St James' Primary School, Kotara, is a Catholic co-educational Kindergarten to Year 6 systemic school in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.
Promoting a supportive and safe learning environment that focuses on providing a quality, holistic education, the schools personalised education programs enable each student to reach their full individual potential. School staff work in collaboration to maintain the best practice in teaching and learning and improve the educational outcomes of each student.
Participation, enjoyment and skill development are the cornerstones of the school sport program which gives all students the opportunity to compete at a representative level in a range of sports both internally and externally including, swimming, cross country, athletics, netball, soccer, rugby league, rugby union and touch football. Students can also participate in an intensive swimming program, attend sports gala days and the Newcastle Knights Knockout competition.
The creative arts are also highly focused on in the school curriculum, giving students the opportunity to discover, strengthen and express their creative abilities both in and out of the classroom. Students from Kindergarten to Year 6 are able to develop their knowledge and skills of the musical world with a new music program called, Music Room, and the active school band comprises of more than 45 students, along with a violin ensemble and opportunities for children to learn the piano and guitar during school hours.
Winning the 2011 Monsignor Frank Coolahan Award for Diocesan School Community in 2011, St James’ offers students the ability to be active and supportive of the local community. Year 6 students partner with the Maroba nursing home to support over 30 elders through the Sing Out Loud program and the school’s active Mini Vinnies group provides support for Catholic Missions, Mercy Works and Caritas.
All classrooms feature interactive SMARTboards, HP streams, iPads and wireless internet to assist students in utilising all aspects of a 21st century environment and provides teachers with learning spaces that are ﬂexible and innovative and encourage students to take ownership of their own learning.
An Out of Hours School Care is available at St James' from 7am each morning and 3pm each afternoon. A nutritious breakfast and afternoon tea are supplied and children are invited to engage in a number of activities within the bounds of a safe environment.
Students of St James' Primary School, Kotara South, are encouraged to continue their Catholic education by attending St Pius X High School, Adamstown.