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NAIDOC Week 2020: ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’

NAIDOC Week 2020: ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’

NAIDOC Week 2020 Coordinator Naomi Taylor

Cire recently reached out to all those within our reach for NAIDOC Week 2020, honouring the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This year’s theme ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ inspired great discussions about how privileged we are to live, work and play in a region so rich in Indigenous history, culture and connections.

Cire Community Hubs organised an engaging mix of activities to acknowledge and share Indigenous culture with some activities highlighted on our social media pages.  The Hubs team rose to the challenge of COVID restrictions to modify its original plans for face-to-face events for virtual delivery where necessary.

Toddlers at Cire Children’s Centre, Yarra Junction learned about bush tucker.  Freezing Australian mint into ice cubes created a great sensory activity for the children to explore through touch and smell.

Thanks to funding from The National Indigenous Australians Agency the Hubs team created a video featuring family-focused activities to celebrate the rich culture of Indigenous people in the Yarra Ranges and timeless connection with Birrarung (Yarra River).

Wattleseed Biscuits

Wattleseed Biscuits

With wonderful bush tucker ingredients and recipes from Murnong Mammas, we baked Wattleseed Biscuits, with Hub Coordinator, Naomi filming the process for viewers to follow at home.

We also worked with Indigenous educator, Emily Webbers from Wurruck Yambo to introduce some of the wildlife who call Birrarung home. This segment incorporated Emily’s many resources, recreating the river, the banks and the trees. We learned some local language and the ways that history intertwines with the environment through every animal and plant.

Ivor Wolstencroft

Ivor Wolstencroft

Ivor Wolstencroft, a Yarra Ranges local, shared his kayaking journey along most of the meandering length of the Yarra River.  Over 13 days, Ivor voyaged from Warburton to Williamstown in an inflatable kayak, experiencing a unique perspective of Birrarung.  The birdlife was a recurring interest along the way, so much so that Ivor created an artwork featuring a Sacred Kingfisher who he ‘met’ on his trip.

Cire’s NAIDOC Week video reminded everyone that our local area always was, and always will be an incredibly beautiful and significant part of Australia and its history.  We acknowledge and thank the traditional custodians, and we look forward to walking together towards a future of respectful curiosity and knowledge sharing.

For those keen to learn more about the Indigenous influence in our region, Yarra Ranges Council has prepared a podcast with Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Dave Wandin discussing land management.

Christmas Twilight Market 2019 – Activities, Food Trucks & Stalls!

Welcome to the Cire Services and Yarra Ranges Council Christmas Twilight Market!

Cire Services is thrilled to be opening the doors of our Chirnside Park Community Hub, at 33 Kimberly Drive, for our first-ever festive market event. We are immensely proud to be hosting over 60 stalls and food trucks, showcasing the talent and hard work of local business owners from across the Yarra Ranges. By shopping local, you are directly benefiting your community and taking home unique, one of a kind treasures that can’t be replicated.

The Christmas Twilight Market will span four zones: The outdoor area, the foyer, the hall and- of course!- Food Truck Park. We will also have plenty of activities available to keep the kids entertained, from pourable art by Mixable Creations to sustainable Christmas crafting run by Cire Hubs’ very own placement student, the talented and lovely Linda. If you’re lucky, you might even see the famous Santa himself wandering around the stalls as he tries to track down the perfect gift for Mrs Claus!

Cire Services will be providing a sausage sizzle, courtesy of a generous donation from Coles Chirnside Park, with sausages for $2.50 and cold drinks for $2. Every dollar raised will be used to fund programs, events and initiatives at our not-for-profit community hubs. Make sure to pop by and say “hello” to our wonderful Cire team.

Thank you to our amazing local business owners, Coles Chirnside Park and, most of all, our hard-working Community Hubs team for bringing a touch of Christmas magic to Chirnside Park this Friday.

