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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                            

Some of you may be aware that Father Gregory Moses is retiring at the end of this month. We said farewell to Father Greg on Assembly with a gift from the St Joseph’s school community and each class made cards and students wrote farewell messages. We thank Father Greg for his wonderful contribution to our school as Parish Priest from 2012-2017. At present we have not been notified of his replacement. When we return for Term 3, I am certain that there will be an announcement on our new Parish Priest. Father Greg is retiring to be closer to his family in NSW and we wish him all the best. On Sunday 2nd July, Father Greg will be saying his final mass in the Atherton Parish, and everyone is invited to morning tea in the Presbytery after the morning mass.


Some of our students received their Confirmation on Friday 9th June and then completed their initiation into the Church, with their First Eucharist at the 5.30pm Parish Mass held on Sunday 11th June or the 9.00am Parish Mass on Sunday 18th June.
The Confirmation ceremony celebrated by our Bishop James Foley and the celebration of the mass, where the children received the Eucharist for the first time, were truly special occasions for everyone in our parish community. Congratulations to all students. 


Last Thursday and Friday, St Joey’s held its annual Athletics Carnival. Fortunately, the rain held off and all the events were able to take place. Thursday’s program saw the 9-12yr olds participate in the 200m, 800m and field events. On Friday, the whole school took part in sprints, relays and ball games. Over the two days, the students demonstrated not only wonderful sporting skills, but resilience, persistence and great sportsmanship. A special congratulations to Jesse who won the Principal’s Award for definitely showing these qualities.

Those students who have qualified for the District Athletics Carnival will be notified over the next week and given the necessary paperwork from Mrs Flynn. The two days are set for Friday, 21st July (200m & long jump events) and Tuesday 25th July (rest of the Athletics program). This week's newsletter includes a list of results for the two days. 

  • Now accepting enrolments for 2015 March Past Winners – Endeavour
  • Ball Games Trophy – Endeavour
  • Athletics Shield – Crew
  • Overall Sports Trophy (Wadley Shield) – Crew

Existing families with children due to commence Prep in 2018 are advised to complete an enrolment application form sooner rather than later. We have already begun accepting enrolment applications from new families for Prep in 2018 and as is my custom I would like to extend the courtesy to existing families before we confirm the enrolment of too many new families.

I expect to complete enrolment interviews by the middle of term two and once Prep classes are full (25 students each) we cannot take any more students for 2018. While of course we look forward to every child joining their older siblings at St. Joseph's, we also have a physical limit to the number of students we can take. Therefore, it is important for existing families to enroll their children due for Prep in 2018 before we enroll too many new families and potentially we have no places left for later-enrolling siblings. For an enrolment form, please either drop by the school office and collect one or download a copy here.

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