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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!

                                      Early Closure on Tuesday 25 June

                                      posted 18 Jun 2019, 18:13 by Waikato Diocesan School for Girls

                                      Dear Parents/Caregivers

                                      Early Closure on Tuesday 25 June

                                      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 Tuesday 25 June at  1.30 pm.

                                      All teachers who are members 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 12.40 pm at the start of lunch break.

                                      Some school buses will run at an 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 12.40 pm may use the library, which will be supervised by staff. Please complete this Google Form should your daughter require supervision until 3.20pm.

                                      Please note that all other industrial action (rostering home for Years 11 and 12) has now been cancelled.

                                      We apologise for any inconvenience this early closure may cause.

                                      Yours sincerely

                                      Mary Curran


                                      Board of Trustees Election Results

                                      posted 13 Jun 2019, 15:36 by Waikato Diocesan School for Girls

                                      Congratulations to the following people on their election to the Board of Trustees:

                                      Parent Representative:
                                      Thomas Gibbons
                                      Raewyn McPhillips
                                      Dan Moore
                                      Patrick Peoples
                                      Karlene Verryt
                                      Doug Wilson

                                      Staff Representative:
                                      Susi Webb

                                      Thank you to all the candidates who stood in the elections and who were willing to put themselves forward to serve the school community.

                                      Rolling strike called off

                                      posted 12 Jun 2019, 13:54 by Megan Udy

                                      Dear Dio family 

                                      The PPTA executive has called off the regional rolling strikes that were planned for next week.

                                      A ministerial forum took place last week to break the impasse in negotiations for teachers’ collective agreement negotiations. Those talks were very productive and the PPTA are pleased to be in a position to call off the strikes.

                                      We will update you about the status of other planned industrial action (year 11 and 12 rostering home), once we are officially informed. 

                                      Thank you once again for your support and understanding.

                                      New Zealand Blood Drive

                                      posted 11 Jun 2019, 13:35 by Waikato Diocesan School for Girls

                                      Did you know the New Zealand Blood Service needs to collect 3000 units of blood each and every week? 

                                      Waikato Dio would like to help with this and have organised for the New Zealand Blood Service to be on site on the 31st July so that staff and students can donate blood. Prior to this,  New Zealand Blood Service will be at school on the 21st June to inform the girls about donating blood and answer any questions they may have. The girls will then be able to book times to donate blood. Donations will be made  during the school day.

                                      Girls over the age of 16 who weigh at least 50kg are eligible to donate. (There is a final checklist that they will need to meet on the day of donation).

                                      Donating blood is an easy and safe process and we would like to encourage as many girls as possible to consider taking part. However, if as a caregiver you have concerns about your daughter donating blood, please discuss this with your daughter or contact our school nurse

                                      Rowing Information Evening

                                      posted 10 Jun 2019, 17:42 by Megan Udy

                                      At Dio, we have a proud history in rowing and we are consistently one of the top performing girls schools in New Zealand, which we think is pretty awesome! Rowing is a sport that offers more than just the chance to win medals and we would love to share some of this information with anyone who has an interest in rowing (new or returner) this season. You can pick up rowing at any year level and there is great potential for not only Under 15s but also Under 18 novices! 

                                      We look forward to sharing why we believe Rowing is a fantastic sport to be involved in.

                                      Where: Sports Education Centre
                                      When: Tuesday 25th June, 6:00pm  

                                      Any questions, please contact Rowing Manager Jane Schilov - 021 521 503 /

                                      Year 10 Rostering Home Strike Cancelled

                                      posted 6 Jun 2019, 11:23 by Waikato Diocesan School for Girls

                                      The Year 10 rostering home industrial action planned for Tuesday 11 June is cancelled.

                                      We will update you re the status of other planned strike action, as negotiations continue.

                                      Upcoming Strike Action Confirmation

                                      posted 3 Jun 2019, 16:09 by Waikato Diocesan School for Girls

                                      Dear Parents/Caregivers

                                      Following on from today's Rostered Home strike for Year 9s, we wish to confirm the following industrial action has now been CONFIRMED.

                                      Upcoming Rostered Home Strike Action 
                                      (no formal instruction will be provided for this year level)

                                      Year Group: Year 10
                                      Week: 7
                                      Date of Action: Tuesday 11 June
                                      *Please note that all other year levels are unaffected, and classes will proceed as per usual. 

                                      Year Group: Year 11
                                      Week: 9
                                      Date of Action: Tuesday 25 June
                                      *Please note that all other year levels are unaffected, and classes will proceed as per usual. 

                                      Year Group: Year 12
                                      Week: 10
                                      Date of Action: Tuesday 2 July
                                      *Please note that all other year levels are unaffected, and classes will proceed as per usual. 

                                      Rolling Strikes (Waikato/Taranaki/Central Plateau/WBOP) - Tuesday 18th June TO BE CONFIRMED 

                                      Under the Employment Relations Act, unions are required to give three days’ notice of a strike so formal notice will be provided to the Board in accordance with that timeframe. We will then communicate the confirmed action to our wider community.  

                                      The Board asks that parents/caregivers of students keep their daughters home on the day of the rostered home strike, however, we will offer a supervised study to those students who are unable to make alternative arrangements for care. Please ring Student Services 07 8552038 (ext. 2755) to notify us ASAP if your daughter/s will require supervision.
                                      Boarders who remain at school will be supervised in the day school during school hours (8.30am - 3.30pm). Leave requests for boarders during this time, will need to be submitted to the respective House Parent via Boardingware, as per normal.

                                      I appreciate that this continued industrial action may be an inconvenience for parents and students alike and thank you for your ongoing support of our teaching staff. 
                                      Mary Curran

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