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Statement of Commitment to Democratic Principles

Columba Catholic Primary School aims to promote lifelong learning and active participation as citizens in Australian society.

Values for Australian Schooling

Columba is committed to democratic principles of Australia including: 


  • the principles and practice of Australian democracy;
  • the elected government;
  • the rule of law;
  • equal rights for all before the law;
  • freedom of religion;
  • freedom of speech and association; and
  • the values of openness and tolerance.

This is lived at Columba Catholic Primary School.

  • Columba educates its learners about the country we live in, the law of the land and our right to freedom of speech, association and religion.

  • Columba educates its learners to be lawful and responsible citizens.

  • Columba proudly recognises and pays respect to our traditional landowners, the Bunerong people of the Kulin Nation.

  • Columba educates its learners to be respectful and value all individuals, proudly raising two flags: Australian and Aboriginal.

At Columba Catholic Primary School we address this by;

  • Our school displays a poster of democratic values as required by the Australian Government.

  • The Civics and Citizenship domain of the Victorian Curriculum, which is required to be taught in all Catholic schools provides students with knowledge, skills and opportunities to understand and practise what it means to be a citizen in a democracy.

  • Acknowledgement of Country is part of our Assemblies and we have the Australian and Aboriginal flag in our courtyard. Our children sing the National Anthem each Assembly.