Principal's Message


24 March 2020

St. John’s College closure for a minimum of four weeks

Dear parents and whanau

St. John’s College has closed today in accordance with the New Zealand Government and Ministry of Education guidelines. We will now move to online learning.

This is as a result of the COVID-19 alert level having been raised to three. It is set to be raised to level 4 – the highest level – at midnight on Wednesday. During this time, all non-essential services, including schools will be closed for four weeks and then will be reviewed.

The College will be shut down completely from Wednesday.

Prior to today’s announcement, preparations have been ongoing to ensure all students are able to continue their learning online. All students who do not have a device at home will have been issued a laptop from school to work on from home. Our teachers will provide students with work. Please note that the school holidays will begin on Monday 30th March. Lessons will resume online on Wednesday 15th April (a reminder that the Tuesday after Easter Monday is always a closed day for Schools). Please also be patient as teachers prepare this work. This is an unprecedented situation for all of us and we ask that you read your email communication and school App regularly. The situation will be stressful for many and it is important to remember that our young men, like all of us will be feeling vulnerable and uncertain at this time.

During this time, the following will occur:

  • Students will be expected to be online following their normal school timetable and teachers will be available online to connect with students at the normal timetabled times during the day. Students are expected to connect through Microsoft Office, One Note and email. Work will be posted through One Note or emailed to students.
  • All students are expected to connect with their subject teacher at least once a week and give an account of the subjects they have engaged in, their successes for the week and the challenges they are facing. Subject teachers will follow up on any students they do not hear from.

While the school is closed, the site is out of bounds to students. The purpose of the lockdown is to create social distance and it is expected that they will be home during this time.

All immediate communication about decisions will be communicated through our school

App and email. Please ensure that you and your sons have this App and continue to check the alerts regularly. Please ensure that you are subscribing to all St. John’s College alerts and the correct year level. There may be some congestion when using the internet. Please be patient as delays might be inevitable. I have spoken with students and asked them to check the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education websites for accurate information. Avoid relying on social media as this can cause distress especially when information is inaccurate. The Young Enterprise Team is working on a wonderful project concept looking at designing and producing ventilators for the current crisis. This is a great idea so if your son asks you for advice please help him.

Pope Frances has asked the Christian communities to unite in prayer.

‘We want to respond to the virus pandemic with the universality of prayer, compassion and tenderness. Let us stay united. I invite all Christians to direct their voices together toward Heaven, reciting the Our Father on Wednesday, 25 March, at noon.

As a Catholic school, we ask you to join us in prayer on Wednesday. Keep praying, we will come through this difficult period.


Take care, look after yourselves

God Bless

Rob Ferreira
St. John’s College


The College is now closed under Ministry of Education instruction.

Please check your emails and our Facebook page for updates.

Keep safe – God bless


Dear Parents,

Thank you for your interest in St. John’s College. Our College was founded in 1941 by the Marist Fathers and is the only Catholic Boys’ School in Hawke’s Bay. As a College, we are inspired by the work of the Marist Fathers who emphasised God’s unconditional love in their work with young people. It is this love and belief, in the dignity of each child that motivates us to provide an environment of both high support and high challenge; a place where students will learn to value excellence and the work ethic that is required to achieve their full potential. In New Zealand, Marists focus their ministry on youth and education, have a preference for missionary parishes, and ministry outreach into wider society, beyond traditional Church structures.

We pride ourselves on knowing our students well, understanding that the relationships between teachers and students are foundational in developing confident and successful learners. To assist this aim, our Vertical House System allows families and students to journey through their five years at St. John’s with the same teachers as House Leader and Learning Mentor. We learn much about the needs of our students through this partnership between home and school and encourage our parents to participate in their sons’ learning at every opportunity.

As a vibrant multicultural learning community, St. John’s provides students with a range of subject offerings and pathways. The College’s holistic vision extends to student achievement and support in Pastoral Care, Academia, Sport, Arts and Culture. Our aim is to produce well rounded young men able to face a competitive secular world with confidence. This is the vision of a ‘St. John’s Man’. The extension of our school are our parents and Old Boys. We are not just a school; we are a community. We value your input and support.

