Christ the King North Rocks Newsletter

2020, Term 4 Week 2: Friday 23rd October, 2020.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to the final term for 2020. I trust you all enjoyed some quality time with your friends and family over the last few weeks. I enjoyed my LSL over the last month and would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Bernadette Walsh who stepped up into the acting Principal’s role during my leave. The staff and children have all returned to school rested and keen for a busy term ahead as we countdown to the end of the scholastic year and Christmas celebrations. In the next few weeks our students will be completing their end of year assessments followed by the writing of semester two reports by their teachers. As we begin the term let us pray that our Heavenly Father will watch over us all and keep us in his care and love.

To reflect on this Sunday’s Gospel I thought it best to share Fr Michael Fallon’s reflection I read during the week.  In today’s Gospel, Jesus focuses attention, in the most simple terms, on the very essence of what it means to be a human being: to be a woman or a man is to live a life of love. Whatever we might achieve in our life, if we fail in this our life has been a failure. Whatever our failures, if we learn something about how to receive and to give love, our life has certainly not been in vain.  At the last supper, Jesus asked us to love one another as he loves us (John 15:12). If that is what he asks us to do, he must know that it is possible.. We all know how important is this love which we have for our fellow human beings. If we fail in this, then any other love we might think we have, is phoney. This is certainly true of any love we might claim to have for God (see 1John 4:20).

In week 8 of last term, all parents of students involved in the Term 3 “Test Runs” of the Draft New Curriculum in Religious Education, were given the opportunity to share their feedback and insights. Thank you to all parents who were able to do so. Over 450 parents from across the Diocese have responded and there has been a positive response with the majority of parents agreeing to each of the statements listed below:

  • My child has been enabled me to think about their faith
  • My child has connected what they have learned to their life
  • My child has responded positively to their lessons
  • My child has spoken about their lessons at home

Important insights and points of feedback were also provided which, along with feedback from students and teachers, will be read and reflected on by Mission leaders as they continue to refine the Draft New Curriculum. 

Please keep in your prayers the students in year 3 and their families who commence their preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. These members of our community will participate in our parish based First Reconciliation programme over the next month. These children will make their first Reconciliation some time in November.

On Tuesday evening our 2021 Kindergarten parents gathered for their initial information as we prepare for the 2020 cohort to attend Transition and Orientation sessions in the coming weeks. It was announced at the meeting that Mrs Marie Louise Tcherkezian and Mr Ben Horne will be teaching Kindergarten in 2021. We welcome many new families to the CTK school community and wish them a successful transition into primary school over the next few months.

At the beginning of each term it is important to remember that all drivers both of a morning and drive through of an afternoon take great care when both dropping off and picking up their children. Keeping to the 10km speed limit and being aware of pedestrians already on the school grounds. It is a major priority of all motorists driving onto the site. Please be reminded that there is no right turn out of the driveway onto Statham between 8:15-9am and 2:45-3:15pm. Thank you to the majority of parents who are observing this request.

Have  great weekend!

Tony Hughes


Upcoming Events

Term 4, Week 3

Monday 26th October

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

Tuesday 27th October

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

Wednesday 28th October

  • PE: Year 2, Year 5, Year 4 [Group 1]  
  • Kindy 2021 Transition Day (Group 1 9am-10.30am & Group 2 11.30 - 1.00pm)
  • Kindy 2021 Uniform Fitting Day
  • Chess 3.00 - 4.00pm
  • Year 5 Personal Development Night (Parents only) 7.00pm - 8.30pm via ZOOM

Thursday 29th October

  • PE: Year 3, Year 1, Year 4 [Group 2] 
  • Kindy 2021 Transition Day (Group 2 9am-10.30am & Group 1 11.30 - 1.00pm)
  • Kindy 2021 Uniform Fitting Day

Friday 30th October

  • Performance Band and group lessons throughout the day
  • Book Week Mufti Day
  • Year 2 Science Incursion 10.00am - 12.00pm

Term 4, Week 4

Monday 2nd November

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

Tuesday 3rd November

  • Uniform Shop 8.00am-12.00pm - via appointment only.
  • Kindy 2021 Uniform Fitting Day
  • Book Week Performance
  • PE: Year 6, Kindergarten

Wednesday 4th November

  • PE: Year 2, Year 5, Year 4 [Group 1]
  • Kindy 2021 Orientation Day - All Children 9.00am - 12.00pm
  • Kindy 2021 Uniform Fitting Day
  • Chess 3.00-4.00pm 

Thursday 5th November 

  • PE: Year 3, Year 1, Year 4 [Group 2]
  • Kindy 2021 Orientation Day - All Children 9.00am - 12.00pm
  • Kindy 2021 Uniform Fitting Day

