Christ the King North Rocks Newsletter

2020, Term 4 Week 9: Friday 11th, 2020.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

The Entrance Antiphon of this Sunday’s Mass is taken from Paul’s letter to the Philippians: ‘Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say rejoice! The Lord is near’(Philippians 4:4-5). Fr Michael Fallon explains this in the context of this Sundays readings. The opening word ‘Rejoice’ is ‘Gaudete’ in Latin – and so today has traditionally been called 'Gaudete Sunday'. This is also why we have a rose coloured candle and hanging. Our joy flows from the realisation that Christmas is very near. God is coming with special graces for all who cry out to God in their distress.


As the final week of the year draws to a close, I would like to thank our parent community for your support and contribution throughout 2020. This year has been a most trying and difficult year for us all to navigate. However as we see the light at the end of the tunnel, may I take this opportunity to thank and congratulate all of you for your patience, resilience and flexibility in working with us throughout the year to insure the education of our students was maintained.  A school’s community is only as effective as their parent body that supports the staff in the education and development of your children. For all your efforts, encouragement and enthusiasm throughout 2020, the staff and I are truly grateful. Your time and generosity is most appreciated. We look forward to your continued support in 2021!


Please see below Classroom Teachers for 2021:


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

Yr 1 – Miss Courtney Milone / Mrs Ally Trethowan

Yr 2 – Mrs Erin Wynne / Mrs Sarah Debrincat / 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


Today the children met their teachers for 2021 as part of our changeover session. We also welcomed new students from Yr1-Yr6 students who have enrolled for CTK to meet their classmates and teachers for the new school year. Students in each grade would have  received a pre-requisite list for 2021 this afternoon. This afternoon we also welcomed two new members of staff who will be teaching at CTK in 2021.  Welcome and best wishes for an enjoyable year to Mr Ben Kroon and Miss Julianne Barker.


Yesterday we farewelled our 2020 year 6 Cohort. Over the last seven years we have watched these students grow into young men and women who will be moving onto high school in 2021. Their contributions and the footprint they will leave here at CTK has and will continue to define the culture and character of our great school. Thank you to each and every one of our graduating class for the legacies you leave behind as a result of your involvement and time at CTK. We wish you all every happiness and success with your future endeavours and studies. Farewell and Good Luck!


A decision has been made to postpone the announcement of the year 6 leadership team for 2021 until early next year at the opening school mass in early February. As you are well aware, the COVID pandemic has impacted on various aspects of school life resulting in the cancellation of a number of school events. Our Thanksgiving  school mass on the last day of the year where our school leaders for the following year are announced has been cancelled due to the restrictions placed upon us. Our opening school mass for 2021 will be celebrated on Friday the 5th February [Wk2] commencing at 9:15am. At that mass the student school leadership team will be announced and their badges presented.


Reports for each student were distributed on Wednesday. It is imperative you take the time to sit down with your child and discuss their report before the end of the term. This discussion would revolve around highlighting and acknowledging their achievements for the semester as well as planning how they are going to achieve success with the areas for development for next year put forward by their teachers. Celebrating achievement and planning on how to improve your child’s learning for the next scholastic year are the two major focuses as we conclude school for 2020. Congratulations to all our students on the achievements they have made with their learning throughout the year.


The annual swimming carnival will be held next Tuesday 15th December at Blacktown Pool. All children from years 2-5 will attend.. The carnival has emerged in recent years as a selection trial for the Hills Zone swimming carnival that will be held in February in 2021. Children in Kindergarten, Year 1 and those children in year two who do not attend the carnival will remain at school and participate in tabloid sports and activity day run by Sports in Schools Australia [SISA]. Year 6 school leaders will attend the swimming carnival to assist as officials etc. The remainder of our year six students will remain at school to assist our younger children participate in the tabloid day.  Unfortunately due to COVID-19 restrictions parents are unable to attend. All students will travel to and from the carnival by bus.


Our final day [Wednesday 16th December] of the year will look different this year to previous years due to the pandemic restrictions currently in place. The usual whole school thanks giving mass and awards ceremony in the church will be replaced by three separate presentations which will take place in the hall. These presentations will follow a whole school liturgy, which will be held under the top COLA. There will be no official Year 6 farewell. Due to the COVID restrictions, parents are unable to attend the liturgy or presentations. It is anticipated that these ceremonies will be streamed live via zoom. Further details regarding this will be communicated next week. Children will be able to be picked up from school when the final awards presentation concludes at 12noon. Supervision will be provided for students whose parents are unable to pick up their children at midday. Please note that all children being picked up at 12 noon will need to be picked up through the drive through pick up on the top playground or via the back gate in Burradoo Close.


