McGuire College Newsletter

29 March 2019
Issue Five
Shepparton Education Plan
Principal Report
Important Dates
Careers
Around the School
Art
Sport
Community News
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Shepparton Education Plan

UPDATE: TWO YEAR TRANSITIONS PLAN FOR GREATER SHEPPARTON COLLEGE (INTERIM NAME)

 

As Executive Principal of Greater Shepparton College (interim name) I have spoken at a number of Meet the Principal events this week regarding my vision for the new school and our plans for the future.

 

During these events I committed to informing school communities regarding the transition plans for 2020 and 2021 as soon as these were confirmed.

 

The Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, James Merlino, visited Shepparton on 28 March 2019 to announce the transition plan for the merger of the four secondary schools (Shepparton High School, McGuire College, Wanganui Park Secondary College and Mooroopna Secondary College) in 2020. Minister Merlino outlined the staged transition plan that will be implemented from next year (2020).

Staging the transition plan was considered important to minimise disruption for students during the next few years while still enabling our important work to be commenced to establish Greater Shepparton College (interim name).

 

In summary the staged transition plan will look as follows:-

  • In 2020 Shepparton High School students move to Wanganui Park Secondary College, except for Year 9s
  • They, and Year 9s from the other 3 secondary schools, will go to a dedicated Year 9 program at Mooroopna
  • Mooroopna’s Year 8 and 10 students remain at Mooroopna campus, while Mooroopna’s senior students will move to either Wanganui Park campus or McGuire campus depending on their subject choices
  • All Year 7 students will start at McGuire campus, studying a program specifically designed to enhance literacy and numeracy skills and extend their critical thinking.
  • Other students remain at their current school site.

This provides the foundation us to bring year levels from the four schools together, offer a broader curriculum, give students more choices, and implementation of teaching and learning programs aligned to student needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TWO YEAR TRANSITION PLAN FOR GREATER SHEPPARTON COLLEGE (INTERIM NAME)

 

From 2020, three of the existing secondary school sites will be utilised as campuses of Greater Shepparton College (interim name). We have prepared a summary of year level and campuses for the next two years.

 

We have also prepared a table which will enable parents, carers and students to see which campus their child will attend in 2020 and 2021, which follows.

We are making big changes in terms of secondary education provision in Greater Shepparton over the next few years, and understand that this change brings some uncertainty for families, parents, carers and children. Please know that I am committed to creating the new school to improve the educational outcomes for our young people, with our students at the centre. They are, and will continue to be, our number one priority.

 

There are some logistical challenges with the new school, which we are currently working through, so that arrangements are in place for 2020.

I intend to continue to engage with school communities on a regular basis during the year, and encourage you to attend the next round of Meet the Principal events that we are planning in May 2019.

 

Regards,

 

Genevieve Simson

Executive Principal, Greater Shepparton College

 

 

Principal Report

Dear Parents and Friends,

 

On Thursday the Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, James Merlino, visited McGuire College to announce the transition plan for the merger of the four secondary schools (Shepparton High School, McGuire College, Wanganui Park Secondary College and Mooroopna Secondary College) in 2020.

 

Minister Merlino outlined the staged transition plan that will be implemented from next year (2020), which can be summarised as:-

  • All Year 7 students will start at McGuire campus, studying a program specifically designed to enhance literary and numeracy skills and extend their critical thinking.
  • In 2020 Shepparton High School students move to Wanganui Park Campus, except for Year 9s
  • They, and Year 9s from the other 3 secondary schools, will go to a dedicated Year 9 program at Mooroopna
  • Mooroopna’s Year 8 and 10 students remain at Mooroopna campus, while Mooroopna’s senior students will move to either Wanganui Park campus or McGuire campus depending on their subject choices
  • Other students remain at their current school site.

  This transition plan will provide the foundation to bring year level groups together onto the same campus, over a two year period (2020 and 2021).

Formal school naming process

As part of the formal naming process the new secondary school has been given an interim name: Greater Shepparton College. 

We are now asking the community to formally name our new school. 

Submissions for the new school name must be emailed by Tuesday 16 April 2019 to  [email protected]

 

As many of you are aware there was an altercation involving students at the College last Monday.  I want to emphasise there is no place for incidents like this at our school. This type of behaviour is totally unacceptable and does not represent our school's values. Appropriate disciplinary action has been taken, and we will work closely with all those affected.  Support is available to students affected by the incident. If any student is concerned or would like to discuss the incident please ask them to contact their Year Level Leader who will ensure they are supported by our wellbeing team.

 

In addition to the above, it has come to light that the incident was recorded and has made its way to social media. This school has informed students about the school’s expectations regarding the responsible use of technology, along with the consequences of recording and distributing inappropriate material. This includes posting images of children without their consent. I ask that you speak to your child about the incident and the appropriate use of technology in these circumstances. If your child has posted a recording of the incident on social media, we encourage that the post be removed.

 

My door is always open, and if you have any concerns please feel free to contact me on during business hours to discuss them directly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curriculum Day

There will be a student free day next Thursday 4th April to facilitate all staff Professional Development. Students are not required to attend on this day.

