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Bring on 2019!

Jan 27 2019

St John Youth kicks off its 2019 Youth ProgrammeWelconme

The St John Youth Programme has restarted for 2019 all over New Zealand and there is no shortage of fun to be had, life experiences and skills to be learnt and loads of friends to be made!

The New Zealand school year is divided into 4 terms for state and state integrated schools and kura. There is a 2 week break between each of the first 3 terms and a summer holiday at the end of Term 4 of about 6 weeks and the St John Youth programme generally follow the same term and holiday dates as state schools.

St John Youth offers two unique but distinctive programmes. The penguin programme is for young people aged 6-8 years and the cadet programme for young people aged 8-18 years.

St John has existed in New Zealand since 1885 and is part of a global organisation known as the Order of St John, which is active in more than 40 countries. The Order of St John can trace its history back to a hospital set up in Jerusalem during the Crusades over a thousand years ago.

We have a pretty cool Youth Strategy, to download a copy of our Youth Strategy click HERE.

The Penguin Programme is intended to be educational, but also great fun, often involving games, activities and sports. Penguin Groups frequently organise trips, camps, excursions, picnics and also attend other St John events and competitions. When a penguin turns 8 years old they transition into the Cadet Programme.

Use the links below to find out more:

  • Click HERE to find out more about the Penguin Programme.
  • Click HERE to download a Youth Brochure.
  • Click HERE to download an enrolment form to take on your first night

The Cadet Programme offers young people the Grand Priors Award scheme which is the flagship of our youth programme. As the principle syllabus for our cadets, it provides the framework for our leaders to run educational fun and exciting extra-mural programmes and activities.  St John offers our young people exciting opportunities through a varied programme that is tailored to individual needs; let’s face it, not every young person is the same! Upper Hutt

 Use the links below to find out more:

  • Click HERE to find out more about the Cadet Programme.
  • Click HERE to download a Youth Brochure.
  • Click HERE to download an enrolment form.


Youth Leaders, we want you too! 

Our fun and outgoing Youth Leaders undertake professional development and are appointed based on a rigorous back ground check process. All leaders complete an annual police check process and are the best people for the roles they hold. Youth Leaders are an important part of the St John youth programme, they plan, run and organise the divisional nights and provide the necessary supervison.

Family and whanau are also very welcome to join our programmes as a leader. If you are interested in joining us as a youth leader in either of our programmes we want to hear from you.  

For more information please click HERE to be taken to our leadership information page or click HERE to signup now!

We look forward to seeing you at a Division near you soon!

Best wishes,

Jacci Tatnell | Head of Youth and Schools Programmes
St John New Zealand | Hato Hone Aotearoa