McGuire College Newsletter

15 March 2019
Issue Four
Principal Report
Around the school
Homework Help
Important Dates
Central Australia Trip
Community News
McGuire College
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Shepparton, Victoria, 3630

Principal Report

Dear Parents and Friends,


It’s been a busy couple of weeks of learning and teaching at McGuire College as we head towards the last weeks of Term one.

We look forward to welcoming parents and caregivers to parent teacher interviews on: Wednesday 3rd April: 4.00-6pm and Friday 5th April:  10am - 1pm.         (Please see the Xuno booking instructions on this page)


This week, staff from across the four secondary schools have come together to take part in consultation sessions with Architects to share ideas and make plans for our new school buildings.  We look forward to updating you as plans progress.

As we head into week eight of our school year it’s important for us to remember that everyday counts! Going to school every day is the single most important part of your child’s education. Students learn new things at school every day. Attending and participating in school will help your child develop:

  • Important skills and knowledge to help them learn
  • Social and emotional skills such as good communication, resilience and teamwork

Students who attend school every day and complete Year 12 have:

  • Better health
  • Better job opportunities
  • Higher income across their lives

There is no safe number of days for missing school. Each day a student misses puts them behind.


What to do if your child can’t go to school.

Please let the College know as soon as possible and explain why your child can’t come to school.

Please come and talk to us if your child needs to take an extended period of time off, we will happy to support you to your child from falling behind if they need to miss school.

Tips to help improve your child’s attendance:

  • Talk to your child about school and how important it is.  You can ask them how they feel about school, what they liked and if there are any problems
  • Reward good behaviour and not bad behaviour. For example, if your child refuses to go to school, do not let them have access to their phones or the internet
  • Set a good example. Show them how you keep to your own commitments
  • Encourage your child to take on hobbies that your child enjoys such as sports and clubs. This will help them develop positive relationships outside of the classroom
  • Have a set time to do homework and go to bed
  • Leave all technology out of their bedroom
  • Pack their school bag the night before with everything they need
  • Have a set time for breakfast
  • Plan to meet up with a friend so they can travel to school together

Everyday counts!


Kind regards,


Claire Kelly


















La Trobe University Experience Clever Days
What exactly is La Trobe University Experience Clever?
Held at our Melbourne Campus during the Easter school holidays, this is a chance for Year 10, 11 and 12 students to experience uni for a day.

Students can choose from over 50 workshops in a broad range of study areas. From there, they’ll experience real classroom environments and interact with university staff and students.


Please follow this link for further information

Explore Day at Charles Sturt University
If you’re in Year 10, 11 or 12, Explore Day at Charles Sturt University (CSU) is the perfect opportunity for you to choose your own adventure and select from lots of dynamic workshops in a broad range of study areas.

Discover more about the courses you’re interested in and what it’s really like at uni. Parents and carers are welcome too – be sure to check out our dedicated parents program.

Our friendly students and staff will be your guides and take you behind the scenes. We’ll shout you lunch and you’ll pick up lots of free stuff!

Register now at  
Explore Day dates:
Albury Wodonga – 26 June 2019
Bathurst – 12 April 2019
Dubbo – 12 April 2019
Orange – 9 April 2019
Port Macquarie – 9 April 2019
Wagga Wagga (Vet Science) – 15 16 April 2019
Wagga Wagga – 25 June 2019

GV Health Work Placement 2019

Applications for work placement at GV Health in 2019 now open!!

Limited work placement opportunities are available for our students from Years 10, 11 and 12 at GV Health. Work placement is available in a wide variety of areas including Nursing, Administration, Engineering and other Trades, Hospitality and lots more (please see the attached list of areas you can do work placement in). Work placement at GV Health can only be applied for through this process and applications cannot be made directly to GV Health.


To apply for work placement at GV Health in 2019 students must collect an application pack from the Careers Office and correctly complete all the application forms attached with the information pack.


Completed applications must be returned to Ms Bruce by Friday 3rd May 2019. 


Students selected for work placement at GV Health will be based on:

  • The quality of their application
  • Their school reports
  • Their attendance and incidences data


Year 9 Careers

Year 9 students participated in 'Coaching Young People for Success' workshops conducted by Glenn Irvine last week.  The workshops aimed to:

  1. Build student self-awareness and motivation by connecting them to their unique strengths and passions
  2. Identify a vision and set goals for their life and career that excites and motivates them
  3. Strengthen the social and emotional skills they need to be successful
  4. Identify the priority areas and make a plan to improve their performance and wellbeing in all areas of their life
  5. Set tailor made learning goals that will improve their school performance

Students all created an individual Career Action Plan that families will be able to view via Xuno soon.



