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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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Welcome back to the last term of the year.  Not only is it a short term, but it is jam-packed with activity, as many of our usual extra-curricular programs have all been moved to Term 4, following restrictions earlier this year.  We have endeavoured to engage with as many activities as possible in the time frame we have available, and without compromising the instructional program.    

Transitions 2021
This week we will be holding our Prep Parent Evening on Thursday at 5:30pm.  All 2021 Prep families have received a letter of invitation by mail and email.  If you are aware of any other families who are interested in enrolling for next year, please ask them to contact the school.  Orientation sessions for the children will occur in Week 4 and Week 6.

I have been notified of the following transition days for Year 6 students transitioning into secondary school:

  • MSB - Monday, 2 November
  • St Monica's - Thursday, 19 November
  • St Augustine's - Thursday, 19 November
  • Atherton State High School - Tuesday, 1 December
  • St Stephen's - Wednesday, 2 December
  • Malanda State High School - Wednesday, 2 December

Year 5 Leadership Camp -

Last week, I was privileged to spend some time with our Year 5 students for their camp at Tinaroo Environmental Education Centre.  Over the course of 2 days, the students engaged in activities to build their personal capabilities as leaders as well as building their capacity to work as a member of a team.  The children excelled in achieving many personal milestones which a week a go they would not have dreamed they could accomplish.  Staff had many moments of pride in the way the children applied persistence, resilience and courage in achieving and surpassing their personal goals.  We are blessed with an amazing group of students to take on leadership roles in our school next year.  Over the next several weeks, students will now participate in the leadership selection process for 2021.

Book Week

In Week 3 we celebrate Children’s Book Week and this year the theme is “Curious Creatures, Wild Minds.”  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 the reading of books that were nominated for the Book Week Awards. Children will need to bring their pencil case, glue and scissors. On Wednesday we have organised a book character parade. (A flyer was emailed out last week.) We will take lots of photos of the week since parents are unable to join us. We hope all students will join in the fun and enjoy the week of celebrations!

This term, we commence the process of planning for class allocations and school staffing for 2021.  This process is highly driven by student numbers and it is important that we have a clear indication of our needs for next year.  If you have a student for Prep next year and have not completed an enrolment application, could you please attend to this as a matter of urgency to avoid being waitlisted.  Similarly, if you are aware of new families considering enrolment at St Joseph's next year for Prep or any other year level, could you please encourage them to make enrolment enquiries as soon as possible.



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