Christ the King North Rocks Newsletter

2020, Term 1 Week 6: Friday 6th March 2020.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

Last week we celebrated Ash Wednesday - the start of the season of Lent as we journey with Christ to the Easter Celebration whereby we celebrate his passion and resurrection. Pope Francis describes Lent as a "joyful season when we prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery with mind and heart renewed…as we recall the great events that gave us new life in Christ." During this Lenten journey we are encouraged stay focused on the Easter story and the prospect of salvation and resurrection at journey’s end so as not to let greed and self-interest govern our lives. The Holy Father reminds us that "the path to Easter demands that we renew our faces and hearts as Christians through repentance, conversion and forgiveness, so as to live fully the abundant grace of the paschal mystery," The fasting, praying and alms giving undertaken during Lent is a sacramental sign of this conversion,  becoming "children of God," as it draws us away from the selfish obsessions of life. Let us all strive to stand beside our brothers and sisters in need, sharing our spiritual and material goods with them.



Thank you to our parents who attended the parent information nights last week. A special thanks to the teachers who prepared their presentations. I trust the sessions proved useful in allowing you to gain a better understanding of what is happening in your child’s grade in regards to the learning agenda, behaviour expectations and the general protocols and procedures for the year ahead. If you were unable to attend the sessions please contact your child’s classroom teachers if you have any questions or require any clarification on any issue. 


This week we celebrate Catholic Schools week in NSW. Today we welcomed to our school new families and visitors who were here for the very first time. Thank you to our Year 6 students who were wonderful ambassadors for our school in conducting school tours with our new families. The feedback from these parents was very positive.  Congratulations and well done Year 6. As a Catholic community we are privileged to have come together this morning bonded by our faith as we celebrated the teaching and learning that takes place everyday, by every student, transforming the minds of our CTK children.


Enrolment packages are now available for families wishing to enrol their children in Kindergarten next year. Enrolment packages are available from the school office or school website. Please pass this offer onto any families you know who are considering enrolling their Kindergarten child at CTK in 2021.  Please complete the enrolment forms and return to the school office with the relevant requested documentation. Parents will be contacted over the next few weeks to make appointments for enrolment and school readiness interviews in May of Term 2. CTK also has vacancies available at present for any interested families wishing to enrol their children from K-6.


Next Monday 9th March, is our Annual Cross Country Carnival. Our children from Years 2-6 will run a most challenging course at Don Moore Reserve with the opportunity to qualify for the CTK team to participate in next term’s Diocesan event. A thank you to all the parents who have volunteered to assist at this event.  


Term 1 School Calendars were emailed home this week.  Please keep in mind every effort is made to have firm dates and publish these as early as possible. Changes beyond our control sometimes need to be made. Please be assured as much notice as possible is given if this occurs. 


Last Friday evening, the annual Kindergarten & New Families to CTK BBQ was held. The night was enjoyed by all who attended. It was a great opportunity for our new families to meet other parents whose children have begun at CTK this year. The children enjoyed the opportunity to play together as well the special guest appearances by Peppa Pig, Sponge Bob, Princess Sophia and Mickey Mouse. Our thanks go to the year 1 and student leadership parents who assisted on the night with cooking and preparation. Thank you also to both Mrs Cassar and Mrs Ritchie for all their organisation prior to the event. A special thanks to our CTK student leaders who served drinks and food on the night as well assisting in the setting and packing up. Well done to all concerned!


Please remember to label all your children’s clothing and item as it is much easier to return them to the rightful owner when they are lost. At the end of each week labelled clothing will be returned to the owner with unlabelled clothing being sent to the second hand clothing pool for resale. Unlabelled food containers at the end of each week will be disposed of.  Your co-operation in these matters will be greatly appreciated.


Have a safe and blessed week,

Tony Hughes



Upcoming Events

Term 1, Week 7

Monday 9th March

  • Sports Program - All students in Sport Uniform
  • CTK CROSS COUNTRY CARNIVAL (weather permitting) - Students in Years 2-6 participating
  • Cool Kids Music 3.00-4.30pm

Tuesday 10th March

  • AFL Gala day - Doyle Reserve Parramatta
  • Uniform Shop 8.00am-12.30pm
  • PE: Year 6, Kindergarten
  • Drama Club at lunchtime - Years 3 & 4

Wednesday 11th March

  • Rugby League Gala day - Binalong Reserve Parramatta
  • PE: Year 5, Year 2, Year 4 [Group 1]
  • Drama Club at lunchtime - Years 5 & 6
  • 2pm Class Parent Representative meeting - Staffroom
  • Chess 3pm - 4pm
  • 3:15 - 4:15pm : Rugby League Clinic

