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 “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:
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:
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
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.
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!
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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