St John the Baptist Koo Wee Rup Newsletter

20 October 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

It has been wonderful to welcome back the Foundation students, seeing their happy smiles and hearing their chatter is delightful. It’s amazing how they have grown, and how confidently they have returned to routines and expectations. We eagerly look forward to welcoming back the rest of our students over the next couple of weeks. Please see the amended return to school schedule as emailed to all families on 18 October. 

If you are looking for some tips to support your child's smooth return to school please see the flyer after the Principal's Report - 5 Tips to support your children returning to school. 

I thank the students, particularly in the older grades, for truly living the St John’s WALK in the way they have accepted their responsibility to ‘Keep Safe’ while following good hygiene practices especially now that face masks are to be worn indoors. I would also like to thank parents for ensuring their children are coming to school with their own, well fitted masks.

School Hats: During Term 4, school hats must be worn at recess, lunch and all outside activities. This is in line with our SunSmart policy. If students do not have a hat they will need to stay under the veranda.  Hats can be purchased online from the uniform shop.

Whole School Liturgy: On the 5th November, to celebrate the return of all students, we will be holding a School Liturgy via ZOOM. Parents will be invited to join this Liturgy if they wish  - further information and ZOOM link will be sent out closer to the event.

Building Project: The building project is really starting to move with the steel framework going up this week and the building now starting to take shape. (See photos below).

Reminders for Onsite Requests via Operoo and End of Day Operoo Form

  • Requests for onsite schooling are to be submitted each week by no later than 10am Sunday via the Operoo form provided. The forms open every Friday morning, please ensure they are completed before the required time. 

  • Work permits - are no longer required. 

  • If your child is booked for onsite and you no longer require this please let us know at your earliest convenience via Skoolbag submission, phone call or email to both Di & Nancy.

  • End of Day Operoo form - parents are required to complete this each day that your child is onsite at school. The form opens at approx. 3:30pm for the following day and closes at 12noon on the day it relates to - please ensure this is completed at your earliest convenience prior to the form closing. 


    Chris Dortmans, Principal

Religious Education - News

Thank you to the families who joined in with our Community Prayer Service held online via Zoom on the 7th October. It was an opportunity for families to 'gather, listen and reflect' while opening the Word of God through the Gospel. We look forward to holding more prayer nights online to serve our community. 


Bernadette Hance, Religious Education Leader

Friends of St Johns - Card Fundraiser

Mixed box of 40 cards for $30. 

These are available now via CDFpay:

Orders will close at 12noon on Friday 5 November.

Delivery is expected a couple of weeks after orders close. 

No late orders can be accepted. 

Building Works Progress Photo


Term 4 
Mon 1 Nov - School Closure Day
Tue 2 Nov - Melbourne Cup Day (Public Holiday) 
Fri 5 Nov - All students return to school (subject to Government confirmation) 
Wed 8 Dec - Grade 6 Graduation (TBC - details be provided to families in the coming weeks as we are able to confirm planning) 
Fri 10 Dec - Reports Home 

Mon 13 Dec - Meet Your Teacher Day

Thu 16 Dec - Students Finish

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 - 14 - 27 Oct - Ethan Stewart, Lyla Hancock, Noah Machado, Hayley Norbury, Archie McKinlay, Mackenzie Heard, Myla Radivo

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