We are extremely proud of our academic record. College students consistently perform well above the national averages for all New Zealand schools, including other girls’ schools.


There are many reasons why we achieve so well academically; our College culture, our staff and our class sizes all contribute to this success.

  • Striving for excellence is part of the Villa culture and our girls are guided and supported to set goals to achieve their potential.
  • Our smaller class numbers are a significant advantage to both girls and staff who enjoy close working relationships with their students.
  • Villa Maria College teachers are specialists in their field and passionate about educating girls. Our culture of excellence begins with our appointment of the finest teachers who impart their knowledge with flair.

Learning Behaviours

During 2016, Villa Maria looked at the four key actions the staff, whanau and community felt Villa girls needed to be developing to be successful when they left school.  The following four behaviours were identified.

Creative and critical thinkers – whakaaro
Resilient – manahau
Collaborative – mahi tahi
Courageous – maia

As a College we will be focussing on one of these behaviours each term.

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Sarah Kirk

Assistant Principal (Curriculum)
Principal’s Nominee
Villa Maria College


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How We Celebrate Success

In addition to the annual College Prize Giving in December, we have the High Achievers’ Assembly in February following the release of results in NCEA external examinations and Scholarship results. This is an opportunity to recognise these highest achievers in front of their peers and parents, and to encourage all students to strive for excellence.

A College badge has been developed to acknowledge students who achieve their NCEA Endorsed with Excellence .

Our weekly Assembly and Parent Newsletter are other ways we celebrate and recognise success at all levels.

2017 NCEA GOLD Achievers

Level 1

To achieve a Level One Gold Award, students need to achieve at least 80 credits with Excellence. 

Level 1 GOLDS

Caitlyn Penney, Zoe Muir, Amelia King, Lucy Scott, Hannah Warner, Rosa McGrath, Kate O’Neill, Courtney Maynard, Sophie Ballard, Connie Wynn-Williams, Mackenzie Falco, Sophie Glass, Olivia Brunel, Emily Baker, Pauline Dela Cruz, Christine Boiser, Hannah Glen, Jessica Simmons, Ciara Espiner, Niamh Taylor, Bella Wiesehutter, Athena Mirambel.

Level 2

To achieve a Level Two Gold Award you need to achieve 65+ credits with Excellence.

Level 2 GOLDS

Phoebe Chin, Phoebe Wynands, Katie Hodgins, Caitlynn Amores, Brianna Hunter, Freya Jackson, Alanah Charlton, Michaela Sandoe, Sara Dickson, Maggie Colvin, Kimberley Higgs, Anna Thwaites, Maia Wehi, Charlotte Thieme, Ella Morrison, Fiona McKay, Sophie Coffey, Romy Gellen, Bianca Barbafiera, Brittany Baugh.

Subject Overview

We know the importance of keeping parents up-to-date with their daughter’s progress. We have implemented an online reporting system using KAMAR software. Staff upload academic results as they happen, along with monthly Effort and Attitude reports for parents to access through our Parent Portal. We also offer an opportunity to meet with our staff at Learning Conferences in Term 2.

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