Ireland's Premier Boarding & Day School

St. Columba's College

St. Columba's College

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A Brief Introduction

Over 80% of our pupils board in our traditional yet modern and comfortable boarding houses. There are seven boarding houses (Glen, Gwynn, Stackallan, Tibradden, Hollypark, Iona & Beresford), each with an assigned Housemaster or Housemistress, Assistant Housemaster (or Housemistress) and a team of House Tutors. Every house has a friendly atmosphere but a unique personality and spirit. Day pupils are assigned to a boarding house and are encouraged to take part in inter-house activities.

To find out more about boarding at St. Columba’s click here.

St. Columba’s College provide our pupils with a wide variety of subjects, taught by experienced and dedicated teachers. Class sizes are very small (average of 14) which allows for greater depth of treatment and consolidation of learning. Our pupils have a proud history of academic achievement, both in the Junior & Leaving Certificate (Ireland’s state examinations) but also at third level. The average Leaving Certificate points score in 2016 was 474, with a five year average of 460 – among the very best in the country.

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An active body complements an active mind and our extensive sports programme ensures our pupils are balanced in their approach to academic work. At St. Columba’s College there are six days of compulsory sport for all pupils. Rugby, hockey, athletics, cricket, tennis and basketball are the main team sports on offer but pupils also can participate in football, archery, polo-crosse, badminton, volleyball and much more.

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It is our strong belief that allowing our pupils express themselves artistically contributes greatly to their personal development. There is a strong tradition of participation in the arts – through drama, music, painting, photography, crafts, choir, debate and much more. There are, on average, a dozen plays performed each year, over 30 musical performances or concerts and an emphasis on bringing artistic endeavour into all academic subjects. Music, art, drama or public speaking do not detract from academic performance – they enhance it!

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The pastoral care structures within St. Columba’s College are extensive and provide our pupils with a home away from home. Central to our philosophy is our boarding house structures with each pupil being assigned to a house – even day pupils. Each house has a Housemaster, an Assistant Housemaster and a team of House Tutors, who together provide pupils with the academic and personal support. The house system is complemented by our Matron and her team of nurses, who provide the medical care for pupils, as well as the school counsellor and the Cúram Team (our pastoral care committee).

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Highly qualified and dedicated teachers ensure the quality of tuition at St. Columba’s College is second to none. Uniquely, the vast majority of our teachers live on campus and make themselves available to their pupils in the evenings and weekends. Most teachers participate in the school’s sporting programme as well as our extensive extra-curricular programme. In addition, our teachers are also involved in the boarding structures of the College, contributing to excellent pupil / teacher relationships.

Explore all the teaching and support staff in the College here.

Our stunning campus, set on 140 acres on the foot of the Dublin mountains and overlooking the city, is a tranquil yet vibrant learning space. Beautiful gardens, architecturally significant buildings, well maintained playing fields, acres of park land and excellent facilities all contribute to an exceptional learning environment.

Explore our campus here using our interactive campus map or view our aerial campus video on the left.

“St. Columba’s helped shape me into who I am today – my inner strength, my passion for sports, adventure, the arts, learning, and interpersonal relationships were nurtured through the unique curriculum, and helped enormously in the development of my career. My home away from home: the pupils and staff were my family.”

Alex PanayotouCorporate & Personal Mentor & Speaker

“The academic and sporting curriculum, coupled with the broad range of nationalities and cultures that St. Columba’s boasts, is second to none in Ireland. Without doubt, this unique educational opportunity ensured I was equipped to tackle the wide range of patients, pathologies and techniques I encounter on a daily basis as a surgeon”

Colin PeirceConsultant General & Surgeon

“St. Columba’s was great, for so many reasons! The academics, the sports, the extracurricular activities and, of course, the great friendships formed along the way … but it is the qualities of independence, leadership and curiosity that were nurtured in us from a young age that have really stood to me in my role in Innovation for a Fortune 500 company.”

Sinéad ClarkinInnovation Skills Academy

“St. Columba’s offered wonderful variety and space for sport. It provided me with all the tools to become a professional rugby player but also an appreciation for other sports.”

Ian McKinleyInternational Rugby Player

“I spent my formative years at the College and loved the experience. It’s clear the College wants students to succeed, both on an academic and a personal level. Dear prospective pupils: join a team, the choir, put on a play and enjoy the beautiful setting overlooking Dublin. You will learn and make memories for life.”

Lisa BauerEU Administrator

“During my first two years as a day-boarder, I developed an appetite for sport, drama and other extracurricular activities, to the point where I volunteered to be a boarder so that I could spend more time at the College. I relished the academic work with small classes and attentive, engaging teachers. I was involved in a drama production every single year of my life at the College, which built my confidence and opened up the career that I now have as an advocate.”

Jonathan MooreBarrister