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DISPATCH Wisdom through learning : Akona to matauranga kia mĹ?hio

22 MAY 2018


Title Openings Official Classroom

TitleThe Community DHS Working With


Principal’s Comments and Awards The most important part of any school is the people who learn and work there. Although without the people the buildings are pointless, with good facilities the effectiveness of the learning within is able to be better supported. It was a pleasure therefore to open our two new classroom blocks. It is important that we pause for a short time for a ceremony to recognise the end of the construction phase and look forward to their future as places of learning. As well as providing much needed classroom spaces, it is good to see how well designed, modern learning spaces, with good light, acoustics, airflow and visibility, can make a positive difference. All classrooms also have good connection to the outdoor environment.

needed. The flexibility should serve the school into the future as needs change. At the opening, it was good to recognise the wide team of people who are needed to enable a project such as this to reach completion. This includes our Board of Trustees, the Ministry of Education, our project managers at School Support, the architects and project managers at AP Design, the builders, Farrells Ltd, and school staff, Lynda Milner and Ross Meder. Thank you also to Paul Cossey for blessing the buildings and to staff and students for their patience and adaptability during construction.

Blakely Bruce-Sheppard Rylee Shepherd Arran Armstrong Shaun Pearson Brooke Stevenson Toby Stott

James Morris

For most of the spaces, we have chosen to use single classroom spaces that open out through sliding doors into a shared, multi use space alongside teacher workspaces and meeting rooms. This flexibility means that classes can work within a traditional classroom space when this best suits the learning, or break out into other spaces when this is

Back L to R. Jared Lane, AP Design. Pastor Paul Cossey. Russell O'Malley and Sean Farrell, Farrell Construction. Lynda Milner, Executive Officer. Ross Meder, Caretaker. Sue Robinson, BOT Chairperson. Front L to R. James Morris, Principal. Karren Madden, Property Advisor for MOE. Jill Hill, Student Administrator. Sam Broughton, Mayor of Selwyn.

Official Classroom Openings On Friday 18 May, two classroom blocks were officially opened at DHS. J Block which was completed at the end of 2017, was opened by Jill Hill our Student Administrator who is a long serving member of staff. The J Block is home to the Year 7 students. F Block which was completed in April 2018 was opened by the Selwyn District Mayor, Sam Broughton. In December 2017 four pre-fab buildings were removed and relocated to make room for the new F Block, which now is home to Social Sciences.


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Tips for making a healthy school lunch Champion Tuckshops Chef and CEO Johannes Tietze was on the Breakfast show recently, sharing some knowledge with ‘tips for making a healthy school lunch’! To see the clip click HERE.

Principal's Conference DHS Head Prefects Katie Sharp and George Brown attended the local ANZAC Service and laid a wreath on behalf of the school

On Friday 10 May, I, along with Lisa Kelly, an ex-student of Papanui High School, were invited to speak at a Principals meeting at the University of Canterbury. I was speaking on behalf of the Student Communications and Safe Practices Charitable trust, also known as SCSP. I have been working with SCSP since I was in Year 10, and this was an awesome opportunity. SCSP, with student help, has created a teacher portal full of advice videos on topics from cyber bullying to drug and alcohol abuse. These videos have been created by students (here and across New Zealand) who have 2018 Head Girl Katie Sharp recognised issues in their school and communities. The portal is interactive, and all of the information has come from supporting organisations such as the emergency services (fire, police, ambulance) and Net Safe NZ. The idea is for teachers to be able to use these videos to give educated advice to students to help them in their situations. We were presenting this to schools to offer them access. We were also offering places at a workshop that Mrs Cartman and I, as well as other student ambassadors, are running in June. It was kind of scary to speak in front of so many principals, but very rewarding. A big thank you to Glynn Taylor of the Trust and Mrs Cartman for their support.

Katie Sharp

Head of Mathematics Justin Basevi is leaving DHS to take up a teaching position at Oxford Area School. We thank Justin for all he brought to DHS and wish him well.

Hi, I'm Georgie Gardyne and joined Darfield High School at the start of Term 2 as the Food and Nutrition teacher, teaching Years 9-13. I live near Kirwee on a dairy farm with my fiancē Matt. I am involved with netball and Pilates and am particularly passionate about nutrition. I am looking forward to returning to teaching in a rurally-based school and being part of the Darfield community.

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Student Successes Barrel Racing Champ


Georgie Sarginson has been chosen to represent New Zealand in Barrel Racing in an International three-day rodeo, in Australia. Congratulations, Georgie.

This year, we sent a very competitive team to the Canterbury Primary Schools Swimming Championships at the Selwyn Aquatic Centre, on 5 April. A big thank you to all parents and caregivers who helped with transport and supported all the swimmers. Well done to all who competed. YEAR 7

Holly Smith: 1st in 50 m Breaststroke, 3rd in 50 m Freestyle.

Noah Whiteside: 26th in 50 m Freestyle. Barnaby Maude: 25th in 50 m Backstroke. Kayla Holland: 27th in 50 m Backstroke Mixed relay team – Barnaby Maude, Noah Whiteside, Holly Smith, Kimberley Harris – 4th – a very good result! YEAR 8 Charlise Miller: 1st in 50 m Breaststroke. Reuben Bromley: 14th in Open boys 50 m Butterfly, 14th in 50 m Backstroke. Ben Smith: 9th in 50 m Freestyle, 10th in 50 m Breaststroke. Jessica Laing: 24th in 50 m Freestyle, 23rd in 50 m Backstroke. Mixed relay team – Ben Smith, Reuben Bromley, Charlise Miller, Jessica Laing – 3rd – another excellent achievement!

Tyler Wiremu in action at the recent NZ Junior Motocross Nationals. Photo supplied.

Motocross Winner Tyler Wiremu recently won the Junior 11-12 years' 85cc Champion at the New Zealand Junior Motocross Nationals. Congratulations, Tyler.

Golden Keys Ex-Students Courtney

Townsend and Chloe Fraser have both received Golden Keys at Canterbury University.

Their achievement is in the top 15% of the university. Courtney Townsend with her Golden Keys award

A Forecast from the Future Leah Hamilton-Cross entered a national writing competition and she received an honourable mention for her work. It will be published in an anthology of student writing. Congratulations, Leah.

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Off to Japan

Hi, I’m Lexie Purvis and I was fortunate enough to be picked for a scholarship to Yubetsu, Japan. I’ll be flying there on 27 May, and will be staying there for about two months. I’ll also be attending the high school there; I’m really looking forward to learning new things and experiencing Japanese culture. When I come back, a student from Yubetsu will be joining me to stay in New Zealand for a few months. Yubetsu no minasan, shogakukin o kudasari arigatoo gozaimasu.

