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Award Winning Author Visits


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Principal’s Comments Recently our community came together for a celebration of Matariki, the Maori New Year. We were welcomed with a Mihi Whakatau and Kapahaka groups from all of the Malvern Schools performed. This was followed by a shared Hangi meal and activities. Congratulations and thanks to all of those involved in organising and participating in this successful event. The Matariki celebration reminded me how important it is for our children to be able to live and work within the bicultural and multicultural contexts of our country. The Malvern community is predominantly of white European ethnicity. As such, most students will not get the opportunity to experience other cultures as part of their daily lives. Most other communities in NZ and most workplaces are composed of a wide variety of ethnicities and cultures and

our children need to be comfortable interacting with them. For most jobs in NZ, it is considered a positive attribute to be confident with some Maori language and protocol. Being familiar with greetings, Waiata, Mihi and Powhiri are seen as important by many employers. In private companies and every government agency, employees are expected to operate successfully with these. By having a broad education in Tikanga (culture) and Te Reo (language), our students are learning key skills for life and work in NZ.

get to experience Mihi Whakatau and other Tikanga in schoolwide and class activities. Despite this, there is still much to be done in better integrating Maori language and culture as a natural part of everyday classroom practice. The Malvern Community of Learning has as one of its key outcomes developing the cultural competencies of all children in Malvern. We are working together to develop a strategy to enable our schools and ECE to be more effective with this.

James Morris

At Darfield High School, students all learn Te Reo in Years 7 and 8 and can take it as an option from Year 9. Te Reo signage is around the school and in classrooms, and teachers are given the opportunity to upskill. Our Kapahaka group is developing well and students

Thank you Beryl Beryl began working at DHS as a reliever in the early 1980s and has worked as the main reliever up until the past couple of years, with a grand total of 32 years at our school. Although Beryl’s job was mainly as a day reliever, she also filled in at short notice for longer term relief when the need arose. Beryl's knowledge of the school and the community has been a big asset in her job as a reliever.

Welcome Back Mrs Carrie Whyte will be returning to DHS after being appointed to the HOD Mathematics position. She will commence at the start of Term Three.

Thank You! Following the Years 11 and 12 Commerce and Business Studies market days held at the beginning of this term, a number of groups decided to donate their profits to the local Malvern Cancer Support Group. $171.90 in total was raised from three of the groups selling Tie-Dye t-shirts, Stress Balls and Slime, and the members of the Malvern Cancer Support wish to acknowledge and thank these groups for supporting us with their hard earned profits.

During her time at DHS, both her children and some of her grandchildren have attended the school. We wish Beryl and her husband, Cliff, a long and happy retirement.

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Student Successes Canterbury Secondary Schools

Gymnastic Championships held on Tuesday 26 June at the Olympia Gymnasium

Artistic event - Novice Level 2 Katie Griffiths - third place overall. Katie Griffiths - first equal on the vault and third on the bars. Katherine Hadler - second on the Bars and third on the floor Melissa Duncan - first on the floor. Darfield High School won the teams' event from Christchurch Girls' High School. An outstanding set of results!

Canterbury Primary Schools

Cross Country Championships held on Wednesday 27 June at the Halswell Quarry Year 7 Girls Kate Hefferon - 38th Holly Smith - 52nd Kiana Beuchele - 69th Kezia Sutton - 72nd Jody McCarthy-Dempsey - 85th

Year 8 Girls Charlise Miller - 28th Brooke Summerfield - 71st Zara McLean - 72nd Emma Hyde - 104th Sophie Hurndell - 107th

Year 7 Boys Charlie Blackburn - 33nd Eddie Adams - 51st Joe Cookson - 71st Jesse Willis 98th

Year 8 Boys Brayden Barnhil - 26th Oliver Flower - 29th Dylan Butler - 34th Casey Taylor - 99th Photos Supplied By: Jan Thomas

Ballet Award Teresa Barnhill made it into the semifinals in the Senior Division 15-19 years en pointe at the South Island Ballet Awards held at the Isaac Royal Theatre over the weekend. Only 20 girls were chosen for the semi-finals in this age group. They were marked on their technical class and also on performances both contemporary and classical (en pointe).

Henry Pearce recently won the Junior title of the 2018 South Island Motorbike Enduro series, held at Hokitika , Maruia and Mosgiel. Congratulations, Henry!

Ex-student, Genevieve Jebson, has just graduated from Massey University after four years of study with a Bachelor of Design, First Class Honours. She was also named a Massey Scholar. She majored in Visual Communication. Congratulations, Genevieve!

DHS String Group On Saturday night, the DHS String Group along with other Malvern School of Music pupils and associates, played at a Malvern Community Arts Council 40th anniversary celebration. This was in front of Amy Adams MP and Mayor Sam Broughton, as well as a large group of local MCAC members. After many rehearsals, the performance was very polished and well received. Teresa then had to repeat her ballet variation on Sunday. It was an amazing experience and she will have this memory for life. She is very keen to perform in this competition again. Congratulations, Teresa!


On Wednesday evening, the String Group played at the Lions Annual Changeover Night in the DHS Hall. This included Z'Arn Payne and Katherine Hadler playing piano solos, Emily Waters and Issy Kennedy playing flute duets, and Earl Boado playing a violin solo. These items were all extremely well received.

