Why St Columba's
Global educational framework - IB PYP
We are an IB World School. We offer the globally-recognised International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP). This makes us the only non-private, Catholic primary school in South Eastern Melbourne to offer the IB PYP.
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.
Great educator/learner ratio
Quality of care
A thriving environment
Our beautiful school opened its doors to students in 1918 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.