Lexie Purvis (left) winner of this years Yubetsu Scholarship, with previous winner, Hanako Wilson (right).


To Yubetsu District Council, thank you for the scholarship.

Sporting Champion Alexis-Rose Sinclair has been selected for the Under 15 North Canterbury basketball rep/club team this year. She has also selected for the North Canterbury Under 14 A rep netball team. She also ran the Sea 2 Sky duathlon challenge a couple of weeks ago and placed 14th overall in mixed boys and girls category for her age, and 5th overall in the girls race for her age group. Congratulations, Alexis.

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Target Shooting Success Earlier this year, I was one of twelve people selected nationally for Target Shooting New Zealand’s Junior Development Squad. Our first camp of the year was in Palmerston North in March. There were four of us who were new to the squad, so we started the Saturday morning getting rifles fitted and then positioning for prone (lying down) and shooting some groups at 25 yards.

That afternoon, they introduced us to shooting air rifles at 10 metres, which was a totally new experience to four of us. The next day we spent the entire day on air rifle with some group sessions on sight selection, trigger pull and other techniques and tips, learning as much as we could so we can continue to practise when we are at home. It was a great experience and I’m looking forward to the other three camps. At the next one

in June, we will learn more on air rifle and standing position, as well as learning about mental preparation for matches and winning attitudes.

Piper Benbow

Photos of Piper in training with the New Zealand Development Squad. Photos supplied by the Benbow Family.

St John National Youth Festival

Over the weekend of 20 to 23 April, Jenny Walter has been in Nelson competing with the Northern and Central regions of NZ. I would like to proudly announce that the Southern Region is now the National Champion.

circus acts, etc. The photo (right), shows the Right Honourable Peeni Henare, Minister for Community and Voluntary Sector, Minister for Whānau Ora, and Minister for Youth, as well as Associate Minister for Social Development.

Jenny and her team, which consists of Jamie (Nelson), Serenity (Amberley), and Elise (Ashburton), are the aggregate First Aid Team, 3rd in drill, 2nd in communication, the two first aid tests and 2nd in the runner-up team in New Zealand.

Click HERE to view Stuff footage of the event.

Lynda Walter

Right Honourable Peeni Henare, speaking with some of the cadets

The badge that was covered was the Arts Badge, there was a masquerade ball,

Members of the St John National Champion Team


Circus Acts Performing outside the Maquerade Ball

St John Darfield Leader, Lynda Walter and Jenny Walter - Year 11


The Annual House Singing Competition

Sports Captains 2018 Hockey Alex Warrington

The Annual House Singing competition is about to get underway in Week 4.

Ki O Rahi Bronte Thomas

At assembly today, each of the House Captains will announce their choice of song for this year's competition. In 2018, the theme for the singing competition is 'Respect for Yourself'. This means that each song that is selected must meet this theme. Each House must present a rationale as to how their song meets the theme.

Mountain Biking Sam King Volleyball Olivia Lemon Football Jack Chillingworth Equestrian

The House Singing competition takes place on Friday 6 July during Period 5 and there is a series of practice sessions to prepare each House for this event.

Georgia Allison Rugby

From the Science Department:

Cole Spinks

Fish Dissection: Year 10 and Year 8 students learning about the "workings of eyes".

Skiing Practice Timetable

Vikki Derik-Westaway

Week 5: Tuesday 29 May 10.45-11.15

Touch Rugby

Week 6: Tuesday 5 June 10.45-11.15

Grace Earle

Week 8 Tuesday 19 June 10.45-11.15


Week 9: Tuesday 26 June 10.45-11.15 (Kikorangi on stage in the hall)

Zoe Spinks Ultimate Frisbee Ben Francis

Week 9: Thursday 28 June 10.45-11.15 (Waimakariri on stage in the hall)


Week 10: Tuesday 3 July 10.45-11.15 (Rawhiti on stage in the hall)

Ryan Hughes

Week 10 Thursday 5 July 10.45 - 11.15 (Tawera on stage in the hall)

Micaela Curtin

Netball Basketball Jeroen Breunisse

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Ella van der Wilt and Hannah King showing the Year 10 Metalwork from Term One Cassidy Wells showing her work made during Soft Materials class

Year 13 Students taking a Jump Jam Session

Ewen, proudly showing off the Flax Flower he made


First week of Selwyn Sports Sessions in Rolleston

Year 11 Woodwork Students with their teacher, Gavin Chalk

Year 11 Student Brie Edwards with her "work in progress".

Years 7 and 8 Netball Trials


Olivia Cridge with her finished pyjama pants made during Term One

Alastair, Barnaby, Felix and Mathias enjoying a game of Chess


Commerce Market Days

Over the last three weeks, Years 11 and 12 Commerce students have been selling their products at lunchtime. Thank you to all the students and staff who have supported them and bought some of their products. This week, the Year 10 Economic Students will be selling the cookies they have created at the Cookie Market (Thursday lunchtime).

French Students From today until the end of Term Two, there will be six 15 and 16 year old French students joining us here at Darfield High School. They come from the Lycēe Fēlix Le Dantec, our sister school in Brittany. Their visit is part of the French Exchange Programme, which also allows our DHS students to travel to France. If you see them around at school or in our community, please make them feel welcome.


Left to right; Manon, Emma, Ianis, Alan, Pauline, and Enora

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Author James Norcliffe

Last term in English, the Year 9s focused on training for the annual Year 9 Grammar Games. In class, students worked on their parts of speech fitness, pushed their punctuation limits and strengthened their sentence structure. This training culminated in an event in the hall on the last day of Term One. The event involved all of Year 9 working in small teams to compete for the Grammar Games trophy and the title (and honour) of being this year's Grammar Games champions.

Recently, DHS was lucky enough to be included in the Storylines National Festival Story Tour. Storylines, a charitable trust, celebrates and promotes writers and illustrators of New Zealand children’s literature and brings them to their readers and to young authors in the making. In our case, the tour brought author James Norcliffe to our library for a session with 30 of our keen writing students in Years 7-9.

the powerful magic of an old cornet is used to restore to normal a brass band maliciously reduced to the size of carrots! James encouraged us to use our imaginations and observations as an inspiration for our writing and to carry a notebook to record ideas. It was an enjoyable hour and a great opportunity to ask questions and glean tips for our own writing from an experienced, successful author.

James Norcliffe is an award-winning NZ writer—a poet, fiction writer and educator. At his session, students learnt about the process he used when he wrote the young adult novel Under the Rotunda. This is a story where

Our next visit from an author is on 18 June when we are very excited to welcome to DHS one of New Zealand's most celebrated authors, Kate De Goldi.

