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2. Traditions

Religious Background

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Mary, Mother of our Hope

St John’s College, Woodlawn, was founded from St Patrick’s College, Wellington, New Zealand in 1931. The Marists who began the school themselves originated in France in the early 19th century.

As a school in the Marist tradition, Woodlawn is committed to a full presentation of gospel values based on the person of Jesus Christ and according to the Catholic tradition. It is committed to passing on a tradition of living the Gospel, just as Mary, the mother of Jesus, lived it. In response to Jesus’ call to live life to the full, the College seeks to provide educational and pastoral opportunities which cater for students’ social, physical, academic and sporting needs.

The patron of our College is St John the Evangelist. Very close to Jesus his master, St John took Mary into his care after Jesus’ death. Inspired by his relationship with his Lord, we call our students to join us in coming to know our Lord as St John did.

The College respects all religious traditions. It encourages and promotes this vision through communal prayer, ritual liturgical action, religious studies and personal prayer.