Meet our Principal, Deborah Brosnahan


Kia Ora, Talofa Lava,

Mālō e Lelei, Konnichi Wa, Ni Sa Bula,

Fun Young Humni Da, Ni Hao, Aha Lan,

Ni Hao Ma

Villa Maria College has served the Catholic community in Christchurch for over 100 years. Our school was established by the Sisters of Mercy as a Catholic school for girls in 1918. In 1981 we became an Integrated School providing education with a Special Character. It is the vision of Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy, that is implemented, tested and challenged in all our education at Villa Maria. That means there is an emphasis on service to others and the community. Girls are educated in Catholic social teachings, and this Catholic character is evident in everything that we do. Students at all year levels have opportunities to be of service and/or act for justice.


Villa Maria College is well situated with beautiful grounds, great facilities and most importantly, excellent staff. We pride ourselves on our whole school learning community, where all teachers engage in professional learning and undertake specific inquiry learning projects each year so that we are engaged in continuous improvement as a staff.

As a community we seek to provide strong pastoral care for all students and build their sense of belonging. Our girls are encouraged to set themselves stretch goals and to review these regularly as they strive to exceed their own targets. We are proud of senior achievement in NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3. A significant number of girls gain national selection in their chosen sport/s and or performing arts.


Our girls develop from Villa girls into Mercy women, with an academic, service, co-curricular and spiritual programme of development.


We look forward to welcoming you personally to one of our Open Days.


God bless you and your family

Deborah Brosnahan