Christ the King North Rocks Newsletter

Term 1 Week 8: Friday 18th March, 2022.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,  

Greg Sunter a scripture scholar who interprets the Word of God in simple but life experiencing manner. His reflection below explains the parable Jesus uses in this Sundays Gospel. Jesus tells his audience a parable about a fig tree that has not borne fruit after three years. There are many interpretations of this parable and it is often interpreted in isolation from the gospel passage that immediately precedes it. Given the challenge to ‘repent’ that is given so strongly, we can see the parable as an example to the listeners that their time for repenting is running out. The one year reprieve for the fig tree is an indication to the listeners that their change of heart and change of spirit had better take shape in the very near future.


Thank you to all our families who generously donated to our Project Compassion appeal over the last few weeks. Our community raised $1850 for the appeal. Next Monday we will celebrate with the children a number of worthwhile causes. On Monday we celebrate Harmony day and World Down Syndrome day as well as reflect upon the recent floods in NSW and Queensland. The children will reflect upon the need for our world to recognise that we are all different but are all loved children of God. Throughout the day the children will examine concepts such as tolerance, inclusion, diversity and acceptance. All our families will also have the opportunity to donate to the St Vincent de Paul Flood Appeal.      


Our annual welcoming BBQ for the new Kindergarten families will be held next Friday afternoon 25th March (Wk 9) commencing at 5pm. The BBQ will be held in the Kindergarten playground area.  All new Kindergarten families are invited to join us to celebrate and welcome you all to Christ the King. Please RSVP by next Monday 21st March. Thank you in advance to our school staff and Year 6 leaders who will host the afternoon.


I am currently conducting personal tours for new parents /families who are intending to enrol their children at CTK in 2023. If you know of anyone who is intending to enrol for next year, please ask them to contact the office next week. Any of our current families who have not yet enrolled siblings for 2023 are asked to contact the office ASAP as I will be conducting enrolment interviews in the first two weeks of next term and will be offering placements to families by the beginning of May. We currently have 22 siblings enrolled for next year. As a result I have 38 available positions for new  Kindergarten families in 2023.


Over recent weeks due to the inclement wet weather we have had to cancel Burradoo pick up. On some occasions, it has been at short notice which I do apologise for but have made the decision based on the conditions at a point in time taking into account the safety and wellbeing of both the students and the staff on duty. I appreciate your understanding and support in this matter. If we call wet weather pick up all students who are normally picked up at Burradoo are instructed to go to the Statham Ave drive through. I do however encourage more families to utilise the Burradoo drive through as it has proven since its inception to be a far quicker and more efficient way of picking up your children. Please give it a go, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!


In the best interests of all our community’s health and wellbeing, all visitors and parents entering onto the school site are asked to wear a mask. Thank you.

Have a great week

Tony Hughes


Something to ponder

Got a problem you're not sure about, see if the homily this weekend has the answer

Upcoming Events

Term 1 Week 9


Monday 21st March

  • Sports Program: 
  • Harmony Day (wear orange, funky socks or PE Uniform)
  • World down Syndrome Day
  • Cool Kids Music Club 3.00-4.00pm

Tuesday 22nd 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 23rd March

  • PE: Year 1 & Kindergarten  Please notice change for Year 1
  • Chess

Thursday 24th March

  • PE: Year 6, Year 2 & Year 4 (Gr2)

Friday 25th March

  • Band 7.45am - Band groups throughout the day.
  • CTK Cross Country 
  • Ice Block Day
  • Kindergarten 2022 Welcoming BBQ 5.00pm - 7.00pm

Term 1 Week 10


Monday 28th March

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

Tuesday 29th 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 30th March

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

Thursday 31st March

  • PE: Year 6, Year 2 & Year 4 (Gr2)

