Shalom College
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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

26 October 2020

Principal’s Reflection

Some nice things happened last week at Shalom. Added together, they reinforced for me some of the things that make life really meaningful. On Monday, the College staff was reminded that the following day was the one year anniversary of much loved Shalom Staff member, Kerry Bolam or, Mr Kerry as he was known to many students.

Mr Kerry

Kerry always wanted people to just ‘Be Kind’. As a staff, we were invited to look up the College staff photo and to do something kind for the person on our left in the photo (or was that on the right? I’m still not sure so I covered both!) Some really nice things happened the next day in memory of Kerry. I got a hot cup of coffee at a point in the day that I really needed it. Then, on Wednesday, at our before school Mass, Mr Christian Taylor and Mrs Gail Norris completed their journey in faith and became Catholic. It was a lovely ceremony. I sat there and wondered, ‘Why would they do this?’ Knowing both of them as well as I do, they have always lived out the values of the Gospel and it has animated their teaching, their work with colleagues and their family life. Why take this extra and special step? I’m not absolutely sure but I suspect any faith journey is about finding meaning. Good question for all of us – ‘What, for me, makes life worthwhile?’ Living out the Gospel values – Justice, Compassion, Respect, and Forgiveness – is crucial to an authentic Christian life. Those things go a long way to making life meaningful and to leaving the world just a bit better than we found it. That’s a pretty good motivation. We also celebrated last week our final week with our Year 12 students in our community. It is just great to see the bonds and the positive relationships on display in House settings on Thursday. And after speaking to students at Assembly the week before about how important it is not to be a bystander when they see bad stuff happen, I really appreciated several occasions where I got an email or a message from Shalom students who saw that one of their friends was suffering and wanted someone to address a wrong. All those things together helped me have a pretty good week. That is the stuff that makes the ‘Kingdom of God’ real – now!

Christian and Gail with another of Shalom’s ‘Saints’ – Br Rochford

Good Luck to our Year 12s who begin their External Exams today. These run for the next three weeks.

Mrs Austin-Campbell had her Appraisal last week as she comes towards the end of a very productive ten years at Shalom. It will not surprise anyone who has dealt with Mrs AC or works with her that her appraisal was outstanding. This community is enormously lucky to have a person of her integrity, compassion, resilience and professionalism caring for the young people at Shalom. I really hope that she will continue at Shalom for many years to come.

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

Year 12

We wish our Year 12 students all the best in their final exams. What a year it has been for them.

But I must say that you are all winners in some way. Every one of you, I bet, has a dream. Work out the obstacles you will face. Work out the journey you will need to take and if you do, I have no doubt that each and every one of you will at some stage in your lives, stand tall and proud.

Do not be afraid, identify your passion. What do you really want to be? What do you need to do to get there? Do you have the tenacity to pick yourself up every time you fall and keep pushing on? Each and every one of you, if you believe enough and work hard enough, will make dreams become reality.

The school year is quickly drawing to a close for the Year 12s – not long now until Graduation.

I have attached an article from a recent edition of The Weekend Australian that’s worth reading – everything in perspective.

Formal News

The best news we have had is that we can now dance at the Formal and so we have been back rehearsing our dances again. We practised our introductions last Thursday – there were still a few parents who had not given us this information. No doubt your son or daughter has reminded you.

The Formal will conclude at 11:00pm, No Students will be permitted to leave prior to this time.

Farewell Assemblies

Last Thursday each House held a farewell assembly for the Year 12s. One of the features was a shared lunch. The Year 12s have been great buddies to the Year 7s and will be missed, not only by them, but those in their respective Houses and their Pastoral care classes.


Thank you to our parents for their continual support of our grooming policies. We do still, however, have a few boys who really need a good haircut. We still have 6 weeks of school left and I do think they don’t want to get their hair cut as we are nearly at the end of the school year. Sadly, they do need to see to their grooming in this respect. House Coordinators will probably contact you should your son need a haircut.

I also need to remind parents that we do have a policy regarding earrings – this can be found on page 15 in the Record Book. Girls are only allowed one set of earrings and these must be worn in the bottom of the ear lobe. Details about what can be worn are outlined in the policy.

Mrs Elizabeth Austin-Campbell
Deputy Principal

Year 12 External Exam Block Tutorials

Year 12 Teachers have worked hard to prepare students for their External Exams. Additionally, the following teachers will provide tutorials in the Loyola Centre over the coming weeks for students wanting to consolidate their learning or seek assistance. These will occur in the Loyola Centre. Students attending will be required to wear their School Uniform, just as they would for an exam. I would like to take this opportunity to wish the Year 12 students well, in what will be Queensland’s first external examination block in this new format. You are all creating a little piece of history. We look forward to your formal farewell celebrations in the near future.

Tutoring Timetable-Year 12 Exams – All sessions will be held in the
Loyola Centre

Mon 26 Oct

Tues 27 Oct

Wed 28 Oct

Thurs 29 Oct

Fri 30 Oct



(P1) - OSHG


(P2) - CUNB



General & Specialist Math -(P1) - OSHG



(P4) - BISD


(P2) - SCOL

General & Specialist Math

(P2) - OSHG

Mon 2 Nov

Tues 3 Nov

Wed 4 Nov

Thurs 5 Nov

Fri 6 Nov


(P1) - REER

Legal Studies

(P2) - STAC



(P2) - ALLP


(P4) - REER


(P4) - COWS



(P1) - ALLP


(P3) - HUML

Mon 9 Nov

Tues 10 Nov

Wed 11 Nov

Thurs 12 Nov

Fri 13 Nov


(P3) - FRES


(P2) - HUML


(P2) - STAH


(P1) - INGT



Tutoring Timetable-Year 12 Exams – All session will be held in Loyola Centre

Mon 26 Oct

Tues 27 Oct

Wed 28 Oct

Thurs 29 Oct

Fri 30 Oct



(P1) - OSHG


(P2) - CUNB



General & Specialist Math -(P1) - OSHG



(P4) - BISD


(P2) - SCOL

General & Specialist Math

(P2) - OSHG

Mon 2 Nov

Tues 3 Nov

Wed 4 Nov

Thurs 5 Nov

Fri 6 Nov


(P1) - REER

Legal Studies

(P2) - STAC



(P2) - ALLP


(P4) - REER


(P4) - COWS



(P1) - ALLP


(P3) - HUML

Mon 9 Nov

Tues 10 Nov

Wed 11 Nov

Thurs 12 Nov

Fri 13 Nov


(P3) - FRES


(P2) - HUML


(P2) - STAH


(P1) - INGT



Mrs Kim O’Shea-Hard
Assistant Principal – Staff


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 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



Congratulations to all the ROSA Award recipients from Years 7 – 9. There were well over 300 students who received an award for Term 3.

Year 11

It is a busy time of the year for our Year 11 students as they commence their assessments for Unit 2. Many students will be busy studying for exams or working on assignments over the week. It is important that all students be present for these assessments. This will ensure they are ready to commence the next unit of work which is their summative (Year 12) work.

Year 12 External Assessments

Good luck to the Year 12’s as they commence their external exams on Monday. We wish all of them well with each assessment and look forward to seeing them all back at school after the block has finished (18th November).

For students who would like to attend tutorial session during the exam block a timetable has been developed and is included above.

This week students received their updated IA results from QCAA for those studying General subjects. This gives them their total score for each subject for all Internal Assessments. This was inclusive of the adjustment made for the assessment piece omitted due to COVID-19.

Wednesday 18 November

Mrs Taylor has contacted all Year 12 students outlining the format of this day. Please note all Year 12 students are expected to be in attendance.

9am ALL students to go directly to PAP

Presentation of the Year 12 Awards for Awards Night (video to replace Awards Night)

Practice for Graduation Liturgy.

Normal Lunch break

Session / presentations from Mrs Norris and Mrs O’Donnell.

Once we have completed all these activities and given you all the information you require you will be dismissed early.

ATAR Scores

ATAR scores will be release at 9am on 19 December into student ATAR Portal accounts. Students who registered with QTAC would have got an email prompting them to create an ATAR Portal account. Unlike OP Scores, ATAR Scores will not be posted to students. Students will need to create an ATAR Portal account to receive their score.


Your ATAR is not within your Learning Account with QCAA and you will not receive it automatically with your Year 12 Senior Education Profile. To create your ATAR Portal account follow these instructions:

Go to the following link below:

Create your ATAR Portal account

If you select the email option when you create your ATAR account, a single email with your ATAR will be sent to you on release date.

If you select Print option you will need to log in to the ATAR Portal to view your ATAR to download and print a copy of your ATAR certificate.

The following video will outline the very simple process you should follow the link below:

Mrs Gail Norris
Assistant Principal – Curriculum


Welcome to the Catholic Faith

Mrs Gail Norris and Mr Christian Taylor were received into full Communion of the Catholic Church at our Wednesday morning Mass last week. This was a very special culmination of learning and searching and they were very ably assisted in their journey by Mrs Trish Ingall.

At the 5.30 pm Mass at Holy Rosary on Sunday evening Cooper Herwig and his Mum Jodi completed their initiation into the Catholic Church through the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.

They were so excited to finally feel and smell the newly-blessed chrism and receive the Body and Blood of Christ for the first time. I’m sure the gathered assemblies felt excited too to see this part of the sacramental life of the Church returning. We congratulate Cooper and Jodi.

Jodi and Cooper Herwig

Every person deciding to become a Catholic has their own special story and is drawn to the Church by different experiences and circumstances. We each develop our unique relationship with God but we can join together to celebrate our common belief in God and to learn what Jesus taught us in order to become the best possible version of ourselves. If you have been thinking about becoming Catholic or have any questions about taking the next step please contact me. There is no pressure or obligation about enquiring.

A thought to ponder….

St Augustine, a great Saint of the Church said “Our hearts are restless O Lord, until they rest in you.” The desire for God is written in the human heart, because humankind is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw all humankind to himself. Only in God will we find the truth and happiness we long for.

Edmund Rice Camp

Sadly this year we did not hold a Edmund Rice Camp. At the start of the year we had many Year 12 students keen to be a ‘Big Buddy’ but COVID19 had other ideas. The money the students had raised through Bake Sales was used to purchase toys, books and games for the young children who would have been our ‘Little Buddies’ and these were distributed to their schools.

We know that this group of seniors would have done a wonderful job and hope that they get to chance to participate in other Edmund Rice Camps in the future.

Edward Ryan, Joshua Pole and Ethan Rach

The Youth Hub

Mrs Mary Taylor
Assistant Principal – Mission

Scholarship Success

Tobias Street

Congratulations to Year 12 High Performance Program Student Tobias Street. Tobias has been awarded a scholarship to BOND University – (50% Scholarship!!)

Tobias has also been awarded a Semester 1 Bursary which covers his Semester 1 Accommodation plus $2 000 for books etc. to help him get started. Tobias will be Studying a Bachelor of Entrepreneurial Transformation.

We wish Tobias every success with his University studies.

Mr Peter Robinson
Student Welfare
High Performance Program

ROSA Awards

ROSA (Recognition of Student Application) Awards are presented to students each term. This award program recognises student application to their studies. Students from Years 7, 8 and 9 are nominated by their classroom teachers and then certificates are presented to students.

We value the importance of acknowledging students who are motivated, show perseverance and work diligently to reach their potential. The ‘goal posts’ for all our students are different, however all students are capable of achieving their own success targets.

Our Term 3 ROSA Awards have been announced and students have received their certificates at House Assembly. A full list has been included below:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Scarlett Alfrey

