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Years 9 and 10 Night Out!

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Principal’s Comments This week was the spring equinox, halfway between the longest and shortest days, so now the nights are shorter than the days. Along with this, comes the changeable spring weather. It has been good to be able to get outside to enjoy some warmth and sunshine in between the cold snaps. Last week, we held our annual Supporters Evening. We were able to recognise some of the many people who volunteer to support the school with their time and energy. This group included coaches, tutors, reader/writers and owners of local farms and businesses. Their work provides our students with support and opportunities that could otherwise be unavailable.

As always, this newsletter celebrates the success of students. Recent success has included winning and high placings by our Years 7 and 8 Koru Games and Ski teams; Rugby, Rock Climbing and Netball success at national and regional tournaments; high scores in the DELF International French language exams; hundreds of trees planted by our Year 9 students at Glentunnel; and several students attaining ski instructor qualifications. Alongside this goes the success of all of our teams in participating and competing through the winter season. Thank you to all coaches, managers, teachers and parents for your support of a successful season. Thank you also to the students who have helped with coaching and refereeing with teams

and at Primary School tournaments. This week brings Term 3 to a close. Seniors have a key opportunity before the start of next term to complete assessments and be revising for externals—use your time wisely to make yourself a solid base for the NCEA exams which start in six weeks. Along with the work and resources available from class, students have done a study course; there are many local books and websites available to support students, too. Wishing you all a safe and refreshing term break. James Morris

ADVANCED DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSE The Malvern Community Health and Welfare Trust provides an annual subsidy to assist DHS students to complete the Advanced Defensive Driving Course. The Trust has supported this for a number of years and they believe it provides for safer drivers on the roads. For students living in a rural sector, having a driver's licence means they are more likely to gain employment. Every year, at least 15 students are grateful to receive the subsidy and attend the course which takes place after hours at the school for convenience of the students and their families. Advanced Driving Courses are designed to help young drivers identify and avoid or handle potential hazards they may encounter while driving. Passing an approved Advanced Driving Course can reduce the minimum age for a full car licence and reduce the time drivers need to stay on a restricted car licence. Approved driving courses may also count towards an NZQA qualification.


(L to R): James Morris, Lynda Milner (DHS Executive Officer and Trustee of the Malvern Community Health and Welfare Trust) and Raewyn Feast (Chairperson of the Malvern Community Health and Welfare Trust).


PTSA Happenings … An update of what we have been up to in the last few months includes: •

Congratulations to Levi Turpin who has been elected as the Student Trustee for the 2019-2020 year.

• Lan Pham is an ECAN councillor with a background in fresh water ecology. She has worked, alongside rural and urban communities across Canterbury, Otago and Southland, to restore the habitats of NZ’s most endangered freshwater fish and raise their profile in the public eye. Year 9 students attended her informative and entertaining presentation about her journey to become an ECAN councillor. She also shared her passion around the climate change issues facing the world today, and young people and their role in taking action.

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June 26: We catered for the Malvern Lions changeover dinner for a total of 93 meals. The meal consisted of roast lamb, beef casserole, roast potatoes, roast pumpkin, roast parsnip, roast carrots, peas and corn, followed by blackboy peach or apple and feijoa crumble with cream and/or ice cream. The Music department did a grand performance for the Lions welcome and mingle time, entertaining them with items from the Grease selection, and the Art department showed off some truly wonderful displays. Three students also gave feedback after receiving a Lions Scholarship in Year 10, which enlightened the Lions for future scholarships. July 25: The PTSA catered for the Open Night. This was a supper of sandwiches, savouries, cakes and slices. It is always much appreciated and nothing like a bit of a yummy supper to welcome people to Darfield High. July 27: Senior Formal held at the school and we catered again. This year, it was a continuous supper served from 9.30 pm – 10.45 pm. It is always a very busy night and seems to go so quickly, but is also a time for us to see the children (some of whom we have known for many years!) all grown up and dressed up for their special night. 8 August: provided tea, coffee and biscuits for the Parent Teacher Interviews. We are now working towards our annual Courtenay Show catering— more will come out on this soon. This year, it is on 23 November and we will be calling for help from you all in some form.

