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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

8 March 2021

Principal’s Reflection

Today is ‘International Women’s Day’. It is a great opportunity to remind our girls to ‘find their voice’ and to demand respect. Like everyone else, I have been appalled to read about the incidences of historical sexual abuse that have been brought to our attention over the last few weeks. Lots has been written about the ‘toxic culture’ that is believed to have been evident in our Federal Parliament House. I suspect though, that there might be a lot of workplaces around Australia where things might not be very different. Lots of questions need to be answered around this issue but one of the big ones is, ‘What is stopping girls from speaking out, immediately, when something bad happens?’. I’ve certainly sat with girls in this situation and I’ve heard things like, “I didn’t want to make a fuss,’ and, ‘I didn’t want to become a bigger target’, and ‘at the time, I didn’t think it was such a big deal’. Our girls need to know that they will be supported when they speak up. They need to be convinced that someone they trust and, in a position of power, has their back. We need to convince them that it is perfectly OK not to accept poor behavior from anyone. Our boys and our girls need to demand to only involve themselves in relationships that are genuinely respectful.

In Saturday’s Courier Mail, there were very challenging articles for any of us involved in education. A young woman in Sydney, Chanel Cantos, started an on-line petition asking other young woman to urge schools to better teach the concept of ‘Consent’ in regard to sexuality and to share their personal stories of violations of ‘consent’. This has gone viral. The Courier Mail singled out a few Boys’ schools in particular. My old school, St Laurence’s College copped it as well as another school in which I loved working, Gregory Terrace, along with Churchie and BBC. I think every other Principal in Queensland, like me, thought, ‘there, but for the Grace of God, go I!’ Poor sexual behaviour from young men is not confined to single sex schools. It is widespread. Girls should never accept or tolerate such behaviour – nor should boys.

Boys have a responsibility to do better and girls need to make good decisions in this area as well. As Rugby League coach, Wayne Bennett once said, ‘nothing much good happens after midnight!’ One young lady I saw interviewed over the weekend spoke about her awful experience, as a school girl, of rape by a young man from an elite boys’ school. She admitted to hosting a party at her house when her parents were out of town and that she was very drunk by the time guests arrived. She was sexually assaulted while intoxicated and, if confronted, I’m sure that the young man might claim that it was a consensual encounter. No consent can be given if one party is intoxicated. That young woman, despite making some poor choices, did not desire nor deserve what happened to her. That needs to be very clear and all young people need to take their own safety very seriously.

Psychologist, Michael Carr-Gregg, has done a number of excellent videos for SchoolTV and these can be accessed from our website. Can I strongly recommend to you that you look at the one just released on ‘Consent’ and discuss this with your children. The petition launched by Chanel Cantos calls on schools to do more on explaining, early, to our students, just what ‘Consent’ entails – and we should. But, parents, you are the first educators of your children. This discussion should be had by you as you discuss the issues around sexuality with your daughters and your sons. Schools need to back you up on this but, primarily, this is your responsibility and obligation. To sit together and spend 8 minutes watching Michael Carr-Gregg’s video is a great start to this conversation.

Year 7 Enrolments 2022 – We have our Open Day on Friday 12 March from 9:15am -11:30am and enrolments must be submitted by 19 April. If you have a child in Year 6 now or you know someone who does and might be interested in securing them a place at Shalom, please take note of these dates. I make this clear every year but it still gets missed – if you already have a child at Shalom, you do not automatically have a place for one wanting to come into the College next year. The application must be received by 19 April to be considered for next year.

Catholic Schools Race Day is on this Saturday and promises to be another great event. We are enormously indebted to Mr Peter O’Beirne who is now a past parent of Shalom and St Mary’s for his continued enthusiasm in leading the team organising the event.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to the five families who responded to my plea for assistance with Bingo on Wednesday nights. I am very grateful.

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)



Bundy High

(in front of 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




Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles


Term 1 tutoring has begun, please refer to the updated tutoring timetable below.

Head Lice Alert

Head lice are a very common problem and not a sign of poor hygiene. They have no preference for hair colour, hair type or age. We have had a number of cases reported from the younger students and are requesting that all parents check their children and other family members for head lice regularly to help break the breeding cycle.

Qld Health advises that the most effective way to detect head lice is by using the hair conditioner and combing method. This method along with other treatment advice can be found on the Qld Health website at the link below:

As well as following the treatment recommendations on the Qld health website, children should also be advised to

  • Avoid head to head contact.
  • Keep long hair tied back or in plaits.
  • Do not share brushes, combs or pillows.

