St James' Primary School, Kotara is a Catholic co-educational Kindergarten to Year 6 Systemic school in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.
St James' take great pride in the fact that they are a Catholic school built on the work and traditions of the Sisters of Mercy. As a school St James' are a Catholic community that expresses the values of Christ throughout the curriculum and the general life of the school and as an important member of All Saints Parish Blackbutt South. The school motto, "In Faith We Learn" supports such an ethos. This community focus was acknowledged with St James' receiving the Monsignor Frank Coolahan Award for Diocesan School Community in 2011.
The school's vision is to provide a quality, holistic education for the students in our care that allows for expression, creativity and individual needs. This vision is well supported by a strong and vibrant parent community who work in close partnership with the staff and parish in providing for our students.
St James' has a strong foundation in academic areas as well as achieving success in sporting and cultural areas. Academic success is supplemented with a variety of student welfare programs as well as support given by their Learning Support Teacher, Pastoral Care Worker and Counselling Team. The school band, debating team, violin group, environmental team and school leadership team allow students avenues for self-expression and confidence building. School Camps in Years 4, 5 and 6 also allow children to develop their independence and resilience.
The recent building program consisted of a new administration building, three new classrooms, a new covered outdoor learning area, refurbished toilet block, refurbished classrooms, library and computer lab as well as an additional area for learning support. The new school hall has also added a further dimension to the varied learning areas established at St James'. Information Technology has been an additional focus for the school in the past few years with every classroom and library having access to interactive whiteboards and internet capability.
Out Of Hours School Care has been established at St James' and the close working relationship with the YMCA has further enhanced the quality of education the school can provide to all students. St James' is a quality school providing quality education for the students in their care.
Students of St James' Primary School, Kotara South are encouraged to continue their Catholic education by attending St Pius X High School, Adamstown.