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

12 FEBRUARY 2019


Starting the year with a splash

Colour Extravaganza

Principal’s Comments Welcome back as we embark on the 2019 school year. We are fully staffed and have welcomed into the school 140 new students and 10 new staff. Thank you to our Year 12 Peer Supporters who are working with the Year 7 students this term to help them settle in and get to know the school and each other. Over the summer break the digital technology (computing) classrooms were moved to C Block to be alongside the rest of the Technology Department. Work also commenced on two new science laboratories. These refurbishments will be ongoing through Term One and will require some constraints with rooming and access in the meantime. We have also commenced the design phase of the refurbishment of E Block – the oldest block still remaining in the school and well overdue for modernisation.

Congratulations to our students for their successes with NCEA last year. Provisional results show that Darfield High School had a higher percentage of certificates achieved than the Decile 8-10 average for NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3. There was also a big increase in University Entrance attainment. We will publish the full breakdown of results once they are finalised. There will be a special assembly on 19 February to present certificates and badges to students who attained Merit and Excellence endorsements last year. We have implemented a new student management system called Kamar. This is the database that manages student information, assessment data, attendance, timetables and reporting. Some changes to how things operate will be introduced through the year. Some emails and texts will also be

sent out via Kamar and so will look a little different. We will keep you updated regarding changes to how you access the Parent Portal to see reports, attendance and assessment information. The school works hard to keep you in touch with what is happening but we are a busy school and so it can be a challenge to keep up. This newsletter is published three times per term and there is a weekly email sent on Fridays with events and notices. In addition, year level Deans and classroom teachers may send emails to let you know about specific events and issues. As such, it is important that we have up to date email contacts, so please let us know if you have changed emails or you don’t think you are receiving communications from us. James Morris

DARFIELD HIGH SCHOOL PTSA The next meeting is on 19 February at 7.30 pm in the DHS Staffroom Come along and meet the wonderful school helpers and fundraisers. All of the money raised goes back into the school to help our students. Management Team: (L to R) Mrs Kathryn Morgan, Deputy Principal; Mr Todd Adams, Deputy Principal; Ms Trish Evans, Deputy Principal and James Morris, Principal.


New members welcome 12 FEBRUARY 2019

Congratulations, Mr John MacDonald! Mr Mac, our very own PE teacher, came first in his age group and 23rd overall in last weekend's Coast to Coast individual two-day race. Superb effort!

New Staff for 2019 Hi, I'm Mark Saunders and I joined the Mathematics Department here at Darfield High School this term. I am very excited to be joining the DHS community. Staff and students alike have made me feel very welcome. I try to inject some fun into my lessons and make links between mathematics and the real world. Mathematics teacher, Ildiko Welsh

Year 7 teacher, Lilly Dalley

I emigrated from Hungary in 1982 to be united with my family who were already in New Zealand.

Hi, my name is Lilly Dalley and I’m one of the Year 7 teachers. I am originally from Wellington but have lived in Darfield for many years. I am really looking forward to everything this year has to offer.

I travelled the world and, after graduating from Canterbury, I worked at Baylor’s College of Medicine in Houston as a Research Technician working on Brain and Medicines. When I returned to New Zealand my children inspired me to become a teacher and I graduated in 2003 from the Christchurch Teachers' College. I worked in a number of schools in the South Island and also in the North Island. I also taught in the UK, particularly in London, for a number of years. After having my third child, I took a break but I couldn’t stay away too long and I returned to teaching in 2012. I was fortunate to teach both Science and Mathematics in Auckland and when the opportunity came I moved down to the South Island. I am fortunate to join Darfield High this year and to get to live my passion. I love working with students from all different backgrounds and enjoy and relish inspiring learning. There is just no better feeling than seeing one of your students finally “get it”. I am looking forward to working with the students, teachers and families of Darfield this year.

Mathematics teacher, Mark Saunders

I'm originally from the UK but New Zealand has been my home now for almost 14 years. As a child and a teenager, I grew up in the UK, Germany and Brazil. Before qualifying as a teacher in 2007, I was an aeronautical design engineer and later an IT contractor specialising in multimedia and web design. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, travelling, tramping and flying my plane.

