Pompallier Catholic College

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Pompallier Catholic College
Address
State Highway 14, Maunu, Whangarei, New Zealand
Coordinates 35°44′46″S 174°16′35″E / 35.7462°S 174.2764°E / -35.7462; 174.2764Coordinates: 35°44′46″S 174°16′35″E / 35.7462°S 174.2764°E / -35.7462; 174.2764
Information
Type State integrated Secondary (Year 7-13)
Motto Deligere Verum
Love the Truth[1]
Established 1971
Ministry of Education Institution no. 17
Principal Mr Richard Stanton[2]
School roll 500[3] (July 2014)
Socio-economic decile 7[4]
Website

Pompallier Catholic College is a Catholic co-educational Secondary college located in the suburb of Maunu in Whangarei, New Zealand.

History[edit]

Pompallier College is named after Bishop Jean Baptiste Pompallier who led the first group of Catholic Missionaries to New Zealand, arriving in the Hokianga with Fr Servant and Br Michel a Marist Priest and Brother in 1838. He was the first Catholic Bishop of New Zealand.

The College was founded in 1971 after fund-raising among Northland parishes. It started as a private Boys' Boarding School owned and administered by the Society of Mary. Responding to local needs and changing circumstances, the College became co-educational in 1977, closed the boarding facility in 1981 and in the same year became a State-integrated Secondary school owned by the Diocese of Auckland and administered by a Board of Trustees. An Attached Intermediate was opened in 1995 and Form 1-7 status was achieved in 1997. It is now known as a Year 7-13 State integrated co-educational Secondary School.

Controversy[edit]

In August 2012, the Principal published an article opposed to Louisa Wall's Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, which would legalise same-sex marriage in New Zealand, in the school's newsletter.[5] A staff member was suspended, and later dismissed, for not abiding to his contract. Some students and parents also protested against the article.[6][7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pompallier website page with the motto
  2. ^ "School newsletter 10". 3 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 30 July 2014". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2014-08-02. 
  4. ^ Decile change 2007 to 2008 for state & state integrated schools
  5. ^ "Pompalier Catholic College Newsletter - 24 August 2012". Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Dinsdale, Mike (29 August 2012). "Protest over gay comments". The Northern Advocate. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Gay marriage bill passes first vote Close Up television segment, 29 August 2012, Television New Zealand
  8. ^ Harper, Paul (21 September 2012). "Students support fired teacher". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 3 January 2013.