Year 9 Grammar Games

This year's winning team was Vaughan Smart, Sophie Tiede, Bailey Inwood and Amelia-Jane Kempthorne

The atmosphere was charged as the teams were given the signal to start the competition. Racing to complete all 10 rounds before the other teams, each group had to work together to apply their knowledge and understanding of grammar. The competition this year was fierce and the Year 13 volunteer markers were kept incredibly busy.

The new beginning! Finding our way!

On Tuesday 2 May, our current Kapahaka welcomed our Year 7 tamariki to our DHS Kapahaka family.

Our newly formed Kapahaka team practises on a Wednesday afternoon with tutors Matua Wiremu Puanaki and Whaea Debby Lewis, supported by Koka Hiria Williams and Whaea Vicki Oliver.

tamariki's Whanau/Parents so you know what we propose to participate in. We welcome any support you can give to help us have a successful year. Thank you very much! Nga mihi nui!

We are currently confirming event and performance opportunities to take part in this year. Shortly, we will be sending an email home to all Kapahaka



Support Services Page 0800PUPILS

Student Communications and Safe Practices Charitable Trust runs 0800PUPILS. It was founded in 2013 by Cantabrians, and is now run by Glynn Taylor. One aspect of the trust is the 0800PUPILS phone line which is an anonymous way to report crime or bullying within the school and community. The phone is picked up by Crime Stoppers staff in NZ, no names are asked from those who are calling, and then the situation is reported back to a point of contact in School. It is then dealt with accordingly.

The Counsellors We are lucky enough to have our two very own counsellors in the school every day of the week. They are open for a quick chat or a longer yarn so head on over next to the Deanery where you will be greeted with a friendly smile. Fill out a form and you'll be on your way. Ms Mallinder and Mrs Hamilton are available to talk to you about everything under the sun, from friend problems and coping with school stresses, to anything going on at home or in your life. Any parents who would like to make an appointment for their child, please email Ms Mallinder or Mrs Hamilton

Adriana Cornelissen Head Of Well-being

The Mentoring Programme A mentor is hard to define—a friend, a buddy, a companion, someone older and wiser, someone with experience, someone who has been down the path you are following? What do mentors do? At Darfield High School, we have a group of about 18 students who have offered their time and commitment to act as a mentor to some Years 7 and 8 students. The older students take time during the week to sit with and talk and listen to their young buddy, to maybe take some time out at the Bakery, to share some class time. The younger buddies have been invited to take part and they can accept or decline. They have been invited as staff have identified that they are challenged by the transition to High School, which is a major step in their young lives. A mentor can provide them with a guiding hand. The senior students set these meetings up and this takes time and some organising in their busy weeks of study, assessments, sport and cultural pursuits. Some mentor—buddy relationships take off and work very easily; some can be a bit of a struggle because of


shyness, busyness or uncertainty. Three staff members act as supporters to the mentors who can ask for advice at any time. The mentoring programme is a learning experience for everyone involved. Our aim is to ease the way for some of our younger students and give our older students experience in using their strengths and skills to support others. We will continue working on this project to adapt and refine how it works so that the students involved derive the best possible outcomes. Big hats off to our seniors who commit themselves to this project.

Peer Support and Peer Mediation Hey guys, there are lots of services around the school that many of you can get involved in, such as Peer Support and Peer Mediation. Peer Support is a leadership opportunity for Year 12s, where you can go into a Year 7 class once a week and plan a lesson to encourage students to get involved more with each other. Peer Mediation is open to all year levels at school: students solve other students' conflict, through different strategies. If you have any questions about Peer Support or Peer Mediation, please feel free to talk to Mrs Cartman.

Julia Trushin

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DHS HELP This year a new service has been launched to help make life here a bit easier for you. is an email you can contact if you need a hand with anything in and around school. Any email sent goes to an experienced panel to be forwarded to a prefect, staff member or anyone else who may be able to give you a hand. There are so many different things the email could be used for, for example maybe you don’t know who to contact about signing up for a sports team, or maybe you want to make a Peer Mediation or counsellor appointment and you don’t know where to make one. Anything at all you want to know! It’s here to help you so please flick us an email whenever you need.

Positivitree As part of the Bullying Free week, the students were able to write a positive message and hang it on the "Positivitree".

The Health Nurse Here at Darfield High School we have a Public Health Nurse available every second Monday. If your child wishes to make an appointment, they can do so in the counsellors block located next to D1 (Deanery). These appointments can also be totally anonymous so everything stays between you and her if you wish. However, if you require first aid, please see Ms Hill. In assembly, a short video clip made by the Well-being committee was shown to students; it can be found HERE.

Adriana Cornelissen Head Of Wellbeing

Free Health Clinic For Students Public Health Nurse: Pam Eaden Pam Eaden, our Public Health Nurse, is available every second Monday during lunchtime in the Counsellors Office. Pam is available to discuss confidentially any health concerns, physical, mental and sexual health. This is a drop-in service or you can make an appointment with Ms Mallinder or Mrs Hamilton. Parents with concerns regarding their child's health are able to refer to the Public Health Nursing service

Adriana Cornelissen adding a message to the "Positivitree.




PINK SHIRT DAY Take a stand against bullying


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Careers Expo 2018

On 7 May, Years 10-13 at DHS had the opportunity to take part in the Careers Expo. At the Expo, there were a number of displays from some of the Universities about the courses offered. These included University of Canterbury, University of Otago, University of Auckland and more. There was also a range of other tertiary education options, such as YOOBEE: School of Design and Avonmore Tertiary Institute. The Careers Expo provided

information from training to be a doctor, to undertaking Anthropology, to what it takes to become a fashion designer or a tradie. It really helped a lot of the students decide what and where they want to study when they are ready to go to University. The people behind the displays were very helpful, giving plenty of valuable information on what subjects to take to achieve the degree(s) we are interested in, job opportunities that

come after studying at University and other opportunities each University can offer to us. The Careers Expo was a great experience for the seniors as it was very interesting and helpful to know what it takes to get to the job you are most interested in.

Issy Kennedy and Sophie Clarke

On Wednesday 16 May, both DHS 1st XV and U15 Rugby teams played in cold and foggy conditions against Westland teams. Both DHS teams had convincing wins. 1st XV DHS vs Westland 68-0 Under 15 DHS vs Westland 36-7


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Amazing opportunity for our Design students in 2018 We are embarking on an exciting design journey this year, alongside the Darfield Community Garden team, with our end goal to see one of the students' designs become a reality at the Community Garden, situated alongside Almond Park.

connecting people and the community with whole food, enabling children to experience picking and eating fruit from the tree and creating spaces for people to learn and accomplish growing their own food.