Together we can teach our young men to be well grounded in their faith, independent and able to make wise decisions based on Christian values, with resilience to deal with the complexities of modern-day life.

Many thanks for your interest in our College. If you require further information, please visit our prospectus page.

Opere et Veritate ‘In Truth and in Deed.’

Rob Ferreira
Principal – St John’s College

Special Character at St John's

Every school aims to develop and nurture a positive environment. At St. John’s College, our culture is centred on the life of Jesus Christ and the example he set for us all. Our aim is to provide a high quality education for young men, grounded in Gospel values within our Catholic and Marist tradition. Founded in 1941 by the Marist Fathers, we strive to teach these values, while immersing our young men in an experience of living in a Catholic community. Action is fundamental to our beliefs; if we say it, we must follow with action – ‘In Truth and in Deed.’

We have a full school Mass every term, monthly Sunday Mass in our Chapel, weekly lunchtime Masses, liturgies and retreats, regular Benediction, a strong Religious Education programme and our students are encouraged to participate
in the life of their local parishes.

Academia at St John's

Excellence is a habit: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” These words endorse our academic philosophy at St. John’s College. Our aim is to produce self-reliant workers, able to take responsibility for their own learning and develop study habits that will see our young men attain the highest level possible.

Sport at St John's

Sport is an integral part of a boys’ school. It does not build character, it reveals it. At St. John’s College we cater for the needs of all our students. This includes compulsory sport for all Year 9 and 10 students in the winter; and the pursuit of excellence in our main sporting codes. It is supported by first class coaches to help young athletes attain their sporting goals. Introduced as a Gifted and Talented Programme, The Sports Institute was founded in 2014 to support such athletes.

Extra Curricular at St John's

St John’s Cultural and Arts Programme reflect and celebrate the diversity of all our community. Students are encouraged to share their cultural practices, in an compassionate multicultural environment

Sports Institutes

St John’s College Institute students will be responsible representatives of the College who will be committed to developing a culture which supports and fosters achievement for all. Achievement will not be measured in winning or losing but in improving, competing, learning and developing into better people. As representatives of a Catholic and Marist college our actions will reflect Gospel values.

Cultural Institutes

Holistic education is critical to the full development of a young man.  This entails academic, as well as spiritual, social, psychological and physical growth.  To assist this co-curricular progamme, St. John’s College has set-up Institutes so that each gifted and talented student receives specific tuition in their chosen area of specialisation.

Initially St. John’s College set up five Sport’s Institutes which has been very successful.  The College has now expanded the Institutes programme by an additional five new Institutes in a broad range of subjects.

Fine Arts – Teacher in Charge – Mr Don Dickson

Performance Arts – Teacher in Charge – Mr Christopher Wilson

Culinary Arts – Teacher in Charge – Mr Craig Ireland

Debating – Teacher in Charge – Mrs Lyndie Balfour

Music – Teacher in Charge – Mr Christopher Wilson

Parent Information

We welcome all prospectus students to St John’s College. Please download an enrolment from below. Once completed please return to the office at St John’s College. New Zealand law requires we demonstrate a preference with 95% of our roll having a connection to the Catholic Church. If your son has a connection to the Catholic Church, please download the preference form below and return it to the office at St John’s College.

There are scholarships available for attending St John’s College. Please enquire about them at the School office. If you have any question or queries about enrolment at St John’s College please be in touch.


We have a fabulous Parents and Friends Association (PFA) who involve themselves in fundraising for the College.  This is a fun way for parents to be involved in the College life.

News at St John's

Matthew Cooper Boot Match

We had a huge game of rugby on Saturday 18 May  on our number 1 ground. Our team played St. John’s College Hamilton for the Matthew Cooper Boot. This game was streamed live on Sky Sport 1. 

A fantastic day of rugby with our 1st XV beating St. John’s College Hamilton 29-17.

Bruthas Win National Access

Last year St. John’s College students in their own time reached out to the youth at Hawke’s Bay Prison and together they produced ‘Just Boards’ recycled Rimu serving boards. Rob Fyth and IceBreaker supported the partnership on a national basis – amazing support was received, and sales expectations were exceeded…

1st XI Cricket Champions

Winners of HB Cricket Div. 1 Senior Men’s grade.

