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Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

29 March 2021

Principal’s Reflection

Easter resonates. We celebrate it every year as a central part of faith but it makes sense in life – today. We all have our own experiences of suffering, deaths and, hopefully, resurrections. Following up on the issues the country is confronting around the place of women in society I have found to be personally confronting and, maybe, an Easter experience. Last week, one of the young women at Shalom wrote to me, and, with her permission, I will quote some of what she said –

“Unfortunately, in the world we live in today there is still so much injustice. Women have been discriminated against since the dawn of time. White, straight men built an entire society around themselves, for them to succeed. Women just live in their world. Everyone on this planet is entitled to basic human rights. To live free from discrimination, violence, to be educated, to vote, earn an equal wage and to feel safe. However, across the globe women are still thought of as less and are treated as less. Our entire past, present and future has been decided by someone who is exactly like us but because of their sex, they are superior.

Just in one year almost thirty thousand women reported sexual assault. One in three women aged 15 years and over who has been in the workforce in the last five years has experienced sexual harassment in the workplace during that period. I could list probably a hundred times I have been sexually harassed in my life and I am only 19.

Every women knows, or knows of someone who has been harassed or assaulted. But, not many men know a rapist or someone who harasses women… The point is we need to educate the boys and men. We should not need to protect the women. We should be able to feel safe in our daily lives. I am not saying any of this to be dramatic or to make anyone feel sorry for us.

It does not matter what you wear, what you look like or what you are doing -unwelcomed sexual comments, touches, innuendos, stalking or behaviours follow us women. I have been physically dragged away from my friends by a man, just because I refused to go with him. So he decided he could just take me, like some object he desired.

We know it is not ‘all men’ but it is far too many. If there was a swarm of bees near you, you would turn and run, because why would you put yourself in a situation to get stung. Women do not have time to differentiate. If I see a swarm of men, I will turn around, quicken my step or cross the street. There is a reason why fathers and sons are so protective of women in their lives, they know what men are like.

I wrote out this list of all the actions myself and my friends take on a daily basis;

I always stay with a group
I always have my location on for my friends
I always send the details of my taxi or Uber driver to my friends and say “if I am not there soon something is wrong”
I always text me friends when I am ‘home safe’
I always lock my car as soon as I get in
I always shine my phone torch in the backseat of my car before getting in
I always stay in well-lit populated places
I always walk my keys in between my fingers
I always hold my breathe when a Ute drives past me
I always cross the street if a man is walking behind or toward me
I always pretend I am on my phone if I am alone to avoid the attention of men
I always am aware of what I am wearing and ‘if someone will say something’
I always look over my shoulder
I always quicken my step when a man is behind me
I always watch my friend’s location if she is out or using public transport
I always watch out for who might be lurking in the shadows
I am always afraid

Women shouldn’t have to think, lock their car doors. Not walk home alone. Not react. Stay with friends. Share your location. Don’t wear short clothes. Don’t let your phone die. Always watch your drink. Check behind you. Don’t walk that way. Don’t wear headphones. Get a taxi, but sit in the back. Fake confidence. Learn self-defence. Get home safe. Don’t leave a party by yourself. Don’t get too drunk, just in case. Don’t put yourself in that situation. It shouldn’t matter what we do or where we go, we should be safe. All men can do better and all women deserve to feel safe.”

I am very sad that, for all of my life, I have missed most of this. This is not a problem for women, this is a problem for men. We really must do better. I hope this is our ‘Easter Moment’. There has been more than enough suffering and death. We need to find a new hope that will emerge from this awful tragedy. We really need an Easter resurrection.

Our Easter Liturgy at Shalom will be celebrated on Wednesday this week in the Sports Centre at 11.30am. All families are welcome to attend.

Enrolments 2022 close for Year 7 on April 19. Please let any friends know who might be interested in enrolling for Shalom next year. Current parents, if you have a child currently in Yr 6, please remember that the enrolment information for that child must be in by April 19. Siblings don’t gain automatic entry at Shalom if the enrolment deadlines are not met.

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles


Certificate of Academic Commendation

Congratulations to Harry Packwood former School Captain and graduate from 2020. Harry was awarded a Certificate of Academic Commendation from the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA). A certificate is awarded to students who achieve an ‘A’ result in at least six General subjects they study in Year 12. Last year there were 1048 recipients across Queensland. Harry earned his by achieving an ‘A’ result in Business, English, Mathematical Methods, Modern History, Physics and Study of Religion.

