Christ the King North Rocks Newsletter

Term 2 Week 2: Friday 30th April 2021

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

This Sunday’s Gospel is familiar to us all. The parable of the vineyard identifies Christ as the vine and we are the branches, sometimes in need of a good pruning.  God’s purpose is not to produce a perfect vineyard,  but to produce a full-bodied wine at the end of history.

This is very much the case  at every Mass that is celebrated in our parishes each week. The wine we offer – ‘fruit of the earth and work of human hands’ – becomes the spiritual drink for us all which best serves the purpose of our Heavenly Father. The wine in the chalice at the Last Supper became the blood of our Lord : ‘This is my blood’, amongst other things Jesus is saying: ‘This is my life force, this is my very life given unreservedly for you.’ So, when we drink from the chalice at Holy Communion, the life of the Risen Lord is encapsulated in our bodies just as the sap of the vine courses through its branches in the vineyard. Lets’ take a moment to pray this weekend that we respond to the pruning and the tending  by the vineyard owner -Jesus himself and the pressing of the grapes by our Heavenly Father so as to contribute our distinctive character to the vintage at the end of history, the spiritual drink of the Kingdom of Heaven.


Welcome back to our staff, student and the families to the second term of 2021. I trust everyone enjoyed the break and was able to relax, step out of the “school week routine” and enjoy some down time with your families over the two weeks. These next ten weeks are a busy time with a focus on assessment and reporting in the second half of the term culminating in parent teacher interviews in the weeks 9 and 10. I encourage all students to focus on their studies, enjoy their learning and do the very best over the next ten weeks setting goals and striving to achieve them. Best wishes to everyone for a most enjoyable and successful term.


On Sunday week we celebrate Mother’s Day and all the wonderful things our mums do for each and every day of our lives.  A book I acquired several years ago titled “The Best Mum in the World”  is a collection of humorous and inspirational quotes that are indicative of motherhood and what our mums mean in our lives. As we draw close to this special day I would like to share a few thoughts from the book that resonated with me and the love and appreciation we each have for our own mothers. 


A mother is……

-the one who is still there when everyone else has deserted you.

-someone who dreams great dreams for you but then she lets you choose the dreams you have for yourself and loves you just the same.

-the truest friend a person can have who loves you unconditionally.

-a child’s first looking glass into the world.

-is about making choices everyday putting someone else’s happiness and   wellbeing ahead of her own

- is the next closest thing to divinity It is the highest holiest service to be     assumed by mankind

-the only person who can think of the future-because they gave birth to it in their children.


May God bless all mothers in our community not only on Sunday week but every day of the year. May we all continue to love and appreciate the significant role they play in our lives.


Next Friday, we will celebrate Mother’s day with a liturgy, morning tea and open classrooms commencing at 9:15am. We look forward to celebrating with our mums next week.


Just a reminder that smart watches are not to be worn to school.  In recent month’s smart watches have been used inappropriately by students creating issues that are disruptive and in contravention of our IT acceptable use agreements and policy. Please insure these watches are kept at home during the week.


Next week solar panels will be installed on the rooves of our buildings. This is an initiative funded by the Parramatta Catholic Education Office. As a result of these works, the area between year two and the staff room will be blocked off and used as a work compound during the whole of next week whilst the panels are installed . Access between the basketball court  and the back oval will be via the path adjoining Year 3.  Families accessing the site from Burradoo Close will need to walk through the Kindergarten playground. Apologies for any inconvenience that may be caused during the installation.

Have a great week.

Tony Hughes


Something to ponder

Attending Mass on the weekend with your children leads to strong communication and relationships with them.

Upcoming Events

CTK Winter Uniform - All Students in Full Winter Uniform from Monday 3rd May

Girls Winter Uniform -  Maroon Check tunic- white Peter Pan collared blouse -  maroon tab tie -  maroon zip jacket or woollen jumper -  white fold down socks or black stockings -  black leather lace up or Velcro strap shoes.