Playing in the Saturday performance are Earl Boado (front) and Z'Arn Payne

Tutors Pauline Sewell and Cecilia Pascoe would like to congratulate the students and thank them very much for all their efforts.


House Singing The House Singing competition takes place this Friday 6 July during Period 5 Good luck to everyone! Kikorangi: ROAR Rawhiti: DON'T BRING ME DOWN Waimak: THIS IS ME Tawera: WHO SAYS

On Wednesday 27 June, the Darfield High School PTSA catered dinner for the Malvern Lions Changeover held in the Darfield High School Hall. There was lots of positive feedback from the Lions Club about the evening. It was also fantastic to have five Prefects helping out on the evening.

New Technology At DHS New toy in the school! As far as toys go, this one is pretty cool! 3D printing is now becoming more commonplace and eventually we will probably all have one in our homes and be printing all our stuff. Imagine a door hinge breaks, or you lose the plug—no problems, print a new one! Students (and teachers) are getting into this new technology and are excited to see the results. The new MakerBot 3D Printer, printing a nut and bolt.


Vaughan Smart, one of the first students to test out the 3D Printer, with his design, a 9CM keyring. Well done, Vaughan.

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Year 7 Lunchtime Sports, organised by the Year 13 Leaders

PHOTOS AROUND DHS Purchasing tickets for the recent Years 7 & 8 Winter Disco Finished work by Jesse Smith

Speech Practice

Jesse Smith working on his next piece

Work in progress

Onigiri sold at lunchtime to raise money for an upcoming trip to Japan.



Year 10 students, putting the final pieces on their clocks

Metalwork Students working on their Term Two projects

Year 11 Mathematics students— practical work outside on the Quad


Soft Material students with their finished work from Term Two.


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Lunchtime practice for the upcoming ShowQuest

Free Book Friday Winners

Japanese Students practising their dance for a video

Kohbyn Ross: Winner of a $30 iTunes Voucher for his 100 Word Review


(L to R) Skye Blackler wins The World's Worst Children 3 by David Walliams. Kelly Rod chose The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and Connor Palmer wins Scythe by Neal Shusterman.

This year's Student Library Leaders. Getting together for an end of term lunch.



Yubetsu Exchange

Lexie at Tulip Park

I’ve been in Yubetsu for nearly three weeks now, and even though it's only been a short period of time, a lot has already happened. Since arriving here I've started school at Yubetsu High School and so far it’s been really fun; I find it really awesome that I have the chance to see the differences between the schooling here and the schooling in New Zealand, which is quite a bit. You’ll find that some of their classes are a lot more fun and lighthearted here than in Darfield; an example of this is their PE classes: for the sports that they play, the games aren't focused on competition, but instead are focused on teamwork and relationship building. The classes here can also be far more challenging than in New Zealand; a great example of this is their Maths classes. In the Maths classes here students aren't allowed to use calculators at all, and are all expected to work out everything in their heads, keeping in mind that the problems they are expected to solve are all calculus related. I personally find it mind boggling how they manage to do it, so I usually get given sudokus to do, or I work on my school work from Darfield. Last week the students at Yubetsu High School had exams, so I went around the

middle schools and primary schools to help the English teachers based here in Yubetsu with their lessons. On the Tuesday I went to Kamiyubetsu Junior High School and gave a presentation about New Zealand to the classes that I had that day. On the Wednesday I went to Nakayubetsu Primary School to play games with the fourth, fifth and first years. On the Thursday I went to Baro Gakuen, which is a school that has both Primary and Junior High School students. And lastly, on the Friday I went to Yubetsu Primary School where I went to help out teaching the kids simple English, like how to introduce their names and names of fruits. After school every day there is “bukatsu,” which are basically after school clubs that run everyday until about 7 pm; students are expected to join one and this includes me. I chose to join the volleyball club, which I only just recently started to attend, as bukatsu wasn't on the week before and the week that the tests took place. Currently the training schedule for volleyball has been described to me as “Spartan” training, and it’s no lie. All of the players are excellent at the sport, and by far surpass anyone that I know back home, but it’s not surprising since they all train for three hours every weekday and come to school on Saturdays to train as well. I definitely don't know anyone back home who works that much on volleyball. The food here is also very different, but I definitely don't think that it's a bad thing; in fact it’s been my favourite part of the exchange so far. To be honest, we really need to step up our game in New Zealand. Every morning, breakfast is always like a proper meal instead of just cereal. I’ll usually have some salad, meat, and rice, and then after that some bread and fruit, while for lunch I’ll have rice, chicken teriyaki, a croquet, some beans, some more salad, and a few mini sausages. Dinner is always different, but always extremely good. So far I’ve had


tempura, udon, soba, ramen, scallops, sea urchin, and much more. I give them all a 10/10 rating and would recommend you trying them. My favourite Japanese food so far has been all of their different types of bread. At first I thought it was really strange that I was going to have bread for a snack, but then when I saw the selection on offer, everything changed. Here the bread has all sorts of different fillings, each with their own unique flavour, but all delicious. So far my favourite bread and overall favourite food has been anpan, which has red bean paste as a filling; it's sweet but not overly sweet which is perfect for my taste, and I often catch myself thinking about it when I’m feeling hungry. Most of the candy here is actually more mild than in New Zealand, so it might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's definitely mine. I still have heaps more to do, see and try in the time that I have left here, and I know that it’s all going to be the best. I’m super thankful that I've been given this special opportunity to come here, and I’m definitely seeing to it that I make the most of it. Lexie Purvis

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Babysitting at DHS Some Years 9 and 10 students got the opportunity to experience babysitting for a few hours on 25 June, organised by the DHS Careers Department and Plunket co-ordinator Susanna Harman and, of course, the willing mums and their children. The students who participated

had lots of fun playing with a number of children, ranging in ages. We would like to thank the following: Stephanie, Will (9) and Meadow (2) Pearce. Tania, Alexa (4), Caleb (3), Joshua and

Katie (20 mths) Campen. Sophie, Jack and Chloe (2) and Katelyn (11 mths) McInnes. Mikhala, Lucy (2) and Finley (5 mths) Cutts.

