St John the Baptist Koo Wee Rup Newsletter

11 May 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

Canteen & Uniform Shop closed Thursday 12 & Monday 16 May: Due to unforeseen circumstances the canteen will be closed this Thursday and next Monday. All uniform orders placed over the coming week will be processed on Thursday 19 May. 

Mothers Day Breakfast: It was wonderful to see so many mothers and their children enjoying breakfast together last Friday.  A huge thank you to all the staff who organised, cooked and served more than 350 breakfasts.

Thank you to all the mother’s, grandmothers and aunties who attended our Mother’s Day liturgy. We were so proud of how well the children read and sang.

Cross Country: Congratulations to Cremin House on winning our House Cross Country last Friday. Good luck to the students who have qualified for District Cross Country next Tuesday, please action the Operoo request for this event at your earliest convenience.   

OSHC: Families received a letter recently introducing Windermere as our new OSHC provider.  If you require OSHC services please ensure you enrol with Windermere via the link this letter. Please Note: Your current OSHC enrolment will not roll over to Windermere.  Windermere will commence their OSHC service from Monday 16 May - please contact them directly for all OSHC queries -1300 946 337 of email

NAPLAN: Over the next two weeks students in Grades 3 and 5 will be involved in NAPLAN testing. This is a nationwide assessment process covering the areas of Spelling and Grammar, Writing, Reading and Maths. Students taking part are encouraged to do their best and are reminded that there is no ‘pass’ or ‘fail’. NAPLAN results will be made available to parents later in the year.

Foundation Open Morning: Tuesday 24 May, 9:30 - 11:00am: Parents looking to enrol students for Foundation in 2023 are invited to attend our Open Morning. 

  • School Tours

  • Uniform Display

  • Presentation of general information regarding enrolment

  • Ask questions regarding enrolling/starting school etc

  • Collect an enrolment pack

  • Book your enrolment interview

Information will be provided to Preschools this week. Enrolment packs are currently available from the office, please call Di or Nancy for enquiries and interview bookings.

School Photos: Tuesday 31 May: School photo day is only 3 weeks away. Personalised order forms have been sent home with all students today. Reminders in regard to photo day will be in our next newsletter.   

Insight SRC Surveys: As part of the School Improvement Plan in Catholic schools in the Sale Diocese, members of our school community are invited to participate in the Insight SRC Organisational Health online survey.  Over the next couple of weeks, staff, students from Yr 3-6 and parents/carers will be asked to complete the surveys to see how we are working as a school. I thank those families who have been randomly chosen to complete this survey. Your input is greatly appreciated. 

School Closure Days: Friday 24 June & Monday 11 July have been allocated as school closure days for staff professional development.


Chris Dortmans, Principal

This month on SchoolTV - Screen Time

As a result of the global pandemic, there has been a noticeable shift in the amount of time people spend on screen-based devices. Families are transitioning back to pre-COVID routines but many are still struggling to re-establish the boundaries and rules around screen use. Some continue to deal with digital conflict and tech-tantrums on a daily basis. The latest research found that 77% of teenagers spend more than five hours on screens per day, but it is important to note that not all screen time is considered equal.

Parents play a crucial role in modelling a positive and healthy approach to using screens and assisting children to navigate the content they watch. It is better to model and mentor screen use, rather than monitor it. Children tend to do more of what they see us do, and less of what we tell them to do. However, it is still important to outline the risks and highlight the benefits of screen use to ensure you keep a balanced attitude. Encourage discussions around the issues that people experience in monitoring their screen time and be honest about your own difficulties.

Parents need to remain firm in their approach to managing screen time. Excessive screen time can be detrimental to a child’s overall wellbeing. Ensuring the correct privacy settings are in place is vital to prevent children from being inadvertently exposed to inappropriate content or online predators. Parents need to also be mindful of the potential impact screen time can have on a child’s social, emotional, educational, behavioural, and even physical domains.

