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Uniform Changeover

posted 12 Apr 2017, 17:16 by Debbie Stevens

A reminder that the winter uniform must be worn from the beginning of term two. Long sleeve blouses, stockings - Years 9,10 12 & 13 (colour Fleet), Year 11 - (colour Ink), tie and black leather shoes (which can be purchased from the school shop). The old Year 11 uniform can also be purchased from the shop at a reduced price.

The school shop will be open during the holidays on Wednesday 26th & Thursday 27th April from  9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Issues with Xtra and Yahoo accounts

posted 8 Mar 2017, 12:29 by Debbie Stevens

Please be advised that due to Spark changing the hosting location of Xtra and Yahoo accounts, we are experiencing issues related to sending and receiving emails from, and accounts. We have contacted the provider and this issue will be ongoing until at least the end of March. More information can be found at

To ensure you do not miss out on important school information, we ask those parents/caregivers with Xtra or Yahoo accounts to please supply the school with an alternative email address. 

You can change your email address by logging into the Parent Portal and updating your details or by emailing Penny Weinberg

Update on Dio Athletics Sports

posted 27 Feb 2017, 19:29 by Debbie Stevens

It was very disappointing that bad weather forced us to cancel the Athletics Sports at Porritt Stadium on Thursday 16 February.
Unfortunately, it proved impossible to secure a suitable postponement date given that Porritt Stadium was fully booked up to the day before the Central Zone competition.

While we regret the loss of a very significant whole school House event, we believe our immediate priority is to meet the needs of those athletes seeking to progress to regional and national level. 

Given our customary large presence at the Central Zone competition, we propose to run our Athletics Championship within that wider context. Dio athletes competing at the Central Zones will, therefore, be eligible to earn championship points and beat school records where the conditions are equivalent. 

Athletes wishing to earn championship points at the Central Zone will be invited to put themselves forward for up to four Individual athletic events and a relay, with only the Individual events counting for championship points. Entries must include both a track and a field event.

All students wishing to compete at Central Zones are asked to email their entries to Mrs Schilov in the Sports Office as soon as possible and no later than 5:00 pm on Thursday 2 March:  

We are only able to enter three athletes per event. Where necessary, PE and Sports staff will make selections in order to determine who should represent the school at the Central Zones on 7 March.
Thank you for your understanding.

Update on Tomorrow's Winter Sports Trials

posted 16 Feb 2017, 17:02 by Debbie Stevens

Hockey Trials
These trials have been postponed due to the weather forecast for tomorrow. There will instead be a trial on Tuesday 21st February from 3.30 - 5.30pm. Further details will be confirmed via email.

Netball Trials
The top three Senior Teams (Open A, Development, Senior A) and Year 10 will still go ahead tomorrow but will be moved to the gym. Please meet at 9.00am for registration.

Senior Trials - those seniors not wanting to trial for the Open A, Development or Senior A teams will now trial on Friday 3rd March from 3.30 - 5.00pm in the school gym.

Football Trials 
These will go ahead despite the weather and will be held on the school field from 9.00am - 12.00pm.

Any questions please contact the sports office -

Jane Schilov
Acting Director of Sport
Waikato Diocesan School for Girls

We'd love to see our Dio family at Swimming Sports

posted 16 Feb 2017, 13:27 by Debbie Stevens   [ updated 16 Feb 2017, 13:39 ]

Waikato Diocesan School Swimming Sports takes place this 
Wednesday 22 February. Parents/grandparents/whanau are very welcome to join us under the shade cloths at the school pool area. The first event kicks off at 11.00am. The timetable of events can be viewed by clicking here

Brave parents are invited to take part in the parent vs staff vs senior girls relay at the end of the day. Please bring your togs.

All students are expected to attend unless prior leave has been applied for and granted by our Assistant Principal, Ms Jackie Smith.
If your daughter has an unanticipated illness or an urgent situation arises on the day, please ring the school absence line 07 855 2038 and
press 1, or email giving a valid reason for our records.

In the unlikely event that swimming sports is cancelled, students will go back to class for a normal school day.

See you there!

Dio Athletic Sports Postponed

posted 15 Feb 2017, 09:40 by Debbie Stevens   [ updated 15 Feb 2017, 11:11 ]

Due to bad weather, today's Athletics Sports is postponed. All students should come to school prepared for Day 3 of the timetable. Buses will run as normal.
Please note that the school canteen will be closed today.

