2014 was a year of great achievement for St Columban's College. It began with the year 12 results which saw strong outcomes for students. Our NAPLAN results were the most improved in the district. Our College was accepted as an Edmund Rice Education Australia Associate School. Achievements in the sporting area were outstanding particularly in the fields of Rugby Union, Netball and Touch Football. Overall, our Catholic centered religious program, mission and outreach was consolidated with cultural immersion experiences, Indigenous awareness, with visits to communities on Melville and Bathurst Islands.
Arts excellence resulted in increased participation and expansion of the music program. A highlight of the year was a New Zealand sporting Cultural Tour. Successful projects included AGQTP grant in Digital Citizenship with training for teachers. St Columban's continues to operate fully in a 1:1 Macbook mode. St Columban's College was one of 3 finalists in the Australian Training Awards and our blueprint for this was based on the concept of "Every student every success". Our mantra of "Equity, Excellence and Edge" underpins our vision of multicredentialled pathways. The completion of our Trade Training Centre in Hospitality and Hairdressing in adjunct to our new Mary MacKillop Performance Centre has provided outstanding opportunities for our students.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE STUDENT BODY
We have students from a range of backgrounds enrol, including rural and low socio economic . Our catchment area spans the region from Kilcoy in the west to Bribie Island in the east. Due to our close proximity to the north-south rail network, we cater to families from Brisbane's northern suburbs, as well as from the Glasshouse region to the north.
Our diversity of blended pathways and school based traineeships via strong links to local industry, cater to the changing aspirations of our students, many of whom are the first in their family to attend university. Students at the College have come from 34 different primary schools.
Our Student Leadership structure gives students multiple opportunities to obtain essential life skills critical to making the successful transition from school life to life in the wider community. Participating in the committees provides students with opportunities to make a valuable contribution to College life.
As a founding school in TAS sport competition we have a proud history and tradition associated with school sport, and our students have made a significant contribution to sport in the district. With emphasis placed on teamwork and cooperation in sport, cultural and other co-curricular pursuits our students develop a real sense of making a worthwhile contribution. The College has a strong connection with its past students from the original school at Albion in Brisbane.
OUR DISTINCTIVE CURRICULUM OFFERINGS
- Year 8 Program in Dual Learning Groups
- Year 11 and 12 Youth Ministry (Cert III Christian Ministry and Theology)
- Certificate III and IV in Fitness
- MAP (Mentor Academy Program) for extension of students and developing potential in Sport and the Arts
- Sports Excellence Program.
- Certificate courses - Hospitality,Construction, Tourism, Business, ITS, Furnishing, Recreation, Finance, Child Care, Manufacturing
- Certificate courses for Indigenous Students
- School based traineeships (over 100 students undertaking)
- Wide range of Authority subjects.
- Multiple pathways opportunities including University subjects in Year 12.
- Co-curricular emphasis - expansion of debating program and TAS Sport
- Further development of Italian program
- Trade Training Centre - Hospitality and Hairdressing
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITES
- Australian Business Week
- Maths (Murrumba Downs and Rio Tinto)
- Girls Solving It For Themselves
- English, Maths and Science competitions
- Business competition
- University subjects
- Music evening
- Theatre Restaurant
- Public Speaking
- College Voices
- Vocal Group
- Concert Band
- Percussion Ensemble
- Dance Troupe
- Art Force
- Movie Mania
- Technical Sound and Lighting
- Crafty Critters
- Northern Lines Concert
- Fishing and Book Club
- Cross Country
- Touch Football
- Christian Brothers Cricket
- Bill Turner Cup
- Broncos Cup
- Coaching a sports team
- Confraternity Rugby League
- TAS Competition
- COMMUNITY SERVICES:
- ANZAC Day
- Nursing Home visits
- Working Bees
- Holiday Immersion Program
- ROSIES outreach
- 40 Hour fast
- College Functions
- Duhig, Molloy, O'Driscoll and English Action Groups
- Environmental Committee
- Tradition and Community
- Youth Ministry Retreats
HOW INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES ARE USED TO ASSIST LEARNING
One of the College's key learning and teaching principles is to utilise innovative pedagogical practices that effectively integrate technology. The 1:1 laptop program gives practical expression to this principle. The key aim for integration of technology is to ensure that all students have the opportunity to become competent, discriminating and creative users of a range of technologies. The College believes that integration of technologies provides students with the opportunities to engage in new learning possibilities and to extend student's interaction with their local and global communities.
The 1:1 laptop program is cutting edge and enables students to experience growth in many areas - self confidence, organisation, creativity, motivation to learn and learning in a range of modalities.
The program will provide both students and staff with an extended range of tools to engage in creative and critical thinking tasks that extend their knowledge and promote collaborative and empathetic learning.
Digital Citizenship and eLearning are embedded into practice.
SOCIAL CLIMATE INCLUSIVE OF PASTORAL CARE AND OUR RESPONSE TO BULLYING
Students, parents and staff at St Columban's College experience a strong sense of community and belonging. A simple welcoming spirit is evident as one enters the College grounds. The logo-Spirit, Tradition and Community - effectively captures the ethos of this College.
Vertical pastoral groups, a comprehensive Co-curricular Program, Anti-Bullying strategies (incorporating zero tolerance, conflict resolution, responsible thinking classroom, restorative justice) and student-centred learning opportunities offered to our students assit in building this climate within our community. Significant professional development centred around this in 2012. Parents have a variety of connections and opportunities for partnership with the College, thus enhancing their student's learning and development. This sense of participation is a long standing tradition of the College. Staff are active in providing opportunities for students to learn in an environment where care and love of students are seen as paramount conditions for teaching.
The College operates in a framework of School Wide Positive Behaviour Support.
PARENT INVOLVEMENT IN THEIR CHILD’S EDUCATION
The College prides itself on involving parents in every aspect of school life. We have two formal parent interview sessions throughout the year as well as the SET Planning process that involves parents formally attending information nights and interviews with members of the College Leadership team. In addition to these nights , the College holds an information evening for each year level, which includes open Q and A.
We have a high level of engaged families in our TAS program which is evidenced each Saturday morning at both home and away games as well as our Year 12 Retreat, the Principal Excellence in Learning Awards, Supporters Groups, Coaching and the ANZAC Day Liturgy. The College has also used a blog to involve parents in discussion and with decision making. Monthly attendance of parents at both P&F Meetings and Pastoral Board meetings is very strong. Parents also contribute greatly to the smooth running of our annual Community Open Day.
The College also has a weekly newsletter and the College updates the website on a regular basis
POLICY AND PRACTICE TO MANAGE STUDENT ATTENDANCE
Student attendance is managed by having engaging programs, and policies which support a safe, welcoming, inclusive environment. This is based on a vertical House system, involving a strong framework of pastoral care and house spirit.
A school wide positive behaviour support structure encourages a positive culture. Support focusses are there to provide assistance and scaffolding for those in need through our Learning Enhancement Centre, Careers Centre, Career pathways, tutorial programs and pastoral staff.
Rolls are marked each day and follow up on absences occurs that morning if the College has not been notified. Pastoral Coordinators and Counsellors also follow up on any unexplained absences throughout the day.
Annual School Report
The 2013 Annual School Report can be found here
The 2014 Annual School Report can be found here
The 2015 Annual School Report can be found here