 Boys Winter Uniform -  Long grey trousers -  long sleeved striped short -  maroon tie -  maroon zip jacket or woollen jumper -  socks with gold and maroon stripes -  black leather school shoes.

                                                                                                 Please ensure that ALL STUDENTS wear the correct full winter uniform.

Term 2, Week 3

Monday 3rd May 

  • Sports Program: All Students in Sports Uniform
  • Student Boot Camp at lunchtime
  • Cool Kids Music Club begins 3.00 - 4.30pm

Tuesday 4th May

  • Diocesan Cross Country 
  • 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 5th May

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

Thursday 6th May

  • PE: Year 3, Year 1, Year 4 {Group 2}
  • Mother's Day Stall
  • Year 5 Reconciliation 10.00am 
  • Drama Club: Years 1 & 2

Friday 7th May

  • BAND: 7.45am for all existing students from 2020 only. Band groups for new & existing students throughout the day.
  • Mother's Day Celebrations

9.15am Liturgy

9.45am Morning tea

10.15am Open classrooms

  • Design & Building Club at lunchtime

Saturday 8th May

  • First Eucharist Ceremony 5.30pm

Sunday 9th May

Happy Mother's Day

  • First Eucharist Ceremonies 8.00am + 10.00am

Term 2, Week 4

Monday 10th May

  • Sports Program: All Students in Sports Uniform
  • Student Boot Camp at lunchtime
  • Cool Kids Music Club 3.00 - 4.30pm

Tuesday 11th May

  • Uniform Shop 8.00am-12.30pm - appointment only via the office.
  • NAPLAN Online Writing
  • PE: Year 5, Kindy, Year 4 {Group 1} 
  • Drama Club: Years 3 & 4

Wednesday 12th May

  • NAPLAN - Online Reading
  • PE: Year 6, Year 2
  • Drama Club: Years 5 & 6
  • CHESS: 3.00-4.00pm

Thursday 13th May

  • NAPLAN - Online Language
  • PE: Year 3, Year 1 Year 4 {Group 2}
  • Year 5 at Parish Mass 9.00am
  • Drama Club: Years 1 & 2

Friday 14th May

  • BAND: 7.45am for all existing students from 2020 only. Band groups for new & existing students throughout the day.
  • Year 4 at Parish Mass 9.15am
  • Year 3 Digging Dinosaurs Incursion
  • Design and Build Club at lunchtime

Saturday 15 May

  • First Eucharist Ceremony 5.30pm

Sunday 16 May

  • First Eucharist Ceremonies 8.00am + 10.00am

Dates for your diary

Tuesday 18th May

  • Naplan Yr 3 & Yr 5 Numeracy

Wednesday 26th May

  • Stage 3 Girls Soccer Gala Day

Wednesday 9th June

  • Stage 3 Boys Soccer Gala Day

Monday 14th June

  • Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

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

Mother's Day Celebrations

The Mother’s Day Stall will be held on THURSDAY 6th May. 

1 gift per student @ $10.00

Payment via Qkr! App  – NO CASH ACCEPTED

We have a large range of fantastic gifts for Mum’s special day. Please ensure your payment via the Qkr! App has been made before this day. 1 gift per student.

If there are any presents left over, children will have an opportunity to choose a second gift.  They will receive a slip asking for payment for the second gift via the Qkr! App and the gift will be passed on to them on Friday 7th May after payment has been confirmed.

Students absent on Thursday will be able to select a gift on Friday morning from the Office (as long as payment via Qkr! App has been received).

We would like to invite you to come and celebrate the gift of Mother’s with a special liturgy on Friday 7th May at 9.15am. 

Our celebrations will include:

9:15am  Liturgy on the basketball court

9:50 - 10:15am Morning Tea for visitors 

10:15 - 10:35 Open Classrooms/Activity with Mum & Child

Covid Considerations: Due to Covid Restrictions we will be holding the liturgy outside and we will need to limit the number of visitors to ONLY MOTHER’S. During the open classrooms portion of the morning, some parents may be asked to work in an outdoor area with their child, instead of in the classroom. This will be monitored by teachers and addressed as needed, based on the 2 person per square metre rule. 

