McGuire College Newsletter

08 November 2019
Issue Eighteen
Principals Report
Around the School
Music News
Important Dates
McGuire College
(03) 5858 9800
92 - 100 WilmotRoad
Shepparton, Victoria, 3630

Principals Report

Dear Parents/Guardians, Students & Staff


It has been a big week for announcements.  I am excited to announce our new College name is “Greater Shepparton Secondary College”

Education Minister Merlino visited our Campus on Thursday morning to make the announcement along with our local member Suzanna Sheed. (Please see details below).


I would also like to announce our "Greater Shepparton Secondary College” Leaders.  Congratulations to:


Captains: Abby Knight and Farid Hassani

Vice Captains: Emily Chalmers & Cagla Tokay


John Sciacca




More Support For Shepparton Students And Families

November 7th 2019

Designs for a new early learning centre in Mooroopna have been unveiled as the Andrews Labor Government also made a series of other announcements to help families and students in Shepparton get the first-rate education and facilities they deserve.


Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Shepparton’s McGuire College to launch the designs of the new Mooroopna Integrated Early Learning Centre, which will offer three and four-year-old kindergarten as well as long day care services. Construction will get underway in early 2020.

The Learning Centre will also serve as a hub for the local community by providing a range of maternal and child health services where professionals work together to deliver education, care, health and support services to children and their families, thanks to a new partnership with the Colman Foundation. The Colman Foundation will invest in staff and support programs to implement the ‘Our Place’ model under the partnership with the Victorian Government that will bring together family services and first-rate facilities.

During the visit, Greater Shepparton Secondary College was announced as the official name for the new secondary school. Along with the new name, the school’s new uniform, logo and values were unveiled this morning showcasing a teal, charcoal, orange and white palette to staff, students and community members. The uniform was developed by a committee of students and parents. Students and parents also helped develop the school values:

  • Aspiration
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Responsibility

Mr Merlino also announced a series of resources to assist families and students of the new school including:

  • All Year 7 students will receive a free stationery pack to assist with their first year of secondary education.
  • All students will have access to the School Breakfast Clubs Program – which includes free and healthy breakfasts and school holiday supplies to students who need them.
  • In 2020, all Year 11 and 12 students will be given free access to additional online resources and support to help them with their studies. This includes interactive online videos and exam simulations for VCE to help students with class work, assessment prep, exam revision and homework.

Quotes attributable to Education Minister James Merlino

“This is a significant step forward in the transformation of education opportunities in the Shepparton community.”

“The new Early Learning Centre will be an important hub for the entire community while the new secondary school will offer students the chance to access the great education they deserve within world-class facilities.”

Around the School

SPA 5 Results

Congratulations to the 258 students who received an average of 4 or better for their most recent SPA. They have all been issued with a certificate of congratulations to include in their resumes.

The following 88 students received an average of 4.5 or better:

Marwan AHMED 4.7  Setara AKBARI  4.7

Mustafa AKBARI 4.5  Hawraa ALDERAWY 4.6  Ahmed ALGAZALY 4.5  Mariam ALGHAZALY 4.6  Fatma ALHAMZAH 4.5 Zanab ALHUSSAINY 4.6


Zahra ALKARAWI 4.8 Mohammed ALSHAWAF 4.8 Abbie ANDERSEN 4.6 Vanessa ASANTE 4.6

Eliza BESTER 4.7 Joel BILNEY 4.7

Cameron BLIGHT 4.6 Kanika BOU 4.7

Angus CAMPBELL 4.6 Lily CARBOON 4.5

Jade CHALMERS 4.6 Emily CHALMERS 4.6

Kelisha CHARLES 4.5

Paris CLARKE 4.5 Georgia CLARKE 4.6

Samantha COMLINE 4.8 Georgia COMLINE 4.9 Rhys COONERTY 4.5 Brody CORISH 4.8

Gretel COWARD 4.7 Shaelyn CROWHURST 4.7 Jacklyn CROWHURST 4.8 Kaitlyn CROWHURST 4.9 Juna CROZIER 4.9 Hannah D'ANDREA 4.9

Anais DE WAAL 4.8 Joshua DESTEFANIS 4.7

Sophie DOUGHERTY 4.7 Natalie DOWNIE 4.5 Trinity DRAIN 4.8 Belinda EDDY 4.8

Fatana FAIZI 4.7 Jack FERGUSON 4.7

Callum FERRIER 4.6 Cameron GRIBBLE 4.5 Zabihullah HAIDARI 4.7 Hamidullah HAIDARI 4.7 Ashley HALL 4.7 Kade HARDY 4.5

