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27th November
5pm Year 6 Farewell

29th November
9.15pm Prep Christmas Liturgy

30th November

10am Final Whole School Liturgy
End of Year Family Concert

1st December
Final day of the school year


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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.

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Latest News & Events

Now accepting enrolments for 2015REMEMBRANCE DAY
As we all know Remembrance day is observed on the 11th of November. As this falls on a Saturday this year, we will hold our prayer service to commemorate Remembrance Day this Friday 10th November, starting at 2.30pm. If the weather is favourable, we will all gather around our Remembrance Garden. This is a time to give thanks to all those who gave their lives in service to our country. Some of the Year 6 students have been invited to share some personal stories of their family members and reflect on the contribution they made of service to Australia. A minute silence will be observed. I warmly invite everyone to join us to pray and remember.


Last Monday and Tuesday, Year 5 students went on Leadership Camp at Lake Tinaroo. This was a two day camp which allowed students to work in teams to complete a variety of activities. There were also some activities designed to challenge themselves personally. Darryl and Phil from the Environmental Education Centre where our Group leaders and organised great activities for us to complete. The activities included: Vertical challenge, Radio Rogaine, Canoeing, Leaky pole challenge, Group Challenges and Raft Building. These activities provided a wonderful opportunity for students to display leadership and team building qualities as well as set goals for themselves personally. Many thanks to teachers Mrs Weiss, Mrs Flynn, Mr Hitchener and Mr Lindsay for coming along to support the students while on this very important camp.


In just under three weeks’ time we begin the first of our customary events signalling the formal completion of Primary Schooling for our Grade 6 students. On Friday 24th November, they enjoy their Big Day Out. Then on Monday 27th November, they have their Farewell Liturgy in our parish church followed by the Farewell Dinner with parents. Then lastly, on Friday 1st December, the whole school salutes them with a guard of honour as they leave the grounds for the last time as students of St. Joseph’s. It has been the custom for some time that on their last departure from the school they each have a ring of the church bells - and some have already begun to mention their anticipation of this very simple yet legendary rite of passage.


Classes are each practising their respective School Community Christmas Concert items while your P&F are busily organising the logistics for this annual event. This year, the St. Joey’s Christmas Family Fun Concert will be on the afternoon-evening of Thursday 30 November. As in previous years, food and beverages will be on sale, as will raffle tickets for interesting prizes, and Santa Claus will make a special visit and distribute gifts to all our students who are present on the night. The centre-piece of this event involves your children performing with their class-mates some drama/musical gig, hopefully connected to Christmas. All in all, it is designed to be a relaxed community-building event where everyone can enjoy being part of the St. Joey’s Family. Stay tuned for more details from your P&F Committee.


I would like to thank everyone for their wonderful support of our fundraising for Catholic Mission during the month of October. I look forward to sending our donation to Catholic Mission very soon. This year the focus was on the country of Uganda, where many children do not have access to basic medical facilities. Many children die from diseases like Malaria and Typhoid. The money raised will help to provide basic resources to improve medical facilities for young mothers having babies and hopefully even buy an ambulance!

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