Why St Columba’s
Why choose St Columba’s for your child?
Quality of care
Global educational framework - IB PYP
We are currently a candidate school for the globally-recognised International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP). This will make us the only Catholic primary school in South Eastern Melbourne to offer the IB PYP, enabling us to offer a uniquely multi-faceted approach to guiding your child.
The IB PYP aims 'to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.' Through the program, we will have access to a much broader network of people, resources and high-quality professional development. An IB education equips your child with a shared language, enabling them to move seamlessly into other IB schools here and around the globe. It also prepares your child to transition to secondary school IB or otherwise. Discover more about the benefits of the IB PYP here.
Strong NAPLAN results
A thriving environment
Our beautiful school was built in 1914 and combines modern facilities with irreplaceable history and charm. We act as a vibrant community hub for the neighbourhoods of Elwood and St Kilda and embrace feedback from our wider community.
We're proud to be a 5-Star Resource Smart School; a huge achievement for a small school and evidence of our ongoing commitment to sustainability. We're also closely affiliated with the Port Phillip Eco Centre and have won a number of sustainability awards and grants. Our students play an important role in these initiatives working together to lower rubbish consumption, reduce our energy usage and compost waste. We make good use of the compost in our thriving kitchen garden, which is part of Stephanie Alexander's renowned Kitchen Garden Program.