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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                            

Now accepting enrolments for 2015HOLY WEEK
What is Holy Week?

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday Passion Sunday or Palm Sunday is the first day of what is known traditionally as 'Holy Week'. This year Palm Sunday falls on the 9th April. During Holy Week, we are called to enter this time with reverence and celebrate its rites with care and devotion. The Gospel readings on Palm Sunday highlight what will be celebrated in the week that lies ahead– our passage with the Lord from death to resurrection.

Holy Thursday-Mass of the Lord's Supper - At the Mass of the Lord's Supper the focus is on the reading of the story of the washing of the feet from John's gospel, and on the ritual foot-washing. The main focus is on celebrating the Eucharist and remembering what happened at the Last Supper.

Good Friday - During the Good Friday service we remember the passion and death of Christ on the cross. It is usually a solemn day and when the celebration finishes with the prayer over the people, we depart in silence. Catholics should abstain from eating meat on Good Friday.

Easter Sunday - "You must not be afraid. I know you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is not here- he has been raised, just as he said!" (Matthew 28:5-6)

The celebration of Easter is most significant for us as Catholics. We celebrate the saving love and the new life given to us through the resurrection of Jesus. Dates and times of Holy Week and Easter celebrations in our Parish are found in the current newsletter.                    

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, saw St. Joseph students participate in the annual cross country race. Thank you to Mrs Flynn, all the staff and parents who assisted in the smooth running of this event. It was pleasing to see the students showing such persistence and resilience as they ran to complete their race. Every student who participated, earned a point for their house. These participation points helped to determine the final results! Congratulations to Cook house who were the 2017 overall winners!          

                Cross Country


Existing families with children due to commence Prep in 2018 are advised to complete an enrolment application form sooner rather than later. We have already begun accepting enrolment applications from new families for Prep in 2018 and as is my custom I would like to extend the courtesy to existing families before we confirm the enrolment of too many new families.

I expect to complete enrolment interviews by the middle of next term and once Prep classes are full (25 students each) we cannot take any more students for 2018. While of course we look forward to every child joining their older siblings at St. Joseph's, we also have a physical limit to the number of students we can take. Therefore, it is important for existing families to enroll their children due for Prep in 2018 before we enroll too many new families and potentially we have no places left for later-enrolling siblings. For an enrolment form, please either drop by the school office and collect one or download a copy here.

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