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DISPATCH Wisdom through learning : Akona to matauranga kia mōhio

Market Day

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Acting Principal’s Comments Kia ora tatou As the end of the term approaches, my time at DHS is coming to a close. I wanted to stop to reflect for a moment and share some of the good times and great experiences that have highlighted my time here. In the last six and a half years, I have seen many staff come and go, and have watched the current Year 13 Students move from Year 7 students to young adults. Whilst there are always highs and lows in a job, it is important to keep looking at the good and focussing on what you want to do and achieve, as that keeps you moving in the right direction, and so I will. Student Leadership at the school is something for our community to be proud of. Each year, we churn out some absolutely top class leaders and they have huge desire and motivation to do what they can for the students at Darfield High School. For me, it has been a privilege and


a highlight to watch, nurture and support the student leaders on their leadership journey. It is fantastic that we have hard working Sports, Cultural and Well-being committees in our school and I am immensely proud of who they are and what they have set out to do. To me, leadership is a mixture of the know how with a lot of get stuck in and give it a go. Learning through doing is what I have always encouraged and what research suggests makes up approximately 70% of our learning. It is awesome that our student leaders adopt an approach that it is ok to give it a go and, that if it does not quite work out how they wished, then there will be good learning for them for the next time. This openness to learning is key, as is their compassion for others. I would like to acknowledge those staff who have departed DHS this term. Earlier in the term, Sarah

Kennedy, International Students Services Manager, was farewelled as she headed off on maternity leave. Terry Hutchinson retired from Workshop Technician after 17 years. Morehu Solomon, Drama Teacher, leaves us at the end of the week, as does Suzanne McFerran, Learning Support Specialist Teacher. Every one of these people has contributed to the development of many of our individuals; they have been vital cogs in the wheels that keep the school moving forward. I thank them for their service and contributions. Finally, I wish you all a safe and happy winter holiday. Whaia te iti kahurangi Ki te tuohu koe Me maunga teitei Pursue that which is precious, and do not be deterred by anything less than a lofty mountain. Nga mihi ki a koutou Todd Adams Acting Principal

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I have recently been offered, and have accepted, the collaborative position of SENCO and Mainstream Learning Support Teacher at Rolleston College. It is with a mix of sadness that I announce that I am leaving Darfield High School at the end of this current term, and also excitement for the opportunities ahead.

Hi, my name is Zuzana Derik and I have recently joined the team of the International Student Department at DHS. I like working with people of various nationalities and backgrounds. I have worked as an International Student Coordinator in Auckland and as an Interpreter/Translator for various agencies and organisations around New Zealand. I am happy to bring my experiences and skills to my new role and become a member of the DHS community.

I would like to thank the teams of teachers and support staff who have offered ongoing support and guidance to help set up and run a Level 1 alternative pathway programme this year at DHS. The New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills Level 1 is a credit based national certificate which aims to meet the personal as well as career focused needs of mainstream students. Upon completion of this certificate, students will be ready to directly enter the workforce with all the soft skills and qualities required of current and future employers. Alternatively, students can access Foundation Level 2 courses in a range of work based areas at ARA.

Feedback from a recent external moderation clearly indicates that students are achieving high levels of success in their studies and are on track to achieve the full certificate in future terms. I am delighted with this interim result and am very proud of the achievements students have attained to date. I wish all my current and past students and their families the very best of success in the future. Suzanne McFerran


Amount Raised (to date)

$3330.10 Congratulations to all those students who took part in this year's

40 Hour Famine. As I reflect upon my last term as a Youth Worker at Darfield for 2019, it is sadness and joy about finishing that I feel. This term in particular I have really enjoyed getting involved with the international students at Darfield High. Getting along to the after school hang outs in the gym, playing basketball, badminton and just throwing a ball around, the unity I see between New Zealand students and the internationals is very warming to see. One highlight was playing around the world table tennis with some tables and lunch boxes as a net. "Where's Wally?" jigsaw challenge was completed in an impressive 13 mins and 23 secs. (L to R): Jody McCarthy-Dempsey, Kiana Buechele, Brianna Taylor (absent: Milan Beattie) all of 8PL. They won a book for their classroom and a block of chocolate to share. ISSUE 7 / DHS DISPATCH

Mentoring some students has been rewarding; hearing about the change in the students from the teachers as they see the day to day interactions and growth in their students. Hugh Eddy 3




On 12 June, six Year 7 girls competed in the Primary Schools Gymnastics Competition at the Christchurch School of Gymnastics at QEII. They competed in two different levels against a large number of other students from all over Canterbury and the West Coast. Each of the girls needed to complete routines on Vault, Bar, Beam and Floor. The competition was tough and it was amazing to get to watch some of the girls who compete in the higher grades. Our girls represented Darfield High School well and even managed to get some awesome results. In the Bronze level, our team of Harriet Collins, Skye Collins, Anna Mangels and Brook Ebdon-Collings were second team overall. Skye was placed third on the Vault and Harriet was placed second on Beam and first on the Vault. They really did us proud.

