Christ the King North Rocks Newsletter

Term 1 Week 4: Friday 19th February, 2021.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

Yesterday we celebrated Ash Wednesday- the start of the season of Lent as we journey with Christ to the Easter Celebration whereby we celebrate his passion and resurrection. Pope Francis describes Lent as a "joyful season when we prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery with mind and heart renewed…as we recall the great events that gave us new life in Christ." During this Lenten journey we are encouraged stay focused on the Easter story and the prospect of salvation and resurrection at journey’s end so as not to let greed and self-interest govern our lives. The Holy Father reminds us that "the path to Easter demands that we renew our faces and hearts as Christians through repentance, conversion and forgiveness, so as to live fully the abundant grace of the paschal mystery," The fasting, praying and alms giving undertaken during Lent is a sacramental sign of this conversion,  becoming "children of God," as it draws us away from the selfish obsessions of life. Let us all strive to stand beside our brothers and sisters in need, sharing our spiritual and material goods with them making a difference in their lives.

 

Thank you to our parents who attended the parent zoom information nights this week. A special thanks to the teachers who prepared their presentations. I trust the sessions proved useful information allowing you to gain a better understanding of what is happening in your child’s grade in regards to the learning agenda, behaviour expectations and the general protocols and procedures for the year ahead. If you were unable to attend the sessions please contact your child’s classroom teachers if you have any questions or require any clarification on any issue. A recorded version and power-point notes of the presentation are available for those who missed the sessions to access .

 

Each year parents and students in Year 3 - 6 are required to complete the Responsible Use of Technology Acknowledgement form. This form sets out the responsibilities of both the student and the school with regards to technology in the school. We ask that parents complete the form WITH THEIR CHILD so that you and they are aware of the expectations at school. It also provides an excellent opportunity for you to open the discussion about internet use and safety in your home. It is imperative that you read through the agreement prior to you and your child signing it so they understand what is in the agreement. You will find excellent resources on internet safety from the eSafety website.

 

Catholic School’s Week will be celebrated at Christ the King in Week 7 [8th  –12th March]. Due to the ongoing COVID -19 restrictions the events celebrated during the week will need to be confirmed closer to the date.

We are currently accepting Kindergarten enrolments for 2022, conducting school tours for new families in the March and celebrating catholic education in our community. School tours for new families this year will need to be conducted differently because of the restrictions. I will be  conducting private tours for news families during March. Please encourage new families to contact us so an expression of interest and enrolment package can be issued and a tour organised. We look forward to celebrating Catholic Education at CTK throughout that week though it may be different due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

 

Kindergarten enrolments for 2022 are looking healthy with 34 siblings already tendering expressions of interest for next year.  Can I impress upon our current families, that if you are considering starting your children in Kindergarten next year please enrol your child. If you determine later on in the year to hold your child back to the following year you can withdraw them without any problems. Once I determine how many siblings from current families are enrolling in kindergarten in 2022, I can offer new families placements for their children. I would like to be able to offer placements for new families in the next few weeks. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

 

Please note that registration for this year’s Christ the King First Eucharist programme will close today Friday, 19 February at 5pm. Children in Year Four and Year Five (who missed out last year) are eligible for the Sacrament providing they have made their First Reconciliation. For further details contact Claudine the Parish Secretary at the parish office.

 

Today our CTK zone swimming team represented our school at the Hills Zone swimming carnival. Throughout the day many of our swimmers swam personal best times.. Thank you to all the parents who attended the carnival as a spectators. A special thanks to Mr Aaron Debrincat who organised and supervised our team throughout the day convened the whole carnival and prepared our squad in the lead up to the carnival.

 

Just a reminder that supervision of students does not start till 8:15am in the morning. If you need to drop your child off to school early you need to enrol them in COHSC [CTK Before and After School Care] In recent weeks, students have been dropped off as earlier as 7:30am. Children who are dropped off early to school will be sent to COHSC and you will be charged for the morning session. This is a student wellbeing concern that needs to be adhered to by all families. Your co-operation in this matter will be greatly appreciated and expected.

 

Please insure all your children’s clothing hats and lunch boxes are clearly labelled with your child’s name and grade. At this time of the year many c items that are not labelled have already found their way into lost property. Please encourage your children to go to lost property outside Kindergarten if they have lost any items in the first few weeks of school.

 

Have a great week

Tony Hughes

Principal    

Upcoming Events

Term 1, Week 5

Monday 22nd February

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

Tuesday 23rd February

  • Parramatta AFL Rep trials
  • Uniform Shop 8.00am - 12.30pm - appointment only via the office
  • PE: Year 5, Kindy, Year 4 {Group 1}
  • Drama Club: Years 3 & 4

Wednesday 24th February

  • Parramatta Football Rep trials
  • Tear 5 Science Incursion TBC
  • PE: Year 6, Year 2
  • Drama Club: Years 5 & 6
  • Chess: 3.00-4.00pm

Thursday 25th February

  • PE: Year 3, Year 1, Year 4 {Group 2}
  • Drama Club: Years 1 & 2

Friday 26th February

  • BAND: 7.45am for all excisting students from 2020 only. Band groups for new & existing students throughout the day.
  • Design & Building Club at lunchtime


