McGuire College Newsletter

21 September 2018
Issue Fourteen
Important Dates
Principals Report
Junior School
Senior School
School Assembly
Library News
Music News
McGuire College
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Important Dates


Friday 21st: Parent Teacher Interviews

         10.00am - 1.00pm


Monday 8th:  Term 4 commences

Wednesday 17th: Junior Summer Sport (2)

Friday 19th: Student Free Day



Friday 2nd: Year 7 Vaccinations

Tuesday 6th: Melbourne Cup Holiday

Thursday 15th: School Council

Tuesday 27th:  Student Free Day

          ( Professional learning day for staff)

Wednesday 21st:  Valedictory Dinner

                                       Year 12 Final Assembly


Monday 10th: Grade 6 Parent Information Night

Tuesday 11th: Grade 6 Orientation Day

Tuesday 18th: Presentation Night  - Eastbank

Thursday 20th: Euroa Pool Activities Day

Principals Report

Dear Parents and Friends,


It was fabulous to see so many parents at school over the last 2 days accessing the parent / teacher interviews.

Effective parent-teacher conferences can boost family involvement and help promote positive outcomes for you, your students, and our College community.

We hope your interviews provide a great opportunity to:

  • share academic progress and growth based on classroom observations, testing data, assessments, portfolios, and assignments
  • share with us your views about your students' strengths, needs, behaviours, and learning styles
  • discuss enrichment and or intervention strategies to support your students' learning
  • discuss challenges that may be interfering with your students' learning and growth.


On Monday and Tuesday this week I was part of a staff team who travelled to Melbourne to take part in the Berry Street Education Model.  The Berry Street Education Model is a progressive training course. It enables teachers to both increase engagement with challenging students and improve all students’ self-regulation, growth and academic achievement.

Students engaged in the work of this model achieved more than two years academic growth in one year following implementation of the model (based on data evaluated by the University of Melbourne).





The 5 Domains of BSEM:

The five domains of the Berry Street Education Model correspond with the child-development capacities that each student must build in order to be ‘ready to learn’. We focus first on building their capacity to engage and then nurturing their willingness to engage.


Body: Building students’ capacity by increasing physical regulation of the stress response, de-escalation and focus. 

Relationship: Nurturing on-task learning through relational classroom management strategies.

Stamina: Creating a culture of academic persistence by nurturing resilience, emotional intelligence and a growth mindset.




Engagement: Motivating students with strategies that increase their willingness to learn.

Character: Harnessing a values and character strengths approach to instill students’ self-knowledge for future pathways.


We look forward to sharing more with you as we progress this work across the College.


We trust the term break will provide an opportunity for students and families to rest and regenerate before our final term of learning for 2018.


Happy holidays!


Kind regards, Claire Kelly



Junior School

'The Flats'

On Wednesday the 12th September, 7D went on an excursion to 'The Flats.'  'The Flats' is located between Shepparton and Mooroopna and was a space where Aboriginal people lived.  the population increased after the Cummeragunja walk off, where Aboriginal people left due to conditions.  The students were guided by Uncle Ruben, an Aboriginal Elder who gave very informative information about local Aboriginal history.  The students learnt that in 1954, hessian bags were used to cover the area so that the Queen, who at the time was visiting Australia, could not view the living conditions of Aboriginal people.  Both 7D classroom teacher, Nicole Roberts and McGuire College Principal, Claire Kelly attended the excursion.


Ange Barker – Guest Speaker on Domestic Violence


On Friday 7th of September, Year 9 students had the privilege of listening to guest speaker Angela Barker. Angela was the victim of Domestic/Relationship Violence when she was 16 years old and suffered horrific injuries as a result.  Among Angela’s injuries she suffered a brain injury and spent 3 years in hospitals and rehabilitation units and now uses a wheelchair to get around.

Now 16 years on, Angela with the help of her parents Ian and Helen speaks out against violence and the devastating effects it has on people’s lives. The messages were very clear about the warning signs of an unhealthy relationship, power and control in relationships, disrespect in relationships, violence is never acceptable, recognising the need for and getting help.


Angela was very inspirational and motivational, sharing her achievements since her incident. Angela has been nominated as Victorian Young Australian of the Year, represented Australia at the United Nations, travelled to New York, met the Queen and even Sky Diving for the first time last month. Angela now works for the NAB. These are things Angela never would have thought possible after her injuries.


Student feedback was very positive, with many students staying back to talk to Ang and her family after the session and several students still talking out the session later in the week.


Mark Metcalf

School Nursing Program



Senior School

BTA excursion to LaTrobe University, Bendigo Science department.

The Year 11 Chemistry class made their way to LaTrobe University, Bendigo Campus along with students from Shepparton High School and Numurkah Secondary College.

We split up into small groups and toured the campus where we had a sneak peek at the new library and student centre which will be a wonderful space to work and chill out. Then a talk about life on campus and the different pathways students take to get into their desired course. Students then split into two groups. The first group performed an analysis of detergent levels in water using colorimetry.  After a quick lunch back to the lab to analyse water samples using a spectrophotometer fitted with a hollow calcium cathode lamp. Hemang brought along a water sample from his water tank to analyse. 

