Mission & Identity
Challenged by the Gospel and inspired by Edmund Rice, the St James College Community nurtures and engages the hearts and minds of young men and women.
Our inclusive teaching and learning within the Catholic tradition, creates diverse pathways for the growth of each person.
We commit to just relationships in our way of living and promote justice in our world.
The College will, in the light of its mission statement, create diverse pathways for the growth of its students within an inclusive teaching and learning environment.
Social Justice and Ministry Opportunities
St James College is very proud of its various outreach programs that support student development. The college offers our students with a large array of opportunities to engage students in Social Justice and Ministry.
The Brekkie Van is a street van in which staff, students and community members help the marginalised in the local community. This Van runs every Wednesday and Friday and aims to not only feed men and women but also to build relationships through presence and compassion.
Annually students from year 11 are given the unique opportunity to travel to East Timor on a student Immersion. This program gives students the opportunity to be immersed in the rich culture and faith life of the Timorese people. The aim of this experience is to enter into a relationship of solidarity and strengthen the students awareness of injustice.
Walk 4 Justice is an 8km walk where students across all years are actively involved in. Students are required to get sponsorship for their walk and the money raised is donated to the East Timor Orphanage and Malawi Kindergarten.
Other social justice and ministry opportunities that the school provides students with are:
- Visits to Villa Maria Nursing Home
- Packing Days with Pay a Sack Forward
- St Vincent De Paul Social Justice Day
- Homeless Connect
- Powerhouse for Leaders
- Mother’s Day Flower Project with Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital
- St Vincent De Paul Christmas Appeal
- Celebration of Eid al-Fitr
- Rotary Art Show
- Various other service and fundraising initiatives
ERA for Change
"The call to become involved in advocacy is something that is new to many of us. It may also be something that we may feel unqualified for or that is better left to those given particular responsibility in this area - however it is something that can involve us all."
Br Philip Pinto, June 2011
ERA for Change is a student run advocacy program which connects passionate students from St James with other students across Australia. It encourages young people to be an active voice and participant in issues that they are passionate about. Campaigns that the students involved feel passionately about are the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees, homelessness, the First Australians, homelessness and human trafficking.
Some of the activity that the students have been involved in are:
- ERA for Change Launch Day – on the 5th June students from St James met with other students from many other schools around Queensland that are involved in ERA for Change to discuss future planning for the group.
- MDA Luminous Lantern Parade – students participated in a colourful walk to celebrate multiculturalism and welcome new Queenslanders.
- MDA Welcome Fest Football Fiesta – students played in the football competition that brings Brisbane’s diverse cultural communities together to create welcome and celebrate everyone’s contribution to multicultural Australia.
- Detention for Detention – students stand in solidary one lunch time a year for a voluntary lunchtime detention to raise awareness of children in detention centres.
St James College also raises funds throughout the year for those in need.
The term focuses are:
- Term 1: Caritas Project Compassion
- Term 2: East Timor Immersion Fundraising
- Term 3: Walk 4 Justice
- Term 4: St Vincent De Paul Christmas Appeal