The New Zealand Curriculum at St John's College

St John’s College actively encourages our students to become confident, connected and actively involved lifelong learners. The principles of education at our college mirror those of the New Zealand curriculum an include the Marist Charisms upon which our school was founded. 

These are:

High expectations: At this college we encourage the love of work and strive for personal excellence in everything that we do.

Treaty of Waitangi: With the Charism of family spirit we seek to actively involve Maori and the principles of the Treaty in our college.

Cultural diversity: St John’s has a diverse and rich cultural tapestry which enhances our family spirit.

Inclusion: In the way of Mary our institution seeks to work with our stakeholders to incorporate all their needs and identities in order to achieve positive experiences for all of the students attending St John’s College. 

Learning to learn:  Self-reflection and the use of simplicity in our educational pedagogy allows St John’s to reinforce and encourage self-reliance in learning.

Community engagement:  The staff at St John’s College encourage the connections that our school has with the community and the family spirit that it enhances.

Coherence: The subjects we offer at St John’s College are designed to encourage a love of work and to allow students to achieve their goals both with their future education.

Future focus: Through our presence in the world and with each other we leave a footprint that others will follow and we work to ensure that the principles of sustainability and citizenship are encouraged.

Key Competencies

In all the subjects and year levels that our young men participate in we ensure that the key competencies are being developed.

These are:

  1. Thinking, especially higher level and creative thinking
  2. Using language and texts in each particular curriculum learning area
  3. Managing self - including setting goals and achieving them.
  4. Relating to others including groups within the class, the school and the wider community
  5. Participating and contributing to society including the class, school, wider community and the global context.

These are developed over time and built upon so that our young men leave with necessary skills to truly engage and participate in the world that awaits them.


Courses offered are subject to viability in terms of staff and minimum numbers of learners. The standards on offer for each course may differ from those listed in the booklet depending on changes in staffing and/or NZQA requirement and standards assessed.