Families are welcome to make enquiries about enrolments at St James at any time of the year, welcome to visit, have a conversation, visit classrooms. It may be worthwhile coming for more than one visit, perhaps at different times of the day to experience different lessons or play times. We do have community events such as sports day, mothers/fathers/grandparents day and school production when parents wanting to know more about St James can visit.
Upon enquiring, parents pick up or we can send, an information pack. This includes an application for enrolment form and information about: fees, uniform, more general school information. Once we have received your application for enrolment, the parents and the child are invited to come into the school for an “Enrolment Meeting”. It is the child’s special time; a meeting about them and starting school at St James. After spending some time getting to know each other we go for a walk around the school, visiting classrooms and other areas of the school. This can vary depending on familiarity already with the school. After the meeting and tour the family will receive an “Enrolment Acceptance Letter”.
From 2015 Catholic Schools have an option to offer two enrolment dates for children entering Reception.
St James School will not have a mid-year intake for Reception in 2018. The School Board will decide whether to offer this option in 2019 and beyond.
Student enrolment in Years 1-7 can take place at any time during the school year, following the procedure outlined above. Catholic schools in South Australia are moving Year 7 to secondary school, however in our country location we have an exception and our Year 7 students remain in primary school.
Transition for students from kindy to school is planned in conjunction with the Jamestown Community Children’s Centre and the Jamestown Community School. As well as the three formal transition days in Term 4, our R/1 class visits the Kindy and the Kindy are invited to visit us, we try to do this at least once a term. This is important to establish relationships for the children beginning in Reception and also important for the children who have already started school, to maintain links and relationships. The term prior to children starting school the teacher for the following year (if not possible, the Principal) meets with the Kindy Director or staff and spend time discussing each child’s social, emotional and learning needs.
For students completing their primary schooling, St Mark’s College in Port Pirie is the nearest Catholic secondary school and there are day or boarding options available for families wishing to continue the pathway of Catholic education. Locally there is the Jamestown Community School for secondary schooling. Both schools offer transition programs for students and we work with them to ensure that entry to high school is as enjoyable and successful as possible.
It is important to acknowledge that transition periods whether it be kindy to school or primary school to high school, while times of great excitement, there can also be uncertainty and anxiety. Each child’s needs are different and we can work out transition to enrolment at St James and beyond to suit the needs of the individual.
The School Board annually set school fees to keep in line with our running expenses and every effort is made to keep Fees affordable for all families. Generally fees increase by 5% each year to keep in line with increasing costs and running expenses. Ability to pay Fees should not preclude any family from choosing St James School for their child’s education. Families are encouraged to have a conversation with the Principal if payment of fees is cause for concern.
School Card is a government scheme and eligibility is determined by set guidelines. School Card can assist families with reducing the amount of school fees to be paid. This can greatly assist families. Information and application forms are available from the front office.