St Columba College Appoints New Principal


Earlier this year, Ms Leanne Carr announced that she will conclude her time as Principal at the end of the 2023 school year. I thank Leanne for her dedication, care and commitment over the past eight years as Principal and the significant contribution she has made to the St Columba College community over this time.

Leanne has worked hard to honour the vision and mission of the College and has led with passion to provide the best opportunities for our students. She has strengthened the community to be inclusive and respectful, reflecting the values of our Anglican and Catholic tradition. With strong enrolment and financial growth, she has overseen extensive refurbishment and building programs including the sport court, outdoor play spaces and refurbished classrooms at the Junior School. More recently, the building program has seen the development of the Lake Art Theatre, four basketball courts, music and drama spaces and the new building currently under construction at the Middle School campus.

Leanne’s focus on the Strategic Plan 2020 and Beyond has resulted in an expansion of resources and programs to enhance student learning and wellbeing along with an expanded co-curricular program. In particular, I commend her leadership during COVID times when she led with strength and resilience, ensuring the delivery of the learning program while supporting the health and wellbeing of students, their families and staff. On behalf of the Council and the College community I acknowledge the outstanding leadership Leanne has given St Columba College and wish her every success in the future.

On behalf of the St Columba College Council I am delighted to advise you that Mr Darren Pitt has been appointed as Principal of St Columba College and will take up the role from the start of 2024.

Darren is well known to you as the current Deputy Principal of the College, a position he has filled with distinction since 2021. Prior to his current role Darren was Principal of The Springfield Anglican College, Deputy Principal of Seymour College and Director of Teaching and Learning at St. Peter’s College.

Mr Pitt has a Masters of Educational Leadership and Administration, a Bachelor of Arts with Honours and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, amongst other qualifications. He is a practising congregational member of St Chad’s Anglican Church, Highgate, and is a person of deep faith.

Darren is an outstanding Christian educator with a vision for excellence and inclusion. I know you will join with me in congratulating Darren on this appointment.

Arrangements for the appointment of Darren’s replacement as Deputy Principal are currently being considered and I will advise you further once these arrangements are in place.

Yours sincerely

Mr Bruno Vieceli | Chairperson, St Columba College Council