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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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John Paul College, 2018 Finalist, Focus Prize

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 in News

Now in their fifth year, the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards are about recognising and celebrating the fantastic work being done in schools and early learning services across the country to support children and young people to achieve their very best. The entries over the past four years have shown what a big difference excellent…

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Rotorua Breast Cancer Trust Pink Walk 2018

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 in News

The Rotorua Breast Cancer Trust present the 2018 Pink Walk! Registrations open online. Start planning your Pink costumes, get your friends and family together and enjoy a fun evening of love and laughter, celebrating life and sharing a moment of remembrance. This is the Trust’s major fundraising event which helps us to support those with…

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Presentation by Lucy Hone PhD, Director, NZIWR

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 in News

John Paul College welcomed the community to a presentation from Lucy Hone PhD  on Tuesday 18th September at 7pm  “Resilience: how can we promote it in ourselves and others?” Resilience is a frequently used, but in reality little understood term. Dr Lucy Hone has made it her mission over the last ten years to understand resilience –…

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2019 Senior Courses Book

Monday, September 3rd, 2018 in News

The 2019 Option Book is available to view. Students and parents are encouraged to carefully read this booklet and consult staff about course selection. General criteria that should be taken into account are a student’s interests, ability and career requirements. 2019 Senior Courses Book

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