As the celebration of Christmas Day draws near, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2021. May the birth of our Christ our Saviour bring every joy, happiness and good health to one and all.

God Bless-  Happy Holidays!

Tony Hughes



Congratulations to Mr Debrincat and Miss Brady who were married last Saturday week.  Aaron and Sarah returned from their honeymoon this week to begin their life as husband and wife. Our community wishes them every happiness, good health and enjoyment in their life ahead. 

Captain's Chat

2020 has been quite a challenging year for all of us here at Christ the King, but somehow as a community we have pushed through it and have reached the end. Year 6 have graduated and we have also reflected on the 7 years we have spent here at Christ the king. We are really sad to be leaving all of this behind us, but if we think about it, we are stepping into a new chapter of our                                                                                                       lives. 

Things have been quite rough but as it gets to the end of this school year the teachers have decided to make our last 4 days of 2020 exciting, and full of special events. For example, today is mufti day Christmas themed, and on Monday, year 6 are going to be attending motiv8 fun day. Not only that, on Tuesday we have our swimming carnival and sadly it is the last one for year 6 to be a part of at CTK. Wednesday we have a school liturgy which gives the whole school an opportunity to say goodbye to us year 6’s. 

As we said before, we are really sad to have to move on and leave some amazing things behind us. We have created some amazing friendships and are a part of a loving community which has brought us to where we are today. As the school captains of 2020, we say goodbye to the school, students, teachers, staff and our community. It has been a great honour to be the school captains, and hope that the next school captains will carry on such a significant role. 

Sincerely CTK school captains Laura and Jack

Upcoming Events

Term 1, Week 1

Tuesday 26th January


Wednesday 27th January

  • MAI Testing for Years K-6
  • Uniform Shop Open - BY APPOINTMENT ONLY 8.00am-3.30pm

Thursday 28th January

  • MAI Testing for Years K-6
  • Uniform Shop Open - BY APPOINTMENT ONLY 8.00am-3.30pm

Friday 29th January

  • Years 1-6 BEGIN SCHOOL
  • MAI Testing Kindergarten
  • Uniform Shop Open - BY APPOINTMENT ONLY 8.00am-3.30pm

Term 1, Week 2

Monday 1st February

  • Kindergarten BEGIN SCHOOL
  • Sports Program: All Students in Sports Uniform

Tuesday 2nd February

  • Uniform Shop 8.00am-12.00pm - via appointment only.
  • PE: Year 6, Kindy, Year 4 {Group 1} TBC

Wednesday 3rd February

  • PE: Year 5, Year 2 TBC
  • Chess BEGINS 3.00-4.00pm

Thursday 4th February

  • PE: Year 3, Year 1 Year 4 {Group 2} TBC

Friday 5th February

  • Opening School Mass 9.00am-10.30am

Dates for your diary


Wednesday 27th January & Thursday 28th January

Please note the Uniform Shop will be open for two extra days at the beginning of the Year 2021. APPOINTMENT ONLY - A code has been sent home to access these appointments. Also opened as usual, every Tuesday from 8.00am-12.00pm.

Friday 19th February

  • Hills Zone Swimming Carnival TBC
  • Kindergarten Welcoming BBQ TBC

TERM DATES FOR 2021       

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

2021 School Prerequisites Year 1 - Year 6

Other School News

Last Day of Receipting for 2020 - School Fees and Uniform Shop - Tuesday 15th Dec, 2020 - 11.00am

If you are planning to come into the School Office to finalise your School Fees account for 2020, please be advised that payments (via EFT/CR CARD Only - NO CASH) will be accepted up until 11:00 am Tuesday 15th December.

Also: Please be advised the last day of Uniform Shop trading for 2020 will be this Tuesday 15th December, 2020.  The Uniform Shop will close on Tuesday 15th December at 11:00 for Stocktake.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Kind regards,

Susan Ritchie

Finance Manager

Please keep in your Prayers

Prayers are requested for Olivia F in Year 2 on the passing of her Grandfather last week.

He is now at peace with His loving God whom He served so faithfully.

Grant Him eternal rest, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine on him forever.


Welcomeasy Lunch Orders available from Friday 29th January 2021.

Parish News

Christmas Masses 2020

  • Christmas Eve: Thursday 24th December - 5:30pm, 7pm (extra Mass) & 9pm
  • Christmas Day: Friday 25th December - 8am & 10am
  • Individual Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturday 19th December, Wednesday 23rd December & Thursday 24th December  9.30am - 10am

With a maximum of 240 persons per Mass, registration via Eventbrite, to all Christmas Masses is strongly recommended to avoid missing out on attending.

Please see links below:

It is also still recommended for all persons over the age of 12 to wear a face mask when attending any of the Masses

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

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