 

Kind Regards

Claire Kelly

Principal

 

 

 

Farewell Sandy Gunn

McGuire College sadly acknowledges the passing of our colleague and friend Sandy Gunn this week.

 

Sandy was a respected and valued staff member of the McGuire College team and brought strong community links, vision and passion to all four secondary school communities in Greater Shepparton. She will be sadly missed.

 

 

Sandy’s role as chief executive of Better Together Alliance for the past three years, involved building strong networks across the four secondary schools and the wider community, ensuring each of school communities was well positioned to take advantage of future educational possibilities. Early this year Sandy was appointed as the program facilitator of the Fairley Leadership Program. In 2018 Sandy, completed the Fairley Leadership Program as part of her BTA role.

 

McGuire College staff, students and parents extend our sincere condolences to Sandy’s partner Gavin and to the extended Gunn family at this sad time.

 

Sandy’s memorial will be held on Wednesday 10th April, commencing at 2.30pm at the Shepparton Golf Club.  Sandy is being privately cremated at a service in Melbourne on Tuesday of this week. 

 

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”    Thucydides.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Dates

April

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

Thursday 4th: School Closure Day (student free)

Friday 5th: Last day Term 1 (student free)

 

Parent Teacher Interviews:

We look forward to welcoming parents and caregivers.

On-line Xuno Bookings are now  open.

 

Tuesday 23rd: Term 2 commences

Wednesday 25th: Anzac Day Holiday

Monday 29th - Wednesday 1st May: Year 7 Camp

May

Thursday 16th:  Cross Country

Wednesday 23rd: Senior Winter Sports

Tuesday 28th: Junior Winter Sports

 

 

Photo: Artwork by: Anthony & Xanthe Newham & Barb Rigano

Careers

Photo: Artwork by: Anthony & Xanthe Newham & Barb Rigano

Rural Scholarship

2018 graduating Year 12 student, Marwa Ahmed was formally presented with a 2019 Youthrive Victoria Tertiary scholarship at McGuire College last  Friday.  Marwa is one three students across Victoria who received the scholarship, and was presented with the Certificate by Youthrive Director, Mr Ross McPherson at a ceremony attended by the current Year 12 cohort, Marwa’s family, the local community and school representatives, business partners and politicians.  

 

 

Marwa expressed her sincere gratitude to the staff at McGuire College for their ongoing support over her 6 years with us and acknowledged her family and the community's support as well in helping her achieve her goal to study Biomedicine at La Trobe University this year.  Marwa credited the $30,000 scholarship as enabling her to take up the opportunity to go directly to university this year and encouraged other students from our area to apply for both this scholarship, and other scholarships when completing their applications to university or TAFE. 

 

We are very proud of Marwa’s achievements and look forward to sharing Marwa’s new journey with her.  Well done Marwa!

Lynda Bruce

Careers and Pathways Practitioner

Careers Excursion

Students from all four Alliance schools headed off early on the morning of 19th March to a Careers Excursion to see first hand the works currently being undertaken on the Melbourne Metro Tunnel. Ant Newham, Careers Project Officer at McGuire College and Graeme Crosbie, Careers Practitioner at Wanganui Park Secondary College accompanied the students on the day.  Students participated in a range of careers activities including meeting graduates that work on the project from Engineers through to Communication Managers, careers self-exploration and reflection activities aimed at identifying their interests and strengths.  Students toured the information centre where they were able to participate in 3D visual activities simulating what it is like to be inside the tunnel now and once it is finished.  The day finished off with group tours of the work site allowing the students to see the works that are currently being undertaken, all being guided by Metro tunnel staff. The students, and staff, really enjoyed the day and found it very informative and interactive. Thanks the Careers Education Association of Victoria for their organisation of the day.  Tony Shannon is leading a group of our students to the Railway Academy in Newport on Wednesday 3rd April for another Careers Excursion.

 

 

Position Vacant

Apprentice Baker/Pastrycook at North End Bakehouse Shepparton

We are currently seeking an apprentice baker/pastrycook to join our team in the near future.

  • Full-time apprenticeship
  • 4am-12noon, Monday – Friday
  • No weekends or Public Holidays
  • Shutdown over Christmas/New Year
  • Predominantly pastries, cakes & slices. Some bread production from time to time.
  • Some customer service in early mornings
  • Must have good work ethic, be willing to learn, able to work in our small team and work without direct supervision occasionally
  • Must have transport to work at 4am.

If this sounds like a career you are interested in, have a chat to us!

Resumes can be hand delivered to our store at 2 Grant Crt North Shepp, between 6am & 4pm, Monday to Friday. For any questions, call us on 5821 0035.

Around the School

Damian Drum Visits McGuire

Federal member for Murray, Mr. Damian Drum, visited McGuire College on Thursday March 21st.  He spoke to the Year 12 students during Homegroup about his role as a member of the House of Representatives in Canberra, the sorts of issues he deals with daily and answered questions from the students ‘without notice’. They included questions on immigration issues and climate change.

 

Celebratory lunch

Student Performance Averages (SPA) data

Last week the first Student Performance Averages (SPA) data for 2019 McGuire College students was released. Each six weeks, over the school year, teachers are asked to rate their students out of 5 for 1) Accomplishment, 2) Productive Use of Time, 3) Effort and Attitude and 4) Management of Personal Learning.

