Fundamentally, the College seeks to complement the Catholic home in promoting all aspects of each pupil's development. Our staff seeks to support each pupil's individuality and the development of his talents. Each pupil is at the core of what we are about as an educational establishment.
In Violet Hill, our wish is that every boy who comes to the College at the age of eleven, or at the age of sixteen to study A Levels, should leave at eighteen as a mature young man. Our vision statement says, “St. Colman's is a Christian Community in which all its members are valued and in which every member of staff is committed to ensuring that every one of our students is fully alive to, and empowered to realise his full potential.” We are keen to develop every boy's self-esteem through the pastoral system and we have no doubt that the influence of our Christian Community has a positive effect.
Our strengths in St. Colman's include a caring Christian Community where the strong ethos is reflected in mutual respect between teachers and pupils; a dedicated and caring staff; excellent GCSE and A-level results; a positive approach to discipline; strong relationships with parents enhanced by a vibrant parents' association; a boarding school which adds an extra dimension to the ethos of the school; a school with a long tradition of excellence in sport and music; a wide variety of extra-curricular activities. Pupils may avail of the opportunity to study seven modern languages. We have an incomparable success rate in level 3 Key Skills. In addition to all this, the school has excellent facilities which are continually improving and has an attractive, safe and tranquil setting. On the very impressive site, the planned refurbished building, with its new Creative and Expressive Block and new Sports Hall, will further enable the school community to face the future with confidence. In an educational climate of change, the College is in a strong position to provide the very best for each of its students, in keeping with the College motto “Bonitas, Disciplina, Scientia.” This translates as kindness, discipline and knowledge which are at the very centre of our thinking and our work as we embrace the changes and welcome each new cohort of students. Our many famous and successful past pupils are testimony to the excellent educational provision we have offered, and continue to offer.
We are very pleased as a school community to have received the Investor in People Award and after bring reassessed in May 2005 the award has been renewed for a further three years. This was a significant event for us as a school and is indicative of our determination to remain at the forefront of educational developments. One of the strong features noted by the awarding body is the commitment of the school to encourage and develop leadership in each student in keeping with our mission statement, “Preparing for life, pursuing excellence.” Our pupils deserve the best and it is the intention of the Senior Leadership Team and all the staff that they receive the best. Parents and boys, as you visit our website, you will get a flavour of the exciting place St. Colman's is, and I have no doubt that many of you P6 & P7 boys will have a desire one day to join the ranks of the thousands of present and past pupils for whom the years in St. Colman's are so special. I am equally sure that you parents will be very happy to have your son educated in St. Colman's. In the words of Aristotle, “Excellence is not an act, but a habit”. This sums up our philosophy in St. Colman's. I look forward to many of you joining us in St. Colman's, Violet Hill each September.