Christ the King North Rocks Newsletter

Term 2 Week 8: Friday 11th June 2021

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

This week’s gospel is a wonderful example of the teaching style of Jesus. It even tells us that ‘he would not speak to them except in parables’. He used imagery that was familiar to his audience; parables about the everyday life of a rural community: seeds, planting, growing, harvesting. The image of the mustard seed parable in this week’s Gospel on the surface  is about the kingdom of God starting from very small, humble beginnings and growing into something great. However, immediately prior to this kingdom parable, Jesus has reminded us that the community makes a living out of growing grain crops like wheat for bread, etc. His parable about the mustard seed describes a tiny seed that grows into a great shrub ‘so that the birds of the air can shelter in its shade’. This parable in the gospel describes the unerring work of the kingdom. It is like the seed that almost magically transforms into a fully grown plant that may be harvested – apparently without any external forces. The kingdom of God works in our lives in a similar way – if we feed and nurture it, the kingdom will produce a great harvest. Even if we don’t pay it attention, the kingdom is present and acting in our world.-Greg Sunter


Each student today will receive their first semester report.  Your child’s report is a summary of your child’s learning acknowledging their achievements and highlighting their learning challenges for the second half of the year. It is encouraged that you sit down with your child over the weekend and celebrate their achievements and discuss the identified areas for improvement. These challenges for next semester can be best formulated into several short term goals that can be jointly constructed by yourselves and your children.  I would like to thank the teachers for the many hours spent over recent weeks marking assessments and writing student reports.


Over the next two weeks, teachers will be conducting parent teacher interviews. These interviews will be conducted either by phone or face to face at school  Thank you to those parents who booked an appointment online. If you have not already booked an appointment, please contact the school office on Monday morning as the online booking facility has already closed. It is important that parents are punctual for their designated interview time. Each interview is ten minutes in duration. If you require additional time to discuss your child’s studies, please make an appointment with your child’s teacher for a follow up meeting. Your co-operation in these matters will be greatly appreciated by staff and other parent. Please note that all parents attending interview on site will need to use the QR codes available.- Thank you.


Congratulations to Mrs Monica Burley and her husband Myles on the birth of their second son Brody last Friday.  Mum , dad , baby and  older brother Rory are all doing well.


Congratulations also to those CTK students who over the last two months have  attend various sessions of the Parramatta Eisteddfod.  A special thank you to Mrs Danielle Atkinson who has been preparing and working with the students since the start of the year in preparation for their presentations. Well done to all concerned.


Thank you to families who are continuing the high standard of uniform compliance during Winter. There are however several children wearing sneakers and joggers with their winter school uniform.  Children are to wear black leather shoes with their school uniform not runners or black sneakers. Several boys are failing to wear their school tie each day. This is an integral part of the boys winter uniform. Your cooperation in these matter will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


Mr Ben Horne has made the decision to step down from his acting REC [Religious Education Co-ordinator] position effective from the end of this term. We thank him for his contributions to the Religious leadership of the school over the last eighteen months. Congratulations to Mrs Erin Wynne who has been appointed acting REC for the remainder of the year. We look forward to Erin contributing to our school community in her new leadership role.  On another staffing matter, Miss Prue Excell our school counsellor will finish up at Christ the King at the end of term. Prue will take a new counselling position at K-12 school on the Northern beaches closer to where she lives. I would like to thank Prue for her contribution to the wellbeing and welfare of our students over the last eighteen months. We wish Prue every success in her new position.  CEDP will appoint a new counsellor to our community in the next few weeks.  

Have a great long weekend .

Tony Hughes


Something to ponder

Need some down time in your busy schedule, spend an hour at church this weekend.

