Learning Support & Extension

Inspiring each student to reach their full potential

St James’ offers a broad range of learning, extension and enrichment experiences to meet the varied needs of our students. These are designed to challenge students in specific areas of interest or ability, both within the classroom context and broader community. Students are encouraged to question ideas, problem-solve, be confident and go beyond their comfort zone. These skills can be transferred between all learning areas and applied in life.

Teaching staff take the time to become familiar with every student’s strengths and weaknesses and develop programs to reflect this. Students are actively involved in tracking their progress to help set goals to ensure achievement. Collaboration and communication occur continually as teachers strive to ensure that every day, every child learns and connects with their learning experiences.

Learning support

We believe in equal opportunities for all students and our goal is to ensure each student has access to the same educational experiences and opportunities as their classmates.

Students who require more support to achieve learning outcomes are guided by our Satori Learning Support team. The Head of Satori will work with class teachers to develop strategies to build skills and knowledge, as well as work with individual students to target specific learning needs. Students who are identified as requiring extended learning will be involved in a range of opportunities within the classroom and beyond.


Our extension program provides opportunities for educational excellence. Students learn with like-minded peers from specialist teachers in Mathematics, English, Science and Humanities. A differentiated learning program which focuses on practical problem solving is provided so that students are challenged daily and engaged in authentic, real-world learning experiences.

Enrichment opportunities look beyond the curriculum and allow students to explore topics and ideas at a higher level of difficulty and complexity. Opportunities such as competitions, excursions and guest-speakers are provided as part of the enrichment program.

Extension and enrichment opportunities


Some of the opportunities provided to students include:

Musical performances
Education Perfect Global Languages Championship
IPSHA Speakers Challenge
Debating and public speaking competitions
Art exhibitions
JLTAWA (Japanese Language Teachers Association) Japanese Calligraphy Competition
Mock Trails
The Talented Young Writers Collective
Write a Book in a Day
Bell Shakespeare
Dorothy McKellar Poetry Awards
Australian Mathematics Competition
IPSHA chess tournament
Careers and VET enrichment, including Career and Skills expos, Try-a-Trade opportunities and careers development

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Term Dates

Student Dates
Term 1, 2024
Tuesday 30 January - Students commence
Thursday 28 March - End of Term 1
Term 2, 2024
Tuesday 16 April - Students commence
Friday 21 June - End of Term 2
Term 3, 2024
Monday 15 July - Students commence
Friday 20 September - End of Term 3
Term 4, 2024
Monday 7 October - Students commence
Tuesday 3 December - End of Term 4
Student Dates
Term 1, 2025
Tuesday 4 February - Students commence
Friday 11 April - End of Term 1
Term 2, 2025
Tuesday 29 April - Students commence
Friday 27 June - End of Term 2
Term 3, 2025
Monday 21 July - Students commence
Friday 26 September - End of Term 3
Term 4, 2025
Monday 13 October - Students commence
Tuesday 9 December - End of Term 4