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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.St Joseph's logo

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

Time travels fast, we are already halfway through this term and the calendar is filling fast with many activities for the remainder of term.

Thanks to those families who attended the parish 'Our Lady of the Oak' mass and festival last Sunday.

Last weeks Science Week celebrations were enjoyed by the children. Thanks teachers for your involvement.

This week we celebrate Book Week with many meaningful activities. Thanks Tricia for organising these for us all.'

The children from Prep to Year 3 will have lots to talk about after their trip to Cairns to participate in the 'Gruffalo' presentation.

Year 1 have had an exciting term, with a focus on fairytales and narratives. Jack and the beanstalk figured largely in the classroom, with finger puppet shows, and beanstalks growing on childrens' desks. The Gruffalo has also been a major teaching point over the past weeks as the exciting excursion drew closer. Children made gruffalo masks and performed characterisations of the characters, in preparation for watching the live performance of the Gruffalo in Cairns on August 19.

Bookweek allowed the children to share stories with 3T at a "rugreading" session, and the children made teddy bear hats and brought teddy bears to school for a teddy bear picnic of reading.

To see pictures check out this week's newsletter.

We have quite a large number of students in Year 3 who are currently preparing to receive the sacrament of Penance/ Reconciliation in September. 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. Check out this week's newsletter for these tips.

Welcome to Children's Book Week and this year the theme is "Connect to Reading—Reading to Connect". Yesterday, to start off Book Week, the whole school participated in 'Rug Reading' and read together for 20 minutes. Classes paired off and found a quiet spot around the school to read, relax and share a story with a buddy.

As part of the Book Week celebrations, children are invited to join in the art and craft activities in the library at first lunch each day this week. Come join the fun!

Book Week


Yesterday (18th August) we were very fortunate to have a visit from Peter Mitchell. Peter is the founder of the Making Jesus Real Program. He travelled to the Far North this week from Tasmania. Peter works for the Catholic Education Office in Tasmania and travels around many parts of Australia delivering his important message to young people of how to make Jesus present in their everyday lives.

"Mitch" as he is known to the students, ran two sessions, one with Year 5 students and the other with Year 6 & 7's.
The students thoroughly enjoyed his visit

P&F Car Raffle - DON'T FORGET to get your tickets! Envelopes are available at the school office if you would like to purchase tickets or perhaps get some more! Books of tickets are also available for parents to collect from the school office to re-sell. Drawn 25th October 2014 At St Joseph's Spring Fair Dance Night at Merriland.

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

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