Welcome from our Student Council President

For the past three years, I have been honored to be a part of the Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School community. I feel it is now a privilege to serve as Student Council president for this 2014-15 school year. I can’t imagine a better high school experience and hope to give back to our Sacred Heart community as much as it has given to me.

Villa Duchesne has so much to offer each student. From our academics to our sports, arts, and clubs, there is something for every individual and her unique interests. Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat, founder of the Society of the Sacred Heart, once said, “For the sake of one child, I would have founded the society.” Today, this idea continues to be carried out as Villa Duchesne strives to educate the “whole child.” Academically, our educators provide students with personal attention and assistance that creates relationships based on respect and understanding. Spiritually, Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School is a strong, faith-filled community that provides support and love to all of its members. Students are also encouraged to think beyond the walls of our school and out into the community through leadership opportunities, service learning, and domestic and international exchanges.

One aspect of Villa Duchesne that I personally value is how the gifts and talents that students show in a variety of areas are appreciated and valued by teachers and other classmates. The sense of community and sisterhood that binds the student body together is overwhelming. The school is rich in tradition and history while also changing and adapting to meet present day ideas and needs. Every day that I walk through the doors of this school, I feel like I am walking into a second home.

I encourage you to explore the website and discover some of our clubs, activities, and traditions. I look forward to this school year and am excited to serve our community.

Joanie Kabbes
Joanie Kabbes '15
Student Council President


  • Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School
  • 801 South Spoede Road
  • Saint Louis, MO 63131-2699
  • (P) 314.432.2021
  • (F) 314.432.0199
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