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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 18th May Return to School

Friday, May 15th, 2020 in News

SCHOOL OPENING UNDER ALERT LEVEL 2 Key messages from the Ministry of Education❖ Schools are safe places for students and staff.❖ Maintaining physical distancing where practicable – in schools at Alert Level 2 this means children, young people, and staff maintaining a physical distance so that they are not breathing on or touching each other…

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Letter To Parents (Covid 19)

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 in News

Dear Parents and Caregivers. As Counsellors we will be continuing to work during term time, remotely, and welcome your communication with us in support of your young people. We can be reached by We will check our emails regularly and get back to you within 24 hours with some options for follow up. We…

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Covid 19 Update

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 in News

I am pleased to advise that all teachers today and tomorrow will be completing the set up for “online Learning” for your children. Please note the following. 1.    School holidays have been brought forward to Monday the 30th March to Tuesday 14th April inclusive. Online learning will resume on the 15th April. 2.    Where possible teachers will follow…

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