Principal's Welcome

On behalf of our entire school community, I extend a very warm welcome to our website.

We wish to acknowledge that our school is built on Awabakal land.

St James’ Primary School, Kotara South is a proud Catholic school steeped in tradition and shared beliefs. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, we take great pride in our Mercy heritage. Our core values of respect, courage, service, justice, compassion and hospitality are embedded in our everyday life. We are a school with strong ties to our parish of All Saints Blackbutt South and are committed to an inclusive Catholic education. The positive relationships which exist amongst the staff, students, parents and parish is evident and highly visible in our community. We foster open communication and respect the dignity of all in our interactions with one another. All members of our community are valued as people who are created in the image of Jesus. Our dedicated, hard-working and professional staff endeavour to provide the best environment for students to grow in all facets of their life, attending to their spiritual, social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs, establishing a solid and broad foundation for lifelong learning and wellbeing. We are a school that is forward looking and thinking, with attention given to those skills needed for students to be active and upstanding citizens for today and tomorrow.

St James’ is a community with a strong and optimistic commitment to school improvement. We not only embrace change but initiate change to achieve our core objective – to improve learning outcomes for all students. We have an established culture of continuous professional improvement where deep understandings of how students learn is shared. We strive to deliver the curriculum in a variety of methods, including the use of technology within diverse learning spaces, to ensure we use best teaching practices in a contemporary 21st century learning environment. Our classrooms are environments of active, involved and exploratory learning where students share skills, passions and knowledge with one another. We strive to create critical and creative thinkers.

St James’ offers a unique environmental setting which allows us to create outdoor education areas that promote discovery, risk taking, investigation and imagination. We are strongly committed to the philosophy and pedagogy of Early Learning to build successful foundations for students to flourish in their learning and wellbeing.

At St James’, we provide quality support for students with additional needs in safe, supportive and inclusive environments. We believe all students are capable of learning successfully when motivated and given appropriate learning opportunities and the necessary support. As a Gifted Education Lead School, we are able to identify our gifted learners and provide opportunities for all students to be engaged, challenged and extended to meet their learning needs.

Our school offers a variety of extra-curricular activities including band, choir, public speaking, debating, lunch clubs and sport, expanding opportunities for students to pursue their various interests and talents. St James’ also offers an onsite OOSH and playgroup, furthering our positive partnership with parents and the community.

Our Parents and Friends Association is second to none, providing tremendous financial and moral support to our school. Through active fundraising, the P&F commit to supporting school improvement and the purchasing of resources. We are forever grateful to the enthusiastic and hard-working volunteers for their dedication to the St James’ school community.

We look forward to building strong relationships with you and your family, knowing that together we are living our mission, vision and values.

Lucy Harvey