St Columba's High School, New South Wales

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St Columba's Catholic College
St Columba's Catholic College - The Quadrangle.jpg
Looking towards the Main building (former Seminary) from the quadrangle.
Springwood, New South Wales
Australia Australia
Coordinates 33°40′24″S 150°35′19″E / 33.67333°S 150.58861°E / -33.67333; 150.58861Coordinates: 33°40′24″S 150°35′19″E / 33.67333°S 150.58861°E / -33.67333; 150.58861
Type Independent, Co-Educational, Secondary, Day
Established Seminary (1909-1977), Catholic High School (1979)
Principal Paul Ryan
Slogan "Act justly" (Short) "Act Justly, Love Tenderly & Walk Humbly with Our God" (Full)

St Columba's High School, or St Columba's Catholic College, is a Roman Catholic, co-educational, secondary day school, located on the border of Winmalee and Springwood, in New South Wales, Australia.

Established in 1979, the school is set in the grounds of the St Columba's property, which has extensive bushland surrounding the school. The whole of the property is a Heritage listed site.[1]


Originally built as a seminary in 1909, it was closed in 1977 and reopened as a high school in 1979.[2] The monastic influence is seen in the neogothic sandstone architecture and the grounds with scattered grottos and shrines overlooking the Blue Mountains World Heritage National Park.

The St Columbas property is one of the largest landholdings in the Blue Mountains Local Government Area. Much of the property consists of natural bushland and is habitat for some threatened and endangered species. The site is also rich in Aboriginal history, including over 80 archaeological sites.[citation needed] It was on this property that the Catholic priest Fr. Eugene Stockton commenced his studies in aboriginal archeology.[citation needed] The building is also rumored to be haunted, per numerous reports by students and teachers.[3]


  • 'Columba' is a Latinization of 'colum', which means dove. A dove is featured in the school emblem.
  • 'Iona Chapel' derives its name from the Island of Iona where Columba founded the monastery Iona Abbey.
  • Much of the architecture features the Celtic Cross.


A feature of note is a radio telescope dish salvaged from the Paul Wild Observatory at Culgoora, west of Narrabri in 1997. This is one of a heliograph array of 96 13.7-m dishes that circled the present location of the Compact Array. The heliograph array imaged the Sun at 80 and 160 MHz with several discoveries to its credit before decommission.[4]


  • Mackillop (purple)
  • Lawrence (blue)
  • Henson (red)
  • Gilroy (yellow)
  • Bradman (black & white)
  • Chisholm (green)

These houses are split into two or three groups for classes. Each house has 2 sub-classes called homerooms. They are only used until Year 9, when a house combines as one homeroom. This was the case up until 2015.

List of principals[edit]

  • 1979–1985 Sr. Anne Henson
  • 1986–1992 Mr. Jim McCartan
  • 1992–1998 Mr. Geoff Hicks
  • 1998–2001 Mr. Alan Moran
  • 2001–2005 Dr. Anne Wenham
  • 2005–2013 Mrs. Delma Horan
  • 2014–Present Mr. Paul Ryan

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