Volunteers help students achieve outside school

Darfield High School principal James Morris

Darfield High School principal James Morris writes about the role of parents and organisations in the school’s sporting, cultural and academic activities:

I would like to celebrate those staff, parents and others in the community who contribute their time, energy and skills to activities for students beyond the core subjects they normally take in school.

These sporting, cultural and academic activities are an important part of the culture of our school and the learning that students do.

In noting a few recent examples, I keep in mind that this is only a small part of the picture of contributions to the school.

Rather, these are examples that illustrate the value of those who can go the extra mile.

Last week hockey, basketball. rugby and netball teams competed in the national secondary schools tournament week in various locations around the South Island. In order for the students to be part of this, we rely on the dedication throughout the season of the coaches, managers and parents (often the same person) to prepare, transport and manage the teams.

Each year, the Malvern Lions club run two Fries Days at the school to raise funds for our young achievers reward trip.

For each of these, a big team of Lions volunteers donate their time to run the production of the food. We appreciate Lions ongoing support of our school and the students.

Year 12 students participated in an interview day where they were interviewed by employers in mock job interviews as part of their preparation for real interviews in the future.

Many local businesses and individuals gave their time to provide this valuable learning experience.

Many of our students and other children are also involved in gymnastics at the school gym on Fridays.

This was started three years ago by a parent when she saw a need in the community.

It has grown to be a big part of many families weekly calendar, with more than 100 participants spread over four sessions, including some of our students involved as leaders.

Year 8 classes are working together to develop a vegetable garden with the intention of making products to sell using the vegetables they grow.

The teachers leading this project appreciate the support of several local companies which have supplied materials to get it off the ground.