About St James College

St James is a co-educational Catholic Secondary School in the Edmund Rice Tradition. It was established in 1868 by Catholic lay teachers and the administration of the school was taken over by the Christian Brothers in 1893. The first lay Principal was appointed in 2002 and the College now falls under the auspices of the Northern Region (Qld) of Edmund Rice Education Australia. It is now staffed by lay staff.

The school's philosophy is based on Gospel values and the tradition of Edmund Rice, the founder of Christian Brothers. This philosophy is to integrate faith, life and culture in an environment of tolerance, pride and respect for individual worth.

Christian values are woven into all areas of school life. The happiness of the individual, whatever his/her achievement is of vital importance. School rules exist as in every community but students, as they mature and progress through the school, are assisted to develop self-discipline and personal responsibility. 



St James is located in the centre of the city of Brisbane only a short distance from Central Station and within walking distance of city bus routes. Because of the proximity to the city, students of St James are able to link to many industry, art, cultural and sporting venues. 

Well-resourced facilities

Well-resourced facilities are parallel to industry standards in the areas of Catering and Hospitality, Construction, Engineering and Business. Technology is a key area of development at St James. Links to the Internet and interactive multimedia opportunities are available to all students and teachers.

Inclusive enrolment policy

St James has an inclusive enrolment policy. The college seeks to include and make welcome students from a broad spectrum of the Australian population, regardless of race, background, religion, ability or social or economic means.

Academic (O.P.) and vocational students

St James celebrates the success of both academic (O.P.) and vocational students and contributes to that success through small class sizes, dedicated professional teachers and quality facilities in a supportive community environment.

Holistic development of the individual

Learning is viewed as lifelong and education as having many pathways. To this end the educational brief for St James continues the tradition of holistic development of the individual. A flexible program combines the major threads of curriculum and student care. 



Parent participation

St James welcomes parent participation, recognising the vital role parents play in the education partnership. 

Parents are encouraged to be part of the community. They can be part of the Parents and Friends Association, make contributions to the newsletter, participate in social functions and assist with the tuckshop and tutoring programs.