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St Joseph’s School, Atherton, is a co-educational Catholic primary school located in the heart of the naturally beautiful and agriculturally rich Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland.

We have a long tradition of offering high quality Catholic education dating back to 1923, when the school was founded by the Sisters of Mercy. Following in the tradition of the Mercy Sisters, we recognise the importance of education as a crucial way for children to reach their potential, and we remain committed to providing our students with a well-balanced and relevant education and curriculum.

We offer a friendly and supportive environment with a unique sense of community, where parents, staff and students value and respect each other. We strongly encourage and invite involvement of all families, the parish and wider community into the life of the school.

If you would like to visit our school, we encourage you to Contact Us. We would love to welcome you and show you around, and answer any of the questions you may have.

Principal’s Welcome

I warmly welcome you to our St Joseph’s School family. We are blessed to be a community where our staff and parents work in partnership with enthusiasm and commitment to ensure that our students receive a high quality, inclusive Catholic education. ​

Our school has a long tradition of providing excellent learning and teaching since it was first established in 1923. Our professional and dedicated staff forms a dynamic team, committed to using research-based learning and teaching practices, and encouraged to be innovative, dynamic and challenging. Our positive school environment, with high expectations, provides high levels of learning and wellbeing in a nurturing, collaborative and continually evolving Christ-centred environment.

As a school community, we ensure that our Catholic values and vision are visible through word and action. We achieve this vision as a community through the lens of our school motto, Love, Faith, Knowledge.

Join me to learn more about what we can offer your child and family. I look forward to welcoming you personally to our school; come and feel the energy!

Rita Petersen