Christ the King North Rocks Newsletter

2020, Term 2 Week 8: Friday 19th June 2020.

Message from the Principal

 Dear Parents

Do not be afraid’ is one of the most commonly repeated sentences in the Bible. In one form or another, the command to ‘be not afraid’ or ‘fear not’ appears several hundred times throughout the Old and New Testaments. Today’s gospel passage is part of the sending out of the Twelve.. “Do not be afraid” is the catch cry or advice  expressed to those whose vocation and mission is to preach the message of Jesus out in our world. Jesus taught the Twelve that the message they bear will not always be well received and there will be those who will seek to silence the Apostles through violent means, hence Jesus’ message “Do not be afraid”  This warning was originally intended for the apostles who were sent post Jesus’ death and resurrection to preach the good news! Today’s Gospel  passage reminds us  to have courage and to have the courage of our convictions, much in the    same manner that Jesus challenged the Apostles to trust in their faith and preach the word of the Gospel to the people. We are reminded of the abundant love of God who cares for us all and sees all our efforts as we  continue to live out the message and ministry of Jesus, much in the manner in which the apostles did some two thousand years ago. It is the same message for us today. We are called to continue the spread of the gospel message; continuing the work of the church like those early Christian communities before us.


Thank you to the majority of parents who have responded in a positive manner to adhere to the requests to consider the safety protocols in place to insure our drop off and pick up drive through each day remains viable and safe. It is disappointing however that a minority of drivers are ignoring the NO RIGHT HAND TURN out of the driveway onto Statham Ave in the morning and afternoon when I am not at the school entrance monitoring arrival and dismissal traffic. I have been in discussion with the Parramatta City Council Traffic Management department in an attempt to find a solution to resolving the traffic congestion of an afternoon. Traffic Management engineers will be engaged to visit the site and assess what can be done. Thank you again for your support in this matter.


Each student next Friday will receive their first semester report. As reported in our last newsletter, this semester’s report has been modified due to the disruption caused by COVID-19 and the inception of online learning.  Your child’s report is a summary of your child’s learning acknowledging their achievements and highlighting their learning challenges for the first half of the year. It is encouraged that you sit down with your child over the weekend and celebrate their achievements and discuss the identified areas for improvement. These challenges for next semester can be best formulated into several short term goals that can be jointly constructed by yourselves and your children.  I would like to thank the teachers for the many hours spent over recent weeks in writing student reports. Further details regarding parent teacher interviews will be made available early next term.


It would be greatly appreciated if you could please check at home for any “stray” library books that may have made their way into your children’s bedrooms, toy boxes and bookshelves. We are still missing a considerable number of books from the library that children had borrowed prior to the COVID-19 shut down.


Over the last fortnight with the colder weather approaching we have seen an increase in the number of children presenting at sick bay who are sick. Under the current COVID-19 return to school restrictions children who have symptoms such as headache, nausea or signs of a cold are to be excluded from school. Therefore, if your child has shown any of these symptoms over night please do not send them to school the next day. This will go a long way in reducing the outbreaks of winter flu in our school community and allowing us to be compliant with COVID-19 restrictions.


Have a great weekend


Tony Hughes



Upcoming Events

Term 2, Week 9

Monday 22nd June

  • All students in School Uniform

Tuesday 23rd June

  • Uniform Shop 8.00am-12.00pm - via appointment only.
  • PE: Year 6, Kindergarten

Wednesday 24th June

  • PE: Year 5, Year 3, Year 4 [Group 1] Please note change for Year 3

Thursday 25th June

  • PE: Year 5, Year 1, Year 4 [Group 2] Please note change for Year 5

Friday 26th June

  • Band groups throughout the day only.

Term 2, Week 10

Monday 29th June 

  • All students in School Uniform

Tuesday 30th June

  • Uniform Shop 8.00am-12.00pm - via appointment only.
  • PE: Year 6, Kindergarten

Wednesday 1st July

  • PE: Year 5, Year 2, Year 4 [Group 1]

Thursday 2nd July

  • PE: Year 3, Year 1, Year 4 [Group 2]

Friday 3rd July

  • Band groups throughout the day only

Advanced Notice: Mark in your diary for 2020

Monday 29th June


Friday 31st July

  • CTK Athletics Carnival - All Students from Year 2 - Year 6 only.

Details will be sent home for Kinder and Year 1 once confirmed. 

