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22nd April
Start of Term Two

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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 7, 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.St Joseph's logo

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


The Year 1 classes have been eagerly awaiting the hatch of their chickens. After counting down on their calendars, and journaling in their ‘incubation journals’ for 21 days, last Tuesday, on cue, the children witnessed their very first hatch, followed over the next 2 days by 7 more healthy little chickens. There were screams of excitement and even happy tears. It was so beautiful to witness the joy and wonder at the birth of new life right before their very eyes. The chicks have continued to thrive and are quite tame, enjoying lots of attention from the children.

Thankyou to Andrew and the 10 parents and around 10 students who could assist at the Working Bee from 8am-12noon last Saturday. The reflective area looks great, fencing on the far side of the oval has been repaired and various tree and gardening works completed. We thank the P&F and parents for their wonderful support of St Joseph’s.

Back to school 22nd April 2014

Thank you to parents who have supported St Joseph’s and their children so well during Term 1. Thank you also to the many parents who participated in the parent-teacher interviews held during week 9. Many parents took the opportunity to meet with their child’s teacher during this early stage of the year. A big thank you to Mrs Shuttleworth, Mrs Maccallum and Mrs Lee who organised and assisted with this ‘well run’ event.

Once again St Joseph’s senior classes will be participating in the Readers’ Cup competition. Three picture books have been included in the reading program of these classes over recent weeks. This Wednesday 2nd April the classes compete in quizzes based on these books.

As the term comes to a close students begin next term to see the end of the first rotation for the Arts program. Built into the program this year is an elective strand where students can study advanced dance, music, art or ICT.

Each class will take their turn over the year at having the choice of the elective. Presently the year 4F students have been enjoying the options with Mrs Peressini in her dance studio, Mrs Lane with her artistic advice and Mrs Flynn and Mrs Shuttleworth preparing power points.

Last week’s Cross Country was enjoyed immensely by students. Congratulations to Crew House who were eventual winners of the House Trophy. It was tremendous to see the majority of students involving themselves in this challenging event. Students are encouraged to make exercise and good diet a regular part of their routine.

Cross Country Winners and their ribbons


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