About

St John’s College is located in Hastings. We are a boys secondary Catholic College with a roll of 385 incorporating Years 9-13.

St John’s College offers its students a first-rate education within a very supportive Christian community. We have a clear philosophy that is based on our Catholic Special Character and our Marist traditions. This philosophy is to help all students develop the talents that God has given them and to assist them to become responsible citizens and committed Christians.

We provide stimulating academic programmes with an emphasis on literacy and numeracy, a huge range of sporting and cultural opportunities and a great school spirit. Leadership opportunities are provided through our Prefects and vertical House Class system. There is healthy inter-house competition.

We have high expectations for our students, who enjoy their schooling. We have an excellent Board of Trustees, an energetic Senior Management Team and a talented staff who have expertise in dealing with young men.

St John’s College has a proud rugby tradition, with the 1st XV enjoying great success in the past. Several players have represented Hawke’s Bay and the Hurricanes, and a large number play in the local club premier competition. The school plans to return to those days soon. This year it has established a rugby academy and has provided a substantially improved junior and U15 program.

The college has long standing traditional fixtures against other Catholic boys’ schools including St Patrick’s Town, Francis Douglas Memorial College, Hato Paora College, St John’s College (Hamilton), Bishop Viard College (Wellington) and St Bernard’s College (Wellington). It enjoys a strong cross town rivalry with Lindisfarne College and hopes to regain the ascendancy in this battle in the near future.

It highly values its place in the CNI competition, as recruitment and retention of players is very competitive in the Hawke’s Bay, with five boys’ schools battling over a small pool of players. The CNI competition provides the school with an important focus for these players.

John Bishop 1st XV Coach (Forwards)

This year’s St John’s College 1st XV coach is old boy Mr John Bishop. In 2015 Mr Bishop had a very successful season with St Patrick’s Town, winning the Wellington title and coming runner-up in the Hurricanes regional final. He has returned home to the Bay after 20 years away and is looking forward to rolling up his sleeves at St John’s College. He has a tough task, with a very young side consisting of many of last year’s top U15 team. In fact the team will only lose four players in the following season.

Mr Bishop has brought on board his old school mate, and former Hawkes Bay and Wellington 1st-5-8, Peter O’Shaughnessy. Together they hope to build this set of young players into a team that the school can again be proud of. In the next two years plenty of young talent is coming through from the school’s new rugby academy, and hopes are high.

John Bishop

Bill Halpin 1st XV Manager

Bill Halpin is this year’s 1st XV manager. He is an old boy who played for the 1st XV and is a stalwart of the Napier Marist Old Boys’ rugby club.

Bill Halpin

Peter O’Shaughnessy 1st XV Assistant Coach (Backs)

This year’s St John’s College 1st XV coach is old boy Mr John Bishop. In 2015 Mr Bishop had a very successful season with St Patrick’s Town, winning the Wellington title and coming runner-up in the Hurricanes regional final. He has returned home to the Bay after 20 years away and is looking forward to rolling up his sleeves at St John’s College. He has a tough task, with a very young side consisting of many of last year’s top U15 team. In fact the team will only lose four players in the following season.

Mr Bishop has brought on board his old school mate, and former Hawkes Bay and Wellington 1st-5-8, Peter O’Shaughnessy. Together they hope to build this set of young players into a team that the school can again be proud of. In the next two years plenty of young talent is coming through from the school’s new rugby academy, and hopes are high.

Peter O’Shaughnessy

Tony Mc Bride 2nd XV Coach

Tony Mc Bride is in his third year at St. John’s College as Assistant Principal. He has a wealth of coaching experience, but due to family commitments has been working with the lower Grades. He has coached 1st XV for several years, 2000-2005 Wanganui High School 1st XV, 2006-2008 Westlake Boys High School, 2009-2014 Hastings Boys High School. he was also a New Zealand U20 Selector for 5 years. As a player, Tony played in Whanganui, Wairarapa Bush and Edinburgh Academicals (Division 1 Scotland), Since living in New Zealand he has also coached numerous U16/U18 Representative teams for Whanganui, North Harbour and Hawkes Bay. He is very excited about being involved in the CNI and giving young men the opportunity to enjoy playing the best game in the world. He has a passion for coaching and building teams to grow belief within each other.

