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.

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30th November
Year 6 Transition Day to ASHC
Prep Christmas Liturgy 9.15am

1st December

Year 6 Transition Day to SSCC

2nd December
Mini Vinnies Christmas Stall
Wear a Christmas shirt for
a gold coin donation.
All treats for sale $1

3rd December

Final Whole School Mass 9.30am
School finishes at 12noon

4th December to 24th January 2022

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25th January 2022

Classes resume

26th January

Public Holiday

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As we come to the end of the 2021 school year, I would to thank everyone for making this year such a positive and productive one. I have been very impressed with the quality of learning and teaching offered by the staff at St Joseph’s. They are a very dedicated and knowledgeable group of educators and I have really enjoyed being part of such a professional group of people who work for the good of our students.

I am also very grateful for the supportive parent group we have at the school. Thank you for being very supportive and positive about our school, and this really helps build a positive school culture which, in turn, supports our children’s learning.

What we have is an outstanding school with a dedicated staff, caring parents and happy students who are always willing to learn and grow.  Thank you!

With our year quickly coming to an end, and the Christmas season upon us, I hope this time of year provides you with the opportunity to spend time with your family and friends, and importantly to have a well-earned rest. On behalf of the staff I would like to wish you a safe and holy Christmas and that the New Year holds everything that you dream it to be.

Every blessing to you all.

Rita Petersen

END OF YEAR MASS - Friday December 3

Just a reminder that on Friday, December 3 we will be celebrating our final whole school mass for 2021.  This will be a time for the school community to gather and celebrate the fantastic things that have happened throughout 2021 before we head into the Christmas holidays. The mass will also be an opportunity to bid farewell to Staff and families leaving the school and to present Certificates of Completion to our Year 6 students.  There will also be a handover ceremony during the mass where current school leaders will handover to the newly elected leaders for 2022.  The mass will begin at 9.30am. Year 6 Parents and Parents of School Leaders for 2022 are invited to join us for this special celebration.

The Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve this year will be held on Friday December 24 at 6.00pm. At this stage, the mass is scheduled to be held in the church. To attend the vigil mass you will need to book seats by contacting the Parish Office on 4091 1125 or emailing atherton.parish@cairns.catholic.org.au

The vigil mass is a family orientated mass where the young people of the Parish are invited to be actively involved.  It is a great opportunity for children to focus on the true meaning of Christmas.  We are hoping to have the younger children make up a live nativity scene.  Older students can do some of the readings.  As we have done in previous years the live Nativity scene will be created just before mass starts at 6.00pm.  Families are asked to arrive at 5.30pm for Christmas Carol singing with the live Nativity to start around 5.50pm.  Then the mass begins at 6.00pm.

If you are attending the 6.00pm vigil on Friday December 24, and are interested in your children participating, please email me at the address below with the names and contact phone numbers. mmaccallum@cns.catholic.edu.au   

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St Joseph's Parish School
Cnr Jack and Alice Streets,

Phone: 07 4095 9000
Email: principal.atherton@cns.catholic.edu.au
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