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UC NCEA Day Page 6

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Mud Run Page 18

Enjoy your holidays! Term 3 begins Monday 25 July

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Last month, Darfield High School and the Student Communication and Safe Practices Charitable trust were part of the Z Good in the Hood promotion. The team is raising funds and awareness of the 0800PUPILS phone number. The funds raised will be used to provide resources to help promote the phone number in our school. Mrs Cartman, Mariah Glasson, Eddie Searle and Gus Thomas were really pleased to be presented with a cheque of $624 by Rachel Redmond of Z Darfield. Thank you to Z Darfield and to the community who supported us during this promotion.

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The 0800PUPILS phone number has been made available to students, parents and the Darfield High School Community through a partnership with Crimestoppers NZ trust. You can call this number if you see or hear of bullying or crime happening in our community by students from Darfield High School. Calls are taken by trained Crimestoppers staff.

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These students receive a certificate and a $10 voucher


Isabella Kennedy Georgie Hamilton Darcey Edwards Caitlin Gibb Jesse Gray Star Chalmers Harriet Cottrell Katherine Hadler Zara Woodward SeanKelly Galler Maddison Beardsmore Mequa Strowger Caitlin Rayne Brianna Longdin Cameron Mills Alex Walker Hayley Murray Jacob Thomason Johny Hart

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Principal’s Comments Some people have a way of wording things that makes their message clear. They have the ability to put together a sentence that neatly conveys an idea with impact. This is why books of quotes are popular and why many magazines and newspapers have a special section devoted to quotes. Here are three quotes that are relevant for our senior students as they reflect on the first half of the year and look towards the work required in the second half, in order to achieve their potential in NCEA. “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu There is a significant pile of work ahead. This may seem scary or insurmountable but, if you break it down into smaller chunks, then the job will get done. It will get done, however, only if you start now.

Procrastination is a challenge for us all. Putting off tasks we don’t enjoy till later is human nature. Learning to find pleasure in getting started, rather than the ache of wishing you had, is a lesson you will take with you the rest of your life. So start now on that assignment, study, project, reading, etc. “The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.” – Albert Ellis You can control getting started on work, you can control asking for help, and you can control persevering when the work gets hard. There is no point in worrying about or blaming the things you can’t control. James Morris

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb

Lions Fries Day!

Spotted at the Mud Run! Congratulations - you have won an Around School prize. See Mrs Watson next week to collect. Issue 7 / DHS Dispatch

Thank you to the Malvern Lions who came in today and cooked up huge amounts of fries and hotdogs for staff and students. This is a fundraiser for our Young Achievers' Big Day Out.


DHS Volunteer Army Two months ago, applications for a leadership and volunteering course at UC were opened to Years 12 and 13 students. With many applications and only four available spaces, the Deans had a tough choice. Chloe Fraser, Madison O’ Callaghan, Hannah Marchant and I were the few lucky enough to be accepted.

needed help with organising, counting and cleaning toys. After rallying a few troops, or, more accurately, a few keen students, the first initiative of the DHS volunteer group was confirmed with everybody turning up on Saturday 25 June to help out, much to the delight of the Toy Library members.

The course had four parts: we had two half-day lectures with Student Volunteer Army executive members, as well as team building, and then two practical sessions of active volunteering where we put our new leadership and organisational skills to use, working in teams to complete community projects. The leaders of the course were passionate about what they do at UC and with the SVA and urged us to start or try a volunteering activity within our school.

The job didn’t quite get finished on Saturday so a few of us and a few new volunteers returned on Monday after school to help finish what we started. Those who participated got a lot of enjoyment from helping out in the community and look forward to doing it again and getting their friends involved. The DHS volunteer group plans to host future volunteer activities within the school and community. Any activities will be publicised and at this stage we would love senior students and staff to come and get involved; watch this space. Thank you to Mrs Bell for helping to organise the event.

So, the idea for the DHS volunteer group was born. With a lot of planning from Chloe, Mr Adams and the rest of our small team, we organised our first initiative. The Darfield Plunket and Toy Library were doing a stocktake of toys and equipment and

Student Volunteer Army Day at Willowbank During the Year 10 UCan morning with the Student Volunteer Army at Willowbank, the University photographer took some photos of our students, as well as the area before and after the amazing work of the students.

Above: Jemma Dalley, Caleb Longdin, Daniel Stack, one of the In-School Mentors from the Student Volunteer Army, Madison Beardsmore, Savarnnah Taylor

Rachael Phillipson

Fees and Financial Assistance for NZQF Qualifications Students must pay their 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. How do I apply for financial assistance? To get financial assistance, you need to fill in a Financial Assistance form and give it to your school. You can get this form from the school office, or by emailing, or the NZQA website at www.nzqa, Application forms are available online or from the school offices.

Can I get help to pay? Financial Assistance can be applied for if your family cannot afford to pay the fees. Who can apply for financial assistance? To be eligible to apply, you must be the fee-payer and meet at least one of the following criteria: •

be currently receiving a Work and Income or Study Link benefit, or have a current Community Services Card (benefit based applications)

are not currently receiving a benefit or do not have a current Community Services Card, but do have a joint family income that would entitle you to receive a Community Services Card (income-based applications)

have two or more children who are candidates, irrespective of family income, and the total fees you would have to pay would otherwise be more than the $200 multiple candidate maximum (multiple candidate applications)

How much does it cost? Domestic student entry for all NCEA standards $76.70 Domestic student entry for a Scholarship subject $30.00 International student entry to NCEA standards $383.30 International student entry to Scholarship $102.20


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Celine and Emma's Japan Experience We excitedly packed our bags and arrived in Kurashiki on 11 April, after two flights and a five-hour bus trip. The visit was for 10 days. Our mothers came with us, too. Tania McKenzie, from the Christchurch City Council Sister City committee, also joined us for our trip. One of the places we visited was the Hiroshima Peace Museum. This was a very emotional time and we were pleased we had this opportunity to see what the war was like for the Japanese people. We spent two nights at our homestays where we experienced Japanese culture first hand. We tried on kimonos, which were all beautiful, and we thoroughly enjoyed this

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During April, Emma Ashworth and Celine Jenkins participated in a disabled youth exchange to Kurashiki, Japan. This opportunity came about when a performance group we belong to, Star Jam in Christchurch, alerted us to the exchange. Both applied and were amazed to be selected. Here is their account: cultural experience. We walked around the Okayama gardens which are very different to our gardens. We visited two disabled schools and got to experience what school life was like for them. We visited the look-out of the Seto Ohashi Bridge, which is a series of double-deck bridges connecting Okayama and Kagawa. It is 13.1 kilometres long. On 19 April, we attended a local wheelchair basketball centre where we were divided into teams and competed against each other. Celine and Lisa’s team were the winners. Afterwards, there was a surprise birthday cake for Emma’s 17th birthday.

of food.The best food were the doughnuts. They were special because they were brightly coloured and some were special shapes. We hadn’t seen anything like them before. We tried green tea ice cream which was green and Celine enjoyed it, while Emma loved the battered oysters. Japan is filled with lots of lovely people. It is a lovely country and is clean and tidy. They have very narrow streets which makes them seem crowded. We would like to thank Tania for supporting us while we were away and also Independent Fisheries for sponsoring this amazing trip.

