House System

House System

The House system is an important means of developing House spirit and, ultimately, School spirit. Each student will be encouraged and expected to participate enthusiastically in all House activities. Developing a sense of pride, belonging and commitment are important within the ethos and culture of St Columba.

Students are allocated to a House upon arrival at the School with siblings placed in the same House. When students progress from Primary to Secondary School, their House will remain the same. At St Columba there are four Houses.

FARRELL HOUSE – RED

Named for Gamaliel Farrell, the second School Master at Port Macquarie.

INNES HOUSE – GREEN

Named for Annabella Innes, a niece of Major Innes, and an early settler in the Port Macquarie area, who recorded her early years in a series of diaries.

McCABE HOUSE – BLUE

Named for John McCabe, the first School Master at Port Macquarie, and tutor to the children of the first Commandant of the settlement.

ROBINSON HOUSE – YELLOW

Named for Grace Fairley Robinson, an exceptional student who was the second woman to enter Sydney University to train in medicine.

Each House competes for the House Shield. House activities of a sporting, cultural and academic nature will be organised throughout the year. Sometimes students will have House Meetings, led by their Heads of house, House Captains and House Teachers.