The creative vibe is alive and buzzing in the classroom and we have had our first site visit and discussion with the stakeholders. Bev Elder and her team have been doing an amazing amount of work over the last two years making their dream a reality, the dream of

Our job is to create something exciting to support their dream. Watch this space...

Darfield High School A Netball are playing at Selwyn Netball Centre on Saturdays (at Lincoln) under the umbrella of the Malvern Club. This is part of the new Netball Academy, which has three school teams, all playing as Malvern at Lincoln. The Academy has objectives to provide robust and coherent pathways for players to achieve success. Photos were taken on our team building day to kick start the season.


Darfield High School 'A' Netball Team ISSUE 04 / DHS DISPATCH


40 Hour Famine

This year, the 40 Hour Famine is fundraising for refugees from South Sudan. Our goal this year is to raise $10,000 for the refugees. This year, to encourage participation, we have introduced teams—this means that students can get together with their friends raiseactivity moneycan as increase a team! We Doingand a group have great prizes on offer for thecreate most your school’s total while helping a culture of service and collaboration money raised by both individuals and within your school. teams.


YOUR SCHOOL’S TOTAL! Here are a few thought-starters:

We have a fantastic team of student • If your school has a uniform, organise a leaders event this goldorganising coin mufti day.the If not, try a themed for a year;dress-up they are alldonation very motivated to do their best thenight, refugees in or South • Set up afor movie quiz night talent quest for parents or families Sudan. The leadership team has run • Organise asign-up bake sale day with lots of a successful • Do a from sausage sizzle at the sports fields support the student body. Coming up isor a during movielunch-time night on 25 May, to • Set funfor challenges for teachers and Famine fundraise this year's 40 Hour staff members efforts. There will be a small entrance Your Schools Partnership Manager has plenty of examples of what has worked well in other schools.


fee and food for sale. This event is open to all High School students; even if you are not participating, we would still appreciate your involvement. Don’t forget that the 40 Hour Famine doesn’t just mean 40 hours not eating! You can do anything for 40 hours—stay outside, tie yourself to your friends, watch TV, not speak, live in a box: the possibilities are endless! There’s still time to sign up if you haven’t; you can get your permission slip from the office.

or call,

- 40,000 steps - 40 kind deeds - 40 class visits (combined) If you would like to support them (and donate to this worthy cause) please click HERE.





25 May

Movie Fundraiser Hunt for the Wilderpeople at the Darfield Baptist

Church at 6 pm; $5 at the door plus popcorn and drinks for sale.

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40 Hour Famine fundraisers to travel overseas and see our work in action.

Please remember we are here to support you! We have excellent resources to help save you Hand out Sponsorship books, time, and team members who can work directly Late last year Cole, Tessa, Shani and Shelley wristbands and money bagsstudents. withcollection you and your visited Northern Uganda where more than 1 million South Sudanese refugees have fled A full A-Z Organisers Guide is available on Make sure everyone knows when to. They spent time experiencing life in a the USB and at and where refugee camp and understanding how difficultto return their completed books and donations life is when you’ve fled home with Sponsorship nothing. They talked to children and their families, and all funds by 6 July 2018 using realised how similar they are to us;Bank with the this year’s same hopes and dreams and how more than Deposit book anything they want to return to school and Send fundraising materials their friends. The Youth Ambassadors willcompleted be to World using this box and the travelling around New Zealand in the lead upVision to postage-paid the 40 Hour Famine and sharing their incredible sticker included experiences. If you would like to organise a classroom or assembly visit, get in touch with your Schools Partnership Manager.


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defence rocked up in bikinis over their clothes and hair in pigtails. When the As the DHS Senior A Netball team, whole group had arrived, we were met one of our many goals is to have great with our first of many challenges in the on and off court relationships. Our ‘Amazing Race’ we were doing. The first coaches, Ms Kelly and Ms Mossop, heard challenge was announced and we were what we said and set to work making off rock climbing in Gym 2, with the first a challenging yet exciting day full of team to 15 points-points arranged by activities. We were going into the day of the difficulty of the climb-as the winner. activities completely clueless; the only The pink team took this competition things we knew were our teams—split out, with lots of cheering from everyone, between the defenders, mid-courters, even if they weren’t in the same team. and shooters—and the outfits which we After this, we ‘hopped on our stallions’had chosen to wear in our teams. As we being the school's mountain bikes-and arrived at school, there was an endless took off to the Plantation where we had supply of laughter as the different teams 45 minutes to get around the course as in their uniforms showed up, with the many times as possible in our teams. shooters in pink tutus and face paint, Following this, we headed to the Darfield the mid-courters in full black, as they are Domain pond and we were told our next the ninjas of the court, and finally the challenge was to make a cardboard boat



Hi 2018 Organisers! QUESTIONS? You’ll find everything you need for this year’s Hour Famine 0800 FAMINE (326 463) in here. THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR We have plenty of resources on our website to help with fundraising or teaching about the current situation in South Sudan. If you have any questions, please email us on

This year some Year 13s have challenged the Deans to participate in World Vision as a group to raise money. They have taken up this challenge and have chosen the following things to do over a 40 hour period from Thursday 7 to Friday 8 June.

and get the whole team across the lake in relay fashion; it was safe to say that anyone who entered any of the boats got wet, with all boats barely lasting the first lap. After this wet activity, we did many more, such as shooting ball from a flying fox-only two goals were scored in total-and taking pictures with a variety of different things which included statues and live animals. Overall, the day was a huge blast and the whole team went home absolutely exhausted from the big day of activities and team bonding. We wanted to say a huge thank you to our awesome coaches, Ms Kelly and Ms Mossop, for organising this awesome team experience and we look forward to the rest of the adventures the season holds.


Year 7 Staveley Camp

This year for school camp the students from all of the Year 7 classes at Darfield High School were lucky enough to go to Staveley for three days and two nights. There we meet Peter, our lovely host. He told us all about the ground rules and what sort of fun activities we would be doing while we stayed. For example, an activity we did was stream study, where you got to sift through sand finding small bugs, or outdoor cooking where you got to cook your own kebab over a log fire; not to mention the other amazing activities we also took part in. The food was fantastic as well. I mean, we got fed at least four times a day. There were potatoes, salad, ham, fresh bread, and that’s only lunchtime. But dessert was definitely the best: cheesecake, ice-cream, wafers, and sprinkles. I don’t think you could ask for better camp food. Bed was good. There were about 10 people in each bunk room and everyone got sleep. Although the weather was freezing outside, I had an awesome time: how many times has it snowed while you were on camp? I can tell you not many. Not only did it snow, it actually settled. I wish there had been enough to make snowmen. Even though the weather had a fit, camp was really fun. So thank you very much to all of the parent helpers that came along with us: without you we would not have been able to go on camp. You did an amazing job looking after us and I hope you can come on our Year 8 camp, too.

