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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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Kilts ‘n’ Korowai

Wednesday, May 31st, 2023 in News

Kia ora John Paul College whānau and friends. John Paul College will be the venue for an amazing cultural concert. The National Youth Pipe Band of New Zealand, Rotorua based band members have been working hard to put together a concert to showcase their wonderful talents. This will be a fundraising event to help them…

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JPC WoW Philippines Cultural Showcase

Tuesday, May 30th, 2023 in News

Get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Filipino culture! The JPC WoW Philippines Cultural Showcase is back, and this time, it’s bigger and better than ever. Join us on June 30 at 6 pm in the ERC Gym for an unforgettable sneak peek into the mesmerizing talents of our Filipino students.

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Senior Spanish Camp

Monday, May 29th, 2023 in News

Hola a todos, I just wanted to say how extremely proud I am of my Senior Spanish students (11-13) who helped host the Camp (beginning with a beautiful Karakia Tumatanga, sharing Karakia mō te Kai) and participating so enthusiastically in every way.The Spanish Immersion Camp took them all out of their comfort zone-where the real…

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2023 BOP Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships

Friday, May 26th, 2023 in News

Te Kura o Hoani Pāora – John Paul College Sports Director, Matua Frank Baker took a squad of six students to Waipuna Park, Welcome Bay, for the 2023 BOP Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships on Monday. The threat of terrible weather in the afternoon meant that races were compressed together, so all Year 9 and…

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Year 11 Drama Presents “Dark Road”

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023 in News

When Greta, a young girl living in Nazi Germany, reads that the nearby women’s concentration camp is hiring guards, she sees it as a chance to find her place in the world and provide for her sister Lise. But soon she learns the reality of her duties, and so too does she learn how to…

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