McGuire College Newsletter

03 November 2017
Issue 16
Principal's Report
ELearning Showcase
Public Speaking Awards
Year 9 Outdoor Education
Rugby Program
Important Dates
Information for Parents
McGuire College
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92 - 100 WilmotRoad
Shepparton, Victoria, 3630

Principal's Report

Principal's Report

Announcement of College Captains for 2018

We have recently completed the election of our College Captains for 2018. Students self-nominated via a written application to a panel who interviewed the students. At the completion of interviews the recommended students then presented at a College assembly before going onto an election involving all students and staff.


I am pleased to announce that the College Captains elect of McGuire College in 2018 are;


College Captains: Hassan Aber & Marwa Ahmed

Vice Captains: Joel Miller & Nimi Jumapili

















I would like to thank all candidates for their work and effort in running their campaigns and standing for the positions.  Also thank you to Mr Koutroubas and Ms Martin for coordinating the election.


Final Year 12 Exams

By now Year 12 VCE Exams are well and truly underway and I would like to wish all students well for the next stage of their lives beyond Year 12. For those students who have studied a VCE course and undertaken examinations, an ATAR score is clearly one pathway to further study. But for those who do intend to go on to further study we have seen more and more frequently, Universities and other Tertiary institutions looking for alternate pathways to ensure those who are capable and motivated have other opportunities to access courses – even if the ATAR they get is not as high as they would have preferred.


I look forward to seeing the results of the efforts of our Year 12s and celebrating their success at the Year 12 Valedictory Dinner and Graduation.


Every Day Counts

Attending school every day is vital for students of all ages to fully achieve.

We all want our students to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begins with students coming to school each and every day. 

Missing school can have a major impact on a child’s future – a student missing one day a fortnight will miss four full weeks by the end of the year. 

There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes. 

Regular attendance is valued at McGuire College. Students who attend regularly give themselves the best opportunity to achieve academically by engaging fully in their learning and foster and maintain friendships.  


I ask all parents/guardians to encourage regular attendance for your child/children to ensure every chance for success.


College Values

Over the last term we have been reviewing our College wide Positive Behaviour Interventions & Supports (PBIS) expectation matrix that is based on our College REAL values of Respect, Environment, Accountability and Learning.


Over the next two weeks it would be great to see all of our students demonstrating our core value of Learning.  Students can demonstrate this value by displaying the following behaviours:

  • Being an active and engaged participant
  • Striving for their personal best
  • Having a growth mindset (be positive)
  • Making the most of opportunities for learning

There is no reason that over the next two weeks our teachers shouldn’t be able to hand out a record number of REAL Slips for students demonstrating this value.  Students – put our teachers to work and give them every opportunity to see you demonstrating our REAL values.


Kind regards


Brad Moyle


ELearning Showcase

Invitation to Parents

Parents and families of Year 7 students are invited to come along and find out how Year 7 students are using electronic devices (eg. Laptops and tablets) to enhance and extend their learning.


Afternoon tea will be provided and all adults attending will be given a raffle ticket for a door prize with the major prize being an Acer Switch 10 tablet valued at $500. Generously donated by Learning with Technologies.


Meet your child's teachers and the students they interact with every day. Take the opportunity to meet other parents and families and see how your child is learning at school.


Please RSVP with the number of adults attending and any dietary requirements to [email protected]



Public Speaking Awards

Toolamba Lions Club Youth of the Year 2017 Competition

The Lions Club of Toolamba held their Club Final of the Youth of the Year competition on Saturday 28 October 2017.


Lions Youth of the Year is designed to encourage, foster and develop leadership in conjunction with other citizenship qualities in our youth, at the age when they are about to enter the fields of employment or higher education, and provides students with the incentive to pay greater attention to the general qualities, so vital in developing our youths into first class citizens. The qualities sought, apart from academic attainments are those of leadership, personality, sportsmanship, public speaking and good citizenship.  Lions Youth of the Year is an excellent means of assisting Australia’s youth and promoting the essential role of leadership development and community service organisations in maintaining Australia’s high standard of living.


Each contestant has a 30-minute interview with a panel of judges to enable them to get to know the contestants at a personal level.  This part of the program carries a significant portion of the overall scores for the competition.  The second part of the program is a public speaking competition performed in front of an audience, including friends, family and guests, where the contestants answer two impromptu questions and deliver a 5-minute prepared speech on the topic of their choice. 


This year’s Toolamba Lions Youth of the Year competition took place at Toolamba Primary School and the two Year 11 students who represented McGuire College were Nimi Jumapili and Marwa Ahmed.


