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St Columb`s College
Buncrana Road, BT48 8NH, UK Londonderry
Tel. 02871 285000


Vision Statement

Catholic Education - The Vision*

Catholic Education takes place in communities inspired by the Spirit of Christ.  Christ’s commandment to love God and neighbour inspires a caring ethos which is expressed in relationships within and beyond Catholic schools.


Catholic Education is person-centred.  It promotes the dignity, self-esteem and full development of each person who is made in God’s image and uniquely loved by God. 


Catholic Education is inclusive.  It is respectful of, and engages with people of all beliefs; it encourages the religious development of all in their own faith.


Catholic Education is rooted in the Gospel values of Respect for Life, Love, Solidarity, Truth and Justice; it aims to harmonise faith and culture, build a better society and pursue the Common Good. 


Together, Catholic Schools provide high quality, rounded education for all young people, so that they develop their full uniqueness and potential.


In Catholic Schools the person and message of Christ find expression in:


·          Communities of Faith, Service, Prayer and Worship;


·          The development of each person’s full potential in a climate of joy, freedom, respect, challenge, co-operation and celebration;


·          The enrichment of pupil life - intellectual, physical, spiritual, moral, social and emotional;


·          The promotion of a spirit of charity, social justice, global awareness and concern for others leading to practical outreach and partnerships;


·          A culture of tolerance where people of diverse identities are recognised, welcomed, respected and cherished;


·          Listening, mutual understanding, trust, reconciliation, healing and peace;


·          The preparation of pupils to lead fulfilling and purposeful lives which will contribute to the common good.



The Board of Governors of St Columb’s College seeks to appoint teachers who are able and willing to contribute to the Catholic ethos of the College and who will enrich the experiences of the pupils through the delivery of the curriculum and through participation in extra-curricular activities.

History of St Columb's College

In 1546, a year that proved crucial in the history of the Church, the Council of Trent obliged every Diocese to establish a seminary for the education of students for the priesthood, but two hundred years and more were to pass before such a provision could be implemented in the Diocese of Derry. And it was a remote country area, at Clady on the banks of the Finn in Urney parish, towards the end of the eighteenth century that Dr. Philip McDavitte, Bishop from 1761 to 1797, set up such a school. There in a thatched cottage and with the intermittent help of other priests, he put as many as a dozen seminarians at a time through quite a detailed course in Philosophy and Theology and provided not only for his own diocese but for Raphoe as well.

library.jpgAfter his death the college transferred to Derry to a house adjoining that of the then parish-priest, Father Charles O'Donnell, in Ferguson's Lane. It had three full-time professors and offered complete courses, both classical and theological. Some of the Derry priests ordained in the early nineteenth century received all their education here. But its fortunes fluctuated, because it was too small, it was difficult to get suitable teachers, and the accommodation was inadequate; for a time it actually closed. Dr. Peter McLaughlin, who had earlier taught in Ferguson's Lane, was appointed Bishop in 1820 and he made it a prime aim of his episcopacy to re-organise the seminary. With his encouragement it prospered and Dr. Maginn, his successor, moved it in 1847 to substantial premises, which had formerly been the County Inn in Pump Street. The Sisters of Mercy were given the building for their first convent in Derry in 1848 and bishop and students moved to the Brow-of-the-Hill. His premature death in the following year and the terrible aftermath of the Famine proved too much and the seminary closed.

The establishment of St. Columb's College on the Bishop Street site in 1879 was the successful culmination of these repeated efforts to provide advanced education in Derry. The frequent changes in location, indicative of the inadequacy of the earlier building, came to an end with the purchase of the Casino in Bishop Street, a choice happy in itself because this was the very ground of the Columban monastic foundation. In the hundred years that have passed St. Columb's grew from fifty to nearly eighteen hundred students. As well as supplying priests to serve the Diocese of Derry, it sent missionaries all over the world, having had a particularly close connection with Maynooth Mission to China and St. Patrick's Kiltegan. St. Columb's, too, has sent her students to many of the Religious Orders and Congregations. The aims of the College widened too, because although it remained primarily for those aspiring to the Priesthood, it also accepted students whose intentions were for secular careers.

Changing times and increasing numbers have meant that the vast proportion of our boys now find their vocation in the professions, in industry and commerce. Yet our motto still remains, "Quaerite Primum Regnum Dei", "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God" and it was always be our hope that they will excel in whatever field they work, diligent in their own profession but always mindful that there is something greater in store for themselves and those with which they are associated.

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