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Shalom Christian College

Contact

Name: Christopher England

Position: Principal

Email: accounts@shalomcollege.qld.edu.au

Address

190 Hervey Range Rd

Townsville

Queensland Region 4815

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Our Mission / Objective

The purpose of Shalom Christian College is to provide an environment in which young Indigenous people can prosper spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, physically and materially,and be empowered for life in all its fullness.

In doing this, Shalom Christian College provides programs which:

  • Offer Primary and Secondary Education that meet state and national standards.
  • Have a special focus on literacy as an English as a Second Language (ESL) school, and to grow numeracy skills.
  • Provide opportunities for developing Christian beliefs in an Indigenous spiritual context.
  • Foster strong identity, self-esteem, and pride in their cultural heritage as Indigenous Australians.
  • Empower students to control their directions in life and to contribute to vibrant futures for their communities.
  • Foster and express Indigenous cultural knowledge, recognising and valuing cultural differences.
  • Develop concepts of social justice and equity and the strategies of political empowerment.
  • Actively promote parent and community participation in the College fostering Health and Wellbeing across all situations.
  • Provide opportunities for students to participate, and develop their skills, in sport and other recreational activities.
  • Encourage a core of creativity while developing skills for lifelong learning.
  • Foster self-discipline and a work ethic to succeed in Australian society.
  • Provide pathways to training and employment that will lead to economic and financial empowerment.
  • Develop problem-solving skills and encourage critical reflection and analytical thinking.
  • Develop an understanding of the relationship between scientific and non-scientific knowledge.

Our Services

Founded in 1992 by visionary members of Congress, the Indigenous arm of the Uniting Church, and since then, has achieved much success in providing a culturally inclusive curriculum which leads to real pathways for predominantly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from socially and economically disadvantaged communities. The School does not charge student tuition fees. Shalom is a Public Benevolent Institution for the advancement of education and is a registered Deductible Gift Recipient.

Shalom is committed to a full and complete education for all students, but specialises in a Christian education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. This education is in the context of the Australian Curriculum, Indigenous Culture and the teachings of Christ as practiced by the Uniting Church.

At Shalom we focus on the teaching and learning that is appropriate to the needs of our students and founded on best practice so that our students can realise their full potential and make positive, informed choices about their lives.

Shalom caters for Prep to Year 6 (Primary for day students) and Year 7 to Year 12 for day and boarding students. To support the students’ attendance and learning, Shalom operates a bus service for day students and provides all students with breakfast.

The Primary school has a focus on literacy and numeracy. The Secondary school offers scholarships in Sport, Indigenous Health and in VET programmes.

We support the whole student and as part of this, all students have access to the full time school nurse and have access to a Doctor who visits the college during the week. All students are provided with regular health checks.

The school caters for 220 secondary students (70 day and 150 boarding students), who are provided with afterschool and weekend activities which both interest and extend their skills and development.

Our Beneficiaries

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from socially and economically disadvantaged communities.

Projects in Progress

Closing the Digital Divide

To improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary school students’ educational opportunities through access to new technologies and by contributing continual and meaningful change to teaching and learning in our School that will prepare our students for further education, training and to live and work in a digital world.

With a high proportion of students who come with low literacy and numeracy skills, it is vital that students engage more interactively, thereby optimizing learning experiences. The term ‘digital divide’ refers to the gap between those with and those without access to computers and the Internet. The emphasis on an Independent school such as Shalom is therefore about the quality and nature of the access and how the technologies such as iPads in classrooms can also be influenced by the cultural resources and knowledge of our students and their family to enrich student learning.

The School is also aiming to continue to build digital literacy skills for all of our students to enable children and young people from the various communities to use technologies and also to also engage in more meaningful social practices in the social, cultural and economic facets of their daily lives.

The School is looking to increase the ratio of iPads to students to enable one to one access to technology, rather than the current ratio of one iPad to every five students. This would provide students with more opportunities in the future and to embrace new technology and take control of their own learning. It would also better equip the School with the tools to meet the new curriculum standards and expectations.

The provision of additional iPads would integrate with our existing IT system and be used from a holistic approach encompassing the key learning areas, thus extending learning far beyond the classroom.

