Continuing tradition of excellence

Columba College 2016 Academic Blues recipients.
Columba College 2016 Academic Blues recipients.
Columba College offers it all - sport, culture, arts, academic excellence, community, fun and friendship.

One of New Zealand's most distinguished schools for girls, it has a long-established tradition of academic excellence and outstanding all-round achievement.

In 2016, 98 to 100% of Columba College's students achieved NCEA Levels 1, 2 or 3, and 47% of students achieved their NCEA endorsed with excellence.

Graduates of the college were successful in receiving more than $100,000 in university scholarships, including New Zealand universities' most prestigious scholarships.

The college has once again demonstrated strength across a number of sports, with current students representing New Zealand in touch, football, synchronised swimming, ice hockey, gymnastics, water-skiing, equestrian, and swimming.

It also boasts Otago representative players in basketball, netball, futsal, football, swimming, rowing, badminton, water polo, touch, cricket, squash, rugby, volleyball, hockey, cross-country, and tennis.

Columba College currently holds every cup available in Otago/Southland for debating - five in total - some of which the college has held for three years running.

And the college has excelled in languages, with top honours in the Alliance Francaise Concours Oral Competition, the national German Exchange Scholarship, and the NZ Chinese Calligraphy Competition.

The college's year 9 and 10 students were successful in winning the national language and literature category at the Tournament of Minds Competition, and year 9 to 13 classics students came first in each of their categories in the University Secondary Schools Classics Quiz.

Columba College principal Juliette Hayes believes that part of the college's success lies in the strong connection and support it receives from parents, teachers, volunteers and the wider community.

``We would like to thank everyone who has supported our college and students this year in what has been another year of outstanding achievements across the board,'' said Mrs Hayes.

``We know it is not just the hard work of our students but also the dedication and support of those who teach, support, motivate and inspire them to reach their potential.'' 

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