08 August 2019
Issue Twelve
Principal's Message
Library News
Sports Report
2019 COHR Swimming 
Parents Association News
School Captains  
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 4

It is hard to believe we are nearly half way through Term 3.

If you have been up to the school lately you will have seen the demolition works are well underway. The children are to commended on the way they are approaching and handling this building project. As I walk past rooms I see the children continue to remain focussed on their work and learning despite any noises that might be coming from outside.

A reminder that the side pedestrian gate on Ferntree Gully Road is now open, before and after school.




Yesterday I accompanied our Year 6 students to the Confirmation Reflection Day at Lystrefield, with students and staff from Christ Our Holy Redeemer and Sacred Heart. The day was led by staff from both schools. The children rotated through four activities; Actioning Our Faith, Spirit-Filled People,  Art - Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit and Scripture Lectio Divina. It was a little fresh, weather wise but the children were able to get outside during the breaks to enjoy some exercise and share in a game or two.

This component of the program was contemplative and a wonderful opportunity for our children to reflect on the purpose and significance of receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation.

These candidates will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation  on the 21st and 22nd August. I would ask that you keep these children in your prayers over the coming weeks.

ALTAR SERVERS REQUIRED - We are looking for any students or family members who would be willing to be an altar server at either of the Confirmation ceremonies. Could you please let the office know if you are able to assist? Thank you.


School Closure Day 

A reminder that TOMORROW, Friday 9th August is a school closure day. Our staff will be off-site for a professional development day with the focus being on the faith formation of staff. 

Parents Association

I would like to draw your attention to the Parents Association page in this fortnight's newsletter. There are some great reports and photos from the Grandparents and Special Friends Day, The Coon Toastie Day, the purchasing of new resources as well as information regarding the upcoming Trivia Night.

Rubbish Free Lunches

It was terrific to see a large number of children come to school yesterday with rubbish-free lunches. 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.

100 Days of School


By: Prep P 2019


On Tuesday 30th July, the Preps celebrated their 100th Day of School.

We celebrated this wonderful milestone over two days with lots of fun activities all about 100.


We made crowns which we proudly wore during our celebrations.

We loved all the activities like painting 100 gumballs, working together to paste 100 faces onto a chart, constructing a structure using 100 cups and making an artwork using exactly 100 stickers.


Our teachers and families are so proud of us… Now, we are 100 days smarter!



CDF Pay is Here!

Parents  will be able to pay for concert tickets and Trivia Night tickets using CDF Pay online. Please refer to the information sheet in the Community News section of this newsletter.




Library News


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

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 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 at training. Parents are very welcome to come and help or come and watch.

Yours in sport

Sue Tobin

Collingwood Players Visit COHR

Year 3/4's at COHR had a wonderful afternoon with four Collingwood players last Thursday. They played games with the children and shared some of their life story and football experiences with us. We had a great afternoon. 



THE SOUND OF MUSICALS - Tuesday 3rd September


Hello Everyone!


We are very excited to announce that tickets are now on sale for the school concert ‘The Sound of Musicals’! 

Congratulations to Zoe in 3/4S who was the winner of our design competition. 


Ticket Pricing

Tickets are $15 each or $50 for 4 tickets. Tickets are on sale today until Thursday the 22nd of August. These can be purchased via CDF Pay - please refer to the Community News page in this newsletter for the link to lead you to the instructions. 


The first round of tickets is capped at 4 per family (with the exception of large immediate families). After the 22nd of August, we will review sales and release any available seats. 


The Venue

Crossways Centre is a fantastic venue with ample free parking on site. 

The auditorium has tiered seating, wide aisles, leg room and is disability accessible. If you require disability access please contact the school office and this will be arranged.


The students have been working very hard on their performances and are looking forward to showing you.


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.


A timetable is currently being finalised. With the one bus shuttle going to and from school and the swim centre, most classes have a twenty minute timeframe to exit the pool, change themselves and be ready to return to school on the bus. We will be in a rhythm after the first couple of days.   The swim centre will provide a report with each child's progress and achievements throughout the program. 

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

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.  Payment can be made via CDFPay. The link is or 



Toastie Day - Wednesday 31st July

Our Coon Toastie Day was a fun day with the children enjoying their warm toasties for lunch.  Thank you to the parents who assisted in preparing, cooking and delivering the toasties to the children.  Our thanks also to Coon for donating all the items to make the toasties.  It proved to be a great fundraiser for the school.  We hope to do it again in the future. 


Your assistance goes a long way! 

With all of the fundraising this year, the school has made some new purchases. It is good to see your money is being used in an important and valuable way for your children. 

Digitech Resources 

-6 Codebugs 

-6 Spheros

-6 Ozobots Colour Markers 

Delora Kids Bookshelf (10)

Prosports Soccer Goals 

AFL Goal Post Set 

Grandparents Day

Thank you to all the families who supplied food for our Grandparents Day. We had over 200 grandparents attend. 

Thank you to the parents who helped set up and serve.

We received wonderful compliments from a lot of grandparents who look forward to the day each year. 

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.  

Photo: Jack and Sienna

School Captains  

Photo: Jack and Sienna

Term 3 Update 

Hello, this is your school captains Jack and Sienna.

Welcome back to another wonderful school term.

This term is a very exciting one as we have commenced our building work for a new library and classrooms, which will finish next year.


This term and the next couple of weeks we have many important dates to be aware of: 

  • Friday the 9th of August we have a Curriculum Day 

  • Thursday the 15th  August - Feast of the Assumption Mass at 9am

  • Thursday 15th August - Fr Brendan Hayes is visiting the Confirmation candidates 

  • Week 6 we will be celebrating Book Week and the Confirmation ceremonies are on Wednesday/Thursday evenings 

  • Tuesday 3rd September is the C.O.H.R school concert - The Sound of Musicals 


We are looking forward to celebrating Book Week as there are many fun activities to take part in, the parade is a highlight as we can dress up as our favourite characters from books.


We are also looking forward to our concert this term. Thought out this week we have heard a lot of music so we know that it is almost concert time. People are having so much fun with their rehearsals. 


We would like to thank all of the grandparents and special friends who joined us on Grandparents and Special Friends Day. We had such a fun day spending time with them and showing them all the work and art we have done in class.


We would also like to thank all the parents who helped out on our Toastie Day. They were so yummy and we all wanted more.


We are really proud of all the children throughout the demolition process in our building works who have worked  through the loud noise and still manage to keep going with their work and stay focused on their tasks. We are being safe as we walk around the school which is important. 


We hope that you have a great day.

Thank you all,

Jack and Sienna


Term 3 Dates


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

School Tennis Program


CDF Pay Instructions


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