Christ the King School


87 York Street,
Beaconsfield WA 6162
PO Box 213
South Fremantle WA 6162
P: (08) 9487 9900

From the Principal – Term 1, Week 8


Dear Parents and Guardians

As we head well into the second half of Term One, one can only wonder where time is going. Schools are busy places – they were before COVID-19 – but now we’re doing the same and adding COVID to an already crowded workspace. How are you going? I know many families have been affected. I try to touch base with our families to ensure they know that we are all thinking and praying for them. I do feel my work has a definite tilt towards the Health Department these days. Listening carefully to the Chief Medical Officer, the Premier, the Education Minister and the Catholic Education Office have now become part of my daily routine. We are all doing different things and following advice which can frequently change. What is heartening is the support from so many of you in this challenging time. Thank you for acknowledging the communication we must make available to keep everyone informed and safe. Please read the correspondence carefully to make sure you keep informed of any changes to the way we are operating. In the words of Pope Francis, he said, that amidst this pandemic we, ‘have realised that we cannot go on thinking of ourselves, but only together we can do this.’

LENT– During this liturgical season of Lent, we are all invited to think about our lives and reflect on how we can in our own way support those around us. This is especially important with the challenges we are all facing with the prevalence of COVID-19. Lent is a time to reflect and remember that it is the small acts of kindness that we can all do, daily, to improve someone else’s day. This has certainly been reflected in our Christ the King School community over the last few weeks and has once again demonstrated why we truly are part of a blessed school community. As the number of positive cases in WA increases so does uncertainty and some element of fear. Whilst these are all valid and understandable responses, they have not overridden the human element involved at our school.

Each family has fully offered their support with such graciousness. This is something our community must be commended on. Thank you. We also wish to acknowledge the wonderful staff at Christ the King who are working together in Unity and all playing a vital role in making sure things keep moving forward despite the obstacles they are facing. It really is remarkable how our staff always focus on the students learning and well-being rather than themselves. They have increased responsibilities including additional duties, cleaning classrooms and areas around the school, managing the extra planning involved in teaching face to face and providing remote learning for children who must isolate. Thank you to all the Christ the King staff for their determined dedication.

Our students are also to be commended. They have proven time and time again what a resilient group they are. They have adapted to mask wearing seamlessly and continue to work hard despite change and uncertainty. Our student leaders should be very proud of themselves. They are doing a wonderful job leading our online school assemblies and assisting with various tasks around the school. All the children throughout our school are demonstrating a growth mindset by trying to find the positive in challenging situations. All the above is truly a reflection of how our community is shining brightly through adversity and how closely our community is following COVID safe practices.

PARENT-TEACHER INTERVIEWS – Due to current circumstances preventing parents from entering classrooms, parent teacher interviews are taking place on TEAMS or on the phone. Interviews will be taking place on Friday, 8 April, which is a Pupil Free Day (our PD was cancelled), and the time will be from 8.00am until 1.00pm. These interviews are a great opportunity to speak with your child’s teacher and find out how your child has settled and how they are progressing in their learning. Please ensure you are punctual for your TEAMS or phone call (the class teacher will call you) with the teacher and please be aware that they have many parents to call in a short period of time. If a teacher needs to end TEAMS or the phone call, it is because they need to speak to another parent. A separate letter will be sent to all parents’ emails with a booking link shortly.

HARMONY WEEK: The message of Harmony Week is that everyone belongs. It is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values. Our school will be celebrating Harmony Week with a variety of activities. It was wonderful seeing the children and some staff wearing their country of origin colours or clothes or just wearing orange. Thank you to the P&F for making cupcakes and to the Year 6 students for selling them for a gold coin. All funds will go to the P&F.



Last week our Kindy children had a special visit from ‘Farmyard on Wheels’. Farmer Mick introduced Rice Bubbles the Rabbit, Harriet the Horse and Gina the Goat. We loved holding the baby chicks and feeding the hungry lambs. It was so much fun! 



