Christ the King North Rocks Newsletter

Term 3 Week 4: Friday 6th August 2021

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

This Sunday we celebrate the feast day of St Mary of the Cross Mackillop- Australia first saint. This morning we joined as a school community in prayer to celebrate her life and the role she continues to play in each and everyone of our spiritual lives each day. Mary lived her daily life, firm in her faith and knowledge and love of Jesus, and she mirrored the same kind of love, mercy, compassion, justice, friendship, forgiveness and understanding to all she met. In the closing prayer of our liturgy this morning we were reminded that “her life Mary MacKillop faced times of worry, anxiety, grief but she was always able to place her cares in the hands of God. There she found peace.” During these challenging times during lock down let us follow that example of Mary Mackillop, let us too through our prayers place our concerns our fears in the hands of our loving Father in Heaven, knowing that he will shower us with his love.

Thank you to Mrs Wynne and the year 6 teachers and students who organised this morning’s zoom liturgy. It was great to see so many of our families on line coming together as a community to celebrate Sundays feast day. Well done to all concerned . 

As we continue in lock down and online learning, I would like to thank our students, teachers and parents for the most positive manner in which all concerned has entered into this platform of learning. I understand that this learning platform can be challenging at times. I encourage all students to use the communication channels through google classroom when requesting support from your teachers. I would encourage all students to be online for the morning zoom meetings as they outline the days activities. It is important that students read their feedback supplied by their teachers each day. Teachers and I will continue to contact parents whose children we sense are struggling with the online learning or who have been inconsistent with their online presence each day. Our inquiries are to determine how we can better support a student who is finding the online learning challenging. It is important to note that students who are consistently not participating online with their learning, will be marked on our rolls as absent. If you have any concerns or require any clarification please do not hesitate to contact your children’s teachers via email or myself. [0432 056 959]  or via email

Stay safe and healthy

Tony Hughes


PLEASE SEE BELOW LETTER FROM Most Reverend Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv Bishop of Parramatta on the COVID-19 vaccination.

Dear brothers and sisters,

As the COVID-19 Delta variant is spreading through Australia, particularly in Western Sydney, with deadly consequences, I am writing to reiterate the importance of vaccination as a means to protect yourselves and others.

It is overwhelmingly evident that the virus is spreading largely among the unvaccinated population. Hence, being fully vaccinated is an important step in not only keeping us safe but also our families and others in the broader community safe, and enabling us to get back to some sort of normality.

I understand some people have concerns about the ethical origins of some vaccines. The Catholic Church, through the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has declared that even the use of such vaccines does not constitute formal cooperation with abortion. Therefore, all vaccines which are recognised as clinically safe and effective may be taken by Catholics in good conscience.

Pope Francis himself has encouraged Catholics to take the vaccine saying in an interview earlier this year, “I believe that morally everyone must take the vaccine. It is the moral choice because it is about your life but also the lives of others.”

Indeed, Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI and many cardinals and bishops have already received their COVID-19 vaccines. For my part, I am fully vaccinated since the end of July.

I call on you to heed this clear and strong message from the Pope. I also alert you to the antivaccination movement and those who spread misinformation on social media, and regrettably even some clergy.

Their opposition to vaccines and public health orders is not in accordance with the Catholic Church.

The pandemic has caused much uncertainty, pain and suffering to the whole world. Let us pray, however, that it can be an opportunity for renewal and transformation for the human family.

May we grow in the spirit of solidarity and compassion for all who are vulnerable, here and beyond. May we emerge out of this crisis a better people for a better world.

The Diocese and partners are working with health authorities in facilitating the vaccine rollout to members of the community in more vulnerable areas. Let us do our part for the common good and work together to end the pandemic.

In Christ,

Most Reverend Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv Bishop of Parramatta

Given at Parramatta on 6 August 2021 The Feast of The Transfiguration of the Lord

Something to ponder

Want to feel a sense of community and reassurance, you can find it at Mass each weekend.

Upcoming Events

Dates for your diary

Friday 30th July

  • Grandparents Day - CANCELLED

Monday 2nd August

  • Athletics Carnival - CANCELLED

Friday 6th August

  • Staff Development Pupil Free Day / POSTPONED TO LATER IN THE YEAR.

Monday 6th September



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

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

Other School News


Congratulations to Grandma and Grandpa Cassar on the birth of their gorgeous grandson Oliver. We are all thrilled for you. May Oliver's arrival be the beginning of a wonderful and beautiful journey for your family.

Zoom Prayer Liturgy

Thank you to all who joined us for our Mary MacKillop Zoom Liturgy this morning. It was lovely to gather together in prayer as a school community. Thank you to the Year 6 teachers and leaders for their work in preparing the celebration.This Sunday 8th August, we celebrate the Feast Day of St Mary MacKillop, Australia’s first saint. During this difficult time of the pandemic, let us remember Mary’s words ‘Never see a need without doing something about it.’ 

Mary MacKillop’s Story

Mary was born in Victoria to Scottish immigrants. She was the eldest of eight children and spent her early years working to support her family. At the age of 24 she dedicated her life to God and took on the name “Mary of the Cross”.

Along with Fr Julian Tenison-Woods, Mary opened a school in a disused stable in Penola, South Australia. Her vision was to provide education for underprivileged children. Many other women came to join her there, and Mary and Julian founded Australia’s first religious order: the Sisters of St Joseph.

Mary and the Sisters were committed to serving the poor – to going to where the need was and living amongst those in need. This took Mary all over Australia to many rural areas.

Mary faced fierce opposition throughout her life, which at one point culminated in her being excommunicated. In the face of trial, Mary was a model of forgiveness, insisting no ill be spoken of those who wronged her, while also remaining resolute in her convictions.

