Mission Statement

At St Columba’s Catholic College, established to provide Catholic education for families in the Blue Mountains, we strive for the full human development of our students, grounded in the teachings of Jesus Christ. In working to bring faith and culture into harmony, we aim to produce graduates who take a hopeful, critical and constructive role in the service of Jesus within our society.

Inspired by the example of St Columba, scholar, prophet and lover of God’s creation, we seek to form young people in the Catholic faith and tradition whose transmission is our core purpose, so that together we will ‘Act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with our God’. (Micah: 6-8).

Therefore, as members of this Catholic College:

WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO ACT JUSTLY

  • we place Jesus at the centre of all our decisions and actions
  • we strive for equity and excellence in teaching and learning
  • we reach out to the poor and the marginalised
  • we expect honesty and courage in our words and actions
  • we foster respectful relationships particularly through listening and forgiveness

WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO LOVE TENDERLY

  • we work in partnership with families
  • we respond to the needs of each individual student
  • we encourage and celebrate the contributions of every community member
  • we act out of a spirit of generous service
  • we believe that challenge and expectation are expressions of love

WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO WALK HUMBLY WITH OUR GOD

  • we recognise our dependence on God and on each other
  • we celebrate the gift of life and praise God as its source
  • we give expression to our relationship with God through a rich prayer and sacramental life
  • we promote a program of formation in faith which enables active participation in the life of the Church

St Columba's College Crest

The College Crest captures symbolically our community inspiration and mission.

St Columba’s Catholic College takes the name of Columba (in Irish, Columcille) meaning ‘the dove of the Church,’ the sixth century missionary who founded the monastery on the island of Iona. He is known for his simplicity of life and the respect afforded him by all he met. Columba’s life radiates the immense richness of creation and the peace that comes from a joyful awareness of the love of God in every area of life. The dove reminds us, too, of the Holy Spirit, who gives us the courage to contribute to building up the Kingdom of justice at the heart of the message of Jesus Our Lord.

Together then, the dove and the olive branches of the College crest proclaim the goals, which will enable our students to be peacemakers in our world: ‘to act justly, to love tenderly and to walk humbly with our God'.