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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. The current acting principal is Maree Stewart.

Our former principal Patrick Walsh 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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Chess Success!

Monday, June 27th, 2022 in News

The JPC Chess Club has been meeting after school on Mondays, with new coach, Mr. NickGentle. Students also play during lunchtimes, for coaching and practice for this year’snationals, which are in Rotorua.The Intermediate Team (yr 7 and 8) has competed in two regional interschool competitionsand has won them both, with several strong individual performances highlighting…

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Mr. Walsh recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Tuesday, June 7th, 2022 in News

Congratulations to Patrick Walsh on being recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Patrick has been honoured with MNZM – Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit – For services to education. This honour is richly deserved for his many years of service and dedication, and is a testament to Patrick and his family….

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New Principal Announcement:

Monday, May 23rd, 2022 in News

The Board is delighted to announce that Justin Harper has been appointed as the new Tumuaki / Principal of John Paul College. Justin is currently Principal at Cullinane College in Whanganui and previously worked at John Paul College from 2004 to 2010 as a Maths teacher and Dean. Career steps since leaving JPC involved a…

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“WE ARE THE SEA” Year 11 Drama production

Monday, May 23rd, 2022 in News

Tēnā koutou katoa, Come and support the Year 11 Drama class production this Friday, the 27th May at the Thurston Performing Arts Centre, 7pm. Directed by Candice Stevenson, this play is suitable for Yr 7-13. A slice of history following the immigration journey of the Irish to North America in 1885, during the potato famine….

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