Kia Ora! I'm Miss Vickery and I'm one of the new PE and Health teachers at DHS. I have taught at large, small, rural and city schools before. But it's lovely to be working at a rural school again. I am enthusiastic about creating positive learning experiences through Health and PE. I'm looking forward to this year and what will come of it.

I hope I get the chance to meet many of you over the next few weeks and months. See you soon!

PE teacher, Karina Vickery



Hi, I'm Nathan Bergin, the new teacher in the Science department. This year, I'm teaching Years 8 to 12, with Chemistry at Year 12. I was born and raised in Greymouth and ended up moving back there to teach for the last four years. So far, I've really loved the move to Darfield; the staff and community are so supportive, and I see my move here as a natural progression, building on my previous work in rural schools, with DHS the largest one to date. I'm looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that working at DHS affords, once I get used to the change in climate from the West Coast!

Hi, I’m Megan Evans. I have spent the past five years at Rangiora High School teaching Digital Technologies, Business Studies, Enterprise and Construction Mechanical Technology. A graduate of Darfield High School, I am excited to start the next step of my teaching career here as Teacher in Charge of Digital Technologies. I hope to start up a Code Club for interested students and begin growing electronics and robotics coding into the school. Outside school I am an avid horse rider bringing on young horses to compete in open showing classes.

PE teacher, Philip Walton

Hi. My name is Philip Walton. I am married with two daughters and soon to be a grandparent. I am teaching PE to Years 7, 8, 10, and 12, and, teaching Year 13 Outdoor Education. I taught at Waimate High School last year; other previous schools have been Twizel Area School, Taumarunui High School, and Paraparaumu College. I have also lectured in Exercise Physiology at the College of Education. My main interests are young people's personal development and their well-being.

Science teacher, Nathan Bergin

TIC Digital Technologies, Megan Evans

School Magazine 2018 If you paid for a 2018 DHS Magazine last year and didn't receive one, please see Mrs Staddon in the office.

Hi, I am Freya Vokes and I teach Technology. I have been in New Zealand for 13 years. After spending nine years on Waiheke Island we have come to the South Island to explore. It’s only been three weeks and we are loving the space, beauty and friendliness of everyone we meet.

New PE teacher, Kevin Addison

Hi. My name is Kevin Addison, and I am a new Physical Education and Outdoor Education teacher at Darfield High School. I have 15 years' teaching experience in PE, Health and Outdoor Education. Building a lifelong connection with physical education and staying active is a passion I want to share with my students. Technology teacher, Freya Vokes


I am looking forward to working at DHS. 12 FEBRUARY 2019

Michelle Bruce, DHS Head Girl for 2019

Head Students for 2019

Jackson Proud, DHS Head Boy for 2019

Kia ora koutou katoa,

Hello Everyone!

My name is Michelle Bruce and I’m Head Girl for Darfield High School in 2019. I’ve been attending Darfield High School since 2013 , when I began as a Year 7 student.

My name is Jackson Proud and I am very proud (no pun intended) to be one of the Head Prefects at Darfield High School for 2019. I would like to use my role to strive for a better relationship between the students and the team of Head Prefects. Also, our push is to get Darfield High School more involved in the community.

I’ve really enjoyed my years at Darfield, I’ve had access to so many opportunities in and out of the classroom. I am really looking forward to the work that 2019’s prefects are going to get up to. The group of prefects has been carefully selected, to properly represent the values Darfield holds—and we are all very enthusiastic to enact positive change in the school and community. I advise all students (especially new students) to take every opportunity with open arms, whether it is sporting, cultural or educational. Let’s make the most of 2019. If you want to get in touch with me, email headgirl@ Also, feel free to say hello if you see me in school or outside of it; I’d love to get to know you all better.

It's still scary to think that I am Year 13 already and even more scared for the real world in 2020 and what i’m going to do. I am the youngest of six children in my family who have all attended Darfield High School, so I guess you can say that Darfield High School is a part of our family, and will be for our future years. I have been involved in a lot of activities at school, mainly involving sport. My favourite activity would be the senior A basketball team; even though we weren't very successful we still enjoyed each other's company and learnt a lot about what it means to be a team. I welcome all new students to Darfield High School, and encourage everyone to do their best to get involved in every opportunity they can, because it's not about winning; it's about having fun and learning something you wouldn't in your everyday life. If you would like to get in touch, feel free to email me at I am open to anything and would love to get to know you all.