Finally, on 2 December it is the Senior Prize Giving which again the PTSA will be catering for. We also sponsor the main Dux prize. As the year draws to a close, we lose a couple of long-standing members as their children fly the coop! With only a small number on board, this impacts us hugely. I therefore ask that, as we have a few spaces now in the committee, some new members come on board. Many hands make light work! If you wish to know more, or are interested in joining, please contact It would be a shame to see a long-standing committee having to fold due to lack of support! We look forward to hearing from you. Rhonda Hamilton-Cross Chairperson

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SAFER SEPTEMBER FOR SADD SADD, also known as Students Against Dangerous Driving, is a student led organisation in New Zealand with schools and student leaders all across the country coming together to encourage safer and smarter driving. In week 8 this term, our SADD leaders organised a week full of fun activities for students to be a part of to learn about safe driving. On Monday, on the Quad, the SADD team drew roads, safe driving quotes and NZ road stats. On Tuesday, the team organised posters to be put up around the school. On Wednesday, the Selwyn District Council road safety co-ordinator, Peter Daly taught a lesson around impairment while driving; he had special 'Fatal Vision Goggles' and some tests for students to try out to understand the difficulties of impairment. On Thursday, an obstacle course was set up on the main field and students were able to try to complete the obstacle course while impaired by being dizzy, blindfolded or texting a message. On Friday, in the Hall, there was a Kahoot which included questions from the Road Code and other basic questions around driving safely. Georgia Mitchell

SADD Activities SENIOR BOYS BASKETBALL – TOURNAMENT REPORT 2019 saw our Senior Boys’ Basketball team compete for the first time in the Schick Southern Cup (non- qualifying tournament) held at Cowles Stadium, Christchurch from Thursday 5 September to Saturday 7 September. The tournament attracted teams from Waiuku College (from the Auckland Region) to Wakatipu High School, Queenstown. The boys had competed competitively in the Friday night competition, but this tournament was a big step up!

and, although we came back from a 20 point deficit, we ended up losing 78-75. We were now playing for 7/8. Our opponents were once again Hagley College. We probably played our best game of the tournament with all players contributing to a 106-70 win!! Congratulations to Jackson Proud who scored the most tournament

points over all teams (134) and also gained the award for average points at 26.8 points per game. A big thank you to all the parents who supported our team at all the games and to the boys for their efforts over the five games. Karen Armstrong Sport Co-ordinator

On Thursday, our first game was against Hagley College—a tight and exciting game which we won 73-59. Later that night, we played John McGlashan from Dunedin, winning convincingly 86-39. However, on Friday night, we played Wakatipu in a cross-over game. This time, we were up against a very skilled team and lost 100-30. On Saturday morning, we played Shirley Boys’ 4



KORU GAMES 2019 Last week, 79 excited Years 7 and 8 students and four staff members travelled to Prebbleton, Rolleston and Lincoln to compete in the 2019 Koru Games. This year, after much discussion, it was decided to enter the following teams: Netball, Girls’ Sevens, Boys’ Sevens, Lawn Bowls, Football, Ultimate Frisbee, Hockey and Touch (mixed). After trials and a few practice sessions, the teams were ready! The weather was fine over the three days, which made for a great competition. By the last day, all members were starting to feel a little tired, but this did not show in the final results: Touch (mixed) Ultimate Frisbee Girls’ Sevens Lawn Bowls (mixed) Netball Boys’ Sevens Hockey Football (boys)

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Congratulations to all students! The results far exceeded our expectations.

Special thanks toCalling the teachers who travelled all officials, coaches,with & volunteers!! the teams and to the parents and caregivers who is your chance to be in the South Island’s premier Year 7 & 8 supported all ourThis teams. Roll oninvolved 2020! sports tournament.

To all those students who took part in the Talent Quest this week, congratulations!

Karen Armstrong Sport Co-ordinator

An amazing group of talented and brave students who got up on stage in front of their peers to sing, dance or play an instrument! Photos and the results will be published in the next Dispatch! 17 – 19 September 2019

ANOTHER YEAR OF SUCCESS WITH THE DELF This year, four students took on the challenge of sitting the DELF exams and all four were successful! The DELF is an international examination set up by the French Ministry of Education to give learners of French around the world a measure of their proficiency in French. Because it is internationally recognised, students who own a DELF certificate can travel the world and be sure that their ability to speak French will be recognised, whether or not the country/ employer has any understanding of our NCEA system. Therefore, this is a great asset for students who ISSUE 10 / DHS DISPATCH

