Darfield High School

Darfield High School is located 40 kilometres west of Christchurch City near the magnificent Southern Alps. Our students and their families enjoy a rural and outdoors lifestyle, being close to numerous skifields (including Mt Hutt), golf courses, rivers, forests and lakes. We are 25 minutes away from Christchurch International Airport which is on the outskirts of Christchurch City so you can have the best of both worlds!

Our region is a prosperous rural area and Darfield High School is a modern, attractive Years 7 to 13 school which caters for 740 students from ages 11 to 18 plus.

Our Outdoor Education programme offers a wide range of choices to students. These include Outdoor Leadership, Rock Climbing, Kayaking, Adventure-based Learning, Tramping and Mountaineering, Skiing and Snowboarding, Equestrian and Golf. Darfield High School opened its professional Rock Climbing Wall in June 2007. Our Outdoor Education programme is supported by the International Department which offers day and overnight trips to Christchurch and around the South Island. Some of these trips/activities include jetboating, quad biking, Harley Davidson rides, Scuba Dive, Archery, Swimming with Dolphins, Whale-watching and Horse Riding/Trekking.

Darfield High School students play a wide range of sports, including netball, tennis, cricket, hockey, rugby, football, claybird shooting and basketball, as well as athletics, swimming, cross country and road racing. Skiing and snowboarding are weekly sports during the winter. MotoX is also popular at school and in the local area.

Curriculum subjects include French, English, the Arts and Music, Sciences, Physical Education, Mathematics, Economics, ICT, Te Reo Maori and Japanese. Darfield High School also has a Rural College for students wishing to pursue an agricultural/farming based career. The school has audiovisual facilities for distance learning.

All international students live with carefully selected local families. We have families in Darfield itself as well as in the wider area so students may choose a farm-based and/or lifestyle homestay, or live within the township.

We strive to make sure our Outdoor Education students have the best possible experience while they are with us.

Credits and Assessment:

All standards are internally assessed.
Level 3: 4 Achievement Standard Credits
Level 3: 28 Unit Standard credits
Level 2: 9 Unit Standard credits
Level 2: 6 Achievement Credits

Entry Conditions:

Discretionary: any Year 12 or Year 13 student
may apply.
Students need to be physically fit and fully
committed to all modules within the course and
all opportunities that are provided. This will
included overnight trips and some weekend

What is the course about?

The Outdoor Education course is physically
demanding and will require some time outside
of school hours. This course will develop the
students’ understanding of the outdoors and the
environment in which they live. They will also
learn to work as a team and work towards
achieving both personal and group goals.

This Course leads to:

National Certificate in Outdoor Recreation.


Rock Climbing $350
Tramping $100
Snow Skills $200

Teacher in Charge:

Mr Dickens

All our international students live in homestays in accordance with the Ministry of Education Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students.

Students are welcome to apply throughout the year.

Tuition Fees

One Term $5,400.00
Two Terms $8,100.00
Three Terms $10,800.00
Four Terms $13,500.00

Tuition fee includes airport pickup and dropoff, administration, homestay placement fee and uniform.
Tuiton fees do not include additional curriculum costs, examination fees, personal and recreational costs.
It is recommended that at least $500 is allowed for Outdoor Education costs.
The International Department also offers activities and trips away – these are optional and prices depend on activity/trip chosen, and numbers participating.
All international students are required to have medical and travel insurance before starting school. This can be arranged in country of origin or by Darfield High School.