Friday 14th August 

  • CTK Athletics Carnival back-up day

Friday 18th September

  • School photo day - **SUMMER UNIFORM**

Term dates for 2020

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


Monday 29th June

Thursday 17th December

Friday 18th December

Other School News

What's Happening In Year 1

It has been great having all of year one back together in the classroom. They have been working very hard during maths!  Year One enjoys working in small groups and using all different materials to help them with their number skills. Check out some of our hardworking students!

Great Work Year 1

News from the Library

Library borrowing has recommenced and it has been wonderful to see the joy on your children's faces as they once again get to choose their own books to take home and read! Could you please have a good look at home for any CTK resources that need to be returned. We ask that if possible, the books be wiped over with an antibacterial wipe at home before being returned. These books are then left for a minimum of three days before being placed back on the shelves.

Remember to visit the CTK Resource Portal. There are many fantastic resources linked from this page that your children will love to do particularly in the cold weather. I have just added a new book trailer competition link to the English page with great prizes for students in Year 3 - 9, take a look!

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our community safe and well during this time.

Sarah CookTeacher Librarian LTST

Christ the King Athletics Carnival

Athletics Carnival Permission notes were sent home this week. Please return to your classroom teacher by Friday 3rd July, 2020.

This year the Christ the King Athletics Carnival is tentatively booked for Friday 31st July, 2020. (Back up date 14th August 2020) at Gooden Reserve, Winston Hills. These dates will be confirmed early next term when we have greater understanding of the COVID-19 restrictions being relaxed.

This is an important day for the fostering of school spirit and therefore it is expected that all students from Years 2-6 participate in the events as outlined below. Further information for Kindergarten and Year 1 will be sent home when details have been confirmed.

The children will compete / participate according to the age they turn this year (as of 31/12/2020).

Has your child been absent over the last 7 days? Have you notified the school?

Did you know that if your child is absent from school, you have 7 days to supply an explanation. The preferred method is via a skoolbag notification but you can also send an email or telephone the school.

If we do not receive an explanation within 7 days of your child’s absence, their attendance record will be marked as ‘Unexplained’.  This is a permanent notation on their attendance file.

Our appreciation and thanks to the families who continually notify the school whenever their child is absent.

Fact Sheet for Parents and Caregivers - Explanation of Absences : 7 day timeframe to receive explanation

Fact Sheet for Parents and Caregivers - Explanation of Absences


Catholic Education Office Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) promotes daily school attendance. Going to school every day is the single most important part of your child’s education.


If your child is sick or absent you are required to notify their school on the first day of absence if at all possible.  All explanations to the school must be provided within 7 days from the first day of any period of absence.


Absences can be explained using one of the following methods:

  • Online: log the absence directly using Skool Bag App (preferred method)
  • Email: the school at
  • Telephone: the school office on 8846 2700
  • Note sent with your child

    Where an explanation has not been received within the 7 day timeframe or the explanation has not been accepted, the school will record the absence as unexplained or unjustified on the student’s record. The school will not be able to accept explanations which are not received within the 7 day timeframe.


    Justified reasons for student absences may include:

    • being sick or having an infectious disease

    • having an unavoidable medical appointment

    • being required to attend a recognised religious holiday

    • exceptional or urgent family circumstances e.g. attending a funeral


    Why do I need to notify the school if my child is absent?

    Parents of children aged 6 to 17 years are legally required to ensure their children attend school every day or provide an explanation if they are absent. Notifying the school and providing an explanation for your child’s absence will fulfil this legal responsibility.


    The safety and wellbeing of students are the highest priorities for schools. Parents need to know if their child isn’t at school, and schools need to know when and why a child is absent. Notifying the school of your child’s absence helps ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children in school.


    What is your responsibility?

    ●     Ensure your child attends school every day

    ●     Notify the school immediately if your child is absent

    ●     Provide an explanation for any absences within 7 days

    ●     Make sure the school has your correct contact details so that you can receive attendance information about your child


    School Fees statements have been issued for Term 2.

    Thank you to those parents who have made payment arrangements and to those who have paid their accounts. 

    You will note that there is no due date on this statement.  We are endeavouring to assist families who may be experiencing financial difficulties due to the economic downturn caused by COVID19.  As noted in the comment box of your account - Please pay 'What you can - When you can'.

    As communicated to families this week, Day Excursions and Overnight Excursions for Years 5 & 6 are not going ahead this year due to COVID restrictions. A credit has been applied to your school fees statements for these cancelled events. 

