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


International Students Exploring Akaroa

English Exhibition

Year 10 Japanese Afternoon

Principal’s Comments We are currently working through a process to appoint Prefects for 2020 and Year 10 Prefects for the rest of 2019. Leadership is about activating and supporting positive change, so it was good to be working with students who are thinking deeply about how they can do this. The process to select students for senior leadership roles usually involves putting out a request for applications, with a job description, students completing an application, an interview, and a presentation or speech to peers, voting by peers and feedback from staff. There are then meetings of senior staff to bring together all of this feedback to select a person for the role. I then approve any selections and the students are offered the roles. Through this process, we hope to find the best match between the person and the job description. As you might imagine, it can be a challenging task when so many talented individuals put their names forward. We hope that the process enables students

to develop useful skills and experiences for future selection processes they will face. Although many students aspire to be a Prefect or a Head Student, not all of them will be selected for such roles. This can be very disappointing news for students to receive. However, a student’s ability to be a leader is not limited by their not being a Prefect, Head Student or House Captain. Any student in any year level can lead positive change, be it in a small way through influencing good choices within their peer group, or having a wider impact in student-led initiates in the school or community. If a student has an idea that they think will make a positive difference, we will work with them to guide them through a process to have their idea considered and, in some cases, implemented. Having students understand how change can take place in a democratic society can empower them to make change

School Buses For those of you who do not know me, I am Shawn Gough and, since the latter part of Term 2, I have taken over the role of Bus Controller for the school.

in their community throughout their lives. This can include learning how to generate ideas, develop a proposal, garner support, and implement a change. Taking an idea through to action and outcome can be a challenging but rewarding experience. During the selection process for leadership roles, students speak of the goals they have for the role and the things they would like to achieve. The challenge for student leaders is to turn those goals into achievable actions in the short time they have in the role, and in a year that will be a busy one anyway. To help set them on a path for change, students at Leadership Camp are given time to work in teams to develop an action plan that starts to detail the actual things they would be realistically able to commit to doing. For all students, regardless of their goals, a plan of action is a key step on the path to making goals more than just a good idea. James Morris

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My role involves ensuring the safe arrival and departure of students, ensuring that students feel safe travelling to and from school, and ensuring that our school expectations are being upheld by our students when they are using the buses. I also liaise with the drivers and with Tony Rabbidge of Torlesse Travel. I am interested in updating our system so that parents and students are able to access routes more easily. If you need any further information, please visit the school website and search Buses. You can contact me at the school by phone or email: Shawn Gough 2

Shawn Gough 5 SEPTEMBER 2019

The Great Kiwi

Competitions This year 13,955 students from approximately 400 schools participated in the Kiwi competitions. The competitions were designed by New Zealand teachers and are based on the New Zealand curriculum. The curriculum areas covered were English, Mathematics and Science.

Mathematics Science English Alex Neale - Merit

Noah Whiteside - Merit

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LED MONITORS to give away

Trae Davis - Excellence Emily Richards - Merit Jonathan Rogers - Merit Lucia Tully - Excellence Holly Wilson - Merit Amy Allan - Excellence Maurine Basu - Excellence Kevin Fagan - Excellence Camden Waters - Merit Noah Whiteside - Merit Ryan Booth - Merit Vaughan Smart - Merit

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We welcome Katrina Boyd to Darfield High School, as the Food Technology teacher, covering maternity leave for Georgie Nilsson.

U T L A A R TIONS G N O C & WELCOME Thea Grace Kennedy Born 27 July, weighing 8 lb 12 oz. ISSUE 9 / DHS DISPATCH


STUDENT SUCCESSES Congratulations to the Darfield Team who won the overall points championship at the recent South Island Secondary Schools Motocross Champs. The top three points scorers at each school are considered for team honours, with Jordan Yaxley, Louis Ridgen and Mason Thompson's combined points being the highest for all schools competing. Louis placed 3rd competitive 12-14yrs 125/250cc. Jordy placed 2nd and Mason 3rd competitive 12-16yrs 85/150cc. All the other riders competing rode well too. It's the first time since the competition began in 2007 that Darfield have taken out the top spot! Well done.