Term 1, Week 6

Monday 1st March

  • Parramatta Netball Rep trials
  • Kindy NSW Health Eye Screener
  • Sports Program: All Students in Sports Uniform
  • Drawing / comic club at lunchtime
  • Cool Kids Music Club 3.00 - 4.30pm

Tuesday 2nd March

  • Parramatta Rugby League Rep trials
  • Kindy NSW Health Eye Screener
  • Uniform Shop 8.00am-12.30pm - appointment only via the office.
  • PE: Year 5, Kindy, Year 4 {Group 1} 
  • Drama Club: Years 3 & 4

Wednesday 3rd March

  • PE: Year 6, Year 2 
  • Drama Club: Years 5 & 6
  • CHESS: 3.00-4.00pm
  • First Eucharist Parent Information Zoom 7:00pm

Thursday 4th March

  • PE: Year 3, Year 1 Year 4 {Group 2} 
  • Drama club: Years 1 & 2

Friday 5th March

  • Band: 7.45am  - existing students from 2020 only
  • Band groups throughout the day
  • CTK CROSS COUNTRY
  • Design & Building Club at lunchtime


Dates for your diary

Tuesday 9th March

  • Diocesan Swimming Carnival

Friday 19th March

  • Cross Country Back-Up day

Wednesday 24th March 

  • Parramatta Touch Football Rep trials


Term dates for Term 1

Good Friday,                        Friday, 2nd April        }

Easter Sunday,                    Sunday, 4th April      }  Public Holidays

Easter Monday,                  Monday, 5thApril      } 

Last Day Term 1 : Thursday 1st April

  

Term 2      Monday,      19th April              to      Friday, 25th June

Term 3      Monday,      12th July                to      Friday, 17th September

Term 4      Tuesday,      5th October          to      Friday, 17th December

Other School News

2021 Grade Teachers

Kindergarten- Miss Marie-Louise Tcherkezian / Mr Ben Horne / Mrs Patrice Hanna

Yr 1 – Miss Courtney Milone / Mrs Ally Trethowan

Yr 2 – Mrs Erin Wynne / Ms Sarah Brady / Mrs Patrice Hanna

Yr 3 -  Mrs Kaylene Searson/  Mr Aaron Debrincat

Yr 4 – Mr Brad Mogan /  Mrs Samantha Roberts / Mrs Mel Szoloch

Yr 5 – Mrs Danielle Young /  Mr Ben Kroon

Yr 6 – Miss Venice Boules / Miss Julianne Barker / Mrs Monica Burley

PE Teacher:    Mrs Lara Kelly-Hosking

Performing Arts:  Mrs Danielle Atkinson 

CTK School Captain's Chat

Hi our names are George and Mackenzie and we are the proud 2021 Christ the King  School Captains. We have both been apart of Christ the King since we were in Kindergarten. Ever since then we have tried our hardest to become apart of the Christ the King Primary School Year 6 Leadership Team. In our first newsletter as the CTK leaders we would like to introduce ourselves in more detail. Hi there I'm George Diab, I am one of the 2 School Captains for 2021. I have 4 older siblings one girl and  three boys, my whole family has been at Christ the King since Kindergarten.  Most of my siblings are a lot older than me. I have one brother that is 21 one brother that is 20, and my last brother is 18. I also have one sister that has just left Christ the King and now is attending high school. My sister was the last years School Captain and I'm overwhelmed to follow in her footsteps, so in a way my mum got 2 out of 5 actual good kids. Hi again, my name is Mackenzie McBain and I am one of the two Christ the King 2021 School Captains. I have one younger brother who is in Year 4 this year at Christ the King. I have been so excited to become apart of the Christ the King community ever since Kindergarten. My whole family has loved the CTK community for over seven years. Now that I am one of the year six leaders my brother, decided he would like to go for leadership as well. As the school captains of 2021 George and I hope that we can bring on a whole new potential for our future Christ the King leaders. 


P.s. we don't actually look like that-George

P.s yes we do George, but better, like a lot better- Mackenzie

Year 6 Class of 2021.

The leadership team is just another role and responsibility for some kids. But everybody in  year 6 is a leader of Christ the King as we are the seniors of the school. Our whole grade is contributing to being leaders and making a better educating place. As our teachers say badges a just responsibility, no matter if you have one or not, when you step into the year 6  classroom you are a leader of Christ the King. Our class is the class of 2021.

(P.S yes this is our grade… 😅)

Year 6 and their buddies

Year 6 were very excited to reunite with their now Year 1 buddies after the summer holidays!

The two grades had a fun-filled afternoon last Friday. Year 6 were helping their buddies to understand the difference between Common and Proper nouns using posters they had created in class before moving on to an enjoyable afternoon of games and fun on the oval.

After they shared their posters Year 6 spent some time playing, talking and getting to know their buddies. Year 1 buddies were so excited to spend this time with the “big kids” and loved playing games together. 