Upcoming Events

Term 2, Week 9

Monday 14th June

  • Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday 15th June

  • Uniform Shop 8.00am - 12.30pm - appointment only via the office
  • PE: Year 1, Kindy, Year 4 {Group 1} Please notice change for Year 1
  • Drama Club: Years 3 & 4

Wednesday 16th June

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

Thursday 17th June

  • PE: Year 3, Year 5, Year 4 {Group 2} Please notice change for Year 5
  • Drama Club: Years 1 & 2

Friday 18th June

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

Term 2, Week 10

Monday 21st June

  • Athletics Carnival
  • No Cool Kids Music Club today - Make up class will be in Term 3.

Tuesday 22nd June

  • Uniform Shop 8.00am-12.30pm - appointment only via the office.
  • Life Education van visiting CTK Kindy - Year 2
  • PE: Year 5, Kindy, Year 4 {Group 1} 
  • Drama Club: Years 3 & 4

Wednesday 23rd June

  • Stage 2 Soccer Gala Day
  • Life Education van visiting CTK Kindy - Year 2
  • PE: Year 6, Year 2
  • Drama Club: Years 5 & 6
  • CHESS: 3.00-4.00pm

Thursday 24th June

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

Friday 25th June

  • BAND: 7.45am for all existing students from 2020 only. Band groups for new & existing students throughout the day.
  • Athletics Carnival back-up day
  • Design and Build Club at lunchtime

Dates for your diary

Friday 16th July

  • School Photo Day

Friday 30th July

  • Grandparents Day TBC / Subject to COVID restrictions

Friday 6th August

  • Staff Development Pupil Free Day

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

What's happening in Year 1?

Students in Year One have been learning all about the Seasons. They shared their ideas of things that happen in each Season and learnt what months are in Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring. Year One created a Seasons finger painting artwork where they used colours to demonstrate each season such as warm colours in Autumn and pinks to show the flowers that bloom in Spring.

Congratulations Mrs Santiago and Maella from Year 2

This year, in its 100th year, Maella has been selected as a finalist for the Archibald Prize as a collaborating artist with her Mama for their painting 'Filipiniana'. The Archibald is the nation's most prolific portrait painting prize with the shortlisted works exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. As part of the opening week festivities, Maella attended the exclusive Artists Lunch on the 3rd of June. As the youngest ever named collaborating artist in the history of the prize, Maella drew much attention and valiantly answered lots of questions about her contribution to the painting from curators and gallery guides, Board of Trustee members, the director of the Gallery, high profile artists and the odd celebrity. Maella's favourite part of the event was seeing her painting hanging on the walls of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She was also very tickled that the event granted her a day off school! Archibald Prize exhibition is now open to the public and runs till the 26th September.

Parramatta Eisteddfod - That's a Wrap

Congratulations to all of our CTK students who prepared so well for the Parramatta Eisteddfod.

The children in Drama Club gave up their lunchtimes week after week, to rehearse and encourage each other, as well as spending many hours at home practising.

All of our students looked great on stage representing our school in their uniforms. They all tried their hardest and I am extremely proud of each and every student. Well Done!!!

A special thanks to these parents from our school who gave up their time to assist at the Eisteddfod: Keryn Boland-Barker, Natalie Bertie, Laura Bosci, Zuzana Kundhurthy and Beck Dobe. Without your help, this event could not be run.


The results from the weekends of 29th/30th May and 5th/6th of June are:

Kenzie B (Year 3) – Highly Commended, 1st Place and 1st Place

Dylan A (Year 3) - Highly Commended

Sophia A (Year 3) – 1st Place and 1st Place

Rayan K (Year 4) - Highly Commended

Eloise A (Year 3) – 3rd Place, 2nd Place, 2nd Place, 1st Place, 1st Place and 1st Place

