St John the Baptist Koo Wee Rup Newsletter

16 November 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, 

It was wonderful to see so many families enjoying Grandparents Day recently after a two year hiatus from this event. The church was full and we were all inspired by the heartfelt reflection given by Billy Neill and his Grandfather Michael. Our visitors enjoyed morning tea, special activities in the classroom followed by our marching display and novelty events. Congratulations to Cremin (Red) house for winning the marching. 

In the week following Grandparents Day we were able to complete our running events and tally the points, Congratulations to our overall winners Scott (Green) House. 

As part of our ongoing safety improvements our new entry configuration ensures that visitors report to the office upon arrival.  This allows us to account for all people onsite during the school day and ensures the safety of our students and staff.

A reminder that parents wanting to access the school grounds prior to pick up are welcome from 3pm onwards, prior to 3pm the grounds are often used by classes and it is not appropriate to have visitors onsite. 

Remembrance Day: On Friday 11 November, the Grade 6 students were lucky enough to attend the Remembrance Day ceremony in Koo Wee Rup, while the Grade 5 students led a reflective ceremony here at school for the rest of the students.  The students should be congratulated on the respectful way they participated in the ceremony.  

A special CONGRATULATIONS goes to Ryan Fraser for receiving the Remembrance Day award for St John’s. Ryan consistently demonstrates the qualities of mateship, service, courage and sacrifice.

Tinnies for Vinnies: The ‘St Vinnies Christmas Appeal’  has been organised by the school’s Social Justice Leaders as we move towards Christmas. The school community is focusing on collecting Christmas festive foods and items to help local families and people in need this Christmas. The food we collect will be given to the St Vincent DePaul Society to be made into hampers and distributed to local families. We thank you for your support. Please see the flyer below for more information. 

Cybersafety: is ensuring that all people are safe and responsible while using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Technology is much more accessible and students are spending more time online. There are a number of issues that students need to be aware of when online. They should be made aware of personal details online, password protection, cyber bullying etc.

There are a number of resources available online to help students understand the importance of being safe. You may want to go through these with your child as well. Click on the various links below to go to the websites/video clips that look at different Cybersafety issues.

eSafety – Parents

Parents are sometimes unsure of where to start when it comes to parental controls and what information they need to know about. The safety commissioner has an excellent website with easy to read information.

eSafety -  Key issues

Learn about the latest games, apps and social media, including how to protect your information and report harmful content

 NetSmartzKids - For Early Year Students

This website contains ebooks on online safety. This is a great website for Junior Primary students. There are games, videos and YouTube clips. One particular video is Bad Netiquette, which focuses on knowing the rules online, passwords and viruses. More information is available online.

5/6 Camp: A reminder that I will be on camp with our Grade 5 & 6 students next Wednesday to Friday. 


Chris Dortmans, Principal

Junior News

Over the last 2 weeks Junior students have developed their literacy knowledge of Narratives by looking closely at the Fairytales of Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Foundation students have recalled the main events of the story in order from Beginning to End. They have retold the story using roleplay, making puppets and face masks. Students in Grades 1/2 have written short sentences to recall events or information from a text and have discussed what feelings characters may be having in the story and how we can use the text to tell. In Maths, Foundation students have practised place value skills of writing, making and sequencing teen numbers using different materials. They have also developed their knowledge of patterns by creating, drawing and completing different patterns.

Grade 1/2 students have created arrays using groups of counters to show simple multiplication sums and have practised reading the time to the half hour using analogue and digital clocks.

Foundation students will also be having a visit from our parish priest Fr. Avinash this week for their Religion lesson where they can ask questions about the church, faith and the upcoming season of Advent.

Finally, Foundation students have also been following the lifecycle of a butterfly by watching the process with real Monarch butterflies. They have enjoyed watching the butterflies hatch from the chrysalis and are nearly ready to be set free.

Middle/Senior News

In the senior classrooms we will continue our focus on narrative writing, looking at all the elements of great storytelling. Our Book Study has concluded and like any time you finish a good book, it feels a little sad for our novels to be over, we just want the story to continue forever! However we have enjoyed studying the vocabulary and meaning behind the texts as well as practising our reading fluency. 

In maths, our Place Value groups are back into the swing again after missing a couple of Friday sessions, these intensive groups are really paying off as we are now seeing in our assessment data. The end of the year is a perfect chance to revise concepts learned throughout the year so classrooms may be covering varying topics in the coming weeks.

In Religion, we enjoyed having Julia from the Salvation Army come and speak to us about the charity work they do and how this relates to the catholic social teachings, we will soon begin our Advent topic. 

The grade 5/6s are excitedly preparing for camp next week (finally - yay!) All the information is on Operoo but please feel free to contact your child’s teacher with any questions. 


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. 


Thu 17 - Mass, 9:15am - Grades 3/4K, 3/4M & 4/5M - Families welcome
Mon 21 - Foundation 2023 Orientation Session, 12:30 - 3:10pm
Wed 23 - Fri 25 - Sovereign Hill Camp , Gr 5 & 6
Thu 24 - NO CANTEEN 
Mon 28 - NO CANTEEN 
Wed 30 - Scholastic Book Club Orders Due
Wed 7 - Grade 6 Graduation Mass, 7pm - 8:30pm
Fri 9 - Whole School Colour Run 
Fri 9 - Grade 6 Final Day 
Fri 9 - Reports sent home - Via PAM
Mon 12 - Meet Your Teacher Day
Thu 15 - End of Year Mass, 9:15am, Whole School
Fri 16 - Term 4 ends for Students, 3:10pm finish

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 - 9 to 22 Nov - 9 to 22 Nov - Indy Brady, Olivia Soutter, Hayley Feltham, Hudson Delaney, Oscar McGeachin, Phoenix Ferguson, Rose Matthews, Amelia Knight

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