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Major School Events Reminders

posted 22 Oct 2019, 14:17 by Waikato Diocesan School for Girls   [ updated 22 Oct 2019, 14:19 ]

Academic Prize-Giving

All Saints Chapel
Wednesday 30 October 2019
1.00pm to approximately 3.00pm.
Parents and guests are to be seated by 12.50pm.
* Please note that students will be expected to remain until the end of the ceremony. The Te Awamutu bus has been informed and will work in with our Prize-Giving timeframes.

Leavers' Service

All Saints Chapel
Thursday 31 October 2019
11.15am - 12.45pm
Guests to be seated by 11.05am.
Senior Study Leave begins at the conclusion of the Leavers' Service.

On-site parking for both events will be available on the school netball courts. Please follow directions from the Martin Street entrance.

Change of Date - Rowing Evening

posted 18 Sep 2019, 14:33 by Waikato Diocesan School for Girls

The Dio Rowing Evening will now take place on Wednesday 25 September at 5.30 pm in the Piki Mahuta Centre Foyer.

This is a relaxed evening where we welcome our new rowers/coxswains and their families. We will provide valuable information about rowing at Dio and you will hear from some key people within our club who will help answer any questions you have.

For further information please contact the Rowing Manager - Jane Schilov on 021 521 503 or

It's Time To Order Your 2019 Yearbooks

posted 15 Sep 2019, 15:18 by Waikato Diocesan School for Girls

The 2019 Yearbook will be available in a digital or printed hard-copy format for students in Years 9-12. If you wish to receive a Yearbook, please complete the Google form by clicking here  (one form per family).

PLEASE NOTE - Students in Year 13 and leavers who are heading on to tertiary study or employment will receive a complimentary digital copy of the Yearbook (these will be posted out to them after Junior Prize-giving) and should only complete this form if they wish to receive a printed hard-copy. Hard-copies will be charged at the full price. 

The cost of the Yearbook is below and will be disbursed to your school account:
  • Digital copy (supplied on a flash drive with extra digital content) - $25.00
  • Printed hard-copy collected from school - $50.00 ($55.00 posted to your address; $65.00 international postage)
Students can choose to collect their copy from the Community Relations Centre (CRC - behind the Sports Centre) or have it posted to them. Yearbooks will be available for collection at the conclusion of Junior Prize-giving in Week 9. Any Yearbooks that aren't collected by 7 February 2020 will be mailed out with postal costs charged to your school account.  

Please complete the form before Friday 15 November 2019.

Golf Day Fundraiser

posted 3 Sep 2019, 23:12 by Waikato Diocesan School for Girls

Measles Outbreak Public Health Advisory

posted 29 Aug 2019, 20:23 by Waikato Diocesan School for Girls

Dear Dio Family,

The Waikato District Health Board have asked schools to share this public health advisory.
  • About 850 cases of measles have been reported so far this year - making it the worst measles outbreak in 22 years, impacting multiple regions but with most of the cases contained to Auckland at this stage.
  • Measles is highly contagious but can be prevented through timely vaccination. If you have been exposed to measles, but don’t have symptoms, you should immediately get vaccinated (if you are between 12 months and 50 years and have not already had at least one MMR vaccination).
  • If you are aged between 12 months and 50 years and are unsure whether or not you have received a vaccine previously, it’s fine to have an MMR vaccine.
  • People aged 50 years and over are assumed to be immune to measles as they are likely to have contracted it as a child.
  • If you think you have measles, please contact your doctor. Phone ahead to advise you are coming so they can put you in isolation on arrival.
  • If you think you have been exposed to measles and are concerned either speak with your doctor or call Healthline 0800 611 116.
  • The measles vaccine is free. General Practices may charge you an administration fee.
  • Going to the GP is free for under 14-year-olds.
Measles symptoms include a high fever, runny nose, cough, and sore red eyes, followed several days later by a rash starting on the face and neck before spreading to the rest of the body. Someone with measles can spread it to others from five days before the rash appears until five days after.