QCAA Student Reference Group

Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 are invited to apply to become a member of the myQCE Student Reference Group. Members of the group will have the opportunity to share their thoughts about the QCE system and senior schooling. All students who apply will go in the draw for a chance to win a $100 JB Hi-Fi voucher. Applications close Monday 19 April. For further information go to the link below:

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


The year is moving quickly and this is the last newsletter for the term. By next term we will have celebrated Easter, one of the most important times in our Church calendar. It marks the end of Lent, where we reflect on our lives, pray and give to others.

Easter is the time when we remember that Jesus was sacrificed for our sins. This may sound a bit strange but in Jewish culture, at the time of Jesus, people would sacrifice animals to atone for their sins. Jesus died on the cross to atone for our sins, the ultimate sacrifice.

The story does not end there. Jesus then rose from the dead. The resurrection demonstrated that death had no power over God and the promise to us of eternal life.

If you wish to join the Bundaberg Parish for any of the ceremonies over Easter here are the times and locations:-

Mrs Mary Taylor
Assistant Principal – Mission

Office Opening Hours

The College Office will be open througout the School Holidays Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm excluding Public Holidays.


Important message regarding Bargara Dawn Service

Good afternoon Principals.

“On behalf of the Bargara Remembrance Committee, I regret to inform you that due to Covid restrictions we will not be able to have students March in the Bargara Dawn Service this year. However, we welcome students and staff in acknowledging our War Veterans as part of the community avenue of honour and if your school wishes to lay a wreath this can be done at the end of the Service.

We look forward to your Schools participation in 2022.”

Jewelly Dwyer
Committee Secretary

So – with the above information – you are all still welcome to attend the Bargara Dawn service – but it will not be with Shalom College – it will be with your family members.

Because you will be with your family, you do not have to wear Shalom school uniform, but I would still like you to, if possible.

No schools will be marching and if you do attend in shalom school uniform, please see me to get your name marked off and I will still give you credit for being there and representing Shalom College in the community avenue of honour.

The College Captains will be laying a wreath on our behalf.

Please show your respect, standing with your family.

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.

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.

IT Department

Please see an IT update here and if any students are experiencing issues, this information will help point them in the right direction.

What is the Software Center?

We have had some questions recently about what is the software center. It is an internal app store which we use to deploy new applications and updates to all our users (Staff and Students). As this is only local to Shalom, it cannot be accessed from home so students will need to schedule time while at school to perform application installations and updates.

Foldr Issue/Update

We had discovered earlier in the term that there was an issue with the Windows Foldr App which caused issues with saving some office files. Once discovered, we released a newer version of Foldr for students to install to resolve this issue. Students have been notified to update to this version asap while at school as this update will come from the local app store called “Software Center”. I would appreciate your support to check with your child to confirm they have done this. This update will take approximately 5 minutes and will have a mandatory reboot once the installation is completed successfully.

Where should Students be saving files?

The College process for students is to only save files to their college Home Folder. They can use Foldr to access their home folder from any location. Foldr has an application that can be installed on all devices and a website in case there is an issue with the apps. We do not recommend saving to the local device or on usb sticks. One major reason for saving to home folders is this allows us to assist the users to with automated backups.

URL for Foldr-

The IT unit continues working over the holidays, so if your child has any IT related issues, we can certainly assist them.

As always, we are here to assist anyone so please contact us to any IT issues you have.

Mr Matthew Mills
IT Manager


Work Experience

Work experience is a great opportunity for students to explore their passion and understand what is expected in the workplace, while developing skills outside the classroom. It is also an opportunity to understand what they may need to do to prepare for the future. If students are intending on taking part in Work Experience in the Easter school holidays, please ensure your signed paperwork is returned to the Pathways Office no later than Tuesday 30 March. Please see the Student Work Experience Booklet attached for further information and instructions on engaging in work experience.

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Bundaberg Ergon Energy Girl Power Program

Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 will have received an email inviting them to register for the upcoming Bundaberg Ergon Energy Girl Power Program. The electrical trades industry is ideal for girls who love the great outdoors and working in a hands-on role. Ergon Energy provides the opportunity to work in a diverse and inclusive environment where girls are supported to grow, learn and develop skills to reach their full potential.

To find out more and apply go to the link below:

Construction Industry Safety White Card Course

If you are considering seeking employment or work experience in the construction industry you are required by law to successfully complete a General Safety Induction course (White Card). This course is only delivered face to face, in one day workshops.

Blue Dog Training will be delivering the White Card Training course here at Shalom on Tuesday 27th April (all day). Cost is $69 each.

If you are in Year 12 and thinking about employment in the construction industry, this course should be a priority because we may not run another course this year. If you are a Year 11 Certificate I Construction student please do not register your interest because this will happen as part of the course and your Teacher will give you instructions. If you are completing a Tafe course please check with your Trainer because you might complete the White Card within your course. White cards may also be required for students completing work experience in some construction areas.