The primary goal is to equip every child with an iPad which will remain in the classroom to be utilised in a supportive, yet challenging user-friendly learning environment. In the early years, it would be a time of discovery and building confidence, sense of well-being and a willingness to learn. For the middle to upper years, it will build students’ capacities as independent, responsible and technologically aware learners.

Shalom Christian College is seeking funding for the cost of purchasing new iPads and durable long lasting covers to increase the ratio of access technology to students.

Café Kulcha

For most of these students traditional Tertiary study is not possible for a range of reasons and the School is looking for ways to equip them for future employment. As a part of our course of study that is offered, senior students can complete a Cert III in Remote Indigenous Health Worker, which will not only give the students skills for life, but could give a base job at a clinic that is in most remote communities or be a stepping stone to further study in a medical field.

The school is looking at other ways of opening doors and pathways for work. Last year the School sponsored 8 students to train for and obtain their “Road Roller Driver ticket” and “Grader ticket”. We are now working with TPA (Training Personnel Australia) to increase this opportunity with a Cert II and Cert III in Road Surfacing that will give students more options in the future and where they can continue to live in their own communities. We are currently in discussions with the Government about possible funding for this initiative.

There are very limited options for Indigenous young people to find work, particularly in remote areas. Today, hospitality and coffee in particular is taking over the world and growing at an amazing rate. From Road Houses to Cafes to McDonalds, the demand for coffee and a good Barista is high for full-time, part-time, casual and temporary positions.

The goal of the School is to get interested students trained through TAFE Queensland North by enrolling them in a Become a Barista course. Students will gain the basic knowledge needed to gain employment in cafés, restaurants or hotel establishments as a Barista. The workplace hygiene unit will allow a path for students to be a food handler as well as being aware of the hygeine requirements as a Barista. The School is currently leasing a coffee machine through The Classic Coffee Company in Kirwan so that students will be able to practice throughout the year and be both confident and competent in making a great coffee when they return home or work in Townsville.

Shalom Christian College is seeking funding for the cost of training 16 senior students to undertake the SITHFAB204 Prepare and Serve Espresso Coffee (Barista including Hygiene) at TAFE Queensland North which will equip students with skills to increase the potential of long-term employment and connection to the wider community.

Other Projects

There are also a number of other projects that the school would like to make available to students, that would increase their employment prospects and health and wellbeing, if money can be secured to fund these. They include:

    Cert ii and iii in Road Surfacing (with tickets that will assist in the construction industry). If this can be done while students are in our larger city, with assistance from TPA, then transitions to work for some students will be easier. This would be done across Years 11 and 12 and has a value of $3000 per student.
    Ceremonial education, in collaboration with the traditional landowners of Townsville, the Bindal and Wulgarukaba people, to use traditional knowledge/teachers to share with students on leadership, relationships, peace-keeping, identity, etc. Costs here vary from bringing in artists to teach ($8000 a week with fees, airfares, accommodation etc) to $70,000 to hold the Mawul Rom Ceremony at the school for a week to teach about mediation, health and wholeness.
    Creation of an Indigenous garden and trail for community education with local medicinal, edible and tool-making plants, with ceremonial space and reflective sitting spaces. Cost – $100,000.

Our People

CEO

Chris England, Principal

Leadership Team

Board Members

Elaine Rae
Elaine has over 40 years experience in education, with 20 in leadership positions. She has lengthy experience on school and other not-for-profit boards, including terms chairing various board committees. Elaine joined the Board of Shalom in 2013, established its Education Committee in 2015 and was appointed Chair in 2016.

Michael Millard
Chair of Shalom Christian College Board (2014-2015); Education consultant working with Shalom (2012-2013; previously served on the boards of The Lakes College (Chairman) and Moreton Bay College; member of the Uniting Church Schools and Residential Colleges Commission (current); Assessor with Non State Schools Accreditation Board (current); Principal of Calvary Christian College (1998-2008); member of the Education and Building Committee of the Queensland Independent Schools Block Grant Authority (current).

Bruce Cornish
Bruce has had over 30 years’ experience in ministry placements within the Uniting Church across Queensland including placements in Mt Isa, Tully, Ingham, Townsville and Brisbane. For almost 10 years (2005 – 2014) he was the Presbytery Minister (Leader) of the Uniting Church in North Queensland having pastoral and administrational oversight of all the Uniting Churches in North Queensland. He is also a qualified & registered teacher who spent 4 years teaching in Aurukun on Cape York Peninsula. Bruce is currently on, and has been a past member of, a number of governance boards and Councils within the Uniting Church and related entities. Bruce has a passion for helping enable Aboriginal and Islander young people achieve their full potential and has been a part of the Board of Shalom Christian College since the new board was established in mid-2013.

