St John the Baptist Koo Wee Rup Newsletter

5 October 2022

We respectfully acknowledge, and pay our respects to the Elders of the Kulin Nation, both past and present, as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School is situated.

From the Principal

Principals Report

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to Term 4, I hope you had a wonderful holiday and are ready to start another busy term.  Over the holidays work continued on our outdoor areas. The rotunda overlooking the oval is nearing completion; only the landscaping remains. The reflection area at the hall entrance is starting to take shape with garden beds, seats and new flagpoles installed. These areas are due to be finished in a couple of weeks. 

Summer uniform/hats compulsory: It is now compulsory for all children to wear a broad brimmed hat when outdoors during school activities. Please ensure your child has their own clearly named school hat at all times, children without hats will play in shaded areas. 

SOCKTOBER is our Social Justice focus for October. Socktober is an initiative of Catholic Mission and one way in which our school builds awareness of the needs of others, fundraises and engages in supporting Catholic Mission during World Mission Month in October. 

Classes will be collecting loose change over the month of October and, on 17th October we will have a Crazy Sock Day (gold coin donation).

Marching: During October, we will be practising in preparation for our annual House Marching Competition held on Grandparents’ Day, 4th November. Coordination and timing are key, so be prepared for a lot of ‘left, right, left’.

Canteen: Icy Poles (Zooper Dooper, Juicy & Lemonade) will be available over the counter for the first half of lunchtime commencing Monday 10 October. Price is 50 cents each, all other snacks must be ordered via lunch orders. 

Lost Property: There are currently a large amount of jumpers/bomber jackets (in excess of 30) unnamed in lost property. It is important to name clothing, jumpers and hats especially, this allows us to return items to their rightful owners. If you are missing jumpers or hats please come to the office and have a look through for your child's items. 

Student Absences: A reminder that parent notification of student absences should be submitted via PAM prior to 9am on the day of absence. 

Operoo Permissions - Some important reminders in regard to Operoo requests/excursion permissions: 

  • A reminder that permission requests via Operoo must be actioned promptly to avoid unnecessary followup or your child missing out on an event - as a rule these are usually required to be actioned within a week. 

  • It is important to read the information provided in the Operoo form, note dates your child will be on excursion and details such as uniform to be worn, times etc. You can revisit excursion information in Operoo at any time. 

  • Please ensure your signature is legible - there is an option to clear and redo a parents signature if necessary. 

  • Operoo is also used to provide information to parents and have this information acknowledged to ensure everyone is aware of correct procedures ie. for absence reporting and holiday submissions.  

District Interschool Summer Sports: This event has been rescheduled due to Friday's inclement weather forecast, unfortunately St Johns is not available to participate on the new date.

Whole School Production: Madagascar Jr: 

The whole school musical is fast approaching, information packs were sent to all families this week which included ticket information, costume details and arrangements for student drop off & pick up from production. Please read all of this information carefully. Tickets go on sale at 10am, Friday 7 October - please note ticket purchase limits per family. Link will be provided via Operoo tomorrow. 


Chris Dortmans, Principal

Junior News

It is hard to believe we are already in Term 4 of 2022! We hope you and your family have been able to have some relaxing time together over the holidays and are ready for what is going to be a very busy, but very fun last term. The whole school is preparing for the upcoming school musical ‘Madagascar Jr’,  one of the ways junior students have been preparing is by starting a film study in Literacy linked to the movie. Students will build up their knowledge of the history and geography of the real island of Madagascar before delving into watching the movie and unpacking its features. 

In Maths 2 digit place value remains the focus of our junior grades, alongside the applied maths topic of Location and Transformation. Students will be describing the position and movement of objects whilst learning to give and follow directions.

In Science Inquiry, Foundation students are beginning to unpack their knowledge of living and nonliving things. The Grade 1/2 students begin their Earth and Space Science Unit by looking at the features of day and night.

Finally, a new Religion Inquiry topic has begun where students will be engaging in the topic ‘How can I make the world a better place for everyone?’

