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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

22 March 2021

Principal’s Reflection

We celebrated Harmony Day beautifully at Shalom last week. Very appropriately, as we celebrated what a multi-cultural country Australia is, we were welcomed to the event by Aboriginal elder, Narelle Watson and by a wonderful traditional dance by Lani Plath and by Sam Thompson on the Didgeridoo.

Everyone has come to Australia from somewhere – except our Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples. And they are still willing to welcome the rest of us and share this amazing country with them. Harmony Day reminds all of us how important mutual respect and tolerance is. All of us are different and that is fantastic. Last week was also the two year anniversary of the Christchurch massacre. That appalling event, perpetrated by an Australian, powerfully reminds us about how important it is to welcome difference and respect those who come from different cultures and who may worship God and live life differently from us. Tolerance and inclusion are so important. Last week it was reported that the Vatican decided that it was not appropriate to develop a liturgy to celebrate same sex unions. Given all that Pope Francis has said about building a very welcoming and inclusive Church, I was surprised and a little disappointed by that decision. Maybe change just takes a lot longer than many of us would like. As a Catholic, I was heartened to see some Bishops suggest that the Church may not have this ruling quite right. The Archbishop of Brisbane, Mark Coleridge, tweeted last week, “A Church that says we can't ordain women is equally obliged to ask how we might include women in leadership...a Church which says we can't bless same-sex unions is equally obliged to ask how we might include same-sex couples.” Treating all people with respect should be much more common than it is. We all have a role to play in this. Like many, I really enjoyed listening to a School Assembly address by Mason Black, the College Captain of Brisbane Boys College. If you haven’t watched this, it is certainly worth a look.

Autumn Concert – a full house enjoyed a great Concert yesterday in the Performing Arts Theatre. After a year of lock downs and practice and performance by Zoom, it was wonderful to see our Choirs and Bands in full swing again. 180 students performed and it is great to see such strength in our Performing Arts department. We are very fortunate to have such talented and dedicated Music staff at Shalom.

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles



Recently a letter with information about NAPLAN online was emailed to parents of Year 7 and Year 9 students. A copy of that communication is attached here

Year 12 Provisional Marks

All General and General Extension subject results go through “confirmation”, which is a new external state wide quality assurance process implemented by QCAA. While this confirmation process takes place, the result your student achieved on their IA1 assessment is now called a ‘provisional’ mark.

The QCAA confirmation process allows for comparability of the judgement of student assessment responses using Instrument Specific Marking Guides (ISMGs) and the matching of student responses to Syllabus Reporting Standards. Therefore, the submitted ‘provisional’ mark may be adjusted during the confirmation process to reflect comparability across all schools throughout Queensland. The first confirmation event will take place in April with another following in September.

QCAA informs schools when this process is complete, and the College will inform students when their results have been ‘confirmed’. This information will also be published to students via their QCAA Student Portal account.

Mrs Gail Norris
Assistant Principal – Curriculum

Year 7-8 Core Studies Learner Conferences (Parent – Teacher Interviews) – Friday 30 April

Year 7 and 8 Core Studies Learner Conferences (Parent/Teacher Interviews) will be available on Friday 30 April in the Waterford Centre. This is also a student-free day for Year 7 & 8 students only and your child is encouraged to attend the interview also. The aim of these conferences is to provide an opportunity for parents to meet with teachers to discuss the progress and learning needs of their children.

Conferences may be arranged online via Parent Lounge. The online Parent Teacher Interview booking facility will open at 8:00am on Monday 19 April and close at 3:00pm on Tuesday 27 April to allow teachers to prepare for interviews.

Whilst the scheduled interview day is seen as an important communication between home and school, parents are welcome to arrange an interview with specific teachers at any time the need arises throughout the year. Please also remember that detailed information about your child’s progress is available on Parent Lounge under the ‘Curricular Activities Due’ tab. Here you can see the results and teacher feedback on every individual assessment item. This would be advantageous to review before attending the CS Learner Conferences.