Thank you for your co-operation and action. It is very much appreciated.

Mrs Kim O’Shea-Hard
Assistant Principal – Staff


Thank you for supporting Shalom’s assessment policy by providing evidence when a student is absent for a scheduled exam due to illness or misadventure. This information is contained in the Student Record Book (Page 21). Please note the required evidence is:

Year 7 & 8 – note written in record book

Year 9 & 10 – medical certificate or statutory declaration (this can be witnessed at the College by our teaching/office staff)

Year 11 & 12 – medical certificate or professional report. In order to be considered for an illness or misadventure (AARA) application the documentation must be submitted by parents to Mrs Ivers (Senior School Coordinator)

Middle School

Year 7 and Year 9 students will sit the NAPLAN tests in May this year. More information will be conveyed via the newsletter in coming weeks.

Senior School

Last week the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) released the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) Report. This document provides an overview of the calculations of the Queensland ATAR for the 2020 Year 12 student cohort. This report can be found on the QTAC website in the publications area.

Mrs Gail Norris
Assistant Principal – Curriculum

Religious Education Curriculum Years 7 to 10

Religious Education curriculum throughout the Rockhampton Diocese has undergone significant changes in recent months. This means that students and staff in Years 7 to 10 at Shalom are now working on the new program.

Religious Education is a formal learning area that is taught and assessed like all other subjects. The Religious Education Policy (Catholic Education Diocese of Rockhampton) states that “The Religious Education curriculum enables students to engage with the Catholic Christian tradition in the context of their personal experiences and contemporary culture, so they are critical and effective participants in their own faith communities and in society”. We aim to have classrooms of dialogue where students have the opportunity to make authentic meaning.

Each year level has an overarching theme that provides a context for deep learning to occur. The themes for each Year level are as follows:

Year 7

The ways in which believers live their faith

Year 8

The relationship between God and God’s People

Year 9

Faith in the lives of believers

Year 10

The mystery of God - named, encountered and better understood in today’s world

If you have any questions about the teaching or learning of Religious Education at the College, please contact your student’s class teacher or myself.

The Religious Education Policy can be located here.

Mrs Sandra Freeman
Learning Area Coordinator Religion

Finance Office

A reminder to families that annual fees are due for payment on 10 March 2021 unless a payment schedule or plan is currently in place and has commenced in order to have all fees paid either by the end of September 2021 for families with a Year 12 student only or by the end of November 2021 for families with Year 7-11 students also.

A copy of the fee statement is available through Parent Lounge.

Should you have any queries or require assistance with setting up a new payment plan or reviewing your existing payment plan, please phone the Finance Office on 4155 8179 or email .

Mrs Lisa Castro
Finance Officer

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Commencement Mass

Year 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from colleges across the Diocese gathered in Rockhampton last week for a two-day program consisting of leadership and career focused workshops, a formal dinner and their Year 12 Commencement Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael McCarthy at St Joseph’s Cathedral. Shalom College, St Brendan’s, St Ursula’s, Marist College, St Patrick’s, Emmaus, Chanel, The Cathedral College, and Holy Spirit were all represented. The gathering provided an opportunity for the students to come together, be inspired, and feel a sense of pride of their cultural identity. Shalom College had four students attend, and they all represented Shalom with exemplary behaviour and participation throughout the two days in Rockhampton.

Ms Kelli Blair
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Education Liaison Officer

Year 7 2022 Open Day

FRIDAY, 12 MARCH 2021 9:15am-11:30am

For prospective parents and students for 2022 enrolments.

The College Principal Mr Dan McMahon will introduce the morning, then you will receive a personalised tour of the school from Shalom College’s Year 10 students.

All students will receive a complimentary goodie bag on arrival. The morning will conclude with a sausage sizzle for all guests.

RSVP is not required to attend the Open Day. Attendees must sign in on the day via QR code/paper form (COVID19 protocols).

Please arrive at 9:15am for a 9:30am start at the Shalom College Performing Arts Precinct.

Students and Parents welcome!

