McGuire College Newsletter

17 November 2017
Issue 17
Important Dates
Principal's Report
Remembrance Day 
Year 7
ELearning Showcase
Music News
Library News
Information for Parents
McGuire College
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Shepparton, Victoria, 3630

Important Dates


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

Thursday 30th:  ELearning Showcase



Monday 4th: Year 11 Early Commencement

Monday 11th: Grade 6 Information Night

Tuesday 12th: Grade 6 Orientation Day

Tuesday 19th: Presentation Night - Eastbank - 7.00pm

Thursday 21st: Euroa Pool Day

Principal's Report

Principal's Report

It has been another busy week for our students and staff at McGuire College and no one could ever say to us that things die off and quieten down in Term 4.  Some of the highlights over the last week have included:

  • Our Concert Band’s participation in the Victorian Schools Music Festival in Melbourne.  33 students travelled to Melbourne with Mrs Ryan and Mr Sharpe.  Our Concert Band performed 3 items and received high praise in the adjudications, achieving 9 “Outstanding” and 7 “Excellent” ratings out of a total of 16.  This is a fantastic effort and builds and improves on our performance in 2016.
  • We welcomed 57 students from Kialla West Primary School to the College to participate in a range of practical, hands-on workshops with our staff.  It was great to have one of our local Primary Schools bring their Year 5/6 students in to get a taste for our Food Technology, STEAM and Digital Technology programs.  A huge thank you to Ms Kerwin, Mr Rando and Miss Martin for supporting our local Year 5/6 students with their learning.
  • Applications coming in from our senior students for the positions of House and Spirit Captains for 2018.

A significant amount of energy and time is spent during November in planning for the following year.  At this stage we have a record number of Year 7 students joining us for 2018, as well as students entering at all other year levels.  If students are not going to be with us in 2018, we would appreciate parents/carers letting us know as soon as possible.  Our staff recruitment for 2018 is underway with many new staff expected to join us as we have a large College community in 2018.



Student attendance has been one of our focus areas and priorities for improvement in 2017.  At this stage of the year we are really pleased with the efforts of our students in improving their attendance rates.  In some Year levels this data has improved by over 20 days on 2016 figures.  Students, parents and carers are all asked to keep up this effort as we head into the last five weeks of the school year.  Our learning programs continue for all students with the following completion dates in 2017:

  • Year 12 students conclude after their final exam but will join us on the morning of Friday 24th November for their Graduation Breakfast and Assembly.
  • Year 11 students conclude on Friday 1st December.
  • Year 10 students conclude on Friday 15th December.
  • Year 7-9 students conclude the 2017 school year following our Pool Day in the last week of term.

Improving our College Environment

We are looking at different ways to brighten the College environment for our students and staff. Visit our Facebook Page and have a look at what other schools have done to share their values, inspire their students and to brighten the school up. Feel free to share your thoughts about the images we have shared or suggest your own ideas for improvement.


Final Year 12 Assembly

Next Friday, November 24th, we will be holding a special assembly for our Year 12, Class of 2017.  This is a great opportunity to recognise our student leaders of the College, celebrate their achievements and wish them every success for the next stage of their lives.  We know for many, that they will be back to share their stories and successes with us in the future, and that for some it will be farewell for now.  Our students and staff are looking forward to this significant College event next Friday.


Kind regards


Brad Moyle


Remembrance Day 

Remembrance Day Services


On Saturday 11th November, the 2018 McGuire College school captains attended the Remembrance Day Service at the Shepparton War Memorial to lay a wreath on behalf of our school community.



Our school again participated in the annual Italian Remembrance Day Service held at the Italian chapel in Murchison.

Year 8 students Amy Lyle and Chloe-Jay Taylor and Mr Cosimo Rando represented McGuire College in this significant and unique event. Thank you to Mrs Tracy Lyle for taking the photos at the service.



Year 7

Year 7 Awards - Week 4

Inquiry Learning:

Zaylee Newham – For displaying persistence and creativity in the Problem Based Learning inquiry group, resulting in innovative slogan designs which reflect the research undertaken in the inquiry.

Ashton Stack – For displaying leadership in the Problem Based Learning inquiry group, and for initiating positive suggestions and following them up with actions that guided the group effectively.

Matthew Moyle - For displaying leadership and confidence in the Problem Based Learning inquiry group, when initiating phone calls to agencies in Shepparton to discuss issues about homelessness.

