Visit from Wenjiang No.2 Middle School Teachers

We recently had the pleasure of hosting six teachers and their interpreter from one of our partner schools in China. They spent four days at Darfield High School on a professional development programme. It included observing classes, learning about particular aspects of the education system in New Zealand, interacting with some of our students, and … Continued

Visiting Darfield Smallbore Rifle Club

This term a number of international students have taken up rifle shooting through the Darfield Smallbore Rifle Club. Each Monday evening they go along to the club. It is currently held at the Hororata Domain while the Darfield shooting centre is being rebuilt. The international students have been so warmly welcomed. Current club leaders and … Continued

French Cooking Competition

On Thursday the 26th of May, two teams from Darfield High School competed in the Concours Cuisine des Ecoles (French cooking competition for schools), which is a contest run by Alliance Française in Christchurch. The competition took place at Burnside High School and was a great opportunity for students studying the French language to interact … Continued

Voice the Roar! – Stage Challenge 2016

On the 18th of May, a large crew of Darfield students took part in Stage Challenge, an event where each school comes up with a concept which raises awareness of problems in the world. The concept is portrayed through dance and acting. Our aim was to raise awareness about poaching, as it has become a … Continued

8 Weeks in France

Recently Harriet Watson and Eloise Dance returned from an 8 week experience in France. Here is their story: Two years of planning and we were finally on our way to France. Accompanied by Ms Elliot, we started our 30-hour voyage to Paris. Once we arrived, we found our apartment which was right in the middle … Continued

Excellent 2015 NCEA Results

Students achieved some exceptional results in the 2015 NCEA: • At Level One, 92% achieved the certificate, with over 50% gaining a Merit or Excellence endorsement. • At Level Two, 93% achieved the certificate, with 27% gaining a Merit or Excellence endorsement. • At Level Three, 90% achieved the certificate, with 37% gaining a Merit or … Continued

Our trip to Kaikoura & Hanmer Springs

During our winter school holidays 2 staff and 9 international students went on a trip to Kaikoura and Hanmer Springs. Here is a trip report by Gary Wei, who is studying at Darfield High School in year 11. This was my first time to be on this kind of big school trip. The only thing … Continued

2015 UC Education Mud Run

On June the 14th a brave group of Darfield High School students headed to Motukarara Racecourse to take on the 2015 Mud Run. 10 of our international students joined us for a unique New Zealand experience. There were some great costumes, and including our French exchange students who dressed as grapes and took home 3rd place … Continued