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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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Monday, April 1st, 2019 in News

North Island secondary schools mountain biking championships were held in Wainuiomata over the weekend. Cameron Beck, Jenna Hastings and Ryan Hastings represented the school in X County and Enduro events. Well done!! Results: U16 Boys XC – 1 st Cameron Beck U16 Girls XC – 1 st Jenna Hastings U14 Boys Enduro – 1 st…

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Community spotlight: JPC teacher recognised

Friday, March 29th, 2019 in News

Congratulations to Paulene Walsh, who has been recognised with a National Excellence in Teaching Award recently. Paulene says knowing the educational thumbprint of every student is the key to every student’s  success, and is also passionate about community education.

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National Excellence in Teaching and Leadership Award

Friday, March 29th, 2019 in News

Paulene Walsh, John Paul College, Rotorua was awarded an Excellence in Teaching and Leadership Award. She was nominated by the Rotorua Community. She recognises all staff and community members who help support the learning support students. She also thanks Rotorua Energy Trust and John Paul College for sponsoring community education in Rotorua. Paulene describes how their…

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Regarding Interim reports

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 in News

Interim reports will be issued by e-mail on Friday 29th March (tomorrow). This is a quick one page snapshot of how your son/daughter is progressing at school. It does not include reports on Year 7 and 8 option subjects as these will be reported on at the end of week 11 and week 3 of…

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