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.
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.