Students can develop skills and contribute to the school community through a variety of service groups.
Children of Mary Organization
Each student attending Villa Maria participates in the spirituality that flows from the school’s oldest and best loved tradition. This tradition is expressed through the Children of Mary, an association characterized by prayer, service, and devotion to the Church through Mary, Mother of the Lord.
Before the feast of the Immaculate Conception, all sophomore students are inducted into the association of the Children of Mary. All new students have the opportunity to enter at this time. The works of service are organized for the entire school by a moderator, an assistant moderator and elected officers. Some girls choose to take a more active role in the organization by serving as representatives for their homerooms and/or by volunteering to give of their time and talents to the various service projects conducted by the organization.
A scheduled meeting is held on the fourth Monday of every month. Various service projects take place on the first, third and fourth Mondays of each month. During specific drives, the officers, chairpersons, and some members are responsible to give additional hours of service. Some projects include: Annual Mission Drive, Thanksgiving Food Collection, Christmas Giving Tree Project, and volunteer service at the Salvation Army and at Camilla Hall. As other occasions arise, students respond to the calls for special service.
Altar Servers assist in preparing the worship space for Eucharistic liturgies and assist the presider of the liturgy. Students who volunteer for this ministry undergo a period of training and are assigned in rotation to serve in this capacity.
The Music Ministry strives to provide beautiful music for liturgical worship. This group supports the Vatican Council directives that “music is the servant of liturgy.” Students who wish to praise the Lord through music qualify for this service. Rehearsals are scheduled for the first and fourth Mondays of the month during activity period A.
Peer Ministry is an opportunity open to seniors who have participated in a Kairos retreat and who are interested in developing and nurturing spirituality in themselves and in the student body. This group forms a community of Christian leaders who engage in private and shared prayer and who are trained in communication skills. Members help to plan retreats, including the writing of retreat talks. Participation in at least one undergraduate retreat is required. Meetings are held as needed.
The Diversity Club strives to increase awareness of issues regarding diversity and to promote inclusion both within and beyond the Villa Maria community. Members are encouraged to take ownership of and leadership on school-wide events fostering diversity and inclusion. The club partners with the Diversity Awareness Club of Malvern Preparatory School on activities and events throughout the year. The Diversity Club is facilitated through the Diversity Committee, which consists of students, faculty, and staff of Villa Maria Academy.
Public Relations Club
The main objective of the Public Relations Club is to promote the spirit of Villa Maria Academy. Members of the PR Club assist in enhancing the ambiance of the school buildings and serve as ushers for various programs during the school year. The students in this club take turns working the school store, coordinating the various PR events and forming the editorial board of Villa News, a quarterly newsletter published for the Villa Maria community. The club meets on the third Wednesday of the month.
The Tech Club offers all interested students the ability to learn and to gain technology skills not found in the traditional computer curriculum, including website development, publishing skills, AV skills, collaborative project design and online e-zine development. Club members help in the publicity of student tech news and activities. Club representatives provide tech support to the labs, are trained in AV connectivity support for teachers’ classroom needs, aid other students/staff with troubleshooting their PC/software/printer problems and offer helpful suggestions regarding logins and profiles. Two training dates in early September will prepare students to participate in this club. In addition to attending the club’s meetings, which are held on the first and third Tuesday of every month, members are asked to give one to two hours of service per quarter for lab assistance.