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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

9 November 2020

Principal’s Reflection

Lots of things are different this year. We will not have our annual Awards Night and this will be replaced by a Youtube version of the event. This week we will present our Academic Awards in Year groups in the Theatre and video the event. It will be made available to all, hopefully, next week. Even with all the challenges of this year, it is really important to acknowledge excellence in all its forms at Shalom. In spite of the obvious challenges, so much great teaching, learning and achievement have marked 2020 for us. Parents of students who receive Studentship and Academic excellence awards will be very proud of their children and rightly so. Next Sunday’s Gospel is the story Jesus told about the man who left his enterprise with his employees in varying degrees. To one, we are told, he gave five talents, another three and the third one talent. A talent was a measure of wealth. He expected them to expand those talents on his behalf while he was away. When he came back, he rewarded the two servants who used the resources well and increased the resources of the enterprise. He was pretty critical of the one servant who, we’re told, took the talent he was given, buried it in the ground and gave it back to the owner on his return.

I guess that the moral of that story is that God expects us to use what we are given and to do more. We are expected to improve on the start we have been given and to make ourselves and the world in which we live a bit better. That concept underpins Awards Night. We recognize, publicly, those students who have worked hard and developed their skills. Those young men and women deserve our congratulations. Awards Nights are not a perfect product. I have no doubt that we will miss many students who did work hard. Many who did improve their academic, sporting, cultural or social outcomes in 2020. I hope they know who they are and as they face themselves in the mirror will take time to give themselves a pat on the back for a job pretty well done in a difficult year.

Enrolments 2021 – every day my PA, Amanda O’Mara, is letting me know of the enrolment applications that continue to come in for 2021. At this point, we are pretty much at capacity in every year level. That is a great situation for a school to be in. Every year though, we will have families make the decision to leave Bundy and Shalom which, potentially, opens up a place for another family. Could I please ask that if you have made the decision to leave the College that you communicate that as soon as is possible to the College office?

The Giving Tree Assembly is on Thursday this week. This is always a highlight of our year where we ask families to contribute an unwrapped gift or cash for families significantly in need. We pass on all that is collected at Shalom to St Vincent de Paul for distribution. This year, more than most, there will be families who will be doing it very tough at Christmas. Please be as generous as possible.

Last Week of Term for Year 7, 8 & 9 will start with our annual Phoenix Cup sport competition and Pool day on Monday 30 Nov. There will be no formal classes for the following days and a range of activities will be undertaken. School will conclude for students on Thursday 3 Dec.

The Year 12 Formal is one of the much anticipated events of the year. At various points this year it looked pretty unlikely that we would be able to hold the event this year. Happily, we will and the students are very much looking forward to this next Saturday night. It is disappointing that parents won’t be able to participate this year but, given all the other restrictions of 2020, this is a comparatively small price to pay.

Bishop Michael McCarthy will be at Shalom on Thursday 4 March, 2021 to join us for our Year 12 Induction Liturgy and also to bless and open the new Waterford building and the Solar project. That liturgy, particularly for the diaries of Year 11 parents, will commence at 10am.

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

The Formal Dinner Dance is fast approaching and we are down to the last of our preparations.

I have included the map of where the prom cars will travel – across what used to be the old showgrounds and what is now an RV park. The gate to this will be unlocked on the night. Any drivers from last year will know this route well.

A reminder to all that the event concludes at 11:00pm and the students will not be able to leave before then. The Students are in our care until this time.

Obviously students, even though of age, i.e. 18 years old, will not be permitted to purchase alcohol on the night as this is a College function.

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 9 Nov

Tues 10 Nov

Wed 11 Nov

Thurs 12 Nov

Fri 13 Nov


(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!

Year 10 End of Semester Two Examinations

The Year 10 examination timetable is attached. Please note that Year 10 students must attend school up to and including Thursday 26 November. Students who have taken Digital Solutions have an exam on Friday morning but may leave school after this exam. All other Year 10 students are not required to attend school on Friday although there will be supervision at school provided for those students unable to make alternative arrangements.

Students should expect to sit outstanding examinations and complete other outstanding assessment tasks at the direction of class teachers in any available examination session during the examination block, including the following week if necessary (30/11/20 and 4/12/20).

Parent Lounge

A reminder to parents to regularly log on to Parent Lounge to keep involved with your child’s schooling. Here you can find a wealth of information including report cards, assessment results and the school calendar. If you believe there is an error on Parent Lounge in the due dates, completion of assessment etc, please contact the classroom teacher.

Mr Brendan Maher
Assistant Principal – Administration


Giving Tree

Jesus directs us throughout the Gospels to share what we have with others. Not just our friends and families but with those we don’t know. In one parable Jesus reminds us that to experience eternal life with God we have to reach out to those in the need.

