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Ultimate Raffle Experience 2020

posted 27 Aug 2020, 17:13 by Amy Murphy

Waikato Diocesan School Association Fundraiser

This afternoon Years 11 - 13 students will receive two raffle tickets each to sell.  This is the main fundraiser for the Waikato Dio School Association in 2020.
Money raised will go towards The School Association funds to support Waikato Diocesan School for Girls’ individuals, teams, and groups involved in: sporting, cultural, service or academic activities.
Students must return the money as soon as the tickets are sold -  before 22 September. If you choose not to sell them please return the unsold tickets immediately to the Dio school reception. Contact Jo Astwood for more information on ticket sales 07 855 2038.
We will also have additional tickets for sale at the office. 
The attached Raffle rules as improved by Internal Affairs, set out the way in which we will organise and run this raffle.
First Prize 
First prize is valued at $4,000. Accommodation at Huka Lodge for two including pre-dinner canapes and gourmet five course set menu dinner and full country breakfast (excludes alcohol). Prize value is $4,000 (there is flexibility on accommodation nights/food depending on the season).

Second Prize
Second prize is valued at $720. Palate restaurant; degustation for 6 people, (excludes alcohol).

Third Prize 
Third prize is valued at $600. Dios’ own chef Brad will create an incredible dinner party (excludes alcohol) for 10 people. 
On 25 September 2020 we will draw the ‘Ultimate Raffle Experience 2020’ under Police supervision, and winners will be notified that day. 
Thank you for supporting our fundraiser,
Renee Beere - Chairperson

Moving to Level 2 as a Community

posted 11 Aug 2020, 16:51 by Debbie Stevens   [ updated 11 Aug 2020, 16:52 ]

Kia ora koutou katoa

As you know community transmission of COVID 19 has returned to New Zealand, and we are now at Alert Level 2. The shift in alert levels announced by the Prime Minister last night was the last thing any of us wanted to hear, but again we thank our school community for the calm and sensible way you have responded to this news.

We are well prepared to operate at Level 2. Below are some reminders about attending school at Alert Level 2.

1. Dio will operate as normal under Alert Level 2 with no restrictions on gatherings or numbers in learning spaces. Any large gatherings, such as assemblies and chapels, will adhere to school hygiene measures and follow physical distancing where possible.

2. Our focus remains on encouraging personal hygiene and school hygiene measures are currently in place.

3. No visitors on site please. Parents and caregivers MUST stay in vehicles when doing drop-offs/pick-ups.

4. Anyone who is unwell MUST stay at home. Anyone who is unwell and is at school will be asked to go home. Please let the school know if you are being tested for Covid-19.

5. Please follow the usual absence process, call 855 2038 (press 1) or email school with your daughter's name and reason for absence.

6. Although facemasks are optional at Level 2, we strongly encourage their use on public transport or in crowded public spaces.

As a school community, we need to prepare for the possibility of another school closure and the return of distance learning. Therefore we need to determine the readiness of our students for this situation. In order to do this, please fill in this Google Form. The answers to this form will help us to prepare our students for distance learning.  All students need to take home all necessary learning materials each day in case the alert level changes. Any issues regarding IT should be directed to Barnaby James or by phone 07 855-2038 ext 2780.

We strongly encourage everyone to follow the official advice from the Government at

Stay kind and look after one another.

Ngā mihi

Mary Curran


Moving to Alert Level 2

posted 11 Aug 2020, 03:54 by Debbie Stevens

Good evening Dio Whānau 

The Ministry of Health has tonight confirmed New Zealand has recorded four new cases of Covid-19 community transmission.

As a precautionary measure, Auckland is entering into Alert Level 3 from midday tomorrow for three days. The rest of the country goes to Alert Level 2.

This announcement has come on the eve of the He Tai Ohinga Maro Kapa Haka Festival being held tomorrow (Wednesday) at Dio. Because of the Level 2 restrictions coming into affect tomorrow, we are working on a condensed version of the Festival which will conclude at midday. Social distancing, hand sanitiser stations, and contact tracing will be in place. 

Because of this government announcement, we are still waiting on confirmation of the attendance of some of our visiting kura. Please check our school Facebook page for updates.

Click here to read the rules for Alert Level

Stay safe everyone. 

