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Student FAQs

What subjects can I take at PASS?

JUNIOR DIPLOMA Y9 & Y10 – Here at PASS we do our best to prepare each and every student for their next level of study. We have junior diplomas available for them to achieve.

NCEA Level 1 – English, Math, Science, P.E., Music and Digital Technologies. You can also choose subjects through The Correspondence School in many other subject areas including History, Legal Studies, Media Studies and Business Studies.

NCEA Level 2 – English, Math, Science, Biology, P.E., Music and Digital Technologies. You can also choose subjects through The Correspondence School in many other subject areas including History, Legal Studies, Media Studies and Business Studies.

NCEA Level 3 (to start in 2017) – English, Mathematics with Statistics, Calculus, Biology, P.E., Music and Digital Technologies. You can also choose subjects through The Correspondence School in many other subject areas including History, Legal Studies, Media Studies and Business Studies.

We do our best to provide you with the credits you need to pass NCEA, the extra compulsory subjects you partake in is Tu Tagata (Health and Wellbeing) and Fa’a Pasifika (Pasifika Culture).

Read more on our Curriculum 

Will I get NCEA at PASS?

If you are willing to connect positively with others, learn new skills, work hard and be respectful to others, then of course you will be on the right path towards attaining NCEA.

Find out more about NCEA here

What do I do if I’m interested in enrolling at PASS?

You must bring your most recent school/course reports or any reference and some identification documents e.g. Passport of Birth Certificate. All other necessary documents are kept onsite. If you are unsure of anything you can Call us on 0800 80 PASS or come visit us at 42 Atkinson Avenue, Otahuhu. We are located upstairs on the left.

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Parent / Guardian FAQs

Is there a uniform at PASS?

Absolutely! We are committed to providing the best uniform options for your child. Your child will look smart, feel fantastic and be proud to wear their PASS uniform. How you present yourself is a key in the adult world, We do what we can to make sure our students are dressed with the right gear at the right time.

What is a Personal Education Plan?

A Personal Education Plan is an education plan that caters to your child’s specific needs. Students will share with us their strengths and what they think they may like to do in the future. We will then write a personal plan to help them get there. This plan will be discussed with you (parent/kāinga/aiga) all of their teachers and coaches, and Co-Principals.
This way, everybody knows what the plan is and we make a commitment to support your child through their journey. What is the catch? It will take some hard work, commitment and efficient communication with students, Parents and staff.

Why should my child enrol at PASS?

We are the first secondary school that is developed for our Pasifika children, by Pasifika leaders of the community. When your child enters the school doors they will see and experience a family environment that is familiar to them, just like home. We are fully equipped with the opportunities for your child to achieve their NCEA qualifications. We will also provide daily physical exercise, healthy breakfasts and lunch for your child so they can fully engage and sustain their energy and thinking ability while at school.

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How do I enrol my child?

To enrol your child you must bring their most recent school reports and some identification documents e.g. Passport of Birth Certificate. All other necessary documents are kept onsite. If you are unsure of anything you can Call us on 0800 80 PASS or come visit us at 42 Atkinson Avenue, Otahuhu. We are located upstairs on the left.

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Will my child’s qualifications be the same as if they go to public school?

Absolutely, we hold consent to assess NCEA subjects which means that your child can study towards the NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3 qualifications.

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What are the school fees at PASS?

There is an activity fee of $100 per year this covers NCEA fees and school activities. Two healthy meals per day and a uniform kit is given to all students who enrol and agree to live by our core values of love compassion, respect, faith and service.

General

What are the term dates and school opening hours?

The school observes the same term dates and public holidays as other secondary schools. This is in consideration of families who also have children at other schools. It also enable our students to stay connected with their friends and community during school holidays.

The school day is from 8.00 am -3.15 pm. (Office is open from 8:00am – 4:00pm)

The hours stated above may differ, if you are unsure call us on 0800 80 PASS.

What is the background of a typical student?

PASS is full of students from different backgrounds. We have children who don’t know much about their culture, children who are culture shocked, Students who cannot compete in mainstream, Tauira that not only need educational support but emotional support to your typical i’m too cool for school teen.

Does the school employ registered teachers?

All of the school leaders and teachers are registered with the Education Council and hold a current full practicing certificate.

What courses and qualifications does the school offer?

The school’s focus for its Year 11 students is on developing a strong basis in English, Mathematics, Science and Physical Education so that they can succeed at the next level of their education. Student progress, towards achieving 80 credits or more for NCEA level1, is closely monitored.

Year 12 students work towards achieving NCEA level 2 and the award of a Vocational pathways. In addition to continuing their studies in English, Mathematics, Science and Physical Education students have the opportunity to choose other subject or courses that reflect their interests or future aspirations.

From 2017, Year 13 students will pursue a range of courses that will lead to the award of University Entrance and NCEA level 3.

What are the school values?

PASS provides a Pasifika teaching and learning framework built on Pasifika core values.  These are:

Love and Compassion – love God, love people and love your neighbours as you love yourself.

Respect – respect God, respect others and respect yourself.

Faith – have faith in God, faith in others and have faith in yourself.

Service – serve God, serve each other and serve the community.

As we aim to immerse and nurture our young people to live in and abide by our PASS values, it is imperative staff members uphold and demonstrate the values too. All staff and students are encouraged to lead, encourage, support and walk according to the values in all aspects of life at PASS.

How many students currently attend the school ?

Approximately 134 students from Y10 – Y12 are enrolled as of the end of term 4 2018 along with 19 graduates.

The school roll has grown from 76 students in 2015.

Where is the school located?

The Pacific Advance Secondary School is located at 42 Atkinson Ave Otahuhu. Opposite the big Otahuhu town center car park and in between the Vietnamese restaurant and laundry mat.

How do I get in touch with the school?

Local principals, parents/caregivers and prospective students can contact the school on (09) 276 03 75, (09) 276 03 76, or 0800 80 PASS.  Alternatively, email us at office@pass.school.nz