Shalom College
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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

19 October 2020

Principal’s Reflection

Sadly, over my years in this job, I have had too many conversations with girls about poor treatment that they have received from boys. I had another similar conversation only recently. Boys and girls can get far too ‘possessive’ in their relationships. Their friend becomes more their property than their friend. On too many occasions I have come across girls who get ‘manhandled’ by a young man in a fit of anger or frustration. Worse, too often, girls are ready to forgive this behaviour and give the young man an excuse – ‘I made him mad’, ‘he really is trying to be better’, ‘he said sorry’.

A male physically mistreating a female is just unforgiveable – no second chances. It should also be a huge red flag for anyone in a relationship where the other party begins to exert control over who can be spoken to or where one is going to. That is just not OK. Girls can behave just as badly as boys in these areas but it does seem as though the vast majority of poor behaviour in this area comes from boys. I don’t think it is too strong to say that we have a crisis of masculinity in our society. School TV is a fantastic resource for parents on numerous issues that relate to teenagers. It is provided free to Shalom parents and the link is always on our webpage. The most recent topic is on ‘Raising Boys’. There are some great short and sharp resources on this page and it is well worth you having a look –

Student Leaders 2021 – I was pleased to announce to the students last week the House Leaders for 2021

School Captains – Brigette McMahon & Oliver Collins
Adams House – Avril Davies & Brody Allison
Chisholm House – Kasey Hess & Lane Cooney
Hogan House – Taitum Staley & Steven Borg
Lingiari House – Georgie Tuzes & William Zahn
MacKillop House – Libby Dullaway & Oliver Collins
McAuley House – Charlotte Boge & Sam Ellis
Rice House – Riley Dingle & Jo-Seth Sheppard
Walsh House – Taila Saint & James Waters

School Fees 2021 – attached below is the structure for school fees in 2021. It represents a 2.7% increase in fees. As always, we do all that we can to limit increases and to support all families who desire a Catholic education for their children. Please note that the 2.5% discount is available if fees are paid in full within 30 days of the invoice being issued.

Shalom College Board – does a great job for the College. In 2021 we will lose a couple of members of the Board and I would welcome any parents to express interest in Board membership. The Board meets once a month for about 90 minutes. Please email me if you would like to know more.

Afternoon Traffic – it is hard to imagine that only a couple of years ago, we only had one carpark at Shalom!! Both carparks are now very busy from 2.55 to 3.20. We have a lot more Year 11 & 12 students driving as well. Can I urge those who use the carparks in the afternoon to be patient? We have numerous merging lanes to get people out and things would work much better if we could merge alternately all the time. I would really encourage parents to use the wonderful bus services provided locally. They are a far more efficient way to get students into and out of Shalom.

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.

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles

Student Welfare and Information

Formal News

Mrs Jo Medcalf, College secretary, and my offsider through all the planning, has sent out another email to our Year 12 parents to find out if everyone is receiving our information. We have had some contact from a few parents to say that they have not been receiving information.

Please use the following email address: to make contact with us if you have any queries.

Due date for payment, how you want your son or daughter introduced as well as any dietary requirements is: 28 October. Jo has included a link to any of the documents that need filling out in the email she sent out. Please meet the due date.



Please make sure that your son’s hairstyle is adhering to our College policy. At the moment we have a few boys with mullet haircuts – this hairstyle is not permitted.

A few of the senior boys are “stretching out the time” in the hope that they do not have to get a haircut as the end seems nigh. However, with the Formal coming up, closely followed by their graduation, they will be in many photos – they may look back and cringe! Their hair needs to be in line with our policy.


As has always been the case the girls are not allowed to have acrylic nails – please make sure that this is not the case with your daughter.

Piercings are creeping in for some – only the one piercing is allowed in the bottom ear lobe – all of this is in the Record Book. Students will be asked, and it will be expected, to have the extra piercing removed.

Chewing Gum

Chewing gum is not permitted in the College. This was in the newsletter last week and the students were told through our daily notices as well on the College assembly on Thursday.

If caught chewing gum, a Friday detention will be issued. Those with exemptions need to show their teacher at the beginning of class so that they can chew gum – this exemption applies to those with braces.

Thank you for supporting the College in all of the above.

