Principal's Message

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 Parent Information page.

Opere et Veritate ‘In Word and in Deed.’

Rob Ferreira




Friday 11th September – Wednesday 16th September
College Exams begin – Click here for the  Senior Exam Timetable

Thursday 17th September
Junior Parent Evening – 3.30pm – 7pm

Friday 25th September
End of Term 3

Monday 12th October
Start of Term 4 – Day 1

Monday 19th October
Po Tuku Taonga Prizegiving

Friday 20th October – Thursday 5th November
Junior Exams

Friday 23rd October – Monday 26th October
Labour Weekend

Thursday 5th November
Year 13 Retreat
Leavers Dinner

Friday 6th November
Leavers’ Mass – Sacred Heart Church 10am

Monday 16th November
NCEA Exams begin

Tuesday 1st December – Friday 4th December
Year 10 Camp

Monday 7th December
Academic Prizegiving

Wednesday 9th December
NCEA Exams finish
Last Day Term 4




Term Three

Monday 20th July – Friday 25th September


Term Four – to be confirmed

Monday 12th October – Wednesday 9th December


Enrolment Forms

Download 2021 Enrolment form


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 prospective students to St John’s College. Please download an enrolment form 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 also 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 contact us.

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.

Staff & Responsibilities

  Board of Trustees



Term Dates




House Leaders

  Kamar Portal


News at St John's

St. John’s College teacher inspires young chefs
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St. John’s College students bring light to darkness with high-tech device
A low-cost sustainable streetlamp that mimics a flower’s ability to track the sun has the potential to save lives. PEAR II was created by a group of St John’s College ...
St. John’s College students excel at University level
Five St. John’s College students have proven that age is only a number, after achieving high marks in first-year university papers. Despite still being at school, the year 12 and ...
St. John’s College students on track for NCEA success
St. John’s College’s Year 13 students are on track to finish the academic year well despite Covid-19 disrupting preparations for NCEA. Deputy Principal (Director of Curriculum) Tracy Russell said the ...

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 

Sport (continued):

  • 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

Wednesday 15th April – Start of Term 2

Tuesday 28th July
Parents and Friends Association (PFA) Meeting – 7pm – staffroom

Wednesday 29th July
Taste of St. John’s Day

Sunday 2nd August
Open Day – 2pm

Friday 14th August
Assumption Mass @ Sacred Heart Church – 10am – Cancelled due to Level 2

Saturday 15th August
Culinary Arts Institute Degustation Dinner – 6pm
Get your tickets from the office

Monday 24th August
Yr 8 Scholarship Exams – 4pm

Thursday 27th August
Parent Teacher Interviews Yr 11 – Yr 13
School Photo Day

Thursday 20th September – Wednesday 16th September
Senior Practice Examinations

Thursday 17th September
Junior Parent Evening – 3.30pm – 7pm

Friday 25th September
End of Term 3


General Notices

COVID – 19

We are now at LEVEL 2 –

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.

St John's Newsletters

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 Rob Ferreira Principal
Mrs Susanne Rauth-Roess Parent Rep
Mr David Russell  Parent Rep
Mr Braeden Foster Student Rep
Mrs Donna Te Amo Proprietor Rep
Mr Grant Thompson Parent Rep
Mrs Kath Clews Minutes Secretary


Thursday 29th October – 5.30pm
Thursday 3rd December – 5.30pm