Teaching Level: Primary
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.