It is absolutely vital that students are provided with other learning experiences.
These will come through trips, such as the Rugby tour to South Africa, the Project Respond expedition to Zambia, or the History/Politics trip to Washington/New York. Students also attend lectures in London and talks by guest speakers in school, in order to broaden their horizons. As part of the annual Sir Terry Leahy Lecture, the College invites specialist and inspirational figures to deliver a memorable talk. Many students successfully complete the Extended Project, which helps them develop the skills that are necessary at undergraduate level, but are also valued in the workplace. Other students will complete the Certificate of Financial Studies or perhaps take part in the highly recognised Young Enterprise Programme or the Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge, which enables innovation and entrepreneurship.
Service is also an important part of a student’s development and personal growth. St Columba’s College is a leading school in raising funds and awareness for CAFOD. A group of students also assists at a local special needs school in St Albans on a Wednesday afternoon.
The Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award is another opportunity in which students can become involved. This embodies many of the skills that are encouraged from an early age at the College. Students love this variety of experiences and the chance to be pushed out of their ‘comfort zone’.