CANTERBURY SECONDARY SCHOOLS ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS This year a small but competitive group of gymnasts competed in the above event held at the Olympia Gymnastic Centre. Our team comprised Katie Griffiths, Katherine Hadler and Melissa Duncan. In the Level 2 division, Katie finished in second place, Katherine fourth and Melissa sixth. Very pleasing results—well done to you all. A special thank you to the parents who helped with transport!

BRONZE GRADE FIRST Harriet Collins; Vault SECOND Harriet Collins; Beam THIRD Skye Collins; Vault

Brook Ebdon-Collings, Skye Collins, Harriet Collins and Anna Mangels

SECOND Darfield High School Team: Harriet Collins, Skye Collins, Anna Mangels and Brook Ebdon-Collings

CANTERBURY PRIMARY SCHOOLS This year’s championships were held at the Halswell Quarry in fine conditions. This made for exciting and competitive races. For the first time both the Canterbury Primary Schools and Intermediate schools combined for each of the following year levels. This made for very large fields.

Photo Credit: Jan Thomas 4

Charlie Blackburn

Xzavier Gilmor

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This year the New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships were held in Timaru for the first time in a number of years. The championship races were held over a course designed to challenge all the competitors, and this proved to be the case.

Following on from their success at the Canterbury Secondary Championships, Isla McPherson and Nathan Carter made the decision to compete at the next level. Isla’s race was first up. Over 89 Year 9 girls travelled to Timaru and Isla finished in 26th place—a very commendable effort. Nathan competed in the two kilometre AWD race and WON! This was a fabulous result following on from his success at a previous NZ cross country event and last year’s road race at the New Zealand Athletic Championships. Well done to both Nathan and Isla.


Isla competed again the next day, this time as part of the Canterbury Secondary Schools Year 9 Girls relay team. The team was made up of the top six runners from the Canterbury Championships and finished one minute behind the winners—Wellington. Well done, Isla! A big thank you to the parents and extended family members who travelled to Timaru to support both students.



Holly Smith


YEAR 8 BOYS (181 competitors) Charlie Blackburn 31 Bryn Williams 78 Eddie Adams 87 Camden Waters 115 Alex Neale 177

YEAR 7 BOYS (189 competitors) Hamish Henderson 70 Ryan Thomas 100 Sean Bromley 102 Blake Booth 137 Jimmy Ferguson 159 Xzavier Gilmor 175

YEAR 8 GIRLS (186 competitors) Kate Hefferon 53 Holly Smith 55 Kiana Buechele 89 Kayla Holland 111 Jody McCarthy-Dempsey 171

YEAR 7 GIRLS (188 competitors) Lucia Tully 27 Sara Hefferon 31 Yssa Cullen 33 Harriet Collins 87 Zoe Parker 95 5

Raising money for the Year 9 Netball team

Prefects' artwork on the Student blackboard

International Cooking Club

Selwyn District Council

Year 12 Cooking Assessment


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HELP is at hand by emailing Emails are screened and your query will be answered by an appropriate adult or prefect.


Lunchtime activities

Piper Benbow

Arthur Lozach

Charlelie Carer

Miki Kitamura and Clara Schmidt

Year 10 Students reading Te Reo stories to students at Darfield Primary School



Yubetsu has been an incredible time so far. My host family has been amazing. They help me with Japanese and give me new foods. We have already been travelling. We went to Kitami with some schoolmates. I got my father a gift while we were shopping. The nature in Hokkaido is breathtaking: trees everywhere, lakes and rivers, cranes and other birds flying around. We went to the Shiretoko National park, where we even saw a black bear.

The scenery was incredible with forests and waterfalls. I enjoyed this trip even though I got tired. It’s all so much to take in.

If I can describe my experience so far, I would say it is a dream come true. Since I was little, I dreamed of coming here to Japan, and here I am.

I would like to thank everyone for welcoming us and being very helpful if we are confused. One of the most confusing things around here is that everyone has lots of shoes. This is very different to New Zealand where everyone has one set of shoes. This was interesting and it got funny as time went on.

When I first got here, I was really excited about what was to come, and even now I am still really excited. I have made many friends and my host family (the Sugimori family) are extremely nice and welcoming to me. Since I have got here, people are full of energy in the afternoons (because everyone is still sleepy in the mornings (: ). I feel like everyone is trying to make Niamh, Hayden and me feel welcome, and I would like to say they are doing very well. I hope my experience here can be even more amazing as time continues. 8

Having dinner at lunchtime is strange because I'm used to bread, not soup, rice and salad. I’m glad we have large lunches because the days are long and eventful. You don’t get much free time but that keeps your mind off home and missing your pets.

