25 July 2019
Issue Eleven
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

A Message from the Principal


Welcome to Week 2

A warm welcome to you all as we commence

Term 3!


I hope all the children have had an enjoyable break, ready for a productive term ahead. Apart from the many learning experiences planned for our students, this term our Year 6 students are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on either Wednesday 21st or Thursday 22nd August.  On a whole school level, the children and teachers are already busy preparing for our upcoming School Concert, to be held on Tuesday 3rd September at Crossways.

It was a shame we had to postpone the year 3-6 athletic trials on Tuesday. We are hoping that, if the weather is kind to us, we will run these tirals next Tuesday 30th July. Parents will have recieved another Caremonkey requesting permission for this activity.

I would encourage all parents to view the Term 3 calendar attached to this newsletter for further details regarding upcoming events and activities.

Building Progress

The building is progressing to schedule with the decking outside the portable near completion. It is hoped that 3/4T will return to their classroom early next week.

Demolision has commenced in the courtyard with the sheltered area and windows now removed.

Sincere thanks to those parents who helped with the movement of resources and furniture last week. It would have taken a much longer time without your help. Thank you so much!

Pick-up/Drop-off processes

Thank you to you all for your cooperation with the pick-up and drop-off processes. A reminder that children should not be arriving at school before 8:30am. It is not appropriate that Before School Care staff  should be responsible for children not registered with the program.

The 3:20pm finish for those students using the drive through for pick-ups is still in its early days however it appears to be quite effective. We will continue with this process and review its effectiveness in a few weeks.

School Closure Day 

Friday 9th August (week 4) is a scheduled school closure day. Our staff will be off-site for our professional development day with the focus being on the faith formation of staff. 

Grandparents and Special Friend's Day

Tomorrow, we will be hosting a day to acknowledge our Grandparents and Special Friends. Activities will take place between 11:15am-2:00pm and will include classroom visits, a mass in the church and a light lunch in the hall. 

A special note of thanks to the school community who have volunteered to prepare a plate for the day and also to assist with the set up and pack up. 

Rubbish Free Lunches


Like all schools, Holy Redeemer can produce large amounts of waste. However, it is our aim to send as little waste as possible to landfill. This will lead to financial savings for the school, considerable benefits for the environment and many opportunities for the students to learn environmentally-sound attitudes and habits. It is also our aim to have the least amount of litter in the school buildings and grounds. This will make our school more attractive and save money and time in collecting carelessly discarded litter. The school is committed to a whole school approach to environment education of which waste minimisation and rubbish free food plays a vital role.


Every Wednesday, we would like to encourage students to bring their recess and lunch without any packaging. There are many types of lunch boxes that support this program, and these can be purchased at supermarkets and $2 shops. Attached are some examples of rubbish free lunchboxes. The rubbish free lunches will begin on Wednesday of Week 3.



Dental Van 

We have a dental van on site Thursday 1st August and Friday 2nd August. Thank you to the families who have returned the forms. Students will be collected and returned to their classrooms throughout these days.  



 Our Year 6 students are currently working through the Sacramental Program for Confirmation.

Please  note the following upcoming dates;

Thursday August 1 - Confirmation Family Workshop 6:30pm at Sacred Heart School. A sausage sizzle dinner will be provided before a 7pm meeting

Wednesday 7th August - Confirmation Reflection Day at Lysterfield (Children may wear casual clothes)

Wednesday 21 August 7pm - Sacrament of Confirmation Group 1

Thursday 22nd August 7pm - Sacrament of Confirmation Group 2



Seussical The Musical!

Last Wednesday our Year 4 and Year 5 students were invited to attend the Avila/Mazenod Musical performance, ‘Seussical’. Avila College generously provided the transport to and from the Besen Centre in Burwood. Our children thoroughly enjoyed the performance.

Library News



It’s VERY exciting with the building works commenced and the start of a new library for COHR!

