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21st June
Athletics Carnival - Tolga

25th June

Athletics Carnival - Joey's

26th June

Year 6 Construction Day

29th June
Under 8's Day
Last Day of Term 2

16th July
First Day of Term 3


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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

As we come to the end of term, we have a tumultuous few weeks ahead of us. Teachers are in the final stages of preparing semester reports and these will be provided to parents at the end of the term. Report cards will be distributed electronically as they were last year and will be able to be accessed from the parent portal. Written reports only provide a summary of your child’s progress this semester and I encourage parents to maintain a positive relationship with their child’s class teacher. It is through personal conversations that so much more information can be shared about your child and their learning which cannot be conveyed on paper. Your insights into your child’s development are also extremely informative in assisting teachers to plan learning experiences which meet the individual needs of your child.

Thank you to parents for your understanding and support in postponing the Athletics Carnival from this Friday until next Monday. I’m sure it will be a great day and I’m looking forward to my first St Joseph’s, Atherton Carnival. On Thursday this week, we will be travelling to Tolga with the 9 years and older students to compete in the field events. Please ensure that your child comes prepared with a hat, sunscreen, water bottle and a packed lunch. There will be no canteen facilities at Tolga. The bus will be departing from school at approximately 8:30am. If you intend taking your child home, directly from Tolga, please ensure you notify their teacher before leaving. On Monday, the canteen will be operating, but students will still need to ensure they have their hats, sunscreen and water bottle. Parents can also be of great assistance on the day by visiting their children in the team tent. If students are not present when their events are called, they will miss out and this can cause great upset; but it is impossible to keep track of children who have wandered off with their parents.

This Wednesday, the P&F will be holding their AGM at 6:00pm in the staff room. This is a great opportunity to be involved in planning for the year ahead. We have an extremely talented and creative parent body with lots of great ideas about how we can make St Joseph’s an even better school. Please come along and contribute your ideas as well.

Some of our students were Confirmed recently and then completed their initiation into the Church, with their First Eucharist at the Parish masses held over the weekend. The Confirmation ceremony celebrated by our Bishop James Foley and the celebration of the masses, where the children received the Eucharist for the first time, were truly special occasions for everyone in our parish community.

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