Vision, Philosophy and Values


Our vision is to be a Christian community of faith, walking in the footsteps of St Columban and blessed Edmund Rice that understands leadership as service; forgiveness as strength; equality and justice as paramount; compassion and outreach to the marginalised; education

as a source of freedom and love as our guiding light.



  • Foster growth in the awareness of the Christian message within the Catholic tradition

  • Cultivate the intellectual, physical and creative abilities of each person

  • Encourage the practice of informed and unprejudiced thinking

  • Prepare students for life through proper emphasis on vocational and recreational pathways

  • Actively involve parents in the life of the College with staff and students in developing positive relationships and an inclusive community

  • Foster global skills needed for 21st century



The Values of Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Brisbane

  • Our Christian tradition – journeying, growing, renewing

  • Dignity and Justice for all – recognition of human dignity and equality

  • Catholic Christian community – service of others, a joyful presence

  • High quality learning – zest for life, learning, quality achievement

  • Collaboration and subsidiarity – “shared wisdom”

  • Creativity – flexible and future oriented

  • Stewardship – responsible, accountable, seek truth and the right way

  • A mutual accountability – report on outcomes

The overarching goal for learning is to empower learners of all ages to shape and enrich our changing world by living the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


Our Catholic College is:

  • A supporting, learning community which plans from the roles of lifelong learning, consistently, explicitly and creatively for every learner

  • A place of modelling social justice

  • A place of welcoming inclusivity, particularly to marginal groups

  • A place where families meet other families

  • A place that connects older and younger people

  • A place that supports and connects youth

  • A place where opportunities for evangelisation are created and harnessed

  • A place where the Catholic community can access outreach programs

  • A place where the local Catholic community can come together to celebrate Eucharist and access spiritual formation programs.



As a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice tradition, we aspire to be faithful to these four touchstones:




If your family becomes associated with St Columban’s College, we will commence a partnership together.

The College for its part will:

  • Provide an environment of spiritual reflection, in which every person is encouraged to think about their life journey and themselves as a person

  • Provide learning experiences to prepare students for their various roles in life

  • Keep relationships that are respectful at the centre of all that it does

  • Provide a place in which people are listened to, feel safe and valued

  • Maintain and demand the highest of personal expectations in all that students do

As a student you will be asked to:

  • Be respectful of the Catholic / Christian nature of the College by the way in which you behave towards yourself and others

  • Commit to learning to the best of your ability, and to respect the rights of others to learn without interference
    (This means being attentive in class and completing a program of home study)

  • Agree to participate fully in the co-curricular learning activities of the College
    (This will mean attending all special days and events of importance to St Columban’s and staying back sometimes after school and could involve sport on some Saturday mornings)

  • Make sure all your relationships are respectful
    (This means caring for others by not gossiping, bullying or excluding)

  • Agree to uniform and grooming requirements
    (This means wearing the uniform correctly at all times, no jewellery, haircuts to follow College guidelines, etc.)

As parents you will be asked to:

  • Share the important knowledge you have about your son or daughter to help us to do a better job of meeting their needs

  • Communicate fully with the College in order to maintain a quality working relationship (This might mean ringing to clarify issues that are unresolved or telling the College about something your son or daughter has said or telling us if there are warning signs of sadness. Occasionally it is uplifting to hear about the good we do too!)

  • Supporting the values, processes and procedures of the College, including supporting your student to achieve their commitment above.

  • Find a small but practical way to show interest and commitment to your student’s education at the College.  (This means being interested in and talking regularly with your student about their progress at school. It may also mean being present at school in one of the following possible ways – attending parent teacher meetings / evenings or helping once a month at Tuckshop or attending a P&F meeting or coming to watch a performance put on by your child (sport, cultural or academic) or serving at a function)