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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

5 May 2020

Principal’s Reflection

Today is the feast day of one of my all time favourite saints – Edmund Rice. In the late 1700’s in Ireland, he saw the disparity between those who had and those who didn’t. He saw the best tool to address that, for the poor, was education. In spite of lots of opposition, Edmund did something about it. He gave hope to people. Hope is something that we really need in dealing with the Covid crisis.

Edmund challenged the ailing system of his time. He could not disregard those in need even if his own life was disturbed. How and to what extent are we prepared to be disturbed today? This will be a year we will always remember – it has been disturbed, but as Bill Gates reminds us, it can be considered “a correction”. Bill’s spin on the virus is not so much about what the virus is doing to us but what it is doing for us.

He suggests:

  1. It has taught us we are all equal and all just as vulnerable
  2. It reminds us that we are all connected and what affects one affects another
  3. It reminds us how precious our health is
  4. It reminds us how short life is and what is truly important
  5. It challenges our materialistic tendencies and how little is really essential
  6. It reminds us that family comes first and our true work is to look after and protect one another
  7. It reminds us that the power of free will is in our hands - the power to choose to share, to support and to help to co-operate

These are lessons that cannot be packaged in a neat, well-resourced and approved curriculum. They are lessons learnt through life’s experiences and by the modelling of the people worthy of admiration. They are not necessarily those considered hugely successful. It includes the mum struggling to teach her three children under 10 online lessons with only one computer. It’s the hard working and exhausted front-line people who have chosen to put their own needs on the back burner. It’s the particular politicians who challenge the system to put the needs of people first above all else. It’s the students who use their voice to challenge the status quo and who dream up a future that ensures the protection of our planet and the life it sustains.

Now that’s really how to celebrate the feast of Edmund.

Looking forward to seeing all Year 11 & 12 students back at school next week following the Government announcement yesterday. Uniform for all students attending Shalom next week will be formal uniform.

Parent feedback on how Shalom has been dealing with on-line learning has been very positive. We now have the end of this period in sight. Can I just say a huge ‘thank you’ to all the parents who have supported their children’s learning? Parent support to ensure that students are on-line, on time and focused has been really crucial. You have done a great job.

Past Student News – great to hear from Women’s College at the University of Queensland that two past Shalom students received Awards at the recent College Academic Dinner. Georgia Snare (Adams Snr ’17) received the Margaret Piddington Prize and Lucy Bowden (McAuley Snr ’18) received the Vera Jones Prize. Both awards are given for their cumulative Academic excellence in their University courses. Both girls were outstanding young women at Shalom and it is no surprise that they have continued in that vein at University.

Georgia Snare

Lucy Bowden

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles


Studiosity – Free Online Study Help - Reminder

Year 10-12 Shalom students are fortunate to receive free access to Studiosity, for after-hours, one-to-one help with homework and study questions. This is a fantastic tool to help your child apply themselves to their study and improve their grades and may be particularly useful in the remote learning environment.

Students - if you haven’t accessed Studiosity to experience the benefits, ensure you make use of it next time you need help with questions or require feedback on your written assignments. The link to Studiosity can be found on the Shalom Intranet page.

Studiosity’s live chat support service is open 24/7, 365 days a year. The writing feedback service is open as usual, 24/7.

Mr Brendan Maher
Assistant Principal – Administration

Online Learning Awards

Please click on the link below to view the list of Students who have been recognised as online Learning Legends.

Stewarts & Sons Buses

Stewarts & Sons Buses will commence their regular Childers bus run from Monday 11 May.

Year 10 Camps

In light of the current situation with Covid-19 our Year 10 Camps that were planned for term two are going to change. At this stage we will still be going to Chaverim each day with a different format of day time activities only. Students will be transported by bus to and from Camp each day and will not be staying overnight.

We have decided to keep year 10 Camps as daytime activities only and move to new dates in Week 7, 8 and 9 of Term 2. The students will be transported to Chaverim by the College bus or by a Duffys bus each day. Students will need to be at school by 8.30 am each morning; they will return to the College on day 1 and day 3 at approximately 2.50 pm, in time to catch buses home. For day 2, please collect your child at 5.00 pm from Shalom as the day 2 activity sessions need more time and will conclude at Chaverim at 4.30 pm. ( if you have an issue with return times – please communicate with your House Coordinator)

If your child is unwell and has flu-like symptoms please keep them at home.

As things are changing with Covid-19 and the Government’s directives we will be in contact further if things do change again.

Due to term 2 being disrupted, as you know, we have had to make the decision to cancel all of our Year 7 Camps this term and keep the Year 10 Camps.