Mr Brendan Maher
Assistant Principal – Administration


Year of St Joseph

Last week many of us remembered St Patrick’s Day and wore green or sported a shamrock or two. On Friday was another important feast day, that of St Joseph, the human father of Jesus. This year Pope Francis has proclaimed 2021 a special “Year of St Joseph.” He stated that against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, which, he says, has helped us see more clearly the importance of “ordinary” people who, though far from the limelight, exercise patience and offer hope every day. In this, they resemble Saint Joseph, “the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence,” who nonetheless played “an incomparable role in the history of salvation.”

St Joseph was a beloved father who against expectations welcomed the will of God. His life teaches the value, dignity and joy of work even though he was often in the shadows of his wife and Son. He proved that you don’t have to be the biological father to be a father to a child.

Mrs Mary Taylor
Assistant Principal – Mission

Finance Office

2021 Annual Fees were due and payable on 10 March 2021 unless families have already started a payment plan that will see 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.

If a payment plan has not yet been started, families are requested to please contact the finance office this week on 4155 8179 or email to make arrangements.

Mrs Lisa Castro
Finance Officer

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 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)

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 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. 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 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.

Maths Pathway Info Session

Year 7 Core Studies A teachers will be delivering a Maths Pathways Parent information session for all new families to Shalom in Year 7 and 8 in 2021. During this session the staff will discuss how the program works and afterwards will be available for a brief discussion. Parents are strongly encouraged to bring their student with their College device so that they can view their student’s learning profile.

Location: Waterford Building (Tiered Learning Area)
Date – Tuesday 23 March 2021
Time – 5pm – 6pm

Mr Mitchell Smith
Learning Area Coordinator
Core Studies A

Family Zone – Information Session - Tuesday 23 March 6pm – 7pm

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Shalom College has teamed up with Family Zone to offer parents the ability to filter Internet content on their children’s devices while at home while also providing the school the ability to filter content during school hours.

For New Parents to the College looking for more information on this service and to utilize these features at home please come along to the Family Zone Information Session –

Details for the information evening

Location: Waterford Building (Tiered Learning Area)
Date: Tuesday 23 March 2021
Time: 6pm-6:30pm for a demo and then 6:30-7:00pm for anyone that would like to ask questions/get assistance.

Parents only need to bring a device if they require assistance with it in the 2nd half of the session.

Mrs Stephanie Chadwick
IT Service Desk Manager

Resume Workshop

Year 11 Social and Community Studies Students recently participated in a resume writing workshop. Big thanks to Amber Lutter from Bundaberg Council for organizing the event and Greg Goldsworthy & Mykaela Campanini from Sugarland Vet and Ricky Rochford from Metalcorp for their contributions. Many useful hints and comments were given to students who are on their journey to a world of work.

Mr Brett Parsons


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.


Careers in the Rail Industry

According to the Rail Career Pathways website, there are two main areas of rail: Passenger Transport and Freight Transport. Passenger Transport Rail and light rail (trams) in Australia and New Zealand employs approximately 20,000 people with the specific focus on transporting people. Over the last few years there has been an increase in people using trains and trams due to the increases in the cost of petrol and other costs associated with passenger vehicles such as parking and time spent in traffic jams. Freight Transport Freight transport involves trains carrying heavy loads and sometimes travelling long distances transporting freight. There is increasing pressure for freight to be moved by rail, rather than on the road, due to road transport congestion and safety and environmental concerns. Freight trains regularly transport iron ore and coal. The rail industry employs thousands of people across a very broad range of jobs. Often people only think about train drivers, but there are so many more rail jobs - from accountants to engineers to technicians to timetable officers to graphic designers. The rail industry offers rewarding career opportunities in a variety of disciplines including – Engineering Trades and Construction / Customer Service Business / Corporate / Human Resources Safety and Environment Graduates / Apprenticeships Operations.

To find out more about the network of opportunities available within the Australasian Rail Industry here:

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:

Techstars Startup Weekend Bundaberg

Budding business owners and entrepreneurs will be able to refine their knowledge and skills among some great business minds at the 2021 Techstars Startup Weekend. This event is for aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs, as well as passionate dreamers, problem solvers, techies and creatives. The weekend is open to everyone in the community with university and high-school students also encouraged to get involved. This is for anyone that is looking at creating a business who would like to connect with the right people and the right resources.”

