The Mainsail Issue 3, July 2020

From the Principal

Food for thought

There are so many aspects that make up the visible part of a great school. Academia, sport, the grounds, the traditions, the uniform and the people. COVID-19 has uncovered people in our community that epitomise what it takes to try and make a difference in these difficult times. Parents may often take for granted the dedication of staff when things have been tough, such as during COVID-19. Many acts go unnoticed as only a few know the whole truth.

Our community is lucky to have our Canteen Manager, Mrs Hayley Bulloch, who ensures that we are fed nutritious food each and every day. This even continued during the pandemic restrictions in Term 2. Hayley has a degree in nutrition and is passionate about St James’ and the food she prepares. She takes great pride in trying to make nearly all ingredients from scratch. It can sometimes be a thankless task when the healthy food that is prepared doesn’t always match the students’ preferences in a world dominated by fast food and preservatives.

Some prepare food and others put love into their cooking - Hayley falls into the latter category. During online learning for the last part of Term 1, Hayley was still at school preparing meals for the children of essential service workers, while also preparing and selling meals to staff who needed to work to keep the education program going.

What many don’t know is that Hayley also came in early every day and worked with the Grounds staff to weed and clean up areas before starting in the Canteen. As a leader in the School, these are the qualities that I appreciate and typify the Australian spirit.

For the food, we are eternally grateful. Attitude beats aptitude every time.

Mr Adrian Pree


God, Jesus and More

Every week students at St James’ have a lesson called Christian and Values Education, otherwise known as CAVE. In CAVE lessons, students listen to stories from the Bible and complete activities related to them. They say prayers, sing songs, think and ponder. Discussion forms a very important part of CAVE. Students are encouraged to pose questions and to have an open mind. Faith development is a personal journey where differing beliefs and points of view are welcomed and shared. Please find below a summary of what the classes have been doing in the last few weeks.

Kindergarten students have been reading Rainbow Fish which focusses on sharing and being kind. They have learned how to pray by closing their eyes and putting their hands together. Students have discovered that God loves us to sing and songs are another way of praying.

In Pre-Primary, students have discovered John the Baptist and how he baptised people, including Jesus, in the Jordan River. They have learnt that John wore clothes made from camel hair and ate locusts dipped in honey! Students traced around a locust, coloured it in and then drew their very own. Students loved listening to stories from The Beginner’s Bible.

Year 1 students have been watching the Chapel services online and asking questions afterwards. They have also been reading Noah’s Ark, David and Goliath, Parable of the Lost Sheep and The Good Samaritan. Students have looked at how the Bible can come in many different forms.

Year 2s have been learning all about Joseph and his 11 brothers. They designed a colourful coat with patterns, just like Joseph wore. The students were impressed that Joseph became the second person in charge of Egypt!

Students in Year 3 read the stories of the Little Girl and the Poor Frail Lady. They learnt the power of Jesus and how he performed miracles by bringing the girl back to life and healing the lady. Year 3s drew pictures and wrote summaries of these stories.

In Year 4, students used small stick pictures and arrows to tell the story of Joseph and how his brothers sold him to merchants. They learnt about Joseph’s skill of interpreting dreams and that one dream saved people by predicting a famine. Joseph helped store food so that people would not starve when the famine came.

Year 5s have been learning about King Saul, King David and King Solomon. They discovered that King Solomon was a wise man. He was a young king when he came to the throne and when he asked God for what he wanted he asked to be wise. God granted his wish! Students have written summaries of the experiences of these famous kings.

The Year 6 students have been looking at the cross and what it symbolises. Students put words about the cross into a stained-glass window as part of a craft activity. They look stunning as you can see from the picture on the right.

Mr Nicholas Townsend

Deputy Head of Junior School

The Year 6s are on the case!

Seven Year 6 students have spent the last two terms solving a crime in the annual Cluedunnit competition, run by The Law Society of WA.

Teams were sent a brief of evidence and were allowed to ask six additional questions to gather further information, to enable them to identify the offender. The team then had to enter their final submission in the form of a five minute video, role playing the crime and court scene to justify their decision.

Each submission was judged on the correct solution, incorporating legal terms and how creatively teams presented their case.

Amelia, Kayla and Keeley played the parts of the offenders (named Kia Sportage, Mercedes Frenz and Porshe Soxster) perfectly and Harry, Nirronto, Calvin and Joseph were excellent law abiding citizens.

Over 600 schools were involved in this competition. After the first round of judging St James' was placed in the top ten schools in the state. A superb effort! Their video will now go to a panel of judges. This panel includes The President of the Children’s Court of WA, The Chief Magistrate of WA, Curtin University's Dean of Law, Sergeant Corker of the WA Police, Ms Rossi from Legal Aid WA and Dr Lu OAM from HBA Legal. The winner will be announced on Monday 06 July.

