McGuire College Newsletter

22 September 2017
Issue 14
Shepparton Education Plan
Principal's Report
Important Dates
Year 9 Attendance Awards
Year 11 VCAL
Journalism Club
Information for Parents
McGuire College
(03) 5858 9800
92 - 100 WilmotRoad
Shepparton, Victoria, 3630

Shepparton Education Plan

Shepparton Education Plan - Phase 2 engagement

Our community is helping the Victorian Government develop a long-term plan to transform education in the local area.  It aims to give every young person the opportunity to reach their full potential. We are supporting the development of the Shepparton Education Plan.


In June, consultation sought to understand how we can support the needs of young people, and how education outcomes can be improved. Many comments related to secondary education. Local educators have now developed four proposed options for secondary education – ranging from no change, through to significant transformational change.


Now is your opportunity to provide feedback – it is important that everyone has a say now, as feedback will shape the future of secondary education is Shepparton and Mooroopna.


Please go to to:

  • learn about the proposed options to change secondary schools
  • provide feedback and complete the survey
  • learn about drop-in sessions
  • view session times and register to attend the Family and Community workshops.

Principal's Report

Shepparton Education Plan

Many of you will have seen or heard the media publicity this week around the Shepparton Education Plan.  As a community we are working together towards something better for our students, staff and Greater Shepparton community.  Further information is included in this edition of our newsletter and I encourage all of our community members to access the upcoming consultation sessions and to have your say by visiting



Our Year 12s are now in the last stage of their studies in both VCE and VCAL. Next Term VCAL students will be signing off their competencies and VCE students will be preparing for exams. The September holidays are an opportunity to update study timetables and make a start on exam preparation. Our teachers are once again making themselves available during the Term 3 holidays to open E Block as a study centre for our senior students.  Year 12 students are encouraged to make use of this opportunity to study during the upcoming holiday break.  A big thank you is extended to our staff team for making themselves available and giving our students this great opportunity.


Staffing Changes for Term 4

With the Term 4 just around the corner we have a number of staffing changes in place.


Our College community will be saying a temporary farewell to Miss Jamason Lopez as she heads off on maternity and family leave.  Miss Hannah Vibert will be taking on the role of Year 9 Level Leader for Term 4 and we will welcome Miss Polly Shattock, who will take on Jamason’s teaching responsibilities throughout Term 4.


Mrs Megan Dixon will be resuming with us after a period of family leave and taking responsibility for 7C English, 7A English, 8A English and sharing Year 10 English with Mrs Megan Michalaidis.


Mrs Debbie Graham will be continuing with us throughout Term 4 and working with the Year 10 Office Management, Year 11 VCAL Work Related Skills and Year 7D Humanities classes.


Finally, Miss Nicole Craighead will be taking 3 weeks leave and Mrs Lesley O’Shannessy will be joining us to take on Nicole’s classes during her absence.


Student Attendance

With the colder months now behind us we will hopefully see our attendance rates rise again for Term 4.  Term 3 has seen Year 12 being the only Year Level to maintain their attendance rate above 90%, this is a fantastic achievement and one that puts these students in an ideal position for some very positive results at the end of the year.




In Term 4, we challenge all students to strive towards no days away.  Make the most of every opportunity to advance your learning and build your social circle by being at school.


Safe Holiday Break

As our school community takes a break for the next two weeks our Principal Team would like to wish all McGuire College community members a safe and enjoyable break.  We look forward to you joining us again on October 9th for an engaging and productive Term 4.


Kind regards


Brad Moyle


Important Dates


Monday 9th: First day Term 4

Wednesday 18th: Junior Summer Sport

Thursday 19th: School Council Meeting - 7.00pm

Friday 27th: Year 12 final day of classes


Wednesday 1st: Year 12 Exams Commence

Tuesday 7th: Melbourne Cup day

Monday 20th: Year 12 Early Commencement

Tuesday 21st: SEAL Showcase afternoon - 4.30 - 6.00pm

Thursday 23rd: School Council meeting - 7.00pm

Friday 24th: Year 12 Final Assembly

                            Valedictory Dinner



Monday 4th: Year 11 Early Commencement

Monday 11th: Grade 6 Information Night

Tuesday 12th: Grade 6 Orientation Day

Tuesday 19th: Presentation Night - Eastbank


Manipulating the DNA molecule and applying biotechnologies

On Tuesday 15th of August the Year 12 Biology students travelled to Melbourne to attend a program at the Gene Technology Access Centre in the grounds of University High School in Parkville.

