McGuire College Newsletter

22 December 2017
Issue 19
Principal's Report
Shepparton Education Plan
 Year 9
Important Dates
Information for Parents
McGuire College
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Shepparton, Victoria, 3630

Principal's Report

Principal's Report

In 2017 our College has continued to grow and go from strength to strength, as is reflected in our growing results and student enrolments.  McGuire College is definitely the school where each student has a home and where each student matters for who they are and where they want to go.


The 2017 school year has been a whirlwind of events and happenings and one of the biggest has been the consultation and discussion around the Shepparton Education Plan.  The Shepparton Education Plan presents a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform education for secondary school students and families in Greater Shepparton.  The level of engagement and excitement within our College community from staff and students has been extremely commendable and certainly places our students, staff and College in a strong position for the future.  The announcement by Minister Merlino on Monday 18th December, endorsing a new secondary College being created from the merger of our four existing schools , is exciting and certainly transformational. 


2017 has been a year of School Review for the College, with external reviewers working with our staff to verify our performance over the last four years and to recommend future actions and strategies to transform our College from good to great.  Our work in 2017 has focused on the implementation of an improvement agenda aligned to the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes, with specific focuses on Building Practice Excellence and Community Engagement in Learning.  The school reviewers have provided us with some clear recommendations for the future and our College Council have been working on the development of a new Strategic Plan for the period 2018-2021 to support this work.


Our students in 2017 have been fantastic ambassadors for McGuire College, their families and themselves.  They have embraced the concept that they can all be learners and leaders and grasped every opportunity available to them to improve their skills and experiences.  One of the challenges set down to our students at the start of 2017 was to improve their attendance levels and engagement with our programs and the College.  I am delighted to say that our students have taken on this challenge and achieved some outstanding improvements in our attendance data.  A huge thank you is extended to our Year Level Leaders and our Year 12 students for being leaders around this work.  Our Year 12 Class of 2017 have been strong role models throughout the year, particularly in regards to attendance and engagement, thank you and well done.


Congratulations to the 2017 College Dux, Katharine Parker (pictured  with Suzanna Sheed at our Presentation Night).


The McGuire College staff team is an incredible blend of talent, enthusiasm, passion and loyalty.  The mix is amazing and the impact profound.  Our staff team dedicates many hours above and beyond to ensure that our students succeed.  Our staff are guided in their work by a strong pedagogical framework and research driven instructional model.  They apply the ingredients of school wide positive behaviour system with restorative practices and strong student wellbeing practices to support students to not only demonstrate but to live our REAL values of Respect, Environment, Accountability and Learning.  Thank you to our staff team for putting students at the centre and for the high-level work on curriculum transformation that has taken place this year.  On behalf of our College community I would like to thank our retiring staff members Kylie Doddrell, Mike Frizzell and Ange Hornsby, for their work at the College over a number of years – your contribution has been appreciated by many and will certainly be missed.


Throughout 2017 McGuire College has continued to build and develop relationships within and beyond the local community in an effort to ensure the support our students need is there and available.  The partnership with our other local Government secondary schools through the Better Together Alliance is building in strength every week as new opportunities are found and created for our schools to work together.  2017 has seen the College work with the Centre for Multicultural Youth in how we support our diverse College Community.  Our local businesses have supported our students via work experience and workplace learning, to gain experience and exposure to the possibilities beyond school. 


To our students, be proud of yourselves and your achievements – I know I am, I know your parents are and I know our College community are.   You are our McGuire College leaders and learners – we know you all have bright futures in front of you – make your dreams come true and continue to be your best.


Thank you for a fabulous 2017 and we look forward to supporting and serving you again in 2018 and beyond.  Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Staffing Changes

With the end of the school year come a number of staffing changes.  As mentioned earlier, we have Kylie, Mike and Ange all retiring from the teaching services after careers full of impact.  We also have a number of staff heading on to new adventures and wish the following staff members every success for 2018 and beyond – Rob Steer, Emma Adam, Cameron Woodcock, Susan Kerwin, Andrew Nicholls, Jan Braham and Ahmet Latifoglu.


Early next year we will welcome a number of new staff to the College and I look forward to introducing them to you in late January 2018.


Start of School in 2018

A reminder for all families that the first day for students at McGuire College in 2018 will be Wednesday 31st January.  The school will be open for enquiries, uniforms and last minute arrangements on Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th January.


At the start of 2018 we will have 140 new Year 7 students joining us, Year 7 families are reminded that from Wednesday 31st January through to Tuesday 6th February, that Year 7 students only, will be dismissed each day at 1:40pm.  This is allow staff the opportunity to meet with parents and students in the afternoon to ensure a smooth and supportive start to each student’s secondary school journey.


Kind regards


Brad Moyle


Shepparton Education Plan

Shepparton Education Plan

On Monday December 18, the Minister for Education James Merlino announced the first step in a long-term plan to transform education for young people in Shepparton and Mooroopna. The Shepparton Education Plan will provide the best possible start in life for secondary students, improving their learning outcomes, providing health and wellbeing teams, as well as increasing pathways to further education and employment opportunities.


The decision to merge McGuire College, Mooroopna Secondary College, Shepparton High School and Wanganui Park Secondary College resulted after months of work by the Strategic Advisory Committee (the Committee). The Committee involved local principals, community members, parents, representation from the Australian Education Union and local businesses.


