19 March 2020
Issue Four
Principal Report
For Reflection
Religious Education  
Learning and Teaching
Message from our Environment Leaders
Parents Association News
Community News
Library News
I.T. News
Christ Our Holy Redeemer Primary School
(03) 9569 8966
43 Ferntree Gully Road
Oakleigh East, Victoria, 3166

Principal Report

From the Principal


Dear Parents and Carers,


Well, we are certainly living in a time of constant change and uncertainty. Something that most of us have never experienced in our lifetime.

Given the current COVID 19 situation the health and safety of our children here at Christ Our Holy Redeemer continues to be one of our highest priorities.


You may have heard from our Prime Minister yesterday that, at this point in time, schools will not be closing. We have however implemented a number of actions based on recommendations from the Health and Education Departments. There are as follows;

  • We will continue to promote good health and hygiene practices at school, asking children to wash their hands several times through the day but particularly after going to the toilet and before eating food.
  • All excursions will cease until further notice. This will include camps and our visits to the local kinders and Early Learning Centres.
  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation has been postponed next Wednesday evening.

We continue to respect a parent's decision to keep their child/children at home. As you will understand, our staff are busy teaching on a full time basis. Therefore, it is quite difficult to plan and distribute extra learning materials for students who are not attending school at this stage. If you choose to keep your child at home they may complete the following learning tasks:

  • Weekly homework requirements

  • Reading every day

  • Keeping a diary/journal

  • Creating a book or film review

  • Learning multiplication tables

  • Learning sight words or spelling words

  • Completing free online resources or games that promote learning in literacy or numeracy

School Education Board

Last Wednesday 11th March the School Education Board held its first meeting and AGM for the year. The following parents have been appointed to the board;

Chairperson: Peter Birmingham

Deputy Chair: Tamsyn D’Souza- Le

Secretary: Carolyn Grenfell

Parent’s Assoc Rep: Anna Belmuda

Staff: Jo Cowan and Brendan Welsford

General Members: Joel Ramalinga, David Florio,  Natalie Moran, Irna Kostic, Ollie Kelly and Mel Nigro

At our first meeting the following items were discussed;

  • Building Update
  • Governance in Catholic Schools
  • Coronavirus
  • School Promotions

Sacramental Program

Communication from the Archdiocese of Melbourne states the following:

  • 'Immediate suspension of public liturgies, celebrations of the Mass , until further notice.
  • All other gatherings are suspended. For clarification of any concerns please contact your local diocesan authority.'

This means that no masses will be celebrated at our churches. Please be aware that this decision will also impact the Sacramental Program at our school.

At this stage we are unaware of when the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation will take place. Please be mindful that these Sacraments may not take place this year.

School Banking

Notice from CommBank School Banking

The health, safety and wellbeing of our communities and our people is our first priority. Due to the rapidly developing situation with coronavirus, School Banking has been temporarily paused from 20 March 2020 until the start of Term 2. Please don’t bring your deposit book with your weekly banking into school and we will notify you when banking will recommence.

Cross Country Training

There will be Cross Country Training tomorrow (Friday) at 8.00am

End of Term 1

A reminder that Term 1 concludes next Friday 27th March at 2.30pm

For Reflection

Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.

But, they say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.

They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.

They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.

Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary

All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.  To Love.

So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.

Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.


Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.

Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,

Religious Education  


Lent is a time of change. A time of fasting, prayer, helping and almsgiving, as we prepare to greet the Risen Christ at Easter.

At COHR this year we are trying to support each other with our Lenten promise. All members of the COHR community are invited to make a Lenten promise, write it on one of the pieces of paper in the Office and then roll it up and place in the cross display. A Lenten promise should help us to become a better person and grow closer to God as we prepare for Easter.

Children, teachers, Mums, Dads, Grandparents are all invited to make this commitment to their promise. Write your promise down and then put it into the cross in the foyer as a sign that as a School Community we are helping each other prepare for Easter.