Ginat HAROUN 4.7 Keegan HAWKING 4.6

Jaiden HEINZMANN 4.8 Matilda HENDERSON 4.7 Mohammad JAFARI 4.5 Saad JASIM 4.5

Madeline JUDD 4.9 Olivia JUDD 4.9

Lokash K VANU 4.5 Faiza KHAN 4.5

Alyssa MANZONE 4.7 Angelina MASON 4.9 Matthew MCMELLON 4.5

Nur Nabila Izary MD SAIDI 4.6 Sarah MILLER 4.8 Mason MINOTTI 4.7 Abbas MOHAMMADI 4.5 Raihana MOHAMMADI 4.5 Ywar MOO 4.8

Jack MORCOM 4.7 Shaun MORRIS 4.6

Gemma MOULSDALE 4.6 Brianna NIMLA-OR 4.8 Benjamin OKELY 4.8 Ayush PATEL 4.6

Alexandra REID 4.7 Sarah SINGLINE 4.8

Dylan STEVENS 4.8 Asmaa SUKIRMAN 4.8

Syazani SYAMSURI 4.9 Elizabeth VINCETIC 4.5 Maya WATSON 4.8 Evral WATUTA 4.7

Kelsey WESLEY-HARVEY 4.7 Jamie WILLATON 4.6 Zarah ZANDERS 4.5

Poetry Competition

Dante Alighieri Society’s annual state-wide Italian Poetry Recitation Competition which was held at the University of Melbourne earlier this year. Fourteen McGuire Students: Cameron Blight (Yr8), Georgia Comline (Yr9), Callum Ferrier (Yr8), Keith Jackson (Yr8), Phoebe Johnston (Yr8), Paige Johnston (Yr10), Olivia Judd (Yr9) Angelina Mason (Yr9), Olive McKenzie (Yr9), Tristan Phipps (yr9) Janpreet Singh (Yr8), Dylan Stevens (Yr9), Alexander Teusner(Yr9) and Elizabeth Vincetic (Yr10), including five Year 8 students who competed in the Year 9 section, participated amongst thousands of students from across the state.

We can be very proud of our students who again were excellent ambassadors of our school. They performed extremely well; all were awarded achievement certificates and 11 out of the 14 students received a score of 80% or above.

Four students: Georgia Comline (Yr9), Phoebe Johnston (Yr8), Olivia Judd (Yr9) and Angelina Mason (Yr9) were called back for the Finals having scored 99 or 100%.

Four other students: Olive McKenzie (Yr9), Janpreet Singh (Yr8), Dylan Stevens (Yr9) & Elizabeth Vincetic (Yr10) were awarded a Certificato di Pregio / High Distinction (scoring 90 – 98%).


Congratulations to all students for their efforts and achievements.





Music News

Jon Madin Incursion

The annual Jon Madin Marimba Making and Playing Workshops are happening at McGuire on Tuesday, 19th November and Wednesday 20th November.  Classroom and Instrumental Music students and students in Years 7 and 8 will be able to attend these fun sessions with Jon – making marimba notes and making music on his fantastic array of instruments. 


Six sessions will run across the two days. Please see Ms Ryan if you would like to take part in the Jon Madin Workshops. Whilst here, some students may also be involved in filming of a documentary on Jon’s work in schools.


The Jon Madin Marimba Workshop has been generously co–funded by the Fairley Foundation, which has enabled us to have such a special event.


Marimba Ensemble

The Marimba Ensemble are busy tuning up to perform for the elderly residents and visitors at Mercy Health in December.


Jazz Ensemble

Just a reminder that Jazz Ensemble continues their regular rehearsal time of 3.30 -4.30 Tuesdays – in between exams and Outdoor Ed camps for most players.


Music Stocktake

All Instruments and books need to be included in a stocktake before the end of the year. If you have a music tutor book in eg flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet or trombone please return it to the Music Department. All instruments will be checked during lessons.


Gabrielle Ryan

Music Department

Important Dates

Important Dates

Year 12 Exams - 29th October - 14th November

Year 12 (2020) Early commencement - 18, 19, 21 & 22nd November

Year 12 Final Assembly - 21st November 

Year 12 Valedictory Dinner - 21st November 

Year 11 Exams - 11th - 14th November

Year 11 (2020) Early Commencement - 5th & 6th December

Year 10 exams - 2nd & 3rd December

Year 9 (2020) Transition Program - 11th November for 3 weeks



Tuesday 12th - SPA Celebration Night  - 6 -7pm

Tuesday 12th - CALD Information Night - 6:30 – 7:30pm 

Wednesday 13th Curriculum Day - Student free day 



Monday 9th - Grade 6 Parent Information Night

Tuesday 10th- Grade 6 Orientation Day

Tuesday 17th - Presentation Night

 November 12th 6:30 – 7:30pm


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