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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 Friday (8th June) evening, we welcome the Bishop to St Joseph’s Parish as he will be conferring the Rite of Confirmation on our students who have been participating in the sacramental program over the last several weeks. Please continue to hold these children in your prayers as they are confirmed on Friday night and will receive First Holy Communion at Mass this weekend.

The School has been asked by Catholic Education Services Director to invite parents to complete the following survey:

Consultation plan in a nutshell: Source of information for the review: Parents of children at school in Queensland Survey on line 31 May, closes 15 June. Forums at four locations in period 7-12 June. Interviews with selected parents in week beginning 18 June. Meeting with parent organisations at state level 18 June Meeting with special interest groups as invited.

SURVEY ONLINE NOW Closes 15 June. Estimated time to complete the survey is 10 minutes. Click here for the survey.

A question at the end of the survey invites parents to let us know if they would like us to interview them. They can volunteer through an email link on the survey: NAPLAN@novumAVI.com.au Volunteers in regions other than Brisbane, Emerald and Townsville will be selected first. Interviews will be held in the week beginning 18 June.

It was lovely to see the library buzzing recently with so many students enjoying the “Paws for Books” Book Fair. The Book Fair raised $2100, giving our school $525 worth of free books for the library. These books will arrive in early Term 3. Your support of Book Fair, and also of Book Club throughout the year is always greatly appreciated.

Congratulations to Lachlan from year 4F, Eleanor from year 1A and Lisa from year 4A who won the Book Fair prizes of books. We hope you enjoy your new books.

The Premier’s Reading Challenge has commenced and all students were invited to rise to the challenge. Students who complete the challenge have their efforts recognised through the receipt of a Certificate of Achievement signed by the Premier of Queensland. Don’t forget to fill in your reading record sheets, which are online and also available from the library. There is plenty of time to read the 20 books (Prep to year 4) or 15 books (Years 5 and 6) requirement as the challenge finishes in August.

Wednesday 23rd May was National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) Day. The book chosen by the Children’s Book Council of Australia was Hickory Dickory Dash by Tony Wilson. It was great to see so many students listening to the story throughout the morning.

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