St Columba proudly takes its place in the wider Port Macquarie community and as a school in the global village. Our School has a number of structures that support community initiatives and allow our students to demonstrate leadership through service.
Some of the community service initiatives that SCAS participates in:
- Each year the four Houses, Farrell, Innes, McCabe and Robinson choose a local, national or international charity and raise funds to support that charity.
- The Duke of Edinburgh scheme, which begins in Year 9, requires students to perform 6 to 12 months of volunteer work within the community.
- An Interact Club meets fortnightly under the auspices of the Sunrise Rotary Club. Each year this group of students runs fundraising activities for charitable organisations around the world. Funds are raised through volunteering at the Port Macquarie Ironman event, running school socials, markets and cake stalls.
- Activities Days see students from Years 7 to 9 offer voluntary service in areas such as nursing home visits, RSPCA work, bush regeneration, dune care, water watch and Clean Up Australia Day.
- Our CAPA students – dancers, musicians, thespians and artists – perform at festivals, carnivals and expos throughout the year.
- A large contingent of SCAS students turns out each year to march in the annual ANZAC Day march.
- Many of our students are individually involved in Surf Lifesaving, Scouts, Cadets, Sea Scouts, Guides etc.
- Our canteen offers a Family Aid network, which is funded by donations from staff and the School community.
- An initiative developed by one of our former senior students as alternative to the traditional post-school “Schoolies” trip saw a group of SCAS students and parents travel to Malaysia in 2012 to work with those less fortunate.