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The Sound of Music Cast

posted 11 Dec 2018, 16:33 by Debbie Stevens   [ updated 12 Dec 2018, 17:31 ]

Thank you to everyone who took the time to audition for the 2019 production of The Sound of Music. Over three days we saw 83 auditions and 17 callbacks. The standard of auditions was just as good as usual and the audition panel really appreciated all the effort and work that you all put in.

While we would love to have everyone who auditioned in our production, logistics prevent us. We simply cannot fit that many people on stage.

If you have not been successful in gaining a role on stage for The Sound of Music but still want to be involved, you will be able to sign up for Hair & Makeup, Costumes, Sound & Lighting, and Backstage Crew during Term 1 next year.

If you are not able to accept your role in the cast please email Miss Armitage larmitage@wdsg.school.nz by the 31st of December 2018. There are other students who would love to be involved who may be able to take your place so it is important that you do not leave this until next year.

Click here to view cast list.

If you have any questions please contact Miss Armitage.

Dio Carol Service This Sunday!

posted 6 Dec 2018, 16:59 by Debbie Stevens


Timetable Changes for 2019

posted 6 Dec 2018, 12:41 by Debbie Stevens

Dear Parents/Caregivers and Students

This year, the Timetable Committee conducted a full review of our curriculum and timetable structures in order to address the changing needs of our learners. This involved visits and conversations with numerous schools including state, state integrated and independent schools. It also involved gathering student feedback through online surveys targeting each of the year levels and through the Student Council, as well as feedback from the teaching staff.

Key aims linked to student learning that we wanted to address included:
  • To create more time for Religious Education, senior Health and careers guidance. 
  • To create more time for Year 9 Languages in order to be more consistent with other schools and to better support learning a language effectively. 
  • To create a space for Scholarship tutorials in the timetable. 
  • To create a future-proofed, flexible timetable that would allow us to explore project-based learning opportunities in the junior school. 
  • To create a timetable with consistent times. 
  • To create a timetable with longer lunchtimes in order to support student and staff wellbeing.
The 2019 timetable addresses all of the aims above. In addition, there have been some other positive outcomes including there being far fewer subject selection clashes than ever before. 

Key things you need to know for 2019:
  • School will start at 8.30am rather than 8.25am. This will ensure that all students, including those arriving on late buses, can be in class on time to maximise their learning. 
  • All periods will be 55 minutes in length, rather than a mixture of lengths which can be confusing.
  • We will still be working on a 6-day rotating timetable; this gives us extra flexibility.
  • Lunchtimes will now be 50 minutes instead of 45 minutes.
  • School will still finish at 3.20pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. It will finish at 2.25pm, rather than 2.30pm, on Wednesdays to enable staff to participate in professional learning.
  • Daily form time (10 minutes) will shift from the afternoon to right before morning tea, and extended form time will occur once a week to ensure that students are getting the pastoral support that they need

Pastoral care for our students:

In our rapidly changing world, our findings from a recent student wellbeing survey highlighted significant increases in student anxiety and stress levels, which were compounded by too much homework and far too many assessments. This has also been supported by an increase in the number of parents who have expressed concerns about their daughters’ workloads and by increased numbers of students accessing our school counselling services.

We, therefore, reviewed the number of assessments that we currently offer and found that students are being significantly overassessed, which is not conducive to leading a balanced and healthy lifestyle. For example, to gain NCEA Level 1, a student needs 80 credits at Level 1 or higher, including 10 numeracy and literacy credits. Some of our Year 11 students have been assessed against between 120-128 credits, including some at Level 2 NCEA in their Year 11 year. To achieve NCEA Level 2, a student needs a total of 80 credits, at least 60 of which must be from Level 2 or above (20 credits can be from another level, e.g. Level 1 carried over from the previous year). They must also meet specific literacy and numeracy requirements. Some of our Year 12 students are entered into over 100 credits at NCEA Level 2 (when they need 60). This same pattern can be seen with Year 13 students as well.

With this information, the staff have been discussing ways of dealing with the issues raised, including the possibility of reducing the number of assessments/credits that are offered. Programmes are currently being reviewed to ensure that students’ learning needs are still being met, including for those senior students who are entering into competitive fields of study such as medicine, whilst still making sure that we are supporting the holistic wellbeing of all students.

