A Message from the Principal
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Well, it has been another busy yet productive term of learning here at COHR. Having read all the reports I am conscious of all the hard work and commitment the children have put in over the course of the term. I am very proud of them all.
To end the term we have enjoyed a week where we have focused on our wellbeing; physically, mentally, socially and spiritually. The children have enjoyed the variety of wellbeing activities offered to them by their teachers. While the structure of the days has been different this week there continued to be tremendous learning about ourselves and others.
I encourage you to read the report from our Faith Leaders, Sofia and Vinay, regarding our fundraising day yesterday as part of our Wellbeing Week activities.
The Sacrament of First Eucharist was celebrated at two masses last Sunday with 36 children receiving Holy Communion for the first time. This was a special time for these children as they joined the church community in sharing this special meal together.
I would like to express my gratitude to our Year 3/4 teachers for preparing these children to receive this Sacrament with special thanks to Karen Gosling for assisting with the coordination of the program and liturgies.
On Friday 26th July we will be holding a day to acknowledge our Grandparents and Special Friends. Activities will take place between 11:00am -1:00pm and will include a liturgy in the church, classroom visits and a light lunch in the hall. Please pass this date onto relatives and special friends. They are most welcome to join us.
Congratulations to Alessandro Paine (Year 2) who has achieved a recent milestone with Scouts Australia. Alessandro, 9th Oakleigh Cub Pack, has earned the Joey Scout Promise Challenge. To attain the top award in each of the five sections of scouting reflects initiative in tackling this challenge, sustained over many months and years, plus self-discipline, teamwork and leadership. Only a small percentage of scouts reach this level. Well done Alessandro!
I draw your attention to Michella Pradel's article in this newsletter. Michella is currently on leave, working and visiting a remote community school in Balgo Hills in the far north-west of Australia. Michella is staying with John and Elisha Killeen. John worked at our school for 8 years and the family are a part of our school community (currently on a life adventure!)
The 2018 Annual Report to the School Community has now been uploaded to the school website. This report is a compliance document and outlines achievements of the 2018 academic year.
When: Monday 9 Sept - Thursday 19 Sept
Where: Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre
Who: All students from Prep to Year 6
A reminder that the school holidays are a good opportunity to encourage your child to practise changing their clothes independently. When we commence swimming lessons at the end of next term we aim for all students to dress/undress themselves and to look after their swimming items independently.
More information and details regarding the swimming program will be communicated throughout Term 3.
Next term we will be asking families to make a commitment to having a rubbish-free lunch at least once a week. We are hoping that each Wednesday will be a Rubbish-Free lunch day. Children will be encouraged to have their snacks and lunches brought to school in reusable containers. Less lunch wraps will mean less waste to landfill. More information will follow next term.
Today all students participated in a Cyber Safety session as part of our Digital Technologies program. If you would like to learn more about these sessions and view photos from our previous sessions, feel free to follow @cohrgtorrisi on Twitter.
The Volleyball teams played at Ashwood Secondary school and went with two teams. A mixed team and a girls team. Both teams made it to the final however were defeated, leaving them runners up.
We went with 3 teams to Ashwood Secondary School, 2 girls and 1 mixed. In Pool A the girls team didn’t qualify for the finals but almost made it, missing out to Oakleigh Primary School. In Pool B, the girls team played in the Grand Final and were runners up. The mixed team also made it through to the Grand Final and were also runners up.
We went with 3 teams to Princes Highway Reserve with 1 boys, 1 mixed and 1 girls teams. We played a round robin format with the team on top being the school that will go onto division. Our boys team came 2nd in their pool, but both the mixed team and girls won their pools.
We went with a boys and mixed team to Carlson Reserve. Both teams played 11 games in a round robin tournament in the boys competition. The boys team were the overall winners on the day, going undefeated and the mixed team finished 4th.
Athletics Trails will be held on Tuesday 23rd 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.
Hello - this is Jack and Sienna,
As this term draws towards an end we would like to thank everyone for such a FANTASTIC term!
This term some important events that we have participated in are…
5/6 camp to Canberra
Our national election with a bake stall and sausage sizzle
Chess lessons for the 3/4 students
Hot dog day lunches
Eucharist Reflection Day
Gala Day for the 5/6 students
the Sacrament of Eucharist
…..and lots of great learning...
A big thanks to everyone who helped out to make this term a great success.
Last Sunday was a very important day for all of those students who received their First Holy Communion. This is a very special time in their faith journey.
This week is Wellbeing Week at COHR with lots of activities for students, staff and the school community. Thanks to everyone who has helped make it a fun and important week of our year.
We feel very fortunate to have many people helping our school in different ways - this helps all students to be the best we can be!
We hope you enjoy your winter holidays.
Stay safe and we will see you back in Term 3. We look forward to seeing you then!
Our names are Vinay and Sofia and we are COHR Faith Leaders for 2019. Favourite Colour Day has been an extraordinary success! We are delighted to announce that we have raised a large amount of money, more than enough to help several children in the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions Community. We have raised $349.25. We are very pleased with everyone's outstanding efforts and equally creative and colourful outfits! A very big thank you goes out to Sr Patricia who joined in and visited us on Wednesday, sharing her gratitude with us all! She looked delightful in her favourite colour, pink! Thank you for the support of the entire 5/6 level and for their contributions in raising school awareness for our fundraiser, advertising and choosing a charity that meant a lot to us all! COHR certainly shone with brightness with all the lovely colours of the day! Yet again, we thank you for your very generous donations. This fun day has been a great opportunity to raise awareness for a charity that does so much for so many in need!
Sofia & Vinay
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.
What an amazing and eye-opening experience. I am fortunate to be here visiting the Killeen family (previous school family) who have moved here to experience the Australian Kimberley environment.
John and Elisha work at the school and their girls (Mahli, Willow and Evie) attend.
This school provides opportunities for all students to learn academically, spiritually, socially, emotionally and socially. They work hard to provide experiences for students to feel comfortable and to feel successful.
Some of the main differences I have noticed include that school runs from 8am to 2pm. The day begins with aspects of sport and personal care. There is one play time for half and hour. Students have cooking sessions, culture and language lessons and science and the arts. Classes have termly excursions out to country where they learn more about the land and their spiritual connection.
The school is central to this community of approximately 400 people.
Students are very talented, including skills and talents with sport, art and dance. Their smiles and giggles are contagious! In in awe of the educators and volunteers who are here - they do amazing work! I am sure they will enjoy the holiday break as the end of term is next week (a week later than Melbourne).
On Monday, some of John’s senior students made contact with 3/4GR via Google Meet and they were able to ask each other questions to learn more about the differences between schools and geography. Mahli, Willow and I were also able to see each other from across the country!
I am grateful to John and Elisha for welcoming my visit.
Feel free to check John’s blog: https://primaryd.weebly.com
Monday 15th Term 3 commences
Wednesday 17th Parents Association Meeting 7.30pm
Tuesday 23rd COHR Athletics (Grade 3-6)
Friday 26th Grandparents 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
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