Year 7 2022 Applications Close MONDAY, 19 APRIL 2021

All applications receive an interview

May - June 2021 - Appointments for interviews allocated & interviews commence

By 31 July 2021 - Notification sent to advise of acceptance outcome

Online Enrolment Form:


For more details go to the link below:

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

Please note the change below that are is incorrect in the printed calendars;

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)

Shalom College P&F AGM

All parents, carers and guardians are welcome to attended Shalom College P&F AGM on Tuesday 9 March at 6pm. The meeting will take place at the Shalom College Staffroom – see map below.


Shalom College P&F
Secretary - Nicole Heinz

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 pairs to a pack $21.

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 the 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 – Tuesday 9 March
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


Welcome to the Registration Form for those who would like to march on Anzac Day with our Shalom College Community.

Regarding ANZAC DAY – Sunday, April 25.

We are inviting interested Shalom Staff / Students / Parents and Friends to participate with Shalom College at the Bargara Service and/or Bundaberg Civic Service for Anzac Day.

Anzac Day is the solemn day of remembrance of those Australian and New Zealand Army Corps soldiers who have fought and died for their country, and is marked annually on the anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign of the First World War.

ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day is the anniversary of the landing of troops from Australia and New Zealand on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, in World War I on April 25, 1915. Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day on which we remember all Australians who served and died in war and on operational service, past and present.

Students, as you will be representing the College, it is important to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Formal uniform with polished shoes
  • Formal hat (borrow or purchase new one, if yours is not in good condition)
  • NO chewing gum
  • Sleepers or studs ONLY
  • Bottled water (It is often a very hot day.)
  • Apply sunscreen before marching

There are two opportunities to march on ANZAC DAY

(Students may attend one or both services)

  1. Bargara Dawn Service (roll call at 5:00 am)
  2. Bundaberg Civic Service (roll call at 8:00 am)

Staff, Parents and Friends, if you plan on marching with Shalom College, please meet at the designated time and place and please wear corporate attire, of a similar standard to students.

If you are marching at Bargara, please meet at 5:00 am at Bargara Service Station and report to Mr Robinson for roll marking.

If you are marching in Bundaberg, please meet outside Indulge Cafe (outdoor tables) (near Target) at 8:00 am and report to Mr Robinson for roll marking.

At the conclusion of the ceremonies, students will be dismissed from the memorial site. Please arrange to collect your student from there.

Your attendance is much appreciated.

Please complete the google form below to register.

More details will be emailed to ones who register as they become available.


Last week we emailed the Year 12 cohort with the question ‘What do you need?’ This question was an open invitation for Year 12’s to gain information that they might need to transition into their pathway at the end of this year. We would like to pose the same question again with the addition of just a couple of others to students and parents. We ask that you please complete the very brief survey below so we can deliver what it is that you need.

Take the survey here:

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

Quiet Achiever

Mikayla Soppa

Year 11 Student Mikayla Soppa is a fantastic role model for her peers. Always positive, smiling and supportive, it is when very few people are watching that Mikayla shows her integrity. She regularly supports fellow students, while volunteering to participate in all House activities. With a great sense of humour, compassionate nature and resilience, Mikayla continues to quietly impress across the House.

Mr Aaron Brown
Chisholm House Coordinator

Layering our Learning

The year seven cohort had the opportunity on Tuesday to become archaeologists with a hands-on activity to discover excavation and stratigraphy. In teams and using their 21st-century skills of communication, collaboration and critical thinking, students needed to excavate chocolate chips from a cookie with only a toothpick. While some students could pick the chocolate chips out with ease, others destroyed their biscuits in order to extract the chips. Many could verbalise the difficulties they encountered while completing this task, and discussions were held around how archaeologists need to excavate areas to preserve the clues left behind carefully. The second activity involved the year seven students exploring their understanding of the stratigraphy and how layers underneath the earth can contain a wealth of knowledge on previous civilisations and habitat places.

Using various ingredients and circumstances that affected their land (represented in bread), students built up levels of strata and examined the materials found in each layer and their relationship to each other. This knowledge led to how archaeologists can determine what artefacts and civilisations are older or younger due to the level they are found underground.

By slicing our strata, students viewed levels and tried to pull apart the strata without disturbing artefacts that provided evidence of our past. Overall, students enjoyed this activity and vegemite remains were found on various teachers and students throughout the day.

Mrs Justine Blinco

Read Write Wonder

A place for English teachers to respond to texts they have encountered during the previous week.