But it’s even more exciting because Term 3 @ COHR is Book Week! The Book Week theme for 2019 is “ READING IS MY SECRET POWER!”. On Wednesday 21st August we will hold our annual Book Week Parade at 9am where we ask all students to come to school dressed as a book character. This book character can be from a book in our school library, your home library or local library. It doesn’t have to be a full costume but maybe a prop to highlight the character.  Some of our senior students are already organised as a group of characters from a well loved book! Please pop into the library if you need some ideas for characters or costumes. We invite parents, family friends and younger siblings to participate in our parade as well. Looking forward to seeing you in costume in the hall on Wednesday 21st August at 9am.  


Library lessons have begun this term looking at the  short-listed books in the Early Childhood and Picture Book categories and casting our vote as to what book we think might win. Students have also enjoyed imagining themselves as a ‘superhero’ and sharing what some of their secret powers would be as a reader. Over this term, all classes will have the short-listed books read to them and complete various book responses either in Library or classroom lessons. On our Book Week Parade day, students will complete activities with buddy grades.



PRC - Premier’s Reading Challenge

We have over 50 students that have completed the challenge so far. There is still 6 weeks to go and many students are on target to complete. Prep - 2 need to read 30 books and 3 - 5 need to read 15 books. Maybe now is a good time to log in again and add books that have been read over the holidays or even last term. Here are the log in details again:

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


Any questions please ask or email us.    Thank You Karen Wakeling - Librarian/ICT:

Sports Report

Re-scheduled COHR Athletics Trials Years 3-6

Athletics Trials will now be held on Tuesday 30th July for all students in Years 3 - 6. All students will be involved in events. Sue Tobin  has sent out a Caremonkey with further details regarding events, timetables and logistcs on the day.

Athletics Morning Program (Grades 3-6)

Dear Parents,

It is that time again. We will be training for the District Athletics which is on Monday 26th August at Knox Athletics Track.

Any child from Grades 3-6 may attend the sessions and are very welcome. The dates for the practices are as follows: Friday 26th July, 2nd August, 16th August and 23rd August. The sessions are 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 tomorrow morning. Parents are very welcome to come and help or come and watch.

Yours in sport

Sue Tobin


THE SOUND OF MUSICALS - Tuesday 3rd September


We are looking for some talented artists to design a logo for our school concert to be held on 3rd September.
This year the title of our concert is ‘The Sound of Musicals’. The focus is on musical theatre shows.
We need you to design a logo that includes the title and a picture to advertise our concert. You might like to draw, paint, or use digital technologies to create your design. Your design should be bold and clear so that it can be resized to fit on flyers and tickets. Make it bright and colourful!
Each design needs to include:
-The title ‘The Sound of Musicals’
- A picture or logo (not too many tiny details or we might not see them!)
-must be A5 
If you would like to enter the competition, simply submit your design to the office by Friday 26th July. The winning design will be featured on all advertising and flyers for our concert.
Get creative!

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 will be emailed to parents/carers to gather information and not for other promotional material or opportunities. 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.

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. 

* 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

Trivia Night - Friday 16th August

There are posters displayed in the Office foyer to write your names and create table groups for this fun event. 

Toastie Day - Wednesday 31st July

Just a reminder that we have our Toastie Day next Wednesday.  


Term 3 Dates



Friday 26th                   Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Tuesday 30th               Re-scheduled COHR Athletics (Grade 3-6)

Wednesday 31st         Toastie day



Thursday 1st              Dental Van visit

Friday 2nd                   Dental Van visit

Thursday 1st               Confirmation Family Workshop

Wednesday 7th          Confirmation Reflection Day

Wednesday 7th           School Education Board 7:30pm


Friday 9th                     SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY

Wednesday 14th        Parents  Association Meeting 7.30pm

Thursday 15th             Feast of the Assumption

Friday 16th                   Trivia Night - Parents Social Night

Wednesday 21st         Book Week Dress Up Day

Wednesday 21st         Sacrament of Confirmation 7pm - Group 1

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

Community News




COHR PS Water Safety Day 19.9.19.pdf
Watch around water flyer (1).pdf