Angelina Mason - For displaying leadership and confidence in the Problem Based Learning inquiry group, when recommending strategies to bring together all of the areas of inquiry undertaken by the group to develop the public product.


Ananiya Kibare: for having a go at answering questions in class, even when you weren’t sure of the answer.


Jack Morcom - fantastic problem solving and leadership in PE.

Tristan Phipps - for showing a growing confidence within PE and having a go

Seemat Almisidawee - for showing enthusiasm in all activities


Chloe Johnson - for always showing enthusiasm and being prepared

Jarrod Barrett – for having a go in science

Faith Setu – for having a go in science

Hamidullah Haidari – for his leadership and participation in science

Year 7 Awards - Week 5


Georgia Comline for persisting in cricket and improving her bowling



Inquiry Learning:

Angelina Mason - For displaying leadership and confidence in the Problem Based Learning inquiry group.

Ali Salem – For displaying excellent collaboration and decision making, while working with a partner on an inquiry. The presentation which you are working on is detailed and informative.

Hasan Almusawi – For displaying excellent collaboration and decision making, while working with a partner on an inquiry. The presentation which you are working on is detailed and informative.

DT Time:

Zahra Al-Salem – For consistently using the REAL values in DT time. Well done for always being on task, enthusiastic and well organised.

Fatma  Alfatelawi – For consistently using the REAL values in DT time. Well done for always being on task, enthusiastic and well organised.

Zahrah Albendar – For consistently using the REAL values in DT time. Well done for always being on task, enthusiastic and well organised.


Tristan Phipps – for excellent research into desalination plants


Maria Kacavenda– for always putting in an awesome effort during science.



How can people help others that are homeless?

By Matt Moyle and Hannah  Bilney(Year 7)


Do you know how many people are homeless in the world, Victoria and in Shepparton? Well in 2011 it was estimated that there were 22,000 people in the world that were homeless and 1.6 billion people were in inadequate shelter. In Shepparton it was estimated in 2005 that there were 359 homeless people. Have you ever wondered how you can help others to find their own house or to avoid homelessness? It has been six years since those numbers have been counted. They have increased since then. If people really want to change how others live there are a few things that they can do. Our inquiry question is how can people help others that are homeless?


We have been researching about homelessness in Shepparton. We have also been finding out who may be helping the homeless people. Organisations such as Lutfiyes, The Salvation Army, St Vincent De Paul (Vinnies), The Youth Foyer, Beyond Housing, Rural Housing and Berry Street help homeless people, along with others. These organisations have all been giving us research information when we’ve been calling them.


The Salvation Army has an opp shop but they also do some things with homeless people. One of the ways they help people that don’t have a home is that they work with a group of homeless people at a time. So they might be in Shepparton and working with 50 people that are homeless. Another way that they get some money is from the store and they also get some funding from the Government. One of the main ones is that they do a lot of fundraisers. They do some fundraisers around Christmas.

We’ve talked to all of these organisations about how they help homeless people. Lutfiyes does a food van outside of KMart on Saturday and on weekdays he has his food near the BBQ area near the Shepparton skate park. Lutfiyes is a restaurant on Wyndham Street too.

Azem Elmaz is the creator of Lutfiyes and he took some time out of his day to talk to us. We asked Azem a few questions and he responded in the best way possible by giving us the answers. We also wanted to know where else he offers food. His team supplies food in Shepparton, Numurkah, Mooroopna, Nathalia and Tatura. Anyone can help Azem including kids. You can walk up to him and ask can you help and since he is really generous, he’ll probably let you help.     

Azem Elmaz, (pictured above on the right) is helping people at one of his many soup kitchens.   


The Youth Foyer collaborates with the Salvation Army, BeyondHousing, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and The Bridge. They talked to us about couch surfing and how couch surfing works. Couch surfing is when someone is sleeping in another person’s home either on one of their couches or in their bed. Michelle was very generous in telling us this information about how they prevent people from couch surfing.


There are five things that communities can do to help homeless people. Some people in the community do a majority of these things and that is really pleasing to see when people either donate, volunteer, reach out, educate and show some respect towards the homeless people.


Anyone can help homeless people but here are some things that you can do.

  1. Help Azem Elmaz with his food van. He also has a shop called Lutfiyes
  2. You can donate clothes to Salvation Army, St Vincents, Red Cross and more
  3. Help people to find their own house

In our inquiry we found out many facts about homeless people in Shepparton. We’ve learned  what people can do to prevent homelessness.



