Christ the King North Rocks Newsletter

2019, Term 4 Week 6: Friday 22nd November 2019

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

This weekend is the last Sunday in the Church’s liturgical year, with the readings focusing on  Jesus as Lord and King of the whole created universe. The feast of Christ the King brings to a close the year’s focus on the Gospel of Luke and reminds us the season of Advent is just beyond the horizon. The feast of Christ the King has implications for every aspect of our church life. We are reminded of the power of love in any and every aspect of our life. As in our daily lives, we struggle for truth and for justice, let us learn from Jesus to use the gift of love in all that we do, for it is with love that God conquered chaos, injustice and pain in our lives, and it is with love that Jesus continues to conquer all evil and bring us altogether in communion with our Heavenly Father .


Our parish will be celebrating its patronal feast day next Saturday evening, 23rd November, beginning with the 6 PM Mass presided over by Bishop Vincent. It will also be an opportunity to acknowledge and thank those many volunteers and ministers in our community for all the work they do throughout the year in so many areas.
After mass we will share supper in the parish hall providing a social opportunity for our parishioners to “catch” up with each other before Christmas. If parishioners could assist by providing a dish, salad or a dessert it would be gratefully appreciated. Also, assistance is required to set up tables and chairs in the MacKillop hall for the event on Saturday morning beginning after the 9am mass. All the family and friends of our community are invited to share this great social opportunity next Saturday evening. Look forward to seeing you there celebrating our parish feast day.


Congratulations to all the year three children in our Parish who made their First Reconciliation on Wednesday evening. On behalf of the parish and school community we would like to express our thanks and gratitude to the members of the Sacramental Team: Diane Campbell, Lesley Bosci, Cate Joseph and Ben Horne for all their wonderful work in assisting 50 children to prepare for First Reconciliation. May God bless these children and keep them always in the palm of His hand.


In recent weeks I have been finalising staffing for 2020. As a result of this I would like to welcome Miss Alley Casey, Miss Hayley Anschau and Miss Courtney Milone to Christ the King for 2020. We look forward to these three capable and committed educators to our school community from the beginning of next year. In 2020 Miss Michelle Ford will be taking leave with Mrs Monica Burley extending her maternity leave for 12 months. We wish both ladies an enjoyable and fulfilling break in their careers. Congratulations also to Mrs Samantha Roberts and her husband Andrew who are expecting their second child mid next year. Finally, the allocation of teachers for 2020 will be finalised in the coming weeks and will be published in our week 9 newsletter.


Just a reminder that supervision of a morning commences at 8:15am each day. In recent weeks, children are being dropped off as early as 7:30am and have been left unsupervised in the playground. Our CTK COHSC is available for parents who need to drop off children to school prior to 8:15am with casual vacancies available. This does not apply to children who arrive earlier for band and various extra curricular morning clubs. Your co-operation in this well being and safety matter is most appreciated and expected. Thank you.


After several delays the planned stage 2 [Years 3 and 4] refurbishment will commence at the conclusion of the school term. Over the summer holidays and into the first few weeks of term 1 next year, the planned work will be completed freshening up the classrooms, improving the lighting and establishing new learning structures that will be supported with the purchase of new furnishing more conducive to our collaborative learning.


In recent weeks our new Christ the King Primary School Facebook page has been launched by CEDP and is available to all members of our community. This social media platform has been established to showcase the learning and events that take place each day at CTK. It is not designed to be a forum to discuss any issues community members may have with the school, children or school staff. Comments of this nature will be removed immediately and the account of those responsible for blocked by the school account administrators. We look forward to this social media platform being a great asset to promote our school and community members that make it the great place it is.


Last Thursday I had the opportunity to officiate at the Diocesan Gymnastics Day. Just over 300 gymnasts from across our Diocesan schools took part in the gala day participating in four rotations. CTK was represented by a team of ten girls who performed across the four rotations throughout the day. As a result of their efforts poise and technique they were placed first in the “Teams 10” competition for the second year in a row. Congratulations to our girls on their efforts and sportsmanship throughout the day. Congratulations to Zara C who was placed 3rd overall in the Gold individual competition. Thank you to all our parent supporters who cheered our gymnasts from the stands and for preparing and training the girls in the lead up. A special thanks to Mrs Maryanne El-Sabbagh who took on the role as our team manager on the day ensuring our girls were warmed up and on time to each of their rotations. Well done to all concerned!  

A note will be coming home on Monday 25th November with the code for the MAI testing that will take place early 2020. Please see you receive this note from your child on Monday.   

