Faith Development

“In Christ, through Baptism, and Eucharist, we are one family: Sons of God, Brothers and Sisters in Christ”. As part of Faith Development, students prepare and participate in Class Retreats, Class and Whole School Liturgies, prayer experiences and special Eucharistic Celebrations. Chaplains, appointed to the College, visit the school to celebrate Class and Whole School Masses and are involved in the life of the school where possible. Our students are invited to think about and explore their Christian understanding and commitment through these liturgies and also through the use of meditation, music and other prayer experiences. All students participate in retreat days to further reflect on their individual journeys of faith. Students are also provided with the opportunity to prepare for and then celebrate Sacraments in conjunction with their home parish.

Religious Education

St James is a Catholic College striving to develop in each of our boys a faith based on Gospel values and relevant to today's world. Students gain a knowledge of the Catholic faith, its moral teaching and value system. St James aims to be a community in which learning, self-discipline and responsibility are encouraged in an atmosphere that is friendly and where individual differences are respected.


Lasallian Service

The patron saint of St James College tells us in his writings that “Faith without good works is dead”. St. James College encourages students and establishes structures through which students become actively involved in service activities with and among the local community, as well as becoming involved in social issues concerning peace and justice. Following in the footsteps of St John Baptist De La Salle, Lasallian Service provides the students with the opportunity to gain an insight into the lives of others, allows them to learn from others and also gives them the chance to assist those that need a hand. Students visit elderly citizen’s homes, primary schools, kindergartens and a range of community groups to ably assist in a practical sense. This Lasallian Service Program also provides the springboard for further social justice involvement for Year 10 students in the “St Yon Crew” and "Joeys Van".

Retreats

All students at St James College participate in an annual retreat in their year level. Students assist with the planning and facilitating of the retreats in their role as Lasallian Leaders. These retreats provide students with the opportunity to reflect and to share their own faith experiences which assists in building a climate of mutual understanding, respect and tolerance. The students from Years 7-9 participate in the retreat program on campus, while the Year 10 Retreat is a more intensive program run over two days at an off campus venue.