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28th November
Prep Christmas Liturgy 9.15am

30th November

Year 1 liturgy 2.15pm

3rd December
Year 6 Farewell Liturgy & Dinner

6th December

End of Year Concert
5pm to 7.30pm
St Joseph's Basketball Court

29th January

Classes resume for 2019



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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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As always, the end of year brings mixed feelings as we look forward to the promise of things to come and farewell what
has been. This is especially true as we farewell our Year 6 class. They have much to celebrate at the end of their primary
schooling and look forward with excitement to their secondary education. As a community, we congratulate them on their
accomplishments and wish them well in their future endeavours. They will be attending a farewell Mass, followed by dinner with their parents next Monday evening. I’m sure it will be a great evening of reminiscing together.

We will then be celebrating the end of year as a whole community at our end of year Mass on Thursday, 6 December, at 10am. We invite all of our school and parish families to join with us in giving thanks to God for all His blessings this year. We will then be holding our Christmas concert on Thursday evening, commencing at 5:00pm. The children have been rehearsing all term and it should be a great evening of family fun. Thank you to Mrs Garozzo for all her work in preparing the children and to the P&F for all their organisation and preparation for the evening.

Teachers have been busy preparing report cards over the last few weeks. These will be distributed via the parent portal at the end of next week. If you have any difficulties accessing your child’s report, please contact the school office. Mrs Born will be available in the office during the first week of the holidays. Booklists and class allocations will also be distributed at the end of next week. Many hours of discussion have been undertaken in allocating students to classes to best support their learning.

School will resume next year on Tuesday, 29 January, following the Australia Day public holiday on Monday. Teaching staff will resume the week before and will be engaged in professional learning activities. The office will be attended. Mrs Lee will be available to purchase uniforms. See details below.

In closing, I would like to wish everyone a happy and holy Christmas. May God keep you and your families safe during the vacation period and I look forward to working with you all again for an exciting 2019 school year. May you travel peacefully through the holidays.

The mini Vinnies are again this year collecting items to donate to St Vincent de Paul to make up Christmas hampers for families doing it tough at Christmas time.
Last year St Vincent de Paul distributed over 30 hampers, and they are only one aide agency servicing our local community. St Joseph’s Mini Vinnies have made posters to hang around the school, and they ask that donations of food be non perishable items only, new and sealed in their tins or packets. Other items for consideration could be napkins, bon bons, Christmas decorations, wrapping paper, small toys or gifts etc There is a donations basket and a tree outside Mrs Lawrence’s Prep room with a selection of decorations on the tree. In return for your donation, you may take a decoration from the tree to hang on your own tree at home. It’s a lovely reminder when you are preparing for Christmas that you have helped make someone else’s Christmas lovely too.

Please feel free to purchase uniforms from now until Thursday 6th December. I would like to ask parents to please consider pre-ordering uniforms to ensure I have enough stock for everyone. There are plenty of uniforms in stock at the moment, but if I have pre orders it enables me to order extra stock over the break, if needed. There is generally a three month turn around on stock orders. Your help with this matter would be greatly appreciated. I can have orders ready for pick up this year or you can collect on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th January 2019. I will have the library open for uniform sales these days from 8.30am to 4pm.

The sports polos are now ordered and should arrive sometime in late February. Payment of $30 for Sports shirts will be the end of Week 3, Term 1, 2019. Just a friendly reminder that our prescribed school socks are navy blue, ‘fold down to the ankle’ socks and not anklets or crew socks. We have packs of 3 for $11.00 in sizes 9-12, 13-3, 2-8 and 7-11. For all your uniforms needs please feel free to contact me every Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8.30am to 9.00am or outside of these times by appointment.    

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