Club activity is amazing because they include me in plenty of the trainings and exercises. Even though I can’t play in the games, it doesn't matter for me. Being included means I can make friends and have fun. It also gets me ready for a football tournament in October. Hayden de Burger

lots of interesting things, and I have a feeling that list will keep growing. Max Whyte

PS Another few weeks have passed and I have experienced lots every day. I have had so much fun and I am continually making more friends and making other friendships stronger. I am enjoying this trip to the fullest and looking forward to the few weeks I have left. My host family is incredibly nice and they are trying to help me so much. I have been to many places and I have seen 5 JULY 2019

So far, my time in Yubetsu has been amazing. I have settled in really well with my host family; they are all so kind and welcoming. My week here so far has been wonderful. I made new friends and am adjusting to the new culture well. School is very different from New Zealand. It is so different but so much fun. The school day runs for a lot longer than our one in Darfield. We have to be at school slightly earlier but get home about two and a half hours later than we would in New Zealand.


The students at the school are all so nice; I have made some new friends and I hope to make many more. The first weekend my host family took me to Family Ailand You. The weather was perfect and it was fun: we did the go-karts and went on the ferris wheel. We then travelled to Kitami. It was so cool. We had dinner at the Sushi Train and then headed home. The next day was my host brother’s undokai. In New Zealand, we have a sports day, but it's not quite the same as undokai. I really

enjoyed watching undokai and even joining in one event. The second weekend was my host sister’s joint concert. This was a combined brass band of Yubetsu High School, KamiYubetsu Junior High School, Yubetsu Junior High School and NakaYubetsu Primary School. All the students who performed were so talented. It was a really fun and interesting event. My time here in Yubetsu has been amazing so far and I can't wait for the next few weeks. Niamh Guy


DARE Programme with Otago University On 20 June, we (Harry, Caitlin, Stefanie, Hanako and Abigail) travelled to Christchurch to the Otago University Campus based at the Christchurch Hospital. We attended the newly established DARE programme for Years 11-13 to get an idea of what being a health professional and a health researcher is all about. The visit provided valuable insight into what people in that field of work do every day. It started with multiple people discussing their different professions. Some of the occupations were dentistry, radiology, psychology, radiation therapy, and junior doctors; there are lots more. We were then divided into groups and we were first to go off to a range of lectures with specialised health professionals taking the classes. Our first lecturer was a bio-engineer who discussed the work they do with 3D printing and how they can incorporate that into surgical procedures. We then went to a quick quiz about general diseases and anatomy. Following this, we had other classes in psychology and dietetics. Once we finished all of these, we proceeded into the second part of the programme. This involved exploring various stalls which gave us information about different aspects of Health Science. There was a quiz for psychology to test your cognitive skills, a body composition examination, a 3D mouse which we could use to examine its infected organs, and a microscope where we could look at a bacteria within white blood cells. Overall, this trip was a great way to experience what the Health Science world is all about; it surprised us all with how many occupations there are within it. This has allowed all of us to grasp a better understanding of it all and helped us with future decisions around potential jobs in this field. Harry Williamson and Caitlin Rayne


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Formal DressesTo Give Away All enquiries to Louise Blakemore

Dress A Size 12

Contact: Ms Louise Blackmore

Dress B Size 8-10

Contact: Ms Louise Blackmore

Last week was "Out on the Shelves" week. This was a celebration of the diversity of rainbow communities represented in books. DHS library aims to connect rainbow young people with stories that reflect their identities and experiences. As well as this display, we have an online quick-list on our catalogue. Go to our catalogue at and click on quick-lists.

It is the MÄ ori New Year - a time of renewal and celebration. This week, in the library, we celebrated Matariki with students and librarians trying their hand at weaving flax stars... thank goodness for Heidi and her amazing weaving skills!



Senior Quad Tournament Darfield Thursday 13 June

NETBALL NETBALL Geraldine v Mt Hutt Geraldine v Ellesmere Geraldine v Darfield Mt Hutt v Ellesmere Mt Hutt v Darfield Darfield v Ellesmere

25-16 Geraldine 26-19 Ellesmere 38-29 Darfield 34-8 Ellesmere 36-15 Darfield 29-16 Darfield


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RUGBY Geraldine v Mt Hutt Geraldine v Ellesmere 57-5 Ellesmere Geraldine v Darfield 35-14 Darfield Mt Hutt v Ellesmere Mt Hutt v Darfield 57-7 Darfield Darfield v Ellesmere

FOOTBALL Geraldine v Mt Hutt Geraldine v Ellesmere Geraldine v Darfield Mt Hutt v Ellesmere Mt Hutt v Darfield Darfield v Ellesmere

2-0 Geraldine 3-2 Geraldine 5-4 Geraldine 1-0 Ellesmere 3-1 Darfield 3-0 Darfield


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On Friday 28 June, we held our annual International Mid Winter Party. It was great to get together and celebrate surviving Term 2, and spend time together especially with some of the students who are finishing DHS at the end of the Term. As well as our International students, we also had the French exchange students, and about 25 Kiwi friends and host brothers and sisters. Everyone enjoyed the pizza and ice cream, before it was time to turn down the lights and dance away the night. A big thank you to everyone who came along, the awesome DJ, the staff who helped make it happen, and our host families for transporting students.

