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

The College is now Open. We have moved down to Level 2.  Please click above for updates from the College

Important DATES – 2022

Start of the Year Arrangements


Tuesday 25th – Wednesday 26th January

Year 13 Leadership Camp

Tuesday 25th Jan – Wednesday 26th January

Yr 11 – Yr 12 Course Confirmation for students with clashes

Students will receive emails if there is a clash

Thursday 27th – Friday 28th January

Teacher only days

Monday 31st January

Year 9 and Year 13 students – 

POWHIRI – 8.45am -Note Change of time

Year 13 Course Confirmation for students with clashes

Students will receive emails if there is a clash

Tuesday 1st February

Whole School

Monday 7th February

WAITANGI DAY holiday– College closed

Thursday 10th February

Commissioning Mass – Sacred Heart Church – 10am

Yr 9 Parent and Student BBQ

Thursday 17th February

Athletics Sports

Monday 28th February

Swimming Sports

Wednesday 2nd March to Friday 4th March

Year 9 Camp

Monday 21st March

WORK DAY – Teacher only day

Thursday 7th April

Thursday Sports Practice starts

Thursday 14th April


Monday 2nd May

Start of Term 2


Enrolment Forms

Download 2022 Enrolment form

The 2021 St John’s College O’Shea Shield Team that placed second out of seventeen schools in the competition

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 mission 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.


Important information regarding NZQA


Links to Subject areas

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 student sharpens skills at prestigious restaurant
A St. John’s College student with a passion for fine dining has landed himself a dream gig as a Commis Chef for one of the region’s prestigious restaurants. Braeden Foster, ...
St. John’s College student humbled by inclusion in Hurricanes Development Squad
A St. John’s College student hopes to follow in the footsteps of his rugby hero and older brother, after being selected for the Hurricanes Super 20s Development Squad. Kere Penitito ...
Dedicated St. John’s College teacher awarded for service on and off the field
A passion for sport and commitment to seeing the young men at St. John’s College grow on and off the field has seen a teacher awarded for his service. Conor ...
St. John’s College student builds World War II ship
A lego ship made with close to 30,000 pieces and measuring 1.8 metres in length won a St. John’s College student a commendation award at this year’s BrickCon-NZ. Matthew Eagles ...

2020 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 2020: 

2020 at a glance

Matthew McIvor
Bede Powell


NCEA Results  

The 2020 NCEA results were a resounding success. The hard work by students and teachers saw St. John’s College produce outstanding results.

SJC Level 1  – 92.4%
National Average –  70.2%
Decile 4-7 Average – 74.9%

SJC Level 2  – 91.3%
National Average  – 79.1%
Decile 4-7 Average – 82.9%

SJC Level 3 – 90.6%
National Average – 71.4%
Decile 4-7 Average – 72.0%

SJC University Entrance   – 63.9%
National Average –
Decile 4-7 Average –

Canterbury University First Year Mathematics with Calculus

Matthew McIvor                87%
Kyle Groner                        86%

National Leaders Social Enterprise and Project Work

Project PEAR (2020)

Design, manufacturer of respirator during level 4 lock down conditions.

Design and manufacture of independent industrial strength lighting for use in roads and rural environments: powered by alternate solar and wind sources.

-Awarded national funding from Waikato University and EIT

-CEO Dylan Wijaya – wins placement national CEO Forum (Wellington) and national CEO Award (Queenstown)

-National Media: The Herald, Radio New Zealand

Environ-Crete (2020)

Plastic infused concrete used to construct outdoor seating and planters boxes.

National and Regional Recognition: Procurement from Hastings District Council: https://www.facebook.com/hastingsdc/posts/3393771380672013 and https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12363891

Te Tuitui Mātauranga (2020)

A partnership with Wrightson Seeds (NZ) and Plant and Food. 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 climatically challenging environments.

National Runner Up to National Primary Industries Award (Sponsored by Ministry of Primary Industries)

Policy Light House (2020)

Regional success in advocating for the establishment of a Drug Court in the Hawkes Bay region.

Business Studies, year 10, (2020)

Board of Trustees Adopts New Procurement Policy: Local and Sustainable as crafted by students. The policy reflects the College’s Special Character and is a response to the Corvid 19 environment.

New Zealand UNESCO Commission – National Excellence Award for St John’s College


Note: In 2018 the UNESCO Commission also stated it:

fully recognized St John College remarkable achievements and as such as provided the College with its ‘Highly Commended’ status and will issue an award to that effect, and the Commission will recognize this status in all its communications both domestically and internationally.

St. John’s College awarded $3,000.00 and two students presented our unique and inspiring story to a national audience from Wellington.

Australian National Teaching Excellence Award 2020
David Ivory

Based on the theme, ‘Acknowledging exceptional educators in exceptional times,’ this year’s NEiTA Awards recognise the achievements and efforts of teachers and educators who rose to meet the year’s unique challenges of school closures and lockdowns. This included the implementation of digital methods to enhance learnings and supporting the wellbeing of students during a difficult year.