Professor Yvonne Cadet-James

Yvonne Cadet-James
Yvonne is an Aboriginal person and elder from the Gugu Badhun nation, Valley of Lagoons in north Queensland. She is currently employed at JCU responsible for teaching, research and community engagement in the School of Indigenous Australian Studies. Her research interests include social and emotional wellbeing; addressing alcohol, tobacco and cannabis and the ethical conduct of research in an Indigenous context. Yvonne is a representative on international, national and local committees, boards and forums and an invited speaker at such events.

Richard Wallace
20 years Pastoral Ministry, Australian Indigenous support ministry, 12 years Tertiary Education experience in Indigenous contexts. Curriculum development and delivery in Australian Indigenous contexts.

chad walker

Chad Walker
Chad has over 10 years of experience in general management including the retail, asset and education sectors. Chad joined the Audit, Risk and Finance Committee in April, 2015 and was elected to Chair of that committee in January 2016. Chad is a member of the Tax Institute and the Australian Institute of Management.

Scott Anderson
Scott Anderson has operated his own Indigenous Consultancy Business for over 10 years and has worked extensively across a variety of industry sectors and within the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander community. Scott Anderson is the current Chair of the Townsville Regional Indigenous Business Network and is also a member of the Australian Christian Churches (ACC) National Indigenous Forum, which represents the interests of Indigenous Ministries within the ACC. Scott has worked at the executive management level within the Australian Public Service and has worked for many years within Indigenous community organisations. Scott is currently employed with TAFE Queensland North as a Business Development Officer where he works with Indigenous people, organisations and communities developing training programs to support business growth.

Dennis Corowa
The Rev. Dennis Corowa is the National UAICC Chairperson. Rev. Corowa is also Chairperson of the Queensland UAICC Regional Committee (Calvary Presbytery). Dennis has been involved with Congress since 1985, working in congregational ministry and school and prison chaplaincy.

Registration Information

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Our Annual Reports

Our Mission / Objective

The purpose of Shalom Christian College is to provide an environment in which young Indigenous people can prosper spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, physically and materially,and be empowered for life in all its fullness.

In doing this, Shalom Christian College provides programs which:

  • Offer Primary and Secondary Education that meet state and national standards.
  • Have a special focus on literacy as an English as a Second Language (ESL) school, and to grow numeracy skills.
  • Provide opportunities for developing Christian beliefs in an Indigenous spiritual context.
  • Foster strong identity, self-esteem, and pride in their cultural heritage as Indigenous Australians.
  • Empower students to control their directions in life and to contribute to vibrant futures for their communities.
  • Foster and express Indigenous cultural knowledge, recognising and valuing cultural differences.
  • Develop concepts of social justice and equity and the strategies of political empowerment.
  • Actively promote parent and community participation in the College fostering Health and Wellbeing across all situations.
  • Provide opportunities for students to participate, and develop their skills, in sport and other recreational activities.
  • Encourage a core of creativity while developing skills for lifelong learning.
  • Foster self-discipline and a work ethic to succeed in Australian society.
  • Provide pathways to training and employment that will lead to economic and financial empowerment.
  • Develop problem-solving skills and encourage critical reflection and analytical thinking.
  • Develop an understanding of the relationship between scientific and non-scientific knowledge.

Our Services

Founded in 1992 by visionary members of Congress, the Indigenous arm of the Uniting Church, and since then, has achieved much success in providing a culturally inclusive curriculum which leads to real pathways for predominantly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from socially and economically disadvantaged communities. The School does not charge student tuition fees. Shalom is a Public Benevolent Institution for the advancement of education and is a registered Deductible Gift Recipient.

Shalom is committed to a full and complete education for all students, but specialises in a Christian education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. This education is in the context of the Australian Curriculum, Indigenous Culture and the teachings of Christ as practiced by the Uniting Church.

At Shalom we focus on the teaching and learning that is appropriate to the needs of our students and founded on best practice so that our students can realise their full potential and make positive, informed choices about their lives.

