HRC Te Otu Mātua

Whakarangatirahia - Be the best you can be

Physical Address

Halswell Residential College

15 Nash Road, Halswell


Phone: (+64) 3 338 5089



Netsafe Schools Programme


We are proud to announce we are an official Netsafe School.  Netsafe Schools is a nationally recognised programme supporting New Zealand schools to create a safer and more positive online experience.

To view full details click here.

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HRC wins at the Learning Environments Australasia Awards 2020

HRC was announced the winner  of the Innovative Education Initiative category at the Learning Environments Australasia (LEA) Awards.  


These awards are open to educational facilities’ projects which demonstrate excellence in the planning and design of educational facilities across the Australasia region. The core mission of the awards is to celebrate excellent learning spaces where innovative architectural ideas support the education philosophy.

To view the finalists and find out further information please click here.

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Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards

Excellence in Engaging Finalist

HRC was a proud finalist in the Prime Minister’s Excellence in Education Awards for 2019 in the category of Engagement.  This is a prestigious award and being announced as a finalist is a significant accomplishment.  

To view the finalists and find out further information please click here.


'HRC was the most wonderful place for our moko.
Ex-student's kuia, 2021

Words from a student's whānau:

It is with such genuine heartfelt thanks to the team at HRC that we write this final comment.  

HRC has been our son's home away from home over the last two years, and we have been so delighted to see him learn and thrive there. Of particular note is his increased ability to manage his own strong emotions, particularly his frustration and anxiety.  He has learnt mindfulness, calm-down and other strategies that help him get through difficult moments, and assist him in rationalising his feelings. He has grown in independence, from using an EFTPOS card to managing his own daily routines, to organising his own timetable (and that of others 🤣). He is confident to use his voice, and has better emotional articulation. He has tried a huge range of experiences, and is always up for a new challenge.   


We are so proud of our son's progress, and know that this builds a strong foundation for future learning and life. Our grateful thanks to the team at HRC for the stunning provision of school and living environments.

To the Principal and Staff,
     Thank you very much for the care
and special life you are giving our grandson.

   We love him dearly, and we were so thrilled at the change in him when he came home in the holidays.
    ...this new grandson is a change so wonderful; we are so happy it boosts our life up. Thank you all.
From his loving Grandparents

'I congratulate all involved for the work you are doing to ensure your school is providing a high quality of education for its learners. . . .I note the positive impact the school is having responding to children whose learning and achievement need acceleration.'

Hon Chris Hipkins MP, 2019


Education Review Office
ERO Report 2019

Key strengths of Halswell Residential College

  • strong leadership that has established a high trust collaborative school culture that places the wellbeing and success of all students at the centre.

  • rich curriculum that is responsive to students’ strengths, culture, needs and interests.

  • coherent systems which support processes that enhance student safety and wellbeing.

  • effective communication systems which strengthen the partnership with families/whānau and specialist agencies in realising shared valued outcomes for students.

  • a reflective environment that promotes capability and capacity building for ongoing improvement.

To see the full report click here

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SAMS Evaluation 

Standards and Monitoring Services (SAMS) 2020


Earlier this year we invited SAMS to evaluate the services provided at Halswell Residential College.


The review involved meeting with staff, students, whānau, and community connections over three days, as well as reviewing an extensive list of documents and procedures.

The evaluators commented: 


"As always SAMS was welcomed into Halswell College and treated with considerable respect while on site.  We valued the professional yet relaxed environment within which we conducted the review and the thoughtful and often wise interactions we experienced with both professional staff and students."

The see the full report click here.