News & Events
Applications for Enrolment are now being received for Year 7 and Year 8 for 2015 and beyond.
Parents and carers who are considering sending their child to St James are urged to download the enrolment package from our website or contact the College Office (3230 8600).
Cultural Night 30/05/2013
Last Friday at our annual Cultural Night, a huge audience in the College Hall was privileged to witness young men and women who were courageous enough to put themselves out there to show their pride in who they were – not only their cultural background, but also their common joy at being part of this place we call Jimmies. To see the happiness on those faces, knowing the hours that went into the preparation of each item – the angst, the frustration, the pressure to get it right, the teamwork – was the reward that makes us so proud.
Student Laptop Computers 30/05/2013
The College has begun a program which eventually will see laptop computers issued to each student for their personal use. Each laptop will be provided in a sturdy carry bag for transporting the laptop between home and school each day and between classes. The computers are for school work and nothing other than school work should be loaded onto the hard drive. They are not to be used for games, music or video.
The laptops come with a warranty that protects them for defects and accidental damage. The warranty does not cover deliberate damage, loss or theft. Parents should consider listing these under their domestic contents insurance policies. The value of the machine and bag is around $1300. Contracts are currently sent home with Year 8 and 10 students and these need to be signed and returned before laptops are issued. The students will receive their laptops early Term 3. There will be more laptops issued in 2014.
Explore Uni Days 30/05/2013
All students in Years 10, 11 & 12 will have the opportunity to spend a day on a Queensland University of Technology campus before the end of this term. Year 11 students will go to Kelvin Grove on June 6; Year 10 will go to Gardens Point on June 17 and Year 12 to Gardens Point on June 20 after their exams are finished. Permission slips are being distributed and these need to be returned before these dates. QUT is funding transport and is providing lunch. Students need to bring Morning Tea and a water bottle.
Lantern Parade Walk For Refugees 30/05/2013
On Thursday June 6th students from around EREA schools in Brisbane will join with around 5000 from the Brisbane community to stand in solidarity with those seeking asylum and those who are refugees in Australia. This is a very public gesture demonstrating a real support and a warm welcome for all refugees. It also provides a platform where refugees can showcase their presence and contribution as citizens. The 2013 parade will begin at 5.00pm with a walk across Victoria Bridge, through Southbank Parklands and culminating in the Piazza for a vibrant community concert hosted by Lantern Ambassadors. If you would like to be involved in this event, please contact Mr Zammit for more information.
Homeless Connect 30/05/2013
On Wednesday morning eight St James students accompanied by Mr Hall and Miss Vizcarra attended the bi-annual Homeless Connect event at the RNA Showgrounds. Abraham Manyang, Nancy Velthuis, Pagan Blight, Mehitabel Douglas-Drysdale, Jacob Beard, Sharnacey Faumui, Sepi Ngauamo & Dane Richings joined with a number of other schools and organisations around Brisbane to volunteer their time and provide a meal that fed up to 1000 people. The event, organised by Brisbane City Council, gave those living on the margins in our community, the opportunity to access many resources and services, as well as gather as a community to share a meal. The group represented the school to a high level and is to be congratulated.
Courage to Care 23/05/2013
Earlier this week, students from Years 10 , 11 and 12 attended ‘Courage to Care’, a visiting exhibition which drew on experiences of Holocaust survivors from World War II. The students learned first-hand the unfathomable horror of that event, but also the tragic impact of what can happen if we as individuals and as groups simply act as bystanders, standing back and witnessing injustice without taking a stand. A deep and humbling learning experience for all and one for whom the words of Philip Pinto above have much relevance.
Bring It On 23/05/2013
After many weeks of committed preparation, a company of nearly 40 of our students from Years 8 to 12 competed in the annual Bring It On dance competition. Developing their own choreography and soundtrack, and under the guidance of Mr K and other teachers who assisted in costumes and general support, the company matched it with the best of schools around Brisbane, achieving their highest ever position of 4th Place – a remarkable achievement. Well done all.
Dedication and Leadership Acknowledged 23/05/2013
Mr Robert Cavallucci MP and Zac Telfer.
A special presentation was made at last Thursday’s College Assembly by Mr Cavallucci to Zac in recognition of his outstanding achievements in swimming.
Brekkie Van - Clothes Needed! 23/05/2013
As winter approaches and the cold starts to kick in, many people who attend our Brekkie Van need warm clothes and blankets. If you have any jumpers, tracksuit pants, long clothes or warm blankets, particularly means, that you are able to donate, please drop these off at the front office. All generosity is greatly appreciated!
A big thank you to those who continue to support our Brekkie Van program! Donations in kind, particularly bacon or eggs, or financial contributions, are always warmly received.
Art for Compassion 23/05/2013
As part of her Lenten promise, Alyssia McDonald in Year 8 is selling her paintings to help children in developing countries access clean water, fresh food, medical services and education. Alyssia has a social conscience beyond her years. She is committed to selling her lovely abstract paintings to raise money for Project Compassion. When the school encouraged students to give generously to Project Compassion in Term 1, Alyssia decided to sell two of her paintings to help out. She hopes that many people bid on her paintings in the silent auction. For more information, find Alyssia on the Project Compassion website. Bids can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Bidding will close on 31st May 2013.
Interviewers Needed Year 10 Mock Interviews 23/05/2013
Tuesday June 11 from 10.15am – 12.30pm.
This is a great opportunity for Students are looking for part-time jobs and traineeships and need interviewing skills and experience. Contact Mr Bartlett if you can help.
Inter-House Cross Country 23/05/2013
It was another thriller this year with the difference between first and second an agonising 3 points. Long House held onto the win despite Hogan House finishing strong. Carey House broke into the top three and I congratulate Mr Holmes for culture change he is forming with his house. I would like to thank all non-teaching and teaching staff for making the day a huge success in my absence. It was an awesome effort from all.
The Age Champions for 2013 are:
U13 Riley McIntosh and Lachlan Plater
U14 Tia Hippolite and Amin Karim
U15 Raiesha Morton and Rifaat Toto
U16 Juanita Jackson and Juma Makoal
Open Brooke Agnew and Abraham Manyang
1st Long House 77
2nd Hogan House 74
3rd Carey House 56
4th Mary Rice House 55
Rifaat Toto has done it again. For the second year in a row he has smashed the course at the Met East Cross Country meet at Capalaba. Rifaat has qualified for a third time in the State Cross Country trial and I believe this will be his year. Rifaat has already been selected in the District Football team and represented the State in Athletics. What a champion.