Michelle Bruce and Jackson Proud settling into their new roles as Head Students



STUDENT SUCCESSES Celebrating the successes of our students is important. There are a number of areas that students excel in. Whether this is part of or outside of the DHS community, please feel free to let us know, so we can celebrate their achievements with the whole community.

Members of the Waitaha Swim Club (L to R): Ethan Taylor, Holly Smith, Charlise Miller, Jessie Smith and Chloe Newbigging.

Chloe Newbigging

Ethan Taylor

Swim Champions The Swimming Canterbury West Coast (SCWC) Senior Long Course Champs were held from 17—20 January down in Dunedin. They swam heats in the morning and then returned for the finals in the evenings. Ethan Taylor (Year 13) won four individual Silvers in the 200 fly, 400 medley, 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke. A bronze in the 50 metre breaststroke, and Silver in a medley relay. Chloe Newbigging (Year 10) made the finals for all of her races, winning Gold in the 200 Individual Medley and Silver in the 13-14 women's freestyle relay.

Charlise Miller (Year 9) was also part of the relay team with Chloe and made it to several finals. Ben Smith (an ex-student) also attended. On 26 and 27 January, SCWC held the Junior Champs at Jellie Park. Holly Smith (Year 8) won Silver in the 200 backstroke, Bronze in the 400 freestyle and Bronze for a relay. Jessie Smith (Year 7) won Bronze in her 200 backstroke.

All these students are part of Waitaha Swim Club. Chloe and Ethan train seven to eight times a week; three of those are morning sessions starting at 5.30 am in Christchurch. They are preparing for National Age Group (NAGs) that will be held in the April holidays in Wellington. Holly is heading to Invercargill this weekend for her main competition Regional Makos Festival. Holly and Jessie train three to four times a week.

Academic Colours Assembly On Tuesday 19 February at 10.45 am Students who gained subject and/or certificate endorsements in NCEA 2018 will be recognised in this assembly. Family and friends are invited to attend the assembly and should come to the Staffroom about 10 minutes beforehand. 6

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Malvern Lions Leadership

Scholarship The Malvern Lions Leadership Scholarship award was presented by Mr Rob Potts on behalf of the Malvern Lions, at the Years 9 and 10 Prize Giving at the end of last year. Leah Hamilton-Cross with her parents

The Lions are active in our local, national and international communities, fundraising and supporting a wide range of projects. The Malvern Lions Hillary Scholarship is to support developing leadership skills in students. Recipients will attend a five-day leadership camp on Great Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf. The scholarships for 2018 have been awarded to:

Sophie Clarke Leah Hamilton-Cross Campbell Barrett

Campbell Barrett Sophie Clarke (left) with her friends after Prize Giving

ART DEPARTMENT NEWS CONGRATULATIONS to Hayley Murray who has recently been selected as a finalist in the Zonta Female Art Awards 2019. One of 18 selected, her painting will feature in the Young Generation Category for female artists aged between 16 and 20 years old.

The exhibition runs from 2 March - 7 April at Ashburton Art Gallery. ...and CONGRATULATIONS to Emily Cullen, Mai Takata, Rira Takahashi, Mia Adams, Rowen Hickey and Leah Hamilton-Cross whose design for

the recent Darfield Pool Mural was awarded a Highly Commended Award for Best Mural Design, in the nationwide Resene Mural Masterpieces competition.

Mural at the Darfield Pool, designed by DHS Art Students

Hayley Murray



Jackson Proud Head Boy

Michelle Bruce Head Girl

Hanako Wilson Head of Culture

Kieran McKay Deputy Head Boy

Zoe Spinks Head of Sport

Kate Morris Deputy Head Girl

Corien Blom Head of Well-being

Georgia Mitchell

Lucy Glassey

Brooke Steele

Alex Stiles

Saskia Kremers

Dan Conway

Aiko Sakurai

Aleisha Knowles

Georgia Allison

Sam Clarke

Ben Millar

Emma Van der Wilt

Cassandra Aubrey

Jessica St Clair-Newman

Penelope Mitchell

Jemma Dalley

Jack Chillingworth

Abi Tuhill


Lexi Purvis


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Photos (Clockwise from top left) Head Students and Prefects introduced at assembly. New teachers welcomed at assembly. First full assembly for 2019. Bubbles the puppy getting lots of attention in 8DK. Prefects dressed in their House colours for mufti day. Head Boy Jackson Proud, hanging out with the new Year 7 students.