Holly Smith


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Biology Field Trip

(Not many crabs were harmed in this process) On 18 March, the Year 13 Biology class piled into the Transit vans to make our way over to Wainui. The poor Transit vans, piled high with home baking, bags and, most importantly, our research gear, only just made it over the hills. We were on a mission to catch some crabs. When we arrived at the YMCA camp in Wainui, we got cabins and everything sorted, unpacked, and then headed back down to the beach to start our investigation. The crabs must have known what they were in for as they all

vanished under the rocks, and it took many hours of searching to find some. Each group was aiming to get about 50 crabs, and it was a very tedious process (little did we know what was coming). After the crabs had all been collected, they were hauled (safely and ethically) back to the camp where they were to be experimented on for the next few hours. The crabs underwent a number of new environments, from high light levels to very warm water. We ended up testing about 150 crabs per group, and, let me tell you, while we started with the utmost enthusiasm, it certainly didn’t end that way.

Fortunately, the testing ended that day for most of us; we had dinner (cooked perfectly by Miss Voss and Miss Sullivan) and then a well-deserved sleep (dreaming of the darn crabs). The next day, we released the crabs back into their normal lives, and then walked around the rock pools which was super interesting! It ended up with George head first in the water poking around a rock pool, which was quite comical. Huge thanks to Miss Voss and Miss Sullivan for putting up with us and also helping us with our experiments! To the Year 13 Bio class of 2019, good luck and have fun.

Katie Sharp

Photo credit to Esther Blain



International Department Update At the start of Term 2, we welcomed six new international students who enjoyed a two-day orientation programme before beginning classes. Two of our new students (Misa and Maho) are the very first long-term students from our partner school, Kagoshima Junshin Girls’ High School. Everyone is starting to settle in well, enjoy their classes, and make some friends. Thank you to their buddies, teachers, classmates, host families and the wider community for welcoming them to DHS. We also said goodbye to our five Brazilian students who finished their programme and returned to Brazil to continue their studies. We wish them safe travels and all the best for the future. New international students:

Tyty (Napatara) Merakate From Thailand, here for three terms in 11HA

Tita (Pantita) Duangprasert From Thailand, here for two terms in 11CH

Maho Gotanda From Japan, here for one term in 11BG

Misa Kawaguchi From Japan, here for one term in 11CH

Yuto Ono From Japan, here for a one term trial in 9CM

Tai (Pakawat) Janda Ruandherson, Maria, Rodrigo, Mayra and Nicolas from Brazil with their Graduation Certificates.

From Thailand, here for a one term trial in 8DK

Left to right: Tyty, Tai, Tita, Maho, Misa and Yuto


22 MAY 2018

My Holiday

I was very busy on this holiday. I went to Nelson and Kaikoura with the International Students, and I also went to Hokitika with my host family and with a Japanese friend. My favourite place was Kaikoura. We could stay only one night, but it left a strong impression on me. There were a lot of fashionable shops in there. I liked to take the pictures of the shops and walk around the town. My favourite things were to hike, kayak and to fly the skywire. I was very tired with hiking and kayaking. I walked eight kms, and I kayaked one hour in a day. I enjoyed the sea and beautiful views. I talked a lot with my friends, so I didn’t get bored and it wasn’t so hard for me. I also liked skywire. It was very exciting. I could see the sea and river and it was very fast. I enjoyed a berry ice-cream and curry and rice during the trip. The ice cream was a little acid, but I loved the taste. I walked a lot in Kaikoura. I went to a lot of forests and I went to look at the glow worms. It was very beautiful, so I went there twice. I would like to go there again.

Kanon Oka 11BG On Saturday 12 May a group of 25 international students went into Christchurch with Miss Hely and Mrs Kennedy to watch the Crusaders play the Waratahs. Although not many of the students knew much about rugby before the trip, it was very exciting to see so many tries. At one stage, the Crusaders were down 29-0 but came back to secure a narrow victory.

“The knights who were riding horses ran around the field before the game. That was cool!” – Chihiro Ogino (Year 13) “I actually didn’t really understand the rules, but I learned some of the rules through the rugby game. It was an exciting and awesome time. I would like to go there again.” – Mai Takata (Year 10)



Year 8 Trip to Antarctica

to experience an Antarctic snow storm, get up close with the penguins and have a play with the gorgeous huskies. All of the displays were highly engaging for the students, helping them to come away with a deep understanding of what explorers in Antarctica were up against.

On Friday 11 May, all five of the Year 8 classes went on a trip to the Antarctic Centre and The Canterbury Museum. This trip was organised to enrich the learning experiences happening in our Social Studies classes as we look back in time at past explorers. In class so far, we have looked particularly at the Expedition of Robert Falcon Scott and his journey to the South Pole. We all got on the bus by 9 am and set off on our own expeditions. The classes were split into two halves: the first group, 8MP, 8SJ and half of 8DK, went to the Museum first. The second group, 8CT, 8JP and the other half of 8DK, went to the Antarctic Centre. At the Museum, many of the displays were of high interest to the students, particularly the hands on learning experiences in a new display about the Sun. This prompted ideas for the students who may want to learn about

The staff at the Antarctic Centre also ran an excellent educational programme, which sparked some keen interest in how the students could one day become explorers themselves, what they can learn from the Antarctic expeditions and the possibility of getting to Antarctica themselves. space exploration when they return to class. Also the excellent Antarctic displays in the Museum offered a deeper learning experience of the Antarctic exploration. The journeys of not only Scott, but also Amundsen, Nobu, Shackleton, and Hillary, are well documented and displayed at the Antarctica Gallery.

Overall, it was a wonderful day that provided the Year 8 students with a deep learning experience and a lot of fun! We would like to say a big thank you to the parent helpers without whom, this type of trip would not be possible.

Around midday, the groups swapped venues, enjoyed some lunch and then continued their learning journey. I think it is safe to say that the real highlight for all of the students and adults on the trip was the visit to the Antarctic Centre. Here the learning really comes alive as the students get

Year 11 Geography Trip On Thursday 3 May, we set off to Kaikoura. We arrived and were given a talk from Lisa at Whale Watch, who informed us about the company's history and how they are working towards being sustainable. After, we went on the Kaikoura Whale Watch trip. On the boat, we saw two sperm whales and heaps of green faces. The tour guides on board were really informative and helped us when we wanted to get that insta-worthy tail flip. On Friday morning, we set off across to Hanmer Springs where we asked three-four quick questions of people about their time in Hanmer. Back at the camp we did team activities, with two more talks about sustainability in their companies from Shane at the Hot Pools and Bart at Forest Camp, where


we were staying. We were allowed to have some free time to walk around or go to the Hot Pools. That night, there was a talent quest where the best of the best competed, with the one and only

contestant taking 1st place. Thanks to Mr Quinn and Miss Petersen for a fantastic trip!

