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
Thank you to everyone in the Joey’s family for all their contributions to the school community this term. Last Wednesday, we held our P&F AGM. Once again, a committed band of parents have volunteered their time and expertise to work hand-in-hand with the school to help build positive parent-school partnerships. (See the P&F article in our latest newsletter for a list of the executive members for 2019/2020). They have a range of exciting ideas to focus on for the next 12 months and will be looking for helpers who may not be able to attend meetings, but are keen to assist with various fund- and fun-raising activities throughout the year. The big focus over the last year has been the construction of a new playground. It seems like it has been a long time in the making, but installation will occur over the coming holiday break. Unfortunately, due to a delay in delivery, it will not be ready for student use on the first day back at school, but this should only be a short delay to complete the edging and softfall. Keep an eye on the oval during the second week of the holidays to watch the construction come to life.
Congratulations to our Year 5 & 6 students who participated in the Readers’ Cup this year – Claire, Gianna, Lily, Georgie and Charlotte. It was very exciting to hear the news that they won the regional competition and are now competing at the state competition in Brisbane later this year. We are very proud of their achievements and give thanks to Mrs Lennon and Mrs Lee for all the work they have put in to helping the children prepare. Our results have improved every year, over the last 3 years. Thank you also to the parents who have been a great support to the children also in taking them to the competitions and encouraging the students love of reading.
We are continuing to progress with the implementation of our PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning) program. We have now developed and workshopped with the staff a list of minor and major behaviours and our school wide response to these. I will be sharing this information with you in an email. We have also redeveloped our thinking room processes which will involve parent notification and feedback. I will include a copy of this in the email as well. Thank you to Mrs Judy Folino-Gallo who has been supporting us in this journey as a parent representative on the steering committee.
Finally, this Friday 28th June, semester one report cards will be uploaded to the Parent Portal. Please follow the instructions and troubleshooting tips outlined in our latest newsletter.
I pray that you have a relaxing and fun-filled holiday period with your families. It has been a huge first semester this year and I think everyone needs a well-earned break. May you travel peacefully through the holidays.
CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK
28th July to 3rd August
Catholic Education Week will be celebrated across Queensland from 28 July – 3 August 2019. 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: Many Voices. One Spirit. You may have noticed the fence wrap and posters displaying our theme.
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.
There are 306 Catholic schools in Queensland that educate around 149,000 students and employ more than 20,000 teachers and staff, and most will celebrate Catholic Education Week in some way.
Our school is planning a number of activities during Catholic Education week and we hope you are able to join in the celebrations with us. More about that in the next Newsletter.