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Year 11 Parents’ Evening – Change of Date

Posted in: Latest News on Thursday, October 20th, 2011

The Year 11 Parents’ Evening has changed date to 12th January 2012 due to our original date of the 1st December being the same night as the Exeter College Open Evening.


The 2011 St James Literary Festival

Posted in: Latest News on Thursday, October 20th, 2011
The 2011 St James Literary Festival - 31 October - 4 November

During the week of the 31st October, St James is holding an exciting, all new Literary Festival with a Hallow’een theme, and we want you to get involved!

 Each day will have a different focus, and new books will be released into the library throughout the week. There is plenty for everybody.

During the week, you can take part in competitions, bring in old books to support the book swap, or just come to the library and browse the new stock.

What’s on when?

•New Horror books released into the library to celebrate Hallow’een

•Short story competition and Who’s Reading What launch.

•Readathon begins.

•New older teenage fiction released into the library

•The Advanced Reader challenge is launched.

•Book Swap and Book Shop in the library.
•New Manga and other graphic novels released for loaning from the Library.
•Readings from teachers’ favourite books in the library at lunchtime.

•Film showing after school.

 What can I do?

Bring in books for the book swap to Miss Newton in F40. You’ll get a token for each book you bring to use on the Book Swap day. You could end up with lots of new books.

Keep an eye on the website for daily updates.

Enter the competitions to win yourself some prizes.

Pop down to the library during the week to see for yourself what is going on.


St James Newsletter – October 2011

Posted in: Latest News, Newsletter on Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
St James Newsletter October 2011

“Sharing the experiences and achievements of students with the community”

The St James School October newsletter is now available to download.

St James Newsletter October 2011



Ten Tors – Training Day 1 Report 16th October 2011

Posted in: 10 Tors, Latest News on Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
Ten Tors - Training Day 1 Report 16th October 2011

Ten Tors training started in earnest on Sunday 16th October for the highly motivated team of year 10 students who were prepared to give up part of their weekend for an arduous trek across Dartmoor.

The team of nine, accompanied by Mr Foster and Mr Farmer, were ready to go from school by 8am and were raring to leave Haytor car park by 9am. The weather was wet and murky to begin with, but the clouds soon cleared to leave us with fine and sunny weather to complete our 9 mile hike.

Our route took in six tors: Hound Tor, Holwell Tor, Saddle Tor, Top Tor, Pil Tor and Rippon Tor. The walk was completed in good time, with the team setting a fast pace from the outset. Various historical landmarks were spotted, along with plenty of Dartmoor wildlife. The group also learned the importance of choosing routes carefully, particularly when on boggy ground, where some of the team ended up with wet feet (and one with a little more than wet feet, mentioning no names!)

It was an excellent start by the team, and they have hopefully been enthused and motivated to carry on with training during the autumn and winter months ready for the 1633 Challenge and Ten Tors in the spring.

The team were: Brett Booth, Tom Gosson, Louise Hambrook, Laura Hayward, Laura Samways, Kieran Smith, Amy Stevens, Matt Stuart, and Sam Worth


Ten Tors and 1633 Challenge

Posted in: Letters on Friday, October 14th, 2011

Ten Tors and 1633 Challenge Letter 2


Year 7 E-Safety Glogs

Posted in: Latest News on Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Year 7 – E-Safety Glogs

Check out the Interactive posters created by 7X2 here: http://www.st-james.devon.sch.uk/subjects/ict/ict-student-work/


Accelerated Reader Scheme for Year 7 & 8

Posted in: Letters on Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Accelerated Reader Information Letter


Creativity Day – Year 8

Posted in: Letters on Monday, October 10th, 2011

Y8 Creativity Day – Killerton


Scotland Wilderness Canoe Expedition July 2012

Posted in: Latest News on Monday, October 10th, 2011
Scotland Wilderness Canoe Expedition July 2012

The Scotland Wilderness Canoe Expedition is open to all students in years 10 and 11. The expedition group will fly to Edinburgh then take a coach north to the beautiful west coast where they will undertake a four day canoe journey, camping in the wild each night at a different campsite, traveeling through some of the most stunning scenery in the UK. This expedition was a huge success in 2010, photos of which can be seen in the album below


PE Guidance

Posted in: Latest News on Monday, October 10th, 2011

Incident Reporting, Clothing and Footwear & Personal Effects (Jewellery etc)

4.6 Incident Reporting

Any injuries to staff arising out of PE or school sports activities and those  to pupils resulting in significant injury / first aid attention should be  reported on the County Council’s Incident Report form (IDOR).

It should be noted that accidents and incidents that happen in relation to  curriculum sports activities and result in pupils being killed or taken to  hospital for treatment are also reportable to the Health and Safety  Executive (HSE).

In these circumstances the teacher should complete both an F2508 and  an HCC IDOR form.

See HSE Education information sheet no 1 (rev1) for details of  information on reporting to HSE in schools.

4.7 Clothing and Footwear

This must be appropriate to the activity.

For dance and gymnastics content requirement from exam boards stipulates bare feet. for all other activities appropriate footwear for the activity is advised IE. Trainers with support not Plimsoll or Pumps. For Football and Rugby on turfed areas studs are recommended as advisory for wet slippery conditions.

Wherever possible clothing allowing freedom of movement should be  worn, appropriate to the activity.

Paras 9.2 of BAALPE guidance refer.

4.8 Personal Effects (Jewellery etc)

Jewellery, i.e. watches, rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces etc. (including  jewellery worn through the ears, nose, eyebrows, lips and other exposed  areas of the body) should not be worn whilst participating in PE lessons.

In addition belts with metal buckles should not be worn and long hair  should be secured as appropriate to the activity. Pupils should be  consistently reminded of these requirements and a check carried out to  ensure compliance before activity begins.