Christ the King North Rocks Newsletter

2019, Term 1 Week 10 : Friday 5th April 2019

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

In this Sunday’s gospel the Pharisees were right to condemn the action of an individual but were wrong to condemn the individual as they too were sinners. It was through the sharing of Jesus’ love and not by their condemnation of a “few” who changed the woman’s life. At no stage did Jesus condone her actions. He acknowledged that she had sinned but forgave her for her actions. His love and compassion changed her because he loved her and refused to condemn her. As we come to the end of our Lenten journey, perhaps next time we find ourselves criticising another person, we could ask ourselves two questions. Do I know this person? Do I know their circumstances? If I don’t, then there may be a place for criticising what he or she is doing, but is there a place for criticising the individual? Secondly If I know this person, do I appreciated who they are as an individual, a descendent of our Lord? Let us be remembered of the love Christ shares with all of us and that we are only human and subject to making mistakes. May the love Jesus showed the vulnerable, the outcast and those who condemned him to death evident by the Easter story,   inspire us to be forgiving of those who trespass against us.

Mr Ben Horne appointed Acting Religious Education Coordinator

Congratulations to Mr Ben Horne who has been appointed Acting Religious Education Coordinator for Term 2.

Mr Horne will take over the role from Mrs Burley who has been seconded as Religious Teaching Educator for the Diocese of Parramatta for the next few months.  She will be working with schools and students across our Diocese in an advisory capacity.  We wish Monica every success in her acting role next term.

No right turn onto Statham

Thank you to the majority of families who have supported the NO right hand turn out of the driveway of the afternoon onto Statham Ave. It is disappointing that a small minority of drivers are ignoring the request when I have not been out the front of an afternoon to ensure people are complying with the directive and exiting safely from the school. Following the trial, it is evident that this new initiative may be a touch inconvenient for some, but is certainly much safer for all concerned exiting the site easing traffic congestion. As a result of these benefits the NO RIGHT TURN onto Statham will be put into place permanently between 2:30pm- 3:15pm. Your continued support of this new safety initiative is greatly appreciated by our community and passing motorists. If you have any concerns or question pertaining to this initiative, please feel free to contact me.

Holy Week

Today as a school community we shared in the Holy Week story. Students from each grade led us through scripture, prayer and song as we journeyed with Jesus from Palm Sunday to his betrayal, crucifixion and death. Thank you to the staff and children for preparing and sharing the Easter story with us. A special thanks to our REC Mrs. Burley for her preparation and drive in working with the    teachers and students to bring our Easter story alive. Thank you also to our parents and parishioners who were able to join us today. Next Monday, our Easter celebrations will conclude with our Easter hat parade with many creative hats being worn to celebrate the spirit of Easter. I’m sure there will be many hours spent using glue guns, scissors and thread- thanks Mum and Dad! 

Parent Workshop (Wednesday 10th April)

Next Wednesday 10th April we will be holding our first parent workshop. This workshop is for all parents who want to learn a little more about the Technology Policy, the devices we use as well as how we use technology here at CTK.

This will be a hand’s on workshop and will allow you time to ask questions based on your child’s needs. 

Points of discussion:

  • CTK Acceptable Use of Technology Policy
  • Using Google Suite (email, drive, docs, classroom)
  • How Technology is integrated into our day to day teaching
  • Supportive learning apps

We hope you can join us.

Please avoid parking in Bowral St on Friday mornings

This morning I have a request from several neighbours in Bowral Street. Parents on Friday mornings are parking on the street in front of resident’s bins that are on the kerb for collection. The residents have informed me that there is no consistency each week to the time contractors arrive to empty their bins, therefore creating concern that if access is blocked by parked cars their bins will not be emptied. My advice would be not to park for any length of time in Bowral street on Friday morning, so these issues can be avoided. Your assistance in this matter is greatly appreciated. Thank you

Canberra Field Trip

Next Thursday and Friday I will be accompanying our year six students and their teachers on the Canberra field trip. Throughout this term the children have been studying democracy, the election process and the various levels of government within our Australia communities.  We will keep you abreast of our travels over the two days via Skoolbag.

End of Term 1

It is hard to believe that we are coming to the last week of Term 1. The term has gone very quickly. Thank you to all our students, families and staff who have helped out at school in so many varied and different ways over the Term. I thank you all for your continuing support.

Best wishes to everyone for a happy and holy Easter and an enjoyable and restful two weeks. We look forward to commencing the new term with you on Monday 29th April.

