St John the Baptist Koo Wee Rup Newsletter

6 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

Dear Parents & Guardians

Welcome back to Term 4. I am hoping you found time to relax and spend quality time with your children (not remote learning related). Further information regarding the staged return of students will be sent out next week as details are confirmed. We are all looking forward to a return to face to face teaching over the next month.

During these times, the opportunities to gather as a school community are a challenge.  Therefore we would like to invite all families to join us in an Open Prayer Session on Monday 11th October at 7:00pm.  There is no pressure or expectation. If you choose to just listen along, you are more than welcome. The ZOOM session will only take 15 -20 mins. We will have the opportunity to “Gather, Listen and Reflect”. 

The ZOOM invitation will be sent via SeeSaw to families.  

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.

Socktober: Catholic Social Teaching helps us to show our understanding of poverty (local and globally) to help others. During the Pandemic, unfortunately those around the world who are vulnerable are further challenged by these times. During Socktober, we use this time to learn more about others in need, and where possible, donate money to support different charities. During Term 4, we will be taking donations and holding a Sock Day- to raise money. Further details to follow. 

Fee Concessions: Many in our school community continue to experience financial pressures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing lockdowns and we are committed to supporting those families through our School Fee Concession programs.  Fee payers requesting consideration for fee relief should contact either myself or Nancy Rintoule to discuss their school fee obligations.

May I also remind those who have recently qualified for a Centrelink Concession Card to contact the school to determine eligibility for a Category One Centrelink Concession Card Concession.

St John’s 2022 Foundations Transition Program: Unfortunately we are unable to conduct our planned onsite sessions. Families will receive a letter next week confirming arrangements for small group sessions via ZOOM meets.

Operoo requests for Onsite Schooling - Please note the following in relation to this:

  • Requests for onsite schooling are to be submitted each week by no later than 10am Sunday via the Operoo form provided, the forms opens every Friday morning. 

  • Work permits - current work permits for all parents are required to be uploaded each week via Operoo when requesting onsite. 

  • 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 the office.


Chris Dortmans, Principal


Term 4 
Mon 11 Oct - Open Prayer Session, 7pm via ZOOM

Fri 29 Oct - School Closure Day

Mon 1 Nov - School Closure Day 
Tue 2 Nov - Public Holiday (Melbourne Cup) 
Fri 10 Dec - Reports Home

Mon 13 Dec - Meet Your Teacher Day

Wed 15 Dec - Term 4 ends, 3:10pm 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 - 23 Sept - 13 Oct – Darcy Brown-Blackley, Taylor Halden, Hugh Quinn, Cooper Johnson, Summer Kenneth, Harper Leontini, Isabel Underwood, Luca Mulhall, Cooper Charles, River Price, Braelynn Johnson

Community Notices

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