Search and Rescue excursion

The Year 11 VCAL class went to the Search and Rescue Shepparton headquarters to look at what the Search and Rescue Organisation does and what the volunteers do.  They participate in search and rescue operations, crime scene/forensics searches, provide community preparedness and safety education, support other emergency service agencies, provide support to the CFA in times of bushfire activity. Search and Rescue members are all volunteers.


The members demonstrated cutting the side out of a car to access an injured person. The students were given the opportunity of holding some of the tools used and sitting in the rescue trucks.


The excursion was part of the VCAL Personal Development Learning Outcome of volunteering in the local community.




VCAL Projects

An excellent VCAL project, completed and ready to go to Echuca Road Kindergarten, Mooroopna.

Thanks to Eascom Electrical Mooroopna for the donation of the spools and a great effort by Year 12 VCAL student, Aden Wesley-Harvey!

Aden designed and created the kindergarten furniture, with the help of Year 9 student Mitchell Baker and staff at McGuire College.



Another VCAL project completed by one of our Year 11 VCAL students. Well done Taqi Haidari on researching appropriate plants and being creative with your design! The Japanese Maple will look absolutely great when it is full grown




AIE Visit

On 1st and 2nd November, the Academy of Interactive Entertainment visited our College and spoke with students about the huge array of career and training opportunities in the gaming and film industries.  Students also had the opportunity to see the many great things occurring in both of these fields, including the production of special effects for popular films, game developers and indi-game developers. 


Students in Mr Rando’s Year 11 Computing class had the opportunity to participate in an interactive workshop in the AIE live AirSteam trailer using Autosketch Maya, the software application used to create animated characters in films and games. 

Year 11 student, Daniel Daldy, had this to say about his involvement in the days program:

“The AIE was an eye opening experience, not only because it explained what goes on behind the scenes of movie and game design, but also how we take a lot of enjoyment and entertainment for granted. To see how the design works was very intriguing and has caused me to think about other career opportunities out there that are hiding.”



Excursion to Kangan Automotive Institute of Excellence

Mason Coomber (Year 9)

On Tuesday 31st of October a group of students went to the Kangan Insitute of Automotive in Melbourne. When we got there we sat down with a bunch of other students from other schools.


Across the day students participated in a range of activities from panel repairs to vehicle technology.  After the first session we had lunch which was good and free.  After lunch we went to our second session, I had vehicle technologies where we learnt how cars, trucks and motorcycles are tuned to run their best. 

I really enjoyed the day and learnt lots. 



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]



Music News

Victorian School Music Festival


33 players in the McGuire Concert Band made the trip on Monday November Deakin Edge Theatre at Federation Square, Melbourne and performed in the Victorian School Music Festival.

The band  received excellent adjudication remarks from Steven Smith, American Chief Adjudicator sponsored by Hal Leonard, and Sue Arney from Melbourne University Education Faculty.

Total adjudication standards awarded were 9 in the Outstanding category and 7 in Excellent which reflects an excellent performance on the day and lots of practice beforehand.

The students were outstanding ambassadors for our school on the excursion and had a fun but somewhat exhausting day.

Transport to the event was provided for us by the Fairley Foundation.

Thankyou to Mr. Sharpe for his support on the excursion, including the photos published here.

Congratulations to all members of the Concert Band on a great achievement!


"Angelina Mason of Year 7 had this to say about the experience."

On Monday the 13th of November, McGuire College’s Junior Concert Band went on an excursion to Federation Square, Melbourne, to participate in Bands Festival. Bands Festival is a showcase of all Victorian bands that come to Melbourne to perform certain pieces in front of official musician adjudicators.

Once we arrived at Federation Square, we watched other schools perform until it was our turn to rehearse and then play. We played 3 pieces; A Triumphal Procession, Geronimo & Across The Serengeti. We had been practising these 3 pieces, 2 times per week for 6 weeks as well as continuing practise through the holiday span of two weeks.

After performing all three of our pieces we got praised and critiqued by an official musician adjudicator named, Steve Smith. He taught us about dynamics. Steve asked “what was the main part that was being played” and “who was playing that part”. He told us whether to play loudly or softly. If we weren’t playing the main part we should play softly whilst the main players played louder. Eventually we would join together at the same time, at the same volume and it would sound much more pleasing to the ear.

Overall our performance was given the result of “Outstanding!”

