St John the Baptist Koo Wee Rup Newsletter

11 August 2021

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 & Guardians

With the extension of the current round of Remote Learning we understand that this is challenging for our whole school community. Please be kind to yourselves, complete your child/children's work around your work day if need be, take a break and do something fun if needed, seek ideas from your child’s teacher if they are having trouble engaging. 

We are here to help but we are also governed by the current restrictions so please email your child’s teacher if needed as they are most probably also working from home, or if unsure of who to contact give the office a call and Nancy or Di will help you out. 

Parent Teacher Interviews: Keeping the lines of communication are vital between home and school.  These being our first ‘ZOOM’ parent teacher interviews, it was wonderful to see the high number of parents taking up the opportunity to discuss their child/ren’s progress.

We would like to gain parent feedback on this format for Parent teacher Interviews and will provide an Operoo form shortly for this purpose. 

Whole School House Athletics: Unfortunately due to poor weather conditions last week, only the senior classes were able to complete their field events for athletics.  We will find another day to complete the senior running events and include the junior students. The continuation of the current lockdown leaves us unsure if District Athletics will go ahead for students who would have qualified, we will advise on this as soon as we are able.  

Swimming: Unfortunately we are unable to reschedule the last swimming lesson, which has been postponed a number of times already. Therefore, families will be reimbursed for this missed lesson. (All reimbursements from throughout the year will be processed towards the end of the year, parents will be advised )

Foundation Enrolments 2022: If you or anyone you know are wishing to enrol your child for 2022 please contact the office on 5997 1653 to obtain enrolment forms and book an interview at their earliest convenience. 

The Feast of The Assumption of Mary: Although not mentioned in Scripture, the Assumption of Mary has been a solidly held belief of our faith since the earliest church, and has been officially celebrated by the Catholic Church since 6th century AD.

It is a Holy Day of Obligation and is celebrated annually on August 15. Every year, Christians celebrate when Our Blessed Mother, the mother of Jesus, was taken up into Heaven body and soul at the end of her life.

This Friday, 12th August, starting at 9:30am, we will celebrate this feast day with a Zoom Liturgy for the whole St John’s community. The link will be emailed to parents and posted on the children’s SeeSaw journal. We hope that you can join us.

Operoo Permissions/Forms: A reminder that Operoo permissions/forms are to be signed by parents only, of late we have noticed a number of children signing these, please ensure parents/guardians are singing all Operoo responses. Operoo should be checked regularly and permissions/requests actioned in a timely manner to allow for planning.

If you receive a text reminder of an Operoo request outstanding please action it that day to allow the form to be closed and planning to be completed. 

St Francis Xavier College: Yr 7, 2023 online information evening is being held on Tuesday 17 August for interested families. Please see the information below to register.


Chris Dortmans, Principal


Term 3
Thu 12 Aug - District Athletics, Casey Fields (Qualified Competitors only) - Postponed 
Thu 12 Aug - Eucharist Workshop via ZOOM, 7pm - link will be provided via SeeSaw for students undertaking this Sacrament
Fri 20 Aug - Gr 5 & 6 Winter Sport - Games at St James, Nar Nar Goon -TBC
Sun 22 Aug - Sacrament of Eucharist Group 1, 9:30am St Johns Church - TBC depending on restrictions
Fri 27 Aug - Gr 5 & 6 Winter Sport - Games at St Johns against St Thomas - TBC
Sun 29 Aug - Sacrament of Eucharist Group 2, 9:30am St Johns Church - TBC depending on restrictions
Mon 30 Aug - Fri 3 Sept - BOOK WEEK (see details above) 
Fri 3 Sept - Fathers Day Breakfast - TBC
Fri 3 Sept - Gr 5 & 6 Winter Sport - Games at St Patrick's, Pakenham - TBC
Sun 5 Sept - Sacrament of Eucharist, 9:30am St Johns Church - if required TBC depending on restrictions
Wed 8 - Fri 10 Sept - Grade 3/4 Camp (Urban Camp Melbourne) - Suspended TBC
Fri 10 Sept - Gr 5 & 6 Winter Sport - Lightning Premiership Round - Cancelled
Tue 14 Sept - Footy Dress Up Day 
Thu 16 Sept - Term 3 concludes, 3:10pm finish
Fri 17 Sept - School Closure Day
Thu 28 October - Whole School Musical - Madagascar Jr

Uniform Shop

The uniform shop is open for online ordering only at present, if placing an order you will be contacted when this is ready for collection. Please ensure you sign in using the QR code provided, wear a mask and maintain social distancing in line with current COVID restrictions when collecting. 

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 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. 

School Banking

School Banking -  Currently suspended due to Remote Schooling. Usual banking day is Wednesday each week.  

If you are wishing to set up a new school banking account please visit:

Birthdays - 5 August to 18 August 2021 - Max Lewry, Indie Meyer, Keira Mulcahy, Jessica Mitchell, Lily Holdsworth, Tristan Bonaddio, Charlie Roseby, Sophia Pace, Ben Hogan, Ashlee O'Neill, Hudson Lamont, Macy Winter, William Nicholls

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

WEEKEND MASS TIMES: Please Note: During periods of State or Metropolitan lockdown, a weekly Sunday Mass may be viewed online following this link:

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