Maria's Story

Having lived in many different places, I moved to Marrickville in 2005. I have two daughters and my eldest, Gloria, would be starting primary school in 2006 so with this in mind we visited Marrickville West Primary School.
Ms Ling our school's principal provided all the information we needed and as part of the school tour, took us to 'Connect Marrickville', which is a school as Community centre within Marrickville West Public. Connect has many different programs but we began our journey attending the Friday Playgroup.
The playgroup allowed my daughters to socialise with other children and get use to the school as well as providing me with the opportunity to meet, and later on develop friendship with other parents within our school community. I volunteered and helped in the playgroup and discovered I loved working with children so enrolled in a Playgroup facilitator course, which was one of 'Connect’s' TAFE Outreach programs.
I am now studying at TAFE the Diploma in Children's Services and working as playgroup co-facilitator for 'Connect'. 'Connect Marrickville' has changed my family's life by providing my daughters with a smooth transition from home to school and me with the self-confidence to take on study as an adult and build many wonderful friendships in our multicultural community.

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