Badminton, Basketball, Boccia, Football, Hockey, Kī O Rahi, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Rugby Sevens, Squash, Table Tennis, Tennis, Touch, Ultimate, Volleyball

plan to apply for jobs overseas. This year, Jeremy Bourhill, Annabelle Serra and Emma Miles sat the first level, called A1, while Kate Morris, who sat the second level last year, came back to sit the third

level, called B1. Well done to all of them and special congratulations to AllKate enquirieswho can be directed to Michael; scored, highest result 021967686 Sign up through this link; among all students who sat the B1 in the Canterbury region! Marjorie Juhel

(L to R): Jeremy Bourhill, Kate Morris, Emma Miles and Annabelle Serra


Photos, clockwise from top left:


Thomas Grafton's Robot creation. Physiotherapist, Craig Calcott from Darfield Physio, with student Matt Ashworth. Year 8 Science class experiment. Year 13 students, Mereana Gilmour and Kilita Fouchee won a competition to design a mural for HEB construction. Mereana is putting on the final details to the mural.



Annual Local Schools Derby

Years 7/8 Boys Team: 1st Obie Simper, Hamish Henderson, Barnaby Maude, Eddie Adams 2nd Cam Waters, Noah Whiteside, Jack Guy, Thomas Galletly Fastest Individual Girl: 1st Harriet Collins 2nd Skye Collins Fastest Individual Boy: 1st Eddie Adams 2nd Obie Simper



We started off the tournament with two strong wins against Hillmorton High School and Westland High School, securing ourselves a spot in the top 16 of the B grade. After the games, we went over to Tahunanui Beach to stand in the water to recover. Even though it was a bit chilly, some of us were brave enough to go for a swim. On the second day, we had a win against Lincoln High School and drew with Kaikoura, after being 10 points down. Sophie Townsend was even lucky enough to receive a spot prize from Kaikoura: some sunglasses and lip balm which she was in need of. For recovery, we had to do hot and colds from an ice bath to the spa; that was definitely the activity everyone enjoyed the most! When Wednesday came around, so did the rain. We played Timaru Girls’ High School in the downpour and came away with a win! However, we had our first loss of the tournament to Waimea College that afternoon, after nearly missing our game because of the confusion as to what time we were playing. Even though we were already freezing and soaked from the bucketing rain, we had to do ice baths again… At least we got to go out for dinner after.


On Sunday at 10 am, our fun-filled Tournament Week had already started with the packing of the van. Next, we started our six-hour drive to Nelson. After arriving in Nelson, we unpacked our gear and settled into our cute accommodation just across from the beach. Being woken up at 7 am the next morning definitely made us realise we weren’t here just for a holiday.

Finishing second in our second pool, we made it into the play-offs for fifth to eighth places. On Thursday, we lost our first game against Motueka, meaning we were down to play off for seventh against Middleton Grange who came away with a one point win last time we played them. We came out strong and came away with a 34-17 win, giving us seventh overall out of the 32 teams in B grade. Tournament was an awesome week playing the sport we love and growing bonds with our whole team. We cannot thank enough Maria Townsend, Sharon Forrester and Brooke Cantwell for helping make this week happen, along with all your support and encouragement, because we honestly wouldn’t have done as well as we did without you guys. The whole team played amazingly well throughout the tournament and should be super proud of what they have done. Stefanie McKenzie and Penny Mitchell 8



Games Vs Buller High Vs Kaikoura High Vs Westland High Vs Geraldine High Vs Mt Hutt Vs Greymouth High Vs Timaru Boys Vs Ellesmere College

45 – 7 103 – 0 23 – 19 35 – 14 57 – 7 40 – 29 25 – 5 19 – 17

H A A A Quad at Domain H A H

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Played 8, won 7, lost 1 Points scored - team Tries scored 52 Tries against 16 Conversions 33 Penalties 3 Points for 335 Points against 100 Most points in a game Nik Hodgman = 20 points vs Kaikoura High (2 t, 5 c) Cam O’Donnell = 19 points vs Mount Hutt College (3 t, 2 c) Player points 3, 2, 1 Ollie Sutton (1, 2, 3, 1, 3, 2, 3. Total 15) Callum Murdoch (3, 1, 3, 3. Total 10) Cam O’Donnell (2, 1, 2. Total 5) Jackson Smith (3, 1, 1. Total 5)

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Players are awarded 3, 2, 1 points for playing above and beyond or making a major contribution towards the result of the game.