The Year 10 Camp program initiates and promotes our students leadership and teamwork journey into Senior Schooling at Shalom and our House Coordinators are the teachers in charge of these Camps.

Please login to Parent Lounge to give permission for your child to attend the Camp.

Please notice that we have had to swap Camp 7 and 8 from previous planning due to one House Coordinators availability.

Please see camp schedule below.

Mr Peter Robinson
Student Welfare
High Performance Program


Where do we find God when our churches are shut?

God is in the everyday. God is in the person standing 1.5 metres away. God is in you.

Remember during these times of uncertainty, when some people are really struggling, we can be the face of God to those we encounter. Just by being kind we can make a real difference and help someone find God today.

Mrs Mary Taylor
Assistant Principal – Mission

ANZAC Day Letters

There are some lovely proverbs around the concept that being small or small things can’t make a significant difference:

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent the night with a mosquito.”

“If you want to know the value of one minute, ask the person who just missed the bus.

If you want to know the value of one second, ask the person who just escaped death in a car accident.

And if you want to know the value of one-hundredth of a second, ask the athlete who won a silver medal in the Olympics.”

This past Anzac Day, Rice House students wrote letters to 21 Veterans from theatres of war including WWII, Vietnam, Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan who live in the Woodgate community. These Vets are in self-isolation, which is difficult enough, but were unable to attend, as none of us were, any Anzac Day commemorations. As special as the day is to those of us who have not served, it is infinitely more special to those who have; a chance to remember, to catch up with mates and to reflect in a very personal way.

To reinforce that the “small things” we do can make a massive difference to others, please see below the letter sent in reply by one of the Veterans (just one example). Our students took a moment and sent very personal, heartfelt messages. This small gesture has made a world of difference. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture; just something from the heart. A lesson in this for us all. Lest We Forget.

Anzac Day 2020.

Dear Lily,

I am so taken by the thought that people like you can take the time to do special & unexpected things for others. Thank you.

Covid-19 could not stop Anzac Day, only temporarily reshape it this year. The chains of tradition cannot be broken. Those links in the tradition include you and me. This year, standing in driveways, was more personal. It enabled us to think of people and events closer to home, like your email to me. It was read by my wife and three neighbours who were all touched by it.

Back in 1965, the then Prime Minister, Sir Robert Gordon Menzies resurrected the National Service Scheme. I was not much older than you when I “won the lottery” and found myself in the Army – not by choice. After Basic and Corp Training we were told that we were going to Vietnam. Where’s that???? Atlases were out and off we went… We were a small group of Engineers and have become lifetime friends with strong bonds to each other. This “family” of ours live from Broome to Mandurah, Adelaide to Melbourne and right up the east coast to Cape Flattery in northern Queensland. We have a Facebook – but I’m not really into that.

Now the future: you’re it! Difficult times bring out the toughness and the strengths. Keep up the Soccer – Touch. Your parents have given you the ball to run with – at Shalom.

I will be looking in the News Mail at the end of the year to follow your results. Make the future great.

UBIQUE - Graham

17 Cons. Sqd. RAE.

Miss Claire Stallard
Rice House Coordinator

Family Zone

School Online

Since most students are learning from home, we will not be doing school filtering on devices that are not connected to our network. Students have therefore been placed into having a “Rest Day” which allows parents to decide what filtering they would like for their children while at home. This may change if we see a large increase in students returning to the college.

Zone Manager App

Zone Manager is an app that can be installed from the App Store and Google Play to make managing student’s Internet access even easier.

Download Zone Manager for free via the App Store  or  Google Play

What can I do in Zone Manager?

Log in to your online account
Add, edit or remove family members and their devices
Update routines and calendars
Allow device borrowing
Monitor alerts more frequently
Timely response to Access or Quick Time change requests
Change your PIN or passwords
Seamless linking to the online account

Is there anything that Zone Manager can’t do?

At the moment, you will still need to log in to your online account to:

Manage Home Zone
Complete school registration
Purchase additional products and services
Cancel Family Zone

Ms Stephanie Johnson
IT Service Desk Manager

Year 7 Camp

Due to the obvious Covid-19 disruption to schooling – for the first 5 weeks of schooling this term, we have decided to cancel all of the Year 7 Camps – in Term 2 2020.

At this stage there is no time in 2020 at Chaverim to reschedule the whole camps due to other bookings.

We may, if dates become available, later in the year be able to reschedule these camps – but at this stage we are cancelling all of the year 7 Camps.

Mr Peter Robinson
High Performance Program
After School Activities

2020 Immunisation program for Year 7

Shalom College is participating in Queensland Health’s annual School Immunisations Program. All Year 7 students will be offered free vaccinations as recommended on the National Immunisation Program to protect against vaccine preventable diseases. In 2020, Year 7 students will be offered human papillomavirus (HPV) and diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination.

