Christ the King North Rocks Newsletter

2019, Term 3 Week 4 : Friday 16th August 2019

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

This Sunday’s readings remind us that prayer is always an intimate conversation with God our creator as we open up our hearts to the love of our Heavenly Father. In Luke’s Gospel this weekend we are told of the time when the disciples asked Jesus “How do we pray?” His response was the birth of the “Our Father” - the words that Jesus taught us. Throughout the week I researched what prayer might be for us both as individuals and a Christian community. Below are several responses that may resonate with you.

Prayer is:

-a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God

-is a communication process that allows us to talk to God

- is spiritual communication between us and God, a two-way relationship in which we should not only talk to God but also listen to Him in our lives

- is the practice of the presence of God

- is an intention or act that seeks to activate a rapport, a relationship through deliberate communication with God

-the communication of the human soul with the Lord who created the soul

-the primary way for the believer in Jesus Christ to communicate his emotions and desires with God

- said to be one of the best ways to build a relationship based on trust and love with God

Irrespective of how you define prayer the most important consideration is that we continue to pray on a daily basis further developing and enhancing our relationship with God.


On Wednesday I had the great pleasure of being on the judging panel of our Year 6 Voice of Youth Finalists for 2019. From the twelve finalists we had a difficult task in selecting the three students who would represent CTK at the VOY Cluster Final next Wednesday. The quality of the speeches and the skill of the speakers was exceptional, with a variety of interesting and thought provoking topics selected for their presentation. Congratulations to all our year six students who prepared their speeches over the last few weeks. Our three finalists Isabella Y, Emma M and Olivia K will compete against other students, from St Mary’s Rydalmere, St Bernadette’ Dundas and St Monica’s North Parramatta. One of these twelve cluster finalists will be selected to move through the Diocesan semifinal in a few weeks.  We send our best wishes with the girls for next week’s Cluster Final, which will be held in our own Mary Mackillop Hall commencing at 11:30am. Parents and friends are welcome to attend.


Congratulations to our Wakakirri troupe who performed at NIDA on Tuesday night. Our children’s performance was most professional and entertaining following months of rehearsals and preparation. Our CTK children were great ambassadors for our school throughout the day both on and off the stage and should be commended for their behaviour, school spirit shown and patience. Thank you and congratulations to our director Mrs Kelly Hosking and the team of teachers who have worked tirelessly with the children for six months, to put together a most professional and polished performance. A special thank you to the band of parents who assisted with scenery, costuming and makeup. Your assistance in recent months is very much appreciated. A job well done by all!

Yesterday some thirty odd children represented CTK at the 2019 Hills Zone Athletics Carnival. Congratulations to all our competitors who gave of their best achieving several PBs throughout the day. A special congratulations, to Tianna B [Senior Girls Age Champion] Caitlin B [Senior Girls Age Runner Up] and Nicholas K [Junior Boys Age Runner Up]. Thank you to Mr Barabaro who attended as our team manager yesterday and to the many parent supporters who attended and cheered our squad on throughout the day.


Next Monday evening our school Counsellor, Lynne Wainwright will be presenting a parent seminar workshop “Helping Your Child Manage Anxiety”. This presentation is an introduction to effective ways to assist your child manage their fears and worries. Thank you to the parents who have already RSVP. If you would still like to attend, please contact the school office. The workshop will commence at 7pm and run for approx one hour. We look forward to seeing you on Monday night.

We would like to confirm that we have the correct email address for all parents. We sent a welcomeasy menu out last week to all parents. If you didn't receive this please contact the office so we can update your email address.

