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St. James College

General Overview

Girls and boys day school
Year commenced: 1868
Number of Students: 413                               
Number of International Students: 49
Nationality mix of international students: China, Germany, Japan, Korea, PNG, Thailand, Taiwan, Spain, Sudan, Vietnam, Pacific Island Countries, New Zealand, Great Britain
CRICOS Provider Code: 00715J
Website: www.stjamescollege.qld.edu.au


201 Boundary Street
Spring Hill, Queensland 4000, 

St James College is a co-educational Catholic Day School in the Edmund Rice Tradition established in 1868. The College is located on the Brisbane city fringe with access to the facilities and industry offered by the City and within walking distance of all major public transport hubs.  

St James College’s philosophy is based on the tradition of Edmund Rice, the founder of the Christian Brothers. This philosophy is to integrate faith, life and culture in an environment of tolerance, pride and respect for personal worth.  

The College understands that the dreams and talents of each student are unique, and success comes in many different forms. Building self esteem is paramount to every student’s personal development and a nurturing environment is created to allow each individual to realise talents that lie within. St James aims to develop confidence in expression, confidence at school, confidence in handling life in general, especially liberating the human spirit to achieve success in life.  

The 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

  • Accounting
  • Art
  • Biological Science
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese (external)
  • Drama
  • English
  • 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

Vocational Education and Training Courses 

Students can choose from academic curriculum streams to achieve their OP (Overall Position) that will lead to direct entry to university or choose vocational education studies to follow a TAFE apprenticeship or employment path. Alternatively, a carefully tailored mix of both academic and industry studies can achieve both an OP and IP (Industry Placement). 
  • Business Studies - Certificate I in Business, Certificate II in Business
  • Information Technology - Certificate I in Information, Digital Media & Technology, Certificate II in Information, Digital Media & Technology  
  • Construction - Certificate I in Construction 
  • Engineering - Certificate II in Engineering (Pathways)
  • Furnishing - Certificate I in Furnishing • Hospitality - Certificate I in Hospitality, Certificate II in Kitchen Operations, Certificate III in Commercial Cookery 
  • Outdoor Recreation - Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation  
  • Sport - Certificate II in Sport Coaching 
  • Foundation Skills - Certificate I in Access to Vocational Pathways 

St James College's Facilities

The campus is located on the fringe of the Brisbane CBD with easy access to public transport, 5-10 minutes walk to the Queen Street Mall and close to many more facilities. It is a small school environment with personal attention to all students and a variety of accommodation options. 
  • Historical buildings, complemented by modern facilities 
  • Customised computer laboratories
  • State of the art science facilities
  • Trades Skills Centre offering courses in construction, engineering and manufacturing
  • Industrial Kitchens
  • Multipurpose Sports Centre and extensive outdoor education facilities
  • Extensive computer network accessible from all classrooms

Co-curricular activities at St James College 

Students are able to access a wide variety of sports such as: 

  • Swimming 
  • Basketball 
  • Baseball
  • Softball 
  • Volleyball 
  • Netball 
  • Soccer 
  • Rugby league 

Co-curricular activities such as chess, public speaking, debating and multicultural dance are offered for all students to become involved.  

One of St James’ unique curriculum streams is the Outdoor Education Program. In this program students learn about environmental issues, wilderness skills, canoeing, kayaking, whitewater kayaking, rock-climbing, abseiling, First Aid, lifesaving, orienteering, care of national parks, camping and mapping skills.  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.  

Testimonial's from St James College's Students and Parents

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

Class of 2017 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 of past student