Welcome from our Student Council President
In August of 2009, a nervous sixth grader began her first day at Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School. It was with outstretched arms, smiling faces, and honest care that she became a member of this tight-knit community. Now, six years later, I am humbled and honored to serve as Student Council President for such an incredible school. It truly is a privilege to be able to welcome all the girls and boys who were just like me in 2009, nervous about what the year has to offer.
Villa Duchesne presents strong academics, arts, clubs, sports, and countless other outlets for a range of students and her specific interests. It is from these interests that relationships are formed. Under Sacred Heart Goal IV, Sacred Heart schools commit themselves to educate to the building of community as a Christian value. The idea of building up a community does not merely appear on paper along with four other Sacred Heart Goals, but instead finds its way into class discussions, group activities, and most importantly the mindset of Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School members. From an academic standpoint, educators work together to allow students a competitive and first-rate education expanding over a variety of disciplines. With this comes personalized study plans, open door days, early/late office hours, and emails at some outrageous hours, as well as the sincere desire to connect with students.
Spiritually, Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School maintains a strong, love-filled community that is accessible to all. A community that provides love, support, and care inside—as well as outside—the walls of our great school. Whether it is a national exchange, international exchange, serving learning experience, or mass on campus, students are surrounded and supported by this school community.
Villa Duchesne has offered me countless opportunities over the years. I have been encouraged to take part in as many clubs as I like. I have been encouraged to deepen my faith whether that be in the chapel, the classroom, or within the larger St. Louis community. I have been encouraged to achieve academically. I have been encouraged to have fun with my experience—like the occasional pie-eating contest in the hallway! I have been encouraged to appreciate and care for others. Villa Duchesne identifies, supports, and shares the numerous talents that are present within our community. Whether it be an educational honor for an educator, a recognition of service for a staff member, or an acknowledgement of athleticism for a student, Villa Duchesne cares. Not just as a school, but again as an appreciative community.
I encourage parents and students alike to explore all this wonderful community has to offer. Whether it is surfing our website, asking a friend, or immersing yourself in the school’s rich history and tradition, I hope that no questions go unanswered. I look forward to what the school year has to offer and am again honored at my opportunity to give back to our community.
Grace Walsh ’16
Student Council President