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Nau mai haere mai Welcome On Tuesday 29 January, we welcomed our new staff members and new Year 7 students with a Mihi Whakatau, an official welcome. Today is a new beginning for us all. Today is the day that you become a student or staff member of Darfield High School. You become one of us. Acknowledge where you have come from, the previous schools that have nurtured you and prepared you for today. We have all come from somewhere else.


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Current Staff members welcome those new to Darfield High School by offering a hongi. The hongi is about showing trust between the two parties.




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Year 7 Students Settling in to DHS With the help of the Peer Support leaders, the new Year 7 students are learning the ropes, meeting up with old friends and making some new ones, getting to know their new teachers and finding their way around their new environment. We welcome the 130 new Year 7 students, as they begin their journey here at Darfield High School.



From the DHS Careers Department

Year 13 Presentations Year 13 Presentations (Year 12s are welcome too) are during Period 5 in C11 on the dates listed below. This is an opportunity to learn about the courses on offer, entrance requirements, scholarships that are available, clubs and social events and generally what life at Uni is all about. The advisors from each place are full of lots of very useful info and are also the ones that help throughout the year answering questions that you may have. They come back in Term Three and help plan courses too, so they are great to connect with now in preparation for this. It's always best to gather lots of information on all the opportunities that are on offer to help make a successful and informed decision.

20 February - Ara Institute of Canterbury 25 February - AUT (lunchtime presentation) 27 February - Lincoln University 6 March - Defence Forces 20 March - Massey University 27 March - University of Canterbury 3 April - University of Otago 8 May - University of Auckland

We are still waiting for confirmation from Victoria University of Wellington

Year 12 Discovery Day at the University of Canterbury Students will be receiving information through email from Mrs Ager on how to register for this amazing Year 12 day that takes place on 9 April. They get the opportunity to learn about Uni life and attend six lectures of their choosing. They don't have to be planning on going to UC to attend this day; it is an opportunity to experience University firsthand. The students last year found the day really useful and enjoyable. Keep an eye out for the registration information, and register before 22 March. 14

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Houses When a student begins at Darfield High School, they become a member of one of the four Houses. Each House is run by a Staff Leader and a House Leader, a Year 13 student who liaises with the students. The House system was re-introduced to encourage a positive atmosphere at Darfield High School and to enhance participation in events and relationships among students. Students participate in various events, covering sporting, cultural and academic activities, to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to contribute. Placing in specific events and participation in events are both rewarded, provided that students are honouring the spirit of the event. The first of the House competitions was held on 5 February: House Colours Mufti Day. This is always a fun way to start off the House challenges, with some awesome costumes and bright colours! This year the placings were: 1st RAWHITI 2nd KIKORANGI 3rd WAIMAKARIRI 4th TAWERA The results from the recent Swimming Sports will be announced soon. This Friday is the DHS Athletics Sports Day, which will also go towards your House points.

House Mufti Day 1st: Rawhiti [22 points] 2nd: Kikorangi [21 points] 3rd: Waimakariri [20 points] 4th: Tawera [17 points]

Mr Morris judges the Rawhiti Year 12 students' choice of yellow mufti







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International Department

This year we welcome 18 new international students starting in Term 1, joining our 15 returning international students. This takes us to 33 in total, which is our highest number in recent times. They began the year with a two-day orientation programme, and enjoyed ice creams from the Dar- field Dairy, as well experiencing some Maori culture at the Mihi Whakatau. It is particularly exciting to welcome our first group of longer-term students from Set- agaya Gakuen in Tokyo. A big thank you to the buddies who have looked after our new students so well, and our staff, host families and the community for warmly welcoming them.