We are on a very tight timeline for this due to the Easter school holidays. Students should register their interest on the google form by Tuesday 30 March.

Secure your place at the following link – spaces are limited so be quick.

Tax File Numbers

All students will need at tax file number when they commence work (both part-time and full-time). Importantly, current Year 12 students are reminded that they will be requested to provide their Tax File Number (TFN) on enrolment to TAFE or university, so it is worthwhile getting an application submitted early. Students must now apply for a TFN online and have their identity verified through an interview at a participating Australia Post office. How to apply and to find out more:

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

Quiet Achiever

Bailey Canino

Year 11 student Bailey Canino is this week’s Quiet Achiever. Bailey’s response to any request for assistance is a cheerful “What can I do to help?” Just in the first 8 weeks of school, he has volunteered to assist at Induction Day, given up several Wednesday lunchtimes to sell Snow Cones for Project Compassion and has been quietly encouraging his fellow PC members to contribute to fundraising for charity. Bailey also has recently applied to be on the SRC. Bailey is always cheerful, polite and willing to make a great effort in all that he undertakes; a wonderful example of a Shalom and Rice student and well deserving of recognition of a Quite Achiever.

Miss Claire Stallard
Rice House Coordinator

Read Write Wonder

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

Staff member: Karli Lancaster
Text: The Kite Runner and Good Will Hunting
Text Type: Film and Novel

In Year 11 General English, we are studying both Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner and Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s 1997 film, Good Will Hunting. Cody Reynolds (2021), a researcher and educator, recently acknowledged how important classroom learning is in “affirming or challenging an institutional culture of oppression”, especially considering, that interaction with fiction can affect students’ social empathy (Brett, 2016). These texts were selected as they allow us to examine the way writers present concepts to position their audiences.

In his role as the titular character Will, Matt Damon provides a vulnerable performance as a young man whose trauma impacts his ability to engage in mutually respectful, loving relationships. Hosseini’s novel similarly depicts the way protagonist, Amir, interacts with the important men in his life: his best friend, the loyal Hassan; mentor, Rahim Khan, and his father, Baba, who withholds love from Amir as a result of guilt and actions he was unable to communicate to his son.

Hosseini also addresses the concept of oppression experienced by people of various social classes as Soviet invasion and Taliban rule impact the lives of Afghan people from the 1970s through to the early 2000s. While his novel could be considered by some as rather contrite (as a result of the conveniently parallel plot lines that are neatly tied up at the end), Amir and Hassan’s story effectively evoked empathy from our students: they were frustrated by Amir’s silence, annoyed at Baba, and pleased to see how Rahim Khan and Soraya provided Amir with the love he’d always needed.

Despite being written and produced in 1997, Affleck and Damon’s film remains relevant to contemporary audiences thanks to the film’s steady pace and faultless performances. My class had only one criticism of the entire film (but sharing it with you would give away the excellent ending!). Ultimately, the film conveyed the way trust and love can benefit a person’s growth and development.

Both texts convey stories of redemption and highlight the importance of love and trust. It is always satisfying when your students enjoy discussing and engaging with the texts we study and I look forward to continuing these conversations in Year 11 English next term.

Reference List:

Brett, A. (2016). Seeking a balance: discussion strategies that foster reading with authorial empathy. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 60(3), 295-304. Retrieved March 24, 2021, from the link below:

Reynolds, C. (2021). We can see the gender bias of all-boys’ schools by the books they study in English [online]. The Conversation. [Viewed 24 March 2021]. Available from the link below:

Ms Louise Hume
English Learning Area Coordinator

Music Department

The Instrumental Music Department was very pleased to have presented their first concert for 2021 to a full auditorium of appreciative family and friends in the PAP last Sunday 21 March. After a whole year without having had the opportunity to perform, our ensembles and choirs did a wonderful job as they returned to the stage, each group presenting just one piece to showcase the work that they have done in Term 1. Congratulations to all the students involved but especially to our year 7 students who have just joined us this year. We hope they enjoyed their first performance and we look forward to having them around for many more throughout their high school years.

Music is a wonderful gift that is worthwhile on so many levels, here are some reasons why:

Music is a universal language – while every country has its own language and often several dialects within that language, there is only one musical language that we can all understand.
Unity – music plays an important role in bringing people together. In our ensembles and choirs, we have students of varying abilities and ages working together as a team, each individual is valued for what they bring.
Soul – Music is a superb mindfulness exercise; playing it, creating it or just listening to it can do great things for your soul.
Imagination – Music sets your imagination free and awakens creativity, this must be a good thing.
Contentment – Music brings pleasure not only to the listener, but also to those who create it. It has often been said that music says what words cannot.

