0800 80 PASS


Parent / Guardian FAQs

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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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.


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 154 students from Y9 – Y12 are enrolled as of the end of term 1 2020, an average class size is less than 20 students.

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


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 -3:30pm. (Office is open from 8:30am – 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. You name it we have it.

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.

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