In this edition of SchoolTV, care-givers will be provided with a range of guidelines and strategies to help manage screen time at home. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition, and we always welcome your feedback.

If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.

Here is the link to this month's edition

Junior News

It has been another exciting week for Junior students at St. Johns, we thank all families who came to the Mother’s Day Breakfast, Liturgy and  to watch the House Cross Country. All Junior students showed amazing resilience and determination participating during the events!

It is important in the lead up to whole school or junior events that you are regularly checking your See-Saw app during the week for updates and information. The Newsletter is another great source of information and the Operoo app will provide you with any letters or forms that require essential reading.

As of this week Junior students will be expanding their oral language skills by bringing some different items for Show and Share to match a theme each week. This week students will be bringing a copy of a family photo to display as a part of our current Inquiry Unit. In week 4 students are asked to bring in their favourite book. Help your child prepare by discussing with them some important information they could share about the item or the theme.

Middle/Senior News

What a big couple of weeks we have had! 

Firstly, a big congratulations to all our 3/4 students who were so amazing on Camp. It was lovely to hear from the staff at Sovereign Hill time and time again how well behaved and respectful our students are. They really did us proud and we are so grateful to all our parents for trusting us with your precious children. We know how hard it is waving them goodbye on the bus, especially on the back of the last couple of years. Overall, it was a resounding success!

In other news, this week is NAPLAN week, so our Grade 3 and 5 students have a busy schedule. Information about the tests was sent home last week, but if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.

As you may have seen on Seesaw, it has come to our attention in recent weeks that there have been instances in which senior students at our school have been the subject of cyber-bullying behaviour. In our classrooms we will be running lessons around the safe use of technology and respectful communication. We encourage you to monitor your child’s online behaviour and speak to your children about what to do if they witness harmful behaviours online. 


A big thank you to all our families for your support of Caritas- as a school we raised a whopping $985.00  to support families in need during Term 1. Our Catholic Social Teaching is hard at work when we think,pray,  do and reach out to others. It was pure JOY to have families filling our church for the Mothers Day Liturgy last Friday- thank you to all who attended.  This term, classes will be celebrating liturgies in the church, with families most welcome to attend these gatherings.  (Pope Francis Quote or Caritas pic  )


Thu 12 - Class Liturgy FW & 1/2O
Tue 17 - District Cross Country (Qualified competitors only)
Wed 18 - Road Safety Excursion - Gr 6 students from 5/6M
Fri 20 - Road Safety Excursion - Gr 6 students from 5/6S
Tue 24 - Foundation Open Morning, 9:30 - 11:00am (for perspective 2023 enrolments)
Tue 24 - Board Meeting, 6pm
Wed 25, Thu 26 & Fri 27 - Whole School Swimming Lessons
Fri 27 May to Fri 3 June - Catholic Education Week

Tue 31 May - School Photos

Wed 1 - Division Cross Country ( Qualified competitors only) 
Wed 1, Thu 2, & Fri 3 - Whole School Swimming Lessons
Thu 9 - Class Liturgy, FD & 4/5M
Mon 13 - Queens Birthday - Public Holiday
Fri 17 - Interschool Winter Sports, Gr 5 & 6
Sun 19 - Sacrament of First Holy Communion (Eucharist), 9:30am, St Johns Church
Thu 23 - St John the Baptist Feast Day Mass, 9:15am, St Johns Church
Fri 24 - School Closure Day - Staff Professional Development
Mon 11 - School Closure Day
Tue 12 - Term 3 commences

Nude Food Tuesdays

Uniform Shop - Due to unforseen circumstances our next order processing day will be Thursday 19 May

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 - 12 May to 24 May - Max Bell, Olivia Barker, Mackenna Barker, Chelsea Williams, Jackson Henning, Linkin Stokes, Jacinta Ventura, Antonio Pace, Jasper Craven, Lacey Craven, Blayde Ord

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