2022 at a Glance

Academic and Cultural Achievements

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 2022:


Rajveer Singh


Seth Howes

National Leaders Social Enterprise and Project Work (continued)

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/

Sporting Achievements


Camden Russell. East Coast Secondary Schools Athletics Champs

3rd Intermediate boys 400m

3rd Intermediate boys 800m.


Avjohn Fernandes. Hawkes Bay


Alexander Coull. Hawkes Bay 52-54kg Champion. Runner up Golden Gloves 52-54kg


Sam Start Hawke’s Bay U17’s

Braxton Payne Hawke’s Bay U17’s

Robbie Manihera-Dankwa Hawke’s Bay U15’s

Kingston Manihera –Dankwa Hawke’s Bay U15 B’s

Kingston Manihera-Dankwa Basketball New Zealand U15 Camp.

Senior Boys: CNI Champions 2021

Canoe Polo

Cameron Steven Hawkes Bay B1, NZ U18B Development team

Hamish Scurr Hawkes Bay B2

Riley Toomer Hawkes Bay B2

Khan Smith Hawkes Bay C1

Albert Parker Hawkes Bay C1

Jayden Parker Hawkes Bay C2

Junior Canoe Polo team 6th NZSS Championships

Senior Canoe Polo team 5th NZSS Championships

Canoe Slalom

New Zealand SS Canoe Slalom

Jayden Parker 2nd U14 K1


Joban Singh Hawkes Bay U18

Pritpal Singh Hawkes Bay U18

Auman Singh 100 runs vs Wakatipu HS, NBHS, Wellington College


Skoda North Island Secondary Schools Road Champs

Kaito De Boeck

5th U14 road race

6th U14 Criterium.


Oscar Cooper U19 Central Futsal


Oscar Cooper U17 Hawke’s Bay

Wes Grigsby U17 Hawke’s Bay

Nico Swenson U14 Hawke’s Bay

Jake West U14 Hawke’s Bay

Jack Herrington U14 Hawkes Bay

Oliver Marwick U14 Hawkes Bay

Leon Chawasarira U14 Hawkes Bay

Alex Biju U14 Hawkes Bay

Flat water Kayaking

NZ Kayak Marathon Championships 2021.

James Hawke

3rd K1 U/16 Men (13 km)

2nd K2 U/18 Men. (19.5 km)


Amandeep Mallhi Hawkes Bay U15

Krishna Singh Hawkes Bay U15

Jevenjot Singh Hawkes Bay U15


Brad Campbell. Hurricanes U18 development. Hawke’s Bay U20. Hawke’s Bay U18

Kere Penitito. Hurricanes U18 development. Hawke’s Bay U20 Hawke’s Bay U18

Dylan Homan Hawke’s Bay U20 training squad, Hawke’s Bay U18

Ollie Gardner Hawke’s Bay U18

Xanda Scott Hawke’s Bay U18

Jaden Murphy Hawke’s Bay U18

Michael Beech Hawkes Bay U18

Riley Campbell Hawke’s Bay U16

Patrick Maunga Hawke’s Bay U16

Harry Campbell Hawke’s Bay U16

Vito Otutaha Hawke’s Bay U16

Ryan Tantrum Hawke’s Bay U16

Vince Vo Hawke’s Bay U16

Rugby – Hurricanes Youth Life Membership Cup (defeated Mana College)

Rugby – John Schwalger Cup (defeated Bishop Viard College)


NZ Rowing Nationals 

Finn Downing. Silver medal Men’s Club coxless 4

Liam Halpin. Bronze medal Men’s Club 8


HBPB winter swimming championships.

Jack Craft 5 Gold medals

Awarded top 13 yr. Top FINA points.


Kyle Groner Hawkes Bay U18


Isaac Pilcher Eastern U19 top seed

Eastern Junior team

HBSRC B grade men’s team, district eliminations

6th U19 North Islands

20th NZ Junior Open

SJC Senior Boys team: 7th NZSS Teams Nationals

Surf Lifesaving

HB Surf champs

Alex Finlayson. 1st U17 male overall

Hugh Mackintosh 1st U17 male Surf ski

Central region Champs

Alex Finlayson 1st U17 Ironman, Run/Swim/Run, 400m Surf Race (Swim)

Hugh Mackintosh 1st U17 Surf ski

Table Tennis

Hawkes Bay Championships

Jack Walling U16 Champion

U18 Runner up


Jaden Murphy Hawkes Bay U18 boys


Hawke’s Bay Secondary Schools Triathlon

Lachie MacGregor 1st Senior Boy

Sam Start 3rd Senior Boy

Kaito De Boeck 2nd Junior Boy



Shea Hughes. Football. Central Federation Assistant Ref, NZ Development Academy

Logan Start. BBNZ Regional U13, U17, U19 championships. NBL pre season.