Boarding offers a special dimension to life at Columba College and boarders fill significant numbers in the lists of academic achievers, sporting stars, expert musicians and theatrical talents to come out of Columba College. Boarding school offers everything in one neat package: access to a broad academic curriculum, varied co-curricular activity through involvement in sport and the arts, connection with others of the same age and stage plus 24/7 supervision in a safe, caring and supportive environment.
Boarding is committed to excellence. However, we recognise that excellence is a relative, not an absolute concept and should be viewed in terms of personal growth. Boarding is an integral part of supporting excellence in personal growth and development. As such, we acknowledge that boarding must provide opportunity and personal choice and help empower young people to be better citizens who can more effectively contribute to society. Boarders have the opportunity through living in a community to develop vital social skills such as perseverance and self-management. They are able to figure out where their strengths lie and what their passions are. Further boarders are better able to adapt to change, to get on with all types of people from a variety of different walks of life and cultures and most importantly, through changing circumstances, develop resilience.