James Cook High School

O le Tupu’aga

O le Tupu’aga

O le Tupu’aga (OTU) is a Samoan language unit committed to delivering excellence in education in an aiga setting and learning environment.


O le Tupu’aga students to be culturally, academically grounded, resilient, successful and enterprising.


To provide our students to be actively involved academically and culturally as long-life learners to develop their personal excellence.



What we offer

Year 9 to Year 13 Samoan Language classes.


Year 9 and 10 students are placed in a core class at each year level and stay with this group for core subjects (English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Health & Physical Education) with 2 x ½ year modules focusing on Art and Technology.

Year 9’s core class (9OT) stay together, while Year 10’s core class (10OT) mix and mingle with mainstream for their options.


Level 1-3 O le Tupu’aga students will have access to all subject options. Depending on their year level will determine how many subjects they can choose.

Please note: Samoan Language is a University approved subject if students achieve 14+ credits at Level 3.

events celebrated throughout the year

  • NCEA Achievers night (Term 1)
  • Polyfest (Term 1)
  • Independence Day (Term 2)
  • Samoan Language Week (Term 2)
  • Cultural Activities (Ongoing)

student expectations

Attendance: 90% and above
Uniform: Dress to show pride within the Unit and the school
Behaviour: Being on your best behaviour is a MUST. O le Tupu’aga students who do not display our values towards other students and teachers will be removed from O le Tupu’aga.

aiga committment

Attendance to fono or talanoa to support your child’s learning in O le Tupu’aga is expected.

to enrol

To enrol into O le Tupu’aga, please go to our Enrolments page to start your enrolment journey. 

O le tele o sulu e maua ai figota, e mama se avega pe a ta amo fa’atasi.
My strength does not come from me alone but from many.