The best protection against measles is vaccination.

Please check your daughter/s immunisation is up-to-date. Should measles occur in our school, those students and staff that are not known to be immune may be quarantined and excluded for a period of time. The Waikato DHB will advise on a safe return date.

For more information, please click here.

New Year 10 Dean appointed

posted 6 Aug 2019, 16:44 by

We are happy to announce that our Year 10 cohort will now be in the capable hands of Mrs Jo Munn as Year 10 Dean. Mrs Munn is an experienced Dean and is looking forward to guiding and caring for these young women as they journey through Dio.

We also look forward to seeing Scott, Shackleton and Wilson Houses at their compulsory Chapel Service on 18 August at 7:00 pm. A gold coin donation for Habitat for Humanity will be part of the Service.

Community Chapel Service - 18 August 2019

posted 5 Aug 2019, 16:14 by

Anglican Chapel Service for Scott, Shackleton and Wilson Houses. All members of the Dio community are welcome to attend.

Important Notifications for Term 3

posted 17 Jul 2019, 21:19 by Waikato Diocesan School for Girls   [ updated 17 Jul 2019, 21:25 ]

We hope that you have all been enjoying some relaxation over the break and we look forward to seeing many of you next week. We ask that you please read the following important notices regarding next term.

Resignation of Year 10 Dean

We regret to inform you that Mr Mark Bellham will take up a position at St Peter’s School Cambridge from the beginning of next term. Mr Bellham has been a great friend of Waikato Diocesan School for Girls and we wish him all the best for his future endeavors.

The following outlines the procedures and programmes that we have put in place to ensure the least amount of disruption to student learning and wellbeing, given the changes that Mr Bellham's departure creates.

  • Year 10 Dean – Mrs Theresa Miller (D.P. Wellbeing) will oversee this role for the first two weeks of term until we have advertised, interviewed and appointed an internal candidate.
  •  Advanced Learning – Ms Jackie Smith (D.P. Reporting and Priority Learners) will oversee this role for Term 3. An internal candidate will be appointed for the beginning of Term 4
  • Year 10 DVC class – Mr Alistair Hutcheson
  • Year 10 Social Studies class – Mr Caleb Watson
We will notify you of the permanent appointments as soon as they have been made.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Mrs Mary Curran, Principal, or any of the outlined staff (detailed above) if you have any concerns.

Early Finish for Years 11, 12 and 13 Learning Conferences

To accommodate a large number of boarding parents that will attend our senior Learning Conferences (Parent/Teacher Interviews), the school will close early at 2.30 pm on Friday 9 August 2019.

The Te Awamutu bus runs will arrive early to transport our students but, unfortunately, the Cambridge buses will run at the usual time. Students who need to remain at school after 2.30 pm can use the library and will be supervised by staff.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Monitor now at School Shop

From the start of next term, the Monitor system will be able to be used by students purchasing stationery/event tickets from the school shop. 
Monitor allows parents to load funds on to their daughter’s student identity card, which can then be used to pay for certain items at school.  Each identity card will hold a canteen account, shop account, and a photocopying account. 
*Please note that uniform items can still be charged against the student’s account

If you have any questions regarding Monitor, please contact Mrs Rae Francis or Mrs Sara Kimpton in the school finance office -  phone (07) 855 2038.

    Understanding the Changes to NCEA – MoE Workshops – August 2019 

      In May, the Minister of Education announced the changes to NCEA that will strengthen the qualification for all our young people. The Ministry is running 26 regional hui that are open to anyone wanting to learn more about the changes: 
      • What did we hear from New Zealanders last year that led to the changes? 
      • Key things you need to know about the changes 
      • How will the changes impact and benefit students, teachers and kaiako, parents and whānau, and the wider community? 
      • When will the changes happen? 
        The workshops will run from 6.30-8.30pm and catering will be provided. All ages welcome. 
          Register now to an event in your region. 

