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FAQ’s

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.

Senior Years Program
Senior Certificates – Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC) & VCE Vocational Major (VCE VM) – Year 10 – 12, Berwick, Mt Evelyn/Lilydale and Yarra Junction.

As of 2023, the VCAL Certificate is being replaced by two entirely new Senior School Certificates
  • The Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC), and
  • The VCE Vocational Major (VCE VM)

These senior certificates are underpinned by the 5 Pillars of Applied Learning, extending on our existing flexible, hands-on approach to learning at Cire Community School. Students and teachers will work together to identify personal goals and interests in line with creating an individual learning plan.

The purpose of the new Senior Certificates is to provide students with the best opportunity to grow, develop and learn by:

  • equipping them with the skills, knowledge, values and capabilities to be active and informed citizens, lifelong learners and confident and creative individuals; and
  • empowering them to make informed decisions about the next stages of their lives through real-life workplace experiences.

Students can work their way through a selected Senior Certificate to obtain a secondary qualification, transition into work or further study, or engage with a school-based apprenticeship/traineeship. Students enrolled in VCE Vocational Major must also undertake a VET subject in order to gain their certificate.

The two Senior Certificates are designed to be flexible, hands-on and individualised to meet student interests and needs. The curriculum accommodates student aspirations, future learning and employment goals. Learning programs in the Senior Certificates are aimed to present students with industry experiences and build connections to the community. Through engagement in the Senior Certificates, students will gain the knowledge and skills they will need to transition to the next stage of their learning or working journey.

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 are at Mt Evelyn, Lilydale, Yarra Junction and Berwick.

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.

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 – Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC) & VCE Vocational Major (VCE VM) – (all campuses)
Year 11 – Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC) & VCE Vocational Major (VCE VM) – (all campuses)
Year 12 – Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC) & VCE Vocational Major (VCE VM) – (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

Term 1 – 2023
First day – Thursday, 2nd February
Last day – Thursday, 6th April

Term 2 – 2023
First day – Monday, 24th April
Last day – Friday, 23rd June

Term 3 – 2023
First day – Monday, 10th July
Last day – Friday, 15th September

Term 4 – 2023
First day – Monday, 2nd October
Last day – Friday, 8th December

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.

2023

All year levels
$740 (full) or $500 (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.

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

Payment plans are available upon request

All transactions are conducted securely, 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.

Subjects typical to most high school settings – Literacy / Numeracy etc. often blended into core work. Comply with VPC/VCE-VM (from 2023) system. Work-related skills (WRS) and Personal development skills (PDS)
Each campus has a few electives per term – these could be cooking, craft, sport, photography, external activities, etc.
CSEF Camp Sport Excursions Fund is available for eligible Health Care Card holders to apply for to assist in with the costs of excursions/camps.

Mt Evelyn, Lilydale and Yarra Junction have a bus service – this can be arranged subject to availability.

Berwick – no bus service (due to public transport connections).

Yes, however, they are subject to availability following the enrolment application.

Campus tours are conducted during open evenings (please follow us on Facebook to be notified of up-and-coming events).

Families will receive a tour of the campus during their initial meeting.

Maximum of 15 per class.

Core teacher plus learning assistant per classroom.

Classes are mixed based on their program level:
Junior Years – a mix of years 5 and 6 students
Middle Years – a mix of years 7 to 9 students
Senior Years – a mix of years 10 to 12 students

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Daily Schedule

What a typical day might look like on campus

9.15am – 9.30amBreakfast is available for students
9:30am – 11:00amSession #1
11:0am – 11:30amMorning Break
11:30am – 1:00pm Session #2
1:00pm – 1:30pmLunch
1:30pm – 2:45pm Session #3
2:45pm Students depart

Application Process

Parent/guardian/carer complete an online enquiry form.

Parents/guardian/carer will be sent a PQ (Parent Questionnaire) and a Permission to Obtain Information form for completion.

Once the above forms are received, Campus Administration will send SQ (School Questionnaire) for completion.

Once we receive the completed SQ, the student will be put on a waitlist.

If a position becomes available, the family will be contacted for an initial meeting (this includes a tour of the campus).

After this meeting a decision will be made on the enrolment.

Enrolment documents will be sent to family/carer for completion.

Once the enrolment documents are completed and received, an engagement meeting will be organised, and the start date will be determined.