Our School

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

All in the way of Mary – Founded by the Priests of the Society of Mary, at St. John’s College we seek to model our lives on Mary, the Mother of Jesus.

Vision & Values

​​St John’s College provides a high quality education for young men, grounded in Gospel values within the Catholic and Marist traditions.

Catholic Character

Our goal is to provide our students with the knowledge of encounter with and witness to Christ. We endeavour to have viable student planning and participation in everything connected with our Catholic faith at the College.

Pastoral Care

Every student has the right to experience their education in a safe and equitable setting; just as every teacher has the right to experience their profession in the same environment.

Old Boy's Association of St John's


Greg Foran

Greg was recently named as the new Air New Zealand CEO.

Greg is a very successful businessman having been CEO of Walmart in the US for many years.

Congratulations Greg – SJC is a school of excellence that produces and shapes young men who go on and succeed from that ‘small school in Hastings’.


Jaaron Fritz was placed 3rd in the ICN World Championships in Melbourne last week.

Jaaron is an Old Boy and a former world junior waterski racing champion. He showed discipline and courage when recovering from his broken leg injuries, his first was in 2009 while playing for the St John’s College 1st XV. This has served him well in his bodybuilding pursuits.


Darren Manning
(Global Albatross)  has been awarded Best Adviser for Individual Clients at the 2019 Health Insurance and Protection Awards in London. Global Albatross is the only NZ company to ever have been shortlisted for global awards.


75th Jubilee
The Jubilee saw a gathering of past and present staff as well as past and present students for the celebrations. The opening of the new Dowling Block in time for the Jubilee showed to the past students that the College is not only alive and well, but the facilities are modern and at the cutting edge of education.

It was wonderful to see and be in the presence of ‘first day’ pupils and to see that the Marist values that were instilled in these men were still being taught and passed on to the present day students.

The college is in good heart and the celebrations for the 100th Jubilee will be just as wonderful as was the 75th.

Tom Silverwood
President St. John’s College Old Boys’ Association

Email: tom.silverwood@sjmgc.school.nz

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 Rep
  • Mr Paul Melloy – Principal/Secretary
  • 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