Rozlyn Doherty and Annalise Selfe

22 MAY 2018

University of Canterbury Discovery Day On Tuesday, 10 April 2018 from 9.30 am to 2.30 pm, around 50 Year 12 students bussed from Darfield High School to the University of Canterbury. Before we went to UC for the day, we signed up to choose six lectures that we wanted to attend. After being picked up at 8.10 am, we traveled to UC and made our way to our first lectures. While we were at our first lecture, and nerves were getting the best of some of us, the professors quickly calmed our nerves as they talked with confidence about the subject. One of the first lectures we could choose was “What if nutrition could treat mental illness?” This was

a very enticing lecture which really opened up our eyes to what we are putting in our bodies and what we should be putting in our bodies. The way that the professor spoke didn’t feel like she was lecturing us; it felt like she was giving us advice without parenting us. A second lecture that was available and we found interesting was “Can linguists solve crimes?” The evidence that the professor used in his presentation was real, and he brought up known times when linguists have helped to solve crimes. Criminals such as “Jack the Ripper” was a 19th century serial killer, and with help from linguists police were able to narrow

down the area the murderer was from. Some of the lectures were made somewhat entertaining, as in one of the lectures, "Outbreak! Considering Health Impacts on Society", they had people demonstrating what could possibly happen, and who could be affected. Using real life instances helped to engage us with what was being said, and we also got more of an understanding of what they were teaching us.

Laura Ashworth

University Information Evening The University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha (UC) invites students from our school and their families to attend its Canterbury Information Evening on Wednesday 6 June.

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The UC Information Evening starts at 6.30 pm on 6 June in C Block on the UC Campus, Ilam Road, Christchurch.

The evening is a great opportunity for local senior secondary students and their parents to learn more about the range of qualifications UC offers, to hear from leading academics and get key questions answered about: ·





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Members of UC’s Liaison team, including Sia Evalu and Gemma Salm, will be presenting along with specialist UC academics at the UC Information Evening on 6 June


Artwork By: Eboni Lawrence Jennifer Bell Kilita Fouchee Mereana Gilmour Madeleine Berge Katie Griffiths Hayley Murray Jamie Walker


22 MAY 2018

Year 11 and 12 ARTWORK



Flax Weaving At The

Learning Centre

Cora On Wednesday Period 5, everyone in the Learning Centre made a flax flower. First we took the spine off the back, then we started folding the strips of the flax. We folded it over each other and kept repeating this until it made a flower. I gave my flax to my Mum and my friend Emily; they both loved it very much!

Caleb On Wednesday I made a flax flower. I used one strip of flax to make it. I folded the flax underneath each other to weave it. It is harder than it looks to make.

Kailash On Wednesday P5, we did flax weaving. I made a flax flower when I got home from school I gave my flax flower to Mum.


Danni On Wednesday Period 5 we learnt how to make a flower out of flax. The flax was green and the bottom of the stem was a bit sticky with sap. We all sat in a circle and put down a blue tarpaulin so the scraps wouldn’t go everywhere on the carpet. It was really tricky to start with but then I picked it up. It was hard because we had to fold it forwards, backwards and weave it behind until it was done. Then you had to tie a knot to keep it from unravelling. After school I gave my first flax creation to Nana and the second one to Mum.

Lucas On Wednesday, I did flax flowers with Angela. To make a flower, I used a blade of flax. I twisted it and wove it. I thought it was good. I gave it to Dad.



On Wednesday, we were learning how to weave flax flowers in the afternoon. Before we started, Angela put a blue tarpaulin on the floor and we sat around it. To make a flax flower you need one blade of flax. We wove and twisted the flax into a flower. It was hard to make. I gave mine to Mum and Dad.

On Wednesday Period 5, in the Learning Centre, we made putiputi out of flax. First we needed to take the spine off, then we folded the strips over each other until they came to a stop. I asked Sally to help me start it off. When I gave Mum the putiputi, she was delighted and she put it in her room.



On Wednesday in the afternoon, we made flax flowers at the Learning Centre. The harakeke was in long strips, it was green and hard. We had to fold the flax to make the flowers. They looked good, and I took mine home. I gave my flax flowers to Mum and she liked them!

On Wednesday, I did flax weaving in the Learning Centre. I made a flower by folding a strip of flax. It was tricky because I had to concentrate on what I was doing. I enjoyed the flax weaving. I think the flax was a little bit hard. Nathan gave the flax weaving to Mum.

22 MAY 2018

Aoraki Aviation Scout Camp As part of the Darfield Scout group, I, along with three other Scouts (Liam Barnhill, Ryan Booth and Arran Armstrong) had the opportunity to attend the Aoraki Aviation Camp between 6 and 8 April. This was the 12th iteration of this camp and this year they were celebrating the 500th Scout to attend. The camp is held in Springfield on the airfield. When we arrived, we pitched our tents then assembled with the other Scouts (one of whom had come from as far

afield as Nelson) to perform flag break and to be sorted into patrols of six. My patrol named itself Full of Hot Air (pun intended)! One restless night and two lectures on the theory and terminology of powered flight later, we were driven to the Wings and Wheels Show in Darfield, where we prepared and flew the hot air balloon. When it came my turn to go up, the balloon fell over on landing, crushing a large swathe of grass as it went-funny and everyone ended up piled on top of

Sheilah Winn Drama Competition The Canterbury Regional Shakespeare Sheilah Winn Festival celebrates plays written by William Shakespeare.

This year, the festival was held at Christchurch Girls High and Hornby High School. These awards are sponsored and endorsed by the University of Otago. James Stead, Caitlin Rayne, Caitlin Warrington, Jessica Galletly, Michelle Bruce, Abigail Tuhill, Kieran McKay, Natasha Young, Jodie Rollings and Caleb Banks all attended representing DHS. They came away with the following awards:

Jessica Galletly: Most promising actor in the festival.

Michelle Bruce: Student director of Twelfth night.

Keiran McKay: Actor. Kieran McKay, Natasha Young, Jodie Rollings and Caleb Banks all helped to direct "The Tempest" as student directors.

Darfield High School - Won Judges Choice for: Best relationship with the audience and Most developed character of Caliban.