Congratulations David and thank you for all your inspiring work you have done for the College.  We wish you well for your return to Christchurch.

St John’s College – Setting the standard for national excellence in education: https://www.ppta.org.nz/news-and-media/community-based-projects-with-a-global-focus/;  https://gazette.education.govt.nz/articles/symbol-of-the-times/



Official of the Year:
LOGAN START – Displayed commitment towards, and performance, in officiating sport
Nightingale Trophy for Effort in Sport:
MARCUS AMBROSE – Student Award for outstanding contribution to St. John’s College Sport
Fairplay Sports Person of the Year:
CALEB MELCHERS– Displays the principles of fairplay on and off the field
Russell Brothers Trophy for Outstanding Contribution to Sport:
– Awarded to the student who has displayed success in sport and is considered the: “SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR”
Team of the Year:
SJC SQUASH TEAM – Performed well on and off the field. Play, perform and reflect Marist values in sport
Steve Cottrell Memorial Trophy for contribution and commitment to sport:
ROCHELLE WILLIAMS – Awarded to a coach or manager, who has made an outstanding contribution and commitment to sport at St. John’s College.

Due to covid there was a massive amount of representative sport not played.

St. John’s College HB School Sports Nominations
Marcus Ambrose: Hockey;  Lochie Stent: Basketball;  Sam Start: Basketball;  Jamie Chamberlain: Basketball;  Braxton Payne: Basketball;  Kalder Woods Pritchard: Canoe Polo;  Jacob Harrison: Canoe Polo;  Matthew Haliburton: Canoe Polo;  Hamish Scurr: Canoe Polo;  Cameron Stevens: Canoe Polo;  Riley Toomer: Canoe Polo;  Tom Cavaney: Cricket;  Pritpal Singh: Cricket;  Jayden Gordon: Football;  Wes Grigsby: Football;  Caleb Marwick: Football;  Oscar Cooper: Football;  Isaac Pilcher: Squash;  Blake Knox: Squash;  Bradley Campbell: Rugby;  Soni Paletua: Rugby;  Kere Penetito: Rugby;  Dylan Homan: Rugby & Canoe Polo;  Jaden Murphy: Rugby & Touch;  Maika Fehoka: Rugby;  Ollie Gardner: Rugby;  Camden Russell: Athletics & X Country;  Lachie McGregor: Multi-sport;  Jason Smith: Waka-Ama;  Jack Cooper: Rowing;  Mathew McIvor: Rowing;  Liam Halpin: Rowing;  Jack Ryan: Indoor cricket & surfing;  James Hawke: Flat water sprint kayak;  Max Williams: Cycling;  Logan Start: Basketball officiating

Senior A Canoe Polo;   Squash team;   F Grade Rugby;   D Grade Rugby;   Senior Basketball

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

Important Dates 2021


Important DATES – 2021 – TERM 4

NOTE: Due to Covid 19 Level 2 conditions we have had to make some changes to our Prizegiving events for Term 4.  It has been a very hard decision to make these changes but are obliged to follow strict guidelines from the Ministry of Education.

Given the current restrictions we are unable to have family members or visitors at the Sports and Academic Prizegivings.  Photographs will be taken and will be available online after the event.  We will make every effort to ensure each student is recognised. There will be no live streaming of these events due to difficulties around privacy.  Unfortunately the Po Tuku Taonga has been cancelled this year.

Retreats will still be held.  The Year 13 retreat will include the Leavers Dinner.

There will be no Leavers Mass but we will have a Leavers Liturgy with students only.



Monday 22 November to
15 December
Senior NCEA Exams commence

Thursday 2nd December
 Junior Prizegiving – Format to be advised

Wednesday 8th to Friday 10th December
Year 10 Camp

Monday 13th December
Year 9 Activity Day – Last day Term 4


Tuesday 25th – Wednesday 26th January – Year 13 Camp

Monday 31st January – Yr 9 and Yr 13 students

Tuesday 1st February – Whole School

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 and read our parent information at the top of the page


The importance of keeping students 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 Rob Ferreira Principal
Mr Braeden Foster Student Rep
Mr Luke Homan Proprietor Rep
Ms Lomekina Paama Proprietor Rep
Mrs Susanne Rauth-Roess Parent Rep
Mr David Russell  Parent Rep
Mrs Donna Te Amo Proprietor Rep
Mr Simon Thomson Staff Rep
Mrs Kath Clews Minutes Secretary


Thursday 20th May – 5.30pm
Thursday 24th June – 5.30pm
Thursday 19th August – 5.30pm
Thursday 16th September – 5.30pm
Thursday 4th November – 5.30pm
Thursday 9th December – 5.30pm