McGuire College Newsletter

15 February 2019
Issue Two
Principal Report
New Staff 2019
Health & Wellbeing Team
Melbourne Football Club Visit
Year 12 Start up Program
Important Dates
Student Vaccine Program
Information for Parents
Community Notices
McGuire College
(03) 5858 9800
92 - 100 WilmotRoad
Shepparton, Victoria, 3630

Principal Report

Dear Parents and Friends,


It has been a busy and productive week at McGuire College!


Last Thursday and Friday our Year 12 students took part in a two-day Study Skills Camp at La Trobe University, Shepparton campus. The motivation, study skills and team building program was supported by LaTrobe and GoTAFE. 


Teachers and students were able to build strong bonds and feedback received from students was that they have gained new skills to assist them to be successful throughout 2019 and beyond. Thank you to the Senior Team, who supported this work, we know this opportunity will support our Year 12s as they work throughout the year.


Year 7 Welcome BBQ:

On Wednesday evening the College hosted a BBQ for our Year 7 families to welcome them to McGuire.  We had a fabulous turn out with over 100 families attending on the evening. Families and students engaged in some friendly and relaxed conversations with their teachers and were entertained by the McGuire College school band.  Thank you to everyone who joined us.




Students and staff  welcomed the Greater Shepparton College Principal Genevieve Simson to McGuire College last Friday morning – Genevieve is looking forward to spending time with each of the four secondary schools each week.  The five Principals, inclusive of Genevieve and the four current secondary school Principals have committed to working together each week as we begin planning for our new school.  We look forward to sharing updates of the project as we progress.



This year staff teams from across the four Greater Shepparton Colleges will be engaging in professional development to support student engagement and wellbeing. In today’s changing and complex world, many secondary school students encounter daily challenges that can impact their success at school. These can range from ongoing stress and a lack of family support to a specific traumatic event, because of this our schools need specialised strategies to address student needs for healing, growth, and achievement. Teaching and support staff teams will engage in training in The Berry Street Education Model which provides curriculum and strategies to engage the most challenging students. This education initiative is based on proven positive education, trauma-informed and wellbeing practices that enable students’ academic and personal growth. The model is unique because it educates schools and their leaders to reinforce and sustain cognitive and behavioural change, thereby re-engaging young people in learning and progressing their academic achievement. We look forward to sharing more as we progress.



Have a great week!


Claire Kelly





New Staff 2019

This year we welcome 18 new teachers to our staff!

We have 8 new Teach for Australia staff who come to us with many rich learning experiences from their previous roles. 

We welcome:

Levi Barker, Megan Hunter and Beth Taylor to Science,

Tamara Sullivan to Maths, 

Ashley Murphy and Anna De Smit to English,

Nikki Richardson to Art,

Jamie De Smit to our Health PE team,

Scott Dickson to our Humanities team,



Other new teachers joining us this year include:

Nic Facey, Lu Yang, Soji Joseph and Rene Britz to Maths,

Lucy Ibrahim and Megan Hunter to Science,

Stephanie Tregear and Jess McKinnis to English,

Stephanie Fry to Art,

Adam Fox to Technology,

Jess McKinnis is also our school representative working closely with our new executive principal – Genevieve Simson - and a range of teachers from other local secondary schools to focus on developing an engaging, relevant and differentiated curriculum.

It has been wonderful to have so many new faces to meet at McGuire and our new teachers have enjoyed getting to know our students.



Welcome also to new Education support staff:

Linda Berry, Leanne Coote, Krystal Markey & Tracey McDonald - Classroom Aides

Kerrie Priestly - Canteen



Health & Wellbeing Team

Mark Metcalf

Hi Everyone,

My name is Mark Metcalf and I am the School Nurse at McGuire College.  I work across all year levels running health promotion activities and health education, as well as working with young people to promote healthy lifestyles for everyone.  I am at McGuire College on Mondays and Thursdays.

Kerrie Young

Hello, I am Kerrie  Young , the senior school social worker and I work with students in the Year 10, 11 and 12.  I am excited to be working with these three years levels as students move into VCAL and VCE and are facing the ups and downs of becoming young adults. I look forward to helping support your child to reach their full potential.  

Lay Napier

My name is Lay, I’m a social worker in wellbeing. I began at McGuire in June 2018 in the wellbeing team, coming previously from Latrobe.

In 2019 I am working with the Year 8 & 9 co-hort, supporting wellbeing needs, working in close collaboration with Year Level Leaders, teaching and support staff, as well as external agencies within the local community.

Gabby McKindley

My name is Gabby McKindley, in addition to supporting the wellbeing needs of all students at McGuire, my focus will be working closely with our wonderful Year 7s to ensure their transition to Secondary school is a successful one. I am enjoying getting to know all of them and re-connecting with some familiar faces from my time working in a primary school setting.

If you or your child would like to receive support from a member of our Health and Wellbeing team, please contact the College.


Watch this space for regular updates from the team.


Melbourne Football Club Visit

On Thursday 7th February McGuire College was fortunate to have a visit from Melbourne Football Club players, Jeff Garlett and Neville Jetta. They spoke to our students about their journey as kids growing up in country Western Australia to the hard work required to become an AFL footballer. Such inspirational stories that were appreciated by all in the room.


