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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. 
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