Year 6 also got an opportunity to take their buddies to church for the very first time in a long time. Ash Wednesday was a big day for them and Year 6 spent time helping the Year 1 write some meaningful Lenten Promises. 

Check out some of our photos!

Responsible Use of Technology Parent Form

As discussed in your Parent Information night it is a requirement that  a parent or guardian of every school child at Christ the King completes the Responsible Use of Technology Parent form each year. This form states the expectations around the use of technology at school by both students and teachers, the role the CEDP plays, and provides you with the opportunity to discuss computer use and internet safety at home with your children. Although Primary students also complete the form at school, it is expected that they complete it at home again WITH you. Infant students do not complete the form at school.

Click on the link below. Please complete the form by the 5th March 2021 (Week 6). 

Contact the school office should you have any questions or need a paper copy of the form.

2021 Responsible Use of Technology Form


Tony Hughes

Principal

The Good News from CTK to YOU

What do all these events have in common?

Obviously they are all stories from the Bible - but each of these stories feature the number 40 in some way. In the Old Testament we have Noah and the 40 day flood; Moses being on Mt Sinai for 40 days; the Israelites wandering the wilderness for 40 years and Jonah preaching to the citizens of Ninevah which resulted in 40 days of fasting and prayer. Then of course we have Jesus being tempted in the desert for 40 days and the 40 days He spent with His disciples after His resurrection. The number 40 features over 100 times in the Bible which gives a clue that this number is highly symbolic. In our modern life we too have adopted this number and its symbolism as being a long time, or a time to start anew. In fact we often tell people that life begins (again) at 40, whilst 40 weeks is needed for a new life to be born. Many years ago people would partake in a 40 hour famine, our average working week is 40 hours and a school year lasts - you guessed it - 40 weeks. It appears we cannot escape this number. This week we celebrate Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season - a time for preparation and renewal. It is no coincidence that Lent lasts 40 days (excluding Sundays) - it is the Churches way of asking people to slow down and take some time to think about their personal relationship with God. Our journey through this life can often feel like a journey in the wilderness with its ups and downs, trials, hardships, dry spells and then there is the complaining of others that seek to make the journey that little bit harder. For this journey through the wilderness we are not alone. There is one who has been through all the trials before and shown us the way. This of course is Jesus - and this Lent we are reminded to become closer to Him. Just like the Ninevites the Church asks as to pray, give alms and sacrifice. What should be added on to those directions should be, pray more to God, give alms like God who freely gives to us and to sacrifice (or give up something) in order to become closer to God. The challenge will then be to continue these positive habits even when the season of Lent has come to a close and the celebration of the Easter season begins. Just like Jesus, we now have 40 days to prepare for our journey in the wilderness. This 40 days need not be alone, it is an opportunity to include your family and friends to share in the journey - and Jesus will be there to help you every step of the way if you let Him. May the next 40 days bring you closer to Him. 

Parish News

CTK Church Cleaning Ministry - Volunteers needed

We are seeking members of the CTK school community to volunteer themselves to the CTK church cleaning ministry. Our roster sees the school group  performing maintenance cleaning to the inside of our parish church for up to one hour every 6 weeks. The cleaning requirements are nothing more than you would do in your own home. Santisation to NSW Health requirements is undertaken by a different group within the church.

We appreciate any time that you can give. Cleaning days for the first half of the year are from 10.15am Fridays on 19 February, 2 April, 14 May and 25 June.

Please contact Gemma (0413422431 or gemma@urbanstylehunters.com) or Julie (0414571664 or juliebechara@live.com.au) to register your interest.

With thanks,

Gemma Smart and Julie Bechara

CTK Primary School Church Cleaning Ministry Group

Weekend Masses

We are currently allowed to have a maximum of 120 persons attending each Mass.

All Parishioners must wear a MASK while attending Mass.

WEEKDAY MASSES

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)

SUNDAY MASSES

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.

 https://northrockscatholicparish.eventbrite.com.au/

 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: northrocks@parracatholic.org or phone 9871 8710 after reserving a place at your selected Mass.

Thank you for your assistance.

IMPORTANT:

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: northrocks@parracatholic.org 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: northrocks@parracatholic.org

WEEKDAY MASSES

Wednesday to Saturday Mass at 9:00 am

(note Friday Mass starts at 9:15 am)  

SUNDAY MASSES

Saturday         5:30 pm Vigil

Sunday            8:00 am & 10:00 am

CONFESSION

Saturday after Mass (9:30am - 10am) or by appointment

Thank you to our school Community

On behalf of the Members of the North Rocks Conference of St Vincent de Paul, we would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the students, parents and teachers of Christ the King Primary school for their wonderful efforts in collecting festive food for our 2020 Christmas hampers. Our special thanks to Ben-Horne for co-ordinating this collection. 

Once again, we were able to provide substantial hampers to the very needy in the Carlingford, Dundas and telopea area. Our clients are so appreciative for the generosity of the community around them who are willing to help them celebrate the Christmas season.

We look forward to continue working with your school community to help the less fortunate in our community.

Yours in Christ

Rosemary Wickham - President

St Vincent de Paul Society

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