Pacific Advance Secondary School (PASS) is the first Secondary Pasifika Partnership School in New Zealand providing Year 9-13 education. Based in Otahuhu, Auckland, PASS is a collaboration between the Minister of Education and the Pacific Peoples Advancement Trust (PPAT), a not-for-profit charitable trust.
Led by Pasifika community leaders Michael Jones and Hamish Crooks, PPAT is an umbrella Pasifika organisation focused on raising the socio-economic outcomes of our communities. PPAT and its trustees have a wealth of collective experience serving Pasifika youth and fanau primarily through the provision of education, mentoring and social programmes.
Underpinning PASS’s commitment to optimising student’s educational outcomes is the provision of proven academic mentoring and pastoral care models developed for the unique learning needs and realities of Pasifika youth growing up in contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand, in particular within the South Auckland context.
These services complement the work of PASS’s qualified teachers, all who have experience and expertise in teaching Pasifika students and a passion and an affinity for empowering Pasifika students’ through education.
PASS is dedicated to nurturing students to fulfil their educational potential first and foremost, and in the process are strong and confident in their Pasifika identity, life skills and leadership potential.
The education curriculum is designed to ensure students have viable pathways to successfully pursue further education at tertiary level and vocational pathways once graduated.
To realise its vision and purpose, PASS undertakes to achieve these Objectives: