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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

We have had another great fortnight of learning and being together.  You don't realise how much you value something until you are deprived of it.  The children have been settling back into school routines and enjoying being in the company of their friends and teachers.  Not only have I noticed that they've all grown taller during the home learning period, but they've all grown in maturity and independence over this time as well.

We have recommenced Playground Guardians this week;  and our Year 5 & 6 students are excited about the opportunity to share their leadership skills with everyone through supporting positive playground relationships.  They organise games and help younger students sort out minor disagreements.  It is a real opportunity to put into practice the skills they have learnt through the Friendology program.

We are also coming to the point in the semester where we provide feedback to parents about their children's progress at school in the form of a report card.  Due to the extraordinary circumstances we have been through over the last few months, there will be a modified reporting process.  This was detailed in the letter sent to parents recently by Bill Dixon, Director of Cairns Catholic Education Services.  At St Joseph's, we have made the decision to extend our normal reporting timeline in order to give teachers as much time as possible to review and teach curriculum requirements for this semester as well as administer assessment items and prepare report cards.  Teachers will have until school resumes next term to submit student reports and they will be distributed to parents in Week 2.  The report card format will also be simplified this semester as a consequence of the disruption to the normal teaching and learning routine.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact either your child's teacher or myself.

At this time of year, we are moving towards finalising our Prep enrolments for 2021.  As existing families with Prep age children receive priority placement, could all existing families ensure they have submitted their enrolment applications via the following link:


I would also ask for your assistance in informing new families who may be considering enrolling their child here at St Joseph's in any grade to make contact with the school as soon as possible. Word of mouth is always the best form of communication and I am always thankful for the positive feedback I hear from new enrolments and I am most appreciative of those of you who spread the “good news” about our great school.


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
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