CACTUS (Combined Adolescent Challenge Training Unit Support)

In 2017, Westland District Council was one of 15 Councils nationwide to receive funding from the Local Government Youth Partnership Fund, through the Ministry of Youth Development.  

The grant enables WestREAP’s Youth Team Leader to deliver a programme to Westland High School students to encourage and support them to build their capability and resilience through leadership, volunteering and mentoring.

CACTUS started out in 1998 as the vision of Hokitika Police Community Constable, Rob Fox, for a community-based programme that could assist local youth in their personal development.  It has now developed into a successful programme around both Aotearoa and Australia.

Participants go through intensive fitness and skills programmes, benefiting and utilising the great outdoors their local environment has to offer.

At Westland High School, CACTUS is run adjacent to the school trimester with Year 9 & 10 students choosing this as a subject option.

The programme’s objectives are to grow self-discipline and strength of character, encourage physical and mental development and wellbeing, reinforce positive social skills and attitudes, and develop an ability to break through personal limitations and achieve goals.





Upcoming events

Friday 11 Dec

11th December Last day of term 4, 2020.

Friday 11 Dec

11th December Junior and middle school prizegiving takes place at the Regent theatre.

Monday 30 Nov

Westland Anniversay Day holiday. No school.

Monday 23 Nov

23rd November Senior Prizegiving takes place at the Regent Theatre.

Friday 13 Nov

13th November Senior students go on study leave for their NCEA exams.

Monday 26 Oct

Labour day holiday. No School.

Monday 12 Oct

12th October to 17th October Westland High School will be staging Big Fish a School production at the Regent t... [Read more]

Monday 12 Oct

Term 4 begins

Friday 25 Sep

Last day of term 3.

Friday 25 Sep

25th September the Westland High School Ball takes place. More information regarding venue and other details w... [Read more]
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