Middle/Senior News

Welcome back to another Term! In the classroom we will begin a Film Study based on the movie Madagascar. This fits in perfectly with our upcoming whole school musical and also our Inquiry work in Science which focuses on Habitats this term. In Maths we are working on fractions and decimals and will continue our Place value groups on a Friday throughout the remainder of the year. Our focus in Religion is around Social Justice - stay tuned for information about ‘Socktober’!


OSHC (Out of School Hours Care)

Please contact OSHC directly for all enquiries, details below. Alternatively you can visit them in the hall before or after school to enquire. 



Fri 7 -  CANCELLED - District Interschool Summer Sports - Gr 5 & 6
Thu 13 - National Biodiversity Week Excursion Gr 5 & 6
Thu 13 - Mass, 9:15am - Grades 5/6M & 5/6S (Families welcome) 
Mon 17 - Crazy Sock Day - See Flyer above for details
Mon 17 - Foundation 2023 Orientation Session, 2 - 3pm
Tue 18 - Friends of St Johns Meeting, 2pm in the Staffroom
Wed 19 - Gr 5 & 6 Excursion - Harry Potter & the Cursed Child 
Thu 20 - Mass, 9:15am - Grades 1/2B, 1/2H & 1/2O
Thu 20 - Grade 5 Discovery Day at Mary Mackillop College
Thu 20 - Grade 2 Evening at School, 4:30 - 7:30pm
Thu 20 - Confirmation Workshop, 7pm (Senior Classrooms)
Mon 24 - Foundation 2023 Orientation Session, 2 - 3pm
Thu 27 Oct - Whole School Musical - Madagascar Jr. 
Sat 29 - Confirmation Mass, 2:00pm - St Johns Church
Mon 31 - School Closure Day
Tue 1 - Melbourne Cup Public Holiday
Fri 4 - Grandparents Day (details to come) 
Fri 4 - Mass 9:15am - Whole School (Grandparents Day - Families welcome) 

Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop is open for online ordering only at present, if placing an order it will be sent home with your child on the afternoon of the next uniform shop day.  

Uniform shop days are Monday & Thursday, orders must be placed by 2pm on these days. 

If you need to exchange an item please e-mail Belinda at with details and return the item via the office (please ensure it is unwashed with tags still attached) and your name is attached to the item returned. Exchanges will be processed on the next uniform shop day. 

For Uniform ordering through CDF pay—Visit  or scan QR Code. (Guidelines for setting up your CDFpay account can also be found on Skoolbag).

As we are a ‘Sun Smart School’ we also require the children to wear a school hat from September to April with the ‘No Hat-No Play’ policy strictly enforced during 1st and 4th terms.

School uniform guidelines are available in the Parent Information section of Skoolbag, on our website or a hard copy can be obtained from the office. 

Birthdays - 7 to 28 Sept - Maya Parker, Beau Mullen, Imogen Cerra, Pippa Miller, Mackenzie McEwan, Jocelyn Elliott, Mason Husquin, Harmony Dalrymple, Oliver Bakker, Isabel Underwood, River Price, Lucy Rolfe, Brae Johnson & Hugh Quinn

Koo Wee Rup Catholic Parishes in Partnership

Including the communities of:  St Joseph’s Iona,  St James Nar Nar Goon,  Holy Family Maryknoll,  St John’s Koo Wee Rup and St Mary’s, Lang Lang

Administrator:  Fr. Avinash  Ph: 03 5997 1510   Fax: 03 5997 2220 Mob: 0451 997 904

Baptism Enquiries: Carmelina De Cesari   Mob: 0401 911 092

WEEKEND MASS TIMES: Masses have resumed in line with current guidelines. Please contact the Parish office on 5997 1510 for further confirmation of guidelines if required. 

St Joseph's, Iona - Sunday 11am Holy Family, Maryknoll - 2nd Sunday, 8am 
St James, Nar Nar Goon - Saturday 6pmSt John's, Koo Wee Rup - Sunday 9:30am
St Mary's, Lang Lang - 3rd Sunday, 8am