A New Innovative Secondary School for Pasifika by Pasifika
Pacific Advance Senior School (PASS) was established in 2015 as a Partnership / Kura Hourua School enacted under the Education Amendment Bill 2012, the first Pasifika for Pasifika senior school in Aotearoa New Zealand.In 2017 the Ministry of Education authorised PASS to further enrol Year 9 and 10 students and in 2018 PASS transitioned into the first Pasifika for Pasifika secondary school in Aotearoa New Zealand. With a change in Government in 2017, PASS successfully transitioned from a Partnership /Kura Hourua school to a Designated Special Character School in close partnership with the Ministry of Education, (under Section 156 of the Education Act, 1989), commencing 2019.
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.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT: ‘Our mission is to lead in “Pasifika mo le Pasifika” secondary school education in Aotearoa, New Zealand through;
- Honoring Tangata Whenua
- Revitalising and connecting the unique heritages of Tangata Moana to Tangata Whenua within a NZ urban context through languages and culture
- Providing a holistic Pasifika-centred approach to teaching, learning, personal growth and leadership
- Aiming to achieve “at and above” NCEA academic results at national level
OUR VISION: PASS talavou will:
- Vā Fealoa’i – Demonstrate empathy and maintain healthy relationships with others through our Pasifika values of Alofa, Fa’aaloalo and Tautua
- Vā Tangata – Thrive and flourish individually and collectively within a holistic Pasifika learning environment that connects to Tupuna, Whenua, Moana and Langi
- Vā Tupuna – Learn, grow and teach through Pasifika pedagogies and knowledge from Tupuna and best educational practices through Kaiako
- Vā Hala – Be equipped and confident to reach their full potential through a meaningful, lifelong learning journey beyond school
- Vā Mokopuna – Become “agents of change” among their peers, kāinga, communities, and nations and for future generations
To realise its vision and purpose, PASS undertakes to achieve these Objectives:
PASS provides a unique Pasifika-centred learning environment that is inspired and modelled through the ancestral eyes of our Tupuna through a contemporary and innovative framework of education that is designed, delivered and determined ‘by Pasifika, for Pasifika.’
PASS is governed and managed by leaders who are descendants of Tangata Moana and have an empathy for, and a deep understanding of the uniqueness of Pasifika heritages across the Moana.
PASS maximises this platform to successfully engage all talavou and kāinga/whanau to optimise their educational journey.
PASS talavou will develop confidence and security from their unique heritage and will be equipped to confidently straddle and navigate the Pacific worldview, Te Ao Māori and the Western worldview.
The development of learners cultural competencies and cultural currencies are key components for developing their Vā Fealo’ai (emotional intelligence) that will underpin their success into the future.
This will be achieved through culturally responsive learning models that value the unique physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs and realities of Pasifika youth growing up in a contemporary Auckland context.