Set over three days, this event allows participants to experience the ‘start-up’ life where they aim to take a business idea pitch and go from concept to creation of a launchable product or service.

Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs.

Techstars Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup. Students can attend at a discounted rate. To find out more and register go to the link below:

Date: 16 – 18 April
Where: The Generator, 155A Bourbong Street, Bundaberg

Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements Program

This information is important for students so that they might self-market to potential employers and also to all the employers that may receive this newsletter.

As of 9 March, 2021, the Federal Government has committed to a $1.2 billion extension of the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements Program. This program will greatly assist the Australian economy and also skill new workers through traineeships and apprenticeships.

What does this mean for employers?

Sign up an apprentice or trainee between 5 October, 2020 to 30 September, 2021

Employers may be eligible to apply for the 50% apprentice/trainee wage subsidy for 12 months

Payments capped at $7000 per quarter

No cap on the number of eligible apprentices/trainees

Find out more

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

Quiet Achiever

Amelia Carter

Year 11 Student Amelia Carter has certainly made an impressive start to 2021 with her enthusiastic approach towards all House and PC activities. Amelia is a friendly and polite student who always walks into the Walsh House block with a friendly smile. Amelia offers her assistance in PC and gets involved in the Walsh House spirit. Amelia is a reliable role model within Walsh, always well presented, friendly and considerate of those around her.

Mr Chris Roelofs
Walsh House Coordinator

Music Department

At Shalom, we have had a proud tradition of excellence in choirs and smaller vocal ensembles, receiving many awards at eisteddfods and festivals both locally and in Brisbane. This year, we have multiple opportunities to sing in a group. No audition or experience is required, just a love of singing! All groups are welcoming new members, particularly the Treble Makers and Senior Vocal Group. Contact the directors for more information or just turn up on the rehearsal day. See below for further details:

Choir - Director: Mrs Natalie Sweetapple
Rehearsal: Monday 7.30am, Music Room

This group is open to all ages and sings a variety of repertoire in 3 or 4 parts. The Choir participates in the Bundaberg Eisteddfod, Queensland Catholic Schools Festival of Music (QCMF), and school concerts, notably the annual Strings and Vocal Concert at the Holy Rosary in October. This year, the Choir is travelling to Brisbane in May to participate in a recording of Absolutely Everybody with other school choirs from around the state.

Treble MakersDirector: Mrs Natalie Sweetapple
Rehearsal: Thursday 7.30am, Music Room

This group is open to students from Years 7-9 and is in its second year. They sing mostly modern repertoire in 2 or 3 parts. The Treble Makers will be performing in school concerts, the Bundaberg Eisteddfod and QCMF. They had their debut performance this year in the Year 12 Induction liturgy.

Senior Vocal GroupDirector: Mrs Rebecca Helbig
Rehearsal: Wednesday 7.30am, Music Room

This group is open to students in Years 10-12. They sing more challenging repertoire in a variety of styles, including jazz, pop, contemporary, and music theatre. They are often called upon to lead school liturgies and perform for other special school events, as well as performing in school concerts, the Bundaberg Eisteddfod and QCMF.

Mrs Rebecca Helbig
Instrumental Music Teacher

Read Write Wonder

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

Staff member: Michael Harman

Language is dangerous.

Our words carry power – immense, earth shattering power.

The power to damage.
The power to admonish.
The power to break hearts.

As we get older, we start to realise that the way different people speak to us has an immense impact on the way we see ourselves.

We can all remember the first time someone’s words hurt, really hurt. They hit like a sledgehammer and take the wind from our diaphragm. A well placed word is a shard of glass which imbeds itself deep in the flesh of the soul, winding its way deeper every time the mental recording is replayed.

However, like anything in life, we learn from our experiences.

We learn that just as words can hurt they can also heal. They can express the beauty of the natural world while helping us to find our way in the wilderness.

We learn that the way we use our words also sends a message of who we are to the people around us. Our words help to create a representation of who we are. The words we use change from scenario to scenario, from location to location and from group to group.

As each location changes, so does our language, leaving each group of people we have interacted with a different concept of who we are.

Our words are another’s window into our soul.

It’s our way of allowing others a slight insight into how we see the world, ourselves and each other.

