McGuire College Newsletter

28 June 2019
Issue Ten
Principals Report
DebBall 2019
Library News
Bus Travel 2020
McGuire College
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Shepparton, Victoria, 3630

Principals Report

Dear Parents and Friends,


It is with a heavy heart that I write my final Principal message to our College community.

I have loved every minute of my time as Principal of McGuire College!


I am very sad to say good-bye to the many people I have had the privilege of meeting and working with at McGuire College.  For me, this school has been a vibrant, exciting place to lead as we prepared for the transition to Greater Shepparton College (interim name). Together we emphasized the importance of sharing, supporting each other, looking for positive learning opportunities for everyone and collaborating with the whole school community to embrace robust PLCs and to ensure the wellbeing and engagement needs of every student would be met. 


I would like to sincerely thank Jill Clapperton and Richard Bryce for their outstanding contributions and support as our School Council Chairs during my time as Principal.


It has been my privilege to work alongside our Assistant Principals Megan Michalaidis and Anna Sloane, I know they will continue to lead our school with integrity and responsiveness. Thank you both for your openness, your trust and your friendship.


I have been privileged to work alongside all teaching and support staff at McGuire College, our staff members always put students first and I have loved working beside each one of them.


It has been a privilege to be welcomed into the lives of the students and families within our school community -  our fabulous students are hard-working, capable learners and I will miss their friendly, caring and loyal faces and welcomes to school each day.


As announced on Tuesday, the new Principal will be Mr John Sciacca.  John joins us from Nathalia Secondary College where he has been Principal for the past nine years. John is a very experienced educational leader and will be a welcome addition to the McGuire College community. John has vast experience as a skilled Mathematics and Science teacher and Principal. I know that you will make John feel welcome at this outstanding school.


Thank you all for your ongoing support and cooperation. I will miss the exceptional people I have met and will always treasure the many fond memories of the students, parents, family members and staff at McGuire College. 


I feel very fortunate to have been part of the McGuire College community and I will cherish the time spent at this school learning with all of you!


Best wishes for a bright future,


Kind regards 

Claire Kelly


Mid Year Reports

Over the past couple of weeks, teachers have been writing student reports. Each subject report is in two parts – what the student has achieved and suggestions for improvement in that subject area for the future. These reports will be available online in the first week of Term 3, along with SPA 3 reports.


Parents and guardians are encouraged to discuss both the mid-year and SPA reports with their daughter(s)/son(s). Particular emphasis should be on how the student can improve.


John Hattie, Professor of Education and Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute, in a recent interview about how parents can best support their children at school, said ‘The biggest effect that parents can have is on their sense of encouragement and expectation for their students’.


If you have any queries about your daughter’s/son’s reports, please do not hesitate to contact their teacher when school resumes in Term 3.

Important Dates

Term 3

  • Monday 15th July (Staff Professional Development) - Student Free Day -
  • Tuesday 16th July - Students start Term 3

DebBall 2019


Last Friday night's celebration of the Debutante Ball was magical!  The Debs and their partners all looked fabulous and had an absolute ball.  


Homeroom/ Learning Mentors

During semester one there has been considerable discussion among staff and the student leadership group about the current effectiveness of Homeroom at McGuire College and the role of the ‘Learning Mentor’ in the new school. I have penned my thoughts on this matter and called it the Seven principles of what a good Homeroom teacher should be doing and what a good Homeroom should look like.

I would be very interested in your thoughts. Please contact me at school with them or email me at [email protected]


1. Understanding and valuing the age group. At McGuire College and at least for the first two years of the new school, Homeroom will be ‘horizontal’, that is students will be with their own age groups in year levels. Homeroom teachers need to be very aware of the developmental needs, interests and challenges of each age group. Ideally, the Homeroom teacher should teach all (or most) of the students in their Homeroom.