Friday 1st April

  • Band 7.45am - Band groups throughout the day.
  • Ice Block Day

Dates for your diary

Friday 8th April

  • Last Day Term 1

Friday 15th April

  • Good Friday

Sunday 17th April

  • Easter Sunday

Monday 18th April

  • Easter Monday

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

Important NAPLAN Information

Other School News

Last Sunday our brother Ashton was given a day pass for the first time from the hospital to go out to lunch with his family. It was Parramatta’s first game of the season at Combank Stadium. Though he wasn’t allowed to go to the footie he was able to go to lunch with his family all dressed in their Parra gear in hope of a first up win.  Back in his hospital room, he was watching the game cheering on his Eels. Ashton was nearly kicked out of his room to a quieter place due to the exciting game against the Titans. It was great to see him get out of the hospital and join us for some family time. We are very happy as his brothers that he had the chance to get out of the hospital and be with us. We look forward to his day passes out each week.  We are both very proud of him knowing that the harder he works the quicker he will come home!  Ashton, we need you to work hard so that you can come home and we can get our two new puppies!

Knox and Clayton Bergan

Library News

Premier's Reading Challenge

The PCR is in full swing. Encourage your children to keep a record of all the books that they are reading so that they can enter them onto the website at the beginning of Term 3. Infant students have a paper reading record sheet and Primary students have a digital reading record sheet. 

Write4Fun Competition 2022

Does your child like writing stories? Are you looking for something to do over the holidays? See the information below on a writing competition where there are prizes to be won. 

Entry is NOW OPEN in the 2022 Schools Poetry & Short Story 'National Treasures' Writing Competition! Students all over Australia are invited to enter their 16 line poems OR 500 word short stories, and battle it out for the great cash & prizes on offer.

There is no theme!! Entrants are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild and write on ANY TOPIC and in ANY STYLE. Students from ALL GRADES are welcome to enter - Kindergarten/Preparatory to Grade 12.

Entry is FREE and all entries must be in by the closing date of Friday 30th April  2022.

Responsible Use of Technology Agreement 

Thank you to all the parents who have completed the Responsible Use of Technology Agreement with their children. We hope it provided a good opportunity to continue the conversation about online safety and technology expectations both at home and at school. For those parents who are still yet to complete it, please make it a priority this weekend. The link is below

Responsible Use of Technology Agreement 

Year 4 Item


This week in Year 4, to celebrate the season of Lent, our class participated in a group Scavenger Hunt! 

As a group we worked together to solve a challenging riddle! To solve it we needed to use our brains as a team, sharing our ideas and collaborating until we were led to our next clue - a hidden envelope! 

Within our envelope we were directed to a sheet of codes and some more clues. Through collaboration and hard thinking these codes revealed a colour. The pressure was beginning to build, we were all so eager to crack the code and get one step closer to the end prize!!

Collecting our last envelope from Mr Horne - our final challenge would reveal the teacher we needed to see to collect our egg. Who would have thought Mrs Roberts was hiding the blue egg in her drawer the entire time!

As we found the correct staff members to collect our eggs from, we had to fight the temptation not to open it to reveal what was inside. The last challenge was to solve a series of questions which revealed different numbers.The numbers indicated letters to spell out of the overall message of our hunt. See if you can use the clues and code below to work it out! (the answer will be shared at the bottom of this post!)

How did you go? Could you crack the main code?!

If you guessed ‘GOOD FRIDAY’ you were right! Apart from loads of fun working in teams and cracking codes, the most important task was to reveal the symbols within each egg and discuss the importance  of the Lenten Season and Good Friday.

Harmony Day / World Down Syndrome Day / Vinnies Flood Appeal

Our school will be celebrating Harmony Day NEXT Monday 21st March. This is also the same day as World Down Syndrome Day. 

What is Harmony Day?

Harmony Day is all about celebrating the amazing cultures that make up our country. Australia is one of the most multicultural countries in the world.

What to Wear?

Students are invited to come wearing any cultural clothing or the colour orange. Orange is the colour chosen to represent Harmony Day. Students are also encouraged to wear bright or mismatched socks to raise awareness of Down Syndrome among the community. 

What to Do?

As Harmony Day is all about unity, we have decided to dedicate this day to supporting those communities who have been affected by the floods.