The students were immersed in the world of biotechnology as they examined case studies of positive change that have emerged through application of DNA technologies. They used models to demonstrate the processes underpinning various DNA technologies. They performed restriction digests and gel electrophoresis to determine if the gene for Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) had been successfully inserted into a plasmid. The GFP gene was isolated from a jellyfish. They transformed E.coli cells with the recombinant plasmid vector so that they produced GFP. They plated out their transformed E.coli samples on selective media and took these plates back to school to determine if their transformation had been successful. It was!

The students had the opportunity to work with students from Melbourne University and used the opportunity to advance their skills and understanding of gene technology as well as explore the career opportunities in Science at Melbourne University.

Janice Massey

Science Learning Area Leader


Student reflections:

On Friday the 8th of September we were fortunate enough to attend the VicSTEM Gene Technology Access Centre (GTAC) at the University High School located on Parkville Campus across from Melbourne University. “Gene Technology Access Centre uses its laboratories and research-grade equipment to encourage students to develop an interest and passion with the living world, inspiring the next generation of scientists through discovery.”

Our first day at the GTAC centre was amazing. The lovely people of GTAC welcomed us with opened arms and gave us some amazing gifts from Melbourne University which will help us in our further studies as they introduced us to many opportunities and awards we will be eligible for in Year 12. Firstly we went to a lecture room where they gave us a brief introduction about GTAC and Access Melbourne, which was hosted by the students and some staff members from GTAC as well as Rebecca from Melbourne University. We then had the opporunity to ask the student panel about their studies at Melbourne University in partnership with GTAC. After our very interesting Q&A session with the student panel we were split into two groups.

“Throughout the day we explored the Gallery and Labs. During our time in the labs we used the different types of microscopes to identify cells in both humans and animals. Everyone was so friendly at GTAC and would explain their valuable artifacts in full detail and make sure everyone understood the information given before we moved on. I found the gallery really interesting as we were fortunate enough to explore the gallery because even their own staff are not allowed in the gallery! I really enjoyed the day at GTAC and look forward to future events. “

- Ali Al-Ghazali


“I enjoyed the day at GTAC as everyone was every welcoming and passionate about what they were teaching us. During my time in the labs I explored the nature of human brain and kidney cells and how they look under a microscope after a silver stain. I found the gallery very interesting as it contained real human remains. The most interesting thing I saw during my expoloration of the gallery was the mummified head. Yes! They had an actual mummified head from anciet egpyt. I was fascinated by how they identified the facial features of the mummy and replicated it into a human head (made of wax) and added characteristics such has braided hair, winged liner and skin pigmentation from that time period. I very much enjoyed the day and look forward to the future opportunities and events held by GTAC and Melbourne University.”

 – Marwa Ahmed




On Wednesday 13th September, all Year 7 students attended the first McGuire College STEAM Fair. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.

Students had a huge day of activities and events focusing on sustainability and renewable resources.

Each class was given a theme to investigate:

  • The wonders of wind – WIND
  • Hot like a sunrise – SUN
  • Power to the people – POWER
  • A splash of water – WATER

From this theme students completed a design brief, which involved brainstorming ideas, researching concepts, designing a model and evaluating this model.


Working in small teams, each group created an amazing model and display that was judged by two guest speakers, Barry Plant from Deakin University and Stewart Nield from Goulburn Murray Water. We also had Year 6 students from Wilmot road visit and vote on their favourite display. There were lots of awards and prizes to win!


Everyone involved had a great day, thinking like a scientist, designing and building like an engineer and creating an informative display like an artist.

Thank you to all the parents who attended the parent session and to all staff at McGuire college who assisted throughout the day!