Have a great week

Tony Hughes


Upcoming Events

Term 4 (Week 7)

Monday 25th November

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

Tuesday 26th November

  • Uniform Shop 8.00am-12.30pm
  • FINAL Literacy Club 8am
  • PE: Year 3,Year 2, Year 4 (Group1) 
  • Drama Club Years 3 & 4

Wednesday 27th November

  • Choir 8am
  • PE: Year 6, Kindergarten
  • Kindy morning tea with Parishioners
  • Drama Club Years 5 & 6
  • Chess (3 - 4pm) 

Thursday 28th November

  • PE: Year 5, Year 1, Year 4 (Group 2)
  • Year 6 Reconciliation 
  • Drama Club Years 1 & 2

Friday 29th November 

  • Band (7:45 am) and groups throughout the day
  • Year 6 at Mass
  • CTK Playgroup 10:30-11:30am
  • Ice Block Day

Term 4, (Week 8)

Monday 2nd December

  • Sport Program - All students in Sport Uniform
  • Surf Education Year 5 & Year 6
  • Cool Kids Music Club 3.00-4.30pm

Tuesday 3rd December

  • Uniform Shop 8.00am-12.30pm
  • PE: Year 3, Year 2, Year 4 (Group1)
  • Wednesday 4th December
  • Choir 8am
  • PE: Year 6, Kindergarten 
  • Gilroy College Orientation 
  • Chess (3 - 4pm)

Thursday 5th December

  • PE: Year 5, Year 1, Year 4 (Group 2)
  • Friday 6th December 
  • Performance Band 7:45am + group lessons throughout the day
  • CTK Playgroup- 10:30 - 11:30am
  • Ice Block Day

Advanced Notice: Mark in your diary


Wednesday 11th December

Christmas Concert

Friday 13th December

Meet your new Teacher day

Monday 16th December

Year 6 Motiv8 Day

Tuesday 17th December

2020 Swimming Carnival

Wednesday 18th December

Year 6 End of Year Function (Parent/Student Dinner) Last day of school for all Students

Thursday 19th December


Friday 20th December


Term dates for 2020

Term 1         

Tuesday 28th January – Wednesday 29th January   

Years1-6 Assessment days

Thursday 30th January

Years 1-6 begin school

Tuesday 28th  January – Thursday 30th January  

Kindergarten assessments days

Friday, 31st January 

Kindergarten begin full school days


Good Friday,                        Friday, 10th April       }

Easter Sunday,                     Sunday, 12th April   }  Public Holidays

Easter Monday,                   Monday, 13th April  } 


Last Day Term 1 : Thursday 9th April

Term 2      Monday,      27th April           to      Friday, 3rd July

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

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

Other School News

What's happening in Year 4

Year 4 have been learning about a new way to express their ideas through poetry.

Click here for more information

Chess at Christ the King

Students at Christ the King love to play chess, extolling the virtues of good sportsmanship and problem solving.

Click here for more information

Christ the King Students Compete in the Diocesan Gymnastics Day

Eleven girls from Christ the King place first in the team’s event at the Diocesan Gymnastics Gala Day.

Click here for more information.

ICAS High Achievers

Congratulations to the following students on their high achievement in ICAS


Year 5                                               

Daniel Wang  Credit

Jack Trofa      Merit

Year 6

Alec Mitchell   Distinction


Year 3

Christian Bechara     Distinction

Benjamin Khoury       Credit

Lincoln Hoekstra        Merit

Year 4

Claire Robertson     Credit

Cameron Lim           Credit

Year 5

Daniel Wang   Credit    

Alex Ding        Credit

Year 6

Alec Mitchell   Credit


Year 4

Mackenzie McBain       Credit

Year 5

Daniel Wang   Credit    

Alex Ding        Credit


Year 5

Daniel Wang   Credit    

Jack Trofa       Credit

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         6.00pm

Sunday            8.00am and 10.00am

Weekday Masses

Tuesday          7.30pm

Wednesday    9.00am

Thursday        9.00am

Friday              9.15am


Saturday        9.30am and 4.30pm


Saturday        8.30am

Calling Boy Shepherds

4 boys are needed between the ages of 10-13 to be shepherds for the Nativity scenes at the Carols by Candlelight. A parish event we share with other churches. 

20th December 7pm at North Rocks Park

No lines to learn because there are no speaking parts.

Simple costume: plain shorts, long plain T-Shirt and sandals

Interested Parents please ring Mike Yates on 0423 475 449


When: Fridays 10:00am - 11.30am (Term time only)

Where: CTK Hall, Statham Avenue North Rocks

Who: For children aged 0-5 and their carers

What: Play, socialise, create friendships

Come every week or come when you can


To register your interest in coming along or for further information

Contact :


Community News

Council of Catholic Schools - Parent Talk

Council of Catholic School Parents of NSW/ACT Newsletter including the new eSafety website, Police digital child safety handbook, update from education and more

Click here for more information

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 for