Christ the King North Rocks Newsletter

2020, Term 4 Week 8: Friday 4th December, 2020.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

Sunday’s Gospel is the beginning of Mark’s Gospel. John the Baptist has continued to call for us to prepare for the coming of our Saviour. “Prepare a way for the Lord!” The saviour as Fr Michael Fallon so eloquently puts it “the one who is to lead the people across the desert, and from the slavery of sin which causes us to be exiles from our own heart and from communion with God.” St Mark is encouraging us all in his Gospel to “open our hearts to welcome the coming of Jesus, and also to listen to him as he inspires us to walk with him, and to take the good news out to others”. John the Baptist is pointing in the direction of Jesus, for it is in the listening to Jesus we are listening to God’s word, and in looking on Jesus we are seeing the face of God. The Church is inviting us to relive this experience, knowing that God wants to visit us again this Christmas with the perfect gift – the gift of his Son coming into our hearts and into our homes to share with us the Spirit of love, the love that is his personal communion with the God.


As the school year draws near we farewell several of our teachers who will be moving on to new schools in 2021. We farewell Mrs Joelynne Roberts who first joined our community in 2001. In that time she has been a fulltime classroom teacher at CTK, executive relief teacher as well as being a member of several job share combinations. We thank Mrs Roberts for her commitment, passion and professionalism over the last two decades and wish her every success and happiness in the next stage of her career. Thank you also to Mrs Natalie Matthews who is moving on to St Joseph’s Schofields.  Natalie has been a member of our staff both as a teacher aide during her preservice training and as a classroom teacher in the last three years. We wish Mrs Matthews every happiness and success in her new venture in 2021. Finally we say goodbye to Mr Adam Barbaro and Miss Hayley Anschau who will commence at new schools in 2021 at St Mary’s Concord and St Monicas North Parramatta respectively.  We thank them for their contribution to our community over the last two years and we wish them every happiness for their future endeavours.


Reports for each student will be distributed next Wednesday 9th December. It is imperative you take the time to sit down with your child and discuss their report before the end of the term. This discussion would revolve around highlighting and acknowledging their achievements for the semester as well as planning how they are going to achieve success with the areas for development for next year put forward by their teachers. Celebrating achievement and planning on how to improve your child’s learning for the next scholastic year are the two major focuses as we conclude school for 2020. Congratulations to all our students on the achievements they have made with their learning throughout a most challenging year.


Next Thursday our Year six children will celebrate their Graduation mass at 10:30am. Fr Ian will celebrate the liturgy with our graduating class of 2020. Due to the COVID -19 restrictions only 2 guests [ie parents] will be able to attend the mass with their child- no siblings. Adults attending are encouraged to wear masks. Details of the mass and booking details were distributed yesterday.


On Friday 11th December the children will meet their teachers for 2020 as part of our changeover session commencing at 2pm. New Yr1-Yr6 students enrolled for CTK next year have been invited to attend to meet their classmates and teachers for the new year. Students in each grade will receive a pre-requisite list for 2020 during the afternoon session.

Teachers and their grades for 2021 will be published in our final newsletter for the year next Friday 11th December.


Our final day [Wednesday 16th December] of the year will look different this year to previous years due to the pandemic restrictions currently in place. The usual whole school thanksgiving mass and awards ceremony in the church will be replaced by three separate presentations which will take place in the hall. These presentations will follow a whole school liturgy, which will be held under the top COLA. There will be no official Year 6 farewell. Due to the COVID restrictions, parents are unable to attend the liturgy or presentations. It is anticipated that these ceremonies will be streamed live via zoom. Further details regarding this will be communicated next week. Children will be able to be picked up from school when the final awards presentation concludes at 12noon. Supervision will be provided for students whose parents are unable to pick up their children at midday. Please note that all children being picked up at 12 noon will need to be picked up through the drive through pick up on the top playground or via the back gate in Burradoo Close.  