Thursday 12th March

  • PE: Year 3, Year 1, Year 4 [Group 2]
  • Drama Club at lunchtime - Years 1 & 2

Friday 13th March

  • 7:45am Performance Band (returning students from 2019 only)
  • Band groups throughout the day

Term 1, Week 8

Monday 16th March

  • Sports Program - All students in Sport Uniform
  • Cool Kids Music 3.00-4.30pm

Tuesday 17th March

  • Uniform Shop 8.00am-12.30pm
  • PE: Year 6, Kindergarten
  • Drama Club at lunchtime - Years 3 & 4

Wednesday 18th March

  • PE: Year 5, Year 2, Year 4 [Group 1]
  • Year 6 Reconciliation
  • Drama Club at lunchtime - Years 5 & 6
  • Chess 3pm - 4pm
  • Rugby League Clinic 3:15pm - 4:15pm

Thursday 19th March

  • PE: Year 3, Year 1, Year 4 [Group 2]
  • Year 6 at Mass 
  • Drama Club at lunchtime - Years 1 & 2

Friday 20th March - SCHOOL PHOTO DAY

  • Year 4 Reconciliation
  • Ice blocks at lunchtime  $1

Advanced Notice: Mark in your diary for 2020

Friday 20th March


Tuesday 24th March

  • School Photo make-up day (for students that are absent on photo day)

Wednesday 1st April

  • First Holy Communion Parent Information Night

Thursday 2nd April - Friday 3rd April

  • Year 6 visiting Canberra
  • First Holy Communion registration portal opens

Thursday 9th April


Friday 10th April

  • First Holy Communion Registration portal closes

Term dates for 2020

Term 1         

Last Day Term 1 : Thursday 9th April

Good Friday,                        Friday, 10th April       }

Easter Sunday,                     Sunday, 12th April   }  Public Holidays

Easter Monday,                   Monday, 13th April  } 

Term 2      Monday,      27th April    (Staff Development / Pupil Free Day)

                   Students begin on Tuesday 28th April      to      Friday, 3rd July

Term 3      Monday,      20th July             to      Friday, 25th September

Term 4      Monday,      12th October     to      Wednesday 16th December


Monday 27th April

Thursday 17th December

Friday 18th December

Other School News

Class Parent Representatives

Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to be our Class Parent Representatives for 2020.

For those parents available, there will be a short meeting next Wednesday 11th March at 2pm in the Staffroom.

We hope you can join us.

2020 Class Parent Representatives

Kindergarten : Mrs Rebecca Johnston, Mrs Christianne Sakr & Mrs Louise Martin

Year 1 : Mrs Vanessa Laba and Mrs Claudia Loulach

Year 2 : Mrs Joanne Alphonse and Mrs Sandra Wainwright

Year 3 : Mrs Greta Metz and Ms Tina Elias

Year 4 : Mrs Nicole Hochbaum and Mrs Kylie Warner

Year 5 : Mrs Natalie Bertie

Year 6 : Ms Tina Elias

Updated advice regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Parramatta Diocesan Update 

  • Any student or staff member who has been in, or transited through, mainland China (not just Hubei province), Iran or South Korea is excluded from work, school or child care services for 14 days from the date they left mainland China,  Iran or South Korea (as the COVID-19 incubation period can be as long as two weeks). Please note that South Korea was added to this list on Thursday 5 March.

  • While there is currently no ban on travellers from Italy, there are now enhanced screening processes for travellers from that country.

  • Any confirmed case of COVID-19 will be excluded from school or workplaces until they are medically cleared to return.

  • Anyone who has had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be excluded for 14 days since last contact with the confirmed case.

  • Students and staff who have returned to Australia from mainland China or Iran more than 14 days ago and have shown no symptoms are able to return to school.

We will provide you with further information as the COVID-19 matter continues to evolve. 

To support the continued health and wellbeing of students, staff and school communities, hygiene is very important. Please remind all students about good handwashing and general hygiene practices. 

It is also very important to remind students and staff not to attend school or other workplaces if they feel unwell.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Further information on COVID-19 is also available from NSW Health. Travel advice is available at Smart Traveller.

Term 1, 2020 School Fee Statements

School Fee Statements for 2020 were mailed out from the Parramatta Diocesan Office last Monday 17th February.  

If you have not as yet received your Statement please contact Susan Ritchie on 8846 2700 to organise a reprint of your statement.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you have not taken up one of the flexible payment offers, and have opted to pay your statement via the 30 day terms then the due date for Term 1 School Fees is 18th March, 2020.

