McGuire College Newsletter

02 May 2019
Issue Six
Principals Report
Shepparton Education Plan
Year 7 Camp
Music Notes
From the Office
Community News
McGuire College
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Principals Report

Dear Parents and Friends,


We welcome you warmly to Term two and look forward to a term of learning where our students will contribute to and value positive pathways. As we work together we will be accountable and challenge each other to take responsibility for our own actions in a manner that consistently respects others.


Throughout the term there will be many opportunities for families and the community to be involved in consultation and feedback around Greater Shepparton College (interim name). We encourage you all to take part in these sessions and work with us to plan for a rich learning culture for all of our students in Greater Shepparton. Dates and times of consultation sessions will be published on the College facebook page throughout the term.


Our first week of Term two was a short week with two Public Holidays. On Wednesday 24th April our VCAL students organised a magnificent whole-school Assembly in recognition of Anzac Day. The Assembly welcomed a guest speaker from the Shepparton RSL, and had some beautiful performances from our school choir amongst a number of other special attributes on the day. Our School Captains represented McGuire College on Thursday 25th April at the Anzac Day service, laying a wreath with other School Captains from across the Alliance. It was terrific to see a large number of McGuire College students and families at the Anzac Day service.



Students in Year 7 and Year 9 will be taking part in NAPLAN Online between the 14/5 – 24/5. In 2018 McGuire College were a pilot school for NAPLAN Online and we received encouraging feedback from students after the trial around their positive engagement with the new NAPLAN testing process. We encourage all students to aim to achieve their personal best and try their hardest as they embark upon the 4 NAPLAN tests of reading, writing, language conventions and numeracy.


SPA Reports

Cycle 1 SPA reports can now be accessed on XUNO. I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate and recognise the following students in Years 7-12 who achieved 4.5 or higher for their SPA report:


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 

Year 10: Ben Okely, Yusra Syamsuri and Asmaa Sukirman

Year 12: Zahra Alkarawi and Matthew McMellon


We encourage all students to put their best foot forward as we now work towards the Cycle 2 SPA reports. We urge all students to keep challenging themselves and aim for a higher SPA average in each report cycle.


REAL Values

Students and parents are reminded of our REAL values of Respect, Environment, Accountability and Learning.  Our staff are actively looking to recognise and reinforce students displaying our College values and the associated behaviours.  Students are reminded to wear our McGuire College school uniform with pride. As we head into the colder months, a reminder to students that beanie’s, hoodies and coloured jumpers are not part of the College uniform.


Important Dates – Term 2

  • Cross-Country: 16th May
  • 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
  • Debutante Ball: 14th June
  • Year 12 Camp: 26th June – 28th June

Grade 6 Information Evenings

May 14th, 15th & 16th - 7.00pm


Grade 6 Families Open Day 

Monday 13th May between 10.00am - 6.00pm

Please see your primary school for further information 


The Year 7 open days and information evenings have been designed to provide information about the Year 7 program for next year to current Year 6 students, parents and carers. They are being held at McGuire College which will be the campus for Year 7 students at Greater Shepparton College (interim name).


Kind regards


Megan Michalaidis

Assistant Principal

Shepparton Education Plan



Greater Shepparton College’s (interim name) vision is to give students the knowledge and skills to thrive throughout their lives.

As a school, we recognise that each student has different strengths, interests and ways of learning and to support these different styles we have developed a broad-based curriculum that will cater to all students. Our focus must be aspirational, for all of our young people.

The Year 7 program will focus on building confidence and skills in English and Maths, alongside a full curriculum including the Sciences, Technology and Humanities. Students will be given the opportunity for extension and accelerated learning, or alternatively be provided with additional support where needed. There will also be opportunities to develop foreign language skills and develop their learning with Arts and Physical Education classes.

As the Executive Principal for the new Greater Shepparton College (interim name), I will work with you to shape what our school will look like in 2020.  I look forward to using lessons learnt from my previous experience and working with you to deliver excellent educational outcomes for our young people.

For current Year 6 students and their families, I encourage you to meet me, the school leaders and teachers at our Year 7 Open Days being held at McGuire College which will be our Year 7 campus next year. See below for dates and times.

We have grouped primary schools on particular days where possible, however for the evening Information Sessions parents/carers and students may choose which Information night suits them to attend. Some are scheduled during the day and some in the evenings to enable working parents to attend.

