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Dio Athletics Day - 21 February

posted 18 Feb 2019, 19:55 by Debbie Stevens

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: