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John Paul College


Bay of Plenty


John Paul College (JPC) is a top performing semi-private Catholic school and caters for students from    Years 7 – 13 (Ages 11-19) – with an enrolment of 1,200 boys and girls. The school is widely respected for its many regional and national achievements of excellence in the academic, sporting and cultural spheres. Its high expectations for work ethic and behaviour ensure high quality outcomes that match those of the top band of schools in New Zealand.

Our Premier Options in Golf, Mountain Biking, Tennis, Swimming and Indoor Rock Climbing offer additional coaching opportunities – even to an international level.  Its modern facilities, friendly environment and comprehensive systems of pastoral care all help to deliver on its international motto of “nurturing excellence while on adventure.”


Rotorua is a premier international tourist destination which is famous throughout the world for its unique geothermal sites, spectacular scenery, rich Maori culture and wide range of adventure based attractions. It is now also recognized as a global epicentre of mountain biking with easily the best facilities in the southern hemisphere. The city’s central setting allows easy access to Hamilton, Tauranga and Auckland and in addition is within close proximity to the beaches and ski fields. Not surprisingly, Rotorua is often referred to as ”the coolest hotspot in New Zealand!”


Modern facilities include a new Technology Block and Gym,extensive astro turf courts and playing field, and at a state-of-the- art Performing Arts Centre with black-box theatre is at present being built. ICT network and programmes ensure the best possible learning outcomes.

Curriculum and subject highlights

JPC offers a wide curriculum choice. The Maths, Science and the Performing Arts subjects consistently achieve top national results. Outdoor Education and Business Studies are popular and Religious Studies is optional for those international students who are not Catholic. International students thrive at JPC and provides a great foundation to continue their studies at universities in New Zealand and abroad.

Extra-curricular activities

Over 30 Sporting codes – popular ones being soccer, rugby,basketball, hockey,waterpolo, badminton and netball. A vibrant cultural programme nurtures talent in a range of performing arts activities.In addition, the JPC Premier Options for top class coaching include swimming, tennis mountain biking and golf. The city of Rotorua boast over 100 clubs and organizations who would always welcome newcomers.

More about John Paul College

Many have different motivations in coming to New Zealand – some seek clear academic goals, some come to learn a new culture – others simply feast on adventure. Whatever their reasons, John Paul College has over the last two decades,developed an effective international program which does its utmost to give all the necessary assistance to succeed.

Together with the many support structures of the school, our experienced international team feels confident to offer excellent service. Right from the time of application, integrating into the life of the school and the community, exploring opportunities within the new country and then leaving JPC, our team commits to making it a joint journey.


Student Quote:

“The learning at JPC makes us understand a lot of things in life such as how to work with our teammates, how to organize stuff for a special event etc. The teachers are friendly and helpful and my English is much stronger now after a year at JPC. Last but not least, my homestay family is wonderful. They helped me a lot in English. I quite enjoy spend time with them.”


Contact details


John Paul College
Whitworth Road
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Phone number

+64 7 347 8795
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