It’s how we share everything with everyone.

Choose your words wisely

Ms Louise Hume
English Learning Area Coordinator

Australia Day Citizenship Awards Ceremony

This week at a ceremony held at the Bundaberg Civic Centre, Neha Alex in Year 9 and her family were granted their Australian Citizenship. Neha’s family are of Indian heritage from the Kerala region where Malayalam is their home language. They came to Australia via Bahrain when Neha was in Year 3. We extend our best wishes to them.

Neha and her family, parents Bijumon and Tinu together with brothers Noah and Nehemiah.

Congratulations to you all!

Mrs Maryann Parton
ESL Teacher

Queensland Tennis Trials

Sunday 14 to Wednesday 17 March, three Shalom girls, Matilda Gourlay, Caya Akasaka Marshall and Katie Maher, participated in the Wide Bay team at the Queensland Tennis State Championships at the Queensland Tennis Centre in Brisbane. Unfortunately a significant amount of play was lost due to rain, however some impressive tennis was played when players could get onto the courts.

The Wide Bay girls team showed they are not far off the pace when compared with other teams around the state, with the highlight being a convincing win over South West Queensland. Although Wide Bay lost their other teams event rounds, they showed they were competitive with the more highly fancied teams.

All three girls were still alive in the individual singles tournament in the trial to make the Queensland team, however this was cut short due to rain. The long waits during rain delays was helped by the fact the Ash Barty was training inside Pat Rafter Arena at the same time and players were able to go inside and watch.

All three girls enjoyed the experience and did the Shalom colours proud with their efforts and sportsmanship during the tournament.

Matilda Gourlay

Caya Akasaka Marshall

Katie Maher

Katie Maher, Matilda Gourlay
and Caya Akasaka Marshall

Mr Brendan Maher
Shalom Tennis Coach

Little Athletics Champion

Congratulations to Year 12 Student Kharla Hills who excelled at the Little Athletics State Championships over the weekend. Kharla has been a part of Little Athletics for 10 years now, and has finished on a high winning four Gold medals over the weekend. Weather conditions weren't ideal especially Sunday, with a storm going through Brisbane, strong winds and heavy rain made competing difficult. Kharla competed in the 100m, 200m, Long jump and Triple jump and placed 1st in all 4 events, received 4 GOLD Medals and a Queensland record in her Triple jump. This is an awesome achievement, well done Kharla!

Kharla Hills

7 News Young Achiever Awards

Congratulations to Year 12 Student Brody Allison who has been chosen as one of four finalists in the 2021 7 News Young Achiever Awards.

Brody Allison

Mr Peter Robinson
High Performance Program
After School Activities

Rugby Union

On Saturday, our Open Boys Rugby Union team travelled to Hervey Bay to compete in the Fraser Coast Rugby 7s tournament. While our results weren’t great, I can’t fault the effort from the boys – many of whom had no or very limited rugby experience, and a very disjointed preparation with a number of key players unable to attend.

We played St Johns from Nambour in our first game, then James Nash of Gympie – both fairly strong teams. This left us last of the three in our pool, so played St Lukes (who were also last in their pool) in a 3rd Vs 3rd game.

Our boys improved throughout the day, and were unlucky not to score on a couple of occasions in our game against St Lukes. Unfortunately, Joshua Booth sustained a severe sprain to his wrist and had to go to hospital – adding insult to injury (or vice versa)!

Open Boys Rugby Union Team

Many thanks to Karen Miller-Smith who travelled on the bus and assisted in managing the team, along with Emily & Rob Stevenson who also provided valuable assistance on the day.

Our Open Boys rugby Team consists of

Lachlan Stevenson

Connor Smith

David Felstead

James Harney

Owen Nash

Joshua Booth

Denyin Rose

Benjamin Toft

Mark Malau

Samuel Thompson

Matthew Ferris

Raul Ongkili

Mr Troy Braund
Rugby Coach

QISSN Fundraiser

WHO: Shalom QISSN Netball Teams
PRIZE: 4.5 kg solid Toblerone
COST: $1 ticket
WHEN: At lunchtimes
DRAWN: Wednesday 31 March during the Easter Liturgy

All proceeds are going towards supporting the Shalom QISSN netball teams when the they compete in the June/July school holidays in Brisbane.

