Message from the Principal
Welcome to St James College
On behalf of all in the St James College community, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our official website. The website provides a comprehensive view of the life of the College, where parents can be informed of what our school offers its students, its unique 'story' and contribution to Catholic Education for over 144 years, and the day-to-day procedures and practices.
St James College is a school that values its privilege of being part of the journey of each one of our students through life. It meets them where they are and opens up pathways to where they would like to be.
For most, this journey has been about finding a school where welcoming and inclusion are part of its everyday language and habits, a school that does not see ‘difference’ in people, but understands that each young person, whatever their background, needs an educational environment where they can grow in hope towards a fulfilling future.
So St James College, situated in Brisbane’s city-fringe suburb of Spring Hill, is not your average high school. It is small in comparison with many Catholic secondary schools around Brisbane metropolitan area, numbering only 420 students in total – both boys and girls.
It is an Edmund Rice School, part of a network of over 50 Catholic schools and colleges in this tradition across Australia where values, ethos, practices and programs are defined by an authentic Gospel spirituality, reflected through compassion, respect, social inclusion and understanding as articulated in The Charter for Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition.
The curriculum is tailored to meet the specific needs of students and is characterised by a full range of academic courses as well as vocational education studies leading to the Queensland Certificate of Education. The College also has the status of a Registered Training Organisation, providing a pathway to TAFE as well as school-based apprenticeships or traineeships.
In addition, St James is also extremely well known for the quality of educational support it offers to students who have particular learning differences.
Even though we are ‘hemmed in’ as an inner-city school, co-curricular sporting programs and other co-curricular activities abound. Foremost among these activities in sport is the College’s renowned Basketball program that has seen the College rise to the top among Queensland schools across the State.
Other sporting activities include Rugby League, Futsal, Soccer, Netball, Women’s AFL and Rock-Climbing. The College regularly participates in interschool Debating, Gifted and Talented programs as well as dance and various multicultural events.
As an Edmund Rice school, activities that highlight one of the College’s fundamental touchstones – Justice and Solidarity – provide avenues for the students for social outreach. Such things include our Brekkie Van which takes breakfast twice a week to the homeless on the streets of Brisbane, support and advocacy programs for refugees and asylum-seekers, the annual Walk for Justice, fundraising to support mission activities overseas and an immersion program to Cambodia.
If you seriously believe that education is all about a journey towards discovery of one’s world and oneself, St James College might just be the place for your son or daughter.
A school community lives and breathes on the quality of interaction among its students and their commitment to their core business of learning. We are privileged that young men and women from very diverse backgrounds have chosen St James as their place of education. The richness they bring to the College and their willingness to engage with each other regardless of cultural, religious or educational background to build our community is a defining feature of our school. From that treasured and traditional moment when they place their hands on the crest at the College gates each day, students embrace an ethos that includes all.
CO-CURRICULAR & SPORT ACTIVITIES
The College Newsletter week after week highlights the broad range of co-curricular and sporting activities across the school. Social justice activities have included Edmund Rice Advocacy for Change supporting refugees and asylum seekers, the Jimmies Walk for Justice fundraising walkathon, the overseas immersion program, connections with the Lady Cilento Hospital for Children, and of course, our Brekkie Van which twice a week brings breakfast to the homeless in Fortitude Valley.
BOARD AND COMMITTEES
The College is fortunate to be served by three outstanding consultative groups: the College Board which is responsible for the strategic directions of the school and provides strong and effective guidance to the College Leadership Team in managing the affairs of the College; the Finance and Property Committee, which oversees the financial management of the College and supports the work done by the College’s financial management team; and, of course, the Parents & Friends Association, our wonderfully supportive parent group.
THINGS THAT INSPIRE
St James College, Jimmies, is a not a school you could invent should another school like it be needed for a new area or at another time. You see, Jimmies is not about buildings or situation. It is about a community that is here because it needs to be here; it keeps its doors open to anyone who wants a new start, who seeks opportunity, who is troubled and needs support, who knows that 'small IS good', and who wants a place where they are known by name, loved in person, nurtured with care, and inspired by hope.
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta surrounded by overwhelming and challenging circumstances in that city where she ministered with her Sisters, in seeing the faces of those around her, once said: ‘What I can do, you cannot; what you can do, I cannot; but together we can do something beautiful for God.’ Well, you know, Jimmies is also doing something beautiful for God and I would challenge anyone to convince us otherwise.
Let us be always 'Faithful Forever'.