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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

13 September 2021

Principal’s Reflection

If you’re a little more than 20 years old, you will probably remember where you were on 9/11 2001. That event in the United States changed our world and mostly, not for the better. Hindsight is a wonderful thing and, hopefully, we can all learn something from the mistakes that were made leading up to that event and those that followed.

I wonder what the world might have been like today if, instead of the understandable desire for vengeance and justice being the immediate response of western democracies, we had instead honestly asked the question, ‘Why do these people hate us so much and what can we do about that?”

Regrettably, the anger at the awful loss of life led to some dreadful stereotyping of the followers of Islam. I remember one famous (or infamous) radio interview with boxer Anthony Mundine in the days following 9/11. Mundine has never been short of a comment but he is a proud Aboriginal man and, as it happens, a follower of Islam. The reporter, pretty bluntly and ignorantly, put the question to Mundine, “Are you Australian or are you a Muslim?” Stunning to ask a person, whose lineage in this country and can be traced back for more than 40,000 years, whether he was ‘an Australian’!

At the time, there was a dichotomy set up very clearly – you are either with us or against us. The followers of Islam cannot be defined by the actions of some extremists any more than all Australians can be defined by the actions of the individual responsible for the massacre in Christchurch. Shalom is a better school for the presence of students over the years who are Muslim. They have been, in my experience, wonderful young people and from families who interact with Christianity respectfully, as well as respecting those with whom they meet. In an article in ‘The Australian’ last week and leading up to the 9/11 remembrance, Duncan Lewis, a former military officer and Director of ASIO pointed out that one of the vital lessons Australia needed to learn from this period in history is about the importance of social cohesion. He went on to say, “Our society came under enormous strain on discovering there were a small number of citizens among us who so hated our society that they wanted to kill us. I can say categorically that without the support of the Muslim community there would have been more frequent and more serious attacks and resulting loss of life. We saw during the past decade the inexcusable vilification of Muslim communities by a small number of public figures. We can’t afford this sort of division in the future. More work is required to improve our country’s social cohesion.”

The study of history is really valuable if we can learn the lessons that history can teach us.

The Last Week of Term will be ‘fast and furious’. Year 12’s have their Mock Exam block as Year 11’s finish their exam block and have Tuesday at school before going on Retreat to the Sunshine Coast. Tuesday will also be very busy with Sports Finals. Good luck to all who are competing. Friday is our inter-school Surf Lifesaving competition. Other than that, business as usual!

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles

Student Welfare and Information

Important Dates

Year 7 2022 Orientation

The Orientation Afternoon for our Year 7’s 2022 will be held on 9 November – a change from what is written in the calendar.

ALL buddies – Year 11’s 2021 and any other students from Year 10 2021 - will need to attend this afternoon. All Year 7’s are assigned a buddy to assist them through the first few weeks/term of the school year. It is these young people’s first introduction to our College. It is so important that the Year 7’s meet their buddies as it allays any/most fears around commencing at this school.

Students will be required from 3:30pm till 5:30pm. We have asked the Year 11’s (2021) to make sure they have changed any work shifts or sporting commitments for that afternoon. Those students involved will be allowed wear their sports uniforms as much of the afternoon will be activities.

Year 12 Formal Dinner Dance 2022

The Year 12 Formal Dinner Dance will be held on Saturday 28 May at the Bundaberg Multiplex Centre. First car arrivals commence at 5:00pm and all cars need to be in by 6:00pm. Time allocations for this will come out next year.

Damien and McCormack Houses

The Shalom P & F Association have very kindly decided to pay for the purchase of a new House shirt for those students who have shifted from their present House and moved into one of the new Houses. We are very grateful for their very kind gesture. Mrs Barker will have a list of all students changing Houses. You will be advised through the newsletter when the new shirts become available.

Mrs Elizabeth Austin-Campbell
Deputy Principal


Year 11

This is a timely reminder regarding assessment in the senior school. If a student does not submit a final response to an assessment and where evidence of student work is available (a draft or classwork), teachers will make judgments based on this. If a student provided no evidence on or before the due date and no other evidence is available, a student will receive a ‘Not-Rated’. This will mean no QCE credit can be given for the Unit of Learning.

Senior assessment is bound by QCAA guidelines around Academic Integrity and Assessment processes, your student may miss the opportunity to complete assessment if their absence does not relate to an approved absence, unforeseen illness or misadventure. Student undertaking Vocational Placement, Work Experience or other pathway opportunities must attend school for exams regardless of these days.

Positions Vacant - QCAA invigilators for external assessment

QCAA is seeking applications from community members for invigilator positions. If interested please read the Position description: Invigilators and Invigilator frequently asked questions available at the link below:

Mrs Gail Norris
Assistant Principal – Curriculum


Year 12 Mock External Exam Block – Term 3 Week 10 & Term 4 Week 1

In preparation for External Exams starting in Term 4 Week 4, Year 12 students will participate in a Mock External Exam Block in Term 3 Week 10 and Term 4 Week 1. The Exam Timetable for this exam block is attached. Students need only attend school for the exams that they are sitting in this period.

