Pompallier Catholic College

Pompallier Catholic College

Founded in 1971, the state-owned Pompallier Catholic College is a co-educational school of approx. 650 boys and girls from classes 7-13. The school owes its name to the famous French bishop Jean Baptiste Francois Pompallier. He visited the establishment in the 18th century during his stay on the North Island of New Zealand. Pompallier Catholic College acts conscientiously according to its school motto: Delicious Verum - Love the Truth! The Secondary College in the suburb of Maunu in Whangarei, New Zealand, warmly welcomes its guest students from around the world.

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Pompallier Catholic College is located approx. 150km from Auckland and only 5 minutes to the city of Whangarei. In the area, adventurous students can learn to dive and surf as well as kayak or just play beach volleyball. Studying in Pompallier means enjoying the peaceful surroundings in a small, safe community and soaking up Auckland's big city life, just 2 hours away. With a moderate climate and 100 beaches, there are numerous leisure opportunities!

Philosophy, Mission, Vision
"We strive for a family atmosphere with care for each individual's personal needs." is called the guideline in Pompallier and probably best expresses the atmosphere at the school, the greatest value is placed on tolerance, mutual respect and good manners.

With this philosophy combined with its wide range of courses, the college promotes the personal development of its students. In order to remain true to its exclusive values, Pompallier College never accepts more than 25 international students on campus at a time.

Special Catholic character
Pompallier Catholic College strives for the moral, religious, and academic potential of its students. It focuses education on God and the gospel values ​​of love, compassion, justice, and peace. To the highest standards in teaching and in life, Pompallier achieves its clear, fair and stable expectations. Students are actively encouraged to participate fully in college life.

On several hectares, Pompallier presents itself with a swimming pool, sports hall, large sports field, library, modern classrooms with modern computer technology and a large auditorium.

Pompallier Catholic College offers a variety of academic subjects such as English, science or mathematics as well as specialized business subjects such as accounting or food technology:

Natural Sciences: Mathematics, Physics, C hemie, Biology, Electronics
Humanities: History, Economics, Geography, Religion, Accounting
Foreign languages: Maori, English, French
Art: Visual Arts, Design, Theater
Music: Singing, Music


  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Hockey
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Squash
  • Badminton
  • Table tennis
  • Cycling
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Kayaking
  • Riding
  • Skiing
  • Triathlon
  • Athletics
  • Gunfire
  • Bowling


Extracurricular activities
In order to bring its students closer to the culture and tradition of the Maori, Pompallier conducts excursions for unique experiences. In 4 days, students travel through traditional Maori settlements and spend the night in Maori houses.

Other activities are:

  • Maori Culture Group
  • annual theater production
  • Sheila Winn Shakespeare Festival
  • Stage presentation
  • Music lessons
  • Rock Quest
  • Hip Hop
  • Choir
  • Concert band
  • Rhetoric
  • Excursions


School Fees

Please check our page "School Fees New Zealand".

Apply to study at Pompallier Catholic College

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