Paige Martin & Lynda Howard



Year 9 Attendance Awards

Year 9 Recipients

These students received over 95% attendance for the past 5 weeks in Year 9. 

Joel  Bilney

Lauren Millar

Lachlan  Mcnair

Sarah  Miller

Ashley  Hall

Sejad Faizi

Farid  Hassani

Floyd Vincitorio

Zanab Alhussainy

Fadul Alsaber

Zahra Rezai

Mariem Alhilfi

Hassen Aljaberi

Hassan Alhilfi



Ahmed  Aletabi

Khan  Mohammad Musa

Basir Haidari

Claire Hardy

Sadaka  Jumapili

Benji  Jenkin

Rukaya  Ali

Yousef  Algaraawi

Noah  Shepherdson

Claudine  Delfina

Zahra  Almusawi

Roy Tulimafono

Riley  Mcnair

Abriana Tricarico

Jacob  Ladgrove

Mohammed  Alshawaf

Year 9 Assembly

Claudine and Sadaka presenting a fantastic presentation on their home country, Africa, at the Year 9 assembly.



Year 11 VCAL

Year 11 VCAL iTrack Program


During Terms 2 & 3, Year 11 VCAL students participated in the iTrack online mentoring program, sponsored by the Smith Family.

Students organised a morning tea where they were each presented with a certificate by  Mr. Koutroubas, the Senior transition pathways leader. Kate, the Smith Family representative also presented each student with a card from their mentor and a small gift from the Smith Family.  Mrs. Hornsby, the school facilitator, was also presented with a gift as a token of appreciation from the Smith Family. 

The iTrack program gives students the opportunity to discuss career and job pathways with someone outside their school and family network.


Journalism Club

Interview with an Artist

I  have recently had the pleasure to interview an outstanding art student, Madyln Gamble (Year8)  who is a passionate artist.  In fact she loves it so much that she has repeated the subject in Year 8.

She creates excellent artworks that are just amazing. She always finishes projects on time, and with a quality of work. Her fabulous artworks usually use ‘cool’ tone colours that lead to her art work looking brilliant.  She has received an award for her art when she was in primary school and it was presented at La-Trobe University (Melbourne CBD).


Candice McPherson is excellent at photography and she is passionate about it. She has been doing photography since Year 10. Her photographs are focused on unusual things that are not normally seen together, e.g. popcorn and ice-cream cones, rubbers as noodles, etc… Candice's outstanding photographs are normally seen in front of Photography room hanging on the White Board. Her photography is always of a high quality - as she considers focus, colour and shades.

I really enjoyed meeting with Candice and hearing about her love of photography.


By: Hemang Bheda



McGuire Athletics

In cold, blustery conditions, and with the threat of rain ever present, McGuire College held its annual Athletics Carnival on Monday September 4th. The carnival took place at the newly refurbished Shepparton Athletics Track which, despite the conditions, certainly lifted the spirits of everyone involved. Plenty of colourful clothing and House Spirit also aided in distracting everyone from the Arctic like winds.

Competition got underway in the morning with students competing in the field event rotations. Events conducted included Shot Put, Discus, Long Jump, Triple Jump and the running of the 800m events. There were some fantastic results recorded, despite the gale force winds in effect, and competition was tight between the houses.   

The afternoon session would normally act as the encore performance leading to the crescendo of the House Relay events, however on this occasion Mother Nature had other ideas and just as the first of the 200m events had commenced, the heavens opened, causing the day to be abandoned.

As if to rub salt in to the wounds of this Sports Coordinator, as the last of the students were climbing aboard their buses bound for school, the skies cleared and the sun shone brightly through!!

Despite this disappointment, it was great to see such excitement and enjoyment from all who took part. Students and staff alike.  Challenging days such as these really demonstrate our amazing school spirit. A fact we should all be proud of.

I’d like to make special mention of 3 individual performances that stood out as exceptional from our carnival. Hannah Bilney set a new record in the girls 12-13 year high jump of 1.50m, breaking the old mark of 1.37m that had stood since 1991. An amazing achievement. She was involved in the best high jump competition I’ve witnessed at McGuire with herself and Zaylee Newham pushing each other to new heights. Zaylee also managed to equal the previous record during the completion.


