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Establishment of a Designated Character School—Pacific Advance Secondary School, Auckland

  1. Pursuant to sections 146, 156 and 156AA of the Education Act 1989, I hereby establish a Year 9–13 co-educational secondary school in Auckland to be known as Pacific Advance Secondary School, and designate the school as a designated character school.
  2. Pacific Advance Secondary School will operate the following aims, purposes and objectives which will together constitute its designated character:

The Pacific Advance Secondary School (PASS) provides an education where:

  • students thrive in an environment where Pacific culture, values and languages are valued, practiced and exemplified;
  • students take pride in their heritage and develop a better understanding of Pacific culture and customs;
  • students build upon their already acquired heritage language ability, or begin to develop the ability to communicate in their heritage language;
  • students become competent in the use of the English language – including listening, reading and viewing, and speaking, writing and presenting;
  • students thrive in a school that fosters, promotes and encourages bilingualism;
  • students experience teaching and learning programmes that build on their home experiences and heritage culture; and
  • students’ wellbeing is nurtured and resiliency is built through a focus on learning and living their Pacific life values.

Underpinning PASS’s commitment to optimising students’ educational outcomes are the values of Tautua (service and responsibility), Alofa (love and commitment) and Fa’aaloalo (respect).

This allows the school to provide an authentic Pacific pedagogical practice, within a Pacific context. It also focuses on removing the real barriers to access of formal secondary school education for marginalised youth and their whānau.

  1. The constitution of the board of trustees will be an alternative constitution in accordance with section 98A of the Education Act 1989.

This notice takes effect on the date of publication in the New Zealand Gazette.

Dated this 12th day of July 2018.

CHRIS HIPKINS, Minister of Education.