We would love to see everyone in our school community involved in music in some way and would welcome anyone to join us, regardless of their prior experience. We offer lessons in Strings, Wind, Brass, Percussion, Piano and Voice and have 10 quality ensembles and choirs.

Please contact for further information.

Mrs Bernadette Connolly
Instrumental Music Teacher

Laura Langman Netball Visit

On Friday 19 March, 36 of our elite netball players were privileged to be able to spend the morning learning from one of netball’s best – former Sunshine Coast Lightning and New Zealand Silver Ferns player Laura Langman.

As the former captain and vice-captain of the New Zealand national netball team, Laura is the most capped player in the history of the Silver Ferns, having overtaken Irene van Dyk's record of 145 test matches in October 2018. More recently Laura has played domestic netball for the Sunshine Coast Lightning in the Australian Super Netball league, until her retirement from the game at the end of the 2020 season.

In preparation for this year’s QISSN and Vicki Wilson Netball Competitions, players from the Junior Vicki Wilson team, the Senior QISSN squad and the Boys QISSN team participated in the training session, and were put through their paces in a range of footwork, passing and teamwork drills. In addition to imparting her expert netball knowledge, Laura also spoke with the group about the importance of training with purpose, working as a team, using effective communication and how to react when things don’t go to plan….” You keep turning up.”

Mrs Melinda Pearson
QISSN Netball Coach

Queensland School State Championships


Congratulations to Kasey Krueger and Max O'brien - Queensland School State Swimming

Below are Kasey’s and Max’s results from the School State Swimming Championships;


Girls 13 50m Free

-1:11.27 Place 7th

Girls 13-14 100m Fly

-29.15 Place 18th

Girls 13 50m Back

-35.86 Place 17th

Girls 13 200m Free

-2:14.42 Place 2nd

Girls 13 400m Free

-4:46.82 Place 4th

Girls 13 200m Back

-2:36.58 Place 6th

Girls 13-14 100m Back

-1:15.03 (8th entrant for the final but did not compete)

Girls 13-14 100m Free

-1:01.42 Place 2nd


Boys 13 50m Free

-30.36 Place 32nd

Boys 13-14 100m Breast

-1:29.85 Place 17th

Boys 13 50m Back

-37.46 Place 20th

Boys 13 200m Free

-2:26.10 Place 14th

Boys 13 50m Fly

-34.69 Place 22nd

Boys 13 200m IM

-2:53.72 Place 14th

Boys 13 200m Breast

-3:13.85 Place 13th

Boys 13-14 100m Free

-1:07.04 Place 15th

Kasey Krueger and Max O'brien

Kasey Krueger with her medal

Overall everyone competed very well and had a great meet.

Kasey also was invited to be a member of the Honourary Queensland Team.


Congratulations to Coben Simpson, Amara Burns, Jack Wooldridge and Kate McFarlane who are members of the Wide Bay Golf Team. The School Golf State Championships are currently taking place at the Royal Pines on the Gold Coast.

Coben Simpson, Amara Burns, Jack Wooldridge and Kate McFarlane

Mr Peter Robinson
High Performance Program
After School Activities

Shalom Rowing

The Shalom Rowing crews have upped their training regimes in preparation for upcoming regattas and on Sunday, 21 March all the crews headed out to Bucca for a training day camp. Our rowers were very lucky to have Tess Carty, who represented Australia in three world rowing championships as part of the under 23 womens quad sculls, spend the day with our crews on their technique and upskilling our coaches.

Rain didn’t hamper their enthusiasm, pushing through and continued training in the downpours throughout the day. The highlight of the day was the unveiling of four new red training singles, who had their first journey on the water. After retiring some very, ‘well loved’ training singles to purchase these boats, the seniors were very appreciative of the chance to row in such lightweight and new boats. You can’t miss Shalom on the river now, looking fantastic in the red, black and white zooties coming in on the red boats.

Mr Rod Silcox
Shalom Rowing Coach

Team Photo Schedule

Please see link to the Team Photo Schedule for all Summer Sport Teams as well as Rowing, BDSSS Swimming and Cross Country Team and T20 Cricket.

All photos are taken at Mackillop 2 at either Lunchtime or Afternoon Tea.

Students are to wear formal school uniform - including ties for Boys.

Please encourage students to place their team photo date in their student record book.