TERM 2 FAREWELLS The year is flying by, and the end of Term 2 means we have to say goodbye to six of our International students. Our youngest leaver, Pure, has been with us just four weeks, while our oldest leaver, Lisa, has spent a year at DHS. It really has been a pleasure to have each and every one of them at Darfield, no matter how long or short their stay was. We wish them all the very best for their next steps! Thank you to all their host families, teachers and friends who’ve been part of their experience.


Paula, Clara, Pure, Aina, Lea and Lisa with their Final Farewell Certificates



Design Ideas

Flower Display made by Vaughan Smart

Year 10 had to design a product for a client. There were a great variety of ideas within the class, from phone stands to decorative pieces. Students tested and trialled ideas to work out how they could assemble pieces for strength and aesthetic qualities. Vaughan Smart used metal and wood to create his permanent flower display. Tristen Jones created a sleek recipe book stand and Sam Lyon made a great tool box with handy sections for storage. It was interesting hearing the discussions about designs and watching ideas take shape. Freya Vokes



There are a number of uniforms not returned at the end of the sports seasons in years gone by...

Looking for something to do these holidays? A small reward is being offered to those students who return any DHS sports uniforms to Mrs Armstrong at the beginning of Term Three...maybe the holidays might be a great time to clean up your bedroom! ISSUE 7 / DHS DISPATCH

Lost Property

There is a large number of unclaimed items currently being held at the Student Administration Office. 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. If you have items that do not belong to you, they can be returned to the Student Administration Office. 15

UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY JAPANESE TRIP On Thursday 6 June, I, along with the other senior Japanese students, went to the University of Canterbury to participate in the largest collection of people learning Japanese in all of Oceania. Throughout the day, we learnt more Japanese, heard from a guest speaker, danced, tried Japanese bread and listened to the takumi Japanese drumming group. The entire event was a whole lot of fun and really helped me learn and understand more Japanese. During the event, we had three lessons from Japanese teachers from around Christchurch. First, we learnt about particles, which really helped me understand how and when to use specific particles. Then we had morning tea, where we were given Japanese bread. I had a cone-shaped bread with a chocolate filling. If I ever get the chance, I'll definitely get one again because I've never had something as simple as bread taste so good. After morning tea, we had our second class, where we learnt about Japanese conversation and aizuchi, which are things said in response to an answer, like "cool" or "really?". I really enjoyed this class because it will make my Japanese conversa-

tions sound more natural and fluid. I also learnt the word yabai/yaba, which is the Japanese equivalent to “sick” or “rad”. It originally meant something bad or was used to refer to a dangerous or bad place, but now younger generations use it as a good word in response to really cool things. During lunch, I looked at some books in the University Bookstore and got a coffee because I hadn't had one all day. I was a minute or two late to the last lesson but the teacher didn't mind. We learnt about tari tari form and spent most of the time in groups, which was a cool change of pace. After all that, we went to the main lecture hall for the takumi drum performance which blew me away and actually convinced me to try to make my own drum composition. I could never do something as powerful as they did; they were all on the verge of scary and threatening, but also inspiring and moving. After the drums, we performed the pocari sweat dance we have been learning throughout the past few weeks. Although I'm not very good at dancing, I still had a great time

dancing with all the other Japanese students from around Christchurch. Then it was time for prizes and, although our school didn't win anything, it was cool to see the students from other schools get so excited when they won. By the time we had to leave, we were all tired and hungry, so we stopped at the Japan Mart on the way home. For the ride home, I got a drink and some sweets, which didn't last very long, because I finished all of them that night. Overall, the day was so much fun and it was very helpful to learn more about the language. If you ever get the chance to go one day, don’t let the opportunity go to waste. Even if you don't get to go, definitely consider looking into learning Japanese, or even just another language. It's a bunch of fun and it's incredibly interesting. I want to thank Hayakawa sensei for giving us this opportunity and Shaun for joining us and getting us there and back. Yonde kurete arigatou gozaimasu. Kear Billings

(L to R): Mrs Sumi Hayakawa-Buist (Japanese Teacher), Lexie Purvis, Brie Edwards, Aiko Sakurai, Hanako Wilson, Emily Cullen, Asit Lappradtana, Kear Billings and Jennifer Bell


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Braving The Cold!

MUSEUM AND ANTARCTIC CENTRE TRIP Our first step into the museum of history was breathtaking. The first part of the Maori exhibit contains lots of information showing how the Maori first lived in New Zealand. We found the display very interesting. There was lots to see and it was a great experience. Anthony showed us lots and we have learnt so much. We also went to the Antarctic Centre—it was a blast, literally! The chiller room was so cold and the animals were cute and funny.


There was so much to learn. Those early explorers must have been very hardy people. Thank you to all the parents who helped to make this a great trip. Felix Jennings and Kevin Fagan


Kia Ora Koutou. Congratulations!! What an exciting experience to see Grease come to life. I am so honoured to be working with such an incredible team of teachers and students. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your devotion to making this show happen. You should all be incredibly proud of your achievement. The crew have done an outstanding job in rehearsing and bringing these characters to life. I couldn’t have asked for a better cast, with outstanding voices and wonderful stage presence. Every aspect, from props to costumes and make-up, to sound and lighting, has been done with such care and professionalism. Thank you for putting so much of yourselves into the show.


