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Escaping conflict and encampment, African refugees rise to leadership and strive to put God first

ONE of Brisbane’s oldest schools has for the first time named two African refugees as college captains, identifying the pair as leaders strongly committed to their faith and to Catholic social justice. The new captains at Brisbane’s inner-city St James College are Mariam Ajang, born in a refugee camp in Kenya after her family fled war-torn Sudan, and Paul Paul, ... Read More »

St James College asylum-seeker student’s dreams of studying to become a doctor revived

OUTSTANDING refugee student Soumi Gopalakrishnan faces deportation together with her Tamil family but, for now, she is celebrating the prospect of fulfilling her dream of studying to become a doctor. The 19-year-old was school captain and dux at Brisbane’s inner-city St James College this year, but her refugee status means she is not eligible for a domestic government-supported HECS position at ... Read More »

St James College creates pathway to inclusivity

Sam Hodge, Alexandra Murphy and Caleb Bull official open the school's new walkway

HIGH school student Alexandra Murphy won’t be struggling to get to assembly after receiving a new shortcut from her college community. Alexandra, who lives with a severe degenerative disease that has confined her to a wheelchair, was among the first students to use the new walkway that connects the hall at St James College, Spring Hill, with the main classroom ... Read More »

School senior’s final year ‘the best period’ of his life

Ahmed Hakimi

WHAT does it take for a senior student to confidently announce that the final year of schooling was “the best period” of their life? In Ahmad Hakimi’s case it took the welcoming and inclusive educational setting of St James’ College, Brisbane. The admiration was reciprocated and college principal Gerry Crooks and college staff “were delighted” to learn that the 2016 ... Read More »

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