Tournament of Minds Workshop On Friday 15 June, selected Years 7 and 8 students attended a training workshop as a part of the Tournament of Minds. It was held at St Andrew's College, in Christchurch. Students from different levels and schools participated. During the three hour training workshop, we did a variety of challenges similar to the ones on


Tournament Day. It was so clever that we would never have thought of that answer! The challenges we did weren’t just writing things down then sharing them, they were also practical, like the plays we did about a new dwarf and the challenge where we had to make a hat symbolising our values and perspectives.

The training workshop was really entertaining. It was so good to see others work and present their ideas in a creative manner. We learnt so many new ways and strategies that could really boost our creativity and the way we would present a topic. Overall, the training workshop was definitely worth it!

Nikki Alinar


Cooking Up A Feast - French Cooking Competition! On 28 June, two Darfield teams had the privilege of competing in the Concours Cuisine des Ecoles, a Master Chef-like competition for high school students studying French. We had two hours to cook and present a main and a dessert that represented the French island of NouvelleCalĂŠdonie (New Caledonia). We also had to present our dishes to the judges, in French! Darfield Team One consisted of Ria Kelly, Maia Adams, Molly Batstone, and Issy Kennedy, while Team Two was made up of Kate Morris, Penny Mitchell, and Ethan Spence. In total, 14 teams from eight different schools entered this competition.

The competition is an annual event organised by the Alliance Française de Christchurch and, this year, was hosted by Cashmere High School. When we arrived, we parted ways and headed to our separate cooking rooms, then the heat was on! Team One made Poulet au Lait de Coco et Ananas (a pineapple and chicken curry) for their main with Mousse a la Mangue (mango mousse) for the dessert. A few troubles arose, stove difficulties and an unset mousse, but we pushed through, and our efforts gained us third place in our room! Team Two made a traditional bougna (fish and root vegetable stew), served with freshly made bread and, for dessert, they served a fresh coconut ice-cream and caramelised pineapple. They impressed the judges with an excellent presentation of the dishes and a well balanced and well executed menu. They won first place in their room! It was such a fun and enjoyable experience. Thanks to Mme Juhel for giving us the opportunity to enter this competition.

Ria, Molly, Maia and Issy.


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Learning French Through Dance

The Year 9 French students have recently been studying a French musical comedy called Robin des Bois. This was a huge success in France a few years ago. It's an urban adaptation of the Robin Hood story.

The class focused on a single called Un Monde a Changer by Nyco Lilliu. The students learnt the lyrics and then worked in groups to create choreography that would reflect the meaning of the words. The idea was to use dance and mimes as a way to reinforce the learning without reverting to translation. A very fun session for all of us!

Marjorie Juhel

French NCEA workshop at University of Canterbury For the first time this year, the UC French department organised an event for all high school students in our region. The idea was to gather everyone for a whole day of French immersion and practice in preparation for the NCEA examinations. Every teacher attending this event was in charge of a workshop or two and students rotated between different sessions. I taught two groups of Year 13 students from a variety of schools while my students attended workshops run by other teachers. It was a fun and refreshing approach and students said they learnt a lot from it.

(L to R); Ethan Spence, Kate Morris, Alex Gerritsen and Elyse Kerr

We are looking forward to another French day at UC next year!

Marjorie Juhel




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Winning Girls Division Team THE BEAUTIES Well done, girls!

(L To R) Brianna Longdin, Stefanie McKenzie, Sophie Townsend and Casey Roessink (before the race!)


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Ashley Coleman Year 13 Jack McConnell Year 13

Ashley Coleman Year 13

Jack McConnell Year 13

Ashley Coleman Year 13

Jack McConnell Year 13

Casey Roessink Year 11

Troy Benbow Year 11


Brianna Longdin Year 11

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Ethan Haines Year 13 Jaymee Burrows Year 13

Ethan Haines Year 13

Jaymee Burrows Year 13

Ethan Haines Year 13

Jaymee Burrows Year 13

Ethan Haines Year 13

Caleb Curtin Year 11


Jesse Sutherland Year 11


Senior Oral Tapestries

James Stead

Alex Gerritsen

Abigail Tuhill

Caitlin Warrington

Georgia Allison

This year the Oral Tapestries has been split into two separate events: one for seniors (Year 11-13) which was held on Thursday 28 June, and one for juniors (Year 7-10) which will be held on Thursday 5 July. We also had a change of venue, moving from the Drama Room to the Library.

Senior Oral Tapestries Results

The Senior competition was judged by Mrs Melissa Jebson, Mr Panos Tsavousis and Mrs Mallory Gander. Our MC for the evening was Jodie Rollings.

4th James Stead

The senior event was a great success, showcasing the skills of our most accomplished public speakers and performers in the senior school.

Year 11 1st Caileigh Peaufa 2nd Caitlin Warrington 3rd Alex Gerritsen Year 12 1st Georgia Allison 2nd Abigail Tuhill 3rd Michelle Bruce Year 13 1st Jodie Rollings 2nd Natasha Young

MC for the Senior Oral Tapestries: Jodie Rollings

Michelle Bruce

Natasha Young 16

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Senior Quad Tournament

OPEN EVENING Thursday 26 July 6.30 pm

The Senior Quad Tournament this year was held on Thursday 21 June at Ellesmere College. Darfield had three teams representing the school: netball, football and basketball, all doing extremely well and making the school proud.

A community school providing an environment in which each student

The netball team won one game and lost two, the football team won two and lost one and the basketball team won both of their games.

is supported to develop the knowledge, wisdom and skills needed to contribute and participate

A big thanks to Ellesmere College for hosting: they put on a great day and all sports were played in great spirit with amazing sportsmanship from all players across all schools, and great reffing across all sports.

successfully throughout their lives. Principal’s Welcome Tour of the School Meet students and staff Tour The School (tours will take about one hour)

After having to postpone the Quad Tournament, we were very lucky to have the tournament happen on such a great day with the sun out.

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Overall, it was a great day out for the school and everyone involved.

Friday 27 July

Isaac Newbigging Information packs are available from the school This year, a group of Years 7 and 8 students had the opportunity to take part in Selwyn Sports which occured on Friday afternoons in Rolleston. Selwyn Sports is where a range of schools in the Selwyn District take part in a range of sports, first learning the skills and then having the chance to play games in teams of a mixture of different schools.

Selwyn Sports

The sports available were: Ki o Rahi, Quick Rip, Floorball, Football, Korfball, Golf, Cricket, Ultimate Frisbee, Judo, Badminton, Netball, Skateboarding, Basketball, and Bowls.

What happened at Ki o Rahi? What they taught us at Ki o Rahi was: the names of the teams and the name of the place where we score - the Tapu. Also how you had to hit the Pou, which are 10 different poles in a circle and then two little circles in that. Once the first team has hit the amount of Pou they want with the ball, then they run into the circle


inside of the bigger circle and throw the ball at the Tapu. There are also two people guarding their team's Tapu and the same team has to get the Pou and score tries.

Oscar Stevenson, Noah Whiteside, Sam McConnell


Peer Mediators Big Day Out Peer mediation is a group of students who are trained to help students to resolve conflicts. We arrived at Middleton Grange and were quickly welcomed inside, where we mingled with over 12 other schools that were involved in Peer Mediation this year. This is the largest number of students we have ever had at the Mediators Big Day Out.

On the morning of Thursday 14 June, Mrs Cartman and eight Peer Mediators set off to Middleton Grange in order to take part in the Peer Mediators Big Day Out.


We started off with some introductory games, learning a bit about the people we were spending the day with. We then spent some time watching presentations about how Peer Mediation was run at other schools, which was a great way to gain ideas, before it was our time to present and talk about how we do things. After a quick break, we listened to an interesting guest speaker, Dante

Fyfe, who talked to us about a great charity called Pillars. Pillars find support for children with parents in prison. He also talked to us about the importance of having empathy for others in your life. The senior mediators from Darfield then ran a one and half hour session for the other schools. This was showing the ways we teach our students about conflict at school, and some of the techniques for dealing with conflict. We also played some interesting games along the way. This wrapped up a thoroughly enjoyable and interesting day, in which we all learnt some new skills which will hopefully help us continue to resolve conflicts at our school.

Caleb Banks

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Peer Support Programme

Over the past two terms, a group of Year 12 students have spent their study periods with the Year 7s as part of the Peer Support programme. This programme runs every year to welcome the new students and help them to settle in and get to know each other. At the end of last year, all of the Year 12s took part in a two-day training programme to improve our leadership, teamwork and communication skills, and to learn a variety of games and activities that we could do with the Year 7s. This was run by Mrs Cartman and Mr Adams. We put this into practice during this year’s weekly Wednesday period 5 sessions, where we got to organise and run a lesson for our class for the hour. Each week, we focused on a different key message, to help them to get to know the school, get to know each other, and develop self-confidence. Throughout the lessons, they learned about friendships, communication and


teamwork skills, as well as looking at values and respect. Peer Support was also valuable for the Year 12s. It was a great opportunity to work on our leadership—managing a class of excited 11 year olds was a new experience for all of us, and definitely challenging at times, but it was incredibly rewarding to see our hard work pay off and see the kids having fun and getting more comfortable with us and each other. We are extremely proud of how far the students have come in such a short time. Their confidence has increased dramatically, and everyone has made new friends, not only with other Year 7s but with the Year 12s as well. We hope the lessons have helped the students with their transition into Darfield High School, and look forward to seeing them grow throughout the year. A huge thanks to the Year 7 teachers, and especially Mrs Cartman, for all their help and support.

Kate Morris and Saskia Kremers


Award Winning Author This week the English Dept and Library were really excited to host one of New Zealand's most enjoyed, respected and award winning authors, Kate de Goldi. Kate is well-known for her writing and she is also a passionate promoter of reading and writing with students in schools. Her reviews feature in many publications and she is a regular on radio, TV and at literary events. Twenty students enjoyed a two hour workshop with Kate. She gave them a speedy tour of her philosophy on writing and lots of opportunities to do their own writing using different starter activities. Comments afterwards included, "It was

Kate de Goldi

really helpful and interesting and I left with lots of ideas and tools to use in my writing for my NCEA portfolio." For her last session, Kate did a presentation to some Years 9 and 10 English classes. She outlined how she became a writer and answered a variety of questions from the audience. Her advice to students wanting to build on their writing is to read, observe the world around you, record things that interest you, that there is power in writing about things that interest you and to never be satisfied with your first draft.

American History Through Black Eyes On 25 May, the Years 11 and 12 History classes went to see American History Through Black Eyes. We had two different speakers who were going to share their experiences and opinions. The first speaker was Clarence Lusane, a professor at Howard University in America, and his talk was predominantly based on the Black Panther movie, the Black Panther comics and the Black Panther political party. He talked about how they impacted his views of racism and his opinions about politics and

Students with Dr Clarence Lusane


segregation as an African-American child in America. Our second speaker was Minnijean Brown. She was one of the first nine black teenagers who attended the newly integrated high school in Little Rock in 1957. This group was called the Little Rock Nine and we learned how horribly they were treated when they tried to first attend Central High School. Not only were they verbally and physically harassed but the governor of the state had sent 100 state troopers to ‘maintain order’. These troops prevented the students from entering school and attending classes for three weeks until President Eisenhower sent 1000 US army troops to protect them while attending classes. These troops had to stay with these students for one year. After both of these talks, we had an opportunity to ask questions. It was here that we got to hear their opinions

on Trump, Rap music, the American government, their feelings looking back, and other various issues regarding the past. All in all, this talk was very interesting and a great place to take notes from a few primary sources. We were all very lucky to have this opportunity and if anyone has the chance to go I would highly recommend it.

Rebecca Inch

Students with Minnijean Brown-Trickey

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When I heard about the EPro8 challenge, I was intrigued by the idea of engineering stuff with my friends and being able to do something I enjoyed. When we got to Hornby High School, we looked around at all of the electronics and parts that you could do infinite things with Jeremy, Cameron, Marcel and I started working on our first challenge. During the challenge, we had a system; two people worked on one task and the other two worked on another task and we stuck with that system for the three hours of the challenge and it got us to the finals. Along the way, we made a few mistakes; well, I made a few mistakes. For example, I put the positive clip into the negative socket and we spent 15 minutes trying to find out what was wrong. When we were done with the first challenge, we had a fire truck that was motorised, had a siren with lights, had a ladder that was lifted up with pulleys and also had a safety feature which made it so it couldn’t drive forward if the ladder was up. The reason I did the EPro8 Challenge was to do something I enjoyed and bond with my friends while doing something that we all enjoyed.

EPro8 Challenge Second Round ReSPoNSiBiLiTiEs Logan Hindle, Jeremy Bourhill, Marcel A’Court, Cameron Agnew came Second equal overall and are into the final at Linwood College on 3 July.

Gumpy Gang Will Reynolds, Cameron Newell, Vaughan Smart, Vincent Sanderson made a collapsible bed with a solar powered alarm and automatic breakfast feeder.

The Winners James Day, Tierlina Payne, Charlotte Woolley, Harrison Beresford made a collapsible bed and a storm-proof dog kennel.

Logan Hindle



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Work inspired by the artist Invader

Life Education Trust The Years 7 and 8 students had a visit from the Life Education Trust where they discussed drugs and their effects.


Harold the Giraffe is always the star of the show, and did not disappoint with his amazing jokes and funny anecdotes.

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Rat Dissection On Tuesday 19 June, my class dissected a rat. We got into class and we saw the rats sitting on the side bench. We then watched two videos showing us how to dissect the rat. Then we got our tools and got started. We got into groups of three and collected gloves, newspaper and safety glasses to be safe. We started by cutting through the skin and the muscle. After this, we had to cut out the liver; at this point it was very smelly in the class which didn't make it better. After cutting out the liver, we had to find the small intestine and lay it outside the rat to see how long it really is. We then had to find other things in the rat, like the stomach, kidneys, rectum and more. Overall, this was very helpful because we were able to see how a digestive system works.

Jasmine Inch



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Nga mihi aroha ki a koutou E tautoko kaha mo nga kaiako me nga tauira o te kura Tawera Hapaitia te purei “Check please” ki te atamira. Nga mihi miharo Na Morehu Solomon - Director

Check Please followed a series of blind dinner dates that couldn't get any worse - until they do. 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 productions. Jonathan Rand – Playwright. Nga mihi ki a koe Jonathan.

Just wanted to say what a great show. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have to admit, I nearly laid an egg laughing. How fabulous to see the kids on stage and it doesn’t come without lots of hard work. It was brilliant. Well done, everyone.