In the individual interviews on Saturday Nimi and Marwa were able to show off their individual personalities, citizenship qualities as well as their impressive resume of youth leadership program participation and the judges learned that both girls have received a number of awards for academic and sporting achievements.  


In the second half of the program, both contestants captivated the audience with their choice of topic for their prepared speeches.  Nimi spoke about ‘Legalising Euthanasia’ whilst Marwa spoke about ‘Legalising Medicinal Marijuana’.  


It was a high quality competition and ended in a close finish with only 1 point separating the two contestants at the close of the day.  Marwa Ahmed won both the public speaking program and was the overall winner of the Youth of the Year club final for 2017.  Marwa will go on to represent Toolamba Lions Club in the Zone finals early in 2018. 


The judging panel was Neta Kirby from Sand Play Therapy; Simon Pogue from Dawes & Vary Riordan (both members of Tatura Rotary Club) and Lana Young from Goulburn Murray Water. 


Pictured here are Nimi and Marwa after receiving their certificates with the Youth of the Year judges (from left to right: Simon Pogue, Neta Kirby, Nimi Jumapili, Marwa Ahmed and Lana Young. 


Megan Michalaidis

Assistant Principal



Year 9 Outdoor Education

Mt Kooyoora bushwalk

On 25th of October McGuire College outdoor Ed class travelled to the Kooyoora State Park for our bushwalking trip. We trecked about 25 kms up and down gullies, along roads, up mountains and through the bushlands of the state park.


The first day was about 17 kms and whilst there was a lot of complaining everyone did a great job pushing through and soldiering on and when we finally made it to the top of the mountain, we watched a beautiful sunset and cooked a nice dinner before heading to bed. The next day we got up, cooked breakfast and packed up camp. We then continued to bush bash for 7 kms back to the bus and then walked for a little to the Melville caves where we proceeded to check out the views across the countryside and checked out where an old outlaw by the name of Captain Melville used to hide from the police after stealing gold. After this we attempted the squeeze test, a test of strength and mental mindset testing us to our limits on getting up the tight gap between the rocks. Then there was a 2 hour bus ride home,  on the way we stopped at Elmore and I bought the best packet of potato chips I have ever eaten in my life.

Floyd Vincitorio Year 9 OE


Rugby Program

Rugby World Cup

Last Friday a group of our Year 9-10 students from the Better Together Alliance Rugby Program traveled down to Melbourne to watch the Rugby League World Cup Opening ceremony and opening match between Australia and England.


This was an amazing excursion with our students showing exemplary behaviour,  representing the College extremely well.


Special thanks to Ford’s Coaches for being so reliable and flexible in getting us to the match as well as the Rugby League World Cup organisers who provided us with complimentary tickets after hearing about the Rugby Program and how well the boys have applied themselves to school and showed an improvement in their classes and their personal conduct.


Sam Owen


Important Dates


Wednesday 1st: Year 12 Exams Commence

Tuesday 7th: Melbourne Cup day

Monday 13th:  Victorian School Music Festival 

                                 Federation Square Melb.

Monday 20th: Year 12 Early Commencement

Tuesday 21st: SEAL Showcase Evening- 6.00pm - 7.30pm

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

Thursday 21st: Euroa Pool Day

Information for Parents

School Payments 2018

School councils are able to request payments or contributions for education items and services from parents and guardians for students in Victorian government schools in the three categories – essential student learning items, optional items and voluntary financial contributions.


Please find listed the essential student learning  items, optional items and voluntary financial contributions for each year level for the 2018 school year.





Soccer Trials







Dear Players and Parents

Shepparton South Soccer Club will be holding early trials on the following dates for the listed age


Tuesday 14th & Thursday 16th November:

Under 10’s

Under 12’s

Under 15’s

Time – 6:30pm-8pm


Tuesday 21st & Thursday 23rd November:

Under 18’s

Div 1 Women (open age)

Time – 6:30pm-8pm

These trials will be held at the home of Shepparton South Soccer Club – McEwen Reserve, Packham Street Shepparton.


Kind regards

Shepparton South Soccer Club

Activities In the Park


McGuire College Newsletter
Year 7.pdf
Year 8.pdf
Year 9.pdf
Year 7 School Payments 2018.pdf
YEAR 8 School Payments 2018.pdf
YEAR 9 School Payments 2018.pdf
YEAR 10 VCE VCAL School Payments 2018.pdf
Activities in the Park - November - December 2017 Booklet (1).pdf