2016 saw some major highlights for the College in terms of student achievement as well as in buildings and facilities. Sporting highlights include representation at the Paralympics by one student, TAS premierships in Netball and Rugby, whilst we also achieved excellent Yr 12 outcomes data, and were finalists again in the Australian Training Awards. Our building projects included a new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) centre (Celtic centre) as well as a mezzanine floor in the Mary MacKillop Performance Centre. The Celtic centre encourages design and collaboration across subjects and utilises state of the art facilities. It includes 7 learning spaces, a construction courtyard and a collaborative gallery for the display of student work.
The College also participated in the 5 yearly External Review which was a very affirming and successful process. 4 staff were finalists in the BCE Excellence in Teaching Awards with one being a category winner. A successful China trip was undertaken as well as the annual Garma Indigenous festival and New
Zealand ski trips. The College Arts program continued to develop with the ‘Headspace’ production being very successful as well as high participation in eisteddfods and other cultural activities such as Chess and the Concert Band Spectacular. The environment committee is also active in promoting stewardship of the earth's resources.
St Columban's has a diverse range of students enrolled including from rural areas and students with a low socio-economic status. Our catchment area is diverse: ranging from Bald Hills in the South to the Caloundra region in the North; from Kilcoy in the West to Bribe Island in the East. St Columban's College is easily accessible via its close proximity to the Caboolture/Sunshine Coast railway lines and also the multiple bus operators that service the College.
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 over 30 different primary schools.
Our Student Leadership structure gives students multiple opportunities to obtain essential life and global skills critical to making the successful transition from school life to life in the wider community. Participating in their house and college 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 in 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 College at Albion in Brisbane, and it is an Edmund Rice Associate School.
The high number of Certificate III and IV students means that virtually every student generates a tertiary rank, which allows a broader range of options for students after leaving the College.
The College also organises trips internationally. In 2016 there was a China cultural trip and the annual Ski trip to NZ
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.
St Columban's College has a strong pastoral focus on the support of both our students and staff. The Pastoral Care system across the College offers a well developed and continually updating and evolving program across year levels to support and enhance student wellbeing. The aim of which is to nurture relationships with students which are safe, respectful and which help them reach their full potential. The programs offered work towards ensuring specific issues that are often common to each year level are targeted, as well as focusing on general wellbeing and resilience building.
Each year level at the College has a camp or retreat that focuses on the development opportunities of that year; added to this, we have seen continued growth in the delivery of retreat days, workshops, small group programs, peer mentor training and activities and information sessions for each year level. In particular, there have been workshops to target issues that include topics such as: bullying, safe behaviours, online profiles and footprints, mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, safe driving and healthy living. This has increased the opportunities for students to become involved and supported in the College.
The Wellbeing Program is reflective of the Edmund Rice tradition and underpinned by the Touch Stones of Liberating Education, Gospel Spirituality, Inclusive Community and Justice and Solidarity. In the traditions of Edmund Rice, we aim to not only support students, but to push them to extend themselves and take opportunities.
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
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.
To access the current school annual report, please visit the
Brisbane Catholic Education school annual reports page
The 2013 Annual School Report can be found
The 2014 Annual School Report can be found
The 2015 Annual School Report can be found here
The 2016 Annual School Report can be found