New Zealand Catholic Primary Principals' Association

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Term 4 2022

President's Welcome Message

Kia ora tātou,

As we head towards the end of the year we all know only too well how busy we get from here on in. In the busyness, it is vital that we take some time to replenish ourselves on the way. The list of tasks won't get smaller until the final bell rings so having the energy to get to the finish line is even more important. We cannot give of ourselves until we give to ourselves.

At our meeting this term we celebrated our 10-year sponsorship relationship with Toshiba. It was great to be able to gather together with Toshiba, other sponsors, and several Auckland principals to acknowledge their support of our association and the great service they offer to our schools.

At this meeting, we also farewelled three members of our Executive - Bruce Young, Daniel Pepper (Auckland), and Annie Nelson (Dunedin). I thanked them for their commitment to the work of the Executive and to Catholic Education. They have bright diverse skills to the table and we have appreciated their unique contributions.

We have 184 Catholic Primary Schools across the motu. So far 95 of us as principals have joined our NZ Catholic Principals - CLOSED facebook page. We would love for you to join us.

I hope this newsletter gives you a good insight into the work of the Executive on your behalf. Thanks to those representatives who give so much of their time and energy to this group.

On behalf of the Executive, I wish you all a smooth journey until your final day and following that a Happy and Holy Christmas and a holiday that fills your bucket.


Dr Sue Jury



Our Term 4 meeting was held in Auckland 2-4 November 2022 at Pompallier Diocesan Centre, Ponsonby. The execs from each Diocese share their reports, with all principals able to share what is happening in their kura. Below is a brief summary of what was shared.

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland:

  • Continual roll challenges and concerns over Equity funding. This discussion is with the Vicar for Education and NZCEO.

  • PLD - Spiritus online. Induction of new boards to receive the same message from the Auckland Diocese with a shared video.

Kirikiriroa Hamilton:

  • Captured successes and highlights for our principals, as well as a new parish Deacon, a lot of Social Justice activities

  • Property is causing some frustration for some schools.

Papaioea Palmerston North:

  • PD: a variety of different retreats - Having Life to the Full in Taranaki was well supported

  • Challenges as with other diocese areas: 5.4 preference discussion raised, Equity

Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington:

  • Feedback from independent review - comprehensive review with some major role changes in the Wellington Diocesan

  • Social Justice - work this in different ways, unpacking the principles of CST

Ōtautahi Christchurch:

  • Permanent Psychologist offered to Catholic schools in Christchurch. This service will continue with Catholic Social Services. Great access and forms.

Ōtepoti Dunedin:

  • As a diocese looking at the new RE curriculum. January 31st new curriculum design - TOD for all Catholic schools

  • Find appropriate Catholic teachers to fill the gap is a challenge

A reminder for all schools to support Cans for Christmas - Contact Billy Hadnett

Next Exec Meeting: 1 - 3 March 2023 in Queenstown.

Dunedin Diocese principals will receive an invitation to dinner on Thursday 2 March 2023.


Goal: To uphold and strengthen the role of principal within the Catholic Schooling Network

Dr. Sue Jury (Featured)

To represent the views of principals

The Vicar for Education of Auckland joined us in our meeting and we were able to share with her our concerns around the most recent iteration of the 5.4 preference. This is a matter for ongoing discussion. We also explored what Catholic Schools and their rolls might look like in five years time and intend to invite Dr Kevin Shore (NZCEO) to our next meeting to discuss this further. We have received some anecdotal feedback about the negative impact of the new Equity index. We are aware that the NZCEO is currently gathering data and we hope to have this shared with us at our next meeting.

We continue to engage with NZEI and NZ Teaching Council.

The executive members responsible for advocating on your behalf are Sue Jury (Wellington) Anna Wormald (Palmerston North) David Macmillan ( Hamilton) Debra White (Hamilton)


Goal: To streamline communication across the Catholic Principal network.