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It was so cold but I really enjoyed it and I felt so happy. It was much better than I expected because it was at least a sunny day even if still freezing cold as we got muddy anyway. I loved the obstacles and especially the big slide but my favourite moment was still the hot shower after the race. Jay, Thai student.

It's a costume competition but also a race. I had a lot of fun with my team. At the beginning I was afraid to get dirty but after the first obstacle I didn't care about the mud and I enjoyed my shower at the end. I really enjoyed it and I made many memories that I'll never forget. Lylou, French student.


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Mud Run 2019

All the costumes were good. My team wore swimsuits. It was a sunny day but I was so cold. It was really fun because your friends are just covered with mud. I can't count how many times I slipped in the mud and I fell in the cold and muddy water. It was so fun! I think my favourite moment was the slide at the end and I love the photos of my team after the race because we are really dirty. Arthur, French student.

The Mud Run was a great experience and when our team (the Soviet Union) did it, we came wearing fully homemade costumes. We were attempting to be green toy soldiers with pieces of wood attached to our feet like the real toys. In the costume parade, we went up and did a small army routine and ended up coming first overall in the Best Dressed Parade. In the race, we started off at the back because we had the wooden base plates on and did not get in anyone's way. The first obstacle was a big slippery mud pit which was difficult for us but not for everyone else. The next part of the race took us up a long zig zag path to the top of the mountain and finally, after a long walk to the top, there were some more obstacles— deep mud pits that we straightaway bombed into as we were so hot from the long walk with our wooden plates. We then came to some tunnels that were going up a slight slope and were very slippery. After those, we had to climb over some rocks, which wasn't too hard, and then we got to climb up a hill using ropes. When we looked down, we saw a slide into a big mud pit. Soon we had more walking to do and eventually we had to climb over a rope climbing wall. It was very difficult as there were so many people trying to get over. Then we came across a pond with three wooden planks across: straight, crooked and thin. It was about a 1.5 m drop into a cow poo filled pond, which made

us cross very carefully. About threequarters of the way down, we had to do some repairs to our wooden base plates. After that we carried on and came across another slide, which we were a bit late to for it to be slippery, so we walked down, getting stuck every step we took. We knew that the race was nearly over and there were only a few obstacles left: a mud pit and a bunch of wooden planks. And then we saw it—the finish line—so we kept walking and crossed it after one hour and thirty minutes. We were done! We did notGet care about our time as we went for fun, and winning the Best Dressed MUDDY Parade was our goal. We achieved Get it! In conclusion, the Mud Run was a great experience and we would defi-MOVING nitely do it again. Get




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New location: Christchurch Adventure Park Exclusively for high school students For teams of up to four

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Annabelle Serra

Year 10 students were able to choose their own context for their spatial design. This tourist cabin is a fabulous example of modelling in design using CAD and solid structures, and a A wonderful combination of choosing the right tool for the right job. An exercise in using a range of modes and media including textured papers, markers, smudging and coloured pencils, gel pens, pigment liners, crayons and pastels, has produced some excellent examples of rendering.

DESIGN Troy Benbow

The Year 12s have been exploring modelling as a medium for design. Using emotions as inspiration, they have created a range of furniture items to explore how the human emotion can sit into our environment. Another modelling experiment saw them explore 21st century art to collect images from a theme such as colour, texture or a genre. Their resulting collages were then free-formed into a 3D representation of their theme. This has allowed some amazing creative play and extending of design ideas. Jesse Sutherland

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Caden Dixon

Caden Dixon

Kate Caldwell

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Caleb Curtin


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Business Studies Businesses! Fifteen Year 13 students are studying Business Studies and they are taking part in The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES). The majority of these students have studied Year 12 Commerce in preparation for this year. YES sees senior secondary school-age entrepreneurs set up and run real businesses over the course of this year.


YES helps to develop not just business, but also life skills. Through their YES journey, students learn valuable skills such as financial responsibility, the importance of relationships and moderating risks. As these students complete their education and go on to participate in our workforce and in our communities, these skills will be highly valued. Adoia Gonzalez (Canterbury YES regional coordinator.

Here is an insight into how the YES groups are progressing:


JJJ BUSINESS GROUP JJJ is a group of five Year 13 Business Studies students made up of Reilly, Ethan, Sam, Anshul and James. We decided to create and sell a certain type of stress ball. Our stress balls are unique as we have inspirational and motivational messages on them. We aim to give our customers the motivation needed to finish that piece of work or assessment. A quarter of our profits will be donated to the Mental Health Society.

.......... Focus, .......... Listen, .......... Breathe, ..........

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............. Be quiet ............. Be calm ............. Be kind .............

Group Members: James Grafton, Anshul Gurung, Ethan Taylor, Reilly Neal and Sam Rowlands


Yes! ............. I can do this! .............