2020 Cross Country - Monday 9th March : Students from Year 2 - Year 6

NEXT MONDAY 9th March is our CTK CROSS COUNTRY CARNIVAL. Weather permitting, the carnival will be held at Don Moore Reserve, North Rocks (Tiernan Avenue, North Rocks). 

This carnival will be used as our selection for our Cross Country team to represent Christ the King in the Parramatta Diocese Cross Country in Term 2.

This is a normal school day.   All students are required to attend the carnival.   All students from Year 2-6 will be competing with the top six from each event qualifying to represent CTK.

Order of Events






12 Year boys and girls



11 Year boys and girls



10 Year boys and girls



8 and 9 Year boys and girls


N.B.  The times scheduled for these events are a guide only. The convener reserves the right to alter order of events.

Please ensure that ***ALL ITEMS ARE MARKED WITH YOUR CHILD’S NAME*** and remind students to bring:

The children are to wear:

Christ the King sports uniform and sport shoes / joggers

School hat

Jacket and tracksuit pants (for cooler weather)


The children are to bring:

Drink bottle with plenty of water

Wet weather gear – rain jacket (depending on the weather)

Asthma puffer if applicable (MUST BE CARRIED BY STUDENTS AT ALL TIMES).  If your child suffers from Asthma please remind them to have their recommended dose before their run and repeat their dose after finishing the run.  We ask you to reiterate to your child that if they feel distress (breathing difficulties) after their run that they must go and speak with their teacher.

In the event of Wet Weather we will send a Skoolbag notifying parents as early as possible of the reschedulement of the event. Our back up date is the 16th March.

Looking forward to a great day.

Aaron Debrincat

Sport Coordinator


School Photo Day - Friday 20th March (Week 8)

Online Order Code:  FYK 386 HDG
Online orders for SIBLING PHOTOS  must be received by Thursday 19th March
Online orders for STUDENT / GRADE PHOTOS must be received by Friday 20th March

If you prefer to use an order envelope, please contact the School Office.  Envelopes (by request only) will be sent home from next Monday 9th March

General Photos taken on the day

Individual photos of students

Grade photos

Sibling photos (students at CTK only)

Specialty Photos taken on the day - order information for Specialty Photos will be sent home after photo day

Student Leadership Team

Chess Club

Drama Club


Cool Kids Music

·  THE PREFERRED STUDENT PHOTO ORDER METHOD IS ONLINE HOWEVER A STUDENT ORDER ENVELOPE will be sent home soon if you prefer this method.   If you choose to use a Student Order envelope, each of your children will need their OWN ENVELOPE.


·  If using a Student Order envelope, credit card payment is NOT an option. Cash, cheque or money order will only be accepted in the Student Order envelope.  If paying by cash, CORRECT PAYMENT MUST BE ENCLOSED—NO CHANGE WILL BE GIVEN. Please note:  the school office does not hold cash and therefore will not be able to supply any change.


·   THE PREFERRED SIBLING PHOTO ORDER METHOD IS ONLINE HOWEVER A SIBLING ORDER ENVELOPE will soon be available from the Office.  These envelopes will only be sent home upon request.  If using a Sibling Order envelope, credit card payment is NOT an option. Cash, cheque or money order will only be accepted in the Sibling Order envelope.  If paying by cash, CORRECT PAYMENT MUST BE ENCLOSED—NO CHANGE WILL BE GIVEN. Please note:  the school office does not hold cash and therefore will not be able to supply any change.


·   Parents are asked to ensure that children wear their full school summer uniform i.e.  no jewellery, maroon hair ribbons, neat hair, no nail polish, no make-up, clean shoes, practise smiling.


Students who are absent on photo day will only have their individual photo taken on this day. Grade photos will not be retaken.

Students must wear full summer uniform and bring PE uniform to change if it is their PE day.

Parish News

Parish Office Information, Parish Mass Times, Reconciliation and Rosary

Parish office hours are Mondays - Fridays 9am - 4pm.

Our current contact details are phone: 9871 8710 and email:

Weekend Masses

Saturday         5.30pm

Sunday            8.00am and 10.00am

Weekday Masses

Tuesday          7.30pm

Wednesday    9.00am

Thursday        9.00am

Friday              9.15am


Saturday        9.30am and 4.00pm


Saturday        8.30am

School Notes

Parent Volunteers at CTK should visit the Parent Involvement page and complete the ‘Volunteer Form’ to be able to assist in any capacity as a volunteer within the school.
Parent Volunteers at CTK should visit the Parent Involvement page and complete the ‘Child Protection Training Module’ to be able to assist in any capacity as a volunteer within the school.
Click on title, go to Administration, print and complete the ‘Application for Extended Leave’ form to apply for student leave other than illness