Back Row (L to R): Ben Millar, Taylor Barnes, Rhys Clatworthy, Beau Beadle Third Row: Fenton Dawson, Jack Barnes, Fergus Eatwell, Tyler Tapa-Wither, Callum Summerfield Second Row: Mr MacDonald (Coach), Kyle Horn, Ben Francis, Nik Hodgeman, Ollie Sutton, Mr Smith (Manager) Front Row: Ethan Coles, Sam Rowlands, Jackson Smith, Lachie Summerfield (Captain), Callum Murdoch, Ryan Hughes, Nathan Quinn Absent: Angus McPherson, Daniel Jackson, Cameron O’Donnell, George Ridgen, Sam Ross, Ethan Taylor




The Year 8 camp was so much fun! There was a whole range of fun activities to fill our day with, for example archery, abseiling, mountain biking and a heap more. All the kids pitched in making it the best camp ever. Even though it was only three days, it was the best three days of my life! The food was amazing (Mrs Pepper is an amazing cook) and, considering how many people went to the Retreat, we all had enough room in the cabins. The Year 12s and all the parents made this camp possible, and I’m so happy that we have such amazing people in the community. I’m so thankful that the Year 12 students, teachers and parents took time off from their own lives to make the Year 8 camp the best. Jennifer Peaufa




This week, a group of Year 7/8 students went to Christchurch for an event called "Speed Date an Author". They rotated around four workshops taken by Bill Nagelkerke, Daisy Lavea-Timo, Donavan Bixley and Elissa Weissman. The workshops covered illustrations, narrative voice, importance of

words and grammar, and spoken word poetry.

The students really enjoyed their time and commented on "the heaps of different angles for writing", "meeting all the authors", "understanding writing from a different point of view". They liked that "you

don't have to get it right the first time" and "you can use lots of different strategies for writing and drawing." Last but not least, they learnt that you can put the word 'only' anywhere in this sentence and it will make sense, but change the meaning: She told him that she loved him.

NZ book council photo from the Speed Date an Author event Darfield Students: Trae Davis, Maurine Basu, Emily Richards, Rachel McKenzie and Charli Gilbertson

Daisy Lavea-Timo


Donavan Bixley


On Tuesday 10 September, our Year 9s were part of the Smashed Project which is currently touring NZ schools. The programme is being delivered nationwide in 2019, with a tour operating from May to the end of September and involving over 18,000 students from 60 schools. The Smashed Project is currently touring in 15 countries and this year alone will reach over 250,000 young people around the world. Smashed provided the Year 9s with powerful live theatre and interactive workshops designed to engage students about the dangers of under-age drinking. The performance told the story of three young people and how under-age drinking affects their lives. Alcohol forms a key part of their day-to-day activity and we see their justifications for its use, the powerful social pressure they inflict on each other, and the different outcomes it has on their lives. We saw some of the factors involved in under-age drinking, such as boredom, wanting to fit in, escapism and rebellion, as well as the power of peer pressure on teenagers’ decisionmaking processes. The performance shows the reality of alcohol misuse and culminates in an accident which affects forever the direction of each of the characters’ lives. The performance communicated important information and facts about alcohol and showed the potential impact of under-age drinking on relationships with peers and adults; academic results and aspirations; anti-social behaviour and violence, as well as accident and injury. It told a story that young people can explore, helping them make informed choices for themselves as they become young adults. If you wanted more information go to: or contact me at: Jayne Mallinder Guidance Counsellor




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English Creative Writing It is a scorching day, not a cloud in the sky. There is a gentle rock of the boat and the squawking of the nearby seagulls. Bob slouches on his seat patiently and waiting for a nibble. Getting lost in thought, Bob wonders, “When will I catch something? What will it be? I wonder if the sea creatures are hungry?” Tug...Tug… A wild smile spreads across Bob’s face as his fishing rod bends and jolts violently. Bob’s arm is automatically a blur, as he reels in his unknown fish. “YAY!” yells Bob, startling the seagulls watching him with suspicion. “Woohoo! I have a fish!” YANK! The rod comes to life, bending... bending... Now his dinner is trying to pull him into the depths of the ocean. In total shock, his mouth gapes open. Screaming a horrible high pitched yell, he leaves the comfort and safety of his boat, the rod dragging him overboard. Splash! His legs are seized up with agonising cold. Struggling to stay calm, he helplessly drifts away from his boat. It is like a stone being dropped into his stomach, and his heart sinking down to his feet. Are his eyes telling the truth? Is he actually seeing gigantic shark fins circling him? The sharks’ shadows get ever closer to the terrified piece of shark lunch. Bob’s eyes are like tomatoes, red and swollen, and his petrified face is as pale as the white waves breaking around him. Floating there in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with only the sea gulls keeping him company, he waits for something to happen. A bolt of black lightning shoots out of the waves five metres in front of him, a sleek missile with ugly eyes rolled back into it, head ready for attack. Jaws as big as a car bonnet open and, gaping with raw gums with three rows of razor sharp teeth, rocket towards him. Bob catches his last glimpse of daylight. Joe Veronese