Have a good week

Tony Hughes


Upcoming Events

Term 3 (Week 5)

Monday 19th August

  • Sports Program - All students in Sport Uniform
  • BOOK PARADE 2pm - Please note this date has changes to Friday 20th September
  • Cool Kids Music 3.00-4.30pm
  • Managing your Child's Anxiety Parent Workshop - presented by Lynne Wainwright 7-8pm

Tuesday 20th August

  • Uniform Shop 8.00am-12.30pm
  • Literacy Club 8am
  • PE: Year 5, Year 2, Year 4 (Group1) Please note change Year 5 Tuesday
  • Drama Club Years 3 & 4

Wednesday 21st August

  • Maths Olympiad Team Session 8am
  • Pe: Year 6, Kindergarten Please note change Year 6 Wednesday
  • Drama club Years 1 & 2
  • Chess (3 - 4pm) 

Thursday 24th August

  • PE: Year 3, Year 1, Year 4 (Group 2)
  • Year 5 Reconciliation
  • Write a Book in a Day
  • Drama Club Years 5 & 6

Friday 25th August

  • Band (7:45 am) and groups throughout the day
  • Year 5 at Mass
  • CTK Playgroup 10am-11.30am
  • Assembly presented by Year 1
  • Diocesan Athletics Carnival

Term 3, (Week 6)

Monday 26th August

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

Tuesday 27th August

  • Uniform Shop 8.00am-12.30pm
  • Literacy Club 8am
  • PE: Year 5, Year 2, Year 4 (Group1) Please note change Year 5 Tuesday
  • Drama Club Years 3 & 4

Wednesday 28th August

  • Maths Olympiad Team session 8am
  • PE: Year 1, Kindergarten Please note change Year 1 Wednesday 
  • Stage 2 & 3 Cricket Gala Day
  • Drama Club Years 1 & 2
  • Chess (3 - 4pm)
  • Sacrament of Confirmation practice evening

Thursday 29th August

  • PE: Year 3, Year 5, Year 4 (Group 2) Please note change Year 5 Thursday
  • Drama Club Years 5 & 6

Friday 30th August

  • Band (7:45 am) and groups throughout the day
  • Father's Day Celebrations 8am-10:30am Breakfast + Liturgy + Mega maths Session
  • CTK Playgroup 10am-11.30am

Advanced Notice: Mark in your diary

Wednesday 28th August

Stage 2 & 3 Cricket Gala Day

Thursday 29th August

Father's Day Gift Stall from 9am

Friday 30th August

Father's Day Celebration 8am-10.30am - Breakfast + Liturgy + Mega Maths session 

Friday 13th September


Friday 20th September

Grandparents Day Celebrations Liturgy + Morning Tea from 9am and Book week Hat Parade

Friday 27th September

Last day Term 3


Thursday 12th December

Christmas Concert

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

Wakakirri 2019.

Lights, makeup, ACTION! Wakakirri 2019, WOW what an experience. Christ the King was extremely lucky to be able to participate in the biggest performing arts competition for schools, Wakakirri. It was an excellent experience! This is where many schools across Sydney compete in a performing arts competition where they choose a book or a story to portray, and tell to their audience. Every year, there is a signature symbol, that needs to be included, this year being the sloth. Therefore, we told the story ‘The Sloth Who Came To Stay.’  

Life can be so busy that at times we forget the more important things in life. This lucky family found this amazing sloth which with its unique gift of time, slows down their whole world. Some groups that were included in our performance include… Ballerinas, hippies, business man, stars and so many more.

Christ The King has been on a tough journey since the beginning of the year, there were so many indescribable and challenging tasks, some of those are: try-outs, hours of practice, the creation outfits, designs, makeup and characters. Though throughout this challenging road we have accomplished a lot, and have been on an incredible journey. 

There were many difficulties that we faced throughout the day, like having a walkway as a dressing room, and then having to move everything to another dressing room, and only having one run-through etc, but this only made us work as a team even more, as we had to persevere and work together with each other. And of course, the rush before we leave the dressing rooms, finishing up hours of make-up, getting changed, redoing hair! The hype of it is ridiculous! Lastly, the nerves just before you go onto stage, the butterflies kick in, but once you are out there, it is only fun, all nerves go away, and you are able to immerse yourself in your performance. I don’t think anyone didn’t enjoy the day! 