Swimming Chloe Newbigging and Charlise Miller went down to Dunedin on 16 August to compete in the South Island Swimming Champs. There were lots of exciting races and both finished in the top eight for many of their events, but on top of that: Chloe won Gold in the Women's 12-14 50m Backstroke. And Charlise won Bronze in the Women's 12-14 100m Individual Medley. Congratulations, girls.

NZ Smallbore Championships On 16 August, I flew to Wellington to attend the North vs South competition, representing the South Island for Juniors and Women, and on call for the Open team. On the Friday, I received my bars for the Junior and Women’s teams. On Saturday, I shot my cards for the Women’s and Junior team. I shot alright in my Junior team match, allowing me to take part in the New Zealand team the next day. However, my Women’s match wasn't nearly as good; the competition was tricky too. On the Sunday, I took part in the New Zealand team match. I shot ok in this match too, but not as well as I had hoped. How the New Zealand match works is, you shoot your cards, they mark them and then send them to England where they shoot cards in competition with our scores. On Sunday night, we had the New Zealand dinner where I was presented with my New Zealand Junior Team Bar, South Island Women‘s Team Badge and my Gold Medal for Indoor Nationals which took place a few weeks prior to North vs South. I enjoyed North vs South and hope to be there for more years to come. Piper Benbow 4


Congratulations to Georgia Allison, for making the Jumping team to compete in the Marcus Oldham Australian Interschool Championships in Sydney at the end of September. Best of luck!

Success for Girls Football The Girls Football team has played an excellent season, showing great discipline and self-management under the leadership of Captain Jenny Walter, and without a coach. We are proud of what they have achieved and how they have represented the school. They have demonstrated strong skills, winning all but one game this season and winning the final at home in Darfield. Congratulations to the team on winning the season overall.

This has been the highlight of being the Teacher in-charge of the Darfield High Ski Programme. Jason and I have been planning this course for some years. The students have completed training over two season and then had to complete their assessment over a five day period under the watchful eye of a NZISA assessor. This has also created a solid foundation for another group that will start their training this season and will be assessed during the 2020 ski season. I would also like to thank Garreth Hayman from Doppelmayr for part sponsorship that helped these students to reach their goals. Gavin Chalk

Level 1 Ski Instructors Course

(L to R): Sebastian Swann (NZISA Assessor), Saskia Jansen, Lewis Morrison, Lachlan Woolley, Matthew Cooper, Harry Williamson, Gavin Chalk and Jason Collins (Instructor training and Porters Ski Area Ski School Co-ordinator.)


SPORTING SUCCESS TO DATE: U15 RURAL LIVESTOCK RUGBY TOURNAMENT (Lincoln/Waihora) 2 September DHS vs Lincoln 26-10 WIN DHS vs Waimea 31-22 LOSS DHS vs Ashburton 28-22 WIN DHS vs South Otago 33 - 12 WIN 3 September - Semi Final DHS vs Dunstan 21 - 23 LOSS

Congratulations to Eddie Adams, Barnaby Maude, Jack Guy and Noah Whiteside, who come first in the recent Canterbury Primary and Intermediate Schools Ski Race Championships, representing DHS.

Ski Race Champions

SISS NETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS (Nelson) A Netball Team Monday 2 September DHS vs Hillmorton 39-15 WIN DHS vs Westland 45-19 WIN Tuesday 3 September DHS vs Lincoln 24-18 WIN




Photos, clockwise from top left: (L to R) Rosa Bell, Jade Gillies, Jimmy Ferguson and Elisha Hill planting a tree, that was donated as part of a Sustainability Initiative by NZEI (NZ Educational Institute) and Malvern Primary Schools. Senior Students ready to begin their mock exam. Students lining up for a sausage sizzle, put on by the A Netball team as a fundraiser. This was the first time the new BBQ trailer had been used. This trailer was purchased with funds raised by the Darfield High School PTSA. Student, Sean Kelly, demonstrating how we can remember using colour, movement and repetition.



