Sport contributes to the healthy lifestyle of our students
There are a range of sporting options available to students which includes:
- participation in weekly curriculum sport lessons and a variety of co-curricular sporting clubs
- involvement in interhouse sports carnivals throughout the year (swimming, cross country and athletics)
- participation in interschool sporting competitions, including carnivals and local leagues
- participation in Specialist Sport programs, currently soccer and volleyball.
The selection in specialised sport and interschool squads can lead to future places in representative teams at a district, regional or state level.
Specialist Sport programs
St James’ Anglican School is proud to deliver a Soccer Specialist Program and a Volleyball Specialist Program. The focus of each program is to develop skills, game sense, and physical preparation. Each specialist program aims to provide an opportunity for students to experience a higher level of training and knowledge in the games of soccer and volleyball. This should see our students receive the chance to either perform at a high level or discover a passion that will see them pursue these sports for life.
Structure of the Program
Students train on allocated days depending on age, existing skill level and upcoming competitions. These training sessions generally occur once a week before or after school and increase to multiple sessions in the lead up to competitions. Students receive specialist coaching from our teachers and highly qualified external providers.
Specialist uniforms are included in the fee as part of joining the program each year.
Students participating in each specialist program will have the opportunity to compete in interstate tours with the possibility to be selected for state teams.
St James’ is proud to announce that two students have already been selected for the WA State Squad having only commenced in the Volleyball Specialist Program 18 months prior with limited experience; a testament to the St James’ coaching staff.
Selection Criteria and Application
All students are welcome to nominate for their selected specialist program. Once successful, students are required to sign a student agreement. To maintain their position in the program, students must attend all training sessions, be available for fixtures and competitions, and maintain their achievement expectations across all school areas.
There are no pre-requisites to join the specialist sport programs.
Current coaching staff
Volleyball Specialist Program:
Ryan Penno, James Parsons, Peter Kennedy and Mackenzie Huggins (St James’ Staff)
External Coaching provided by Northern Stars Volleyball Club
Soccer Specialist Program:
Alan McLatchie and Mackenzie Huggins (St James’ Staff)
External Coaching provided by Football Evolution Training
St James’ offers an extensive sport program to all students. We firmly believe promoting a healthy lifestyle is vital to a child’s wellbeing.
In addition to traditional sporting activities, such as soccer and netball, students may have the following lifestyle sports options:
- Martial arts
- Rock climbing and abseiling
- Outdoor Education
Students will be encouraged to participate in tournaments and competitions for selected sports. These events will be facilitated by different sporting organisations to enable our students to compete at a higher level. Students may be considered for higher selection.
St James’ hosts a range of interhouse sporting competitions throughout the school year, to give students the opportunity to participate in sporting competitions. The aim is to raise self-esteem and develop self-confidence providing opportunities for leadership and teamwork.
The usual swimming, athletics and cross country events are held annually with progression to interschool, state and national events as applicable.
Houses compete for the overall trophies at these events, that contribute towards the Champion House, which is crowned at the end of year Awards Night.
Individual Champions and Runners Up are awarded at each of these carnivals, with students receiving points towards Sports Colours and Honours.
ACC teams are selected from interhouse carnivals to compete against other schools.
St James’ Anglican School participates in the Coastal Associated Schools (CAS) competition in summer and winter. CAS is an interschool sport competition run by the Associated & Catholic Colleges (ACC) of Western Australia. This after school grouping, determined by the ACC encourages participation, sportsmanship and healthy competition between local schools.
Students are encouraged to try out for the St James’ CAS teams. This interschool sporting competition currently includes the following:
- Indoor beach volleyball (mixed)
- Volleyball (girls/boys)
- Basketball (girls/boys)
- Cricket (mixed)
- Touch rugby (mixed)
- AFL (girls/boys)
- Soccer (girls/boys)
- Netball (mixed)
CAS fixtures are played at home and away, against the following schools:
- Irene McCormack Catholic College
- Lake Joondalup Baptist College
- Mater Dei College
- Peter Moyes Anglican Community School
- Prendiville Catholic College
- St Mark’s Anglican Community School
- St Stephen’s School (Duncraig)
Established in 1937, the Associated & Catholic Colleges of WA is an independent secondary schools sports association providing Sport in the Right Spirit to over 60 schools around the state.
St James’ participates in ACC Carnivals for swimming, cross country and athletics. Team members are selected through performance at interhouse carnivals or through a trial process during the training phase. These are prestigious squads that represent the School against other schools in the ACC competition.