We got to experience all elements of Japanese culture, including the vast array


University of Canterbury NCEA Japanese Day making the terrain quite sparkly. The village was surrounded by foliage, and the backdrop of the icy mountains when the sun lathered its hills with honey gold light was quite an amazing view to enjoy while eating lunch. I met up with a student from Christ's College, and we spent the rest of the day together, as I am the only student in Year 12 Japanese in Darfield High School. It’s fun for me to meet people throughout the day that, by the end of it, I can call friends. The day was a long, but fun one and enjoyed by everyone. The day commenced with a bus ride to the University of Canterbury, I found it to be considerably larger than Darfield High School, or any school that I have been to—I felt like an ant in a paddock of grass. We started our day with an entrance ceremony, and heard about Ashleigh Stewart's life, a writer for articles on Stuff. She told us stories of her trips to Japan, the friends that she made and the ties she made with the country, and how these were shattered by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, how it destroyed the scenery, and many people's' lives with it. People became homeless, many lost the people they love, and we heard how such a beautiful country was destroyed in a near instant. She captured our attention through the pictures that were shown, and by letting us know that she was just a normal person, like us. After quite an emotional biography of Ashleigh's time in Japan, we were guided to the village where we would do most of our workshops and where many of us would make friends that had the same interest in the Japanese language and its culture. The scenery around the village was amazing, amplified by the frosty weather and the sun

For the first period of class, my group introduced each other, then had a Japanese debate about Japanese schools or New Zealand schools being harder, and it was a great learning experience. We learnt in the second lesson about what we do as hobbies and what we want right now, and how our views matched students from Japan’s views, which showed us a new perspective on our school lives, and how the Japanese culture views and does things. Our morning tea was provided for us, and it was Japanese Bread! I love Japanese bread;

it’s just so good! I made the choice of cookie bread, which was a well made choice. For my last lesson, I learnt about many words that would help me in my Japanese in essays or projects; then we learnt about the Japanese names for sports, and a Japanese sport that Japanese primary school children play, which very closely mimicked basketball or netball. After three lessons in the village, we went back to the lecture room for the final words, the prize giving, and not to mention the much anticipated Dance! My classmates and I, along with many schools, performed the Odoru Ponpokorin Dance in front of a camera, while in the small space of the lecture seats; it was a lot of fun. The ceremonial hand clapping, Tejime, is what we performed to finish off this exciting and extremely fun day at the University of Canterbury, and I hope I will be able to go back to the Japanese workshop next year! Rahul Chandra

Above: Rahul Chandra, Georgi Pander, Mrs Hayakawa, Gary Wei, Julia Trushin, Elyse Kerr, Ryo Nishimura, and Yun Jeong Lee

Update from Hanako Wilson I am nearly halfway through my exchange trip in Japan and I am loving every second of it. My host family is lovely and I am definitely getting better at talking in Japanese to them.

I joined the brass band and have played a concert with them, and we have another coming up soon, which we are practising very hard for! The day after I arrived was fairly interesting as I went to look at all the tulips at the tulip park. There were so many! It was really pretty and I have a lot of aesthetically pleasing photos.

Hanako at a tea ceremony


I have met so many people and made many friends and I'm not even halfway through my trip! One of my favourite experiences was going to karaoke with some friends, followed by messing around in the arcade and taking photos with the purikara. I found the fact that they love singing English songs very funny.

Since then, I have watched a few of my friends play baseball (in the rain so I wasn't paying full attention because I was trying not to drown) and my host brother and his team play basketball. Yesterday was fun as we went to a mini amusement park for the day with some friends and had a great time. One of the best things about this trip is the improvement in my Japanese—I am so much better! I am loving everything about this trip apart from the fact that I know it will end and I know exactly how much catch-up study I have waiting at home for me.

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Smallbore Rifle Shooting This term, a number of international students have taken up rifle shooting through the Darfield Smallbore Rifle Club. Each Monday evening, they go along to the club, which is currently held at the Hororata Domain while the Darfield Shooting Centre is being rebuilt. The students have been so warmly welcomed by the current club leaders and members who have spent time teaching them how to shoot a rifle and given them coaching advice and tips. There is a strong emphasis on safety, which has allowed the students to enjoy a sport that they wouldn't normally get to do so easily in their home country. The international students are producing some good scores, including a 93.3 by Koki Nagahama, an 86.1 by both Hiroaki Yokoo and Sarah Rawson (International Student Services Manager) and an 86 by Alexis Gregoire. The competition between students (and Sarah) is on! Other international students enjoying shooting on a regular basis include Chiara Frie, Leticia Viana da Paixao, Lee-Ann Roemmling and Stefany da Silva. The international students and Sarah would like to thank Club President and Coach, Craig Benbow, and DHS students, Hunter and Will Benbow, Jacob Spence, and George Brown for all their help and for such a wonderful introduction to a very fun sport!

International Day Last week, we had International Day. I did a presentation on Japan. I made a booth to play a game called Chopstick Gun with other Japanese students. Chopstick guns are made from disposable wooden chopsticks. Japanese people usually use chopsticks when we eat a meal. So I thought we could tell students about Japan. First we made Origami targets, called 'Kubuto'. Origami is famous Japanese culture, too. Kubuto is a Japanese soldier's hat. Next we wore 'happi', which is a Japanese traditional cloth. Japanese people usually wear this when we have a festival. Many people visited our booth and we had to work hard, but this made us glad and the day became a good memory for me in New Zealand Honoka Kurata

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Speed Date an Author Last week students from schools throughout Selwyn attended “Speed Date an Author” at the Lincoln Event Centre. This exciting event was presented by the New Zealand Book Council with support from Selwyn District Libraries. There were workshops with five celebrated authors, Fleur Beale, Ben Brown, Frankie McMillan, Tania Roxborogh and Helen Taylor. We all had the opportunity to meet the authors and take part in their workshops. Tania Roxborogh was really inspiring and interesting. She talked about how you write a book, the structure of the chapters and the paragraphs. Tania was born in christchurch, she started writing at primary school. She decided to be a writer when she entered a writing competition at high school, she won this and decided she was actually ok at writing. Tania has written over 20 books and now teaches at Lincoln high school. Helen Taylor is well known for her colourful illustrations of native birds and plants. Many of us are familiar with her book called “The Thief of colours,” which she illustrated with writer Ben Brown. She now writes and illustrates her own books. Helen showed us her own sketches and paintings to model how we could illustrate and write our own stories. She said it is important to know the story and characters really well and to pay attention to the words before sketching. She started drawing as soon as she could pick up a pencil and when I grow up I wish I could be like her. Frankie McMillan, poet and short story writer, started one of her favourite quotes “A poem is

a paper boat made of your own words”. She took us through a fun activity where we wrote our own poems in the style of Kim Wright’s “The Magic Box”. We shared some of our poems and it was a shame that we ran out of time to hear everyone’s “Magic Box” poems. They were brilliant! Fleur Beale is a famous amazing author. She was very inspiring and gave us some tips and tricks. She said it is very important in our writing to use our own imagination, stories and feelings. She took a very boring factual description and showed us how to make it more exciting. We then wrote a story about our names. She showed us how to take the reader with us and how to express a range of motions like happiness, sadness, triumph and disappointment by showing the reader how it would be expressed by the character. Ben Brown’s workshop was called “Blood out of a stone”. Ben writes stories and poetry for children and adults. He told us there are three essential elements to include when writing; character/s, setting, and something needs to happen, a problem. Ben says writing poetry and stories are two completely different things. He taught us that the most important things for writing poetry is using metaphors and imagery language. This event was a great experience for young writers. We left feeling encouraged and inspired and if anyone gets the opportunity to attend in the future—definitely go for it! Millie Adams and Amelia Ridgen

Back: Emily Waters, Millie Adams, Amelia Ridgen, Scarlett Banks, Sophie Tiede and Oscar Gosling. Front: Max Whyte, Olivia Burgess and William Morgan


Year 13 Business Studies:

Tī Kōuka Designs

Olivia McEwan and Fern Stuart were proud to launch the Business Studies venture they have been working on this year.