Jo McKay (Featured)

Sr Jane Maisey rsj - a Josephite sister who is a Catholic Artist, Illustrator & leaper of faith who has made a range of resources (free) for schools. Please take time to look at her website ‘designsjane’

Sr Jane was heavily involved in the design of the New RE Curriculum Document graphics bringing all aspects together in a clear and logical manner.

Sr Sian and Sr Jane have also produced new glossy 2022/23 Liturgical Calendars from a New Zealand Aotearoa perspective, including Southern Hemisphere Saints. Available from the Auckland Diocese for $1.50 (small) and $20.00 (large).

The executive members responsible for communication are Jo McKay (Dunedin) Paul Coakley (Auckland) Michele Mill (Auckland) Liz Heatley (Wellington)


Goal: To create and develop links of assistance and active unity amongst Catholic principals throughout New Zealand.

Deb Daines (Featured)

SERVE: Give your hands to serve, and your hearts to love, Mother Teresa

At this busy time of year remember to take time to look after yourselves. A reminder that these sites are very helpful:

Spiritual Wellbeing

Our Executive had the pleasure of meeting the staff at Te Kupenga - Catholic Leadership Institute Te to learn about what they have to offer our schools and parish communities.

Te Kupenga’s mission is to “Provide high quality Catholic tertiary education, research, advocacy, and support for Religious Education in Catholic schools, to develop and nourish leadership, knowledge, and faith formation in Aotearoa New Zealand.”

There are 3 distinct services that they offer.

  • Catholic Theological College, responsible for providing approved tertiary qualifications

School leaders are most welcome to contact Dr John Evangelista Dean of the Catholic Theological College to gain advice and guidance on their individual needs in engaging with tertiary professional learning and growth.

  • ​​National Centre for Religious Studies (NCRS) responsible for supporting religious education in Catholic schools including the new RE Curriculum

  • Nathaniel Centre for Bioethics, responsible for research and advocacy on bioethical issues.

The Te Kupenga Colin Library can support Catholic schools in the following ways:

  • Similar to service to schools from National Library, e.g. creating lists of teaching resources suitable for websites

  • Providing sign in access to teachers, many now have access through doing courses.

  • A rich resource of historical material, including early Māori language material

  • Database searching skills

Membership of this library is open, free of charge to anyone listed in the Catholic Directory. If you would like to become a member please send an email to

If you have any good practice ideas or programmes that you are willing to share with other Catholic schools please contact one of our team.

Deb Daines -

Teresa Jarvis -

Janet Cummings -

The executive members responsible for service are Janet Cummings (Christchurch) Deb Daines (Christchurch), Teresa Jarvis (Dunedin) Caroline Gilligan (Palmerston North)
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Featuring our Gold Sponsor: TOSHIBA

We are thankful for a decade's contribution to our Association from Jim Nolan and the Toshiba Team! With their annual financial contribution to our Association, we are able to host gatherings across the motu and plan conferences to meet as a Catholic collective. We appreciate their support and ask for you as our Membership to support our sponsors in turn by inviting them to quote for your school's needs. They do look after our Catholic Schools!


CARUS - School Painting and Maintenance : Bronze Sponsor

At Carus we think the approach to painting is just as important as the paint itself.

A family run business, Carus has been built from the ground up with passion, commitment, a willingness to grow and learn, and a proactive attitude which ensures that we care for you and your property - and that we always do what we say we are going to do.

Specialising in market leading painting solutions our ultimate aim is to support the future of your kura by looking after the buildings that you and your students call home.

A senior Leadership team with decades of industry experience between them also means we know the best way we can support you, is to take care of the areas that aren’t your specialty – meaning you can focus on the stuff that you do best; growing and nurturing the children who will one day lead this country.

So, as you plan out the weeks and months ahead for the remainder of 2022 and beyond, give us a shout if you have any work inside or out, small or big, up high or down low, that needs doing around your kura – we’ll only be too happy to assist.

Blake Fisher | Business Development Manager

P 0800 453 628 | M 021 221 6516 | E
PO Box 29 547, Riccarton, Christchurch 8440

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