Neha Alex

Irene Abraham

Sean Andreoli

Zain Ali

Samuel Aitkenhead

Ethen Bates

Isabel Arnedo Adriaens

Brooke Andrewartha

Lara Bemet

Tenamo Arobati

Jai Bacon

Harlan Bignell

Erin Barraclough

Kyan Bagarozza

Rhys Blake

Georgia Berry

Jalah Bakker

Thomas Brandon

Mia Bielenberg

Isabella Baldry

Luca Brillante

Ella Bigg

Bailee Baldwin

Bronte Brooke-Meyers

Lawson Bignell

Bailey Balfour

Hayley Brown

Alexandria Birznieks

Tahlia Baretta

Brandon Bugeja

Vivian Blemings

Lachlan Bates

Ashley Burgess

Oliver Boge

Lana Bauer

Jada Carroll

Patrick Bond

Kyle Blake

Sophie Castelli

Aden Broadfoot

Libby Boas

Talen Chalker

Luke Cahill

Emma Bolton-Turner

Ethan Christensen

Sam Card

Tori Bowden

Freddie Collins

Jack Carter

Ethan Brennan

Michael Connolly

Riley Clarke

Samuel Brillante

Marek Cooper

Pascale Crawford

Sarah Brown

Rori Cowling

Alexander Curtis

Archie Burey

Jada Critchlow

Reece Davies

Mia Cameron

Isabella Darr

Jack Dickson

Anna Capulong

Cait Dempsey

Marlene Du Plessis

Talitha Cattell

Sarah Doyle

Sienna Edwards

Bianca Charteris

Sapphire Duke

Matilda El-Azzi

Lilijana Childs

Kaleb Dunning

Declan Fitzgerald

Finn Christensen

Carmella Edwards

Xavier Freeman

Finley Christiansen

Mitchell Ellery

Teegan Gallop

Kira Cittadella

Lily Esposito

Seth Gayton

Josephine Clarke

Sarah Farmer

Tahlia Geale-McCracken

Kyle Coe

Sonya Fleming

Bella Glass

Patrick Connolly

Alex Galati

Caitlin Gordon-Smith

Fletcher Crossett

Chloe Galea

Harry Greer

Rory Darr

Aylah Garland

Millie Greig

Paige Davis

Jack Gaston

Sienna Griffin

Brianna Dooley

Maddison Glass

Ava Halloran

Taylor Driver

Brodie Golchert

Jesse Harney

Tia Edwards

Will Graham-Jones

Marissa Harris

Johanna Egan

Asha Hartnett

Melinda Hawe

Destiney Ellis

Charlotte Holden

Samuel Heinz

Emily Evans

Matilda Holznagel

Ricky Holt

Caiden Everingham

Jack Howarth

Kay Hu

Deni-Marie Exarhakos

Laswari Iboro

Freddy James

Amber Fallon

Saige Jacobs

Kallee Jansen

Lily Fenton

Joann Jithesh

Logan Jarvis

Olivia Freney

Emma Kendall

Eadie Jenner

Sophia Galati

Nicholas Krebs

Joshua Joji

Ava Gardiner

Elke Lord

Olivia Joyce

Angus Garnham

Dylan Lynch

Ella Keech

Ryland Gee

Callum Macann

Hailey Kendall

Ashleigh Geyer

Lara Mackey

Erin Kitchen

Izziah Gill

Cassidy Madden

Olivia Klowss

Hugh Gilliland

Cameron Manski

Toby Lamond

Weston Giovannoni

Ava Marschke

Poppy Loeskow

Ellie Graham-Jones

Will Martin

Liam Loudon

Bailey Grigg

Ethan McKeown

Karen Lu

Grace Harrison

Sienna McLeod

Caitlyn Lynch

Tanika Hartfiel

Wil McMahon

Sophie Maher

Ruby Heidrich

Jayla Melein

Harrison Maher

Brodyn Hilton

Riley Morcom

Evie Martin

Briley Honor

Ava Mullaney

Chelsea Maton

Fay Hu

Hayley Nash

Christina McMahon

Sierra Irwin

Charlotte O'Brien

Sean Millett

Oliver Jansen

Emily Olsen

Simon Millett

Mackenzie Jay

Emily Parker

Grace Morrish

Emily Jecs

Jazmin Parker

Erin Muir

Millie Jensen-Austin

Ava Philips

Hannah Nash

Ella Johnson

Riley Pimm

Louise Ocarol

Kaitlyn Johnson

Taj Plath

Genevieve O'Driscoll

Hannah Juillerat

Kodee Pole

Joshua Parry

Cooper Knott

Ella Rasmussen

Elizabeth Pascoe

Cooper Leeson

Patrick Ray

Emilie Petts

Yangyang Lu

Shayla Rayner

Elisabeth Pitt

C-Jay Mackinnon

Ashton Redman-Dickie

Taya Powis

Emily Manski

Tyson Rickard

Ella-Jade Reinke

Ava Martin

Ailie Rushton

Alistair Roche

Kate McFarlane

Sophia Russo

Piper Rochford

Rory McNeil

Michaela Russo

Nahra Ross

Christopher McRae-Watson

Katie Self

Hannah Russo

Tai-Marie Meade

Amal Shijo

Tia Saint

Amber Meech

