Christ the King North Rocks Newsletter

Term 1 Week 6: Friday 5th March, 2021.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

Gospel for the third Sunday of Lent

John 2:13-25

‘Jesus Cleanses the Temple’

Jesus does not come to destroy the temple, but to fulfill it —to reveal its true purpose in God’s saving plan.

He is the Lord the prophets said would come—to purify the temple, banish the merchants, and make it a house of prayer for all peoples.

The God who made the heavens and the earth, who brought Israel out of slavery, does not dwell in sanctuaries made by human hands 

Nor does He need offerings of oxen, sheep, or doves.

In Sunday’s reading God did not originally command animal sacrifices—only that Israel heed His commandments.

His law was a gift of divine wisdom. It was a law of love perfectly expressed in Christ’s self-offering on the Cross.

This is the “sign” Jesus offers in Sunday’s Gospel —the sign that caused Jewish leaders to stumble.

Jesus’ body—destroyed on the Cross and raised up three days later—is the new and true sanctuary. From the temple of His body, rivers of living water flow, the Spirit of grace that makes each of us a temple and together builds us into a dwelling place of God.

In the Eucharist we participate in His offering of His body and blood. This is the worship in Spirit and in truth that the Father desires.

We are to offer praise as our sacrifice . This means imitating Christ—offering our bodies—all our intentions and actions in every circumstance, for the love of God and the love of others.

Source: Scott Hahn

Morning Drop Off

Please be reminded that when using the morning Kiss and Drop Off on the COLA , students must have their bags with them in the car. For safety reasons no child or adult is to go to the boot of the car. There can be no exceptions to this procedure - it is very dangerous for students to be at the back of the vehicle. Parents must remain in vehicles when using this area.

Students who are dropped off outside the COLA and who then use the COLA to enter the school must walk behind the witches hats. No student is to walk down the middle of the COLA - this is extremely dangerous as cars are continually moving around in this area. 

As communicated earlier this week the COLA stairs to the basketball court are now cordoned into two pathways each morning. One for Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 to walk down to the bottom level and one for Years 3 to Year 6. 

Please be aware of the other morning entrances into the school which include:

  • the stairs below the school gate which open at around 8:15am

  • the Burradoo Close gate drop off and

  • the Bowral Street Gate gate drop off

Many thanks for your cooperation and commitment to keeping our students safe at drop off and pick up times.

Student Lunches

Lately, there has been a significant increase in the number of students who come to the office at lunch time to report that they have forgotten to bring their lunch to school. 

There is also a large number of students who also come to the office to report that they have had their lunch but are still hungry.

Please, would you remind or check with your child each morning that he or she has packed their lunch in their school bag. 

Please would you also check that your child (children) have enough food for the day. Extra fresh fruit and vegetables, sandwiches etc may help to satisfy your child’s (childrens’) extra appetite as the days become slightly cooler.

Below are some snack suggestions for lunch boxes from Western Sydney Parent Newsletter that you may find helpful.

Many thanks for your ongoing support in regard to school lunches.

Bernadette Walsh

Acting Principal 

Upcoming Events

Term 1, Week 7

Monday 8th March

  • All Responsible Use Of Technology forms to be completed.
  • Sports Program: All Students in Sports Uniform
  • Drawing / Comic Club at lunchtime
  • Cool Kids Music Club 3.00 - 4.30pm

Tuesday 9th March

  • Diocesan Swimming Carnival
  • 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 10th March

  • PE: Year 6, Year 2
  • Drama Club: Years 5 & 6
  • Chess: 3.00-4.00pm

Thursday 11th March

  • PE: Year 3, Year 1, Year 4 {Group 2}
  • Year 5 Reconciliation
  • Drama Club: Years 1 & 2

Friday 12th March

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

Term 1, Week 8

Monday 15th March

  • Sports Program: All Students in Sports Uniform
  • Drawing / comic club at lunchtime
  • Cool Kids Music Club 3.00 - 4.30pm

Tuesday 16th March

  • 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 17th March

  • PE: Year 6, Year 2 
  • Year 5 at parish Mass 9.00-9.30am
  • Drama Club: Years 5 & 6
  • CHESS: 3.00-4.00pm

Thursday 18th March

  • PE: Year 3, Year 1 Year 4 {Group 2} 
  • Year 6 Reconciliation
  • Drama club: Years 1 & 2

Friday 19th March

  • Band: 7.45am  - existing students from 2020 only
  • Band groups throughout the day
  • Year 6 at Parish Mass 9.15-9.45am
  • Design & Building Club at lunchtime

Dates for your diary

Wednesday 24th March 

  • Parramatta Touch Football Rep trials

Thursday 1st April

  • HOLY THURSDAY - Stations of the Cross (time tbc)

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

Reminder to parents regarding sick students

Students who have flu-like symptoms are asked to:

  • not send your child to school
  • complete the Skoolbag Absentee form. Sick or Unwell will not be accepted. Please explain illness.
  • have a COVID test
  • please send your child's COVID results to the office before your child returns to school.


As School captains we only take up two of our eighteen leadership positions. Our prefect roles are filled up by eight amazing students. Prefects teach the school about our PBS4L rules and keep our school environment clean and tidy. Theses amazing students are: Jad S, Giselle L, Lucas H, Paula E, Nicole S, Filumena L, Marc C and Kaia T. Our prefects are really excited to be a part of the school leadership team and have many hopes for this year.

Sport Captains

We have mentioned our School Captains, Prefects and finally to occupy the last 8 roles on the Christ the King Primary School leadership team are our sport captains. We have two students take the captaincy of one of four different sport houses. Our sport house captains are: For Burton: Addison W and James F. For Darug: we have Julius B and Zachary T. For Maddock:  we have Stephanie P and Charlie Z.  Finally we have for Aylwood: Lillian P and Marcus B. These eight captains help their sport houses in the sporting events for CTK whether in school or out. They have many hopes in their last year that their house will succeed in their events.

