Catholic Life and Mission

At St. Columba’s, our Catholic faith is an integral part of school life. We are also very grateful to have close parish links with Our Lady and St Columba as part of the Wallsend family of parishes of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Our school prayer states that “by working together and playing together, we may learn to love you and serve one another” and it is clear that Christ is at the centre of our school. Over recent years we have supported a range of charities, causes and community events. We are very grateful for the generosity that our pupils, staff and families always show.

Charities that we have supported in the past include:

  • Walking With
  • Daft as a Brush
  • Mission Together
  • Cuthbert’s Care
  • Youth Ministry Team
  • Rwandan Appeal

We are an inclusive school that is always looking to build on our existing links with other faiths and denominations as we work with parents to develop caring, compassionate, faithful children ready and prepared for the wider world.

We are also proud to have been recognised as a ‘School of Sanctuary’ within our school community.

Serving our parish and school community

We serve our parish and local community in many ways, sharing God’s message of love with others whenever we can. Some ways in which we do this are:

  • Holding special, reflective services and liturgies in our church for our school and parish communities, especially during Advent and Holy Week.
  • We organise a school Mass once a term where children from our school lead the worship for the school and parishioners are welcomed.
  • Class assemblies are held on Fridays and all members of our community are invited and encouraged to attend.
  • Shared preparation in school and in the parish for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. We also hold regular parent meetings to ensure that families are fully involved in preparations.
  • Carol singing during Christmas time in Wallsend town centre and at Eotheon Homes.
  • Working with parents as partners in our Nursery and Reception classes.
  • Setting up our ‘Rainbow Parcel’ food bank and working alongside ‘Feeding Families’ to offer support for families within our school community.
  • Delivering ‘Christmas Parcels’ for those in the community and parish who may feel lonely.