LEADERSHIP YEAR 8 AND YEAR 12 The Year 12 Leadership Students are joining the Year 8 Camp at Mt Hutt next week. They will be running activities with the Year 8s.




In Week 4, a group of Year 10 students, alongside other Year 10 students from across Christchurch, took part in an Experience Ara Day, learning about the different trade programmes on offer. The day began with a tour around the different trade buildings, including painting and decorating, automotive engineering, plumbing and drainlaying, carpentry and joinery.

They were then set the task of building a trebuchet. They were given the materials and tools needed, but only one person from each group was able to look at a completed project and bring back the instructions to build their own. Through strong team work skills and excellent communication, the Darfield team won the competition by building their trebuchet the fastest.

Finally, they took their finished projects outside to fire a ball at the target—there were some interesting outcomes and eventually, after a few tweaks, we had balls flying at the target. This was a great opportunity for the students to see what tertiary education is like and the range of programmes on offer. Google Experience Ara to see the range of taster opportunities on offer. Jo Ager


Year 7 Cantamath On Wednesday 28 August, Taane Buechele, Mikayla Eade, Jack Guy and Ruby Flynn-Miers went to Horncastle Arena to participate in the Cantamath competition. As Year 7s, this was our first opportunity to take part in this competition and we were all very surprised by the number of people who were there. There were 96 teams of four in our division, racing to answer all the Maths questions in as short a time as possible. As the runner, I was exhausted by the end of the race! A huge thanks to Mrs Guy, Mrs Welsh and Mrs Whyte for transport and coaching. Jack Guy 8

Taane Buechele, Jack Guy, Ruby FlynnMiers and Mikayla-Rose Eade



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Placings for the Senior Oral Tapestries were:



Year 11 1st Equal 2nd

Sophie Clarke and Rosa Dunnlogan Lily Cameron

Year 12 1st 2nd 3rd

Harry Williamson Sophie Townsend Emily McCallum

Year 13 1st

Michelle Bruce



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

FIND OUT MORE... Record Your Service

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



JOINT OVERALL BEST SPEAKERS Sophie Clarke and Rosa Dunnlogan


This year's Senior Oral Tapestries event showcased the skills of our best senior speakers. The speakers shared their views on gender, gender and clothing, correct pronunciation of te reo MÄ ori, mental health in New Zealand, unrealistic expectations of ourselves to be perfect, and why Marxism is not a feasible political construct. The judges (Mrs Hamilton and Mr Tsavousis) were really impressed with the calibre of the speech performances.



enTry forms from student office Heats: 18-20 Sept Lunchtime Final: 24 Sept 7 pm

vocal dance variety instrumental

individual or group




Talent quest


Alastair McLauchlan, Caleb Gundry, Zach Kala and Barnaby Maude recently competed in the EPro8 Challenge, coming first in their heat, and getting to the semi-final.

Congratulations to all those students who took part in

We really enjoyed problem solving and making cool things, like a rat wheel which generates electricity, powering a light and a motor. We also made a banana sorting machine which was challenging, but fun at the same time. Barnaby Maude

2019 EPro8 Challenge!

This competition gives creative and practical students a chance to shine in an exciting, competitive environment. Each team has a workstation with an impressive assortment of easy to use equipment: gears, wheels, pulleys, joiners, nuts and bolts, tools, aluminium framing, motors and electronics. The event starts with a tutorial about the equipment to ensure all teams know how to use it. Each team was given a booklet containing four challenges: each challenge is split into parts that range from easy to challenging and teams choose which challenges they wish to complete; typically, the more difficult challenges are worth more points. You won't have enough time to finish all the challenges so there is strategy involved in deciding which challenges best suit your team’s skills and abilities. After two and a half hours, the team with the most points will be the winner of that heat and the top teams from each heat qualify for the regional semi-finals.

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The Annual House Quiz always has a good number of students turning out to test their knowledge and win points for their Houses. With the help of the Kahoot app, in teams of four, the students answer quick fire questions covering a variety of topics.

