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Cire Community School - FAQs

Junior Years Program – Year 5 & 6 – Yarra Junction campus only
Newly established junior class currently focuses on primary years 5 and 6, with a pathway to secondary school.

Middle Years Program –  Year 7-9 – Berwick, Mt Evelyn and Yarra Junction

Students in years 7, 8 & 9 are combined in a Middle Years class comprising of a maximum of 15 students, 1 Learning Assistant and their Core Teacher. In this class, students will spend around two-thirds of their time together in their core class group working on an integrated curriculum that focuses on practising and development of genuine independent learning skills, problem-solving, active collaboration, leadership, teamwork and presentation skills. Individuals also choose two subjects of interest as electives to complete their course.

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) – Year 10-12 – Berwick, Mt Evelyn and Yarra Junction

VCAL focuses on

  • Work-related experience
  • Literacy and numeracy skills for jobs
  • Building personal skills that are important for work

After finishing VCAL students can

  • Transfer to VCE studies
  • Study at TAFE
  • Start an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • Start a job

VCAL subjects and structure

  • Literacy and Numeracy skills
  • Industry-specific skills
  • Work-related skills (to make students employable)
  • Personal development skills (like teamwork and self-confidence)

At Cire Community School we create a tailored curriculum for each of our students in consultation with the student, their guardian and Core Teacher. Each student has their own pathway plan with individual learning goals. This Individual Learning Plan (ILP) is reviewed regularly to ensure it is relevant and realistic. We listen to what motivates you to learn and what goals you need to achieve to get the best out of life and work.

Our conveniently located campuses at Mt Evelyn, Yarra Junction and Berwick.

In order to pass the Foundation, Intermediate or Senior VCAL, you will need to complete up to 1000 hours of training.

The VCAL program is put together by units – each VCAL unit (7 in total) is worth 100 hours; the other 300 hours could come from Vocational Education and Training (VET).

To complete the Senior VCAL Certificate, students are required to undertake 300 hours of a VET Certificate (generally at a Certificate II or III level).

The great thing about VCAL is the flexibility. You don’t have to pass all your VCAL units in the same year. You can take as long as you need to finish your VCAL and your results will build up until you have gained the required number of credits and strands appropriate to your VCAL level.

Students can work their way through the levels of VCAL to obtain their senior secondary qualification or can be supported to return to mainstream schooling at any stage of the program. Students may also choose to undertake a traineeship, apprenticeship, work or further education and training such as TAFE or selected university courses.  Our school’s VCAL teachers support each student to identify a pathway that suits them.

Students planning to go straight into university usually undertake VCE programs which allow them to gain an ATAR score. It is possible that some universities will consider students with a Senior VCAL Certificate, although this is subject to the entry requirements of each university.

Entry to University from Senior VCAL may be achieved via other pathways such as entry after completing a diploma at TAFE.

Absolutely. VCAL is a great pathway to TAFE. VCAL will give you practical work-related experience and a qualification that is recognised by TAFE institutes.

Vocational Training is an education system that focuses on preparing students for the workforce. VET achieves this by equipping students with the practical skills and knowledge that are essential to entering the workforce for the first time, changing careers, upgrading skills or moving into further education.

VET works with the government, TAFE and RTOs (Registered Training Organisations) to help build students’ professional toolkit and competencies to advance their career. VET offers a more time-efficient pathway for students so that they can enter the workforce without the lengthy, costly processes that many other forms of education are infamous for.

Cire Training is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) offering a range of courses, click here for further information.

Learning outcomes from VCAL and VET units may be satisfied by your skills, knowledge and experience gained through life experience and from other places – like in part time work or volunteering. Recognition of prior learning (RPL) can only be applied to the VCAL units WRS and PDS, and requires evidence from the previous or current year. Credit Transfers are where previously completed units are added to your current record (if the unit code is exactly the same).

VCE, VET and VCAL units previously undertaken at a secondary school are recorded on the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) central database and will be automatically calculated and added to your current record, making it easier to achieve your VCAL Certificate.

Contact us to discuss your situation and see whether RPL or credit transfers can be applied.

Year 5 (Yarra Junction campus only)
Year 6 (Yarra Junction campus only)
Year 7 (all campuses)
Year 8 (all campuses)
Year 9 (all campuses)
Year 10 VCAL Foundation (all campuses)
Year 11 VCAL Intermediate (all campuses)
Year 12 VCAL Senior (all campuses)

Students can enter at the level that best suits their learning needs, abilities and interests. If you would like to learn in a local, supportive, youth-friendly environment please select an option below to start the process.

Option 1 – complete the Enrolment Questionaire  and Permission to obtain and share information and email both forms to communityschool@cire.org.au

Option 2 – click here to complete an online enquiry form.

Option 3 – contact Cire Community School on 1300 835 235 or email communityschool@cire.org.au.

We, look forward to meeting you at the interview to discuss your situation, determine the most suitable level and begin the enrolment process.

Students attend Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9.30am – 2.45pm

Click here for Victorian school term dates.

No uniform. School hoodies are available to order however this is not compulsory.

No, they don’t, homework is not a part of any learning level.

We have a large and exceptionally skilled wellbeing team at each campus. As a trauma-informed school, our driving philosophy of unconditional positive regard for others is expressed daily through our practice of safety and respect for every member of our school family. We apply a strength-based model that builds on existing strengths to help empower our students.

Click here for further information about our Wellbeing Program.

Each classroom is equipped with devices for students to use during class times as required.


All year levels
$720 (full) or $485 (concession)

A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required to secure a place.

For more information, please refer to our Fees and Charges Policy
*The published student tuition fees are subject to change without notice and also dependant on individual circumstances at enrolment. 

Cire Services Inc. does not accept cash payments. For your convenience, the following methods are available:

Credit or debit card payment. MasterCard and VISA via phone, internet banking or in person.

Direct deposit. All transactions require a reference description to ensure your payment is identified e.g. invoice number or student name.

Centrepay. This service is a free direct bill paying service available to customers who receive Centrelink, Family Assistance or Parental Leave payments. This payment option is setup at the enrolment stage, with one of our enrolment officers providing assistance as required.

Account Name – Cire Services Incorporated
Bank – National Australia Bank (NAB)
BSB – 083-739
Account Number – 03-785-5491

All transactions are conducted in a secure manner and credit card details are not kept on file.

Should you have difficulty with this process, please contact our accounts team on 1300 835 235.

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