Year 7 Open Days

Day & Date



For Primary Schools

Monday, 13 May 2019


McGuire College

Bourchier St

Gowrie St


Kialla West







Tuesday, 14 May 2019



McGuire College

As above

Monday, 13 May 2019


McGuire College

St Georges Rd


Wilmot Rd

Shepparton East

Katandra West



Kialla Central


Wednesday, 15 May 2019



McGuire College

As above

Monday, 13 May 2019


McGuire College

Guthrie St


Mooroopna Park


Mooroopna North









Thursday, 16 May 2019


McGuire College

As above


McGuire College is located at 92-100 Wilmot Rd Shepparton.

We will also be offering tours of the McGuire campus on Monday, 13 May 2019 from 4.00pm to 6.00pm.

Come and hear about our Year 7 program next year, see our McGuire campus and ask questions about our new school. The school leaders, Year 7 teachers and I look forward to meeting you.


Genevieve Simson

Executive Principal, Greater Shepparton College




Dear Parent/Carer

As you are aware, the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students is held in May each year. NAPLAN tests assess student knowledge and skills in Writing, Reading, Conventions of Language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and Numeracy. The results of the tests provide information for students, parents, teachers and principals and can be used to improve student achievement.


In 2018, NAPLAN began transitioning from a paper based test to an online assessment

(i.e., students complete the tests utilising a computer or tablet). NAPLAN Online delivers numerous benefits including:


  • a ‘tailored test’ design that adapts to correct and incorrect student responses providing a more precise understanding of student achievement;
  • innovative use of technology, including a more engaging test design and a wider range of item types;
  • the extension of the ‘test window’ to two weeks, allowing schools greater opportunity to schedule the tests at times that suit them best and increasing student participation.


Our school is conducting NAPLAN Online in 2019. This means that from 14 – 24 May 2019, students at our school will undertake all NAPLAN tests online in place of the paper tests.


All students are expected to participate in the NAPLAN Online tests. Catch up tests will be available for individual students who are absent on test days up to and including Friday 24

May 2019.


Support can be arranged for students with disabilities, if the student regularly uses similar support for classroom assessment tasks.


Exemptions may be granted to students with significant intellectual disabilities and to students who have been learning English for less than one year. If your child is eligible for support due to disability or exemption, you should discuss this with his/her teacher prior to the tests. Parental consent is required before any support due to disability or exemption is granted.


Students may be withdrawn from NAPLAN by their parent or carer. This is a matter for consideration by parents and carers in consultation with the principal. If, after consultation, you decide to withdraw your child, you must sign a Student Withdrawal form. These forms are available at the school.


While it is anticipated that NAPLAN Online will be successfully implemented in 2019, there are a range of contingencies in place to deal with the unlikely occurrence of significant issues.


These contingencies include extended testing windows and the printing of paper-based test for all participating schools.


Later in the year you will receive your child’s personal NAPLAN report. The report will describe your child’s particular skills in Reading, Writing, Conventions of Language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and Numeracy. The report will also show how your child performed in relation to national minimum standards. These describe the minimum acceptable standards for students across Australia.


I am confident that the information you receive as a result of your child’s participation in the

NAPLAN tests will be valuable in helping you to assess your child’s progress in literacy and numeracy.


For more information about NAPLAN Online, please visit the VCAA website at or the NAP website at


Yours sincerely


Claire Kelly



Year 7 Camp


What a fabulous camp the Year 7 cohort embarked on this week at the Alexandra Adventure Resort.  I was so impressed with each and every one of our students. We were given the opportunity to fly the fox, jump the leap of faith, climb the rocks, squeal on the giant drop and many many more thrilling activities.


On the first night all students and staff enjoyed a bonfire as a group. Although there weren't any marshmallows, there was a courageous Gabby who wrestled a spider out of the camp. We concluded night 1 with a movie in the theatre room.


The final night after a full on day of activities we had a McGuire Talent Show. With our judges finding it hard to come up with an overall winner at first, Keegan Hawking was no match for the group taking the overall winner in our talent show.


A big hit for the students was the camp food. We enjoyed delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners as well as desert and supper. We also had a special 13th birthday celebration on the last night for Tanner Webber which involved a big birthday cake shared with the group.


A big thank you to all staff and students who yet again made the most out of our exciting Year 7 camp at the Alexandra Adventure Resort.


