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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

The year has certainly flown by.  It’s hard to believe that we are at the end of Term 3 and following the holidays, we only have 9 weeks until the end of the year.  I would like to thank the staff and parents for all of their hard work this term.  Every week seems to have been jam packed, not only with the learning that takes place in classrooms everyday, but with a myriad of extra curricula activities.  I have just finished watching Joey’s Got Talent performances for 2019.  We have an amazing group of talented children – dancers, singers, magicians and jump rope artists.  Congratulations to everyone who took part in the heats and today’s final and thank you to Mrs Garozzo who organised and co-ordinated everything.

Swimming will commence in Week 1 for students in Years 2, 4 and 6.  Friday will be swimming day.   There will be a parent slip coming out to parents of students in those year levels containing all the details and a permission slip.

Year 5 students will be heading off to Leadership Camp at Tinaroo on Monday and Tuesday of Week 2.  Participation in camp is an important part of the students’ preparation for their leadership roles in Year 6.  They will be engaged in many team building activities and personal challenges that will build their leadership capacity and assist them in identifying their strengths and formulating ideas for their leadership speeches in Week 8.

The first week of term is also Health and Well Being Week.  The P&F are organising a parent session, "Let's Chalk" on Thursday, 10 October.  See the flyer in the P&F section of our latest newsletter. Teachers will again focus on the Wheel of Well Being to promote all aspects of living a healthy lifestyle.

As we begin our holidays on Friday afternoon, I would like to wish everyone a happy and restful break and look forward to seeing you all again next term. Please remember that Monday, 7 October, is the Queen’s Birthday public holiday and school recommences on Tuesday, 8 October.  As is the case every year, Monday of Week 3 in Term 4 (21 October) is a pupil free day.  Please note this in your calendars.



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