Year 12 Induction Photos

Photos from the Year 12 Induction are now on the Shalom College Media Store. All parents and Year 12 students have access to this site – for students please use your usual student login details and parents please use your e-mail address used for correspondence from the College (select “forgotten password” to reset your password).

All photos for Senior Induction are free of charge.

Please remember photos on this website are digital copies only, not a printed photo. Once photos have been ordered you will receive an e-mail with a link to the digital files. The digital files can then be e-mailed to your family/friends or can be printed at a photo centre if you like.

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

Catholic Schools Race Day

The Catholic Schools of Bundaberg would like to thank the following businesses for their generous monetary & service donations which have helped to make this day possible. On behalf of the Catholic Schools of Bundaberg, the 2021 Catholic Schools Race Day Committee wish to extend our utmost gratitude and thanks to our patrons for your generous support of this annual fundraising event.

AAStat Stationery

Aussie Home Loans

Avanti Collections


Bob Gallagher Family

Bundaberg Discount Drug Store

Bundaberg Marineland

Bundaberg Swimming Academy

Bundy Chop Shop

Bundy Hot Gas

Charltons Lawyers

Cold Rock

Cutting Crew for Men

Diocesan Catholic Education Office

Duffy’s Buses

East Bundaberg Veterinary Hospital


Ella Bache

Essence Spa & Beauty

Greg Whalley Dental

Hinkler Parties

J & R McCracken

Maddison Jayne Photography

Manskeden Property P/L

Moncrieff Entertainment Centre

Mon Repos Turtle Centre

Malouf Pharmacies

New Vintage

Oscar Nails

Murchie Constructions Pty Ltd

Premium Turf

Prestige Skin & Beauty

Packwood Plumbing & Drainage

Red Shed Seafood

Rum City Foods

Rebecca O’Dwyer

Scallywags Childcare Centre

Shawline Embroidery

Sanshells Boutique

Studio 202

Summer Breeze

Smiling Wide Orthodontics

The Beauty Layne

The Hansen family

Sunstate Travel Centre

The Royal Albert Hotel

The Waves Sports Club

The Railway Hotel

Tomorrow’s Earth Eco Store

Tony Madden Architects

The Wax Pot

Wild Hearted Wellbeing with Emma

Willow & Hide Designs

Wick & Co

2 Black Flamingos

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!

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 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 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

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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

Current Parish Bulletin

Letter from the Bishop

Current Roster (Term 1, 2021)

FOCUS by: Fr Peter Tonti
Parish Priest


Announcing a year dedicated to St Joseph, Pope Francis presents St Joseph as an example of the type of father so sorely needed in our world and Church today. The new Apostolic Letter is entitled Patris Corde: With a Father’s Heart. Pope Francis shares “some personal reflections on the extraordinary figure” of St Joseph. He is described as “the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence, “who nonetheless played an incomparable role in the history of salvation.”

At the priests’ pre-Easter gathering at the Haven this week, the priests of our diocese were delighted to have our very own Arthur Begeda present his reflections on fatherhood. Arthur began his address by describing the picture of the Holy Family that is proudly displayed in the lounge room of Arthur and Dorothy’s home. The picture has Joseph teaching young Jesus the skills of carpentry. The interaction of Joseph and Jesus in the presence of Mary is profound. The unique relationship of love and trust between father and son is evident with the sense of work ethic and where everyone has a role to play in the family.

Although Joseph is not mentioned in great detail in the Scriptures the implications of his fatherhood are heartfelt. Joseph, at all times, puts the will of God for him and his family first. This can be seen in the acceptance of the pregnant Mary for his wife, the protection of the family in the extraordinary flight into Egypt, and their return to Palestine when it was safe to do so.

Just some of the qualities of Joseph are his faith, hope and love in God shown through his life with Mary and Jesus. It is shown in his compassion, dedication, care and protection, the providing of a home, and his concern for young Jesus when he is missing on a return journey. Right from the start there were difficulties with the betrothal to Mary, and the challenges kept coming, but the family clearly maintained their faith and trust in God and in each other.

Fathers today face many difficulties and challenges. The identity and role of fatherhood itself is being questioned in a society that struggles in search for love and trust. Our world and Church today need the fatherhood of Joseph that is positive and inspiring, and displaying the qualities of love and compassion, acceptance, provider, protector and carer for all who travel the journey of life in all its difficulties and challenges.

Have a closer look at a picture of the Holy Family and enjoy the dynamic of family interaction in the everyday. Have a read of Patris Corde: With a Father’s Heart, and be open to the movement of the Holy Spirit.

(Based on the address by Arthur Begeda at the Priests’ Gathering, The Haven, 23rd March 2021)

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