Each year Shalom students give generously to our annual Giving Tree Appeal and this year we will once again be participating in this worthy cause. On 12 November we ask that all students bring a gift, gift card or money to donate to St Vincent de Paul through our Giving Tree. These items will be distributed to families in the Bundaberg area who otherwise could not provide these extras for their families over Christmas.

Year 12 Graduation

Our Year 12 Graduation will be held in the Hangar this year at 10 am on Thursday 19 November.

This is an invitation only event this year due to COVID restrictions. Families have been allocated tickets that need to be presented upon arrival. The ceremony will be live streamed so additional family members and friends can watch as well. The link will be posted on Facebook and on our website. We are looking forward to celebrating with this very resilient group of young people.

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.

Shalom Writing Competition

The Shalom Short Story Writing Competition has now been judged, and we have our winners of each category (they can be seen below).

Congratulations to everyone who has won, and a thanks to everyone who wrote and submitted an entry.

Miss Bella Little
Gap Year Student – Administration

Year 11 Aquatic Practices Excursion to Burnett Heads

On Monday 26 October, the Year 11 Aquatic Practices class toured businesses and organisations connected to the marine industry as part of their Boating Unit. The purpose of the excursion was to discover potential employment opportunities working in the boating industry, and understand the role of Volunteer Marine Rescue for recreational boaties.

Students were able to walk through a pilot vessel at Bundaberg Port, and gain an understanding of the hierarchy of qualifications for those ‘driving’ the vessels – from a coxswain up to a Marine 1 ticket.

We then ventured to Bundaberg Port Marina for an informative tour around their facilities – from the mooring of boats, to the ship-lift and maintenance operations, boat construction and storage in the hard stand area. Students were given an insight to a wide range of work opportunities across all facets of the marina, and were struck by the impressive price-tag for owning and maintenance of some of the vessels.

Students enjoyed lunch at the Port Marina before heading over to Burnett Heads Volunteer Marine Rescue. Here they visited the radio room, were given an insight to the purpose and history of Burnett Heads VMR, and were able to check out their rescue boat – an 11.5 metre, $500,000 alloy catamaran with some very hi-tech rescue equipment.

Many thanks to Leon, Mark and Jason at Gladstone Port Authority – Bundaberg Port; Brett at Bundaberg Port Marina; and Karl and Campbell at Burnett Heads VMR for once again giving of their time and sharing their expertise.

Mr Troy Braund
Aquatic Practices Teacher

Checking out the sand-
blasting bays at the
Bundaberg Port Marina

Enjoying lunch
at the Bundaberg
Port Marina


What is a USI and Why Do I Need One ?

A USI - Unique Student Identifier is your individual education identifier for life. It also creates an online record of your training attainments in Australia.

If students are undertaking either nationally recognised training (TAFE), or a higher education qualification, you need a USI in order to receive commonwealth financial assistance, as well as to obtain your qualification or statement of attainment.

If you’re planning on studying at university after high school, there have been some important changes made by the Australian government that you need to know about.

From now on, students are going to need to get themselves a USI in order to get a HECS-HELP loan. Don’t stress, it’s completely free and super easy to get. See the link on how to create a USI.

Employment in the Community Services Sector

The Community Services Sector encompasses multiple related sub-industries all of which are connected by the provision of care to clients. Two of the broadest fields in the sector are Disability and Aged & Community Care. This is one of the largest employing industries in Australia and demand for services will continue to increase with projected workforce growth to be significant in the coming decades.

Community Services Gateway to Industry Schools Project has all the information and job opportunities you’ll need for a rewarding career in Disability Services, Aged Care and Community Services sector. You’ll discover who the sector suits and the benefits and rewards it has to offer. To find out more about working in the Community Services sector go to the link below:

2021 Additional Learning Opportunities – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Enrolments into Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care are open. Students interested in enrolling in 2021 should do so with some urgency as places are filling quickly. Students will be required to apply for a Working with Children Blue Card and we will need to allow adequate time for processing of this paperwork.

We are very lucky to have this qualification delivered on Shalom campus one day a week by the extremely experienced TAFE Trainer, Mrs Jody Richter. Shalom students also qualify for a massive reduction in price. This course would normally cost a school student in the vicinity of $2,400 instead of the $150 (plus additional costs for specialised First Aid Certificate).

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care two-year qualification and fulfils the qualification requirement for students to seek employment in early-childhood education and care roles and is also a stepping stone into further qualifications and tertiary study. Please see the below Additional Learning Opportunities booklet for more information.