Our new students are: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Yuka Asaoka from Japan, here for three terms in 12MS Lea Mildner from Austria, here for two terms in 12MS Paula Steinwender from Austria, here for two terms in 12MS Kae Kobayashi from Japan, here for two terms in 12ME Clara Schmidt from Germany, here for two terms in 11VR Marit Schiller from Brazil, here for one year in 11SG Zhanghui (Jason) Sun from China, here for three years in 11HC Miki Kitamura from Japan, here for one year in 11HC Shin Yazaki from Japan, here for one year in 11CQ Keigo Teruya from Japan, here for one term in 11SG Yuga Sakikawa from Japan, here for one term in 11VR Ryo Dai from Japan, here for one term in 11SG Shinichi Kobayashi from Japan, here for one term in 11HC Tatsuya Yoshioka from Japan, here for one term in 11VR Ayaka Hiraoka from Japan, here for one term in 11CQ Manaka Iwakawa from Japan, here for one term in 11VR Mirai Tokunaga from Japan, here for one term in 11SG

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Darfield High School 2019 Ski Programme

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The DHS ski programme will be advertised around 1 May and applications will close on close 31 May. Registrations are limited to 100 students who have fully paid for the programme. If 100 students have registered before 31 May, it will be closed at that point. The ski programme is open to all students who attend Darfield High School. Enquiries to Gavin Chalk, ISSUE 1 / DHS DISPATCH


Record-Breaking Records Broken in 2019

2019 DHS Swimming Record Breakers Name Holly Smith Reuben Bromley Charlise Miller Chloe Newbigging Ethan Taylor Zahara Sutton


Event 25 m Backstroke 25 m Freestyle 100 m Freestyle 100 m Backstroke 100 m Breaststroke 50 m Freestyle 50 m Breaststroke 50 m Butterfly 100 m Backstroke 100 m Breaststroke Medley 50 m Freestyle 50 m Backstroke 50 m Butterfly 100 m Freestyle 100 m Backstroke 100 m Breaststroke Medley Medley 50 m Butterfly

New Record 18.16 15.03 1.22.85 1.28.41 1.45.69 31.12 41.22 35.33 1.19.03 1.28.50 1.21.25 31.09 35.12 33.88 1.08.00 1.17.13 1.28.50 1.17.78 1.10.06 36.79

Previous Record 19.19 15.67 1.36.31 1.52.09 1.55.12 33.00 43.47 37.12 1.20.37 1.35.16 1.25.63 32.35 39.69 36.01 1.14.67 1.20.47 1.35.16 1.28.19 1.12.09 38.21

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2019 DHS Swimming Champions AGE Champion Runner-Up 10 years – Boys Blake Taylor Austin Earl 10 years – Girls Jessie Smith Zoe Parker 11 years – Boys Barnaby Maude Etienne Bourhill/Zane Routhan/Kyan Simon 11 years – Girls Kimberly Harris Kayla Holland 12 years – Boys Noah Whiteside Joshua Wilson 12 years – Girls Holly Smith Katy Newbigging Junior Boys Reuben Bromley Samuel McCallion Junior Girls Charlise Miller Charlotte Roberts Intermediate Boys Matthew Ashworth Callum Summerfield/Hayden de Burger Intermediate Girls Chloe Newbigging Issy Kennedy Senior Boys Ethan Taylor Harry Williamson Senior Girls Zahara Sutton Jenny Walter



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11—14 June OPEN: The school Library is open all school hours including interval and lunchtime. ISSUE: You can borrow up to five books for four weeks as a student of DHS. Visit the school's library website for reading and research resources, e- and audio books, useful databases and more! As a student or a parent, if you have any queries, then talk to the librarians or email: or 22