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


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Visual and Oral Exhibition On Thursday 15 August, parents of students in Ms Rudman and Ms Ferguson-Brown's combined Year 11 English class came along to an exhibition of their students' visual and oral language work. Over the course of this year, the class has been exploring how the principles underpinning the Treaty of Waitangi are reflected in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. While Harper Lee was almost certainly not thinking about our Treaty when she wrote this novel, she was certainly thinking about fairness and what makes for a fair society.


Her novel explores how we can embody fairness in our own actions—through partnership, participation and protection (the principles which underpin the Treaty of Waitangi). Last term, students were given a choice between producing a visual text or an oral text based on this study. The work in this exhibition reflected their understanding of bicultural partnership, protection of mana and the rights of all to participate equally in our society.


INTERNATIONAL TRIP TO AKAROA At 9.00 am, we left the school with a group of 40 students. The bus ride was one and a half to two hours, with a short break when we saw an amazing view for the first time. We arrived safely in Akaroa, where we went on a boat to sightsee on Akaroa Harbour. The boat trip started and we pulled away from the dock. While we enjoyed the trip, the tour guide told us a lot of important information about Akaroa. There were a lot of cliffs, waterfalls and certainly water! We saw a lot of blue penguins, two dolphins and a lot of other birds. However, the scenery was the best thing we saw while we were on the boat trip. After the two-hour boat trip, we went to a restaurant called Akaroa Fish and Chips. We ate traditional fish and chips, which were very delicious.


After that we had a half-hour of free time to buy something or to take some photos. At 3.30 pm, we made our way home and arrived punctually at 5.00 pm at school. It was a successful trip where we had a lot of fun. Greta Lemcke and Lara Keim



Cooking Club Last week, some international students, who were not involved in senior exams, took part in a cooking project. They thought of food from their country they would like to share, then created recipes and shopping lists in English. On our trip to Christchurch, we managed to find all the ingredients and that afternoon the students shared their recipes with about 25 other international and Kiwi students who came along to International Club. We made two Korean recipes (Kimbap and Tteokbokki) and a potato soup from Germany. The end results were all very tasty and the food disappeared very quickly!



HOLOCAUST TALK This year, we were very fortunate to host Chris Harris (CEO of The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand) and Lizzy Eaves. They presented an informative talk on the significance of the Holocaust and the lessons we need to learn from such a dark time in our shared history. Chris was able to bring a very personal element to his presentation: he is a third-generation Holocaust survivor. His mother and grandparents left Poland in 1938 because his grandfather got a job in Ireland. His uncles and aunties remained behind in Poland with the other 60 members of his extended family, and all of them were murdered by the Nazis. Chris returned to Poland last year, 80 years since any of his family members had been back to Poland, and he visited the Majdanek extermination camp where his family was murdered. He found the experience incredibly confronting and harrowing but the experience was made worse the following day when he went to find his ancestors’ graves to pay his respects. When he inquired about why he couldn’t track down their tombstones, the graveyard keeper informed him that the Nazis had torn them down and crushed them up to use as paving stones for the main pathway in Majdanek Camp. Consequently, even the previous Jewish generations did not escape Nazi persecution and the present generation unwittingly walk over their ancestors' gravestones.


This was just one story amongst many other thought-provoking insights that Chris provided about the Holocaust. He built on the idea that the Nazi persecution developed over time and he explored the sinister aspects of eugenics and the idea of a master race. He also discussed the dangers of propaganda and how Hitler drew upon the age-old prejudice towards the Jewish people and twisted information to manipulate the Germans’ thinking. However, the most important lesson Chris left with our students was that we should never tolerate racism and/or religious persecution, even at the most basic casual level, because it can spawn into a very dangerous force. To not stand up against racism can be considered as bad as being the perpetrator of it. To quote the great Martin Luther King Jnr, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends”—something we all need to take heed of in light of the recent Christchurch terror attacks. Anna Lee


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2019 EXAMINATION TIMETABLE LEVEL 2 LEVEL 3 Physics Business Studies

Business Studies History English

German WEEKEND Music Chemistry English Te Reo Māori

Dance Media Studies Agricultural & Horticultural Science/ German / Chinese




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

Dance Classical Studies French Te Reo Rangatira / Latin

SCHOLARSHIP Calculus Agricultural & Horticultural Science

Art History Spanish


Statistics History Te Reo Rangatira

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

Spanish Chinese Earth & Space Science German


Assessment also offered digitally

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On 9 August, all of the DHS Year 10 Japanese students went on a trip to Villa Maria College, along with other Japanese students from different schools. There were over one hundred students at the event and we were split into five groups. There were five different activities, each as exciting as the next. The rotations were calligraphy, kendama, trying on yukatas (traditional clothing), origami making and interacting with the Japanese exchange students. We also got to try some sushi while we were there and it was very oishii (delicious). At the end of all the activities, we got together and sang Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in Japanese right before we left. I really enjoyed this experience and got to meet old friends that I made on Japan Day. After we left the school, we went to Japan mart and bought lots of sweets; my favourite Jap-


anese sweet that I bought is called a milky, which was a recommendation from my Japanese buddy. Lots of my friends bought Hi-Chews and others bought gohan (rice) and nori (seaweed). My favourite part of the day was interacting with the international students. I got to talk to over ten of the Japanese students and learnt a lot about them and what they enjoy, such as their liking of seafood, such as salmon. Talking to them was really fun because we got to practise our Japanese with fluent speakers. In the end, I really enjoyed the experience and I recommend that other students explore new cultures and learn a new language, because you will never know where it will take you. Tierlina Payne


My name is Kohtaro.

I'm Ichiro Sugimori

I like skiing. I am excited about entering the ski competition.

I like playing video games. I often play the piano.

I will present my town, Yubetsu. Yubetsu has the lake Saeroma and the Sea of Okhotsk. It is an area famous for the production of seafood, for example salmon, crab, shrimp, oyster and scallop. Yubetsu is a town that flourishes with agriculture. I stay in Darfield until early October. I would like to talk to a lot of this school’s students. Let's talk about Yubetsu and Darfield!

New Zealand's culture is different from Japan’s. The biggest difference is the language. We speak Japanese, but Kiwis speak English. It is an ordinary thing, but it is important for us because we can't easily talk to everyone. We are trying hard to talk with everyone. So please talk to us. In New Zealand, I want to ride the tram, and I want to study English. Thank you for having me.

My name is Aiko Yoshimura. My hobby is playing the trumpet. I am good at abacus. My school is very small. It has only 90 students and only one building. This school is very big and surprised me. The teacher comes to our classroom at my school, but we go to the classroom at this school. This surprised me. I have made a few friends since I came to this school. I want to make a lot of friends and have a fun school life while learning more English. Thank you for having us. We are looking forward to our time at Darfield High School.

(L to R): Kohtaro Makimura, Hayden de Burger, Ichiro Sugimori, Max Whyte, Niamh Guy and Aiko Yoshimura.



AIM: To examine a practical application of physical change. METHOD: A soft drink can was filled with a couple of centimetres of water and then heated so the can was full of steam. It was then quickly tipped upside down into a bowl of cold water.

Year 7 Science Experiment

RESULTS: I observed...

Year 11 Outdoor Education Rock Climbing



MATHEMATICS WEEK 2019 MATHEMATICS LOGO CHALLENGE The Students were challenged during Maths Week, to design a Darfield High School Mathematics Department Logo. There were a few requirements. Their design must include at least one shape and have some form of symmetry. These were the winning designs.

Year 7 Winner Ryan Thomas

Year 8 Winner Rylee Kilsby-Port


Year 9 Winner Kirsty McCarthy-Dempsey

Year 10 Winner Emily Mangels


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


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

For all things at Christmas time...including

stationery and school uniforms!



