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Year 5 Class Mass

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Ash Wednesday liturgy 10.15am
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held in Atherton 7.30am and 6pm

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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

Last week, as a school community, we recognised the anniversary of the National Apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia.  The students participated in a moving liturgy in which we recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have contributed to the cultural life of our country.  The students did this by presenting bollards which they had made, after researching some national and local figures.  This was part of the national Proud Race Project.  We will now lacquer and weatherproof the children’s creations and display them in the school grounds. Congratulations to students and staff for their enthusiasm in being involved in this project.

The Year 6 students had a wonderful time on their Leadership Camp last week. Although the weather was extremely hot, the students soldiered on to complete their activities.  Students completed a variety of tasks including canoeing, abseiling, giant swing and environmental awareness activities.  All activities were designed to encourage teamwork, getting along skills and pushing personal boundaries.  These skills will be needed as they strive to be true leaders in the school.  The overnight stay allowed the children to spend time together and thank God for the air conditioning in the dormitories!!  It was a fantastic opportunity for the students to get to know each other a little better.  

On Wednesday afternoon, Father Michael came out to visit and celebrated mass with us.  It was a perfect opportunity for the students to gather closely around the altar. 

Next Tuesday the 25th February is Shrove Tuesday! This follows the tradition where people used up ingredients in the house that they would go without during Lent.  We will celebrate Pancake Day with a small reflection reminding us of the significance of this day.  This will be followed by distribution of pancakes to students at second break.  Year 6 students will be making the Pancakes.

Students will be asked to bring in a gold coin donation and in return they will receive a pancake.  This year money raised for Pancake Day will be donated to St Vincent De Paul- Bushfire Appeal. Further information about Pancake day will be distributed to parents this week.

Ash Wednesday Liturgy
Next Wednesday February 26th is Ash Wednesday.   A liturgy with the distribution of ashes will be held at 10.15 am.  Everyone is most welcome to attend.  Parish Masses will be held in Atherton at 7.30am and 6pm.  It is important to remember that Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. 

Ash Wednesday begins the Season of Lent
Lent is a time for strengthening our faith, a time to reflect on who we are and where we are going. It is a time of quietness and prayer, a time of penance and meditation, a time to become aware of our strengths and weaknesses.

During Lent we try to make a conscious effort to prepare ourselves for Easter.  We can do this by increasing our prayer, helping others, fasting, giving up things we particularly like, and supporting Project Compassion. 

In the spirit of renewal and conversion we observe Lent by reflecting on the central events of Jesus’ life and welcoming the opportunity to grow through changing our lives.

After the Ash Wednesday Liturgy, the eldest child in each family will be given a Project Compassion box to take home.  During Lent, students and families are asked to “give a little” by placing coins in their collection box.  Before we head off on Easter holidays, families will be asked to bring their Project Compassion boxes back to school.  All funds raised support Caritas Australia.   Donations to Project Compassion allow Caritas Australia, the Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development, to work with local communities around the world to alleviate poverty, hunger, oppression and injustice. We encourage you to put your compassion into action this Lent through your prayer, fasting and almsgiving by supporting Project Compassion. This year’s theme is Go Further Together. For more information visit the website at www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion


2020 Term dates Weeks
Term 1 28 Jan – 3 Apr 10
Term 2 20 Apr – 26 Jun 10
Term 3 13 Jul – 18 Sept 10
Term 4 6 Oct – 4 Dec 9
Student Free Day      Friday 4th September
Public Holidays  
Australia Day 26 January
Australia Day Holiday 27 January
Good Friday 10 April
Easter Sunday 12 April
Easter Monday 13 April
ANZAC Day 25 April
Labour Day 4 May
Cairns Show Holiday 17 July
Queen's Birthday 5 October
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