Tony Hughes

Upcoming Events

Term 2 (Week 1)

Monday 29th April
  • Sport Program: All children in PE uniform
  • ANZAC Day Liturgy (Scouts, Cubs etc. may wear their uniforms today)
Tuesday 30th April
  • Uniform Shop (8am - 12:30pm)
  • PE: Year 6 and Kindergarten
Wednesday 1st May
  • PE: Year 5 and Kindergarten
  • Parent Retreat Day - St Joseph's Baulkham Hills
  • Chess (3 - 4pm)
  • Parra Diocesan Softball trials (registered students only)
Thursday 2nd May
  • PE: Years 1, 3 and 4 (Group 2)
  • Yr 5 Mum's Night Out
Friday 3rd May
  • Band (7:45 am) and groups throughout the day
  • Parra Diocesan Rugby trials

Advanced Notice: Mark in your diary

Monday 10 AprilMother's Day celebrations:
Liturgy, morning tea followed by luncheon
Tuesday 14 May - Friday 24 MayNAPLAN (Years 3 and 5)
Friday 7th JuneCTK Athletics Carnival
Friday 5th July

Last Day Term 2:
Staff Development/ Pupil free day

Friday 27th SeptemberLast day Term 3:
Staff Development/ Pupil free day

Important Announcement

Our newsletter format has changed

From today, the fortnightly CTK Newsletter format has changed. The newsletter will contain the IMPORTANT Principal's Address which contains information vital to the running of the school, and, this fortnight's events. The remainder of the newsletter will be a portal to our webpage. All stories and administration information will be linked directly to the website. 

The Skoolbag App is where you will be kept up-to-date on the day to day running of the school. It is essential that parents have the app and read all notifications as they appear.

Hard copies of the newsletter will no longer be available.

Approved Community News items will now be sent as Skoolbag notifications and will have an expiry date.

Easter Mass Times for Holy Week Celebrations


Friday 12th April
  • 2nd Rite of Reconciliation at St John 23rd Stanhope Gardens (7:30pm)
Monday 15th April
  • 2nd Rite of Reconciliation at St Michael's Baulkham Hills (7:30pm)
Holy Thursday 18th April
  • Mass of the Lord's Supper at CTK Church (7:30pm)
Good Friday 19th April
  • Stations of the Cross at CTK Church (10am)
  • Celebration of the Lord's Passion at CTK Church (3pm)
Saturday 20th April
  • Individual Reconciliation at CTK Church (3 - 4pm)
  • Please note: No reconciliation at 9am
Easter Vigil Saturday 20th April
  • CTK Church (6pm)
Easter Sunday 21st April
  • Masses (8am and 10am) at CTK Church

Other School News

Students re-enact the events of Holy Week

The Faith in Action Team have been working over the weeks to help Kindergarten understand the events of Palm Sunday.

Click here to view the performance...

Faith In Action Team

This week the team performed Palm Sunday for the Kindergarten students.

Click here to watch the video.

What's been happening in Kindergarten

It's been a very busy 10 weeks in Kindergarten.

Click here to read the full story.

Year 6 visiting our nation's capital

Best wishes to our Year 6 students who will next week be in Canberra as part of their learning experiences for their unit on Government, ‘Australian Democracy’.  Many thanks to Mr Mogan, Miss Hartley and Miss Vella who with me, will be generously giving up their time, away from their families, to be with the children on this exciting and memorable  excursion.  We look forward to an exciting recount of their activities in upcoming newsletters.

My experience at the Las Vegas Acro Cup—Acrobatic Gymnastics Competition

On the 16th of March CTK student Isabella Yeomans competed in Las Vegas for the Las Vegas Acro Cup in the 12-18 women’s pair division against many other countries such as Israel, Germany, Estonia, America and many more. She came fourth place overall, missing the bronze by only 0.4 marks! 

Read her story...

CTK students excel at chess!

Last Tuesday 21 CTK students represented the school in an Interschool Chess Challenge performing with skill and good sportsmanship. There were 142 competitors from 19 different schools, and Christ The King finished in 6th place overall on 17.5 points. The top three schools scored 22, 21.5 and 21 respectively so it was very close I don't know of any other schools who lost a tooth though!


Evacuation Drill

Last week the school practiced an evacuation drill from classrooms, library, sports and office areas.  The practice of these emergency procedures is held to ensure that all our students and staff know the appropriate emergency response and are kept as safe as possible in the event of a fire.

Students have been practicing the emergency procedures and after the event had an opportunity to discuss the drill with their teachers.

Sport News

Term 1 sports news

Congratulations to all our students who participated in the recent Cross Country. It was a beautiful morning for running with many students producing PBs on the day and giving their all. Our age group winners from our earlier Swimming Carnival were also last week presented with their championship medals and congratulations to the students who recently were selected to compete for the Parramatta Diocese in their respective sports.

Read the full sport update

School Notes

Parent Volunteers at CTK - CEDP Volunteer Form

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 - Child Protection Training Module

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.

Application for Extended Leave (other than sick leave)

Click on title, go to Administration, print and complete the ‘Application for Extended Leave’ form to apply for student leave for more than 2 days within term time.

School Term Dates

Click on title to view Term Dates

Uniform Shop

Click on title to print and complete Uniform Shop order form and to view opening hours