In 2009, a high-ropes challenge course was erected at Tihoi Venture School, which is home to the 18-week outdoor and social development programme of all Year 10 St Paul’s Collegiate School students.
The programme aims to develop young men into independent, responsible and contributing members of society by placing them into a communal living environment with seven other age mates where they have to cook, clean and take responsibility for their houses. Students are in the classroom four days each week and in the outdoors for three days each week, taking part in outdoor pursuits like kayaking and abseiling.
The addition of the high-ropes course added a new dimension to the outdoor pursuits aspect of the programme. The course enhances self-confidence, self-trust and personal growth and has become a well-used facility at Tihoi.
It is through the generous support of The Douglas Charitable Trust, Mrs A.D. Paykel and Lady Fisher that this high ropes challenge course was made possible.