It was tough, a great experience, and most importantly, FUN! Overall, CTK did a great job at representing our school, and had a ball at the same time!

CTK School Captains 2019

Henry Abood & Emma Maroun.

Father's Day 2019 - Mega Maths Morning

To celebrate Father’s Day as well as all the wonderful Mathematics we do at CTK, we will be hosting a Mega Maths Morning on Friday, 30th August, 2019 (Term 3, Week Six).

The morning will involve our students working with their Dad, a father figures or a partner to complete as many maths activities as they can within the time frame. Each classroom will host a different mathematical task - with a total of 7 tasks to complete.

We invite all Fathers, Uncles, Grandfathers and father figures to put their mathematics skills to use and work through each of the activities with their children. 

The activities will begin at the conclusion of the Father’s Day Liturgy, at approximately 9:45am and will conclude at 10:30am. 

We hope that you can join us to help us celebrate Father’s Day!

Thank you. 

Sarah Brady

Numeracy Coordinator

Positive Behaviours to Support Learning

At CTK we…

Learn and Let Others Learn

We believe at CTK that it is important to care for self and others by learning and letting others learn. We believe this is important in our classrooms, on our playgrounds and in the library, everywhere in our school.   

Click here for more photos and information

Living Things and God's Creation in Kindy

Calmsley Hill Farm

On Thursday the 25th July Kindergarten travelled by bus to Calmsley Hill Farm. When we arrived we met our farmers who took us on tour around the farm.

Eggs and Chicks in our classroom

On Monday we were very excited to discover that we had been given some special eggs to take care of for two weeks. We were also given four baby chicks.

Click here to see all the amazing photos and information

Education Mass

Last Tuesday, four Year 5 students, Amelia, Isabella, Ignatius and Adrian represented Christ the King at the Diocesan Education Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta. 

After the Mass the students had an opportunity to meet Bishop Long and to participate in The Mission Expo.

The Expo highlighted student activities that have taken place locally in collaboration with other agencies that work in the field of mission throughout the diocese. 


CTK North Rocks invites you to join us for our next Parent Workshop

An intorduction to learning effective ways to help your child manage their fears and worries.

  • Information about childhood anxiety
  • An overview of helpful anxiety management strategies
  • Opportunities for small group discussion
  • Helpful resources
  • Services to assist you and your child

Our guest speaker for the evening is - Lynne Wainwright - School Coucsellor

Monday 19th August 2019

6.45pm for 7.00pm start (1Hour)

Christ the King North Rocks

RSVP By Wednesday 14th August by emailling the school

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

Prayers requested

Prayers are requested for Sarah Brady (Year 4 teacher) and Aaron Debrinncat (Year 5 teacher)

Sadly Sarah's Grandfather and Aaron's Grandmother passed away recently.

They are now at peace with their loving God whom they served so faithfully.

Grant them eternal rest, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine on them forever.

Prayers are requested for Hayden Jones in Year 2. His great grandmother sadly passed away last week.

She is now at peace with Her loving God whom she served so faithfully.

Grant Her eternal rest, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine on her forever.


Carols by Candlelight

The North Rocks Carols by Candlelight is a major community event run by local Churches for the local community.

This year it is being held from 5-9pm on Friday 20th December at North Rocks Park. 

Naturally an event like this costs and so our Committee is still in need of sufficient sponsors.

If you know of any local businesses who may be interested in sponsoring please advise.

Any parishioner who would like to contribute a gift of $50 and above will have their names listed in the songbook.  

For further information contact Cathy on 0411 055 403


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

C.A.R.E.S Open Day Sponsored by The NSW Police - 1st October 2019. from 10.00am-2.00pm

Click Here for more information

Natalie Bertie Nutritional Therapy for Families presents the FREE 21 Day Fussy Eating Kickstarter. Say goodbye to mealtime struggles. Help your child enjoy more food variety.

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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