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

Any student undertaking additional external learning (Pathways Program) can continue to attend this during Mock Exam block unless they have a scheduled exam. Students must attend the college for exams instead of being ‘off-campus’ this is a priority.

Year 12 Students exam calendar

Mr Brendan Maher
Assistant Principal – Administration

Donations Needed

Shalom Showcase

Mrs Megan Munckton
Middle School Coordinator

School Dental Service Program

We are pleased to let you know that the School Dental Service is coming to Shalom College on Monday 20 September and will be situated near McAuley block. The School Dental Service will be offering a free dental examination and dental treatment to all students that return their Offer of Treatment form either by paper copy or the on-line form. All forms must be completed in ink. Once the form is returned, our friendly administrative officer will send the parent/legal guardian a contact letter or a contact SMS, so they can ring us to arrange an appointment. Please note: A PARENT/LEGAL GUARDIAN MUST ATTEND the first appointment as the way we deliver our service has changed.

For the first appointment the parent /guardian must attend – after that a responsible adult can attend. If after the discussion with the operator at the first appointment, you are happy for your child to attend from class themselves, this can also occur. Please note there may be paperwork you will need to sign so this will be sent home for you. We understand there will be exceptions so please discuss with us. Please work with us so we can deliver the best care to your child/children.

We now offer a form that can be completed on-line. The link is:

Any paper forms are to be returned to Student Reception by Friday 17 September.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Bundaberg School Dental Service is a program run by Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services. If you are attending an appointment at the dental van you must have a note in your diary and must sign out/in at Student Reception as you would for any other appointment.

Any queries regarding the program please contact the School Dental Service on 07 4303 8059.

Ignite Conference

Australia’s most dynamic annual Catholic youth conference is back in 2021 in Brisbane! Our diocesan group is organising accommodation and transport from Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone and Gin Gin, and is open to all young adults and high school students. Bundaberg participants will be picked up in Gin Gin.

When: 22 to 25 September

Where: Mueller College, Redcliffe Cost: $300 (including accommodation, transport and meals)

For more info or to register with our diocesan group please contact Elizabeth Kelly at 0456 635 542 or Michael Otto at 0433897973 or

Ms Cheryl Petersen
Campus Minister

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.


2022 Additional Learning Opportunities

Students wishing to engage in additional learning such as TAFE and external qualifications in 2022 are now able to register their interest with the Pathways Office. To see the selection of courses on offer click on the link to access the 2022 Additional Learning Opportunities booklet. Interested students should return their enrolment form without delay as course numbers are capped. Year 11 students are reminded that this is your last opportunity to take part in an external qualification.

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.

We strongly encourage students to seek their own placements to grow their self-marketing skills. Developing these skills now is a great tool to assist you in your post-school life as you search for career opportunities and seeking work experience is a good place to start learning how to self-market. However, if students require any help in gaining a work experience the Pathways Department is happy to help.

This will be the final opportunity for the school to be able to cover Year 12 students with insurance and we would again highlight the importance of industry exposure to students making decisions about future pathways. Work experience is also an opportunity to network with potential employers, build knowledge and skills and boost resume content.

If students are intending on taking part in Work Experience in the upcoming school holidays, please ensure your completed, signed paperwork is returned to the Pathways Office no later than 9am Wednesday, 15 September.

Please see the Student Work Experience Booklet for further information and instructions on engaging in work experience.

Scholarships, Grants and Bursaries – Year 12 Students – Apply Now

A scholarship can help you get on your way to achieving your further study dreams by covering the costs of textbooks, course fees, equipment, accommodation and living costs.

Did you know that there are currently 4200 scholarships available to Australian students?

It is reported that tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of grants and scholarships for courses in Australia go begging every year because students don’t know about them or don’t have the confidence to apply because they don’t think they will be successful. You can apply for as many scholarships as you like, so make the most of the opportunities. Remember, if you don’t give it a go you’ll never know. Check out what is on offer and apply, apply, apply.

Application Tips

Applying for a scholarship, a bursary, or a grant, can be quite a daunting experience. Often there’s quite a bit of paperwork involved and each application will require your focused attention to give you the best chances of being successful. Here is some helpful advice on completing your applications, to help you ensure you have given yourself the best chance of securing that all important funding.

Ensure You’re Eligible - Before you apply, make sure you meet all the necessary criteria for applying. Don’t waste time applying for something you aren’t even eligible for.

Read Instructions Carefully - This might sound obvious. Pay very close attention to the application instructions to make sure you don’t unwittingly disqualify yourself through carelessness.

