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28th August
Michael Lindsay Ordination
to Diaconate 6.30pm

3rd September
Mary MacKillop Show
Starrs Productions

4th September
Maize Festival
Family Fun Day

16th September

P&F Meeting 6pm

18th September

Last Day of Term 3

21st October

P&F Meeting 6pm

30th October
Day for Daniel

11th November
Remembrance Day Service

18th November

P&F Meeting 6pm



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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.

Now accepting enrolments for 2015This 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

Let's Celebrate Children's Book Week! All students (and staff) are invited to participate in the character parade.

We want you to wear your favourite character outfit or bring something to represent your favourite book or nursery rhyme to school. (Don't forget your school uniform to change back into at first lunch break.) Maybe a red hooded jumper for 'Little Red Riding Hood', or a spider for 'Little Miss Muffet', Harry Potter's glasses, cape and wand, a striped shirt for 'Where's Wally' to mention a few. Whatever you like—we just want you to join in the fun and help celebrate Children's Book Week. Date: Tuesday 25th August at 9am in the undercover area

We have quite a large number of students in Year 3 who are currently preparing to receive the sacrament of Penance/ Reconciliation in September. Please continue to pray these families as they continue their preparation over the next couple of weeks.

I thought I might include a couple of tips this week about God's love and forgiveness. These are valuable tips for not only these children preparing for the sacrament but for everyone.

Our Yr 6 students showed their community spirit by setting up and running the side show alley at Sunday's Feast of the Lady of the Oak celebrations. Thanks to all students, parents and Ms Payne for the great effort they put in.

Feast of Our Lady of the Oak

For Catholic Education Week the Year Five Students decided a visit to the Atherton Respite Centre would be an excellent opportunity to demonstrate a 'Random Act of Kindness'. The visit would also assist to reinforce the values the students are studying in the Making Jesus Real programme. The programme is centred around the belief that we are the image of Jesus to all those people around us. We are His representatives and our actions should reflect His values.

During the visit the students had the opportunity to interact with people with disabilities and the elderly. They performed songs, recited poetry and presented the residents of the Centre with cards and poems containing special messages. Here what some of the students thought of the visit:

"My experience of the visit was warming because I did something good for other people." Martin

"I felt really happy that I cheered someone up. The elderly loved us and I liked singing the songs!" Brydie


Last Friday we celebrated a whole school mass to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption. The children displayed wonderful participation in the mass by bringing flowers to Mary, acting out the Gospel story and doing actions to our hymn "Mary said Yes." It was a lovely celebration.

Its hard to believe but Fathers Day is just around the corner.

Once again, Mini Vinnies will be having their famous gift stall in the library, with gifts for Dad ranging from $2 to $5.

This year we have socks, keyrings, can coolers, BBQ aprons and much, much more. Drop in to the library to see what's in stock.

Sales will open on Tuesday, August 18, and stock will be available until Friday August 28, or until sold out.

All proceeds go to our local St Vincent de Paul Society.

Check out the latest newsletter for all the news and photos!

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