St John's College Hamilton

Caritas Christi Urget Nos

Founded in 1961, St John's College not only offers first class education where academic excellence is our focus but also boasts the best location in Hamilton. It sits on a hill-top overlooking the city and is adjacent to the University of Waikato providing extension work to our senior students. With a current roll of 650, we are able to provide a more personal approach, get to know each child well and recognise his individual strengths and weaknesses.

We provide academic, sporting and cultural courses to suit each individual's needs. A strong Pastoral care support network allows each child to reach his full potential.

We welcome International students from a variety of countries for full time and short courses. Recognising the importance of internationalisation for all our students, we celebrate other cultures coming to join us at St John's. We pride ourselves on providing a safe and happy environment for all students. Individual care is provided by the Dean of International Students.

We Offer

- Safe, happy learning environment
- Excellent location adjacent to Waikato University
- Dedicated, highly qualified and multi-lingual staff
- Boys only - means a very focussed approach
- Strong Christian family values and we instill the importance of respect and care for others
- Supportive Pastoral Care and Guidance network in place
- Wide variety of sporting and cutural activities
- Individualised ESOL programmes with accent on assisting students with University Entrance credit requirement
- Small classes
- Full Orientation Programme and buddy system
- Extensive choice of NZQA approved courses
- Short term courses as well as full-time courses available
- Homestays checked rigorously and monitored by the Dean
- Clean, new modern facilities including technology suite and computerised laboratories
- Spacious sporting grounds catering for all sports
- Regular reports to parents
- Email access for students
- Educational excursions and adventure trips outside the classroom

General Areas of Study

St John's offer mainstream NZQA accredited courses for National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) leading to University or Waikato Institute of Technology courses.
Courses covered are NCEA Level 1,2 and 3 and Scholarship.

Fee Examples

Annual tuition fee for International students is NZ$12,000 (payable in advance). 10 week course NZ$3,200.
Other short term options available on request.
Homestay fees are NZ$200 per week.
Uniform approximately NZ$300
Stationery approximately NZ$200
Airport pickup: NZ$80.00
Medical insurance NZ$450 per year

Care support for international students

Joint winner with Sacred Heart Girls' College, Hamilton of the 2005/06 Education New Zeland nationwide award for EXCELLENCE IN PASTORAL CARE of INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS.

St John's College warmly welcomes students from a variety of overseas countries. On arrival at the College each student's level of competency in English is assessed to ensure they are placed at the appropriate level of study. The Dean of International Students oversees the academic programmes, progress and welfare of our students. Assistance with: renewal of visas, medical insurance and opening bank accounts is available. Extra buddy reading programmes with NZ students are provided free of charge. Enrolments are accepted throughout the year with students able to commence their studies on arrival. No more than 10 students per ESOL class.

Accommodation options

If a student requires accommodation the College can arrange a homestay, that is, living with a local New Zealand family. The homestay will provide the student with his own fully furnished room, three meals a day and laundry facilities. Homestay families are police vetted. The Dean of International students makes two visits to the Homestay residence twice a year to ensure the student is being well cared for whilst he is away from home.
Once a term the student is asked to complete an evaluation form about school life in general as well as his homestay so the Dean can monitor any concerns he might have.

Contact Person

Mr Donald Stark,
Dean of International Students

Web Address


PO Box 11-086
Hamilton, New Zealand


+64 7 856 7091


+64 7 856 3880