Jack Ronzini (Year 4) – 4th Place, Encouragement Award and 2nd Place

Chanelle R (Year 3) – 2nd Place and 2nd Place

Charlotte Barker (Year 4) – Highly Commended, 4th Place and 1st Place

Emilie K (Year 4) – Encouragement Award

Serena C (Year 3) – Highly Commended, 4th Place and 2nd Place

Dylan A (Year 3) – Highly Commended and 3rd Place

Maya M (Year 3) – Highly Commended

Lucy B (Year 3) – 1st Place

Ben T (Year 3) – 2nd Place

Emily B (Year 3) – 2nd Place

Apeksha G (Year 3) – 3rd Place and Highly Commended

Maya M (Year 3) – 3rd Place

Mark J (Year 1) – Highly Commended

There will be the opportunity to join Drama Club in Term 3, (although these children will not be preparing for an eisteddfod in the second half of the year). A note will be sent out in week 1 of the term to let you know what will be covered in Drama Club for terms 3 and 4.

Mrs Danielle Atkinson

(Performing Arts Teacher)

Captain's Chat

WOW! What a busy term it has been, these past two weeks have provided many students with excellent experience; from Year 6 debating to Gala days and the Eisteddfod. 

Year 6  competed in their Round 2 of debating against St. Angela’s Primary School with the topic “Technology has improved Education”. The Affirmative team debating at CTK won their debate. It was difficult with St. Angela’s being very strong, however CTK had some very strong rebuttals - securing us the win. 

Tuesday of Week 8 we had two of our cross country runners (Mackenzie McBain and Jackson Aiken) compete in the Diocesan Level, representing Mackillop. Both runners managed to get into the top twenty runners. What an amazing achievement. Even though Christ the King didn’t make it to state level we are still immensely proud of all our students who competed in the cross country, no matter what stage even if they got to diocesan or they only competed at school.

Unfortunately Wednesday of week 8 was meant to be our stage 3 boys soccer gala day but that was cancelled due to the rain. We hope that when they do get to go they have fun and do their best.

On behalf of Year 6 we would like to thank you all for getting behind us and supporting the Year 6 Fundraiser by buying some delicious pies. This money will be used to give us a special day and amazing graduation to send us off into High School.  Thank You!

Now for some updates:

In the first weeks of term three we have school photos. Some of the photos taken will be the leadership team, class photos, sibling photos, wakakirri troupe, drama club and the individual. We look forward to seeing everyone all dressed up and looking their best.

We also look forward to the Wakakirri students performance next term, we know they have been working very hard and are beginning to get their costumes together, We are very excited to see their performance.

George and Mackenzie

School Captains

Parent / Teacher interviews commence next Tuesday 15th June.

Thank you to those parents that have gone online and booked an interview with their child's teachers.

Access is no longer open.

If you have any queries, please contact the school office.

Term 2 School Fee Statements

Term 2 School Fee Accounts (30 day accounts) were due for payment on 26th May, 2021. Please make payment of the Term 2 account a priority. Thank you to those who have finalised their account. Many thanks also to those who have taken up the option of an extended payment arrangement plan. As always, if you are experiencing financial difficulties please do not hesitate to contact me on 8846 2700 to make an appointment with the Principal to discuss.

Thank you.

Susan Ritchie

Senior Finance.

The Good News from CTK to YOU

‘I am the way , the truth and the life’ John 14:6

What was the name the first Christinan’s called themselves?

‘The Way’. It may seem like a strange name to call your group, yet this was the name by which the early Church identified themselves. It was actually the Gentiles that named them Christians most likely as they were constantly preaching in His name. To be a Christian is to be from Christ and to do so is to follow Christ’s way.

The Gospel of St Mark is probably the best at highlighting ‘the way’. St Mark uses this term throughout his Gospel and in it Jesus challenges people to go their way; thankfully most reply that they will not go their way but will go Jesus’ way. So what exactly is Jesus’ way? 

In a world of satellite navigation systems we are never lost when trying to get from point A to point B and although our sat nav may take us the long way it nonetheless does a pretty good job of navigating our journey. As drivers we also show incredible faith that the computer will lead us down the right road and will warn us of upcoming speed cameras, school zones, red light cameras and traffic congestion. Yes, these incredible machines not only show us the way but also warn us of upcoming dangers as well. How lucky we are! So what about our lives then? What is there to navigate ‘the way’ in our lives today?