Kathryn Morgan


Thank you to all staff who offered to help with the school production Check Please Stage Manager: Louise Hamilton Makeup: Vicki Oliver Hairstyle: Megan Pepper Costumes: Nik Kelly Media/Graphics: Anna Dalzell FOH: Hiria Williams Art: Louise Carey Music: Glen Teasdale Tickets / Admin: Shona Staddon Producer: Darfield High School

Cast Members Caitlin Warrington James Stead Caitlin Rayne Aimee Fleet Isobel Simcox Jessica Galletly Callum Jones Bena Pearson Pantita Duangprasert Michelle Bruce Oliver Moody Cleo Searle

I thoroughly enjoyed the production. It was so encouraging to be part of a co-operative and creative venture that grew before our eyes. It warmed the cockles of my heart to see students who have not always found school an easy place to be, flourish and confidently express their talent. I feel uplifted when I see the dedication and commitment of staff supporting students in all their quirkiness, verve and guts.

Louise Hamilton - Guidance DHS

Taylor Parker Olivia Sherlock Zoe Spinks Aleisha Knowles Abigail Tuhill Kear Billings Tiaan Johns Aeryn McMillan-Da Via Jody Rollings Vikki Derik-Westaway Thank you to all the other students who supported this production.

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Japanese at UC NCEA Day this year was held on 7 June, at the University of Canterbury. NCEA Day is intended to allow us to meet other students who are studying Japanese, improve our confidence and also to provide hints and skills to pass our assessments. The day started early, meeting at school at 7.45. Everyone was tired and yawning but still excited for the day ahead. One bus ride later and we arrived, quickly stopping for a coffee fix before settling into the lecture hall for the introduction and keynote speech. There were a few speeches by members of the consular office from Japan, as well as the Japanese language advisor. These were all insightful but by far the most exciting was Marama Sun, a UC graduate whose story and experiences inspired us all


to continue learning Japanese and also showed us the exciting JET programme (an opportunity to be an assistant English teacher in Japan) that I'm sure everyone will be looking into. After the usual housekeeping, we split into our groups for classes specifically designed to help us get the best marks on our internals. The highlight of the day was of course the delicious Japanese bread from Japan's bakery, which everyone enjoyed. The day ended with a dance we have been practising for a few weeks, with the message being to try hard and don't give up. This is an inspiring message particularly in the middle of internal season! A video of the dance will be available on Facebook and other social media, so keep an eye out.

take this opportunity to meet new people, talk to university students taking Japanese and become inspired about learning Japanese. NCEA Day is a great experience and is a highlight of the year; meeting new people and improving your Japanese at the same time (along with great food) really make the day worthwhile. And for all the juniors, I highly recommend taking Japanese, for there are many more experiences like NCEA Day all year round. I would like to thank Mrs HayakawaBuist for all the effort put into organising this day, and also thank you to the NCEA Day organisers for this incredible opportunity.

Hanako Wilson

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Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate! One reason International Students get together every Thursday is to get to know each other. This week was a little bit different. We got to know each other through cooking. It’s a simple Japanese food called Yakisoba. Even though the food is simple, it’s more than just food. It’s the friendship we share together that makes it mean something. It’s that moment when we all laugh and cried together (because of the onion) that makes it count! Every time from now on when I see onions in any Yakisoba I’m eating, I will not forget this onion-crying phenomenon that made everyone’s face look like they just broke up with their girl/ boyfriends. As long as onions exist, it will be hard to forget this time we all spent together. I promise I’ll never forget the best Yakisoba I’ve ever had.” If you’d like to cook Yakisoba at home, you can buy the noodles and ‘yakisoba sauce’ at Kosco in Christchurch. Begin by stir-frying cabbage, carrot, onion, pepper and other vegetables of your choice in some oil. Once the vegetables are almost cooked, add the noodles and yakisoba sauce, until everything is heated through. It’s ready! Feel free to add any stir fry meat of your choice, but pork is most popular. Plair and My from Thailand

Recipe for Kasespatzle – by Melissa Menzel from Germany This is one of Melissa’s favourite recipes – she highly recommends giving it a go! Ingredients 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour ¾ teaspoons ground nutmeg ¾ teaspoons pepper 3 eggs (one more egg than guests) 3/8 cup 2 % milk 3 tablespoons butter 1 onion sliced 1 ½ cups shredded Emmentaler cheese (Swiss cheese) Sift together flour, nutmeg and pepper and salt. Beat the eggs in a medium bowl (Alternatively mix in milk and the flour mixture until smooth and let it stand for 30 minutes) Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil Press batter through a spätzle press into the water (you may also use a potato ricer, colander or cheese grater) When the spätzle floats to the top of the water, remove them and put into a bowl with slotted spoon Mix in a 1 cup of cheese Melt butter in a large skillet over mediumhigh heat. Add onions and cook until golden Stir in the spätzle and remaining cheese until well blended. Remove from heat and serve it immediately


