Who We Are

Pompallier Catholic School was established by the Sisters of Mercy in 1958 in Kaitaia in the sub-tropical far north of the North Island of Kaitaia and is a decile 3 primary school. We are named for Bishop Jean-Baptiste Pompallier, the first Bishop of New Zealand and we are proud of our Catholic tradition. With six classrooms, well-maintained grounds, an administration block, and a library, we are well resourced and cater for up to 174 students in years 1 to 8.

Students learn in a bright and welcoming environment where Gospel values and a caring, sharing family atmosphere is paramount.

Pompallier Catholic School has a proud history of academic excellence and is staffed by experienced and dedicated people. Our staff work in a collegial and collaborative team environment. The school is well resourced with a range of digital devices for the students to work with.

The school is blessed to have the St Joseph’s Parish Church on site, which is in close proximity for our many liturgical celebrations. Our students, past and present, are actively involved in many ways in the Parish.
As a school we are well supported by our families, the Parish and community. Our students are motivated keen learners who are high achievers and are involved in a wide range of scholastic and extra curricula activities.

Our Philosophy

Pompallier Catholic School is committed to providing quality education in which the values of Jesus Christ expressed through the Catholic faith are paramount and to promoting each person’s full growth in a continuing tradition of excellence.

Our vision is that every child is able to learn and take risks in a safe Christ-centered environment that focuses on these family and community values:
Aroha – Love, Atawhai – Mercy,
Tika – Integrity,  Pono – Truth

It is through these Gospel values that we up hold our special character.

Our History

The school was founded in 1958 and our 50th Jubilee was celebrated in May 2008

Our Values

Aroha – Love

  • Support others in the class and in the playground
  • Use your WITS – (Walk away, Ignore, Talk it out, Seek help)
  • Know when to take the lead and when to be led
  • Show grace and humility


  • Be aware of others feelings
  • Give ‘Put Ups’
  • Follow the “Golden Rule” treat others as you would like to be treated
  • Speak positively


  • Respect and include others
  • Use manners (greet people, say please and thank you, speak respectfully)
  • Be open to new ideas
  • Making sure everyone feels they belong

Matthew 7:12 Always treat others as you would like them to treat you

 Pono – Truth

  • Be truthful
  • Think about the difference between right and wrong
  • Consider others
  • Act honestly to yourself and others


  • Genuine honesty in actions to self and others
  • Think about WWJD? (What would Jesus do?)
  • Make positive choices
  • Forgive others


  • Own your own behaviour
  • Understand that actions have consequences
  • Show forgiveness and gratitude
  • Say sorry to others when you have made a wrong choice

Ephesians 4:25 Let all of us speak truth to each other

Tika – Integrity

  • Others can rely on you
  • Follow through with the right choices you make
  • Be responsible
  • Keep true to your word


  • Make positive choices
  • Think before acting
  • Learn from mistakes
  • Think about the consequences to actions we make


  • Stand up for what you know is right
  • Lead others in the right way forward
  • Know and use the school values
  • Talk through issues and express feelings positively

Psalms: 119:1 Happy are people of integrity who follow the law of the Lord

Atawhai – Mercy

  • Show empathy to those who are less fortunate
  • Understand that we are very lucky to have what we have
  • Be aware of people living in poverty
  • Show the kindness of God


  • Show Mercy
  • Look for ways to help others
  • Be supportive
  • Be a friend to everyone


  • Understand and live the Acts of Mercy
  • To know what these are
  • To be able to relate these to our lives
  • Know the relationship between the word Mercy and our school charism

Micah 6:8 Do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God