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 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

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 – 91.5%
Level 2 – 95.8%
Level 3 – 92.1%
University Entrance – 73.7%

  • 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 2020


Thursday 6th February                               WAITANGI DAY – College closed

Thursday 13th February                             Commissioning Mass
Sacred Heart Church – 10am

Monday 17th February                               Athletics Sports Day

Wednesday 19th February                       Parents Evening
Years 9 –11

Monday 2nd March                                      Swimming Sports

Friday 6th March                                           Eats Beats and Treats

Wednesday 11th March                             Year 9 Camp
Friday 13th March

Monday 16th March                                    WORK DAY -School closed

Friday 20th March                                        Fia Fia Night

Thursday 9th April                                       End of Term 1

Tuesday 28th April                                       Start of Term 2

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

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

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