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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

This is an important update from our school in regards to our response to COVID -19. As of today a number of things have changed and we have made a number of decisions regarding upcoming school events in light of this information.

Hygiene and Illness
Promoting strict hygiene practices is essential.  Please talk to your children about hand washing, use of sanitisers, sneezing protocols to ensure they understand these practices. We encourage students who present with any cold or flu-like symptoms to stay at home.

School Closures
At this stage our school will remain open, however the situation is changing regularly, so we will keep you updated with the advice we are receiving from Catholic Educations Services.

Pupil Free Day
The last day of this term, April 3rd will now be a designated Pupil Free Day.  This will allow us to finalise our plans for continuity of learning for all students.

Overseas Family Travel
All families returning from overseas are now required by the Australian Government to self-isolate for 14 days.  We would also recommend students who are living with family members who are in self-isolation to also remain with the family during this time.

School Events
School events such as fairs, fetes, musicals and other social events are cancelled until further notice. We are also advising that class liturgies, whole school masses, assemblies, sporting events and Parent teacher interviews will not take place until further notice. 

Therefore, the following events on our school calendar are cancelled for now or postponed until Term 2:

  • Class liturgies (Various dates for the remainder of Term 1)
  • Whole school Mass for the feast of St Joseph and St Joseph’s Day activities (March 19th)
  • Parent Teacher Interviews (March 23rd & 24th)
  • Cross Country (March 30th)
  • Holy Week Liturgy (April 3rd)

As you know, these directions are all about supporting a national effort to contain and slow the spread of COVID-19.  We all play a vital role in this effort and so I ask for your continued support in this matter.


2020 Term dates Weeks
Term 1 28 Jan – 3 Apr 10
Term 2 20 Apr – 26 Jun 10
Term 3 13 Jul – 18 Sept 10
Term 4 6 Oct – 4 Dec 9
Student Free Day      Friday 4th September
Public Holidays  
Australia Day 26 January
Australia Day Holiday 27 January
Good Friday 10 April
Easter Sunday 12 April
Easter Monday 13 April
ANZAC Day 25 April
Labour Day 4 May
Cairns Show Holiday 17 July
Queen's Birthday 5 October
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