Our destination, our point B that we are all striving to reach is the eternal paradise with Jesus. Jesus tells us that the path to reach Him is narrow (not exactly comforting) so the opportunities to get lost or to go the long way are very much present. The early leaders of the Church knew this which is why Sts Peter and Paul spent much time visiting and establishing communities and writing letters of encouragement. St Mark too, spent much of his time visiting places around the world and in particular Egypt in order to spread the Good news of Jesus Christ. They knew that people needed constant reminders and encouragement in order to reach their point B safely. Their voices (whether in written or oral form) were words for people to navigate the difficulties in life and to follow the way of Jesus. They too experienced this difficulty in their lives - so we are not hearing the preaching from those who have perfect lives but rather from those who struggled along the journey. Our lives will provide us with many challenges along the way, no matter how much we wish to avoid them. In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus’ journey from Galilee to Jerusalem is one that provides challenges. It leads to Good Friday and the cross. Yet this is not the end of the journey.

We are very fortunate today, far more so than in the past. We have a sat nav for our lives in the Bible. It is our navigational tool to help us from point A to point B. It helps us with all areas of life to know ‘the way’ and the path that Jesus would have taken. It encourages us and helps lead us back to the narrow path towards heaven. In our communities we have many priests and other religious leaders that are that gentle voice warning us of dangers ahead and alternate routes with which we can take. They are available to provide counsel and nourishment on our journey. If our Bible’s have been sitting on the shelves or if Covid has kept us away from Church then perhaps this is the time to become refreshed and read words of encouragement from God Himself in order to help us on our journey. In our life we will encounter Good Friday’s but we will also encounter Easter Sunday’s. It was the path in life that Jesus took; it was His way and it is our way too.

God bless,

St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal

‘Blessed are the merciful’ Matt 5:7

Did you know that people who sleep ‘rough’ make up only 7% of the homeless?

This month as we begin winter many have no doubt felt the cool change in the air and the coughs and sneezing begin in households. For many people in our community who are homeless, winter proves to be the most challenging time of year.

Most of the homeless people in our community we never actually see. Many are families are the majority of homeless people are under the age of 35. In fact, 12% are under the age of 12. There may be many reasons as to why a person may become homeless but whatever the reason – they need our help all the same.

St Vincent de Paul has been very grateful for the contributions to the poor and homeless from our CTK community in the past and have called on us to assist their Winter Appeal again this year.

The items most desperately needed are:

·         blankets

·         sleeping bags

·         gloves

·         beanies

·         warm socks.

All items would need to be new and any donations would be greatly appreciated. You may never meet the person that benefits from your generosity but please know that your donations make a huge difference in the lives of many people.

We understand that this year has been challenging for everyone so if you are able to help in any way it would be most appreciated.

Any items can be handed into your child’s classroom or directly to the school office. We will be collecting donations until Wednesday 23rd June.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Ben Horne

Religious Education Coordinator

Parish News

Weekend Masses

We are currently allowed to have a maximum of 240 persons attending each Mass.

Masks are currently strongly recommended to be worn to Mass but it is not mandatory.


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

Registration now occurs via the QR code utilising the Service New South Wales application on your smart phone.

The Christ the King Parish QR Code is located on the windows of the church for parishioners to scan and register themselves and any dependents before entering. If you do not have a phone, wardens will invite you to register manually by recording your name and phone number/email address.

It is important for those who use the Service NSW app to show the wardens at the door the green tick on your phone as you enter and to remember to check out after you leave Mass.

The wardens will still continue to count the number of attendees to ensure we don’t go over 240 according to the two square metre rule.

Many thanks for your cooperation so as we are able to keep to our Covid safety plan.

For more information on downloading the Services NSW app ‐‐nsw‐mobile‐app

We wish you a blessed week ahead.

Stay safe and strong,

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