John Kennedy College

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John Kennedy College
Vuillemin Street
Coordinates 20°13′05″S 57°28′26″E / 20.21806°S 57.47389°E / -20.21806; 57.47389Coordinates: 20°13′05″S 57°28′26″E / 20.21806°S 57.47389°E / -20.21806; 57.47389
School type Boys-only secondary school
Motto Learn To Live, Live To Excel
Religious affiliation(s) None
Founded 1963
Opened 1965
Founder Sir John Shaw Rennie
Status Open
Category Star College
Rector Mr. Ramjee
Executive headteacher Mr. Appadoo
Gender Male
Age range 12 - 20
Classes 1 Hall, 1 Library, 42 Classrooms, 3 Workshops, 6 Laboratories, 1 Canteen
Classes offered Design and Technology, Physics, Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, Accounting, Business Studies, Computer Studies, Art, English Literature, French Literature, Oriental Languages, English Language, French Language, Design and Communication
Medium of language English, French, Mauritian Creole
Campus size 16 acres
Area 50,160 sq. ft.
Houses Red, Blue, Yellow and Green
Colour(s) Purple     
Sports Sprint (running), Relay, Football, Basketball, Discus Throw, Shot Put, Long Jump

American bald eagle

American bald eagle
Nickname John John
National ranking 3rd[citation needed]
School roll +850
Publication The Eagles

John Kennedy College is a boys school in Beau-Bassin, Mauritius. It is one of the largest secondary schools in Mauritius. It was founded in 1963 and inaugurated by the then Governor General Sir John Shaw Rennie. It is the third star boy college in Mauritius (Royal College Curepipe and Royal College Port Louis being first and second respectively). Students from this college are called "Kennedians".


John Kennedy College is an elite boy's high school in Beau Bassin, Mauritius. Founded in 1963 and inaugurated by the then Governor General Sir John Shaw Rennie, the school bears the name of former American president John F. Kennedy. Since its foundation, the college has undergone substantial changes both structurally and in its pedagogical system.

The main areas of focus of John Kennedy College are the Sciences, Technical Areas and Economics. John Kennedy College was initially more technically oriented, basically because when the school was built it had state-of-the-art workshops and equipment. However, over the years the school also made its name in the field of science.

John Kennedy College students are colloquially known as Kennedians and the school's emblem is the American bald eagle.

The Eagles[edit]

The Eagles is the name of the school magazine published by the school. School magazines have existed since the 1970s. The first school magazines were published monthly but however, it was then published annually. Students could express their ideas and their vision through the magazines. The Eagles at the time were very successful. One famous part of the magazine was the famous quotes by JKC teachers. The most recent magazine is Eagles 2013, a magazine which commemorated the 50 years of existence of the school. This magazine is the first one to be completely designed by the students themselves.

JKC Golden Jubilee[edit]

In 2013, the John Kennedy College celebrated the 50th anniversary laying of its foundation stone. A souvenir magazine entitled "Eagles 2013" covering the history and present of the school was launched. The rector launched a special program for the two years celebration of the 50th anniversary. The official 50th anniversary of the opening of the school will be celebrated in 2015. An official former students association is to be created soon connecting kennedians from all decades together with the actual students in upper six who are the first batch of students to enroll JKC again as from form 1, soon to be the former students.

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