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28th October
Day for Daniel
World Teacher's Day
9.30am School Litirugy

31st October

"Pass the Sock Around"

1st November

All Saints Day

2nd November

All Souls Day

4th November

World of Maths Day
Year 3/4 and 4 Mass 9.30am

11th November

Remembrance Day Service 10.45am

16th November

P&F Meeting 6pm

18th November

Year 6 Big Day Out

21st November

Year 5 Leadership Speeches

23rd November

Wonder of Living Program
Year 2&3 Liturgy 9am

25th November

Year 5 Class Mass 9.30am
Year 1 and 1/2
Advent/Christmas Liturgy 2.15pm

28th November

Year 5 Farewell Mass
and Dinner

29th November

9.15am Prep Christmas Liturgy

1st December

9.30am Final Whole School Mass
Christmas Concert
and Family Night 5pm

2nd December

Last Day of School
12noon finish


Mondays - starting
no later than 2.30pm

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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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Prep classroomLatest News & Events

Almost 40 preps for 2017, and their families, visited the Prep Precinct last Tuesday for an orientation morning. While the parents were welcomed with morning tea and a brief presentation by the teachers on the Prep year and its expected routines, the children had a wonderful time exploring the playground and engaging in exciting activities. The children had the opportunity to meet their teachers, and school officers, and play with new friends, while parents mingled, asked questions and were introduced to essential things such as the school portal, uniforms etc.

We look forward to welcoming all these wonderful children and their families as they begin their learning journey at St Joseph’s next year.

YOUR P&F - Christmas Family Celebration and other things
Following last year’s successful Family Christmas Fun Night your P&F together with class teachers are preparing this year’s event, to be held on Thursday 1st December 2016 (see Parent Portal calendar for more details). Students will perform Christmas songs & acts, food and beverage will be on sale, excellent prizes will be raffled and Santa Claus will make a guest appearance and present all students with a present. More details will come in due course, but thanks go to the P&F and to class teachers for their efforts in the lead-up to this enjoyable school community event. We look forward to seeing you there.

Beyond this, a few other projects are still being worked on by your P&F and as always, you are most welcome to get involved – just make contact with any of the Executive and see what you might get involved in!

Year 5 CampYEAR 5 DAY CAMP
Our Year 5 students recently attended two consecutive days of a Leadership Camp at Apex Camp - Lake Tinaroo. The camp allowed students to participate in a variety of leadership activities that were designed to promote team building and problem solving. On the first day they did a Radio Rogaine (a mini orienteering course with hand held radios), and the vertical challenge. The vertical challenge involved climbing about 12 metres on ropes and beams. It was especially challenging both physically and mentally.  On the second day they did Archery and a Raft Building task in small groups. Each group was given  materials to build a raft that would carry the team. The rafts were quite impressive.

Students were certainly challenged with some of the activities, but they were supported and encouraged by staff of the Apex Camp, the Year 5 teachers and Mr Lindsay. The students certainly had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

All the year five students were exceptionally well behaved and well-mannered for the camp. They showed great strengths in working together and encouraging one another. Each and every student represented St Josephs in a positive way. We are very proud of all of them and feel confident that they will set an excellent example as we now begin to move into the time of electing our student leaders for 2017. It was a particularly significant event for the Year 5 students as they prepare to transition to their final year of primary school.

Pass the Sock Day 31st October

We will be holding our annual “Day for Daniel” this Friday 28th October. Students are asked to wear a red shirt and bring in a gold coin donation. There will be some red frozen cups and red apples for sale at the lunch break. Please support this worthwhile fundraising event by wearing a red shirt and buying a red treat. All funds will be sent to the Daniel Morcombe Foundation so they can continue the amazing work they do in the area of child safety.

Click here to access the latest issue of Parenting IdeasMISSION MONTH – “Socktober”
Thank you to those students who have already brought in coins for our Catholic Mission Month fundraising. Our “Pass the sock around” Competition will occur on Monday 31st October. On this day all class socks will be weighed and the money counted. Please bring along your coins to see which class will have the heaviest sock.

Our whole school Mass on Friday 28th October at 9.30am will be celebrating Mission Month, World Teacher’s Day and Day for Daniel. Please come along and join us!

A new free learning potential app has been released by the Federal Government. This app is for parents with tips and ways to be more involved in their child’s learning. It’s for all ages, from the high chair to high school, and it gives you:
* tips and hints
* relevant information tailored to your child’s age
* fun and easy ways to stimulate learning
This is the link http://education.gov.au/news/new-learning-potential-app    


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