We encourage all families to donate to our Vinnies Flood Appeal via the Qkr app. Donations will be accepted from NEXT MONDAY 21/03/22 TO NEXT FRIDAY` 25/03/22.

We thank you for your support in making our school a welcoming and generous community.

Technology Free Day and Purple Mufti Day for Project Compassion

Last Wednesday 9th March, we were overwhelmed by the generosity of our families donations to Project Compassion. We raised $1812 as a school community! 

The children and teachers were challenged to experience a day of no technology and as a community, we became aware of how blessed we are and what others in our world endure.

Thank you to everyone for their support to this worthy cause!

Catholic Schools Week 2022

Celebrating 200 years of Catholic Education

Last Thursday, we celebrated Catholic Schools Week with a lovely liturgy in our classrooms presented by Year 2 focusing on trusting God to guide and support us no matter what.

We also welcomed our prospective new families for a school tour of our wonderful school.

Holy Week

Holy Week will be celebrated at Christ the King on Thursday 7th April. 

Our Year 6 students will be walking us through the events of Holy Week as we journey with Jesus through His final days.

Parents are invited to attend this special event in our community. 

Further information will be sent in the coming days.

Easter Hat Parade

Our annual Easter Hat Parade will be held at 2.15pm on Friday 8th of April on the playground. Parents are warmly welcome to attend.

Captains Chat

Last week we celebrated the start of lent and we spent 1 whole day not going on our technology. The whole school was told to wear purple to represent the colour of lent. We would like to thank everyone who donated to project compassion. We have raised $1812.00. It is amazing that so many of you have donated.

Last week we also celebrated Catholic schools week. We would like to thank Year 2 and their teachers for organising a liturgy for Catholic schools week. If you would like to watch it we will put a link in

Next Monday we will be celebrating harmony week at CTK. It is Important that we celebrate harmony week because it is good to celebrate our differences and it is elimination of racial discrimination. Harmony day began in 1999 on the 21 of March. This day also falls on World Down Syndrome Day. On this day we have some challenges that we have to do. We will be able to design a logo that shows everyone belongs in your school, community or country. We can also capture an image around the school or draw/create something which you feel represents the idea of diversity. The last challenge is that we are able to design your own pair of bright mismatched socks to celebrate World Down Syndrome day.

On this day we are encouraging the children and staff to wear orange (for Harmony Day) or any cultural dress clothes and bright/mismatched socks (for Down Syndrome awareness).

Benjamin and Helena

Zone Swimming News

Congratulations to the 20 students who represented CTK at the Hills Zone Swimming carnival on Tuesday 1st March:

Jackson A, Summer A, Jesse A, Eloise A, Isabelle A, Charlotte B, Emma B, Clayton B, Lucy B,  Michaela B, Nicholas K, Olivia K, Hamish M, Callan M, Jessica P, Aston R, Leo R, Andrew S, Marco S, Savannah-Rae S

The torrential rain certainly didn’t dampen their spirits. I was so proud of the way they behaved and cheered each other on. They truly represented CTK extremely well.

A huge congratulations especially to Michaela Bosci (our youngest squad member) who swam in the 8 Years 50m Freestyle and made it through to the next level. She represented the Hills Zone at the Parramatta Diocesan Swimming Carnival on Friday 11th March. Such an amazing achievement for a seven year old!!!  Well done Michaela!

Scholastic Book Club

Brochures came home last week.  

Please note: purchases are purely optional.  ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED ONLINE.  Please ensure all orders are correct before pressing ’SUBMIT’ as Scholastic Australia will not accept any incorrectly completed orders. 

Online Ordering Information is on the brochures.


Finance Update


The Term 1 School Fee Accounts are now due for those who have opted to pay via the 30 day payment arrangement.

Thank you to those parents who have taken up the option of Flexible Payment Arrangements.

If you are still wanting to put a payment arrangement in place, please contact me at the school office on 8846 2700 and this will be arranged.

Reminders will be sent out at the end of next week. 

Thank you, 

Susan Ritchie

Senior Finance 

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.

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