At Villa Maria College, participation in both College and community events is encouraged. We foster talent and celebrate our many successes in all cultural pursuits. The following is just a snapshot of what’s on offer here at Villa.


Each year students have the opportunity to take part in a major musical production which is produced in conjunction with St Thomas of Canterbury College. This production is hosted at Villa in alternate (odd) years. During the ‘even’ years students have the opportunity to participate in “Showquest”.


Performance opportunities are encouraged and there are public productions at year 11, 12 and 13 year levels in Drama. Theatre Sports is offered to junior students as an extra-curricular opportunity.

Year 13 Drama Production

Year 13 students perform each year as part of their NCEA level 3 course work. The latest production was a stunning portrayal of ‘Children of the Poor’ by NZ playwright Mervyn Thompson.


Villa Maria College has a strong debating and public speaking culture.We offer girls a wide range of opportunities including:

  • Junior and Senior Debating teams in the Canterbury Inter-schools’ Competitions
  • The annual Bishop Lyons’ Shield competition between other Canterbury Catholic schools which includes debating, prepared speeches, impromptu speeches, scripture readings and religious questions
  • The Riccarton Rotary Club Speech Competitions
  • Russell McVeagh Regional Debating Championship

Bishop Lyons team

Our Music Department is a vibrant hub of activity and full of opportunities for Villa girls. Music is a compulsory component of Years 7,8 and 9. In Years 10,11,12 and 13 music is an optional subject choice. Students can learn a variety of instruments from our Itinerant Music Teachers and join one of our many music groups that include:

  • Jazz Band
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Junior and Senior Orchestra
  • Saxophone Ensemble
  • Rock Band


The Music Department performs ‘Showcase Concerts’ twice a year and enters musical groups in many local, regional and national competitions. Read more about Music @ Villa

Choral Opportunities

The College choral programme is now fully integrated featuring four choirs from the Glee Club in Years 7-8 and Prima Voce in Years 9-10, to Con Brio and Vivace in Years 10-13.Vivace is our advanced senior choir. Our choirs have often made the national finale of the Big Sing Competition.
Expert singing lessons are provided in individual and group settings making them accessible and affordable for everyone.

Voices Festival

Our Con Brio choir takes part in Christchurch’s Voices Festival each year.

This is a festival to inspire great performance of contemporary repertoire by choirs from schools around the region.

Big Sing Finals 

Our choirs are regularly chosen as finalists for the Big Sing NZ competition. In 2014 we won GOLD. This is a premier competition of school choirs from around New Zealand and is very competitive.

Toku reo toku ohooho
My language, my awakening.


Villa Maria College’s Kapa Haka group has performed at regional competitions with expert training and support from staff, parents and whanau. Kapa Haka at Villa Maria provides leadership opportunities for our students as well as the exploration and expression of Māori culture through song and dance.

Iho Pumanuwa -

Taloha ni, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Fakaalofa atu, Ni sa bula, Kia ora, Talofa lava, Greetings


The Villa Maria Pasifika group encompasses Year 9 to 13 girls and provides a wealth of opportunities for friendships, support and leadership roles. An annual fixture for the group is their participation and performance at the Christchurch Secondary Schools Pacific Island Festival, sPACIFICally PACIFIC