Who stole my kid? The words of a parent

At Cire Community School, we strive to provide our students with an inclusive and safe environment that fosters their growth and development. We truly value the feedback and support of our community, which is why we were thrilled to receive an email from one of our parents, Nicole. In her email, Nicole expressed her gratitude for our school’s positive impact on her daughter, Amy, who attends our Lilydale campus. These kind words brought a smile to our faces and reminded us of the important work we do at Cire Community School. We are grateful to be a part of the communities we serve and look forward to continuing to provide a valuable educational experience for our students.

Hello, Staff at Cire.

Ok, who really stole my anxious child? A child who hated school? A child who said,

“If you don’t let me go to Cire, I will drop out of school and just work at my burger shop every day.”

I wanted to share something from a parent’s perspective with you. Amy has always hated school. The only time she liked going to school was in the very first year of prep.

In her previous all-girl school, Amy was just a number with stupid parents who forced her to wear a, as Amy would put it, “Stupid itchy, daggy, school uniform”.

Amy had friends. But she is like her mum in the way that too many friends are overwhelming, and one good friend is better than many or no friends. Friends would come and go, and she would make a new friend, but then they changed schools or were not the right fit for her. She was never a nerdy kid who wanted to read a book, she was just a child finding her way through life.

Over the past two weeks of school holidays, we have hardly seen Amy. She has been either working 30-plus hours as an assistant store manager at Burgertory in Boronia, at Melbourne Cheer Academy, driving to get her 130-driving practice in, or visiting past and present peers from Cire.

Our 16-year-old child, who suddenly has grown up, is independent, self-motivated and has many kindhearted friends.

So who is this kid? Where did she go? How did she grow?

I strongly believe the opportunities she has been given at Cire in the 1st term have changed my now young lady (most of the time) and have helped her so much in becoming a young adult. Yes, we still get attitude at home. She cannot follow more than one instruction at a time, like Amy, pick up your shoes and put them in your room. We still have to say, “Hey Amy, remember your shoes? Where do they belong? She can not see anything right in front of her face. Or when she is driving the car and slows down in the roundabout because another car is coming towards her, and if I tell her to keep going, she will scream at me, “Mum, I know”.

For the very first time in her education, Amy said,

“Mum, I’m really excited to go to school tomorrow, I can’t wait to see my friends, and I can’t wait for new challenges.”

She also said,

“This is the first year I have been invited to other people’s houses for sleepovers or just to chill. Normally, I am the one who invites people to our house.”

I want to thank you all now because I know she wants to go to school, she is happy at school, her social life is now a proper social life, she has changed in a positive way (most of the time), and I love how she engages with the staff and students at Cire. I wish we had found you earlier.

I know Amy has a long way to go academically, but I think she is trying.

From what I can see, she is happy and healthy at school, home (sometimes), cheerleading and at work, so thank you, thank you, thank you.

From a mum of a very sassy 16-year-old. Her mum, Nicole.

We want to thank Nicole for her valuable feedback and for permitting us to share it with all of you.

In other good news, the school has recently acquired a new campus in Monbulk, previously Mountain District Christian School. This new addition to the school’s campus list is set to open its doors in early 2024, just in time for term 1. We’re inviting expressions of interest from prospective students and families now; click here to submit your interest. With this new campus, Cire Community School will undoubtedly continue to provide its students with an exceptional learning experience.


The best way to get the job is to get the qualification

Choosing a career and getting an education is the first step to finding that perfect job. Georgia Brown a former Cire student in Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (above centre) made a decision to postpone her teaching degree in order to take some time and reevaluate her career choice. Having aspirations to become a teacher Georgia looked into other educational career options.

“I have always had an interest in educating others and the thought of being there in the beginning, when a child starts their learning journey really appealed to me.” Georgia

Making the decision to make the change came easy after that. Enrolling at Cire Training was the first step to achieving her career goal. The advice and support given by her trainer Anja Laukart (above left) provided her with the skills and confidence required to go out and successfully gain employment in the industry. A valuable part of the qualification is the work placement. A Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care requires 180 hours of work placement. This component of the course gave Georgia real life hands on experience which ultimately led to her successfully gaining a permanent position at Community Kids Early Education Centre in Chirnside Park.

“I have been lucky enough to have been offered permanent work through practical placement, which has been incredibly rewarding. I was able to walk into my placement with the appropriate knowledge and skills needed for the job with the added bonus of already knowing my manager and peers. This made the process much easier.” Georgia

Georgia’s career goal is to obtain her Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care and maybe even go further and someday be a centre manager, who knows? But for now she is working in an industry she loves and by the sounds of it she is doing really well.

“Georgia is naturally at ease in this role. She works really well with the children, her peers and the families. Overall she is a great addition to the team and is very passionate when it comes to working with children.” Sarah (above right) – Centre Manager and Bec (not photographed) – Educational Leader

We thought it would be appropriate to complete this good news story with a final comment from Georgia.

“As a whole I thoroughly enjoyed my course and the result of getting a job I love has made the experience absolutely wonderful.”

If you have enjoyed this article and would like to know more about the industry, courses and career options click here or call 1300 835 235.

Cire would like to thank Sarah and Bec for allowing us to visit Georgia’s workplace to conduct this interview.