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Columba College Newsletter - Friday 16 April 2021


Academic Blues Assembly

by Mrs L Piebenga

On Monday we celebrated the success of our Level One, Two and Three students who gained Excellence Endorsements in their respective NCEA levels.

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The Macbeth team wait and they wait and they wait

Sheilah Winn Otago University Shakespeare Festival ~ Macbeth and his eight lucky ghosts a winner

by Ms I Bercinskas

Columba's student-directed 'Macbeth', directed by Year 13 student Penelope Hare, and featuring a cast of 21, won at the Regional Competition last night held at King's and Queen's Performing Arts Centre.

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Herr Stefan Krawielicki presenting the plaque to Mrs Duthie

German Ambassador’s Visit

by Mr A Moore

On Thursday we were honoured by a visit from the German Ambassador to New Zealand, Herr Stefan Krawielicki.

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Reading Marathon - Saturday, 15th May

by Mrs E Harris

To round off the excitement of Book Week in Term 2, we will be holding a Reading Marathon in the Library for Years 7-13. Express interest now!

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Winter Uniform

Winter Uniform

by Administration

Time to check your uniform still fits!

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The U Shop with parking up the alleyway to the left of the building

The U Shop

by Administration

Winter Kilts, Blazer Promotion and Open Hours for Term 2, 2021

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The Iliad


by Mr J Hayden

Though half a world away, Columba College Classical Studies students seized the opportunity to be part of The University of Iowa’s 2021 ‘Homerathon’ at the end of Term 1.

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Academic Committee 2021

Academic Committee

by Miss A Fu

We are excited to introduce the 2021 Columba Academic Committee members.

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National IRB Championships

by Mrs G Beardmore

300 of the country's top surf lifesavers descended on Ruakākā beach in Northland over the weekend for the BP Surf Rescue New Zealand IRB Championships. Columba College had two students compete in the championships, and the school is extremely proud to celebrate the success of the Loudon sisters!

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11Sp winning form photo Term 1 2021

Form Photo Competition Overall Winner

by Administration

Congratulations to 11Sp. Next term they will enjoy their pizza lunch.

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Deutschland poster - Year 13s

Super Deutsch!

by Mr A Moore

It has been an exciting last week of term for the German Department.

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Columba College Yellow team gaining 1st place

Junior School Futsal

by Mrs J Pollard

Congratulations to all five teams who participated in futsal this term.

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Some year 13 stars modelling the sign of the dove.

Tourism Photography Competition

by Ms K Evans

Are you having a staycation or travelling across New Zealand this holiday? Take a snap and be in to win!

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9To Biography Party

by Ms A Togneri

Over the last few weeks Ms Togneri's Year 9 English class have been busy working hard on biography/autobiography studies.

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Marsh Family Gala Dinner

by Administration

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The team to watch!  Columba Crew with Brett, feeling thankful for all his help and tips.

Jump Jam comes to Columba!

by Ms R Moore

The Junior School were fortunate to have the Jump Jam Creator, Brett Fairweather, visit this week. He shared his talents and got us all moving and having fun through fitness. We loved it!

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Book Week 2021

Library News

by Ms G Wong and Miss H Cole

We're really excited to announce that Book Week is being held in Week 2, next term (10 - 15 May)

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All students were having a great time

Year 9-10 Social

by Mrs J Armstrong-Homan

A very successful Year 9-10 Social was held on Wednesday evening with Columba hosting students from Otago Boys' High School and John McGlashan College.

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Junior Volleyball Double Victory

by Mrs G Beardmore

Columba College Junior A volleyball achieved a stunning feat this season by winning not only the Junior Premier 1 competition, but also the Senior Premier 2 competition. What a fantastic achievement for our rising young volleyball stars!

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What a team!

South Island Secondary Schools Athletics Championships

by Mr S Tagg

This past weekend saw our committed team of athletes travel to Christchurch to compete in the South Island Secondary Schools Athletics Championships.

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Columba Diving Squad

Columba Divers show their Class

by Mrs G Beardmore

Over the weekend of 10th - 11th April 2021, the North Island Diving Championships were held in Hamilton and Columba College was strongly represented in a field of aspiring springboard and platform divers.

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Second Hand Uniform

Second Hand Uniform Shop

by Administration

Holiday Opening Hours

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Girls writing which event, heat and lane they have coming up

Otago Primary and Intermediate Swimming Championships

by Miss P Hopcroft

On Saturday 10th April, Columba College had 13 swimmers compete in the Otago champs held at Moana Pool. They were among hundreds of swimmers representing their schools from all around Otago.

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Some year 10's with their 'Poisson d'avril'

Festivals in French class

by Miss C Gardiner

Festivals are a great way to get into the spirit of a new culture. Food and silly festive activities are great things to experience and enjoy when travelling abroad or embracing your neighbours' culture.

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by Ms I Ding

Your votes are needed for Columba students and teachers on the Facebook 'Paint-A-Panda' New Zealand National competition.

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Passion Projects

by Ms T Andrew

Middle School students have a new subject which has been introduced this year: 'Passion project'. This gives our Year 9s a regular time and place for one term to explore and research their chosen passion.

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Mrs Tofia demonstrates the process of getting the coconut milk/cream from the raw coconut.

Exploring Cultures

by Mrs M Small

The Year Four class had a visit from Mr and Mrs Tofia who spent time with the class talking about aspects of the Samoan culture.

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