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:

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

Quiet Achiever

Neah Alex

Year 8 Adams Student Neha Alex is this week’s Quiet Achiever. Neha is always well presented and is very polite. She achieves excellent academic results and is very involved in the music program. Neha shows great Adams House spirit by always offering to help and participating in all events.

Mr Joe O’Driscoll
Adams House Coordinator

2019 College Magazine

Our 2019 College Magazines will be handed out today.

The books will be handed out to one sibling per family in Year 8-12. Year 7 students will not receive a book as they were not a student in 2019. For our Year 12 students that receive a book – they can collect theirs from the main reception when they come in for exams or graduation, or a parent or sibling can collect on their behalf.

2019 Year 12 Graduates all receive one book each (so some families may end up with two books). 2019 Year 12 Graduates can collect their book from the main reception from today onwards. Siblings and or parents can collect on their behalf as well.

*Due to our new Magazine designers laying off 80% of their staff over COVID, the design and proofing stages were delayed. Apologies for any inconvenience

Book Hire Opening Hours for 2021 Resources

Years 7, 8 and 12 (for 2021) do not need to collect resources prior to school commencing. 2021 year 12’s should have their resources this term. However, if you have a sibling going into 9, 10 or 11, the couple of resources required for 7 and 8 can be collected at the same time.

Monday 7 December – Wednesday 9 December 2020

8:00am 3:00pm

Wednesday 13 January – Friday 15 January 2021

8:00am- 3:00pm

Monday 18 January – Friday 22 January 2021

7:30am -4:00pm

Closed Monday 25 January 2021

Closed for individual resource issuing Wednesday 27 January 2021

Please note, individual resource issuing after these times will be staggered after school commences. Failure to return 2020 resources will result in no 2021 resources being issued to your student until they are returned.


Volunteers are required to clean, mend and re-shelve resources in preparation for 2021 issuing. If you can spare some time, book hire will be open for volunteers from 23 November 2020. Morning teas and lunches are provided. Please contact me on

Thanking you in advance.

Mrs Krys Rehbein
Book Hire Manager

Duke of Edinburgh Award Program

Shalom College is currently offering the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award program for Year 9 or 10 students who are 14+ years of age. We are also offering support to any 16+ years students who would like to complete the Duke of Edinburgh Gold award program or any of the Bronze award recipients from 2019 who would like to do the Silver award program.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is an international youth development program for 14 – 25 year olds. The program enables young people to step out of their comfort zones whilst:

Learning new skills
Getting active
Exploring new places
Helping out in your community
Meeting new friends
Receiving recognition for doing activities you already do
The award programs can also
Earn credits towards your QCE (1 point for bronze)
Help you find a job – increasingly recognised by employers. The program enables young people to gain experience in many of the skills employers look for – communication, problem solving, initiative, organisation, ability to work both independently and as part of it team.

What’s involved?

To complete the Bronze award program students must complete 4 award sections

Service – get involved in your community and give service to others

Skill – build your skills in something practical or creative eg, drawing, painting, fishing or music

Physical recreation – take part in something active such as football, dancing, swimming, surfing, the gym

Adventurous journey – discover a sense of adventure and do something challenging with your friends – practice and final journeys (2 days & 1 night) The Adventurous journeys for 2021 will be held during semester 2.

Skill, service and physical recreation are 1 hour a week for 3 months for two areas and for 6 months for your major. A lot of what students are already participating in outside school hours can be counted towards these award requirements. Eg. Music , swimming lessons, sports training and playing.


$164.00 - Bronze $169 – Silver $174 – Gold (Prices are expected to increase if you sign up after Jan 2021)

Additional Costs for adventurous journeys (these are kept to a minimum)

camping fees
Canoe hire
Travel costs

For more information on the program click on the attached link to the Queensland Duke of Edinburgh International Award website:

If you are interested in participating in this exciting program please see Mrs Bishop in the Rice block staffroom or email me @

Mrs Debbie Bishop
Duke of Edinburgh Award Program 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


Surf Lifesaving

Congratulations to the following Shalom Surf Lifesaving students who competed in Mackay on the last weekend in October at the North Aussie Championships.

Kasey Krueger, Casey Giles, Jack Gaston, Tommy Parker, Kobi Holden, Caiden Everingham, Elizabeth Pascoe, Lana Grant, Xavier Ulbl, Ariana Ulbl, Rohan McDonald, Laswari Iboro, Jakob Wardlaw and Summer Woods.

All the students did very well, there are too many results to cover all these individual students.

Students who gained selection into the QLD Country Team from the North Aussie Championships are:



Casey Giles

Kobi Holden

Lana Grant

Kasey Krueger

Xavier Ulbl

Ariana Ulbl

Jakob Wardlaw

Mr Peter Robinson
Student Welfare
High Performance Program

Shalom Rowing

“New Rowers from Year 7-11 welcome!”

