Mo matou|About us
Kia ora. Nau mai, haere mai, ki Te Kura Tuarua o Tawera – welcome to Darfield High School. Here, you’ll find a pleasing blend of traditional and contemporary. Some “old-fashioned rural values” mean practical and polite students with ‘can-do’ attitudes and great community support, mostly taught in single classrooms. The school’s values and curriculum are contemporary and holistic, with as much regard for developing our students’ capabilities and values as their qualifications.
Here, you’ll be welcomed into our community and supported to grow as you.
Our values have recently been developed and are taking shape. They complement each other to create a culture that you will enjoy and thrive in.
Te Kura Tuarua o Tawera|Darfield High School is a co-educational Year 7 to Year 13 school. The school was established as a secondary school in 1951. It is the only secondary school in the area, bounded by the Waimakariri River to the north, the Rakaia River to the south, Christchurch to the east, and the Southern Alps to the west. The school serves a rural community of small towns and the neighbouring countryside. Most students from the contributing primary schools – Darfield, Glentunnel, Greendale, Hororata, Kirwee, Sheffield, Springfield, West Melton and Windwhistle – enrol at Darfield High School in Year 7. “At Darfield High School, we’re small enough to know our students well and large enough to be able to offer a wide range of opportunities. We pride ourselves on the relationships our staff and students build, our rural qualities and the great things our graduates go on to achieve”
Whenua Kura|Darfield is located on the Kā Pākihi-whakatekateka | Canterbury Plains, in Te Waipounamu |the South Island of New Zealand, 40 km west of the city of Ōtautahi | Christchurch. It is a town of about 3000 residents, although this is increasing quickly, at the centre of a large agricultural district. We’re a 30-minute drive to an international airport, 30 minutes to the nearest ski field and 75 minutes to Arthur’s Pass National Park.
“At Darfield High School, we’re small enough to know our students well and large enough to be able to offer a wide range of opportunities. We pride ourselves on the relationships our staff and students build, our rural qualities and the great things our graduates go on to achieve”