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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

15 February 2021

Principal’s Reflection

Bullying happens at Shalom. Actually, anywhere where people interact. Regrettably, it is a part of life that some will try to exert unfair power of others. Following the recent visit to Shalom by Mr John Coutis, who spoke to all of our Year 7s, 8s, 9s & 10s, I spoke to the students on Assembly last week about these issues. John, amongst other things, spoke to the students very powerfully about a number of issues. He shared with them his story being at school and how, as very physically disadvantaged, some of his peers took merciless advantage of him. There are a few vital ingredients for any of us dealing with bullying. The first, as John stressed, is to be resilient and to have the capacity for a robust sense of self and humour. At Assembly, I stressed a few vital steps –

  1. Be clear with those who are bullies that you don’t appreciate their behaviour eg ‘mate, I don’t think that’s funny anymore, give it a rest’.
  2. If the behaviour continues, tell someone appropriate. At Shalom, that is clearly, one of the following
    a. House Coordinator
    b. Mrs Austin-Campbell
    c. Mr Robinson
    d. Mr McMahon
  3. If, after one of the above has addressed this issue and it hasn’t resolved, tell me.

Whilst we will experience some bullying at Shalom, years of experience tells me that we can deal with it very effectively as long as it is reported promptly to the right person. Again, long experience tells me that the following are major impediments to dealing with bullies –

  • Students, and parents, who say really silly things like, “If I say something, it will make the issue worse.” Bullies just love this. It is their greatest protection.
  • Letting things build up for months before blowing up and reporting the issue.
  • Reacting in like manner to the bully.
  • Not being prepared to report a second or third time if necessary.

Bullying is different from one off poor behaviour. Bullying is repetitious and continual. It is a pattern of behaviour. It is not acceptable and we will work very hard at Shalom to deal promptly and effectively. Addressing behaviour like this is part of our mandate as a Catholic school. Jesus was really clear that his expectation of all was to treat one another respectfully. That is very much a part of our ethos at Shalom. We need parents to work with us on this. Teach your child to be resilient. Teach your child to have a sense of humour. Teach your child never to put up with inappropriate conduct from others and to have a voice to deal with that. Do not encourage them to say, ‘it will only make it worse if I say something’.

Congratulations to Dux of the College Harry Packwood. We were pleased to welcome back Harry and his parents to present the CQU Dux of the College Award at Assembly on Thursday. The presentation was made by Dr. Michelle Avila Vanderburg from CQU. Harry, as one of our School Captains last year, made a wonderful contribution to this community and also excelled at his studies. He is off to Queensland University and St Leo’s College to continue his studies in 2021.

The Paradise Dam will, according to Sunwater, probably run dry by the middle of the year unless we get significant rainfall. This would be disastrous for our community if that happened. So much of the resource of this region is linked to agriculture. So many families and businesses, like Shalom, benefit from the ‘downstream’ effect of agriculture. I hope you could take a moment to read the letter linked below.

Ash Wednesday is celebrated this week. Ash Wednesday is the start of Lent in our Catholic tradition. Each House will celebrate a liturgy to mark this day. Additionally, in our Catholic tradition, both Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. No meat products will be sold from our Canteen on these days.

The Catholic Schools Race Day is on again this year on Saturday 13 March. It is always a great day. Tickets are now on sale.

P&F Donation – very grateful to the Shalom Parents & Friends for their donation of $82,000 to cover the cost of all the Audio Visual equipment that has been installed in the new Waterford building.

Traffic at Shalom is always busy before and after school. Please be patient with each other and our many P Plate drivers. Alternate entry to lanes is very beneficial for all. In the afternoon, the only place to collect students is the pick up and drop off zones in each carpark. Please do not park on the other side of Br Hogan Drive to collect students. It is too dangerous having students cross that road unsupervised.

Tired of queuing in Shalom Carparks? One solution is greater use of the bus services. Quite a number of buses offer a short trip to another venue where traffic is much lighter. The following list are services provide by Duffy’s buses.