Our 1st XI Cricket team excelled at the end of their Term 1 season in 2018. In their final two games, they defeated Hastings Boys’ and Napier Boys’ to win the Division 1 Championship.

In the semi-finals, revenging an earlier defeat in the league, our 1st XI dominated Hastings Boys’ 1st XI away from home and set up an enthralling final in Napier. Building in determination and confidence, our 1st XI bowled exceptionally well and knocked over the favourites for 100 runs. Patrick Muldowney, Ethan Madden and Lachlan Gouder were the pick of the bowlers with three wickets each.
In an intense final, our 1st XI eclipsed their total in just 30.5 overs, with Tom Cavaney chipping in with 23 runs and Reilly Hannan contributing with 22 runs.
Tomas Cavaney completed a memorable term, scoring his maiden 1st XI century earlier in the term against Marewa Cricket Club, with 107 not out.
An outstanding win, gentlemen. Congratulations!!!

Max Williams Cycling

October 2019
Max was invited to race in China by Team Tank Guy Bike Box Racing. The race was a 2 stage event, on the start line there was 110 riders in the elite category (Max was one of the youngest riders at 17) and there were riders 10 years older than him. The first day they had a 54km crit, and averaged 46kmph. Racing was very fast over there. The next day they had a 86km point to point road race which they also averaged 46kmph.

The team had a 15hr flight in total; first flying to Beijing then to Xi’an, and then a 2hr drive to Weinan where the race was held. This trip was all paid for, the team was put up in 4 star hotels about a kilometre from the race start.

It was an amazing experience racing and going there for 5 days and it was experience that Max couldn’t get in New Zealand, Max was grateful for the opportunity and it has opened his eyes up to what else is out there.


Silver medalist in U17 boys National Individual Pursuit, 3rd NZSS Teams

2019 at a glance

As we look back at another wonderful year at St. John’s College, the list of achievements is worth celebrating. We hope your son has made the most of the opportunities presented to him and he has enjoyed the year. Here is a small synopsis of what we have achieved in 2019: 


Outstanding NCEA results in 2019: 


Level 1 – 91.0%
Level 2 – 90.8
Level 3 – 90.6%
University Entrance – 60.9% 

  • Gurjas Sekhon, a Year 13 student, was awarded two outstanding scholarships in Calculus and Chemistry. He also achieved scholarships in Physics, Physical Education, and Biology. 
  • St. John’s College achieved nine scholarships in total, three of which were outstanding scholarships. 


  • Senior Canoe Polo. – HBSS Reginal Champions. NZSS National Champions. 
  • Junior Canoe Polo. – HBSS Regional Championships runners up. NZSS National Runners up. 
  • Canoe Polo Toby Mills – HB A2 Men. NZ U18 A Oceania Championships (Gold), Eastern Men’s & U21 NZ Secondary school’s tournament team, NZ U21 Development team (Ireland & Belgium), NZ U21 Worlds selection (final 16). 
  • Canoe Polo Ben Evans – HB A2 Men. NZ U18 A Oceania Championships, (Gold), Eastern U21 & U18, NZ Secondary school’s tournament team 
  • The Culinary Arts team winning 5 Gold, 9 Silver and 9 Bronze at the National Championships in Auckland. 
  • Surfing Jack Ryan – HB Scholastics team. 
  • Softball Jameel Geor – HB U18 & U23, NZ U19 dev. Canadian tour. 
  • Cycling Max Williams – Bronze North Island U20 Road Race, Gold in NISS track cycling points race, NZ U19 Oceania Track cycling team, Bronze team Pursuit. Tank Guy pro team China, NZ development team dynamo team series. 
  • Hockey Marcus Ambrose – HB U18; HB Men; Central League U18; Central men’s Squad 
  • Basketball Sam Start and Braxton Payne – Swish BB Club USA tour 
  • Squash Blake Knox – Eastern Zone senior Sec Schools Champion, Eastern Zone Junior Team. 
  • Squash Isaac Pilcher – Eastern senior Sec Schools Runner up, Eastern Zone junior Team, NZ Squash Junior Development team 
  • Canoe Polo – 6 Hawke’s Bay and 4 National representatives. 
  • Basketball – 5 Hawke’s Bay representatives and 1 national official (Logan Start) 
  • Rugby – 7 Hawke’s Bay representatives. 
  • Football – 7 Hawke’s Bay and 4 Central Federation representatives and one U19 national youth league player. 
  • Futsal – 2 Central Federation representatives. 
  • Cricket – 6 Hawke’s Bay representatives. 
  • 3 Hockey, 2 Touch HB representatives 
  • Waka Ama –  


