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 04


Dear Parents, Caregivers and Community Members,



Everything we do in our Catholic schools is about bringing the light

of Christ’s Gospel to children’s learning in all its dimensions.

We are called to let the joy of our faith shine through the gifts and talents, we bring to our work.

We are challenged to bring out the best in one another and in the children entrusted to our care.

Jesus calls us to discipleship. Discipleship means involvement. In our calling, as disciples, and as educators in a Catholic school, we make the Good News visible to all through our words and actions.



It’s nearly football season again! Sometimes members of a football team wear black armbands as a symbolic mark of sorrow for the passing of a close associate. Their supporters are decked in the team colours to show their willingness to be identified as a club supporter. True believers live the game with their heroes expressing their support physically and emotionally. In good times and bad they stick by their club.

Lent is here and we are presented with the same opportunity to give expression to the type of supporters that we are. Some supporters celebrate only the happy time in Jesus’ life such as Easter and Christmas. As “true believers” we should also pray with him on Holy Thursday, stand by him on Good Friday and join him in prayer and fasting during the forty days of Lent.

Last Wednesday, as a school we celebrated Ash Wednesday, which in the Catholic Church marks the beginning of the season of Lent. It is a season of reconciliation, reflection and prayer, which prepares us for Easter Sunday. This period we call LENT means ‘spring’, and we celebrate it in memory of the forty days Jesus spent alone praying in the desert. Lent is a time for strengthening our faith, a time to reflect on who we are and where we are going. It is a time for quietness and prayer, a time of penance and meditation, a time to become aware of our strengths and weaknesses.

A very special thank you to Father Izzy for celebrating Mass with us. Thank you to the staff who did all the readings and thank you to Mrs Carroll, Mrs Burwood for leading the choir and chorale. The children sang beautifully. Thank you, Mrs Reardon for helping prepare the Mass.

The Daily Encouragement from Pope Francis

Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty. Let us not forget that real poverty hurts: no self-denial is real without this dimension of penance.

Lenten Thought

Remember the concept of not only giving up during Lent, but taking up. What can we take up that will improve our lives and the lives of others this Lent?


Evening on the Green Welcome to 2024 Family Picnic

I encourage all families to attend this event tomorrow, Friday 23rd February. This event is coordinated by the Christ the King School P&F Association. This occasion is a way of celebrating your child/ren’s first few weeks at the school, as well as an opportunity to meet other parents and welcome NEW families to the CtK School community. This will be held in the School Quad from 5:30pm until 9.00pm. A Face Painting area, fairy floss and Mr Whippy will be available. As in the past, you are encouraged to bring your own picnic dinner. A rock band will be entertaining us with live music on stage where we had our Christmas Concert last year. Once again this promises to be a fabulous community gathering to start the school year.


Year Six Student Ministries

Next week our students in Year 6 will begin their respective ministries for this semester. I know each of them are excited ‘getting their teeth’ into the work of the ministry. This is a fantastic opportunity for them to show leadership and responsibility around the school.  One staff member is responsible for facilitating the children’s involvement in each of these areas. We wish all our Year 6 students the very best as they undertake these leadership roles this year.


3 Year Old 2025 – Applications are Now Due

In 2025 Christ the King will be offering 4 days of 3 Year Old Kindy. More details will follow shortly. Please register your interest now!


4 Year Old Kindergarten 2025 – Applications are Now Due

Enrolments are now being taken for siblings and new students wishing to commence Kindergarten at Christ the King School in 2025. Families with children eligible for Kindergarten in 2025 are required to fill out a Kindergarten Enrolment Application Form. We will be offering 4 day Kindy again in 2025.

Christ the King School will continue to operate two concurrent Kindergarten groups next year with the days of attendance being Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

We are starting to see high demand for 3 Year Old Kindergarten and Four Year Old Kindergarten places, so it is important that parents within the Christ the King School community submit their applications as soon as possible. Forms can be obtained from the office.



It is not okay to stay away from school for any reason except legitimate illness and extreme family circumstances. Any unexplained absence and extended holidays during school time, without a note of explanation, are all considered illegal by the Department of Education and the Federal government.

We are legally responsible to report via an electronic program, all absences every day, including continual lateness to school. Please make sure you are compliant with this legislation and please assist by contacting the school by 9am of the day of absence. Please also send a note upon return even if you have been contacted by phone from the school.


From My Readings This Week…

As we progress through the first term of the year and students settle in to their new classes, sometimes there can be moments of conflict or tension that may be experienced by students. These difficulties can come from any number of different sources such as peer conflicts, classroom and school expectations or learning difficulties.

As children experience these conflicts, there will often be times when they come home from school with issues or complaints and will naturally call upon parents for advice and guidance. As parents, the approach that you take can have a huge impact on your child’s ability to cope with frustrations and grievances and indeed their resilience to deal with disappointments or difficulties in the future. It can also impact on their future relationships with their teachers and peer group.

Michael Grose (  suggests six points for parents to think about when dealing with children’s concerns. He recommends these steps to help parents remain focused and effective in dealing with difficulties:

Stay Calm and Rational

It’s natural as a parent to protect, or defend your children, particularly when you think they’ve come in for some unfair or poor treatment. But acting when you are full of emotion is not always smart. Rather than getting on the phone straight away to organise a meeting at school, take your time to think through how you might assist your child.

Get All the Facts

Once you’ve calmed down, get the facts about the situation. Kids are faulty observers and often only see one side of a story when there’s a problem with a teacher or a fellow student. They sometimes can’t see that perhaps they may have contributed inadvertently to a dispute at school, or perhaps said something that may have upset a teacher. It is the job of parents to help kids process what happens in an incident so that all the facts emerge, and they understand their place in any problem.  Ask good questions to help the full story emerge.