Motivation Theory Explored Year 12 Commerce Visit Fonterra On Thursday 16 June, the Year 12 Commerce class had the opportunity to visit the Fonterra Factory in Darfield. In class, we are studying Motivation Theory and what motivates people at work, whether it be money, the people they work with, or the benefits of being an employee for that company. On arrival at the factory, we were greeted by Madeline Savage, the Human Resources Manager at the Darfield plant, who gave us an overview of Fonterra in Darfield and what they do to make their employees' jobs enjoyable and, most of all, how they motivate them. Half of the class then set off on a tour of the site dressed in bright orange vests and safety glasses—a good look for all. My half of the class then interviewed two or three members of staff about what motivates them at work and what Fonterra do to make this happen. The responses were really interesting and excellent evidence of motivation theory in action for our current motivation theory internal. Following our interviews with staff members, we swapped with the other half of the class

and were given the opportunity to go on the tour around the plant. To our surprise, the sheer scale of everything was huge and it was an amazing experience to look around the site and see what goes on behind the closed doors. Something I found incredible was the size of the shed where milk powder is stored: it is 1.5 km in perimeter! It gets up to 40 degrees in summer and down to the negatives in winter.

Above: Fern and Olivia are presented with their Highly Commended in Marketing Award by Judith Tatom, Co-ordinator for the Young Enterprise Scheme. Below: At the launch party.

While on our tour, we were lucky enough to see the containers being put on the train for export and the forklift which does this, weighing in at 80 tonnes, the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere! Following our site tour, we headed back to school in order to write our reports on our findings about motivation at Fonterra. We were incredibly fortunate to have this opportunity not only to hear what employees of Fonterra said about what motivates them, but to be given the chance to visit Fonterra. A huge thanks to Mrs Hoy for arranging this trip for us and also to Ms Evans and Miss Vincent for accompanying us. Georgia Cottrell

Mrs Hoy, Councillor, Sam Broughton, Olivia, and Counsillor, Sarah Walters

Gerald Tisch, Fern, Roy McEwan and Olivia

Tania Fairhall-Stuart, Gerald Tisch, Sam Broughton, and Vicki Oliver


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Above: Judith Tatom, Dragon's Den, and Directors, Fern and Olivia.

As part of Year 13 Business Studies, we have started our business, Tī Kōuka Designs. The directors of this business are Fern Stuart and Olivia McEwan and we are running this company through the Young Enterprise Scheme. We both have a great passion for Business and Enterprise and are loving learning how to run a company which makes a difference to the environment. Tī Kōuka Designs are proud to present our product which are fire starters, made from discarded cabbage tree leaves and used tea bags. Cabbage tree leaves cannot be put in the rubbish due to not breaking down but are highly flammable and make excellent fire starters. We also add used, dried tea bags which help the fire starter burn for a longer period of time. Our product is sold in packs which contain 10 individual fire starters and retails for $5.

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Dragon’s Den Competition As part of the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES), we recently entered a competition known as Dragon’s Den where we have been successful and won an award for marketing. This has given us more confidence in our product and that it could be successful. We have recently had a meeting with Selwyn MP Amy Adams, who is now backing our product by being our first sale. Selling opportunities We will be selling our fire starters at the Rolleston Eco Market on Sunday10 July, outside BNZ from 9 am to 2 pm. We will also be selling at the Riccarton Market on Sunday 17 July from 9 am to 2 pm and would love to see you there.

Order form We have an electronic order form which will be emailed out to all parents/ caregivers with this newsletter or you can go to uvHnZ3XBsZUUio2E3. Please complete the order form to place an order or you can email us with any questions you may have Cabbage Tree Leaves If you have a lot of unwanted cabbage tree leaves that we may be able to use to produce our product, then please email us at to discuss. Thank you for supporting us in our business venture. We look forward to receiving your order.


Rural College News The last two Year 11 Practical Days were held in the Malvern Hills in glorious weather. Here, the students constructed three five-wire fences across scrub covered gullies, developed their Quad Bike and Farm Bike skills and ran temporary electric fences over a variety of terrains. These are all skills that can be developed only to a small degree on school grounds, so we are extremely grateful for the opportunity to hone these skills at such a wonderful venue. Our major objective is to train students in the use of farm machinery where they have the basic skills to the point where they are not only safe riders across all terrains, but also able to be employed, if they choose, on farms where machinery is present. On Wednesday 22 June, 20 DHS students travelled to NTA at McLean’s Island to take part in a 20-team competition. This competition involved students from Canterbury Secondary Schools and covered a wide range of activities. These included Quad Bike Skills, Farm Bike Skills, Sheep Identification and Drafting, Tractor Driving, General Knowledge and Agrichemicals. Students were arranged in teams of

Above: Darfield Basic One Team: Sam Dalley, Nathaniel Dysart, Andrew Coppard and McKenzie Alfeld.


five. The competition was divided into two sections: Advanced and Basic. Darfield Basic One team, with only four students (pictured below), took out first place in the Basic Competition. Darfield Advanced One (pictured below at right) came in second place in the Advanced Section. The Basic One Team consisted of Sam Dalley, Nathaniel Dysart, Andrew Coppard and McKenzie Alfeld. This team also won the Sheep Identification and Handling competition, the Farm Bike Skills and the Team Spirit awards. McKenzie Alfeld was also the top placed student in the Sheep Identification module. The Advanced team consisted of Caitlin Thistoll, Mariah Glasson, Robert Wright, Will Benbow and James Thornley. The majority of the schools we competed against were far larger and better resourced than DHS, which makes our teams’ performances even more impressive.

Above: Darfield Advanced Team: Caitlin Thistoll, Mariah Glasson, Robert Wright, Will Benbow and James Thornley

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Well done to all the finalists in last night's Speech Competition: Year 7 First Olly Blackburn Marketing Second Hamish Thornley What If? Third Charlotte Woolly Life is Unfair Year 8 First Jessica Bassett School Uniforms Second Georgie Hamilton Healthy Options at the Canteen Third Leah Hamilton-Cross Students and Teachers on Facebook Year 9 First Harriet Cottrell What is a Feminist? Second Caitlin Rayne Children Can Act Now Year 10 First Georgia Allison Who am I? Second Abby Thornley Who am I? Year 11 First Natasha Young Second Adrian Nolan Third George Gibb

An Open Letter to My Little Brother President Roosevelt Trump for President?

Year 12 First Sophie Bucknell Depression Second Caitlin Soal The Courage to Be Yourself

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Year 13 First Lilian Stott: Second Brittany Muiznieks

The Power of Literature Mirror Mirror

Overall Winner:

Natasha Young


Year 13 Geography Adventures in Queenstown Day 1: The journey to Queenstown began bright and early so we could make the long trip in time for the Winterfest opening ceremony. After settling into our accommodation at Pinewood Lodge, we made our way down to the busy township which was crowded with people, authentic food stalls, high market shopping and singers setting the nightlife atmosphere with their upbeat tunes. As the local schoolchildren's song came to an end, the countdown began. 3, 2, 1…BANG! Fireworks lit up the night sky with a spectacular display. We then made tracks back to the lodge to get an early night before the busy weekend ahead. Day 2: Our day started with scurrying around the streets, hot chocolate in hand, collecting data and researching Winterfest’s many activities and the opportunities that Queenstown has to offer. Some activities were happening as we were exploring the streets, such as the Golden Mile followed by the Winter Parade that made its way through the township and was full of many floats showing a glimpse of Queenstown from the locals. After our morning preparing research for our assessment, we decided to hit the road and head over to Frankton, where the rivalry between the two classes began in an epic game of laser tag. Our trip home took a detour due to Michael’s obsession with Rebel Sport–40 minutes later, the boys had finally decided on their desired purchases, so we headed back to the lodge to prepare for excitement to come in the night ahead. In no time, we were off to the Pig and Whistle pub as the boys would not allow us to be late for the All Blacks test match. As our meals were being served, the crowded pub grew noisier as the score hit double digits. After a successful win, we left the roaring pub to enter the crisp night air, and some of the group had a go at ice skating. Day 3: It was a rushed morning as lastminute prep for making costumes took place

