Clubs and Activities

Clubs and activities offer opportunities to extend and enrich learning beyond the classroom and to socialise with students in other Year levels. Through participation in school clubs and activities students enhance not only their own experiences and social development, but contribute to and enhance school life as well.

Girls can choose to be involved in a wide variety of groups which include:

Cultural Activities

Annual Otago Shakespeare Festival
Art and Design Workshops
“Big Sing”
Book Clubs
Chamber Music Competition
Choirs - Junior School, Intermediate Choir and Madrigal Choir (“Cantus Columba”)
Creative Writing
Dance Workshops
Drama Clubs, Senior and Junior
Drama Productions
Instrumental Ensembles
Instrumental Tuition
Kapa Haka

Music Theory Tuition
Music Concerts
Orchestras - Junior School and Intermediate Orchestras and Chamber Orchestra
School Musical Productions (staged biennially at the Mayfair Theatre)
Spanish Club
Speech and Drama Tuition
Stage Challenge (now held biennially in Otago)
Wind Symphonia

Other Activities

Amnesty International Group
Class Senior to a Years 0 to 8 class
Christian Group
Computer Club
Cooking Club
Debating Clubs (Intermediate, Junior and Senior)
Defensive Driving
Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award Scheme
Enterprise Studies (Year 10 Market Day)
EnviroSchools Club
First Aid Courses
Gifted and Talented programmes
Go Club
Health Promoting Schools’ Committee
International Club and Committee
Laboratory Monitor
Peer Support
Peer Tutoring
Public Speaking Competition
Road Patrol
SADD (Students against Driving Drunk)
School Council
Service opportunities in the community
“Talking Points” lunch-hour lecture series
Tech Angels
Teen Ag
Volunteer Otago
Young Enterprise Scheme

The annual Inter-House Debating Competition, Book Week with Library Day assembly and  its Years 6 to 10 Book Quiz, International Week and Cultural Week all add enjoyment to school life with students actively involved in their organisation and leadership.

An annual Creative Writing Competition has also been introduced successfully. It is named after two Old Girls: The Elspeth Sandys Creative Writing Award for Prose and The Cilla McQueen Creative Writing Award for Poetry.

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Elspeth Sandys - Writer

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Cilla McQueen - Poet

Cilla McQueen was commissioned by the pupils of 1989 to write a School Song for Columba as one of their 75th anniversary gifts to the College for the 1990 celebrations. They also commissioned Anthony Ritchie to compose the music for the School Song.

School Song

One day when you’re wondering
where you belong
When life’s getting hard
and the journey seems long

A familiar music
drifts into your mind
And you don’t have to try
to remember the song

Song of wings in the air
and the sea-bright path
Remember the island
that lives in your heart

For the song that you hear
is the song of Columba
The dove who’s among us
and teaches us love

A song that is woven
of friendship and learning
The song of your days
in the home of the dove

Song of wings in the air
and the sea-bright path
Remember the island
that lives in your heart

Words: Cilla McQueen  Music: Anthony Ritchie - 1989