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John Paul College was founded in 1987 with the amalgamation of Edmund Rice College and MacKillop College. The current principal is Patrick Walsh, past president of the Secondary Principals’ Association of New Zealand.

Patrick has led the College to become the top performing Catholic secondary school in New Zealand. John Paul College educates and shapes the lives of young people from Year 7 to Year 13 in the beautiful tourist city of Rotorua.

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Our College motto is “Through Faith and Love”. This reflects our Lasallian philosophy which is built on the four pillars of Faith, Compassion, Prayer and Action. To develop lifelong learners with a commitment to excellence, and a desire to contribute to society and the church’s mission.

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Parent / Teacher Interview Booking

Thursday, July 20th, 2017 in News

Parents are advised that Senior Parent Teacher Interviews for students in Years 11-13 will be held in the Edmund Rice Centre starting at 3.30pm and going through to 6pm on Wednesday 26th July. (next week). Most senior subject teachers will be available but interviews will be restricted to five minute time slots. Students are encouraged to…

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Scholarship Season is Open

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 in News

givME is an online search tool full of information about scholarships, grants, and awards. Whether you’re looking for assistance with education, sport, art or personal or professional development, givME is the tool to search – and you don’t have to be an A+ student as there are scholarships for everyone. All the information on applying for…

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Success for JPC at RoboCup Junior New Zealand

Monday, June 26th, 2017 in News

RoboCup Junior New Zealand is a national robotics competition for school students. Its point of difference from many other competitions is that the robotic platform is not specified. This year the competition was held at Hillcrest High School, Hamilton. Under the tutelage of IT teacher Mrs Marisol Bite, both JPC teams gained first place and qualify for the…

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JPC Head Boy Excels at Shakespeare Festival

Thursday, June 8th, 2017 in News

John Paul College head boy Gus Dube wowed the judges at the recent national Shakespeare competition, being singled out for his role as Henry V. Gallery It was a great honour for the school to again be chosen to open the 2017 University of Otago Sheilah Winn National Festival of Shakespeare in secondary schools with a…

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JPC Student off to Israel

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 in News

Eamon Walsh has been selected by the Royal Society Te Aparangi to attend an international science camp in Israel. Read more.

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