Christ the King North Rocks Newsletter

Term 2 Week 4: Friday 14th May 2021

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

This Sunday we celebrate Ascension of our Lord -the climax of Jesus’ life. At his death he entered into the fullness of communion with God in ‘Heaven’ where he became, in the words of the psalm, ‘great king over all the earth’. During the Easter season over the last six weeks we have had a period of forty days in which we have been thinking about all the different ways in which we experience Jesus being present among us in our lives. The 40 days is itself symbolic of our life’s journey. We know that he will be with us at every stage of our journey through life. St John in his Gospel writing reminds us: ‘Christ has passed beyond our sight, not to abandon us but to be our hope. He is the head of the Church; where he has gone, we hope to follow’. We are encouraged in this hope by Jesus’ promise: ‘I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also’(John 14:3).

Thanks to everyone who attended our Mother’s Day Celebrations today. I trust all our mums in our CTK community enjoyed Mother’s Day last Sunday. We thank you for your patience following our decision last week to postpone the event because of the COVID restrictions and wet weather. Thank you to our year two teachers Mrs Wynne, Miss Brady and their children who lead us throughout the liturgy. Thanks to our CTK staff and  the Cuppa Crew who contributed to making the day a success. To Mrs Atkinson who shared her thoughts and reflections on being mum- thank you . A special thanks to Nat Bertie and her team who organised, wrapped and sold gifts at last week’s Mother’s Day stall. Well done to all on a great community effort!

Congratulations to both Clayton B and Savannah Rae S [cousins] from year 3 who have raised $6000 between them for specific charities that are very close to the hearts of their respective families. Clayton has raised his funds for the Danny Bergan Memorial Foundation in honour of his Grandfather who passed away fourteen years from Motor Neurone Disease. Savanah Rae’s donation has been made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation who are leading the way in improving the lives of those who have been crippled with this disease. Congratulation to both Clayton and Savannah Rae on a wonderful gesture for those whose lives are inflicted with these disabling diseases.

Thank you to our parents who in recent weeks have returned their children in their winter uniforms to school for term two. By now all students should be in the full winter uniform. This includes a tie for the boys and a tab for the girls. It is important that our students take pride in wearing their uniform. A reminder that joggers / sports shoes are only to be worn with the sports uniform and not  with the regular school uniform. A note should be sent to your child’s teacher should they not be wearing the correct uniform. Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.

Congratulations to our team who attended the Diocesan Cross Country at a wet and windy Sydney Motor Sports Park Eastern Creek last Tuesday. Our runners gave their best in extreme conditions throughout the day as some three to four thousand students took part in the 2km and 3km events on a very challenging course. Congratulations to Mackenzie and Jackson who qualified for the Parramatta Diocesan team who will complete in the MacKillop Cross country in the next few weeks. Congratulations to Mr Debrincat and Mr Mogan who played an integral part in the organisation for the event over the past few weeks. Our thanks also to Miss Boules and Miss Milone who accompanied our children on the day and the parents who braved the inclement weather to support our runners and act as officials on the day.  

At present our teachers are completing assessments in readiness to write their student semester 1 reports. This term teachers are using a new Diocesan format for the writing of the reports. In the next few weeks parents will emailed a link to book an appointment with their child’s teacher during weeks 9 and 10 of this term. It is important that all parents take this opportunity to make an appointment to discuss their child’s progress this semester.   


Our Staff Development day will be held on Friday 6th August term 3. Please make arrangements for your children to be supervised on this day as their will be no classes due to the staff participating in professional development  throughout the course of the day. Details regarding the availability of COHSC will be forwarded in the coming weeks.

Have a great week!

Tony Hughes


Something to ponder

Keep mentally strong, brush your teeth on one leg.

Upcoming Events

Term 2, Week 5

Monday 17th May 

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

Tuesday 18th May

  • NAPLAN Online - Numeracy
  • 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 19th May

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

Thursday 20th May

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

Friday 21st May

  • 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 6

Monday 24th May

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

Tuesday 25th May

  • 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 26th May

  • Stage 2 Soccer Gala Day
  • PE: Year 6, Year 2
  • Drama Club: Years 5 & 6
  • CHESS: 3.00-4.00pm

Thursday 27th May

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

Friday 28th May

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

Dates for your diary

Wednesday 9th June

  • Stage 3 Boys Soccer Gala Day

Monday 14th June

  • Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

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

So far in term 2 we have had a busy few weeks. First we had our Cross Country race, which happened on the Tuesday of week three. We are so proud of all of the Christ the King competitors for getting on the track in the cold rain. Two of our runners managed to get in the top 8 and make it to the next level, We wish the runners good luck for their next race. 