Morning Services to Shalom –

Pick Up Point

Bus Number


St Mary’s



St Mary’s



St Patrick’s

(George St)



Bundy High

(opp school – M’borough St)



Woongarra St

(Catholic Church)



Afternoon Services from Shalom –

Drop Off Point

Bus Number


St Mary’s



St Mary’s



St Patrick’s



St Patrick’s



Bundy High

(outside school)



Bundy High



Bundy High



Bundy High



Woongarra St


41 + 5 + 51


Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles

Year 12 Exam Block 22 – 24 February

There will be an Exam Block in Week 5 of Term 1 (22/2/21 – 24/2/21) for Year 12 students. The Exam Timetable is attached. Year 12 students need only attend school for the exams they are scheduled for. Full school uniform and normal behaviour expectations are required when students enter the school during this time.

During the Exam Block, students not involved in exams are expected to be involved in home study. Students who are behind in their schoolwork may also be required to attend school to complete outstanding work. If this is required, these arrangements will be communicated by individual class teachers.

We wish our students all the best with their studies.

Mr Brendan Maher
Assistant Principal – Administration


Ash Wednesday

This Wednesday is an important day in the Catholic Church’s calendar – Ash Wednesday. It marks the start of Lent. On Ash Wednesday we stop to reflect on our lives and bring to mind things we have done that may have hurt others. The signing on the forehead with ash represents that we are aware we are not perfect, we have areas in our lives that we can do better, especially in relation to how we interact with others. This symbolic action comes from the tradition of years ago when sinners were banished from their cities and towns and had to wear sack cloth and mark their foreheads with ash. When they had repentant they were allowed to re-join the community.

Each House will hold a simple Ash Wednesday Liturgy during House Assembly time. There is Mass at 8am in the Chapel – all are welcome.

This year our theme is to “Aspire not to have more, but to be more.” Saint Oscar Romero

Here is a prayer for the season.

God of all peoples and nations,
As you accompany us on our Lenten journey,
May our fasting strengthen our commitment to live in solidarity,
Our almsgiving be and act of justice, and
Our prayers anchor us in love and compassion.
Through living simply and living generously,
May we care for our global family
And our common home, as we
“Aspire not to have more, but to be more.”
We ask this in Jesus’ name.

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.

2021 College Calendar

The 2021 College Calendar has been handed out to one student per family (youngest sibling). Please note the two change below that are incorrect in the printed calendars;

Swimming Carnival

  • Tuesday 16 February is the Inter-House Swimming Carnival.

Year 10 Immunisation Date Change

  • Old date (cancelled) 19 April (Day 1 Week 1 Term 2)
  • New date (add to your calendar) 12 July (Day 1 Week 1 Term 3)

Boys Formal Socks

Boys formal socks are now a compulsory part of the College Uniform. These socks are available now at the Uniform Shop, 2 pair to a pack $21.

School Photo Catch Up Day – Wednesday 17 February – Very Important Information

Students that did not have a photo taken on Tuesday, 9 February, will need to have a photo taken on Wednesday 17 February. This photo is required to produce the 2021 Student ID, as well as ordering of School photos should you wish to do so.

These students should go directly to the Foyer of the Performing Arts Precinct any time from 8:15am or at the beginning of Period 1. Students should advise their Period 1 teacher if leaving class or sign in at Student reception if late for class.

The Year 8 students that were at camp will proceed to photos as a class group and do not need to attend before school.

All students need to wear the Full formal uniform including the school tie.

Envelopes containing cash payments can be handed in to Student reception up until 16 February. The online ordering option will not require the return of the envelope after photo day, online orders can be placed until 27 February (10 days after catch up photo day). Once the online option has closed, you may order photos by phoning Academy Photography directly on 1800 816 224, a late fee of $20.00 applies if photos have already been dispatched to the school.

2021 Immunisation program for Year 7 and Year 10

Shalom College is participating in Queensland Health’s annual School Immunisations Program. All Year 7 and Year 10 students will be offered free vaccinations as recommended on the National Immunisation Program to protect against vaccine preventable diseases. In 2021, Year 7 students will be offered human papillomavirus (HPV) and diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination. Year 10 students will be offered meningococcal ACWY vaccination.

