20 February 2020
Issue Two

Inspired by the Spirit, we are a strong community supporting and leading learners in a safe and inclusive environment. 

Christ Our Holy Redeemer Primary School
(03) 9569 8966
43 Ferntree Gully Road
Oakleigh East, Victoria, 3166


From the Principal


Stage 1 Complete!!!!!!

Well, Stage 1 of our building program has now been completed and we are extremely pleased with the outcome.  We have a number of beautiful learning spaces filled with plenty of light and opportunities to learn in a variety of  arrangements and settings. The children were certainly very excited to move into their new learning spaces on Monday. Parents are most welcome to come in and have a look at the new building before or after school. I am sure you will be impressed.

The move went very smoothly this week and this was due to the many parents who assisted over the two days. I am incredibly grateful to those parents for giving up their time to help. A sincere  THANK YOU to you all. 

We don't have telephones in the new classrooms as yet, so we please ask that wherever possible, messages to the students e.g pick up arrangements are organised at home.

On Wednesday the builders began demolishing the interior of the the four classrooms along the top corridor. This next stage of the process is due to be completed by the end of the term.

An official opening of the building will take place late next term.



We are less than a week away from Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, which falls on 26th February this year. Lent is a reminder of the importance of sacrifice, prayer and looking after those in need.


Lent helps us more deeply understand the Easter event that is at the centre of our Christian faith, and strengthens our commitment to living the life of love and mercy to which Christ calls us. We can use this time to consider how our actions are defining our relationship with God, with others and with our deepest self. Lent is a time for renewing those relationships based on compassion, truth and justice.


Next Wednesday, 26th February, all students will attend Ash Wednesday mass which will take place at 11:30am in the church. As always, parents, grandparents and friends are welcome to join us.

Next Tuesday, being Shrove Tuesday, parents will be cooking pancakes for all the children in the school. A Caremonkey has been sent home regarding this activity. We certainly welcome our new families to assist on this day.


We keep the Falla family (Finn 3/4GR &  Archie 1/2L ) in our prayers following the recent passing of their Grandmother.

Home School Communication

Over the past two weeks we have offered Parent Information evenings as well as Parent Teacher Interviews. I am very grateful to those parents who have taken up the opportunity to engage in these activities. I am also grateful to those parents who have submitted their apologies for not being able to attend one or both of these opportunities. The teachers found these meetings to be extremely beneficial. If you were unable to make a time to meet with your child's classroom teacher I would encourage you to make a mutually convenient time at your earliest convenience.

School Education Board

Our first School Education Board meeting will be our AGM on Wednesday 11th March at 7.30pm.

As we have a few parent reps from the senior classes moving on we are looking to have representation from the junior school ie. Prep, Year 1 or Year 2.  Nominations for the Education Board are sought from interested parents. Parents are invited to nominate themselves in writing to Brendan by 28th February.

Child Safe Standards

In meeting with Child Safe Standards I would like to remind parents of the need to have a current Working With Children Check if you intend on volunteering here at Christ Our Holy Redeemer.

The Working with Children (WWC) Check helps protect children from physical and sexual harm.                                                                                    The WWCC  does this by screening people’s criminal records and professional conduct and preventing those who pose an unjustifiable risk to children from working with or caring for them. To volunteer at Christ Our Holy Redeemer as a parent helper, a check is required. To apply for the check, please visit the government website and follow the details.

Please ensure you put Christ Our Holy Redeemer as the place where you will be volunteering, as your check details will then be forwarded to the school. The only cost to parents will be the passport photo required for the card. All forms are online. Paper forms are no longer available from the Post Office or schools.

Please complete, print and submit forms at an Australia Post office with your attached photo. The school will be notified via a letter once your check has been verified and granted. If you already have a Working with Children Check and the school does not yet have a copy, please bring your card to the school office so a copy can be made for our records. It is each parent’s responsibility to update their Working with Children Check and notify the school when a new card has been issued.

Further parents need to have signed the 'Safeguarding Children and Young People Code of Conduct' which was sent home last week. If you need another copy just ask at the Office.

We greatly appreciate your time and support with school activities.