The ‘average’ for individual subjects and for all subjects is an extremely useful indicator of student performance. An overall SPA average of 3 is considered to be an ‘average’ result.

Twenty-six students received an overall average of 4.5 or better for their first SPA reports and they will be rewarded with a celebratory lunch at school in the Presentation Room on Wednesday April 3.

The twenty-six students who received SPA average of 4.5 or above were:

Year 7: Samantha Comline, Zanthe Newham, Jacklyn Crowhurst, Amirah Ahmet, Raihana Mohammadi, Matilda Henderson, Ella Sutherland, Trinity Drain and Madeline Judd

Year 8: Ali Alsaber, Vanessa Ansante, Anais De Waal, Hannah D'Andrea and Gretel Coward

Year 9: Hamidullah Haidari, Angelina Mason, Kaitlyn Crowhurst, Kade Hardy, Brianna Nimla-Or, Georgia Comline and Olivia Judd (6 of the 7 students from 9S!!)

Year 10: Ben Okely, Yusra Syamsuri and Asmaa Sukirman

Year 12: Zahra Alkarawi and Matthew McMellon

 

A further 206 students received an overall SPA average of between 4 and 4.4. In Homegroup, these students received a letter of congratulations. 

Homegroup teachers, classroom teachers and Year Level Coordinators have begun the conversation with students about setting goals around improving future SPA performance. We also encourage parents and guardians to have similar conversations with their children. Please also take advantage of the parent/teacher interviews at McGuire College next Wednesday (April 3) after school and next Friday (April 5) during school hours.

Vince Branigan

Wellbeing Leader

PBIS REAL Award Winners
 

 

 


Australian Ballet Education Program

Last week we were extremely fortunate to be able to offer a ballet program to 18 of our Year 7 & 8 students. This program was run by The Australian Ballet, where instructors came to the school, helped teach ballet to the students and choreograph a ballet routine which would be performed later that week.

The students showed a lot of resilience during the program, braving the hot afternoon temperatures in the classroom practicing. However despite this they were able to push through and pull together an amazing performance at Eastbank on Friday afternoon in front of parents and friends.

 

It was hard to believe that they only had 10 hours of training leading up to the final performance! Great work to all involved!

 

Sam Owen

Wellbeing Leader

 

 

 

Year 7 Science

Enthusiastic scientists separating some mixtures in Miss Beth’s Year 7 science class!

 

 

Success Integrated

Success Integrated presenting to all of our students today! Thanks so much Darren for empowering our students with your presentation. 

 

 

Legal Studies

Mrs Robertson’s Year 11 Legal Studies class and Mrs Roberts Year 10 Business and Legal Awareness class were lucky to visit the Shepparton Law Courts. This valuable experience gave them an insight into the court system and legal industry.

 

 

Art

Artworks of the Week

 

Sport

GMDSSV Swimming

On Tuesday 19th March, our school's best swimmers took part in the Hume Region swimming championships at Wodonga. 

Congratulations to our 14 years girls relay, our 15 years mixed relay and our 18 years boys relay teams who all swam well. 

 

A special congratulations to Nick Brereton who swam brilliantly all day with first place in the boys 16 years backstroke and second in the boys 16 year 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly. Nick’s effort culminated in second place in the age group championship and qualification for the State all schools final in Melbourne next term. This is a fantastic achievement by Nick and one we are all very proud of.

 

 

Senior Summer Sport

On Friday the 15th March our Year 9-12 students took part in Goulburn Murray sport against the other secondary schools from our area. Our students participated in Volleyball, Tennis, Tenpin bowling, Lawn Bowls, Super 8’s cricket and Table Tennis. Participation continues to be a big part of our sporting program with numbers up again this year.

A fantastic day of competition and fun was had by all with many enjoying a new sport for the first time. 

 

There were many great performances but a special mention must go to our intermediate boys volleyball team who won their division and will now represent McGuire College at the Hume championships later in the year. Great effort guys and good luck at Hume.

 

Winter sport will be offered to our Year 9-12 students in Term 2, so keep an eye out for that.

 

A special thank you to all the staff that gave up their time to help supervise sport on the day.

 

James Griffin

Sport Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

Community News

Shepparton Brass & Wind

 

Demons Basketball Winter Season

 

Shepparton Theatre Arts Group

 

McGuire College Newsletter
Parent teacher instructions.pdf
Transition Arrangements 2020-2021 Ready Reckoner.pdf
TWO YEAR TRANSITION PLAN FOR GREATER SHEPPARTON COLLEGE.pdf
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Winter 2019 Rego Flyer (1).pdf
Transition Arrangements 2020-2021 Ready Reckoner.pdf
TWO YEAR TRANSITION PLAN FOR GREATER SHEPPARTON COLLEGE.pdf
SPA Results 4 and Above.pdf
Transition Arrangements 2020-2021 Ready Reckoner.pdf
TWO YEAR TRANSITION PLAN FOR GREATER SHEPPARTON COLLEGE.pdf