Shalom Catholic College

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Shalom College

Established1984 (1984)
PrincipalDan McMahon

Shalom College is a Catholic 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 principal (as of 2016) is Dan McMahon. In 2016, there were 2017 students enrolled at the school.[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 from time to time, i.e. for camps, retreats, etc. The land on which the school is built was donated by Walter Adams. Mr Adams is buried in the Catholic cemetery, adjacent to the school grounds on Fitzgerald Street. The college sporting house "Adams" was named for Adams in recognition and appreciation of his generosity.

Sporting Houses[edit]

The sport 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 Brother 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 Saint Mary MacKillop courage First Australian saint and founder of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart
McAuley forest green Sister Catherine McAuley mercy Founder of the Sisters of Mercy
Rice yellow Edmund Rice liberation Founder of the Christian Brothers in Ireland
Walsh maroon Father Paddy Walsh valour Parish priest in Bundaberg and chaplain in Changi Prisoner-of-War Camp


At Shalom a wide range of sports and extra-curricular activities are offered. These activities include; Soccer, Basketball, Softball, Netball, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Rowing and Surfing. Shalom Catholic College is also strongly represented in the region in events such as track and field, swimming and cross country running. However, three of the most noteworthy extra long curricular activities offered at Shalom are robotics, aero modeling and competitive computer gaming. These three 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.

House Captaincy[edit]

At Shalom College each Sporting House has two house captains: traditionally one male and one female. This has been the case since the foundation of Shalom Catholic College. However, due to a tie in the votes for the Male Captain for Chisholm house in 2016, There were two Male house captains for Chisholm that year. The Male House captains, were, Incidentally, twin brothers.


  • Suellen Cusack, Professional Singer [3]
  • Simon Doyle, Australian 1500m Men's Champion 1990 [4]
  • Jack Fahey, Pro BMX rider [5][6]

Other notable people[edit]

Brother Gordon Rochford, who has been with the school since its establishment, is a Christian brother, who is not a member of staff but is regarded as one anyway, he is a very notable figure, as he will remember every student's birthday, every year, for the five years that they spend at the school, he is also the first person to greet you in the morning when you arrive at the College.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Shalom College Bundaberg | Catholic Education Diocese of Rockhampton". Catholic Education Diocese of Rockhampton. Retrieved 2016-02-19.
  2. ^ "Shalom College Bundaberg". Retrieved 2015-11-08.
  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.

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Coordinates: 24°53′44″S 152°20′20″E / 24.8955°S 152.3388°E / -24.8955; 152.3388