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

The consent cards have now been distributed to all our current Year 7 students via House Coordinators/PC Teachers. Participating students are required to return the completed forms by Friday 5 February, any late forms will need to be returned to Ozcare directly. Only students with a signed and completed consent card, indicating ‘Yes to Vaccination’ will be vaccinated.

Shalom College 2021 Clinic dates

Round 1 - Year 7 HPV1 & Year 7 dTpa – Monday 8 March and Tuesday 9 March

(note, due to the large number of students this clinic is over two days)

Round 1 - Year 10 Meningococcal ACWY – Monday 12 July (moved from 19 April) Consent forms will be distributed closer to date.

Round 2 - Year 7 HPV2 and Year 10 Catch up – Monday 18 October and Tuesday 19 October

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

Missed Vaccinations

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

Year 7 students from 2020 still requiring vaccinations will be contacted by Ozcare and offered an appointment at a Catch-Up clinic to be held at Ozcare, 73 Woongarra Street on Wednesday 5 May 2021.

Year 10 students from 2020 still requiring vaccinations will be offered an appointment at a Catch- Up Clinic to be held at Ozcare on Thursday 6 May 2021.

For further information about the School Immunisation Program please call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or visit the link below:

The Public Health Act 2005 requires the school principal to disclose student and parent, legal guardian or authorised person information for eligible year 7 and 10 to the immunisation provider if requested.

2021 Student Residential Address and Other Information Collection

Student residential addresses are collected annually by the Australian Government and used to inform school funding calculations.

The Government has announced that the 2021 Student Residential Address and Other Information Collection will open on Monday, 15 February 2021 and will close on Friday, 12 March 2021.

Please find attached the 2021 Student Residential Address and Other Information collection notice distributed by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment. This data is routinely used to inform Commonwealth school education policy, and to help ensure that Commonwealth funding arrangements for non-government schools are based on need, and are fair and transparent.

Could you please ensure that your address and contact details are up-to-date through the Parent Details tab in Parent Lounge to ensure accurate collection of this data?

Mr Brendan Maher
Assistant Principal – Administration


Virtual Sessions in Screen and Media

Queensland based company, Essential Screen Skills, trains and assists people in achieving their screen and media career goals to work in the ever expanding and thriving Screen and Media Industry.

Essential Screen Skills have some excellent virtual sessions lined up covering great content for students to start thinking about NOW in preparation for the end of the year and beyond!

Sessions below will be run on Saturday, 20 February. Click on the link below to go to the registration page where you can book in for one or multiple sessions. Bulk discounts apply for booking all 3 sessions. Shalom students are also entitled to a discount – use the code shallom-student when checking out.

Register now! For further details go to the link below:

Dreaming of Becoming an Entrepreneur?

If you love the idea of immersing yourself in the business world, making a name for yourself and climbing your way to the top, then there’s a very good chance you could be the next Wolf of Wall Street or an entrepreneur in the making. The guys from Year 13 ( have linked up with some inspirational people to bring you a couple of great short videos to watch.

Janine Ellis, self-made business woman, founder of Boost Juice and mentor from the TV show Shark Tank -

Xin Ge, the Global Chief Technology and Risk Officer at one of Australia’s most famous tech companies, Afterpay -

Year 13 can also answer any questions you have about Business & Entrepreneurship and get back to you with the answers. Jump on the link and send through your question.

Date Claimer - Defence Careers Information Session

Are you considering a career with the Navy, Army or Air Force? A defence careers information session will be held on Monday 29 March from 6.00pm – 8.00pm at the Bundaberg Multiplex, 1 Civic Avenue. This session will help you to learn more about the various roles available and chat to defence personnel to find out first-hand knowledge. Reserve your seat here so you don’t miss out:

Thinking of Applying for Medicine or Dentistry in 2022?

Students wishing to apply for medicine or dentistry at many universities in Australia in 2022 will need to do the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT).

The UCAT is a two-hour computer-based test consisting of multiple choice questions. Students are required to complete an online registration to book the test. UCAT testing will be held between 1 July and 11 August 2021. There are detailed and easy to follow instructions on the UCAT site, which also has extensive instructions to candidates who have special needs.