Shalom caters for Prep to Year 6 (Primary for day students) and Year 7 to Year 12 for day and boarding students. To support the students’ attendance and learning, Shalom operates a bus service for day students and provides all students with breakfast.

The Primary school has a focus on literacy and numeracy. The Secondary school offers scholarships in Sport, Indigenous Health and in VET programmes.

We support the whole student and as part of this, all students have access to the full time school nurse and have access to a Doctor who visits the college during the week. All students are provided with regular health checks.

The school caters for 220 secondary students (70 day and 150 boarding students), who are provided with afterschool and weekend activities which both interest and extend their skills and development.

Our Beneficiaries

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from socially and economically disadvantaged communities.

Projects in Progress

Closing the Digital Divide

To improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary school students’ educational opportunities through access to new technologies and by contributing continual and meaningful change to teaching and learning in our School that will prepare our students for further education, training and to live and work in a digital world.

With a high proportion of students who come with low literacy and numeracy skills, it is vital that students engage more interactively, thereby optimizing learning experiences. The term ‘digital divide’ refers to the gap between those with and those without access to computers and the Internet. The emphasis on an Independent school such as Shalom is therefore about the quality and nature of the access and how the technologies such as iPads in classrooms can also be influenced by the cultural resources and knowledge of our students and their family to enrich student learning.

The School is also aiming to continue to build digital literacy skills for all of our students to enable children and young people from the various communities to use technologies and also to also engage in more meaningful social practices in the social, cultural and economic facets of their daily lives.

The School is looking to increase the ratio of iPads to students to enable one to one access to technology, rather than the current ratio of one iPad to every five students. This would provide students with more opportunities in the future and to embrace new technology and take control of their own learning. It would also better equip the School with the tools to meet the new curriculum standards and expectations.

The provision of additional iPads would integrate with our existing IT system and be used from a holistic approach encompassing the key learning areas, thus extending learning far beyond the classroom.

The primary goal is to equip every child with an iPad which will remain in the classroom to be utilised in a supportive, yet challenging user-friendly learning environment. In the early years, it would be a time of discovery and building confidence, sense of well-being and a willingness to learn. For the middle to upper years, it will build students’ capacities as independent, responsible and technologically aware learners.

Shalom Christian College is seeking funding for the cost of purchasing new iPads and durable long lasting covers to increase the ratio of access technology to students.

Café Kulcha

For most of these students traditional Tertiary study is not possible for a range of reasons and the School is looking for ways to equip them for future employment. As a part of our course of study that is offered, senior students can complete a Cert III in Remote Indigenous Health Worker, which will not only give the students skills for life, but could give a base job at a clinic that is in most remote communities or be a stepping stone to further study in a medical field.

The school is looking at other ways of opening doors and pathways for work. Last year the School sponsored 8 students to train for and obtain their “Road Roller Driver ticket” and “Grader ticket”. We are now working with TPA (Training Personnel Australia) to increase this opportunity with a Cert II and Cert III in Road Surfacing that will give students more options in the future and where they can continue to live in their own communities. We are currently in discussions with the Government about possible funding for this initiative.

There are very limited options for Indigenous young people to find work, particularly in remote areas. Today, hospitality and coffee in particular is taking over the world and growing at an amazing rate. From Road Houses to Cafes to McDonalds, the demand for coffee and a good Barista is high for full-time, part-time, casual and temporary positions.

The goal of the School is to get interested students trained through TAFE Queensland North by enrolling them in a Become a Barista course. Students will gain the basic knowledge needed to gain employment in cafés, restaurants or hotel establishments as a Barista. The workplace hygiene unit will allow a path for students to be a food handler as well as being aware of the hygeine requirements as a Barista. The School is currently leasing a coffee machine through The Classic Coffee Company in Kirwan so that students will be able to practice throughout the year and be both confident and competent in making a great coffee when they return home or work in Townsville.

Shalom Christian College is seeking funding for the cost of training 16 senior students to undertake the SITHFAB204 Prepare and Serve Espresso Coffee (Barista including Hygiene) at TAFE Queensland North which will equip students with skills to increase the potential of long-term employment and connection to the wider community.