Ty-lee Simpson

Atlanta Santhosh

Gabriella Miners

Chase Sinclair

Keiarna Seymour

Alexandra Mingin

Madeline Smith

Zali Shield

Thomas Morcom

Ava Spencer

Cooper Sim

Keenan Mullaney

Laura Stack

Seth Slater

Lana Munckton

Xavier Stanley

Oliver Smith

Keira Nagas

Ryan Steinhardt

Ruby Smith

Mia Neilson

George Stelmack

Hayley Smits

Ella Nicholson

Emily Straub

Lani Sologinkin

Ethan Norman

Ciana Tarda

Georgie Stephenson

Emily Osborne

Charlotte Taylor

Coco Suosaari

Amity Palmer

Jordan Torok

Emerson Taylor

Thomas Parton

Xavier Ulbl

Sophie Taylor

Coen Philips

Lucy Walters

Brooklyn Terry

Lani Plath

Chelsea Wardlaw

Jacob Theuerkauf

Carly Poldervaart

Raign Warner

Harper Tindel-Dimes

Molly Prosser

Ellehra Wilkin

Luke Trebbin

Eloise Ray

Taj Wilson

Kaydyn Vollmerhause

Hallee Rayner

Cameron Windsor

Nathan Voss

Keely Redman-Dickie

Rohan Wooldridge

Amelia Walsh

Lauren Richter

Maisey Wust

Olivia Ward

Zachary Rohde

Eliesha Yee

Elizabeth Watts

Tyla Royan

Montana Weder

Stacey Ruthenberg

Alexandra Whitehurst

Kai Ryan

Chloe Williams

Katia Saffioti

Benjamin Wilson

Allyssa Samways

Sean Yee

Kahl Schiffke

Arielle Yunus

Mercedes Schneider

Beau Schubel

Molly Sellers

Elissa Shears

Baxter Simmons

Nate Sologinkin

Emma Stack

Alexis Thwaite

Amelia Tu

Ryan Tuzes

Ariana Ulbl

Candace Walsh

Alyvia Walton

Miranda Warham

Ethan Waters

Sarah Waters

Angus Watson

Thanushi Weerasinghe

Lara Weldon

Keanu Williamson

Paige Winzar

Alyssa Wise

Indiana Woods

Jack Wooldridge

Charlotte Woznitza

Lilli Younger

Tahia Zia

Mrs Megan Munckton
Middle School Coordinator

Student Representative Council

The Shalom Student Representative Council (SRC) has been running for over 12 months. The aims of the Council, as set out in our constitution, are:

To act as a voice for the student body as a whole.

To provide a reliable form a communication between Staff and Student bodies.

To, within reason, bring necessary and feasible betterment to the school for students.

To consider all advice offered from students and staff.

The Shalom Student Representative Council is a student-run organisation focused on bettering the school community. We aim to push positive change forward through acting as a unified voice for the student body. We provide a reliable form of communication between Staff and Student bodies, considering all matters mentioned by both.

How you can get involved! The SRC now has an e-mail address for any student to send ideas on how we can make Shalom better for students. Just e-mail to

Keeping watching this space in the newsletter for regular updates on what the SRC is up to, and actions that have been taken.

Mr Troy Braund

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 12 Students Celebrate Certificate III in Early Childhood and Education and Care

Year 12 students recently held a morning tea to celebrate the completion of their Certificate III in Childcare studies. This two-year qualification allows students to seek employment in a range of early-childhood education and care roles and is also a stepping stone into further qualifications and tertiary study. Enrolments for 2021 should be made as soon as possible. Please see the below Additional Learning Opportunities booklet for more information.

Left to Right - Adena Blackburn-Mitchell, Lily McCormack, Bridgette Howard, Pathways Assistant, Mrs Kathy Laing , TAFE Early Childhood Education and Care Teacher, Mrs Jody Richter, Mia Duxbury, Maicey McKey, Hayley Meechin, Sophie Cooper and Alyssa Cadeddu

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.

