Rotorua | New Zealand

Our mission statement:

To touch the hearts of young people is the greatest miracle we can perform.

The Learning Support Centre operates in rooms C17 and C18. It is a busy centre which supports students with a variety of needs. In 2020 The Learning Support Team will support over 200 students. Learning Hub is having a renovation over the holidays. We look forward to welcoming you to JPC and our new  Learning Hub in 2021.

Rotorua Energy Trust sponsored Paulene Walsh to provide the following professional development for the Rotorua Community. This included Halberg Trust, Marcus Powell- physical development, Doctor Emma Woodward -Anxiety, Bridging the comprehension gap- Probe tool creators, Evening with Liz Kane -structured literacy. All these events were well attended. We only succeed when we all succeed. 


For people with disabilities or autism and their support people – The Explore 0800 000 421 phone service available to provide advice or support. This includes advice or support around challenging behaviours.
To access this service, you don’t need a referral and it doesn’t matter whether you’re new to Explore, currently on their waitlist or you’ve worked with them previously.
The service is available Monday to Friday 9.00am–5.00pm. When you phone the 0800 number you will be connected with an administrator who will then book you an appointment with one of the specialists.


Hi all,

I thought I would just remind everyone that after school sessions for literacy and numeracy are run after school. They are run by the learning support centre.
The class sizes are small. The lessons support what is taught in school. Mainly for years 6-9 students. A small cost is charged for these lessons.
We will be offering a taster program for our year 6 students going into year 7 in term 4. This is tailored to our students who may need support in literacy or numeracy.
Please feel free to email me if you would like to know more about this.
Nga Mihi Paulene Walsh


The Learning hub hosted two break out sessions for The Kahui Ako day. Two Learning support for ordinators presented. The Learning support co ordinators are making a difference in schools.


All this Professional Development has been sponsored by Rotorua Energy Trust.

Paulene Walsh works with The Trust to bring Professional Development to Rotorua

Marcus Powell  May 10. Staffroom at John Paul College.
Dr Emma Woodward May 12  7 pm. Edmund Rice Centre.

Bridging Comprehension gaps
Held in E1 and 2. Rooms above the gym.

Education Law conference for principals and senior leaders. This event was held in E1 and 2.
This event raised $4000.00 for Breast Cancer. This event was sponsored by The Learning support team.

Evening with Liz Kane end of June. Staffroom.
Liz is a keen supporter of Structured Literacy. Gold coin donation.

All these events have been well received by all the Rotorua Community.

Term 3 and 4 John Paul College will concentrate on transition points into JPC, supporting students with prelims and final NZQA examinations.

2021 has been a very busy and exciting year for Learning support.


The Learning Hub Te Rito Matauranga is blessed by Pa Gerard. It was a lovely ceremony.

The Learning hub will host workshops on our Kahui Ako day at JPC.

Brigitte Holmes and Sara Mines (primary focus)
Hannah Hobbs (secondary focus)

We are looking forward to our Kahui Ako getting together.



Rotorua Hub Learning Support Team consisting of J.P.C , St Mary’s Rotorua & Putaurau, St Michaels Rotorua and Bishop Edward Gains Tokoroa.

They are working together to support all our students to achieve to the best of their abilities.

Thank you to all principals LSCs, Sencos, and staff for all your hard work.
Kia Kaha
Paulene Walsh
Across school Learning support co-ordinator

Kahui Ako Learning Support Rotorua
Postponed until 2021. Watch the newsletter for further details.




2019 – ‘Our Year’ (wAaron) – John Paul College (JPC), Rotorua

Sunshine books

Jenny Zou won a Sunshine On Line Competition in China.
She had to present a research topic on how Sunshine books have inspired her. There were 30,000 entries. Jenny’s prize was a trip to Rotorua.
Sunshine books asked John Paul College to host her for the week. 
We have been very fortunate to have this young lady attend our school. She has been working in 8 PR. 
Thank you to her buddy Annah Brown for making Jenny to so welcome. 

Reading is still very much in fashion at JPC. New Zealand books are loved in China 


National Excellence in Teaching and Leadership Award

Paulene Walsh, John Paul College, Rotorua was awarded an Excellence in Teaching and Leadership Award. She was nominated by the Rotorua Community.

She recognises all staff and community members who help support the learning support students. She also thanks Rotorua Energy Trust and John Paul College for sponsoring community education in Rotorua.

Paulene describes how their work seeks to break down barriers to learning including financial barriers – attendees only pay a gold coin donation while the community pays for the rest. They create a strong wrap around service which is important for everyone and knowing the educational thumbprint of every student is the key to every student’s success.

Formation of Wrap around care.  This includes Senior leaders,Deans, MOE, RTLB, School counselling team, Careers, gateway and Learning Support. All working together to make a difference to every student. 

It really does ‘Take a village to educate a child.’ John Baptist De La Salle. More detail about Paulene’s work and the award is available here.

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Paulene Walsh pictured with Minister of Education Honorable Chris Hipkins and chairman of the Australian Scholarship group Mr Craig Dunstan, at Parliament House.


Dr Lucy Hone’s visit to the JPC Community

An Introduction to Wellbeing

John Paul College welcomed the community to a presentation from Lucy Hone PhD 

 “Resilience: how can we promote it in ourselves and others?”

Resilience is a frequently used, but in reality little understood term. Dr Lucy Hone has made it her mission over the last ten years to understand resilience – what it means, who has it, what enables it and prevents it.

In this lively Keynote presentation, Dr Hone shares her extensive research on the topic, combing her academic knowledge with personal insights gleaned from living through the Christchurch earthquakes and personal loss. Lucy’s talk is inspirational, insightful and above all practical as she translates key research findings for real world impact.

An Introduction to the Science & Practice of Whole-School Well being.

If you would like to download the presentation right click the link then click save link as.



Paulene Walsh is The Across school teacher for the Rotorua  Catholic Kahui Ako.  She provides support to the following schools. St Mary’s Rotorua, St Michael’s Rotorua, St Mary’s Putaruru, and  Bishop Edward Gains Tokoroa. Working together to support our Tamariki from pre school to College and beyond is our role. We want to create purposeful citizens. We are working on breaking down barriers that hold us back from Learning and help support our mental well being.

Amerents is The Learning Support Co ordinator for JPC. She  works in  the Learniing Hub supporting the Senco. She also assists Paulene in her role

  • Are the point of contact for parents, caregivers and outside agencies.
  • Co ordinates Entrance testing and tracking data of new students coming to John Paul College
  • Assist Teachers to identify students with special needs and help implement programmes to suit these students. Coordinate special learning programmes, i.e. Successmaker, Accelerated Reader and Reading Comprehension programmes. These programmes are tailor-made to the students.
  • Assist Deputy Principal with applications for Reader Writer assistance and coordinate Reader Writer assistance for students who have been identified with specific needs.
  • Compile and update a Special Needs Register.
  • Operate School’s Policies for students with special needs – Behaviour and Academic.
  • Coordinate and manage special needs staff.
  • Contribute to Professional Development of Staff and teacher aides. Support Teacher Aides and teachers with their roles.
  • Support and work alongside Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB). Liaise with all outside agencies when necessary to support students and parents.
  • Report to the Board of Trustees on a regular basis.
  • Coordinate the testing of National Standards in year 7 and 8.
  • Make funding applications to RTLB central cluster for year 11-13 funding for special projects i.e. Academic Mentoring.
  • Works closely with MOE MInistry of Education liaison person Amiria Papuni and Health providers in Rotorua.

Teacher Aides supporting individual and small groups are:


Teacher Aides operating special programmes are:

All members of the Learning Support Centre may be contacted by emailing:

first name.last [email protected]