05 March 2020
Issue Three

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

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


From the Principal

Last week we acknowledged Shrove Tuesday with our students enjoying a morning tea of pancakes, cooked and served by a wonderful group of parents, 21 in total, which was fantastic. Sincere thanks to the many parents who helped with this activity. It was wonderful to see a good number of our Prep mums also helping out. Thank you


Shrove Tuesday led us into Ash Wednesday, which was acknowledged  with a whole school mass.


School Closure Day - tomorrow

A reminder that the school will be closed tomorrow - Friday 6th March. Staff will be involved in professional learning around intervention models.

Monday 9th March is the Labor Day Public Holiday.

Our school closure in Term 2 will be held on Friday 24th April

School Sports

Unfortunately the school sports has been postponed due to the heavy rainfall.

We have rescheduled the School Sports for Thursday 19th March 5pm-7pm


We have officially joined the socials. Keep up to date with all the latest news and information on our Instagram page.

Please follow our official COHR Instagram page.


A Colour Explosion

This year we will be replacing our school Walkathon (which was scheduled for Wednesday 11th March) and introducing a Colour Explosion Run on the last day of Term 1.

Further information on our Colour Expolsion will be sent home today. 

Combined Schools Day

Friday 13th March - the Annual Combined Schools Day and Liturgy will this year be celebrated at Sacred Heart Primary School. During the day the students from both schools will join in combined activities together and come together at a special Liturgy in the Hall at 11:00am. Parents are most welcome to join us at the liturgy. A sausage and drink will be provided for lunch on the day.

Parent helpers will be needed for this day. If you can assist please phone the office and leave your name.

Reconciliation Family Night

Thursday 12th March 7pm - 8pm

Sacred Heart Primary School is hosting this year's Reconciliation Family Night. It is a night for both parents and those children receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation this year.

Families from both Sacred Heart and Christ Our Holy Redeemer are asked to attend. The evening will involve  a discussion about the importance  of this Sacrament and an opportunity for families to share some time discussing the significance of this Sacrament in their daily lives.

Kinder Connections

This week we commenced community engagement activities with our local early learning centres and pre-schools. On Wednesday 10 senior students and staff visited Guardian ELC (formerly Cocos) reading picture story books to the young children. In the coming weeks and months we will also be visiting St John's Pre-School, Emmanuel Pre-School and Three Bees ELC.

Staff News

Next week we welcome back Elise Rimington. Elise will be returning from maternity leave and will be working in the 3/4GR classroom each Thursday and Friday.

2021 Enrolments

Our enrolment process has commenced for Prep 2021. Any current school families that have children who will be attending Prep next year are asked to come to the school office and collect a 2021 enrolment form. If it isn’t convenient to come in, please phone and we will send a form home. 

Veggie Garden

WOW! Look at the size of this zucchini! In recent weeks the children have seen the vege patch producing  a number of zucchinis as well as  small roma tomatoes.

Early Arrivals

A reminder that students are not to be at school before 8:30am. The children are not supervised before this time and it is an important safety measure that children are not on the school grounds unsupervised.

If your child requires care before 8:30am we would ask that you contact our Out of Hours School Care service conducted by Youth Leadership Victoria on 0412 958 605

Division Swimming

Congratulations to Drew McLaughlin and Christiano Belmuda who represented COHR this week at the Division Swimming. We are very proud of them for making it to this level.

As we journey through Lent let us keep Christ at the heart of all our
words and actions.

Let us focus our lives more clearly on the way of
Christ and living the Christian life.



Grade 5/6 Camp Information Night

Due to the school sports night being moved to Thursday 19th March,  there will be no camp information session. If you would like anything clarified or have any questions about the camp, please direct your query to one of the 5/6 teachers.

Student Wellbeing

'O' Week 2020!!

What a fantastic 'O' Week in 2020!!! The students have settled into their classrooms beautifully. Each class has developed their own set of rules and expectations based on our School Wide Expectations (see below).

There has been a real 'buzz' in the staff room about how well each and every class has settled in! There is a great 'buzz' around the school community this year with many exciting things happening throughout the year!

How great was our 'O' Week puzzle piece display!!? Could you find your child's name?

