“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” - Wittgenstein

At St Columba’s we view the learning of languages as essential to providing our pupils with a well-rounded view of the world.

Modern Languages

Through the learning of French, German or Spanish, our pupils have the opportunity to discover new cultures and expand their understanding of what it means to be a citizen of the world today. Whether it’s for future job opportunities, for travel or simply just for fun, learning languages at St Columba’s is an enriching experience for all.

All languages can be taken to National 5, Higher or Advanced Higher level and participating in exchanges and visits is all part of the adventure.

Senior IV French pupils have the opportunity to take part in our exchange programme with our partner school in France, and our senior pupils visit Paris, Madrid and Berlin to advance their spoken language skills.


“There's no such thing as dead languages, only dormant minds.” - Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

With almost half of all English words deriving from Latin, as well as the undeniable links with other European languages, such as French and Spanish, at St Columba’s we value the transferable skills that the study of the Latin language can provide.

Pupils in Senior I and Senior II follow a broad general introduction to the language before having the opportunity to continue to examination level.

Latin can be taken to National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher level.

Classical Studies

The discipline of Classical Studies allows pupils to pursue an interest in the classical world without the constraint of language. 

While pupils are given a taster of the subject throughout the Senior I and Senior II course, the study of Classical Studies as a discrete subject begins in earnest at National 5. The SQA courses allow pupils to develop a well-rounded understanding of the classical world; history, politics, art, literature, social issues, and much more besides.

Classical Studies can be taken to National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher level.