Staff member: Jo Thomson
Text: The Things That Will Not Stand
Text type: Novel (teenage fiction, short-listed for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards)

It’s often hard to select a class novel that will appeal to twenty-five students. There are a few things that drew me to Michael Gerard Bauer’s novel.

The main protagonists are year eleven students attending a university Open Day. Sebastian has a quirky sense of humour and is believable with his awkward, self-deprecating thoughts. We immediately warm to him. Frida, who is his antithesis with her partly shaved head and an ear “almost hidden under a load of metal piercings,” shows spunk and wit. From the outset, we sense some chemistry.

The conversations are realistic, complete with colourful language and clever puns. As a teacher of a room full of fifteen-year-old critics, ready to send messages through body language at the slightest hint of boredom, I am relieved to hear involuntary chuckles in all the right places!

There is wonderful intertextuality right from the start when Sebastian describes Frida as the half-Frozen girl and dubs her Elsa. The intertextuality ranges from film genre with references to Casablanca and The Big Lebowski to great literary cannon with War and Peace. The mere mention of these texts is an education.

Every chapter details a different event at the Open Day. Even a brief interlude in the cafeteria provides humour. But the novel is not just a superficial recount. As the protagonists learn more about each other, the reader begins to suspect that there is an underlying story that they are keeping from one another.

The title refers to things that cannot go unchallenged, and while humorously, it alludes to verbal pranks, more importantly it refers to things that must be addressed. And it is here that we witness Sebastian and his best friend, Tolly as unsung heroes. The novel delivers an important message about needing to have the courage to right wrongs.

So far, the students are keen to keep reading so I’m pleased with my choice.

Ms Louise Hume
English Learning Area Coordinator

Absolutely Everybody Sing!

The Shalom College Choir is off to a wonderful start this year, with over 50 singers in the group! This is a considerable increase from previous years and we look forward to continuing to grow that number. Students are currently working towards a very exciting project called ‘Absolutely Everybody’, where choirs from all over Australia are learning the hit song by Vanessa Amorosi in preparation to travel to Brisbane in May to film a music video at River Stage. The project is headed by Queensland Music Festival and aims to build Australia’s largest vocal ensemble! We are so excited to be a part of this project and look forward to a great trip that is sure to be an amazing experience and lots of fun! In addition to this, the choir will continue to work towards events and competitions. The aim for the Shalom Choir this year is for students to find the joy in singing, make new friends and enjoy learning fun, modern songs! If you love singing and want to join the Choir, we rehearse on Monday mornings at 7.30am in the music room in the PAP. New members are always welcome, so come and join us for a sing!

Mrs Natalie Sweetapple
Instrumental Music Teacher – Vocal

BDSSS Swimming Carnival 2021

Our Shalom Team has taken out the BDSSS Swimming Championship at last week’s carnival for the 4th year in a row!!

Well done to all our swimmers including our 8 Age Champions!!!

Age Champions

13 Years - Kasey Krueger and Max O’Brien
14 Years - Georgie Stephenson and Samuel Brosnan
15 Years - Kobi Holden
16 Years - Bailey Grigg
17 Years- Jaime Krueger and Joshua Booth

Thanks to our Swim Team Sponsors Olsens Corner FoodWorks and Duffy's City Buses with each student receiving a complimentary Shalom Swim Team shirt!

Mr Peter Robinson
High Performance Program
After School Activities

Bundaberg Basketball Selection

These Students have gained selection in the U12 Bundaberg Basketball team. Congratulations Boys!

Kai Todd, Zephyr Suosaari, Kai Belford, Tye Critchlow and Lukkah Blogg-Redgard

Summer Interschool Sport


Shalom Red recorded their first win in the BDSSS Year 7-8 Cricket competition with a 96-run victory over Bundaberg Christian College. Batting first, BCC scored 5-51, with opener Thomas Elphinstone claiming wickets in successive balls in his first over in figures of 2-1 from his two overs. Finn Heads, Jack Bigg and Phynn Boase were Shalom’s other wicket-takers. In reply, Shalom amassed 2-147, with captain and opener Lenny Henry blasting 52 from just 19 balls, and James Cocking, Charlie Steele, Ben Wilkinson and Finn Heads all also retiring after scoring 13 each.

Mr Simon Gills
Cricket Coordinator


Week 3 of Summer Sport tennis once again showed a great mix of skill and sportsmanship.