 

 

Zone 1- The Outdoor Area:

 

Stall Offering
Little Fox Ceramics Handmade ceramics such as cups, tumblers, bowls, vases
Handmade Jems Hair Accessories
Intimo Lingerie and clothing
Easy Peasy Garden Tools Gardening and cleaning tools
Yarra Valley Bath and Body Bath and Body gifts
Leadlight by Vas Leadlight suncatchers
Craftorium Crochet Toys
Vitamin Earth Natural Threads Boho fair-trade clothes
Spectrum Journeys Bracelets,  books, t-shirts, calming bottles
Tanache by m&m Handmade jewelery and clothes
Tennis for Life Information on joining their local tennis club
Peony and Sage Essential oils
Tupperware Storage solutions for the home
Thermomix Demonstrations on cooking with your Thermomix
Sherlock Designs Homewares and pop-culture products
Polyanthus Handmade Jewellery made from books
Uncle Mungo’s Bottled hot sauce and other chilli products
Mixible Creations Craft kits and free craft activities
Opals Gems and Jewellery Opal and semi-precious gems set in rings, bracelets, anklets, pendants
Indie Resin Resin homewares, jewellery, art and alcohol ink art
Barnden Doll clothing, blankets, library bags, toy bags
Felix and Wise Children’s jewellery and charms, squishies and toys, stress relief toys, bags, dress-ups
Little Blossom Boutique Hand-made items
Nerea Li Santi Handcrafted silver jewellery
Rhonda’s Family Amusements Pony Rides, Jumping Castles
Cire Services The host of the market, Cire, will be sharing information on their wide range of community initiatives and services
Sparkle and Twirl Face Painting
CFA Fire Truck Kids big and small all love a visit from the fire truck! The CFA will be in attendance, offering fire education and awareness.

 

Zone 2 – The Foyer:

 

Stall Offering
Cosy Cards Christmas Cards
Created to Cherish Soy candles, melts, tea-lights & cards
Lee’s Chocolate House Handmade Chocolate Houses
Bebe Beauty Nutrimetics brand skincare and beauty products
Harmonia Grove @ Taggerty Olive oil and  olive products
Ines McSweeney DoTerra oils
Intelex Australia A wide range of beautiful imported fabrics
Gray Arch Designs Polymer clay jewellery
Crafted by Bees Raw, local honey
Sweets & Treats by Michael Delicious sweets and treats
Sugar Shack Candy Rock Candy, candy straps, liquorice and all things sugar!

 

Zone 3- The Hall

 

Stall Offering
YV Hampers Gourmet Yarra Valley Food Hampers
Yarra Mist All-natural essential oil-based products
Saroma Natural Therapies Repellents, skincare, deodorants, gels
Norma Rose Cakes Cupcakes, Christmas baked goods, toffees
The Avenue Gifts Gift hampers and locally made goods
La Cire Candles Natural soy wax candles with natural oils
Poppysmack Artisan Asian sauces and meal kits, with gluten-free, vegan and low FODMAP options available
Swanella Creations Nappy cakes, baby rompers, t-shirts and hair accessories.
J Creations “Baby I Spy “Bags, burp cloths, bibs and key fobs
Jan’s Art Smocks Handmade art smocks and children’s wear
Wishkart Pty Ltd Children’s light-up LED toys
Charlie and Sparrow Jewellery, handbags and scarves
Brain Gym Brain gym for learning, living & healthy ageing
Vintage Flourish Eco-friendly and natural products
TJL Creations Hand made jewellery, hair accessories and bead chains
Close to My Heart Cards, doll’s clothes and knitted goods
Cathie’s Crafty Creations Crocheted and knitted goods

 

Zone 4 – The Food Truck Park

 

Food Truck Offering
Smoothie Planet Smoothies and juices
Ablaze Woodfire Pizzas Pizza and ice-cream
CJ Mobile Café Coffee and hot chocolate
Real Fruit Ice Cream Vanilla yoghurt/ice-cream mixed with fruit
Honey Dee Loukoumades Greek deep-fried doughnuts served with honey syrup
Golden Poffertjes Dutch pancakes with a variety of toppings

 

Brooke shares spirit of NAIDOC and beyond

Wurundjeri educator, Brooke Wandin, recently injected special meaning into 2019 NAIDOC Week at Cire Children’s Services with an engaging session that captured the hearts of her young audience and staff.

Brooke is from the Woiwurrung speaking Wurundjeri-Wilam clan. Her family has been living in the area we now know as the Yarra Ranges for countless generations. Brooke introduced herself and greeted us in Woiwurrung and then shared some family photographs.

The children were particularly enthused when Brooke taught us a welcome rhyme and a wonderful Wurundjeri song which we are using to start our daily mat time. We have continued to share them with their inclusion at the end of this article.

Brooke read a beautiful story, “Wilam – A Birrarung Story”, which is illustrated by Indigenous artist Lisa Kennedy and written by respected Elder Aunty Joy Murphy and Yarra Riverkeeper Andrew Kelly.

