Opere et Veritate

In Truth and in Deed

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your interest in St. John’s College. Our College is a hidden jewel that was founded in 1941 by the Marist Fathers and is the only Catholic Boys’ School in Hawke’s Bay.

We provide a stimulating educational programme with an emphasis on literacy and numeracy, an excellent range of sporting opportunities and activities to celebrate our cultural heritage, and a great house system which fosters school spirit and competition. Our culture is centred on the life of Jesus Christ and the example he set for us all.

The aim is to provide a high quality education for young men, grounded in Gospel values within our Catholic and Marist tradition. We strive to teach these values, while immersing our young men in an experience of living in a Catholic community. The College’s holistic vision extends to student achievement and support in Pastoral Care, Academia, Sport, Arts and Culture.

By expanding our vision to these particular pillars, we believe we can develop a young man who is balanced, well rounded and able to face a competitive secular world with confidence. This is the vision of a ‘St. John’s Man’.

The extension of our school is 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.

​Again, 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.’

Paul Melloy
Principal – St John’s College


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.

We provide a robust academic programme, based on the New Zealand Curriculum Framework, gaining outstanding results in Merit and Excellence endorsements and our Scholarship programme. All of our senior students enter National Certificate of
Educational Achievement courses at Levels 1, 2 and 3; with a strong core of senior students sitting Level 4 Scholarship exams.

Academic Dean: Introduced in 2014 to support all students studying NCEA, the Academic Dean tracks students through their academic programmes. Emphasis is placed on gaining literacy and numeracy credits. Support is offered through mentoring, arranging tutorials, issuing study programmes and close monitoring of NCEA credits. The Academic Dean liaises closely with the House Dean to synchronise the best possible support.

Kaiawhina Role: Our College, through the development of our Maori Achievement Plan, has a staff member who advises, mentors and acts as a support person to all Maori pupils in the school. This includes a close working relationship with whanau
in our community.

Pasifika Liaison Person: Our College, through the development of our Pasifika Achievement Plan, has a staff member who leads the Pacific Pride group within our school with advice and mentoring and is an ideal support person for all Pasifika Students in our College.

Religious Education Science Art History    
English Social Studies Technologies    
Maori Music Graphics & Design    
Mathematics Art Commerce    

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.

Athletics Cricket Futsul Rugby Touch Rugby
Badminton X–Country Hockey Squash Volleyball
Basketball Cycling Rowing Swimming Waka Ama
Canoe Polo Football Tennis    

Institutes at St. John's

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

Basketball Football Debating    
Canoe Polo Rugby Music    
Culinary Arts Cricket Fine Arts    
Performing Arts        

Extra Curricular at St. John's

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

Art Robotics O’Shea Shield    
Music Pasifika Young Enterprise    
Production Kapa Haka Debating    
Young Vinnies        

Parent Information


Staff & Responsibilities Term Dates Senior Management Newsletters
Dean Enrollment Leaders


News at SJC

2019 National Senior Champions Canoe Polo

Senior Canoe Polo 2019 National Champions

Junior Canoe Polo Silver Medal

YouTube Video

Matthew Cooper Boot Match

We have a huge game of rugby on Saturday 18 May at 12.40pm on our number 1 ground. Our team is playing St. John’s College Hamilton for the Matthew Cooper Boot. This game is going to be streamed live onto sky sport 1.
We would love to pack out the school out with students and our community.
Boys in school maroon jackets, jerseys, and shirts.

Galería: St. Johns de Nueva Zelanda vs Trebulco y Barbarians Pro Rugby Chile

2018 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 enjoyed the year. Here is a small synopsis of what have we achieved in 2018:

