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

Thursday 27 Sep

Te Hui Ahurei O nga kura o te Tai Poutini kapa haka festival is the West Coasts annual kapa haka festival. Sch... [Read more]

Wednesday 19 Sep

This years Westland High School musical, Bye Bye Birdie is set in 1958, about fictional pop sensation Conrad B... [Read more]

Monday 17 Sep

Koru games take place in Lincoln from 17th September to 20th September. Information for those students partici... [Read more]

Friday 14 Sep

  Introducing forty eight hours of working bee madness – say hello to The Great 48! A unique event ... [Read more]

Monday 10 Sep

10th – 14th September. Students make their first choice course selections for next year, interviews take... [Read more]
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School news

  • 23 Jul

    New Website for Westland High School

    After a lot of hard work and content preparation, we are delighted to make our new website live for Term 3 2018.

  • 12 May

    Hospitality – Lions Dinner Catering

    Tarm Tumahai and Hannah Kelsen, two of our Level 2 Hospitality students, volunteered to serve the meal at this...

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  • 11 May

    Students from France arrive

    Westland High School welcomes six students from France for nine weeks this term.

  • 11 May

    Bake Sale – Blue Penguin Trust

    This trimester, Mrs Cunningham’s year 7/8 class has been studying sustainability in social studies class...

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  • 08 May

    Year 13 Career Trip

    On the 10-11th of May a group of year 13’s, accompanied by the French Exchange Students, went to Christchurc...

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