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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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Tena Koutou, Tena Koutou, Tena 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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Rest in peace Tighe Ryan

Friday, January 27th, 2023 in News

On the 2nd on January, we tragically lost one of our students, Tighe Ryan. He would have been in Year 13 this year. Tighe’s funeral was held at JPC . It was a moving and emotional celebration of his life. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. May his soul and the…

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Students’ Photography folios selected for NZQA TOP ART exhibition.

Thursday, January 26th, 2023 in News

Congratulations Aria Stoneham and Anahera Mear for being selected for the 2023 NZQA TOP ART touring exhibition. Every year NZQA selects the top folios in Visual Arts to tour Aotearoa, featuring student work from each discipline -Printmaking, Sculpture, Design Painting and Photography. We are so proud and excited to share with you that two of our…

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JPC Stationery List 2023

Monday, January 16th, 2023 in News

The codes on the stationery list are for Office Max. Stationery can be purchased from any supplier. Workbooks are only available through Office Max. You can access the JPC stationery lists at this website

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Uniform shop 2023 opening hours:

Tuesday, January 10th, 2023 in News

Monday 23rd – Friday 27th January from 9a.m – 3p.mTuesday January 31st, Wednesday February 1st and Thursday 2nd February – 8am -2pm Normal term time hours (Mondays and Wednesdays 8am – 2pm) will resume from Wednesday 8th February.

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