In St. Columba, you can expect a safe and nurturing environment which encourages belief in oneself, integrity, independence, courage, endeavour, reflection, self-respect and self-confidence. We encourage a belief in others, trust, appreciation, understanding, generosity of spirit, tolerance and respect.
St Columba provides a commitment to learning, a commitment to the community with participation, service, responsibility, leadership, initiative, compassion and a commitment to equality.
Staff at St Columba
House Leader – Mark Pymm
St. Columba was born in Donegal, Ireland in 521 of royal descent and was ordained before he was 25. He spent the next 15 years preaching and setting up foundations at Derry, Durrow, and Kells. Possibly because of a family feud which resulted in the death of 3000 and for which he considered himself partly responsible he left Ireland at 42 and landed on the island of Iona off the coast of Scotland. There he built the monastery which was to become world famous. With SS Canice and Comgall, he spread the gospel to the Picts; he also developed a monastic rule which many followed, until the introduction of St. Benedict’s. He died on Iona and is also known as Colm, Colum and Columcille.