Lastly, a lesson on how HPLC works. Then back through the University, for the return trip home. Oh, and we certainly had our exercise quota for the day, walking up and down hills and climbing stairs.

A most informative and enjoyable day was had by all.



Miss  Raelene Panter

Year 11 Chemistry

Blood Donation


On Friday 7th September, Year 12 VCAL students participated in an excursion to the Shepparton Blood Bank where they  donated blood or plasma for the first time.


The experience was interesting and a little daunting at first but the nurses at the blood bank were kind and patient and explained step by step the process of what was going to happen and why as well as what would happen with their blood/plasma.


The time spent at the Blood Bank for the group was about 2 hours as those donating Plasma was a longer process due to the blood being taken out for the plasma and then returned.


Donating plasma can be used for cancer, blood disease, anaemia, heart disease, stomach disease, trauma, burns and childbirth.

Students received a text later the following week stating how many people their contribution had saved.


Georgie Schofield

VCAL Coordinator


Story Slams Writing Workshop

On Monday the 10th of September, Years 9 & 10 of McGuire College went to Latrobe University in Shepparton and took part in a creative writing workshop.


The Year 10s went to an adventure story workshop with author Kelly Gardner, about making fast paced action sequences. The Year 9s participated in a workshop with author Kirsty Murray, talking about truth and fiction and her experience writing stories and her life before she came an author. Kirsty explained the art of turning truth into fiction, keeping the event but changing the characters or the perspective or the way the event is written. She gave us writing time to narrate our own recount of a true event that changed our lives, and manipulate the truth to seem fiction. She talked about setting the scene, and really describing what things looked like and how they appeared. We did some interactive activities to try describing our own scene, and also to describe and imagine an image of someone's pet.


Kirsty talked about the places she had travelled to write her books, how she came into the writing world, her personal and family experiences and history, and also gave us some facts on what a young adult fiction is and should be, and how we can write our own.

After the individual workshops we went into a room with the other group of students, Cobram Secondary College was also there, and had a Q & A with the two authors. People asked questions relating to how much money they got per book, how long it took to write books and find a publisher, when they started writing, how they got their ideas and a few other questions.


Kirsty and Kelly were very inspiring and encouraging, and we thank them for coming to speak to us.


Moara Smith, Year 9

School Assembly

On Thursday the 13th of September, we had a whole school assembly that was focused around respect and appreciating what you have. It started off with Drue McEntee giving the Welcome to Country speech which lead to the National Anthem, sung by the choir.


Mrs Kelly gave a lovely heart-warming speech that made us realise how lucky we are to be at our school. Her story was about her first time as a Principal, teaching at a school in Wyndham.  A small school, where unfortunately a six year old indigenous girl passed away as she wasn’t allowed to enter a hospital because “she was wearing no shoes” but the truth is they just didn’t want her there because she was indigenous. A woman named Janet walked with Mrs Kelly and several other aboriginal women to a sacred place. Janet was carrying the little girl in her arms and they walked around the sacred area singing a song releasing the little girl’s spirit back into the land. From this, we can really be thankful for the opportunities that we have. Mrs Kelly also read out our REAL values to remind us about being respectful and polite.


Following on from Mrs Kelly’s emotional speech, the school captains reminded us of important details to remember, such as being quiet in the corridors due to senior exams and they spoke about general behaviour.

There were many awards given out for Netball, Soccer, P.B.I.S, Athletics and for the records broken on that day, there were also awards given out to the people that read the most books. These awards were presented by Mr Griffin. Mrs Pritchett said a few words and as we were all leaving videos were played about being #McGuireProud and these were created by the Year 7 S.E.A.L class.


Overall it was a fantastic assembly that we all needed to give us a reminder about respect, all of our REAL values and why we should be proud of our school.



By: Zarah Zanders, Eliza Bester, Vanessa Asante, Hannah D'Andrea

Year 7D





On Saturday 8th September, McGuire College Under 13 Girls Netball team played in the grand final against Wanganui Park. All girls played hard but were defeated in a well fought game. Well done girls on making it to the grand final.



Junior Summer Sport

On Tuesday 18th September, our Year 7 and 8 students took part in day 1 of Inter school junior summer sport. Our students competed in table tennis and super 8’s cricket.


Our cricket teams ventured to McKewen Reserve and had mixed results but all who took part enjoyed a great day of fun and sunshine, with some students displaying some wonderful skills, with others discovering skills and an enjoyment of cricket they previously didn’t have.


Our two Year 8 boys table tennis teams travelled to Tatura where despite finding the standard tough, fought on all day, with all who took part thoroughly enjoying their day out.


Well done to all students and a big thank you to staff who assisted with the day. Stay tuned for Day 2 of junior sport on Wednesday 17th October.


James Griffin

Sport Coordinator

Library News

Library Awards

Congratulations to the following students who were presented with Library Awards for Term 3.

