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Athletics Sports Information - Thursday 25th February

posted 21 Feb 2021, 11:39 by Debbie Stevens


For a programme of events, click here.

Important Information

  • Boarding staff will escort all boarders to the gym at 8.00 am ready to be transported by bus to Porritt Stadium. You will be transported back to school at the end of the day.
  • Roll check is at 8.25 am at Porritt Stadium (in Houses). Ask your parents or caregivers to deliver you to Porritt Stadium (bus students see below). If you bike or drive to school, then go directly to Porritt.
  • The first event starts at 8.30 am (3000m). If you are running in this event, please get to the track early.
  • Everyone is expected to complete the 800m 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 Mr Cornaga know if you are interested in competing at Zone or Waikato Championships.
  • You must wear the 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 the 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 2.45 and 3.00 pm, 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. For health and safety reasons, please organise to be picked up by 3.00 pm.
  • 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.  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 above.
  • Parents/caregivers/whānau are most welcome to join us at Porritt Stadium.
  • The Student Councils will be running a sausage sizzle and will be selling ice-creams - so bring some gold coins. 
  • Postponement: If the weather is not looking good, we will send out a whole school email postponement notification. This will also be posted on the Dio Facebook page. If the day is postponed, please come to school prepared for a normal school day.

Athletic Sports Bus/Transport Organisation

The Te Awamutu, Cambridge/Matangi and Morrinsville bus students will be dropped off at and collected from Porritt Stadium.
Huntly, Ngaruawahia, Raglan, Templeview/Whatawhata/Pirongia and Rototuna students will come to school on their respective bus runs as normal. They will then board a Turley Motors 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 for them to catch their buses home. This bus will depart Porritt Stadium at approximately 3.10 pm.

Any questions regarding Athletics Day should be sent to Mark Cornaga, Director of Sport: mcornaga@wdsg.school.nz

Important Messages at Alert Level 2

posted 14 Feb 2021, 16:18 by Debbie Stevens

Kia ora koutou

The Prime Minister has announced that as of 11.59 pm last night, Auckland has moved into Alert Level 3 for three days, and the rest of New Zealand entered Level 2 for three days. This is after three new COVID-19 cases were reported in the community.

The key Public Health approach at Level 2 is to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place, and second to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person if someone in our school is infected.

Can parents and caregivers come on-site at school at Level 2? 
  • Parents and caregivers must remain in their vehicles when dropping off or collecting their daughters. 
  • The Ministry of Health requires us to maintain accurate contact tracing registers. This means all visitors to campus MUST sign in at the main reception. The only exceptions to this are when visiting the school shop or boarding house. Both the shop and boarding house will have registers to track all visitors.
  • Parent visits to school should be kept as short as possible. Please also ensure you maintain physical distancing of two metres, and follow the necessary hygiene protocols around handwashing and use of hand sanitiser.
*A reminder that we will already have contact information for parents and caregivers, so we don’t need to collect those particular details each time you come on-site. But we will need to record your name and the time in and out of the school, including any classrooms/common spaces, entered.

Dio Swimming Sports

Swimming Sports will still take place this Wednesday, but, under Level 2 restrictions, this event must be spectator free. Unfortunately, no parents/whaanau can attend this event. We’ll post regular updates to our social media channels so you can keep up with the action.

Travel to/from school

The Ministry of Health requires schools to have accurate records on how EVERY student travels to/from school. This is for COVID-19 contact tracing purposes. Please complete THIS SURVEY for EACH daughter you have at Dio no later than 5.00 pm Wednesday 17 February. Thank you for your support. 

What learning support will be provided for my daughter if she does not attend school at Alert Level 2?

If for some reason, your daughter is unable to attend school in person during Alert Level 2, she will continue to be supported with her learning using online/digital means. Teachers will be unable to teach classes remotely at the same time as they are delivering their programmes of learning to students physically in front of them. However, they will make the learning materials from their lessons available to students who are learning from home and will provide support where possible. To do this, they may use a combination of approaches, which might include:
  • Posting learning materials and instructions for every lesson on Google Classroom.
  • Sharing videos to supplement the learning, where possible.
  • Nominating a buddy in each of your daughter’s classes to share their notes from each lesson with your daughter. 
  • Posting physical materials/resources home to your daughter, if materials are unable to be shared online.
  • Responding to your daughter if she has any questions about the classwork, mainly via email. 
  • Tailoring your daughter’s learning programme, where necessary, to meet her individual needs (e.g. withdrawing your daughter from certain achievement standards if she is unable to participate in some of the learning activities, especially linked to practical assessments).
If you have any questions regarding your daughter’s learning, please make contact with the following people: 
  • Your daughter’s teachers - for subject-specific queries.
  • Your daughter’s year level Dean - for overall pastoral care queries and tracking of student progress.
  • Julie Bain - Deputy Principal (Leader of Learning) - for broader queries about the provision of distance learning options jbain@wdsg.school.nz

For more information regarding attending school at Alert Level 2, please click here.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Waikato Diocesan School for Girls and each other.