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Year 13 Mufti Guidelines

Key considerations: The desire for a high standard of dress through providing guidelines for an appropriate standard of dress. Year 13 demonstrating leadership in action and appearance. Allowing some choice in recognition of senior role in school. The normal day wear for Year 13 students is either school uniform or very tidy mufti. Year 13 students are the student leaders in the school and their standard of dress should be equivalent to the formality of the normal school uniform. It is expected that students who represent the school at formal events will wear a school blazer or a formal black blazer. Very Tidy Mufti: • Shorts or trousers with zip fly • Skirts or dresses • Collared shirt or blouse • Blazer, jersey, cardigan, jacket • Rain jacket • Tie for formal occasions, eg Prize-giving, Assemblies during Terms 2 and 3 • Students should bring a change of clothes when required for sports activities Appropriate mufti is: • Clean, tidy and in good condition • Modest (ie all clothing should cover from shoulder to mid-thigh – no midriff showing) • Boys should be clean shaven • Jewellery (no visible piercings, except in ears) and make-up should not be excessive • Appropriate to situations (eg, for health and safety reasons, covered footwear is to be worn in Science Labs, Food and Nutrition Room, and Design Technology Rooms) • Any words, logos or images must be appropriate for school situation, eg no alcohol or drug connotations or offensive language Not permitted: • Sportswear: sports shoes, track pants, sports shorts, rugby jerseys • Beachwear • T-Shirts or singlets • Hoodies or sweatshirts • Extreme hair styles If unsure if an item is permitted, please check with the school in advance of wearing an item to school

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School and Community Notices


NCEA Academic Colours Assembly Tuesday 19 February at 10.45 am. Families are welcome to attend this celebration of students' success in NCEA.

February 15 DHS Athletics Sports 18 Year 13 Biology Trip to Orana Park PP Day Athletics Sports 19 Academic Colours Assembly 20 Canterbury Showjumping Championships Ara Visit (2.15—3.15 pm) 21 Year 12 Biology Trip to Creyke Road 24-26 Year 12 Geography Trip to Mt Cook 26 Selwyn Athletics Sports 27 Year 13 OED Kayak Trip Lincoln University Visit (2.15—3.15 pm) 27-1 Year 9 Camps 28 Dispatch Newsletter

HPV and Boostrix Vaccination Programme Consent forms have been distributed to all Year 8 students. These should be completed and returned to school by Friday 1 March. Thank you. Darfield High School Cross Country Championships Please note the change of date for the DHS Cross Country Championships. This is now on Tuesday 2 April 2019 at the Darfield Domain.

March 1 3 3/4 4-6 5 6 8 11 12 13 15 17 19 20 21 22 25 25-26 27 28 28-30 30-2

Year 11 RUC Day Out DHS Triathlon Japan Day Year 11 OED Raft Trip Year 10 Onuku Field Trip PP Day Triathlon Senior and Junior Progress Reports Defence Careers (2.15—3.15 pm) Year 12 OED Kayak Day Trip Year 13 Biology Trip to Orana Park Canterbury Triathlon Championships BOT Meeting (6.30 pm) World Vision Leadership Conference Year 13 RUC Day Out Thai Group at DHS (17 March - 11 April) Canterbury Athletics Prelims PTSA Meeting (7.30 pm) Massey University Visit (2.15—3.15 pm) Dispatch Newsletter Parent Teacher Interviews (3.30—7.00 pm) Country Schools Music Festival Canterbury Primary Schools Duathalon SISS Ultimate Frisbee Championships Attitude Speakers Canterbury Dressage Championships Year 8 HPV Vaccination Year 11 Geography Trip to Kaikoura/Hanmer Year 13 History Trip to Arrowtown (30 March - 2 April)

April 2 3 4 5 5-10

DHS Cross Country Canterbury Primary School Swimming Canterbury Swimming Championships Otago University Visit (2.15—3.15 pm) Blood Drive Year 11 RUC Day Out Year 13 PE/ODE Rockclimbing Trip to Wanaka

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Regional Diploma in Agriculture DHS Rural College, in conjunction with Lincoln University, is offering subjects from the Regional Diploma in Agriculture as night classes in 2019. You can complete the Diploma in two years, or select individual subjects for a Certificate of Proficiency. Semester One starts on Monday 18 February and the papers offered are 021R Soils and 0235R Pastures. Classes are held on Mondays and Thursdays from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm. For some students, this course may be eligible for Fees Free in 2019. For further information, contact Rex Smith 318 8411 or 318 8548 (after hours) or Reporting Absences/Sick Students Please let us know if your student is going to be absent. To report an absence, telephone and leave a message, or email Emails sent to other addresses may not be cleared before a text message is sent to you. 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. Contact Details It is important that we have your correct contact details; please let us know of any changes. 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.

