Students with Pasifika heritage are warmly welcomed at Hillcrest High School and although our community comprises only
5% of the school student body, these are represented well in statistics for academic and cultural achievement, in leadership roles and in top sports teams.
The Talents of the Pacific Academy (TOPA) are actively involved with the teaching and mentoring of cultural competencies throughout the year. Through this, Dance students achieve credits towards Level 1, 2 and 3 and some Music credits as well.
At Tertiary level we facilitate opportunities for students to access scholarships at either Polytechnics or Universities.
Other opportunities for students include a Pasifika Camp, participation in Pasifika by Nature Cultural Festival, ‘Power Up’ (through Kaute Pacific at Wintec) as well as subject specific mentoring.
Our goal is to encourage these young people to make the very best of their education as Pasifika, to ensure they can pursue meaningful careers in the future.