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 Message from the Principal

Firstly, let me welcome you to St. Columba’s Primary School, Wilston. The school opened on 7th January 1917 with the first classes beginning on 22nd January. The first staff members were Mother Mary Cuthbert Cullinan ( Superior) who was the first Principal, and Sisters Alphonsus Carew, Dorothea Hanly, Marcellus Merrick and Gonzaga Harrington. During the first week, the roll call amounted to 106 and by the end of 1917, the school enrolment was 250.

At the present time, our enrolment numbers are increasing as the Wilston and surrounding areas continue to attract younger families back to these established areas. In 2015, enrolments will peak at 600 students with our classes catering for the primary years from Prep to Year 6 in 24 class groups.

St. Columba’s has significantly changed in the last few years with almost four million dollars of new buildings and facilities. These projects are part of a long-term strategy to meet enrolment demand and to continue to develop modern first-class educational facilities to meet all the challenges that the 21st century will bring. 

Today, St. Columba’s School, in strong partnership with the Parish Priest and parish community, is recognised for proudly offering a quality inclusive Catholic Education.  As the school has grown and changed it has continued to build on the traditions established by the Good Samaritan Sisters.  Their spirit of compassion and justice still flows through the total school community and is further strengthened by the traditions established by the parents, staff and children over almost a century.

This website attempts to capture some of the beliefs and practices of the school, which have their origins within the school's story.  While it covers key areas, it does not attempt to cover all possibilities.  Rather it is meant as a guide to allow you, to gain a sense of what St. Columba’s Primary School is about.

Being the educational leader of this fine school is both a privilege and an honour.  As St. Columba's School moves towards it's centenary in 1917, we have much to celebrate!   I look forward to the opportunity to be part of the story of our school and to contribute to the school's ongoing development in partnership with each member of the school community.


Martin Wilkie

M.Ed. Leadership; B.Ed; Dip.Teach; Grad.Dip.Arts(Leadership); Grad.Dip.R.E; Dip.Theol.Stud.; Cert. 4 WHS; M.A.C.E.