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Today’s Zenen Business Challenge

Posted in: Latest News on Friday, January 31st, 2014
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Thursday 30th January saw the first ZenEn school business challenge with 12 year 8’s from St James leading the way. Hosted by David Solomidies, director of ZENEN Education services and with involvement of University of Exeter, with Joe Pearce the Business Manager of the Innovation Centre and two of the successful undergraduate entrepreneurs; Ali Gillum (Macaw Designs) and Jon Mills (Mammal Swag), who currently juggle running their own successful businesses with studying.

Ali and Jon adopted a team of 6 each, to coach the Year 8’s in utilising the Xing business game to understand a structured approach to the different elements of creating a business from scratch and the order in which this happens; also, to think for themselves and learn and build on each other’s ideas and suggestions. We were all very impressed with the enthusiasm and creativity the two teams displayed and the way that the participants gravitated towards their individual executive roles.

The objective of the Challenge was to understand the components and building blocks that make a business function, how they are fused and interact, and how the individuals are capable of creating something collectively that they would struggle to achieve individually.

Whilst previous participants usually approach the challenge scientifically, the emotion and drive that the students displayed was infectious, with some very creative ideas, well expressed and enthusiastically delivered.

There was clearly competition between the two teams and each had their strengths, with Team One displaying a greater ability to articulate their business plan and finance, the teams equal on harnessing their creativity and Team Two providing a very cohesive presentation of their product, well-articulated and with a real grasp of how it was going to be marketed.

The net result was a very close run decision, with Team Two winning by a single point. Both teams must be commended for their ability to take their brief and build a virtual company and viable product into which there was very impressive creative thinking that belied their age.


Year 11 Awards Evening Gallery

Posted in: Gallery on Friday, January 31st, 2014


Notice Regarding – Student Drop Off Points.

Posted in: Latest News on Thursday, January 30th, 2014
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At the start and end of the school days our car parks are very busy. As a result, we have recently witnessed several potentially harmful incidents involving children who have been dropped off in the car parks who are then attempting to walk through them to get to school.

We are therefore asking you to please refrain from using the top and bottom car parks as a drop off area for your child, and to instead drop them off at the community entrance or at the bus stops inside the top entrance. This will ensure that we are able to keep all our students safe which is our top priority. We appreciate your support with this matter.


Non Uniform Day – Friday 14th February in aid of PSPA Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association

Posted in: Latest News on Thursday, January 30th, 2014

St James School will be holding a non uniform day on the 14th February in aid of PSPA – Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association. This charity has been chosen by students from our school who have a family member with this condition.

there will be a £1 Donation for non uniform and proceeds will go to the chosen charity.

To donate or find out more about PSP and the Charity please go to: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/progressive-supranuclear-palsy/pages/introduction.aspx


Year 10 Parents Evening

Posted in: Latest News on Monday, January 27th, 2014

This year, Year 10 Parents evening will be held on Thursday 6th February.


Sparx Maths Revision Sessions Letter – Individually tailored revision for your child.

Posted in: Letters on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

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Ten Tors Walk January 18th 2014

Posted in: Latest News on Monday, January 20th, 2014

The Met Office gave a severe weather warning for the South West this Saturday.  Again.  This would stop some venturing outside, and advise most, if not all, to avoid one of the most wild and inhospitable parts of the British Isles.  Not so the St James School Moor Challenge team, who braved the horrendous conditions and embarked on an ambitious walk across Dartmoor.  The route originally planned was modified to avoid significant water courses, but this did not stop the team getting thoroughly soaked.  As if being merely on the moor was not challenging enough for them, they chose to summit the highest tor on Dartmoor, Yes Tor.  This was in response to being given the choice to head back to the minibus when the wind and rain was so bad is was near impossible to stand, let alone see.

The expedition force was a combination of year 10s, last year’s Ten Tors team plus two other year 11s, two year 9s from Colyton Grammar School and four very dedicated teachers.  Special thanks to Mr Milverton, Mr Farmer and especially Mr Bovey, who accompanied me on Saturday, without whose help and support this would not have been possible.


Open morning for prospective teachers

Posted in: Latest News on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
Open Morning for prospective teachers

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St James School

Open Morning for prospective teachers

 Tuesday 28 January

9.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.

We have vacancies in a range of subjects (starting in September 2014):


  •        Head of History

  •        Head of Geography

  •        Head of RE

  •        Second in Department – Maths

  •        Lead Practitioner – Science

  •        Maths teacher

  •        Science teacher

  •        Technology teacher


Please phone Jill Willis on 01392 209922, ext 285

to book a place for the Open Morning


‘Community Artist’ at the Saxon Spence Gallery

Posted in: Latest News on Monday, January 13th, 2014
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‘Community Artist’ at the Saxon Spence Gallery


‘Community Artist’ is a new exhibition at the Saxon Spence Gallery for 2014. Concentrating on artists from the area, or those involved with external artistic communities.

The work has been co-curated by several members of the Fine Art department team – each with long-standing ties to the local and wider art community in Devon and surrounding districts.

We have successfully accommodated a broad selection of artists and artworks to engage and inspire the students (and teachers!) whilst demonstrating what ‘art’ in a broader sense can be through a range of artistic practices.

Anna Hamill – ‘Fulfilled Content’


The exhibition runs from January to March 2014.



Ski Trip 2015 Payments – Next Payment Due 24th January

Posted in: Latest News on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
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The next payment for the 2015 Ski Trip is due on 24th January.  Please make cheques payable to ‘Devon County Council’.  Future payment dates are:

Friday 24th January 2014 – £85

Friday 28th February 2014 – £85

Friday 28th March 2014 – £85

Friday 25th April 2014 – £85

Friday 23rd May 2014 – £85

Friday 27th June 2014 – £85

Friday 11th July 2014 – £14