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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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Tēnā Koutou, Tēnā Koutou, Tēnā 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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Shoebox Appeal

Monday, September 25th, 2023 in News

Students from 7WR and 12EB brought their shoeboxes to add to the boxes that JPC students and families have already brought in. The boxes will be checked and sent off the first week of Term 4. Any last-minute donations can be brought in on the first day of Term 4 by morning tea, please.Nga mihiMrs….

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Tuesday, September 19th, 2023 in News

Congratulations to Ihita Nath from Year 11, who has been selected as one of the four recipients of this year’s Michael Pilaar Memorial Fund Scholarship for her involvement in Piano and Music Theory. This scholarship was set up in 2017 by the Pilaar Family to honor the memory of their son, Michael by supporting young…

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Mere Kanea Taonga

Thursday, September 14th, 2023 in News

John Paul College was honored to be given permission from the descendants of Mere Kanea to have her image painted and hung with the rest of our school icons in our gymnasium. Zara O’Neill was a Year 13, a School Prefect, and our Art Captain last year, 2022, when she accepted the honor of this…

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Dancing with the Staff 2023

Wednesday, September 13th, 2023 in News

Dancing with the Staff 2023 Don’t miss this amazing event! Purchase your tickets here…/sep/dancing-with-the-staff… Denis Tutaka – Dance is like praying 3x Nishanathan Rabeemdran – I operated a large underground laser located in a cave that dates back to World War II. The cave was built as a secret military headquarters in preparation for…

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Dancing with the Staff 2023

Tuesday, September 12th, 2023 in News

Don’t miss this amazing event! Purchase your tickets here David Groot – “My only training is unchoreographed dancing at the Ace of Clubs… 30 years ago.”Sonique Morrow- “Dance like nobody’s watching” Belinda Herbert – “Looking forward to my first Dancing with the Staff.” Mel Lane – “Can’t touch this!”

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