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St. James College


201 Boundary Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4000,

General Overview

Girls and boys day school
Year commenced:  1868
Number of Students:     500                              
Number of International Students: 20
Nationality mix of international students: China,  Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Iran 
CRICOS Provider Code: 00715J

Website: www.stjamescollege.qld.edu.au

Providing quality education since 1868, St. James College is a popular Catholic co-educational secondary college in the Edmund Rice tradition.  Celebrating its 146th year as one of Australia's most historic schools, St James has a proud tradition of welcoming students in Year 7-12 from a broad spectrum of the Australian population.  Also, St James has more than 30 years experience working with International Students and have been recognised by the Queensland Government for its Student Support Services

St James is a very popular choice due to its location 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 at St James College are parallel to industry standards in the areas of Catering and Hospitality, Construction, Engineering and Business and Technology.

Why you should choose St James College

  • Popular co-educational secondary college located in the centre of Brisbane city
  • One of the first 3 schools established in Queensland
  • A school rich in culture
  • Dedicated to creating opportunities for all students
  • Offers academic courses and extensive vocational options
  • International Students achieved Dux of School in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011
  • International Students appointed College Captains in 2011 and 2012
  • Outstanding ESL support
  • Free extra tuition offered outside school hours
  • Winner of Queensland government awards for pastoral care and student support

"The best thing I like about St James is its friendly and caring atmosphere”- Student

“Our daughter attended St James College for Years 10, 11 and 12. Both my husband and I were impressed with the tremendous effort that both the teachers and support staff devote to the students and to the St James community.... We have been more than impressed with the subjects and assistance on offer to help students with the work experience and outside courses they may undertake to contribute towards their school certificate....We felt at all times supported and that our daughter received the very best education in a holistic manner. ....Thank you St James"- Parent


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

Curriculum at St James College

St James College offers a dynamic and innovative curriculum with flexible curriculum access structures that have the capacity to meet the diverse needs and interests of our learners.  An extensive curriculum and support program tailored to meet specific needs is designed to support all students at all stages of their learning.

Year 11-12 : Senior (OP) Subjects (subject to change)
  • Accounting
  • Biological Science
  • Chemistry

  • Chinese (external)
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English
  • Home Economics
  • Information Technology Systems

  • Italian
 (School of Distance Education)
  • Japanese (external)
Korean (external)
  • Legal Studies 

  • Mathematics A
Mathematics B

  • Mathematics C

  • Modern History
Physical Education 

  • Physics

  • Study of Religion

Tertiary Pathways

  • Entrance to all universities and TAFE Colleges with a unique pathway into Queensland University of Technology. Credit can be gained by completing certain programs whilst at school.
  • School-based traineeships are also available. 

Co-curricula Overview

St James offers a truly unique and exciting co-curricular program. Sporting, cultural and other activities provide important arenas for St James students to extend their talents while also learning the skills of team work and leadership. Such involvement builds school spirit and instills a sense of belonging.

St James seeks to promote both high levels of participation and the pursuit of excellence by students who have talents in particular sports and activities.

Students have the opportunity to compete in a range of sports as well as the major carnivals such as swimming, cross country and athletics.

  • One of St James’ unique curriculum streams is the Outdoor Studies Program. In this program students learn about:
    • environmental issues,
    • wilderness skills,
    • canoeing,
    • kayaking,
    • white-water kayaking,
    • rock-climbing,
    • abseiling,
    • First Aid,
    • lifesaving,
    • orienteering,
    • care of national parks,
    • camping
    • mapping
The program is designed to develop leadership skills, build self esteem and teach team and individual reliance, skills that are transferable to many areas of life.

  • Students can participate in co-curricular
 activities such as:
    •  chess,

    • public speaking,
    • debating

    • multicultural dance


  • Students are able to access a wide variety of sports such as:
    • swimming,
    • basketball,
    • baseball,
    • softball,
    • volleyball,
    • netball,
    • soccer,
    • rugby league
    • theatre sports
    • board games



Tuition per year

Application fee

QSA levy (year 11, 12 only)

(Excludes costs such as OSHC, uniforms, stationery and other school activities)

Homestay fees

Homestay rent per week (above 15)

Homestay rent per week (under 15)

Homestay placement fee (once only)

Homestay holiday holding fee per week