St John the Baptist Koo Wee Rup Newsletter

13 July 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,

Welcome to Term Three, we hope all our families enjoyed the break and are ready for another great term at St John’s. 

Parent Teacher Interviews: Mon 18 & Tue 19 July: Parents teacher interviews will be held next Monday and Tuesday evenings, meetings will be face to face and held in your child's classroom. Bookings close Friday 15 July at 12noon, please book via the following link:

Book Fair:   Next week we are holding our annual Book Fair. Please come and have a look at the great resources available for purchase, opening days/hours are detailed on page 2 of this newsletter.  Children will browse the Book Fair on Monday and bring home their Wish List for you to consider, details of how to purchase will be on the Wish List. 

Parent Access Module (PAM): A reminder that all families should have received a request to sign up to PAM (Parent Access Module) by Friday 15 July. A copy of the letter in relation to this has been re-sent to families today for your information. A reminder that if you have already signed up to PAM to please use this platform for absence submissions. If you have any queries in relation to this please contact Di at the office or via email

Foundation Enrolments for 2023: If you have a child to enrol for Foundation next year please ensure enrolment paperwork is submitted as soon as possible. Please contact the office for an enrolment pack.

Assembly: Assemblies will commence in week 2 on a fortnightly basis. Parents are welcome to attend, classes presenting at assembly will be noted in the dates section of the newsletter. 

Uniforms: Just a reminder that Winter uniform is to be worn throughout this term. If your child is not in the correct school uniform we ask you to please send in a note to your child’s teacher.

School Closure Day: Monday 15 August: This is a student free day for the purpose of staff professional development. 

Thank you to all our families for the wonderful support and donations we received for the St Vinnie’s Winter Appeal and our Beanie Day raising money for the Leukaemia Foundation and Breast Cancer Network of Australia. 

A reminder that Mr Dortmans is on leave for the first two weeks of term, I will be Acting Principal for this period.  


Danielle Kemp, Acting Principal


Chris Dortmans, Principal

Junior News

And we’re back again for another great term! Hopefully you have enjoyed your family time and are feeling relaxed and refreshed. It will be another great term full of exciting events and learning experiences. Starting off this term, students will be completing activities to engage in NAIDOC week, which was nationally celebrated over the school holidays. The Junior teachers have been busy planning the new topics for the term, in Literacy students will be learning about different types of informative texts, starting with Procedures.

In Maths, we will revisit and expand our knowledge of Addition and start a new Measurement and Geometry topic of Mass. 

This term, our Inquiry lessons will focus on Science. Juniors students will cover lessons and experiments about Earth and Space Sciences and Biological Sciences. We will also take time in the term to enjoy and learn about the Commonwealth Games. Our final learning area of Religion will encompass an inquiry investigation about Jesus’ Life and Mission as we unpack and discuss the focus statement of ‘We must love one another.’

Middle/Senior News

Welcome back to Term Three.

We trust you have all enjoyed the break and are ready to get stuck into it again. The senior teachers have been busy preparing lots of wonderful learning experiences behind the scenes and we can’t wait to share them with our students!

This week we celebrate NAIDOC Week with this year’s theme ‘Get up! Stand up! Show up!” which really encourages us all to take action. It also ties in nicely with our new Religion Inquiry topic which is all about the life and mission of Jesus. Throughout this term we will also participate in inquiry learning about The Commonwealth Games, Design and Technology, 

In English, our focus will be on Information Texts, we will also be writing and presenting speeches for the Lion’s Club inter-school competition and enjoying year level novel studies. In Maths, we will begin the term exploring money and place value, as well as introducing the topic of Angles.


Mon 18 - Thu 21 - St Johns Book Fair - see opening times above
Mon 18 - Assembly 2:30pm - (Assembly Item - 1/2O) 
Mon 18 - Parent Teacher Interviews - 3:30 to 8pm
Tue 19 - Parent Teacher Interviews - 3;30 to 8pm
Thu 21 - Whole School Mass 9:15am
Fri 22 - Division Interschool Sport (Qualified Teams only) 
Thu 28 - Mass 9:15am - Foundation, 5/6M & 5/6S
Fri 29 - Mini Commonwealth Games (Whole School) 
Mon 1 - House Athletics Day
Mon 1 - Assembly 2:30pm (Assembly Item - 12/O)
Thu 4 - Mass 9:15am - 1/2B, 1/2H & 1/2O
Fri 5 - Winter Sport Gr 5 & 6 - Away Game at St Thomas the Apostle, Cranbounre
Thu 11 - Mass 9:15am - 3/4K, 3/4M & 4/5M
Fri 12 - Winter Sport Gr 5 & 6 - Home Game vs St Catherine's 
Tue 15 - Assembly 2:30pm (Assembly Item 1/2B) 
Fri 19 - Winter Sport Gr 5 & 6 - Away Game at St Patrick's Pakenham
Thu 25 - Mass 9:15am - 5/6M & 5/6S
Thu 25 - District Athletics (Qualified Competitors only) 
Fri 26 - Winter Sport Gr 5 & 6 - Home Game vs St Clare's
Mon 29 - Assembly 2:30pm (Assembly item - FD) 
Thu 1 - Mass 9:15am - FD, FW, 1/2B, 1/2H & 1/2O 
Fri 2 - Winter Sport Gr 5 & 6 - Away Game at St Michael's Berwick (Football at Holm Park Reserve, Beaconsfield) 
Thu 8 - Mass 9:15am - 3/4K, 3/4M & 4/5M 

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

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 details of your requirements to 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 - 13 to 26 July - Patrick Fleming, Scarlett Nicholls, Samuel Bonaddio, Zoe Mitchell, Evie Price, Isabella Ellesley, Isabella Nair, Owen Quinn, Logan Walker, Sophie Nair, William Wheller, Liam Mackenzie, Jena Chol, Cade Armstrong

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