Welcome to St Columba's School Ballarat




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Our Community

Becoming involved in the school

At St Columba’s we are fortunate to have a very active and engaged parent community.  We strive at all times to be welcoming and encourage parents and caregivers to use their gifts and talents to contribute to the life of the school.  Following are some of the opportunities to become involved in the St Columba’s school community:  

At St Columba's we have a strong focus on Parental Engagement in learning and look for opportunities for families to be involved in the learning experiences of their children. There are a number of opportunities for families to engage with learning at the school, from parent helpers through to running clinics and workshops in particular areas of speciality. 

Classroom helpers program

There are a number of ways you can help out in the classroom.  For example, volunteering weekly to help with literacy activities or running a once-off clinic with students.  A parent helpers program is run at the start of the school year to provide parent volunteers with a framework for helping in classrooms.  In addition, we require all classroom helpers to have a current working with children check and have signed a child code of conduct which can be filled in at the office. 

School Advisory Council

The Advisory Council meets once a term.  This group supports and advises the Principal and the Leadership Team in setting the strategic direction of the school and developing future goals.  The advisory council members head up a number of sub committees within the school responsible for things such as social events, fundraising, pastoral care, liturgy and sacraments, sustainability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reconciliation Action Planing


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Volunteering a special skill or talent

If you are involved in entertainment, the arts, environment, marketing, learning technologies, graphic design, photography, policy development, strategic planning, finance, sport, gardening, or trades such as carpentry, plumbing etc you may like to volunteer your skill to support the school community.

Attending school events

Participating in school events is a great way to be involved in the St Columba’s community. A term calendar is publish at the end or start of each term, highlighting key events such as masses, liturgies and gatherings that you may wish to be a part of.