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Dio Rowing Auction - Tickets Now on Sale

posted 3 Apr 2018, 14:57 by Debbie Stevens

DioNews Issue 1 2018 Now Online

posted 21 Jan 2018, 18:57 by Debbie Stevens   [ updated 21 Jan 2018, 18:58 ]

Click here to read the latest issue of our online newsletter, DioNews.
In this issue:
  • 2018 Start Dates
  • NCEA Provisional Results
  • Key Upcoming Dates
  • Course Confirmation Information
  • Staffing Updates
  • School Production Auditions

Open Day 2018

posted 15 Oct 2017, 16:09 by Debbie Stevens

Dio Golf Day Ready to Tee Off

posted 21 Sep 2017, 14:13 by Debbie Stevens

Mother & Daughter afternoon - tickets on sale NOW!

posted 1 Aug 2017, 21:08 by Debbie Stevens

Kapa Haka Fundraiser

posted 19 Jun 2017, 21:18 by Debbie Stevens

School Association Fundraiser for the Dio Wellness Centre

posted 6 Jun 2017, 14:33 by Debbie Stevens   [ updated 6 Jul 2017, 16:11 by Megan Udy ]

The slideshows from Let's Talk about our Teenagers can now be viewed below.

DioNews Editorial Issue Two

posted 19 Mar 2017, 19:12 by Megan Udy

From the Principal

Our school theme for 2017 is ‘Wai Ora’ which links to the Waikato River as the living waters that sustain this region and its people. It also refers to the role of Christ, often described as the living waters, in our Anglican mission and acknowledges the importance of health and wellbeing to our school’s educational vision and purpose. 

Closely aligned to this school-wide theme is our academic goal which is: To encourage girls to protect their wellbeing and value the learning journey, while working hard to achieve their personal best. Both the theme and the academic goal are connected to the school’s vision To prepare confident, resourceful and resilient young women to make a positive difference in their world.

Following on from this synergy of purpose, the Student Leaders’ co-constructed vision for 2017 is to embrace freedom and acceptance through a supportive sisterhood to uphold and encourage wellness, guided by our Anglican faith. The selected One Charity for 2017 is Autism NZ.

Appropriately our adopted whakatauki for 2017 is He waka eke noa – We are all in this together. In this spirit of unity and collaboration, the whole school community is already coming together to embrace and safeguard our students’ wellness of mind, body and spirit - this year and beyond. 

The Boards have committed to the establishment of a Wellness Centre, at the River Road entrance, where all our health and wellbeing services – nurse, doctor, physiotherapist and guidance counsellors - will be housed together to support the holistic care of our girls. This project is expected to get underway in the second half of the year and Level 2 Fashion and Design students will contribute to the interior design of the spaces. 

The School Association has already pledged funds to this significant project and is organising an evening for parents on the theme of Wellness to be held in the last week of the second term. It is intended to help parents recognise and address the mental and emotional needs and challenges of their daughters. 

In the last week of this term Dr Libby will be presenting on the importance of sleep for wellbeing and Dio parents have been offered discounted tickets. More information is available about this opportunity later in this newsletter.

Furthermore, at the first Advanced Learning Support Expo last Friday evening, parents, staff, girls and experts in the Gifted and Talented arena came together to discuss the challenges of perfectionism and high expectations and to explore strategies to ensure these contribute positively to girls’ education. Many of those involved have requested further opportunities to come together in this way.

Also, the parents of 16 Year 9 girls have taken the opportunity for their daughters to experience the Travellers’ Programme as a means of providing strategies to address any anxieties they might be experiencing in their transition to secondary school. 

These are just a few of the projects, events and strategies that are being designed to support our determination as a school to preserve the wellbeing of our girls as they strive to meet their goals and achieve their personal best. 

Dio Quiz Night

posted 20 Feb 2017, 13:24 by Debbie Stevens

New Criteria for House Girdle Awards and Affirmations

posted 20 Feb 2017, 12:05 by Debbie Stevens

House Girdle Awards are awards designed to recognise effort across all subjects studied. Traditionally they were presented to Years 9-13 students who exhibited a positive attitude toward learning, demonstrated a capacity for hard work, advanced the goals of the class through contributions, and modelled persistence and a commitment to producing their own best work. This esteemed girdle that is, a belt or sash, was presented to Dio girls as recognition for excellence in a variety of areas and was tied around their waists over their gym frocks.

2016 saw a yearlong robust review of House Girdles, which involved staff and student feedback and forward to ensure the award met the needs and aspirations of our current school community and culture. As a result, the criteria for House Girdles have been updated to incorporate a commitment to our special character, sports and arts as well as our code of conduct specifically our dress code.

Feedback from Student Council Reps last year indicated that the end of year academic award ceremonies for senior students such as the Academic Excellence and Endeavour Assembly, Arts Awards, Sports Awards and Prize-giving were sufficient opportunities in which those attributes rewarded by House Girdles are recognised. Therefore, House Girdles are now only presented once a year for Years 11, 12 and 13 students.

We will continue to review this new criteria and process during the year.

HOUSE GIRDLE CRITERIA – YEAR 9 AND 10 STUDENTS 2017 - Twice yearly – Semester 1 and 2

What we see in a student who gains a House Girdle


  • Engagement Report Summary GPA Average  across all subjects – 3.0% above
  • Engagement Report Average attendance for term/s – 90%



  • Attends House Services



  • Wears uniform with pride and abides by dress code guidelines



  • Demonstrates commitment to extra-curricular activities



What we see in a student who gains House Girdle


  • Stands out from the class in effort and application
  • Arrives to class on time with required materials and ready to focus
  • Works to maximise their learning through participation and contribution (This may include asking for clarification, attending tutorials, seeking and acting on feedback, taking up enrichment/ extension opportunities)
  • Exemplary behaviour that enhances classroom learning
  • Exemplary standard of homework, classwork submitted on time
  • Attendance in class is at least 90%



  • Attends House Services



  • Wears uniform with pride and abides by dress code guidelines



  • Demonstrates commitment to extra-curricular activities



Affirmations are a special award presented by staff to students as a positive affirmation or reinforcement of a pleasing result, effort, service or other worthy purpose. Traditionally, when students have collected 10 affirmations they are handed into student services for processing and they are recognised in assembly with a Certificate of Commendation.

Our school utilises technology to support the teaching, learning and pastoral programmes that include Affirmations. Therefore, after much discussion and review with staff and students, the way in which students receive affirmations will change starting Term 2. This means affirmations will be entered into our Student Management System and students will receive an email with all the affirmation details.

Paper affirmations will expire at the end of the term and we will be transitioning from paper affirmations to electronic affirmations. Therefore, by the end of the term students must do the following:
  • Please hand groups of 10 affirmations to Mrs Fitzpatrick at student services
  • Please hand in affirmations that are less than ten to form teachers.
Paper affirmations will be entered and processed for Certificates of Commendation if necessary.
Any questions about House Girdles or Affirmations please ask you form teacher, dean, Mrs Miller or Miss Smith.



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