School Photos

School photos will be taken next Friday 28th February. All students are asked to wear their correct summer uniform to school on this day. Children who have class sport are asked to bring their runners and/or their sports uniform to change into once they have had their photos taken. There will be NO SCHOOL ASSEMBLY on this day.

Open Days

This year we will have three days Open Days to showcase our school to prospective parents. These will take place on;

Tuesday 3rd March 9:00am – 4:00pm, 

Tuesday 21st April  9:00am – 4:00pm, and

Thursday 30th April 9:00am – 4:00pm

I would encourage you to extend this invitation to any friends or neighbours who may be looking for a great school for their child in 2021.

If these dates do not accommodate prospective families we are more than willing to make a mutually convenient time to take them for a tour of our school.

School Banking

School banking conitnues to take place every Tuesday morning. Please ensure you have updated your child’s class on the banking cover.  If you would like to open a school banking account, you just need to go to to register.

Camp Fees

We have now confirmed all travel costs and finalised bookings.  The camp fees have now been added to your school fees.

Year 4 camp $270 plus a $20 food expense

Year 5/6 Camp $250 plus a $20 food expense

Statements will be sent out at the beginning of each term.

Take care and enjoy the rest of the week



Learning and Teaching

Our Inquiry Approach

Christ Our Holy Redeemer believes that the best teaching practice is to ‘teach without telling’.  Our learning and teaching philosophy is based on the Inquiry approach where our students, along with staff, are encouraged to think deeply, ask questions, sort information and discover answers on any given topic, and to take action and do something with the new information gathered.


This semester, our whole school Inquiry concept is: RELATIONSHIPS

Along with our core Curriculum Areas of Religious Education, English and Mathematics, each year level’s Inquiry Units will encompass General Capabilities and several discipline-based curriculum areas, focusing more so on the Humanities, for example; History, Geography, Civics & Citizenship, Personal & Social Capability, Ethical Capability etc.


Here is a snapshot of each level’s Inquiry units for Semester 1 2020:


Prep - Who Are You?

Compelling Questions:

  • Who am I?/Who are you?
  • Where do we come from?
  • How can we get along?  
  • How can we have positive relationships?

Key Topics & Understandings:

  • Themselves - my likes/dislikes, my strengths
  • Family Structures
  • Relationships within Families
  • Friendships
  • Choices - Positive/Negative, Decision Making, consequences
  • Cultures - Our cultural backgrounds, Geography, Art & Music in different cultures


Year 1/2 - Relationships

Compelling Questions:

  • What is a relationship?
  • What are the different types of relationships?
  • How can we have a good relationship?
  • How can we have a good relationship with God?
  • How are we connected to places?
  • Why are places significant in our lives?
  • Why are some places special and important to us?

Key Topics & Understandings:

  • Families - structure and roles
  • Relationships within Families
  • Relations between Friends
  • History of Oakleigh and significant places (e.g. Oakleigh Police Station, Oakleigh Library)
  • History of Melbourne and significant places (e.g. MCG, St Patrick’s Cathedral)
  • Similarities and differences of Oakleigh - past and present
  • Sacred Spaces around Australia


Year 3/4 - Go Further Together

Compelling Questions:

  • What happens when relationships break down?
  • How can they be restored?
  • How can we maintain positive relationships?
  • How does the complexity of relationships challenge us?
  • What can we learn from Jesus’ relationships with others?

Key Topics & Understandings:

  • How relationships between self, people, church and environment interact
  • Who the First Fleet were and the effect they had on the Indigenous population
  • The types of natural vegetation and how it can be protected and managed
  • How rules and laws are made fairly


Year 5/6 - Relationships Past & Present

Compelling Questions:

  • How did the Aboriginal people explore Australia?
  • How did the Aboriginal people care for the land?  How can we use their techniques today?
  • How can we learn from the Aboriginal People?
  • How do the Aboriginal People protect Australia and its environment?
  • How have Australia’s relationships changed over time?

Key Topics & Understandings:

  • Aboriginal People and Torres Strait Islanders - colonies and their relationship with the land in the past through to the present
  • British settlement/colonies
  • How did British settlement change the land?  How did it affect relationships with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders?
  • Investigate changes over time
  • Why did British settlers settle where they did?
  • Environmental and human influences on the land
  • Bushfires, floods, drought
  • Uluru - possible solutions for action



School Sports - Thursday 5th March

Children will finish school at 3.30pm

We expect all children to arrive at the school oval by 4.45pm

School sports to start at 5.00pm

School sports to finish at 7.00pm

There will be food for sale during the night.



