The latest edition of Vmail is here!

This is the annual publication of the Villa Maria College Past Pupils’ Association, and is emailed or posted to all members of the PPA.

Vmail is all about connecting Mercy women – sharing stories of our Villa Alumnae, current students and the College. It’s one way all Villa past pupils can keep in touch, reminisce and celebrate our wonderful College.

Not a PPA member? Become one today. Email Miss Emily Rosevear at or call 03 348 4165.

Our College film available to watch online for free!

We are delighted to inform you that the brand new College Film, “Spirit of Mercy, Ngā Wāhine Atawhai, Villa Maria’s First 100 Years” is now available online to watch at no cost.

This film is a very special project that past pupil Kathleen Gallagher has lovingly crafted. It takes the original College film that was released at the time of Villa’s 90th birthday, and reinvents it to showcase Villa’s first 100 years – a proud moment in the history of the College. The film features the Sisters of Mercy – the very foundation of our College – as well as many staff, students and members of the Villa community.

Spirit of Mercy – Villa Maria’s first 100 years, Ngā Wāhine Atawhai

Here is the link so you are able to watch the film :

Password : villamaria


Mercy Grant: applications invited now!

The Past Pupils’ Association is proud to continue to offer its Mercy Grant, which is worth $2,000 and is awarded to one past Villa girl each year who is undertaking extraordinary work or study that aligns with Villa’s Mercy values.

In 2019, the PPA received a number of impressive applications for the Grant, and it’s wonderful to see so many of our past pupils undertaking life-changing work in the community – both in NZ and overseas.


Meet Lyn Brown – our 2019 Mercy Grant recipient

We are delighted to introduce you to our 2019 Past Pupils’ Association Mercy Grant recipient – Lyn Brown. Lyn was selected from a pool of impressive Grant applicants and has happily accepted the $2,000 donation towards her extraordinary work.

After 20 years as a registered nurse working in the operating theatres at Wellington Hospital, Lyn was offered the opportunity to share professional resources in war torn Timor-Leste, a country traumatized and impoverished by a 25 year occupation.

“As soon as Timor-Leste was declared an independent nation on 20 May 2001, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) established a programme of assistance aimed at improving population health by the delivery of tertiary health services. Medical teams began visiting on rotation to perform otherwise unavailable surgical procedures and to mentor the local medical personnel. I was invited by paediatric surgeon Brendon Bowkett and anaesthetist Mark Featherston to form a New Zealand team, and in August that year we travelled to Dili for the first of many trips over the next 15 years,” explains Lyn.

In 2004 Lyn became the RACS Perioperative Nurse Advisor to the Hospital Nacional Guido Valadares (HNGV) and provided Specialty Practice Education Courses for theatre nurses there. In 2010, supported by RACS and the Wellington North Rotary Club, she began a five-year project to make surgery safer at HNGV by improving the processes and practices of the Central Sterilising Department (CSD) within the operating theatre suite.

The Grant funding will support and sustain this initiative. It will enable a Timorese nurse, who is currently on work placement in a Wellington hospital, to take educational tools, knowledge and experience back to Dili and to mentor staff and supervise sterilization processes there with confidence.  The expected outcome is safe care for every patient having a surgical procedure at the national hospital.

The Past Pupils’ Association is pleased to help Lyn and the Timorese nurses and wishes them all the best for the future.


Applications for the next Mercy Grant close at 4pm on Sunday 2 August 2020

Grant Information

Application Cover Sheet

Please send any questions and/or applications to: Villa’s Alumnae Coordinator, Emily Rosevear at

We love keeping in touch with YOU!


As Mercy women, we share a common bond that has shaped us all in a multitude of ways.
2019 was a very special year for Villa Maria College, as it marked 100 years since the first pupils walked through the school gates. After our Centennial year, we continue to celebrate of all Villa’s Mercy women.

Become a member and make sure you don’t miss out on all the latest news.

Villa Maria College  1918 – 2018: view our Centennial Photos


Members of the Past Pupils’Association will…

  • Remain actively connected to your Villa friends and classmates
  • Be sent our glossy magazine, Vmail, as well as our e-newsletter
  • Be the first to know about our Alumnae events and reunions
  • Be eligible for discounts to Past Pupil events
  • Be personally invited to attend College events
  • Be part of supporting your Past Pupils’ Association so that we can continue to grow the community of Mercy women.


Annual Subscriptions are $50
Life-time Subscriptions are $200


Read the Membership brochure in full here

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Please make sure you complete the Membership Form – button above – before you pay.

  • Credit Card: Complete the Membership form and follow the instructions
  • Bank: Villa Maria College – ASB –12-3147-0230728-00
  • Cheques to be made out to Villa Maria College
  • Eftpos available at the College Office

Contact the Villa Office on 03 348 4165

2020 Events

Villa Maria College Film premiere – Tuesday 25 February 2020, 4pm and 7pm


Top Of The South Gathering – info to come


Mother & Daughter Breakfast (College event) – October 2020


50 and 20 Year Reunions!

This year, we will be hosting a 20 Year Reunion for the Class of 2000 – those who were in Year 13 in 2000; and a 50 Year Reunion for the Class of 1970 – those who were in their 7th Form year in 1970.

The 20 Year Reunion will take place on the evening of Thursday 19 November 2020 at the College.

The 50 Year Reunion will take place on the evening of Friday 27 November 2020 at the College.


*Please also note if you were part of this year group, but left school earlier than 7th Form (ie in your 6th Form year in 1969), you are also included in this Reunion. We know it was quite normal for girls to leave school without completing their 7th Form year level at this time.

Please save the date and spread the word among your school friends!

Help us stay in touch with you!

We’d love to stay in contact with as many Villa past pupils as possible! If you are not sure if the College has your current address, please click here and fill in the Past Pupils Form.

Become a Past Pupils’ Association Member to ensure you keep receiving our Vmail magazine and are kept well informed about PPA events and reunions.

Lifetime Membership $200
Annual membership $50


Email Emily Rosevear at for more information about joining the PPA.

President – Nicola Anthony (Cantwell)
Treasurer – Jacqui Restieaux
Secretary – Emily Rosevear


Address for Correspondence
Past Pupils’ Association
Villa Maria College
21 Peer Street
Christchurch 8041
New Zealand


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