The establishment of the School Advisory Committee coincided with the changes brought about by Vatican II for the laity to take a more active role in the Church and the expansion of the Catholic education sector in the late 1960s and 1970s.
The Bishop and Diocese of Sale Catholic Education Limited (DOSCEL) support the establishment of an Advisory Committee for schools which encourages partnership and participation of school, parish and the wider community in the life of the school and parish.
While the provision of a school environment that supports the Catholic ethos is ultimately the responsibility of DOSCEL, the priest, principal and school staff, and Advisory Committees share this responsibility and play a significant role in supporting the spiritual and educational welfare of students.
Governing authority rests with the Board of DOSCEL.
The School Advisory Committee operates as the principle consultative and advisory body in the school. The School Advisory Committee is advisory to the principal. This body acts as an adviser on strategic planning, support to the principal, school improvement and development, policy and general leadership, the sole purpose ultimately being to serve and work toward the mission and vision of the school.
The Columba Advisory Committee meets once a term and in 2023 the members are;