Riccarton High School Riccarton High School

Level 1 Pasifika Studies

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms J. Fry.

Recommended Prior Learning

An interest in Pasifika culture, both within the Pacific Islands and its impacts globally. It is not necessary to have the ability to already speak in a Pasifika language, but those who do may have additional assessment opportunities. All languages and cultures are celebrated within this course.

Pasifika Studies aims to develop a student’s Pasifika language, critical thinking about different aspects of Pasifika culture(s) as well as performance and presentation skills. 

Our Pasifika Studies course works as a village: students from Years 11-13 have class together, with beginner to fluent levels of Pasifika languages. Graded Pacific Studies Unit Standards are accessible to all students. These include a research investigation and a presentation standard. Students can also choose to complete dance standards as part of the course. 

Students who already speak Samoan, Cook Island Māori or Lea Faka-Tonga can be assessed through Learning Languages Achievement Standards for Listening, Reading and Communication standards.

Students will generally choose 3 standards for assessment, 

Learning Areas:

Ngā Reo - Learning Languages


Level 2 Pasifika Studies, Level 3 Pasifika Studies

Career Pathways

Army Officer, Army Soldier, Historian, Flight Attendant, Counsellor, Trainer, Journalist, Interpreter, Editor, Corrections Officer, Data Entry Operator/Transcriptionist, Foreign Policy Officer, Workplace Relations Adviser, Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Importer/Exporter, Immigration Officer, Kaiwhakaako Māori, Diversional and Recreational Therapist, Actor, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Artistic Director, Film and Video Editor, Sound Technician, Dancer, Entertainer, Minister of Religion, Musician, Systems Administrator, Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Radio Presenter, Early Childhood Teacher, Media Producer, Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Model, Nanny/Child Carer, Private Teacher/Tutor, Television Presenter