Mrs Elizabeth Austin-Campbell
Deputy Principal


Year 12 External Exams

External Exams for Year 12 General Subjects will occur over the period from Monday 26 October – Tuesday 17 November. Attached is some important information about this time including :

  • External Assessment Timetable
  • Directions for Students
  • External Exam Equipment List

Could parents and students please familiarise themselves with these important documents in preparation for the External Exam period.

Please note that normal classes continue during Week 2 and 3 of Term 4 (12 Oct – 23 Oct), however students need only attend school for the exams they are sitting during the External Exam Block (26 Oct – 17 Nov). Students who are required to complete outstanding work may also be required to attend school during the External Exam block as organised by the relevant classroom teacher. More information about activities that will occur on the three days after the External Exam Block (ie 18 Nov – 20 Nov) will be distributed soon.

Good luck with your study and your exams!

Mr Brendan Maher
Assistant Principal – Administration


Year 12 External Assessments

All Year 12 students should now have a copy of the EA timetable in preparation for the exam block commencing Monday 26 October – Tuesday 17 November. This is available on the Shalom College website in at in Year 12 External Assessments section. This has all sessions and rooming information. A great idea would be to have it printed out at home and visible for everyone to see. Students can access a personalised timetable in their Learning Account as well.

A copy of the QCAA publication External Assessment: A Guide for Year 12 students has also been placed in the Year 12 External Assessments section on the website. This document has also been made available to students via the daily notices.

Important dates to remember

Weeks 4 - 7

(Oct 26 – Nov 20)

  • External Assessment Block: 26 October – 17 November
  • Essential English - Common Internal Assessment: Wednesday, 28 October (catch up exam from Covid disruption).
  • Catch Up – Applied and VET assessments (if required)
  • Attendance required after completion of External Examinations. A schedule of events will be published shortly for this week.

Year 12 Student Learning Accounts

Any confirmed results for the second Internal Assessment (IA) are now available to students via their QCAA Learning Account. This account will give students current information about their results for each subject, any vocational studies undertaken and if they are ‘on track’ for QCE eligibility.

It is important that all personal details are correct in this Learning Account. Please have your student check their personal details and make any necessary changes. If the home address is incorrect, please contact Mrs Norris as soon as possible to have this updated. By making sure your information is correct will guarantee that your student will receive their Senior Education Profile when posted by QCAA in December.

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.


CQU Principal’s Recommendation Scheme

Sixteen Year 12 Shalom College students have received congratulatory goodie bags from CQUniversity Bundaberg. These students have successfully gained an early offer from CQU through the Principal’s Recommendation Scheme.

The Principal’s Recommendation Scheme is an early offer program that allows Year 12 students to apply to an undergraduate CQUniversity course based on the recommendation of their high school Principal rather than the students’ ATAR. Open to all Year 12 students, the Scheme is designed to assist capable students to access entry to CQUniversity. It in no way provides relaxation of the quality and academic standards that students must meet to successfully complete their degree.

Pathways Coordinator, Mrs Liza O’Donnell with the Year 12 students upon the presentation of their goodie bags

Gateway to Industry Schools Program

Year 12 student, Lilly Hawkins is reaping the rewards of her hard work. In Year 11, Lilly completed a Certificate II in Health Support Services at TAFE and part of this qualification required work placement. Lilly was placed at the Bundaberg Day Hospital where she impressed them so much that she was offered employment and further training opportunities. Upon graduation, Lilly will transition into full-time employment.

Lilly has also recently become an ambassador for the Gateway to Industry Schools Program promoting pathways into the Community Services sector. Shalom is very proud of Lilly’s achievements and we wish her the very best for the future.

Lilly Hawkins

The Community Services sector serves as an entrance to a range of diverse careers. The Community Services Gateway to Industry Schools Project Parents’ Webinar will assist you to find out more about the types of pathways are available, what jobs are available locally and where there is the biggest job growth.

The webinar will be held Wednesday, 11 November 2020 from 6.00-6.30pm. Find out more and register to attend here

Year13 Webinars

The Year13 website is loaded with great advice on life after school and exploring work, study and travel options.

The latest round of webinars held last month featured amazing speakers in Construction, Trades and Architecture. Listen to the recordings as industry professionals talk about a day in the life of a plumber, carpenter, project manager and many more and offer advice on how to secure your dream job in the industry.

