Waikato Diocesan School offers an holistic education and seeks to nurture every facet of every girl. The values, academic and life skills, and love of learning that students acquire during their time at Waikato Diocesan School will lay the foundation for a meaningful and successful life beyond school. Our NCEA results and our sporting and cultural achievements show that our students respond positively to the many opportunities and challenges available to them.
Students are taught in accordance with the internationally acclaimed New Zealand Curriculum. An increasingly wide range of courses is available which is intended to give a broad general education while also providing a foundation for future specialisation. Within individual courses we emphasise the importance of learning how to learn, of developing independence as a learner, making cross-curricular connections and solving problems or undertaking projects in real life contexts.
We provide a positive and focused learning environment within which we help students to meet their individual learning needs. Students can also expect to be involved in a variety of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities which will enhance learning and help develop the personal and social aptitudes that will enable valuable contributions to the community.
A diverse range of subjects and a committed and well qualified staff prepare students well for tertiary education and other vocational pathways. NCEA provides a great degree of flexibility in course choice and this requires careful planning. Informed subject and course choice is important and teachers, deans and the careers advisor provide students with clear guidance for planning a course of study which is relevant to future career pathways.
The Senior Options Guide assists students and their parents to decide on subject choices for the senior school years and is to be used in conjunction with curriculum planning sessions and, where necessary, individual interviews with the deans, careers advisor, subject teachers, or senior leadership.
The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is the main national qualification for secondary school students in New Zealand. NCEA is recognised by employers, and used for selection by universities and polytechnics, both in New Zealand and overseas.