Information for Parents


We are proud of our Catholic School – the furtherest North in New Zealand.

We cater for new entrants through to year 8′s. Take a look at the Prospectus for more information.


Our policies and procedures can be found at : (username is pompallierprimary)

Our Vision and Goals 2021-2023

School prospectus

Pompallier Catholic School has a proud history of providing an excellent education in a caring environment for children from new entrant through to year eight.

Pompallier Catholic School is an integral part of St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish and the Kaitaia community.

Pompallier Catholic School is conducted by lay teaching staff, in collaboration with the Parish Priest, the Board of Trustees, the school families and parishioners.

As a Mercy School, Pompallier upholds those traditions peculiar to that order and honours the spirit of the followers of Cecilia Maher.


Our Vision – Mahi Tahi i Te Karaiti – to inspire and nurture leaders of learning and excellence


To grow Christ-centred individuals who are inspired to be passionate, connected, life-long learners:

Aroha (Love),Tika ( Integrity), Pono (Truth), Atawhai (Mercy)

It is through these words that we uphold our special character.


School Goals 2023 – 2025

To achieve ‘our vision’ for our students, Pompallier Catholic School will develop the following goals for the three years: 2023-2025.

  1. Success for All

A learning community that values and promotes tamariki (students), whanau (family) and kaiako (teacher) success in developing their God- given gifts and resources.

● who are resilient

● who “stand tall” (Tukotahi tatou)

● who are successful in relationships

● who are life-long learners

● who are problem solvers 


  1. Community

We celebrate our Catholic Character at all times in Catholic Community who care for others and in our call to service in Christ.

  • ● who have a sense of social justice and service
    ● who are caring and compassionate (Manaakitanga)
    ● who show respect and work well with others (kotahitanga)
    ● who are involved with Parish
    ● who use our school values at home and in the community
    ● who care for the environment as God’s creation (kaitiakitanga)
    ● who know where they belong (whanaungatanga)
    ● who are connected
  1. Future

All students experience effective teaching in a Christ centered environment to develop lifelong learning and habits.

  • ● who are successful digital citizens within the context of their Catholic Values
    ● who have a strong sense of purpose and direction
    ● who know their strengths and are confident and resilient
    ● who are committed to the health and well-being of themselves and others, and the sustainability of our God given environment
    ● who know their God given gifts and how to use these in their career aspirations
  1. Culture

Implement Te Tiriti o Waitangi.  Build up perspective, understandings and acceptance of who we are as individuals, groups and a Catholic Community within Te Whare Tapa Wha.

  • ● who are positive in their own identity
    ● who have a sense of identity as Catholic people
    ● who are able to make good choices
    ● who can be relied upon
    ● who will lead or be lead as required
    ● who are proud to be who they are as individuals within their unique culture
    • who know their turangawaiwai – where they come from 
  1. Student Achievement

Data and information will be used formatively by teachers and students to direct next learning steps.

  • ● who set goals
    ● who show determination and persistence
    ● who are resilient
    ● who are becoming leaders
    ● who can talk about their learning
    ● who are innovative
    ● who are metacognitive (can think about their thinking)
  1. Core Curriculum

What we base all learning on – New Zealand Curriculum, the Gospel and Religious Education Curriculum using evidence based practice.

  • ● who are successful learners
    ● who are well balanced in education and all areas of life
    ● who achieve success in all curriculum areas within the NZ Curriculum
    ● who know the core of all their learning is connected to the Gospel teachings
  1. Catholic Character

The reason our school exists – Christ is central to all learning and activities that happen at school. Families and whanau nurture learning.

● who practice the Sacraments regularly
● who are confident in themselves as Catholic people

  • who have a genuine and ongoing encounter with Christ
  • who desire to know more about Christ
  • who strive to have a good life nurtured and strengthened in a Christian community.

It takes a whole school community to create a ‘Great School’.

Great Schools create ‘Great tamariki’ (students) who are equipped with the necessary skills and strategies to deal with the many challenges that they will face as they grow.

Let’s make the next three years here at Pompallier Catholic School strong years where we walk together with our children supporting their faith and developing their academic achievement to be confident, resilient learners who make a positive impact on our world.


Reporting to Parents

Teachers track student achievement throughout the year which is shared with parents as follows:

  • Regular whanau hui are held throughout the year
  • A written report is sent home to parents/whanau at the end of Term 2 and Term 4 for our students
  • The mid-year whanau 3 way conference with the student/parent/caregiver/teacher is used as an opportunity to set goals, clarify learning and guidance in Term 2.