Wet Weather Alternative: In the case of wet weather, we will have to hold our liturgy indoors, which means NO VISITORS will be able to attend the liturgy itself. It will be live streamed via video link if this is the case. Open classrooms will still occur at 10:15, at which point, Mums will be allowed to come into the school for the 30 minute time slot.

Other Information: As part of our celebrations for Mother's Day, we will be making a display which will include photos of our students with their Mums.

To be included in the display, please send your photos to


Please note these photos may also be used in a slideshow as part of a facebook post. 

Thank you.

Welcome to Term 2!

Welcome back everyone! We hope that you had a wonderful break and everyone is ready to start a new term and ready to learn new things. This term we hope to for everyone to try to achieve high goals after a fresh new start. Term one was our settling in term, especially for our adorable kindergarten students, we hope Term 2 will be a term full of learning. 

This term we are aiming at achieving high goals as your leaders;  we hope to make the playground a happier and safer place for everyone. We aim to make assemblies more fun and enjoyable, and finally we hope to get to know every student at CTK so we become better captains ourselves. 

We want to congratulate all the students who have made it into the Cross Country Diocesen and wish them luck for Tuesday Week 3. We know they will make CTK proud. 

Next Friday we will also celebrate Mother’s day with a Liturgy and an open classroom, we look forward to seeing all the mums here to thank them for everything they do for us. Where would we be without our mums?

We are still so honored to be able to call ourselves CTK leaders, please remember to come talk to us, say hi and let us know if there is anything we can do to make CTK the best place for you everyday.


Welcome back to term 2! We hope you had a great Easter holiday! As we enter into the new term, we still need to remember about the important meaning and celebration of Easter! 

Easter is about the resurrection and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. As catholics we believe that the celebration of Jesus is important as he went through being put on the cross, being crucified and rising from the dead to save everyone from their sins. It is important to spend time with our family and spend time thinking and praying about what Jesus did for us. Here at school we have celebrated easter and gone to church to remember and enjoy the easter celebration! 

We hope you have a great term!

Mackenzie and George (School Captain's)

Parramatta Eisteddfod

Over the past few months, some of our children have worked hard to prepare for the Parramatta Eisteddfod. These children will be competing against children from all over Sydney in the Speech and Drama sections. Preparation has involved giving up their lunch-times to practise. Some of these children have memorised poems that they will recite, others have been practising the reading of extracts, and some have worked in groups for Readers' Theatre. We'd like to wish these children the best of luck.

The Eisteddfod runs on weekends throughout May and June.

Chess News

On Thursday 29th April 28 students from Christ the King participated in an Interschool Chess Tournament in the Mary Mackillop Hall. The day was run by the Sydney Academy of Chess and all of our players showed good skills and great sportsmanship. Congratulations to Cameron Yr 6 and Eric Yr 5 who came 6th and 7th respectively. As a school CTK came 2nd.

Well done to all our chess players.

Prime Minister's Spelling Bee

On Thursday 29th April five students from Christ the King competed in the State finals of the Prime Minister's Spelling Bee. This in itself is a wonderful achievement as it means that they are in the top 100 spellers in the state who competed.

Well done to these fantastic spellers.

Library News

Welcome back to Term 2 and another great term of library borrowing and reading. All students should be well on their way to completing the PRC 2021. Infant students are keeping a paper reading record and Primary students have theirs digitally through classroom.

Please see your class teacher or Mrs Cook if you are having any trouble. 

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.

Term 2 School Fee Statements

Term 2 School Fee Statements have now been issued and are due by 26th May, 2021. If you have not received a statement, please contact the office.

Thank you to the many families who have taken up payment arrangements for 2021.  It is still not too late to make an arrangement.  Please ring Susan Ritchie on 8846 2700 for assistance.

