Villa Maria College, Christchurch
|Villa Maria College|
|21 Peer Street
|Type||State integrated single-sex girls secondary (year 7–13) school|
|Motto||Learn to prize what is of value|
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||326|
|School roll||791 (March 2015)|
Villa Maria College, Christchurch, New Zealand was opened on 18 February 1918 with 14 pupils. It was founded by the Sisters of Mercy and served as a parish school when boys were admitted in 1921. From 1941 the school reverted to being a girl's college. Villa Maria College is a day school but it also had boarders between 1935 and 1979. In 1981, the college was integrated into the New Zealand state school system under the Private Schools Conditional Integration Act 1975 but its proprietors remain the Sisters of Mercy (through the Sisters of Mercy Trust Board).
Villa Maria College has six houses:
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