Vaughan Smart recently read a book called The Deadly Sky, by David Hill. The book is set in 1974 when the French were testing nuclear weapons on Mururoa in the Pacific Ocean. What follows is an editorial based on his reaction to reading about this period in our region’s history. This text shocked and disgusted me as it was clear the French didn’t care about the effects their nuclear tests were having on the people living in the Pacific Islands around Mururoa. A part of the text that made me feel this way was “Since the French started exploding bombs at Mururoa, we are told not to eat fish in case they carry radioactivity. What are the people on our islands supposed to do for food? We were warned to wash down our houses if the wind blows from Mururoa in case radioactive dust reaches us. Those who live closer to the test sites say that the soil won’t grow crops properly. Our people are frightened and angry.” This part of the text was what a Pacific Islander told news media when asked about the nuclear testing. It is sad to think that the French government weren’t even listening to what these people had to say, despite the fact that they were the ones directly affected by the testing. I certainly think that the French government knew that the testing was having a negative effect on the local people and chose not to listen to them or do anything to solve the problem. I see this approach as an irresponsible action that a government was taking merely because it was easier than doing things ethically and properly. Even sadder than the way in which the human rights of citizens of these French colonies in the Pacific were being neglected, was the fact that they had no way of stopping it other than voicing their concerns in public and hoping that other people would listen and be able to do something about it. In a situation where an army or military group was doing something in your territory that you didn’t like, you would normally ask them to stop. If that didn’t work, your military, along with that of your allies would go and use necessary military and political force to make them stop. But what do you do when you’re a small French colony that doesn’t have its own military, has only a small number of citizens (not enough to make a guerrilla army) and a tiny economy that depends on importing things (this means you can’t put tariffs on goods coming from your enemy’s country)? You’re stuffed! Especially considering the fact that ISSUE 9 / DHS DISPATCH

your only ally and the country your people are technically citizens of is the one causing the problem! This was the problem facing these small islands such as Mangareva and Tahiti. Everything the French did has a massive impact on them and yet anything they did had little to no impact on the French people and government of mainland France. You could think of it like a relationship between two brothers that has now turned sour. The big brother wants to do something that will impact on the younger, smaller brother’s life. The little brother tries to stop the older, bigger, stronger brother but he easily beats him in the fight and the little brother is forced to go along with what his older, bigger, stronger brother wants to do. Although this biggest, strongest, oldest wins idea sounds awfully unfair, it is a system that many countries use for lots of things, for example in America when the army is forcing people to join and serve them during a war. The rich often avoid getting called into duty merely because they have more money than others. Often when governments use this approach they justify it with “we need to do our testing somewhere and if we do it in the Pacific it will only affect a couple of hundred people as opposed to several thousand if we do it in France. Besides, all those island people aren’t any use to our economy. They don’t have any money so why should we care about them” or “We need soldiers and the poorer people are less likely to complain so we’ll send them to fight instead.” It’s so wrong though that this happens and that governments have no problem valuing some people’s lives and livelihoods more than others. Just

The Deadly Sky because some people have a higher net worth doesn’t mean they are a better or more valuable person. If you wouldn’t be ok with something happening in your own backyard, maybe you shouldn’t do it at all, in anyone’s backyard.

Right now, in the Pacific Ocean and all around the world a similar thing is happening with climate change. Like the situation with the nuclear testing it will be the small Pacific nations that will be most heavily affected and yet it is the big powerful nations like America, China, the UK and France who are creating most of the problem through their mass scale industrial activity which generates billions of dollars for their economy but inflicts billions of dollars’ worth of headaches on everyone else. It is sad to think that some of the most picturesque small islands and atolls like Kiribati and Tuvalu will likely be wiped off the map entirely by rising sea levels caused by humans failing to control the effects of their actions. Even sadder than this is the fact that the big nations who, for the most part are creating the problem, like America, China, the UK and France, are just watching on as the situation gets worse and worse, lining their pockets while others lose everything. Like the nuclear situation of the past we, on our own, do not possess the power to stop the widespread behaviour causing global warming but if we all take steps to reduce our own carbon footprint and put pressure on our politicians to make positive, environmentally conscious change, we as a global society can control its impacts. Vaughan Smart



19-23 August Interviews conducted Unsuccessful applicants informed via email

Friday 30 August Applications close

15-16 September Leadership Camp: students invited to attend Feedback delivered to SMT for selection of Head and Deputy Head students

Tuesday 13 August Applications open

9-13 September Current House Captains (supported by Staff House Leaders) will interview applicants during lunchtimes. Tuesday 17 September House Assemblies: candidates will have two minutes to persuade the House to vote for them. Voting takes place. Staff House Leaders will meet with current House Captains and Deputies and other staff to discuss outcomes of student vote Monday 2 December Announcement and presentation made during Senior Prize Giving.

PREFECTS FOR 2020 Monday 22 July Applications open Friday 2 August Applications close 12-16 August Staff and Year 12 feedback surveys conducted

By end of Term 3 SMT make final decisions and inform all applicants of Prefect selections Monday 2 December Announcement and presentation for Head Students made during Senior Prize Giving

YEAR 10 PREFECTS TIL END OF 2019 Monday 19 August Applications open

Friday 13 September Applications close 17-20 September Staff feedback is gathered Friday 27 September SMT make final decisions Applicants advised Tuesday 22 October Announcement made at Assembly





Car Rally 2019 DHS Yr 9 & 10 New Caledonia Trip Fundraiser Sunday September 15th 2019 10.30am at Darfield Recreation Centre Fantastic Fun Day Out! Prizes, BBQ Lunch available, Raffles $50 per Car See the countryside and enjoy the activities while helping the students get to New Caledonia for a French cultural exchange Entries to Catherine Thorne 0275 385 240 or Limited to the first 100 entries, Entries taken on the day if available




DHS CANTEEN ORDERS Students are reminded to place orders at interval for lunchtime pickup at the canteen.




School and Community Notices

Term Three


September 2 Winter Tournament Week (to 6 September) 5 Dispatch Newsletter 6 Year 11 Rural College Day Out Student Trustee Nominations Close 9 Year 8 Camps (to 13 September) Year 12 PED G1 on Year 8 Camp (to 11 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 Year 12 PED G2 on Year 8 Camp (to 13 September) 13 Year 13 Rural College Day Out Year 13 Outdoor Education Tramp (to 14 September) Years 9/10 Formal 15 Leadership Camp (to 16 September) 17 Talent Quest Heats (to 20 September) Years 7/8 Koru Games (to 19 September) House Meetings (Voting) Year 11 MCAT (P3) PTSA Meeting (7.30 pm) 19 Year 11 Outdoor Education Ski Day Year 9 Plant Out Day (pp: 23 September) 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) 23 Year 12 COP Trip to Fonterra (P5) 24 Talent Quest Final (7 pm) 26 Year 11 Outdoor Education Ski Day Dispatch Newsletter 27 Year 12 Rural College Day Out Last Day of Term Three October 14 First Day of Term Four Do you have concerns about your child’s talking or reading? I offer Speech-Language Therapy at school or home. I can help children who have difficulties with articulation skills or speech intelligibility, receptive language or listening skills, stuttering, reading, and more. I have Masters degrees in Speech-Language and English.

I’m Frances Stevens, Selwyn Speech Language Therapy. 022 610 7755. Find me on FaceBook.


CASUAL CAFE ASSISTANTS & CASUAL KITCHEN HANDS We have a range of casual positions available for weekend work and daytime school holiday work. This could lead to a permanent weekend position. If you are interested in learning more about this position, speak to Mrs Ager in the Careers Department or email ISSUE 9 / DHS DISPATCH