Other Projects

There are also a number of other projects that the school would like to make available to students, that would increase their employment prospects and health and wellbeing, if money can be secured to fund these. They include:

    Cert ii and iii in Road Surfacing (with tickets that will assist in the construction industry). If this can be done while students are in our larger city, with assistance from TPA, then transitions to work for some students will be easier. This would be done across Years 11 and 12 and has a value of $3000 per student.
    Ceremonial education, in collaboration with the traditional landowners of Townsville, the Bindal and Wulgarukaba people, to use traditional knowledge/teachers to share with students on leadership, relationships, peace-keeping, identity, etc. Costs here vary from bringing in artists to teach ($8000 a week with fees, airfares, accommodation etc) to $70,000 to hold the Mawul Rom Ceremony at the school for a week to teach about mediation, health and wholeness.
    Creation of an Indigenous garden and trail for community education with local medicinal, edible and tool-making plants, with ceremonial space and reflective sitting spaces. Cost – $100,000.

Our People

CEO

Chris England, Principal

Leadership Team

Board Members

Elaine Rae
Elaine has over 40 years experience in education, with 20 in leadership positions. She has lengthy experience on school and other not-for-profit boards, including terms chairing various board committees. Elaine joined the Board of Shalom in 2013, established its Education Committee in 2015 and was appointed Chair in 2016.

Michael Millard
Chair of Shalom Christian College Board (2014-2015); Education consultant working with Shalom (2012-2013; previously served on the boards of The Lakes College (Chairman) and Moreton Bay College; member of the Uniting Church Schools and Residential Colleges Commission (current); Assessor with Non State Schools Accreditation Board (current); Principal of Calvary Christian College (1998-2008); member of the Education and Building Committee of the Queensland Independent Schools Block Grant Authority (current).

Bruce Cornish
Bruce has had over 30 years’ experience in ministry placements within the Uniting Church across Queensland including placements in Mt Isa, Tully, Ingham, Townsville and Brisbane. For almost 10 years (2005 – 2014) he was the Presbytery Minister (Leader) of the Uniting Church in North Queensland having pastoral and administrational oversight of all the Uniting Churches in North Queensland. He is also a qualified & registered teacher who spent 4 years teaching in Aurukun on Cape York Peninsula. Bruce is currently on, and has been a past member of, a number of governance boards and Councils within the Uniting Church and related entities. Bruce has a passion for helping enable Aboriginal and Islander young people achieve their full potential and has been a part of the Board of Shalom Christian College since the new board was established in mid-2013.

Professor Yvonne Cadet-James

Yvonne Cadet-James
Yvonne is an Aboriginal person and elder from the Gugu Badhun nation, Valley of Lagoons in north Queensland. She is currently employed at JCU responsible for teaching, research and community engagement in the School of Indigenous Australian Studies. Her research interests include social and emotional wellbeing; addressing alcohol, tobacco and cannabis and the ethical conduct of research in an Indigenous context. Yvonne is a representative on international, national and local committees, boards and forums and an invited speaker at such events.

Richard Wallace
20 years Pastoral Ministry, Australian Indigenous support ministry, 12 years Tertiary Education experience in Indigenous contexts. Curriculum development and delivery in Australian Indigenous contexts.

chad walker

Chad Walker
Chad has over 10 years of experience in general management including the retail, asset and education sectors. Chad joined the Audit, Risk and Finance Committee in April, 2015 and was elected to Chair of that committee in January 2016. Chad is a member of the Tax Institute and the Australian Institute of Management.

Scott Anderson
Scott Anderson has operated his own Indigenous Consultancy Business for over 10 years and has worked extensively across a variety of industry sectors and within the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander community. Scott Anderson is the current Chair of the Townsville Regional Indigenous Business Network and is also a member of the Australian Christian Churches (ACC) National Indigenous Forum, which represents the interests of Indigenous Ministries within the ACC. Scott has worked at the executive management level within the Australian Public Service and has worked for many years within Indigenous community organisations. Scott is currently employed with TAFE Queensland North as a Business Development Officer where he works with Indigenous people, organisations and communities developing training programs to support business growth.

Dennis Corowa
The Rev. Dennis Corowa is the National UAICC Chairperson. Rev. Corowa is also Chairperson of the Queensland UAICC Regional Committee (Calvary Presbytery). Dennis has been involved with Congress since 1985, working in congregational ministry and school and prison chaplaincy.

Registration Information

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Our Annual Reports

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