Ko au ko au
Ko koe
Ko koe
Me haere ngatahi taua
I am who I am.
You are who you are.
Let us move together in unison.

The Learning Support Department co-ordinates specialty services for individual students or for small groups as appropriate

  • Teacher aide assistance
  • Academic assessments
  • Learning profiles
  • Links with community agencies
  • Special Assessment Conditions
  • Reader/writer services
  • Individual educational programmes
  • Peer tutoring
  • Correspondence lessons
  • Alternative senior courses
  • Individual and small group tuition
  • Gifted and Talented opportunities

Villa Maria College provides for all students with special curriculum-based needs.



  • To identify and provide support for students with special education needs.
  • To identify and remove barriers to their learning for students with special education needs.
  • To work in partnership with parents/caregivers to identify and overcome barriers to learning.
  • To foster positive relationships between students with special educational needs and other students especially through Religious Education and Peer Support Programmes.

Special Assessment Conditions

Students with specific assessment conditions are usually those with confirmed learning differences such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or dysgraphia. It is not always necessary to have a formal psychologist’s report to qualify. SAC’s are also available for students with other issues such as significant vision, hearing, physical or medical needs. This link a helpful NZQA link:


Applications for NCEA must be made by the end of Term 1 each year. If your daughter is in Year 7-10, it is a good idea for her to start trialing specific learning conditions so that she can evaluate which ones may work best for her needs. Please contact me if you think your daughter may qualify or if you would like to discuss any of this information.


Click here to download our Learning Support fact sheet.


Click here to download some useful and effective study techniques.


For any enquiries, please contact:
Special Education Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO): Anna Avery aav@villa.school.nz
Acting Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator: Sarah Kirk  ski@villa.school.nz


Useful links for whānau: 

The Gifts of Dyslexia