Christ the King North Rocks Newsletter

Term 1 Week 6: Friday 4th March, 2022.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,  

Over the years at the beginning of Lent, I have often been asked by parents – 'How do I explain Lent to my children?' This maybe the case for some of our families at this time,  so I have shared below my reflection from this week’s Ash Wednesday liturgy.


Ash Wednesday is the first day of the season of Lent. If we look around the church today we see the Lenten colour purple. Gone are all the green banners and flowers of ordinary time.


Lent is a very special time in our lives when we are encouraged to pray, give up things we enjoy and make a difference in the lives of others by doing kind things for others as we prepare to celebrate the Easter. Over the next forty days of Lent we are asked to follow Jesus on his final journey to Calvary where he died on the cross for us all. 


Despite all the suffering he endured, Jesus showed mercy and forgiveness to those who sentenced him to his death. During Lent we are encouraged to show the love and forgiveness to others as Jesus did to those who ordered and carried out his crucifixion. During Lent, let's follow the example  Jesus showed us during the events of Holy week to help us make good choices and help others whenever we can.


St Matthew in  our Gospel reading today is encouraging us during this period of  Lent to reach out to others in need, make a difference in their lives without expecting anything in return. Make an effort to do something for someone in need, not because of reward or acknowledgment, but because it is the right thing to do. It is what Jesus would do and what He would  want us to do.  


The ashes placed on your foreheads this morning are a reminder to us all of the Lenten promises we will make in our lives and encourage us to give of ourselves to others and their needs over the next few weeks.


During Lent, let’s make an effort to pray more and think of others. Project Compassion reminds us of those who don’t have access to basic needs such as water , shelter , food and medicine – things that we take for granted. Let’s think about what we can do to help and ask ourselves how  can we make a difference in their lives?


As we journey through the season of Lent, let’s remember the death and resurrection of Jesus during  the Easter celebrations.


Let’s do what we can and do it with hope now and for all future generations.


Thank you to parents who continue to test their children using the RAT kits. It is important that children exhibiting flu like symptoms be tested. A reminder that students who test positive are to remain in isolation for seven days. A negative test result needs to be provided after seven days prior to the student returning to school. A reminder that all adults are required to wear a mask when on the school site. Thanks for your co-operation in these matters.


Next week we celebrate Catholic Schools week. We will be holding tours for new parents ONLY whose children will be enrolling at CTK in 2023. Tours will be held in a COVID safe manner next Thursday 10th March at 9am. A reminder to our existing families that we are now taking Kindergarten enrolments for next year. Enrolment packages are available at the school office.


We continue to pray for Mrs Atkinson who is under on going cancer treatment.  We also pray for Ashton Bergan [brother of Knox and Clayton ] who continues to improve following his accident several weeks ago. Ashton has regained some movement in his limbs and is gradually improving each day as he continues his rehabilitation in hospital.


Congratulations to our swimming team who braved the wet on Tuesday to represent CTK at the  Hills Zone carnival.  Special thanks to the parents who stood in the rain and mud to cheer on our swimmers . A special thank you to Mrs Kelly Hoskins who organised and accompanied our team on the day. Congratulations to Michaela Bosci who made it through to the Diocesan carnival to be held next Friday.


Parents who choose to use the drive through facilities in both Burradoo and Statham Ave are to remain in their vehicles as parents getting out of cars is slowing down the flow of traffic. Please have your children organised so they are able to alight from the car independently. Please be reminded that whilst you wait on the drive through pick up queues of afternoon, that you observe all road rules including not queuing across driveways, pedestrian crossings or blocking traffic turning right left into Statham Ave. Police have informed me that it is imperative that parents using the pick up do not obstruct the flow of traffic in Statham Ave in either direction, as people infringing  will be booked and the viability of the pickup reviewed by council. The safety of all our community needs to be observed in these matters. Thank you.

Have a great week

Tony Hughes


Something to ponder

Love to sing without judgement, flex your vocal cords at Mass this weekend.

Upcoming Events

Term 1 Week 7


Monday 7th March

  • Sports Program: All students in sports uniform
  • Cool Kids Music Club 3.00-4.30pm

Tuesday 8th March

  • PE: Year 5, Year 3 & Year 4 (Gr1)  Please notice change for Year 3
  • Uniform Shop 8.00am - 12.30pm by appointment only

Wednesday 9th March

  • PE: Year 1 & Kindergarten  Please notice change for Year 1
  • Online Chess: Beginner/Rookie 3.45-4.45pm
  • Online Chess: Intermediate/advanced 5.00-6.00pm

Thursday 10th March

  • PE: Year 6, Year 2 & Year 4 (Gr2)
  • CTK Catholic Schools Week - Open Day 9.15am

Friday 11th March

  • Band commences
  • Diocesan Swimming Carnival Blacktown Aquatic Centre
  • Ice Block Day

Term 1 Week 8


Monday 14th March

  • Sports Program: All students in sports uniform
  • Cool Kids Music 3.00-4.30pm

Tuesday 15th March

  • PE: Year 5, Year 3 & Year 4 (Gr1)  Please notice change for Year 3
  • Uniform Shop 8.00am - 12.30pm by appointment only

Wednesday 16th March

  • PE: Kindergarten and Year 1 Please notice change for Year 1
  • Chess online

Thursday 17th March

  • PE: Year 6, Year 2 & Year 4 (Gr2)

Friday 18th March

  • Band 7.45am (existing students from 2021 only) Band groups throughout the day.
  • Ice Block Day

Dates for your diary

Friday 25th March

  • Back Up Cross Country Day

Friday 8th April

  • Last Day Term 1

Monday 25th April

  • Anzac Day Public Holiday

  • Term 2:    Tuesday 26th April to Friday 1st July

    Term 3:    Monday 18th July to Friday 23rd September

    Term 4:    Monday 10th October to Friday 16th December

Other School News

RE News

Ash Wednesday

On Wednesday, we gathered in two groups to commemorate the beginning of Lent with an Ash Wednesday Liturgy.

