Co-Curriculum | Cultural

Life is not all classroom! The arts, music, sports and culture are just as much a focus for our students. New Zealand has a unique and dynamic culture reflecting Maori, Pacific Island, European and Asian influences. Culture is an important aspect of Dargaville High School.

We have a positive school culture and are proud of our history and surroundings. Our school has approximately 40% Maori, 59% NZ European and 1% Pacific Island students.

Dargaville High School offers a superb range of activities from Kapa Haka groups, Stage Challenge, to the debating society. These activities are designed to involve and challenge our students.

Maori Culture is important and the Whare represents a focus for Maori Culture Group. The group prepare each year for the Tai Tokerau Festival, and take part in other invited events. The event attracts many different schools from around the local region and has been running for approximately twenty three years. The festival is usually run over two days and includes performances from professional and school Kapa Haka groups.

The school has dedicated Maori leaders who are role models for our younger students and take an active part in cultural events.

Every year our school has an exchange programme with Kokoku High School, Japan. The Japanese students are immersed in a two week intensive programme of study at Dargaville High School. They sample the life and culture of the High School and surrounding area.

Dargaville High has a number of opportunities for exchange students. We have been fortunate to share our culture with exchange students from Columbia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Canada and America.