The vaccinations will be conducted by a team of authorised and registered nurses from OzCare.

The Shalom College 2020 clinic dates are

Round 2 - Year 7 HPV2 – Monday 12 October and Wednesday 14 October

Parents are encouraged to ensure their children have breakfast on the morning of the vaccination.

Ozcare will contact all guardians directly to if a student (with a completed and returned consent form) did not attend the Shalom clinic session.

Year 7 Catch Ups Clinic will be scheduled at Ozcare, date to be advised.

For further information about the School Immunisation Program please call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or visit the link below or click on the following links; immunisation through the school program

The following resources are also available for you

The Public Heatlh Act 2005 requires the school principal to disclose student ant and parent, legal guardian or authorised person information for eligible year 10 immunisation provider if requested.

Year 7 2021– Applications close THIS FRIDAY

Places are filling fast and late applications will not be guaranteed a position for next year.

Enrolment forms must be submitted with a copy of the birth certificate and latest report card.

Mrs Georgia Halpin
Community Relations Officer

Learning Support Tutoring Sessions

The Learning Support team are offering online tutoring sessions for core subjects such as Maths, English, Humanities and Science. These will run from 2pm to 3pm each day, the sessions started in Week 1 and will continue until the end of Week 5. These sessions will be supported by a Learning Support Teacher and Teacher Assistants. These sessions are available for students who are learning from home or at school. If your child is present at school, they are to come to SS2 for the session.

If your child has some learning support requirements and would benefit from these sessions, please complete the Google Form below. Your child will then be added to a Microsoft Team which will be used to communicate with your child.

Mrs Keryn Staley
Learning Enhancement Unit Co-ordinator


Exploring Your Future Pathway

While students are at home with a little more time on their hands why not take this opportunity to start doing some research into what your life might look like post school.

Don’t know where to start? Think about what drives you (likes, dislikes, skills) as well as your strengths and interests (attraction to certain roles and industries). There’s LOADS of occupations out there (plenty you would have never even heard of) and it’s never too early to start exploring!

Job Clusters

The days of having a job or two in a single career are in the past. The world is now a lot more fluid, and so is the way we work. Most young people will work in jobs that don’t yet exist. The Foundation for Young Australians analysed 2.7 million job advertisements and found that there were groupings of jobs that require similar skill sets. These groupings became known as job clusters. Read more about what they look like here:

You can do the very basic cluster quiz:

The Careers Department

We would also like you to login to the Careers Department website and complete your profile to receive a report all about you.

Just click ‘Get started creating your account’ under the SCHOOLS option and follow the prompts.

They will be prompted to select their school and school password during the process

School: Shalom College – Bundaberg
School password: SCB

Year13 Digital Careers Expo

From May 18-22, you’ll be able to explore exhibits from a host of different universities, TAFEs, colleges, employers and gap year providers. But you’ll also get the opportunity to hear from some amazing career folk who are nailing it in their industry. Through a series of live chats, webinars and online ‘booths’, the Year13 Expo will help you figure out what it is you’re passionate about and what you need to do in order to get there.

Over the course of the week, you’ll hear from experts, chat with influencers and explore all of your post-school options. You can access the expo from anywhere you have internet. Register to attend here:

Usually you need to pay for this privilege; however, in the spirit of tough times Year13 have opened this up for free. They also have a personality profiling tool.

Students are very welcome to email through any questions or pop in to the Pathways Office for a chat or schedule a Zoom meeting. It is exciting stuff researching what it is that you might like to do once you leave school. Keep in mind that your first job after school is unlikely to be your last – young people are projected to have 17 jobs over five careers throughout their work life!

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


Year 8 Japanese students have been busy and creative this term whilst learning online at home. Roll marking through Teams every lesson has an almost perfect check-in rate. Students have also managed to navigate lesson instructions, resources and submission of weekly tasks through Google Classrooms. Zoom meetings have been very professional and students should commend themselves on their excellent dedication to working through their Japanese without a teacher in front of them.

For one of this week’s tasks, students needed to use their imagination and household items to represent Japanese numbers.

Their posters have shown innovation and problem solving skills.

Mrs Nicole Anderson
Japanese Department

Quiet Achiever

Bree Royan

The Hogan House Quiet Achiever is Year 7 student Bree Royan. I was first-hand witness to Bree’s online learning last week, supervising her class attempt their CSA (Maths and Science) work. Bree was actively involved in the lesson, listening intently to the instructional phase over video and audio, then asking questions where required.

