Sports at St. John’s

Sport is an extremely valuable part of the life of a St. John’s College student. We recognise the value of playing sport in the all-round development of young men. Whilst St. John’s is small in numbers, a large range of sports both traditional and modern are offered and the teams often compete above their weight.

Winter sport is compulsory for all Year 9 and 10 students which creates life-long habits in being physically active and contributing to the College culture. There is a team or sport at the College for everyone of every level. A firm belief in our sports programmes is that you start winning by simply joining a team and getting involved.

St. John’s College works hard to support, motivate and celebrate our top athletes. We take pride in our continued success and representation at Regional, National and International levels of sport.

Our Sports Institute programmes which run in Year 9 and 10 are directed by highly qualified and skilled coaches and the programmes focus upon creating sound fundamental skills and knowledge of the sporting code. Many of the Institute athletes move into the senior College and become leaders within the senior programmes.

At the core of our College are our Values & Habits of a St. John’s Man. Our teams play with pride, courage, passion but most of all humility and grace. How we conduct ourselves in the heart of competition truly reflects who we are.


Sport Options

​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.

Sporting Exchanges at St John's

Our top sports teams have annual games against St Patrick’s College Wellington, St John’s College Hamilton, Francis Douglas Memorial College, New Plymouth, Bishop Viard College Porirua, Hato Paora College Feilding and St Peter’s College Palmerston North.

Sporting Success -

With many teams representing St John’s College each year it is vital that we have parent and community involvement in coaching and managing teams. All assistance is encouraged and supported. If you believe you possess a skill set which would be of value to St. John’s College sport please don’t hesitate in contacting us or making yourself known to our Teacher in Charge of Sport at the Year 9 parents evening or telephone the office.

It is vitally important that parents support their son’s involvement in all aspects of sport. If at any stage you have queries or concerns please take the time to contact our Teacher in Charge of Sport or the Principal so the correct pathways can be followed.

Colin House

Rhyva van Onselen
Joint House Captain

Griffin Swensson
Joint House Captain

Forest House

Caleb Burke
House Captain

Cairo Smith
Deputy House Captain

Redwood House

Liam Brown
House Captain

Keighlyb Hodges
Deputy House Captain

Reignier House

Brendan Carroll
House Captain

Hamish Klem
Deputy House Captain


Good sport is about positive attitude. Play your part – play fair.


  • Play by the rules of the game.
  • Never argue with an official.
  • Work hard to do my best at all times.
  • Turn up to practices with the right gear.
  • Be on time for games and have the correct uniform.
  • Be a good sport and recognise good players and good play by all involved.
  • Be humble winners and dignified losers.
  • Remember to thank my coach, the officials, the opposition and supporters.
  • Help others in my team when I can.
  • Avoid putting people down.
  • Play fair, play safe, play hard.

St John’s College rules apply when you are playing for the College.
Always give it heaps and don’t get ugly