MedEntry is a government-accredited Registered Training Organisation specialising in UCAT preparation and offers courses and online practice exams which simulate the UCAT. For more information visit the link below:

Applications for the UCAT open on 1 March and close on 17 May. You can find information on the University Clinical Aptitude Test here

Please note that some pathways to medicine / dentistry / clinical sciences will not require the UCAT. For some applicants a different test may be required. For details candidates should refer to the websites of the universities to which they intend to apply.

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

Japanese Department

Welcome to Week 3 minasan! Japanese students have started their term off with great confidence and fun for learning. For parents I would like to take this opportunity to offer some information in regard to homework in Year 7 and 8 Japanese. Students in these year levels are expected to complete 10 minutes of Japanese homework, tasks vary from online quizzes that will be posted on the Sia class page or other tasks that are aimed at consolidating work completed during the lesson. Mrs Anderson and I will keep track and there is the expectation that the students contact the class teacher if there is a problem.

Mrs Anderson and I are also looking forward to incorporating the Catholic Social Teachings into our programs, using them within the context of our class work and even setting some fun challenges along the way.

In my last newsletter article I spoke of the festival in Japan called Setsubun and I promised some photo’s of students with their Setsubun origami. The Year 7 students were so focused during this task and came up with unique Setsubun themed bookmarks for their Japanese books. This leads to the culture corner section of the newsletter this week. Year 8 students will be completing some cultural lessons in regard to the Hinamatsuri which is one of my favourite festivals and traditions.

Culture Corner

During my last visit to japan in 2020, just before covid struck I was living in Matsudo, a town approximately 45 minutes form Tokyo via train. And frequented by many Sumo. While wandering the streets I came across a traditional Hina Doll shop. I wandered in and was in awe of the delicate little dolls that cost a fortune. Some in there were AUD thousands. Hinamatsuri, also called Doll's Day or Girls' Day, is a special day in Japan. Celebrated on 3 March of each year, platforms covered with a red carpet-material are used to display a set of ornamental dolls representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period. This tradition dates back centuries and the tradition is alive and well, something I so admire about the Japanese and the culture. Keep an eye out in the coming weeks as Mrs Anderson and myself along with the Year 8’s create our own “AUSSIE” style Hinamatsuri Doll stands.

Mrs Simone Wilson
Japanese Learning Area Coordinator

Protect the P Plater

Calling all Shalomie parents!

The Shalom Year 12 health class is currently implementing a ‘Protect the P Plater’ program to ensure the safety of our P plate drivers at Shalom College and the wider Bundaberg community. Research shows that the risk of being in a road accident jumps drastically when Learner drivers become red P-plate drivers, a jump to 30 times more likely (Road Safety Australia , 2020). Inexperienced drivers are one of the most at risk road users in our community, and there are simple things parents can do to help reduce this risk. According to the Queensland Department of Transport (2019), 80% of learner drivers quickly develop unsafe driving habits by copying the actions/habits of their mentors. With this in mind, we are encouraging parents to participate in our “Protect the P-Plater” road safety campaign.

Step 1 – Log on to and complete the Mentor training course to ensure you provide your P-Plater with the best supervision possible.

Step 2 – Role model safe driving behavior’s EVERY time you drive – we create norms of acceptable behavior by our everyday actions. If you speed, young passengers who witness that happening with no negative consequences, will be more likely to drive like that too. The same goes for using phones when driving, driving tired, etc.

Step 3 - And lastly, all work with no play is no fun, so we challenge you to download the SAFE 2 SAVE App and participate in our 21-Day Challenge. P-Plate Drivers verses Open Licensed Drivers; Shalomie Parents verses Senior Shalomie Students!!! Besides grand bragging rights, local businesses have donated prizes (Supercheap Auto, Autobarn, GYG, TJM) and everyone who contributes to the winning teams score automatically goes in the draw for a prize.

Supercheap Prize

Autobarn Prize

TJM Prize

The app is free to download and use. Just join PARENT TEAM using the code emailed to you. Use the app every time you drive from Monday 15 February through to Sunday 7 March. Results will be collated after this date and winners announced in Week 7.

