Message from the Principal

Welcome to St James College

Gerry Crooks, St James College Principal

Gerry Crooks, St James College Principal

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, or 'Jimmies' as it is affectionately known by all in our community, is a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice Tradition, a tradition established by the Congregation of Christian Brothers and their founder Edmund Rice.

The College bases its religious and educational philosophy on the Gospel as its foundational faith statement and as it is articulated through The Charter for Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition.

A relatively small high school in numbers (approximately 420 students) and located in the inner city area of Brisbane, the College is able to cater for the needs of its diverse range of students through its broad curriculum and co-curricular programs.

The College accepts students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, religious belief and abilities, seeing this diversity and inclusivity as essential elements in the full understanding of the nature of Catholic education.

Please enjoy reading about our College and use the opportunity of letting us know how we can improve our service to our community and prospective parents by linking in to the Contact Us section of the website.

Gerry Crooks


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.  

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Ash Wednesday 2017


National Apology Day 2017

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International Women's Day 2017


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.  


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.  


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'.

Gerry Crooks