Whakataukī o Te Haerenga

 Philosophy of The Journey

Kua eke i runga i te waka kotahi. Kia mahara tātou kei hoe whakatuarā. Kia tika anō te tikanga o te hoe ki tō te hunga o te ihu. Kei huri te hunga o te kei ki te hoe whakamuri.

Now that we have all embarked on one canoe, let us be careful that we do not pull backwards. Let us all pull in the same direction as those who sit in the bows; do not let the people in the stern paddle in the opposite direction. 

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Te Haerenga means ‘The Journey’ and for the 100 Year 9 boys who make our Rural Campus on the southern edge of the Hunua Ranges their home for a year, it really is the journey of a lifetime.

It’s amazing what a boy can learn by spending time in a rural environment. Self-sufficiency. Resilience. Independence. Interdependence. Initiative. And that’s just for starters!

Students participate in an extensive curriculum built across three connected strands of learning: academic work, experiences in the great outdoors as well as personal and social growth through cabin, campus and outdoor life.

Through this holistic programme, students develop themselves as proactive, independent learners. Along the way they will find real challenge, and this is where genuine growth and development occur. 

Throughout this life-changing year, we see the remarkable difference this journey makes in shaping students into the good young men our communities need.

Richard van Dam
Acting Head of Rural Campus


Changes to Dilworth’s Rural Campus 

From 2023, Te Haerenga - Mangatāwhiri Campus (Rural Campus) will deliver an integrated Learning in the Outdoors curriculum that offers age-stage appropriate outdoor learning experiences and programmes for all Year Levels.

There will be a staged implementation with a future intention for most year levels to spend part of their school journey at Te Haerenga - Mangatāwhiri Campus.

The Learning in the Outdoors curriculum is currently in the detailed development stage and we look forward to sharing this progress in due course.