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John Paul College
is a private secondary school
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located in Coffs Harbour
-History:By the early 1900s, the Coffs Harbour area had become an important timber production centre. Before the opening of the North Coast Railway Line, the only way to transport large items of heavy but low value, such as timber, was by coastal shipping. This meant sawmillers on the North Coast...
, New South Wales
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. The college has strong Catholic
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roots, being named after the late Pope John Paul the Second
Blessed Pope John Paul II , born Karol Józef Wojtyła , reigned as Pope of the Catholic Church and Sovereign of Vatican City from 16 October 1978 until his death on 2 April 2005, at of age. His was the second-longest documented pontificate, which lasted ; only Pope Pius IX ...
John Paul College was opened in 1983 with years 7 and 8, and was the culmination of many years of planning by the Parish
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of Coffs Harbour, Father Anthony Casey and the Parents' Planning Committee.
Land on Hogbin Drive was donated by Mr. Paddy Hargraves and the first stage of construction was completed in 1982. The second stage of building was commenced in 1985 and opened in 1986, followed by the opening of the Chapel (now Drama) and Multi-purpose hall in 1987. A new block was opened in 1992 and named Nagle Block after the foundress of the Presentation Order. To commemorate the contribution of the Sisters of Mercy to John Paul College, 1983 though 1992, the library was dedicated to Catherine McAuley, their foundress.
College colours are sky blue, maroon and navy, with school teams and individual sports people participating in all sports to a very high level.