St John the Baptist Koo Wee Rup Newsletter

15 July 2020

From the Principal

Principals Report

Dear Parents,

We find ourselves back in isolation and returning to Remote Learning.

We’ve done this before and we can do it again, I am confident we can continue to build upon the many successes experienced during the first round of remote learning and make this round even better.

I want to reassure you that we do not expect parents to be experts, or to sit down with their children for 5 solid hours a day. We simply ask you to “do what you can do”. We understand there will be good and bad days. It’s an opportunity for us all to show the resilience that St John’s is known for.

This will be a challenging period in our lives and we know that there will be a few ups and downs over the next 5 weeks. We are here to support you and provide positive experiences for every member of our school community.

In relation to onsite supervision during this time, our priority is the safety of our staff and students.  As a direct reflection of this, we aim to minimise the number of students attending for onsite supervision.  The fewer people we have moving about in our school, the less chance there is for any possible infection to spread. This creates a much safer environment for those who must be here. With this in mind, we are asking all families who have an alternate option for the supervision of their child(ren) to please consider using this.  

On-Site Schooling responses via Care Monkey: The CareMonkey App is again being used for requesting on-site supervision, please ensure this is actioned as early as you can before the closing time of 12noon each Thursday.

It is very important that we have accurate information by this time to ensure that we can arrange the required level of supervision for the students we have onsite.

Parent Teacher Interviews: These were scheduled for the first week in August, however due to current circumstances will be postponed. We will inform you when a date becomes available.

Sacramental Programs: All sacramental programs and celebrations are on hold. We are keen to complete these programs by the end of the year and we will keep you informed.


Chris Dortmans, Principal

School Fee Payments

All families who are experiencing financial pressures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have the opportunity to apply for a concession relating to their Term 3 2020 school fees.

Fee payers requesting consideration for fee relief should contact either Chris Dortmans or Nancy Rintoule to discuss their school fee obligations.

School fees are an essential portion of resources for the operation of our school and assist our leaders and staff to enhance curriculum and teaching programs.  We therefore ask that those able to support the school financially continue to do so.

Further information will be provided in next fortnights newsletter in relation to fees. 

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 and Immunisation History Statement 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 - 9/7 to 28/7 - Evie Price, Patrick Fleming, Charlie Germanier, Poppie Rose Dykes, Liam Mackenzie, Jena Chol, Lexie Cooper, Scarlett Nicholls, Ethan Schofield, Samuel Bonaddio, Owen Quinn, Logan Walker, Emily George, Madeline Mulcahy, Summer Missen

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