Principal's Welcome

For over 140 years, Columba Catholic College has offered an outstanding student experience, encouraging students to be the best they can be. Columba students more than just attend; they form part of a community with a history that stretches back to the nineteenth century. With outstanding contemporary facilities across two campuses; extensive curriculum offerings focused on contemporary competencies of connection, collaboration, entrepreneurial thinking and a growth mindset; students are well equipped to be the leaders and innovators of tomorrow. 

Columba is a vibrant, affordable P-12 Catholic College catering for the full needs of families and students. Being co-educational, students can find their own special niche for learning and personal growth. With a kindergarten on site, run by Catholic Kindy’s, our educational setting gives families a seamless educational and cultural experience spanning across the early, middle  and senior years phases of learning. This P-12 setting gives students access to a wide range of subjects and opportunities, matched to current and emerging pathways and occupations.

Columba Catholic College students have a sense of purpose. This purpose, of being the best they can be, drives them to grab the many opportunities available, to achieve a balance between their academic, social, spiritual, sports and cultural pursuits.

Our College camping facility at Marybank, a 30 hectare property, ensures that the balance between academic rigours and time away in the great western outdoors features prominently in our purposeful curriculum and pastoral offerings.

Our twin boarding facilities on Mt Carmel Campus (for boys) and St Mary's Campus (for girls) ensure that the residential needs of both sons and daughters are met with sensitivity to their own special circumstances. We are proud of our wrap around program in boarding, where students enjoy structured weekend activities; transport to sporting and work commitments and travel to and from Townsville by College bus for weekly boarders. This sense of family and service is a hallmark of the Columba boarder.

The three Catholic traditions that formed the College – the Christian Brothers; Good Samaritan and Mercy sisters provide a model of how the Columba student treats one another, as well as the way in which students work hard to use their God given gifts, for the betterment of society. Each student is recognised as an individual, and we strive to come to know the real person inside each child as they grow, mature and develop. There is no blueprint for the "Columba student" - each child is different; we see our role as helping all of our students to become the best they can be without compromising the true nature of their personality.

Columba Catholic College is a place where children can confidently be themselves, growing in every way to become competent, confident, compassionate and successful contributors to society. This is done in a safe, nurturing and academically challenging environment with an extensive range of co-curricular opportunities.

I invite you to make a time to visit and take a tour of our facilities and see the way that Columba students learn and grow during a normal school day. Enrolment at Columba is an easy process - complete the enrolment forms and documentation as soon as possible, and we will organise an enrolment interview time with you and your son or daughter.

Candi Dempster


Contact Details

PO Box 274
Charters Towers QLD 4820


Mt Carmel Campus

Phone: 07 4787 1744
Fax: 07 4787 4986
6-8 Hackett Terrace
Charters Towers QLD 4820

St Mary's Campus

Phone: 07 4754 6333
59-69 Mary Street
Charters Towers QLD 4820

12 May

We are in week 4 of Term 2
There are 10 weeks in Term 2

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