Australian Business Week (ABW)
Students engage in a virtual world of business for a week learning vital business, workplace and life skills. Participants form teams of 4-10 and assume management roles to run a virtual company, making important business decisions as they compete against other participating teams. Students learn business concepts, work as part of a team, problem solves and explore future career interests.
St Columban's College has a proud history of Debating through Year 8 to 12. Debating involves working in a team of four to research, plan and present an argument in response to an allocated topic. Students engage in a process of argument with an opposing team through confident presentation of argument and rebuttal. Participation in Debating requires attendance at lunchtime meetings, and at four evening debates, usually between the months of March and July. Debating develops strong skills in the areas of research, public speaking, self-confidence, literacy and teamwork. The College competes as part of the Queensland Debating Union (QDU) competition (Brisbane North Division).
St Columban's competes in the Murrumba Maths Competition in Term 2 every year. This competition is open to every school from the Pine Rivers Bridge to Beerwah. Each team competes within their age group in the divisions; Individual, Team and Relay events. The College consistently has high placing teams every year and is an excellent chance for students to see maths in action, listen to interesting career paths in maths and enjoy lectures from noted Mathematicians.
The Royal Australian Chemical Institute holds an annual titration competition. The Queensland Regional Chemical Analysis (Titration) Competition is for students from Years 10 to 12. Entrants compete in teams of 3 and each performs an acid-base titration exercise. The aim of the competition is to encourage students who enjoy chemistry and to recognise those who are becoming proficient.
Artforce is a co-curricular Visual Arts activity run by the College. Students from years 8-12 meet once a week on a Thursday afternoon to work on a variety of arts activities and projects. Each year the projects expose students to a range of skills and workshops including artworks to be installed and displayed in the College, theatre set design and construction and independent art making activities. Students who study visual arts and students who like to be creative are encouraged to come along to Artforce each week.
Columban's Caterers is a co-curricular activity that gives students a taste of what it might be like to work in the exciting and fast-paced hospitality industry. St. Columban's is lucky enough to have outstanding new facilities, including a Café, commercial kitchen and the Bobbio restaurant. We currently cater for all types of groups and events: ranging from informal lunches and weekend coffee shops, to extravagant buffets and 3-course formal dinners. Students are able to gain valuable cooking, team-work and communication skills, that may assist them with future employment. Students do not necessarily need to study Hospitality to join this co-curricular activity; it is open to any Year 10, 11 or 12 who has a passion for food and cooking, and wishes to gain experience in the hospitality industry. There are three catering trimesters available during the year, that align with the TAS trimesters. Students would be expected to participate in a minimum of 80% of the required functions in order to gain a co-curricular point. Aside from functions, students will have the opportunity to participate in 'Masterclass' workshops, where experienced staff will assist them to refine their culinary and food presentation skills.
The Chess Club meets at lunchtime every Thursday in the library. The Chess Club players have the opportunity to represent the College at the Queensland Interschool Teams Chess Championship which is conducted over three rounds throughout the year. Chess can increase cognitive skills; build a sense of team spirit whilst emphasising the ability of the individual; teaches the value of hard work, concentration and commitment; but the best reason for playing chess is that it is great fun!
Crafty Critters is a craft club which has been operating for 10 years in the College. Crafty Critters is open to all students and meet most Thursdays during 1st lunch break. Participating in Crafty Critters attracts 1 co-curricular point each semester. Activities include card making and paper crafts, jewellery making, and beading to name a few. Students also assist with college activities by making invitations and table decorations for school functions. It is always a fun day!
Theatresports is improvised theatre entertainment played as a spectator sport. Teams of players invent scenes from suggestions they are given, while following particular sets of rules called. Everything is made up on the spot; the lights, music, dialogue, mime and song. The teams are judged on their ability to follow the rules of each game, deliver a cohesive story line and entertain the audience. While a trophy is offered for the winning team, the main aim is to provide an enjoyable performance experience by bringing students across the College and of varying abilities together to create a show that is inclusive and fun.
The Theatresports inter-school competition season runs across Term Two and Three (dates and locations for the heats are released at the end of Term One). Students who participate on the St Columban's team are required to attend:
- One after school training session a week, beginning near the end of Term One and running until the end of Term Two.
