St John the Baptist Koo Wee Rup Newsletter

27 April 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 2, we hope our families enjoyed the break and had a wonderful Easter. 

It was lovely to finish off Term 1 with parents/visitors onsite to witness the Stations of the Cross, hopefully we can continue to invite our school community to events throughout the year. 

COVID Requirements: With recent changes announced by the Government in relation to COVID isolation rules etc we have provided a letter to all families which outlines the current information in relation to this. If you have any queries after reading this information please give the office a call. A further supply of Rapid Antigen Tests will be sent home to families tomorrow. 

Mothers Day Breakfast: Friday 6 May: We are pleased to announce that we are able to run our Mothers Day Breakfast this year, please keep an eye out on Operoo for the invitation over the coming days, a response will be required by Monday 1 May to allow for catering. Please note there is no vaccination requirement to attend this event. 

Nude Food Tuesdays: St John's is creating a greater awareness of sustainability in our school community by introducing 'Nude Food Tuesdays’ for the remainder of the year and by providing paper and cardboard recycling boxes in classrooms.

All students, from Foundation to Grade 6, will be learning more about sustainability during STEM classes throughout Term 2.

Our Nude Food Tuesdays aim to encourage families to provide a rubbish free lunch for students at school.

 'Nude Food' is food that comes to school without disposable packaging – extra plastic bags, paper bags, wrappings, cling wraps, tetra packs or disposable plastic tubs.

SchoolsTV: Our school is now licensed to have access to SchoolTV,  a new online resource that provides credible and sound information with realistic, practical ongoing support strategies for parents in their endeavour to raise happy, healthy and resilient young people.

Topics are handled sensitively to suit primary aged children and to support families in many different areas of Wellbeing such as; anxiety, cyberbullying, school transitioning, bullying, resilience and blended families, to name a few. A range of well known authors and psychologists, such as Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, have shared their thoughts on some of the topics too.

Links to specifically relevant articles, videos and information, will regularly appear in our school newsletter.

Please follow this link for more information :    SchoolTV

Winter Uniform Term 2: All students are to wear winter uniform during terms 3 & 4, hats are no longer required on the yard. A reminder also that full school uniform is to be worn at all times - please see Uniform Guidelines in the Parent Info section of the Skoolbag App if you are unsure. 

OSHC: We are still in the process of finalising OSHC arrangements with our new provider and will inform families as we are able. 


Chris Dortmans, Principal

Junior News

Welcome back Junior Families to Term 2! Hopefully you had a refreshing Easter break and were able to spend lots of quality time together. This Term ought to be another exciting 9 weeks as we look forward to a range of different learning activities!

The big change to our learning this term will be our new Inquiry Unit. Inquiry this Term will cover a range of curriculum topics including Geography, History and Intercultural Understandings. Foundation students will be delving into the question: ‘Where in the World do I Live?’ They will unpack knowledge of their families and hometowns. Grades 1 and 2 students will investigate the question: ‘What do we know about the place in which we live and learn?’. Focussing their learning at the local community level and comparing the past to the present.

We look forward to the exciting learning we will have this Term in Inquiry and some upcoming activities to go with it!

A gentle reminder to return all the reader books that were given out for the holidays. We will return to 2 books each day at your child’s current reading level.

Middle/Senior News

We hope you’ve had a wonderful break and welcome all our senior students back for another term. 

The big buzz for the middle school is of course Sovereign Hill Camp which is happening this week! After so many cancelled camps and excursions over the past couple of years it is so exciting to be able to set off and enjoy this learning experience together.

We thank John Camilerri, president of the Koo Wee Rup RSL, for coming to speak to our grade 5 and 6 students about ANZAC Day on Tuesday. We love hearing from John and learning from his vast knowledge base all about this important Australian Day.

We also have a busy tem to look forward to which includes swimming, Sacraments, NAPLAN, Cross Country, Mothers Day breakfast, disco and St John the Baptist Feast Day just to name a few!! We urge you to keep an eye on the dates section of the newsletter to keep on top of everything that’s going on.


Rejoice, Rejoice for the Season of Easter is still upon us. We stay in this space until the 5th of June (Pentecost Sunday)  to help us reflect and think about the Risen Christ and how the disciples must have been filled with grief as their master/Lord had died. This week we begin the process for First Eucharist students who will be committing to their faith journey for the next 6 weeks. We wish them well and let them know they are supported in this faith community along with their families.

Mothers Day Liturgy

Next Friday in the church 11:30am 6th May .

Parents are welcome to attend. 



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

Sun 1 - First Holy Communion (Eucharist) Commitment Mass, 9:30am St Johns Church
Wed 4 - Grade 6 Activity Day at Mary MacKillop
Thu 5 - Mothers Day Stall
Thu 5 - First Holy Communion (Eucharist) Parent/Child Workshop, 7pm St Johns Hall
Fri 6 - Mothers Day Breakfast, 7:00am to 8:30am (Details and booking via Operoo from Fri 29/4)
Fri 6 - Mothers Day Liturgy, 11:30am in the Church
Fri 6 - House Cross Country
Mon 9 - School Closure Day
Tue 10 - Board Meeting, 6pm
Tue 17 - District Cross Country
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, Thu 2, & Fri 3 - Whole School Swimming Lessons
Sun 19 - Sacrament of First Holy Communion (Eucharist), 9:30am, St Johns Church

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 - 14 Arp to 11 May - Arshbir Singh, Adarshbir Singh, Luca Chapman,Jack Holdsworth, Liam Peters, Timothy Williams, Skylah Meyer, Imogen Mullen, Harley Stivey, Skye Colley-Curtin, Sophie Daley, Kaiden Evans, Samantha Mure

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