St Columban's Primary School, Mayfield, is a school that represents a snapshot of the wider community and allows children to learn the necessary strategies to be active, accepting and culturally aware future citizens.
As a Catholic school, St Columban’s celebrates its faith through regular Masses and liturgies for important feast days and seasons of the Church year and also supports the Parish’s sacramental program where students are offered the opportunity to receive the sacraments at the appropriate time.
A wide range of sporting activities are provided through the school’s association with Sporting Schools Australia and local sports associations. Students who excel in particular sporting activities such as swimming, cross country, rugby league, soccer, netball, athletics and touch football have the opportunity to compete at regional, diocesan and polding level.
Healthy living is a key focus at St Columban’s with students involved in the ‘Good for Kids’ program which helps ensure they live a healthy and active lifestyle. Students are also taught how to grow their own vegetables in the school garden and cook their own produce.
St Columban’s is a community where the creative, unique and individual talents of every student are greatly appreciated, embraced and encouraged. Students have the opportunity to be involved in keyboard lessons, choir, drama, audition for APSIRE and be a part of the whole school musical performance. A well-developed classroom based visual arts program ensures that students are exposed to a variety of artists and artistic techniques including 2D, 3D and digital forms of art.
The school supports and attends community initiatives such as Parish Masses and functions, Heart Foundation, Pavement Art, Harmony Day, breakfast club, Catholic Mission's Caritas, St Vincent de Paul, local aged care facilities and pre-schools.
St Columban’s employs a Learning Support Teacher and three Learning Support Assistants to help students who may find learning difficult. A Pastoral Support worker assists families and children in need, whilst an English as an Additional Language (EALD) teacher provides programs for children who have language backgrounds other than English.
The unique school community boasts the highest multicultural population of any primary school in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle with many families from Asia, the Pacific Islands and Africa, as well as Indigenous Australians, forming a school community that is culturally aware and accepting of others.
Students of St Columban's Primary School, Mayfield, are encouraged to continue their Catholic education by attending San Clemente High School, Mayfield.