We try to make our enrolment process as simple as possible.
Please take the time to read all the information below and feel free to contact us if you have any questions by email at villa@villa.school.nz

Apply for our 2021 intake

Please download and complete the Application for Enrolment form

and return to:

The Principal’s Secretary
Villa Maria College
21 Peer Street
Upper Riccarton
Christchurch 8041

Applications for 2021 close on Friday 26 June 2020.

Apply for future years

Please download and complete the Application for Enrolment form

and return to:

The Principal’s Secretary
Villa Maria College
21 Peer Street
Upper Riccarton
Christchurch 8041

You can submit applications for future years at any time.


We are now taking applications for the 2021 school year.

Villa Maria College has a strong reputation and therefore is highly regarded. Applications for places always exceed the number of places available. It is therefore important that prospective students apply early.

If we have places available after accepting Preference students we are permitted to take up to 5% of our roll in Non-Preference students. Non-Preference students need to supply supporting documentation.

Enrolment Process for Entry in 2021

We are now taking applications for enrolment for 2021. Applications for enrolment for the 2021 school year close on Friday 26 June 2020.

Acceptance Letters
Families will receive acceptance letters in August, which will be the same time as most Christchurch secondary schools.

Yr 7 Enrolment Scheme Flow Chart

Villa Maria College Foundation Scholarship

The Villa Maria College Foundation Scholarship is to support a student entering at Year 9, who is at risk of not accessing a Catholic (Mercy) education. The criteria of being ‘at risk’ is where there is financial hardship, whānau/family upheaval, whānau/family illness or similar situations.


To be eligible for a VMC Foundation Scholarship you must:

– Be a Preference student with a commitment to Mercy values* as you understand them and eligible for enrolment to Year 9 within the Villa Maria College Enrolment Scheme;
– Be participating in special character activities within your current context;
– Be displaying leadership qualities;
– Be able to explain the difficulties that may prevent you from attending Villa Maria College.
VMC Foundation Scholarship Application Form (1)
VMC Foundation Scholarship Objective and Criteria for Year 9

Enrolment Criteria For Preference Students
A girl is entitled to preference of Enrolment if she meets at least one of the following criteria:

1. The girl has been baptised, or is being prepared for baptism, in the Catholic Church.

2. The girl’s parents/guardians have already allowed one or more of her siblings to be baptised in the Catholic faith.

3. At least one parent/guardian is Catholic.

4. With the agreement of the child’s parent/guardian, a significant familial adult such as a grandparent, aunt or uncle who is actively involved in the child’s upbringing undertakes to support the child’s formation in the faith and practices of the Catholic Church.

5. One or both of a girl’s non-Catholic parents/guardians is preparing to become a Catholic.

Download the guidelines for Preference for Enrolment for NZ Schools, by the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference here.

Download the Preference Form for Secondary School students here.

Application for Enrolment

If you are seeking to apply for admission to the College in the next enrolment year or future years, please return this Application for Enrolment form.


Each year the Board of Trustees and the Proprietors set the fees for the following 12 months. Because Villa Maria is an integrated school, the Government only covers 60% of the College’s costs.  That leaves a significant shortfall for us to meet and this is why we are so reliant on our wonderful community who faithfully pay their fees and contributions.

We are continually striving to provide the best educational facilities and opportunities for our girls within our budget. To this end, you will have seen the large capital projects taking place around the College with the new driveway and the Kia Toa building.  Both projects have been planned and budgeted for many years but they will create ongoing financial commitments for the College.

While planning for our future, we are also conscious of the responsibilities we have to carefully maintain our current facilities.

We can assure you that our fees remain very comparable to other Catholic Colleges in Christchurch.

We know that Villa provides a fantastic Catholic education for your girls and that together we can achieve both educational excellence and fit-for-purpose facilities.

How to Pay?

We’d like to encourage parents to set up an automatic payment to reduce the burden of large lump sum payments.
Simply set up your AP into our bank account: Villa Maria College – ASB –12-3147-0230728-00

You can also pay directly into the above bank account or pop into the Main Office and pay by eftpos or credit card


Remember to use your eldest current student’s surname and initial as the reference when you pay online.
Already Paying by AP?

For those families already using an AP, could you please review your amounts.