  • Jamie Nichols Year 13: Recipient of BP’s Innovation Scholarship (Social Enterprise Team: Environ-Crete. Accepted into the University of Canterbury for a Double Degree in Industrial Product Design and Commerce (2020). 
  •  Ben Gardiner and Brad Selwood (February 2019) Invited to meet New Zealand’s Governor General, to celebrate National Enterprise Success. 
  • Hamish Ross, New Zealand Economics Competition – Auckland University – top 1% of participants 


Social Enterprise Teams: 

  • Louis Gaffaney – Selected in 2019 to attend workshops with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and had the  opportunity to travel to Thailand in October (sponsored by the Southeast Asia Centre for Asia Pacific Excellence). This provided  engagement with other youth enterprise organisations and validated their product internationally. 
  • Kupa Pohe (Ngati Porou) – Out of 1200 applicants, was selected to represent Young Enterprise NZ, and presented, at the Latin American Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 
  • Te Tuitui Mātauranga (2019):  An enterprise that has researched and developed a process to reduce irrigation requirements in pea and bean seeds, producing promising results for agricultural industry in climactically challenging environments. 
  • Winners: The Global Kaitiakitanga Project (2019) 
  • Videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTv-NQLxPns 
  • Environ-Crete (2019):  Environmentally friendly concrete, 4000 plastic water bottles formed part of a range of seats. 
  • Kear(2019): A solar powered steriliser for medical equipment. 


  • Wonderful school spirit with sports participation at 88%. 
  • 90% of teachers involved with coaching or managing sport. 


Important Dates 2020

We will keep you up to date with any cancellations and closures due to Covid-19

Friday 27th March – Fia Fia Night – POSTPONED

Thursday 9th April – End of Term 1

Tuesday 28th April – Start of Term 2

Wednesday 29th April – Parent Teacher Interviews – 3.30 – 4.30pm
Thursday 30th April – Parent Teacher Interviews 9.00am – 3.30pm
A time and date for your interview will be mailed to you with the interim report. We are aware that these times may be in work hours but really want you to take the time off work for this interview. It is vitally important for your son’s progress.  NOTE: School will be closed to students on Thursday 30th April.

Tuesday 5th May – Prospectus Evening – 7pm for interested Year 8 students. This is our first promotional evening and we invite Year 8 students and parents to attend.

Monday 1st June – Queen’s Birthday
Tuesday 2nd June – St. John’s College holiday – school closed

Term Dates 2020

Term One
Friday 31st January – Year 9s and Year 13s only
Monday 3rd February – All students
Thursday 9th April – End of Term 1
Term Two
Tuesday 28th April – Friday 3rd July
Term Three
Monday 20th July – Friday 25th September
Term Four
Monday 12th October – To be announced

General Notices

COVID – 19

The College is following Ministry of Education guidelines and will keep parents and caregivers updated . For more information please use the link below


The importance of keeping kids learning, and maintaining routine

As you’ll know it is important to keep children and young people engaged in education and, wherever possible, maintaining their usual routines. Routines are reassuring and can support children and young people’s wellbeing, connection with others, and their learning.

We all need to work together and help each other at this time.


Our Board of Trustees

Mrs Tessa Barrett is the Board of Trustees Chairman.

Other Board members are:

Mr Jay Campbell Parent Rep
Mr Luke Homan Proprietor Rep
Mr David Ivory Staff Rep
Mr Warwick Jones Proprietor’s Rep
Mr Rob Ferreira Principal
Mrs Susanne Rauth-Roess Parent Rep
Mr David Russell  Parent Rep
Mr Josh Villanueva Student Rep
Mrs Donna Te Amo Proprietor Rep
Mr Grant Thompson Parent Rep
Mrs Kath Clews Minutes Secretary