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For over a century Columba College has been preparing students to serve, contribute and succeed, wherever their path may take them. It is the College’s aim to instil in every student a love of learning and an understanding that education matters.
Columba College sets high standards and supports students to achieve their best in all areas of school life. In 2018, Columba’s senior students were awarded 16 scholarships in the New Zealand Scholarship exams, two of which were gained by students in Year 12.
However, there’s much more to Columba College than academic achievement. The College has demonstrated strength across a number of sports with several students representing Otago or New Zealand. This summer Columba’s senior touch team were crowned NZ Secondary School Champions.
Columba has a strong track record in the Arts, with Year 12 student Sophie Baron selected to join the Young Shakespeare Company at the Globe Theatre in London. The College also hasstudents representing New Zealand in the NZ Secondary Schools’ Choir and Orchestra, showcasing their musical talent.
It is opportunities like these, together with the nurturing boarding environment, that attracts families from all over Otago to Columba College.
Director of Boarding Marianne Parks has had three of her own children attend boarding schools and knows first-hand the benefits it brings.
“Columba offers young women in rural areas the opportunities to excel across many endeavours which are not always possible at rural schools. Through living in community, boarders develop vital social skills and perseverance alongside the high quality academic education on offer,” explains Mrs Parks.
“Surrounded by people who genuinely care about their welfare, young women develop the ability to adapt to change and get on with all types of people from a variety of cultures and different walks of life.
“It is these social skills, together with their knowledge and learning, that see young women flourish at Columba, developing confidence, independence and resilience.”