The book captured the story of Birrarung (also known as the Yarra River), its history, the flora and fauna that live alongside it, from its source to the function it performs as a part of modern-day life. The following excerpt highlights the spirit of the book:

As ngua rises, Bunjil soars over mountain ash, flying higher and higher as the wind warms. Below, Birrarung begins its long winding path down to palem warreen. Wilam – home. 

As part of her engaging session, Brooke also taught the children a fun “traffic light” game, where each colour was written in Woiwurrung. Red meant stop, yellow meant slow and green meant go. To finish off her visit, Brooke showed the children some fantastic Woiwurrung language cards of Australian animals, such as bunjil the eagle, waa the crow, ngarrert the frog, gurrng-gurrng the kookaburra, and marram the kangaroo.

Links to the Early Years Learning Framework
Brooke’s visit was particularly relevant in the context of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), as well as respecting our rich Indigenous heritage:

EYLF Outcome 2– Community:
Children discover and explore some connections amongst people and explore the diversity of culture, heritage, background and tradition and that diversity presents opportunities for choices and new understandings

Children become aware of connections, similarities and differences between people and listen to the ideas of others and respect different ways of being and doing. Children notice and react in positive ways to similarities and differences among people

EYLF Principles: Respect for Diversity
Educators recognise that diversity contributes to the richness of our society and provides a valid evidence base about ways of knowing. For Australia, it also includes promoting a greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing and being.

EYLF Practices: Cultural competence
Educators who are culturally competent respect multiple cultural ways of knowing, seeing and living, celebrate the benefits of diversity and have an ability to understand and honour differences. This is evident in everyday practice when educators demonstrate an ongoing commitment to developing their own cultural competence in a two-way process with families and communities. Educators also seek to promote children’s cultural competence.

The following are Brooke’s welcome and Wurundjeri song:

Brooke’s welcome:
Hello land (touch floor)
Hello sky (hands up)
Hello me (hug self)
Hello you and I (stretch arms out to greet friends).

Wurundjeri song:
We live on Wurundjeri land,
We live on Wurundjeri land,
Thank you Wurundjeri people
For taking care of our land!

We play on Wurundjeri land,
We play on Wurundjeri land,
Thank you Wurundjeri people
For taking care of our land!

Cire Children’s Services is one of the four core operations of Cire Services Inc.

We proudly operate a range of quality children’s services at multiple sites across the Yarra Ranges in order to meet the needs of the diverse communities we serve.

We program include long day care incorporating a funded kindergarten program, occasional care, outside school hours care, vacation care and playgroups.

We provide opportunities, skills and support for both children and families.  We believe in the individuality of each child and promote a holistic approach to education and care which encompasses the overall health and wellbeing of every child who attends our services.

Cerini Centre inspires a vision

At UYCH we are always looking to further support disadvantaged youth in the Upper Yarra.

We are currently undertaking a “Research Evaluation Project for Disadvantaged Youth in the Outer East”, funded by the Warburton and Yarra Junction Community Bank branches, which focuses on educational and social needs for youth aged 12 – 15 years who are at risk of disengaging.

The Cerini Centre had been used by UYCH for its VCAL and “Step Ahead” program students for eight years and the project will conduct a needs-based research evaluation of this cohort, in consultation with other stakeholders such as Yarra Ranges Council and Anchor.

“There is definitely a gap in the services available for youth in this age group” said CEO Gus Seremetis, “UYCH wants to change this to ensure these young people don’t slip through the cracks simply because they can’t access the educational programs to support them.”

The research project will review and evaluate existing provisions. The outcomes will identify and determine the strategic direction and service model UYCH will implement to develop a viable and sustainable program.

Geoff Vickers, Executive Officer of the Upper Yarra Community Enterprise, who operate the Warburton and Yarra Junction Community bank branches says, “ This project is integral to the future prospects for young people in our towns, and for the wellbeing and prosperity of our whole community.”

It is estimated that 120 – 150 local youth will benefit from this initiative along with their immediate and extended families.

Plans are underway to utilise facilities in the catchment and the Cerini Centre in Warburton is being considered. Father Charles Cerini was a passionate and tireless community member, who had a strong focus on community education, so as a legacy to his memory the Cerini complex is a fitting tribute.

If you would like to participate in a quick 5 minute survey that will assist this valuable project, click here.