When will I receive information about arrangements for the start of 2020?
Where do I get booklist information?
How will my child get to school? What are the transport options?
All GSSC students will receive free travel during the transition phase which starts this year. If you would like your child to travel on a bus, there are two options available depending on your location. Both options require the completion of an application form for individual students:
The School Bus Program is for students who live outside of the Shepparton and Mooroopna townships, and who travel into town for school. Students who applied for travel using the School Bus Program were sent a letter with their bus allocation and travel details in Term 4, 2019. For assistance with the School Bus Program, contact Melissa Kemp on 5891 2076.
Students who live in Shepparton and Mooroopna can access the School Town Special buses to travel to and from their school campus. To plan your journey, please visit the Transport and Bus routes page here.
When will my child get their Shepparton Transit Pass?
Students who have applied for the Conveyance Allowance program, to use the School Town Special buses, will be issued a Shepparton Transit Pass. Students can pick up their Shepparton Transit Pass from their allocated 2020 GSSC campus from 21 January 2020, until school opens (noting Monday 27 January is a public holiday).
Alternatively, students can collect their Shepparton Transit Pass at their GSSC campus when they start their first week of school. Bus operators will allow students a one-week only grace period to allow for collection of their Shepparton Transit Pass.
Does my child need a Shepparton Transit Pass if they use the School Bus Program?
Students using the School Bus Program will be issued with a School Bus Program Pass in the first weeks of Term 1. Students on the School Bus Program should have already received information with their bus allocation and travel details in December 2019.
What bus services does GSSC look after?
GSSC manages the School Bus Program and for this reason it is important that students use the bus service allocated to them, as they are recorded on the bus service as an approved traveller.
When do classes start in 2020?
GSSC students will return to school during the last week of January. There are different start dates for year levels and campuses. Please visit the Back to School Dates 2020 page here for specific year levels and campus return-to-school dates.
What time does school start?
School will begin at 8:52 am each day at all campuses.
What time does school end?
School will finish at 3:15 pm each day at all campuses.
How will I receive updates as a parent?
In 2020 GSSC’s formal communication with parents and carers will be via a system called Compass. Instructions on how to access the system, including login details, will be provided to families early in Term 1, regarding access to Compass. Attendance notifications, student alerts, homework instructions, student reports and a calendar of events will all be communicated via Compass. The school will publish a fortnightly e-newsletter through Compass as well. We encourage you to check the Greater Shepparton Secondary College website for further information www.gssc.vic.edu.au.
When will the breakfast program be available?
The Schools Breakfast Program will be available to GSSC students mid Term 1 providing a range of healthy breakfast items every morning for any student wanting to participate. GSSC will notify students, parents, carers and families when the School Breakfast Program is up and running.
How will the breakfast program work at the school?
The school will shortly appoint a coordinator to roll-out the program across the three campuses. The coordinator will work with each campus in communicating times the breakfast program will be available for students, which will be before school starts at 8.52 am.
What will day one look like?
On the first day of Term 1, Year 7 and 12 students at McGuire Campus, should attend the School Gym at 8:52am on Thursday 30 January 2020 for a welcome assembly.
Year 8, 10 and 11 students at McGuire Campus, should attend the School Gym at 8:52am on Friday 31 January 2020 for a welcome assembly.
Year 9 students at Mooroopna Campus, should attend the Westside Performing Arts Centre (immediate left from the Mooroopna Campus administration area) at 8.52am on Thursday 30th January. We ask students to check their name against the form list displayed at the front of the Centre. Students will be seated in their form rows.
Year 8 students at Wanganui Campus, should attend the Visy Centre at 8.52am on Thursday 30 January.
Year 12 students at Wanganui Campus, should attend their Learning Mentor homerooms as outlined in their welcome letter at 8.52am on Thursday 30 January.
Year 10 and 11 students at Wanganui Campus, should attend their Learning Mentor homerooms as outlined in their welcome letter at 8.52am on Friday 31 January.
From there, students will:
Meet their learning mentor, and provided with information about their House and Neighbourhood
Be introduced to their timetable
Be allocated their locker
Receive an orientation to the school
Hear about the Positive Behaviour Support System that will be utilised at the College
Learn about their Student Binders (Year 7) and student planners (other year levels)
Students may bring their own lunch or purchase lunch at canteens at each of the campuses.
What if my child is struggling on day one? How will they get support?
Starting school or going to a new campus can be a difficult time for some students, so support is available. All students will be spending time with their learning mentors and will have opportunities to gain additional support if required. Each campus also has house leaders and neighbourhood leaders to provide additional support to students, and our wellbeing team is also available to connect with students if required. If you have any concerns regarding your child’s wellbeing, please get in touch with their learning mentor.
What if my child wants to change their house allocation?
To request a change of house allocation, GSSC students should first talk to their learning mentor for support before meeting with their House Leader to talk through options.
I wasn't able to purchase a uniform item for my child before day one. What are my options?
The uniform shops have a shortage in some uniforms. GSSC is working closely with suppliers to get those sizes back in stock and will have more updates on timeframes for students, parents and carers shortly.
For those students still waiting for some uniform items, if they have their PE uniform, they are able to wear that. Other items that are as similar as possible to the uniform, such as a white shirt (no logo), dark pants, shorts or skirt can also be worn.
Students on the Dookie camp drop a line at Casey's Weir
Yabby racing, scaling Mount Major and Indigenous games came together for a group of incoming Year 9 students who took part in a special transition camp at Dookie recently.
About 55 current Year 8 students from Shepparton’s secondary schools of Mooroopna, Wanganui Park, Shepparton High and McGuire College were selected for the December camp to develop their leadership and team-building skills.
The Leadership and Regional Careers Camp expanded on an annual agricultural camp that takes advantage of the accommodation and teaching resources of the University of Melbourne’s Dookie College.
“It is about building resilience and leadership among our young people along with more practical life and work-ready skills,” Wanganui Park Assistant Principal Karen Utber said.
This year was particularly special. The careers focus went beyond farming skills and the event marked an important opportunity for a large contingent of incoming Year 9 students to build relationships before they all come together at Mooroopna next year as part of the new Greater Shepparton Secondary College.
The camp was co-designed by the Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project and the University of Melbourne, with funding from the Victorian Department of Education and Training.
“The camp activities ranged from nutrition and healthy eating, yoga, career sessions with local employers to more active outdoor activities,” Lighthouse Executive Officer Lisa McKenzie said.
Students were able to try their hand at sheep drafting at local farm Toland Merino, mix with calves at the University of Melbourne’s robotic dairy, drop a fishing line at Casey’s Weir, watch an outdoor movie and more.
“The children chose from career sessions in areas like the environment, health, agriculture and transport and all took part in a ‘Bully Zero’ workshop and an orienteering exercise to teach problem-solving skills,” Ms McKenzie said.
“We know this experience has delivered great results past participants,” Ms Utber said. “We are confident it will also help forge important friendships going into Greater Shepparton Secondary College.”