Mr Simon Gills
Sports Coordinator

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

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.



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 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

Monday 16 November

Mila Robertson

Tuesday 17 November

Jeanette Tu

Wednesday 18 November

Angela Jackson

Thursday 19 November

Merna Cook

Friday 20 November

Kylie Jarvis/Nereda Torok

Monday 23 November

Tia Booth

Tuesday 24 November

Stacey Tindel

Wednesday 25 November

Volunteer required please

Thursday 26 November

Melanie Forey

Friday 27 November

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 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

Sunday 29 November

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Jeanne Ferguson

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Jo Medcalf

Nadia Tairiwhiti

Sunday 6 December

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Kath Clarke

Danielle Morrish

Helen Robinson

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Tennille Nagas

Maryanne Taylor

Markets BBQ Roster

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

Past Shalom College student, John Rotar will be returning to Bundaberg to perform with the Bundaberg Sinfonietta. This event called Ave will be an electronic composition, inspired by Gregorian chants overlayed with live orchestral music.

Also Toplogy, who were a huge part of the Milbi Festival will be back with their recovery tour We Will Rise, featuring master drummer Grant Collins.

JOHN ROTAR | AVE Friday 13 November

John Rotar is a young composer, originally from Bundaberg, who will be presenting electronic music influenced by Gregorian chants alongside the Bundaberg Sinfonietta.

Adult $12.00, Concession $8.00, Child U12 Free

TOPOLOGY | WE WILL RISE Thursday 19 November

Brisbane-based indie quintet, Topology are already well known throughout Bundaberg from their performances and workshops throughout the Small Halls during the Milbi Festival.

Adult $20.00, Concession $15.00, Child U12 Free

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

NDIS Information for School Leavers


Link to Survey below

Find Out More below

The Catholic Parish of Bundaberg

Catholic Parish Bulletin

Letter from the Bishop

Mass Seat Reservation

7/8 November 2020

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

FOCUS by Norm Whyte
Parish Office Business Manager.

Parish Works Report

St. Mary’s church: What a year this has been! Commencing with the phone call at 3.30 AM on the morning of 11th February advising that St. Mary’s church was on fire. One month after that day, the site had been cleared, and all that now remains are some cherished memorabilia and the thousands of memories held dearly by so many people who have a connection to St. Mary’s church. We say farewell to St. Mary’s at the Mass of Remembrance at the St. Mary’s church site on 29th of this month at 9.00 AM. Don’t forget to reserve your seat.

St. James’ church: On-going maintenance continues at St. James’. For safety reasons, we are upgrading the smoke alarms which will be interconnected between the church and the presbytery. We have more wooden stumps to be replaced with new concrete ones. Several smaller maintenance tasks will soon be completed in the presbytery.

St. Patrick’s church: A few months after the fire ,we sadly had to acknowledge the retirement of Mr. Frank Pippia who, for 43 years, looked after the grounds and the cleaning at St Patrick’s church. Words cannot express our gratitude to Frank for his dedication and hard work over all those years. Frank’s retirement meant that we needed to focus on low maintenance gardens at St. Patrick’s, so we began a process of restructuring the gardens so that very little on-going maintenance work would be needed. This transformation is now almost completed, with just a small amount of work needed in the garden beds on the church carpark side. Some very willing volunteers have come forward to keep an eye on the gardens and to look after the church cleaning and we say “thank you” for your contributions.

St. Pat’s church has taken on the Masses that were traditionally celebrated at St. Mary’s. When Holy Rosary is closed for any work, St. Patrick’s becomes our only operating church in Bundaberg. This will happen on various occasions over the next six months while we complete the installation of the air conditioning and the solar panels.

Holy Rosary church: After many months of working to gain the approval of the Bundaberg Regional Council, the air conditioning installation at Holy Rosary has now begun with our upgrade of the electrical wiring to the building, and the preparation for the installation of the air conditioning motors. The motors themselves take 3-4 months to be manufactured and delivered, but in the meantime, we are doing all the peripheral work in preparation for arrival and installation of the motors, scheduled for February and March next year. Current discussions with Ergon regarding their upgrade of the power supply to Holy Rosary indicate a time frame of up to six months.

We will soon complete the installation of live streaming equipment at Holy Rosary. This may provide the opportunity of viewing some of our celebrations to anyone who is housebound, or who cannot attend a funeral/wedding etc in person. Solar panels will be installed in the Holy Rosary rooftop to contribute to any peak load of power consumption. We are preparing for a landscaping project at Holy Rosary to beautify the surrounding gardens, in conjunction with the other major works there. We will keep you posted of our progress.

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