Assess whether to go to the School or Not

Kids, like adults, like to vent and will benefit from having told their side of a story to a trusted source. Often problems can be dealt with at home, simply by talking through an issue and giving kids some common-sense tips to help them cope. If your child has a recurring problem that they can’t solve themselves, or you think an adult intervention may be needed to sort out a relationship issue with a teacher or peer, then consider meeting with your child’s teacher.

Go through the right Channels

Approach the school calmly, going through the school office to make time to see the teacher.  If you have already established a relationship with the teacher concerned, then it’s often easier to approach them directly.

Look for Solutions rather than Blame

State the problem as you see it and view your child’s teacher as an ally, not a foe. “I’m really worried about Jeremy.  He’s been acting strangely lately, and I need some help” is the type of approach that will elicit a helpful response. Talk about your concerns and keep the discussion focused firmly on what is best for your child. Listen to your teacher’s viewpoint, valuing a different perspective.

Stay in Touch

Be realistic with your expectations, remembering that some problems can’t be solved to your satisfaction, nor will they be resolved straight away.  Be prepared to work alongside your child’s teacher over the long-term, which means you need to keep communicating with each other.


Did you Know?

  • Kangaroos cannot walk backwards!
  • Potato, the delicious and favourite veggie of children is the staple food in many countries and is the most cultivated vegetable across the globe.
  • Venus is the only planet in the solar system that rotates clockwise, whereas all other planets rotate anti-clockwise.
  • Australia is the only continent that has no volcanoes.


There are ‘great things’ happening in our school due to the efforts of so many people; seek to be one of those people in the coming week!

Keep smiling and let’s evolve together!

Andrew Kelly

Messages from the Assistant Principal

Welcome to Week 4!


Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday, well known as Pancake Tuesday, ran so smoothly and the students and teachers enjoyed it! Students from Kindergarten to Year 6, were provided with a pancake prepared by our wonderful P&F. Thank you to all the parents involved in this.


Caritas Australia

To care deeply for the needs of another person or creature is an expression of our love for them. This tender concern is called ‘compassion’. We show compassion each year, through our efforts to raise funds for Project Compassion. The money raised supports people around the globe and here at home in Australia, to live with dignity and to make a true difference for themselves and their families.

Families would have received a Project Compassion box to support Caritas Australia this Lenten season and help support vulnerable people around the world, now and for all generations. With your support, Caritas Australia has been able to support vulnerable communities around the world to tackle poverty, food security, education, water and sanitation and disaster risk reduction. Project Compassion 2024, reminds us that the good that we do today will extend and impact the lives of generations to come to build better future for all.

As St Pope John Paul II said,

“The future starts today, not tomorrow.”

Together, we can help vulnerable communities face their challenges today and build a better tomorrow for all future generations. Project Compassion boxes are due back at school before the end of Term One.



NAPLAN is a National Literacy and Numeracy assessment that students in Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 sit each year. NAPLAN Information for parents and caregivers went out via students in Year 3 and 5 a few weeks ago. The NAPLAN test window begins on Wednesday 13 March and concludes on Monday 25 March, 2024. For more information about NAPLAN –  We encourage parents and caregivers to keep conversations about NAPLAN as relaxed and reassuring as possible to minimise any nervousness. More information about NAPLAN at CtK will be sent home shortly.


Parent Teacher Interviews

Parents and caregivers will have the opportunity to meet with their child’s teacher on Wednesday 27 April (Week 9) from 12.30pm. Parent Teacher interviews will be conducted across all year groups (K – 6) in ten-minute rotations. We respectfully ask that parents keep to the ten-minute limit, to ensure the afternoon runs smoothly and on time. Later in the term, you will receive instructions about booking in these meetings. Please note this date in your diary.



There have been a number of children away with what appears to be ‘gastro’ (gastroenteritis). It is important that parents are aware that this is a notifiable illness and if your child is showing signs or has been sick, it is important that they remain home until they are well enough to return to school. It can be contagious and can cause the further spread, not just within the class, but across the whole school.


Public Holiday

A gentle reminder that there is a Public Holiday on Monday 4 March 2024 (Week 6).



Welcome to Health 2024! Highway Heroes has begun and together, we have started to explore the Highway metaphor and its concepts. This term will focus attention on developing the story of travelling along The Highway, including introducing the concepts of BUMPS and TOOLS. A highlight of course was meeting our puppet characters.

Can’t wait to share this social and emotional learning journey with you all.

Mrs Rikki Chapman – Health Specialist


Crunch & Sip


Wishing you a lovely weekend!

Mrs. Sabrina Reardon
Assistant Principal




Thank you so much!

Suraya Correia – President


Community News

Perth Goju Karate are opening a brand new beginner’s karate class at the Christ The King school hall. Thursday’s weekly, 4:00pm – 4:45pm. First class starting week one of term, Thursday 1 February!

A special offer for Christ The King students – 4 WEEKS FREE beginners karate lessons!

Classes will be held after school on Thursday’s and are a great way for children of all ages to learn self-defense in a fun and safe environment.

We also teach classes for teens and adults and they are fantastic for fitness, wellbeing and of course, self-defense.

Students who attend the schools on-site After Care can be collected and taken to the class in the hall and returned to After Care when their class is finished.

Classes continue over the school holidays (with a short break over the Christmas period) which makes it perfect for the kids who are looking to try something on the holidays.

Karate has many benefits which include confidence, respect, discipline and fitness.

Places for the beginner’s class will be limited, so to take advantage of this 4 week trial, contact us to book your name in and secure your spot for the trial period.

Sensei Johnny Moran – 0402 830 402

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