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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                            

CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK
Catholic Education Week will be celebrated across Queensland from 23 - 29 July this year. This annual event is held to promote the special ethos of Catholic schools and to highlight the great things that take place in Catholic schools every day. The theme for this year’s celebrations is: Sharing the Journey. Catholic education strives to make a difference in the lives of those in our schools and in the wider community by challenging young people to live out the message of Jesus and to reach their full potential as compassionate, contributing, life-giving members of society. During Catholic Education Week 2017, Catholic education communities across Queensland are invited to celebrate how they are sharing the journey.

There are 302 Catholic schools in Queensland that educate around 146,000 students and employ more than 18,500 teachers and staff, and most will celebrate Catholic Education Week in some way. Our school is planning a number of activities during the week and we hope you are able to join in the celebrations with us. I thank you for your ongoing support and look forward to seeing you during Catholic Education Week 2017. Please see the current newsletter for CEW activities.

HealthYEAR 5/6 HEALTH UNIT
In Health in Semester One, Year 5/6 examined Multicultural Australia. The purpose of the unit was for students to gain an understanding of multiculturalism by exploring the changing nature of Australia's cultural identity. Students examined how sharing traditional foods and physical activities from different cultures can support community wellbeing and cultural understanding. To conclude the unit, students participated in a shared lunch. They were asked to bring in a plate of food from a selected country they had studied in depth in class. The students enjoyed the lunch immensely (as you can tell from their smiles!) as they had the opportunity to sample traditional foods of other cultures.

WOOLWORTHS EARN & LEARN
The Woolworths Earn and Learn Program is on again this year starting on Wednesday 26th July. Our school is registered and I am asking families to kindly collect stickers if you shop at Woolworths. How it works: 

~~ You earn a sticker for every $10 spent at Woolworths between 26th July till the 19th September 2017. 
~~ Drop the stickers off in the box at Woolworths Arcade or at boxes in our school library or at the church.
~~ If placing the stickers on the recording sheet, please place sticker neatly in the squares for easy counting at the end of the promotion. (Sheets will be available from Woolworths Now accepting enrolments for 2015and from the school library).

Over the years we have been fortunate to collect thousands of stickers, enabling us to receive thousands of dollars’ worth of teaching resources and books. So if you shop at Woolworths please remember to collect the stickers for our school. Thank you for your support.

THE PREMIER'S READING CHALLENGE
The Premier’s Reading Challenge continues this term, finishing on Friday 25th August. There is still plenty of time to complete the challenge, even if you are a late starter. I am more than happy to look up on the computer the books read since the challenge commenced in May and then help students fill out their forms. Just call into the library soon so we can get all students involved.

Last year we had an excellent result with about 200 students completing the challenge. From this marvellous participation we were in a special draw and we received some vouchers from the Premier and were able to buy all the Star Wars books that were released for borrowing in May this year. Your participation may help our library again this year.

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