Christ the King North Rocks Newsletter

Term 1 Week 8: Friday 19th March, 2021.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

As we journey into the final weeks of the season of Lent, our period of preparation for Easter is fast drawing to a close. We are soon to enter Holy Week in which we contemplate Jesus, suffering on the cross, giving of his life for us embracing our world. There is much darkness, disappointment and pain in our world today. The Church invites us to be disciples of Jesus and embrace the world with him, “for it is only the love of God which we see revealed in Jesus that has the power to transform our suffering (Fr Michael Fallon). Jesus shares it with us and takes us through it to the joy of his resurrection which enabled us all one day to enter into God’s Kingdom.

In recent weeks we have seen the COVID -19 restrictions relaxed allowing parents to enter the school site. As a result, we welcome our parents to join us in Holy week to celebrate the Passion of our Lord. On Tuesday 30th March commencing at 9:30am, the children will re-enact the Stations of the Cross across the school site finishing in the Church. Under the current COVID -19 restrictions one parent from each family is invited to join us. On Holy Thursday 1st April commencing at 9:30am we will be having our Easter Hat parade. Please adhere to the 1 parent per family attending this event. More details will be communicated to our families re both events early next week.

Please keep in your prayers the students in years 4 and 5 and their families who have commenced their preparation for the Sacrament of First Eucharist. These members of our community will participate in our Parish based First Eucharist programme over the next month. These children will make their First Eucharist several Sundays during the Easter Season throughout April.

Over the last few weeks auditions were held for Wakakirri. Wakakirri is a dance performance musical presentation that endeavours to tell a story. This year our CTK dancers will present their version of the Wizard of Oz through a seven minute dance presentation. Our troupe for 2021 has been announced and is made up of some 60 odd students from Years 4-6. Congratulations to all students who have been selected to represent Christ the King this year in this creative arts festival. Thank you to Mrs Kelly-Hosking, Mrs Young, Mrs Cook and Mrs Atkinson who will work with our budding performers over the next six months as they prepare for their performance.

I am currently conducting personal tours for new parents who are intending to enrol their children at CTK in 2022. If you know of anyone who is intending to enrol for next year please ask them to contact the office next week. Any of our current families who have not yet enrolled siblings for 2022 are asked to contact the office ASAP as I will be conducting enrolment interviews in the first two weeks of next term and will be offering placements to families by the beginning of May. We currently have 35 siblings enrolled for next year. As a result I have 25 available positions for new Kindergarten families in 2022.

Over the last nine months I have been in consultation with Parramatta Council and have been preparing and submitting a proposal regarding a new drop off and pick up drive through in Burradoo Close. Meetings with representatives from the local neighbourhood and council engineers have been conducted. Submissions from local residents regarding the proposal have already been considered by council. I am awaiting written approval and a timeline for the installation of signs in the coming weeks. I will keep the community abreast of the project in the coming weeks.

The signed acceptable use of technology agreements are overdue. Several reminders have been distributed to parents over the last week or so. Monday is the final day for these documents to be returned to school. Students whose forms are not returned to school by next Monday 22nd March, will have their access to technology at school suspended. Your co-operation in this matter is expected and much appreciated.

Any parent who would like to represent Christ the King in the Diocesan Parent Representative Council meeting each term, please contact me in the next few days. Thanks

Have a great week.

Tony Hughes

C TK Principal

Something to ponder

Want to spend some quiet time with your children, head to Mass this weekend.

Upcoming Events

Term 1, Week 9

Monday 22nd March

  • Sports Program: All Students in Sports Uniform
  • Drawing / Comic Club at lunchtime
  • Cool Kids Music Club 3.00 - 4.30pm

Tuesday 23rd March

  • 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 24th March

  • Parramatta Touch Football Rep trials
  • PE: Year 6, Year 2
  • Drama Club: Years 5 & 6
  • Year 4 Reconciliation 10.00am
  • Chess: 3.00-4.00pm

Thursday 25th March

  • PE: Year 3, Year 1, Year 4 {Group 2}
  • Year 4 Parish Mass 9.00-9.30am
  • Drama Club: Years 1 & 2

Friday 26th March

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

Term 1, Week 10

Monday 29th March

  • Sports Program: All Students in Sports Uniform
  • Drawing / comic club at lunchtime
  • Cool Kids Music Club 3.00 - 4.30pm

Tuesday 30th March

  • Uniform Shop 8.00am-12.30pm - appointment only via the office.
  • Stations of the Cross 9.30am
  • PE: Year 5, Kindy, Year 4 {Group 1} 
  • Drama Club: Years 3 & 4

Wednesday 31st March

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

Thursday 1st April

  • PE: Year 3, Year 1 Year 4 {Group 2} 
  • Drama Club: Years 1 & 2
  • Holy Thursday - Easter Hat Parade 9.30am

Friday 2nd April


Dates for your diary

Term dates for 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

Other School News

NAPLAN Practice Test

All schools taking part in NAPLAN Online in 2021 will participate in a coordinated practice test on 25 March 2021.

