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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

30 November 2020

Principal’s Reflection

Who was your favourite teacher? I hope you readily think of someone. Teachers, certainly no less than others in 2020, have done a heroic job dealing with all the difficulties of this year and trying to ensure that the young people in their care have not been disadvantaged. I am very proud to be a teacher. To have the opportunity, almost on a daily basis, to make a difference in someone’s life, is an awesome opportunity that teachers enjoy. I also stand in awe of people who are ‘life long learners’. People who never stop trying to get better and hone their skills. Last week at St Patrick’s Primary school, they farewelled their Assistant Principal Curriculum, Cathy Wilson who has resigned her position and will begin study next year to be a Doctor. I have known Cathy for a long time. She is an outstanding educator. She is a past Shalom mum and she and Keith allowed us the opportunity to share in the education of their two wonderful children Lucy and Andrew. In her farewell, she spoke about what it is to be a teacher. After reading what she said, I could not think of a better summation of the challenges and real opportunities that good teachers get. Her words should somehow find their way into the University curriculum for the young people studying education. I hope and pray that every teacher at Shalom would embody, in their teaching, the way in which Cathy has described her journey as a teacher at St Pat’s.

When I tell people about my next adventure in life, the word I hear the most often is ‘brave’. This has really struck me, as it’s not a word I use to describe myself. We all carry around a mental image of who we are, and I guess it can be quite different to the way others see us. Actually, I see bravery in so many others here at St Pat’s.

It is often said that to teach is to a touch a life forever. It’s also true that being a teacher means my life has been touched forever, by the children, by their families and by the colleagues that form our incredible St Patrick’s community. Every day I see our staff being brave enough to love every student - brave enough to speak up for those who need way more than others, just to level the playing field - brave enough to focus relentlessly on leading young minds down the right path, even when sometimes their efforts are rewarded by no more than dragging young feet, and ever-growing piles of paperwork to prove the value of their efforts to the system. They are brave enough to be honest about their own limitations, admitting that they can’t fix every problem, give every child as much attention as they deserve or fit everything asked of them into a 30 hour school week. They are brave enough to hope for every child, and to never give up doing their best for this school and for each and every child in it. They are brave enough to battle through frightening illness, through heartbreaking loss, and incredibly, at these times when they themselves most need care and nurturing, they worry intensely about not being there to care for and nurture our students. I’ve learnt a lot about bravery here.

Last week Dan McMahon sent a photo of the Year 12 graduating students who attended St Patrick’s. They were all dressed up for Prom and, I have to admit, many were almost unrecognisable. These students are already young adults, poised ready to leap into the unknown and bravely embrace new adventures. Some faces, of course were instantly familiar because they looked just like a grown up version of their Year 6 self. I had to rely on some detective work to figure out some of the faces, they did after all look more glamorous than models on the cover of a magazine, but once I knew the name, I remembered. Like most people who work in schools, I delight in chatting to past students as they make my coffee at a café or serve me at the checkout. I’ve even found myself working alongside past students as colleagues. These former students are often surprised to find that I remember them. I would say to them, as I say to every student here today – how could I forget you? They mattered a great deal to me.

To every child sitting here today, know that you too are someone important, you are worth remembering. From the oldest Grade 6 student to the youngest Preppie - you all matter to me and I’m saddened that our paths may not cross again. Mind you, just yesterday one of my Grade 2 friends told me that she too will be a doctor when she grows up. We decided that we would work in the same hospital together when she’s finished her studies. I’m really looking forward to that! I have shared my days, weeks and years with thousands of children. I’ve taught them many things, but above all I hope I’ve taught them to believe in themselves, that they deserve the very best that life has to offer. I’ve learnt a lot from my students about bravery, resilience and how to live joyfully in the moment. They have taught me that our capacity to love and hope and dream for others is unlimited. Every child in this school, now and in the past, has left an impression on my heart.

As I’ve been packing, I’ve found old staff photos of colleagues that I haven’t thought about in years. Those people haven’t been forgotten, I still remember how we worked together, and what they meant to me at the time. In the same way, years from now I will remember each and every one of you, my colleagues, people I’ve relied on in so many ways. I’ll remember how we laughed together, cried together, and even laughed until we cried. I will remember how each of you made me feel. People come and go from our lives, and though the memories may fade over time, good people never truly leave our hearts. This school feels as comfortable as home, and so yes, I guess like our graduating Year 6 students, and the young adults finishing Grade 12, in a way I need to be brave enough to leave home and leap into a brand new world. But luckily for me, I am launching from an incredibly strong place of support. This school is a place where I have grown and learnt every day. This school is a place where I am honestly and truly humbled by the gifts and the bravery of the people around me.

