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4th December
Final Whole School Mass 10am
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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.

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As our school year draws to a close we say many farewells. Last nights farewell mass and dinner for the students of Years 6 & 7 was a wonderful way to say thankyou and wish them every success for the next chapter of their education.

Thanks to Fr Greg and Fr John for leading us in our Eucharistic celebration. It was
wonderful that so many family members attended. Thanks also to Mary (APRE) for planning and supporting Melinda and Kylie for this special celebration, also Maxine for leading us all in singing.


On Tuesday 25th November the Year 4A and 4F classes went on an excursion to the Crystal Caves. In Science this term we have been learning about rocks, soils and landscapes in a unit called "Beneath Our Feet." So we were very fortunate to have the chance to go to the Crystal Caves as a culminating activity. We went through the caves, answered our treasure hunt sheet, cracked a geode and browsed the beautiful treasures in the shop. Afterwards we went to the park for an icypole which was a nice cool treat. We had lots of fun. A massive thank you to the lovely parents who came along to help us on the day.

Year 4's Excursion Year 4's Excursion


Just a reminder that on Thursday, 4th December we will be holding the last whole school mass for 2014. This will be the final opportunity for the school community to gather and celebrate all of the fantastic things that have happened throughout the year before we head into the Christmas holidays. The mass will also be an opportunity to bid farewell to families leaving the school and to present Certificates of Completion to our Year 6 & 7 students. Mass will begin at 10:00am. All are warmly invited to join us for this celebration.

The only Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve this year will be held at 6.30pm. This is a family mass where the young people of the Parish are asked to take part in the various jobs of the mass. It is a great opportunity for children to focus on the true meaning of Christmas. We are again hoping to have the children make up a live nativity scene and do other relevant jobs such as reading, dressing the altar, playing music etc. The Vigil Mass this year is being held back at St Joseph's Church.

If you are attending the 6.30 pm vigil on Wednesday 24th December, and are interested in your children doing a job, please let me know or add your children's name to a list inside the church. Please contact me if you have any questions about this.

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