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2019 EXAMINATION TIMETABLE LEVEL 2 LEVEL 3 Physics Business Studies

Business Studies History English

German WEEKEND Music Chemistry English Te Reo Māori

Dance Media Studies Agricultural & Horticultural Science/ German / Chinese




Media Studies Home Economics Science Making Music Te Reo Māori / Geography Chemistry Art History CANTERBURY ANNIVERSARY DAY WEEKEND Chemistry Chinese French Classical Studies Health Economics German Biology Geography Physics Home Economics Classical Studies Mathematics & Statistics Drama Physics Mathematics & Statistics Music Accounting History English Accounting Home Economics Economics WEEKEND History Health Te Reo Rangatira / Agricultural & Sāmoan Latin Horticultural Science Business Studies Calculus French Economics Accounting Earth & Space Media Studies Drama Science Te Reo Rangatira / Sāmoan / Spanish Japanese Social Studies / Psychology Agricultural & Art History Statistics Horticultural Science Earth & Space Chinese Spanish Science Drama Social Studies Music Studies Sāmoan / Education Health Te Reo Māori / Latin for Sustainability WEEKEND Social Studies Dance Japanese

Dance Classical Studies French Te Reo Rangatira / Latin

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Art History Spanish


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Drama Japanese Biology Art History Classical Studies French Geography Physics Te Reo Māori / Latin Media Studies Chemistry Sāmoan

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WARMING The most common question I’ve heard, from my generation, regarding Climate Change is, “how is it fair, we are the ones who have to make the sacrifices needed to save the world?” To answer this question, I tried to relate it to my own life; a simplistic example would be the use of our wet weather rooms at school. Last year, when our form class got a new wet weather room that we didn’t have to share, we were told that we were allowed to invite people from other classes to come at lunchtime but, if an excessive amount of rubbish was left behind, we would be denied the use of the classroom. I can relate this to the question written earlier in the paragraph as, in order to maintain the use of the wet weather room, we could either face the consequences of being kicked out into the rain because of the actions undertaken by other people, or we could sacrifice five minutes of our lunchtime to pick up their rubbish. I believe that this is similar to climate change because the consequences, caused by other people, will lose us our planet, the same way the littering by other people would lose us our wet weather room. Meanwhile, we do have the option to make sacrifices to reverse climate change, such as recycling, avoiding plastics and even by doing what we do for our wet weather room, spend five minutes picking up other people’s rubbish.

The term ‘Global Warming’ was first published in a paper by Wally Broecker on 8 August, 1975, that’s 44 years the public has known about climate change. Forty-four years that could have been used to stop climate change, and now we are having to declare climate emergencies, when 44 years ago the world could have been eased into change instead of leaving it to the next generation to try to solve. To readdress the question asked at the start, ‘how is it fair we are the ones who have to make the sacrifices needed to save the world?’, no, it’s not fair that we have to pay the price of the luxuries the previous generation has enjoyed, but I believe that we are way past asking each other if it’s fair or not. Climate change is going to happen whether or not we complain about it, so I think we should get on with it before it’s too late. We don’t have to fix the environment; we could leave it for someone else to fix, but we won’t; we will make the necessary sacrifices to right the planet. We won’t be doing it for us; we will be doing to it to right what the previous generation is doing to us, to take responsibility for our planet, and to hand down a safe and secure home so that our future generations will not have to be forced to make sacrifices for a world they didn’t ask for. Annabelle Serra

I think in order to mediate the problem of climate change almost everyone on the planet is going to have to make sacrifices, for a better world. These sacrifices may be small things, such as buying the more expensive LED lights instead of regular bulbs, and riding a bike to work three days a week and taking the bus the other two days; or it might be more drastic, like the decision to have only one child or none at all, financial security, and, perhaps the biggest of all, is the sacrificing of the convenience that we have all become accustomed to. ISSUE 10 / DHS DISPATCH