Mary Curran

Your Invitation to the He Tai Ohinga Maro Kapa Haka Festival

posted 6 Aug 2020, 20:01 by Debbie Stevens   [ updated 6 Aug 2020, 20:52 ]

This coming Wednesday, 12 August, our school will be hosting the He Tai Ohinga Maro Kapa Haka Festival for the very first time

The Festival has been hosted by a number of Waikato secondary schools over the years and is focused on a celebration of Māori Performing Arts and a platform for schools in the Waikato who are growing and developing their kapa haka programme. In addition, we are also raising funds for our school charity Anglican Action/ Mahi Mihinare. Koha of a gold coin donation is appreciated but not required.  There will also be stalls where food can be purchased.

We are grateful for the financial support to host this event from Waikato Tainui, Wintec, the University of Waikato and Te Puni Kōkiri - The Ministry of Māori Affairs. 

Our MCs for the day will be Taha Tangitu-Huata (Māori Liason Officer at the University of Waikato and performer for Tuhourangi Wahiao) and our very own Amokura, Ngarangi Mason. 

As is tikanga, the day will start at 9.00 am with a pōwhiri in the school gym for our attending kura and manuhiri/waewae tapu. 

Our Manawahine Council and Kapa haka girls led by Ngarangi and Emma Ngawhika, our Kapa Haka Captain, have been busily preparing for this event and will be grateful for your attendance and support of Te Kaahu Piihopatanga, Māori Performing Arts and our 2020 school charity, Anglican Action.

See below for the Performance Schedule.

Important DioNews Correction

posted 30 Jul 2020, 00:40 by Debbie Stevens

Please note an important correction to the DioNews copy sent out today concerning the information provided by Constable Tom to our years 11-13 students around drugs, alcohol, consent and safe behaviour at parties. 

Students under the age of 18 (NOT 16 as incorrectly stated) are not allowed to drink alcohol unless their parents are present during the consumption of alcohol.

Our apologies for this error.

Footpath reinstatement work near River Rd entrance

posted 21 Jul 2020, 15:49 by Debbie Stevens

Please expect delays and traffic restrictions near gate 1 on River Rd. The Council (Downer) are undertaking footpath reinstatement work and the traffic management is for the safety of the workers at the foot of the hill, The work commenced today and will be in place for the next three weeks.

Our River Rd bus stop is not affected apart from being in the middle of the restricted zone. Downer has requested that Dio parents not drop or pick up students in the bus stop area for the three-week duration. Please use the Martin Street gate, Clarkin Rd pedestrian gate, or drop off/collect on the north side of the Boarding gate 2.

This will cause congestion around this area at busy times of the day and we thank you for your patience as this work is undertaken.

End of Term Message and Correction to House Chapel Service

posted 2 Jul 2020, 19:07 by Debbie Stevens

Kia ora koutou

As this term comes to an end, I want to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to all our students, staff, and whaanau for all you have contributed to this community over the course of the past unpredictable few months.  Thank you also for the messages of thanks to the staff. They are valued.

COVID-19 has brought the importance of supporting happy, healthy and connected learners into even sharper focus. It has impacted on the wellbeing of many of our learners and their families.
In response, the Government today announced a further $66 million in new wellbeing funding to support the immediate wellbeing of our learners and educators in the wake of COVID-19. These announcements are part of an integrated package of Budget 2020 wellbeing supports. More announcements will be made soon.
Today’s package consists of: 
  • $50 million, in 2020/21, for an Urgent Response Fund. This immediate support to centre-based early learning services, schools and kura to improve attendance, is to help manage any learning, social, emotional, mental, or other wellbeing needs directly related to COVID-19. Ministry regional offices will work with providers to fund local initiatives.
  • $16 million for Educator wellbeing. Funding will provide access to support services for an additional 10,000 employees of publically funded early learning services, kōhanga reo, schools and kura, and their families.
These new supports for curriculum wellbeing teaching, along with the latest package addressing the immediate needs of learners and educators resulting from COVID-19 will be welcomed by all education providers, and by many parents and whānau.

Waikato Diocesan School for Girls is committed to supporting our students as they navigate the final two terms of 2020. It is through the combined efforts of staff, students, boards, and all of you, along with the support of our community at large, that we continue to thrive and succeed. I look forward to working with you in Term 3 as we embrace new opportunities and tackle new challenges.

On a final note, please note a correction to the DioNews issue six. The House Service on 26 July is for Blake, Hillary, and Ross (NOT Shackleton, Scott, Wilson as stated). And a reminder to diarise Sunday 6 December for our whole school Chapel/Carol Service.

