House System & Interhouse Competitions

Students are allocated on arrival to one of our four Houses:

Carey House - BlueHogan House - GoldLong House - WhiteMary Rice - Maroon


Each house comprises about 120 students ranging from Year 8 to Year 12. 

The House Pastoral Co-ordinator (HPC) is responsible for the overall pastoral care of the students in their house and for dealing with student behaviour management issues. Parents should contact the House PC in the first instance with regards to matters concerning their child.

There is a House Assembly once a week to organise competitions and to celebrate house achievements.

Students are then allocated to a homeroom teacher within their house. There are approximately 20 students in a homeroom and each homeroom comprises students from Year 8 to Year 12. The homeroom teacher takes a particular interest in the students' academic, social and spiritual welfare. Students meet in their homerooms at the beginning and end of each day.

The four houses compete throughout the year to receive the College Interhouse Trophy on Awards Night. Competitions include activities such as the Swimming, Cross Country, Athletics Carnivals, Interhouse Chess, Tug of War, Soccer, Basketball Volleyball, Wii Sports, etc.

 


 

Carey House

Carey House

 

Pastoral Co-ordinator

Mr Mark Holmes

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Colour – Blue

Carey House is represented by the colour blue and has a great tradition of being known as the compassionate and giving House by leading the way for service and fundraising in the College.

History

Carey House is named after Tom Carey who was an old boy of the College. He became a well-known identity in the Fortitude Valley area and a great benefactor of the College for over 40 years

Carey House is represented by the colour blue and has a great tradition of being known as the compassionate and giving House by leading the way for service and fundraising in the College.


CAREY HOUSE CREST


MOTTO

"Success For All"

It came about from Carey House’s inclusive nature and respect for every individual in the House.

DESIGN

Carey’s crest consists of the Carey ‘C’ in the middle and surrounded with quadrants that contain symbols that represent different facets of the house and college.   The top left quadrant contains the Carey Family Crest. This originates from Tom Carey’s family who the House was named after.  Tom was a student at St James in the early 1900’s and later became a very generous benefactor to the college.  The top right quadrant contains the Christian Brothers star.  The bottom right quadrant contains symbols representing sport and house events in the college. The bottom left quadrant contains symbols representing the academic life of the college.  The crest is mainly light blue which is the traditional colour of Carey House.

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Hogan House

Hogan House

 

Pastoral Co-ordinator

Ms Neha Reddy


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Colour – Gold

Hogan House is represented by the colour Gold.

History

Hogan House is named after Br Hogan, the first Christian Brother Principal of the College from 1893-1898. The Brothers started teaching at St James on October 2nd 1893 and the School Register indicates that there were 140 boys on the roll. By 1894 there were 296 and 363 by 1897. The policy of the school at that time under Br Hogan was that ‘every boy who presents himself is admitted.’ He was described as being vigorous, cheerful and masterful. The fundamentals Br Hogan taught were the 3R’s – reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmatic as well as book keeping and drawing. The cultural side of the school was not forgotten either with regular singing lessons and dramatic performances. St James was gifted in having such a Brother to continue earlier traditions and project a vision for the future of the school. Br Hogan died in Sydney in 1942 at the age of 79. He left a legacy that is still visible at the College today. The cultural diversity of St James truly does adhere to the philosophy of Br Hogan and is a distinct element of our community that sets us apart.

HOGAN HOUSE CREST

MOTTO

“Always Give Your Best”

The motto is a reminder to all members of the Hogan House community to continually strive for excellence and to honour the legacy of Br Hogan.

DESIGN

The Hogan House crest represents the holistic education offered by the Christian Brothers. The three icons symbolise various aspects of College life at St James. The first icon is the Christian Brothers Cross which is centred at the top of the crest and represents the Spiritual life and development of students at St James. The next two icons are positioned equally on the left and right sides of the cross. The book symbolises the Academic life of the College and the winged-heel stands for co-curricular life. 

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Long House

Long House

 

Pastoral Co-ordinator

Mr Isikeli Kubunameca

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Colour – White

Long House is represented by the colour white.

History

Long House is named after Mr J. W. Long, Jerome William LONG (1834 – 1891).  Mr Long was a man of the highest calibre always expecting the best from himself and those around him. Being the first lay Principal to lead St James between 1871 – 1877 and again in1880 - 1890, he is accredited with being the first teacher to hold a Class 2, Division 1 certificate in Queensland. In addition to this, Mr Long brought DIGNITY to the college during his leadership at St James’. He is attributed with raising St James to the proud pinnacle of being recognized as ‘the best school in Queensland’. As a result of the outstanding education that Mr Long is recognized to have provided at St James, many of his students were able to secure scholarships to Brisbane Boys Grammar, following their completion of school at St James. A man of HONOUR, Mr Long delighted in helping everybody. He gave freely of his time (unpaid – usually after school and on Saturdays) to help beginning teachers within other orders e.g. Sisters of Mercy, to benefit from both his knowledge and skill.

LONG HOUSE CREST

MOTTO

“HONOUR & DIGNITY” pays homage to the great man of stature himself.  HONOUR, challenging the young men of Long House to always conduct themselves honourably in ALL matters, across ALL situations.   DIGNITY, to encourage the young women of Long House to ALWAYS conduct themselves in a dignified manner.

DESIGN

The elephant represents the first animal mascot that Long travelled under. Elephants are Strong hence the original chant “Long is Strong”.  The Lion represents the animal mascot that the elephant evolved into. Lions are symbols of pride and honour.

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Mary Rice House

Mary Rice House

 

Pastoral Co-ordinator

Miss Erin Johnston

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Colour – Maroon

Mary Rice House is represented by the colour Maroon.

History

Mary Rice House is named after Mary Rice, the daughter of Blessed Edmund Rice, the founder of the Christian Brothers.
This is embedded in the family and community atmosphere we promote within the House. We have a proud tradition of success the main reason for this is the encouragement, enthusiasm and participation encouraged by all House members.

Mary Rice
There are two significant people named Mary Rice The first is the wife of Blessed Edmund Rice, the founder of the Christian Brothers Schools. The second Mary Rice, and who our House is named after, is the beloved daughter of Edmund Rice.


MARY RICE HOUSE CREST

MOTTO

"Together we Succeed"

This Motto typifies the pride and enthusiasm we as a House group exhibit on a daily basis. We know that the best way to be successful is to work together as a team whether it is sporting competitions or being involved and raising money for our social justice programmes.

DESIGN

Show many people who represent the many different cultures, learning differences, and individuals who are enrolled at St James College, and so represented in our House. The star is the same star that is in the center of the St James Crest, which indicates that Mary Rice strongly believes in all the values which are the touchstones that St James is built on.

 

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