The Committee considered feedback from a variety of Working Parties, education experts as well as hundreds of community members who took part in community consultation and engagement activities in Shepparton and Mooroopna.


New school buildings and resources will be designed to meet the needs of students and teachers in the future. Students will have access to a broader range of subjects alongside increased health and wellbeing services.


This large school, is to be located in Shepparton and will be broken up into smaller schools or ‘Houses’ to create learning communities for approximately 300, Year 7–12 students.  Students will stay in the same house throughout secondary school, with Years 7-9 learning within their House, and Years 10-12 moving around the campus for specialised subjects of their choice.


The Department of Education is currently investigating site options for the school. Once a site is chosen, an architect will be engaged to start designing the school. When more information is available, communication about the school design, timelines and transition plans will be developed – these depend on future State Budget decisions.


The new secondary school will require careful and detailed planning.  Schools will work with students and their parents/carers to ensure every young person has a clearly planned pathway with minimal disruptions.


For more information go to:


We appreciate your ongoing support.

 Year 9

Year 9 Surf Camp

The Year 9 Outdoor Ed class wrapped up their Semester class with a trip to Torquay for 2 days of Surfing and Sea Kayaking on the coast.  An early start was rewarded by some excellent surfing conditions at Angelsea which the students met with great enthusiasm.  All of the students did a fantastic job picking up the skills required to surf and all were able to ride a wave! The sea kayak followed and plenty of fun was had paddling around the Angelsea River exploring the area.  We then headed to our accommodation in Torquay before having a look at the awesome surf shops on offer.  The early start ensured that an early night was to be had and another early morning surf greeted us on the 2nd day.

All of the students worked on the development of their skills and everyone was able to stand up and ride a wave into shore which was fantastic.  After a quick shower we headed back to school tired but satisfied with the effort put in. This group of students have done a fantastic job representing the McGuire College REAL values and themselves over the course of the Semester and should be very proud of their efforts.


I would also like to thank Miss Vibert for attending all of the trips this class had for the year, without her amazing efforts on camp assisting  the class these students wouldn’t have been able to have these great experiences enjoying the beautiful outdoors!


Andrew Nicholls

PE/Health/Outdoor Ed Domain Leader




Music Notes

Our musicians finished the year on a high note, playing a pre-concert for the Presentation Night. The Concert Band performed  as part of the formal proceedings. The award for Contribution to the Music Program went to Conner Stewart in Year 10. The ten recipients of the Fairley Foundation Band Scholarships were also presented with their awards.  They are pictured above -  L to R

Brianna Nimla Orr, Jack Morcom, Chloe Jay-Taylor, Maria Kacavenda, Jade Chalmers, Pilan Fitzpatrick.

(front) Olivia Judd, Angelina Mason, Olive McKenzie.  Absent: Paige Johnston


On Tuesday December 19th the Concert Band played at the schools presentation night. We played musical pieces: Zombie stomp, Geronimo, A triumphal procession, Across the Serengeti and Jupiter.

The schools jazz ensemble also played musical pieces: Stand by me, Louie, Louie, Basin Street blues and Along for the ride.  At the presentation night, we also presented 10 scholarships to go to the regional NEVR music camp at the end of Term 1 next year.

Written by Paige Johnston


John Madin

Last week for three days we had a visit from Jon Madin then we had a look at the instruments that he makes. There was ding boxes, echo cellos, and musical bikes, shakers and everyone had fun. You could see the smiles on everyone’s faces even our teacher Miss Ryan. Then we got stuck into some instruments and tried them out so we all got a turn on the instruments. My favourite was the ding boxes because when you stood on them they made a ding. Later on we made one from scratch and the glue we had to use smelt like my dad’s stinky socks after work so we fished them off and they looked good.

Written By Joseph Sutcliffe


Happy holidays to all musicians!!


Gabrielle Ryan

Music / Instrumental Music Co-ordinator


Important Dates

January 2018

Wednesday 31st:  Students  Return 1st Day Term 1


Tuesday 13th: Swimming Sports


Tuesday 6th: School Photos

Information for Parents

2018 McGuire College Accounts

All families will receive an invoice for 2018 school charges by either

email/mail in January. It would be appreciated if the balance could be paid in one lump sum or arrangements made for a payment plan of regular fortnightly/monthly/termly payments.  We accept BPAY payments.



If you would like to arrange regular fortnightly payments to be taken from your Centrelink payments, please call the general office on 58589800.

IMPORTANT:  A Parent Code needs to be provided when applying.

The General Office will provide this code.






Healthcare/Pension Cards

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund 2018 ($225.00). If you applied for CSEF in 2017 your claim will automatically be submitted for 2018 CSEF.

Any new enrolments need to submit a claim or if you have recently received a healthcare/pension card.

 (If you have a CSEF credit on your 2018 statement that is the balance of your 2015/2016/2017 claims).



Just a reminder that if you have not ordered the school textbooks you require you can contact CAMPION, 13 Telford Drive, Shepparton

Phone: 1300433982.


The General Office will re-open on Wednesday 24th January 2018 at 8.00am.


Students commence Wednesday 31st January 2018

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