Thank you to  AFL Goulburn Murray, Melbourne Football Club and our Sports Coordinator James Griffin for the organisation of this event.



Year 12 Start up Program

The 2019 Year 12 Start Up Program was held at La Trobe Shepparton Campus. Students experienced a wide variety of activities designed to support their last year at secondary school.


These included:

  • Former McGuire College students talking about University life
  • How to apply for University
  • Bully Zero Program
  • GV Health and Wellbeing presentation
  • Careers presentation
  • Team bonding - "O-Week" activities
  • Year level dinner
  • Team building activities

The 2 day program was extremely beneficial to our Year 12 cohort providing them with the opportunity to experience University life and gain skills to help survive Year 12.




McGuire College Swimming Sports will be held on Wednesday 20th February at Aquamoves swimming pool.  All students are expected to attend the swimming sports, there will be no classes running at school on Wednesday.  All students must have  has a signed a permission form.  

Students will be bussed to and from the venue and will be back at McGuire College before 3.15pm.


James Griffin – Sports Coordinator

Important Dates


Wednesday 20th:  Swimming Sports

Thursday 21st:  School Council Meeting


Monday 11th: Labour Day Holiday

Friday 15th: Senior Summer Sports

Tuesday 19th: Year 12 Drive for Life

Wednesday 21st: Success Integrated

Thursday 28th: School Council Meeting

Friday 29th: Year 7 Immunisations


Wednesday 3rd: Parent Teacher Interviews, 4.00-6pm

Thursday 4th: School Closure Day

Friday 5th: Parent Teacher Interviews, 10am - 1pm

Student Vaccine Program

Secondary School Vaccine Program for Year 7 & 10 students


The Secondary School Vaccine Program offers free vaccines to help make sure students and communities are protected from diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, human papillomavirus (HPV) and meningococcal A,C,W,Y. 


Local councils deliver the program and schools distribute the information and consent card booklets.


The Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 authorises secondary schools to provide their local council with student and parent/guardian contact information for any student scheduled to receive a vaccination. This information assists local councils to follow-up parents/guardians of students with incomplete or missing consent cards.


What information goes to local council?

Schools provide the following basic student and parent/guardian contact information:

  • Student name, gender, date of birth, year level, class, language(s) spoken at home
  • Parent/guardian names, phone numbers, email and postal addresses

Why do schools provide this information?

  • To ensure all Year 7 and 10 students are offered the opportunity to access free vaccinations at school.
  • To improve communication with parents/guardians regarding their child’s vaccination needs
  • To reduce the administrative burden on school staff to follow-up consent cards


What do I need to do?

  1. Your information will be provided to The City of Greater Shepparton in March 2018. If you do not wish for your details to be provided, please advise the school in writing.
  2. Read the information provided in your child’s consent card booklet and complete all sections, regardless of whether or not you consent for your child to be vaccinated as part of the school-based program.
  3. Detach Part A of the consent card booklet with all fields completed, and return to school.

Every day vaccination saves lives and makes it possible for Victorians to live free from the illness and disability caused by many infectious diseases. All Year 7 and 10 Victorian secondary students can receive these vaccines for free.


For further information please go to the following links:



Information for Parents

School Ties

McGuire College school ties are available for purchase from the general office for $10.00.

Student Absences

Parents who call the office to notify of their child/s absence are now required to provide a signed hand written note or medical certificate to have the absence approved.

Asthma Action Plan

Years 7 -12 - Does your child suffer from Asthma?

Have you provided the school with a copy of the Asthma Plan?

If not please contact the school to complete an up to

date form.


McGuire College is a Sunsmart School, and as such, during Terms 1 & 4  students must wear a broad brimmed hat when outside, whether it be walking from the lockers to the canteen, playing sport on the oval or simply walking around the school.

Navy broad-brimmed hats are available for purchase from the general office for $11.00.

Family Email address

It is important that families provide the school with a current email address so that parents can access and receive important school information (student reports, absences, accounts, newsletters).

 You can notify us by calling the office, send an email or a note from home.

2019 CSEF

All students who claimed for CSEF in 2018 your claim will be automatically generated for 2019.

Please call into McGuire College with your current healthcare/pension card if your son/daughter is a NEW student to McGuire College for 2019


If you have a current healthcare/pension card and did not claim In 2018 for CSEF.


School Accounts

If you receive Centrelink payments and wish to make regular fortnightly payments please call into the General Office to process.

Please contact Loretta Huggard on 58589800 if you wish to discuss. Thank You

Cyber Relationships


Community Notices

Katandra Football Netball Club


KFNC  are looking for new players aged between 12 – 17, & their families to join our great club.


Subsidised membership packages

Two for one meal deal at the Telegraph Hotel, Numurkah (Conditions Apply)

Thursday night community draw - with the opportunity to win between $500 - $5000

Opportunity for free travel from surrounding area

Additional incentives as required

U/17’s contact Tyson Cheer 0409 020 943 &

Nathan White 0409 416 392.

U/14’s contact Ross Opie 0409 557 129 & Brett Walters 0418 384 380

Colour Kyabram Run


Chinese New Year


NOW Festival - Nagambie


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