Lynda da Silveira, Director - Educational Services
Education in the 21st century faces many challenges that did not exist a generation ago. Globalism, rapid-fire technological advancements and the rise of social media have changed not only how the world interacts, but also how people learn. The schoolhouse, which was once the bastion of imparting knowledge to young minds, is now one of many players on the learning landscape for children worldwide.
Villa Maria has over 160 years of tradition as a teaching establishment. We are experts in teaching students. In this decade, our focus has shifted to looking at how different types of learners excel. We use technology in the service of education to help foster important skills such as teamwork and curiosity. We employ diversified teaching techniques such as Universal Design for Learning to reach all students in a classroom regardless of their academic level. We invest in modern equipment and installations to provide all our students with the best in educational technology so that they can exploit their high school experience to its full potential.
We have the unique privilege, as educators, to hold in our hands the budding sparks teenagers hold within their psyches. As Irish poet William Butler Yeats once said, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” It is our ardent hope that we will continue fanning the majestic flames of quality education for another 160 years to come.