If you are experiencing financial difficulties, please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss.

Thank you.

Susan Ritchie

Senior Finance

The Good News from CTK to YOU

What story from the bible features 2 people walking with and being taught by God?

A well known and much loved story during Easter is the story of the Road to Emmaus. The story involves Cleopas and his companion walking away from Jerusalem and back home to their house in Emmaus. Cleopas and his companion are aware of the death of Jesus and are aware of the reports surrounding His resurrection. Cleopas is known in the Bible as being the father of St Jude (Thaddeus) one of the 12 apostles and Cleopas’ wife’s name is Mary (possibly the ‘Other Mary’ at the crucifixion). Cleopas and his companion would have had a unique insight into the life and teachings of Jesus. They were clearly disciples and their son was one of the chosen 12. So why are they so quick to return home after the events of Good Friday and reports of Easter Sunday? The simple answer appears to be their lack of understanding and their lack of faith. Their turning away from Jerusalem is an outward action of their hearts turning away. It is a response to their hopes and dreams being deflated at the death of the person they believed to be the messiah. Like the apostles who have heard the reports of Jesus’ resurrection - they still do not believe in it occurring. In the Old Testament we hear of Lot’s wife who turned back to look at the destruction of Sodom and Gammorah - for turning back she is turned into a pillar of salt. This ‘turning back’ is a turning away from God - her heart was not for God but rather for the lifestyle of Sodom and Gamorrah. The turning back from Cleopas and his companion reflects this also and it is only through the words of Jesus that their hearts be turned back towards Him.

Sometimes our life can feel a little this way. It is easy to become disheartened - one only needs to look at the first 10 minutes of the news to feel like the world is an undesirable place to live. We are constantly flooded with the negative aspects of human life and exposed to the constant suffering of people in our world. In times such as these it is important to nourish our souls with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Keeping our eyes fixed towards Jesus and not turning away from Him can help us to recognise the love that also exists in the world. For the companions on the road to Emmaus they were quick to turn after the events of Good Friday but they were also quick to return after they heard the word of God. After feeding their hearts with His word they then fed their souls by partaking of the bread of life. It is only when they partook of the bread of life that their eyes were opened to the presence of God amongst them. As Christians we have this same opportunity available to us everyday. In the Garden of Eden, mankind lost its place in God’s garden through the act of eating from the tree of knowledge. Jesus restored our place by giving us the food of the tree of life - the Eucharist.

The Easter season is a time to celebrate and to remember that God is not a distant God but one who walks with us - but our eyes will only be opened to it once we invite Him to be with us.

 Happy Easter and 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

Cyber Safety Seminar with Susan McLean

St Patrick’s College & P&F are proud to host the first of our 2021 Parent Hub Seminar Series. Our aim is to gather our parent community and encourage growth in knowledge and insight into various areas of parenting. We are also extending this invitation to parents from feeder schools and other schools in the Diocese.

Susan McLean is Australia’s foremost expert in the area of Cybersafety and young people. She was the first Victorian Police Officer appointed to a position involving Cybersafety and young people. She took her first report of cyberbullying in 1994 and since then she has conducted extensive research and has completed advanced training in this area in both the USA and UK and is a sought after presenter and advisor to Schools, elite sporting bodies such as the AFL and both State and Federal Governments. She has authored resources for the Victorian DET, writes and reviews school Policy, provides crisis management/advice to schools and law firms and is afforded ‘expert’ status on the Safer Internet Programme Data Base. She is the most highly qualified of all Federal Government eSafety Presenters. Susan is a member of the National Centre Against Bullying (NCAB) and is also a member of the Australian Government's Cybersafety working group and a published author. Her book 'Sext's Texts & Selfies', is the definitive guide for parents, teachers and carers to help children stay safe online.

Date: Tuesday 11 May 2021 at 7 pm

Venue: La Valla Centre, Kirby Street

To book: Follow the Try Booking link below

For more information please contact St Pat's P&F via

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