Fanau Pasifika is the Centre for Pasifika Education within Kia Aroha College. Fanau Pasifika opened originally as Clover Park Intermediate School in 1981. Clover Park officially changed its status in 1995 to a four year Middle School, catering for emerging adolescents in Years 7 to 10 (Forms 1 to 4). Clover Park was the first middle school in New Zealand.excellence. Both Māori and English are used in the learning programme.
In 2001 Māori parents sought to retain their older children at Clover Park Middle School and, after a four year struggle, finally won approval in 2005 to open the former bilingual unit, Te Whanau o Tupuranga, as a separate designated-character Māori bilingual Years 7-15 secondary school. This school opened in 2006 and major redevelopment of the shared campus began in 2007.
2011 saw a new stage in this development with the merging of Te Whānau o Tupuranga and the former Clover Park Middle School – now renamed Fanau Pasifika – into Kia Aroha College.
Fanau Pasifika had approx. 130 students in 2014. We look forward to continued strong community support with parents who are actively involved in the school’s activities.
Fanau Pasifika offers bilingual learning in Samoan/English (3 classes), and Tongan/English (2 classes). Learning bilingually is part of our special character. Students of all ethnicities are very welcome to enroll in any of our bilingual programmes. All students cover the full New Zealand Curriculum and excellence in English is expected.
Fanau Pasifika staff are recognised leaders in bilingual education. In 2005 (as Clover Park teachers) staff produced Pasifika bilingual resources for Statistics NZ about the Census. These resources included activities in Samoan, Tongan, Cook Islands Māori and English activities that were relevant to Pasifika learners. The resources were published by Statistics NZ and distributed to schools throughout the country. They were also trialed by our students prior to publication and used at the time of the Census.
In June 2003 Clover Park Middle School won the national title of the Goodman Fielder Composite School of the Year. This was a prestigious title, made even more of an achievement by the fact that the two other finalists were decile 10, private schools. The award recognised high quality in all aspects of the school’s learning and administration.