Assessment tasks are varied to cover the school curriculum.  A range of evidence is gathered to make the OTJ (overall teacher judgement) based on formal assessment, student voice, student workbooks and learning, group learning books and evidence, and observational evidence.

Teaching staff are available for informal discussions on student learning and well-being at any other times by request.

Learning Support

The classroom teachers are supported by a Teacher Aide and a Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour who offer learning support for students. Extension programmes are offered to cater for children with special abilities. Students are taught in a formative way so as to encourage their understanding of where they are at in their learning at all times.


Home Readers (Junior Students)

Daily reading material is sent home in Journal Bags. Families are asked to supervise the reading of this material and to encourage further reading.



A newsletter with events, policy changes and school happenings is published monthly on a Friday. The newsletter is available to the church, local clubs and organizations as a means of conveying messages. The most recent newsletter can also be read and downloaded on the newsletter page of this website in PDF format. An archive of earlier newsletters can also be found on that page.


Teachers also share learning with their whanau through the use of our school Facebook page – Pompallier Catholic School.  We also have notices on the free app called Skool Loop.  Classrooms also share learning via Class Dojo which whanau can sign up for free of charge.  Classroom notices are also sent out when required.


Senior classes blog – so learning is shared on a regular basis.


Children's Health

The Public Health Nurse provides Health Services to our school. The enrolment questionnaire and discussion with the New Entrant Teacher form part of an assessment of each child’s health when they start school. From time to time the school may ask the Health Nurse to see a child at school for running ears, vision checks, assessment of skin conditions, etc. please inform the school if you do not require this service for your child. You may contact our Health Nurse, through the school directly, or by phoning 408 3425. Heath 1

 Routine checks on eyesight and hearing are conducted at the school during the year. Cleanliness of hair and nails is a parental responsibility and is encouraged. The school needs to be informed if children are on regular medication. Antidotes for specific allergies can be kept in the School Sick Bay. Our attention should also be drawn to any ailments your child might suffer from while at school.


Dental Treatment

Inspection visits are conducted yearly, where all children on the school roll are seen. Parents whose children require treatment are contacted by the Dental Nurse. You can contact the Dental Nurse by phoning 408 0125.


Cyber Safety

Pompallier Catholic School Cybersafety Programme


The Catholic values and special character promoted by Pompallier Catholic School include respect for self and all others in the school community and commitment to enabling everyone to achieve their personal best in an environment which is physically and emotionally safe. The measures to ensure the cybersafety of the school environment which are outlined in our Cybersafety Use Agreement documents and are based on these core values.


Information on the internet is uncensored. Thes documents will ensure that material retrieved will be in accordance with Catholic and special character of Pompallier Catholic School and will be used to aid learning within the curriculum.


The school’s computer network, internet access facilities, computers and other School ICT equipment / devices bring great benefits to the teaching and learning programmes at Pompallier Catholic School and to the effective operation of the school.


However it is essential that the school endeavours to ensure the safe use of ICT within the school community.


Thus Pompallier Catholic School has rigorous cyber safety practices in place, which include the Cybersafety Use Agreement for all school staff and students.


Our Cybersafety Use Agreement documents include information about obligations and responsibilities, and the nature of possible consequences associated with breaches of the use agreement which undermine the safety of the school environment. The cybersafety education supplied by the school to its learning community is designed to complement and support the use agreement initiative. The overall goal of the school in this matter is to help keep the school community cybersafe, by creating and maintaining a cybersafety culture which is in keeping with the values of the school, as well as legislative, and professional, obligations. All members of the school community benefit from being party to the use agreement initiative and other aspects of the school cybersafety programme.


Homework Time is a vital opportunity to connect with and find out what your child is learning at school. It also provides a perfect opportunity to develop a self-management and time routine at home, once again connecting this to school.


We expect reading to happen at home, EVERY night for up to 20 minutes for everyone. Reading can be independent if your child is fluent and should never become a battle between parents and children. If the text is too difficult, help your child or share the reading. Talk to your child’s teacher for more ideas. Teachers will also send home a weekly sheet with news and ideas for home based learning to cover maths and spelling.


Senior students have access to online learning through their class sites.  Homework is a range of learning conversations that you have with your child.  Learning happens on the sports field, interacting with others and diary writing to share what is occuring in the newspaper, local places and worldwide.  After school learning could happen through sport, music, drama, art etc.  It is also a wonderful chance to practice or catch up on any learning that is occurring in the classroom setting and discussing as a whanau.  Again, see the teacher if you need any ideas.


