Young boys, on the cusp of High School, and looking for their home for the next five years, had a taste of what St. John’s College has to offer.
Taste of St. John’s saw 115 year 8 students from schools around the region experience what life at the College could look like.
Split into groups, the boys spent time playing Basketball, Football and Touch Rugby, making ‘fancy food’ in culinary arts, and learning about robotics and science.
Head Boy Jonty Unwin said it was exciting to see the boys showing interest in his school.
“It is exciting to see them be able to work, ask questions, and go on the sports field and show their talents and skills, Jonty said.
Most important, he believes, is the bonds that are formed ahead of next year.
“Lots of these boys don’t know each other as they are from different schools so it’s cool to see them not only come together and work together but form bonds that I’d say would be strengthened next year if they come here.”
Year 8 Puketapu School student Archie Plews “loved” experiencing a day at his potential future school.
The 12-year-old particularly enjoyed spending time with the older boys. “They’re like role models for me just by the way they act, what they do, and how much fun you have with them.”
Deputy Head Boy Jaden Murphy remembers his time at the taster day and says it “persuaded” him to come to the College.
“I was kind of on the fence and then coming here and getting to know the teachers and some of the older boys and the way they explained how the school ran and the kind of environment it was made me want to go to St. John’s.”
Now, as a Year 13, Jaden said he enjoyed getting to know the younger boys and showing them around the school.
“I feel like there are a lot of opportunities available if you’re willing to apply yourself and I feel like the teachers genuinely care about the students and their success in and out of the classroom.”
St John’s College principal Mr Rob Ferreira said it was great to see so many students from the region enjoying the day.
“Our senior students were great engaging with the young men, and I enjoyed meeting these students and talking to them. They were engaged and all took part in the activities.”
The College’s next open day is on Sunday August 8 at 2pm.
PHOTO: St. John’s College Head Boy Jonty Unwin (left) with St Patrick's School student Taika King, and Deputy Head Boy Jaden Murphy with Puketapu School student Archie Plews.