          The seven changes are: 
            1.  Make NCEA more accessible 
            2. Mana ōrite mō te mātauranga Māori 
            3. Strengthen literacy and numeracy requirements 
            4. Have fewer, larger standards 
            5. Simplify NCEA’s structure 
            6. Show clearer pathways to further education and employment 
            7. Keep NCEA Level 1 as an optional level. 
                                    For more information about the changes visit the Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga website
                                      Any questions please email  


                                      School Closed This Monday

                                      posted 26 Jun 2019, 19:35 by Waikato Diocesan School for Girls

                                      A reminder that, as outlined in the calendar since the start of the year, and in DioNews Term 2 issues one and two, the school will be closed this Monday, 1 July.

                                      The school had an additional day to lose to meet the open for instruction requirement of 380 half days. Instead of closing earlier at the end of the year, the leadership team decided that a long weekend following House Singing would provide the students with a day to recuperate and catch up on schoolwork. 

                                      Kia pai to ra  

                                      Mrs Sonja Maree

                                      Deputy Principal, Junior Curriculum & Logistics

                                      IMPORTANT INFORMATION - House Singing 2019

                                      posted 26 Jun 2019, 17:38 by Waikato Diocesan School for Girls

                                      House Singing 2019

                                      ●    Date: Friday 28 June 2019.
                                      ●    Time: Programme begins at 6.30pm and ends approximately 9.15pm.
                                      ●    Student Reporting Time: All students must report to their House Leaders by 6.00pm for a full House warm-up. Students must enter the arena via Entry 1 and the auditorium via Door C.
                                      ●    Venue: Claudelands Arena, Entry 5, Claudelands Events Centre, Corner of Brooklyn Road and Heaphy Terrace, Claudelands, Hamilton. Auditorium entry for the audience will be via Doors B (downstairs), I, and K (upstairs) 
                                      ●    Parking: Onsite Parking will be through Gate 3 Brooklyn Road and will cost $5 per vehicle. Street parking is free. Please allow time to get through peak hour traffic! 
                                      ●    Accessibility car parks: There are a number of parks available via Gate 1, Heaphy Terrace, approximately 80m from the Arena Plaza. Accessibility seating is available through Door B.
                                      ●    Transport: Boarders transport has been communicated by the Dean of Boarding, Mrs Toni Solomon. Parents of day girls are responsible for organising their daughters’ transportation to and from the event. Students must be collected in person from the foyer/concourse area if their ride home is not attending the event.
                                      ●    Refreshments: Concession stands will be open to guests from 5.15pm-6.20pm. There are a number of items available including healthier options. Only food purchased on site may be consumed at the venue. Please do not bring commercial food or drink into the venue (ie McDonalds). Bag checks will take place by Claudelands security.
                                      ●    Seating: Doors will open at approximately 6.00pm. Guests will need to be seated by 6.25pm. Please bring your tickets with you. 
                                      ●    Tickets are $28 and can be purchased from the School Shop (8.15am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday) and by phone 07 855 2038 extn 2766. Please check our school Facebook page on the day to see if door sales will be available.
                                      ●    Uniform: Girls are to wear normal school winter uniform and observe dress code guidelines as per the student diary.
                                      ●    Attendance: A reminder to parents that all students are required to attend House Singing and a roll will be taken on the night. House Singing is a major and much-anticipated event in the school year.

                                      On The Day Rehearsals

                                      Students will be going to Claudelands during the day at the following times:
                                      • Shack/Ross 8.35am to 10.55 am   
                                      • Scott/Blake 10.30am to 12.55 pm   
                                      • Wilson/Hillary 12.45pm to 3.10 pm   
                                      Students cannot be dropped off or picked up from Claudelands during the day. For Risk Management control, they must travel via the transport arranged by the school.

                                      Any further questions regarding House Singing should be referred to the Arts Administrator, Georgina Hewitt: 

                                      We look forward to seeing you there!

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