Road safety is a community issue – let’s all take part in reducing the risk of accident for our P-plate drivers. Join the “Protect the P-Plater” challenge and remember #ALERT TODAY – ALIVE TOMORROW.

Isabella Layman
Year 12 Health Student

The Great Walsh PC Bake Off!

Last Tuesday, 9 February, Walsh 2 and Walsh 4 started the inaugural "Great PC Bake Off". Both PC’s stepped up to the occasion baking shared morning tea with recipes including; caramel banana bread, delectable cupcakes, strawberry short cake and cob loaf and some other healthy and allergy acceptable options. Quite a number of students are 'spreading the Walsh House cheer and friendship' through this opportunity for casual interaction between PC groups.

Other PC groups From Walsh House also participated in their well organised "Treats Tuesday".

It is great to see so many students interacting with each other during this time and the new students to Walsh House settling in very well with the assistance from their buddy.

Mr Chris Roelofs
Walsh House Coordinator

Sporting Champions

Charlotte signs with the Ruby’s

Charlotte Boge

Athletics Success

Year 12 Student Kharla Hills, dominated the recent 2021 Nordic Sport Central Coast Regional Little Athletics Championships in Bundaberg, breaking carnival records in each of her four victories.

Kharla set new records in the Under-17 Girls 100m (12.66sec), 200m (26.06sec), Long Jump (5.44m), and Triple Jump (11.52).

Kharla Hills

Mr Peter Robinson
High Performance Program
After School Activities

Year 8 Camps 2021

Catholic Schools Race Day

Uniform Shop Opening Hours

MONDAY to THURSDAY - 8:00am – 12:00pm


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

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.

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 21 February

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Brenda/Colby Jay

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Chris Dennien

Jade Law

Maria McMahon

Sunday 28 February

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Craig Warner

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Brendan/Astrid Clancy

Jo Medcalf

John Pappalardo

Vicki Saffioti

Sunday 7 March

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Andrew Lucht

Janelle Test

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Katumaree Nabnili

Sunday 14 March

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Mary Buchanan

Helen/Matthew Mader

Steven Schiffke

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Patricia Rochford

Sunday 21 March

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Mark Morris

Gail/Michael Pimm

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Angela Jackson

Wanita Ellis

Sunday 28 March

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Christine Buwalda-Nicolson

Trish Sellers

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Isobel O’Brien

Nicole Schubel

Markets BBQ Roster

Sunday 21 February

Shalom Netball

Melinda Pearson

Sunday 28 February

Rotary Club of Bundaberg Sunrise

Tony Castro

Sunday 7 March

Moore Park Beach State School P & C

Diane Patterson

Sunday 14 March

Shalom Rugby League

Neil Feather

Sunday 21 March

Shalom Rowing

Gretta Waters

Sunday 28 March

Shalom Netball

Melinda Pearson

Community Notice Board

Youth Support


Link to Survey below

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The Catholic Parish of Bundaberg

Catholic Parish Bulletin

Current Roster (Term 1, 2021)

13/14th February 2021
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

"Aspire not to have more, but to be more."


This Wednesday begins the season of Lent. The ashes we received on Ash Wednesday remind us of our mortality, and symbolise the spirit of penance that marks the Lenten season.

By being marked with ashes, we are recognised as one who has chosen to repent and believe in the Good News. The two-fold focus of Lent is repentance and renewal of our baptismal commitment to Christ, as we journey with those who are preparing for baptism at the Easter Vigil.

That is why in some churches the symbol of the ashes is placed near the baptismal font or at the entrance to churches near the small water fonts.


Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. The law of fasting binds those who have completed their eighteenth year, until the beginning of their sixtieth year; the law of abstinence binds those who have completed their fourteenth year (CCL 97, 1251 - 52).

"Enjoy reading this year's edition of the 'Good News Magazine: 2020 New Vision', a look at the year that was and how we adapted to a new way of doing thins."

Please click on the link to access the digital copy of the magazine.

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Please click on this link, which will take you to the website where you can access information relevant to your situation.

This link will remain in our Newsletter with Triple P sending us regular updates and helpful tips.