22 August 2019
Issue Thirteen
Principal's Message
Library News
Sports Report
2019 COHR Swimming 
Parents Association News
Community News
Christ Our Holy Redeemer Primary School
(03) 9569 8966
43 Ferntree Gully Road
Oakleigh East, Victoria, 3166

Principal's Message

Welcome to Week 6

Welcome to our fourth web-based newsletter. We hope people are finding it easier to navigate the information contained and to view the images. At the bottom of the page is a Translation button which is a useful features for some of our readers. 

As a community we wish Brendan a full recovery from his medical procedure (sinus related) and look forward to his return to school next week. 


Over these past two weeks, we have seen many changes already in the courtyard area as workers prepare to pour concrete for the foundation of our new learning areas. 

A reminder concrete is being poured tomorrow morning (Friday 23rd August) where numerous trucks will be involved and we recommend parents leave the carpark as soon as possible.  A Flexibuzz message was sent out on Tuesday, 

If you would like to see plans and designs, there are images of the new building project and a colour board displayed in the Office foyer. 

The students have been terrific with their awareness and safety regarding  the build. 



School Closure Day 

A few weeks ago, staff participated in a professional development day off site. We had the opportunity to reflect on our own faith, faith of the Church and faith within the school community. It was a valuable day and we are thankful to staff for leading the day and for participating in all activities. 



Rubbish Free Lunches

A reminder that Wednesdays are our Rubbish- Free lunch days.  We acknowledge that this can sometimes mean more work for parents. We thank you for your efforts in working with us to help our children better understand the importance of looking after our earth and reducing landfill.

Sacrament of Confirmation 

This week we congratulate our students who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation. This is an opportunity to complete the rite of initiation in the Catholic Church. We have Episcopal Vicar Fr Brendan Hayes and Fr John Magri leading these ceremonies. We continue to keep the children in our thoughts and prayers, asking the Holy Spirit to strengthen and guide them. 

Spirit gently come.

Spirit gently come into my heart.

Here I am your servant.

Fill me with faith and hope.

Help me spread your word to all,

Guide me as I go.

I will always follow you,

but I need help for love to grow.

Fill me with your Spirit,

so I do not stand alone.


A special thank you to families and staff who continue to support these children on their faith journey. 


Clare O'Neil MP

We welcomed Clare O'Neil to our school on Tuesday morning. She is the Federal Parliament Member for the district of Hotham. Clare presented the school with a set of new flags - National Australian Flag, Australian Aboriginal Flag and Torre Strait Islands Flag. 


Term 3 Footy Fundraiser

For the last 4 weeks of Term 3, the school will be raising money for the John Moriarty Football Fund. This charity brings Indigenous youth together through sport, promoting good health and well being.


Starting next Monday 26th August, each grade will have small pots in their classroom that will have a label with their footy team emblem on the front. We are asking students and families to bring coins to school to support their footy team, and ultimately the JMF charity. At the end of each week, the class and football team who have raised the most money, will be announced at assembly. The final tally will be announced in the final week of school. Let the fund raising begin! We hope to raise as much money as possible for this worthy cause!


Please refer to the Swimming page in this edition of the newsletter for an update. Thank you 



We are very excited to know the concert is within a two week time frame. There are many rehearsals, many costumes finalised and a lot of music being played around the school! 

Please refer to the Concert News page in this edition of the newsletter for an update.  Thank you  


What a super day!!! Students and teachers enjoyed fun and educational activities on Wednesday. Many thanks to Karen and Lorraine for the organisation and preparation of the day.  Please refer to the Library News page in this edition of the newsletter for an update. Thank you 


We keep the following families in our thoughts and prayers after losing loved ones over the past few weeks.

Lawson Family (Allegra 3/4T & Massimo 1/2G)

Llopart Family (Thomas 3/4D, Lucas 1/2L)

Katavolos Family (Panayoti 3/4D)

Parents Association

We are ever grateful to parents in our community for their efforts in organising wonderful events throughout the year. Recently, many enjoyed the Trivia Night last Friday evening and the students looked very satisfied enjoying their donuts and hot dogs on Wednesday. Thank you to parents who have volunteered to help with the Bunnings barbecue this Saturday - your time is much appreciated. Please refer to the Parents Association page in this edition of the newsletter for an update. 





Library News


“READING IS MY SECRET POWER” and we certainly had many fun activities this week to celebrate the power of reading!

We started off with our annual Bookweek Parade in the hall. We all enjoyed seeing the wonderful ideas and creations that our students had put into dressing as a book character.  We had such a variety of characters from well known and loved characters to lots of new characters. Whether it is a complete costume or a character dressed in everyday clothes with an object to make them standout,  there was certainly lots of colour and excitement at our parade. Mr Macgregor from Peter Rabbit was even there with his real rabbit! Aaron Blabey characters were popular, Dr Suess, Harry Potter, Fairytales, even all the characters from The Wizard of Oz, just to name a few.