Participation in Junior Physical Education (Years 7-10) Students are expected to participate in Physical Education classes at all times and to the best of their ability. There will be times when participation is limited by injury or illness; however, students are required to be positively contributing to the lesson, ie scoring, helping with equipment and encouraging others. Lessons are adapted to ensure inclusion of all students and the expectation is that students are changed and ready to participate. Orders for 2019 School Magazine If you would like your student to have a copy of this year's magazine, please make payment of $20 by the end of term - 27 September. We will print only the number of magazines ordered and paid for by then. 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. Uniform in Colder Weather Our classrooms are well-heated and students have access to rooms at interval and lunchtime on days when the weather warrants them being inside. With regard to keeping warm, there are items of regulation uniform which can be worn in colder weather: · Long-sleeved shirt · Jersey · Blazer · Plain black or plain navy jacket (no logos) Thermals are permitted but must not be visible. School Bank Account Darfield High School ASB Bank Limited, Riccarton 12-3147-0207317-00 Please include the student’s name and the reason for the payment, eg Camp Fees. This information is also on the Contact Us page of the school website. 29

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Defensive Driving Courses

First ever LGBTQ School Ball Yr 11 - Yr13

Schools orienteering training

21 Sept 7.30pm Sixty6 $55 each

Ideal for beginners and learners 19 August - 10 September 2019 

Come and have a go! Events are on different evenings to help avoid clashing with other after-school activities. Make sure you sign up (as a school or individual) at and we’ll know to provide plenty of maps. Note: there could be changes to dates, so check the

Ticket purchase email

webpage for the latest information.

Mon 19 Aug​ McCormacks Bay – ​Reserve carpark near rugby fields Tue 20 Aug​ Halswell Quarry – ​Findlays Picnic Area 1

Wed 28 Aug​ Van Asch School –​ Wakefield Av entrance Thu 29 Aug​ Hansen Park – ​Hansens Park Playground

Mon 2 Sep​ Old School Reserve –​ ​Mt Pleasant Scout Hall

Wed 4 Sep ​ Bottle Lake Forest – ​North end of Bower Avenue

Selwyn Athletic Club

Mon 9 Sep ​ Heathcote – ​Heathcote Domain Cricket Pavilion Tue 10 Sep ​ Hagley Park – ​Hagley Park Tennis Courts Time: ​4-5pm

Registration and Info Day

Sunday 15 September Brookside Park, Rolleston Make sure you get a map!​ Pre-register at with the number of 10 am-12 pm children you will bring to each training session. Email Cost: ​After-school training is $2 per child which you can pay at each event.

Reserve the Canterbury Schools Orienteering Festival dates in your diary: Saturday 14 September​ | ​Canterbury Schools Sprint ​| ​Avonside

Sunday 15 September​ | ​Canterbury Schools Long ​| ​Spencer Park For more information go to

Enquiries about the training or festival:






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

× Visual: pdf



You can choose between two themed options:



× Your vector artwork: - EPS - Ai working file/s

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

× A final PDF showcasing your design × Brief explanation of your design × All deliverables combined into a .zip file and sent to:








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

ENTRIES CLOSE 11/10/2019

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










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

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO × Set up your file with a black background and your design in white. × Submit original vector work (must be your own) × The design must incorporate the full name YOOBEE COLLEGES into the design.

Jericho Jayme (2018 winner)

Your primary target audience > Current and future Yoobee students Your secondary target audience > Yoobee staff members Speak with your tutor if you have any further questions, and let the creative process begin.


Good Luck!

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

Keen? Contact Miss Hannah Cossey at ISSUE 9 / DHS DISPATCH


Bright Awards Entries Are Now Open! Closes 15 September 2019

Categories Include

Photography Graphic Design Game Development Animation Web + Interactive

Brought to you by Media Design School, New Zealand’s most awarded digital design tertiary institute, the Bright Awards celebrate secondary school students across Aotearoa in Years 11—13 who are bringing their creative craft to life. Each winner will be awarded two major cash prizes: one for themselves and one for their school.

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

$70 each

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

• 7 McLaughlins Road, Darfield • 03 318 8411

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9 DHS Dispatch 5 September 2019  

Darfield High School Dispatch Newsletter. Issue 9. 5 September 2019.

9 DHS Dispatch 5 September 2019  

Darfield High School Dispatch Newsletter. Issue 9. 5 September 2019.