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13th August
Volunteer Training 8.45am

14th August

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15th August

9.30am Whole School Liturgy
for the Assumption of Mary
Volunteer Training 2pm

22nd August

Book Character Parade


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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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An Ordinary Australian who did extraordinary things for God…

The feast day of St Mary MacKillop will be celebrated on Wednesday the 8th August. Mary was an ordinary Australian like each of us but did extraordinary things for God.

The Cross was always a special sign to Mary. Her life was not easy. Like Jesus she suffered but always trusted in God. Mary believed God would provide everything she needed to do her work in helping the poor. Mary MacKillop helped homeless people, hungry people and taught children about God's love. She was kind and loving to every person she met as if she was meeting Jesus himself. Mary MacKillop used to say, "Never see a need without trying to do something about it."

Mary saw a great need to tell children about God’s love for them and so began teaching in a small stable in Penola, South Australia. Soon she gathered other women around her who also wanted to teach children about God and Jesus – together they became the Sisters of St Joseph.

Mary was canonised as our First Australian Saint in October 2010. She is a great example to all of us. I have visited Mary MacKillop Place in Sydney on two occasions and feel very grateful to have spent time there, including celebrating mass and prayer services in the chapel where Mary MacKillop is buried. The museum also gave me an in depth look at her life and work.

We will be celebrating a whole school liturgy to celebrate the feast of St Mary MacKillop on Wednesday 8th August at 9.30am. Everyone is welcome to attend.

August is the month where we celebrate great Australian literature. Monday 20th to Friday 24th August is Children’s Book Week and this year the theme is “Find Your Treasure”. All children are invited to join in the celebrations organised throughout the week. During lunch there will be arts and crafts in the library and people reading the books that were nominated for the Book Week Awards to students. To celebrate we are having a dress up as your favourite book character parade. The date for this event is on Wednesday 22nd August . Start thinking about whom you would like to come dressed as. Join in the fun and enjoy the week of celebrations!

The Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) continues until Friday 24th August, so there is still time to complete the challenge. If you need a hand to finish off your form, please come and see me in the library and we can check on the computer what books you have read over the past two months. Also I am happy to listen to you read at lunchtime. Thank you to those students who have already handed in their forms!

Ensuring the safety of our students is at the forefront of our work in Catholic education. To this end, I have been reviewing our volunteer training program here at St Joseph’s and have updated our training procedures and materials. All volunteers are required to undertake training prior to commencing work in the school and this will be offered on a regular basis to cater for any new volunteers. Training must be updated annually (as is the practice for all staff). It is important for all volunteers to be aware of their obligations in regard to student protection. I will be offering 2 sessions next week – Monday 13 August at 8:45am and Wednesday 15 August at 2:00pm. As this is an updated training package, all existing volunteers are required to attend. If neither of these times is suitable, please contact me to arrange an alternative session.

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