Mary was remarkable as a strong female leader in 19th century Australia. Education in this country is what it is today thanks to her dedication and determination.

Erin Wynne

Acting Religious Education Coordinator

Library News

Premier's Reading Challenge update.

Due to our current situation, there have been two adjustments to the rules for the PRC 2021. 

1. Students in all levels are able to put in 10 'own choice' books instead of 5. click here for instructions. 

2. The date for entering student reading records has been extended to 3rd September.

Please contact me through the school office if you have any questions or problems.

Online Chess Opportunities

Sydney Academy of Chess is running some online chess squad weekend fun tournaments.

Visit their website to register.


Sarah CookTeacher

Librarian LTST

Year 6 Staying Strong

The last few weeks have been a little different for us. We have gotten into a good routine with learning from home, loving our LONG zoom meetings and even got to continue leading the school by running and preparing a whole school liturgy with Mrs Wynne. 

Although we miss our friends and being at school we have still kept our learning going strong and our teachers have been making things interesting for us. We began with an Olympics day, planning and modeling a house, becoming sales agents and best of all PJ/Oodie Friday.

Captain's Chat

Welcome to Week 4 and a continuation of home school learning! First, we would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone for putting in the effort to join all the zoom meetings each morning, we have enjoyed this simple way to stay in touch and for trying hard to complete all your work. We would also like to thank our amazing teachers for helping us continue learn during these tough times, they have done such an amazing job with planning activities for us to learn from home and keep it fun and interesting. We hope things can go back to normal soon and we get to be back in our classrooms.   

We wanted to talk about the whole school prayer liturgy. We were mind blown with the number of students and their families who joined us, we’d also like to thank Mrs Wynne, who made this amazing liturgy happen. 

Olympics fun day

Last Friday at Christ the King all the students spent the whole day doing fun activities in celebration to the Australian contestants that are competing this year. In year 6 we had two activities, the first one was to create a war cry for the olympians. While the second was to create an obstacle course that we did in our own houses. We were sent off to video tape it ourselves.

We had so much fun and it was a nice way for our school community to come together in something fun and special. We hope you are all getting into the spirit of the Olympics!  

Good work for another two weeks of online learning and keep it up.

We are very proud of you all.

George and Mackenzie

Chess classes at Christ the King - Term 3, 2021

Due to the current COVID lockdown, we will be conducting our chess class online. As soon as restrictions are lifted, we will return to face to face coaching at school. 

Our online chess classes will be held before and after school Monday – Friday from 8:00am–9:00am, 3:15pm–4:15pm, 4:30pm–5:30pm and 5:00pm–6:00pm.

Your child can attend as many of these online classes as he/she wishes until we return to face to face lessons. See the link on this page for more details: 

To register your child in the class, go to and enter the following code: 

Beginner/Rookie: 9AW4TSR9OD 

Intermediate: MGVD30QJOB 

Sydney Academy of Chess


SCHOOL PHOTO DAY / NEW DATE - Monday 6th September

ORDER NOW - go to and enter the code: FYK386HDG

Online orders are the preferred method however cash may be secured in the order envelope. Exact payment only - no change will be given.

School Fee Query Contact email

Due to the confidential nature of School Fee enquiries please ensure that when contacting the school via email, you use the email address noted on your School Fee Statement: 

I can also be contacted during school hours by calling the school phone:  8846 2700.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Susan Ritchie

Senior Finance

Supporting students concerned about COVID-19

It is not uncommon for us all to experience anxiety at times of uncertainty and in response to distressing information presented in the media. Many children have been hearing about COVID-19 for weeks at school, from friends, on the news, and at home, and while they might not know how to appropriately express their feelings about the situation, they might be holding on to some worries. Here are some tips to support children and young people. Some of the following tips are aimed at parents, yet as we acknowledge that many teachers are parents, we have included these too. 

1. Be available to talk and reassure: Children can have big questions, and it’s okay to answer them. Take cues from them and offer clear but concise answers in developmentally appropriate language. Keep the focus on what you are doing to prepare and prevention strategies that are within your control like proper handwashing and avoiding large crowds. Reassure when needed but avoid offering too frequently as this can prevent children from developing their own positive self talk. 

2. Limit news exposure: Even when it seems like they’re not listening, children pick up on what they hear on TV and radio. Hearing unfamiliar words like pandemic and outbreak can be fear-inducing. Opt for watching or listening to news reports when your child is in bed or choose to read news articles if possible. This may also include limiting our conversations about what we are hearing on the news. 

3. Stick to routines and boundaries: Children thrive with routines and boundaries, and predictability can be very comforting in anxious times. When some things feel out of control, routines can give them a sense of security. Write your daily routine on the whiteboard or make a paper schedule together and make sure that you include fun activities in your daily routine! 

4. Acknowledge the worries: It’s completely okay to acknowledge childrens’ worries rather than ignoring them. Acknowledging worries won’t solidify them but it will help your child understand that worry is a protective feeling that alerts us to potential danger. The smoke alarm analogy can be helpful when explaining anxiety. Smoke alarms are really helpful for alerting us to danger when there’s a fire and we need to get out of the building. But sometimes smoke alarms go off even when there isn’t a big danger, like when we burn toast. Anxiety does the same thing, telling us that there is a big danger, even if the situation is not that big. 

5. Be mindful of your own worries: It is reasonable for everyone to have some level of worry but children do pick up on our feelings and notice our anxieties, and they will take cues from us. We need to manage our own anxiety, including how we might express this in conversations with our child or others. 

6. Consider opportunities for exercise: Make time to enjoy being active together, for example, throwing a ball in the backyard, dance to your favourite song or simply enjoy a stroll in the park.

Parish News

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