So, am I brave? No braver than anyone else here today. I only know that this is the right thing for me to do. I am tremendously sad to be leaving and incredibly grateful for this chance to say thank you and goodbye.

Christmas is almost upon us and this will be our last Newsletter for the year. I hope everyone gets a chance at the end of this year to be grateful. Grateful for family, for love, for living in such an amazing country. I hope that we all remember we celebrate the birth of a baby, born in poverty, as a refugee and in danger. That birth of that baby challenges all of us to care more for each other than we do ourselves and to respect and cherish the world in which we live. Let’s all try to make Jesus real this Christmas.

Enrolments – each week we continue to get applications from families very keen to enroll at Shalom for 2021. At this stage, we have almost no spaces. If your plan changes over the holidays and your child won’t be back with us next year, please ring the office or email –

We farewell lots of families from Shalom at the end of this year and wish all of those young people every possible blessing into the future. We are also farewelling a number of staff. We are so grateful for all that they have contributed to this community –

Mr Christian Taylor
Mrs Robyn Edgar
Mr Mal Barton
Mr Nathan Halford
Ms Bethany Mason
Mr Michael Adams
Mr Stephen Chappel
Mrs Stephanie Ray
Mr Michael Ray
Ms Lilian D’Costa
Ms Alison White
Mrs Julie Chaplin
Ms Samar Osseiran
Miss Lara Mason
Ms Anita Stewart & Ms Danni Straneri are on Maternity Leave in 2021
Mr Cody Mitchelson will leave us in February 2021

Gap Year Students

Miss Bella Little
Mr Corey Picaro
Mr Curtis Hancock
Miss Eloise O’Driscoll
Miss Eve Scott
Miss Gemma Mant
Miss Jade Tairawhiti
Mr Jordan Condon
Mr Josef Baumgartner
Miss Laura Helbig
Miss Lily Christensen
Miss Mackenzie Bennett
Miss Nicola Johnson
Miss Rhys Crook
Mr Ryan Wootton

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles


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


Last week at the Year 12 Graduation, School Captain, Harry Packwood spoke about the ethos of the school and how we, and our society, are judged on how we look after the Lost, the Least and the Lonely. A timely reminder to reflect on how well we are working towards creating the Kingdom of God in our world today.

As we move into Advent, the time leading up to Christmas, we should take time to reflect on what kind of world we want to live in and what we can do to create that world. Jesus was born into this world to show us that we must not ignore the Lost, the Least and the Lonely.

My Religious Education classes watched Harry’s speech and created a list of acts of kindness they could participate in this Advent. They then created an electronic Advent Calendar by putting reminders in their phones with a different kind act for each of the days leading up to Christmas. This modern day Advent Calendar might not give them a chocolate treat but instead assist in making the world kinder, especially to the Lost, the Least and the Lonely.

Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas.

Mrs Mary Taylor
Assistant Principal – Mission

2020 Academic Awards

Due to COVID 19 restrictions our Annual Academic Awards in their usual format was not allowed. Due to these restictions we recorded the award ceremony throughout the school day. Please click the link below to watch the 2020 Academic Awards.

Please click the link below for the full list of award recipients.

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.

IT Department

Notebook Condition Information

Please check to ensure that your child is keeping their college notebook in the condition required by the school. It is important that any damage be repaired prior to the end of the calendar year to ensure all 3 parts are available for next year. Please go to the link below for more information.

College Notebook Keyboards

HP are now requiring that if a keyboard on a notebook is damaged that all parts that have come off are provided for the repair to be done under APD (accidental damage protection). If the key cap is broken, then the full cost of a replacement keyboard will apply.

Ms Stephanie Johnson
IT Service Desk Manager

Year 9 English

Year 9I English – Final activities based on the class novel All The Things That Will Not Stand by Michael Gerard Bauer.

As a culminating task to our terms reading of this fabulously entertaining novel, set at The University of Queensland St Lucia campus in Brisbane we invited Professor Davis to replicate the famous Pitch Drop physics experiment. Physics in English? The students were also a little sceptical at first yet as per a crucial reference in the novel - a lot can happen whilst you are essentially watching not a lot happen!

Thank you to Mr Davis for creating our own ‘pitch’ which we can now report has dropped at least three times in the past 24 hours. The original pitch drop experiment involves the ‘pitch’ acting as both a solid and as a liquid depending on how it is treated. It does however, flow extraordinarily slowly. In the case of the world’s oldest laboratory experiment, just nine times over the past 93 years. A time lapse video of this over three years can be watched via this YouTube link :

Mr Davis created a faster flowing, non-Newtonian fluid; one that acts as a solid in some circumstances and as a liquid in others for our class to observe. He did this by using approximately one cup of cornflour and ¼ cup of water. We then as a class observed this as we reflected in writing on the characters, plot, deep themes and symbolism in this most engaging novel.

‘Professor’ John Davis and assistant, Year 9I English Student, Gabriella Whitehurst.

Students Mercedes Schneider, Gabriella Whitehurst and Finn Christensen with ‘Professor’ John Davis.

Year 9I English class with novel that references the famous UQ pitch-drop experiment


Mrs Maryann Parton
ESL Support and English Teacher


2020 Pathways Wrap Up

The Pathways Department has had a very successful year with almost 100 students engaged in additional learning opportunities through Tafe Certificates, CQU Certificates and the CQU SUN program.

We were very appreciative of the support offered by our external learning providers to guide and navigate our students through their courses in the unprecedented circumstances delivered by Covid-19. The work experience field also received a negative blow with opportunities unavailable for a number of months. Once restrictions eased we were certainly very grateful to the many local businesses who stepped up to host our students in work experience and share their industry knowledge. Even though we had a quieter period for a few months we are certainly making up for lost time with many students engaging in work experience over the Christmas break.

We have received positive feedback from employers of our school-based apprentices and trainees and we congratulate the 2020 students who took up these opportunities. It is quite exciting to see more school-based apprenticeships and traineeships being made available to our students as the Covid fog lifts: another thank you to Bundaberg businesses.

We are extremely grateful to be a part of our students journey this year and look forward to a bigger and brighter 2021.

Year 10 student Jesse Beveridge has a great passion for food and is very excited to have recently signed up to commence a school-based apprenticeship in Certificate III in Commercial Cookery with Water Street Kitchen. Jessie is pictured being congratulated by Mrs Kathy Laing

Pathways Quiet Achiever, Year 10 student, Owen Nash has recently completed a Certificate IV in Crime & Justice. Owen has completed this two-year qualification in just twelve months studying externally on top of his normal subject load. Congratulations Owen – what an outstanding effort!

Apprentice of the
Luke Bujayer

Trainee of the
Lauren Hamilton

Education Student:
Troy Allen

We take great pleasure in congratulating our Award Winners for 2021. The Pathways Department are immensely proud of the dedication and commitment displayed by these students and we wish them all the very best for their future.

Griffith University - English Enhancement Course

Griffith University’s English Enhancement course is available for students who are studying Essential English or have failed General English and aspire to study at Griffith University. This course will pass the required English subject prerequisite. Students will need to lodge their QTAC application listing their desired Griffith degree, that they are confident they will meet rank for, as their first preference. This needs to be done by Saturday, 12 December 2020. Further information is available at the following web page

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

Quiet Achievers

Ava Marschke

Ava Marschke Year 7 Rice

Ava is a fantastic young lady; the perfect all-rounder, borne out by the fact that she was awarded the Year 7 All Rounder Award at the recent “2020 Academic Awards” occasion. Ava also has attained the coveted lead role of “Urleen” in next year’s Footloose production here at the College. Ava is the only Year 7 student to obtain a lead role; a fantastic achievement for this quiet achiever. We are so proud of Ava in Rice House!