Have you operated or managed a business? Would you be interested in sharing your business experience with a small group of Year 13 Business Studies students? This would involve being a contact for students to bounce ideas off. If you are interested, or would like to find out more, please contact Caroline Harrington:

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NZ HAPPY GROUP We are a Year 13 Business Studies group at Darfield High School collaborating with the Young Enterprise Scheme to create a mental health cookbook. The Young Enterprise Scheme is a part of the Lion Foundation and creates an opportunity for students to unleash their inner entrepreneur and experience the start-up world first hand. It is an experimental programme where students set up and run a real business. We have thought of the idea to do a mental health cookbook to help raise awareness about and money for mental health. Our cookbook will include stories, recipes and tips on how to recover from mental health struggles. We chose to do a cookbook as it is therapeutic to the human mind and the stories are a good way of seeing what people have been/ are going through. There are also helpful tips to deal with and positively increase your own mental health. Group Members: Alicia Duncan, Mikayla Jarvis, Shynali Maharaj, Georgia Mitchell, Chantelle Rod and Cleo Searle

ar 13 student from Georgia Mitchell, a Yeis the CEO of NZ Happy. Darfield High School, ntal Health Cookbook “We’ve created a Me n of New Zealand aim which is a combinatio and quotes, and our recipes, stories, tips around mental health is to raise awarenessmfortable to talk about. and make it more co has given us a recipeEven Jacinda Ardern !” which is pretty exciting

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Georgia Mitchell, Alicia Duncan and Cleo Searle with their business NZ Happy. Photo Credit: ARA Institute of Canterbury

HOUSE SPORTS TOPS TRIPLE JC DESIGNS Triple JC designs want to make a difference in how DHS students view House pride and unity, by introducing House sports tops to students at Darfield High School. We realised that it is extremely challenging to see which students are a part of which House on sports days, such as athletics, cross country and triathlon. So we have designed a top that is Dri-fit sports material, with the corresponding House colours (Red, Yellow, Blue and Green) on each top. We strongly believe that this will increase House pride and unity, because students and parents will be able to identify which Houses students belong to, making supporting so much easier.

Group Members: Corien Blom, Jemma Dalley, Jessica St ClairNewman and Jack Hedley





Sophie Palmer, Emily White and Jessica Galletly selling their Beeswax Wraps


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On Monday 1 July, the Year 12 Commerce class put all of their planning, organising and creating on the table at the Market Day. With over a month of crafting our business plans and innovating our own products, it was finally time to show all our hard work to the school. Step one of this process was getting into groups and deciding what product we wanted to create, while integrating a community focus. From then on, for the following four to six weeks, we crafted our business plan based around our product by selecting personally suited management roles and evenly contributing to the business plan based on our strengths. We held meetings every week to ensure we were on track to meet our time goals and were ready for the big day. About one week before Market Day, after finishing the business plan, it was time to create our product. Everyone invested money into resources to create it and, with the products ranging from Beeswax Wraps to Bottle Poppers, we all had a big job ahead of us. Monday came around and we were selling our products to the school with some groups having great success and managing to make a profit, by exceeding their break-even point, whereas some groups did not, although this was only day 1. We still have improvements to make for a more successful second Market Day. Emily White and Sophie Palmer








1st Kikorangi WAIMAKARIRI 2nd Rawhiti 3rd Tawera 4th Waimakariri




As a part of studying Event Management, our Year 13 Geography classes travelled to Queenstown to immerse ourselves in one of the biggest festivals held there—Winterfest. We spent four days in the renowned “adventure capital of the world”, observing how Winterfest is run and the processes the organisers must go through.

We also took a class trip for dinner in Queenstown and enjoyed a few adventures to Frankton in the vans. The stunning views and waking up to a view of Lake Wakatipu made up for the very fresh temperatures we had for the entire visit.

This trip was certainly a highlight for many students, especially those who had never been to Queenstown before. A big thanks to Mr and Mrs van der Wilt for helping, and to Mr Quinn and Miss Petersen. Georgia Allison

Our data collection included attending the Torch Parade (where we ended up on the front page of the Otago Daily Times for our inventive costumes), going to concerts, exploring Queenstown, enjoying the firework display and watching the Day in the Bay events (jet sprints, undie runs, the birdman, and more). Whilst at these events, we were collecting information on what impacts Winterfest has on Queenstown and how the organisers had minimised them, and taking note of how many people attended the events. The group also had presentations full of useful information from the Queenstown Lakes District Council, DOC, Destination Queenstown and the Queenstown Resort College. 30

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I am so thankful I was able to go to the Emerging Leaders Conference at Christ's College this year. It really broadened my knowledge of what a good leader is and how to act like one. I found it very inspiring and thought provoking considering the leadership roles offered to us as Year 13s next year. The learning and discussions I took part in whilst at the conference will stay with me for many years to come and I will use what I learnt for every leadership opportunity that comes my way. My favourite part of the day was listening to Liam Malone tell us his story of how he became successful. Overall, the conference was a double thumbs up from me! Jess Galletly One thing I took away from the Emerging Leaders Conference was that if you’re going to do something in life make sure it’s something you love or have a passion for or you might not enjoy it. Monique St Clair-Newman

