House System

Each student who enrols at St James' will be assigned to a House. When the first child from a family is assigned to a House, all other siblings will be assigned to the same House.

The House System is aimed at allowing students to gather together with their peers in smaller groups that will allow competition, teamwork, cultural events, social events and will help contribute to the fabric of our school spirit.

All of the activities on offer will provide a wonderful opportunity for students to try new activities and to interact with students across the Year Groups and across the House Groups. We will have House Activities every fortnight.

In secondary school, the House System will help group students with their Pastoral Care Tutor. 

Pastoral Care Tutors are in the same House as their students, and stay with the students, wherever possible, for the six years of the secondary school career. The Pastoral Care Tutor is the primary contact person if parents wish to discuss any concerns regarding their child.

Included but not limited to;

  • Sports
  • Art & Crafts
  • Music
  • Public speaking,Media & Leadership


The maritime history in the area that St James’ Anglican School is located, being on the doorstep of the Alkimos wreck, provides a solid foundation for acknowledging things nautical in establishing our history. The logic behind naming the houses was driven by a need to have strong names of West Australian wrecks, that would provide students with the opportunity to explore the history of each.

It was essential to select ships that have a history that was interesting, without being too extreme. For this reason the Batavia was not suitable with some 200 murders after the wreck occurred. The HMAS Sydney was selected because it is remembered as Australia’s worst maritime disaster, yet the coming of age of a nation. It is similar in nature to our ANZACS. We do not want to forget the history that has helped forge our nation.

House Names

Cervantes –(1844)- BLUE



Twilight- (1877)- RED


Brief History

Alkimos 1963

On March 20, 1963 the ill-fated Greek freighter and former Liberty ship, SS Alkimos struck a reef near Beagle Island, some 240 km to the north of Fremantle, while on a voyage from Jakarta to Bunbury. This mishap was the start of a disastrous chain of events that saw the vessel impounded in Fremantle Harbour, run aground on two further occasions and finally sold for scrap in the following year. Five days after running aground at Beagle Island Alkimos was freed and towed into Fremantle for temporary repairs, only to be impounded in May for non-payment of debts. This matter was quickly resolved and a tug was chartered to tow Alkimos to Hong Kong for further repairs. The vessel finally left on May 30, but within hours of leaving Fremantle the tow-line snapped and gale force winds drove the ship ashore near Wreck Point, 56 km north of Perth.

For four months the ship remained stranded, left to ride out the winter storms. A caretaker was put aboard and during that time stories of bizarre and ghostly events appeared in the press. In January 1964, the tug, Pacific Star arrived to

pump out Alkimos and tow it Manila. Two attempts were made to refloat the 7,291-ton ship but each time the tow lines parted and it again ran aground. A month later the tug succeeded in securing Alkimos but before it could be towed away, Pacific Star was arrested and escorted back to Fremantle, leaving Alkimos anchored in deep water.  In May 1964, the vessel broke anchor and was driven onto the Eglinton Rocks near present-day Yanchep. On this occasion it was more severely damaged, and all thought of salvaging it intact was abandoned.

 It was later sold by the owners for scrap. However, in 1969, salvage workers were driven off the wreck by a fire. One of the salvage workers also reported hearing ghostly noises. After that time, the partly dismantled remains of the ship sat in several metres of water, visible to visitors, but gradually disintegrating.



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