McGuire College Newsletter

11 May 2018
Issue Six
Principal's Report
Shepparton Education Plan  
Cross Country
Important Dates
Camps & Excursions 2018
Health Matters
Information for Parents
McGuire College
(03) 5858 9800
92 - 100 WilmotRoad
Shepparton, Victoria, 3630

Principal's Report

Principal's Report

Cross Country

On Friday 4th May students participated in Cross Country at Princess Park oval. It was a terrific day for all staff and students with a high level of participation by all. After the big race the students and staff enjoyed a barbeque whilst celebrating the sporting accomplishments of the students. In 2018 Crane House were victorious and took out the Cross Country shield. House Leader, Sam Sharpe celebrated with students and staff in Crane House on the return bus trip back to school. We are extremely proud of the positive House Spirit demonstrated by all students and the comradery and good sportsmanship is a credit to the McGuire College Community.


Curriculum Day

On Wednesday 2nd May staff participated in a solid day of professional learning around curriculum transformation. Staff worked extremely hard on transforming our Year 8 curriculum to ensure that it incorporates the following 21st Century skills for our students:

  • Learning and Innovation Skills

                            Critical Thinking




  • Life and Career Skills
  • Information, Media and Technology Skills
  • 21st Century Themes embedded in all subjects

We are looking forward to our students reaping the rewards from our innovative work in the very near future.





Student Attendance

Congratulations to our Year 12 class of 2018 who have maintained an attendance rate above 93% throughout April-May.  This is a fantastic achievement and will certainly support you in making the most of your final year at McGuire College.




Kind regards


Megan Michalaidis

Acting Principal


NAPLAN Information for Parents


Shepparton Education Plan


​To stay up to date on the Shepparton Education Plan:



Read the Shepparton Education Plan and Fact Sheet at:



View the architects of the new school at




Should you have any questions about the Shepparton Education Plan or Mooroopna’s Integrated Children’s Centre, please email [email protected]

Cross Country


House Champion

Crane -1st

Teal – 2nd

Heron – 3rd

Swan – 4th


Age Champions

13 Years – Sakineh Sharifi & Hassan Alhilfi

14 Years – Olive McKenzie & Lachie McCully

15 Years – Amy Lyle & Dylan Stevens

16 Years – Summer Keane & Bashir Mohsinni

17 to 20 Years – Maddi Newey & Jonathan Safari


Important Dates


Monday 14th: SEAL Information night - 7.00pm

Thursday 24th: School Council

Friday 18th: Senior Winter Sport (1)

Thursday 24th: Senior Winter Sport (2)

Saturday 26th: SEAL Testing

Wednesday 30th: Junior Winter Sport (1)

Thursday 31st: NGV Top Arts Melbourne excursion


Friday 8th: Junior Winter Sport (2)

Monday 11th: Queen's Birthday Holiday

Wednesday 13th: G.A.T Exam

Thursday 14th: School Council

Friday 15th: McGuire College/Shepparton High School Debutante Ball

Wednesday 20th: Hume Regional Cross Country

Friday 22nd: Year 10 Meningococcal Vaccinations


Camps & Excursions 2018

Important Camp Dates

Year 7 Camp:  28th - 30th May - Alexandra Adventure Resort

Year 8 Rubicon Camp:  20th - 24th August

Year 9- Term 3  Alpine School: Dinner Plain 

Year 9 and 11- Kooyoora Bushwalk: 16th - 17th May

Year 9 Sailing Camp - Geelong: 18th - 20th May

Year 10/11 Central Australia Trip:  17th - 27th September

Year 10/11 OE Snow Camp: 1st - 3rd August

Year 12 Camp:  27th - 29th June

National Gallery Top Arts Melbourne excursion - 31st May

Health Matters



Anxiety disorders are common mental health problems that affect many people. Approximately 25 per cent of the population have an anxiety disorder that warrants treatment at some time in their life and up to another 25 per cent have less severe anxieties such as fears of spider and snakes.

Everyone experiences anxiety and fear at times; they are normal and helpful human emotions that help us deal with danger. However, some people experience excessive and irrational anxiety, and worries that become ongoing and distressing and that interfere with their daily lives. This may indicate an anxiety disorder. Often there appears to be no obvious or logical reason for the way the person feels. This may make an anxiety disorder even more worrying to the sufferer. Types of anxiety include: social phobias, specific phobias (for example, agoraphobia and claustrophobia), panic disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder. Untreated, anxiety disorders can lead to depression. 


The main features of an anxiety disorder are fears or thoughts that are chronic (constant) and distressing and that interfere with daily living. Other symptoms of an anxiety disorder may include:

  • Panic or anxiety attacks or a fear of these attacks
  • Physical anxiety reactions – for example trembling, sweating, faintness, rapid heartbeat, difficulties breathing or nausea
  • Avoidance behaviour – a person may go to extreme lengths to avoid a situation that they think could bring on anxiety or panic.

Anxiety becomes a disorder when it is irrational, excessive, too persistent and attached to situations that do not warrant it and when it interferes with the person’s daily life.  An anxiety disorder may lead to social isolation and clinical depression, and can impair a person’s ability to work, study and do routine activities. It may also hurt relationships with friends, family and colleagues. Depression can be a serious illness with a high risk of self-harm and suicide. 


Where to get help:

Start with your General Practitioner who may refer you to a psychologist or psychiatrist.  The School Nurse can assist any students by assisting families to access Headspace which has been set up to assist young people aged 12-25 and their families deal with different problems and access help with experts in a range of areas.  The staff at Headspace includes youth workers, GPs, psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health social workers, sexual health nurses, alcohol and drug workers, education and employment, diversity workers, newly arrived workers and many more.

Sugary Drinks


Information for Parents

After School Programs

Humanities Help

Every Monday afterschool  3.15 to 4.15 pm in C5. Help is available for all Humanities, WES and VCE Humanities subjects.


English Help

English help will be available every Tuesday after school from 3.20 – 4.15 pm in B14. Please bring along homework and activities that you need 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


Parents who call the office to notify of their child/s absence are now required to provide a signed hand written note or medical certificate to have the absence approved.

Year 7 Maths

All Year 7 Maths Students are reminded it is important they bring their laptops to Maths classes each Wednesday and Friday to be able to do Maths Pathway program.

Thankyou. Mr Kulla

Sorry Day Commemorations


McGuire College Newsletter
2018 Sorry Day Flyer.pdf
Naplan 2018.pdf