- At least one competition heat which will take place during the week at a school within the North Brisbane region.
- Closer to competition dates some lunchtime training sessions may be required.
The Spirit Committee at St Columban's is a made up of a group of students that are passionate about Community Outreach, Social Justice and encouraging the Spiritual life of our College. The Committee is involved in a number of fundraising ventures throughout the year in an effort to support local and international charity and aid organisations. One of the Committee’s big projects is Project Compassion which is run through Caritas. Project Compassion runs throughout Lent and kicks off with a Shrove Tuesday pancake stall! All the money raised throughout the campaign helps to support the wonderful aid and relief work that Caritas do in numerous countries throughout the world.
The Spirit Committee also looks after the year 8/9 girls and boys retreats held here at the college and co-ordinates the 40 hour fast with all proceeds supporting the St Columban's mission program. Rosies street outreach is another fantastic outreach that the Spirit Committee is involved in as well as helping organise 40 Christmas hampers at the end of the year for St Vincent's De Paul.
St Columban’s College aspires to the ‘Edmund Rice’ philosophy which states Catholic schools should be sensitive to and help to promulgate Church appeals for justice. Justice then holds an important place in the curriculum and encourages the school community to work for social and ecological justice in the school and society generally. The St Columban’s ‘Environment Committee’ consists of three teachers and a variety of students from all year levels who are focussed on working towards the creation of a sustainable planet and addressing the environmental and justice issues intertwined in how humans are called to relate to Gods creation.
Our main project ‘Creation We Care – Waste Minimisation & Community Garden Project’, is focussed on highlighting major challenges facing humanity including, environmental degradation, limits to resources and threats to biodiversity, more specifically litter which is attributed to the loss of mammals and birds in Moreton Bay. It is a long term project based on the concept of ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’.
The Dance Troupe performs at College and community events and competes in eisteddfods. The Troupe also holds an annual dance night to showcase their talents. The Senior Troupe holds practice every Monday from 3:00pm to 4:30pm and the Junior Troupe every Wednesday from 3:00pm to 4.30pm.
Annual Musical/Theatre Production
Each year St Columban’s College takes pride in producing a quality theatrical experience for the members of the wider St Columban’s Community to enjoy. The style of our productions alternates from year to year, as our creative team produces musicals, dramas and theatre restaurants. All students across year levels 8-12 can be involved, and opportunities exist both on stage and off. The students can take on roles as actors, dancers, singers, musicians, backstage crew, sound and lighting technicians, hair and make-up artists, and more. Rehearsals for the students occur twice a week after school and on some weekends leading up to the performance dates and the rehearsal process generally goes for approximately 2-3 months. From a students’ perspective, being involved in a St Columban’s College production is an incredibly valuable and rewarding experience, and from an audience perspective, the shows are not to be missed!
MOVIEMANIA is an annual Queensland film competition for secondary school students which attracts entries from all over Australia. StC has been involved for several years now and achieved success very year in one area or another. Students meet regularly to write, shoot and edit short films for this flourishing competition.
Interact is a club for those who want to connect with others in their community or school. Interact members carry out service projects and learn about the world. Interact organises at least two service projects a year: one that benefits our community and one that encourages international understanding. Interact receives support from our local Rotary Club of Caboolture. Activities and projects Interact have undertaken include: visiting the Caboolture Hospital distributing Easter eggs to the patients, a visit to an Aged Care home for a Christmas concert and games, fundraising for our sponsored student in Tanzania, and for the Rotary project that aids Cleft Palate Operations in Bangladesh. Interact holds fortnightly meetings every Thursday at the College.
Rosies Street Retreat Program
The Street Retreat Program is an exciting outreach program for students aged sixteen (16) to seventeen (17) or Grade 11 & 12. This program is designed to provide students the opportunity to take part in volunteer outreach with the less fortunate in our community. The Program provides practical and social education in respect to the issues facing the most marginalised in our community. Our students are part of the Caboolture street van outreach and head off with a staff member once a month to help serve in the local community.