In Division 1, the Shalom Red team of Lachlan Campbell and Poppy Loeskow continued their winning ways defeating the Shalom Red team of Katie Maher and Harrison Keightly 16-9. Shalom Black, represented by Zain Ali, Laurin Roser and Emily Downs had a tight struggle with St Luke’s team before eventually losing 16-14. Every match was a close tussle and the result came right down to a mere few points.

In Division 2, the Shalom Black team of Jacob O’Brien, William Cole-Bloore and the Haase brothers, Liam and Hamish showed some talent before eventually losing to BCC Grey 15-11 – another closely fought encounter. The Shalom Red team of Lara Bemet, Chanel Gordon and Kaidyn Belford defeated St Luke’s 2 by an impressive margin of 13-5.

With the season halfway through, the Shalom teams are looking well-placed to represent strongly on Finals Day, but more importantly, the players are showing great sportsmanship and enjoying themselves thoroughly.

Mr Brendan Maher
Shalom Tennis Convenor

Touch Football





7/8 Girls- Red

Gin Gin State High

Won 5-2

Bree Royan

7/8 Girls- White

Shalom Black

Won 6-0

Alexandra Churchill

7/8 Girls- Black

Shalom White

Lost 6-0

Lily Allen

7/8 Boys- Red


Won 11-2

Jesse McArdle

7/8 Boys- White

Shalom Black

Won 4-2

Edmund Dyer

7/8 Boys- Black

Shalom White

Lost 4-2

Riley Coward

9/10 Girls- Red


Won 10-0

Billee-Jae Dingle

9/10 Boys- Red


Won 8-1

Blake Powter

9/10 Boys- Black


Won 5-0

Joseph Doyle and Benny Medley

11/12 Girls- Opens


Won 9-0

Hannah Leggett

11/12 Boys- Opens


Won 8-2

Jakob Wardlaw

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!



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 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 14 March

Shalom Rugby League

Neil Feather

Sunday 21 March

Shalom Rowing

Gretta Waters

Sunday 28 March

Shalom Netball

Melinda Pearson

Shalom Markets closed ANZAC Day

Community Notice Board

Youth Support


Link to Survey below

Find Out More below

The Catholic Parish of Bundaberg

Current Parish Bulletin

Curent Roster (Term 1, 2021)

6/7th March 2021
3rd Sunday of Lent

FOCUS by: Anne Sheehan Liturgy, Sacramental, RCIA Co-ord


During this last year, many of us have not been able to participate fully in the sacramental life of the Church, and that has been a source of grief. As we emerge from the pandemic crisis, we can see signs of the sacramental life of the parish returning.

Baptism is our first entry into the life of the Church and since July last year we have welcomed 45 infants and young children into God’s family through baptism. At this stage we celebrate baptisms outside of Mass on two Sundays of the month but are looking forward to the day when we can welcome them during Mass as well.

The children who were preparing for the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist are now back on track and are looking forward to their celebrations in April. Covid regulations have necessitated that we set aside three nights for the combined celebrations, 27, 28, & 29th April, with Bishop Michael in attendance. This group began their preparation in October, 2019. Imagine their excitement.

Christian Initiation of Adults, those to be baptised, confirmed, and receive holy communion during the Easter season, was put on hold too. Although the celebrations of the Easter sacraments and reception into the Church were finally held in October and November, this particular sacramental journey does not end. We are an initiating community, that is, we welcome new members at all times of the year, new-born, young or older, pandemic or none. This Easter Vigil we welcome three young people through the Easter sacraments.

The sacrament of marriage continues to be celebrated, although with reduced numbers in attendance. In fact, the first wedding held here in Covid times happened on the first weekend after shutdown. The bride and groom have a story to tell their children!

The sacraments of Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick, have continued to be celebrated although, again, with regulations attached. Our priests now travel with cotton bud tips as well as a stole and holy oil, and God’s mercy and forgiveness is felt on the front verandah of the Atrium.

The loss of the Eucharist, the sacrament par excellence, caused most grief to most people. Now, although numbers attending are still restricted according to the size of the church, we can gather with our faithful friends and family each Sunday. Ministers of Communion to the Sick have recently been able to return to their ministry with joy too.

As Christians we believe that the most perfect experience of love can be found from and in God. The sacra-ments of the Church bring the reality of God to each of us in faith. Without them we are heart broken. Let us pray that regulations will soon be lifted for all places of worship so that the sacramental and liturgical life of the parish can return to “normal”. Imagine Easter!

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