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Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School

Student Life

WELCOME FROM OUR STUDENT COUNCIL PRESIDENT, LIZA BROWN

Hello, Villa Duchesne Community! Let me begin by saying how honored I am to be the Upper School Student Council President for such a wonderful community. I am forever grateful to Villa for providing me with this opportunity to grow as a leader, as a strong young woman, and as an individual readily prepared to prosper in life beyond high school. 

Student Council is just one opportunity for leadership among many offered at Villa. From house captains to club leaders to retreat leaders to athletic team captains to student council class representatives, I have seen my classmates thrive in the various leadership roles they have found at Villa. These many opportunities for leadership require responsibility and dedication, and thus, create graduates ever-prepared to blossom in college and beyond.

Beyond cultivating skills of commitment and building community, Villa students learn how to balance a little fun and sisterhood with academic and extracurricular responsibilities. From big days like Congé and Field day, to everyday fun like outdoor classes or dance parties in the common rooms, Villa girls have constant reminders that school is about so much more than just books and pens.

As I said in my student council speech last May, we are Villa students for a short time, but Villa girls forever. As my class enters our final year of school at Villa, we cherish our friendships, we value the academic excellence and the lessons of faith, and we reflect on our incredible experiences as Villa students. We are so excited to spreading this knowledge to others and welcome new students to Villa! I am so fortunate to leave the castle as your 2022-2023 Student Council Presidents and I wish all of the best for what is to come of Villa when my class has left these special halls!

Sincerely,

Liza Brown '23
Upper School Student Council President

STUCO Leadership Cecelia Kraeger '23, Liza Brown '23, and Elizabeth Kraeger '23.

Liza is pictured with Upper School Student Council Secretary and Vice President, Cecelia and Elizabeth Kraeger

Student Life at Villa

Congé

One word says it all...Conge!!

Congé

Always announced as a surprise, Congé (kon-zhay), French for leave-taking, is a day for students to set aside schoolwork and play on campus. It is an opportunity to students, faculty, and staff to celebrate our school community.

Outdoor Classroom Day

The Labyrinth

Outdoor Classroom Day

Two days each year, Villa commits to participating in the Outdoor Classroom Day global movement. But informally, our inspiring outdoor campus spaces—a nature trail, low-ropes course, labyrinth, and Thachuk Terrace, just to name a few—are used routinely by classes from JK3-12.

Feast Days & Masses

Lower School students prepare to celebrate the Feast of Mater Admirabilis

Feast Days & Masses

On Feast Days, we learn about and honor the positive impact that one person can have in the world. We annually celebrate our founding mothers, Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat and Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne. And, each May, we honor Mary, the Mother of God, with a full school liturgy.

School Dances

Middle school students and their dads hit the dance floor at the Father-Daughter Dinner Dance.

School Dances

Our students in seventh through twelfth grades enjoy a number of dances throughout the school year, and the highlights for all of our students are our Father-Daughter Dances.

Trips & Retreats

Sixth Grade boys prepare to leave for Sixth Grade Camp

Trips & Retreats

Class trips begin in the sixth grade at Villa Duchesne with our annual Sixth Grade Camp. As students move through middle and high school, opportunities include visits to sister Sacred Heart schools, annual spiritual retreats for each grade level, and national and international global studies trips.

Prize Days

L:ower School students recognized at Prize Day

Prize Days

Students at all grade levels are recognized for their achievements and contributions to our Sacred Heart community at regular intervals throughout the school year.

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OUR FACULTY

dEAN OF STUDENT LIFE 7-12

Mrs. Emily Kaplan
314-810-3402
ekaplan@vdoh.org

middle school dean (7-8)

Dr. Melissa Allen
314-810-33493
mallen@vdoh.org

Lower school dean of students