He aha te mea nui o tea o. He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.

Columba College has an experienced, caring, collegial teaching and support staff who build strong relationships with students and the community.

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Teacher of te reo Māori

Columba College is recognised as a high-performing school of special character, providing an outstanding education for girls in the senior school and for both boys and girls in the junior school. With a vibrant boarding community, the college has a long tradition of supporting students to seek excellence across all dimensions, within a positive community, enhanced by inclusive Presbyterian values.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated teacher for a fixed term, full-time or part time role as a teacher of te reo Māori. The successful applicant will be a fully NZ registered teacher, be qualified to teach te reo from Y0-13 and be prepared to nurture the Māori language and Māori culture across our community. Please state other supporting subjects.

Applicants are asked to complete the Columba College application form and supply a current curriculum vitae with a covering letter.

Please email Liz Gold – for a job description.

School Concierge

Columba College is seeking an experienced School Concierge to join our team. This is a permanent full time position, term time only, from 8am – 4pm (37.5 hours).

Columba College is an integrated Presbyterian, inner city area school with a long-established tradition of academic excellence and outstanding all-round achievement. We are a day and boarding school for girls from Years 7 – 13, with a co-educational primary school.

The School Concierge will support the day to day running of the school office as ‘front of house’, in a friendly and efficient manner.  The role can be diverse. Dealing with students, teachers, families and external organisations make each day different. Ideally, you will have already worked in a school or academic environment.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Respond to all enquiries either face-to-face, telephone or online in a professional manner
  • Effectively maintain and update student management system (KAMAR)
  • Manage the school sick bay
  • Oversee the uniform stock
  • Liaise with staff and families
  • Accurate data entry especially for attendance
  • Create a social media post for the school daily
  • Assist with organisation of school events
  • Provide administration support for the school
  • Other duties as required

Required skills and experience:

  • Previous secretarial and administrative experience
  • A high degree of competence with Microsoft Office 365, particularly Word and Excel
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to prioritise and manage multiple tasks effectively
  • Excellent time management and the ability to self-motivate
  • Ability to work effectively with people at all levels
  • Experience in a School or Academic environment would be advantageous
  • High standard of dress and presentation
  • You must legally be entitled to work in New Zealand to apply

For a copy of the job description and a Columba College employment application form, please email Mrs Liz Gold at

To apply in strict confidence, applicants are asked to complete the Columba College employment application form and supply a current curriculum vitae with a covering letter.

Please email your completed Columba College application form, CV, and cover letter to

For more information, please phone Mrs Liz Gold on 03 467 5188 ext803.

Working at Columba College

Thank you for your interest in applying for a teaching role at Columba College. Our school is located on Highgate, overlooking the city of Dunedin and Otago Harbour, in beautiful grounds that feature heritage buildings alongside state-of-the-art modern facilities. Columba is an area school, with boys and girls in the Year 0 – 6 junior campus and girls only in the Years 7 – 13 middle and senior school. We have Presbyterian foundations and values, and we are a boarding school.

We have an experienced, collegial teaching staff that builds strong relationships with students and the community. Our classrooms and teaching programmes are well resourced and we have a committed and helpful team of support staff.

Columba students are friendly, polite and hard working, and make the most of the many academic, cultural, sporting and service opportunities available to them. The NZC is the foundation of all of our teaching programmes, and our NCEA and Scholarship results are among the best in New Zealand. Our programmes make use of the spectacular natural surroundings of Dunedin and the wider Otago area.

Teachers at Columba College are part of the pastoral life of the school, as form teachers. All staff participate in the special character of the College by attending weekly chapel services, a College church service each term, and integrating the Christian ethos of the College into their teaching programmes. Teachers also take part in the co-curricular life of the school through involvement in sport, cultural events and House activities. We are committed to the professional development of our staff. We welcome applications from NZTC Registered teachers, and beginning teachers.

Visits to our school to meet with key personnel and view the facilities are most welcome from prospective applicants. It is recommended that applicants refer to the school’s charter.