Christ the King North Rocks Newsletter

2019, Term 4 Week 2: Friday 25th October 2019

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

This Sunday’s readings focus on several points that highlight how we as community members can contribute to the building of a just fair and inclusive society. In our daily dealings with others we can assess our judgments of others, correct any harshness and pray to experience something of the compassion reflected in the heart of our Lord.  Secondly as imperfect human beings, we can humbly acknowledge our own faults and determine if we find ourselves looking down on others and being critical. Finally we can get in touch with the deep yearning in our hearts and remember that everyone has this same yearning, whether we know it or not.  Fr Michael Fallon concludes that God wants everyone to know his love and to turn to him in repentance. All our exercise of justice, however difficult, must be geared to the offender coming to know and embrace this truth and to our institutions constantly being reformed to create an environment in which the most vulnerable members of our society are protected and given the opportunity to contribute their God-given gifts for the betterment of us all.

The above reflection is best summarised by our first Australian saint, Mary of the Cross (MacKillop) most famous mantra:  'Never see a need without doing something about it'.

Welcome back to the final term for 2019. I trust you all enjoyed some quality time with your friends and family over the last few weeks. 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 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.


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 on Wednesday evening 20th November- 7.30pm – 8.30pm.


On Tuesday evening our 2020 Kindergarten parents gathered for their initial information evening as we prepare for the 2020 cohort to attend transition [31/10 and 5/11] and Orientation [12/11] sessions in the coming weeks. Its was announced at the meeting that Mrs. Marie Louise Tcherkezian and Mr. Ben Horne will be teaching Kindergarten in 2020. 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 site is a major priority of all motorists driving onto the site. Please be reminded that there is no right turn out of the the driveway onto Statham Ave between 2:45-3:15pm. Thank you to the majority of parents who are observing this request.


Just a reminder that if you have any concerns regarding your children or any issue pertaining to the school you would like to discuss or clarify, please take up the opportunity to make an appointment your child’s teachers.

Have a great week

Tony Hughes


Upcoming Events

Term 4 (Week 3)

Monday 28th October

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

Tuesday 29th October

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

Wednesday 30th October

  • Pe: Year 6, kindergarten
  • Drama club Years 1 & 2
  • Chess (3 - 4pm) 
  • Year 5 Personal Development Parent/Student Night 7.00-8.30pm

Thursday 31st October

  • PE: Year 5, Year 1, Year 4 (Group 2)
  • Kindy 2020 Transition Day 1 Gr1 9.00-10.30am Gr2 11.30-1.00pm
  • Drama Club Years 5 & 6

Friday 1st November

  • Band (7:45 am) and groups throughout the day
  • CTK Playgroup 10:30-11:30am
  • Feast of All Saints: Whole School Mass
  • Ice Block Day

Term 4, (Week 4)

Monday 4th November

  • Sport Program - All students in Sport Uniform
  • Yr5 Excursion - Sydney Observatory
  • Cool Kids Music Club 3.00-4.30pm

Tuesday 5th November 

  • Uniform Shop 8.00am-12.30pm
  • Literacy Club 8am
  • PE: Year 3, Year 2, Year 4 (Group1)
  • Kindy 2020 Transition Day 2 Gr2 9.00-10.30am Gr1 11.30-1.00pm
  • Drama Club Years 3 & 4

Wednesday 6th November 

  • Year 5 at CAMP
  • PE: Year 6, Kindergarten 
  • Drama Club Years 1 & 2
  • Chess (3 - 4pm)

Thursday 7th November 

  • Year 5 at CAMP
  • PE: Year 5, Year 1, Year 4 (Group 2)
  • Year 4 Reconciliation
  • Drama Club Years 5 & 6

Friday 8th November 

  • Year 5 at CAMP
  • Performance Band 7:45am + group lessons throughout the day
  • Year 4 at Mass
  • TSA Band Demonstration Concert Yrs 2,3,4 10.00-10.45am
  • CTK Playgroup- 10:30 - 11:30am
  • Ice Block Day
  • Whole School Assembly presented by Year 1

Advanced Notice: Mark in your diary


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


Do you know why October is the month of the Holy Rosary? 

In the year 1571 the Christian forces in Europe faced an invasion from the Ottoman Turks. The Ottoman’s were expected to continue their spread into Europe. Recognising the danger, Pope Pius V urged people to ask for Mary’s intercession and to pray the Rosary. The Christian forces won the naval battle and effectively stopped the Ottoman’s from entering into what we recognise as Europe today. 

The miraculous victory was attributed to the intercession of our Holy Mother Mary and October 7th became the feast of Our Lady of the rosary. This is a great time to introduce and recite the Rosary at home. If it is a little too long to say with younger children then other prayers such as the Hail Mary, Magnificat, Hail Holy Queen or Memorare are equally beautiful to ask for Mary’s intercession with our spiritual needs today.

Ice blocks and Crazy Socks on November 8th

On November 8th Christ the King will be celebrating ‘Socktober’’. Socktober is an initiative by Catholic Mission to raise money and awareness for those in poverty throughout the world. Students are encouraged to wear crazy socks to school. On this day Students will be able to purchase ice blocks for $1 with all the money raised going to Catholic Mission’s fight against poverty. 

Feast of All Saints

Come and join the school and parish community on Friday 1st November to celebrate the Feast of All Saints. Mass will begin at 9:15am in the Parish Church - a great way to give thanks for the many Saints who have devoted their lives to serve God and others.

Bookclub News

Thank you to all parents and families for supporting book club this year.

All orders convert to free books for Christ the King library.

Issue 7 will be the last bookclub of the year.Remember books always make great gift ideas at Christmas and keep kids entertained during school holidays (& away from electronic devices)

Please place all orders online by 30/10.

Thank you,

Rita & Yue Lin

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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

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

Catherine McAuley

Catherine McAuley Westmead

Enrolments for Year 7 2021

Catherine McAuley Westmead is now accepting enrolments for Year 7 2021. The closing date for Year 7 2021 applications 1st round offers is Friday, 27th March 2020.

Parents and their daughters have the opportunity to tour the school campus at one of our upcoming school tours specifically for Year 7 2021 applicants, but open to any year group.


Tuesday 12th November and Thursday 5th December 2019

9.15 – 11am

These mornings will provide parents and students with the opportunity to tour our school on a normal school day. You will be able to view our school grounds and facilities, go into classrooms and meet our students and teachers. Enrolment packs will be available on the day.


Contact our School Reception on 9849 9100 to book a place on a school tour.

Please note that following these tours there will be no other school tours held until our Open Afternoon in early March 2020 (date still to be confirmed).

Wesley Giant Garage Sale

 Where:  In the Wesley Uniting Church grounds at 32 Showground Road, Castle Hill.

 Dates/TimesFriday November 1st 2019 (operating from 8:00am to 1:00pm) and Saturday November 2nd 2019 (also operating from 8:00am to 1:00pm)

Sale items/Stalls will include Books, Records, CDs, DVDs, Christmas, Clothing, Electrical, Furniture, Manchester, Plants, Toys, White Elephant, Jewellery, Fine Art and China etc.

We will also be providing refreshments (tea, coffee and cake) during sale hours, together with a Sausage Sizzle for lunch on both days, and Bacon and Egg rolls for breakfast on Saturday morning.

Enjoy the friendly atmosphere, and pick up a bargain (or two) knowing you are helping those families who need our assistance within the Hills area.

NOTE:  Please be advised that there is NO parking on Showground Road - and that access to Kentwell Avenue is no longer possible from Showground Road due to road works in the area.

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 for