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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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Tena Koutou, Tena Koutou, Tena 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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PPTA Strike Day Wednesday

Monday, March 27th, 2023 in News

The Strike Day will be this Wednesday 29th March. School will be closed but there will be a small number of non-union staff members available to supervise your child if you cannot make arrangements to keep them at home for the day. Please let your child’s form teacher or Dean know if you do require…

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The Meaning of Ash Wednesday

Friday, February 24th, 2023 in News

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the liturgical season in the Catholic Church called LENT. Ash Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday and is chiefly observed by Catholics, although many other Christians observe it too. Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes wearing ashes on…

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2023 NZQA TOP ART Folios in NZ!

Monday, February 20th, 2023 in News

Congratulations Aria Stoneham and Anahera Mear for being selected for the 2023 NZQA TOP ART touring exhibition.Every year NZQA selects the top folios in Visual Arts to tour Aotearoa, featuring student work from each discipline – Printmaking, Sculpture, Design Painting and Photography.We are so proud and excited to share with you that two of our…

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Monday, February 20th, 2023 in News

The 2022 Scholarship results for John Paul College were outstanding with 21 Scholarships gained. This is the bestresult ever for the number of scholarships achieved. In all 22 (20 in 2021) different scholarship standards wereentered for by 51 (50 in 2021) students. Fifteen candidates achieved 21 scholarships. One candidate was in Year 12scoring a scholarship…

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