Fee Free Training for Year 12 Graduates

To support the transition of Year 12 graduates into employment, the Queensland Government offers free TAFE courses in high priority employment areas. Eligible Year 12 graduates must enrol and start training in a high priority qualification within the calendar year after graduating to take advantage of this great opportunity. There is a wide and varied list of study options available. A current list of these courses is available here:

Year 12 – Accessing Your ATAR Score

Students please be aware that your ATAR is not within your Learning Account with QCA and you will not receive it automatically with your Year 12 results.

To access your ATAR - follow these instructions:

Go to the following link below:

Create your ATAR Portal account

If you select the email option when you create your ATAR account, a single email with your ATAR will be sent to you on release date.

If you select Print option you will need to log in to the ATAR Portal to view your ATAR to download and print a copy of your ATAR certificate.

ATAR notices will not be posted by mail to all students.

The following video will outline the very simple process you should follow the link below:

Free Career Pathways Seminar

A FREE interactive ZOOM webinar for students wanting to explore career pathways, study options, funded courses, registered training organisations, job interview tips and more is being offered by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training.

There is a choice of two 30 minute session times. Once registered, a link to the online webinar will be emailed prior to the session.

Click here to view the invitation

or click on either session below to register attendance at your chosen session

Session 1: Career Pathways - Monday, 2 November 2020 from 11.00am to 11.30am

Session 2: Career Pathways - Wednesday 11 November 2020 from 3.30pm to 4.00pm

If you are unable to attend either of these sessions, please simply register and you will be emailed a link of the recorded webinar to view later at your convenience.

If you have any questions regarding this invitation, please contact Karen Dixon or Samantha Carige on phone 1800 210 210 or email

School Holiday Work

Year 12 Students who would like Christmas holiday work through the School Holiday Job Program, should send their resume to Kylie Jackson at Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers to be contacted when positions are confirmed and open for applications. Successful applicants who are not continuing to University study may have opportunities for ongoing employment.


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

Quiet Achiever

Hayley Brown

This week’s quiet achiever is Year 7 Hogan House student Hayley Brown, Hayley has had a very good first year at Shalom College. Hayley is a very busy student who is a great allrounder, being recognised for her academic feats with ROSA awards in two subjects in Term 3. Hayley is also a great contributor to Hogan House through her endeavours in pastoral care, PDE and really enjoyed dancing on Shalom Day last term in the Inter-house dance competition.

Keep up your excellent studies and extracurricular involvement Hayley!

Mr Adam Knott
Hogan House Coordinator

2021 Shalom College Musical

The Performing Arts department are proud to announce Shalom’s musical for 2021 as Footloose! Footloose is the story of a young city boy, Ren, who moves to a country town where music and dancing are forbidden. With the help of some friends he meets along the way, Ren tries to loosen up the conservative town and share his love of music and dance through his rebellious spirit.

Those wishing to audition will need to learn a short dance routine and song from the musical in Week 5 on Wednesday 4 November and Thursday 5 November at the beginning of lunch.

Auditions will then be held in Week 6 on Monday 9 November and Tuesday 10 November, also during lunchtime.

Anyone and everyone is welcome to audition, no matter the level of experience or skill.

If you would like any more information about the musical, auditions or upcoming performance dates, please contact Miss Hoiberg in the Performing Arts department.

Miss Cassie Hoiberg
Performing Arts Teacher

Instrumental Music

On Monday 12 October the Instrumental Music Students ventured out of the band room and into the undercover area for a delicious “Breakup Breakfast” prepared by the wonderful tuckshop team. Students indulged in croissants, bacon and egg rolls, wraps, special yogurts and other delectable goodies before moving to the Loyola Centre.

Our Year 12 students were then acknowledged for their dedication to the program and presented with tokens of appreciation for sharing their talents and inspiring the younger musicians over the years.

We also took this opportunity to recognise the effort, dedication and enthusiasm that Mrs Robyn Edgar has shared with students at Shalom since 2003. Mrs Edgar will be retiring at the end of 2020 and her colleagues and students wish her all the very best.

Robyn Edgar

“The vacancy you’ll leave behind may be filled in, the position you had may be held by others, but in our hearts, you’re simply irreplaceable.”