Assess What They’re Looking For - Look beyond the eligibility criteria to uncover exactly what it is the funding administrators are looking for. This will require you to do research. Find out what the aims, objectives, mission of those assessing your application. Perhaps you can investigate the background, qualifications, experience of previous recipients of the award?

Show How You Meet the Requirements - Do this by giving concrete examples of how you meet each of their criteria.

Don’t Miss the Deadline - Again another one that may seem obvious, but you don’t want to eliminate yourself from the running through failing to get your application in on time.

Avoid Telling a Sob Story - Don’t go for the sympathy vote in your application, there will be lots of people in similar or even worse situations. Simply lay things out factually and show how you are doing your best to overcome the challenges facing you. Demonstrate how this funding will make a difference to your life and how it will help you achieve your goals.

Search the Good Universities Guide refining results by your field of study and state.

Casual Employment Opportunities

Cotton On, Casual Team Member, Hinkler Central, Bundaberg
Woolworths Bundaberg, Grocery Team Member
JB HI-FI Christmas Casuals, Bundaberg
Jay Jays, Christmas Casuals, Bundaberg
Crew Member, Hungry Jacks, Bundaberg
Crew Member, McDonalds, Bundaberg City

Full Time Employment Opportunities

Business Administration and Sales Trainee, Oreco Group, Bundaberg

Business Administration Traineeship - East Coast Apprenticeships
Apprentice Baker, Woolworths, Sugarland
Civil Construction Traineeship, MiGas, Bundaberg
Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Apprenticeship, Cooltech, Bundaberg
Apprentice Mechanical Fitter, Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, Bundaberg
Carpentry Apprenticeship, Meech Constructions, Bundaberg

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

Quiet Achiever

Hayley Cahill

Hayley Cahill is an impressive Year 7 student in MacKillop 6. She has regularly demonstrated the ethos of MacKillop House, to always help those in need, throughout her first year at Shalom. She is a caring, compassionate and cooperative student who is a valued member of MacKillop House. Her commitment and diligence to always do her best also extends to her studies, achieving highly across her subjects. Well done Hayley!

Mrs Michelle Moller
MacKillop House Co-ordiantor

Ulton Visit

Ulton has a long history of working with business, and supporting business and accounting students at regional schools. After sponsoring the Ecoman program for our Year 10 and 11 students earlier this term, three members of the Ulton team made a school visit to our Year 12 Accounting students. Ammie Cauchi, Connor Wilkinson and Jes Wilkinson took our students through the financial lifecycle of a small business from start-up to retirement of its owner. Students were able to see the professional roles of management, accounting, and financial planning through the lens of the business owner and her business. Career advice was also provided by Ulton’s human resources manager giving great insight into the do’s and don’ts of preparing for work and applying for jobs. Finally, students were given information on Ulton’s work experience programs and trainee positions for those who are wanting to pursue an accounting or financial planning career. Thank you to Ulton for their ongoing support of Shalom College.

Year 12 Accounting Students with the Ulton Team

Dr Stacey Cowan
Learning Area Coordinator – Business and IT

World Macadamia Nut Day

Recently, Simon Andreoli from Marquis Macadamias visited Shalom College to donate a Macadamia Nut Tree, known as Macadamia tetraphylla or “Bush Nut” in honour of World Macadamia Nut Day. We will be planting this wild macadamia tree at the College to help to preserve one of Australia’s threatened species.

Thank you to Marquis Macadamias for the opportunity to help preserve these native trees and we look forward to seeing the tree grow throughout the years.

Simon Andreoli with College Captain Brigette McMahon and Walsh House Captain James Waters

Ten Pin Bowling

Six weeks of competition and lots of fun had by all


Highest Scratch Game (male) 155 pins - St Lukes
Highest Scratch Game (female) 138 pins - St Luke’s
Highest Handicap Game (male) 252 - Zavier Ferry Shalom
Highest Handicap Game (female) 213 - St Lukes
Highest Series Scratch (male) 255 - St Lukes
Highest Series Scratch (female) 163 - St Lukes
Highest Series Handicap (male) - Gin Gin SHS
Highest Series Handicap (female) - St Lukes

Zavier Ferry

Overall points

1st place: 15 points - St Lukes 3
2nd place: 12 points - St Lukes 1 & St Lukes 2
3rd place: 6 points - Shalom College & Gin Gin SHS

Thank you to all players for showing great sportsmanship throughout the competition.

Mrs Debbie Bishop

Uniform Shop Opening Hours

Uniform appointment dates for 2022 year 7 & year 10 girls 15 minute appointments

All appointments need to be booked online using the link below.