Christ the King will be participating in the online practice test next Thursday 25 March.

The practice test will require the participation of all students in Year 3 and Year 5.

Year 3 will complete a 40 minute omnibus test which includes reading, conventions of language and numeracy items.

Year 5  will complete a 40 minute omnibus test which includes reading, conventions of language and numeracy items plus a 40 minute writing task.

All students in Year 3 and Year 5 will need to have a pair of headphones on Thursday 25 march for the practice test.

Christ the King Easter Hat Parade

It’s that time of the year again when all students are invited to take part in the EASTER HAT Parade. Students are asked to use their creative thinking and start designing and making their colourful Easter Hats.

Ever wondered why people make Easter Bonnets? Traditionally, “according to Christian tradition, the fashion for new bonnets came thanks to Easter being known as a time for renewal. With the fasting of Lent over and people keen to mark the religious occasion, female churchgoers were eager to make and show off their new clothes, including hats.

Students will parade their Easter Hats on either the basketball court or the oval on Thursday 1 April at 9:15am. A decision will be made by Mr Hughes early next week on the location of the parade.

Unfortunately, current COVID social distancing requirements only allow us to invite one parent per family to attend the parade. 

If in the event of rain, the parade will have to move to the hall and under the current COVID restrictions parents will not be able to attend. Please say some prayers for fine weather.

Students may wear their sports uniform on the day.

We pray that all families, staff and students have a safe and happy break and we wish everyone a very Happy Easter

Class Parent Representatives

Thank you to the following parents who have volunteered to be our Class Parent Representatives for 2021.


Kindergarten: Marikit Pearl,  Sabena Peterson & Nithya Anandakrishnan

Year 1: Christianne Sakr, Louise Martin & Rosie Tadrosse

Year 2: Adal Faddoul & Nicole Hochbaum

Year 3: Natalie Bertie & Sandra Wainwright

Year 4: Jenni McBain & Mel Sassen

Year 5: Joanne Alphonse & Fay Khoury

Year 6: Sandra Wainwright , Natalie Bertie & Nicole Hochbaum

Cuppa Crew: Yue Lin Trofa & Rosa Georges

Scholastic Co-ordinator: Rita Koic

Bullying is Never OK!

Today is the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. Factsheets for primary students were developed in collaboration with Bullying. No Way! and the eSafety Commissioner, aim to help students understand and recognise what bullying is, how to report it, and where to                                                                                                     get help.

                                                                                                 A copy of the Fact Sheet for Primary School is below.

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.

Year 4 Item

Let’s take a sneak peek at what has been happening in Year 4!

Imaginative Writing

We have been putting our imaginations to the test this week as we start our unit on Imaginative writing. To help build our descriptive vocabulary we were set the mission to create a creature and write a description of what our character looked like. We then had our partner draw our creature, following only our description to see how close they got to the original design.

Click here to see our gallery of photos and descriptions. 

2021 School Fees Accounts


Term One School Fees were due on Wednesday 17th March, 2021.

If you have paid, thank you.  Thank you also to the many parents who have taken up Payment Arrangements. If you have not received your school fees statement for 2021 or if you wish to discuss your account please contact Susan Ritchie on 8846 2700.

Thank you,

Susan Ritchie

Senior Finance

The Good News from CTK to YOU

What 3 things did St Patrick achieve for Ireland?

He brought them Christianity, he expelled all the snakes and he gave them a public holiday.

March 17th is a day celebrated throughout the world in thanks to the hard work of St Patrick. A time when green and shamrocks are worn proudly by all those with even the slightest bit of Irish blood running through their veins. It is also a welcome time to celebrate during the season of lent (you are not required to fast on feast days in Lent but encouraged to celebrate the day!). In a non covid19 year I am sure the clubs around us would have packed with people enjoying the day. But why do we here in Australia make such a big deal about an Irish saint?

Well just as the great Saint brought Catholicism to Ireland, the Irish then brought Catholicism to Australia. It appears that St Patrick had indeed taught them well! Yes, the first Catholics in Australia were the convicts who were sent here away from the green lands that they knew and loved and forced into the harsh realities of convict life. Throughout the Bible there are many miraculous ways that God’s news spreads throughout the lands - here we have yet another example of how God can turn any situation into an opportunity to spread His word.

