday and Friday of both weeks, this will mean we will only have two student places each week so if you are wanting to book please contact us early as they will go fast. A special amended one day program will be available for students with more than 70 log book hours, only 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.