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St Joseph's Parish School, Weipa
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Motto Bringing Faith and Learning to Life SJW-logo-col for web.jpg
Address Boundary Rd, Rocky Point, WEIPA QLD 4874
Postal Address PO Box 1409, WEIPA QLD 4874
Phone Number (07) 4069 9500
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Email Address
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Total Enrolments 80 Rosie Harrison
Year Levels Offered P-6
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Rosie Harrison
Parish PriestMrs Kath Newman (Pastoral Leader)
Parish Number (07) 4069 9346

About our School

St Joseph’s Parish School is a foundation school in 2016 located in the township of Weipa, Queensland, Australia.

The name of the school was taken from the Weipa Parish – St Joseph’s which has been established in the community since the first priest’s mass in the mid 1960’s and the construction of St Joseph’s Church in 1977. The particular patronal name of the school and parish is that of St Joseph the Worker. In the Christian tradition, Joseph is the spouse of Mary and the step father of Jesus. Joseph is the patron saint of workers, a patronage that has strong relevance for the Weipa community. Other values associated with Joseph relate to his support for Mary and his role in nurturing, supporting and educating Jesus through his childhood. Joseph is a kind, honourable and responsible member of the Holy Family; values which are strongly aligned with the school.

Weipa is the largest town on the Gulf of Carpentaria coast of the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland. Weipa is just south of Duyfken Point, a location now agreed to be the first recorded point of European contact with the Australian continent. It has an estimated population of 3500 and it exists because of the enormous bauxite deposits along the coast. The Port of Weipa is mainly involved in exports of bauxite with occasional shipments of live cattle from the port. The township of Weipa is primarily a mining town with the majority being employed by RIO Tinto and the remainder consisting of government workers such as; health and emergency services, teachers, Defence force, general services, as well as the local community of Napranum and surrounding towns Mapoon and Aurukun.

Our vision at St Joseph’s Parish School is to be an authentic Catholic community working together in the Catholic tradition to create a holistic education based on the teachings of Jesus. With joy, love and respect, we will be an inclusive community of resilient people, who will continually develop the knowledge and skills to meet challenges, see opportunities and actively engage in an ever changing world.

Our Mission states that with humility, justice and compassion we will journey together. Hence, our motto: “Bringing Faith and Learning to Life.” The school motto – Bringing Faith and Learning to Life – expresses the interconnectedness of an education founded on the values and morals of our Catholic faith tradition. St Joseph’s Parish School is also committed to building respectful and complementary relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians and peoples who share our place. We respectfully acknowledge the past and present traditional owners of this land on which we are meeting – the Algnith people. We also acknowledge the contributions of Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Australians to the education of all children and people in our country Australia, in which we all live and share together.

St Joseph’s Parish School Weipa recognises the home as the prime influence in the education of each child, welcoming parents into the school through open communication that fosters the greatest possible harmony. We endeavour to support and build on parent’s efforts to further the spiritual, emotional, physical and academic potential of each child. We aim to foster in children the enthusiasm for learning and the development of skills necessary for living a purposeful life and will use the Australian Curriculum to deliver the academic requirements of children in the years Prep to Year 6.

Distinctive Curriculum Offerings
Social Emotional Learning - YCDI program alongside Play is the Way. Physical Education Teacher Swimming program - Term 4 Access to curriculum competitions Leaders retreat day for Year 5 and 6 Cross Country Carnival School Athletics Carnival Participation for students in Peninsula District Sports selection trials Under 8's celebration NAIDOC Week celebrations

Extra Curricular Activities
Visiting school performances Involvement in various community events Wear red for Daniel Day Involvement in National Walk Safely to School day and other National initiatives St Joseph's Art Show

Social Climate
Parent-Staff-Student social events (including in some years: STEAM,student performances) Assemblies each Friday afternoon Sports days Parents and Friends Association School/class liturgies Father's Day, Mother's Day celebrations Various fundraising events run by the students to support local charities

Parent Involvement

Integral to the mission of St Joseph’s Parish School is our commitment to supporting parents as the first and primary educators of their children. We believe that schooling is a partnership operation. It is in working as partners – in supporting and encouraging each others' efforts - that we benefit in bringing children to a genuine knowledge of themselves and of the world in which they live. Together it is hoped that efforts of co-operation and mutual support will complement each other through the sharing of a common vision and of common goals.

This idea of partnership is lived out in many ways and evident on a daily basis. Some of the ways in which we see parents and staff sharing the journey of learning include:

  • Regular Parents and Friends’ Meetings
  • Parents and Friends' social events, eg. Welcome BBQ
  • Parent assistance in the classroom
  • Support with excursions
  • Regular parent/teacher meetings, reporting and social gatherings
  • Sporting events and carnivals
  • P&F Initiatives eg Working bees for various projects
  • Participation in school celebrations including liturgies and celebrations

Parent Satisfaction
Parent Satisfaction has not been completed as we are a new and establishing school in our Foundation year.

Data Last Updated Fri 24 Jun 2016

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Schools And Colleges

There are 29 Catholic schools and colleges in the Diocese of Cairns. With the exception of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School at Thursday Island and St Joseph’s Parish School, Weipa, all schools and colleges are within two hours driving time from Cairns.

The Cairns Diocese has two Prep to Year 12 colleges (St Andrew's Catholic College at Redlynch and MacKillop Catholic College, Mount Peter), 20 primary schools and 7 secondary colleges. Of those, St Augustine's College, Cairns is an All Boys college and St Monica's College, Cairns is an All Girls college. In addition to day schooling, St Augustine's offers boarding for students of St Augustine's and St Monica's. Mount St Bernard College, Herberton (MSB) is a day and boarding secondary college for boys and girls.

In 2016, Catholic Education opened two new schools to meet growing demand. MacKillop Catholic College is located in the Cairns southern growth corridor at Mount Peter and offers Prep to Year 3 in 2016. It will grow to full Prep to Year 12 status, with the possible early commencement of secondary in 2018. St Joseph’s Parish School opened in Weipa, offering Prep to Year 6.

In a strong initiative towards social justice engagement, Catholic Education opened a Flexi School for disengaged young people in Cairns and Cooktown in 2015. Holy Spirit College caters for students aged between 11 and 17 who have disengaged from education or for whom enrolling in a mainstream secondary school is not the best alternative. Holy Spirit College has capacity to enrol up to 52 students in Cairns and up to 38 in Cooktown, of whom up to 32 can be weekly boarders drawn from the wider community including HopeVale and WujalWujal.