Shakespeare Judges' comments:

Elizabeth: Caliban had the most amazing make-up; he truly did look like he was half man and half fish.

each other! One lecture and an optional quiz later, and it was back to bed for some rest. The next morning, we had one more lecture and then a flight in a helicopter and a glider. I definitely recommend both if you get the opportunity; it was awesome! After a lunch of sandwiches and Doritos, we took down our tents and started our chores; I and three others attacked the toilets with squeegees. We then performed flag down, received our six badges and left for home. The camp was amazing fun and, to those thinking about joining Scouts, or the Scouts who were too young to be eligible for this camp this year, I would thoroughly recommend attending next year. Many thanks to our local Scout leader, John Booth, for helping give us such an amazing opportunity.

Jeremy Bourhill

The noise of the storm was made on the stage, which is always pleasing. You were all audible and told the story. Good effort.

Lizzie: Love that you committed to being wet! Stunning makeup. Nice naturalism and comfort with the text, Trinculo. Overall, great potential but scene could use a wee tighten and polish. Eilish: This scene had a very creepy opening. I loved your Caliban’s make-up and costume. Generally you all had good volume and pace.


(L to R) Summer Mitchell, Georgia Mitchell, Sophie Jarvis, Katherine Hadler, Hanna Schiersmann, Millie Wilson, Georgia Allison, Mikayla Wycliffe, Charlotte Thomas, Niamh Rayne, Caitlin Rayne.

Georgia Allison receiving her award as a Top Rider in the recent Interschools Dressage competition.

The winning DHS Dressage team. (L to R) Katherine Hadler, Niamh Rayne, Miss Nicky Voss, Georgia Allison and Charlotte Thomas.

Niamh Rayne, Charlotte Thomas, Georgia Allison and Katherine Hadler-the winning DHS Dressage team for the third year in a row.

Charlotte Thomas receiving her award as a Top Rider in the recent Interschools Dressage competition.


Millie Wilson and Hanna Schiersmann


22 MAY 2018



LC 1st XV Newsletter 2018

Round Three NEXT GAME

vs Christ’s College @ Christ’s Sat 26th May. Kick off: 12.00

Photos courtesy of Felicity Pluck.

LC secured their first four try bonus point of the season with a scrappy 26-13 win over Roncalli/Aoraki Combined. Through injury and rotation, LC came into the game with new combinations across the whole team. Despite this, the game started well for LC with a well taken try by Robert Sporke in the first five minutes. From the ensuing kick-off, LC failed to exit their own quarter and RC capitalised with a penalty. LC combinations were further disrupted when Cameron Jordan left the field with blood, and Jackson Cunneen dislocated his shoulder. Recovering from these disruptions, Robert Sporke exploited a gap and offloaded to Wil Gualter who ran in under the posts. In a repeat of the first try, LC gifted RC three points after the re-start, and headed into half time up 14-6. Keanan Pluck scored immediately after the break from a Wil Gualter intercept, and this was followed 10 minutes later by a strong close-in try to Callum Murdoch. LC’s defence was tested in the last 10 minutes as they defended their line from a RC onslaught. Eventually

the weight of possession took its toll and RC scored a well deserved try. Work done during week on the newly donated scrum machine paid off, with the scrum one of the positives LC can take from the game, and they will need it as they prepare to face a rampant Christ’s side that is coming off two 50 point wins.


The tradition of capping has its origins in the early forms of football. Players would wear tasseled caps to distinguish them from the opposition (team uniforms came later). In rugby, the first instance of this is reported to have occurred at Rugby College in 1839. Today the term ‘cap’ is used to refer to a player’s appearance in a match, hence the term ‘he has 12 caps’. Teams across a number of sports still present a physical cap. In 2018, a player in the LC 1st XV is awarded their cap after 10 UC Championship appearances (so they get their cap after 10 caps). Players traditionally wear their caps from the dressing room to the field. They then lay their caps on the halfway line, where they remain until after the haka. When not being worn, the cap is rolled up and worn in the blazer pocket. The tassel should be out of the pocket.


The team would like to thank the Buckley family, from the Halswell Bakery, for sourcing and donating a scrum machine. FACEBOOK More pictures available on the LHS rugby FB page. /lhsrugby/?ref=py_c STANDINGS AND DRAW championshipdrawsresults standings/home-1

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School and Community Notices TERM TWO

WEEK FOUR Friday 25 May • Cultural Diversity Day • Year 7/8 Selwyn Sports WEEK FIVE Tuesday 29 May • Canterbury SS Cross Country Champs • ICAS Science Competition • House Singing Practice Thursday 31 May • Junior Quad Friday 1 June • Year 7/8 Selwyn Sports WEEK SIX Monday 4 June • Queens Birthday Holiday Tuesday 5 June • House Singing Practice Friday 8 June • Year 7/8 Selwyn Sports WEEK SEVEN Monday 11 June • Canterbury PS Artistic Competitive Gymnastics • Dispatch Newsletter • BOT Meeting 6.30 pm

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For more details and to find suitable scholarships, visit the MoneyHub Scholarship page Reminder: Students who come to school by school bus must come into the grounds and remain there for the day unless they sign out. Bus students may not go to the shops in Darfield before school.

Visitors To The School If you are visiting our school during the school day please visit reception on arrival at our campus. Our friendly office staff will then assist you from there.

Activities & School Fee Payments

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Up To Date?

It is important that we have the correct contact details for parents and caregivers. Please advise your new address by emailing jane@darfield.

All payments to the school (school fees, activity fees, NCEA fees, etc) can be made by direct credit to the following bank account. Please include the student’s name and the reason for the payment, eg Camp Fees.

Darfield High School, ASB Bank Limited Riccarton, 12-3147-0207317-00

Absences Please remember if your student is not at school, or arrives late, to phone the school to explain the absence. Please phone Mrs Davies on (03) 3188 411 Ext 2 or you can email 28

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Darfield High School Formal 2018 The Annual Darfield High School Formal will be held this year on Saturday 4 August in the Darfield High School Hall from 7.30 – 11 pm with the theme “Through the looking glass”

Other Changes Include:

activity under teacher supervision (eg science class) Specifics relating to School Socials: Students under the influence of alcohol, In possession of alcohol or attempting to bring Alcohol into the event will be asked to leave immediately into the care of a parent or guardian.

This year, there have been some changes to the structure of the formal, firstly to accommodate an updated Alcohol policy and secondly to efficiently cope with the growing number of students attending.

Students are responsible for any partner they invite to a school social event who is not enrolled at Darfield High School. If either the partner or the student are asked to leave, then the other will be required to leave, too.

The School Alcohol Policy now states that: At any school organised activity: Students may not consume alcoholic beverages.