Year 12 Careers

The Year 12 students welcomed guest speakers Amanda from Shepparton Greater City Council and Steve from NAB today as part of their Careers program. Amanda and Steve spoke with the students about their life journey so far and shared advice about important employability skills, resilience and finding their way in the world.

Thank you to Amanda and Steve for giving up their time today and to the Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project for their assistance in organising the visit.




Industry Tour

We would like to thank JEFTOMSON Fruit packing for allowing McGuire students to visit their workplace and volunteering their time to show us their massive business operation that explained how the fruit went from the trees to the shops going through the packing shed and logistics and maintenance hub.

Special shoutout to Michael Parker for taking the day off work to support us with by showing and telling us about his job and the Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project for organising the day.





Love Me Love You

Senior school students had the opportunity to hear from ex AFL player Lance Picioane and Warren from Love Me Love You.

Off the field, and at the height of his career, former AFL midfielder Lance Picioane was battling his own demons. Now he's brought his story to hundreds of students across the GV in the hopes of breaking down the stigma around mental illness. They shared their stories and spoke about Mental Health and the three steps of life.

Thank you to Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project and McGuire College Careers for this moving experience.



Driver Education

Year 12 Students participated in a Driver Education talk as part of their Homegroup program



Mobile Phone Addiction

‘7 Scary things about you never knew about cell phone addiction’ is an interesting website.

 I am the first to admit that when it comes to mobile phone technology (and Information Technology generally) I am a dinosaur. I received my first mobile phone from my adult children as a Christmas present a few years ago because they were ‘embarrassed’ that their dad was still living in the 20th century and not the 21st!


Anyway, back to the website 7 Scary things about cell phone addiction. There is an interesting 15 question ‘Smartphone Compulsion Test’.

After completing it, and to my absolute horror, I was rated as being ‘in danger’ of becoming addicted to my Samsung Galaxy Smartphone! (and I’m not even on a plan!)


The website also looks at the social phenomenon of ‘phubbing’ – checking your texts when talking to someone and how our mobile phones are actually altering our brains.  But the most interesting thing was the following observation under the heading There’s a good reason why tech innovators don’t let their kids have devices: Steve Jobs didn’t let his kids use the IPad. And Bill and Melinda Gates didn’t let their kids have phones until they were 14.


Well, at least I’ve got a little way to go until I catch up with the ‘average’ American who, in 2017, spent on average 2 hours 51 minutes on their mobile phones every day.


Vince Branigan


Around the school

Junior and Senior Celebration Lunches

On the 8th March, approximately 30 students from Year 7-12 who have demonstrated our REAL values and a fantastic attendance rating were treated to a pizza lunch organised by the Junior and Senior School teams. Our aim is to host these lunches at least twice a term as part of our PBIS program to acknowledge the fantastic work done by students on a daily basis.




Year 7 Dance

The Year 7 Dance class have been delighted to learn a Contemporary dance routine taught by Daemonette Curran as part of her Year 12 VET assessment.


PBIS REAL Award Winners


Year 9 Ceramics

Year 9 Ceramics class learning how use the wheel and producing some fantastic pieces of art with Miss Fry.



Homework Help

English Help

In F6 every Tuesday from 3.20 until 4.15 each week. Please bring along any homework or projects that you would like assistance with.


Maths help

Every Tuesday in C5. All year levels are encouraged to attend. Perfect for getting on top of Homework or getting extra assistance for what you have learnt in class. Don’t be a square, come to Maths help.

Important Dates


Tuesday 19th: Year 12 Drive for Life

Wednesday 21st: Success Integrated

Thursday 28th: School Council Meeting

Friday 29th:  

Harmony Day

Year 7 Immunisations -   It is important that you complete and return them to the school even if  your child is not being immunised. Thank you to those who have already returned their forms.


Wednesday 3rd: Parent Teacher Interviews, 4.00-6pm

Thursday 4th: School Closure Day

Friday 5th: Parent Teacher Interviews, 10am - 1pm

Central Australia Trip

Year 10 and 11 McGuire College students have the opportunity to visit Central Australia in September this year. They will join with other students from Shepparton High School, Mooroopna Secondary College and Wanganui Park Secondary College on this exciting experience. Interested students are asked to collect an information pack from the Senior School office and pay the deposit to confirm their interest by March 29th. We will then confirm numbers and a ballot will be conducted if required.

Community News

Shepparton Table Tennis Association


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