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Bishops bless major expansion at St Columba


A $20m expansion of St Columba College at Andrews Farm was blessed by the Anglican Archbishop of Adelaide Geoffrey Smith and the Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide Patrick O’Regan on March 14.

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The only joint Anglican/Catholic school in Australia, St Columba opened as a co-education college in 1997 with 207 students. Two years later it received approval to move into secondary education and it now welcomes students from Reception to Year 12.

“The college exists because of the vision of two Archbishops (Ian George and Leonard Faulkner) nearly 30 years ago so it is only right that two Archbishops will help launch an important new phase for us,” said principal Darren Pitt.

“This expansion will provide exciting new facilities, giving our students the spaces and resources they need to thrive in their learning. The expansion will also help us build the student cohort beyond the existing 1450 and deliver on the next phase of our exciting Master Plan.”

The College received a $10 million non-government school loan from the State Government to part fund the building project, which includes 12 new classrooms, outdoor learning areas, a Wellbeing Hub and a dedicated Diverse Learning Centre.

In addition, existing Middle School facilities have been refurbished, including a covered sports courts and a dedicated Performing Arts Space.

Minister for Education Blair Boyer and Minister of Planning Nick Champion also attended the blessing and unveiling of the plaque ceremony.

The following morning tours of the new building and Junior campus for families drew the biggest turnout for an Open Day in the school’s history.

More than 200 people registered for a tour and there were a number of walk-ins on the day.

A second Open Day will be held in August to meet demand.


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