It would be quite difficult these days to find places in our world that are not  aware of the person (both human and divine) of Jesus Christ. However it is not very hard to find people who have forgotten who He is. He is the word made flesh, the Son of God and the son of Mary and Joseph. He lived humbly and peacefully and loved without restraint. He taught the ignorant and healed the afflicted and did not let possessions define who he was (as He had none). He spent his time helping others and with God in prayer. This is the foundation of the faith - this is the model after whom the Church is founded - no matter what elements of the media may tell you. In Jesus there is no fault. Today and everyday we can continue the work of Jesus and saints like St Patrick by reminding the people we interact with who Jesus is - this is our opportunity to spread the good news once more.

If St Patrick had not brought Christianity to Ireland then our country of Australia would be a different place spiritually today. Thank you St Patrick for spreading the word of Jesus to others and to us - I now look forward to you expelling the snakes from Australia and obtaining for us a day off to celebrate.

St Patrick, pray for us

Project Compassion Update

An amazing result so far with our project compassion drive! So far the CTK community has very generously donated $520!!!! 

Thank you so much for the people who have donated to Caritas’ Project Compassion Lenten appeal to help the most vulnerable in our world.

If you have not already downloaded the Qkr! App please do so if you would like to make a donation to this worthy cause.

On behalf of Caritas and the most vulnerable in our community a big THANK YOU :)

Our Community has raised enough money to:

Our Next Goal

Keep in your prayers

Prayers are requested for Sophie P (kindergarten) and her family on the passing of her paternal grandmother last week.

She is now at peace with Her loving God whom She served so faithfully.

Grant Her eternal rest, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine on her forever.


Parish News

Holy Week - Easter Mass times

With Easter only 19 days away, Mass attendance with COVID restrictions currently still in place of a maximum of 240 persons in the church, pre-registering to attend your preferred Easter Mass is strongly recommended.

The Eventbrite platform is now open for parishioners to register at the following Easter Masses.

Please click on the Eventbrite link to register your attendance:                                               


HOLY WEEK 2021 - Easter Masses      



    Thursday 1st April




Friday 2nd April



Friday 2nd April



    Saturday 3rd April

7pm NOT 5:30pm


Sunday 4th April



Sunday 4th April


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

Westmead Emergency Department has Moved

Tuesday 9th March, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Emergency Department moved to the Westmead Health Precinct’s newest building on Hawkesbury Road.


The Children’s Hospital at Westmead’s Emergency Department has moved into the Westmead Health Precinct’s newest building. Don’t worry though, it’s still accessible via the main Hospital building, or you can park underneath. The Hospital has created some FAQs (provided below) in case you want to know more.  A flyer showing directions to the new block is available from the School Office upon request.

Where is the new building located?

  • Block K is located between The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Westmead Hospital. The main entrance is off Hawkesbury Road - look for the 'Westmead Health Precinct' sign on the side of the building.
  • The building is just a few minutes’ walk from our existing main entry, back up Hawkesbury Road, in the direction of Westmead Station. 


Which Children’s departments are moving into Block K?

  • Emergency Department
  • Children’s Short Stay Unit
  • Additional Medical Imaging service
  • Additional Pharmacy service
  • Additional digital operating theatres – operating theatres are part of the staged approach to opening services and will not open on day one


Are the Children’s services open in the new building?

  • The Children’s services in Block K, including our Emergency Department, Children’s Short Stay Unit, Medical imaging and Pharmacy services, is now open to patients.


How do visitors access Block K?

  • Stay indoors: From the Hospital main entrance, follow the red signs to our two main lifts. Take the lift to level three and travel left along the linkway. Once you reach the multi-coloured windows, continue on until you reach the Children's Emergency on your right.
  • Get some fresh air: Exit the existing hospital building and turn right down Hawkesbury Road. Block K's green plaza and main entry is on your right - look for the 'Entrance 10' sign.


Where can visitors access Block K park?

  • Additional parking can be found directly underneath the new Children's Emergency Department, in P5. Enter via the new building's main entry driveway and take the ramp down. P5 has 250 parking spaces for visitors.


Is there a dedicated drop-off zone at the Children’s Emergency entrance for parents and visitors?

  • There is a 15-minute drop-off and pick-up zone outside the Children’s Emergency Department entrance.
  • There is also a dedicated drop-off and pick-up zone for patients with Mobility Parking Scheme permits in the same location.

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