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About Us

The purpose of Halswell Residential College is to provide special education within a residential setting for students who need significant curriculum adaptation due to an underlying intellectual impairment and whose educational, social and emotional needs, including behaviour, cannot be met in their current environment.


Halswell Residential College works to:


  • Increase learning achievement by providing a significantly modified/adapted curriculum programme to enable optimum learning to occur.
  • Significantly enhance the student’s personal and social skills and improve each student’s ability to manage his or her behaviour appropriately in a variety of individual and social situations; and
  • Enable the student to reintegrate into an age appropriate education environment and their home community.


We have residential accommodation for up to a maximum of 32 students, their ages range from 7 to 17 years. The College is co-educational from the beginning of 2017.


Halswell Residential College offers a 24 hour 7 day a week curriculum which is supported by specialist resources, individualised programmes and highly trained staff, all in a stable and nurturing environment.


Our Vision

Our Mission

In collaboration with the IWS and whanau, to provide educational programmes for our students that will enable them to:

  • Maximise their learning, strengths and potential and develop positive and pro-social behaviours.
  • Enhance their cultural identity and self-efficiency.
  • Successfully transition back to their whanau, school and community.


Our Values

  • Whakaute: To be respectful of people and property.
  • Manaakitanga: To care for others’ needs: their feelings, dignity, safety and wellbeing.
  • Whanaungatanga: To work in partnership and reflective collaboration with others to strengthen connections and trust.
  • Pono: To work with honesty and integrity in all of our interactions with others.
  • Taha Wairua & Taha Tinana: To observe spiritual and physical practices that enhance wellbeing and identity
  • Taha Hinengaro: To nurture individuals’ mental and emotional wellbeing.


Philosophy of Care

Philosophy of Care