Amy Lyle also set a new record in the

14 year girls high jump with a jump of 1.46, breaking the old mark set in 2000 of 1.36m.

These three girls produced exceptional performances and it is great to see such long standing records being broken by our students.


Carnival Results – despite the shortened carnival, there was a winning house determined.

1st Place – TEAL 1,130 points

2nd Place – HERON 1,089 points

3rd Place – CRANE 765 points

4th Place – SWAN 723 points

Age Champions

12-13 Years – Zaylee Newham & Lachie McCully

14 Years – Amy Lyle & Mohammad Alsaber

15 Years – Emily Chalmers & Benji Jenkin

16 Years – Kayla Dibella & Corey Reardon

17 Years – Maddi Newey & Daniel Daldy

18-20 Years – Awathim Haroun & Dylan Best

Congratulations to all champions!

Formerly known as the Eastern Zone Championships, the Goulburn Murray District of School Sports Victoria held their annual athletics carnival. This carnival is the interschool competition in which McGuire College competes. The GMDSSV draws athletes from 10 schools in our region including McGuire College, Shepparton H.S, Wanganui Park S.C, Mooroopna S.C, Notre Dame College, Shepparton Christian School, Numurkah S.C, Cobram S.C, Cobram Anglican Grammar and Rushworth P12.







G.M.D.S.S.V Athletics

On Thursday 7th September, athletes from the GMDSSV assembled at the newly renovated Shepparton Athletics Track to compete for the chance to advance to the Hume Region Finals in October. As with our school carnival the weather looked ominous, however some good luck meant the rain held out to allow for some fantastic competition.


2017 saw McGuire College represented by some 56 athletes. This was by far the biggest contingent to represent our school in my time as Sports Coordinator, and once again demonstrated the school spirit and pride of our students. Once again the attitude of our students was only matched by their performance, with many outstanding individual efforts recorded, as well as several instances of students digging deep to gain points for our school despite not competing in their favoured event. There were a number of excellent performances which I would like to highlight.


Once again, Amy Lyle broke our school record in the 14 year High Jump, clearing 1.53m, lifting the mark she set only days earlier of 1.46m. A fantastic effort! Amy now holds the all-time record for any female age group at McGuire.


Queney Fonoia won 2 first places in both the 18-20 year Shot Put and Discus events, defeating her nearest rival by significant margins. A dominant display of power and skill.

I would like also to congratulate the following students who won through to the Hume Region Finals in October. Hannah Bilney, Amy Lyle, Roy Tulimofono, Kayla Dibella, Sahar Elnour, Floyd Vincitorio, Benji Jenkin, Lachie McCully, Shalom Saitaua, Zaillie Dempster and Queney Fonoia. Well done!


James Griffin

Sports Coordinator


Holiday Reading
Paper Cranes Don't Fly
     by Peter Vu

For Adam Auttenberg, hospital is like a second home. With Tess, AJ, and Rachael by his side, it is even bearable. Facing the toughest challenge of his life, all Adam has to help him are his friends. However, will they be enough?

This story describes the life of a cancer patient in a way that few other young adult books do, focusing not just on living with cancer, but going through it, with the help of patience, love and friendship.



The Book of Secrets –
An Ateban Cipher Novel # 1
    by A L Tait

What is the secret of the book, and why is it so valuable? These are the questions Gabe must answer when a dying man hands him a coded manuscript with one instruction: take it to Aidan. Gabe is hurled into a quest that takes him beyond his monastery home and into a world of danger, political intrigue and adventure.

As he seeks to decipher the code and find a mystery man who may not even exist, Gabe learns that survival must be earned and that some of life's biggest lessons are not found in books.

Gabe finds himself questioning everything he knows about right and wrong and wondering if he will ever find a way back home. He also discovers that the biggest secret of all may be his own. 



Unspoken rules
    by Lora Inak

Seventeen-year-old Natalie has two lives. At home, her life is governed by the unspoken rules of her Christian Orthodox background. At school, she is the Syrian girl who never goes to parties. She pretends she does not care, but deep down she just wants to be like everyone else. Natalie wants to have the freedom to choose her own destiny ... to fall in love with the new boy without fear of repercussions. Unspoken Rules is a fresh and inspiring story about family, first love, walking a cultural tightrope and freedom.



