14 November 2019
Issue Eighteen

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

School Captains  
Message from our Environment Leaders
Library News
Cyber Safety
Salesian Kid Program
Parents Association News
Community News
Christ Our Holy Redeemer Primary School
(03) 9569 8966
43 Ferntree Gully Road
Oakleigh East, Victoria, 3166


From the Principal


Remembrance Day

On Monday we remembered with thanksgiving those who made the supreme sacrifice in time of war. We pray that the offering of their lives may not have been in vain. We continue to dedicate ourselves to the cause of justice, freedom and peace; and for the wisdom and strength to build a better world.

We are grateful to Lieutenant Andrew Proy for joining us at our Remembrance day Service and for visiting some of the classes.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. With the setting of the sun, and in the morning we will                                                 remember them.



Thursday 14th November 7pm  


Sacred Heart Primary School

We invite and strongly encourage parents to attend this very important FREE information evening. 

School Governance in Catholic Schools

Commencing in 2021 a new governance model of Catholic schools in Melbourne will be introduced across the Archdiocese.

Under the current governance model the Parish Priest is the employer of Principals, teachers and school staff and as such is the governing body of the school.

A consultation process has now commenced where parish priests work closely together with principals, parents and Catholic Education Melbourne to develop and implement this new model.

I will aim to keep the community up-to-date with the progress of this process and the implications it may have on our school in future years.

Year 4 Camp

Next Thursday 21st November our Year 4 students will be heading to Stringybark Lodge Camp in Gembrook for an overnight camp. This adventure camp will be a wonderful outdoor education experience for our children and a lead-in to our 5/6 camp program in the coming years.


We keep the Nelson family (Isla 3/4T) in our prayers following the passing of her Grandfather last week. 

2020 Prep Orientation

Today we had our first orientation visit for our 2020 Preps. The children had a  lovely time getting to know one another and enjoyed participating in a few school activities. We have 21 students in our Prep class next year. Our next two sessions are on Wednesday 20th November  and Wednesday 27th November.

COHR Christmas Party

This is certainly an occasion to mark on your calendar if you haven't already


Commencing at 5:30pm, come along for a night of family fun. A free sausage sizzle tea will be provided along with some special treats for the children. This will be followed by a movie night on the big screen on the oval. The film being screened is 'Aladdin'. BYO seats, blankets and drinks. 

Grade 6 Graduation Photo

Our Grade 6 Graduation photo will be taken on Monday 18th November. Could we please ask all students in Grade 6 to wear their full summer uniform on this day. 

Scopa Club

Signora Lucia has been offering Scopa Club (Italian card Game) for a few weeks each Tuesday. The children are thoroughly enjoying this activity with the winner playing off with the self-titled Staff Scopa Champion, Miss Faella!

Photo: Jack and Sienna

School Captains  

Photo: Jack and Sienna

Term 4



Term 4 is well and truly underway and there is plenty of great learning happening around our school.  Earlier this Term we celebrated Christ Our Holy Redeemer's Feast Day by having mass as a school community. Our theme was ‘Find Your Voice and Take Action’. We were asked to create prisms and reflect on ways we can act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.

Also this term our Year 3/4 level organised a fundraiser called Socktober to support Catholic Mission, which helps communities who face poverty. We all wore our craziest socks and brought in a gold coin donation to support this fundraiser. 


A highlight of this term for the 5/6's has been our Crack It Incursion. On this day we worked on our team building skills while completing various tasks to gain clues and open a mystery box.  


The Year fours had their Kanga Cricket competition at Warrawee Park. The participants competed against other schools in a modified version of cricket. They all had a great time, met new people and made new friends.


This term the 3/4s were lucky enough to go to Salesian College to participate in a few different activities.  These activities were a Science lesson, a Sport game and a Media Arts activity. They all came back with smiles on their faces and some were extremely happy to go on this little excursion to a school where some students may be attending in the years to come.  


In the next fortnight some of the 5/6 girls are fortunate enough to participate in the division Kanga Cricket. We hope they have fun on this very special and enjoyable day.


Soon we will welcome our 2020 Preps into our school community when they come for their orientation sessions .  We’re sure everyone will make them feel welcome.


Even though there are only four and a half weeks left for the year, we are all still working to the best of our ability. 


Enjoy your day!


From Jack and Sienna 

The most wonderful school captains in the World.

Message from our Environment Leaders


Bread Tags for Wheelchairs is a community program where individuals and organisations collect bread tags to be sold to plastics recycling companies (Australia’s company of choice is Transmutation, located in South Australia). There, the bread tags are repurposed into a range of products such as seedling trays, picture frames, door knobs, coat hangers and more. That’s not all though – the money earned from selling the tags is used to buy wheelchairs for people who can’t afford them. We would like to ask if all families that use bread tags to bring them into school. There will be a box located in the office for all of the bread tags. 




Just like the bread tags bottle tops can help as well. This is a simple matter of collecting the plastic bottle tops from milk, juice and cream bottles and sending them to school. These tops are sent to a company in Seaford called Envision. They break down the plastic into filament and with a 3D printer and create prosthetic limbs for children who have lost limbs due to injury, war or accidents.

The company make the prosthetics free of charge and they are then distributed to Rotary who give prosthetics to people in need. Next to the bread tags box located in the office a box will be there for bottle caps. We would love families to bring them in to help save the environment. 