Mrs Nikki Somerfield

Hogan Humongous Hamper - Easter Raffle

Do not miss your opportunity to win a fantastic hamper full of Easter Goodies! Purchase your tickets from Hogan Senior students who will be selling tickets at both breaks until Wednesday 31 March. One prize valued at $100, one winner takes all! Prize winner will be drawn at Easter Liturgy on Thursday 1 April.

Tickets are: $2 each 3 for $5 OR 6 for $10

Mr Adam Knott
Hogan House Coordinator

Year 7 Camps 2021

Year 10 Camps 2021

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.

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 28 March

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Christine Buwalda-Nicolson

Trish Sellers

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Isobel O’Brien

Nicole Schubel

Sunday 4 April

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Kath Clarke

Danielle Morrish

Helen Robinson

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Tennille Nagas

Maryanne Taylor

Sunday 11 April

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Roselyn Hunting

Susie Mant

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Emma Jansen

Jas Haster

Marie Walker

Sunday 18 April

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Brenda/Colby Jay

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Chris Dennien

Maria McMahon

Sunday 25 April

Markets Closed

Markets BBQ Roster

Sunday 28 March

Shalom Netball

Melinda Pearson

Sunday 4 April

East Bundaberg Rotary

David Baldry

Sunday 11 April

Shalom Rowing

Gretta Waters

Sunday 18 April

Shalom Rugby League

Neil Feather

Sunday 25 April

Markets Closed

Sunday 2 May

Touch Football

Peter Robinson

Shalom Markets closed ANZAC Day

Community Notice Board

Duffy’s Buses

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




Youth Support


Link to Survey below

Find Out More below

The Catholic Parish of Bundaberg

Office Hours: 9:00 - 1:00 Monday to Friday
Parish Office: Rossolini Place Level 1, 66 Woongarra St
Ph: 07 4151 6666 PO Box 79 Bundaberg QLD 4670
AFTER HOURS: Anointing of the sick for medical emergencies
phone 4151 6666 and follow the prompt

Catholic Current Parish Bulletin

Letter from the Bishop

Current Roster (Term 1, 2021)

FOCUS by: Fr John Daly

Each week I look forward to reading Dan McMahon’s Principal’s Reflection. While I often find them challenging and in touch, last weeks was exceptional. He wrote about young women, and also young men, “finding their voice” especially on matters of abuse and most particularly sexual abuse.

He called for young men and women to treat each other with respect. He also strongly recommended that parents need to discuss issues around sexuality, consent, respect and responsibility with their daughters and sons. While the schools are able to support parents with this it is the parents who are the prime educators of their children.

“Respect” in all areas of relationships needs urgent attention, in our families, our church (our parish), in the wider community, in our political leaders, and our individual lives. The way we often do not accept certain people in our communities amounts to disrespect. Lack of respect for all is certainly not what the gospel of Christ expects. Violence in our society is not acceptable. It is up to each of us to make sure we too are not violent to others even in small things. Gossip, criticism of others all contribute to the spiral of violence in our societies.

At Easter we celebrate the triumph over violence - the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. This resurrection says “No” to violence and especially death, “NO” to darkness, “YES” to life. Last Sunday’s readings from St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians highlighted God’s respect for each of us and demands we in turn respect ourselves and others. God loved us with so much love that he was generous with his mercy, he was infinitely rich in grace. We are God’s work of art.

Yes God’s love is extraordinary, his mercy is never-ending, he is rich in grace, we are his work of art. He showed us this in the life, the dying and the rising of Christ Jesus. Isn’t this a great summary of how we should treat others– as Gods work of Art, precious in God’s sight, and ones who must always know our mercy always, and experience our graciousness?

“Respect is a given for a human person enjoying the benefits of living within a society. Of a Christian, much more is expected-nothing less than being Christ for others.”

"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.

Catholic Youth Groups

Driver Education

Triple P

The State Government is funding free access to Triple P, which is the world’s most evidence-based parenting program and has helped more than four million children and their parents around the world develop closer, more positive relationships.

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.