Dargaville High School students have a number of opportunities to enhance their learning outside of the classroom. We believe in developing life skills and encouraging our students to be an asset in the community. What better way of developing these skills by visiting other countries, places of interest and utilising the fantastic facilities of the North.
A programme was designed to guide DHS students to strive towards goals that extended them as young people. The DHS students worked through a variety of challenges ranging from financial management and enterprise, to service to the community and school. The end result has cumulated into two Pacific Island experiences that were designed to test character and develop resilience. Dargaville High School aims to target a different destination in the Pacific region each year as part of the cultural component of the programme. See the office for further information and appication forms.
- 2005 - Fiji
- 2007 - Samoa
- 2008 - Rarotonga
- 2009 - Tonga
- 2010 - Vanuatu
- 2011 - Malaysia
- 2012 - Malaysia
- 2013 - Samoa
- 2014 - Hawaii
Sport & Recreation
Every year at Dargaville High School there is a Sport and Recreation class. The class concentrates on helping to build students confidence and life skills such as collecting seafood, tying knots and basic survival techniques. The class participates in a range of activities (kayaking, rock climbing, scuba diving, free diving, fishing, camping, tramping to name a few!) that build on team work skills.
The class usually has two major camps - Paradise Beach, where the students are left by themselves to survive on the coast and Cape Brett, which tests endurance and teaches food preparation skills.
Spirit of Adventure
The Spirit of Adventure Trust was established to provide the youth of New Zealand access to a character development programme through sail training. During the course of each voyage, the Trust aims to give young New Zealanders an equal opportunity to learn and develop from each other qualities of independence, understanding and community spirit through the medium of the sea
The Trust ensures that every trainee on either Youth Development 10 Day programmes, or during specially designed voyages for young people with disabilities, or those that are disadvantaged, are given every opportunity to achieve personal goals.
Every year, Dargaville High School has sponsorship for two students to take up the Spirit of Adventure challenge.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award
There are four sections that need to be completed at each level (with an extra requirement at Gold level). As students move through the levels a higher degree of commitment is required, but students can choose their own activities for each section and complete the requirements with things that they enjoy doing!
The hours and months required for each section are minimums and the school encourages you to go over and above this to get the most out of this programme. Students can tackle each section one at a time or do them all at once. Students are taken on a survival camp and tramp to Cape Brett as part of their Bronze Award.
Mr Weight has more details and is a point of contact if you wish to take part in this rewarding challenge.
Mind, Body, Soul is the Outward Bound experience for 16 to 18 year olds. Over the 21 day adventure students will develop friendships that will last a lifetime. Through learning outdoor skills like sailing, kayaking, bush and navigation, students will leave with a strong sense of personal responsibility and independence. Some of the benefits students will get from a Mind, Body, Soul course are:
- Life-long friendships with 13 other individuals you have never met before
- Excitement and adventure where you will challenge your limits (and develop some abs!).
- Discover what is important to you and a sense of your future potential
- Learn from both success and failure to become more self aware and know that 'you can do it.
- Develop personal responsibility and decisiveness in your responses to challenging situations.
At Dargaville High School we have been fortunate enough to receive sponsorship for a male and female student to participate on the Outward Bound course. Contact Mr Weight for further details and an application form.
Many opportunities exist at the High School for learning. We believe field trips are an essential element in developing knowledge and understanding. All school trips will have written information and permission slip sent home with your child. Field trips have included:
- Year 9 and Year 13 Camps – Peer support training
- Health Camp
- Sandspit & Goat Island – Biology and Sport & Recreation
- Dargaville Museum
- Pouto - Geography
- Learning about the Treaty of Waitangi – Bay of Islands
- Environmental development at Gordon Street Project
- Kai Iwi Lakes – Science and Environmental Studies
- Auckland Museum – Art trip
- Tai Tokerau cultural festival
- Cinema trip
- Trounson Kauri Park
- Waipoua forest and stream
- Court House
- Local Marae
- District Council
Students get to enjoy the challenges of Skiing and Snowboarding at Mount Ruapheu for a week during Term 3. From beginners to advanced skiiers and snowboardings the school ski trip caters for all. Contact Mr P Barnes for further information and equipment hire.