Developing Character. Delivering Results.

Developing character. delivering results.
Developing character delivering results. Photo: Supplied
Fun and friendship
Fun and friendship. Photo: Supplied
2018 NZ Secondary School Touch Champions
2018 NZ Secondary School Touch Champions. Photo: Supplied
Preparing students to serve contribute and succeed.
Preparing students to serve contribute and succeed. Photo: Supplied
Promoting academic excellence
Promoting academic excellence. Photo: Supplied
Representing New Zealand in the arts
Representing New Zealand in the arts. Photo: Supplied
Boarding at Columba College
Boarding at Columba College. Photo: Supplied

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.” 

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