The Year 9s were very fortunate to be part of another very successful Te Ara Kakariki Kids Discovery Plant-out at Joyce Reserve on 19 September. We were blessed with a beautiful spring day, and everyone really enjoyed the chance to get outdoors and connect with our local environment. Craig Pauling welcomed the students to the reserve with a Mihi Whakatau. He talked about the history of his ancestors, the Waitaha iwi, and how they valued the biodiversity in the waterways and ngahere/forest for their survival. Jocelyn Papprill, Youth Engagement Advisor at Environment Canterbury, helped the students investigate what is living in the waterway and how this can indicate water quality. The students were excited to find may fly nymphs and Dobson fly nymphs, showing that water quality is high in this section of the Waikirikiri/Selwyn River. Students also found damsel fly larvae, stick-cased caddis fly larvae, water boatmen and bullies. The students also enjoyed the river walk along the Waikirikiri/Selwyn River and had the opportunity for some quiet reflection on the banks where they really considered why it is so important to protect our waterways. With help from Lou and Pam from Te Ara Kakariki, the students planted 500 eco-sourced native shrubs and trees to contribute to habitat for New Zealand biodiversity. Species included kowhai, horoeka, kohuhu, mÄ natu and mingimingi. Aunty Daphne and Aunty Margaret, kairaranga/weavers from NgÄ ti Moki marae, shared their harakeke weaving knowledge. The students enjoyed weaving ika/fish and learning about tikanga/customs. We were really impressed with how well the day ran, thanks to Lou, and we are extremely appreciative of the invaluable tangible experience our students had, connecting to their own environment and community. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Ministry of Environment and Whakaora te Waihora programme in funding the Kids Discovery Plant-out with Darfield High School. Of the 400 seedlings planted last year, only five did not survive, and this is due to the hard work of the Coalgate Glentunnel Reserve Management Committee. We look forward to participating in a similar programme again next year. Anna Lee



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We met at school early on Sunday morning, checked the last of the gear, loaded the vans and headed towards Porters Pass to see what the roads had in store for us after a night of stormy conditions. We had a few adventures with chains and snow conditions prior to our walk up to Broken River Ski Field. The highlight of our walk in was watching an avalanche being set off intentionally by a skier who skied down after it through a tight and technical chute. This was then followed by a handful of astoundingly skilled snowboarders curving some ‘freshies’ down another chute. After hitting the huts, we stowed our gear and headed out into the mountains for a first walk around on the snow. We began by learning how to put our crampons on and hold our ice axes. Then we strolled around the base of the mountain, learning new techniques and getting accustomed to the gear. On dark, we headed down and got our bunk beds set up for the night before cooking dinner, spinning some stories and completing some map reading assessments, before heading to bed early for a 6.30 am wake up—welcome to the hours of a mountaineer.


Breakfast for some groups included pancakes, bacon, hash browns and sausages to fuel up for a long day. We were packed and ready to hit the hills at 8.30 am. We headed up the mountain—slow and steady was the learning for today. The first skill session for the morning was self-arresting, which is learning to use the ice axe to stop you in the event of a slip or fall. We had to do them from all different positions, including head first on your back (which is not that comfortable). The final push to the ridgeline saw a few grumbles and grouses, mainly from those who had carried their whole kit to the top, rather than a day pack (hmm… somehow they missed that message?). But everyone was stoked to enjoy the astounding views from the top: a winter wonderland surrounded us. We also very much enjoyed the cool breeze on the tops; it was a hot day. One final push saw us arrive at the high point of the day to tick off some navigation assessments: compass and map bearings, resections and route finding. We then headed home via a more direct and steep route to trial some more techniques.

We arrived back to find out Broken River Lodge was able to ‘squeeze’ us in for another night; we were not able to stay in snow caves because of the forecast gale force winds. There were 22 of us crammed into the small Whitestar 14 bunk cabin. This was a great team builder which everyone took in their stride, including sharing of all the bottom bunks (very cosy). Overnight, the forecast storm arrived and we were able to experience adverse conditions the next day before leaving. We layered up and headed out for an hour and a half (minimising our exposure) to finish assessments and experience these conditions first hand. Then we packed up and away we headed for home! Broken River Ski Field is an amazing place to stay and adventure—we fully recommend it.