Wilder Country
   by Mark Smith
(This is the much-anticipated sequel to Road to Winter!)

Finn, Kas and Willow have survived the winter of storms. Severe winds and cold have kept the Wilders at bay. Now that spring has come, everything has changed. They are being hunted again, and they will not be safe while Ramage wants their blood.

However, Finn and Kas made a promise to Rose - to find her baby and bring her back. And finding Hope means finding Ramage…



Message from the Library staff


Thank you to all the students who borrow regularly from the library. Remember to return promptly so other students can share the book also. Please check your room at home and return any overdue books.

Enjoy your break!

Faye Andrew & Di Steele

Information for Parents

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 – they must go to the general office/sickbay.


2017 School Magazine

When completing the 2017 booklist families were given and option to order the 2017 College Magazine.

If you have ordered / not ordered and would like to receive a copy

a payment of $15.00 needs to be paid to the General Office by Friday 27th October 2017.


Centrepay is a free direct bill paying service available to customers who receive an:

  • Australian Government Department of Human Services Centrelink payment
  • Family Assistance Payment
  • Parental Leave Pay

If you are interested in paying $10.00 or $20.00 per fortnight off your child’s school account with Centrepay please contact the McGuire College general office on 58589800.

College Hats

It is time to start searching for the hats in the back of your wardrobes. Students are required to wear hats when outdoors in Term 4.  If your son or daughter does not have a McGuire College hat, please drop by the office to purchase one for $11.00.

Year 7 2018 Uniform Packages

Applications for 2018 State Schools' Relief uniform packages are now available to families who are currently in receipt of Camps and Excursion funding. Please contact the general office at the College for further information.

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.

Family Contact Details

It is important to keep the school up to date of any changes in personal details (address/phone numbers/emergency contacts).  You can notify us by calling the office, send an email or a note from home


WEP Student exchange Early Bird Special for your students


Community Invitation


National Police Remembrance Day

Friday 29 September 2017.   National Police Remembrance Day.   You are warmly invited to the Greater Shepparton community service on that day commencing at 11am at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, Poplar Avenue Shepparton. 


Karramomus Cricket Club

Karramomus Cricket Club are welcoming Junior Players for the upcoming season.

We will be having sides in all junior grades, including U/12 girls.

 Training will commence Wednesdays 6th of September from 4.15p.m. at Vibert Reserve.

For more information, contact Ken on 58218954 or Rob on 0431357250.

In-2cricket program is commencing on Friday 13th of October. 

For more information go to

World Peace Day - Free Community Event


Student Exchange Australia


Student Exchange Australia New Zealand is a not-for-profit organisation that is registered with all state and territory Departments of Education around Australia and with the Ministry of Education in NZ. We are the first and only secondary exchange organisation in Australia and New Zealand to be certified to ISO 9001 (Quality Management System) and we ensure the highest standards of care and support to our participants. 
We would like to invite your students and families to our FREE Live Online Sessions on Wednesday, 27th September at 5.30pm - 6.30pm (AEST).


Students can find out more about our exchange programs to over 25 countries, listen to former exchange students share their experience and learn about our scholarships and discounts on offer in 2017. Please note that the deadline for Scholarship and Early Bird discount applications is 31st October 2017 for programs departing between April 2018 - September 2018.
Wednesday, 27th September at 5.30pm
Register now
or call 0800 440 079 for more information

Free Thunderstorm Asthma Community Education


Mad Cow Mudrun



2017 Great Moooving Art Round Up - It’s a Treasure Hunt for Cows!

Explore Greater Shepparton’s Moooving Art herd, track down the answers to the clues and go into the draw to win an iPad!

Entry forms available from Saturday 23 September 2017 and can be collected from the Visitor Centre, 33 Nixon Street Shepparton, onsite at KidsFest or downloaded from the website -  Terms and conditions apply, see website for details


Positive Partnerships


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