Ms Claire Stallard
Rice House Coordinator

Laswari Iboro

Another of this week’s Quiet Achievers is Year 7 student Laswari Iboro, Laswari is a valued member of Hogan House. Laswari joined us at Shalom in Term 3 this year and has brought much enthusiasm (and skill!) for all things sporting and cultural as well as achieving to a high standard across his subjects. Laswari is a keen rugby league and union player and competes regularly in surf lifesaving. He has embraced all aspects of College life and is a most polite and responsible student. Recently, Laswari presented a very good persuasive speech on the social, economic and environmental aspects of living here in the Bundaberg region. This was most engaging as it effectively involved facts, humour and rhetoric as powers of persuasion. Laswari wears his uniform with pride and greets all who meet him with a warm smile. He was a willing participant in our College Harmony Day assembly item dressing in his national Papua New Guinea costume and sharing a delicious home cooked dish. Thank you Laswari for the contributions you have already made in such a short time to Shalom – we recognise and congratulate you on being a quiet achiever.

Mr Adam Knott
Hogan House Coordinator

Vocal and Instrumental Music

Exciting things are happening in the Vocal and Instrumental Music Department in 2021

Shalom Music Education Website

At the beginning of Term 4 we launched our very own website which was used to facilitate a smooth enrolment process for our 2021 Year 7 cohort attending the Music Orientation Day. We would now like to invite the entire Shalom community to explore the page and the opportunities that our department offers. You can visit the Shalom Music Education website by clicking here or through the main Shalom website where it is listed under “Co-Curricular”.

Guitar lessons coming to Shalom in 2021

We are very excited to announce that Mr Cameron Macdonnell will be joining the team in 2021 to teach Guitar. At this stage we are accepting expressions of interest and will have more information and enrolment forms available in early 2021. If you would like to register your interest please click here to access and complete the form.

New and existing students for Vocal & Instrumental Music 2021

Whether you are new to the program or a continuing student we need you to register your preferences for 2021 now. Please visit our website to complete the 2021 Vocal & Instrumental Music Lessons form ASAP to avoid missing out. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday.

“The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear!”
Buddy the Elf

Mrs Megan Hoban
Instrumental Music Coordinator

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

Catholic Schools Race Day

Saturday 13 March 2021

As the school year is coming to a close our Catholic Schools Race Day Committee is commencing its preparation for our 16th annual event to be held on Saturday March 13, 2021.

For those new to Bundaberg, this annual event is held at the Bundaberg Race Club, Thabeban Park. Our three Primary Schools, St Marys, St Josephs and St Patricks, combine with Shalom College for a community fundraising event that is seen as one of the highlights on the Bundaberg Events calendar.

This year’s Race Day held in March 2020, was lucky to be one of the last events conducted in Bundaberg before the Covid restrictions were put in to place on the Monday after our Saturday Race Day, and was again a great success.

Planning for our 2021 Race Day is continuing with the optimistic view that Covid restrictions related to events will continue to ease and we will hopefully be holding our Race Day in close to the same format as previous years. Tickets will go on sale early in the new year using the same on-line ticket booking system as this year.

Any queries in relation to next year’s event regarding Tickets, Sponsorships, volunteering etc, can be directed to me using the number below or to Teresa Cameron at Shalom College.

Mr Peter O’Beirne
Catholic Schools Race Day Committee
0419 787 279

Culture Corner

Christmas has only been widely celebrated in Japan for the last few decades. It's still not seen as a religious holiday or celebration as there aren't many Christians in Japan.

In Japan, Christmas in known as more of a time to spread happiness rather than a religious celebration. Christmas Eve is often celebrated more than Christmas Day. Christmas Eve is thought of as a romantic day, in which couples spend together and exchange presents.

Fried chicken is often eaten on Christmas day. It is the busiest time of year for restaurants such as KFC and people can place orders at their local fast-food restaurant in advance! There was an advertising campaign by KFC in 1974 called 'Kentucky for Christmas!' (Kurisumasu ni wa kentakkii!) which was very successful and made KFC popular for Christmas!

The traditional Japanese Christmas food is Christmas cake, but it's not a rich fruit cake, but is usually a sponge cake decorated with strawberries and whipped cream. The 'shortcake' emoji is Japanese Christmas cake!

At this time Sensei Anderson and myself would love to wish everyone a very ‘Merri Kurisumasu’ and look forward to the best year yet in 2021 sharing our journey of learning with the Shalom Community.

Ms Simone Wilson
Japanese Teacher

Netball Trials


Shalom Netball Open Team Trials


QISSN & Senior Vicki Wilson Netball Competitions

Netball players who will be in Year 9 – 12 in 2021 are invited to nominate for the Shalom Netball Open Team trials. This team will compete in the 2021 QISSN Competition and the 2021 Senior Vicki Wilson Netball Competition.