Thank you and good luck to the following students who have participated in the Instrumental and Choral Music Program:

Briannon Phillips
Claire Barber
Jordan Blunt
Rohan Boas
Katrina Byrne
Kealey Clarke
Brooklyn Devine
Jasmine Dooley
Jorja Lucht
Ella Marschke
Morgan Medcalf
Chloe Pearce
Bella Wellsteed
Kael Yunus

“If I can help a kid discover a liking, or even a passion for music in their life, then that’s a wonderful thing.”

Eddie Van Halen

Mrs Megan Hoban
Instrumental Music Coordinator

Library News

This week we are featuring two action packed series for our younger readers.

Our first series is Wolf Girl by Anh Do. This is a brilliant story that follows a girl called Gwen on her wild adventure after she is separated from her family.

Our second series is The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan. This fantastical series follows on from the best-selling Percy Jackson series, and features a new set of heroes who must save the world... again.

Students, please return any overdue books to the library asap.

See you at the library!

Miss Bella Little
Gap Year Student – Administration

Shalom College After School Activities (SCASA)

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

Sports Awards 2020 – Cancelled

Unfortunately, with the majority of State Carnivals cancelled for 2020 due to Covid, there will be no Shalom College Sports Awards this year. It would not be fair to the students who have not had the opportunity at State Level carnivals. As well as most State Carnivals being cancelled, Shalom did not have a Cross Country or Athletics carnival this year and only half a Summer Sport Season was completed. This is very unfortunate, and we are hopeful of a full Sports Calendar for 2021

Mr Simon Gills
Sports Coordinator


Rugby League

Year 7/8 Girls Win their First Match

Last Tuesday afternoon, our Year 7/8 girls played their first match of the year against a well prepared outfit in Hervey Bay SHS. The match was eagerly awaited for by both groups who were very eager to get onto the field and play.

Our Knights had plenty of numbers of which some were playing their first organised game of Rugby League. Using a 9 per side format, each team passed, tackled and scored tries exceptionally well. Although score-lines were not the focus of this first of three matches between the two teams, our Knights ran out 20-16 victors which has built plenty of confidence within the playing group.

We thank Hervey Bay SHS for their efforts to travel to Shalom for the game. We look forward to the 2nd game of our series on Thursday 12 November in Hervey Bay.

Junior Boys have another successful series against Sunshine Coast Powerhouse

On Monday 19 October, our Year 7, 8 and 9 boys travelled to Gympie to play Mt Creek SHS in an annual event postponed from term 1. Mt Creek are from the Sunshine Coast and have a very good Rugby League program supported by both the Titans and Broncos from the NRL.

Most importantly; however, they are a very competitive yet well mannered group of young men whom are well prepared by their very good coaching staff. We play them each year to help develop our players which forms a significant part of our development program for our junior groups.

Our Year 7 team (coached by Corey Picaro and assisted by Mr Feather) played first and found themselves trailing by over 20 points by half time. A change of tactics in the second half though, saw them catch and surpass their Mt Creek opponents through game changing efforts from: Laswari Iboro, Parker Perrotta-Dowling and Taj Plath to eventually win by 2 points.

Our Year 8 team (coached by Michael Bundesen and Mr Mick Zardus) played next and were very competitive against Mt Creek. After winning the BDSSS competition in 2020, this group had lost several key players, so they were very happy with their efforts on the back of many weeks of training. Ryan Charteris, Levi Monckton, Dane Zardus, Jett Maher and Mitchell Mulford-McCallum all played well to go down, eventually, by 4 points.

Finally, Mr Halfords’s Year 9 team played a very physical opposition with a significant size difference between each middle forwards groups. After finding some field position and displaying some committed defence, our Knights managed to score on the edges to gain a 28-10 win. Mr Halford said it was a real team effort, but gave particular praise for the goal line defence during the game.

Our Year 9's now prepare for the Brother Rochford Challenge that will start on 7 November and be played in Bundaberg at The Waves.

To stay up to date with all things Shalom Knights Rugby League, please use the


Mr Neil Feather
Shalom College Rugby League Coordinator

BDSSS Rugby Sevens

Round 1 – Wednesday 21 October at St Lukes

Results for Year 7/8

Game 1: Shalom 31 – St Lukes Barbarians 0
Game 2: Shalom 20 – Kepnock 12
Game 3: Shalom 10 – Bundaberg High 17

Strong performances by Mitchell Mulford-McCallum, Jett Maher and Ben Medley throughout the round, with excellent support by Dane Zardus, Seth Slater and Laswari Iboro.

