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St John's College

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"Te Aroha o te Atua kei te Kawe"           ''Caritas Christi Urget Nos"                       "The Love of Christ Urges us on"

Saint John's has 750 boys from Year 9 to Year 13, and is located on Hillcrest Road, Hamilton. Built on the Marist tradition, it emphasises family spirit, promoting an environment where students are well looked after. Staff and students form a community where they can support each other on a daily basis.
The philosophy of St John's College is based on that of the Founder of the Marist Brothers of the Schools, Saint Marcellin Champagnat.
Marcellin was born in 1789, the year of the Revolution in France. He saw how some children were failed by the education system of the day, and he set about remedying the situation as best he could. From him rose the Marist teaching order, which has spread throughout the world.

These five points (called the pillars) give a brief basis of his philosophy:
  • Simplicity
  • Family Spirit
  • Presence
  • Love of Work
  • In the Way of Mary
Each year St John's focus on one of the above & incorporate it into school life.  "Love of Work" is the Marist Charism that we will focus on for 2016
    Special Character:
    • Mass is held weekly on the school grounds in the library. These are open to all students, but we expect every student to attend at least once during the year. There are also whole school Masses to celebrate the start the school year, Easter, Marcellin Champagnat Day and prizegiving at the end of the year. These are in Catherdral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Hamilton.

    • Marcellin Champagnat Day
      Saint Marcellin Champagnat Day, 6 June, commemorates the death of our patron saint. It is typically one of the highlights of St John's calendar.
      There is a celebratory mass in the cathedral, with its fair share of upbeat singing and joy. That is usually followed by a concert where students perform music or drama, including both official school groups and more informal ones, such as the student's rock bands. The afternoon often has something on, such as a rugby game to watch, or they can go try various other activities offered by staff including games, art and cultural events.

    • Chanel Shield
      The Chanel Shield is a competition between Saint John's and Aquinas College in Tauranga, Campion College in Gisborne, John Paul College in Rotorua and Sacred Heart College in Hamilton. These are the secondary schools of our Diocese, and is in honour of Saint Peter Chanel who was a Missionary in the Pacific, and patron saint of the diocese. Each school takes it in turn to host the others. After a Powhiri there is a range of cultural events. The Junior section which includes; poetry, public speaking and Bible reading. The Senior Section includes a Maori perspective speech, debating, poetry, Bible reading, drama and finishes with Bible quiz.

    • School Leaders
      In order to further the spiritual growth of the boys we appoint a pair of Year 13 boys as Special Character Leaders. They represent the school in many religious events, such as attending Mass with our contributing and sister schools. Each House also has a prefect in charge of Special Character.