Commencing Term 4

Tuesday - 9:00am to 11:00am
3:45pm to 5:15pm

Appointment Only

Wednesdays - 9:00am to 11:00am

Appointment Only

Thursdays - 9:00am to 10:15am
11:00am to 1:00pm
3:45pm to 5:15pm

Appointment Only

Monday 29/11/2021 – 8:00am to 11:45am
1:00pm to 4:45pm

Appointment Only

Wednesday - 08/12/2021- 8:00am to 11:45am

Appointment Only

Closed Wednesday 08/12/2021 from 12:00pm for Stocktake.
Holidays Thursday 9/12/2021 – 09/01/2022

Re – open Monday 10/01/2022
Appointment Only

Monday 10/01/2022 – Friday 14/01/2022
8:00am – 11:45am
1:00pm – 4:45pm

Monday 17/01/2022 onwards no appointments necessary.

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

New volunteers are DESPERATELY required for the Markets Tuckshop or BBQ, if you have any queries please contact Leanne via email –

Sunday 19 September

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Mark Morris

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Sunday 26 September

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Christine Buwalda-Nicolson

Trish Sellers

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Isobel O’Brien

Nicole Schubel

Sunday 3 October

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Kath Clarke

Danielle Morrish

Helen Robinson

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Tenille Nagas

Sunday 10 October

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Susie Mant

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Emma Jansen

Jas Haster

Marie Walker

Sunday 17 October

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Brenda/Colby Jay

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Chris Dennien

Maria McMahon

Sunday 24 October

6:00 am – 9:30 am

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Brendan/Astrid Clancy

Jo Medcalf

John Pappalardo

Vicki Saffioti

Sunday 31 October

6:00 am – 9:30 am

Jeanne Ferguson

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Jo Medcalf

Markets BBQ Roster

Sunday 19 September

Rotary Club of Bundaberg Sunrise

Tony Castro

Sunday 26 September

Shalom Rowing

Nicole Heinz

Sunday 3 October

East Bundaberg Rotary

David Baldry

Sunday 10 October

Shalom Rugby League

Neil Feather

Sunday 17 October

Moore Park Beach State School P & C

Diane Patterson

Sunday 24 October

Shalom Rowing

Nicole Heinz

Sunday 31 October

St Joseph’s P&F

Jess Marsellos

Sunday 7 November

Rotary Club of Bundaberg Sunrise

Tony Castro

Community Notice Board

Shalom College Families Business and Trade Directory

Drivers School

Love Bites

Youth Support


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

Current Parish Bulletin

Letter from the Bishop

Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD)


CURRENT ROSTER (Term 3 2021)

Focus by: Br Lionel ‘Ted’ Magee

Stewardship Co-ordinator

In introducing oneself there are inherent problems. One can write a boring history of places and events, a dull overview of life so far or expound on projects, ideas etc. which are pet theories of life in general. I trust this brief introduction is none of the above or perhaps all of the above without the dull, boring and projections. Born in Bundaberg to Lionel and Muriel Magee, I was baptised in Holy Rosary with the Christian name of my father, Lionel. I grew up in Gooburrum on the family cane farm – a simple life but full of family and life experiences which shaped my future. On completion of Junior at Christian Brothers High School, I was supported by my parents and sisters, Sheelagh and Jan, to travel to Sydney to join the Christian Brothers in 1960. My younger sister, Gayle, was born in March, 1961. The name Edward (Ted), as was the custom of the era, was bestowed on me on being accepted as a Christian Brother and is the name by which I am known in most parts of the country. However, I am happy to respond to either Lionel or Ted. Parish, Church or, my preference now, the Faith Community was big on the Magee agenda. Holy Rosary Church was the centre of many of our lived experiences. My life since 1960 has seen me involved in Catholic Education both as teacher and administrator and in leadership roles for the Christian Brothers in Qld/NT and then in Oceania (Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, The Philippines and Timor Leste). This last year since September, 2020 has been a “fallow” year – time to reflect, revitalize and renew. Now it is time to give back to the Community that formed me and I am indeed fortunate that the position of Stewardship Coordinator was offered to me here in my home city. Each of us is born with a song in us that needs to be sung; each of us is born a diamond in the rough; each of us can choose to live this one wonderful life we have been given or to suffer it as change inevitably occurs in our world; each of us is gifted and talented, sometimes without our own recognition; and, each of us is born, lives and enters eternal life as a relational being. My wish in this role is to hear all songs sung loudly; see all diamonds show their sparkle and lustre; be struck with wonder as all of us choose life and life to the full irrespective of our age; be impressed with all gifts and talents of this community; and rejoice in the warmth of relationships of this Faith Community which is recognised as Christian by the love they have for one another.

"Good News Magazine"

"The annual parish "Good News" magazine will now become a bi-monthly bulletin of photos and brief news stories. If your parish group would like to be showcased in the bulletin, please send in your photos with a short note, and we will attempt to include it in the coming edition. We welcome your feedback as we trial this new format."

"September Edition"

Catholic Youth Groups

Breast Screen Queensland

Triple P

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