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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
ST JOSEPH FEAST DAY
On Friday 20th March the school
community came together to celebrate
St Joseph's Feast Day. During mass,
Fr Greenup explained to us that we too
can live a simple life of the Gospel and
follow in the footsteps of St Joseph. St
Joseph teaches us to know Jesus,
share our life with him and to realise
that we are part of God's family.
Students were treated to
icy poles and participated
in a variety of activities
which included dancing,
outdoor games, computer
tasks and the making of
St Joseph bookmarks.
A great day was had by all!
Pictured are Dara and Joel holding the St Joseph's Readers' Cup.
The Year 6 class, along with both Year 5 classes have been studying the three books pictured. Today these classes will participate in the school Reader's Cup competition which is based on these books.
Interested students from these classes can then be part of the preparation team for the regional competition. A team of four students will be selected to represent St Joseph's at this level. Books for this competition are available for borrowing on April 1st.
INTER HOUSE CROSS COUNTRY
The Inter-House Cross Country last week gave every student the opportunity through their participation to gain
points for their House towards the House trophy. The weather was perfect and a fun day was had by all. A number
of students qualified to go on and represent the school at the Inter-school Cross Country next term. Special
thanks go to Mrs Shuttleworth for much time and effort put into setting-up and running this event.
Dates have been finalised for the Confirmation/Eucharist program for 2015.
Only those students who received the sacrament of Penance last September, are eligible for this program. The date for Confirmation has been booked with Bishop James Foley for Friday 19th June, at 6pm. The Eucharist celebration for this same group of children will occur on Sunday 21st June. Letters were given out last week to those students eligible for the program. The first Parent Meeting will be held next Monday 9th March. If you have any questions or enquiries about the sacramental programs, please don't hesitate to contact me at the school.
Since the AGM the new committee has taken time to revisit the purpose of the group. While the official vision & purpose statements are in draft form, the essence of these are three-fold:
~ to be the primary interface between parents, students, school, parish and community
~ to create a cohesive, supportive and welcoming school environment; and
~ to assist with the maintenance and betterment of school facilities through fundraising, grant applications and volunteer efforts.
A strengthening of the communication channels has been identified as a core focus for 2015. We have lots of things in progress in relation to this which we will roll out over the course of the coming months.
Firstly, we have created a formal way to add items to the agenda. Agenda item forms are available from the school office and via email at firstname.lastname@example.org . We are also working on getting them on the school website and through the Skoolbag app but a link to the document is here.
Check out the latest newsletter for all the news and photos!