Well done team.


Emma O’Keeffe

Year 7 Year Level Leader


Careers Day Out 2019

Students from Year 10 and 12 (VCAL) attended the 2019 Careers Day Out Expo at the Shepparton Showgrounds on Tuesday 30th April exploring the vast array of careers and pathway options of offer. 


Students were able to talk to further education and employment providers as well as participate in hands on activities from operating a crane to making bird boxes and welding.  Students also witnessed a mock car accident, rescue, extraction of actors playing victims and family members and emergency scene with emergency services from Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria, Country Fire Authority and the SES and full medical staff including doctors and nurses.  

The day was an outstanding success and all students that attended gained a great deal from their attendance.  Thank you to those families and students that returned their permission notes to participate in the day.





Winners, Winners……

Students Zanthe and Zaylee Newham and Hannah Bilney entered the Manufacturing Myths competition as part of the Careers Day Out program.  The students interviewed Karen Bentley of Beavo’s Honey about the bee business Karen and her partner, Gary Beavis run. The students prepared a YouTube presentation about what they had learnt about the business and we are proud to say the students entry won!! 


Zaylee represented the group at the evening session of Careers Day Out and was presented with a rather large cheque for a $1000.00 for the school.  Well done girls on your efforts – you are outstanding advocates for our wonderful College and a great example of what can be achieved by giving things a go.


Forty six year 10 and 12 students attend the Shepparton Careers Day Out Expo. The students had a great morning exploring a range of careers and pathway options available to them through employment and further education, both from within and outside of our region. Congratulations to all those students that attended and for your participation in the many activities on offer. Kaitlyn and Shaelyn Crowhurst did the Acknowledgment of Country at the afternoon session and our Year 12 VCAL students did the set up yesterday. Thanks to Mr Collins, Ant, Kerrie and Ms Bruce to their support of the day

Lynda Bruce

Careers & Pathways Practitioner


ILLY (I like, like you)


In term two all Year 10 students will be involved in the ILLY (I like, like you) program.

The ILLY program, which has a mental health promotion and violence prevention emphasis, integrates contemporary and evidence-based knowledge about healthy minds and healthy relationships. It is delivered in four double periods by Relationships Australia, Victoria (RAV)

ILLY aims to:

  • Promote the connection between healthy relationships and emotional health and wellbeing.
  • Provide students with an opportunity to consider the kinds of relationships they want to experience in their future.
  • Provide practical skills for maintaining good mental health and healthy relationships
  • Promote attitudes and behaviours demonstrated by equitable and respectful relationships.

The program has four main themes: knowledge, skills, attitudes and integration.

Students are introduced to knowledge and practical skills and then actively encouraged to think about where they stand (or where they wish to stand) in relation to this knowledge, by reflecting on their own experiences and influences around them.

The program helps students to focus on how we experience ourselves and our relationships, what our bodies can reveal about our emotions, how our thoughts can influence our actions, and how ideas and beliefs can influence our identity. By learning how to have a better relationship with ourselves, we can learn how to have a better relationship with people who are close to us.

Topics explored in the program

  • What is intimacy
  • What a safe and healthy relationship looks like
  • How to identify when a relationship is not safe for you
  • Attitudes that support and harm relationships
  • Practical ways to maintain good mental health
  • How to manage the negatives and repair after conflict
  • Technology safety and relationships
  • How to help yourself after a breakup
  • How to help a friend who is in an unsafe relationship.

In term 3, all Year 9 students at McGuire College will complete the ILLY program. If you have any questions or concerns about ILLY, please don’t hesitate to contact me at school.


Mentoring and Engagement

In an article in the Melbourne Age recently, Dr. Kelly-Ann Allen, an educational and developmental psychologist at Monash University, argues that there is a ‘…global trend signalling a decline in a sense of school belonging for secondary school students’ and that ‘…feeling a sense of belonging to school is central to short and long-term outcomes related to psychological and physical health’.


In 2019 students at McGuire College will have the opportunity to be involved in mentoring and engagement programs which aim to develop greater student connectedness, increase student engagement levels, provide students with educational experiences out of the norm and develop positive relationships between students and teachers.


At the moment over 60 students have taken the opportunity to be involved in eleven activities in small groups (no more than six students). These activities include: pottery, soccer skills, weight training, tournament of minds, aerobics, mindfulness, mural painting, my kitchen rules, healthy cooking on a budget and leadership.


