At Villa Maria College we enjoy celebrating our highest achieving students, and we are proud to be able to share our achievements in NCEA 2020.

These results reflect the continuing exemplary standard of our students and staff. Villa girls, staff and whānau should be justifiably proud of the 2020 results, especially given the challenges and obstacles the girls faced last year. Our results continue to place our students amongst the top students in New Zealand. The positive impact of the interventions of Kaiako who actively mentor the students in their Ako and through staff carefully tracking and intervening to support girls to reach their potential has a direct effect on the achievement of our students.

Our 2020 Level 1, 2 and 3 NCEA achievement rates are outstanding. When compared to other decile 9 schools and nationally, Villa Maria outperforms other schools in NCEA.

99.3% of our Year 11 students gained NCEA Level 1. This compares to 71% nationally and 71% of decile 9 girls’ schools.

98% of our Year 12 students gained NCEA Level 2. This compares to 80% of all students nationally and 85% of students at decile 9 schools.

97% of our Year 13 students gained NCEA Level 3. This compares with 72% of students nationally and 81% of students at equivalent decile 9 schools.

92% of our Year 13 students gained University Entrance. This is well above the National rate of 53% and an equivalent rate of 72% at decile 9 schools.

To all the girls who sat NCEA last year, we are chuffed at you and your results and hard work. You do yourselves, and us, proud.

Our results at Level One, Level Two, Level Three and University Entrance demonstrate the value that we add to our students and reaffirm our belief that we ensure each individual student’s achievement is important to us.

There are many reasons why we achieve so well academically; our College culture, our staff and our class sizes all contribute to this success.

  • Striving for excellence is part of the Villa culture and our girls are guided and supported to set goals to achieve their potential.
  • Our smaller class numbers are a significant advantage to both girls and staff who enjoy close working relationships with their students.
  • Villa Maria College teachers are specialists in their field and passionate about educating girls. Our culture of excellence begins with our appointment of the finest teachers who impart their knowledge with flair.

Learning Behaviours

Villa Maria has four key actions the staff, whānau and community believe Villa girls need to be developing to be successful when they left school.

Courage – māia

Collaboration – mahi tahi

Resilience – manawaroa

Critical and creative thinking – Āta wherawhera

As a College we will be focussing on one of these behaviours each term.

Sarah Kirk

Assistant Principal (Curriculum)
Villa Maria College


Villa Maria College results are shown in BLUE.

Orange shows results from other Decile 9 schools, and grey shows the national average.

How We Celebrate Success

In addition to the annual College Prize Giving in December, we have the High Achievers’ Assembly in Term 1 the following year, once the results in NCEA external examinations and Scholarship are received. This is an opportunity to recognise these highest achievers in front of their peers and parents, and to encourage all students to strive for excellence.

A College badge has been developed to acknowledge students who achieve their NCEA Endorsed with Excellence .

Our weekly Assembly and Parent Newsletter are other ways we celebrate and recognise success at all levels.

2020 NCEA GOLD Achievers

Level 2

Dane Aguinot, Niamh Avery, Georgia-Rose Dawson, Melissa Dunn, Molly Emms, Josephine Grant, Bridget Haughey, Sophie Houghton, Nim Joseph, Olivia Jowsey, Maggie Leith, Jingyi Liang, Bianca Manzano, Sequoya Prentice, Holly Rahurahu, Niamh Selby, Momoko Shimada, Zanthie Smith, Leonie Stauder, Amber Sullivan, Amelia Sullivan, Paris Wardle, Sarah Williams.

Level 1

Niamh Aitken, Greta Beattie, Mia Chapman, Margot Coleman, Alyanna Delima, Maddison Dempsey, Ashley Dewar, Neve Enright, Peace Entwistle, Elizabeth Fraher, Greer Gillies, Niamh Hallissey, Ruby Lundy, Sophie McGillicuddy, Bridget Morriss.

We know the importance of keeping parents up-to-date with their daughter’s progress. We have implemented an online reporting system using KAMAR software. Staff upload academic results as they happen, along with monthly Effort and Attitude reports for parents to access through our Parent Portal. We also offer an opportunity to meet with our staff at Learning Conferences in Term 2.