Shalom Catholic College

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Shalom College

Coordinates24°53′44″S 152°20′20″E / 24.8955°S 152.3388°E / -24.8955; 152.3388Coordinates: 24°53′44″S 152°20′20″E / 24.8955°S 152.3388°E / -24.8955; 152.3388
Religious affiliation(s)Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton
Established1984 (1984)
PrincipalDan McMahon
Enrolmentc. 1,400

Shalom College is a Catholic secondary school in Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia. The College was established in 1984 by merging the Christian Brothers' College for Boys and the Loyola College for Girls; the school's current principal is Dan McMahon. To date, there are an estimated 1,400 students enrolled at the school, including approximately 180 staff members.[1]


The main campus is set amongst thirteen hectares (34 acres) of bushland off of Fitzgerald Street, Bundaberg. Shalom is not a selective school. While it is a Catholic school, it welcomes students of other faiths. Low fees are charged so as to not exclude prospective students. Entrance examinations are not a basis for selection. However, the school does require parents to agree to actively support its religious education programme and Christian ethos. Shalom College's Chaverim campus of eighty-five hectares (209 acres) is located at South Bingera, twenty-three kilometres (14 miles) south-west of Bundaberg. All students are given the opportunity to use its facilities for camps and are offered various activities such as canoeing, rock-climbing or archery; the land on which the school is built was donated by Walter Adams. Adams is buried in the Catholic cemetery, adjacent to the school grounds on Fitzgerald Street; the college house "Adams" was named for Adams in recognition and appreciation of his generosity.

Pastoral houses[edit]

The eight pastoral houses are as follows:[2]

Name Colour Patron Virtue Notes
Adams Blue Walter Adams Generosity Donated the land on which the college stands
Chisholm Lime green Caroline Chisholm Compassion Assisted poor women immigrants
Hogan Red Joseph Hogan Vision Leader in Catholic education in Bundaberg
Lingiari Orange Vincent Lingiari Justice Activist for land rights and equality for indigenous people
MacKillop Purple Mary MacKillop Courage First Australian saint and founder of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart
McAuley Forest green Catherine McAuley Mercy Founder of the Sisters of Mercy
Rice Yellow Edmund Rice Liberation Founder of the Christian Brothers in Ireland
Walsh Maroon Paddy Walsh Valour Parish priest in Bundaberg and chaplain in Changi Prisoner-of-War Camp

Each house has two house leaders: traditionally one male and one female.


A wide range of sports and extra-curricular activities are offered; these activities include soccer, basketball, softball, netball, rugby league, rugby union, rowing, surfing and tenpin bowling. Shalom Catholic College is also strongly represented in the region in events such as track and field, swimming and cross country running. SCASA, (Shalom College After School Activities) run 4 afternoons a week with students receiving afternoon tea; these activities set Shalom apart from all other schools in the region and result in many school children being involved in sport of some capacity at Shalom.


Other notable people[edit]

Gordon Rochford is a Christian brother who was with the school from its establishment in 1984 until his retirement in 2018. During his time, he would greet students daily as they came into the school. In addition, he would also appear at many school activities and events to take photos and deliver bookmarks to students celebrating birthdays.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Shalom College Bundaberg | Catholic Education Diocese of Rockhampton". Catholic Education Diocese of Rockhampton. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Shalom College Bundaberg". Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  3. ^ Flynn, Joe (30 December 2008). "Suellen's on the way to stardom". Bundaberg News Mail. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  4. ^ Marsh, Vanessa (11 February 2013). "Sporting facility is off and running". Bundaberg News Mail. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  5. ^ FAT BMX Promotions. "FAT FAVOURITES list with Jack Fahey - Interviews - News". FAT BMX.
  6. ^ "Teen signs international contract". Bundaberg News Mail. 25 February 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2015.

External links[edit]