Trials will be held in Week 2 of Term 1, 2021.

Monday 1 February and Wednesday 3 February

3.15pm – 4.30pm

Players interested in trialing must nominate using the Google doc below. You must ensure that you nominate before the end of Week 1, Term 1 or you will be ineligible to trial.

Queensland Representatives

Charli-Anne and Lucy

Charli – Anne Trace and Lucy Hamilton were recently presented with their Qld Merit Team Certificates. Charli – Anne Trace made selection in the Qld 10-12yrs Softball team while Lucy gained selection in the Qld 13-15yrs Girls Cricket Team.

Lucy was Captain of the Wide Bay team that won the State Titles (along with another Shalom student – Lara Hamilton) in Brisbane a couple of weeks ago. Lucy also claimed two Individual Awards at the Carnival – Most Wickets and Best All Rounder.

Charli-Anne Trace

Lucy Hamilton

Charli-Anne Trace and Lucy Hamilton with Mr Simon Gills


Congratulations to Year 8 Student Kobi Holden who has been recently selected in the QLD Junior Cyclones Surf Lifesaving Team.

Kobi Holden


Indoor Hockey

Year 8 Student Cohen Usher has been Selected in the Queensland Under 13 Indoor Hockey Team after competing in Mackay in the State Championships on the weekend 20 – 22 November.

Cohen’s Team – Maryborough 1 Competed in Division1 and Finished 3rd in the State only losing to the eventual winners Brisbane 1. Cohen was also the top goal scorer for his Team and finished in the top 6 for Division 1 for the Carnival. Unfortunately, due to COVID indoor Nationals will not be held but instead Cohen will attend a 3 day training camp in Brisbane in January.

Cohen travels to Maryborough twice a week to compete and train in the Under 15 and Under 13 Maryborough Indoor Competitions.

In addition to this Selection Cohen has also been Selected in the Under 15 Queensland Hockey Squad (outdoor) he will Travel to Brisbane next February for Trials. Cohen plays for Hervey Bay Hockey in Under 15’s, Reverse Men’s and Played his first Division 1 games this season in the Fraser Coast Men’s League Traveling to Hervey Bay & Maryborough Friday’s and Saturday’s to compete.

Well done Cohen !

Cohen Usher

Mr Peter Robinson
Student Welfare
High Performance Program


BDSSS Rugby Sevens Finals

After a short, three week season for the BDSSS Rugby 7s, the Shalom Year 7/8 team finished at the top of the leader board, while the Year 9/10 team were unlucky to finish just outside the top four.

The finals day was played at St Luke’s on Wednesday 11 November.

The Year 9/10 team played two games on the day. Their first game against Bundaberg Christian College was called off at half time with only one try being scored by BCC. In their second game, they played the visiting Gympie 7s team. Although gallant in their efforts, the Shalom boys were pipped by the Gympie team.

Our Year 7/8 team easily accounted for Kepnock in the semi-final, and progressed through to take on St Luke’s in the final. In a hard fought game, the Shalom team were technically sound, with their scrum knowledge sealing some penalties, and some very quick thinking making the difference. The boys were able to use space and spin the ball wide, leading to two converted tries. St Lukes also scored two tries, but the conversions made the difference with Shalom winners 14-10 in a great team effort.

Congratulations to the Year 7/8 team and their coach, Ms Katrina McCallum, whose passion for the game certainly rubbed off on the team. Thanks, Katrina. Thanks also to Mrs Karen Miller-Smith for her support throughout the competition, and to Mr Brendan Maher and Mr Mike Zardus for assisting in team management.

Here’s to a Co-vid free 2021, and greater opportunities for Rugby.

Year 9/10 Rugby 7s Team

Year 7/8 Rugby
7s Team

…and as winners of
the BDSSS Rugby
7s trophy

Mr Troy Braund
Year 9/10 Ruby Coach

Central Australia Trip

19 to 30 September 2021


After a year like 2020, with so much happening nationally and internationally, what better, more exciting way is there to celebrate your freedom than giving back to Australia? An incredible trip, spanning the great terrain of the Northern Territory, taking in the sights of or our country’s great beauty, while spending time in the communities that so desperately need our support and want to share with us, their incredible life experiences.

