St John the Baptist Koo Wee Rup Newsletter

28 July 2021

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 & Guardians

It is wonderful to have our students back at school, thank you to our families for again adapting to remote schooling with ease.  During lockdowns, we deepen our understanding of the importance of family and friends, and how much we appreciate them.

Last Monday, the 26th July, was the Feast Day of St Joachim and St Anne, the parents of Our Lady Mary and the grandparents of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us find time this week to honour all grandparents who help guide us and walk the journey of life with us, and thank them for the very important role they play in our lives. 

Building works, Playground and Carpark: Over the past few weeks, a great deal has changed on the building site. What remains is the brick frontage of the old building which will be incorporated into the new build. Around 40 truck loads of rock and gravel have been added in readiness for the slab to be poured. The building works have meant a reduction in parking spaces and I thank you all for your patience during drop-off and pick-up.

You will also notice the new boundary fencing installed in line with Victorian Child Safety Standards for schools. 

Canteen: The canteen will re-open this week, canteen days are Mondays and Thursdays, please ensure orders are placed before 8:45am on the day required. 

Green and Gold Day: This Friday, we are having a Green and Gold Day to celebrate the 2021 Olympic Games, currently taking place in Japan. We ask the students to wear any Green and Gold coloured clothing, to symbolise the Australian Olympians. If this is not possible, children simply wear their school sports uniform. All students are to wear their runners for their class activities.

Unfortunately, we are unable to have parents onsite for this activity due to current COVID restrictions. Thank you for your understanding.

Parent Teacher Interviews via ZOOM: Parent Teacher Interviews have been rescheduled to next week Tuesday 3rd & Wednesday 4th August.  As COVID restrictions will NOT currently allow for face-to-face meetings, we will conduct these interviews via ZOOM using your current booking date & time.   

You will receive an invitation and login code via email on Tuesday Morning, 3rd August.  Zoom meetings will be 15 minutes in length. 

If you have not yet made a booking please do so by no later than Thursday 29th July, 2pm to allow time for organisation.  Booking link below:

Whole School House Athletics: On Wednesday 4th August, we are holding our whole school House Athletics Carnival (weather permitting). Within their age groups, students will participate in a variety of athletic sports and an overall winner will be announced at the end of the day.

Students are to wear their house colours and appropriate footwear for the day.

Unfortunately, we are unable to have parents onsite for this activity due to current COVID restrictions. Thank you for your understanding.

Operoo Permissions: Please ensure Operoo is checked regularly and permissions are actioned in a timely manner. If you receive a text reminder of an Operoo permission outstanding please action it that day to allow the form to be closed and excursion planning to be completed. 

Family/Student Contact & Medical Information: It is important that all information held on our database is current for families & students. Please note the following in relation to this:

Change of address/email/phone:

·         must be advised to the office via Skoolbag submission, email, phone or in person in order to update our database.

·         Operoo – please ensure you edit both your student profiles and your Account (Go to top right corner in the app – 3 lines – then select My Account and edit as appropriate from there) 

St Francis Xavier College: Yr 7, 2023 online information evening is being held on Tuesday 17 August for interested families. Please see information below to register.


Chris Dortmans, Principal


Term 3
Sun 1 Aug - Sacrament of Confirmation & Eucharist Commitment Mass, 9:30am St Johns Church  -TBC (further information will be provided by the Sacramental Coordinator when available)
Tue 3 Aug - Parent Teacher Interviews via ZOOM
Wed 4 Aug - Parent Teacher Interviews via ZOOM
Wed 4 Aug - Whole School Athletics
Fri 6 Aug - Gr 5 & 6 Winter Sport - Games at Trinity, Narre Warren - TBC
Mon 9 Aug - Swimming Final Day (Whole School) - TBC
Thu 12 Aug - District Athletics, Casey Fields (Qualified Competitors only) - TBC
Thu 12 Aug - Eucharist Workshop, 7pm in the Hall - TBC
Fri 20 Aug - Gr 5 & 6 Winter Sport - Games at St James, Nar Nar Goon
Sun 22 Aug - Sacrament of Eucharist Group 1, 9:30am St Johns Church (Groups to be confirmed) 
Fri 27 Aug - Gr 5 & 6 Winter Sport - Games at St Johns against St Thomas
Sun 29 Aug - Sacrament of Eucharist Group 2, 9:30am St Johns Church (Groups to be confirmed) 
Mon 30 Aug - Fri 3 Sept - BOOK WEEK (see details above) 
Fri 3 Sept - Fathers Day Breakfast (TBC)
Fri 3 Sept - Gr 5 & 6 Winter Sport - Games at St Patrick's, Pakenham
Wed 8 - Fri 10 Sept - Grade 3/4 Camp (Urban Camp Melbourne) 
Fri 10 Sept - Gr 5 & 6 Winter Sport - Lightning Premiership Round
Tue 14 Sept - Footy Dress Up Day 
Fri 17 Sept - Term 3 concludes, 2:10pm finish
Thu 28 October - Whole School Musical - Madagascar Jr

Uniform Shop

The uniform shop is open on Monday and Thursday 2:30 - 3:15pm and is now located in the hall, parents may attend the uniform shop in person. Please ensure you sign in using the QR code provided, wear a mask and maintain social distancing in line with current COVID restrictions. 

Online is still the preferred method of purchasing uniform unless you need to check sizing. 

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. 

School Banking

School Banking - Banking day is Wednesday's - banking should be handed in through the classroom and will usually be returned the same day.   

If you are wishing to set up a new school banking account please visit:

Birthdays - 22 July to 4 August 2021 - Emily George, Madeline Mulcahy, Luke Pugsley, Lexie Cooper, Liam Mackenzie, Jena Chol, Paris Dragone, Scarlett Grogan

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