Principals 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

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.

Religious Education Art Art History Career Pathways
Commerce English Gateway Maori
Mathematics Maori Music Physical Education
Science Social Sciences Technology

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 Squash
Badminton Cross Country Hockey Touch Rugby
Basketball Cycling Rowing Waka Ama
Canoe Polo Football Rugby

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

Debating Kapa Haka
Music Pasifika
O’Shea Shield

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.

Basketball Canoe Polo Cricket Football Rugby

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


Culinary Arts Debating Fine Arts Music Performance Arts

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.

Staff & Responsibilities

Board of Trustees


Term Dates



House Leaders

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.

Max Williams Cycling

Silver medallist 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 2019

Friday 13th – Wednesday 18th – Senior Practice Examinations
Thursday 19th – Junior Parent Evening
Friday 27th – SJC Sports Day – END OF TERM 3

Monday 14th – Start of Term 4 – Day 7
Wednesday 16th – Thursday 17th – Option Interviews – Years 10 – Year 13
Monday 21st – Po Tuku Taonga Evening – 6pm
Thursday 24th – Sports Prizegiving – 7pm
Friday 25th – Monday 28th – Labour Weekend – College closed
Thurs 31st – Leavers’ Mass – Sacred Heart Church – 10am


Friday 1st  – Wednesday 6th  – Junior Exams
Thursday 7th – NCEA Exams begin
Thursday 28th – Academic Prize Giving

Monday 2nd – NCEA Exams finish
Tuesday 3rd– Friday 6th – Year 10 Camp
Monday 9th – Tuesday 10th – Year 9 End-of-Year activities
Tuesday 10th – END OF TERM 4

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 Paul Melloy Principal
Mrs Susanne Rauth-Roess Parent Rep
Mr David Russell  Parent Rep
Mr Gurjas Sekhon Student Rep
Mrs Donna Te Amo Proprietor Rep
Mr Grant Thompson Parent Rep
Mrs Kath Clews Minutes Secretary