McGuire College Newsletter

17 May 2019
Issue Seven
Principals Report
Music News
Year 8 
Sun Country Cup
From the Office
Community News
McGuire College
(03) 5858 9800
92 - 100 WilmotRoad
Shepparton, Victoria, 3630

Principals Report

Dear Parents and Friends,

It’s been a busy week at McGuire College!  On Monday we welcomed families from across the area to our open day – students and parents took part in school tours led by student leaders from across the four College communities.  We also welcome several hundred families for presentations on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Feedback from the sessions has been positive, we encourage all families to continue to engage with us and ask questions about next steps, your questions and feedback is always welcome.



As many of you may have seen in the local papers, Minister Merlino visited Mooroopna Secondary College on Thursday to announce a uniform support package for the new school.

Families will receive a $200 uniform voucher for each child enrolled with Greater Shepparton College (interim name) in Term 4, to assist with the purchase of a new school uniform ready for 2020 commencement. These uniform vouchers can be redeemed at local uniform supply stores.

This is a one-off, and not common, investment from the Victorian government as part of their commitment to the school merger, which we are sure will be welcomed by families.

The school has established a uniform committee and is working on finalising colours and uniform items at the moment.  We look forward to sharing more with you soon.


As part of the open days this week we developed an information booklet about plans for the new school – the following is taken directly from the booklet.

Greater Shepparton College (interim name)


The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.

~ Robert Maynard Hutchins

A school’s academic culture is based on values, attitudes, behaviours and traditions that are etched into the everyday operation of the school. Our academic culture comes from the diversity that exists in our school. We aim to ensure a sense of belonging within the school and allow our students to achieve individual and collective success.

Greater Shepparton College (interim name) generates a strong academic culture by:

• Focusing on exemplary teaching and learning.

• Incorporating 21st Century Learning Skills

• Ensuring that every student will achieve success and that the success is celebrated

• Developing high quality teacher practice

• Ensuring our community (teachers, students and parents) embrace the college values

• Providing students with the appropriate time and support (resources) to achieve their best

• Creating strong leadership that continually looks for improvement in students and staff

• Maintaining a physical environment that supports success and pride


Thank you for your continued support.


Kind regards 

Claire Kelly






Important Dates – Term 2

  • NAPLAN: 14th May – 24th May
  • Senior Winter Sports: 23rd May
  • Junior Winter Sports: 28th May
  • Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday: 10th June
  • GAT Test: 12th June
  • School Council Meeting: 13th June
  • Debutante Ball: 14th June
  • Year 12 Camp: 26th June – 28th June

Year 7 2020 (Update)

Additional tours of the McGuire Campus will be offered each Monday morning for the remainder of Term 2, commencing at 9:30am.

Please contact the office to book your place on 5858 9800.


Dealing with Change

'Then you better start swimmin’

Or you’ll sink like a stone

For the times they are a-changin’

(Bob Dylan ‘The times they are a changin’)

There is an old saying that there are only two certainties in life: ‘Taxes and Death’! However, dealing with change is something that all of us face at some time. For young people, dealing with change can be quite stressful. The REACH website provides the following seven tips for dealing with change.


1. Think things through and ask, ‘What’s the worst that can happen?’

We're often scared of change because we’re afraid of the unknown. And a good way to deal with the unknown is to think things through carefully. Imagine all of the different possible outcomes, and then decide what would be your best- and worst-case scenarios. Write them down, if it helps. Another great strategy is to think about the last time you were faced with a big change and got through it okay. Remember how scary it was starting high school or learning to drive? Sometimes it’s not as bad as it seems at first, and may just take a little time to get used to.

2. Ask yourself how much you can control

When a big change occurs, it’s important to figure out how much control over the situation you really have. Understanding your role and how much you can change can help you put things in perspective. For example, if you've just moved out of home, there are many small things you can do to make the process easier. Make a to-do list and check each item off when you complete it.





3. Accept and reframe

If the unwanted change is beyond your control, try taking a reflective approach. Accepting that there are things beyond your control, and choosing to be comfortable with that fact, is likely to bring greater peace of mind than waging an unwinnable war. View change as an opportunity to learn and grow, rather than as a setback, even if you have to fake it until you make it!

4. Celebrate the positives

Even though it can be a tough ask, focusing on the positives can really help you manage change. While the positive aspects of a situation might not be obvious to begin with, it’s worth seeking them out – no matter how small they might be. For example, if you’ve moved recently, you might be away from your friends, but it's also a great way to learn how to be more independent. Try to make the best of the situation. You can still call and write to those friends, and plan to visit them!

