Christ the King North Rocks Newsletter

2019, Term 3 Week 2 : Friday 2nd August 2019

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to the start of Term 3. I trust you all had a relaxing break with your children and are looking forward to a busy and productive term. Highlights over the next eight weeks include Grandparents day, Father’s Day, Wakakirri, Confirmation, the Zone and Diocesan Athletics Carnivals, various sporting gala days and Confirmation.

Please keep in your prayers the stage three children in our parish and school communities who are preparing with their families for the sacrament of Confirmation over the next few weeks. This is a most significant time in the lives of our young men and women as they are fully initiated into the church community and have bestowed upon the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Thanks to our Parish sacramental team who are preparing and working with the children over the coming weeks. The sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated on Wednesday 4th September.

On Tuesday 13th August our performing arts troupe will perform in the Wakakirri heats at NIDA theatre in the grounds of the University of NSW. Some seventy performers and stage hands will take to the stage following months of preparation, rehearsals, costume design and sewing, building and painting of sets. Many thanks to the teachers and parents who have assisted in the preparation most capably lead by our director Mrs Lara Kelly Hosking and Mrs Sarah Cook who have given so generously of their time over the last six months. Many thanks also to Miss Danielle Hartley for all her hard work with the dancing component of the show. We wish all concerned the very best for next Wednesday’s performance.

Please be reminded that we all review the manner in which we drive and park when on the school site. It is imperative that when driving on the school site that we observe the 10km speed limit and follow the directional arrows that are painted on the road. It is expected that drivers park in the allocated parking spaces and do not “double park”. Double parking is inconsiderate and dangerous and contributes to accidents and traffic congestion. It is imperative that all drivers are attentive and observant of pedestrians walking around the site. Drivers are not to be using mobile phones whilst driving through the site nor are drivers allowed to park in the disabled parking spaces in front of the ramp up to the office unless you are displaying appropriate documentation that allows you to park in such spaces. Please leave these spaces for those who are disabled and genuinely need the parking space. Please refrain from driving in the 'EXIT' driveway off Statham Avenue. There is an ever increasing number of vehicles coming in via the 'EXIT' of an afternoon parking and picking up their children. The circuit around the Hall via the afternoon pick up is "ONE WAY" as indicated by the arrows that have been painted on the road. To insure the safety of all our families it is appreciated and expected that all drivers follow the directional arrows and safety signs. Please don't ignore them for the sake of being inconvenienced. If you wish to pick up your children early of an afternoon and the pick up queue has commenced (which is any time from 2.15pm) please park on Statham Avenue and walk into the school. Insuring all our families exit the school precinct safely of an afternoon is the responsibility and priority of all concerned in our community.

Due to a clash with the Confirmation preparation the year 5 camp meeting scheduled for next Wednesday has been postponed to Thursday the 22nd August commencing at 7:00pm. My apologies for any inconvenience caused. Thank you.

Today our annual school photograph shoot was held. Many thanks to our wonderful ladies in the office who organised and facilitated the day. The photographer will be returning next Friday for a “catch up” day for individual portraits of children were absent today. Thank you to everyone for your co-operation throughout the day.

Have a good week

Tony Hughes


Upcoming Events

Term 3 (Week 3)

Monday 5th August

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

Tuesday 6th August

  • Uniform Shop 8.00am-12.30pm
  • Literacy Club 8am
  • Book Week Guest - Anne Fienberg
  • PE: Year 6, Year 2, Year 4 (Group1)
  • Drama Club Years 3 & 4

Wednesday 7th August

  • Maths Olympiad Team Session 8am
  • Pe: Year 5, Kindergarten
  • Drama club Years 1 & 2
  • Chess (3 - 4pm) 

Thursday 8th August

  • PE: Year 3, Year 1, Year 4 (Group 2)
  • Feast of Mary MacKillop - Whole School Mass 9am
  • Drama Club Years 5 & 6

Friday 9th August

  • Band (7:45 am) and groups throughout the day
  • School Photo Make-Up Day - for students that were absent on Photo Day.
  • CTK Playgroup 10am-11.30am

Term 3, (Week 4)

Monday 12th August

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

Tuesday 13th August

  • Uniform Shop 8.00am-12.30pm
  • Literacy Club 8am
  • CEDP Education Mass St Patrick's Cathedral 10-12pm Years 5 & 6 not involved in Wakakirri
  • PE: Year 6, Year 2, Year 4 (Group1)
  • Drama Club Years 3 & 4

Wednesday 14th August

  • Maths Olympiad Team session 8am
  • PE: Year 5, Kindergarten
  • Drama Club Years 1 & 2
  • Chess (3 - 4pm)
  • Parish Pastoral Council meeting in the Staffroom at 7.15pm

Thursday 15th August

  • PE: Year 3, Year 1, Year 4 (Group 2)
  • Hills Zone Athletics Carnival - Blacktown
  • Feast of the Assumption - Whole School Mass 9am
  • Drama Club Years 5 & 6

Friday 16th August

  • Band (7:45 am) and groups throughout the day
  • Year 1 excursion to Sydney Olympic Park
  • Debating 'v' St Michaels 9.30am
  • CTK Playgroup 10am-11.30am

Advanced Notice: Mark in your diary

Monday 19th August

Book Parade 2pm

Managing your Child's Anxiety Parent Workshop - presented by Lynne Wainwright 7-8pm

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.