Sfa ALGHAZALY,  Year 7


Will SWEET,  Year 7

Anis AHMAD FAIZAL,  Year 8


Chloe JOHNSON,  Year 8

Ben PYKE,  Year 8

Brianna BROWN, Year 9

Fatana FAIZI, Year 9

Chloe TAYLOR,  Year 9

Zainab ALHUSSAINY,  Year 10

Chet NICHOLLS,  Year 10



New Titles Available


Thank you to all the students who have been reading books and returning them promptly.

If you have a library book in your locker or at home please return it before the holidays.


Books can be borrowed for the holidays so come in and check out our new book displays, we have purchased some excellent new fiction for young adults.


Faye Andrew and Di Steele Library

Music News


Concert Band has commenced preparation for the Victorian Schools Music Festival in Melbourne in November.  All Instrumental Music students will be included in the band. Students should be playing their instruments over the holidays!


Concert Band Rehearsal is on Wednesday's at lunchtime and DT in Term 4.  All band members are expected to attend.


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra are performing in Shepparton in October

McGuire College Instrumental and class music students have the opportunity of attending the Schools Concert on October 16 at 1.30 p m.

Tickets are $5 each (this cost is subsidized by the Music Department).

Bookings will be taken in week 1 of term 4.


McGuire College is also hosting a performance by Musica Viva in Term 4.

More details next term.



Both Ms Ryan and Mr Arnold will be providing Instrumental Music lessons next term. If students are unable to attend their lesson, time, please see your teacher to arrange another time.


Best wishes to all for the holidays.


Gabrielle Ryan



Senior School Holiday Study Sessions

McGuire College would like to give senior students a place and opportunity to study over the Term 3 school holidays.

We are once again opening up E wing during the following times:


Monday 24th  – Thursday 27th September, 9.00 am - 3.00 pm

Monday 1st  – Friday 5th October,  9.00 am - 3.00pm

Students will be provided with a timetable of available staff.



Lift off Scholarships

The Lift Off Scholarships opened Monday September 17 for study in 2019.





Mooving Art

The Great Moooving Art Roundup is on again these school holidays! 


Why not get the family together, roundup the girls, complete the tasks, earn points and receive rewards.  Running over the September school holidays, simply download Scavify from the App store or Google Play and then go hunting!

If you have any questions relating to the roundup, please do not hesitate to contact the Greater Shepparton Visitor Centre on 5832 9330.


Aquamoves is excited to launch a new Youth Membership, exclusively for 14 and 15 year old youth to use the Aquamoves facilities.

It is critical for youth to be active and improve their overall health & wellbeing through personal engagement and exercise. Just 30 minutes of activity per day offers many benefits and can reduce stress & anxiety greatly.

Never before have we offered a membership where 14 and 15 year old youth can attend the Aquamoves Gym without an adult. A Youth Member at Aquamoves will be supervised by a gym instructor- between the hours of 3:30pm and 5:00pm Monday to Friday. Outside of these times, Youth Members can attend the gym with an adult over the age of 18.

A comprehensive health & wellbeing assessment will be conducted by one of our qualified gym instructors and a personalised gym program written.

We are now also allowing Youth Members to attend Group Fitness Classes without an adult present, from the age of 14 (it was previously 16) they can access unlimited classes.


We want to encourage all 14 and 15 year olds who maybe don’t participate in team sports, or youths just wanting to improve their overall health & wellbeing to attend Aquamoves in a supervised supportive environment.

We have a special introductory Membership Price of $13.50 per week.


Not-for-profit student exchange organisation, World Education Program (WEP) Australia, is offering two $1,000 scholarships for semester and year exchange programs departing in August next year.

These scholarships are available for all of WEP’s 26 countries.

The application deadline is October 14. So, students have all holiday to work on their entry.


GV Suns

The GV Suns Football Club Inc is the Goulburn Valley soccer team which plays at National Premier League level.  The Junior teams in the GV Suns give local players an important opportunity to play against others at a higher level of competition than can often be found in the local regional leagues.  The Club has worked hard to ensure we keep travel to a minimum whilst offering top level competition


"Show Us Ya Wheels"

 Show Us Ya Wheels in Numurkah is just a few months away – Sunday Dec 2nd. You may or may not be aware of our event. We are charity car show that has been running since 2001 from which all profits are donated back into our local community.


This year we are running two new events – A Postie Bike Muster and a ‘Chuck a motor on it’ build challenge. 

The “Chuck A Motor On It” Challenge may be of more interest as we see it as a great opportunity for parents to connect with their kids and build something together. The idea is to add a motor to something that wouldn’t normally have a motor on it, such as a toilet, couch, esky,

shopping trolley, etc, or the second category is to build a mini hot-rod, go-kart, lawnmower racer or whatever takes your fancy. There are trophies up for grabs too.


Junior Aviators Day


Table Tennis exhibition and coaching sessions


McGuire College Newsletter
Invitation - Shepparton Access Information Night - Finishing School_What Next.pdf
Great Moooving Art Roundup DL_v2.pdf
Aquamoves Teen Gym.pdf
GV Suns 2019 trials.pdf
Junior Aviators.pdf