Pastoral Care Overview
St James College aims to create a safe supportive learning environment in an atmosphere of care. This is achieved by a team of House Deans, Home Room Teachers, counsellors and the whole staff working together to develop close and supportive relationships with students.
The values of an Edmund Rice school are the foundation of our pastoral care approach. As part of our mission states:
We honour the dignity of each member of our diverse community through our lived pastoral environment inspired by a living spirit of community and compassion.
Pastoral care permeates all areas of our College. All members of our school community are valued, respected and encouraged to realise their potential. It is through valuing the intrinsic worth and dignity of each person that the St James community continues to grow and to be enriched.
Our Basic School Rules include:
- to be in the right place at the right time;
- learn all you can;
- treat all staff members with respect;
- treat your fellow students with respect;
- learn our school a good name;
- look after our school
House System & Interhouse Competitions
Students are allocated on arrival to one of our four Houses.
Click to learn more about the four houses – Carey, Hogan, Long and Mary Rice.
Student Services Office
Located in the main building is the Student Office. This is the reception area for all student enquiries. Students report to this office to sign in late or leave early. The Student Officer is a student's first contact regarding queries, locker allocation, first aid, sickness and any messages. If a student needs to leave school during the day for an unforeseen reason the Student Officer will always contact the child's parent or guardian first.
An important line of communication between parents and teachers is the College diary. The diaries are monitored by homeroom teachers and the House Deans so that optimum communication is achieved. The diary also contains information about important College policies and procedures. Parents/guardians are expected to sign the diary each week.
Child & Youth Protection
At St James College everyone has the right to feel safe but sometimes children and young people do not feel safe or are in a situation where they are experiencing physical, psychological, emotional or sexual harm. Students are encouraged to tell one of the Child and Youth Protection contacts listed below if they are feeling unsafe or know of another young person in this situation.
Child & Youth Protection Contacts
Mr Marty Wiseman – Assistant Principal Pastoral
Email: Marty Wiseman
Ms Shannon O'Gorman– College Counsellor
Email: Shannon O'Gorman
Mrs Tricia Parry – Assistant Principal Identity
Email: Tricia Parry
Young people can also talk to the Police or contact KIDS Helpline on 1800 551 800.
EREA Student Protection Policy
Click here to view this Policy.
Year 7-12 Personal Development Curriculum
The Personal Development Curriculum for Years 7-12 can be viewed here.
Introducing School TV
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Personal Development Curriculum Overview