St John's College

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Catholic Character

It is our Catholic Character that makes our College special.

We invite, encourage and provide ample opportunity for young men to learn about and develop their Catholic faith.  A Director of Catholic Character leads a diverse programme of faith, social justice and celebratory/Family Spirit activities  throughout the year. 

Mass is celebrated every fortnight here at the College and all students will attend on a monthly rotation, with a liturgy celebrated every fortnight. Full school Masses are celebrated at the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary on three occasions - Opening Mass, Marcellin Champagnat Day and Thanksgiving Closing Mass. Parents and whānau are warmly invited to join us at these full school Masses.

Sacramental Programme - this is offered at the College to any student wanting to take the sacraments of baptism, reconciliation, communion or confirmation.

Religious Education is a core subject. Every boy at every level will study RE, with NCEA credits offered in Yr 11 - Yr13.

Adoration is offered in our small Prayer Room weekly

Lenten Liturgies on both Ash Wednesday and Holy Thursday are a full school affair

Retreats - all students will attend an off-site retreat each year providing time to reflect and contemplate their relationship with Christ

Young Vinnies - We are called to respond to the needs of others. Young Vinnies is our social justice group building community through sausage sizzle and hot chocolate fundraisers as well as helping at the Cathedral's food kitchen.

Youth Workers - young Catholics from the Diocese youth team and the National Evangelisation Team (NET) visit to support Retreats and spend time with our young men.

Mufti Days are used to fundraise for our community both here and in the Pacific, as well as to stock up our foodbank

Chanel Shield - An annual cultural competition between the five secondary schools of the Hamilton Diocese - Sacred Heart Girls, Aquinas in Tauranga, John Paul in Rotorua and Campion in Gisborne. The competition is hosted by each school on a rotation basis. Cultural events include poetry, public speaking, Māori oratory, Bible reading, drama and a Bible quiz.

Catholic Character Review 2021