St James' Primary School, Muswellbrook is a dynamic Kindergarten- Year 6 school working to achieve high standards of educational and social success. St James' is a coeducational Catholic School situated in a regional mining town with 13 classes from ES1 through to Stage 3.
The staff is committed to Quality Teaching and Learning Practices and the Pastoral Care of all children. We are acknowledged within our community for our Information Technology expertise, environmental initiatives and our extensive curriculum resources. St James' is recognised as a caring, supportive school community which educates the whole child to acquire the skills to face life challenges and to prepare each child to make a worthwhile commitment to and make a difference in society.
Within our school we have several programmes to support each and every child. We have a Pastoral Care worker who actively engages students who are seeking support and assistance in areas of need. The Seasons for Growth program is well recognised and respected as a program to help children deal with grief as is the 'Yarning Circle' which was established by the Aboriginal Support Teacher to assist our indigenous students. The 'You Can Do It' program gives the children strategies to develop the skills of Organisation, Resilience, Getting Along, Organisation and Persistence.
The school curriculum provides a wide, innovative and creative programme. There are many extra-curricular activities available in the sporting arena. Children are able to participate in local and representative level in the areas of Rugby League, Soccer, League Tag, Touch, Golf, Netball to name a few. Children also have the availability to be involved in Active After School Sports activities three times per week.
The cultural aspect of the school is supported through participation at local Eisteddfods, shopping centre performances, recitals, lessons and concerts with the Conservatorium of Music. A Didgeridoo Band has been established as well as a brass band utilising the instruments purchased through the Coal & Allied Trust. Choral and Verse speaking choirs have been established and enjoyed many accolades following their successes at numerous performances.
Environmental sustainability has been a focus with our school winning the Shooting Star Award for all schools involved in the Climate Cam run by Newcastle Council. Our vegetable gardens, composting and worm farms are well established within the school. We have utilised Commonwealth Grants which allowed for the installation of tanks and directed flow taps and cisterns, solar panels and smart lighting.
St James' Primary School is a Catholic community that reflects the light of Christ. We are committed to quality learning, helping others, showing respect for all and working in partnership with the community. We are focused on striving for academic success and achieving excellence for all.
Students of St James' Primary School, Muswellbrook are encouraged to continue their Catholic education by attending St. Joseph's High School, Aberdeen.