Our school swimming carnival will be held on Tuesday 15th December at Blacktown Aquatic Centre. Years 3-6 students and eligible swimmer from year 2 will be attending. The carnival  will be used as a trial for the selection of our Hills Zone Swimming team for 2021. Unfortunately due to COVID-19 restrictions parents are unable to attend. All students will travel to and from the carnival by bus. Students in Kindergarten, year 1 and our remaining year 2 students will participate in an activities day back at school facilitated by SISA [Sport In Schools Australia]


At this time of year, we have parents making inquiries regarding enrolment for next year. To assist in finalising classes and enrolment numbers for next year we need to know of any children who are not returning to CTK in 2021. Please advise the school via email or written letter by Wednesday 9th December if your child / children will not be returning to CTK in 2021. Thank you to those families who have already informed us of their intentions for 2021

Our final Newsletter for the year will be published on Friday 11th December.

Have a great weekend!

Tony Hughes


Upcoming Events

Term 4, Week 9

Monday 7th December

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

Tuesday 8th December

  • Uniform Shop 8.00am-12.30pm - via appointment only.
  • PE: Year 6, Kindergarten 

Wednesday 9th December

  • PE: Year 2, Year 5, Year 4 [Group 1] 
  • Semester 2 Reports Home
  • Drama Club Year 2 1.30pm
  • LAST Chess 3.00 - 4.00pm

Thursday 10th December

  • PE: Year 3, Year 1, Year 4 [Group 2] 
  • Drama Club Year 3 1.30pm
  • Year 6 Graduation Mass 10.30am

Friday 11th December

  • Performance Band and group lessons throughout the day
  • Meet Your New teacher Day
  • Orientation Day for New Students 1-6

Term 4, Week 10

Monday 14th December 

  • Sports Program: All Students in Sports Uniform
  • Year 6 Motiv8 Day
  • Cool Kids Music 3.00-4.30pm

Tuesday 15th December

  • Uniform Shop 8.00am-12.00pm - via appointment only.
  • 2020 CTK Swimming Carnival
  • Junior Activity day at school

Wednesday 16th December

  • Thanksgiving Mass followed by Awards Ceremony and Year 6 Farewell

Dates for your diary


Thursday 17th December

Friday 18th December


Wednesday 27th January & Thursday 28th January

Please note the Uniform Shop will be open for two extra days at the beginning of the Year 2021. APPOINTMENT ONLY - A code will be sent home to access these appointments shortly.


Wednesday 27th January - Thursday 28th January 2021 Years 1-6 - TESTING

Wednesday 27th January - Friday 29th January 2021 Kindergarten - TESTING

Years 1-6 First Day for 2021.

Friday 29th January 2021.

Kindergarten's First Day for 2021

Monday 1st February 2021

Other School News

What's Happening in Year 3

Year 3 this term have been learning how to use a range of tools, apps and devices to create an audiobook for Year 1, retelling 'The Birth story of Jesus'. 

We have used Garageband to creat songs, iMovie to create movies, bookcreator to record our reading and explaineverything to edit and create interesting covers and edit images. 

We hope you enjoy what we have produced.

Library News

All library resources are now overdue. Please ask you children to return any books they have borrowed or taken home from the classroom.

Holiday reading and completing the Executive Directors Summer Reading Challenge can continue by using the eBook collections through our eLibrary page and by visiting your local library.

CTK Chess Championships 2020

We have a new Chess Champion for CTK! Last Thursday 17 students from Kindergarten through to Year 6 stayed back after school to compete in the CTK Chess Championships 2020. After some great competition, it came down to the final round to find out who would prevail!

