The core values of St Columban's Primary School, Mayfield, reflect those of it's Dominican tradition - truth, integrity, care, compassion, respect and acceptance.
The school plays an important part in the community because it is a "village within a village". St Columban's is a snapshot of the wider community and therefore allows children to learn the necessary strategies to be an active, accepting and culturally aware future citizen. The staff and students are actively involved in the community at all levels.
St Columban’s vision, "Empowering all to reach their full potential within a diverse community through the richness and truth of Christ's Message," is evident visibly and actively in the school’s relationship with the parish and wider community. 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. The school also supports the parish’s sacramental program where the students are offered the opportunity to receive the sacraments at the appropriate time.
The school supports and attends community initiatives such as Parish Masses and functions, Heart Foundation, cultural activities, Pavement Art, Harmony Day, breakfast club, Catholic Mission's Caritas, St Vincent de Paul, Aged Care Facilities and pre-schools. St Columban's achieves its mission by providing an environment based on Gospel values, where the children's social, cultural, emotional, spiritual and intellectual growth are nurtured.
In partnership with parents, the prime educators of their children, the school endeavours to provide an atmosphere where all children will be happy, well-adjusted members of the community. Some unique features of St Columban's include its multicultural community with many families from Asia, the Pacific Islands and Africa, as well as indigenous Australians. Every class integrates children from St Columban’s partner school, St Dominic's Centre, which is located on the same campus. The school also shares a campus with the local Catholic high school, San Clemente High School, which allows for a smooth transition from primary to secondary school.
St Columban’s employs a Learning Support Teacher and three Learning Support Assistants to support children who many 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.
A wide range of sporting activities are provided through the school’s association with Sporting Schools Australia and local sports associations and these have achieved excellent results for the school over many years. The opportunity for students to be involved in keyboard lessons, choir, drama and other areas of the creative arts are provided, with a whole school musical performance bi-annually.
St Columban’s is a Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) school. This framework provides education and support in learning the behaviours that are expected and valued at the school. Also provided is a very informative and well prepared transition to school program which includes a playgroup during Term 4. This allows parents and children to gain confidence and mix with others to assist in reducing isolation and anxiety. It also provides information and strategies to parents on preparing their child for school.
Students of St Columban's Primary School, Mayfield, are encouraged to continue their Catholic education by attending San Clemente High School, Mayfield.