2. The pastoral role of Homeroom Student achievement at school is intrinsically linked to their happiness within the school environment. Homeroom teachers have a key role to play in getting to know each of their students; understanding their strengths and weaknesses; and responding to their needs. The Homeroom teacher is to be the adult within the school who knows each student well and cares for their concerns.

3. Reinforcing the School’s core values It is initially from the Homeroom teacher that each student comes to know, appreciate and understand the core values of the school. At McGuire College these are: Respect, Environment, Accountability and Learning and these values should be fostered in the ‘homeroom culture’ which the teacher develops.


4. Establishing a first point of contact with families of our students. The Homeroom has a vital role in establishing contact with families via the telephone (preferably and regularly), student planner or email. Families should be encouraged to express their feedback and concerns primarily to Homeroom teachers, who should inform others within the school structure accordingly.


5. Mentoring and interpreting student performance and achievement. Homeroom teachers should be fully conversant with each of their student’s performance and achievements (e.g. SPA and mid-year reports) across all subject areas. Homeroom teachers should work closely with subject teachers, PLC leaders and pathways planners to ensure that students achieve their potential at school.


6. Reinforcing school rules and regulations. Homeroom teachers should:

  • Ensure that students observe the uniform regulations of the college and follow up with families and school authorities any breaches.
  • Explaining and reinforcing school rules e.g. bullying/ harassment and PED policies.

7. Positive education The purposes for teaching Positive Education include -:

  • To assist students to flourish.
  • To enable students to explore Positive Psychology related to their wellbeing.
  • To help students to ‘Know Thyself’ and ‘Understand Others’.
  • To allow students to develop and practise skills which will be relevant to their life.
  • To demonstrate to students the importance of wellbeing.
  • The main aim of positive education should be on Transformation rather than information.
  • The main question to explore is “How can we help others-individuals, communities and society -to become happier?
  • Reflection is important, whenever personal growth is a central concern. Students should be encouraged to keep an ongoing journal throughout the course, documenting personal experiences, aspirations and goals, as well as meaningful insights personal failures or challenges.


Musical Moments!


Marimba Ensemble –

The marimbas gave a spirited performance to open the Shire of Shepparton celebrations of Refugee Week. We had the audience tapping their feet along with our vibrant rhythms!


Thanks to the students and families for their community spirit in enabling this performance.


Next term the marimbas will be playing for some of our community living in aged care, and also for the primary school.

We also have a Marimba Muster on October 24.

Jazz Ensemble -

The Jazz Ensemble played some great music for the College Deb Ball.

Year 7 student, Cooper handled the alto sax part on his own for the night, and Year 8 student Jamie starred in his first solo spot playing trumpet. Jonathan on bass and Joshua on drums gave us a great vibe, and this was picked up by solo players Angelina, Brianna, Paige and Olivia.

Jack and Brianna supported the solo players and also vocalist Angelina as she sang “Sway”.


Jazz Ensemble are playing in the Victorian School Jazz Festival on Thursday, August 15 at the Hawthorn Town Hall in Melbourne.


School Ensemble Concert -

Our final performance this Term was the Ensemble Concert held in E Wing.  All instrumental students played in their instrument and section ensembles and then all played Power Rock, for the final number. 

The audience was very appreciative and greatly enjoyed the variety of music played by the smaller groups. They especially enjoyed “Our Song” performed by a small group of 6 singers who are currently preparing for the Boite Schools Chorus on August 8th at the Melbourne Town Hall. Another favourite was the flute solo by Angelina, playing the theme from Forrest Gump.


Well done to all Music students – enjoy the holidays and see you next Semester in what will be “The Festival Semester”, as all groups of musicians will be performing at a music Festival.


