A group of Darfield High School year 9 and 10 students are preparing for their trip to New Caledonia in November

Students travelling abroad

by Ann van Engelen

Darfield High School students are participating in the New Caledonia exchange programme in November and are hosting a car rally to help raise funds.

“This programme started in 2013, and we have travelled twice to New Caledonia and twice hosted a group of New Caledonian students,” says French teacher Marjorie Juhel.

“I am working with Valerie Grenillier, an English teacher at the College de Paiamboue in New Caledonia. It is a public school and our students are involved in a penfriend programme with the students there, and we will fully immerse ourselves in the local community.

The twelve year 9 and 10 students will be accompanied by Marjorie and maths teacher Mark Saunders.

“We will visit the Tjibaou Cultural Centre and some of the famous local landmarks. We will do some scuba diving as New Caledonia has one of the largest coral reefs in the world and also visit the aquarium. We will visit Fort Teremba and the NZ Pacific War Cemetery — this is a great opportunity to learn more history of New Caledonia.

“Our languages department strongly believes in the learning benefits of travel.“

The car rally is at 10.30am to 4pm on Sunday, September 15 at the Darfield Recreation Centre and the cost is $50 for each car. There will be a BBQ lunch, raffles and prizes on the day.

For more information call Catherine Thorne on 027 538 5240 or email catherine.thorne@xtra.co.nz.