by Pip Deans

The William Pike Challenge

DHS has partnered with The William Pike Challenge in 2023. This program will help prepare our tamariki for the Challenges that they will face tomorrow – today! Our year 7 students get the opportunity to be part of this programme in 2023. A special thank you to the Westview Special Fund for helping us making this happen.

Students learn skills needed to cope with the unexpected

Develop strengths in students they don’t know they have
We need to step outside of the classroom to really develop skills such as leadership, responsibility, creativity, social skills and community involvement.

Develop passion projects to build focus and commitment
Learning to work out what is important to a young person is a big step. Giving them the framework to make choices and decisions, then develop and implement actions to bring their projects to fruition provides an essential foundation for later in life.

Build better relationships
Many students who complete the William Pike Challenge find their relationships with fellow students, teachers and even parents improve because they learn different approaches than with what they grew up with or are used to currently.

Challenges that can’t be achieved inside the classroom
With the William Pike Challenge, students are challenged in ways that simply can’t be achieved inside the classroom. It’s strength lies in taking students outside their comfort zone to solve problems or deal with situations they never expected, but at same time they have fun doing it!

Community Support - we are looking for Community groups that would like to support this great initiative.  We have just over 150 students taking part in 2023 and each student has to complete at least one passion project, this is a sport or hobbie that they have not tried before.  If you are interested in helping please reach out to

Open evening for Parents, students, supporters and community groups.  You are invited to join us on Thursday March 9 2023, at 5.30pm in the Darfield High School Hall to meet William and hear about his life journey and about the programme he has created, followed by refreshments and a light snack.  For catering purposes please RSVP to