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You need to be able to accept failure in order to succeed. When you set goals for what you want to achieve, you are more likely to achieve them. Those who are successful often put in many hours and hard work to get there. Emily White


Being motivated is temporary and you need discipline to follow through with your goals. Having energy to accomplish goals is a choice. Failure is not a bad thing if you learn from it and see failure as an opportunity to better yourself. Hang around with the type of people who have a good mind set and want to accomplish their goals in life. James Miles

To be a good leader you not only have to be able to lead but you have to be able to follow, too. Know when it's your time to lead a group and when to stand back and let somebody else take charge. Jess Galletly

One thing that I take out of the Emerging Leaders Conference is to never take life for granted and anything is possible if you put the effort in. Ella Roessink

One thing that I learnt from the conference today was that no matter what position you are in, or how badly you are doing, you can still always step up and become a leader or do something great. I also learnt that it is important to do what is right for you, and not to just fit in because everyone else does. Katherine Hadler Have aspiring and massive goals you want to achieve because it will inspire you to reach them more and more, the bigger they are and more passionate you are about them. Kate Caldwell

Other people’s opinions only matter if you let them. Don’t let their negativity stop you from achieving your goals. If you’re passionate about something and you want to do it, then do it. Work hard and you’ll get there. Zara Woodward

One of my take away messages from the conference was to start pushing myself to do things that may result in small failures, because it makes it easier to deal with big failures when we end up experiencing these in our lives. We also learnt about a BOB mindset, where when something happens, you can either think bitter or better about it, as whatever way you choose can significantly affect the rest of your day. Hayley Murray

The main messages I took home from the Emerging Leaders Conference at Christ's College are learn from your failures, strive for excellence, and your mind plays a huge part in your success. If you don’t embrace your failures and learn from them, it will be a lot harder to succeed. The way to strive for excellence is to set clear realistic goals and have a plan on how to achieve them. Having a healthy mind is one of the most important things to have in order to go far in life. The way to do this is by getting eight to ten hours of sleep every night, having a healthy diet, and keeping a balance between stress and fun. Rebecca Inch

One thing that I learned from the conference is that we should not let failures put us off our goals but rather use them as stepping stones to success. Caitlin Rayne What I took from Emerging Leaders Conference is that even if life seems hard or you have taken the wrong path, there’s a way out and you can succeed and reach the goals you set. Rozlyn Doherty BOB - Bitter Or Better. Sometimes when life beats you down you have the choice to be bitter or better; always choose better. Life has its ways to beat us down but it’s our choice on how we act on this. Saskia Jansen


Year 12 Emerging Leaders (L to R): Hayley Murray, Sophie Palmer, James Miles, Kate Caldwell, Emily White, Katherine Hadler, Caitlin Rayne, Jessica Galletly, James Stead, Ella Roessink, Monique St Clair-Newman, Rebecca Inch, Saskia Jansen, Zara Woodward Absent: Rozlyn Doherty


CAREER CHOICES On Wednesday 26 June, several students met with a group of fourth year medical students. I was lucky enough to be part of that group. They talked about what happens when you are learning to be a doctor, nurse, or ambulance officer and a lot of other Health related careers. The students made sure that they kept the talk interesting with not only career information, but also teaching us about how to test for reflexes, why we check our blood pressure on our upper arms and how to locate your heart. I found this really inspiring and it makes me consider Health careers as an option which I hadn’t really thought too much about before. It was good to hear that once you get into Health you have a range of career paths you can take. The medical students were all passionate about what they were doing—they were all happy and positive about their futures. It was great to be around other young people who feel that way about life. I’m really grateful that the school offers these types of opportunities and I’m looking forward to taking part in the next one. Thanks, Mrs Ager. Molly Macpherson


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School and Community Notices Term Three