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


Recently, Year 6 has been writing their Voice Of Youth Speech. Voice of Youth is a public speaking competition between many schools. This competition is open to students in Year 6, who are given the chance to express their passion through an entertaining and meaningful speech. This is the younger generations way to feel that they have impacted our world and making a positive difference in our world today. 

Many of our peers have been determined to get their message across. This competition has many stages, firstly, everyone is to present their speech to their class, after this, 12 are then elected to present to Year 5, and finally, 3 are chosen to represent our school, and say their speech, up against many other schools.

Some common topics that students genuinely choose include, Sports, World Youth Day, Creative Arts, Pollution, Poverty, different types of families, Mental Health issues, War, and many other things that they have shown interest to. The goal of these speeches is either to entertain, make a change, to inform, inspire, convince and persuade. 

This gives many students a chance to have a go at public speaking, and to have a voice, when everyone is listening.

Emma Maroun and Henry Abood

School Captains 2019

Stage 2 Soccer Gala Day

This week, many of our students attended the Stage Two Soccer Gala Day, at Jamison Park, Penrith.

This was the biggest soccer gala day we have ever attended, with over 150 teams from all over the diocese! Our three teams were made up of boys and girls from Year 3 and 4.

For more information and photos Click here

St Bernadette's Netball Gala Day

On Wednesday, 31st July 2019, Stage 2 and Stage 3 participated in the Netball Gala Day.

For more information and photos Click here


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

An intorduction to learning effective ways to help youtr 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 K-12 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

Library News

Book Week 2019

Guest author - Anna Fienberg visiting CTK Tuesday 6th August.

Please mark in your diary the Book Parade is on Monday 19th August.

A hard copy with all information was sent home on Thursday 1st August.


Online Safety - Parenting in the Digital AgeThe Office of the eSafety Commissioner is committed to helping all Australians have safe, positive experiences online. For tips and advice on helping your children be safe and have an enjoyable time online click here.

Update to the Road Rules

New drink-driving penalties come into effect in NSW

Tough new drink-driving laws have in NSW, which will see anyone caught driving over the alcohol limit have their licence immediately suspended.

Any driver, even if they are a first time or low-range offender, will receive a $561 fine and immediate three month licence suspension.

This new law also applies for people caught drug-driving.

What are the road rules in relation to mobile phones?

NSW Legislation

Drivers or riders can use their mobile phone to make or answer a call and use the audio playing function (e.g. music) only if the phone is either:

●     In a cradle fixed to the vehicle and doesn’t obscure their view of the road;

●     Can be operated without touching any part of the phone, such as via Bluetooth or voice activation.

●     Drivers are able to use their mobile phone as a driver’s aid (e.g. GPS) only if the phone is in a cradle fixed to the vehicle and doesn’t obscure their view of the road.

While driving or riding you cannot use your mobile phone for anything else, including:

●     Texting or audio texting

●     Emailing

●     Using social media

●     Taking photos

●     Video messaging

●     Holding your phone in any way (in hand, on lap, between shoulder and ear). Drivers are only allowed to hold a phone to pass it to a passenger.

If you want to use your phone for any of these functions, your vehicle must be parked out of the line of traffic.

These functions are not permitted when your vehicle is stopped, including when waiting at traffic lights or stuck in traffic.

Learner, P1 and P2 drivers and motorcyclists (NSW)

Learner, P1 and P2 licence holders are not permitted to use a mobile phone at all while driving or riding. This includes when waiting at traffic lights or stuck in traffic. You must be parked out of the line of traffic to use your phone in any way.

Correct child car seats for children's age and size

National child restraint laws
  • Children up to the age of six months must be secured in an approved rearward facing restraint
  • Children ages from six months old but under four years old must be secured in either a rear or forward facing approved child restraint with an inbuilt harness
  • children under four years old cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows
  • children aged from four years old but under seven years old must be secured in a forward facing approved child restraint with an inbuilt harness or an approved booster seat
  • children aged from four years old but under seven years old cnnot travel in a front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows, unless all other back seats are occupied by children younger than seven years in an approved child restraint or booster seat
  • Children ages from seven years old but under 16 years old who are too small to be restrained by a seatbelt properly adjusted and fastened are strongly recommended to use an approved booster seat
  • Children in  booster seats must be restrained by a suitable lap and sash type approved seatbelt that is properly adjusted and fastened, or by a suitable approved child safety harness that is properly adjusted and fastened.

If your child is too small for the child restraint specified for their age, they should be kept in their current child restraint until it is safe for them to move to the next level.

If your child is too large for the child restraint specified for their age, they may move to the next level of child restraint.

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

Understanding Family Law

Seminar – Understanding Family Law  CatholicCare Solo Parent Services is holding a two session Seminar on “Understanding Family Law”.  These sessions are presented by an Accredited Family Law Specialist and will be held on Saturday 10th August 2019. 

Session 1:   10am – 12pm – Understanding the Family Law Act – Focus on Divorce/Separation and Children’s needs.  

Session 2:   1pm -3pm        – Understanding the Family Law Act – Focus on Property Settlements.

Venue: St. Patrick’s Cathedral Parish Hall, 1 Marist Place, Parramatta.  Entry and onsite parking via Boom gate on Victoria Rd.

Cost: $10.00 per session. 

Registration Essential: Contact - Rita - PH: 8843 2575 or email:


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 :


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