before we headed down to the wharf to enter the willing students into the “Day on the Bay” activities. First up was the Birdman competition. We spectated from the lake’s edge at Earnslaw Park. Splash after splash, we were nervously awaiting for the Darfield team to be called up and put on their show. Our cheers grew loud as the Country Calendar music began and our Darfield team flew one by one off the end of the wharf. The judges’ smiles grew with the applause of the crowd. The presenters kept us entertained as the judges made the final decisions. Patiently waiting, the crowd hushed as the winners were announced. To our surprise, “Darfield” echoed through the large speakers—our Darfield boys had taken out the competition as the overall winners of the 2016 Birdman Challenge. Up next was the Jucy Undie 500 with a tough obstacle course lying ahead for all competitors. The two Darfield girls had a roaring start, managing to secure a place in the final after placing 1st and 2nd in their heat. Finishing the final, the girls just missed out on a placing. After the mid-day antics, it was time to settle down to enjoy a movie of choice. Later on, many of the students decided it was a good idea to go to The Fear Factory after just having watched The Conjuring 2. Screaming our way through The Fear Factory, it was commented that we were the most vocal group of the day. One of the groups even managed to get the scare snap of the day. It was back to the lodge for some pizza and, after the boys had finally settled down, we managed to get some well-needed sleep.

and he also informed us of other big things that are developing in the Queenstown district. Our next visit was to Marg from Destination Queenstown; she talked to us about the timeline of Queenstown and how it developed into the tourism destination it is today, and also about why they hold festivals such as Winterfest and how important they are, especially in shoulder seasons. After our very informative morning, we nipped into town to grab a bite to eat before we started out for a long journey home. Caitlin Thistoll

Above: Birdman competitors: Michael, Eddie, Bailey and Regan

Day 4: It was an early start for our last few hours in Queenstown, as we had two important people to talk to before we hit the road home. First was Caleb Tien, who is a planner at the Queenstown Lakes District Council. Caleb explained to us the processes that big events such as Winterfest have to go through so that they can take place,

Above: Ice Skating: Sam, Ben, Caitlin and Anna Left: Jucy Undie 500: Caitlin and Anna

Found: A tie which has the name 'Weatherly' on it. It was sold as a second hand tie and we cannot locate the owner. See Ms Evans if this tie is yours.


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National Computer Science School Challenge 2016 About The NCSS Challenge is for any student in Years 7–13. It has several streams available, from complete programming beginner to those with current Python knowledge. Any student with an interest in IT, science, engineering or mathematics is strongly encouraged to participate. How does it work? The Challenge runs for five weeks starting from 1 August 2016. Each week, course notes and a set of problems are published to be solved by the students using material from the notes. This is an activity that students will complete in their own time and is an excellent extension opportunity for students to participate in.

submitted solutions and provides students with immediate feedback on how they are doing. The system gives students hints for incorrect solutions and there is a forum where students can get help from the Challenge tutors and other students. Which course is right for me? There are four Challenge streams: 1.



The online marking system analyses the

Newbies: designed for younger students (Years 7-8) with no prior experience in programming, and will use a Blockly-like visual programming environment Beginners: designed for students with no prior experience in programming, and includes questions that cover basic concepts (Years 9–10) Intermediate: designed for students

who have had prior experience in programming (such as Scratch, App Inventor, etc) (Year 11 or younger who have done Digital Technologies as an option) 4.

Advanced: for experienced Python programmers (current Year 12 Computer Programming class). First time participants should not take this as their first course.

The cost It is recommended that students enrol in only one stream per year at a cost of $25. They can ,however, register for all of the courses if they choose, which is $35. Students need to register and pay directly through this website to access the course materials. Any student in Years 11 or 12 considering taking Computer Programming as a subject in 2017 is strongly recommended to participate in this opportunity.



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Student Administration Monday 5 July



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School Disco

40 Hour Famine

There was a great turn out to the students' Disco held the night the 40 Hour Famine began. Senior leaders spent the afternoon decorating the hall and, by the time DJ SinghStar had set up, everyone was ready to party! The music began and …stopped.

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the 40 Hour Famine recently.

Actually, everything went dark, but Mrs Morgan soon contacted Mr Meder to come and work his magic and, after he did, the night was awesome! Students, and teachers, had a blast and Mr Singh provided excellent, non-stop dance music, with many competitions thrown into the mix. Hula hooping was very popular and competition was fierce; however, there were many prizes and participants were happy. Out the back, the photobooth was very busy and it was great to see so many happy goups. You can find all the photos on our website gallery: school-gallery/

You will make a huge difference in the lives of Syrian kids—providing them with an education, access to art and sport, and most importantly a chance to be kids again! Once again, Darfield students are behind World Vision. Sponsor books and money have been coming in to the office—well done to everyone who has handed theirs in. If you haven't yet, please use the weekend to gather the rest of your sponsor money and bring it into the office on Monday morning. If there are any issues or delays, please come and discuss it with Mrs Watson during interval or lunch. At present, our total is just over $4,000!

We would expecially like to thank DJ SinghStar, or Mr Singh, for very generously giving up his Friday night to make this event a very successful one. If you have been to one of his discos, you will know how awesome they are! Thank you to all the senior students who came along and supported our World Vision Leaders: Bailey Campbell on the sales table, Kylie Schnell on the Photobooth, and everyone else. The junior classes love having the seniors join in the fun.

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You say crazy, I say different! Story and illustration by Tamzin Brunton 16

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Year 8 Creative Writing What happens when a crazy scientist mixes a little of this and a little of that...

Archie Barnes's science lab had always been a hazardous place. That’s the reason it was five miles away from the bustling centre of Arbroath city. He had lived there since he was 21 years old and had been counting each day up until his 46th birthday. Mr Barnes always considered himself to be unique, different and creative, but that is not what other people thought of him. He often gets mail asking if he is normal like them. When Mr Barnes received letters like that, his reply was usually, "Normal is a setting on a washing machine”. No one dared to approach him. The only company that Mr Barnes had was Jeremy, his helper. However, Jeremy was never much help, ruining most of Mr Barnes’s serums by adding the wrong ingredients or by simply just knocking them over. But he was the only person that he could trust. One day, Jeremy was creating a serum in the lab. He was creating it to save Mr Barnes from his newly found illness, a disease that slowly dissolves the brain cells. Jeremy began saying out loud all of the ingredients that he was collecting, “Hmm…Aniseed… this mysterious blue gel”. As he said that, a concerned look spread across his face; he then cleared his head by shaking it and started finding more ingredients. “How about some of this lime zest, some Himalayan rock salt…” Jeremy then broke off because of his boredom and decided to grab everything off the top shelf. The only problem was that Jeremy didn’t notice the large note stuck to the shelf that said, “WARNING: DO NOT USE!”. Jeremy didn’t really know what he was doing, but he did have some good ideas because he quite often watched Mr Barnes passionately making antidotes to sell to famous companies. After adding all of the unknown elements to his mixture, Jeremy flicked through some old, dusty recipe books, the spines disintegrating piece by piece whenever his finger stroked them. Jeremy was bored with the current book, “The Baking Art of Science", and pushed it aside to grab the next book. As he was doing so, the sticky blue mixture was tipped into the vial of medicine. The mixture now bubbled and frothed, spilling over the

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sides. Unbeknownst to Jeremy, the medicine was now, if swallowed, a fatal risk. The next evening, Mr Barnes was lying in his bed, his face pale and eyelids half closed. Jeremy saw this when he brought up the telephone, addressed to Professor A Barnes. He then decided to give Mr Barnes the homemade medication. Jeremy went down to the dark lab illuminated by a single light, to retrieve the potion; however, it was mysteriously missing. A look of pure fear possessed Jeremy’s face as he ran up the intimidatingly creaky staircase to warn Mr Barnes of burglary. But it was of no use, as the professor burst open the door to his room, a maniacal look on his face. Jeremy caught a glimpse of the nearly empty vial placed on his bedside cabinet. “You! You there! Who are you?” the professor asked with a hint of insaneness tugging at his lips. “Jer… Jer… Jeremy. I’m your helper”, he stumbled. “Good. Good. Now Jeremy, wasn’t that drink just splendid?!” “Um…I guess”, Jeremy replied quietly, as he was rather afraid. Later, when Jeremy was hiding from Mr Barnes in the music room, he began thinking about how his potion had turned Mr Barnes into a maniac. He presumed that the professor must’ve swallowed it in desperation of becoming well again. “I wonder if I can reverse the potion by adding Mr Barnes’s reversal acid”, Jeremy wondered to himself. Just as he said that, he heard the Professor in the kitchen next door. The door was slightly ajar so Jeremy peaked around the corner and saw Mr Barnes hurling jars and plates around the room while talking to himself, “Why, hello cookie jar, what’s your name?” He grinned creepily while stroking the lid. Jeremy saw this disturbing scene and decided to go through the back door to the opposite hallway and down the stairs into the lab to get the medicine to help make the professor his usual self again. “Ok, so where does he keep that serum?” Jeremy asked himself. After scouring the gloomy room, Jeremy found the acid hiding

behind the glass jars. “This should do the trick”, he said confidently. Jeremy then put it in a cup, disguised as a glass of lemonade, and ran up the stairs to give it to the Professor. The eerie silence was almost deafening as Mr Barnes was nowhere to be seen. Jeremy began searching for him, but it did not last long as he found the exhausted professor lying on the ice-cold floor. “Professor Barnes!” Jeremy hollered from across the room, waking up the poor Professor as he did so. “Drink this”, he demanded. “What’s in it for me, Scrawny?” Mr Barnes said very rudely. “It’s lemonade!” Jeremy said in a positive and persuasive tone. “Ooh! Count me in! Hand it over!” He replied excitedly. Mr. Barnes grabbed the reversal acid out of his hands before he could reply and glugged down the liquid. A few minutes later, the acid started to kick in. Mr Barnes was swaying side to side and his eyes were glazed. “Jer… Jeremy? What happened? I thought that I was in my room, so how did I get here?” he stumbled, barely above a whisper. “Oh, Professor! I’m so glad that you're back!” Jeremy squealed in delight as he ran up and gave Mr Barnes a tremendous hug. “What are you talking about, Boy?” “Well, you probably won’t believe this, but you drank a serum that made you go crazy, but it did bring you back to full health!” Jeremy said gleefully. “Oh, I feel as though that description is rather believable, seeing as we do live in a ‘crazy’ science lab”, the professor said with a hint of adventure in his eyes. “And I’m sure that there will be many other problems of that variety”, Mr Barnes laughed, while returning a hug, “This is only the beginning, my boy”. And the Professor was right. The scientific problems kept flowing in like a river. But neither of them minded one bit, as they were just ecstatic that they were having fun solving them together.


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Snaps from the UC Mud Run, held on Sunday 19 June. The event attracted over 1000 in a 5 km course encompassing a number of muddy obstacles. Staff and students dressed up and competed in this fun annual event, held at Motukarara. Thank you to David Galletly for some of the photos above.

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Selection Process for Student Leadership Roles 2017 Prefects

Year 10 Prefects



Advertisement for Year 10 Prefects in newsletter on Friday 12 August and notices from Monday 22 August


Application forms available Monday 22 August. Process is to be managed by the Year 10 Dean (Carrie Whyte) in conjunction with Mr Adams.


Applications close Friday 9 September.

Advertisement for Prefect applications in newsletter on Friday 1 July and notices from Monday 25 July. Mr Adams is the contact person for students wishing to ask questions about this role.


Applications close on Friday 5 August.


Staff and Year 12 feedback surveys 8–12 August


Unsuccessful applicants informed in person and followed up with letter.


12–14 September Staff feedback on applicants.


Interviews conducted 15–19 August.



Unsuccessful applicants informed in person and followed up with letter

Senior Management discussion and finalising Friday 23 September. Letters posted after holidays.


Students invited to attend Leadership Camp on 18, 19 September. Feedback delivered to Senior Management for selection of Head and Deputy Head students.


Announcement to be made in Assembly Tuesday 25 October.


Senior Management discussion and finalising Friday 23 September.


All Applicants contacted to inform them of final decisions (Prefect), by phone and letter.

10. Announcement and presentation for Head Students made during Senior Prize Giving.

House Captains Advertisement for House Leader applications in notices/newsletter from Friday 12 August. Application process managed by Mr Adams who is contact point for all students. Applications close Friday 2 September 1.


5-9 September: Current House Captains (supported by Staff House Leaders) will interview applicants during lunchtimes. 20 September: Assembly time will be House Assemblies. Candidates will have two minutes to persuade the House to vote for them. Voting takes place for House Captains.


Staff leaders will meet with current House Captains, Deputies and other staff to discuss outcomes of student vote.


Names given to Mr Adams by end of Week 3, Term 4 (after Tabloids)


Announcement and presentation made during Senior Prize Giving.

Chess Club News

The Chess Club competed in the InterSchool TEAM Chess Competition at Halswell School on Thursday 16 June. For a club that has been going for only a couple of weeks, they achieved a great result placing 17th and 18th. Well done to Connor Palmer, Cameron Agnew, Hayden De Burger, William Morgan, Jack Robertson, Jackson Hill, Dwight Felipe and Max Whyte. Special thanks to Darren Palmer for taking them. The Chess Club meets every Monday at lunchtime. Students can bring their lunch and have a couple of games in the warmth of E8. The club currently consists of around 10 members. Everyone is welcome— come along and learn how to play Chess!

Library Website

We now have a new library website: We think this new format will be easier for our students to navigate and a better fit for the BYOD environment.

Hagley Dance Company Workshop The Hagley Dance Company students came to DHS to perform and hold a workshop for some keen Senior Drama students. The Dance students started by performing a contemporary piece that they had developed in their course, and then taught the students a section of the piece. The students were challenged and really enjoyed learning new skills and confidence in their abilities as performers. We can't wait for the Hagley Dance Company to come back next year!


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Year 12 Interview Day Tuesday 28 June began with a mixture of nerves as anxious Year 12 students arrived in our formal clothes, preparing ourselves for the two interviews that were ahead of us that day. The CVs we had worked on had been given to our interviewers, telling them about our achievements and future career plans. Some of us went into Darfield, where local businesses interviewed us, and some interviews were held at the school. This was a great experience to give us much needed practice being interviewed for jobs, with realistic questions being asked so we

French Breakfast for the Year 9s This morning Mme Juhel decided to end the first Year 9 French Option Rotation with a special class. They all learnt to make crepes. A crĂŞpe or crepe is a type of very thin pancake, usually made from wheat flour or buckwheat flour. This is a traditional dish from Brittany, France, where Mme Juhel comes from.

could give answers that interviewers would be looking for, we all benefited from the confidence it gave us. It was such a lot of fun and we all gained something from the day that will help us with future job interviews. It taught us skills that we will all put into practice in the near future as our time at school is coming to an end. We would like to thank all of the interviewers for this opportunity as well as Miss Kidd and Mrs Townsend for organising the day. Georgia Cottrell and Abi Cider



The students took on the challenge and did amazingly well. Everyone had a turn and made their own crepes and enjoyed eating them topped with their own choice of toppings.