 Thank you to the staff that whizzed around in their capes and masks being Superheroes and continuing to spread the love of reading and books they enjoy.  Thank you to the students for sharing their excitement with us all and participating in the superhero and book activities together. AND of course it all happens because of the wonderful support from our parents.  I know dress up days can be hard, especially if you have a few children to outfit, but many thanks to you all for your support with the characters and costumes. We did truly celebrate the joy we get from books.


Scholastic Bookclub- Issue 6

Can we please ask that the orders and money be returned to the office by today Thursday 22 August. Scholastic have recently changed their order form so, if you are paying with cash, please ensure you write the correct book item number, title and amount on the order form and also please include the exact amount of money.  Alternatively, you can pay via credit card through the Book Club Loop at

Premier's Reading Challenge - PRC

The Premier’s Reading Challenge is in its final weeks so now is the time to add any books to your challenge list. Remember 30 books for P-2 and 15 books for 3 - 6.

Here are the log in details for the last time.

You can log into PRC and add your books read and we’ll verify  them. 



Go to            click on Student Login 


The username for all children begins with    cohr______________

P – 4 usernames are christian name & first letter of surname

5 – 6 usernames are initial of christian name and full surname


The password for all children is similar and ends with 3166   eg: _______3166

P – 4 passwords are christian name & first letter of surname

5 – 6 passwords are initial of christian name and full surname

(no spaces and all lower case – eg:  cohrkarenw OR cohrkwakeling &    kwakeling3166)


Username:  cohr_________________      Password: __________________3166



Thanks to the Parent’s Association who have purchased some bookshelves for some of our classrooms. We need some help in assembling these please. It is a 3 people, half an hour job - 2 people holding the pieces and one using the screwdriver! Pop into the office as they’re waiting to be assembled.

Sports Report

District Athletics

We wish all students involved in the District Athletics on Monday a wonderful, fun and friendly time together. Thank you to staff who are attending the day and to Sue for her preparation and organisation of the day. Parents, family and friends are welcome to attend to support students. The venue is the Knox Athletics Track. 


Athletics Morning Program (Grades 3-6)


Tomorrow morning (Friday 23rd August) is the final day for the Athletics Morning Program

Any child from Grades 3-6 may attend the sessions and are very welcome.

The session is from 8 - 8.30am.

We can  not run the breakfast program this year because of the building works, so could all children please bring an extra snack with them on the day that they can have before they go to class.

Looking forward to seeing as many children as possible at training. Parents are very welcome to come and help or come and watch.

Yours in sport

Sue Tobin



Families are now able to buy any extra tickets they like.

Feel free to invite extended family and friends, it promises to be a wonderful night!

With Father’s Day is coming up, tickets to the concert would be an ideal present for grandparents.

The venue is easy to access and the auditorium has no stairs.

Concert Night Information 

Venue - Crossways Centre, 2 Vision Dr, Burwood East VIC, 3151
Seating at the venue is unassigned, except for the students’ class seating which is reserved. 
Start Time - 7:00pm

Date: Tuesday 3rd September 2019

Student Information 

Arrival Time - by 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start. 

Students will need to arrive at the venue in their costume. They should also have a jacket and may like a drink bottle. Students will need to be at the venue by 6:30pm and report to their classroom teacher. Students will be sitting with their classes in assigned seats.

Call for help - Car Park Attendants

The venue has requested that we have four car park attendants on the night. We are asking parents if they could please help us with this request as teachers need to be supervising the children. All that would be required is assisting people on which areas to park in. The school will supply orange vests. If you can help us with this please ring the office and let us know ASAP.

Photo day and Rehearsals

Photos: Individual photos and class photos will be taken on Tuesday 27th of August. Please ensure all students have their completed costumes at school for their photo. These photos and will be available for purchase leading up to and on Concert night. The entire concert will be filmed, and DVDs will be available for purchase after the concert. We will let families know when they are ready to purchase after we receive them. 

We are very grateful that Joe Armao (Madeleine 5/6CM) has volunteered to take the photos. 

Rehearsal Day: Tuesday 3rd Sept. Please complete the CareMonkey permission forms for your child/children to attend. Buses will shuttle the children to and from Crossways Centre on the day. One group will leave school at 9am and the next group will leave around 10am. All students will be brought back to COHR by bus, arriving at approximately 3 - 3:15pm.

Thank you for all your help and support during this busy time.
We know the children can’t wait to share their performances with you all!


THE SOUND OF MUSICALS - Tuesday 3rd September



2019 COHR Swimming 

Swimming Details 

When:     Monday 9 September - Thursday 19 September 2019

Where:    Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre: Warner Ave, Ashburton 

Who:       All students from Prep to Year 6  

Travel:    Students will travel to and from on a bus  

Cost:       Prices are included in the school fees


There are nine sessions culminating in a Water Safety fun time in the final session. 

  • Caps are optional 

  • Long hair needs to be tied back (tight hair band please)

  • Goggles are required and necessary

Swimming Survey 

Thank you for those who responded to the Flexibuzz regarding the swimming survey.