For younger students of the college, I find it a breath of fresh air that whilst all the staff and older students appear a bit bogged down by the COVID-19 pandemic, that the exuberance of youth and optimism overrides any of these negative feelings. Bree most certainly displays an excited taste for learning and is very open to the new ways of schoolwork that have come to the fore.

Well done Bree, your energy, enthusiasm and zest for learning is not unnoticed.

Mr Adam Knott
Hogan House Coordinator

Catholic Schools Race Day 2020 Report

Our 15th Annual Catholic Schools Race Day held at Thabeban Park on 14 March was so special and successful for so many reasons. We received a phone call at the track on the Friday prior to the event, whilst we were completing the set up to advise we may have to cancel due to a new ban on Public Events. This was due to the growing concerns over the rapid world wide spread of the Covid 19 Virus. Shortly after, to our enormous relief, we were advised that Public Events were being banned from the Monday following, giving us the green light to continue our preparations. The rest is history and we now know just how fortunate we have been to hold our event, and more importantly, the Virus had not reached Bundaberg at that time.

This year we decided to run with the Reunion Theme, inviting the cohorts whose schooling at our Catholic Schools ended at Shalom in the 1990, 2000 and 2010 years to celebrate 10, 20 and 30 years since completing their Secondary Education. We had a great representation from the 2000 and 2010 groups along with a few from the 1990 cohort who had previously organised their celebration for the following week. A tour of Shalom was organised for the past students on the Sunday morning during the weekly Shalom Markets. We are now in the process of inviting the Year 12, 1991, 2001 and 2011 cohorts to celebrate their anniversary year at next year’s event to be held on Saturday, 13 March 2021.

Another change to our event this year was to sell our entry tickets on-line. This proved to be a success, taking the burden from the four Schools front office staff. It was an extremely easy, efficient and cost affective initiative. Our 400 tickets sold out in the days leading up to the event, of which approximately 30 did not attend, probably due to the growing concerns around the soon to be announced Pandemic.

Our annual Raffle was again a success with $5,600 worth of donated prizes and this year raising $3,670 on the day.

The Fashions on the Field Judging held outside our Marquee was again well supported with the colourfully and classily clad entrants on stage from both our marquee and the public arena.

Our Marquee Fashion Parade was again a highlight of the afternoon and winners of the annual Women’s and Men’s Pam Hansen Fashion Awards were gifted with their generous prizes donated by the Hansen family.

I would like to thank all of our extremely generous Race, Major, and Raffle Sponsors and Donors. This community event would not be possible or profitable without their ongoing support. We are very fortunate that a majority of these supporters have been with us for many years, some for the full 15 years that the Race Day event has existed. This year we are happy to present $5,000 each to our three Primary Schools from the proceeds of our event. St Patrick’s have advised they have allocated the funds to the new Shade Structure over the Prep Sand Pit. St Joseph’s are spending it on Prep Furniture Pieces for Home Corner and Makerspace/Technology Equipment. St Mary’s have allocated their funds to the purchase of Cold Water Bubblers for the students.

Equally as important to thank is our Committee and Volunteers, made up of current and past students, parents and staff from all four Catholic schools. Like all events, there are many tasks to be performed before, during and after the event. For example, the food served throughout the day, which was again of extremely high quality, was prepared and served by school staff, students and volunteers. Thank you for the many hours you all contributed.

Our Committee has already begun preparations for next year’s event scheduled for Saturday 13 March, 2021, remaining optimistic that Social Distancing regulations will have been lifted. We will continue the Reunion Theme and hope as many of the 1991, 2001 and 2011 Shalom Year 12 cohorts can return to Bundaberg for this weekend. We will again include a tour of Shalom for these past students to showcase the enormous improvements that have been made to the school over the past 10, 20 and 30 years.

Mr Peter O’Beirne
Catholic Schools Race Day Committee

Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop remains open with it’s regular hours, Monday – Thursday
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Phone : 41 558 121

Orders and payment via phone are most welcome, students will be notified via email when their order is ready for collection from the Uniform Shop.

Mrs Leanne Barker
Uniform Shop Co-ordinator

Term Dates for 2020

Term 1

28 January – 3 April

Term 2

20 April – 26 June

Term 3

13 July – 18 September

Term 4

6 October – 4 December


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 only – fruit, vegetable & local food products
  • No other food stalls – BBQ, tuckshop etc.
  • Social distancing to include gaps between stalls (all outdoors)

The running of the markets will be reviewed weekly until further notice.


No volunteers required

Due to the temporary closure of the Shalom Markets Food Stalls we DO NOT NEED volunteers for the Markets Tuckshop or BBQ, if you have any queries please contact Leanne via email –

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