St John the Baptist Koo Wee Rup Newsletter

12 August 2020

From the Principal

Principals Report

Dear Parents, 

Across Victoria, psychologists are observing that whilst many children adjusted well psychologically to the first lockdown and Remote Learning, some children are now reporting heightened anxiety, lack of motivation and moodiness, and a general sense of feeling dejected. 

With this in mind, we are introducing optional wellbeing “Check-in” sessions via Google Meet or Zoom each week.  Last week senior teachers trialed sessions with the Gr 5&6 students, where children informally connected, engaged in some meditation and talked about their feelings. Teachers from Grades 3-6 will hold another “Check-in” session next week and Juniors the following week. Keep an eye out for information and links to these sessions on your SeeSaw page.

Whole School Liturgy – Friday 14th AugustThis Friday we are celebrating the Assumption of Our Blessed Virgin Mary by are holding a live, on-line, whole school Liturgy at 9:30am

This will be held as a ZOOM Meeting.  See link below. You may need to open a ZOOM link.

Join Zoom Meeting

Please see letter e-mailed to all families on 11 August for further details.

Wellness Day: Friday 21st August - Next Friday, we are declaring a Wellness Day. Teachers will not set tasks for the day instead there will be a story to listen to, a prayer liturgy to share together and a couple of fun activities. This is a day to enjoy each other’s company and to recharge. For children attending on-site schooling please bring a game to play (non electronic) or an activity to complete (Jigsaw puzzle, board game, colouring etc).

Care Monkey Change of Name to Operoo A reminder that Care Monkey’s name change came into effect this week and is now Operoo. Emails in relation to onsite schooling, will now come from Operoo, at this stage the Care Monkey logo remains on the App.

Father’s Day StallUnfortunately we will be unable to run our Father’s Day Stall as we did for Mother’s Day due to the limitations of Stage 4 restrictions.  

Funny Pet Photo CompetitionJust for some fun, students are invited to participate in a Funny Pet Photo Competition. Competition will be open from tomorrow and will close at 7pm, Friday 21st August – this will allow last minute pet photography sessions on our Wellness Day. Full details below, this will also be e-mailed to all families and provided to the children via SeeSaw.

Staff Changes - Mrs Peta Barnett will commence parental leave on 24 August and I am pleased to announce that Mr Daniel Stark has been appointed for the period of her leave.

I take this opportunity to welcome Daniel to St Johns. We wish Peta and her husband Callum all the very best for the birth of their first child. 


Chris Dortmans, Principal

Middle/Senior News

Students are doing a great job with Remote Learning this Term, the level of engagement has lifted and we thank the Middle and Senior students for their ongoing effort each day. For the next few weeks we will be learning about time in Mathematics and continuing to learn about persuasive devices in Writing.

Thank you to our amazing families for your level of participation with the new set up of family prayer - it is a lovely way for all of us to know we are part of a community, not just individuals at home. Our community of St John the Baptist are all together in solidarity and prayer; even during these challenging and different times. We will be having a Liturgy on Friday to celebrate together further.

Lastly, the Senior students tested out the program ‘Google Meet’ on Friday, a platform for multiple students to log on, see and speak to each other. These sessions went for half an hour and were a trial to see how easy it was for students to access from home. Thank you to those students who came along and participated.

Junior News

It has been another busy fortnight in the Junior Learning Community! We are so proud of the resilience our students have demonstrated during remote learning.

Over the last four weeks the Foundation - Two students have been exploring the purpose and features of procedural texts. They have been learning the structure and language used in these texts and have had a go at creating their own. On Friday we will be concluding this unit and moving to Information Reports.

Mrs Bird has been so excited to begin Visual Arts lessons with the junior school students. Students colourful and creative work has brightened up our Seesaw feeds every Tuesday.

Keep safe, do your best, take time to do the things you enjoy and remember we are always here if you need us.

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 - 12/8 to 25/8 - Benjamin Hogan, Peyton Crowley, Jessica Mitchell, Max Lewry, Indie Meyer, Keira Mulcahy, Emelia Scamporlino, Keally Elliott, Ruby McEwan, Kurtis Dickerson,

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