The school may employ security guards to support the enforcement of this policy.

Students may not be under the influence of alcohol.

At events at venues outside the school or not organised by the school, additional requirements may be enforced, for example, searches or breath testing.

Students may not be in possession of alcoholic beverages except for the purposes of an approved classroom

Ticket Sales will be limited to 300. Darfield High School Students get first priority. Only Year 13 Students may bring outside partners. Outside partners must be enrolled in a NZ Secondary School. Outside partners will be required to provide photo ID on the night. Darfield High School Students must be enrolled at the time and attending school with 90% attendance over Term 2 and leading into the Formal. Ticket sales will begin on Monday 11 June and students will be informed of the cost in the coming weeks.

Available from the DHS Canteen Samosa

Chilli Bean Nacho

w/miso, apple & Sunbites

w/miso, apple & Sunbites





Mouse Trap


w/popcorn, apple & milk or Calci Yum

$ or

w/cheese & onion or cheese & tomato toastie, muffin & apple


$ or







Veggie Delight

Veggie Delight

w/sunbites, muffin, apple & miso or hot chocolate

$ or

w/sunbites, apple & milk or Calci Yum






Mexican Roll

Chicken Pesto

w/400ml Pump Water & apple


w/brownie bite/slice, sunbite and apple











You can make a difference in one child’s life CCS Disability Action is a community organisation that provides support, advocacy and information for people with a disability. We are currently looking for a foster family for a 12 year old boy. His interests include Lego, animals and getting out in his community. Providing a safe and stable home will give this young man the chance to be included in a family environment and stay connected with the things that are most important to him such as school, friends or his community. Training and support are provided. If you’re interested in welcoming a child into your family, give us a call to find out more about Foster Care with CCS Disability Action. Sheryl Catchpole Phone: (03) 365 5661 or 0800 227 2255

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Wellness Workshops Term Two Four Week Series Wednesdays 7-8.30 pm. June 6 Supporting Wellness June 13 Keeping Calm June 20 Mindfulness June 27 Finding Balance $20 per workshop. If you're struggling with stress, health issues, anxiety, or irritability then these workshops will provide you with some direction to find and be your best self more often. Come along and explore, laugh, and find inspiration towards well-being. Just send me an email or txt for the info sheet or to book your spot - 0272711672.

Teen Artspace: fashion illustration If you dream of becoming a fashion designer, merchandiser, or stylist, this four week course can help make that dream a reality. Learn the elements of a basic fashion design sketch and start to develop your own croquis.

Go to our website for times and bookings - Darfield Library Tuesdays 4.30 – 6 pm Workshop 2 starting June 12


22 MAY 2018

For anyone that has used the Weather Station in the past it is now back up and running.

Sports Draws

If you are involved in Football, Hockey, Netball or Basketball click HERE or go to to view your current draws and previous week's results for your sport.

Football Hockey Netball Basketball

Sports Uniforms

Netball Coaching Opportunity Player-Centred Coaching Module Wednesday 23 May Darfield High School Gymnasium 6.30-8.00 pm This course is available to all new coaches. Once this course has been completed, coaches are then on the Coaching pathway and can attend further modules. Cost $22 Please contact Baillie Graham for further information at

Students should be in their sports code gear (ie netball dress, rugby gear, football gear). If they want something else to keep warm they can wear the following: •

DHS Sports Hoodie (this is permitted only with sports gear)

Plain navy or black or DHS trackpants

School jersey

Plain black or navy jacket

Other items are not permitted.

The UC Education Mud Run

17 June

Provides mid-winter relief – pure muddy, messy fun – for Canterbury secondary school students. You’ll be inspired by the challenge…and the mud! You don’t have to be an athlete or a runner to take part in this Iconic Canterbury Student Event

Welcome to the 2018 New Zealand Secondary School Orienteering Champs

Go at your own pace – and don’t mind the mud! Details:

Permission Forms from Mrs Armstrong $2o per person

Join schools in a series of competitive orienteering events with varied terrain all situated within an hours drive from Christchurch in the scenic South Island. Entry form available online from Term 2. Officially sanctioned by the NZSSSC. Thursday 19 July | Individual Sprint Champs | Avonside - Approx 20 minutes from Christchurch airport Friday 20 July | Individual Long Champs | Leithfield Saturday 21 July | 3 Person Team Relay Champs | “Pegasus” at Burwood Managed & hosted by volunteers from:

Darfield High School Ski Programme 2018

Enrolments close 13 June 2018 Penninsula and Plains Orienteers

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Darfield High School Check Please

Senior Drama Department Follows a series of presents blind dates that

couldn’t get any worse – until they do. Check Please Could there possibly Follows of be a lightaatseries the end blind that of thedates tunnel? couldn’t get any worse – until they do. "Simply wonderful! One of the best one acts I've judged in several years. The characters were all sharply drawn; proof of 'no small parts'!" Could there possibly Iowa High School Speech Association "Kept the audience in stitches!" be a light at the end The Interlake Spectator of the tunnel? "Students loved performing it and audiences loved watching it. The flexible casting, minimal set and prop

requirements and opportunity for comic bits make it perfect for high schools and play competitions. Jonathan Rand has done it again!" Christa Whittaker, Florida State Thespians, District One Chairperson

"Simply wonderful! One of the best one acts I've judged in several years. The characters were all sharply #1ofmost-produced drawn; proof 'no small parts'!" high school short play for 13 seasons in a row, from Iowa High School Speech Association 2004-2005 to 2016-2017 (Educational Theatre Association) "Kept the audience in stitches!" The Interlake Spectator "Students loved performing it and audiences loved watching it. The flexible casting, minimal set and prop Darfield High School Drama Department requirements and opportunity for comic bits make it perfect for high schools and play competitions. Jonathan Rand has done it again!" Tuesday 26 June and Wednesday 27 June 2018 Christa Whittaker, Florida State Thespians, District One Chairperson

Open Evening Performances 7.00 pm - 8.30 pm Contact the School Office forplay Tickets LimitedinSeating #1 most-produced high school short for 13–seasons a row, from Adults $5 ChildrenTheatre $2 2004-2005 to 2016-2017 (Educational Association)

Darfield High School Drama Department Tuesday 26 June and Wednesday 27 June 2018 Darfield High School are in need of some new host families, as weOpen have aEvening Performances 7.00 pm - 8.30 pm large number of students arriving from Contact the School Office for Tickets – Limited Seating July onward. Some will be here for two Adults $5 Children $2 weeks and others staying on for three to twelve months. We are also especially in need of pet-free host families, as well as host families with horses. We have a lot of European students enrolling who have requested host families with horses. Please contact Sarah Kennedy for more information - 022 693 8497

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