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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

This week is NAPLAN Week. It’s a time of year which can cause anxiety for some. Please reassure your children that it is just another day of school and that there is no need to be anxious about NAPLAN. The best thing you can do to prepare your child for NAPLAN is a good night’s sleep the night beforehand and a nourishing breakfast before school. Mrs Lennon and Mrs MacCallum have organised a fruit platter to be shared with the children prior to test commencement. Please refer to last week’s email for scheduled test times. Unless your child is ill, it is important that they are present at school each day to complete the test.

Friday 17th May is Walk Safely to School Day. Could you please make sure you have completed your Edsmart slip to indicate if your child is walking to school on this day, so that we can ensure adequate staffing levels for the number of children attending. We participate in this event annually to encourage children to exercise regularly as part of a healthy lifestyle. To date, Edsmart replies would indicate that our numbers are significantly less than in previous years. I strongly encourage children and parents to participate in this fun and educational activity.

Thank you to everyone who assisted with the Day for Dolly poster competition. Most of the children entered the competition to design an Anti-Bullying poster. We had some terrific prizes organised by the Nicholl’s family. The posters are on display in the cabinet in the breezeway and in the undercroft area. Please come and have a look at the great effort the children put in to promoting this important message.

Congratulations to the children who have been nominated to participate in the District Athletics Carnival at Mareeba next week. We have 27 children competing from St Joseph’s.   



This years' St Joseph's Debutante Ball will be held on Saturday 25th May 2019 at Yungaburra Community Hall.  Doors open at 6.00pm and we ask that all guests are seated and ready for presentation of Debutantes at 6.30pm.  The meal will be served around 7.30pm approximately. 


The Woolworths Earn & Learn Program started recently and we are asking families who shop at Woolworths if you would kindly place your stickers in the box at either Woolworth’s entrance or at St Joseph’s Parish school library. (Our library is the preferred option please). You get one sticker for every $10.00 you spend. The program closes on Tuesday 25th June. Our school collects the stickers and redeems them for resources and equipment for our school.

When placing the stickers on the sheet, please place one sticker per square. If you have extra stickers, just place them in the box and we will stick them onto sheets at school. The neater they are on the sheet, the easier it is for us to tally the stickers up at the end of the promotion. We will have spare sheets available from the library. Any queries please contact Tricia Lee in the library plee@cns.catholic.edu.au.

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