John Paul College Rotorua is encouraging its former students to continue their engagement with the coeducational Lasallian school through a new Alumni Fund.
Principal Patrick Walsh (pictured) says the new fund will help the school fund scholarships and prizes for academic achievement and improve resources and other facilities.
He says the fund will be managed and invested by a local charity, the Geyser Community Foundation on behalf of the school.
Income earned on the capital will be made available to John Paul College for charitable purposes every year once the Fund reaches a minimum of $50,000.
"Income could also be used to provide assistance to school students who are in need or suffering genuine temporary or long-term financial hardship", Mr Walsh explained.
The first donor to the new fund was former student Chris Lock (pictured) who left the College 10 years ago and now runs a successful printing business with branches in Wellington and Auckland.
Mr Lock says he benefited greatly from his education at John Paul College and wanted to make a personal contribution to the school's ongoing success.
"I enjoyed my time at the College and one of the highlights was taking part in the Young Enterprise Scheme program, which gave me the drive and offered scope for what was possible if I were to go into business", he said.
Donations to the Alumni Fund can be made via the Geyser Community Foundation website.