St. John’s College

St. John’s College is a hidden jewel. It has evolved through the vision of the Marist Fathers and provides a first-class education as the only Catholic Boys’ School in the Hawke’s Bay. We provide a stimulating educational programme with an emphasis on literacy and numeracy, an excellent range of sporting opportunities, activities to celebrate our cultural heritage and a great house system which fosters school spirit and competition.

We are a Catholic and a Christian Boys’ College that celebrates the difference. Not only do our pupils enjoy the environment, but our staff have actually specialised in Boys’ education. We have a Sports Institute for 5 selected sports – Rugby, Basketball, Football, Cricket and Golf. Level 3 and professional coaches assist in the technical and tactical development of these pupils. We value holistic education and the development of the whole person. To do this we focus on a values-based education. Values lead our interactions, behaviour and contribution to our community.

Our moto: Opere et veritate – ‘In Word and in Deed’

Co-ed or Single Sex Single Sex (Boys only)
Suburb location Hastings
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Roll – Total 380
Roll – International New programme starting 2015
Languages offered English and Maori
Strong Points – Subjects St. John’s College has great success results across all subjects. A wide range of courses is offered. Strengths are in physical education, english, sciences, mathematics, social studies and commerce.
Strong Points – Sports At St. John’s College we will endeavour to select level 3 or above coaches in our sports institute. This means talented athletes will have expert tuition in all their years at the college. Our sports programme is supported with traditional sporting exchanges with:
  • St. Patrick’s College, Wellington
  • Francis Douglas Memorial College, New Plymouth
  • Hato Paora College, Feilding
  • St. Peter’s College, Palmerston North
  • Bishop Viard College, Porirua
  • St. John’s College, Hamilton
Strong Points – Cultural Debating and public speaking, productions, and annual participation in the O’Shea Shield.
Other Unique Features There is a wide range of musical opportunities available for students at our school; including a strong itinerant programme, a college choir, participation in both the ‘Big Sing’ and Rockquest competitions, and our jazz band attends the national band championships.
Special Facilities
  • Small class sizes
  • High expectations of academic, sporting and cultural achievements
  • We welcome students to bring their own digital devices
  • A strong school based on a value model coupled with strong relationship between staff and students
  • The college embraces diversity in 'word' and in 'deed'.
Accommodation We provide homestays with families. Only trusted and vetted families are chosen to host international students coming to St John’s College, Hastings.