TALOFA, MALO LELEI, KIAORANA, FAKALOFA LAHI ATU, NI SA BULA VINAKA, WARM PACIFIC GREETINGS
My name is Daniel Samuela and I am the Pacific Island Dean for Kelston Boys High School.
As a Samoan with Tongan heritage as well as an old boy of this school I have a real heart for the Pasifika students and families of Kelston Boys High School. My role is to help bridge what has seemed to be a great divide between our school and the Pacific community that we serve. I do not only deal with at risk students but part of my role is to help celebrate the successes and achievements of our boys both inside and outside of the classroom.
Kelston Boys High School is blessed to have some top professionals on its teaching staff, with many of them being Pacific Islanders. We have Samoan, Tongan, Cook Island, Niuean and Fijian staff members that not only educate but assist in creating an environment that is warm and productive, approachable and creative.
Many of our school leaders, prefects, sports captains are of Polynesian extraction and continue to do not only themselves and the school proud, but their families and our community.
We utilize their great potential through mentoring those less able or those who lack direction.
We also have some great social service agencies that assist our at risk kids, such as the Pacific Island Safety and Prevention Project, The Village Trust and Youth Transitions.
Our school has had many prominent Pasifika students come through its gates, who would make their marks not only in sports but in theology, medicine, law, politics and the arts.
With a greater partnership between school and our Pacific families we can continue to not only help mould responsible young men or good citizens but invest in to great innovators, role models and leaders.
Malo ma fa’afetai