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River Holford Trip 2012

Posted in: Gallery on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012


St James Literary Festival 2012

Posted in: Latest News on Monday, October 22nd, 2012
2012 St James Literary Festival



Year 12 Awards Evening

Posted in: Latest News on Monday, October 22nd, 2012
Year 12 Awards Evening Thursday 8th November 6-7pm

Following the school’s best ever GCSE results, I would like to invite you to celebrate your child’s success in GCSE’s this year at our Year 12 Celebration Evening on Thursday 8th November, 6-7 pm.

Every child will receive their certificates during the presentation ceremony where we will be joined by our guest speaker, Steve Hayfield, director of EDF Energy and former St James School pupil.

There will be entertainment provided by current pupils, drinks and canapés to follow and an opportunity to talk to staff and Year 11 Tutors.

I really look forward to seeing you on the 8th November.    If you are able to attend please email Mrs Karen Robinson – karen.robinson@st-james.devon.sch.uk or complete and return the downloadable document below.


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FINANCE OFFICE – G90 Last day to pay in money will be THURSDAY 25TH OCTOBER THANK YOU

Posted in: Latest News on Monday, October 22nd, 2012
Last day to pay money will be THURSDAY 25TH OCTOBER



Last day to pay in money will be THURSDAY 25TH OCTOBER




First Win for St James Mixed Hockey Team

Posted in: Latest News on Friday, October 19th, 2012
First Win for St James Mixed Hockey Team

17th Oct 2012 St James v St Wilfred’s

Last night the St James year 7, 8, 9 girls and boys hockey team played St Wilfred’s in a fantastic match that resulted in the first win 4-0 for the St James team. Particular mention goes to those students that have never played a hockey match before and improved with every hit of the game. Briony Philips, Gaby Dawson, Megan Palmer, Chloe Fridlington. Another outstanding performance from Grace Mellor , Kofi Ajavon and Joe Blackwell. The team was managed and umpired expertly by Medhi and Dan Blackwell. Next Match, Tuesday 23rd October v West Exe year 7, 8, 9 mixed team.


Tuesday 16th October – Year 8 Netball vs West Exe

Posted in: Latest News on Wednesday, October 17th, 2012
Tuesday 16th Oct Year 8 Netball Match v Westexe

The year 8 girls team played their first match at Westexe and won 8-o, The team played consistently well for all 4 quarters with exceptional performances from Megan and Beth Aggett and Briony Phillips. Casey Hann and Grace Mellor made significant improvements throughout their games and all team members have been given areas for improvement before our next match against St Lukes on Tuesday 6th November.


Update From Sri Lanka Pt. 3

Posted in: Latest News on Monday, October 15th, 2012
Update From Sri Lanka Pt. 3

Mrs Pearkes and I and three of our year 11 pupils have just returned from an amazing exchange trip to St. Joseph’s College, our partner school in Sri Lanka, and I would like to share some of my thoughts and impressions with you.

Our trip followed a 10 day visit to St. James by two teachers and three students from St. Joseph’s which was much enjoyed by all involved.

During the previous week at St James, we were all very impressed by the Sri Lankan students’ ready smiles, willingness to take part in all the activities organized for them, and outstanding work ethic. It was with this in mind, and our limited knowledge of their culture, that we looked forward to our visiting Negombo in Sri Lanka.

The journey there took a long time. The flight alone was 11 hours, but if you include the times of waiting at the coach station, traveling to Heathrow, transferring to Terminal four, waiting for boarding and the flight times  it all added up to twenty- one hours.

Sri Lanka is a hot tropical country with most of the area we were visiting covered in palms and other rich and exotic fauna and flora.  Apart from being very hot it is also very wet, making the land very fertile.

The first day we rested, but when we arrived at St. Joseph’s College on Monday there was a surprise for us. On entering the school grounds we found an avenue leading to the principal’s office lined with students standing to attention. After initial introductions we were led to the welcome assembly – the whole school outside – organized for us. We felt overwhelmed by the warm welcome from both staff and students.

Being at the school for the rest of the week was what I can only describe as a delight. Everyone was extremely friendly, and teaching students there was an experience I will never forget. The school has an ethos of respect I have never come across before.  Education is highly valued. Students often asked when Mrs. Pearkes or I would take their lesson.

We shared good practice and resources with the staff of St. Joseph’s; we were observed teaching and we demonstrated some of the activities used in our school at St. James, to the delight of the students there.

Students from both schools had the opportunity to conduct an environmental study of their partner school, highlighting the similarities and differences.

As mentioned earlier three of our students also took part in the exchange. They enjoyed helping out in the classroom, organizing activities and talking to students in order to practise their English skills. The Sri Lankan students particularly enjoyed listening to children’s stories and fables and discussing what the moral of the story was. Our pupils were so popular that dozens of students came asking for their autograph. Our students said that they felt like pop stars.

In the afternoons we had the opportunity to visit nearby places of interest like the Guruge Nature Park, the Negombo fishing village, a local church and a Buddhist temple.

One of the most memorable events was meeting a middle aged fisherman who was happy to talk to us about his job, and what happens when the price of their catch fluctuates. What impressed all of us were his aspirations in life. He has started learning English to better himself and to be a good example to his children.

Friday was the last day in school and everyone came to say goodbye. The cub pack and little friends (their equivalent of the Brownies) which are associated with St Joseph’s organized an official send-off for us with music, dance, games and tea. We were all overwhelmed by their hospitality and generosity.

On Saturday we had a very exciting day. We visited the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, coming into contact with elephants for the first time. They were impressive, and although they appeared to be tame we could only admire these awesome creatures with reverence.

We went on to visit the city of Kandy situated in the Sri Lankan hinterland. Kandy is referred to as the cultural capital of Sri Lanka because of its beautiful surroundings and many Buddhist shrines, the most famous one being the Temple of the Tooth.  Kandy was very busy with pilgrims who gather every time there was a full moon. Walking barefoot in respect of local customs did not come naturally to us, especially as the paving stones were burning hot.

The Buddhist temples are very colourful with images from nature and local deities. In Kandy we had lunch in the most unlikely location, the officer’s mess from the time when Sri Lanka was a British colony. Apparently Lord Mountbatten was stationed in Kandy during WWII and it is very likely that he spend many hours in the very same hall, now in a hotel.

On the way back to Negombo we stopped for a short visit at the Peradeniya Royal Botanic gardens.  It can only be described as paradise, made more incredible by the presence of giant fruit bats hanging on the higher tree branches.

It was hard for all of us saying goodbye as we had made such good friends in Sri Lanka, but we hope that the partnership between the two schools will continue well into the future.


Key Dates Letter

Posted in: Letters on Monday, October 15th, 2012

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Devon Nature Walks Leaflets

Posted in: Latest News on Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
Devon Nature Walks Leaflets

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Well Done to those at SW Taekwondo Championships

Posted in: Latest News on Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

A big well done to Ethan Osborne-Whiting, Jasmine Ash and Owen Jones for winning medals at the South West Taekwondo Championships.