Results for Year 9/10

Game 1: Shalom 0 – St Lukes Barbarians 17
Game 2: Shalom 0 – Bundaberg High Blue 36
Game 3: Shalom 0 – St Lukes Spartans 42

Gallant effort by the Shalom team against some very strong opposition. Having no reserves had a big impact as players tired, allowing space for opposing teams to score. Some promising passages of play which augur well for future games when we have reserves (and fresher legs).

Mr Troy Braund

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.



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

Term Dates for 2020

Term 4

Tuesday 6 October

Friday 20 November (Year 12 Concludes)

Friday 27 Novembeer ( Year 10 & 11 Conclude )

Thursday 3 December ( Year 7 -9 Conclude )

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!

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 27 October

Stacey Tindel

Wednesday 28 October

Volunteer required please

Thursday 29 October

Merna Cook

Melanie Forey

Friday 30 October

Jeanette Rand

Monday 2 November

Wanita Ellis

Tuesday 3 November

Katrina Mulford-McCallum

Wednesday 4 November

Bronwyn Grills

Thursday 5 November

Merna Cook

Friday 6 November

Volunteer required please

Monday 9 November

Trish Cahill

Tuesday 10 November

Isobel O’Brien

Wednesday 11 November

Volunteer required please

Thursday 12 November

Merna Cook

Volunteer required please

Friday 13 November

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 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 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

Sunday 29 November

Rotary Club of Bundaberg Sunrise

Tony Castro

Sunday 6 December

Shalom ESports

Gavin Hill

Sunday 13 December

Shalom ESports

Gavin Hill

Sunday 20 December

Shalom ESports

Gavin Hill

Sunday 27 December

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

Youth Support


Link to Survey below

Find Out More below

The Catholic Parish of Bundaberg

Catholic Parish Bulletin

Letter from the Bishop

Mass Seat Reservation

24 - 25 October 2020
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

by Joe McCorley

Is the Heart of the Father at the Heart of our Church?

We all know the parable of “The Prodigal Son”, as told by Jesus himself. Among many images Jesus spells out the Heart of God the Father. Does the VISION for our Parish Church reflect the Heart of the Father?

The younger son exhausted, tired, hungry and broke decides to return home? “While he was still a long way off, his Father caught sight of him.” Is our Church outward looking, as Jesus was, or only looking inward?

“When the Father caught sight of his son, he is filled with compassion.” Fundamentally, we are created by love, in love and for love. Is our Church moved to seek out those who do not know God’s love?

The Father did not wait for the son to knock on his door, nor did he just go to the son. He ran to him! Do we say as Church, “We’re not going out to you. You can come to us!” At the end of each Mass, do we hear Jesus say, “Get out, and go to my people. Serve them in love, care for them, befriend them!”

The son rattles off his insincere repentance. His Father, not even listening, cuts him off. The servants bring the family robes. He restores the son to the family. Are we gentle with others in their sin and brokenness as God has been to us?

The Father celebrates the return of the lost. The fatted calf is killed. Jesus’ parables- the lost SHEEP, the lost COIN, the lost SON! Something lost, something found, and always a PARTY! As a Church do we celebrate people encountering Jesus Christ in a life-changing way by returning to the Church and its mission?

The Father has the same heart for the older brother as he does for the prodigal! But underneath his dutiful obedience, lies bitterness, anger and resentment. The older son refuses to come to the party. He has a mindset not of a son, but of a slave. “You’re my SON. Everything I have is yours.” the Father reminds him. As parishioners do we act as slaves, or as sons and daughters of God?

“In our Church today, there are perhaps many slaves: dutiful believers who have served every obligation placed upon them by the Church. They fail to realize that they are sons and daughters not because of their good behaviour or correct belief but because of the scandalous nature of God’s mercy and grace.”

“A Church that misunderstands GRACE becomes a self-righteous Church. It does not make room for the broken, the lost, the less than perfect, and it is intolerant of those who do. We must allow our hearts of stone to be transformed into hearts of flesh. Only the Holy Spirit can bring about this change as we are brought into the embrace of the Father.”

-With the assistance of “DIVINE RENOVATION “
by Fr James Mallon

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