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17th August
Malanda Movie Excursion

18th August

School Performance
Ghana Beat my Drum

21st August
Feast of Our Lady of the Oak 2pm

22nd-26th August
Book Week

24th August
P&F Meeting 6pm

26th August
Year 3/4 and 4 Mass 9.30am
Daffodil Day
Mini Vinnies Disco

28th August
Youth Led Mass 5.30pm

2nd September
Year 2 and 3 Liturgy 2.15pm
Maize Festival

7th September
First Reconciliation 7pm

8th September
Bully No More Presentation 9am

11th September
Children's Liturgy 9am

12th-13th September
Parent/Teacher Interviews

14th September
P&F Meeting 6pm

15th September
Family Fun Day

16th September
Last Day of Term 3


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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

Yesterday, the 15th of August was the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. The Assumption remains a Holy Day of Obligation for the Church so it is considered to be an important feast for all of us. We celebrated a whole school mass along with many members of the Parish. 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.

As part of the History and English units of Year 3 and 4, the three classes went to Tjapukai Cultural Centre in Cairns to help them further develop their understanding of the history and cultural traditions of the local Aboriginal people. It was a fantastic day as we got to learn about the Aboriginal music, dances, hunting tools, food and medicines. We also got to have a go at throwing a spear and a boomerang. We finished the day by getting our faces painted in a traditional Aboriginal way.

This week is Seniors’ Week and in the lead up to this week our Preppies have been busy making bookmarks for the residents at Carinya aged care facility. Yesterday, a small representative group of Prep students travelled to Carinya to personally present the bookmarks to the residents. At the time that this edition of the school newsletter is published we were still gathering some photos from this heartfelt activity; so stay tuned for some photos and a report from Mrs. Lawrence in the next school newsletter.

Suffice to say, we are proud of our Prep students in making a little gesture from their hearts to the residents of Carinya Home during Seniors’ Week. It is encouraging to see our youngest students taking up the St. Joseph’s School Spirit by way of service to others.

The District Sports Carnival was held at Atherton State School on Tuesday 2nd August for the 200m and long jump events and the main day on Wednesday 3rd August at Merrilands Oval. The weather was kind to our competitors both days and students enjoyed matching it with other competitors in the district.

All team members need to be congratulated in doing their best and contributing to the school’s tally. It was pleasing to see so many progressing from heats to finals. Special mention to Chloe who broke the 9yrs girls 800 m.

It was a real thrill for the students to bring home the overall athletics trophy for the first time. Well done to all competitors.

The next P&F meeting will be held on 24th August, 6pm. Please forward any items to pandf@stjoeys.qld.edu.au this week. These meetings are a good way to see what is happening across the school. We appreciate it is difficult given we all have young kids, however we do require more participation at the meetings. Without the minimum number of members we can’t pass any decisions making it difficult to keep momentum. Focus Topics at the moment: School Effectiveness Framework – how this is developed and what it means for parents, School projects – tuckshop relocation, oval electricity, fencing of oval. Allocation of funds for projects and P&F/Parent Communication tools.

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