School Wide Expectations

In 2017, we developed our School Wide Expectations. These expectations encompass all the values that we as a school think should be shown to/by all individuals.

These values are: Show Respect, Be Safe, Try Your Best, Be A Team and Follow Christ.

Each week at our Friday Assembly, Mr. Welsford selects an expectation that the school will focus on. Teachers will choose one student in their class who have shown that expectation to receive acknowledgment and the SEL Award.

Parents are encouraged to use these expectations at home with the children, as this will help them develop the language and behaviours that accompany the school expectations. 

Some behaviours that students may show which demonstrate the  school expectations are:

Show Respect: Taking turns, being patient, listening to adults  and one another

Be Safe: Holding mum or dads hand when crossing the road, wearing helmets when riding bikes or scooters, being aware of their surroundings

Try Your Best: Completing their reading and homework to the best of their ability, showing persistence with jobs/chores at home

Be A Team: Playing nicely with siblings and/or family members, showing sportsmanship and positive attitudes at after school activities

Follow Christ: Showing kindness to family and friends, sharing toys with their siblings, using manners when speaking to others. 

Season's For Growth 2020

The Season's for Growth program is well and truly underway  for 2020! This term, we have a grade 2 and 3 group taking place and we are looking to cover the rest of the students on our list over the year!

Please make sure you contact me or your child's classroom teacher, if you are interesting in having your child involved in a group.

Overview of the program

The program helps participants in the following ways:

  • supports children and young people to understand and respond well to issues they experience as a result of death, separation, divorce or other significant change and loss in their lives
  • assists children and young people to understand that their feelings and other reactions are normal
  • develops skills for coping, problem solving and decision making
  • builds a peer support network 
  • helps restore self-confidence and self-esteem
  • educates children and young people about the grief process.
  • You may also want to have a look as the website Good Grief - Season's for Growth for more information.

- Emily Faella (Wellbeing Leader)


Hot Dog Day

We will be holding a hot dog day on Wednesday 11th March.  A form was sent home on Monday.  $5 will include a donut for morning snack and a hot dog at lunch.  Please return payment, in an envelope marked with your child’s name and class, to the office by Tuesday 10th March.  If you are able to assist on the day, please return the slip at the bottom of the hot dog form.


Easter Raffle/Guess A Jar

We will be holding a raffle with Easter hampers over the last two weeks of term.  A booklet of five raffle tickets will be sent home to each family next week.  Tickets are $1 each.  If you would like more tickets, they can be obtained from the office

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

The raffle will be drawn at assembly on Friday 5th April along with the winner of the “Guess A Jar”.

Thank you to the Perri family for donating the eggs for the “Guess A Jar” and Cambro Motors for donating the Easter eggs for the raffle hampers.

Class Representatives

Thank you to those parents who have offered to be Class Reps for 2020.  We are still after two reps for 1/2G, 5/6F and we need one rep for 3/4D, 5/6C and 5/6I.

Prep PS:              Zena Floros and Anne Waugh -Young


1/2O:                     Michelle Mascaro & Melea Stone

1/2L:                      Elena Sansone & Paul Di Paolo

3/4D:                     Lina La Torre

3/4GR:                  Laura Primiero & Mel Nigro

3/4S:                      Jodie Colabufalo & Jacqui Roussos

3/4T:                      Sonia Sammut & Yetta Nelson

5/6C:                     Briely Sheehan


5/6I:                       Maria Koutelas

5/6SC:                   Peta Lipman & Arlene Macleod

Scholastic Book Club

A book club catalogue was sent home today. Could we please ask for all orders and payments to be returned to the office by Thursday 12th March.


TERM 1  & 2 DATES 


MARCH 2020


Friday 6th                 School Closure Day

Monday 9th             School Closure Day - Labour Day Public Holiday

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       School Sports 

Wednesday 25th    Reconciliation Ceremony

Friday 27th              Colour-Explosion

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

Saturday 18th        Eucharist Commitment Mass

Tuesday 21st          Open Day

Friday 24th              School Closure Day

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


JUNE 2020 

Monday 8th           Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Wednesday 10th  Eucharist Reflection Day

Sunday 14th          Eucharist Celebration

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

Season's for Growth Set Up