Rotorua | New Zealand
Mr Patrick Walsh – Principal

“Jesus is living next to you, in the brothers and sisters with whom you share your daily existence” – Pope John Paul II

A Catholic school in the Lasallian tradition

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.

Principal for the past eighteen years, 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.

The College stands for:

  • The Gospel values and Jesus Christ as our role model
  • Academic excellence
  • Active participation in sport and a competitive spirit
  • Making a positive difference in our world and local community.
  • John Paul College employs only the best teachers available, teaching in first rate facilities. This ensures an environment where our students can grow and learn to their full potential.