Villa Maria College, Christchurch

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Villa Maria College
Address
21 Peer Street
Upper Riccarton
Christchurch 8041
New Zealand

Coordinates 43°31′45″S 172°34′03″E / 43.5292°S 172.5675°E / -43.5292; 172.5675Coordinates: 43°31′45″S 172°34′03″E / 43.5292°S 172.5675°E / -43.5292; 172.5675
Information
Type State integrated single-sex girls secondary (year 7–13) school
Established 1918
Ministry of Education Institution no. 326
Principal Deborah Brosnahan[1]
School roll 790[2] (June 2011)
Socio-economic decile 9
Website

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).

Houses[edit]

Villa Maria College has six houses:

McAuley (yellow)

Brodie (orange)

Claver (purple)

Grace (blue)

Ennis (green)

Mercy (red)

Honour[edit]

In the 2001 Birthday Honours, former principal Sister Pauline Margaret O'Regan was made a Distinguished Companion of the Order of New Zealand.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Schools with new principals", NZ Catholic, 10 March 2013, p. 4.
  2. ^ "New Zealand Schools – Education Counts". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Reinstating titular honours – what the honourees are saying". The New Zealand Herald. 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2011. "former principal" 
  4. ^ "DPMC – New Zealand Honours". dpmc.govt.nz. 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 

Sources[edit]

  • Villa Maria College golden jubilee, 1918–1968 Christchurch, 1968.
  • Mary Declan Burke RSM, Mercy through the years : the centennial history of the Sisters of Mercy, Christchurch Diocese, 1878–1978, Sisters of Mercy Trust Board, Christchurch, 1978.
  • Michael O'Meeghan S.M., Held firm by faith : a history of the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch, 1840–1987, Catholic Diocese of Christchurch, Christchurch, 1988.
  • Villa Maria College, seventy-five years, 1918–1993, Villa Maria College, Christchurch, 1993.
  • Michael King, God's farthest outpost : a history of Catholics in New Zealand, Viking, Auckland 1997.