Pastoral Care has been a fundamental feature of the College since its foundation in 1915 as even then young primary children as well as teenage boarders were in our care. Since those early days, the idea of a school family where members care for and are mutually responsible for one another has been carefully nurtured. The key objective of pastoral care is to foster each student’s sense of well-being and to nurture his or her self-esteem as s/he develops emotionally, socially, intellectually and spiritually.
The Pastoral Care network at Columba consists of an integrated team of people, including senior staff, the chaplain, guidance counsellors and a trained clinical psychologist, who meet regularly to focus on student needs and develop programmes and events. From the time students begin at Columba, great emphasis is placed on participation and interacting with others in a range of school activities. Through participation and engaging in teamwork and leadership opportunities, students learn about themselves and others and become confident members of the school and wider community.