Welcome from the Rector
Welcome to St John’s College.
We are an academic community founded in the tradition of Catholic commitment to university education, and we offer a supportive environment for students who are committed to their studies and enjoy sharing experiences in a collegial environment.
Living in a community such as ours has its challenges. Being considerate of others is a necessity, and hopefully becomes a habit. Time management skills are at a premium, as you structure your days and weeks to accommodate a range of demands on your attention. The capacity to look beyond the immediate experience to longer term goals is something we would like you to cultivate.
Overall we hope that you will use your time at College to consider carefully what it is that is important in your life, to make decisions about values and priorities, and make commitments that will help you live according to those decisions.
The university experience is an invitation to embark on a journey, in which your growth as a person is connected with your learning in knowledge-based disciplines. The idea that these two things are intrinsically connected has grounded the survival and flourishing of the university as an institutional form since medieval times.
College provides an opportunity to live out the ideals of university education in the fullest way. In origin, the forms of both college and university came into existence under the patronage of the Church, and acknowledged God as both the source and end of learning. At this College we invite you to situate your study, as well as daily life in community, within the context of God’s presence in the world.
I trust you will make the most of your time here.