5. Take action

If the unwanted change is within your control, take an active approach to dealing with it. Try some problem-solving techniques, or set some goals to proactively address any challenges. Focusing on the problem at hand, developing a plan of action, and asking for advice are useful active strategies.

6. Manage your stress

Improving your ability to handle stress will go a long way to helping you deal with change. Try practising mindfulness or meditation, or engaging in other relaxation techniques.

7. Seek support

It’s perfectly normal to feel overwhelmed if the change you’re facing is really big, or there’s too much change happening all at once. This is when it might be best to seek support. Consider asking friends or family for help or emotional support. Or you can look at some options for getting professional help. Whether you’re coping with a Game of Thrones season ending or dealing with something more serious, there are always others in similar situations and professionals available to help.

REACH provides a wide range of wellbeing tips for young people.


Vince Branigan



Careers Program Term 2

We have had a very busy start to Term 2 with Industry Links excursions to WB Hunters for our Year 10 Industry and Enterprise students, Leocata’s Transport in Tatura with our Year 12 VCAL class and visits to our schools by the Australian Defence Force, Deakin University and the University of Melbourne.

We also had four students commence a term long Trade Taster program with these students attending GOTAFE every Friday “tasting” a range of different courses over the term from Automotive through to Baking.


We have lots more visits from further education providers throughout this term including Academy of Interactive Education, RMIT and La Trobe University just to name a few.

We have excursions to GV Health and Melbourne University School of Rural Health and the Shepparton Law Courts. 


Always lots happening in Careers so pop in and see us to find out how you can be involved.  And who knows, maybe on the day you visit, we might have our four legged little helper, Miss Ruby in the office for you to say hi to.  Ruby is coming in one day a week and visiting classes to assist our students overcome fears they may have about dogs that would prevent them from entering a workplace or further education provider. So far, she has assisted three of our Year 12 students overcome their fears, they now love spending time with Ruby and have the confidence to enter into work places where there may be an assistance dog.

Lynda & Ant



Universities coming to Shepparton.

Universities will be holding a range of meet and greet opportunities in Shepparton over the next two months and this is a great opportunity for students and families to talk to university representatives without having to travel to Melbourne to do so.


Please see the links below for further details. You must register to attend these events.

Meet Monash in Shepparton – Wednesday 15th May 2019


Meet RMIT in Shepparton 4th June 2019  -


Meet Melbourne in Shepparton – 30th July 2019-


July School Holiday Experience Programs

Many further education institutions and universities provide experience days for students during the Term 2 school holidays. These programs provide a wonderful opportunity for students to have a hands on, workshop experience in an area they may interested in studying post secondary school.


Please see the links below to some of these days.  I encourage you to check out the website of the further education institutions and/or universities you are interested to see what they have on offer during the Term 2 holidays.  You must register to attend these events and get in early as they fill up quickly!!


Deakinspire Days  - Waurn Ponds Campus – 2nd July, Burwood Campus 4th July -


La Trobe University Experience Days – Various dates at various campus– July 2019


Academy of Interactive Education – Various dates -


Monash University – Various events -


Lynda Bruce

Careers & Pathways Practitioner

E:  [email protected]



VU2U Roadshow is coming to you


"They will not care how much you know, until they know how much you care" - Aristotle

Music News


Riverlinks Cushion Concert

Congratulations to the Marimba Ensemble for presenting a very popular

Concert for Riverlinks last week. Our audience of preschoolers were dancing, playing and singing with the Music we played. Cooper L and Cooper S were delighted to meet a young Cooper in the audience!

Thanks to the two Coopers, Matilda, Brianna, Phoebe, Ella, Ellee, Jofet,

Juliana, Mechac, Harry, Denver, Jake and Joshua for entertaining and

representing our school.


School Tours

Thanks also to our Marimba Ensemble for creating a tuneful ambience and welcoming presence to the parents and Grade 6 students visiting McGuire last Monday to get to know the educational opportunities on offer in the new Greater Shepparton College (interim name). It was a long day playing from 10.30 to 5 pm!

Next outing for the Marimbas will be as part of Greater Shepparton Refugee Week activities. Date is TBA. Marimba rehearsals are on Mondays at lunchtime.


Jazz Ensemble

A small ensemble of our Jazz players were available to play music for

Wednesday’s Information Night. We were able to “swing” it with our small ensemble, even without a drummer for the first time slot. Congratulations to Jamie Willaton on Trumpet, Phoebe Johnston on Clarinet and Cooper Lundberg on Alto Sax who played in their first gig with the Jazz Ensemble.

Thanks to Jonathan, Paige, Mr Arnold, Ms Ryan and Joshua!who supported the novices !


