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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 Thursday, the 15th of August was the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.  The Assumption remains a Holy Day of Obligation for the Church so it is considered to be an important feast for all of us.  We celebrated a whole school mass with many other members of the parish.  The children actively participated in the mass by bringing flowers to Mary, acting out the Gospel story and doing actions to our hymn “Mary said Yes.” It was a lovely celebration.


Welcome to Book Week and this year the theme is “Reading is My Secret Power”. Book Week commenced with the whole school participating in rug reading.  On Friday 16th and Monday 19th  August classes buddied up and students were able to read with a buddy from another class. It was a great opportunity for students to talk and read with other students that they may not necessarily get the chance to do so otherwise. Students read and listened to a variety of stories by Australian authors and illustrators.

Throughout the remainder of this week students are invited to come to the library to listen to more Book Week stories and to participate in crafts relating to these books. All welcome – just remember to bring your pencil case.

You are also all welcome to come to the library to look at all the displays. Photos of Book Week will be in the next newsletter.

On Tuesday, 13th August, the Year four class held a ‘First Fleet Day’ as part of their studies in history. The students dressed up and presented speeches about the life of a convict onboard the First Fleet. The costumes were fantastic. Thank you to all the parents who spent time making the costumes with their children and helping them prepare. 

The Year four students learnt to sing the Australian folk song, ‘Bound for Botany Bay’, made paper ships, completed quizzes and other activities with a First Fleet theme. By all accounts, it was a day the students really enjoyed.


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