The Year 6 Leadership Team 2021.

To make up our amazing 18 role leadership team we have our school captains, sport house captains and prefects. Us and our friends have worked exceptionally hard to become the leaders of our school in 2021. We all hope that the rest of the school will appreciate us in  our responsibilities as leaders.  Our whole team has had a job before the knowledge of who the leaders are which means our job as leaders in just a extra job for everyone

Literacy In Year Two

In Year 2 we are enjoying our Literacy time each morning. We have been reading so many different books about places and animals. In reading groups, we love to practise our grammar and comprehension skills as well as take our turn reading with the teacher.

During writing this term, we have spent time learning all about how to write descriptions using so many different types of adjectives. 

Click here to see our great work in literacy so far!

Art In Year Two

In Visual Arts this term, Year 2 have been learning all about mixing colours with paint. They learnt about the Primary Colours - Red, Blue and Yellow. They also learnt about the Secondary colours - Purple, Green and Orange. They also learnt that colours can be warm or cool and that some colours are linked with different emotions.

In Week 4, they used the primary colours to make secondary colours. They then used all the colours they had mixed to make beautiful colour wheels!

Last week, they mixed their own colours to make some concentric circle art, based on the famous work of the artist, Wassily Kandinsky.

Click here to see the amazing Gallery of work.

Premier's Reading Challenge 2021

The PRC is on again. All students have been given a Personal Reading Log, Infants a paper copy while Primary students have an digital copy added to their classroom. Please encourage your children to participate in the PRC, it is an excellent opportunity to be recognised for reading for pleasure. Visit the website for further details or contact Mrs Cook through the school office.

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” – Richard Steele”

Sarah Cook

Teacher Librarian LTST

Responsible Use of Technology Parent Form

Please complete the form by Monday 8th March 2021 (Week 7). 

After this date your child will not be able to use the technology at school until this form is complete.

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.

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


2021 School Fees Accounts

School Fee Statements for 2021 have now been issued.  If you are paying your account as per the 30 days option, then fees are due by 17th March, 2021.

If you have opted to take up a Flexible Payment Arrangement, thank you.  This arrangement will be noted on your account.

If you have not received your account or if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me on 8846 2700 or email

Thank you,

Susan Ritchie

Senior Finance

The Good News from CTK to YOU

Do you know what the Church is celebrating 150 years of this year?

This year marks 150 years since St Joseph was declared the Patron of the Universal Church. Despite being the earthly father of Jesus, there are not a lot of details written about him in the Bible. We know that the angel of the Lord appeared to him to accept Mary as his wife, that he travelled to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus, he took the family (fled) to Egypt, presented Jesus in the temple, brought them back to his home in Nazareth and searched frantically for Jesus when He was lost for 3 days. For a person of whom not a lot is written about it seems quite strange that St Joseph is the patron of the Church - yet at the same time it makes complete sense.

Out of all the people in the world God chose Mary to be the mother of God and He chose Joseph to look after them. He chose a man of kingly lineage who was humble, meek, reflective and a listener to be the person to care for and protect the Holy Family. Three times in the Bible Joseph is visited by an angel with instructions and three times he listens attentively and acts. Despite any feelings of confusion or uncertainty Joseph trusts in God’s plan and in doing so protects the Holy Family from danger. It is this protection that St Joseph provided that made him the perfect person to be named the protector of our Church.

Growing up the child Jesus, in his humanity, was reliant on a father to teach him. This father was St Joseph. We can see from the way that Jesus lived His life that St Joseph (together with Mary) did an outstanding job. Jesus would have seen the love that St Joseph had towards His mother, in caring for her and looking after her. He would have seen the dedication that St Joseph had to completing his work and his daily chores to provide for the family. He would have seen St Joseph in his meekness and humility show complete trust and faith in God. In our society we like to say that the ‘apple doesn’t fall far from the tree’ - here the actions of Jesus in His humanity reflect the upbringing of His parents. In our life we too are encouraged to reflect the life of the Holy Family. We are encouraged to show the same care to our family as the Holy Family showed to one another. We are also entrusted with educating and teaching one another the right way to live and to look after one another. For many fathers, St Joseph is a popular saint to turn to in times of need, but St Joseph is there for all members of the family. We should all turn to St Joseph to ask for his guidance and help with our spouses and with our children. As our intercessor in heaven he knows the difficulties that we all face in our family life.

This Friday March 19th we will celebrate the feast of St Joseph. Perhaps this will be an opportunity to head to mass and spend some time saying thank you to God for choosing St Joseph to protect His Holy Family and to say thank you to St Joseph for the job he did and continues to do today.

St Joseph, pray for us. 

Project Compassion Update

Thank you so much to the people who have donated to Caritas' Project Compassion Lenten appeal. So far our school community has raised $255 to help the vulnerable in our world. If you have not already downloaded the Qkr! App please do so if you would like to make a donation to this worthy cause.

Our Community has raised enough money to:

Donations Needed

Did you know that the Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS) feeds over 1000 people a week!? Unfortunately the demand for their help keeps growing. COVID-19 has had devastating impacts on people seeking asylum and without access to any federal support, the only place to access help is often charities, like JRS.  

If you are able to assist with a small food donation of Basmati rice (1kg or 2kg bags) or with cooking oil (no glass) they would be most appreciative. Any donations can be sent to the school office. Thanking you in advance for your generosity.

We will be collecting donations all of next week March 8th - March 12th.

May God bless you all. 

Parish News

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.


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

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