Friday 6th Novmeber 

  • Performance Band and group lessons throughout the day.
  • 2021 Band Demonstration Concert 10.00am

Dates for your diary


Friday 27th November


Tuesday 8th December


Friday 11th December


Monday 14th December

THANKSGIVING MASS followed by Awards Ceremony and Year 6 Farewell. (TBC)  Final School Day for all Students K-6

Wednesday 16th December


Thursday 17th December

Friday 18th December

Other School News


Congratulations to Eloise Year 2 who participated in WriteOn 2020 this year. Students write an imaginative text up to 500 words about the given image, which this year was a child sleeping with a dog by their side.

Good job Ellie!


We just received the excellent news that our CTK Chess Team who participated in the School Chess Challenge Hills Region in Term 3 won 1st place School in the Primary Division. Congratulations to all the students who played with skill and good sportsmanship during the tournament.

Well Done Alex, Asthon and Caleb.

Library News

Friday 30th October - Book Week Mufti Day

This year we will have a Book Week Mufti Day to shine a light on reading for pleasure, one of the biggest indicators of academic achievement. Students are encouraged to come to school dressed as their favourite book character, a curious creature or something from their imagination. The possibilities are endless. Please do not go to any expense, this is a fun event celebrating books. We are looking at live streaming the event for our parent community and photos of the day will be posted to our website and facebook page. More details to follow.

Book Week 2020 - Curious Creatures Wild Minds

This Term our students will celebrate Book Week with its theme Curious Creatures, Wild Minds. Book Week is a recognition of excellent Australian authors writing for children and young adults. The 2020 theme celebrates stories and facts about all of God's creatures as well as the stories that come out of imagination. 

Tuesday 3rd November - Perform Education Musicals 

We have been looking at the shortlisted books in preparation for this year's Perform Education Musical - The Greatest Discovery. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to see a live performance that uses some shortlisted books to focus on celebrating effort and achievement.

Happy Reading!

Sarah Cook

Teacher Librarian LTST

Captain's Chat

This is the last term of the 2020 school year, and it is the last one that year 6 is going to be a part of at Christ the King. Many things are still to come for us since we have not yet experienced everything that CTK would have thrown at us under normal circumstances. But having COVID-19 interrupt 2020 not everything has gone to plan. Since restrictions have eased a little, we are beginning to participate in some activities, and look forward to what the rest of the year brings. Today we have celebrated the delayed CTK jersey day which has coincided with the AFL and NRL grand final which will be held this weekend. Today, we were encouraged to wear any sports jersey of their choosing, as a way of raising awareness of organ donation. 

All grades this term are participating in many different projects for their learning. Our learning has continued and we have strived to do our best. This term sees us learning about many things. Kindergarten are learning about persuasive texts, and Year 1 are excited about their new class pets, their fish. Year 2 are thrilled for their upcoming incursion. Year 3 are designing avatars for their writing while year 4 are currently doing speeches about a topic of their choosing. Year 5 are doing an art project which includes animating, designing, drawing and painting, and Year 6 are looking at energy and how it affects our lives. We are excited to be holding mini assemblies again on a Monday and Friday, that helps us celebrate birthdays and acknowledge our students who are awarded for their learning excellence. All students and teachers are committed to make this last term of 2020 the best term yet, and to end this year with a smile on our faces. We are striving as a community to finish this year happily and we are proud of ourselves for pushing through the hard times that we have faced.

Sincerely the CTK school captains Laura and Jack

Student Data Validation Form

As part of our annual system and legal requirements, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) is asking families to ensure all relevant contact and student information is up to date and accurate for the purposes of communication and providing relevant support to students.

On Monday 19th October, households will receive an email or SMS from CEDP with a link and login details to the Student Date Validation (SDV) form.

Once you have logged in you will be able to verify existing information from the school database and update if necessary. The process should not take more than 15 minutes and will need to be completed by 5.00pm on Friday 6th November.

If you have any questions about the Student Data Validation form, please contact our Community Liaison Team on 9840 5796.

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.

Bookclub co-ordinator Thank you!

Our appreciation and thanks to Mrs Koic and Mrs Trofa who co-ordinated Bookclub and ensured children received their books. This is an immense task that is purely voluntary and very much behind the scenes. Thank you on behalf of all the children.

Are you leaving CTK at the end of the year?

If you have children in Kindergarten to Year 5 who will be leaving our community at the end of the year, could you please notify the school office (if you have not already done so) in writing so that future grade numbers can be calculated and families on our waiting list can be offered a place.

Parish News

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

OLMC Scholarships

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