Enrolment at John Paul II High School

We welcome enrolments from “preference” and “non-preference” students. Under the Integration Agreement signed between the Diocese and the Crown, John Paul II High School is required by law to take 95% baptised Catholic or “preference” students. We enjoy a maximum roll of 240, with 12 spaces available for “non-preference” students. This includes students from other faith backgrounds, or those with no religious or faith affiliation.

Preference explained

Usually, a preference student is a baptised Catholic. However, the preference criteria also includes:

5.1. The child has been baptised or is being prepared for baptism in the Catholic Church.

5.2. The child’s parents/guardians have already allowed one or more of its siblings to be baptised in the Catholic faith.

5.3. At least one parent/guardian is a Catholic, and although their child has not yet been baptised, the child’s participation in the life of the school could lead to the parents having the child baptised.

5.4. With the agreement of the child’s parent/guardian, a significant familial adult undertakes to support the child’s formation in the faith and practices of the Catholic Church. The significant familial adult is expected to be practising their faith in their own local parish. They may be a grandparent, aunt, or uncle who is actively involved in the child’s upbringing.

5.5. One or both of a child’s non-Catholic parents/guardians is preparing to become a Catholic.


When you enrol, please ensure that you submit a Preference Card with your application if you are applying as a “Preference” Pupil. Until receipt of this card all applications will be treated as non-preference. If you have any questions about whether your child meets the preference criteria, please contact our Director of Religious Studies, Dr. Joanie Roberson joanie.roberson@johnpaul.ac.nz for further information.

Please note, “non-preference” students are expected to take a full part in all aspects of school life, including religious education, feast day, liturgies and school masses, prayer, and significant events in the Catholic Church’s calendar. “Non-preference” students have the same opportunities and responsibilities as the “preference” pupils.

If you are considering sending your child to John Paul II High School then It is important that you and your child read our Prospectus and understand your commitments and responsibilities, particularly concerning the Special Character of our school and your legal obligations especially in relation to the payment of compulsory Attendance Dues. Our enrolment form is a legally binding contract which requires your acceptance of these obligations.


Mission Team 2024


Enrolment Form