St John the Baptist Koo Wee Rup Newsletter

7 September 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,

2023 Enrolments: If you or anyone you know is planning on enrolling for 2023 please contact the office to arrange an enrolment pack and interview. Available positions are filling quickly.  Please contact the office for an enrolment pack or email 

Child Safety Week: This week is Child Safety Week in the Diocese of Sale and coincides with National Child Protection Week.

CSW raises awareness about the community’s collective responsibility for the care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people. This year, the focus is Every child, in every community, needs a fair go 

For us as a Catholic school, it provides an opportunity to emphasise our strong commitment to the safety and wellbeing of young people in our care, and the important role we play in creating safe and nurturing environments at school and home, online, and in the community.

We encourage you to discuss with your child/ren what a safe environment is at your home, with your family and within your social cycles and communities.

The link below is a message from the Bishop and Director of Education for the diocese of Sale.

Friends of St John’s (P&F): A reminder that the Friends of St Johns will meet at 9:30am on 14th September in the staffroom. If you are interested in being part of the Friends of St Johns and cannot attend, please send through your apology and contact details to;

eSmart School is an initiative of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, which helps schools and the greater community to best manage cyber risks, bullying and cyberbullying issues so students feel safer and supported. Attached are Tips for Parents. Please take the time to read these attachments.

NAPLAN: Students in Grades 3 and 5 will receive their NAPLAN results via PAM (Parent Access Module) this week. These results are only a snapshot of what your child’s achievement levels were on the day of the test and should be viewed in conjunction with their school report and ongoing assessments conducted by the teachers. Please read your child’s NAPLAN report carefully and feel free to contact your child’s teacher if you have any queries. .

Lightning Premiership: This Friday our 5/6 students will finish off their Winter Sport Program with the Lightning Premiership. Netball will be played at Cardinia Life, Pakenham, football at Toomuc Reserve, Pakenham and newcombe at St Francis Xavier College, Beaconsfield. Spectators are welcome at netball & football games, unfortunately the newcombe venue is unable to accommodate spectators. 

Footy Day: Thursday 15th September: Thursday next week is our annual Footy Day. Come to school dressed  in your team's colours, all footy codes welcome. A special Footy Day lunch can be ordered through CDF pay—orders close 12noon on Wednesday 14 September.  Please note, there will be no other lunch orders in the canteen on this day. 

New Uniform Items: We have introduced a number of new uniform items in recent weeks.

  • Girls Sports Skort - this is to be worn on sports days only
  • Winter Jacket (lined with Polar Fleece) 

Please see below for examples of these items, these are now available through the uniform shop. 

Congratulations to Danielle Kemp who has accepted a leadership position at St Angela of the Cross, Warragul commencing in 2023. 


Chris Dortmans, Principal

Esmart Tips for Parents

Junior News

What an incredibly fun-filled week we just had! Between the Author visit from Adam Wallace where he shared story writing and illustrating tips, with a side of comedy that had us all in stitches. To our Junior Teddy Bear picnic, where students giggled their way through different obstacles like rivers and forests and caves! Book Week costumes were amazing again this year! (Thank you Mums and Dads!) and it was so enjoyable to see students parading around for parents for the first time in a few years! A big thank you to all the families who came to celebrate our Father’s Day Breakfast and Morning Maths activities, hopefully you enjoyed your food and some time in the classroom with your kids.

For the last few weeks of Term 3, Junior students will be inviting families to a F-2 Mass, on Thursday the 15th of September at 9:15am in the Church. Please come along and share in the celebration of our Religious Education Inquiry Topic this term about LOVE. We will also be dressing up one final time for the term for our Footy Day celebrations. Please see the flyer below for full details. 

To finish off our fun week some Junior students have written about their favourite events and activities to share with you!

Middle/Senior News

The middle and senior school teachers and students would like to wish Charlotte Hughes and Oscar McGeachin all the best for tonight’s Lions Club Speech final. Whatever the result, we are proud of you both! 

As we reflect on Term 3 we feel very grateful for the many opportunities to learn together that we have had, both in the classroom and extra-curricula. Thanks for your participation and support from home and keeping an eye on the ‘dates to remember’ section of the newsletter, we understand how busy life can get for families so it is greatly appreciated. 

Enjoy a lovely holiday break! 


Thu 8 - Mass 9:15am - 3/4K, 3/4M & 4/5M 
Fri 9 - Winter Sports Gr 5&6 - Lightning Premiership round
Sun 11 - Confirmation Commitment Mass, 9:30am, St Johns Church

Mon 12 - Assembly 2:30pm (Assembly item - FW)

Wed 14 - Division Athletics (Qualified Competitors only) 
Wed 14 - Friends of St Johns Meeting, 9:30am in the Staffroom 
Thu 15 - Mass 9:15am - FD, FW, 12B, 12H & 12O
Thu 15 - Footy Day 
Fri 16 - Term 3 ends, 2:10pm finish


Mon 3 - Term 4 commences
Fri 7 - District Interschool Summer Sports - Gr 5 & 6
Thu 27 Oct - Whole School Musical - Madagascar Jr. 

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

Cardinia Shire Parking Rules

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