If you have any questions about the new timetable or about the 2019 programmes of learning, please contact Julie Netzler, Deputy Principal - Leader of Learning, via email in the first instance: jnetzler@wdsg.school.nz

2019 Timetable Structure/Weekly Schedule:

Times

Monday (1)

Tuesday (2)

Wednesday (3)

Thursday (4)

Friday (5)

Monday (6)

8.30

Period 1


Period 1


Period 1

Period 1

Period 1

Period 1

9.25

Period 2


Period 2


Period 2


Period 2


Period 2


Period 2


10.20

Form Time

Form Time

Form Time

Form Time

Form Time

Form Time

10.30

Interval

Interval

Interval

Interval

Interval

Interval

10.50

Period 3


Period 3


Period 3


Period 3


Period 3


Period 3


11.45

Period 4


Period 4


Period 4


Period 4


Period 4


Period 4


12.40

Lunch


Lunch


Lunch


Lunch


Lunch


Lunch


1.30



Roll Marking

(1.30pm - 1.40pm)

Period 5

Period 5

Period 5

Extended Form Time

(1.30-1.55)

Roll Marking

(1.30pm - 1.40pm)




Special C/Chapel



Assembly

Special C/Chapel

2.25

Period 6


Period 6


Early Finish


Period 6


Period 6


Period 6


3.20

Finish






We're Going Vertical!

posted 29 Nov 2018, 17:50 by Debbie Stevens

During this year, we have been inquiring into the value of introducing a Vertical Form structure into the cultural and pastoral structures within the school. After examining the pros and cons of moving from Horizontal Forms to Vertical we have decided to move to Vertical Forms from 2019. We are very excited about this innovative pastoral structure, which will ensure the best possible support for our students.

Any questions regarding Vertical Forms should be directed in the first instance to the Deputy Principal – Wellness, Mrs Theresa Miller, tmiller@wdsg.school.nz

Looking For Homestay Families

posted 29 Nov 2018, 15:58 by Debbie Stevens


Please Support Our Christmas Foodbank Collection

posted 28 Nov 2018, 16:45 by Debbie Stevens


Calling all gardeners, calling all gardeners…

posted 22 Nov 2018, 18:32 by Debbie Stevens

Your WDSG School Association
are planning, what we hope will be another hugely successful garden ramble in November 2019.  If you have a particularly spectacular garden (or know somebody who does) and wish to have it showcased, we would LOVE to hear from you.  We are interested in gardens in Hamilton City but also country properties in areas such as Gordonton and Tamahare.

We would appreciate your help in sharing this request with your friends and family. 

Please contact Carolyn Eyre 
PH: 021 594 747

House Service Survey

posted 14 Nov 2018, 11:55 by Debbie Stevens   [ updated 14 Nov 2018, 12:33 ]

Dear Dio Community

Please find below a short survey seeking your feedback regarding House Services.
Please click here to complete by 1.00 pm, Wednesday, 21 November.



2018 Yearbook - Last week to place orders

posted 11 Nov 2018, 18:02 by Megan Udy


Reminder - yearbook orders close this Friday, 16 November.

The 2018 yearbook will be available in a digital or printed hard-copy format for students in Years 9-12.  Please click here to complete the form (one form per family) if you wish to receive a yearbook.

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 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 school reception or have it posted to them. Yearbooks will be available for collection at the conclusion of Junior Prize-giving in Week 9.

Please complete this form before Friday 16 November 2018.

Early Closure on the 22 November

posted 4 Nov 2018, 17:47 by Debbie Stevens

We have been notified that the Executive of the Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) has directed its members to attend a paid union meeting on Thursday, 22 November at 1.30 pm. 

All teachers who are a member of the PPTA are required to attend this meeting to ratify the Terms of Settlement of the Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement. Unfortunately, we do not have enough teachers who are non-union members to cover all afternoon classes and students will, therefore, be released at 12.15 pm.

Some school buses will run at the earlier time (Go Bus services to Cambridge, Huntly, Ngaruawahia and Te Awamutu). All other buses will run at the usual time (as they also serve primary and intermediate schools).  However, students who need to remain at school after 12.30 pm may use the library, which will be supervised by staff.  Should your daughter require supervision until 3.20 pm, please complete the Google Form by clicking here.

We apologise for any inconvenience this early closure may cause.

Mary Curran
Principal

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