Blessings
Mary Curran | Principal

COVID-19 Level 2

posted 13 Feb 2021, 23:29 by Debbie Stevens


The Prime Minister has announced that as of 11.59pm tonight, Auckland will move into Alert Level 3 for three days, and the rest of New Zealand will enter Level 2 for three days. This is after three new COVID-19 cases were reported in the community today.

A reminder that at Alert Level 2, all children and young people can go to school. The only exceptions are children or young people who are sick or have any COVID-19 symptoms, are in self-isolation, or have been asked to stay at home by health authorities while awaiting for the result of a test.

School buses will operate as usual. Masks are not mandatory on school buses but students can wear them if they wish.

We all need to play it safe and continue to take sensible health and safety precautions, however at Alert level 2, public health advice is that schools, early learning services and tertiary institutions are safe to open on-site to all learners and staff.

Parents and caregivers who come on-site for a period of time need to be noted in the visitor register at reception (not required for drop-offs and pick-ups).

 Unfortunately, due to Level 2 restrictions, parents and whanau will not be able to attend the Student Leaders Commissioning Chapel Service tomorrow.

We'll share any other information impacting events/ gatherings tomorrow.

Keep safe. 
#gohardandgoearly 

Dio Carol Service - Sunday 6 December

posted 26 Nov 2020, 12:13 by Debbie Stevens

Please join us at our whole school Chapel/Carol Service on Sunday 6 December. This is a compulsory special character event for all junior students. If families are unable to attend, parents/caregivers must put their apologies in writing to their daughter's form teacher by midday, Friday 4 December.


The Dio Difference in action

posted 29 Oct 2020, 20:46 by Debbie Stevens   [ updated 29 Oct 2020, 20:52 ]

Today was Founders’ Day - a time to reflect on Dio’s past and to acknowledge the community members, both past and present, who have influenced the character and values that embody the vibrant, engaging, and safe school environment we see today.

With thirty special Old Girl guests attending our Chapel Service officiated by Emeritus Archbishop Sir David Moxon, It was an opportunity to laugh, cry, remember, and to praise the memories of this wonderful school. Thank you to all our incredible students and staff involved in this special service.

After the annual Founders‘ Day Chapel Service comes an afternoon of Dio Day festivities - organised by our Year 13 students.

This year, activities included a sausage sizzle, bouncy castle, Duck Island ice cream, DJ, movies, staff Flashmob and cake auction.

The weather, unfortunately, didn’t come to the party but that didn’t dampen the spirits of our students who continued to dance and have fun in the rain. This resulted in some wet uniforms with students instructed to change out of wet clothes if they could or head home early to get changed.

A special thank you to our incredible Year 13 team led by Rachel and Zoe who went all out to create a fun afternoon. We think you guys are pretty awesome and so appreciate the aroha you showed today to your schoolmates.

Thank you also to Old Girl Ruby Lewin (aspoonfulofruby) who donated one of her incredible cakes to auction off with proceeds going to Anglican Action.

Thanks team Dio for making the Dio Difference.

It's Time To Order Your 2020 Yearbooks

posted 28 Oct 2020, 15:30 by Amy Murphy



The 2020 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). All Yearbooks and digital yearbooks will be posted.

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) - $28.00
Printed hard-copy $55.00 posted to your address; $65.00 international postage)

Please complete the form before Monday 16 November 2020.



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,
 
Regards
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 absent@wdsg.school.nz 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 bjames@wdsg.school.nz or by phone 07 855-2038 ext 2780.

We strongly encourage everyone to follow the official advice from the Government at https://covid19.govt.nz/

Stay kind and look after one another.

Ngā mihi

Mary Curran
PRINCIPAL


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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
 2.

Stay safe everyone. 

Mary Curran
Principal 

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.

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