St John the Baptist Koo Wee Rup Newsletter

29 July 2020

From the Principal

Principals Report

Dear Parents,

Last week should have seen the start of the Olympics but as with all other events this had to be postponed. We have seen so many changes in six months it is sometimes hard to keep up. Even now, the challenge of leaving home and coming to school wearing a mask while ensuring that we carefully follow the hygiene and distancing protocols that the Government have mandated us to follow.

My main desire during this time is the safety and wellbeing of our school community, and to ensure learning does not get postponed like so many other things.

I am grateful for all the work staff are doing to ensure they provide meaningful tasks for your children. They are constantly looking for innovative ideas to enhance the learning provided for our students.

We know that remote learning is not ideal, but we do appreciate the support received from parents as we work to help the children.

School Fees

All families who are experiencing financial pressures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have the opportunity to apply for a concession relating to their Term 2 and/or Term 3 fees.

Fee payers requesting consideration for fee relief should contact either Chris Dortmans or Nancy Rintoule to discuss their school fee obligations.

School fees are an essential portion of resources for the operation of our school and assist our leaders and staff to enhance curriculum and teaching programs.  We therefore ask that those able to support the school financially continue to do so.


Swimming – Unfortunately the swimming program has been cancelled due to the extended lockdown and uncertainty as to when such activities will be available to large school groups. 

Winter Sport (Gr 5 & 6 only) – Our winter sport season has been cancelled due to restrictions.

Excursions – The bulk of our planned excursions for the year will not be able to take place due to restrictions. We are hopeful of running some excursions later in the year if restrictions are eased to a point where it is considered appropriate.

Camps – At this stage our camps have been moved to the end of the year, no final decision has been made as to whether these can go ahead or not. Fees for these will remain on statements until a decision is made.

School Fees - The following credits have been processed and revised fee statements will be emailed shortly:

·        Swimming/Winter Sport Levy

·        Excursion Levy

We sincerely thank those families who have already settled their account in full; credit balances will be carried forward into next year or refunded in full upon request.

Please note: These amendments will not impact statements for Health Care Card holders. 


Chris Dortmans, Principal

Middle/Senior News

Welcome back to Term Three, not the Term we were expecting but we are SO proud of how the Middle and Senior students have stepped back into Remote Learning. We can see the fantastic effort  students are putting in and are blown away by the amount of work submitted that is completed to a high standard- CONGRATULATIONS, keep it up Middle and Seniors!

Mrs McFarlane was also delighted by the responses to her first Performing Arts lesson for the Middles and Seniors this year, she thoroughly enjoyed viewing the videos and was really happy with the effort students went to!

Monday in the activity tab, a district fitness challenge was shared with all Middle and Senior students. This is a great way to stay active and get your daily brain break.

Stay positive, stay hopeful and remember to get your brain breaks throughout the day! 

Junior News

On behalf of the Junior Learning Team we would like to thank you all for your support and positivity during the last few weeks.

We are seeing some amazing learning from our students and are so impressed with how they have adapted and jumped straight back into remote learning.

If you have any questions please remember that we are always available via Seesaw or email.

Uniform Shop - Open for online orders only

The uniform shop is open for online ordering only - orders are processed on Monday and Thursday afternoons. 

Orders will be sent home with your child (if they are attending on-site) or pick up from the office can be arranged by e-mailing the uniform shop to request this. 

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 be found on Skoolbag).

Canteen - The canteen is closed during remote schooling.

2021 Enrolments

If you have a child to enrol at St John's for 2021 please request an enrolment pack from the office, alternatively these can be downloaded from the website. 

Enrolment forms can be completed and returned either by post, dropped in at the office or scanned (as a PDF) and e-mailed to   

Birth Certificate, Immunisation History Statement and identification for fee payers must be submitted with enrolment forms. 

Interviews will be conducted via phone where possible, we will contact you to arrange interviews as we have time slots available. 

Birthdays - 29/7 to 11/8 -Hope Wiseman, Charlie Roseby, Tristan Bonaddio, Lily Holdsworth, Luke Pugsley, Thomas Dunlop, Star Leftley. Lily Daley, Olivia Aulich, Luke Mure

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. Peter Kooloos  Ph: 03 5997 1510   Fax: 03 5997 2220 Mob: 0438 622 766

Baptism Enquiries: Carmelina De Cesari   Mob: 0401 911 092


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