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5th February
9.30am Whole School Mass

9th February
Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)

10th February
Ash Wednesday Liturgy 10am
(Lent begins)

16th February
Bravehearts visit 2pm

17th February

18th-19th February
Grade 6 Camp

23rd February
Parent SEL Session
8.50am in Meeting Room

26th February
Year 4 & 5 Class Mass 9.30am

4th March
Year 3 & 3/4 Class Mass 9.30am



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Welcome to St Joseph's Parish School, Atherton

St Joseph’s Parish School, catering for boys and girls from Prep to Year 6, is an integral part of the Cairns Diocese and the Atherton Catholic Parish. Located approximately one hour’s drive from Cairns, Atherton sits within the heart of the naturally beautiful and agriculturally rich Atherton Tablelands. Despite its many changes over the years, St Joseph’s Parish School has remained committed to providing its students with a well-balanced and relevant education and curriculum.

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Our first whole-school mass for the year will be celebrated on Friday, 5th February at 9.30a.m. It will provide the perfect opportunity to pray together as a school community for the coming year. During the mass the Student and House Leaders elected last year, will be commissioned into their positions. I warmly invite everyone to attend this special occasion.

On Tuesday 9th February, we will begin preparing for our Lenten Journey by celebrating Shrove Tuesday. This follows the tradition where people used up all of the fats in the house that they would go without until Easter. We will begin with a small prayer and reflection on Shrove Tuesday followed by distribution of pancakes to students for their second break. This year money raised for Pancake Day will be distributed to Caritas for their "Project Compassion Appeal". Individual order forms for students to order their pancakes will be handed out this week. Parent helpers are most welcome to assist in the preparation of the pancakes.

What is Shrove Tuesday?
Lent is a time for self-discipline. Throughout the 40 days of Lent, people are called to fast and pray. But just before Lent starts, has become a time of merrymaking, culminating on Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent begins. The name Shrove Tuesday comes from the custom of ringing the 'shriving bell' to summons the people to church to be 'shriven', that is to confess their sins at the beginning of Lent. At that time, certain foods like eggs, milk, meat and rich buttery dishes were given up for the duration of Lent. One way that they used up the eggs, milk and fats in the house was to add flour to make special pancakes. In England, the popularity of pancakes caused Shrove Tuesday to be called Pancake Day, a tradition we also follow here in Australia.

P&F Annual General Meeting will be held at 6pm 17th February in the School staffroom. All parents are encouraged to come along and help build the school community.
~ Email to: pandf@stjoeys.qld.edu.au
~ Text to: 0428 913 614
~ Or drop a note at front counter for the P&F pigeon hole

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