My very best wishes to you and your loved ones for this term break.

Ngā mihi

Mary Curran


Phone Issues

posted 16 Jun 2020, 13:32 by Debbie Stevens   [ updated 17 Jun 2020, 15:40 ]

We are currently experiencing issues with our phone lines. We are unable to make external calls and incoming calls are being diverted to another phone in reception. Chorus is working on it, however the repair
 time is unknown at this stage.

In the interim, please send any correspondence to staff via email and if you are reporting a student absence, please email

We hope to be back up and running soon. Thank you for your support.

We've Made it to Level One!

posted 11 Jun 2020, 17:17 by Debbie Stevens

Kia ora koutou
What wonderful news that we currently have no active cases of COVID-19 and have now moved to Alert Level 1.   This is recognition of the efforts by all New Zealanders to keep each other safe.
But as the Prime Minister pointed out - while this is a very important milestone, the job is not done. We need to continue to be vigilant – wash and dry hands, and recall where we have been so that we can contact trace if required.

There are key public health measures - Golden Rules - for everyone in New Zealand to follow. For schools this means:
  • If people are sick, they should stay home (phone Healthline or their GP and get tested if they have cold or flu symptoms).
  • Continue to regularly wash and dry hands, sneeze and cough into elbows.
  • Soap, water and the ability to dry hands provided in bathrooms.
  • Regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
  • Stringent self-isolation of those who display relevant symptoms of COVID-19, test positive for COVID-19, have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, or have been overseas in the last 14 days – Ministry of Health information for self-isolation.
  • Any educational facilities connected to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 must close on an individual or group basis for 72 hours to allow contact tracing, and then potentially for a further 14 days.
For us, there will be no major changes to what we are doing and our school continues to be safe to attend, including any staff and students who are considered more vulnerable to COVID. We have a good cleaning routine in place, people who are sick are staying at home and we continue to encourage good hygiene practices.

We are supporting contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances – so if you haven’t already downloaded the NZ COVID Tracer app the Ministry of Health’s NZ-COVID Tracer app page has information to help you do that. 

The Martin Street gate is now open from 6.00 am to 8.00 pm Monday to Friday. River Road is also open but will remain closed at 8.00 am - 
9.00 am and 3.00 pm - 4.00 pm. Students must not be dropped off or collected from this entrance unless they are being collected from the Wellness Centre during the day.

School transport services are now back to normal. Good hygiene practices are still a priority and buses will continue to be cleaned regularly in accordance with the Ministry of Health guidance. No physical distancing is required on Hamilton buses, school buses, or public transport services. 

What is changing is that we can now look forward to whole-school gatherings, school singing, inter-school and community sport, cultural events and performances and to welcoming all of our school community on-site for these activities.  Just some of the school events and gatherings coming up in the next few weeks and next term include: 
  • 15 and 17 June - Year 13 Solo Drama Performances
  • 26 June - House Singing Battle (onsite)
  • 23 July -  Dio Science Fair
  • 29 July -  Learning Conferences - Years 11, 12, 13
  • 4 and 5 August - Dance Showcase
  • 7 August - Learning Conferences - Years 11, 12, 13
  • 12 August - STAFF ONLY DAY
  • 12 August - He Tai Ohinga Maro Kapa Haka Festival
  • 19 August - Senior Ball (previously May Ball)
  • 24 August - Dio Exchange with Auckland Diocesan (home)
  • 25 and 26 August - Year 10 Enterprise
  • 26 August - Dio Cross-country (competitors only)
  • 26 August - High Achievers Concert
  • 27 August - Photolife group photo day #1
  • 28 August - Father/Daughter Breakfast
  • 28 August - ITM Waikato Band and Orchestra Festival
  • 28, 29. 30 August - Waikato Choir Festival
  • 31 August to 5 September - Winter Tournament Week
  • 24 September - Dio Arts Showcase
  • Friday 25 Photolife group photo day #2
Click here to view our school calendars.

A new COVID-19 government website Kia Kotahi mō te WHAIORANGA | Unite for the RECOVERY replaces the previous ‘Unite against COVID-19’ website. Its three key sections are:
  • COVID-19 – Learn about the virus and what we all need to do.
  • Wellbeing – You’re not alone. Find the support you need.
  • Jobs and Training – Get careers, training and upskilling help.
I look forward to seeing many of you again on the sidelines and in the audience supporting your daughters and their class/teammates.

Ngā mihi

Mary Curran



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