One thing that makes St Columba’s stand out as a school compared to others, is the strong sense of community within the school. We all know each other and staff are very supportive and approachable. The five Columban values are Kindness, Compassion, Inclusion, Responsibility, and Determination which are all essential to Columban life to ensure a positive, supportive and safe learning environment for all pupils.
Sport plays a vital part in Columban life and the daily games programme helps pupils to disconnect from academics at the end of the day. As well as competing on the sports field, we also learn important life skills such as teamwork, leadership and communication, helping to create ‘A Sound Mind in a Healthy Body’ and improving our all-round well-being. Similarly, I would urge all new pupils to get involved in music or drama or debating when the opportunity arises. It is exciting that we can look forward to such things after the restrictions of the pandemic.
I am very much looking forward to a jam-packed academic year, free of Covid constraints! I hope you take full advantage of all the opportunities that come your way and make the most of your time at St Columba’s. As Demosthenes, a Greek statesman, said, ‘Small opportunities are often the beginning of great achievements.
Marco Trolese, Senior Prefect 2022-2023