Connection and Community

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Connection and community are the foundations that boarding at Columba College are built on. Independence, communication, organisation and reliability are skills which are highly sought after by today’s employers and those which Columba boarders develop during their time with us.

When you board at Columba you belong to a caring and supportive community where girls develop skills that stand them in good stead throughout their lives. Life-long friendships are formed and respect for others is enhanced through the experience of living in a community.

We work hard to create a ‘home away from home’ for our boarders, where every girl feels a sense of belonging. Our year group intakes are small, usually between 20 - 25 girls, and because of our family-oriented setting our boarders form strong bonds and often view their peers as sisters rather than friends.

By living with other, boarders are challenged to step out of their comfort zone and interact with a range of people, building the confidence needed to develop well-rounded social skills.

Living on campus provides our boarders with the opportunity to engage in a range of extra curricular activities, broadening their talents and experiences. Our College is in the heart of Dunedin and many activities are within walking distance. 

Not only do our boarders receive the high quality education Columba College is renowned for, they leave as well-rounded, self-reliant and independent young women ready to take on the world.  


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Boarders at a rowing regatta

Senior Boarders

Senior Boarders