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Villa Maria College is a state integrated

Catholic secondary school for girls in Years 7 -

13. Situated near the University of Canterbury

in Upper Riccarton, Christchurch, Villa

Maria College has been providing excellent

education under the guidance of the Sisters of

Mercy since 18 February 1918.  

Villa Maria began serving the district as a

parish school when boys were admitted in

1921. Later, the boys were transferred to St

Teresa’s and from 1941 the school reverted to

being a school for girls.

The College roll continued to grow due

to housing developments in the area

and additional building was undertaken

to keep pace with growth. This included

accommodation for boarders. The Boarding

School was maintained until 1979 when Villa

Maria once again became a day school.

In 1981 Villa Maria College was integrated into

the New Zealand state school system.

In 1995 the Sisters gifted the Villa Maria

convent buildings to the College for use as


Photographs and further information about

the College history may be found at: www.