St John the Baptist Koo Wee Rup Newsletter

2 March 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

Congratulations to the following students recently elected to Student Leadership roles for 2022.

School Captains: Zofia Town & Rithul Timothy

Social Justice Leaders: Asha Kawalko, Lacey Craven, Lacie Blackley, Indy Brady

W.A.L.K. Ambassadors: Sophie Daley, Sienna Dixon, Goamar Chol

House Captains: 

Cremin:           Melina Briganti & Samuel Bonaddio

MacKillop:        Scarlett Nicholls & River Medforth

Wood:              Emelia Scamporlino & Ethan Stewart

Scott:                Annika Miller & Billy Neill

Our class SRC members will be elected this week.

COVID Requirements: At this stage, the COVID protocols for Catholic Primary School in our Diocese have not changed. 

Advisory Board: We held our first School Advisory Board meeting last week and welcomed Fr Avinash and Amie Parker as new members. Others on the board are Danielle Kemp, Brooke Baker, Louise Pugsley, Natasha Jopp, Belinda Scamporlino and myself. We would still like another parent to join our group. Please contact me if you are interested.

Sacramental Program: Our 2022 Parish Sacramental Program started a fortnight ago with an information zoom evening. There is a Reconciliation parent/child workshop this Thursday 3rd March at 7:00pm via ZOOM for those students in Grade 3 preparing for their First Reconciliation. ZOOM invitations will be sent via Seesaw.

If your child/ren are wishing to make their First Reconciliation, First Communion or Confirmation this year and you are yet to register please contact Leonie Hester, the Parish Sacramental Coordinator.

Swimming: Our House Swimming Sports are on Friday 11th March for students in Grades 1 -6.  At this stage it will be a student only event (NO PARENTS or SPECTATORS). Please see Operoo for full details.

Foundation Students will commence full time from Tuesday 15th March. 

Enrolments for 2023: Enrolment packs for 2023 are now available, electronic copies can be downloaded from our website or emailed upon request, hard copies can be collected from the office or posted. 

Enrolment interviews will be available shortly with our Open Morning for prospective parents planned for early May.  If you have any queries in relation to enrolments please contact the office.


Chris Dortmans, Principal

Junior News

As we reach the middle of Term 1, it is fantastic to reflect on the amazing growth our students have made already so early in the year. Students will be reaching the end of their current maths units on ‘Number and Place Value’ and  ‘Shape’ and beginning their new topics of ‘Addition and Subtraction’ and ‘Length’.

In Literacy, Foundation students continue to learn individual letter names and sounds, correct pencil grip while tracing and beginning to write letters of the week on the solid line. Grade 1/2 students will begin learning about short vowel sounds in words they read as well as writing short narrative texts.

This week the Junior students enjoyed participating in Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. Participating in eating delicious pancakes and joining the Wednesday Liturgy with their peers. Classes discussed the importance of these days and their significance at the start of Lent. 

Please continue to complete daily reading of take home texts, M100 words and letters. We ask that you fill in the take home diary and check on a Friday afternoon for any notes from the classroom teacher.

Middle/Senior News

This week in the classroom we begin our two new maths units with a focus on the number topic of ‘Addition and Subtraction’ as well as the measurement topic ‘Length’ with many engaging lessons planned.

In English, we continue the explicit teaching of phonemes and graphemes in spelling and daily reading lessons to focus on accuracy, fluency and comprehension. We will finish up our Recount writing topic and move into Narrative writing, which is always a favourite! 

A big congratulations to the many achievements seen across the senior school in the past two weeks, including the election of captains, participation in swimming competitions and the submission of letters of application for Social Justice Leaders. This week, the senior school will also be electing SRC members for each class from Grade 3 - 6. Good luck to the many students who will put their hand up to take on this role of responsibility. 

We also pray for  the Grade Three students preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation with the Commitment Mass being very well attended and the Workshop Evening to be held via Zoom on Thursday.


Today we launch into a very important Season in the Catholic Calendar- The Season of Lent. In conjunction with this, we REFLECT, RESPOND and ACT in different ways. Caritas Australia helps to end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity for all. The two words project and compassion are ideal for us to understand poverty cannot just end- it becomes a PROJECT for all of us as we endeavour to show COMPASSION to those less fortunate than ourselves.

In support of Project Compassion each grade will receive a Project Compassion box so we learn to save money and to SERVE others. Families will also receive a Box to remind us to give to others.

This Year - we give - For all Future Generations- what a beautiful thought to think about the future generations to come and how we can help NOW.

All Project Compassion boxes should be returned to the classroom/office by Monday 4 April. 


Thu 3 - Reconciliation Parent/Child Workshop, 7:00pm (via ZOOM)
Wed 9 - Foundation Students Rest Day 
Wed 9 - Division Swimming (Qualified Competitors only) 
Fri 11 - House Swimming Sports (Grades 1-6 only) 
Mon 14 - Labour Day Public Holiday
Tue 15  - Foundation students commence full time 
Thu 24 - Sacrament of Reconciliation, 7pm (St Johns Church) 
Tue 29 - Easter Raffle Free Dress Day
Mon 4 - Easter Raffle 
Mon 4 - Project Compassion Boxes due 
Fri 8 - Final Day of Term 1
Mon 25 - ANZAC Day Public Holiday

Tue 26 - Term 2 commences 

Wed 27 - Fri 29 - Gr 3/4 Sovereign Hill Camp

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 - 24 Feb to 9 Mar - Charlotte Hughes, Ella Monty, Sunny Kornphan, Agilan Sureshkumar, Jobe Cooper, Lucy Banks, Jack Topham, Summer Topham

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