We will start with a flight from Brisbane to Uluru. There, we meet our guide and travel by bus to Uluru and enjoy an orientation walk around the base of Uluru (Mala Walk) and the instagrammable photographs of Uluru on sunset!

Setting up camp for two nights at Yulara, we will also experience a morning walk through Kata Tjuta National Park to experience the Olgas along the Valley of the Winds Walk. The afternoon will be spent at the Uluru Cultural Centre.

Once we have spent time enjoying the incredible centre of Australia, we leave for Lilla, a remote Aboriginal community in the Watarrka National Park. Over the next few days, students will engage in a number of cultural activities with locals, such as guided walks through Lilla exploring the sites of cultural importance such as waterholes, caves, and men’s and women’s areas. Learn about the dreamtime stories of the area, be welcomed to the land in the traditional Luritja way, learn about the development of community sustainability over the years, and try traditional dot painting art.

Students will also walk the famous rim walk of Kings Canyon, with a beautiful swim at this historic site.

After farewelling the Lilla family, we drive to Alice Springs, and on to the Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. This time is spent learning about sustainable living, enjoying dinner and a star show, then sleeping in swags around the campfire.

A visit to the Alice Springs School of The Air and to the Royal Flying Doctor Service to see how education and health care is provided to people in these remote communities and cattle stations, is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Also, a visit to Alice Springs Desert Park to meet and connect with the local wildlife that inhabit outback Australia.

We then depart Alice Springs with a brief stop at The Devil’s Marbles and an overnight camp at Daly Waters.

An early departure from Daly Waters, we continue to Mataranka for a welcome swim in the hot springs. Then we travel to the incredible site of Katherine Gorge for an overnight camp, taking in a 2-hour cruise into the gorge and perhaps a canoe ride. Next, we travel northwest to Kakadu. Camp at Cooinda for two nights where we visit the Park Ranger Headquarters and Bowali Visitor Centre to experience…

  • Ubirr Art Site
  • Yellow Waters Cruise
  • Nourlangie Rock

Once we depart Kakadu, we travel to Berry Springs, visit the Territory Wildlife Park and experience this home to thousands of territory animals including mammals, birds, reptiles and fish – several of which are rare or endangered in the wild. Later in the afternoon arrive in Darwin and set up camp.

The price includes all meals, bus travel and plane fares.

Are currently in Year 10 or Year 11 and love Australia?

Do you love wildlife?

Do you love swags, campfires, laughter, history, experiencing Indigenous culture, the company of friends, swimming in the coolest (hottest) places on earth?

If so, then this may be the trip for you. Get in touch with Mr Gahan, Mrs Cory or Mr Brown. It will be the trip of a lifetime, right on our vast doorstep! We look forward to your enquiries. There will be an information evening soon.

Mr David Gahan
Trip Coordinator

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

Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop Opening Hours

30 November – 4 December

Appointments are necessary
Monday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Friday – 8:00am – 5:00pm
Closed for lunch daily between 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Monday 7 December – Wednesday 9 December

Appointments are necessary
Monday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am – 12:00pm
Closed for lunch daily between 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Re-open Monday 11 January – Friday 15 January

Appointments ONLY

Monday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Friday – 8:00am – 5:00pm
Closed for lunch daily between 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Monday 18 January – Friday 22 January

Monday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Friday – 8:00am – 5:00pm
Closed for lunch daily between 12:00pm – 1:00pm

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

School Savvy is back for 2021!

From January 11, the School Savvy pop-up shop will open in Bundaberg. Students from families facing financial struggles will be able to access pre-loved uniforms and essential stationery supplies to prepare them for new school year.

Uniform and stationery donations can be taken to any donation drop off point across the region, with many convenient locations available. For a current list of donation points in your area, visit

Support your local community and make a difference in a student’s life. The School Savvy team is looking forward to seeing you!

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 >


As of last Friday 27 November, 2020, Flexischools ordering ceased for 2020. On 1 February, 2021, Flexischools will be open to start with Pre Ordering for the New Year.

We would like to wish all our Volunteers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Ann and Staff from the Shalom Canteen.


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.

