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Selwyn Times: July 25, 2018

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16 Wednesday July 25 2018 Latest Christchurch news at Shield and top spot SPORTS SELWYN TIMES Proud supporters of Rugby & Netball in Selwyn on the line in Darfield v Waihora match up • By Jacob Page DARFIELD AND Waihora will battle for top spot in the Ellesmere senior rugby competition and the Murray Cooper Shield on Saturday Darfield got their hands on the shield for the first time in more than 12 years and closed within a point of top spot on the ladder with a 21-17 win over Southbridge on Saturday. Prebbleton also did them a favour by tipping over previously unbeaten Waihora 21-19 at Tai Tapu. Darfield co-coach Alex Robertson praised his team’s spirit to fight back from two tries down mid-way through the match against Southbridge and seal the game late. “I feel like we are starting to peak at the right time,” Robertson said. “We’ve had some issues with bone injuries this year which had harmed our rhythm as a team in the earlier rounds,” he said. Waihora lost their first game since round one of the combined country competition which they ended up winning. Will Hurst scored three tries for Waihora but it wasn’t enough CRUNCH: Waihora’s Samuel Bright (left) and Tyler Koning tackle Prebbleton’s George Wigley. PHOTOS: KAREN CASEY as his team conceded a late penalty which Mitchell Laughton kicked. Waihora’s Harry Kirk missed a shot at goal from the sidelines in the last play of the game. The win firmly entrenched Prebbleton in the top four. Fifth-placed Springston kept their slim semi-final chances alive by scrambling past West Melton 24-19. Lincoln had no trouble dealing with Rolleston 39-15 and Burnham Dunsandel Irwell were too strong for winless Hornby 52-19. Southbridge can go a long way to securing a semi-final spot if they can beat Springston on Saturday and extend their four-point advantage on the competition ladder. Lincoln will host Prebbleton, Rolleston will welcome BDI, and West Melton will play Hornby in a battle of the cellar-dwellers. Results: Darfield 21, Southbridge 17; Prebbleton 21, Waihora 19; Lincoln 39, Rolleston 15; Springston 24, West Melton 19; BDI 52, Hornby 19. Points: Waihora 34, Darfield 33, Prebbleton 28, Southbridge 27, Springston 23, BDI 22, Lincoln 22, Rolleston 9, West Melton 4, Hornby 1 •More sport, pages 21, 23 & 27 HARD YARDS: Maake Pousini pushes through Bailey Clark and Harry Kirk. TENACITY: (Left) – Ryan Coning is caught between Greg Mitchell and Reece Martin. (Right) – Mitchell Laughton makes a break. Lincoln, Prebbleton eye up colts’ final Lincoln and Prebbleton were both victorious in the semi-finals of the combined colts rugby competition, on Saturday. Lincoln travelled to Waihora and beat the hosts 22-12 at Tai Tapu Domain, while Prebbleton proved too strong for Darfield 33-10 in Prebbleton. The two teams will meet at Prebbleton Oval in the final on Saturday. ATTACK: (Left) – Waihora’s Josh Little tries to pass the ball in the tackle. (Right) – Lincoln’s Oliver Jonasen tries to brush off the tackle of Monty Batchelor. PHOTOS: KAREN CASEY New sections in Wilfield, West Melton A wide range of new sections are now available at Wilfield. Pop in to our sales and information office, Kingsdowne Drive, this Wednesday or Sunday from 1pm to 3pm to find out more. Contact us on 03 741 1340 or mail

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday July 25 2018 17 Darfield High School Community News - Term 2, 2018 Page 1 Principal’s Message Welcome to our Term Two Community Newsletter. We communicate regularly to our students and families during the term but we also want to share with our wider community some of the celebrations and activities from the last term. The educational success of our children is based on the partnership between school, family and community, so it is important to keep in touch. The most important part of any school are the people who learn and work there. Although without the people the buildings are pointless, with good facilities the effectiveness of the learning within is able to be better supported. It was a pleasure therefore to open our two new classroom blocks in May. As well as providing much needed classroom spaces, well designed, modern learning spaces, with good light, acoustics, airflow and visibility can make a positive difference. All classrooms also have good connection to the outdoor environment. For most of the spaces we have chosen to use single classroom spaces that open out through sliding doors into a shared, multi use space alongside teacher workspaces and meeting rooms. This flexibility means that classes can work within a traditional classroom space when this best suits the learning or break out into other spaces when this is needed. The flexibility should serve the school into the future as needs change. The community Matariki