Learning and Teaching

Learning and Teaching


Work Sample Portfolios


Student Work Sample Portfolios form an integral part of our Reporting program.  For our Year 1-6 students, portfolios are sent home at the end of Term 1 and Term 3, with pieces of work collected from that term.  Portfolios are sent home at the each term for our Prep students.


We emphasise that these work samples are not intended to be ‘perfected’ pieces of work.  

They are:

  • samples of your children’s work as it is presented at the time

  • a ‘snapshot’ of your child’s learning

  • an opportunity for your child to share their learning


The assessment format for portfolios reflects how skills are assessed in the Semester One and Two Reports. 


The following levels of achievement are used to assess Target Skills used in our Portfolios and Reports:







Skill has not been demonstrated.

Beginning to show some elements of the skill.

Elements of the skill are evident but further practice is required.

Consistently demonstrates the skill in tasks.

Able to transfer the skill into other learning areas.


Next Friday, your child’s Work Sample Portfolio will be sent home with four pieces of work collected throughout Term 1.  Please take some time to look through the portfolio WITH your child.  


A Parent Response Sheet is also included.  It is very powerful for children to receive praise and feedback from parents and family members.  



Message from our Environment Leaders

We are no longer collecting bottle tops for the time being. Unfortunately (or fortunately) the company who have been doing the recycling have a surplus and are unable to accept any more donations. We will let you know when we are able to collect again.

Thank you

The Environment Team 

Parents Association News

Hot Dog Day

Many thanks to the parents who assisted last week on our first Hot Dog Day of the year.


Easter Raffle/Guess A Jar

A booklet of 5 raffle tickets were sent home last week.  Tickets are $1 each.  If you would like more tickets, they can be obtained from the office foyer before and after school.  Please return payment and tickets to the office by tomorrow (Friday) morning.

We also have a “Guess A Jar” where children can guess how many Easter eggs are in the jar.  50c per guess.  Children can now have more than one guess. This will take place in the office foyer before and after school.

As there won’t be an assembly on Friday, the raffle will be drawn before the end of the day on Friday, along with the announcement of the winner of the “Guess A Jar”.

VIP Rock Star Car Park


If you would like to have the VIP car park in term 2, please fill in the silent auction sheet set up in the office foyer.  The winner will be notified at the end of term.


Colour Explosion

With the Colour Explosion being postponed to Term 4, please hold on to your Sponsorship Forms and donations until then.  A new date will be advised later in the year.


Cake Raffle 

Our cake raffle will return on each Friday in term 2 and 3.  We have a roster in the office if you would like to bake a cake (or cupcakes, biscuits) in donation.  Please let the office know if you would like to add your name to the roster.

Community News

Salesian College Sports Academy


Mazenod Football Club



TERM 1  & 2 DATES 


MARCH 2020

Thursday 19th       School Sports  - Postponed

Wednesday 25th    Reconciliation Ceremony  - Postponed

Friday 27th              Colour-Explosion - Postponed

Friday 27th               End of Term 1. Children dismissed at 2.30pm


APRIL 2020

Tuesday 14th          Term 2 commences

Wednesday 15th   Grade 5/6 Camp to Adanac - cancelled

Saturday 18th        Eucharist Commitment Mass - cancelled

Tuesday 21st          Open Day

Friday 24th              School Closure Day - Postponed

Thursday 30th       Open Day


MAY 2020

Thursday 7th                     Mothers Day Stall

Tues 12th-Thurs 14th    NAPLAN Testing (Grade 3s and 5s)

Thursday 28th                   Eucharist Walk-through Mass @ COHR 7pm - cancelled


JUNE 2020 

Monday 8th           Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Wednesday 10th  Eucharist Reflection Day - TBA

Sunday 14th          Eucharist Celebration - TBA

Friday 26th            End of Term 2. Children dismissed at 2.30pm 

Library News

Library News

Have you seen our new library space?  It certainly is an impressive space and will only become more “wow’ once we actually take over with our shelving, soft furnishings and books! Over the last 8 weeks we have been dealing with furniture companies and quotes and have locked in a trusted company Furnware to meet our needs. We are excited with the proposal they have  designed and look forward to it becoming real in Term 2!