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 6 December

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Kath Clarke

Danielle Morrish

Helen Robinson

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Tennille Nagas

Maryanne Taylor

Sunday 13 December

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Roselyn Hunting

Susie Mant

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Emma Jansen

Jas Haster

Marie Walker

Sunday 20 December

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Lisa Christensen

Brenda/Colby Jay

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Chris Dennien

Jade Law

Maria McMahon

Sunday 27 December

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Kate Rehbein

Craig Warner

Kylie Walduck

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Brendan/Astrid Clancy

Jo Medcalf

John Pappalardo

Vicki Saffioti

Sunday 3 January 2021

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Andrew Lucht

Janelle Test

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Katumaree Nabnili

Sunday 10 January 2021

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 17 January 2021

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Mark Morris

Gail/Michael Pimm

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Angela Jackson

Wanita Ellis

Sunday 24 January 2021

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 31 January 2021

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Jeanne Ferguson

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Jo Medcalf

Markets BBQ Roster

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

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

28/29th November 2020
1st Sunday Advent

FOCUS by: Madonna Davitt
Principal of St Mary's

I remember the first day of my principalship. I was standing in the playground of St Joseph’s School, Bundaberg. The scene before me was chaotic. There was debris from trees and surrounding buildings all over the grounds and on the roof of the school. There were fallen trees, broken classroom windows and the ground was soddened under foot. The shelter where the children eat their lunch, was lost under a mass of broken branches and leaf foliage. It was January, 1993 and I was looking at the legacy of Cyclone Fran.

I didn’t have the faintest idea where to start!

I look back over the years of being a principal at St Joseph’s and then at St Mary’s, in wonder. It has been the most wonderfully rewarding and challenging experience I have ever had in my life. What it has taken from me, it has given back tenfold. It invited me into the lives of hundreds of families, to understand their story, sometimes to walk with them and sometimes to accept their rejection. It gave me hundreds of children to get to know, to laugh with and to get excited about as they grew and learned. One of my greatest joys, and is still, is to see those children as adults, happily acknowledge me on the street, continue to share their stories with me and enroll their children (and on one occasion, their grandchild!) into the school because of their appreciation of what the school did for them.

In my time, I have seen many changes. Some of these changes have been impacted by educational research, as we now know so much more about how children learn, what can hinder and help their learning. There has been greater political involvement and coming with that, better funding and more rigorous accountability. I have seen technology embedded in our school life that when I first started, I could not have imagined. I have seen the Sisters and Brothers of various congregations gradually leave the classrooms and the emergence of dedicated lay people carrying on what our Sisters and Brothers started. I have seen an increasing number of families wanting to enrol their children in a school that is unashamedly Catholic by name and actions.

But there has been one thing that has not changed in our schools. It is the simple but profound message that each child is loved deeply and unconditionally by God and that because of this love, all of us in Catholic schools are asked to love as God loves. I have always wanted our students to know that they are beautiful creations of an all loving God and that this perfectly beautiful, all loving God is incapable of creating a dud! Surely that is a great reason to celebrate one’s life.

I am now preparing myself to leave something I have been blessed to be a part of for the vast majority of my life. I know, there will be many things I will miss. But it is time. I am humbled by the many people I have had the privilege to encounter and work with along the way; those who have given so much, so generously for the children in our schools. I know our schools are in good and faithful hands.

As I remember my first day in principalship, I know I will remember my last. I walk away now in gratitude and maybe like my first day as principal with a little uncertainty of what is to be next.


Events in the early hours of 11 February this year turned the Catholic Parish of Bundaberg on its head.

That morning, we woke to the shocking news of the loss of St. Mary’s church building which was destroyed by fire. Emergency Services responders did a marvellous job in containing the blaze and preventing it from spreading to other wooden buildings on the corner of Barolin and Boston Streets, Bundaberg.

By noon that day, a gathering was held in the Bundaberg Parish Office for all who wanted to come support each other, grieve the loss, share the memories and to come to grips with that sudden and tragic event. Ministers from other religious groups were quick to pay a visit, and to express their condolences and support as well.

Coming to terms with the loss of this place of repose for the 69 years of so many cherished memories has been a long and painful process for many. It is only fitting therefore that we finally come together to say “goodbye” to what was St. Mary’s church.

The Mass of Remembrance for St. Mary’s church will be held at 9.00 AM this Sunday 29th November 2020 on the site of the church. A large marquee will be erected over the site of the church, and this will host the celebration of the farewell Mass. Memorabilia will be displayed in the adjoining John Vianney Hall, and morning tea will be available under the covered area of what was the old St. Mary’s school.

Photographic Exhibition

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