Library News

Premier's Reading Challenge - PRC

We congratulate 126 students from COHR who completed this years Premier’s Reading Challenge.  All up 5051 books were read by our students. Students have received certificates in recognition of  completing the PRC - Premier's Reading Challenge. 

All students were enrolled back in March and had till the beginning of September to meet the challenge.

Prep - 2 students had to read 30 books and our Year 3 - 6 students had to read 15 books.

We also had students that kept reading and adding all the books they read.  

These students were awarded a very special PRC memento pin.


Congratulations to:

Prep: Seth - 96 books

Yr 1: Darcy - 92 books

Yr 2: Liana - 100 books

Yr 3: Michela P - 34 books

Yr 4: Emma - 26 books

Yr 5: Poppy - 35 books

Yr 6: Brianna B - 39 books


It’s nearing the end of the year which means all library books need to be returned by Week 10, Thursday 12th December.  Notices went out to those students who have outstanding overdues. It would be appreciated if these books could be looked for and returned. Many Thanks 



Kanga Cricket - Mixed Team

Hi I am Sienna and I am Jess and we are the mixed Kanga Cricket team coaches.

This year we were lucky enough to teach wonderful students how to play cricket. We have been training for three weeks and last Friday on the 1st of November we played a tournament at Warrawee Park. These students made friends with each other, learnt from each other and tried their best. Almost every team we played had never played kanga cricket before just like we hadn't. As a team we made plans, we worked hard and we were supportive. Not only did they cheer and congratulate our team but they congratulated all teams. We would like to congratulate these students: Layla, Zoe, Gian, Chiara, Hayley, Michala, Max, Jack and Jasper. Not only do we thank the team but we also thank Ms Tobin and Mrs Russell for organising this fun day.  We all learned a lot and we had a great day out. 

Thank you 



Kanga Cricket - Boys Team

Hi, I’m Jordan and I’m William and we are your 2019 Kanga cricket coaches.

This year we had a Kanga Cricket tournament at Warrawee Park. We have been training  for the last 3 weeks on Thursdays and Fridays at lunch times. We would like to congratulate the amazing cricketers that  William and I have been coaching. The cricketers are Samuel, Jack, Anwin, Mason, Damien, William, James, Cooper and Andy. All of the  boys played really well, it seemed like they all had been playing for years. 

Our Cricket team played very well, we played 3 games. The first one we lost but the other 2 we won. On the second game  we had one really good over (which is 6 balls) and we got 4 wickets. On the day the team were all communicating while they were playing and they were also treating each other with respect. They all put in a huge effort. We had such a good time and it was also a lot of fun to watch the team play. 

Finally, we would also like to thank Ms Tobin and Mrs Russell for organising the Kanga Cricket and coming along to watch all the Cricketers play. We would like to also thank the teachers for giving us this opportunity to become coaches. It was a great experience and it gave us the chance to form great friendships with students from different levels.


Cyber Safety


Thursday 14th November 7pm @ Sacred Heart Primary School

COHR & SH Primary School invite ALL parents. 

  • Why have we booked Inform & Empower for our schools?
  • They are the only parent cyber safety seminar co-presented by an educator and psychologist
  • Access to evidenced based, practical tips and strategies that parents can implement immediately
  • To ensure a collaborative relationship with our most important stakeholders - parents.
  • They provide all of their resources, slides and links freely available to our parents and broader school community after the session.
  • Cyber safety tips A4 poster to take home.

Have you visited the Updated Government Cybersafety website?

Introducing our new national online safety hub
We are very excited to share with you the new and refreshed website, a comprehensive, dynamic and interactive online safety hub for Australians. 
There really is no other place online quite like it!
We’ve spent the last 18 months working alongside various experts to create, refresh and streamline eSafety’s content, so it’s right for you. Every page on our site has been updated with tailored advice, resources and support to ensure your experience online is an empowering and positive one. 



Salesian Kid Program



Parents Association News

COHR Christmas Party

A Roster will be placed in the office foyer, to assist with coffee cart, slushies, fairy floss and popcorn. Please add your name if you can spare an hour to assist. It would be greatly appreciated.

Coffee Cart Tomorrow Morning

We will be selling coffees from 8.15am tomorrow morning on the hall veranda.  Coffees /Tea / hot chocolates  will be sold for $2. 

Community News



Aldig Contracting, is a basement design and construction company based in Oakleigh South. We are currently looking for someone to work approx. 12hrs per week as part of our office admin team.  The role involves data entry of purchase orders and invoices, reconciliation of dockets and resolving queries.  Maintenance of job and supplier databases as well as other general admin tasks also required.  Good attention to detail is essential.  Experience with accounts payable, Quickbooks or MYOB preferred but not essential.  If you think you’re the person we are looking for or would like more information, please contact Jodie on 0418 324 071 or send your CV to




Thursday 14th         Prep (2020) Orientation Session 1

Monday 18th            Grade 6 Graduation Photo

Wednesday 20th    Prep (2020) Orientation Session 2

Thursday 21st          Grade 4 Camp

Friday 22nd               Grade 4 Camp

Wednesday 27th    Prep (2020) Orientation Session 3

Thursday 28th         COHR  Movie Night on school oval

Friday 29th               School Closure Day



Thursday 12th        Graduation Dinner & Mass

Tuesday 17th           End of Year Mass 9.00am

Tuesday 17th          End of Term 4 School Concludes at 3.30pm