Constructions is well underway to the new visual and performing arts buildings, including an extension to the early learning spaces providing a nuanced balance between a ‘play’ based curriculum and formal academia.
All student access extra curricula excursions and camps with senior students participating in numerous sporting events and enhancement such as robotics and coding. Families may also access extra private tuition in performing arts at school.
St James’ is not a place that numbs the mind or is dominated by concrete. The extensive ‘green space’ provides a sensual, emotional and conscious connection to the land, air and sky.
Technology brings access to information that otherwise would not exist but when it turns into entertainment or becomes a substitute for experiencing reality then the adults have made a significant error in judgement. Technology at St James’ is used sparingly, overuse can have dire consequences.
Success and flourishing at St James’ begins with belonging and relationships. Children learn to work hard with subject specific knowledge and skills for deep understanding, proficiency and application.
With learning and improvement as the goal, there is no need for motivational stickers, ribbons or student of the week. Achievement comes from effort, and though failure can be disappointing, it can be survived.
Our professional staff have spent many years of ongoing study and dedication applying the science of learning, neuroscience, cognitive psychology and sociology to education.
St James’ has built partnerships with Deakin and Melbourne universities and been both nationally and internationally recognised with visitors from as far away as Sweden, the UK and New Zealand.