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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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Congratulations to Lyall Thurston

Friday, December 6th, 2019 in News

For his contribution to education and service to John Paul College and to the wider community. This is spanning over 30 years. The beautiful kapa Haka group pictures are frim the special celebration of our three catholic schools on Friday night. To Lyall Thurston, our Board Chair, I wish to pay a special tribute. He…

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John Paul College Kapa Haka Trips

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 in News

The Te Ahurei Kapa Haka was a huge success! Congratulations to our JPC Junior Kapa Haka Roopu who really stepped it up in their performance and showcased their skills and passion for Kapa Haka. It was truley heart warming to see the students on stage. A huge thank you to the Kapa Haka Team –…

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Thursday, November 14th, 2019 in News

ALL registrations are done through our partner club Geyser.             The link to online registrations for this season is below. Please fill this in ASAP if you are  planning on playing for Geyser this season. You don’t have to pay at the time, although it  will send you an invoice, but we do need…

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Year 12 Retreats

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 in News

Year 12 Retreats will take place Monday 21 October and Tuesday 22 October. We are very fortunate that Fr Carl Telford, resident priest at the Tyburn Monastery and Isaac Fransen who is training to be a priest have agreed to facilitate the Year 12 Retreats at the Tyburn Monastery at Ngakuru.  There will be buses…

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