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Junior Registration Evening U6 – U16 grades Friday 15 February 4.30 – 7.00pm

Come along for a sausage and a kick around with members of the Canterbury Woman’s Rugby Team -

Games Sausage Sizzle Lolly Scramble Boot Swap

Children must be 5 years old and up Rippa teams from U6 – U7 years Come along on the night or register online Call Tim McNae for more information on 027 526 8706

Darfield High School are on the look out for volunteers to assist students with reading and writing at assessment time. This takes place at the school, during the school hours that fit in to suit with your schedule. If you are willing to give an hour or two to help students here, please contact Elaine in the School office: Phone: 318 8411 or Email:

REGIONAL DIPLOMA IN AGRICULTURE Darfield High School Rural College, in conjunction with Lincoln University, is offering subjects from the Regional Diploma in Agriculture as night classes in 2019. You can complete the Diploma in two years, or select individual subjects for a Certificate of Proficiency.



Semester One starts on Monday 18 February and the papers offered are 021R Soils and 0235R Pastures. Classes are held on Mondays and Thursdays from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm. For some students, this course may be eligible for Fees Free in 2019. For further information, contact Rex Smith 03-318-8411 or 03-318-8548 (after hours) or

20k Either way School Bus Safety Video Our Road Safety colleagues in the Hurunui have produced this video to remind drivers that Either Way its 20k past a school bus. 26

School Bus Safety Video

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Language Lessons in te reo Māori

Room H2 at Darfield High School

Kia ora, Ever wanted to learn te reo? Classes are starting on 12 February, right here in Darfield. The lessons will run during the school term. Any questions, please email:

Tuesday evenings 7 pm - 9 pm $70 per term

All Welcome First lesson Tuesday 12 February

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DURING SCHOOL TERM Mon-Fri 3.30pm-7pm Sat & Sun 1pm-7pm DURING SCHOOL & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS Every day 1pm-7pm Phone: 027 250 4524


DURING SCHOOL TERM Mon-Fri 3.15pm-7pm Sat & Sun 1pm-7pm DURING SCHOOL & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS Every day 1pm-7pm Phone: 027 590 9948 PLEASE ENQUIRE AT DARFIELD POOL ABOUT



Street Talk Our school canteen service provider, Libelle Group, is teaming up with the Heart Foundation Fuelled4life and BioPak to bring us a Fresh Made approved and eco-friendly packaged menu - Eat Smart. So what does this mean for us? Eat Smart will be launched at our school and nationwide by the beginning of Term 1, 2019. It is a nutritionally balanced, value-for-money school tuckshop menu

offered throughout the country! The Eat Smart menu features balanced meals designed by a team of nutritionists for kiwi school kids, so they have the right fuel to learn! The message is clear:


Defensive Driving Courses

• Cost $175 (includes driving session). • Anyone with demerit points can complete. • If you miss a session you have the flexibility to catch up this session at another course.

MORE INFORMATION We are going digital with Txt My Lunch Txt My Lunch is the solution to giving parents the guarantee that their hungry learner is getting a healthy, balanced meal - all for just $6. Use Txt My Lunch to send a lunch directly to a students phone by text! Save that 20 minutes of your day making lunch and buy or gift a meal ticket today at www.txtmylunch.





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S p r i n t S e r i es

A fun race or walk around Christchurch’s schools and parks with a map. Come and have some fun in the park at the 2019 Summer Sprint Series. Tuesday 19 February: Avonside High School

Tuesday 26 February: St Andrews College / Heaton

Tuesday 5 March: New South Brighton School / Domain

Tuesday 12 March: North Hagley Park

Start: Registration from 5pm starts from 5.30pm Fees: Enter on the day All welcome: Courses for all abilities lnfo:

• Darfield High School • PO Box 5, Darfield, 7541

• 7 McLaughlins Road, Darfield • 03 318 8411

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1 DHS Dispatch 12 February 2019  

Darfield High School Dispatch Newsletter. Issue 1. 12 February 2019.

1 DHS Dispatch 12 February 2019  

Darfield High School Dispatch Newsletter. Issue 1. 12 February 2019.