celebration in June reminded me how important it is for our children to be able to live and work within the bicultural and multicultural contexts of our country. The Malvern community is predominantly of white European ethnicity. As such, most students will not get the opportunity to experience other cultures as part of their daily lives. Most other communities in NZ and most workplaces are composed of a wide variety of ethnicities and cultures and our children need to be comfortable interacting with them. For most jobs in NZ it is considered a positive attribute to be confident with some Maori language and protocol. Being familiar with greetings, Waiata, Mihi and Powhiri are seen as important by many employers. In private companies and every government agency, employees are expected to operate successfully with these. By having a broad education in Tikanga (culture) and Te Reo (language) our students are learning key skills for life and work in NZ. The government is currently reviewing a number of aspects of the education system including NCEA, learning support and Tomorrow’s Schools – the education reforms of the 1980s that changed the governance and management of schools to a self-managing, competitive model. It is important that a wide range of voices are heard in these reviews, including feedback where you think things are working well. Go to for opportunities to get involved. James Morris Principal Award Winning Author Kate de Goldi During Term Two, the English Department and Library were really excited to host one of New Zealand's most enjoyed, respected and award winning authors, Kate de Goldi. Kate is well-known for her writing and she is also a passionate promoter of reading and writing with students in schools. Her reviews feature in many publications and she is a regular on radio, TV and at literary events. Twenty students enjoyed a two hour workshop with Kate. She gave them a speedy tour of her philosophy on writing and lots of opportunities to do their own writing using different starter activities. Comments afterwards included "It was really helpful and interesting and I left with lots of ideas and tools to use in my writing for my NCEA portfolio." Darfield High School Senior Drama Department presents For her last session, Kate did a presentation to some Years 9 and 10 English classes. She outlined how she became a writer and answered a variety of questions from the audience. Her advice to students wanting to build on their writing is to read, observe the world around you, record things that interest you, that there is power in writing about things that interest you and to never be satisfied with your first draft. Check Please Follows a series of blind dates that couldn’t get any worse – until they do. Could there possibly be a light at the end of the tunnel? The Darfield High School Drama Department presented five well rehearsed productions of Jonathan Rand’s Check Please, at the end of June. This production followed a series of blind dinner dates that couldn't get any worse - until they do. Students loved performing it and audiences loved watching it. The flexible casting, minimal set and prop requirements and opportunity for comic bits make it perfect for high schools and play productions. Cast Members Caitlin Warrington; James Stead; Caitlin Rayne; Aimee Fleet; Isobel Simcox; Jessica Galletly; Callum Jones; Bena Pearson; Pantita Duangprasert; Michelle Bruce; Oliver Moody; Cleo Searle; Taylor Parker; Olivia Sherlock; Zoe Spinks; Aleisha Knowles; Abigail Tuhill; Kear Billings; Tiaan Johns; Aeryn McMillan-Da Via; Jody Rollings and Vikki Derik-Westaway. Thank you to all the other students who supported this production. Term Dates Term Three Monday 23 July - Friday 28 September Friday 7 September - Staff Only Day "Simply wonderful! One of the best one acts I've judged in several years. The characters were all sharply drawn; proof of 'no small parts'!" Iowa High School Speech Association "Kept the audience in stitches!" The Interlake Spectator "Students loved performing it and audiences loved watching it. The flexible casting, minimal set and prop requirements and opportunity for comic bits make it perfect for high schools and play competitions. Jonathan Rand has done it again!" Christa Whittaker, Florida State Thespians, District One Chairperson #1 most-produced high school short play for 13 seasons in a row, from 2004-2005 to 2016-2017 (Educational Theatre Association) Darfield High School Drama Department Tuesday 26 June and Wednesday 27 June 2018 Open Evening Performances 7.00 pm - 8.30 pm Contact the School Office for Tickets – Limited Seating Adults $5 Children $2 Term Four Monday 15 October - Thursday 13 December Monday 22 October - Labour Day Holiday Thursday 15 November - Staff Only Day Friday 16 November - Canterbury Anniversary Day Darfield High School •McLaughlins Road, Darfield •Telephone: 03 318 8411 •Email: •Website: