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Anglican Missions Relief Appeal

posted by Waikato Diocesan School for Girls

Dear Dio family


On behalf of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, and Churches within the worldwide Anglican Communion, Anglican Missions is preparing to launch a Relief appeal in support of victims and families affected by the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday 15th March 2019.


Archbishops Philip Richardson and Don Tamihere, joint leaders of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand issued a joint statement:


"We are shocked at the appalling and horrific acts of violence that occurred in Christchurch today.


We feel utterly saddened for those who have lost their lives, and for their families and loved ones who mourn them. Indeed we mourn with them as fellow citizens and members of the same human whānau, and we condemn the despicable and cowardly acts of violence that took their lives.


The freedom of worship and religious life is an absolute right to all in this land. We choose to stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters and support their continued and inalienable right to live and worship here in peace.


All of us who live here in Aotearoa New Zealand must stand in solidarity in the face of such evil – and we call upon Anglicans throughout Aotearoa New Zealand to uphold all those affected in prayer, and to respond to this act by rejecting the rhetoric of hatred and religious intolerance, and to show compassion and kindness to all our neighbours who wish to live here in peace.”


We have been shielded in Aotearoa New Zealand from so much of the religious hatred and bigotry that stalks the world. But yesterday that innocence and immunity was shattered.


Anglican Missions joins with Christians across the globe in condemning this terrorist act. Please join us in praying  for God’s comfort for the families, friends, and communities who lost loved ones; for wisdom for our national and local leaders as they respond; for peace and calm and for no further incidents or retaliations; for the police, emergency responders, chaplains and health professionals at the hospitals dealing with survivors; for wisdom and sensitivity towards our Muslim brothers and sisters; and for church communities as they respond - especially in Christchurch. 


Anglican Missions is in discussions with church and community leaders, and will launch an appeal more formally with more definitive information early next week. 



In the meantime, donations can be sent to Anglican Missions in support of the Relief Appeal, or online to


Rev Canon Robert Kereopa

CEO Anglican Missions.

Easter Baskets 2019

posted 14 Mar 2019, 19:11 by Waikato Diocesan School for Girls

The making and delivery of Easter Baskets to rest homes is a very special tradition here at Dio. Every year, hundreds of Dio girls assemble and donate Easter Baskets which are then delivered to local rest home residents by Year 13 students.

Girls are awarded House points for every basket made with a prize for the form class with the most Easter baskets.
We ask for chocolate egg baskets and also Diabetic options, which might include soaps, hankies, hand cream, tea, socks, and handwritten notes.
The deadline for baskets to be delivered to form classes is Friday 29 March.

Dio encourages its students to be involved in social services initiatives, knowing that, with willing minds and hearts, we can all make a difference. Through this involvement and awareness, students are developing the moral foundations for good citizenship.

Thank you for supporting this important Dio tradition.

Waikato Diocesan School Association AGM - 12 March 2019

posted 7 Mar 2019, 17:07 by Megan Udy   [ updated 7 Mar 2019, 17:08 ]

On behalf of Waikato Diocesan School Association, we invite you to attend the Annual General Meeting.

When: 6.30pm Tuesday 12th March 2019 (followed by a general meeting of the committee)
Where: Community Relations Centre (behind the Sports Education Centre)

The agenda will include an election of Officers of the Executive. Nominations for the positions mentioned below can be sent to the Dio School Association Secretary:
  • Chairperson
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Stock Scheme representative
  • Boarder Parent Representative

Valued Board Chair Steps Down

posted 4 Mar 2019, 17:48 by Waikato Diocesan School for Girls   [ updated 4 Mar 2019, 18:16 ]


A ten-year association with Waikato Diocesan School for Girls has come to an end with the resignation of Board of Trustees Chair, Lynette Pearks. A qualified Chartered Accountant with 25 plus years’ experience in general accounting and taxation, Lynette was co-opted to the Board of Trustees at the beginning of 2009 to fill a vacancy. At the elections in 2010, she was elected as a Parent Representative. She took up the role of Chair following the Trustee elections in June 2013, the same year her daughters, Nicole and Danielle, graduated from Dio. Throughout her time on the Board, she has been a member of the Finance Committee and has also been involved on Personnel and Discipline committees. Lynette will remain on the Board and Finance Committee until the Board of Trustees triennial elections in June.

The interim new Board Chair, Dan Moore (previously Deputy Chair), was elected as a Parent Representative in 2016. Dan is a commercial lawyer and partner at Norris Ward McKinnon. He and his wife, Sue, have two daughters currently at Dio, in Years 10 and 12.

Pat Peoples has been announced as interim Deputy Chair. Pat was co-opted to the Board of Trustees in May 2018 and is the Board's representative on the Property Planning Group. Pat is Managing Director/CEO of Schick Civil Construction and also currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of St Joseph's School, Fairfield. He and his wife, Michelle, have two daughters at Dio, in Years 9 and 12.

Both these appointments are in place until the new Board is elected in June.

The Board of Trustees triennial elections are to be held in June 2019 and further information will be communicated closer to the time. The New Zealand School Trustees Association encourages parent and whanau participation on school boards in order to help shape and support the education of their children. They have rolled out the Korari Programme for anyone interested in finding out about standing for the school board elections and having a say in the education of their children. 

Dio Chapel Services 2019

posted 3 Mar 2019, 19:14 by Waikato Diocesan School for Girls

Dio Athletics Day - 21 February

posted 18 Feb 2019, 19:55 by Waikato Diocesan School for Girls

Dio Athletics Day 2019

Thursday 21 February - 8.25am to 3.15pm
Porritt Stadium, Crosby Rd, Hamilton

Important Information

  • Roll check (in Houses) is at 8.25am at Porritt Stadium. Ask your parents or caregivers to deliver you to Porritt Stadium, Crosby Road  (bus pupils see below). If you bike to school, then go directly to Porritt.
  • Boarders meet at the gym at 8.00am to catch the bus to Porritt Stadium. You will be transported back to school at the end of the day.
  • The first event (3000m) starts at 8.30am. Everyone is then expected to complete the House fun walk as a warm-up. This is not a championship event. Times and records will not be kept and 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 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 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 3.00 - 3.15pm, 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. Please organise to be picked up by 3.30pm at the latest.
  • 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 link to the programme is posted above
  • Parents/caregivers/whaanau are most welcome to join us at Porritt Stadium.
  • The Student Council and Mission Council are running a sausage sizzle and will be also be selling ice creams, drinks and snack foods  - so bring some coins. 


If the weather is looking doubtful, we will send out a whole school email postponement notification. This will also be posted to the school Facebook page. If postponed, please come to school prepared for a normal school day. 

Athletic Sports Bus/Transport

Te Awamutu, Cambridge/ bus: students will be dropped off at and collected from Porritt Stadium.

Morrinsville bus: students will be dropped off at Porritt Stadium in the morning in time for roll call. When the Athletics Day has finished at approximately 3.00 pm, these students will be amongst the first students to be transported back to Dio to catch their bus via a chartered Turley Motors bus or the school mini van.

Huntly, Ngaruawahia, Raglan, Matangi/Gordonton/Puketaha, Horotiu/Horsham Downs, Whitikahu/Orini 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 by 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 further questions regarding Athletics Day should be sent to Mark Cornaga, Director of Sport:

Dio Golf Day Postponed

posted 17 Feb 2019, 19:02 by Waikato Diocesan School for Girls

Dear Dio Community

Unfortunately, we have had to postpone the School Association Golf Day scheduled for Sunday 10 March. We are currently looking at a new date later in the year and will notify our community as soon as this is confirmed. If you are interested in sponsoring a hole or prizes for this fun Dio event, please email the School Association 


Dio Swimming Sports 2019

posted 10 Feb 2019, 18:19 by Waikato Diocesan School for Girls

In 1932, Dio swimming took place in a makeshift pool in the Waikato River!

Waikato Diocesan School Swimming Sports takes place this Wednesday, 13 February.  Parents/grandparents/whaanau are very welcome to join us under the shade cloths in the school pool area. The first event, House Mania, kicks off at 11.00am. The timetable of events can be viewed below.

Brave parents are invited to take part in the parent vs staff vs senior girls relay at the end of the day. Please bring your togs and get involved.

All students are expected to attend unless prior leave has been applied for and granted by our Deputy Principal, Miss Smith. 

If your daughter has an unanticipated illness or an urgent situation arises on the day, please ring the school absence line 07 855 2038 or email giving a valid reason for our records.

In the unlikely event that swimming sports are cancelled, students will go back to class for a normal school day.

For a timetable of events, click here.

Sports and Arts Sign up Closes Soon

posted 6 Feb 2019, 16:00 by Waikato Diocesan School for Girls   [ updated 6 Feb 2019, 19:09 ]

Have you signed up for extracurricular Sports and Arts yet? If not, you have until 8.30 am Monday 11 February to sign up for Arts and until Monday 18 February to sign up for Sports.
  • Information on the Arts sign-ups (how to and extracurricular guide) can be found here
  • Information on Sports sign-ups can be found here
If you have any questions about the Arts, contact Arts Administrator Georgina Hewitt -
If you have any questions about the Sports, contact Director of Sports, Mark Cornaga -

The Sound of Music Cast

posted 11 Dec 2018, 16:33 by Waikato Diocesan School for Girls   [ 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 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.

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