2021 Additional Learning Opportunities

Students wishing to engage in additional learning such as TAFE and external qualifications in 2021 are now able to register their interest with the Pathways Office. To see the selection of courses on offer click on the link to access the 2021 Additional Learning Opportunities booklet.

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

Quiet Achiever

Ella-Jade Reinke

Lingiari’s Ella-Jade Reinke is relatively new to Shalom but really works hard to ensure that Pastoral Care is vibrant and fun. Ella-Jade is always cheerful in the House area, and helped her family prepare a feast for her Mum and aunties on Mothers Day which included Cherry Ripe Truffles, flowers, a BBQ and then cleaning up afterwards.

Well done Ella-Jade!!

Mr Jason Baulch
Lingiari House Coordinator

Library News

This week we are featuring two very different books that are both fantastic.

Our first book is Gemma Riley and the Fashion Riasco by Jules Van Mil. This is a fun fashion mystery for anyone who loves crime and fashion.

Our second book, Hawk by James Patterson, is a continuation of the Maximum Ride series, perfect for fans of the series.

A reminder to all students to return any books that are overdue to the library ASAP.

See you at the library!

Miss Bella Little
Gap Year Student – Administration

Shalom College After School Activities (SCASA)

SCASA Tennis group having a great time and learning Tennis after school with Super Coach Mr Maher.

TERM 4 2020

Shalom College is offering students the opportunity to participate in organised after school activities conducted by coaches and teachers. SCASA also includes a light afternoon tea from 3.15 pm for the students and all activities will conclude at 4.45 pm.


Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays are the 3 available afternoons for SCASA.


SCASA commences in Week 2 of each Term and continues for 8 continuous weeks of each Term.


3.00 pm - School lessons completed.
3.15 pm - Roll Call and afternoon tea (supplied) at College tuckshop and set up time for coaches
3.30 pm - Activities/ Coaching starts (various venues within school grounds)
4.30 pm - Activities/ Coaching finished
4.45 pm - Students help pack up and return equipment and picked up by parents at front of school.

SCASA Activities - see below

Monday -

Option 1 - Netball with Charlotte Boge (SC or Hangar)
Option 2 - ABC’S with Jarrod Burnett (Oval or Hangar)


Option 1 - Dance with Laura Helbig (Dance Studio)
Option 2 - e-Sports with Josef Baumgartner (Hogan classrooms )
Option 3 - Touch Football and OzTag with Molly Dawson (Oval)


Option 1 - Cross Country with Mat Grills (Oval)
Option 2 - Tennis with Brendan Maher (Tennis Courts)
Option 3 - e-Sports with Gavin Hill (Hogan classrooms)

* ABC’S = Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed activities in a fun game centred friendly atmosphere.

* e-Sports = electronic Sports


The SCASA Fee is $20.00 per term for each student.
This is to help cover the afternoon tea and instructors/coach costs.
This flat fee of $20.00 is for one, two or all three afternoons activities.
This is to encourage participation in SCASA activities.

After completing the SCASA sign on google form, at approx. week 3 of term - you will receive an invitation on Parent Lounge regarding SCASA.

Please wait until week 3 of term then login to Parent Lounge to give permission for your child to attend SCASA and pay the $20.00 fee.Once there click on the ‘Tours and Excursions’ tab and you will find a link to SCASA Term 3 - Here you will be able to give permission for your child to attend and pay the fee.

Please also check your contact details and phone numbers are current, as we will be using this information to contact you if needed.

It is very important that all information in Parent Lounge is current as teachers will use this information in case of an emergency and to support the welfare of your child.

Please make sure that you click SAVE before logging out.

If you require assistance with Parent Lounge login, please contact the College Office.

Other school sporting teams will continue to have their own training sessions as usual under the direction of their coaches e.g Strength and Conditioning training, Rugby League, Netball, Touch Football etc.

This SCASA program is designed to give extra opportunities for Shalom College students to become involved in supervised physical activities after school.

Please complete the student and parent details in the google form below

REMINDER - no confirming phone calls are made by the school to confirm you are in the program - as once you sign on and you receive an online response - your child has been registered and please turn up starting week 2. Once an activity is full - I will omit it from the selections below - so it cannot be selected.