School and Community Notices

Term Four


September 27 Year 12 Rural College Day Out Last Day of Term Three

October 10 XI Cricket Game vs Christchurch Boys 14 First Day of Term Four 15 BOT Meeting 6.30 pm PTSA Meeting 7.30 pm 17 CAT Exam (9-12 pm) 18 Year 13 Rural College Day Out Year 9 Youth Forum 20 Year 12 Outdoor Education MTB Trip (20-21 October) 23 Year 12 Physical Education MTB Trip Attitude Presentation (am) 24 CAT Exam (9-12 pm) 25 Year 12 Rural College Day Out 28 Labour Day Public Holiday Senior Transcripts 29 Year 9 NZCT Cricket - Rolleston 30 Year 9 NZCT Cricket - Darfield 31 Year 9 NZCT Cricket - Rangiora November 1 Tabloid Sports 4 Years 7 and 8 Athletics Science Roadshow 6 Senior Marks in Markbooks 12 BOT Meeting (6.30 pm) 14 Staff Only Day 15 Canterbury Anniversary Day 19 PTSA Meeting (7.30 pm) 20 Year 10 Activities (20-22 November) 22 International End of Year Function 25 Full Junior Reports 27 Canterbury Primary Schools Triathlon 28 Summer Quad - Ellesmere College December 2 Senior Sign Out Day Senior Prize Giving 3 Peer Support Training (3-4 December) 4 Canterbury Primary Schools Athletics 5 Year 6 Transition Day 10 BOT Meeting (6.30 pm) 11 Prize Giving Practice (Period 1) 12 Years 7 and 8 Prize Giving (9.30 am) Years 9 and 10 Prize Giving (1.30 pm) Last Day of Term Four 13 Staff Only Day January 2020 27 Staff Only Day 28 Year 7 Students Attend 29 Whole School Attends

Lost Property There is a large number of unclaimed items from last year. Please can you get your students to come and take a look if they know something has been misplaced. Parents: you are most welcome to come and check the clothing and items at Student Administration. If you have items that do not belong to you, please can they be returned to the Student Administration Office. Parking Outside the School Outside the school on McLaughlins Road, is a no stopping zone. We need parents to observe the ‘No Parking or Stopping Zone’ between the School’s front gate and bus bay. To keep students safe, we need this area clear before and after school. There are signs indicating the restrictions. Opposite Darfield High School on McLaughlins Road, car parks are marked out and broken yellow lines are painted outside residents' driveways. Please ensure you park within the allocated car parks and not in front of residents’ driveways. The car parks outside the school hall are reserved for staff and visitors coming into the school. Your co-operation in this matter is appreciated. There is usually plenty of space around the bend towards Bangor Road, or south-west on McLaughlins Road. DHS Canteen Orders Students are reminder to place orders at interval for lunchtime pickup at the canteen. School Bank Account Darfield High School ASB Bank Limited, Riccarton 12-3147-0207317-00 Please include the student’s name and the reason for the payment, eg Camp Fees. This information is also on the Contact Us page of the school website.

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Hi, I am a professional tutor with experience in teaching physic, biology, chemistry, AND French! all over New Zealand! And using the latest available online apps! During my studies, I spent 6 months at St Bernadette's School in Christchurch as an after school teacher where I taught primary and middle school children with learning difficulties. While studying for a PhD in chemistry, at The University of Sydney in Australia, I taught chemistry and biology to Bachelor and Master Degree students. Students, need extra support? Book your session NOW! Check out feedback from students (below). All my students achieved with merit and more! Interested? Send me an email or Skype (pilotelle.anne). See you soon! Ann


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VOLUNTEERING IS… If you’re doing something to help other people and you’re not doing it to make money then that’s volunteering. Whether you’re putting out cones at sports events, organising the school ball, caring for a sick whanau member, washing dogs at the SPCA, planting trees or picking up plastic rubbish at the beach you’re making a contribution to your community and that counts.