  • Fantastic NCEA results in 2018:
  • Level 1 – 91.7%           Level 2 – 94.4%
  • Level 3 – 92.1%      University Entrance – 74.4%
  • Gurjas Sekhon, a Year 12 student, got 4 scholarships in Physics, Calculus, Chemistry and Biology.
  • St. John’s achieved 8 scholarship in total.
  • Senior Canoe Polo – 2018 National Runners-Up
  • Junior Canoe Polo – 2018 4th at Nationals.
  • The Culinary Arts team winning 5 Gold, 9 Silver and 9 Bronze at the National Championships in Auckland.
  • Young Enterprise Scheme – BRUTHAS, winners of 2 National Awards, the 2018 Whai Tikanga Award and the New Zealand Youth Award for Business and Entrepreneurship (from the Ministry for Social Development). These awards recognised the use of the arts as an integral part of a tikanga programme to encourage a strong cultural identity and support pro-social living.
  • Cricket 1st XI – Winners of the Division 1 Men’s League and St. John’s Team of The Year.
  • George Winners of two of the Young Enterprise Scheme’s National Awards, in recognition of developing a flood detecting device in conjunction with their relationship with Whatever It Takes, supporting mental health and the homeless in Hawke’s Bay.
  • Zayne Coffey – New Zealand Gymnastic Representative. Level 9.
  • Kyle Groner U/14 New Zealand Baseball representative.
  • 9 Hawke’s Bay and 5 National representatives in Canoe Polo.
  • 4 Hawke’s Bay representatives in Basketball.
  • 5 Hawke’s Bay representatives in Rugby.
  • Year 9 Father Fisher Trophy Winners.
  • 6 Hawke’s Bay and 3 Central Federation representatives in Football.
  • 5 Hawke’s Bay representatives in Cricket.
  • 3 Hockey, 2 Touch, 2 Futsal and 2 Softball Regional representatives.
  • Waka Ama – J19 250m + 500m Secondary School Champions.
  • Blake Knox – Hawke’s Bay Secondary School Squash Champion.
  • Tae Kwon Do – Joshua van Hooijdonk and Rhyva van Onselen National and Oceania Champions.
  • Wonderful school spirit with sports participation at 88%.
  • 90% of teachers involved with coaching or managing sport.

Important Dates 2019

Monday 8th April to

Thursday 11 April

Combined SJC – SHC Production
Friday 12th April End of Term 1
Monday 29th April Term 2 begins – Day 1
Wednesday 1st May Hato Paora Exchange – Away
Tuesday 7th May Parent Conferences
3.30pm – 6.30pm
Wednesday 8th May
(note school closed –
no students)
Parent Conferences
8.45am – 3.30pm
Thursday 9th May Prospectus Evening
1st Promotional evening for enrolments 2020
Friday 10th May to
Sunday 12th May
O’Shea Shield
St Peter’s College, Palmerston North
Tuesday 14th to
Wednesday 15th May
St Patrick’s Exchange @ Wellington
Friday 17th May Year 9 and  Year 10 Junior Social at SJC
Friday 31st May St John’s College Holiday – School Closed
Monday 3rd June Queen’s Birthday – School closed
Thursday 6th June Taste of St John’s Day – Year 8 school visit

Saturday 15th June

Sunday 4th August

School Ball

Open Evening

General Notices

University Scholarships for Year 13 Students
MoneyHub, a free to access website, has published a guide to hundreds of scholarships for any student planning to start university in 2020. The comprehensive list includes scholarships offered by every university as well as those specifically available to local students. A list of privately-funded, Maori, Pacific and International university scholarships completes the list. MoneyHub has also published a list of tips for scholarship success, designed to make the application process less stressful for students. For more details and to find suitable scholarships, visit the MoneyHub Scholarship page

Key Dates for Universities

Download a handy guide for the key dates relating Universities

    Key Dates for Universities


Term Dates 2019

Term One
Friday 1st February – Year 9s and Year 13s only
Monday 4th February – All students
Friday 12th April – End of Term 1

Term Two
Monday 29th April – Friday 5th July

Term Three
Monday 22nd July – Friday 27th September

Term Four
Monday 14th October – to be advised

Our Board of Trustees

  • Mrs Tessa Barrett is the Board of Trustees Chairman.

Other Board members are:

  • Mr Jason Heaven Parent Rep
  • Mr Grant Thompson Parent Rep
  • Mr David Russell Parent Rep
  • Mr Warwick Jones Proprietor’s Rep
  • Mrs Frann Halpin Proprietor’s Rep
  • Mr Paul Melloy Principal
  • Mr David Ivory Staff Rep
  • Mr Gurjas Sekhon Student Rep
  • Mrs Kath Clews Minutes Secretary


2018 St John’s College (Hastings) – Financial Reports

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