St James is a Year 7-10 School and has close ties with our fellow Lasallian College’s: St Bede’s College, Mentone and De La Salle College, Malvern. The majority of our students will attend either of these reputable colleges to complete their Year 11 & 12 studies. Families have the option to choose which of these Colleges is most suitable for their son. We view this choice of school and the transition process as a smooth and successful continuation of each young man’s educational journey.
Families may also choose to access another school or College for their son with TAFE and Apprenticeships similarly being other options following Year 10.
The enrolment of our Year 10 young men into their school of choice for Years 11 & 12 is closely monitored and supported by our Year 10 Year Level Coordinator and Pathways Coordinator. We work closely with the relevant Coordinators and staff from each of the other Colleges to ensure that each young man is assisted with their decision making.
St James College was established as a Year 7 – 10 Regional Catholic Boys College aligned with the DLS Brother Schools with all sharing the Lasallian Charism. We have been working in partnership with St Bede’s College and De La Salle College since our inception over forty years ago. Boys from St James College have successfully transitioned to these two Colleges for Year 11 and 12 studies, and have enjoyed high levels of achievement in their academic studies and in cultural and sporting pursuits.
Many of our staff have taught at these two Colleges and have a well-developed understanding of the transition process and thus are able to offer high levels of support and advice to our students and families.
We see the transition process with St Bede’s College and De La Salle College as a very positive progression in our students’ pathway and journey to post compulsory education options and then beyond.
At Year 10 do we have to apply to the Lasallian Colleges or is it managed through St James College?
Once your son reaches Year 10 at St James College he will be involved in a transition program for St Bede’s and De La Salle Colleges. Application is made to these Colleges through the transition program that is managed by St James College in conjunction with the two Colleges.
Entry into these Colleges is dependent upon satisfactory academic and personal performance, particularly in Year 10.
What is involved in the Transition Program
St Bede’s College and De La Salle College hold Information Evenings, College Tours and Careers Expos specifically for St James families to aid in their decision making. Students and Parents are invited to attend these events held throughout Term 2 and 3.
How do the students choose their Course for Year 11 and 12?
Year 10 students at St James College are involved in an iPathways Project and a transition program with St Bede’s or De La Salle Colleges. During Term Two, our Year 10 students work on their iPathways project. The project has been designed as the basis for their subject selections and pathways. Each student is expected to work independently on their project. They will be required to undertake an online aptitude survey which will help identify possible future pathways. Students research possible occupations to which they are suited.
The findings will be discussed with a significant adult at home to determine if it is a suitable occupation. Discussions revolve around obtainable entry into the occupation based on a realistic appraisal of the student’s scholastic success thus far. There is an assessment of what, if any, changes need to be made to have a realistic attempt to obtain entry into this occupation, including the ability to obtain a successful ATAR, study score or subject pre-requisites to apply for the course or occupation.
The Students use the results of their project and discussions with their parents and staff from the Colleges to formulate their course and subject selections.
Schedule of Transition Evenings/Activities
April – June: Transition iPathways Project work
May: Information Nights and School Tours
July: VCE/VCAL Information and Careers & Subject Selection Evenings
August: College Staff meet with students to offer Follow-up Course and Subject advice
November: Coordinators from each College meet with students to discuss Orientation
Nov/Dec: Transition to Year 11 commences to begin VCE/VCAL studies