Craig Ireland 2nd XV Manager

Craig Ireland is the HOD of the Culinary Arts Department at school. He managed the very successful U15 team in 2016 who won 90% of their games. He is an excellent manager and is used to competitive environments. He is also in charge of the school Culinary Arts Institute/team. The Culinary Arts team won the Gold medal at the 2015 and Silver 2016 at the National championships in Auckland. This means he is great at sorting the students out and ensuring they get a “great Feed”.

1st XV Squad 2017

  • Kristian BARBER
  • McKenzie BROWN
  • Caleb BURKE
  • Joshua CHAMBERLAIN
  • Phillip HALPIN
  • Reilly HANNAN
  • Max IRELAND
  • Luke JOHNSON
  • Roomi KOOBA
  • Connor MARTIN
  • Kalio MATAULI
  • Paul MAUGA
  • Pio MAUGA
  • Thomas MCNATTY
  • Patrick MULDOWNEY
  • Alex ONESI
  • Vince ONESI
  • Antonio TOLOVA'A
  • David TUANAKI
  • Vincent VANU
  • Ezra VISESIO
  • Sharn WAEREA
  • 2015 – The 2015 U15 team shared the Lindisfarne U15 Tournament title with Lindisfarne College, beating two other CNI U15 teams on the way to the final. The 2016 U15 team has also started strongly, and will be out to win the local Hawkes Bay competition and defend its Tournament title. The College is very hopeful that this young talent brings titles to the premier team in the near future.
  • 2013 – Unbeaten on the 2013 Australian tour, including a win against ACT Champions, Canberra Grammar; Won traditional matches against Bishop Viard and Hato Paora
  • 2012 – Finished 5th in inaugural CNI in 2012
  • 2007 – Silverstream College and narrowly lost to NBHS
  • All Blacks – Greg Cooper and Matthew Cooper
  • All Black Trialist – Neil Sorenson
  • Hurricanes – Jonah Lowe, Chris Eaton
  • Hawkes Bay Squad – Joseph Penitito, Jonah Lowe
  • All Black Manager – Darren Shand

Jervois Street
PO Box 14008
Mayfair
Hastings 4159

Phone
+64 6 878 6853
Fax
+64 6 878 1253
Office
admin@stjohns.school.nz

Head of Rugby
Tony McBride
tmcbride@stjohns.school.nz

2017

Lost 7-73v Feilding High School
Lost 3-52v Wanganui Collegiate School
Lost 15-28v Te Aute College
Lost 7-43v St Peter’s School
Lost 0-15v Rathkeale College
Lost 14-44v Lindisfarne College
Lost 5-57v Francis Douglas Memorial College
Lost 3-73v St Paul’s Collegiate School
Lost 0-78v Wesley College

2016

Lost 5-40v Lindisfarne College
Lost 7-45v Rathkeale College
Lost 0-65v Wanganui Collegiate School
Lost 0-60v Wesley College
Lost by defaultv Feilding High School
Lost 10-52v Francis Douglas Memorial College
Lost 7-52v St Paul’s Collegiate School
Lost 20-41v St Peter’s School

2015

Lost 12-37v Lindisfarne College
Lost 5-44v St Peter’s School
Lost 0-97v St Paul’s Collegiate School
Lost 10-76v Feilding High School
Lost 10-48v Francis Douglas Memorial College
Lost 22-56v Wanganui Collegiate School
Drew 12-12v Rathkeale College

2014

Lost 22-31v Wanganui Collegiate School
Lost 0-52v St Paul’s Collegiate School
Lost 3-17v Lindisfarne College
Lost 13-34v St Peter’s School
Lost 5-25v Rathkeale College
Lost 3-36v Francis Douglas Memorial College
Lost 3-55v Feilding High School
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