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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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Letter To Parents (Covid 19)

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 in News

Dear Parents and Caregivers. As Counsellors we will be continuing to work during term time, remotely, and welcome your communication with us in support of your young people. We can be reached by email:nancy.macmillan@jpc.school.nzneil.carter@jpc.school.nz We will check our emails regularly and get back to you within 24 hours with some options for follow up. We…

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Covid 19 Update

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 in News

I am pleased to advise that all teachers today and tomorrow will be completing the set up for “online Learning” for your children. Please note the following. 1.    School holidays have been brought forward to Monday the 30th March to Tuesday 14th April inclusive. Online learning will resume on the 15th April. 2.    Where possible teachers will follow…

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Covid-19: John Paul College Closure

Monday, March 23rd, 2020 in News

Dear Parents/ Caregivers Re:     Covid-19: John Paul College Closure As you are aware, the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has decided to close all schools from tomorrow for four weeks. This is the correct response to slow the progress of community transfer of the virus. Your children are not required or permitted to be physically at…

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Message from the Principal

Monday, March 23rd, 2020 in News

Good morning Further to other notices about Covid 19 I wish to advise that the following steps have been taken by the school.1. Full school and Year level assemblies have been cancelled.2. Non urgent visitors have been asked not to come to JPC.3. Homework Club, all after school practices i.e sport, dance etc, are cancelled3….

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COVID-19 & Supporting Mental Health With Your Children

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 in News

The arrival of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, in New Zealand has caused heightened levels of stress and anxiety. We have talked to students about practical ways in which they can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Good hygiene practice, including regular washing and thorough drying of hands and good cough etiquette have been discussed….

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