This survey is yet to be emailed to parents/carers. Hopefully this will happen within the next few weeks. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

The staff have explained this process will assist them to organise swimming groups with more accuracy, starting from the first swimming lesson. Of course, there may be changes along the way, as groups are fluid.


Class Prep                                         Swimming Lesson  9:30 - 10:10am 

Leave COHR  9:00am                   Leave Swim Centre  10:30am  


Class 5/6N                                        Swimming Lesson  10:10 - 10:50am 

Leave COHR  9:40am                   Leave Swim Centre  11:10am  


Class 5/6CM                                     Swimming Lesson  10:50 - 11:30am 

Leave COHR  10:20am                Leave Swim Centre  11:50am  


Class 5/6F                                         Swimming Lesson  11:30 - 12:10pm 

Leave COHR  11:00am                Leave Swim Centre  12:30pm  


Class 1/2L & 3/4GR                       Swimming Lesson  12:10 - 12:50pm 

Leave COHR  11:40am                Leave Swim Centre  1:10pm  


Class 1/2G & 1/2HO                      Swimming Lesson  12:50 - 1:30pm 

Leave COHR  12:20pm                Leave Swim Centre  1:50pm  


Class 3/4D & 3/4S                          Swimming Lesson  1:30 - 2:10pm 

Leave COHR  1:00pm                   Leave Swim Centre  2:25pm  


Class 3/4T & 5/6C                          Swimming Lesson  2:10 - 2:50pm 

Leave COHR  1:40pm                  Leave Swim Centre  3:05pm  

Developing Independence

This is a good opportunity to encourage your child to practise changing their clothes on their own. The aim is for all students to dress/undress themselves and to look after their swimming items independently. There will be teachers and staff members available to assist when required. There are allocated change rooms for our school students on the premises. If parents are present, they are not permitted into the change rooms. 

Parents and family are welcome to watch the lessons free of charge. If you choose to have a swim or you have other children who may like to swim, there is the usual cost involved with entry to the Centre.   


Outline of the Day

* Students can wear their bathers underneath their sport uniform in the morning. 

* Prior to leaving school, they put on their thongs/pool shoes and leave their runners at school. They have a  toilet stop. 

* Upon arrival at the pool, they place their uniform in their bags and have their pool shoes close by. 

* Students have their lesson. 

* Following the lesson, students collect their bag and pool shoes and go to the change rooms. They change out of their bathers and into their school uniform. Please note there is no time allocated for students to have a shower following their lesson. Due to the short time frame, students need to be prepared to dry, change and organise themselves quickly.

* Classes return to school via bus.  

* Students change into their runners/school shoes at school.

A reminder that students might need to practise packing and unpacking their bag or changing themselves. 

Each student is to bring a swimming bag containing a towel, goggles, change of underwear, thongs and cap (optional). 


We understand that some children may be feeling anxious about having swimming lessons with their school peers and teachers.

We encourage you to reassure your children this is an opportunity to improve their swimming skills and gain more confidence in a pool. 


A swimming program for school students is legislated by the Victorian government.  

Extra Information


Parents Association News

Fathers Day Stall

We will be holding our Fathers Day stall on the morning of Thursday 29th August in the hall. There will be gifts available to purchase for Dads, Grandfathers or a special person. Our gifts will be priced from $1 to $10.

Please send along some money to buy from our Father's Day Stall as well as a bag to put the purchases in.

We also have one Major Raffle Prize and a prize for each class to be given away. Tickets for the raffle will be 50 cents each with a maximum of 6 tickets to buy. Please send along money to buy raffle tickets too. Tickets will be sold in the hall on the day of the Fathers Day stall. The raffle will be drawn at school at some stage the following day.

We will also need volunteers to help set up on Wednesday 28th from 2pm. Please meet in the hall.

Also volunteers will be required to serve at the Fathers Day Stall on Thursday 29th from 9.00am 

Thank you and hope to see you there.  


Term 3 Dates


Thursday 22nd            Sacrament of Confirmation 7pm - Group 2

Saturday 24th              Bunnings Sausage Sizzle - Helpers required

Monday 26th                District Athletics

Thursday 29th             Father's Day Stall



Tuesday 3rd                     School Concert

Wednesday 4th              Parents  Association Meeting 7.30pm

Wednesday 11th           School Education Board 7:30pm

Saturday 14th                 Bunnings Sausage Sizzle - Helpers required

Mon 9th-Fri 13th            Swimming Program (Grade Prep-6)

Mon 16th -Thurs 19th   Swimming Program

Friday 27th                       End of Term 3

Community News

CDF Pay Instructions


Ashwood Wolves


CDFpay New Parent Guide - COHR Oakleigh East.pdf
Watch around water flyer (1).pdf
COHR PS Water Safety Day 19.9.19.pdf
Bookweek Parade 2018
Week 4 Term 3