Pompallier Catholic College
|Pompallier Catholic College|
|State Highway 14, Maunu, Whangarei, New Zealand|
|Type||State integrated Secondary (Year 7-13)|
Love the Truth
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||17|
|Principal||Mr Richard Stanton|
|School roll||504 (March 2015)|
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 school 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. The school 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.
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. A staff member was suspended, and later dismissed, for not abiding to his contract. Some students and parents also protested against the article.
- "School newsletter 10". 3 July 2009.
- "Directory of Schools - as at 7 April 2015". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2015-04-08.
- Decile change 2007 to 2008 for state & state integrated schools
- Pompallier website page with the motto
- "Pompalier Catholic College Newsletter - 24 August 2012". Retrieved 3 January 2013.
- Dinsdale, Mike (29 August 2012). "Protest over gay comments". The Northern Advocate. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
- Gay marriage bill passes first vote Close Up television segment, 29 August 2012, Television New Zealand
- Harper, Paul (21 September 2012). "Students support fired teacher". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
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