Parent Involvement

Parent Help

We rely on and encourage family support and parent help to assist us with School activities. We are grateful for the support we receive from families in transporting students and the like. Please feel welcome to support your child and the school to provide the best possible education for all.


Involvement in Parish Worship

There is a family/school Mass at least once a term on a Sunday, where children and parents are involved. The whole school attends Mass on Holy Days of Obligation. The school also provides and serves morning tea on the 4th Sunday of the month, thus encouraging a strong school / Parish relationship. Classes attend Friday Mass at 9.15 on a programme outlined by the Director of Religious Studies Team at the beginning of each term.


School Assemblies

A prayer assembly is held each Monday morning from 9.00 – 9.15 am. A School assembly is held fortnightly on Friday at 2.00 pm. Family, friends and the community are encouraged to join us.

School Uniforms

Students wear the following school uniform with pride:


Year 1 to 6 students


  • Culottes
  • Green polo shirt
  • Green sweat shirt (optional)
  • Green jacket (optional)
  • Black sandals (summer – term 1 and 4)
  • Black leather school shoes (winter – term 2 and 3)
  • Black socks
  • Black Kids Can Jacket
  • Green or black hair tie if hair longer than shoulder-length



  • Grey shorts
  • Green polo shirt
  • Green sweat shirt (optional)
  • Green jacket (optional)
  • Black Kids Can Jacket
  • Black leather sandals (summer – term 1 and 4)
  • Black leather school shoes (winter – term 2 and 3)
  • Grey socks with green band
  • Green or black hair tie if hair longer than shoulder-length


Year 7 and 8 students


  • Culottes
  • White polo shirt
  • Green sweat shirt (optional)
  • Green jackets (optional)
  • Black Kids Can Jacket
  • Black leather sandals (summer – term 1 and 4) or plain black shoes for technology
  • Black leather school shoes (winter – term 2 and 3)
  • Black socks
  • Green or black hair tie if hair longer than shoulder-length



  • Grey shorts
  • White polo shirt
  • Green sweat shirt (optional)
  • Green jackets (optional)
  • Black Kids Can Jacket
  • Black leather sandals (summer – term 1 and 4) or plain black shoes for technology
  • Black leather school shoes (winter – term 2 and 3)
  • Grey socks with green band
  • Green or black hair tie if hair longer than shoulder-length



This is compulsory for Year 0 through to Year 8.

  • PE gear: black shorts and house coloured t-shirt.
  • A green hat is compulsory for all students during the summer months. (Term 1 and Term 4)
  • Hair is to be tidy.
  • No jewellery
  • One small stud for earring


Please ensure that you clearly name all uniform items.


School Times

  • Term 1: Weds 1st Feb – Thurs 6th April
  • Term 2: Mon 24th Apr – Fri 30th Jun
  • Term 3: Mon 17th Jul – Fri 22nd Sep
  • Term 4: Mon 9th Oct – Fri 15th Dec (TBC)
  • 8.45 am: School commences (Line up bell – 8.45am)
  • 10.00 am: Brain Food (healthy snack)
  • 11.00 – 11.30 am: Morning tea interval
  • 1.00 pm – 1.45 pm: Lunch break
  • 2.45 pm: School concludes

Please be careful when driving through our school carpark, as the children are walking through and around vehicles.

Please notify the school with the exit point that your child/ren will be taking or the bus that they are travelling on. Safety of our children is paramount.


Our Community

  • PTFA Pompallier School has a strong PTFA which is always looking for new members. This vital school group raises money and supports the school in many different projects and ventures. The group meets regularly throughout the term.
  • Board of Trustees

    Pompallier Catholic School is governed by a skilled and dedicated Board of Trustees who meet once a month to ensure that the school is effectively governed.

    2023 Board Members: Bill Pomare, Father Larry Rustia, Bonnie Greenall, Luke Payne, George Paul, Nigel Turnbull, Peter Campbell, Stacey Cutler, Kathryn Carey and minute taker Maree Sullivan.

    Chairperson: Bill Pomare

    Bishop’s Representatives: Father Larry Rustia, Bill Pomare and Bonnie Greenall

    Secretary: Maree Sullivan

    Treasurer: Bonnie Greenall

    Property and Maintenance: Bill Pomare, Luke Payne

    Equal Employment Officer: Bill Pomare, Father Larry Rustia, Kathryn Carey

    Staff Representative: Stacey Cutler

    Principal: Kathryn Carey

    Minute Taker: Maree Sullivan


    Financial Reports 

    Financial Statements 2019

    Financial Statements 2020

    Financial Statements 2021