Mr Peter Robinson
Student Welfare
High Performance Program

Chess News

On Tuesday 13 October, Shalom sent two teams to compete in the Term 4 Inter-School Chess Tournament at Avoca SS. As this is the final school tournament of the year, schools from across Wide Bay are invited and it is the ‘money round’ where cash prizes are given.

The Shalom Red team of Nicholas Whitelum, Callum Macann, Seth Gayton and Demetri De Florian played some inspiring chess to just miss out on the medals. Nicholas Whitelum and Demetri De Florian both finished with 5 wins from 7 games on the day showing some exceptional chess skills, each earning themselves a $10 prize for their performances. It was pleasing to see Demetri (Year 12) finish in such impressive fashion, being the chess stalwart at Shalom for many years. We will miss his enthusiasm and skills next year when he leaves school.

The Shalom Black team of Vivian Blemings, Thomas Brandon, Kyan Kelly and Thanushi Weerasinghe showed great promise as a team of the future competing against older players, each winning their share of games. The much improved Thanushi also picked up a $10 cash prize for winning 4 or her 7 matches. Jonathon El-Azzi rounded out the Shalom players competing, winning 3 of his 7 matches. These players will be ones to watch in the future.

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

Mr Brendan Maher
Chess Coordinator


All Schools Touch Football

Touch Football QLD all schools competition was held from 7 to 11 October in Brisbane in 2020.

Shalom entered the competition with 4 teams Under 15 boys and girls and Open boys and girls. All 4 teams were coming from a successful Wide Bay all schools comp where all 4 teams won the local regional competition.

All 4 teams played extremely well winning a lot of their games and all coming in the top 16 of their competition.

The format for QLD all schools is that teams play round games then the top teams in each pool are selected to play finals day with the top 16 teams winners progressing to top 8 then winners again progressing to top 4 semi-finals then top 2 in the grand finals. So your aim in the round games is to aim for top 2 of your pool to get you into finals day.

Congratulations to all 4 Teams -

Under 15 boys made it to top 8 ranking on finals day

Under 15 Girls made top 16 on finals day

Open Boys came third in their pool with 4 pools so you could say they came top 12

Open Girls made it to finals day and came top 16 also

Thanks to all coaches, managers, bus drivers and tour managers for an awesome trip.



Shalom College vs. Carmel College Win 10 - 0 

Shalom College vs. Beerwah SHS Win 9 - 1  

Shalom College vs. Ferny Grove SHS Win 11 - 1 

Shalom College vs. Clairvaux Mackillop Win 4 - 0  

Shalom College vs. Keebra Park SHS Win 7 - 6

Shalom College vs. St John's Roma Win 7 - 1  

Shalom College vs. Mary Mackillop College Win 11 - 0  

Shalom College vs. St Paul's School Win 6 - 0  

Shalom College vs. Mt Gravatt SHS Win 9 - 0  

Shalom Collegevs. The Cathedral College Loss 1 – 12

Shalom College vs. St Columban's College Win 5 - 2  

Shalom College vs. Wavell Win 3 - 2 

Shalom College vs. Upper Coomera Win 10 - 1 




Shalom College vs. Ambrose Treacy College Win 6 - 3 

Shalom College vs. Cannon Hill AC Win 7- 0

Shalom College vs. Beenleigh SHS Win 7 - 2  

Shalom College vs. Cavendish Road Win 4- 0  

Shalom College vs. Clairvaux Mackillop Win 7 - 0  

Shalom College vs. Grace Lutheran Win 10 - 0  

Shalom College vs. Gladstone SHS Win 6 - 2  

Shalom College vs. Palm Beach Currumbin Loss 2 - 8

Shalom College vs. Marymount College Win 7 - 4  

Shalom College vs. Rochedale SHS Win 5- 2 

Shalom College vs. St Mary's Toowoomba Loss 3 - 7  

Shalom College vs. Windaroo Valley Win 8 - 1 

Shalom College vs. The Cathedral College Loss 2 - 8  

Shalom College vs. Woodridge SHS Win 10 - 1 

15 Boys

15 Girls

Open Boys

Open Girls

Queensland Selection

Charli-Anne Trace has been named in the 10-12 Years Qld Softball Merit team after competing at the recent Queensland School Girls Softball Championships which were held at Redcliffe. Congratulations Charli-Anne, this is an awesome achievement!!!!