My favourite parts of the day in general were getting to perform in such a large room and getting to learn more about music and how we play it.


Band Camp Scholarships for students enrolled in INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC.

McGuire College has 10 scholarships available to attend the Region Band Camp in the last week of Term 1 in 2018. The scholarships provide $200 towards the $300 cost of Band Camp.

In order to be eligible students need to be planning to do Instrumental Music in 2018, and to have completed the payment of 2017 Instrumental Music fees.

 Application forms are available from Ms Ryan.

Thanks to the Fairley Foundation for providing the scholarships.


Jon Madin Marimbas Incursion

Next week will see music students busy building marimbas and ding boxes with fantastic, creative  musician Jon Madin.

Jon will also be conducting workshops playing marimbas, ding boxes, musical bikes and other wacky instruments.

Once again we thank Fairley Foundation for assisting with the funding of this amazing musical experience.


Ms Gabrielle Ryan

Co-ordinator, Instrumental Music


Library News

New Books Available


A Zoella Book Club 2017 novel

By Jennifer Mathieu


When an unlikely teenager stands up to sexism in her high school, she unwittingly starts a feminist revolution that shakes her whole town. It is time to fight like a girl! Perfect for fans of Holly Bourne.


'... This is my new favourite book. I'm proud to be a Moxie girl!' Jennifer Niven, author of All the Bright Places and Holding up the Universe












All the Crooked Saints 

by Maggie Stiefvater 

Here is a thing everyone wants: A miracle.

Here is a thing everyone fears: What it takes to get one. Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans and a sky full of watchful desert stars.

At the heart of this place, you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. In addition, at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.

They are all looking for a miracle. However, the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.



The Frostblood Saga Book 2

by Elly Blake 

The fiery, action-packed sequel to the New York Times bestselling Frostblood, perfect for fans of Red Queen and Throne of Glass.

Ice and fire are still at war.

Ruby has defeated the tyrannous Frost King, and Arcus, the exiled warrior who captured her heart, has taken his rightful place as ruler of the Frostblood kingdom.

However, Ruby is the only Fireblood in a castle of frost and ice, and the courtiers will not accept her. Even worse, the dark threat released from the Frost King's melted throne is stalking the land, bent on destruction - and as the one who set it free, only Ruby can stop it.

To find the knowledge she needs, she must leave Arcus and journey south to the land of the Firebloods. Nevertheless, the homeland Ruby's never seen is treacherous, and friend and enemy wear the same face.

If she has to save both kingdoms, Ruby must figure out whom she can trust and unleash a fire powerful enough to do battle with darkness . . .

'A fierce and vibrant world' Morgan Rhodes, bestselling author



As the school year is approaching the last few weeks, please get your children to check for books at home, which need to be returned to the library.

Students are able to borrow for the holidays and they need to tell us when they borrow so we can adjust the return date to next year.


Faye Andrew and Di Steele 

Information for Parents

Congratulations from the Maths Teachers

Dear Students and Parents,

As we approach the end of 2017 I wish to acknowledge the hard work of the students who have been practicing their Numeracy Fluency Tasks so diligently at school and at home.  Mathematics can be a very daunting subject to learn, but as teachers we know that every student can get better.  For students, the hardest part is believing that you can learn and persisting when it gets challenging.  For teachers, the hardest part is making each step in the learning process the right size for each student to take and explaining it in a way that you understand.  Please know that just like you, we practise every day to get better.  Your Numeracy Fluency Tasks have been selected for you to help you take those next steps, so please keep up the great work, congratulate yourselves for getting better, and continue to practice every day.



Rob Steer

Maths Leader

SEAL Trivia Evening

Our SEAL Trivia Evening will take place on Tuesday 21st of November.

All SEAL students and their families are invited to participate. All participating students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

We hope that this event will be an opportunity for parents of SEAL students to see their progress in a fun and light-hearted atmosphere.

Please bring a plate of food to share with your table.

When: 6:00 to 7:30 PM Tuesday 21st of November 2017
Where: Presentation Room, McGuire College

Expression of Interest 2018 Italy Trip


2018 Booklists

McGuire College booklists are now available if you would like to submit an online order.  Please go to the Campion website link below and follow the instructions.

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.



Deakin University Young People Future Study


Shepparton Soccer Club


McGuire College Newsletter
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
interest request for trip to Italy 2018.pdf
Activities in the Park - November - December 2017 Booklet (1).pdf
Shepp Soccer Trials.pdf