Objectives of Komiti Faufautua
- To provide recommendations to MAGS’ Board of Trustees
- To create, facilitate and review Pasifika Initiatives
- To engage with Pasifika Student representation (student voice)
- Communicaiton with the Pasifika Parents Network representation (Community Stakeholder) to help with facilitation of Pasifika Initiatives.
A Brief History
Komiti Faufautua was founded in Term 3 of 2018 and the inaugural members were Va Anisi, Lemauga Sosene, Dr David Schaaf, Junior Tonu’u, Lance Mulu, Winston, Elizabeth Ah-Kuoi and Sarah Hayes. The drive to create Komiti Faufautua was to implement a Pasifika working group comprised of parents, students and staff. The aim of this group was to discuss and then request Pasifika Initiatives that would improve and enhance the experience of Pasifika Parents and Students attending MAGS.
Health Sciences Academy (HSA) – A collaboration between MAGS and Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB). The purpose of the HSA is to create a mentor class where all students are Pasifika and foresee an interest with the Health Sector post-MAGS. The Mentor of this class will be a Science teacher, beginning with a Year 11 group in 2021. Plans past 2021 are to see the creation of and sustainability of further HSAs for Year 12 & 13.
Pasifika Mentor class – Akin to the framework currently utilised within the Puna area of school, there is a desire to create a Mentor class for Pasifika students that has a range of year groups. Thoughts on the composition of this class are being gathered.
Apollo Engineering Programme (AEP) – Steven Roberts from The University of Auckland (UoA) has created the AEP and its sole aim is to increase the number of Pasifika and Maori students attending the School of Engineering. The programme takes place across two weeks in the first half of December, and successful candidates are then mentored throughout Year 13 and into the first aspect of their University Degrees.
Uni Prep Programme – AUT presents this program and it runs between late January to the end of February. Within this program students are exposed to the type of expectations that tertiary institutions will place on them, including completing a Level Four and Level Five university paper. Along with this, AUT are beginning a four-day leadership program. The course does not mean that a student has to stay with AUT; students are free to make their choice of tertiary institution.