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Book Week September 2018

Last year the first Book Week, to promote reading by everyone at St Columba’s, was a great success, and this year’s equivalent starts on Monday 24th. Mr Jameson introduced the elements of it in a Chapel talk on Wednesday. These include: The Library will be open every day at break and at lunch-time as well […]

Open Day, Saturday 29th September

All prospective pupils and their parents are very welcome to our annual Open Day during the morning of Saturday 29th September. No booking is needed: just turn up and you will be guided by pupils to the  Lower Argyle reception point, where you can meet staff and current parents. From here, Prefects will take tours […]

Culture Night, Friday 21st September

For the third time the College is taking part in Culture Night, the great national event which this year is on the evening of Friday 21st September. Again the Sub-Warden, Julian Girdham, will give a 15-minute talk on the history of the College starting at 7pm in the Chapel (visitors are welcome to come from […]

Malebogo Modise

We were joined last week by Malebogo Modise, a former pupil of the Warden Mr Boobbyer when he worked at Tiger Kloof School. She assisted in the All-Ireland Head Prefects’ Conference training on Friday, and then on Saturday morning spoke powerfully about her own story. Her address follows below:- “It is such an honour and privilege […]

Teaching and Learning Day

A very important part of what we do is to continue improving our academic practices. This work is largely unseen by pupils and parents, but is a strong under-current of school life. As well as individual teachers and Departments working on their practice, there is also a formal programme of school-wide training, partly organised by […]

Start of Michaelmas Term 2018

Wednesday 5th September 2.00-2.30pm: arrival of new pupils at boarding houses, and unloading of luggage, followed by refreshments in Lower Argyle/Dining Hall. 3.30pm: Welcome and address by Warden in Big Schoolroom to all new pupils and their parents. 4.00-4.45pm: Meetings with House staff (different locations). 5.30pm: Parents and day pupils depart by this time. 6.00pm: […]


175 Weekend

A spectacular weekend’s activities concluded last night with a lovely Chapel service at 6pm. Old Columbans from around the world, parents, staff and pupils took part in a huge variety of events blessed with perfect weather. It all kicked off with the Old Columban Society drinks party in the Dining Hall of Trinity College, Dublin, […]

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Weekend Celebrations for the 175th

Old Columbans are currently travelling from all over the world for our special 175th anniversary weekend, which coincides with the annual St Columba’s Day Celebrations. We have already welcomed visitors from places such as Singapore and Bangkok who have been seeing the school, and tonight 300 OCs and their guests attend a drinks party in […]


Transition Year Awards 2018

Last night in the Big Schoolroom Mr McCarthy wrapped up this year’s Transition Year Programme, speaking to the pupils about their successes and progress throughout the year. He thanked all the TY staff team, and in particular Mr Noel Coldrick, who contributes a huge amount to the Year annually, and who is retiring from the […]

Transition Year English Evening 2018

The 25th annual TY English Evening was held in the BSR last night to round off the pupils’ course. As usual the formula consisted of pupils reading out interesting pieces from their Work Portfolios, and a guest commenting on these and then on ‘matters English’. The guest speaker last night was the first ‘graduate’ of […]

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Voices of Poetry 2018

That excellent annual event, Voices of Poetry, took place last night in the BSR. Every year it seems the sun is shining outside as the darkened space, lit by a single spotlight, gives us an hour’s treat of great poetry. As Mr Swift, the compère in black tie, pointed out, there was a ‘175’ tinge […]


Second Form Public Speaking Competition

The annual Second Form public speaking competition was held in the Cadogan last night, and showcased a great variety of topics and eight speakers who really engaged their audience of junior pupils. Much of the material was based on the Classroom-Based Assessments recently done in English classes. Mr Brett and last year’s winner Charlotte Moffitt […]


Floreat Columba

To coincide with the 175th anniversary, the Sub-Warden, Julian Girdham, has just published Floreat Columba, a book based on the first 100 years of The Columban, the school magazine. It is a rich compilation about all sorts of elements of College life from 1879 to 1979, from the most serious (the effects of the world wars, […]


David O’Morchoe

Today, May 17th, we congratulate David O’Morchoe on his 90th birthday. An Old Columban (1941 to 1946), The O’Morchoe has had a profound and positive influence on the College over many decades, most significantly as a long-serving Fellow and Chairman of the board and of the Executive Committee. He is also a Vice-President of the […]

The WellRead Award

This year, St Columba’s College has been taking part in the WellRead Award, a national initiative designed and organised by the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). It aims to create heightened awareness about the importance of creating a culture of reading in school communities for young people as part of their personal and academic […]

Exodus Arrangements, May 2018

Friday 4th May Parents’ Association hike: meet opposite the Sports Hall at 9am (bring change of shoes for coffee morning). 11.30am: Parents’ Assocation coffee morning in the Drawing Room. All classes end at 12.50pm. No pupil may leave before this time. Exodus starts. Monday 7th May All boarders return to school between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. […]

Form Prizes 2017-2018

Congratulations to the following, who have been awarded Form prizes on the basis of the examinations in the last two terms– SIXTH: Sasha Cole, Richard Gao, Ryan Gumsheimer, Kosi Emmanuel-Anyim, Friedrich Hastedt, Nyla Jamieson, Alice v Lenthe. FIFTH: Anna Bofferding, Catherine Butt, Harry Oke-Osanyintolu, Ji Woo Park, Casper v d Schulenburg. FOURTH: Songyon Oh, Charlotte Klingmann, […]

175 Years Old

On Wednesday 25th April the College will celebrate the 175th anniversary of its Foundation. It was on St. Mark’s Day in 1843 that the most active Founders (Adare, Monsell, Sewell and Todd), together with Warden Singleton and others gathered in Stackallan, County Meath, and founded the school. 175 years later, the pupils and staff of […]