27 June 2019
Issue Ten
Principal's Message
Sports Report
School Captains ~ Update 
Wellbeing Week
A visit to Balgo Hills 
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 our our NEW newsletter format

Over the past few months we have been considering alternative platforms for our newsletter, to make it more user-friendly for our parents, especially parents accessing the newsletter via their phone. We hope you find this new format easier to read and navigate. We would be happy to receive your feedback over the coming weeks and months.

Wellbeing Week

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.

First Eucharist

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.

Grandparents and Special Friend's Day

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!

A Visit To the Kimberleys

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!)

2018 Annual Report To The School Community

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.

COHR Swimming Program for 2019

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.

Rubbish Free Lunches

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.

Digital Technologies & Cyber Safety

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.

Sports Report

Winter Sports Gala Day


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.

- Nicholas



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.

- Julia



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. 

- Marcus



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.

- Josh


COHR Athletics Trials Years 3-6

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.

Photo: Jack and Sienna

School Captains ~ Update 

Photo: Jack and Sienna

Term 2 Review 

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

  • Cross Country

  • Naplan assessments

  • Chess lessons for the 3/4 students

  • Excursions

  • Hot dog day lunches

  • Incursions

  • Eucharist Reflection Day

  • Gala Day for the 5/6 students

  • School Disco

  • 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! 

Wellbeing Week

Wellbeing Week

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 

Faith Leaders



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!

A visit to Balgo Hills 

A True Kimberley Experience! 

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: 


Michella Pradel 











Term 3 Dates


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

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