Below: Lewis Smith and Callum Jones

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Top right: James Miles, Brendon Broxup, Joseph Feltell, Kaleb Riley and Ollie Sutherland Middle: Caitlin Gibb, Charlotte Boyd, Caitlin Hool, and Rebecca Inch Right: Kaleb Riley and Taylor Barnes Far right: Caitlin Hool and Tatiana Little


Enrolment Scheme Amendment

The Board of Trustees of Darfield High School recognises the need to manage the school roll having regard to the goals set out in the school’s Charter. The Board is therefore proceeding to implement a revised scheme to accommodate the opening of Rolleston College in the local network and to ensure that Darfield High School continues to serve the needs of local children and to provide quality education. Objectives To ensure that there are places for children who have Darfield High School as their closest school.

Cross over the Selwyn River to Westenras Road, go along Westenras Road to McWhas Road and then to Wrights Road.

To ensure that children currently enrolled at the school will continue to be able to attend Darfield High School.

Northwest along Wrights Road to South Two Chain Road.

To provide transitional arrangements for families with currently enrolled children finding themselves “out of zone” at the time of the zone coming into force.

South along South Two Chain Road to Sharlands Road. West along Sharlands Road to Mitchells Road.

South along Mitchells Road to where it becomes Terrace Road; continue south along Terrace Road, then to the intersection with North Rakaia Road.

South-east down North Rakaia Road to Burns Road. South along Burns Road to the Rakaia River.

The Southern boundary of the zone is the Rakaia River from this point west until the Main Divide.

To ensure that others who apply for places in the school are treated fairly.

Original Zone Bounded by the Waimakariri River on the northern side from the main divide down to the gravel road extending from the corner of Chattertons and McLeans Island Roads. •

South down Chattertons Rd to where it becomes Dawsons Rd. South along Dawsons Road, over the Main West Road to Jones Road.

West along Jones Road to Weedons Ross Road.

North-east along Weedons Ross Road to Maddisons Road, then south down Maddisons Road to Hoskyns Road.


Westenras Road.

West along Hoskyns Road to West Melton Road, then south along West Melton Road to where the road becomes Kerrs Road.

Where the Zone boundary is a roadway, both sides of the road are considered to be in the zone.

Amended Zone Bounded by the Waimakariri River on the northern side from the main divide down to Thompsons Road. •

South down Thompsons Road, then Calders Road and then Sandy Knolls Road to the intersection with Two Chain Road.

West along Two Chain Road to the intersection with Coaltrack Road.

South along Kerrs Road to Aylesbury Road. South-east along Aylesbury Road to the Main South Road.

West along Coaltrack Road to a point opposite Westenras Road.

South along the Main South Road to Telegraph Road. West along Telegraph Road to Two Chain Road.

Cross over the Selwyn River to Westenras Road, go along Westenras Road to McWhas Road and then to Wrights Road.

South-west along Two Chain Road to where it becomes Highfield Road, then to the intersection with Coaltrack Road.

Northwest along Wrights Road to South Two Chain Road.

South along South Two Chain Road to Sharlands Road.

South-west along Coaltrack Road to a point opposite

West along Sharlands Road to Mitchells Road.

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South along Mitchells Road to where it becomes Terrace Road; continue south along Terrace Road, then to the intersection with North Rakaia Road.

circulating in the area served by the school. The notice will indicate how applications are to be made and will specify a date by which all applications must be received.

South-east down North Rakaia Road to Burns Road. South along Burns Road to the Rakaia River.

Applications for enrolment will be processed in the following order of priority:

The Southern boundary of the zone is the Rakaia River from this point west until the Main Divide. Where the Zone boundary is a roadway, both sides of the road are considered to be in the zone. This zone amendment is effective from 2017 for Years 7, 8 and 9 students only, increasing from Year 9 by one year level each year until 2021 when the amended home zone is effective for all Years 7 to 13 students resident in the amended area. •

For Years 10–13 students enrolling in 2017 the original (2016) enrolment zone will apply.

For Years 11–13 students enrolling in 2018 the original (2016) enrolment zone will apply.

For Years 12–13 students enrolling in 2019 the original (2016) enrolment zone will apply.

For Year 13 students enrolling in 2020 the original (2016) enrolment zone will apply.

Siblings of current students in 2016 may continue to enrol as ‘inzone’ students from 2017 so long as they reside at the same address as that listed with the school in 2016. Proof of residence within the zone is required. Each year, applications for enrolment in the following year from in-zone students will be sought by a date which will be published in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school. This will enable the Board to assess the number of places which can be made available to students who live outside the home zone.

Out of Zone Enrolments Each year, the Board will determine the number of places which are likely to be available in the following year for the enrolment of students who live outside the home zone. The Board will publish this information by notice in a daily or community newspaper

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First Priority—Special Programmes This priority category is not applicable at this school because the school does not run a special programme approved by the Secretary. Second Priority must be given to applicants who are siblings of current students. Third Priority must be given to applicants who are siblings of former students. Fourth Priority must be given to any applicant who is a child of a former student of the school. Fifth Priority must be given to any applicant who is either a child of an employee of the Board of the school or a child of a member of the Board of the school. Sixth Priority must be given to all other applicants. If there are more applicants in the second, third, fourth, or fifth priority groups than there are places available, selection within the priority group will be by a ballot conducted in accordance with instructions issued by the Secretary under Section 11G(1) of the Education Act 1989. Parents/caregivers will be informed of the date of any ballot by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school. Applicants seeking second or third priority status may be required to give proof of a sibling relationship. Darfield High School Board of Trustees May 2016 The Ministry of Education's School Finder service. Type in the name or address of a school in the search field above, then hover over the school pin to view school enrolment zone information. You can also click on the pin to view other publicly available information including principal, current roll and ERO report.


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We encourage you to support the PTSA either on the committee (we have a monthly committee meeting) or helping with fundraising or catering. Meetings are relaxed and there is an annual dinner.

Parent Teacher Student Association Our mission is to build links between the school and its parent community. We do this by * Organising speakers to work with students and parents * Facilitating conversation by providing refreshments at parent evenings and school events * Funding additional facilities and resource that can be used by students and the community. * Being a conduit for feedback from parents and students through to the BOT and Principal

We are able to do these things through a variety of fundraising events such as the Kirwee Show, Entertainment books and supper at the Formal.

The PTSA need your help at the Formal The PTSA organises the supper for the Formal and needs help to prepare and serve. This is a great way to see the students in their finery and be part of a fun annual event. Contact Rhonda before 8 July to let us know you are keen: windsor.downs@

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The Darfield PTSA is looking for a new Logo! Grab your sketch books and colouring pencils and have a go! The PTSA are looking for a logo that represents the link between the school students, teachers and parents. Designs can be digital or on paper. 1st Prize $50 2nd Prize $30

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Secondary Schools' Artistic Gymnastics

Hockey Boys Hockey vs Shirley Boys 2nd XI: win 5–0 Boys Hockey vs St Andrews 3rd XI: Draw 1–1


On Tuesday 14 June, a team of artistic gymnasts went to the Secondary Schools Gymnastics competitions held at the Olympia Stadium at Wigram. The team consisted of Kyla Higgins (Year 13), Katie Griffiths (Year 9), Mika Wealleans (Year 9) and Katherine Hadler (Year 9). The Darfield team competed in the Grade 2 competition; there were 15 competitors in this grade. The competitors came from Burnside High, Christchurch Girls' High and Rangi Ruru.