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“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. When you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in” ― Dr Syed Muhammad Zeeshan Hussain Almashhadi

Senior students wanting to use Adobe CC for next year need to sign up this year so we can get you set up. Your current licence will be expiring at the start of February 2020 so you will have access to CC through the holidays. To sign up for Adobe CC for 2020 please fill out the following form and pay $10 to the student office. Payment now will see you have access from the start of February. Courses which require you to have an Adobe licence are the following (note: you need only one licence even if you are in more than one of the following subjects): Year 11 – Digital Technologies, DVC Year 12 – Digital Technologies, DVC, Media Studies, Year 13 – Business, Digital Technologies, DVC, Media Studies

Adobe CC 2020

Sign up on the Google form below and pay to the student office by Friday, 1 November 2019 so we can begin buying licences. Click HERE for the link.

Dental Care during the School Holidays The Community Dental Service will be providing dental care for children enrolled with our service during the upcoming school holidays. The clinics will offer treatment and relief of pain sessions by appointment only. To make an appointment please contact our Call Centre which operates between the hours of 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday throughout the year. The clinics will offer appointments between 8.45am and 3.00pm for school-age and preschool children requiring treatment. If your child has dental pain as a result of an accident please contact your dentist in the first instance. PHONE: 0800 846 983 EMAIL:


On 3 October at Brookside park, there will be a girls cricket morning from 10.00 - 11.30. This is for all softball girls aged 7-10. If you know of any girls who might be interested you can invite them along to the morning and show them how much fun cricket is. The morning is free and it will hopefully get more girls playing or interested in the game. Click HERE to register and see you hopefully on 3 October.


For all things at Christmas time...including

stationery and school uniforms!

Street Talk

Defensive Driving Courses


The Rams & Wildcats camp is to prepare players throughout the Canterbury region for the upcoming Term 4 rep program. Campers will receive coaching from Mick Downer - Rams Head Coach, Mel Downer - Rep Academy Manager, Lori McDaniel - CBA Coach Development Officer, Rams Player Alex Talma and Wildcats player Tessa Boagni! Cost: $200 Age: U13-U19 Venue: Cowles Stadium – 210 Pages Road, Wainoni Camp Dates & Times: Wednesday 9th October

10am - 4pm

Thursday 10th October

10am - 4pm

Friday 11th October

10am - 4pm

Rams & Wildcats Reversible singlets are available to purchase for $45 at checkout when registering for camp.

Singlet orders must be received by Friday 27th September to have them in time for camp.







Yoobee Colleges is excited to announce again the opportunity for students to create a design which reps all Yoobeenauts! We are looking for something unique for our Yoobee Street Wear Line Hoodies & T-shirts to take us into 2020.

× Visual: pdf



You can choose between two themed options:



× Vector art (EPS)

Create a unique design (max size A4) which represents visually Yoobee Colleges four disciplines:

× Your vector artwork: - EPS - Ai working file/s × A final PDF showcasing your design × Brief explanation of your design × All deliverables combined into a .zip file and sent to:








TECHNOLOGY >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

ENTRIES CLOSE 11/10/2019

OPTION 2 Create a unique design (max size A4) that shows our passion for creativity. This should be in line with at least one of Yoobee Colleges EPIC Values.










>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The winning design will get a Mean As Combo Prize pack (one hoodie, one t-shirt, one cap)! In addition, your design will officially become the 2019|20 Yoobee Street Wear Line. We believe our students create amazing work, so let’s show the world!

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO × Set up your file with a black background and your design in white. × Submit original vector work (must be your own) × The design must incorporate the full name YOOBEE COLLEGES into the design. Your primary target audience > Current and future Yoobee students Your secondary target audience > Yoobee staff members

Jericho Jayme (2018 winner)

Speak with your tutor if you have any further questions, and let the creative process begin.


Good Luck!

Yoobee Colleges reserves the right adjust your work to suit the end product and print method. Students | Competition #2 | ©YC 2019



Makeup Application and Demonstration Hair care Skincare and Beauty Grooming tip and Presentation Fashion Styling Deportment/Confidence/Self-esteem Catwalk show Etiquette Health/Fitness/Nutrition Motivation and Life Skills Visit and talk by professional Portfolio models Photographic posing Professional photo shoot and imagery


Find out more at n-modelling-workshops/ Booking Inquiries Email



Keen? Contact Miss Hannah Cossey at

SAT 19



Salmo Runn RAKA

Multisport ½ Marathon Long/Short Duathlon Long/Short Run/Walk Mountain Bike


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10 DHS Dispatch 27 September 2019  

Darfield High School Dispatch Newsletter. Issue 10. 27 September 2019.

10 DHS Dispatch 27 September 2019  

Darfield High School Dispatch Newsletter. Issue 10. 27 September 2019.