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14th March
Commonwealth Baton Relay Excursion

15th March

Year 2 Liturgy 10am

16th March
Green Day for St Patricks Day
Gold Coin donation for
wearing something green

19th March

St Joseph's Day Liturgy
& Fun Day9.30am

21st March

Prep Liturgy 10am
Parent Portal Information Session

22nd March

Cross Country Prep to Year 2

23rd March

Cross Country Years 3-6

27th March

Readers Cup Years 5 & 6

29th March
Last day of Term 1
Holy Week Liturgy 10am

16th April

Pupil Free Day

17th April

Classes resume for Term 2


Mondays - starting
no later than 2.30pm

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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.

This website is designed to provide a practical and informative view of our school but by no means replaces personal contact. Please browse at your leisure but also feel free to contact us at any time.

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Latest News & Events

It has been a busy fortnight for many classes who have celebrated their liturgies. It has been so positive to see that each one of these liturgies have been very well attended by parents, grandparents and special friends. I want to thank you for your wonderful support of this important part of the religious life of our school and a very important part of who we are here at St Joseph’s. Our liturgies are our way of sharing our faith together as a school community, so I feel very lucky that you all feel strongly about them to take the time to come along and celebrate them with your children/grandchildren.

We will be holding a whole school liturgy on Monday, 19 March, to celebrate our school patron, St Joseph’s Feast Day. All parents and parishioners are warmly invited to come and celebrate these liturgies with our students. I would like to draw particular attention to our Prep liturgy on Wednesday, 21 March. We have taken this opportunity while our parents are gathered together to invite Campbell Smythe from Catholic Education Services to explain how to access and use the parent portal which is our primary means of communication with parents. We will also run a brief introduction to supporting your child’s reading development. Any other parents who are new to the school or who would like a refresher are also welcome to attend. This will follow the liturgy and morning tea (approximately 10:45 start).


Deb Ball - 26th May
The Deb Ball team have preparations well underway, but would love some more assistance to help share the load leading up to event and on the day itself. Please raise your hand to Deana Nasser (0408 953 511) or Jamie Delai (0409 071 009).

Constitution Update & AGM change
I know the excitement must have been unbearable so I am pleased to confirm we did indeed get the constitution updated. The biggest change is that the AGM will now be held in Term 2 (June). Sounds weird at first, but it allows us to find champions to plan around our three core events without crossing over when they are occurring- Deb Ball, End of Year Event, Transition into School events.

2018 Projects/Goals

Now accepting enrolments for 2015
Learning Facilities/Resources
  • Playground equipment - upper grades (currently at quotes/design stage)
  • Sandpit upgrade Prep (currently at design stage)
  • Shade Facilities (grant application submitted)
Learning Community
  • Transition into School program 2018-2019
  • Resource library for Parents
  • Joeys families - Business/Skills Register
  • School banking program
  • Class Co-Ordinators
Building Community Events
  • Debutante Ball - May
  • End of Year Event - November
  • Other social events - Dads/Mum/Grandparents day/s
Skills Needed
  • Working Bee Co-Ordinator - one per term - compile list of jobs, equipment/materials required and advertise details in newsletter
  • Google webpage - need someone who would like to have a crack at creating our P&F page

Book Club
The March issue of ‘Book Club’ closes tomorrow, Wednesday 14th March. If this date is not suitable, feel free to drop off your order at a later date, however I cannot guarantee that late orders will be back before the Easter school holidays.

Homework Club
If you need help with your homework you are welcome to come to the library every Monday at first lunch break (Tuesday to Thursday by appointment only.) Whether you need someone to listen to you read, help with research, or help to answer homework questions, then Homework Club is your answer!

Coles Sports for Schools
Just to let you know we have a collection box at Coles in Mareeba and in the school library for those people who shop at Coles. This enables us to purchase sports equipment for our school.

Library Fun
The library is open every lunch time at first break and you are welcome to come and read or play games. Some photos of students who visited the library recently are included in our latest newsletter.

Each year, Atherton Catholic Parish conducts parish-based sacramental programs for Catholic Students. Students must already be baptised to be able to join these programs.

Our parish priest Father Barry Craig will be introducing a new program into the Parish this year. In Term 1 & 2 Confirmation, Eucharist and Penance will be prepared for by students in Year 4 or older. Bishop James Foley will be here to confirm the children in our parish on Friday 8th June at a special Rite of Confirmation starting at 6pm. First Eucharist will be celebrated on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June at various weekend masses.

Catholic students in Year 4 have received a letter from the Parish Office. Please check with your child about this envelope. If your child is new to the school or you need any further information about these programs, please feel free to contact the Parish Office on 4091 1125 or email atherton.parish@cairns.catholic.org.au.

Parents who want their children Baptised are also asked to contact the Parish Office as this sacrament is organised by another special team in the Parish. Parish Office hours are Wednesday to Friday, 9am to 4pm.

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