During the Liturgy, we learnt that Lent is a time for following Jesus and  getting ready for Easter. We received ashes and enjoyed praying together in the Church. 

Thank you to all who assisted with the liturgies and thank you to all the parents and grandparents who were able to attend. It was lovely to gather in person after such a long time online.

During this special time of Lent, let us try to make a difference in the lives of others.

Project Compassion - Wednesday 9th March Technology-Free Day

During Lent, we remember the people who are less fortunate than we are. In the past we have bought in coins to put in our Project Compassion boxes. With our school now being cashless, we are able to donate to Project Compassion through the Qkr app.

This year we would like to raise awareness in our community about how blessed we are and help our children understand that some people in the world have  very little.

We will be holding a Technology-Free Day at Christ the King next Wednesday. There will be no ipads, airplay or computers used by the children on this day. We are encouraging the children to talk to their families about the day and decide as a family, what amount should be donated on the Qkr app. Children may like to give something up at home to play their part in the donation. 

You may even like to try Technology Free Day in your homes.

Our school captains and prefects will be working with each grade to raise awareness for this worthy cause.

All donations can be made via the Qkr App in the same way we purchase ice-blocks. There is a suggested  amount of $5 but families can donate as little or as much as you see fit.

Library News

Premier's Reading Challenge 2022

All students at CTK are enrolled in the PRC each year. This is a great opportunity for your children to be recognised for reading good books for pleasure. There are 100s of PRC books in the Holy Faith Library and students are encouraged to borrow these books each week. CTK students will get their logins at the beginning of Term 3, in the meantime, paper Reading Record sheets have been given to Infant students and electronic Reading Record sheets have been shared with Primary students.

Find more information at the end of this newsletter and you can visit the website for a list of books in each category. 

 Parent letter intro prc.doc

Sarah Cook

Teacher Librarian LTST

Kindergarten Item


This has been a very exciting week in Kindergarten!

We have been learning about Lent and how we can be more like Jesus by

  • Giving to those who aren’t as lucky as us

  • Being kind to others

  • Praying

We celebrated Shrove Tuesday by making pancakes in our classroom! We loved helping the teachers measure out the ingredients, mix the batter and of course eat up the yummy pancakes once they were cooked.

On Ash Wednesday, we were so excited to have our first visit to the Christ the King Church. We learnt how to be reverent, pray and how to say Amen when we received our ashes.

Captains Chat

We recently celebrated Ash Wednesday in our Christ The King Church by distributing ashes to everyone on their forehead.

On Wednesday we also started our Lenten Season. This is the season where we give up something we love for forty days as a sacrifice. Jesus gave up food and water for forty days in the desert and he sacrificed his life for us.

Finance Update


School Fees Statements have been posted out from CEDP.

For those opting for the 30 day payment arrangement the Due date for Term 1 School Fees accounts - 16th March.

Flexible payment options will be noted on your account statement.If you do not receive a Statement by the end of next week (Week 5) please contact me at the school office for a re print.

Susan Ritchie

Senior Finance Manager

Parish News

Mass / Christ the King Parish

COVID-19 restrictions have now been lifted and Masses have recommenced at Christ the King Parish.

Daily Masses have commenced each Wednesday at 9am, Thursday at 9am, Friday at 9.15am and Saturday at 9am.Please note there will be no Tuesday evening Masses until further notice. Weekend Masses have commenced with the Vigil Mass on Saturday at 5.30pm and continue on Sunday at 8am and 10am.

Please note the following:

Registration for Mass attendance will occur via the QR code utilising the Service New South Wales application on your smartphone. Pre-registration is no longer necessary.

The Christ the King parish QR Code is located on the windows of the church for parishioners to scan and register themselves and any dependents. If you do not have a smartphone, wardens will invite you to register by recording your name and phone number/email address manually on the sheets located in the church foyer. Please remember to check out after you leave Mass.

All attendees over the age of 12, must be wearing face masks before entering the church.

Many thanks for your cooperation in remaining compliant with our parish COVID safety plan.

Volunteers needed

We are seeking members of the CTK school community to volunteer themselves to the CTK church cleaning ministry. Our roster sees the school group performing maintenance cleaning to the inside of our parish church for up to one hour every 6 weeks. The cleaning requirements are nothing more than you would do in your own home. Sanitisation to NSW Health requirements is undertaken by a different group within the church.

We appreciate any time that you can give. Cleaning days for the first half of the year are from 10.15am Fridays on 19 February, 2 April, 14 May and 25 June.

Please contact Gemma (0413422431 or or Julie (0414571664 or to register your interest.

With thanks,

Gemma Smart and Julie Bechara

CTK Primary School Church Cleaning Ministry Group

Community News

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