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When you arrive from overseas, it is likely that Auckland Airport will be your port of entry. For more information about New Zealand’s largest airport click on

To have an idea of the Auckland Airport layout, click on to see the International and Domestic Terminal Maps

If you have arranged a shuttle to Rotorua then your shuttle driver will be waiting for you right at Arrival Gate – which is where you enter the public area of the airport terminal – after having passed through the customs.

In the very unlikely event of NZ Immigration officials delaying your entry through customs – then tell them to immediately contact the JPC International Director [+64 (0)21 1792088] for assistance.

When arriving in Rotorua, you will be taken straight to you homestay family who will have been fully briefed and updated about your ETA -expected time of arrival.

A JPC International Staff member will also pop by to welcome you within the first 24 hours of arrival. Your family will understand that you will have had a long trip and will need time to rest up.

When ready, your homestay family will liaise with the International Team to arrange the best time for you to arrive at school.


Our JPC Emergency number is 0800 JPCHELP (0800 5724357).

This is for you to use if very worried or in trouble. Someone will answer your call at any time of day or night. (Please note that 0800 numbers are free calls but only accessible through New Zealand phones.)

Alternatively – the International Director is accessible on +64 (0)21 1792088 or if needing to email while on route his address is

For homestay related issues the Homestay Co-ordinator is also available on

+64 (0) 21 355280   .

Preferably, if the call can wait for during office hours, then the school numbers for the JPC International Team are :

+64 (0)7 347 8795 ext 8855 (International Director)

ext 8863 (International Homestay Co-ordinator)

ext 8872  (International Administrator)


Your first three days at school will be spent with the staff of the International Department. They will show you around the school, choose your subjects, explain your timetable, help you set up a bank account, buy uniform and books, and introduce you to your teachers and fellow students. The JPC International App is a very useful resource to have at this time, and forms an integral part of your orientation. Only once it is clear that you are ready and prepared to be integrated into the classes, will that step take place.
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The John Paul College uniform defines who we are, and our students, proud of their school, wear uniform at all times.

JPC believes it is important that students are always dressed correctly and only wear items on the uniform list.

Juniors (Years 7 – 10) wear a different uniform to the seniors (Years 11 -13) and to accommodate the seasonal changes, a separate outfit is worn in Summer and in Winter.

Uniform items need to be clearly named, cleaned, ironed and mended. Full school uniform is to be worn between College and home, both ways.

During your Orientation of the school, Mrs. Jo de Loryn will support you to acquire your own school uniform. School uniforms can be brought from the School Uniform shop which is open Monday & Wednesday form 8.30 until 2pm.

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On arrival you will be allocated to one of one of five houses for curricular and co-curricular activities. The House System is one of the processes by which School Spirit is calculated and maintained throughout the scholastic year.

The Houses are:

  •  Kanea House – Yellow
  •  McKenna House – Blue
  •  MacKillop House –Green
  •  Rice House – Red
  •  La Salle – Purple


At the earliest convenience, the Oxford Placement Test will be given to all newcomers. This is not a ‘test” but is used to help give an indication what courses are best suited for each student.

Based on the needs of the student, language competence, previous school records and available spaces in the classes, placement will be made together with the International Dean.

Every endeavour will be made to place international students into the subjects of their choice. However, this unfortunately cannot be guaranteed. It is sometimes difficult to place students into their preferred subjects – especially in the middle of the year when some classes are at their optimum size. However it is easier to accommodate if choices are submitted before the academic year begins. Thorough discussions will take place before placing students into the classes and if combinations don’t work out, the school is always open to make further changes.

School operating times

All New Zealand schools have four terms of tuition per year, and normally each one is ten weeks long.  Term One usually begins in late January and Term Four ends in late November for seniors (YRS 11-13) and in early December for juniors (YRS 7-10). There is a two-week holiday between each term, and a long holiday of about seven weeks between the end of Term Four and the start of the new school year.

School Time Table

School lessons take place from Monday to Friday with sport and cultural events throughout the week, including weekends.

Tuition begins at 8.55 a.m. and there are five one-hour lessons each day.  Form classes meet daily for 20 minutes at the beginning of each day to deal with administrative and pastoral issues. The school day starts at 8.35 and ends at 3.05 p.m.

Because of the wide variety of subjects, the school operates on a 10-day school timetable – which is split into two sections,- Week A and Week B.


The School Management System is KAMAR . You can gain access to it through your devices as well as through the JPC International App. All aspects of your school life is stored and managed through KAMAR. This includes your timetable, attendance, reports and academic progress. Your parents can also gain access to certain components of KAMAR, through a given password.

Attendance requirements

1        School Policies apply to all our domestic and international students.

2        Form Teachers and / or International staff will contact home-stay parents in the event of an unexplained absence.

3        Discipline procedures will be applied in the event of truancy and the student’s parents / and agents will be notified.

Assessments at School and Reports

It is expected that when enrolled into the various classes, you attempt all educational assessments. Only after thorough discussions with you, the teacher, agents and/or parents will an exemption be made. Even if you attempt the various subject assessments, you do not have to enrol with NZQA.

Comprehensive reports are issued twice a year and specially designed reports which meet the demands and criteria of certain countries, can be arranged


Coming from another country, it is inevitable that differences can be difficult to accept. Usually there is the initial euphoria of arrival, but soon the difficulties of adapting lock in. This can lead to feelings of worry or feeling down, which can also lead to feeling homesick. If handled correctly and with the right frame of mind, the recovery happens and then integration becomes easier. By the time one leaves, New Zealand usually feels like home. It is quite possible that the same experience of culture shock happens then on return. All of this is quite normal so it is helpful to understand that this is experienced by so many new students. If interested to know more about Culture Shock then please read the following articles:




After a week, one of the International Staff will briefly interview you to check how well you are coping. This is an opportunity to share all aspects of your settling in – including homestay, school and your overall well-being.