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Our Careers Department staff:

Careers & Transition Coordinator Sheryl Hewitson –

Junior School Careers Advisor Sherry Brewer

Careers P.A / Trades Academy Jan Thompson

Gateway Rachael Hindrup


The Careers Department are excited to announce we opened our new Careers Hub early March 2020 with a dawn blessing, and are settled in and open for business as usual. We have much more space than before! You can find us in the Quad.

Year 13 Careers Tasks | Year 13 Personal Statements

At John Paul College we have a dedicated Career Education department and place great importance on each and every student having access to quality academic and career counselling, providing our students with Career Education, Gateway experiences and Trade Academy Programmes. Our well-resourced Careers Hub – Rapuara Poka Pū is now located in the School Quad. Our Careers Department begins to engage with students at Year 7 level. This is done in order to ensure an on-going relationship throughout students’ school years.

In the senior school we offer the following specialised programmes:

  • Gateway Programme
  • Bay of Plenty Trade Academy (for Years 11-13)
  • Star Courses which include Adventure Based Learning (ABL), Hospitality, Early Childhood Education, Tourism and Careers classes for seniors.

Students who intend to go on to University or other training including apprenticeships, are provided with support to complete their applications to study, and information and support for Halls of Residence and Scholarships.

We work closely with senior Deans and the Pastoral team to ensure students are fully prepared for future pathways when they leave school.

Throughout the year the Careers Department Team organise visits to Tertiary Open Days, Careers Days, Careers Expo, and off-site visits to various industry providers.

A large amount of Careers Information enters the school; this can be viewed in the Library, Common Room, Careers Department, Daily Notices, and in the weekly Newsletter. Students also have access to a closed Facebook group where careers news is shared. It is especially important for students to pay attention during Term 3 as accommodation, scholarships and enrolment information comes out.

Please visit the Careers Department if you are unsure, or require assistance.


If you’re studying in 2020, 16 December is a very important date. It’s one you just can’t miss.

Around 150,000 students will need to get organised for study in 2020. Apply for your student allowance or loan before 16 December to give yourself the best chance of having everything sorted and ready for the start of your course.

If you’ve had a student allowance or loan in the last 12 months, login to MyStudyLink and use the Returning Application to apply. It’ll take less than five minutes. 

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The new website helps you to find the right job in your region and provides free online learning.

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AJ, a second-year building apprentice, has discovered his passion for the industry and is already looking ahead at future opportunities.

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Register on their website to get advice, connections and resources that may help you.

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Learning a new skill, doing practice interviews, and applying for scholarships or grants are some of the ways you could further your career.

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Know your employment rights and obligations

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GATEWAY 2020 For students looking at joining the Gateway Programme, please fill out this form, and return to the Careers Department. Alternatively the form is available from Careers.

We are available should Senior students want to come in to discuss their plans for next year or the future, please email or drop in to Careers first to book an appointment. 

The PORSE Nanny Intern Programme 
is available to young adults aged 17 to 25 who are interested in early childhood education, and to families willing to support their learning in a home environment.



Seniors are invited to join the following groups 
JPC Year 11 Careers 2020
JPC Year 12 Careers 2020
JPC Year 13 Careers 2020

This is the main way our department communicates news, events and updates.
For students looking at joining the Gateway Programme, please fill out this form, and return to the Careers Department. Alternatively the form is available from Careers.
We are available should Senior students want to come in to discuss their plans for next year or the future, please email or drop in to Careers first to book an appointment.

Whakapiki Ake

The Whakapiki Ake Project engages with rangatahi Māori to promote health as a career. 
Year 12 & Year 13 Māori students, who have a career goal towards becoming a health professional, please register now with the Careers Department – as we have opportunities to share with you. 
More information on Whakapiki Ake can be found here

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Studylink helps students make informed choices about their student finance, how to apply for it and manage it online. Follow this link for help with what you need to do when you are starting study:

Students don’t need to have their NCEA results or have locked down all their study plans. Their application can be updated as things are confirmed. By applying early, students will allow enough time for all the steps in the application process to be completed before their course starts.


Student Money Tips – MoneyHub has also published a guide to better prepare students for life after school with a number of tips, tools and insights. For more details, visit the Student Money Tips page.

Scholarships – the ultimate free, easy-to-use and mobile-friendly list of scholarships for Year 13 students. Applications close throughout the year, with tens of millions of dollars available. MoneyHub has also published a list of tips for scholarship success.

The team at MoneyHub has guides and resources on their site, including
Student Loans – making the scheme’s benefits clear, all on one page 
How Credit Cards work – there are many pitfalls; their guide explains everything
Buying a Used Car – avoid the lemons and get in control of the process, and save a lot of money 

We want to make your Year 13 students aware that many high-value scholarships will close in late July and August. It’s now time to act – our Scholarship guide was updated this morning with the latest offerings, dates and guidance. We’ve listed hundreds of opportunities available to any Year 13 student planning to attend university in New Zealand in 2021. 


The scholarship page is free to use and always will be. Unlike GivMe, students can access the information at home and on their mobiles etc. We have published a number of tips for application success as well, designed to make the application process less stressful for your students.

If you have any questions, please let me know. We welcome any feedback on the page.


Innovative Young Minds is a 2 week programme during the July holidays held in Wellington for year for Yr 11 – 12 girls, for students to explore the STEMM sector (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths & High-tech Manufacturing).  It costs $170 + travel to wellington.  For further information, and to apply visit

You can get one year of tertiary study or two years’ training up to the value of $12,000 fees-free:

  • The equivalent of one year’s full-time study fees-free at an institute of technology, polytechnic, private training establishment, university or wananga.
  • Up to 24 months of an apprenticeship or training fees-free with an employer or industry training organisation.

How to check if a student can get fees-free study
Students can go to and enter their National Student Number (NSN) to check. The majority of secondary school students should receive a ‘yes – you are eligible’ response. If a student receives a ‘we are not sure’ response, they may need to provide further information to TEC. The frees-free website will let them know what they need to do.

How does a student apply for fees-free?
Students don’t need to apply for fees-free. Once the student has enrolled, TEC will check the student’s details and if eligible, will pay the fees directly to the tertiary education provider or industry training organisation. They can pay up to a maximum of $12,000 including GST per year.

Does a student still need to apply to StudyLink?
If a student only needs their fees paid they won’t need to apply for a Student Loan unless their fees are over $12,000. If a student wants to apply for a Student Allowance or the living and course-related costs parts of a Student Loan they’ll still need to apply to StudyLink.

Year 13 students – sign up for information Go in the draw for 1 of 5 $50 book vouchers

There’s a sign up link on the StudyLink homepage.

For Student Allowances and/or Student Loans. Apply by mid December on
Create login and you can return, check and update your information.

Personal Statements:

Start writing your personal statements, which need to be approx.. 500 words. We are happy to help you with these, and proof read. You can email a draft to Mrs Hewitson:

Passport Photos:

Have these taken now ready to go with your enrolment, and application forms.

Filling Out Application Forms:

Remember to photocopy/scan completed application forms BEFORE you send them in. These forms take a lot of time to complete, and sometimes they get lost. Remember to place applications that require references from your Dean or Principal in as early as possible.

Birth Certificate and/or Passport:

It is a good idea to photocopy these documents and have them verified either by a JP or at the District Court. We have a JP who comes into School, so if you bring your originals to the Careers Office we can do this for you.