Important Information for School Athletic Sports

posted 8 Feb 2017, 18:24 by Debbie Stevens   [ updated 9 Feb 2017, 11:12 ]

Thursday 16th February 2017 - Porritt Stadium, Crosby Road, Chartwell

  • Roll check is at 8.30am at Porritt Stadium. Ask your parents or caregivers to deliver you to Porritt Stadium (bus pupils see below). If you bike to school, then go directly to Porritt.
  • Boarders meet at the gym at 8.00 am to catch the bus to Porritt Stadium. You will be transported back to school at the end of the day.
  • The first event starts at 8.40am. Everyone is expected to complete the 1200m walk as a warm-up. This is not a championship event. Times and records will not be kept. House points do not count for this event. If you are a competitive race walker please let Mrs Schilov know if you are interested in competing at Zone or Waikato Championships.
  • You must wear correct PE uniform. House singlets may be worn. Items of mufti are not permitted. Do not wear face paint, flowers, balloons, tinsel, or feather items of clothing. This is a Hamilton City Council rule. Please check the weather forecast. You may need extra clothing.
  • You are strongly advised to wear shoes - especially for the longer track events e.g. 200m,400m. If you do not wear shoes, expect blisters. Please be prepared. The nurse at first aid would prefer not to be treating blisters when you could have taken preventative action.
  • Track events have precedence over field events. That means, report to your field event and register your name, then go immediately to your track event and take part, then return to your field event. If you are a serious competitor make sure you are in the first 2-4 heats which will be timed.
  • Field events: If you want to compete then you must be ready to compete at the event start time on the programme. You have a maximum of three jumps or throws (except for high jump). You get a point for your House by exceeding the House Point Standard. If you are happy with that you can finish there. If you are a serious competitor, a Measuring Standard will be even further. Everyone who exceeds the Measuring Standard will have their jump or throw measured for the Championship.
  • You may not leave until the grounds are tidy and you have been dismissed.This will be between 3.00 - 3.15pm, after your roll check. After the sports day, staff will supervise students waiting to be collected by parents or family members at the entrance to Porritt Stadium on Crosby Road. Please organise to be picked up by 3.30pm at the latest!
  • Be prepared for a hot sunny day. Bring sunblock, hats, sunglasses, drink bottles with iced water, and snack food. Make sure you keep fluids up as you are going to be active on a hot day. Stay in the shade when not competing.
  • Programmes will be given out on the day, posted in your form class and on the sports noticeboard. A copy of the programme is posted below.


If the weather is looking doubtful, we will send out a whole school email cancellation notification. This will also be posted to the school Facebook page. If they are cancelled, please come to school prepared for a normal school day. As this is a normal school day, cell phones and iPods must be turned off and in your bags.

Athletic Sports Bus/Transport Organisation

Te Awamutu, Cambridge/ bus: students will be dropped off at and collected from Porritt Stadium.

Morrinsville bus: students will be dropped off at Porritt Stadium in the morning in time for roll call.  When the Athletics Day has finished at approximately 3.00 pm, these students will be amongst the first students to be transported back to Dio to catch their bus via a chartered Turley Motors bus or the school minivan.

Huntly, Ngaruawahia, Raglan, Matangi/Gordonton/Puketaha, Horotiu/Horsham Downs, Whitikahu/Orini: students will come to school on their respective bus runs as normal. They will then board a chartered bus which will depart from outside the Dio gym at 
8.20 am. This bus will transport the girls to the stadium and also return them to school in the afternoon in time for them to catch their buses home. This bus will depart Porritt Stadium at approximately 3.00 pm.