It’s BOOK FAIR Time!!

Christ Our Holy Redeemer School will be hosting a Lamont Book’s Book Fair in Week 2 & 3 of Term 2.  This is a family and Australian run company based in Hallam, Victoria.

A Book Fair is an opportunity to purchase quality literature for your children or friends.  All students will have preview times in their Library lessons during week two. Students will bring home a wish list to discuss with you about them purchasing one or more of their selected books.  Parents are also invited to preview the books from Friday 24th April before or after school until the following Friday morning May 1st. Our Book Fair will be held in our new library space.

Please note there is no obligation to buy but our school does receive a generous commission in the form of books to add to our library.  More information in week one of Term 2.


Library Borrowing

We are opening up borrowing to students this Friday and next week in light of the uncertainty with COVID19 and possible/ if any school closure.  Classes will be timetabled on Friday to borrow up to a collection of books. All students will need their library bag as this is a school expectation as it does help towards care of our books between home and school.


Here is a little preview of some furniture that will be in our new library!

The countdown is on.

Thanks Karen Wakeling & Lorraine Hill

I.T. News


Cybersafety @ COHR

COHR has an Instagram account.  This social media account is to promote our school to our families and the wider community.  It is a public account and at this stage we are not posting any student’s faces on our posts. Many of our posts will be students in groups with the back of their heads in view. We will be sending out an extra photo permission form to the one sent out at the beginning of the year as we had not itemised Instagram and the allowance of photos to be used in this online app.


Cyber Safety in classes.

Week 9 Digital Technology classes with Mrs Torissi will focus on continuing to be safe, responsible and respectful online users.  Student lessons may involve picture story books to initiate discussions, scenarios to role play and discuss, videos to promote understanding and real life situations which will help students to discover the importance of being good digital citizens. 


Cyber Safety at Home

Last year we held a Cybersafety evening for parents.  The presentation provided many important tips and tricks in helping keep children safe in an online environment and  informing and empowering parents on the technical and psychological side of cybersafety.  As a parent, your ability to set limitations, provide guidance and help, as well as supporting your child to gain confidence to ask for advice and help are all very important. Children need to be equipped with the tools to manage risks associated with being online. 

Most of our students have access to at least one, if not more devices which have access to the internet, whether it be a smartphone, Chromebook, home computer, smart T.V., gaming console or iPad. Therefore the importance of staying safe online is crucial.


Three important issues presented to us on the night is the age limit for many of the social apps/ games, especially the Tik Tok app and the importance of not having access to the internet in bedrooms.

  1. The age to create accounts is 13 & over; Lying online = Lying. 

  2. Tik Tok ( - is an app that primary students should not have - to put it bluntly, this app is full of predators/ pornography!

  3. Internet not to be accessed in bedrooms, to be supervised at all times.

We know we have students that have signed up to these apps / games -  Instagram, Snapchat, Tik Tok, You Tube, Twitch, Likee, Funimate, Clash of Clans. Students have told us about some cybersafety issues they have had. As parents, have you read the privacy settings, have you read the parent guides? Have you set parental controls on devices? We strongly advise that you communicate, supervise and set boundaries with your children.  Slides from the Cyber Safety presentation can be found here, outlining how to access parent guides and what controls you can set. These slides are updated regularly.


The Office of the eSafety Commissioner provides many tools and excellent advice to parents for protecting your children online. Common Sense Media is another informative site for online behaviour - sign up to the parent blog.


As the holidays and possible school closure are imminent, there probably will be more screen time happening, it is a timely reminder for all of us to be vigilant with the cybersafety of  our children. The most important path a parent can take is to be involved. Explore the internet together, find out what games and websites your children enjoy and get to know their friends both online and offline. 


Thank You,   Karen Wakeling & Georgina Torissi