Gabrielle Ryan

Music Coordinator

Library News

New Books in the Library

 Pie In The Sky - by Remy Lai

A poignant, laugh-out-loud illustrated middle-grade novel about an eleven-year-old boy's immigration experience, his annoying little brother, and their cake-baking hijinks! "Pie in the Sky is like enjoying a decadent cake . . . heartwarming and rib-tickling." --Terri Libenson, bestselling author ofInvisible Emmie Sometimes life isn't a piece of cake . . . When Jingwen moves to a new country, he feels like he's landed on Mars. School is torture, making friends is impossible since he doesn't speak English, and he's often stuck looking after his (extremely irritating) little brother, Yanghao. To distract himself from the loneliness, Jingwen daydreams about making all the cakes on the menu of Pie in the Sky, the bakery his father had planned to open before he unexpectedly passed away. The only problem is his mother has laid down onemajorrule: the brothers are not to use the oven while she's at work. As Jingwen and Yanghao bake elaborate cakes, they'll have to cook up elaborate excuses to keep the cake making a secret from Mama. In her hilarious, moving middle-grade debut, Remy Lai delivers a scrumptious combination of vibrant graphic art and pitch-perfect writing that will appeal to fans of Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham'sReal Friends,Kelly Yang'sFront Desk, and Jerry Craft'sNew Kid.


Louisiana’s Way Home - by Kate DiCamillo

When Louisiana Elefante’s granny wakes her up in the middle of the night to tell her that the day of reckoning has arrived and they have to leave home immediately, Louisiana isn’t overly worried. After all, Granny has many middle-of-the-night ideas. But this time, things are different. This time, Granny intends for them never to return. Separated from best friends Raymie and Beverly, Louisiana struggles to oppose the winds of fate (and Granny) and find a way home. But as Louisiana’s life becomes entwined with the lives of the people of the small Georgia town in which they find themselves – including a surly motel owner, a walrus-like minister and a mysterious boy with a crow on his shoulder – she starts to worry that she is destined only for goodbyes. (Which could be due to the curse on Louisiana's and Granny’s heads. But that is a story for another time.) Called “one of DiCamillo’s most singular and arresting creations” by The New York Times Book Review, the heartbreakingly irresistible Louisiana Elefante was introduced to readers inRaymie Nightingale – and now, with humour and tenderness, Kate DiCamillo returns to tell her story.


The Rest Of The Story - by Sarah Dessen

From number one New York Times bestselling author Sarah Dessen comes a big-hearted novel about a girl who reconnects with a part of her family she hasn't seen since she was a little girl - and falls in love, all over the course of a magical summer. Emma Saylor doesn't remember a lot about her mother, who died when she was ten. But she does remember the stories her mom told her about the big lake that went on forever.

Now it's just Emma and her dad, and life is good, if a little predictable . . . until Emma is unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her mother's family - her grandmother and cousins she hasn't seen since she was a little girl.

When Emma arrives at the Lake, and spends more time with her mother's side of the family, she starts to feel like she is two different people . To her father, she is Emma. But to her new family, she is Saylor, the name her mother always called her.

Then there's Roo, the boy who was her very best friend when she was little. Roo holds the key to her family's history, and slowly, he helps her put the pieces together about her past. It's hard not to get caught up in the magic of the Lake - and Saylor finds herself falling under Roo's spell as well.

But when it's finally time to go back home, which side of Emma Saylor will win?


The Wreckers’ Revenge  - by Norman Jorgensen


Expelled from school, he is whisked off by Captain Black Bowen, one of the most infamous smugglers ever to ply the coast of northern Australia in the early years of the twentieth century. Together they battle demon storms, crazed pirates and killer diseases while hunting down a great lost treasure. Non-stop action, adventure and excitement!


Bus Travel 2020

Greater Shepparton College (interim name)


We are currently in the process of identifying bus travel requirements for 2020. We ask that you complete and return this form if you currently use a bus service, or if you are considering using a bus service in 2020.

*Please complete  one form for each student in your family and return them to your current school by the 26th July 2019.

Please note – This is not an application for travel. Applications for bus travel will be provided in Term 3.



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Jazz at the Deb ball