Christ the King North Rocks Newsletter

2019, Term 4 Week 4: Friday 8th November 2019

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

During the month of November, we remember those members of our families, friends and parish who have passed away. Last Friday our senior students gathered to celebrate the Feast of All Saints. During the liturgy we were reminded of the multitude of men and women who throughout their lives gave of themselves for others thus being recognised and canonised by the Church as Saints of Heaven who intercede for us when we pray to them. The following day we celebrate the Feast of All Souls where we as a Christian community are encouraged to pray to the Saints in Heaven for the souls of the faithful departed. During this month, let’s spend some time thinking of those who have passed away and the memories that we have of them and the role they played in our lives.    


0n Wednesday week, [20th November 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM] approximately 50 children from our parish community will be celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. These children and their families having been preparing for this sacrament of healing for the last month and awaiting to receive God’s unconditional love and forgiveness in a very special way. Friends and families of these children are welcome to join us next Wednesday evening as we celebrate as a parish community through prayer sorry and song.


The annual Christmas “concert” scheduled for Wednesday evening 11th December will be facilitated by the well known Australian Liturgist and song writer John Burland. John has been writing and performing for the last two decades in many of our schools across the country. At CTK we use his music in many of our liturgies and masses. This year’s celebration will take the form of a “liturgy” that tells the story of Advent and Christmas through scripture and music and will be held in the church. John Burland will work with each grade throughout the day putting the finishing touches to the songs and movements the children are currently working on to reflect on our advent journey as we prepare for Christmas. As the liturgy will be held in the church there will be no need to bring food or drink, blankets or chairs as has been the case in previous years. This year’s event is a “different” approach to our previous Christmas celebrations providing the children with a more traditional scriptural approach to celebrating the Christmas story.   


Over the last few days, our year five students have been on camp up at Vison Valley in Arcadia. The students and their teachers, have participated in a programme of activities promoting teamwork, co-operation and collaboration. I had the opportunity to spend the day yesterday with next year’ senior students. The students though a little weary were in good spirits having a great time in a very different environment to school. Our regular skoolbag alerts in recent days have kept you abreast of the camp. Our potential 2020 school leaders have enjoyed each others company establishing new relationships and strengthening existing ones as well as developing some new skills during their stay. Thank you to Mr Debrincat, Mr Barbaro and Miss Hartley who have given of their time over the last three days to accompany our students whilst they were away. We look forward to more photographs and the many yarns that will evolve over the coming weeks.


It would be greatly appreciated that parents utilizing the drop off area under the top COLA of a morning, remember the importance of dropping off their children without getting out of the car. Parents alighting from their vehicles slow down the drop off process [especially between 8:30-8:45am] resulting in other parents becoming impatient resulting in drivers reversing etc to drive around a stationary vehicle. This has the potential to cause an accident compromising the safety of our students. If you need to step out of your car, please refrain from using the drop off and find a parking space and park. This will allow you to safely attend to your children needs. Your co-operation in this matter will be greatly appreciated by all members of our school community who use the drop off of a morning.    

Have a great week

Tony Hughes


Upcoming Events

Term 4 (Week 5)

Monday 11th November

  • Sports Program - All students in Sport Uniform
  • Rememberance Day Liturgy
  • Carnival Book Fair
  • Cool Kids Music 3.00-4.30pm
  • Year 4 Bring your own Learning Device Information meeting 7.30pm

Tuesday 12th November

  • Uniform Shop 8.00am-12.30pm
  • Literacy Club 8am
  • Kindy 2020 Orientation day. All Children 9am-12pm which includes Parent Session & Morning Tea
  • Carnival Book Fair
  • Diocesan Basketball Gala Day
  • PE: Year 3,Year 2, Year 4 (Group1) 
  • Drama Club Years 3 & 4

Wednesday 13th November

  • Choir 8am
  • PE: Year 6, Kindergarten
  • Carnival Book Fair
  • Primary Schools One Day Chess Tournament
  • Drama Club Years 5 & 6
  • Chess (3 - 4pm) 
  • First Reconciliation practice evening
  • Thursday 14th November
  • PE: Year 5, Year 1, Year 4 (Group 2)
  • Carnival Book Fair
  • Diocesan Gymnastics Competition
  • Drama Club Years 1 & 2

Friday 15th November 

  • Band (7:45 am) and groups throughout the day
  • TSA Band Demonstration Concert for 2020 Yrs 2,3,4 10.00-10.45am
  • CTK Playgroup 10:30-11:30am
  • Ice Block Day

Term 4, (Week 6)

Monday 18th November

  • Sport Program - All students in Sport Uniform
  • Cool Kids Music Club 3.00-4.30pm