Mrs Stacey Syme

Satori Academic Extension

Working Hard in the Real World

The Career and Enterprise students have focused on developing their work readiness skills, awareness of different working environments and professional networks in preparation for their first Work Placement.

Students were fortunate to secure placements on site at St James’. Faith Priestman and Abbygale Tirant completed work in the Early Learning Centre. Mark O’Donnell and Riley Heyworth worked diligently building parts of the ELC nature playground which will be installed over the school holidays. Dylan Scott worked with the Grounds team to see first-hand the hard work required to maintain the school grounds. Joel Lucas was lucky enough to attend the Maylands Police Complex just as the Covid-19 restrictions were lifted for offsite placements.

Workplace Learning is a structured learning program that provides a beneficial learning experience for students in a real-world context. The Endorsed Program is used to support students in the attainment of their West Australian Certificate Education at the end of Year 12.

Mrs Ella Pearce

Careers Advisor

Year 11 students at their work placements.

Year 11 ATAR Exam Week

Year 11 ATAR students recently completed their first round of ATAR examinations. The students are to be commended on the maturity and focus they demonstrated in the lead up to these examinations, and throughout the entire period. Each student has accepted the feedback provided and identified strategies on how to improve, in preparation for the next round of exams in November.

With the experience of exams in Years 8, 9 and 10, students were well placed. This resulted in their efforts being focused on mastering the content and skills necessary to maximise marks.

A tremendous effort by all of our ATAR students.

Mrs Laura Briggs

Deputy Head of Senior School


On Thursday 18 June St James' students and staff had the opportunity to celebrate the rich history, achievements and diverse cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples when we celebrated NAIDOC Day. The day was somewhat different this year, with the ever changing COVID-19 restrictions meaning planned guest speakers were unable to attend. However, students still took part in a wide range of activities.

It was exciting to hear that the School had secured the talents of the Wesley College Moorditj Mob to perform. Not only was this exciting for us but an equally special occasion for the dancers, as they were thrilled to finally be able to perform again. This was such a great start to the day and a talking point for all. The conversations about art, culture, family and music were open and students were excited to begin the day's activities.

Junior School:

After watching the Moorditj Mob performance students watched a documentary about Noongar culture and its importance. They learnt about the history and had robust conversations about how artists would have made their paints thousands of years ago, using only the nature around them. Kindergarten to Year 6 students were immersed in conversation after watching a presentation on totem animals. The fun part came when students selected their own totem animal and got messy with paint to create their very own dot painting. It was heart warming to hear why students had chosen their particular animals. Speaking of warming, Hayley in the Canteen treated us to some afternoon damper! There was time in the day to read many of the Dreamtime stories in our Library. The big books were a favourite amongst the ELC children with stories about the Rainbow Serpent and How the Birds Got their Colours.

Senior School:

For Senior School students the main activity of the day involved the creation of contemporary Aboriginal sculptures. Each PCG first learned about didgeridoos and message sticks before working together to create their modern version using recycled pipes from the Marmion Avenue roadworks. It was fantastic to see students working together on their sculptures. Each PCG came up with their design and decorated the pipes with Aboriginal symbols and animals using a dot painting technique. As you can see from the photographs, the students produced some amazing work.

The painting proved to be hungry work but luckily the Year 7s provided morning tea in the form of Wattleseed Scones. Mrs Robertson explained to her budding bakers that Wattleseed was traditionally ground to make flour by Indigenous Australians. The students sprinkled Wattleseed on to the scones, adding a delicious nutty flavour..

Throughout the day, students watched videos that challenged their perceptions of Aboriginal culture. The first video used role reversal to explore Australia's treatment of Indigenous people. The second video, The Final Quarter, explored the racism AFL footballer Adam Goodes experienced both on and off the field during his playing careers. Students discussed how they felt about the films, the impact they had and how it may impact others.

Miss Emma-Lee Jackson and Mr Alan McLatchie

Interhouse Cross Country 2020

Friday 05 June saw a different style of Interhouse Cross Country, accommodating the COVID-19 restrictions. While we missed the spectator atmosphere and parent support it was a day filled with student achievements, personal bests, support and spirit. We were blessed with near perfect weather too!

Years 2-11 completed the track around the campus, practiced in PE lessons throughout the term. Year groups were allocated time slots throughout the day and all students performed admirably. In the afternoon, the ELC took part in their events on the Junior School oval, completing a set amount of laps dependent on their year group. Again, the students were superb in their eagerness to participate, give their best and celebrate each other’s successes.

To compliment the amazing efforts of all students giving their best, some individuals were able to achieve excellent times and were awarded as such.

A final thank you to the staff who worked around a challenging schedule to provide a carnival that allowed our students to show off their gifts, talents and spirit.

Mr James Parsons

Head of Physical Education

Students across the school enjoying the sunshine and atmosphere of the Interhouse Cross Country Carnival.

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