St Columba’s College, VIC







Established: 1897

Principal: Ms Rita Grima

Address: 2 Leslie Road, Essendon 3040


Key Information




Refer to schools website (Year 7)

See schools website (Year 12)

VCE Subjects



Italian, French and Japanese


VET Available

VCAL Available

Flagship Programs

Academic Excellence, Arts Program, Co-curricular Program, Coding and Robotics, Enrichment and Accelerator Programs, Environment and Sustainability,

About our school

St Columba’s College was established in 1897 by the Sisters of Charity, who were committed to educating the young women of the Northern suburbs. We use this 125-year legacy to inspire and challenge our students to be designers and creators, innovators and makers, architects and builders, advocates and campaigners for justice. Our contemporary programs ensure that students are connected to the real world – classroom experiences and life coming together so that our students understand the relevance and applicability of what they are learning.

Our staff members understand that positive, life-giving relationships are fundamental to our work. Within an environment that fosters the wellbeing of each individual, students are challenged in their learning to excel, encouraging academic achievement and personal growth. This takes place within an extensive curriculum program and rich co-curricular offerings which allow each student to pursue her interests, abilities and talents, all within our modern facilities, such as our new STEAM building, the Foxford Innovation Centre, which is due to open in 2025.

Our College motto ‘fidelis et fortis’, faith & strength, reminds us of our ongoing commitment to develop young women who are confident, just, resilient and compassionate, ready to take their place in the world.

Quick Facts

  • Established in 1897 by the Sisters of Charity
  • Full sized gym, dance hall, theatrette and STEAM lab
  • Dedicated new STEAM building, opening in 20210 CGSAV Sports, 22 music ensembles and bands
  • Extensive student leadership opportunities from Year 7
  • Vertical House system, promoting social connections across year levels
  • Year 9 Urban Experience program, interdisciplinary learning in the CBD
  • Annual College musical in partnership with St Bernard’s College
  • Offering VCE ATAR Major, VCE Major, VCE Vocational Major and VET
  • Specialised pathways program with dedicated careers teachers, starting in Year 9

More from the school

2021 NAPLAN Results

Year Reading Writing Spelling Grammar Numeracy
Year 7 574 569 566 565 567
Year 9 599 593 594 594 590

This table above shows the average student results for the year 2021. Data sourced from:

2022 NAPLAN Results

Year Reading Writing Spelling Grammar Numeracy
Year 7 560 576 566 562 560
Year 9 607 612 603 613 595

This table above shows the average student results for the year 2022. Data sourced from:

Campus Locations

Main Campus

2 Leslie Road, Essendon, 3040

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