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Important Information on Co-Curricular Sports and Arts Activities at Dio

posted 19 Mar 2020, 23:26 by Debbie Stevens

Social distancing and flattening the COVID-19 curve are priorities for us all as a nation and, as a result, we are having to take some significant measures to keep our school students, staff and wider community safe.

After a considered review of all Dio's co-curricular sports, arts, and cultural practices and rehearsals, we are implementing the following:

Co-curricular Sports

All sports practices and competitions will be suspended immediately with the intention of recommencing on Tuesday 28 April. Registrations for winter sports are currently on hold.

Although there are a handful of sports events still going ahead (we suspect this will change), we want to provide equity and consistency across all codes and have implemented a blanket policy.

This decision is on the back of recommendations from School Sport NZ and the Waikato Secondary School Sports Association.  School Sport NZ will be constantly reviewing the situation and will have further information available on 6 April.

We have also made the difficult decision to close the Fitness Centre - effective today Friday 19 March - until such time as it is deemed safe to reopen.

For the sake of our students' physical, mental, social and spiritual health, we believe it is important that they continue to remain active, but do so in a socially responsible way.

Any type of regular, physical activity can improve your fitness and your health. The most important thing is that you keep moving and stay positive. We encourage our athletes to talk to their coaches/managers about a suitable fitness routine for their sporting code.

Co-curricular Arts

Co-curricular Arts activities will continue but within tight Ministry of Health Guidelines for “Prevention and for Protection of Yourselves and Others”.
  • Students will stand/sit at least 1.5m apart from each other.
  • An attendance record will be taken, as per normal. This attendance information will record everyone present in the rehearsal, including any details of parents/caregivers/spectators and their contact information. There will be the additional question asking if the student or an immediate family member has travelled overseas in the last four weeks, and time of arrival and departure will also be recorded.
  • If students are feeling unwell, they must not come to practices or rehearsals.
  • If a student/staff member/spectator starts to feel unwell shortly after attending a practice or rehearsal, they must let the teacher in charge know ASAP, as well as following the normal school processes. 
Please click here for a breakdown of all extra-curricular arts and cultural activities and the precautions being taken.

It is important to note that these are unprecedented times and it is likely that these guidelines could change as we are guided by the medical expertise provided by the government.

Any questions regarding the information above should be directed in the first instance to:

Mark Cornaga, Director of Sports -

Georgina Hewitt, Arts Administrator -

Wishing our school community good health and aroha.

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