We all had to compete on four apparatus: beam, uneven bars, vault, and floor. We had a great day at the competition and our team took out first place. In the individual placings, Darfield High took out the following: Kyla with 1st, Katie with 2nd, Mika with 3rd and Katherine with 6th. We got some apparatus placings as well; we took out the top three placings on vault and uneven bar. It was a great day and we all had great results. Katie Griffiths

Senior A vs Middleton Grange: win 37–23 Senior A vs Burnside: loss 25–26 Senior B: loss 12 –30 Senior C: win 25 –15 Green: loss 21–23 Blue: win 31–20

Football Darfield vs St Marys: win 7–1 Girls Football vs Hagley: win 2–0

Kio Rahi A Team vs B Team: win 24 –0

Quad Tournament Last week, netball teams from Darfield High School attended the Years 7 and 8 Quad Tournament held at the Darfield Domain. Tough teams from Geraldine High school, Mt Hutt college and Ellesmere all competed at the event. There was a year seven netball team and also a year eight team. The weather was nice and the teams were warmed up and ready to play! Both teams played exceptionally with great successes in all of their games. The year seven girls worked hard and were able to win all of the matches. After each game, there was a long break where the girls were able re-think their strategies for the next game. The Year Eights were equally successful and also won all three games! The final against Ellesmere College was by far the hardest. The girls played excellently and pulled off a win by two points! A lot of the Year Eight games were difficult but they were able to win all of their games with a lot of

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skill. The Darfield High School students who competed in the quad tournament would like to thank all the parents and teachers involved in the arrangement of the tournament and the people who were there to support us on the day. Overall, it was a great day for the netball girls, the weather was great and, at the end of the day Darfield High took home the overall win! Tess Jenkins


DARFIELD HIGH SCHOOL FORMAL 2016 THEME: Great Gatsby WHEN: 6 August 8pm ~ 11.30pm WHERE: DHS Hall TICKETS: $50 on sale 4 - 5 July

Senior Formal

Our annual Formal will be held on Saturday 6 August. This event is a highlight of the school year for senior students. We expect that all students and their partners will behave responsibly before, during and after the Formal. Our annual Formal will be held on Saturday 6 August. This event is a highlight of the school year for senior students. We expect that all students and their partners will behave responsibly before, during and after the Formal. Use of Alcohol In recognition of past practice, here parents of some students have hosted pre-Formal functions, normally the Principal and Board of Trustees have granted an exemption to the clause in the school’s Alcohol Policy which states that “Students are not to consume alcohol prior to attending a school function”. It must be noted, however, that the exception is granted only under the following circumstances: •

The pre-formal meal must be hosted and supervised by a student’s parent/ caregiver.

Liquor may only be served to minors (ie children under the age of 18 years) by their own parents.

Only one normal-sized glass of wine or beer may be drunk by any one student and must be served by that student’s parents or legal guardian, for under 18 year olds.


We expect that most young people will not drink alcohol, in which case their hosts should serve non-alcoholic beverages to them.

The designated driver of a vehicle taking students to and/ or from the Formal must have no alcohol at all.

A pre-formal function should include substantial food.

Attendees may be breath tested on entry to the Formal. In the past some hosts have encountered difficulties with students arriving at functions with additional alcohol. It is preferable therefore that parents/caregivers hosting pre-Formal functions supply the food, juice and one normal-sized glass of wine or beer that students are permitted.

Remember the ‘good host’ responsibility— provide plenty of food! Other students’ parents enjoy attending events such as this as well. Responsibility for Student Behaviour and Welfare The school’s expectation is that all students will behave responsibly before, during and after the Formal.

Tickets on sale Monday 4 July–Wednesday 6 July

The school accepts responsibility for students’ behaviour and welfare on their arrival at the Formal venue. Responsible supervision and security will be exercised for the duration of the Formal. On leaving the venue, caregivers assume responsibility for their children’s behaviour and welfare. Since the lowering of the drinking age, there has been much media attention on binge drinking by young people. Our community is not exempt from this. Often after the Formal, students wish to get together. Small get-togethers in parents’ homes of groups of friends are the safest and most enjoyable way for students to host such events. This needs to be discussed by families before the evening itself. Outside partners for the Formal must be approved by the school. We hope this guidance will be received in the spirit in which it is given—to ensure a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable evening that the school and families can be proud of. There will be Formal Dance Lessons at Lunchtimes in the Gym in Term 3, Weeks 1 & 2.

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1 May 2016 The Secondary School Principals Canterbury INFORMATION FOR PARENTS/CAREGIVERS - AFTER-BALL PARTIES AND THE LAW In June last year I wrote to all the Secondary School Principals in Canterbury in relation to “After Ball” parties. A decision from the Courts only a few months ago now gives a much clearer indication as to what constitutes the offence of “Use of Unlicensed Premises as a Place of Resort for the Consumption of Alcohol”. The maximum fine is $20,000. 

People who organise, manage, sell tickets, charge an entry fee, provide security etc. are breaking the law unless they obtain a special licence to sell and supply alcohol.1

It is not possible however to get a Special Licence for BYO alcohol.2

People attending such events are generally also committing an offence3.

The police position is clear – organised after ball parties involving the consumption of alcohol and a charge of any sort are illegal irrespective of the age of the attendees. 

Minors must have express consent of parents/legal guardians to consume alcohol. Notes with “To whom it may concern” do not meet those requirements4.

Please send this letter and its attachment to all your parents and caregivers and any pupils who may be considering getting involved with this activity. Yours faithfully,

G J Spite Senior Sergeant

1 2 3 4

Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, s235 Oddballs Adventure Tours Co Ltd v Ferguson, HC Christchurch CIV-2008-409-2032 Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act2012, s236 Sale and Supply of Alcohol 2012, s241

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School and Community Notices Maths Tuition . + _ x .

Private maths tutoring available after school for students up to Year 11. Experienced maths tutor, only five minutes walk from school. Includes support with exam revision. For more details, please contact Kelly Maude on 3187969 or


TERM TWO WEEK 10 Tuesday 5 July •

House Singing, 10.45 am

Emerging Leaders' Day

BOT Meeting, 7.00 pm

Thursday 7 July

A Japanese martial art that teaches principles to deal with aggression without fighting.

Monday and Thursday: 6.30–8:00 pm

SI SS Swimming Championships in Invercargill (to 9th)

House Singing Competition, P5

Year 11 History Trip, P 1–4

Last Day Term 2

Ph. 03 318 3113,

House Singing, 10.45 am

Friday 8 July

Term Dates 2016

Saturday 9 July

Term 2:

Monday 11 July

Monday 2 May to Friday 8 July

SI SS Cycling Championships in Christchurch (to 10th) SI SS Netball (to 13th)

Term 3:



Monday 25 July to Friday 23 September

Term 4:

Monday 25 July

Monday 10 October to Friday 16 December

24 October: Labour Day

10 November: Staff Only Day

11 November: Canterbury Anniversary Show Day

Contact Between Home and School We have found that up-to-date information is vital in case of an emergency but also for general day to day contact. Have you changed your address recently? Changed cell phones? Place of work? Or would you like to update/change the emergency contact for your student? Also the second parent address for reports being sent. If any of the above changes apply, please advise Jill, Student Administrator, by: phoning 318 8411/ext 3; emailing or write it down and ask your student to deliver it to the Student Office


Term 3 Begins

Wednesday 27 July •

Wednesday Skiing Begins

Canterbury University Talk to Year 12s, P5

Thursday 28 July •

Australian Maths Competition

DHS Open Evening

Friday 29 July •

Year 12 Rural College Practical Day

WEEK TWO Tuesday 2 August •

ICAS English Competition

Endometriosis Talk to Year 10 Girls, P3

Thursday 4 August •

Adams Grammar School Rugby Visit

Parent/Teacher Interviews

Friday 5 August •

Jazz Quest (to 7th)

Out of Zone Enrolments Due

In Zone Enrolments Due

Year 13 Rural College Practical Day

Newsletter #8

Saturday 6 August •


Senior Formal

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School Uniforms


We have a small range of uniform items in stock at school. Fittings are by appointment only. It is preferable parents refrain from coming to reception for uniform items from 8–9.30 am as this is a very busy time. For purchases, please contact Sue or Elaine in Admin. Out of stock items will not be replaced; we are discontinuing the Uniform Shop at school. Please ring to check we have the item you require. All Darfield High School uniform items are for sale at The Warehouse, Rolleston.

