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.

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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 “Stage Challenge”.


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


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


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 newly re-structured programme for singing at Villa Maria has something for everybody. The school now boasts four choirs: from the prep choir (Years 7-8) the junior choir (Years 9-10), Con Brio, which is our senior choir, and the newly named Vivace which is our elite performance choir.
In addition to our choirs we also offer individual and group singing tuition and the girls can participate in several choral festivals and tours as well as NCEA and Trinity exams.

Best Girls’ Choir – BIG SING

Vivace, Villa Maria’s newly formed advanced choir was honoured as the Best Girls’ Choir at the Canterbury Regional Big Sing competition and secured a place at the National Big Sing competition.

GOLD at Big Sing Finals 2014

This is an outstanding achievement as out of the 260 choirs that took part in the regionals, throughout the country, only 24 schools were selected to compete at the Finale. Out of these 24 choirs that made it to the finale only 7 choirs received a Gold award in including Vivace, making them one of the premier school choirs in the country!

Toku reo toku ohooho
My language, my awakening.


Villa Maria College Kapa Haka group have 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.


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