Congratulations to the following winners:

1st Place - Louis Yr 6

2nd Place - Caleb Yr 5

3rd Place - Alex Yr 6 (on tiebreak)

Medal Winners

4th Place - Ashton Yr 6

5th Place - Gabriel Yr 6

Stage 2 - Troy Yr 4

Infants - Jake Yr 2

Problem Solving - Clayton Yr 3

Sarah CookTeacher Librarian LTST

PBS4L 2020 Winners

Congratulations to the following winners for our PBS4L 2020

Kindy                      Year 1                Year 2                Year 3                Year 4       

Tania                      Skylar                Emma                Hannah             Taha

Jimmy                     Zara                   Daniel                Mia                    Lauren

Isabella                   Ella                    Chanelle            Ethan                Scarlett

Summer                 Thomas            Sophia                Abigail              Abigail

                                 Ellie                                                                        Athanasia

Year 5                     Year 6

Katrina                   Sienna

Jad                          Brinleigh

George                   Claire

Caleb                      Talia


School Fees

2021 School Fees and Changes to the Family Levy. We wish to advise that your school fees statement may look a little different next year.  You will notice that the Resource Fee has increased however there is no longer a Family Levy as the Family Levy and Resource Fee have merged.  In the majority of cases this has little or no impact.  For families with 3 or more students there will be a slight increase in the combination of these fees. 

Parramatta Diocese has decided that for 2021 there will be NO increase in Diocesan Tuition Fees or the Building Levy with diocesan fees being charged as per 2020 schedule.  Therefore you will find that the total school fees increase (if any at all) is well within the bounds of normal annual increases. 

Please contact the School Office on 8846 2700 should you require any further information.

Thank you.

Susan Ritchie

Senior Finance.

Parish News

Christmas Masses 2020

  • Christmas Eve: Thursday 24th December - 5:30pm, 7pm (extra Mass) & 9pm
  • Christmas Day: Friday 25th December - 8am & 10am
  • Individual Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturday 19th December, Wednesday 23rd December & Thursday 24th December  9.30am - 10am

With a maximum of 240 persons per Mass, registration via Eventbrite, to all Christmas Masses is strongly recommended to avoid missing out on attending.

Please see links below:

It is also still recommended for all persons over the age of 12 to wear a face mask when attending any of the Masses

Masks are now highly recommended to be worn at all Masses

NSW Health, supported by the Premier of NSW is highly recommending everyone in NSW to wear masks in any situation with the potential for COVID-19 transmission.

Therefore it is officially recommended all worshippers in the Diocese of Parramatta wear a mask to Mass. This would be as people arrive on parish grounds, during Mass or the service and afterwards as they leave. During Communion, the mask may be removed, but it should be in place at all other times.

We understand the inconvenience that masks may pose, but the health of our parishioners and the wider community is our highest concern.  We sincerely thank you for understanding, and for playing your part in keeping our community safe.

Weekend Masses

This weekend, we will be allowed to have a maximum of 120 persons attending each Mass.


Parishioners attending all weekday Masses are required to complete their details on the registration form provided in the church foyer.

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

Do I need to make a reservation for weekend Mass? Yes

There is a limit of 100 people at each Mass. excluding the celebrant and assistants. All Masses are regularly evaluated and updated accordingly. We have designated the Sunday 8am Mass for Seniors of our Parish but of course anyone may attend. It is still a government requirement to register all attendees to assist in contact tracing should it be required. Therefore the Eventbrite website from this weekend, will allow 100 parishioners to register to attend their chosen Mass.

 All reservations are to be made before Friday 5:30pm.

Volunteers are required for the Readings and to assist in operating the music PowerPoint. Please email the parish office: or phone 9871 8710 after reserving a place at your selected Mass.

Thank you for your assistance.


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. Please contact the parish office on 9871.8710 or via email: should you encounter any technical issues registering. Thank you. 

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

Community News

Fresh Christmas Trees for Sale


Nothing beats the smell of a freshly harvested, natural tree for Christmas. 1st Carlingford Scouts will be selling trees on Saturday 5th December 8am – 4pm from outside their Scout Hall in Boundary Rd, Carlingford (near Carlingford Library) and from the Don Moore Community Centre on North Rocks Rd. Sales will also continue on Sunday 6th December, 8am -4pm, from the Scout Hall. 

For more information please contact Geraldine 0423 665 577  /

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