July 22 First Day of Term 3 DHS Scholarships Open The Great Kiwi Competition (English & Mathematics) 23 The Great Kiwi Competition (Science) 25 Year 11 Outdoor Education Trip Open Evening (6.30 pm) 26 Senior Art Exhibition (to 7 August) Year 12 Rural College Day Out Junior Reports 27 Senior Formal August 1 Senior Oral Tapestries 2 Year 13 Rural College Day Out 3-4 Jazz Quest Big Band and Ensemble Competition 7 Southern Jam-Jazz Band in Blenheim (to 10 August) Year 12 Interview Day 8 Peer Mediation Training Parent Teacher Interviews (3.30 pm) 9 Year 12 Rural College Day Out Year 10 Japanese Afternoon 12 Akitakata Visit (to 18 August) 13 Canterbury Ski and Snowboarding Championships Year 11 History Trip House Meetings (Quiz Organisation) BOT Meeting (6.30 pm) 14 Years 7/8 House Quiz 15 Junior Oral Tapestries Years 9/10 House Quiz 16 Years 11-13 House Quiz 18 Year 12 Outdoor Education Alpine Trip (to 20 August) 19 DHS Ski Instructors Assessment (to 23 August) Senior Study Skills Workshop (9-11 am) 20 PTSA Meeting (7.30 pm) 21 Travel and Tourism ITC (2.15-3.15 pm) 22 International Trip to Akaroa 23 Year 11 Rural College Day Out DHS Scholarships Close Student Trustee Nominations Open 26 Mock Exam Week (to 30 August) Canterbury Duathlon Championships 31 DELF Exams September 2 Winter Tournament Week (to 6 September) Junior Progress Reports 6 Year 11 Rural College Day Out Student Trustee Nominations Close 9 Year 8 Camps (to 13 September) Year 13 Biology Trip to Orana Park 10 Year 13 Science Trip to Orana Park Student Trustee Nominees Assembly Year 9 Alcohol Presentation (2.15-3.15 pm) BOT Meeting (6.30 pm) 11 Years 7/8 Ski Derby 12 Year 13 Outdoor Education Tramp (to 14 September) 13 Year 13 Rural College Day Out Years 9/10 Formal 15 Leadership Camp (to 16 September) 17 Talent Quest Heats (to 20 September) House Meetings (Voting) PTSA Meeting (7.30 pm) 19 Supporters Function (5.30 pm) 20 Year 11 Rural College Day Out Student Trustee Election Day 22 Year 13 Outdoor Education MTB (to 23 September) 24 Combined Talent Quest Final (7 pm) 26 Year 11 Outdoor Education Cave Day Trip 27 Year 12 Rural College Day Out Last Day of Term Three ISSUE 7 / DHS DISPATCH

PTSA Meeting The next PTSA Meeting is 16 July, 7.30 pm in the DHS Staff room. Everyone welcome. 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. School Sports Socks - Now Available If you play football or rugby, then you need to be wearing Darfield High School socks. Available for $10 from Mrs Armstrong. Years 7 - 12 Students Uniform Reminder Permitted jewellery: a wristwatch and one gold or silver stud per ear. No other jewellery is permitted. School socks are plain black, calf to knee-high length - plain means NO logos! Lost Property There is a large number of unclaimed items from last year. Please can you get your students to come and take a look if they know something has been misplaced. Parents: you are most welcome to come and check the clothing and items at Student Administration. If you have items that do not belong to you, please can they be returned to the Student Administration Office. Parking Outside the School Outside the school on McLaughlins Road, is a no stopping zone. We need parents to observe the ‘No Parking or Stopping Zone’ between the School’s front gate and bus bay. To keep students safe, we need this area clear before and after school. There are signs indicating the restrictions. Opposite Darfield High School on McLaughlins Road, car parks are marked out and broken yellow lines are painted outside residents' driveways. Please ensure you park within the allocated car parks and not in front of residents’ driveways. The car parks outside the school hall are reserved for staff and visitors coming into the school. Your co-operation in this matter is appreciated. There is usually plenty of space around the bend towards Bangor Road, or south-west on McLaughlins Road. DHS Canteen Orders Students are reminder to place orders at interval for lunchtime pickup at the canteen. Contact Details It is important that we have your correct contact details; please let us know of any changes.



KIWI competitions


Period 1 Monday 22 July

MATHEMATICS Period 3 Monday 22 July

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Period 1 Tuesday 23 July





CLASSES 9 week Programme Term 3


5 JULY 2019

Holiday Programme Beginners, suitable

for new players age 8—12, J4/ J3 graded players.

Improvers, suitable

for new players age 13+, and graded players J2 and above

Cost: $20 per session Venue: Hoon Hay SC, 8 Takaro Ave, Sockburn

Winter 2019 School Holidays Squash Program Beginners & Improvers

Tuesday 9th July

Squash Sessions

9am—12pm Beginners, 12.30pm—3.30pm Improvers

Wednesday 10th July 9am—12pm Beginners 12.30pm—3.30pm Improvers

Thursday 11th July 9am—12pm Beginners 12.30pm—3.30pm Improvers

Friday 12th July 9am—12pm Beginners

Bookings are essential as spaces are limited !!

12.30pm—3.30pm Improvers

Registrations close Saturday 7th July

Wednesday 17th July 9am—12pm Beginners 12.30pm—3.30pm Improvers Check out the ‘Give Squash a

Go’ sessions this school holidays @

‘Give Squash a go’ ? 13 sessions available at 3 venues located around the city: Burnside, Cashmere & Linwood Sessions full of fun and perfect for kids that have never played squash before or beginners.

For further information and to book: Contact Di McCoy

021 245 0966 When booking, please confirm if you require equipment and please wear non-marking court shoes.

DHS PTSA are selling Entertainment Books Pre-order online today Or you can email or contact the School office

$70 each

DHS Track Pants




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JULY HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES Information Booklet July 6 – 21 Secondary school students

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UGUST 31, 2019


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We’ve got $5000 to give away to students who are actively giving back to our community and need a hand to do even more.


If you’re at high school and want our help (and money) to do good in your neighbourhood, apply now for a $500 Local Heroes Scholarship. Head to our website, fill out an application form and get it in to us before Wednesday 31st July, 2019.



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