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The weather is really cold. But somehow, my body has got used to the cold This was a three day trip to Queenstown. weather. My lips, hands and face were We headed off from Darfield about numb. It was more difficult to move my 9.30 am. The first stop was Geraldine. upper lip. When we arrived at the hotel, In Geraldine, there are a lot of shops. we were all tired but we were waiting for The most attractive shop is the icethe next day to come. cream shop. The money flew out of my PS Lake Wanaka was at the opposite side pocket and suddenly I had two scoops of ice cream in my hand. I shared an ice of the road and was really beautiful. cream with Plair. Then we walked past a souvenir shop and again Plair and I were pulled by a magnetic force of postcards. Queenstown Trip Day 2 - by Gail Money flew out of my pocket, Plair 's On the second day, we woke up at 6.30 and Gail's too. And at the Barker's shop because I set the alarm clock wrong. Plair, My and I bought jam. I bought We cooked our own breakfast. We had passionfruit curd. After that, we spent cereal and a sandwich. It was yummy four to five hours in the van til the next because we made it ourselves. stop, Lake Tekapo. We left the hostel at 9.00 am. First, we Lake Tekapo is very beautiful and it went to Coronet Peak Ski area. Yes, it showed me that Kiwi people respect was where we could ski, but we could their nature. There were the Good not do that. We wanted to ski very much, Shepherd Church and the Mackenzie so Mr Colin, the van driver, told us we sheep dog statue. We had lunch at a could ask Ms Nicola to plan when we cafe and bought more postcards at a could have skiing. I hope I could play. souvenir shop. Lake Pukaki was also Also it was the first time that I had seen breathtaking. On the way we could see snow. When we were on the mountain, the lofty Mt Cook in front of the scenery. we could see a beautiful view. I took a lot We arrived at Queenstown at 5 or 6 pm of photos. and it was getting dark. We stayed at the Next we went to Arrowtown. It was a YHA hostel. We had dinner at Fergburger small town. There were some stores that and did window shopping in the town. we could shop in. I bought some candy. Phat and My hesitated for a long time It was banana candy and watermelon and decided to buy shoes: Tracheisx candy. Sorn bought one sweater. Phat Vans. After that My and Phat were kind bought one hat. Plair and My didn’t buy of proud and hugged the shoe box all anything. Also we went to the Arrow the way back to the hotel. After they River. The river was very clear and we spent a lot money, they both felt that could see the bottom of the river. We this was enough for them. For me I still spent one hour in Arrowtown. had lots of money left, so I bought more Then we went Bungy jumping. We didn’t souvenirs again. My friends really liked play, so we just watched the Kawarau the Cookie Time shop so they decided River from the bridge. The rest of the to come back the next day but I wasn’t day we just shopped in Queenstown. interested in eating that much. So I There were a lot of stores. At 5.30 we decided to keep my money safe. went back to the hostel to cook for Queenstown Trip Day 1 - by Sorn


dinner. We cooked chicken curry. It was very yummy. After that we took a shower, then we went to bed to prepare for the next day.

Queenstown Trip Day 3 - by Phat On the third day in Wanaka, we went to the maze at Puzzling World. We found the way in the maze to go to four towers. It took 20-40 minutes to go to all the towers and find the way out. We also went to the colour illusion room, where we saw a lot of 3D colour pictures. Then inside we found the tilted house; it was hard to walk in there. We saw lots of illusions, then we went to the Salmon Farm. We ate delicious salmon and sushi. We all enjoyed the trip.


School and Community Notices TERM TWO

WEEK TEN Tuesday 3 July • Dispatch Newsletter • House Singing Practice • Year 12 Emerging Leaders Conference • Year 12 & 13 Art Trip • BOT Meeting 6.30 pm Thursday 5 July • House Singing Practice • Junior Oral Tapestries 7 pm Friday 6 July • House Singing Competition • Last Day of Term Two


WEEK ONE Monday 23 July • First Day of Term Three

Thursday 26 July • Opening Evening 6.30 - 8.30 pm Friday 27 July • 2019 Enrolments Close • Year 12 AGR Day WEEK TWO Tuesday 31 July • ICAS English • Show Quest Thursday 2 August • Parent Teacher Evening Friday 3 August • Year 13 AGR Day • Year 10 Japanese Afternoon Saturday 4 August • Senior Formal WEEK THREE Monday 6 August • Canterbury SS Duathlon Champs Wednesday 8 August • Year 12 Interview Day Friday 10 August • Year 12 AGR Day Saturday 11 August • Delf Examination Sunday 12 August • Akitakata School Visit

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 – 11pm with the theme “through the looking glass”. This Year there have been some changes to the structure of the formal to firstly accommodate an updated Alcohol policy and to efficiently cope with the growing number of students attending.

The School Alcohol Policy now states that: At any school organised activity: Students may not consume alcoholic beverages Students may not be under the influence of alcohol Students may not be in possession of alcoholic beverages except for the purposes of an Approved classroom activity under teacher supervision (e.g. science class) Specifics relating to School Socials: Students under the influence of alcohol, In possession of alcohol or attempting to bring Alcohol in to the event will be asked to leave immediately into the care of a parent or guardian.


Ticket Sales will be limited to 300. Darfield High School Students get first priority to purchase tickets. Darfield High School Students must be enrolled at the time and attending school with 90% attendance over term 2 and leading into the formal. If students in Year 12 and 13 want to bring an outside partner they should indicate this and provide the details on the permission slip at the time they purchase their own ticket The number of outside partner tickets available will only be known after DHS students have purchased theirs. It is hoped that all outside partners may be accommodated. However, if there are too many then Year 13 students will get priority for outside partners Outside partners must be under 18 (inclusive) Outside partners will be required to provide photo ID on the night Ticket sales will begin on Monday 18 June. The cost will be $50 per ticket.

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 may employ security guards to support the enforcement of this policy. Events at venues outside the school or not organised by the school, additional Requirements may be enforced, for example, searches or breath testing.

