Sporting activities at St James include:

  • All students from K–6 attend an intensive swimming program
  • Gymnastics program for all students in Term 3
  • Athletics Carnival
  • Swimming Carnival
  • Cross Country Carnival
  • Lower Primary Gross Motor Program
  • Fundamental Movement Program from K–6
  • Winter Sports Competitions involving Rugby League, Soccer, Netball, Hockey
  • Elective Sports Program for Stage 2 and 3 students in Term 4
  • Stage Three have the opportunity to attend the Zone GALA Day, Paul Wilson Cup Soccer Challenge, Diocesan Netball Challenge, Group 18 Rugby League Challenge, Casino Rugby League Carnival, Billy Hardy and O’Dwyer


Representative Pathways

St James children have the opportunity to participate in school representative sport to the highest level in Primary School sport which is representing NSWPSSA at an Australian All Schools Carnival.

The sporting pathways include: Swimming, Cross Country, Athletics, Rugby League, Soccer, Netball, Softball, Cricket, Basketball, Touch Football, AFL, Hockey, Tennis and Rugby Union.


Representative Opportunities Exist in the following:

  • St James Representative at a Tweed Zone Carnival
  • Tweed Zone Representative at a Lismore Diocesan Carnival
  • Lismore Diocesan Representative at a Polding Carnival
  • Polding Representative at  NSW PSSA Carnivals
  • NSWPSSA Representative at an Australian All Schools Carnival

Sports Houses

When students enrol at St James, they are allocated a Sporting House. Students with siblings will be placed in the same House as their siblings. Once students have been allocated a House, they remain in that House for the remainder of their enrolment at St James. These Houses are the student’s ‘team’ for the swimming and athletics carnivals. They sit together, wear the same colour and cheer together.

The Houses are as follows:

MacKillop House (Blue) – Mary of the Cross MacKillop was the first Australian Saint; she was the foundress of the Sisters of St Joseph who educated many underprivileged young Australians.





Polding House (Red) –   John Bede Polding was Archbishop of Sydney, born at Liverpool, 18th October 1794; died at Sydney, 16th  March 1877.  He was the first Archbishop of NSW and was instrumental in constructing the Catholic Church in Australia.





Ryland House (Green) – Mrs. Elaine Ryland was the foundation Principal of St James Primary, commencing at the school in 1993 where she established the school on its current site. 





Hanly House (Gold) – On 3rd February 1918, Fr Hanly took up his duties as parish priest at Tweed Heads.  Fr Hanly remained as a faithful servant of God and the people of Tweed Heads for many years.  Fr Hanly passed away on 14th November 1979.