Over the past week, Year 3 and Year 5 have been spending their morning doing NAPLAN. With how much time that has been dedicated towards their NAPLAN we hope that all students in both grades exceed in the test. 

Today we had the Mother’s Day Liturgy. We hope all the guests who attended enjoyed the presentation and open classrooms. A lot of effort went into this liturgy, especially after the first was postponed.  

So yes this week has been pretty busy but all of what we have achieved so far in this term is something to be proud of.

George and Mackenzie

Year 5 Item

During Term 2 Year 5 have been learning all about different environments as well as the different factors that effect many places around the world. Year 5 took their lesson outside to explore their local environment and the influences that have made their school the place it is today.

Are your children interested in technology?

If the answer is yes and your child is in year 5 or 6, we need some new AV operators to run the laptop for our weekend Masses at CTK. 

There will be a training session this Saturday at 10.00 am in the church. Due to the late notice, if you are interested but can not make it this Saturday, please email me or ring me through the school office and I will find time to train your children during the school day.

Once they are trained, they will be rostered on to one Mass per month (approximately) at whichever mass you usually attend or would like to attend.

Students were informed of this role today.

This is a wonderful opportunity for you to become a part of the church ministries and feel like you are giving back to the community.

Sarah Cook

Mother's Day Celebration

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

Leaders needed for children's Liturgy

We have had a number of wonderful Children's Liturgy volunteers whose circumstances have changed and are now "going on leave" from Children's Liturgy. This is an urgent request for new leaders / teachers of Children's Liturgy. We would like to recommence Children's Liturgy at 10am Mass on the 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month, commencing shortly. We are in desperate need of parents or teachers, who could lead a small group of primary school-aged children. All volunteers will be supported by resources and by experienced leaders of Children's Liturgy. You do not need any experience nor any theological background but will require a Working With Children Check. Lesson plans, Scripture readings, discussion questions and worksheets are all provided.

If you are interested or would like further information, please contact Erica Rheinberger via email:

The Good News from CTK to YOU

What is May the month of?

May is the month of Mary! Many people often wonder why people have such a devotion to Mary - well let’s consider the following. If it were not for Mary’s ‘yes’ (at the annunciation) then Jesus would not have been born! Such a concept is very difficult to comprehend - yes, if it were not for Mary’s complete trust and faith in the will of God, our Lord would not have been born in the humble stable in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago. Mary lived her life with the sole purpose of dedicating it to God. Her home would have been the very first adoration chapel - to think that she had the joy of being able to look upon our Lord all day is truly something to marvel at. Yet despite the joy that would come from a life with Jesus - Mary still experienced suffering, pain and hardship. The first years of life with Jesus were spent as a refugee in Egypt, she spent half her life as a widow, experienced the loss of Jesus as a child when He was lost for 3 days, lived with the knowledge of people rejecting Her son and of course watched as Her son was tortured and killed on the cross. A life with Jesus is not something that will take away the pain and sufferings in life - even if we wish it would - but it makes facing such times more bearable.

In the Old Testament the Queen was not the wife of the King but the mother. The mother was the link between the past King and the next King. It was the Queen who was the intercessor for the people - she would bring the concerns and wishes of the people to the King to consider. How lucky we are to have Mary as our mother in heaven. She is there to listen to our needs and concerns and to bring these to her Son, Jesus. We are of course encouraged to speak to Jesus directly but we must not forget to ask Mary to also intercede for us. If there is someone to whom Jesus listens to without fail - it is His and our mother, Mary. In the Gospel of John, Jesus acted on Mary’s request at the wedding feast in Cana despite knowing that it would begin His path towards Calvary - if Jesus so willingly listened to His mother in this regard, would he not willingly listen to us in our present needs too? This month, invite your children to pray with you one of the special prayers to Mary and ask her to intercede for you in any area of your life most in need. Mary and Jesus are both waiting to hear from you.

God bless,

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