Charli-Anne Trace

Mr Peter Robinson
Student Welfare
High Performance Program

Uniform Shop

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

Price Increase

Due to the increased cost of all Socks – Girls, Boys and Sports
We have had to have an price increase on Socks.
Girls Socks are now $21.00 per pack
Boys Socks are now $21.00 per pack
Sports Socks are now $10.50 a pair.
Thank you for your continued support.

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.

Now in Stock

  • Sports Socks all sizes
  • School Bags

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.



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

Term Dates for 2020

Term 4

6 October – 4 December

Term Dates for 2021

Term 1:

Wednesday 27th January - Thursday 1st April (10 weeks)

Term 2:

Monday 19th April - Friday 25th June (10 weeks)

Term 3:

Monday 12th July - Friday 17th September (10 weeks)

Term 4:

Tuesday 5th October - Friday 3th December (9 weeks)

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!


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 20 October

Jeanette Tu

Wednesday 21 October

Angela Jackson

Thursday 22 October

Merna Cook

Volunteer required please

Friday 23 October

Kylie Jarvis/ Nereda Torok

Monday 26 October

Tia Booth

Tuesday 27 October

Stacey Tindel

Wednesday 28 October

Volunteer required please

Thursday 29 October

Merna Cook

Melanie Forey

Friday 30 October

Jeanette Rand

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 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

Sunday 1 November

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Andrew Lucht

Janelle Test

Leah Whalley

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Sharon Anderson

Katumaree Nabnili

Sunday 8 November

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 15 November

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Suzanne Brown

Mark Morris

Gail/Michael Pimm

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Angela Jackson

Wanita Ellis

Sunday 22 November

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Christine Buwalda-Nicolson

Jo Godfrey

Trish Sellers

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Isobel O’Brien

Nicole Schubel

Markets BBQ Roster

Sunday 25 October

Elliot Heads SLSC

Laura McDonald

Sunday 1 November

Shalom Rowing

Gretta Waters

Sunday 8 November

Moore Park Beach State School P&C

Diane Patterson

Sunday 15 November

St Joseph’s P&F

Jess Marsellos

Sunday 22 November

Rotary Club Bundaberg Central

David Baldry

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

Youth Support


Link to Survey below

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The Catholic Parish of Bundaberg

Catholic Parish Bulletin

Mass Timetable

What’s On

Mass Seat Reservation

17 - 18 October 2020
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

by Mark Fox
Principal, St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

A gentleman by the name of Wil Patterson has authored a book recently. It is entitled Mr Ordinary Goes to Jail.

Wil Patterson was a fairly average family man - good enough job, comfortable house, family. As can easily happen Wil tried to keep up with the Joneses, and in fact wanted to become the Joneses. Image became very important to him, and not surprisingly, over time this placed him in the position of being in debt over his head.

Rather than face embarrassment, Wil made the choice to defraud his employer, and banked $5 000 of company funds into his own account. When this went undiscovered, he continued to move amounts of company money into his own account. Before his deceit was finally uncovered, Wil had moved hundreds of thousands of dollars.

It is considered to be a white collar crime, and as the book’s name suggests, much more common than you might expect. Wil spent 9 months in prison and needless to say, he learned a lot about prison and prisoners – but learned mainly about himself. He would say his biggest learning, was that having ‘things’ does not make you happy.

He said he always saw himself as being the provider for the family, and that to him meant giving his family ‘things’. A flash house, expensive holidays, top of the range cars. After reflecting, he would say he still sees himself as needing to be the provider – but not a provider of ‘things’. His experience led him to understand it’s not things that a family needs. What he needed to provide was love, security, advice, support, boundaries, experiences, time and so on.

It took the ordinary Wil Patterson a rough experience to learn these things – but he would say that he is glad that it happened, because the change in focus has made his new life so much better.

So often, New Testament readings challenge us to keep our focus on things like truth, virtue and honour and not to get caught up in the trappings of worldly possessions. If we want to lead a meaningful and fulfilling life, the New Testament advice is very sound – and every bit as relevant today as it was in the time of Jesus.

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