St James’ Anglican School
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At St James' Anglican School, inclusion is a core value that drives all our actions. One of the many ways we promote inclusion is by embracing and understanding the multicultural society we are a part of.
We are proud to have cultivated a diverse and welcoming environment that fosters a strong sense of belonging among all students and our wider School community. We are fortunate that our student body of more than 1,000 students hails from 23 nations, and we wholeheartedly celebrate the vibrancy that this mix of cultures brings to our School. We recognise that learning about diverse backgrounds greatly enhances the growth and enrichment of our entire community.
As you take a journey through our School grounds, you will come across many features and initiatives that promote inclusion and cultural appreciation. For instance, our tranquil Japanese gardens and Djerabin Booja outdoor learning environments provide spaces where students can connect with different cultures.
In our newly established outdoor cultural precinct, you'll find Aboriginal art projects that our students have designed and executed. Through these projects, our students have had the opportunity to explore and appreciate the Australian Indigenous culture. A notable feature is the stunning mural paintings depicting native animals, showcasing the talent and creativity of our students while celebrating the traditions and heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Adjacent to our Senior School oval, you will see 14 flagpoles proudly displaying flags which represent our students' birth countries. These flags not only symbolise the unity and strength of our diverse community, but they also serve as a constant reminder of the value we place on inclusion and belonging. The flags are changed regularly to allow all nations to be displayed at different times of the year.
A standout feature is our Senior School Belonging Map, which showcases the unique origins of each student's hometown. This interactive display is a testament to the diverse cultures that make up our school community. By exploring the Belonging Map, students gain a deeper understanding of different countries, traditions and histories, fostering a sense of cultural understanding and appreciation.
A highlight event that demonstrates our commitment to inclusion is St James' Day. This special annual celebration of our founder allows us to pay homage to our Schools’ unique history and Australian culture through interactive and enjoyable activities for everyone to enjoy and participate in. St James' Day fosters a strong sense of unity and camaraderie among our students and staff, highlighting the strength of our school community.
At St James' Anglican School, inclusion is not just a policy, but a way of life. We strive to create an environment where every individual feels welcomed and valued. By embracing diversity and promoting cultural understanding, we are helping our students grow into compassionate global citizens who will make a positive impact in an ever-connected world.