School Voices

Large Scale Art Project

Alana Seal, the Cultural Development Officer from the Arts & Culture team for City of Boroondara, contacted the school towards the end of last term extending an invitation for Year 2 students to take part in the creation of a large scale artwork. The artwork to be entitled ‘All Aboard, Travel Through Time’ will celebrate the evolution of transport in Australia. The artwork is planned to be installed in Maling Road, Canterbury, during July 2021. We, at Our Holy Redeemer School, enthusiastically accepted the offer to be part of this exciting project.

Throughout Term 2, the City of Boroondara has engaged with Year 2 students and teachers at several schools in the area to work with an artist in creating the artwork. On Tuesday, a local artist by the name of Rita, ran a workshop with the Year 2 students at OHR. The students were very excited and engaged with the task.


This will prove to be a fantastic opportunity for students to see their creations on public display.

Journeys at OHR

Our school is a host school for G.A.T.E.WAYS, offering Journeys programs in Term 2. The programs are designed to provide challenge and extension for high ability or gifted students. They also provide an opportunity for them to work with ‘like-minded’ peers from other schools.

Journeys for Years 1 and 2, 3 and 4, and 5 and 6 will run over three Mondays with the first series of programs beginning on 24 May.

The programs include:

Years1/2: What a Weather Wizard – for students with an interest in science.
Years 3/4: Jurassic Genetics – a program that explores genetics and extinct animals.
Years 5/6: Deadly Denizens of the Deep – a program about marine biology for students with a love of science and art.

Year 5/6 Camp to Coonawarra

The Year 5/6 students returned home last Friday afternoon both tired and full of stories detailing their experiences while away at Coonawarra Farm Resort. We could not have asked for a week of better weather. Over the four days, the staff and students participated in a full and richly rewarding schedule of activities. The highlights varied from horse riding through the nearby hills through to zipping high above a lake on a 350m flying fox. While some activities may have pushed students a little out of their comfort zone, they were greatly supported by their peers and both the school and camp staff. The setting of the camp was described by one staff member as, “Truly spectacular … a slice of God’s country!”

It was a pleasure to take the children away for the four days; we were all so proud of how well they bonded with one another and the way in which they represented our school.

Chess Tournament

16 students represented Our Holy Redeemer at the Victorian Primary Zone Chess Competition on 4 May.

A successful tournament was held at our school, with 65 students from 12 schools in attendance with Our Holy Redeemer coming in at 4th place. According to Mrs Leone Gole, “We have many young players and they all played well and displayed calm competence in what was for many their first tournament.”

Phoenix B was awarded a high distinction and won a bronze medal for his age group. Congratulations also to Benjamin W, who received a credit award.

OHR Remembers ANZAC Day
A good number of people gathered in Surrey Gardens for this year’s Anzac Day Dawn Service. The Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre in partnership with the Surrey Hills Progress Association and the Rotary Club of Mont Albert & Surrey Hills were responsible for orchestrating proceedings. Our Holy Redeemer was honoured to play a part in this significant occasion. Our two School Captains – Elizabeth H and William W – told the story of Australia’s role in the Battle of Kapyong, which proved to be one of the most decisive battles of the Korean War. Our Vice Captains – Matilda D and Nicholas R – laid the wreath on behalf of Our Holy Redeemer. In the image, the Captains and Vice Captains are depicted standing in front of the cenotaph where the wreaths were laid. I thank these students and their families for committing themselves to participate in this significant event. Other OHR families joined us during the annual service.



by Frank Dame (Principal)


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