Tuesday 19th November 

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

Wednesday 20th November 

  • Choir 8am
  • PE: Year 6, Kindergarten 
  • Drama Club Years 5 & 6
  • Chess (3 - 4pm)
  • First Reconciliation Ceremony 7.30-8.30pm

Thursday 21st November 

  • PE: Year 5, Year 1, Year 4 (Group 2)
  • Drama Club Years 1 & 2
  • Chess Championships 3.00-6.00pm

Friday 22nd November 

  • Performance Band 7:45am + group lessons throughout the day
  • Feast of Christ the King Activity day for students at school
  • CTK Playgroup- 10:30 - 11:30am
  • Ice Block Day

Advanced Notice: Mark in your diary


Monday 25th November

Primary Sports Awards Evening

Wednesday 27th November 

Kindy morning tea with Parishioners

Monday 2nd December

Surf Education Years 5 & 6

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


Other School News

ICAS - High Achievers

Congratulations to the following students on their high achievement in ICAS.

Digital Technology

Year 6

Alex Mitchell - Distinction

Jessie Liu - Merit


Year 3

Christian Bechara - Distinction

Year 4

Mackenzie McBain - Credit

Harry Valatos - Credit

Year 6

Jessie Liu - Credit

What's happening in Year 2

In Religious Education this term Year Two are learning about how Jesus lived his life as an example, showing us how to live and treat people equally with respect and dignity. The students are learning about how and why we should show love to our neighbour.  

Click below for more photos

2020 Parramatta Diocesan Team Sport Trials are OPEN

ALL 2020 Team Sport Trials are OPEN, however, the Summer Sports of BASKETBALL& TENNIS registrations close for these sports only on Monday 11th November as these trials will be held in November 2019.

All other sports trials will be held in Term One & Two in 2020.

Any Primary students enrolled in Year 5 and 6 in 2020 are invited to participate in the Parramatta Diocesan Team SportTrials. 

It is important to note that these trials are generally for those children who display an above-average ability and/or have representative experience in their chosen sport. While teams are open in age it is strongly recommended that only children of a representative standard in Years 5 & 6 in 2020 be invited to attend. 

Parramatta Diocesan trials will be held in the following sports: AFL, Basketball, Cricket, Hockey, Football, Hockey, Netball, Rugby League (11yrs & Opens), Rugby Union, Softball, Tennis & Touch football. The sports of Diving & Golf will be held at the MacKillop level.

To be eligible for selection for these trials an Online Team Registration Form must be completed that can be accessed below.

This online form is an EXPRESSION OF INTEREST for the 2020 ParramattaDiocesan Primary Sport Team trials. Parents may complete this form to attend a selection trial. One form is to be completed per child, per individual sport. Each sport has its own criteria, therefore, it is imperative that the correct form is completed.

Please note that your online registration is an EXPRESSION OF INTEREST ONLY and MUST be approved by the child's school. In order for the child to attend the nominated trial or event, this may come down to the discretion of the school as to who is selected to attend the trial. In some sports, only 2 students per school can be nominated.  All fields and especially “RepresentativeExperience” MUST be completed. Under no circumstances will a child be eligible to trial if the Online Registration Form has not been completed and approved by the school by the closing date.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me by return email or on 0408 278 918.

Kind Regards,

Margaret Thornton

Band News

Celebrating Gifts and Talents

“Caitlin B and Tianna B competed at the State PSSA Athletics Championships having successfully progressed through all the pathways to represent Mackillop. This competition brings students from across the state from the catholic Public and independent schools systems. Caitlin finished 14th in the 800m and Tianna finished 22nd in the 200m and 30th in the 100m.  Congratulations girls, a tremendous results. We are extremely proud of your efforts.

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

Retreats 2019

Reflection day for Women - Preparing our Hearts for Advent, 23rd November

At: Mt Schoenstatt Spirituality Centre, Mulgoa, Family Hall$25 Includes morning and afternoon tea - BYO lunchRSVP by 20th November to or phone 02 4773 8338

MSSC Retreat Centre Facilities for 2020

If you are thinking of organising a day or weekend retreat please call us soon to let us assist you and confirm dates that are available. We have a wide range of services from self-catered retreats in our Home of Light, catered retreats, in lovely twin share rooms with ensuites within our Joseph Kentenich House and of course for conferences we have the JKH Conference room and Family Hall, both with bush aspects. We also cater for smaller groups who maybe are just taking some time out to focus on planning. Our Guest Services Team are more than happy to speak with you about the options available on 02 4773 8338, bookings are also open for 2021 if you are planning ahead.


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


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Parent Representative Council

School Notes

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