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Te Kura o Hoani Pāora – John Paul College was founded in 1987 with the amalgamation of Edmund Rice College and MacKillop College. We recently welcomed Mr Justin Harper to our Kura as our new Tumuaki – Principal.

John Paul College is the top performing Catholic secondary school in New Zealand. We educate and shape the lives of young people from Year 7 to Year 13 in the beautiful tourist city of Rotorua.

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Tēnā Koutou, Tēnā Koutou, Tēnā Koutou Katoa.
Ma te Pono, me te Aroha – Through Faith and Love.
John Paul College Rotorua is a distinctly Catholic Year 7 to 13 school of excellence. Here we strive to send young minds into the world with more than just a terrific academic grounding. We aim to have our graduating students’ conscious of their responsibilities and obligations towards themselves and others in the community.

At John Paul College, we believe that we offer an excellent values-based education that sets us apart from other schools. We actively encourage our students to test their limits, take on challenges, and make the most of their time at high school. Students at John Paul College are expected to work diligently in an environment commanding a high standard of behaviour both within and outside the classroom.

John Paul College builds upon a long and proud tradition of Lasallian Catholic
secondary schooling in our region. Established as a co-educational high school in 1987
through the amalgamation of MacKillop and Edmund Rice College’s. John Paul College
has a hard earned reputation as one of New Zealand’s top secondary schools.
God bless,
Justin Harper Principal

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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Large Scale Painting of Our Beloved Caretaker Jay Belmont

Thursday, November 30th, 2023 in News

These two lovely young ladies, Tara Ronayne and Demi Yang, are doing an amazing job of painting our beloved Caretaker, Jay Belmont. They will be in D8 the whole day today, tomorrow, Friday, 1st December, Monday, 4th, and Tuesday, 5th December. If you’d like to watch our talented painting students in action, pop up to…

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Wednesday, November 29th, 2023 in News

This Sunday is the beginning of Advent, the start of a new year in the Church’s calendar. What Is Advent?Advent is a four-week season in the Church calendar dedicated to anticipating the arrival, or “advent,” of Jesus of Nazareth, the long-awaited Messiah and King. Christians from many backgrounds celebrate this time with reflections on hope,…

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Kapa Haka Rotorua Ahurei 2023

Wednesday, November 29th, 2023 in News

Congratulations to our junior students who participated in Kapa Haka this year, and we would like to acknowledge them for their commitment to Māori Performing Arts. Here are some highlights from the Kahui Katorika (Catholic) Kapa Haka Ahurei, held at Aquinas College, and just recently, the Rotorua Kapa Haka Ahurei, held at Sir Howard Morrison…

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Homestay Families Wanted

Tuesday, November 28th, 2023 in News

John Paul College International Office is looking for families to host international students. This is such a great experience for the whole family. If anyone is interested, please contact Jo directly, Phone (07) 347 8795 ext 8863 or 021 355 280 or email to request an information pack and application form.Kia pai tō ra…

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“Teacher Of The Year” for 2023

Monday, November 27th, 2023 in News

Thanks to Skyline Rotorua, we are returning “Teacher Of The Year” for 2023 and need your help! We need you or your child to nominate their favorite teacher below!Tell us who they are and why they deserve the title of “Teacher Of The Year” to win a day up at the Luge, some flowers, and…

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