19 September 2019
Issue Fifteen
Principal's Message
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

From the Principal

Well, here we are at the end of another fun and productive term of learning at Christ Our Holy Redeemer. Along with all the rich learning we have also managed to squeeze in; Grandparents and Special Friend’s Day, District Athletics, Class Excursions, Book Week, Confirmation, special lunch days, an amazing School Concert, a swimming program and tomorrow we finish off with Footy Colours Day. I congratulate all the children on their efforts throughout the term. I would also like to acknowledge and thank our hard-working staff. We are so lucky to have such a dedicated team of professionals. I wish all in our community a well-deserved and restful break over the coming holiday period and I look forward to welcoming you all back  for the start of the new term.


Our nine day intensive swimming program concluded today with a water safety lesson. It has been wonderful to watch the children make progress in their skill development in the water.

Ashburton Pool staff have been very impressed with the behaviour of our children, even commenting that COHR is 'One of the best schools they've ever had'. We are very proud of the children and their efforts over the past few weeks.

Michella, who has coordinated this year's program, has added swimming news to this week's newsletter


Parent Teacher Interviews will take place in Week 2 of next term:

  • Monday 14th October @ 4pm-7pm 

  • Wednesday 16th October @ 3pm-5pm (Students will be dismissed at 2:30pm on this day.)

In order to book an appointment, we invite parents to use the School Interviews Website.

Instructions for making appointments will be included in the Community News section of this week’s School Newsletter.

2020 School Fees

At last week's School Education Board meeting the 2020 proposed school fees were presented for review and ratification. 

The 2020 fees  are as follows;


School Improvement Surveys

Over the past two weeks  School Improvement Surveys have been completed by staff, Year 4- 6 students and parents. Thank you to those parents who have completed the survey. A reminder that the surveys close tomorrow, 20th September. 

Walk to School Month
7th October - 1st November

Every October, Walk to School encourages Victorian primary school kids to walk, ride or scoot to and from school. It’s a great way to help students learn healthy habits and achieve the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity, every day. Active travel options to and from school are also a great opportunity to connect and chat with your kids, plus meet up with other local families along the way. If you can’t walk all the way, your child can still get involved – simply drive part way and walk, ride or scoot the rest!

Our school has registered for this year’s Walk to School Month. It is hoped that we will be able to record how many children are walking, riding or scooting to school using the TAG ON system.


Staff News

Franca Paduano, our intervention teacher, is currently on long-service leave and is due to return on 21st October.

Michella Pradel will also be taking long service leave from October the 21st, for the remainder of the school  year. We certainly wish Michella and Franca a well-deserved time of leave.

Upon her return, Franca will be stepping in as Acting Deputy Principal  in Michella's absence.


Term 3 Social Justice Fundraiser

An announcement will be made at tomorrow morning's assembly regarding the results of this term's social justice fundraiser.  We will announce which class raised the most money as well as the AFL Team that attracted the largest proportion of donations.

This terms charity is: John Moriarty Football Fund. This charity brings Indigenous youth together through sport, promoting good health and well being.


End of Term Prayer Service

A whole school prayer service will take place tomorrow at 2pm in the hall. As with all our liturgies, assemblies and masses, family and friends are most welcome to join us.


A reminder that children are required to wear their school hat when outside in Term 4.  The holidays is a good time for the children to find their school hat in preparation for the new term. 

We usually give the children a days grace if they forget their hat on the first day, after this we reinforce our policy with 'No Hat, No Play'.

Calendar Dates

Term 4 calendar dates have been included in this newsletter.

Students conclude for the 2019 school year on Tuesday 17th December at 3:30pm.

The 2020 school year will commence as follows;

Tuesday 28th January - Teachers commence

Wednesday 29th January - Year 1- 6 Testing

Thursday 30th January - Year 1- 6 Testing

                                                 - Preps commence

Friday 31st January - All children commence

End of Term 3

A reminder that school finishes tomorrow at 2.30 pm. Term 4 resumes on Monday 7th October.

2019 COHR Swimming 

Swimming Success

Congratulations to our students for their progress made with swimming skills over the past two weeks. Students have been commended on their attitudes, their approach and the level of respect shown towards staff at the centre. 

A special thanks to all staff at COHR who have worked together to ensure the swimming program runs effectively and efficiently. 

Thank you to parents who have volunteered their time to assist with supervision. In addition, thanks to parents who have shared their feedback throughout the program - this has been acted upon and/or shared with the relevant people. 

Reports and certificates will be forwarded to students early in Term 4. 


The most important thing is the safety of your children around and within the water. We will continue to hold the swimming program at COHR over alternate years:  

Year A

Year P-6 students participate in the program at Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre 

Year B

Year P-4 students participate in the program at Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre 

Year 5-6 students participate in a Beach Water Safety Program 


Thanks again 


Parents Association News

The unveiling of our COHR Coffee Cart

The Parents Association have acquired a Coffee Cart. Please join us this Friday morning (after assembly) for a free cuppa. 

Bunnings BBQ

Thank you to all the parents who assisted at  last weekends Bunnings BBQ .  It was another very a successful day raising over $1500.

The next Bunnings BBQ at The Links on Saturday 26th October.  A roster will be placed in the office foyer if you are able to assist. 


Footy Colours Day

We are holding our"Footy Colours Day" TOMORROW.  Children are welcome to wear their footy colours. As we have been raising funds for the John Moriarty Football Fund over the last few weeks children are not required to bring a gold coin donation for Footy Colours Day.


Cakes and Icypoles

A big THANK YOU to those parents who have baked a cake for our weekly cake raffle over the past two terms. This year we raised an amazing $1,300.00

The cake raffle will be replaced next term with the sale of lemonade icypoles each Friday. On the first Friday back next term children will be given a free icypoles. For the following Fridays icypoles will be on sale at lunch time for $1.00


Term 3 Dates


Friday 20th                        Footy Colours Day

Friday 20th                        End of Term 3. Students dismissed at 2.30pm

Term 4 Dates


Monday 7th             Term 4 begins

Monday 14th           Parent/Teacher Interview (4-7pm)        

Wednesday 16th   Parent/Teacher Interview (3-5pm) school dismissed at 2.30pm

                                     Parents Association Meeting 7.30pm

Wednesday 23rd   Mission Mass 11am

                                     Prep (2020) Parent Information Night  7.00pm  

Thursday 24th       Feast Day Mass 9am

Saturday 26th        Bunnings BBQ  at The Links, South Oakleigh



Monday 4th              School Closure Day

Tuesday 5th              Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

Thursday 14th         Prep (2020) Orientation Session

Wednesday 20th    Prep (2020) Orientation Session

Thursday 21st          Grade 4 Camp

Friday 22nd               Grade 4 Camp

Wednesday 27th    Prep (2020) Orientation Session

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



Community News

School Interviews - Instructions

Please click the link above for further instructions regarding the booking of your Parent/teacher interviews. This is a very easy and straight forward process. 

CDF Pay Instructions


Global Climate Strike

While the school will not be participating in the Global Climate Strike on Friday the 20th September, the attached flier may be of interest to some families.


Salesian Old Boys Cricket Club


Ashwood Wolves


2020 School Fees.pdf
CDFpay New Parent Guide - COHR Oakleigh East.pdf
Interviews 14102019 (1).pdf
Global Climate Strike Sept 20.pdf
Watch around water flyer (1).pdf
COHR PS Water Safety Day 19.9.19.pdf