Alternative Education Dare to Learn

The HWCT Alternative Education Department through its “Dare to Learn” motto, conducts education based programmes for Primary and Intermediate aged children. For many of them, they have either become disengaged from Mainstream Education for a variety of reasons or face social and or behavioural issues.

Working with Local Schools in the area, our Education department delivers programmes to help develop our rangatahi and reinforcing such traits as Resilience, Encouragement, Selflessness, Pride, Equality, Confidence and Trust, instilling the values and attitudes for youth to become leaders within their communities. (This is a HWCT independent programme, supported by the Ministry of Social Development and does not contain NZQA qualifications)


The High Wire Charitable Trust (HWCT) Education Department will conduct a year-long programme called “The Better Pathway” for Primary/Intermediate aged students and is centred on education, behaviour modification, life skills and outdoor education.


This programme aims to enable students to reflect on attitudes and behaviour that they display and to make positive changes by taking part in a wide variety of learning situations.

Through the use of PT, drill, personal development activities and team based activities the students will be given the opportunity to develop their personal, social, and life skills.


The programme will be based mainly at our headquarters in Papakura aswell as our Gymnasium and Awhitu Environmental Camp and will involve up to 10-30 students, 6 HWCT staff and the HWCT Awhitu manager, at different stages of the entire programme.


 Upon completion of the programme, students will have:

  • Become more aware of the undesirable behaviours they display and the impact the behaviours have on themselves and those around them.
  • Learn to take ownership of their actions.
  • Learn to make conscious decisions to achieve positive outcomes.

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