All St James College students are expected to develop their leadership qualities with many elected to formal student leadership positions including College Leader, Homeroom Mentor, Lasalian Youth Leader, Student Representative Councillor, or as Captains of the many teams and groups. It is the responsibility of students in these positions to 'lead by example' in their studies, their commitment to College life and their participation in social justice activities. They are expected to demonstrate the Lasalian traditions of excellence, integrity and respect while at school and when representing the College in the wider community.
One of the many opportunities for student leadership at St James College is the Lasalian Youth Leaders' program. As one of the four Lasalian schools in Melbourne, this program is founded in the tradition of St John Baptist de La Salle who actively encouraged his teachers to act as 'brothers' to the students in their care. Similarly, the Lasalian Youth Leaders play a role of older brother to the younger students of the College as they participate in a range of activities such as school retreatsm fundraising days and school holiday camps. This model of 'servant leadership' allows the senior students become significant role models for the younger students at the College.
St James College is a smaller school with a strong pastoral program and a close bond between students and staff. We aim to engage young men in positive learning relationships to provide opportunities for success in a range of endeavours.