Monday, 25 April is ANZAC DAY

Tuesday, 26 April is now a Pupil Free Day where all staff will be trained in Augmented and Alternative Communication Training to provide greater support for our non-verbal children at Christ the King School.

Wednesday, 27 April Children from Kindy – Year 6 will commence Term Two.


A reminder to all parents that Term Two all students are required to be in winter uniform. To assist parents and students in this transition, a two-week change-over period will be permitted. However, all students are required to be in full winter uniform by the commencement of Week 3. Please refer to the Uniform Policy on the school website for further information.


Watching our students doing what kids are supposed to be doing at recess and lunchtimes. Running flat chat, playing chasey, footy, cricket, shooting basketballs, playing netball, wheeling and dealing and trying everything on the playgrounds.


Stay well, stay safe and Go Dockers!

Andrew Kelly

Messages from the Assistant Principal

Celebrating the Charism of Donovan

Wednesday 23 of March, saw a whole school celebration to honour the memory of Fr Edward Donovan, S.M.A. Fr Donovan’s order is the Society of African Missions, the same as Fr Keating. Fr Donovan served the Church in Nigeria, spreading the good news there before being posted here as Parish Priest of Christ the King in 1969.  

Fr Donovan went on to serve the parish and the wider community until his retirement in 1995. He remained living in the Presbytery which is situated where the new hall is now and returned home to Ireland in 2002 and passed away soon after.  

Donovan House motto, inspired by Fr Donovan, is “Strong in Heart, Mind and Body”. Throughout his time here at CTK, Fr Donovan demonstrated these qualities in his dedication to God and community, hard work and example to others. His spirit lives on particularly through the namesake of Donovan House.  

We particularly pray to ask God to guide all of us to learn from Fr Donovan’s example. Wherever we go and whatever we do, help us to live peacefully, work hard and serve others and above all, to “spread the Good News”. 


Harmony Day in Action


Thank you to our wonderful P&F and their volunteers for the delicious cupcakes. The children loved them. Thanks also to our Year 6 Communications Team for helping to serve.


NAPLAN- 10 May- 20 May

Year 3 and 5 students sat the national literacy and numeracy assessment Practice Test on Thursday morning. This is a system test and not individual student test. The real thing is occurring between the date listed above in Term 2. An information letter has been sent home on Thursday to parents and carers.



We have received a complaint about parking on Caldwell Street. It’s clear on both photos that the ‘No Standing’ signs are visible. Parking around most schools is a ongoing problem that there is no easy solution to. In this situation two values apply. Common sense/common knowledge” is something that everyone is usually aware of. “Common courtesy” is something everyone should do. Children’s safety and well being comes first and their safety and well being is everyone’s responsibility. Please make common sense choices when parking your car around the school.


Brian Dobbie
Assistant Principal


Talking to Your Child About Dramatic News

Given the current state of the world over the last few years, we have been witnesses to a daily barrage of news from around the world and closer to home, some of it being quite traumatic.

Between the constant stream of information through news, social media, other kids and from adult conversations, your children are probably more aware of what’s going on than you realise.

During times like this, your child might have many questions, feel confused and scared. As their dad and father figure, it’s your role to try your best to provide clarification, context and safety.

Top tips to talk about it with your child

  1. Be aware of their viewpoint and provide context. Young children can have difficulty with time, space and perspective. They may see something on the news and think it is happening right outside their home, right now.
  1. Check in on what they have seen or heard. Ask them what they are hearing or seeing? How are you feeling about this? Talk about their concerns.
  1. Reassure them they are safe. The information you give them should focus on letting them know they are safe. “We are/will be safe because …”. If they still have concerns, let them know you are there to talk about it, at any time.


Community News

Attached is a flyer for the local junior football club within your area for students wishing to participate in Auskick for season 2022 can get access to this information.

For parents to register a more user-friendly registration system as well as a QR code taking them straight to the club’s website is available.



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