The Saint James Centre offers students support in the areas of physical, social and emotional well-being, and in mental health.
Saint James was an Apostle of Jesus and, among other things, is the patron of pilgrims. Saint James was one of the favoured three who had the privilege of witnessing the Transfiguration of Jesus, the raising to life of the daughter of Jairus, and the agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. At one time, other disciples became indignant at the ambition of James and his brother, John. Seeing this, Jesus taught them all the lesson of humble service: the purpose of authority is to serve. There is no better way to serve than to empower people through education and in support of their health and wellbeing.
Thus, it is fitting that the College well-being centre is called the Saint James Centre. The naming of the centre is strengthened by the fact that it is located within the building called Santiago de Maria, named in honour of our College patron, Saint Oscar Romero and the cathedral in the city in which he was bishop, the Cathedral of Saint James the Apostle. Coincidently, the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, Spain is also called the Cathedral of Saint James the Apostle, which is the final destination of the Camino pilgrimage walks and the final resting place of Saint James.
Holy Cross College aims to positively influence wellbeing by fostering positive and sustainable characteristics that enable students to achieve their best. Evidence supports the strong, mutual relationship between well-being and learning.
Identifying and reducing barriers to learning, including those linked to student well-being, can help to maximise the educational and social outcomes for students. The College works with parents in promoting the building of resilience in students.
Currently, the Saint James Centre offers the services of a social worker, psychologist and nurse. The facility boasts state-of-the-art first aid suites, offices and meeting rooms.
The College Social Worker focuses on the relations and interactions between students and their school environment, and is available for individual counselling to support students. Grant funding is received annually from the National School Chaplaincy and Welfare Programme.
The College Psychologist is available for students to assist with developmental issues from learning difficulties, stress, mental health and more.
The College Nurse is available during school hours to assist in the medical treatment of students and staff who become unwell or need assistance with their daily medical needs.
Parents should familiarise themselves with the following documents and, where appropriate, complete and return the action and management plans to the College Nurse.