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 Mission and Vision for Learning and Teaching


St Columba's provides Catholic Christian Education, based on Gospel Values, enriched by Benedictine Spirituality.

We have been and continue to be dynamic, diverse and welcoming, in the tradition of our founders, the Sisters of the Good Samaritan.

We strive for strong relationships between students, parents, staff, parish and the wider community.

We are committed to the spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, cultural and physical development of the whole person.

We endeavour to live our school motto "God's Glory Always".


St Columba’s Vision for Teaching and Learning is positioned within the Brisbane Catholic Education Teaching and Learning Framework, which notes:
Our Goal
As a Catholic Christian community we educate for all to live the gospel of Jesus Christ as successful, creative, confident, active and informed learners empowered to shape and enrich our world.
We Believe...
As Catholic educators we have a tradition and vision built on our values and beliefs. These values and beliefs are foundational to our action and engagement in learning and teaching with our students, parents and colleagues.
Through our vision to Teach Challenge Transform, we believe:
  • Every learner is created in the image and likeness of God and inspired by the spirit, responds with passion and creativity to life.
  • Every learner seeks to find meaning in life and learning and in the Catholic Christian Tradition we find meaning in the person and teachings of Jesus to grow as pilgrim people.
  • Every learner is a lifelong learner, with a desire to search for truth and do what is right; accountable for choices and responsible for actions. 
  • Every learner is in some respect, like all others, like some others, like no other and we respond creatively, flexibly and with a futures orientation to ensure dignity and justice for all.
  • Every learner can achieve success in life and learning where diversity is valued and shared wisdom contributes to decision-making that enriches and enlivens our world.
  • Every learner brings to the learning experience their own richly diverse life journey to contribute to a community in communion, empowered by the Spirit to be at the service of others.
We Learn...
Learning is:
  • inextricably linked with living life to the full
  • personal, relational and communal
  • visible, active and interactive to construct knowledge and meaning
We Teach...
Teaching is:
  • a ministry and invokes a commitment to live out the mission of Jesus
  • relational with a shared responsibility to educate for the common good
  • visible, explicit and responsive, creating equity and excellence for all learners
It is from this wider context that our school specific " Vision for Learning and Teaching" rests.