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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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2022 Dux and Top Scholars

Friday, November 11th, 2022 in News

Congratulations to our 2022 Senior Top Scholars and Top Vocational student, Dux: Jaenelle WhittakerProxime Accessit Veronica Chen 3rd Ivan Zaw Year 12 Aggregates: 1st Hannah Seo, 2nd Ella Broadley, 3rd Raphael Wang Year 11 Aggregates: 1st Robert K C-Khatri, 2nd Julienne Soliva, 3rd Sara Stahlhut. Prime Minister’s Vocational Excellence Award: Joe Boles

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A significant day for Kanea House and Whanau

Thursday, September 29th, 2022 in News

Kanea has been a house name and icon here at John Paul College for over 40 years. On Wednesday the 28th of September 2022, our kura received a photograph of the Tūhourangi Ngāti Wahiao tupuna whaea from her descendants. It was a wonderful celebration that was received with excitement, emotion, speeches, prayer and a heartfelt…

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