Mentors are encouraged to form a close relationship with their students and be an advocate for them.


If you have any questions or concerns about the mentoring and engagement program, please don’t hesitate to contact me at school.


Vince Branigan



PBIS Winners



"Artworks of the Week" 


Tahlia Duca's portrait

(Year 10 visual art) 


Mia Ruggi's self directed project: Arm and Hand sculpture

(Year 8 ceramics)















Music Notes

Marimbas   The Marimba Ensemble will be playing the Riverlinks Cushion Concert at Eastbank on Thursday, May 9 at 10.30 a.m. This concert is open to the public and families are welcome to attend – especially if you have a baby or pre-schooler at home!

Marimba members need to return a permission form.


Jazz Ensemble    - The Jazz Ensemble have entered the Vic. School Music Festival for Jazz Ensemble. This is in Melbourne in August so we have much practising and repertoire to learn. Rehearsals for jazz have started on Tuesdays after school until 4.30 p.m. All players are expected to attend and need to inform Ms Ryan prior to a rehearsal if they cannot attend a rehearsal.

Jazz Ensemble will also be playing at the McGuire College Deb Ball on Friday June 14,and at the Year 7 Information Night on Wednesday, May 15.









Excursion to the Musical 'Sapphires' at Eastbank.

All musicians are encouraged to attend this fantastic musical performance – it has been specially timetabled to enable school students to attend. The performance is on Wednesday, May 22 at 10.30 am.  Subsidised cost is $10 – please see Ms Ryan for a permission form.


School Concert – The Music Department is planning a short concert at 6 pm on Wednesday, June 6. Save the date!



Current rehearsal times are

Jazz Ensemble – Tuesday 3.30 – 4.30

Marimbas   -       Monday lunchtime

Concert Band -    Wednesday lunchtime and HG time – 12.50 to 1.35

Singers -              Tuesday lunchtime


Keep practising!


Gabrielle Ryan

Peter Arnold




Week 1 & 2

It's been a busy start to the new school term for sport and our students have already represented our College with distinction.


State Swimming Championships

Last week, the School Sports Victoria State Swimming Championships were held in Melbourne at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. The championships bring together the best swimmers from around our state and this year our school was represented by Nicholas Brereton. Nick qualified in the 16 years 50m backstroke, having previously won both the Goulburn Murray and Hume Region events in Term 1. Nick’s swimming has improved in leaps and bounds since joining the Shepparton Swimming Club in 2018 and his results this year are a great reward for effort.


Our school is rightly very proud of Nick’s achievement and many classes took the time at lunchtime last Wednesday to tune into the SSV live stream of his event. Nick once again gave his all in his event, eventually finishing with 5th place. It is a great achievement for Nick and we congratulate him once again.






Hume Region Volleyball

Last term our intermediate boys’ volleyball team were successful in winning the Goulburn Murray District Volleyball tournament. As a result, the team gained qualification to the Hume Region final, held at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre in Albury on Wednesday.


The boys played in a round robin competition against Corryong Secondary College and Cathedral College Wangaratta with the prize being state qualification. The competition was very tight with our boys being narrowly defeated in the first game by Corryong, 15-10 in the deciding set. They rebounded strongly in the second game however, with a dominant straight sets victory over Cathedral College in game 2.


It all came down to the game between Cathedral and Corryong with an unlikely win to Cathedral our boys only chance to make the state final. Unfortunately for our boys, Cathedral fell 2 points short of an upset, leaving our boys with a well deserved 2nd place but with a newfound desire to return next year to make amends.


The boys were ably led by Mr Jack Collins as coach and we congratulate the team of Jamil Sasa, Shaun Morris, Essa Jafari, Ananiya Kibare, Asad Beet Sayed, Mustafa Akbari and Sajed Abbasi. Well done everyone.


James Griffin

Sports Coordinator

From the Office


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


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

Accessing Dental Services


“VicHealth Funded and Tennis Victoria initiative
“Tennis4Teens” program”.

Starts Monday April 29th from 3.30pm-5pm. 

Lisa Niglia-Tennis Facilitator



McGuire College Newsletter
GV Dental Services.pdf
Tennis 4 Teens & Presenters.pdf
Tennis 4 Teens St Brendans TC.pdf