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5th March
9.30am Year 3 Liturgy

10th March

10.00am Prep Liturgy

12th March

10am Year 1, 1/2 & 2 Liturgy

13th March

9.30am Year 6 Class Mass

17th March

St Patrick's Day- Green Day

19th March

Feast of St Joseph

20th March

St Joseph's Day
Mass at 9.30am and Fun Day

26th March
Cross Country
Prep - 8yo

27th March

Cross Country
9 - 12yo

29th March

Palm Sunday (Holy Week begins)

2nd April

Last Day of Term 1

3rd April

Good Friday

5th April

Easter Sunday

20th April

Start of Term 2

23rd May

Debutante Ball


Mondays - starting
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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

Almost a fortnight ago, a group of our Year 6 students proposed their plan to raise money in response both to the Cyclone Marcia recovery and to our Project Compassion campaign. By their own initiative, these students started the "Cupcake Club": baking cupcakes on Sunday in order to sell them at school on Monday with all proceeds going to our various charity initiatives for Term One. For their first round of sales, they raised $45 – a laudable effort. I dare say that we might also acknowledge the support afforded to this initiative by these students' parents.


Last Friday our school participated in the nation's largest community based environmental event, 'Schools Clean Up Day'. We joined over 2 500 schools across Australia who worked to remove rubbish from our precious environment. The 2015 campaign was extra special in that it marked 25 years of 'Clean Up Australia Day'. St Joseph's would like to thank Bunnings Atherton for supporting the event, by donating plastic gloves and garbage bags. Well done to all the students, who embraced the event and participated with such enthusiasm.

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The Interhouse Cross Country will be held later this month so students should begin their personal training for this event. Prep to 8 year olds will run on Thursday 26th March starting at 9.00am and 9 year olds to 12 year olds will run on Friday 27th March. Should the weather be unkind on the day the event will be postponed either to be run earlier during the next week or run under the basketball area. Let us hope the weather stays fine for the next few weeks. All students are expected to participate in the event and earn a point for their house. Extra training for Cross Country will be held Thursday first break and Friday Morning with Mr Hainsworth.

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.


Congratulations to those elected to the P&F Executive for 2015. The P&F did a marvellous job last year raising the profile of the school within the community. We as a school community look forward to working closely with this year's executive:

President: Kasmin Brotherton
Vice President: Chris Larkin
Secretary: N/A
Treasurer: Debbie Small
Tuckshop Treasurer: Joe Rolfe
Delegate to Diocesan P&F: N/A
Sub-committee (Deb): Kylie Akers andTanya Pezzelato
Sub-committee (Fete): Rhiana Meaney
Publicity Officer: Melanie McAuliffe
Grants: Darren Hughes
Working Bees: Joe Rolfe & Diana Kitchen

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