    Please do not hesitate to contact me for any information or further assistance you may require.

    Thank you,  

    Susan Ritchie

    Senior Finance 

    Parish News

    Weekend Masses Recommencing Details - from Monday 1st June 2020


    Wednesday to Saturday Mass at 9:00 am (note Friday Mass starts at 9:15 am)  



    Saturday         5:30 pm Vigil

    Sunday            8:00 am & 10:00 am

    There is a limit of 50 people at each Mass, excluding the celebrants and assistants. All Masses are on a trial basis and we will evaluate the scheduling of these and any future Masses based on attendance. We have designated the Sunday 8am Mass for the Seniors of our parish but of course anyone may attend.



    Saturday after Mass (9:30am - 10am) or by appointment.


    Do I need to make a reservation for Mass?



    As the limit is now 50, the reservation procedure for weekday Masses has been suspended so there is no need to book for Mass Wednesday to Saturday. This will be on a first-come-first-served basis so if we do reach 50, others will have to remain outside the church. Parishioners attending will be required to complete their details on the registration form provided in the church foyer.


    SUNDAY MASSES (including Saturday Vigil)

    We have implemented the EventBrite online booking system accessible at the link below.  You will be able to select your Mass time and then the date.




    ·                     Please follow the instructions when making your booking

    •                    You need to separately book each person in your family and bring your ticket or mobile phone with your e-ticket to Mass.

    •                    This system will be on a trial basis as we assess the numbers. Please consider others when making your reservations as we need to give everyone a chance to attend Mass.

    If you or someone you know does not have computer access or require assistance, please call Claudine, our Parish Secretary, on 02 9871 8710, Monday to Thursday, 9:00am to 4:00pm and she will be able to book for you.

    Volunteers will be required for the Readings, please call Claudine, our Parish Secretary, on 02 9871 8710 after reserving a place at your selected Mass.

    For the first two weeks, music will be pre-recorded and a volunteer will be required to assist in operating the music PowerPoint, please call Claudine, our Parish Secretary, on 02 9871 8710 after reserving a place at your selected Mass.




    •             We strongly urge everyone to sign on to the COVID-Safe app

    For Apple iPhone users:

    For Android phone users:

    •          Wash your hands with soap and water before leaving home.

    •          If you are not well DO NOT come to church.

    •          Entry and exit is via the front Double Doors only.

    •          Provide social space in entering the building, at least 1.5m apart.

    •          For weekday Masses sign in on the registration sheet provided.

    •          Use the sanitiser after signing in. Your temperature may be checked on arrival.

    •          Go directly to pews that are not taped off where positions are allocated by signage.

    •          There is a limit of one individual or family unit at each position.



    •          We will continue to webcast the Sunday Mass for the next 2 weeks.

    •          The Sunday Mass dispensation continues.



    •          Communion, only under the form of the host, will only be offered in the hand.

    •          Remember to keep your distance, watching the markings on the floor.

    •          There will be two Communion stations, in the centre. Walk up the centre of the aisle, divide at the

    front. Follow the signs on the floor.


    •          Volunteers are required to assist before leaving Mass in cleaning used areas with disinfectant. Directions will be given at Mass.

    •       Exit is via the front and side doors only.

    •          We encourage everyone to contribute financially as you leave or enter by placing your donation in the identified buckets in the foyer of the Church or with a credit card online via BPoint or direct debit:

    BSB: 067-950Account Number: 00000479Account Name: North Rocks Catholic Church


    If you would like to contribute towards the support of the priests (First Collection), via direct debit:please use the following details:BSB: 067-950Account No: 00004265Account Name: Parramatta Diocesan ClergyReference Number: 6027

    •          There will be no hospitality after any Mass. Please do not stop and visit others. Once in the carpark and maintaining the distance of a car width between you, you may visit with friends and others. Just because we are being cautious does not mean people cannot be friendly.

    •          Ministers will practice social distancing, however know we truly care about you and offer you our greeting.



    If you have any pastoral need such as a visit from a priest, please contact the Parish Office on 9871.8710 or send an email to:

    We wish you a Blessed week ahead.

    Stay strong and safe,

    Fr Ian McGinnity

    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:


    Wednesday to Saturday Mass at 9:00 am

    (note Friday Mass starts at 9:15 am)  


    Saturday         5:30 pm Vigil

    Sunday            8:00 am & 10:00 am


    Saturday after Mass (9:30am - 10am) or by appointment

    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