Inter School Sports - tomorrow


The Year 5/6's will be playing Huntingdale Primary School this Friday 21st.

Our Basketball and Cricket teams will be playing at COHR

Our Softball and Rounders teams will be playing at Scotchman's Creek Reserve 


Pancake Tuesday

We will be celebrating Pancake Tuesday next week.  A Care Monkey notice was posted yesterday.  Please respond by Monday 24th February, if your child will, or will not, be receiving a pancake.  If you are able to assist on the day, we will start preparing from 9am in the school hall.  If you have a hand mixer and a large bowl to bring, it would be greatly appreciated.

If you have any lemons to donate, we would greatly appreciate them.


Sports Day

Thursday 5th March is our Twilight School Sports night.  We require parent help on the night to cook and serve sausages, potato cakes, hot chips and to also make and serve coffee.  There is a roster up in the office foyer or you can call the office to let them know you can assist.

Parents’ Association AGM


Last week we held our AGM and the following roles have been appointed:

Presidents – Anna Belmuda and Anna Perri

Vice President – Anna Saraullo

Treasurer – Rob Belmuda

Assistant Treasurer – Paula Di Paolo

Pastoral Care – Antoinette Tartaro

Secretary – Kerri Tarpey

General Members – Vicki Gentile

Icy Poles (sold 1st & 4th term) – Anna Saraullo (Term 1)

Father’s Day & Mother’s Day Stall - Maria Riotto and Silvana Pignataro

Hot Dog Day Co-Ordinators - Anna Saraullo and Christine Bombonati

We still require Class Representatives for each classroom.   The sign-up sheet is in the office foyer. 

Below is a description of the Class Representative role:

Every class at Christ Our Holy Redeemer Primary School has two parent class representative positions.  We are asking parents to please volunteer for roles.  The class representative role is very important to our school community.  It provides support to the teachers and acts as a liaison between teachers and parents in the school.

The role of class representatives:

  • Be supportive of staff and the whole school ethos.
  • Invite parents to include their contact details (ask parents their preferred form of communication) for communication of class messages and events etc.
  • Contact new families on arrival and personally welcome them to the school community.
  • To organise opportunities for the parents in your child’s class to meet socially and help them get to the know each other.  Events might include family picnic or parent’s dinner.
  • Class representatives, and other class helpers, are respectful of everyone’s privacy and ensure that the confidentiality of teachers, students and parents is maintained at all times.





Tuesday 25th          Shrove Tuesday

Wednesday 26th   Ash Wednesday Mass 11.30am

Friday 28th               School Photos




MARCH 2020

Tuesday 3rd            Open Day 

                                     Monash Waverley Division Swimming

Wednesday 4th     Parents Association Meeting 7.30pm

Thursday 5th         COHR School Sports 

Monday 9th             School Closure Day - Labour Day Public Holiday

Wednesday 11th   School Walk-a-thon

Thursday 12th       Reconciliation Family Night at Sacred Heart Primary School

Friday 13th             Combined School Mass and Activities at SH

Wednesday 18th  Reconciliation Reflection Day

Thursday 19th      Grade 5/6 Camp Information Night

Wednesday 25th    Reconciliation Ceremony

Friday 27th               End of Term 1



Oakleigh District Auskick


Salesian Flyer


De La Salle College


Emmanuel Calisthenics


Marriage Encounter Weekend


Invest in your most precious asset......Your Marriage!

Married couples, come and learn how to keep/rekindle the passion in your relationship and how to keep your love growing!

The weekend is based around Catholic values but couples of all faiths are welcome.

Next weekend is on   17–19 April 2020 in Melbourne

Other weekends on 17-19 July and 13-15 November 2020


Starts 7pm on Friday. Ends 5pm Sunday. Accommodation and all meals provided.

Information/Bookings: Phone Mercy & James 0409 183 676 or

Email:  Website:

Just Italy - East Oakleigh


Australian Youth Choir


CDFpay New Parent Guide - COHR Oakleigh East.pdf