St John's College prepares students for life in the wider community of New Zealand, then the world.


The New Zealand Curriculum forms the overriding structure for the subjects offered.

St John's College offers a wide range of subjects to cater for the different needs and interest of students who attend the school.

The St John's College Curriculum is an interpretation of the New Zealand Curriculum.

One adaptation which reflects something of the special Christian character of the School is that Religious Education is a core subject, at all levels, for all pupils. Our Curriculum is evolving and regularly reviewed in this rapidly changing world.

Students work towards qualifications in:

National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3

These three certificates (Levels 1, 2, and 3) allow students to gain the National University Entrance Certificate (entrance to any university in New Zealand) and entrance into any polytechnic in New Zealand. It also enables students to gain the University of Waikato $3,000 Merit School Leaver Scholarship.

Industry Training Organisation (ITO) Certificate

If the subject is overseen by ITO credits.

Developing Creative and Problem Solving Skills

There is more to education than qualifications. An emphasis on problem solving and the skills of thinking creatively is a current goal for all academic subjects, with a view to establishing these as skills for life.

St John's College encourages students to set themselves personal goals of excellence in all they do, including:

  • Academic
  • Cultural
  • Sporting
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Leadership and citizenship

For more information on our curriculum, please don't hesitate to contact us.