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Dear Columbans and well-wishers,

The Founder of the Christian Brothers, Edmund Rice once said, “But let us do ever so little for God, we will be sure He will never forget it, nor let it pass unrewarded.”

This vision and conviction fill everyone at St. Columba’s with gratitude for what has been and urges us to work with passion for what is to come. Our lives are constantly being molded by our experiences as well as by the events around us. Every Columban therefore is called to read the signs of the times and respond with openness.

The theme we have chosen for ourselves this year is ‘We come together in……Strength through Solidarity, Courage through Commitment, Success throughService…… for the glory of our Land.’ Solidarity, Commitment and Service are not just individual virtues but pillars upon which communities and societies stand tall and we wish the same for our Columban family.

Strength through Solidarity embodies the idea that together, we are stronger. When individuals unite in purpose and support each other, they create a formidable force capable of overcoming any obstacle. Solidarity fosters empathy, understanding, and a sense of belonging, binding people together in a common cause. It empowers individuals to stand up for justice, equality, and mutual respect.

Courage through Commitment underscores the importance of unwavering dedication to one's principles and goals. It takes courage to stay committed in the face of adversity, to persevere when challenges seem insurmountable. Commitment demands sacrifice, resilience, and a willingness to push beyond one's comfort zone. It is the fuel that drives progress and innovation, inspiring others to follow suit.

Success through Service encapsulates the notion that true fulfillment comes from making a meaningful contribution to the world around us. By serving others selflessly, we not only uplift those in need but also enrich our own lives. Service cultivates empathy, humility, and gratitude, fostering a sense of interconnectedness and purpose. Ultimately, success is measured not by personal achievements alone but by the positive impact we have on others.

In conclusion, Strength through Solidarity, Courage through Commitment, and Success through Service are intertwined principles that guide us towards a more compassionate, equitable, and prosperous future. By embracing these values, we at St. Columba’s are committed to following a path towards greater unity, resilience, and fulfillment. With steadfast hope and faith in the vision of Edmund Rice, I call upon all Columbans to be change makers, torch bearers and instruments of peace for the present and future.

Sincerely yours

Br. Robert Fernandes
Principal, St. Columba’s School