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Selwyn Times: July 25, 2018

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18 Wednesday July 25 2018 Latest Christchurch news at French Workshop For the first time this year, the UC French department organised an event for all high school students in our region. The idea was to gather everyone for a whole day of French immersion and practice in preparation for the NCEA examinations. Every teacher attending this event was in charge of a workshop or two and students rotated between different sessions. I taught two groups of Year 13 students from a variety of schools while my students attended workshops run by other teachers. It was a fun and refreshing approach and students said they learnt a lot from it. We are looking forward to another French day at UC next year! Marjorie Juhel French Teacher Darfield High School Community News - Term 2, 2018 Cultural Diversity On 25 May, we held our first Cultural Diversity Day. This event was previously known as International Day but we wanted to include all of the different cultures in our school, so we updated the event name. It was fantastic to see the Philippines represented for the first time by some of our domestic students, and there was a great variety of cultural games and activities on offer. Throughout the day, we had approximately 180 students visit, and many participated in the passport activity. By visiting all the stalls and answering questions about each culture to complete their passport, students went in the draw to win a tasty snack from Japan. Students also helped fold origami paper cranes that will be taken to Japan later in the year by students and staff participating in the Japan trip. To finish off the day, everyone enjoyed watching a kapahaka performance at the end of lunchtime. A big thank you to all of the students who participated by sharing their culture, and to students and staff who visited during the day. (L to R); Ethan Spence, Kate Morris, Alex Gerritsen and Elyse Kerr SELWYN TIMES Page 2 Annual Quadrangular Sports The Annual Quadrangular Tournaments for 2018 were held during Term Two at Geraldine, Ellesmere and Darfield. The schools that competed were Darfield High School, Ellesmere College, Mt Hutt College and Geraldine High School. The sports involved included Netball, Rugby and Football. The competition was fierce and exciting to watch, with some very close games being played. Darfield High School won the overall trophy in all three tournaments. This is the first year we have managed to do this. Well done to all students, helpers and coaching staff! Oral Tapestries This year the Oral Tapestries were split into two separate events: one for seniors (Year 11-13) which was held on Thursday 28 June, and one for juniors (Year 7-10) which was held on Thursday 5 July. The events were a great success, showcasing the skills of our most accomplished public speakers and performers. Thank you to the judges, Mrs Melissa Jebson, Mr Panos Tsavousis and Mrs Mallory Gander. 2018 Oral Tapestries Results Year 13 1 - Jodie Rollings 2 - Natasha Young Year 11 1 - Caileigh Peaufa 2 - Caitlin Warrington 3 - Alex Gerritsen 4 - James Stead Year 10 1 - Heather Hamilton 2 - Sophie Clarke 3 - Jess McKenzie Year 9 1 - Mya Moore 2 - Charlotte Moana 3 - Dwight Felipe Year 7 1 - Holly Smith 2 - Kyan Simon 3 - Georgie Veronese 4 - Reuben Mannering Year 12 1 - Georgia Allison 2 - Abigail Tuhill 3 - Michelle Bruce Year 8 1 - Nikki Alinar 2 - Dylan Butler 3 - Mackenzie Morgan MC for the Senior Oral Tapestries: Jodie Rollings Visit our website for all our latest news, events, school calendar, and gallery of photos, bookmark Darfield High School •McLaughlins Road, Darfield •Telephone: 03 318 8411 •Email: •Website:

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday July 25 2018 19 New Classrooms Officially Open Darfield High School Community News - Term 2, 2018 OPEN EVENING Thursday 26 July 6.30 pm A community school providing an environment in which each student is supported to develop the knowledge, wisdom and skills needed to contribute and participate successfully throughout their lives. Page 3 Careers Expo On 7 May, Years 10-13 had the opportunity to take part in the Careers Expo. There were a number of displays including University of Canterbury, University of Otago, University of Auckland and other Tertiary education options, such as YOOBEE: School of Design and Avonmore Tertiary Institute. The Careers Expo provided information from training to be a doctor, to undertaking Anthropology, to what it takes to become a fashion designer or a tradie. Back L to R. Jared Lane, AP Design. Pastor Paul Cossey. Russell O'Malley and Sean Farrell, Farrell Construction. Lynda Milner, Executive Officer. Ross Meder, Caretaker. Sue Robinson, BOT Chairperson. Front L to R. James Morris, Principal. Karren Madden, Property Advisor for MOE. Jill Hill, Student Administrator. Sam Broughton, Mayor of Selwyn. On Friday 18 May, two classroom blocks were officially opened at DHS. J Block, which was completed at the end of 2017, was opened by Jill Hill our Student Administrator who is a long serving member of staff. The J Block is home to the Year 7 students. F Block, which was completed in April 2018, was opened by the Selwyn District Mayor, Sam Broughton. In December 2017 four pre-fab buildings were removed and re-located to make room for the new F Block, which now is home to Social Sciences. Principal’s Welcome Tour of the School Meet students and staff Tour The School (tours will take about one hour) Applications for 2019 enrolment close on Friday 27 July Information packs are available from the school There was plenty of valuable information on what subjects to take to achieve the degree(s) we are interested in, job opportunities that come after studying at University and other opportunities each University can offer the students. New Technology At DHS New toy in the school! As far as toys go, this one is pretty cool! 3D printing is now becoming more commonplace and eventually we will probably all have one in our homes and be printing all our stuff. Imagine a door hinge breaks, or you lose the plug—no problems, print a new one! Students (and teachers) are getting into this new technology and are excited to see the results. Babysitting at DHS Some Years 9 and 10 students got the opportunity to experience babysitting for a few hours on 25 June, organised by the DHS Careers Department and Plunket coordinator Susanna Harman and, of course, the willing mums and their children. The students who participated had lots of fun playing with a number of children, ranging in ages. Vaughan Smart, one of the first students to test out the 3D Printer, with his design, a 9CM keyring. Darfield High School •McLaughlins Road, Darfield •Telephone: 03 318 8411 •Email: •Website: