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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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Christmas message from our Principal

Friday, December 6th, 2019 in News

To the JPC whanau, I wish you a restful and holy Christmas break. I look forward to collaborating with you in 2020 which promises to be a year full of promise and opportunity. Patrick Walsh Principal

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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. To Lyall Thurston, our Board Chair, I wish to pay a special tribute. He has had a lifetime association with John Paul College, stretching back to his days as a pupil of Edmund…

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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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