We are rehearsing for the Debutante Ball on Friday, June 14  all ensemble members are expected to attend both rehearsals and the performance, which is always a great night for McGuire College.

Put the date in your diary!

We have also entered the Victorian School Music Festival – Jazz section –

which is in August in Melbourne.


The Sapphires

We have 25 tickets available for The Sapphires Musical Production next

Wednesday.  Please get a bus travel form from Ms Ryan if you would

like to go to this professional production of a very heart-warming story.  Riverlinks have specially programmed the timing to allow school students to attend.


Concert Date

Our proposed Semester 1 Concert date is Wednesday, June 5 at 6 pm to 7 pm in E Wing. Put the date in your diary and tell family and friends!!


Yours in harmony!


Gabrielle Ryan and Peter Arnold

Year 8 

The Blue EDGE youth initiative is now in Shepparton thanks to the support of local Police, Aquamoves, Blue Light, Verve Cafe' and local schools. Well done to our Year 8 students involved in this 8 week  program.


Blue EDGE (Educate, Develop, Grow, Empower) is a program of physical training designed to extend a young person's mind and physical capability.

The program also includes career education, motivational speakers and mentoring with a view to having youth actualise their potential. Well done to our students involved in this magnificent program

Sun Country Cup





The last ever McGuire College Sun Country Cup footy team (pictured) is about to take to the ground against GV Grammar School.


James Griffin

Sports Coordinator

From the Office

Debutante Ball Tickets

A reminder that tickets for the 2019 Deb Ball are on sale and can be purchased from the front office at $65 a ticket.
Monday 17th is the last day for purchasing your tickets.


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


Collecting your student early

It is preferable that students do not miss valuable school time to attend appointments that could be scheduled outside of school hours. However, we understand that sometimes this is not possible.  If you need to collect your student before the end of the school day please provide them with a note in the morning that they can show the general office who will issue a pass to give to the classroom teacher  so that they can leave on time.


This way, the student will be waiting at the office to be collected when you arrive.  It is not always timely for students to be located at short notice. Class rooms often change and sport or other activities could mean your student cannot be readily located.


Students should not leave school grounds at any time without signing out at the office

Sick Bay

All students and parents/guardians are reminded of the procedure to follow if a student is feeling unwell at school.

Students who feel unwell should go to the General Office/Sickbay.  If this occurs during class time, students must have their student planner signed or a note from their teacher.

The staff will make the student comfortable and contact parents/guardians to collect the student from school, if it is determined that this is the best course of action.

Students are NOT to text/ring parents/guardians directly during school times to advise if they feel unwell.


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.

Contact Details

We understand that from time to time student details may change. Please remember to notify the office immediately if these details change for you:

  • Mobile numbers
  • Email address
  • Occupation/Employer
  • Work place phone number 

It is also necessary that we have your student Emergency Contacts correct.  In the event of illness or injury, we have a duty of care to ensure that students are only released with a relative or family friend who appears on the student record. 

  • Please review these details from time to time and advise particularly if you need to ADD or REMOVE one of your emergencies.

Homework Help

After school art classes will be running on a Monday from 3:30 - 4:30pm in B4.



In F6 every Tuesday from 3.20 until 4.15 each week. Please bring along any homework or projects that you would like assistance with.



Every Tuesday in C5. All year levels are encouraged to attend. Perfect for getting on top of Homework or getting extra assistance for what you have learnt in class. Don’t be a square, come to Maths help.


Junior Homework

Available every Friday lunch time in F3 for students in Years 7-9. Bring along any homework tasks, projects or assignments that you need to complete.

Community News

Zaidee's Rainbow Foundation



Woolworths Earn & Learn


We are excited to be taking part in the Woolworths Earn & Learn program. You can help our school by collecting Woolworths Earn & Learn Points. Just collect Woolworths Earn & Learn Points when you shop at Woolworths between Wednesday 1st May and Tuesday 25th June 2019. We will redeem these for awesome educational resources for our school. Simply pop them onto a Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker Sheet and once it is completed, just bring it back to school or drop it into the Collection Box at your local Woolies. The more we collect, the more we can redeem. There are thousands of products available through the Woolworths Earn & Learn program, and we would like to get lots of new gear! Products in the range include resources for mathematics, English, science, art & crafts, through to sports gear, library supplies and more. We are grateful for your support and look forward to a successful program. If you have any questions, please ask at school.

WEP Exchange Impact Scholarship Available!

Apply for WEP’s Impact Scholarship and you could win a $2,000 discount on a semester or year student exchange program departing January-March 2020. With two scholarships available, you’ve got double the chances of a win! For more information and to apply, go to or request a free information pack by texting ‘EXCHANGE’ to 0428 246 633.


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