John Paul II High School, Greymouth

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John Paul II High School
Te Kura Tuarua o Hone Paora Tuarua ki Mawhera
Alexander St,
New Zealand
Coordinates42°27′05″S 171°12′43″E / 42.4513°S 171.2120°E / -42.4513; 171.2120Coordinates: 42°27′05″S 171°12′43″E / 42.4513°S 171.2120°E / -42.4513; 171.2120
TypeIntegrated secondary (year 9-13) co-ed
MottoChrist is the Key
Established1980; 39 years ago
Ministry of Education Institution no.304
PrincipalPaul Towers
International students2
School roll173[1] (March 2019)
Socio-economic decile6[2]

John Paul II High School, Greymouth is an integrated Catholic, co-educational Year 9 to Year 13 (Form 3-7) secondary school located in Greymouth, New Zealand. The school was founded in 1980 from the amalgamation of two schools, St Mary’s High School, operated by the Sisters of Mercy (who arrived in Greymouth in 1882) and Marist Brothers Boys’ School operated by the Marist Brothers (founded in 1892). John Paul II High School was integrated into the State education system by the agreement of the proprietor of the school the (Catholic Bishop of Christchurch) and the Minister of Education in 1983. The staff of the school is now made up of nearly all lay people.


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 3 April 2019". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Review of Deciles", New Zealand Education (Retrieved 18 December 2014)


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