St Columba's Primary School
New South Wales, Australia
About St Columba's Primary School
St Columba's Primary School is an independent co-educational Roman Catholic primary school catering for pupils from kindergarten to year 6. It is located in Adamstown, a suburb of Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia. It has just under 200 students enrolled and about 15 teaching staff.
The school was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in the 1890s and is part of the Catholic Schools Office in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.
Mr Justin Hutchens
The school underwent a refurbishment in 2011 that created new, modern classrooms, a new library and canteen.
A number of programmes are also run at the school. These include learning support, ESL (English as a Second Language), gymnastics and Parent Assisted Learning, as well as a range of extracurricular sporting opportunities. Specialist dance, drama and music lessons are also on offer to pupils.
The school follows a formalised curriculum which is split into the following Key Learning Areas: religious education, English, mathematics, human society and its environment, science and technology, creative arts, and personal development / health / physical education.
Religious education follows the Diocesan Religion Syllabus, while the school is currently awaiting implementation of the Federal Government's Australian Curriculum for maths, English, science and history K-10.
St Columba's Primary School has a vision of “faith, opportunity and inspired learning for every child” and a mission to develop optimistic and competent students ready to take their place in the world as positively contributing citizens in accordance with Jesus' message.
The school aims to provide a high quality and collaborative learning experience in a caring and respectful Christian environment.