Traffic Management Improvements Made

posted 23 Jan 2017, 17:59 by Debbie Stevens

Many of you will be aware that we have recently reviewed traffic management inside our grounds during school hours with a view to improving the safety of pedestrians. This has been prompted by significant safety concerns raised by staff, students, parents and board members. During the Christmas break, we have implemented the traffic safety improvements around the school. Please note the following key points:
  • All student pick-ups and drop-offs should be made at Gate 3 (Martin St). Gate 1 off River Rd is for staff/visitors/deliveries to Cherrington only. We suggest that River Road student drop-offs/pick-ups be made at the bottom of the hill past the Cherrington gate. There is a short path at the bottom of the hill that students can use to access the school grounds.
  • A new designated pick-up and drop-off zone for parents is now in place at Gate 3 (Martin Street) which also incorporates increased visitor parking.  Parents must use the blue-lined drop-off and pick-up zone (marked in the below picture). There is absolutely no stopping permitted on the new dotted yellow line areas.
  • The maximum speed limit on school grounds is 15kph max. Raised pedestrian crossings and speed humps have been introduced as active speed control measures.
 Thank you for supporting us in keeping our school campus safe.

Important Information re the Parent Portal

posted 21 Jan 2017, 14:06 by Debbie Stevens   [ updated 21 Jan 2017, 14:06 ]

The Parent Portal will be unavailable until February 2 so that timetabling and maintenance can be completed for the start of the term. Please be aware that 2017 Timetables are still in DRAFT and students will receive a confirmed timetable on their first day of school. Many changes are still likely to occur as we complete course confirmation. Information has also been sent via email to students regarding Course Confirmation on 31 January. 

Please direct any queries about the Parent Portal to Jackie Smith, AP in Charge of the Parent Portal

Thank you in advance for your support during this very busy and complex process.


posted 15 Jan 2017, 13:40 by Debbie Stevens   [ updated 15 Jan 2017, 13:44 ]




Friday 27 January

All International Students return to NZ  by this date.

Monday 30 January Students are required to wear summer uniform.

3.00 pm

3.45 pm

5.00 pm

Y9 boarding students new to Dio report to Boarding House

Y9 Boarder Parent Afternoon Tea, Dining Room

Y12 & 13 boarders who are participating in Peer Support leaders & Student Leaders workshops must check into  Senior boarding by 5.00 pm

Tuesday 31 January

Please note: There are no school bus routes operating today.

All students are required to wear summer uniform.   Please bring a pencil case and refill. No other equipment is necessary.

Day students remember to bring your lunch

By Appointment Only

8.15 – 8.30 am arrival

9.00 - 9.15 am arrival

9.00 am

9.00 am

3.20 pm

5.00 pm

Y11,12 & 13 Course Confirmation Day

Y13 Student Leaders Training, CRC, all day

Y12 Peer Support Leaders Training, Hall, all day

New International Students report to Homestead

Y9 Day students  & Y9 Boarders meet outside the Chapel. Year 9 Orientation Programme – form classes announced,

ice breakers, peer support programme.

Y9 students dismissed.  Please collect day students from Martin Street Entrance.

All Y10 boarding students, new & returning,  and boarders required for  Sports & Arts Captains leadership training must check into Junior or Senior boarding by 5.00pm.

Tuesday  31 January

Parents Only

4.30 – 6.00 pm

Y9 Parents’ Function Cherrington Lawn, if wet PMC Foyer. We encourage all Y9 parents to attend this. It is an opportunity to meet members of staff and other parents.

Wednesday 1 February

School Bus routes begin operating today

All Students are required to wear summer uniform.

Y 9 students: bring a pencil case and refill, PE gear and swimming togs. No other equipment is necessary.

Day students remember to bring your lunch

8.25 am – 3.20 pm

8.30 am - 3.20 pm

8.30  am - 4.00 pm

8.45 am - 3.20 pm

9.00 am - 3.30 pm

10.00 am

3.20 pm

Y9 Orientation Programme continues. Report to form classes

Y10 Refocus Programme, report to form class. Class lists will be displayed in front of Cherrington and in the PMC Foyer.

Student Leaders  Training, CRC

Sports & Arts Captains Leadership Workshops, SEC classrooms

Peer Support Leaders Training, Hall

International students not involved in other activities report to Homestead
Y9 students dismissed. Please collect day students from Martin Street Entrance.

Wednesday 1 February

5.00 pm

All Y11 – 13 boarding students, new  and returning, must check into Junior or Senior boarding by 5.00pm.

Thursday 2 February

All Students are to wear summer uniform. Bring a pencil case and refill.

8.25 am - 3.20 pm

All students report to school ready for an 8.25 am start. Senior Form Class lists will be displayed in front of Cherrington and in the PMC Foyer from 8.00 am.  Students are asked to report to form time at 8.25 am sharp.

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