Columban Values

The pupils and staff of the College have adopted the following 5 principles that we think best sum up the ethos and values for which Columbans should strive:


We build others up with the words that we use and we don’t spread gossip

We look for opportunities to do acts of kindness for others

We always try to see the best in other people

We seek to understand the lives of those around us and to ‘walk in their shoes’

We celebrate each other’s achievements and share their disappointments

We are slow to judge and quick to forgive

People are different from each other in many ways, but of equal value

We show respect to all members of the community and celebrate our common humanity

All should be made to feel welcome at St. Columba’s College

We take responsibility for our own work and our own behaviour

We are responsible for the well-being of our school community

We are responsible for the future of the world that we all live in and the sustainability of its resources

We work hard and take full advantage of our opportunities

We try to develop resilience and not give up at the first failure

We always strive to be the best version of ourselves

Matthew 7:12 – ‘So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.’