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WEEK FOUR Monday 13 August • Full Senior Reports Due Tuesday 14 August • Canterbury SS Ski/Snowboard Champs • ICAS Mathematics • House Meetings • Dispatch Newsletter • BOT Meeting 6.30 pm

Other Changes Include:

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

Order Here School photographs are now due tomorrow, Wednesday 4 July. Please hand envelopes and payments in to the office before then. Cultural photos are displayed in the L Block notice board for students to see. The cost is $15 unlaminated or $18 laminated photograph. Any problems please contact Camille Cartman at


In the next week or two, Darfield HS will invoice families for students entering NCEA Students must pay their NCEA fees to have their results recorded on their Record of Achievement, and to receive certificates. There are separate fee structures for domestic students and international students. Financial assistance is available for domestic students to help with the payment of entry fees. Financial assistance is not available to international fee-paying students. Entry fees are paid to the school. We will tell you when to pay. You can start the process if you wish. You may pay by internet banking. Details are on the school website Secondary Education Fees from 1 February 2015 Domestic student entry for all NCEA standards

$76.70 per year

Domestic student entry for a Scholarship subject

$30.00 per subject

International student entry to NCEA standards

$383.30 per year

International student entry to Scholarship subjects

$102.20 per subject

Form to download to apply for financial assistance HERE STUDENT EXCHANGE SCHOLARSHIPS


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Education is thought to be the key to success, but it doesn’t always occur in the classroom. Share with us where you have dreamed of going on exchange, including why and what you hope to learn and experience whilst being a Global Ambassador Abroad.

Picture yourself 20 years down the track. Definitely older, perhaps somewhat wiser. We’ve all made mistakes. It happens. But what we learn from them is worth its weight in gold. How would you interpret Mark Twain’s famous “Explore, Dream, Discover” message as found on our website?

Half Scholarship For a 3-Month Program Departing October 2018 Open to Years 10-12 Students

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Log on to to find more information and criteria for your submission. Student Exchange is a wonderful way to Experience Your World. How long of an exchange would you prefer? 3 months, 5-6 months (semester) or 10 months? Take your pick and apply! We can’t wait to hear from you. Good luck!


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Use hand tools in a project o A 2 day course (12 hours) o Dates are 30-31 July (Mon and Tue). 8.30am to 3pm each day. o Unit standard to be gained is 12998 (Level 3, 4 credits) o The course is a highly practical one – the students will learn how to use a variety of construction hand tools whilst completing a take home project (or 2).

Use timber machinery tools in a project o A 2 day course (12 hours) o Dates are 27 and 28 Aug (Mon and Tue – note new dates). 8.30am to 3pm each day. o Unit standard to be gained is 12999 (Level 3, 3 credits) o The course is a highly practical one – the students will learn how to use a variety of machines used for working timber whilst completing a take home project (or 2).

Plan and make a project (construction) o A 3 day course (18 hours) o Dates are 6 to 8 Aug (Mon to Wed). 8.30am to 3pm each day. o Unit standards to be gained is 24357, 24358 (both Level 2, a total of 6 credits) o The course is a highly practical one – the students will plan and make a take home project (or 2). Build your own fridge o This is a 4 day course (24 hours). o Dates are 6 to 9 August (Mon to Thur), 8.30am to 3pm daily. o Unit standard to be gained is 2395 (Level 2, 4 credits) o The course is a highly practical one – the students will learn how to use a variety of engineering hand tools whilst completing projects. The final project will be to construct a small fridge and see if it works.


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LC 1st XV Newsletter 2018

Round Nine NEXT GAME

vs Waimea Combined @LHS (last regular season home game) Sat 7th Jul. Kick off: 1200 NOTICES • Forwards bring a savoury or sweet for the after-match. • After-match to be held in Wai Ora

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LC scored their fifth win in a row, defeating St Andrew’s College 19 – 15 in tense game at LHS. Last week’s game’s pivotal moment was a tackle in the fifth minute. This week’s was a tackle in the 70th. The STAC midfield, who had been threatening all game, made one last ditch effort to secure the win from an attacking scrum. After Cole Spinks held his opposite up in a strong tackle, red and green players flooded the maul to win the turnover and the game. LC had arguably their best start to a game so far. They were tactically correct and accurate across the park. STAC’s defense was organised and aggressive, and it was an arm-wrestle for the first 17 minutes. Eventually, with quick ball from the breakdown, LC was able to break the defense, and Hamish Turnbull ran a great line to score under the posts. Straight from the re-start, STAC found themselves hard on attack. From a line out they worked some quick phases before their strong centres combined to score under the posts. With five minutes to play in the half, the STAC winger was yellow carded for repeated team infringements (high tackles). Despite

this numerical disadvantage, STAC scored on half time from a well worked line out drive to lead 12 – 7. A strong second half from the LC team lead to two tries to the captain Wil Gualter. These came on the back of quick ruck ball and a backline that was beginning to find gaps in the STAC defence. After a receiving a foul play call from the assistant referee, the referee allowed play to continue until STAC crossed the line to score what appeared to be the game winning try. However after conferring with the AR, the try was disallowed and Blair Ryall and the STAC 8 were sinbinned for fighting, with the penalty awarded to LC. With time all but up, STAC received two consecutive penalties 10m out from the LC line. LC had had no answer to the STAC lineout drive all game, but they inexplicibly chose to scrum on both occasions, and ultimately came up short.

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