Open Day Thursday 28 July 2016

A community school providing an environment in which each student is supported to develop the knowledge, wisdom and skills needed to contribute and participate successfully throughout their lives

Uniform Reminders:

Principal’s Welcome Tour the School Meet students and staff

Ties During the winter terms, Terms 2 and 3, students are required to wear a school tie with their uniform. These are available from both Darfield High School and The Warehouse.

Day Tours 9.30 am and 12.00 pm

Sports Socks If your student is playing a winter sport in the following codes, they will need a pair of Darfield High School socks: Rugby and Hockey. These are available from the school office only.

Evening Tour 6.30 pm Tours will take about one hour. For the Day Tours, please contact the school to make a booking.

Hats Students are permitted to wear a plain navy beanie or the DHS beanie with crest. This is for outdoor wear only.

Applications for 2017 enrolment close on Friday 5 August. Information packs are available from the school: McLaughlins Road, Darfield Tel: 03-318-8411 Fax: 03-318-8543 email: web:

Jackets for cooler weather: Students are permitted to wear either a plain navy or plain black jacket with their uniform to keep warm on cooler days. Jackets and DHS scarves are for outdoor wear. Socks: Ensure that your child is wearing the correct socks to school. For both girls and boys, knee-high black socks are required. Jewellery: The only jewellery permitted is a wristwatch and one gold or silver stud in each ear. No other jewellery is to be worn. Blazers: Blazers are to be worn on Tuesdays. Parents, please remind your students to bring their blazers on Tuesdays for Assemblies. Lost Property: Many uniform items have been found around the school. Please name all items of your student's clothing and check that they have not lost anything. Lost Property will now be stored in the Uniform Shop. Students can access it by seeing Sue at the office or by visiting the shop when it is open.

Uniform Shop Hours for Students Monday: 11.00 –11.25 am Thursday: 11.00 –11.25 am Second Hand Uniforms Wanted There is a great demand for clean and tidy second hand uniforms. If you have items you would like to sell or donate, please email, or with details: sizes, items, girl’s or boy’s, price, and your contact details. This information will be added to our database and if someone is looking for an item, we will pass on your contact details. Note: we do not keep second hand uniform at school.

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James Morris Principal

Proposal for Big Day Out 2016

Purpose: • To celebrate and recognise students who are meeting school expectations. •

To motivate students to improve.

Selection: Five students from each year level selected by random draw from 'eligible' students. Drawn last week of Term 3 for a trip in Week 2 of Term 4. To be eligible for entry to Big Day Out: •

No detentions or referrals (including part-referrals) in Term 3.

Fewer than 5% unexplained absences in Term 3.

All attitude grades in Term 3 reports at 'usually' or 'always'.

Plus an additional entry for: •

Any Principal's Award in 2016.

School Service (as recorded in Reports—Term 2 Junior, Term 3 Senior).

School Representative (as recorded in Reports—Term 2 Junior, Term 3 Senior).

Maximum one entry for each category above. Students will get an additional entry only if eligibility criteria (above) are met. 29

School Photographs School photographs have arrived and Form Teachers will hand these out on Monday. If a student does not receive their order, please email Camille Cartman,

The Street Talk defensive driving course teaches you driving safety skills. It’s a fun and interactive programme that aims to help you to better understand and cope with risks when you’re driving and improve your driving. Most important of all be a safer driver.

Your Education Christchurch Information Meeting

On Thursday, 7th July2016 6:30 – 7:30pm  

Location:   Christchurch South Library Board Room Columbo Street Christchurch      

Come and learn about high school student exchange

Come meet  our  representative,  bring  your   parents  and  learn  more  about  our  short  term   overseas  high  school  programmes  and  more!

This course helps you develop: • • • • • •

advanced driving skills better control hazard identification the ability to make the right decisions the ability to manage risk prepares you for the restricted and full licence tests.

Entertainment Books The 2016 Christchurch, Canterbury and Nelson Entertainment Book is now available at Darfield High School. It is also available as an App which can be downloaded onto your smart phone. The Entertainment Book costs $65, of which $13 comes straight back to the school. The book is chock full of vouchers offering a load of discounted goods and services. If you wish to purchase one, simply go to the Darfield High School website and follow the link, or contact Jan Stark at Many thanks for your support. Jan Stark Staff representative on the Darfield High School PTSA


1 July 2016

Physical Literacy in Action Monday 4th July • 7pm-9pm

7:00pm Recap what is Physical Literacy 7:45pm How to apply Physical Literacy

Darfield High School Gymnasium  Practical Application of Physical Literacy  Long Term Athlete Development  Lifelong Participation in Physical Activity This work shop will bring the physical literacy philosophy to life through movement. The aim is to help coaches and teachers and parents better understand the benefits of delivering this approach from an early age through to any age to enhance confidence and competence for lifelong physical activity.

To Register Contact Jimmy Sinclair Brought to you by the Malvern Sports Nuts in association with 027 2366 866


School Uniform If you need to buy or sell good conditioned second hand Darfield High School Uniform then let Polkadotcom make it easy for you. We can take orders and sell on behalf, taking the hassle out of school uniform. Dont hesitate to contact us.

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Tecorian Speakers It’s said that public speaking is the world’s number one fear.

Tecorian Speakers is in the business of conquering that fear. Come and learn to speak in public confidently by writing, giving and improving speeches in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. We meet fortnightly in Darfield on Tuesdays for an evening of listening to and giving speeches and then finishing up with supper. Contact David at 317 9292 or if you’re interested.

Holiday Programmes Mainland Futsal Holiday Programme Age:

6 –12 year olds.

Dates: 11th, 12th and 13th July 2016 Times: 9.00am–3.00pm Venue: Cowles Stadium Cost: $37.50 per day ($112.50 for three consecutive days) 10% discount of second child when registering two or more siblings. Please send payment to Mainland Football, PO Box 21-122, Christchurch 8143. Internet banking: Mainland Football 12-3209-0434671-00 Reference: Holiday programme + child's name

Mainland Football Outdoors Age:

7–14 year olds.

Dates: 19th, 20th and 21st July 2016 Times: 9.00am–3.00pm Venue: English Park Cost: $37.50 per day ($112.50 for three consecutive days) 10% discount of second child when registering two or more siblings. Have a ball, join Mainland Football’s action-packed holiday programme for some outdoors fun! Develop your football skills in a fun, child-friendly environment. Mainland Football’s holiday programmes are available for kids, boys and girls, aged 7 to 14 years old and not just for beginners. The programme is also a development opportunity for those already in the game. Each day includes skill-based training, so kids can learn football tricks and techniques to become better players. There are also plenty of chances to play football games in a fun environment, and experience the thrill of putting those skills into practice. The programme is available from one to three consecutive days per week, $35.00 per day. More information go to

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Swim School Teachers Wanted The Selwyn Aquatic Centre is very busy with school and afterschool swimming lessons. We are currently looking for enthusiastic people to join the swim school team to help with these lessons. If you have some spare hours during the day (perhaps while the children are at school), and/or Saturday mornings, please contact the Swim School Supervisor on 3472 937. All training is provided and flexible hours are offered. Kathy Moore Aquatic Facilities Manager Selwyn District Council 021 300034 cell 03 3472 929 DDI




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