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Audition information for Bring It On

posted 30 Sep 2020, 18:57 by Georgina Hewitt

Information about the Audition process for Bring It On The Musical can be found here

You can sign up for an audition time from 11 November either via the link that will be sent to parents for current students in early November, or by emailing Georgina Hewitt on ghewitt@wdsg.school.nz for boys or incoming students.

Dio Arts Showcase

posted 20 Sep 2020, 18:25 by Georgina Hewitt   [ updated 1 Oct 2020, 20:01 ]

Update: a link to photos from the evening can be found here

NB: If you live in Auckland, you have been asked to bring Alert level 2 with you. Unfortunately this means that you will be unable to attend our showcase this year as the gathering will be over 100. For our Dio wh
ānau effected by this, we will arrange a video copy for you to watch at a later date.

NZ Covid Tracing QR codes and hand sanitiser will be available and we ask that if you are unwell that you do not attend. 
Anyone who chooses to wear a face-covering will be supported to do so.

Cash door sales may be available. There will be NO half time concession snacks or beverages sold at this event.

Information from today's assembly!

posted 3 Sep 2020, 17:45 by Georgina Hewitt

It was a very full assembly today so here are the links to all the information that was presented
  • Information on applications for the NZ Secondary Schools Symphony Orchestra can be found here https://www.nzssso.com/
    Applications close 26 October
  • Information on applications for the NZ Secondary Students Choir can be found here https://www.nzsschoir.com/about/join-nzssc/
    Applications close 6 October
  • Congratulations to our High Achievers concert performers and winners. A list can be found here 
  • The One Page Play competition closes on Monday - get your entries to Miss Armitage, 
  • There is a Dio Original Music competition which closes at the end of the term. See details here 
  • TourTime and Harmony Helper have launched a competition to win a year subscription and $1000 off your next tour, see details here 
  • Y13 students Lucy Thomas and Charlotte O'Regan are in an upcoming show at Riverlea Theatre
  • Noise Magazine creative works (art, poetry, writing, reviews, recipes etc) are due by 11 September to Noise@wdsg.school.nz 
  • Don't forget to do your Arts Honours applications 
  • Dio's 2021 Production as been announced! 

Dio Original Music Competition

posted 3 Sep 2020, 17:44 by Georgina Hewitt

One Page Play competition

posted 30 Aug 2020, 16:31 by Georgina Hewitt

A reminder you have one more week to get your entries in for the One Page Play competition!
You can use this for Arts Honours and the winner will have their play acted out by Teachers :-)

The requirements are the play must be 1 page or less, in size 10 Arial font, and with normal margins. And this year we have a theme of “Second Chances.”

Please send your entries in to Miss A by Monday 7 September. 
This competition will run regardless of Covid Levels. 
If you have any questions please see Drama Captain Jess Falconer or Miss A in Drama. 

Arts Honours Applications

posted 30 Aug 2020, 14:39 by Georgina Hewitt   [ updated 30 Aug 2020, 17:23 ]

Arts Honours Criteria: Students who receive an “Arts Honour” are clearly recognised as excelling in their area of expertise. They will have consistently displayed ability, commitment* and service to the school in the selected Arts activity/discipline. They will have shown enthusiasm, outstanding involvement and spirit as a member of an extracurricular Arts activity and will be a role model for the Arts. Out of school activities/achievements will be considered but a student MUST be involved in school activities. *NB: attendance and contribution will be checked with person/teacher in charge of discipline

Students - a google form has been sent to your school email. Please fill in your Arts achievements for 2020, including school (not classwork or NCEA results), community, interschool, regional, national and international achievements. (Note that not all categories will apply to all disciplines.) Achievements from Term 4 2019 will also be accepted. You must nominate yourself!

We will take into account the fact that COVID-19 has caused some disruptions to our normal year, so if you were entered into an extra curricular event or competition that got cancelled please include details of this, and the work that you did towards this (email any evidence to Miss Hewitt to support after completing your application). 

Deadline for submissions is Tuesday 8 September at 5pm. You should be able to go back and edit anything in your responses during this time if you have forgotten to add something. Email Miss Hewitt ghewitt@wdsg.school.nz if you have any questions. 

The Arts Awards evening is scheduled to be held on the Thursday 29 October in the Piki Mahuta Centre.

High Achievers' Concert 2020

posted 16 Aug 2020, 20:02 by Georgina Hewitt   [ updated 27 Aug 2020, 16:59 ]

Congratulations to the winners of the High Achievers concert 2020 held in the All Saints Chapel on Wednesday 26 August, with a very limited audience, and also live streamed on the Arts@Dio Facebook page.
The standard was incredible, and the adjudicators had their work cut out for them. 

Congratulations to:

Surrah Cup for Junior Piano – Rochelle Fernandes

Waikato Diocesan School Music Cup for Senior Piano – Lara Lamont

Waikato Diocesan School Cup for Potential in Piano – Lauren Aplin

Senior Instrumental Performance Cup – Clara Lynch

Lyon Sisters Trophy for Intermediate Vocal – Alice Watson

Greenslade Cup for Senior Vocalist – Isabella Reid

Ursula Bisley Vocal Award – Charlotte O’Regan

Waikato Diocesan School Group performance – Dio Trio (Ashley Koo, Ally Zhang, and Samara Nation)

Nancy Light Music Cup for 1st Place in the High Achievers competition - Dio Trio (Ashley Koo, Ally Zhang, and Samara Nation)

Thank you to everyone who performed, and also who auditioned earlier in the term. 

Congratulations to the following finalists who will be performing in the High Achievers concert on Wednesday 26 August 2020 in the All Saints Chapel. 

Junior Piano:
Lauren Verryt
Lauren Aplin
Rochelle Fernandes

Senior Piano:
Nuo Chen
Ally Zhang
Lara Lamont

Intermediate Vocals:
Beni Martinus
Alice Watson
Belle Beckitt-Goodyear

Senior Vocals:
Charlotte O’Regan
Lucy Thomas
Isabella Reid
Hannah Morgan
Ishbel Eade

Senior Instrumental:
Clara Lynch
Tina Jiang
Ashley Koo
Samara Nation

Shelby Bowater and Amiria Douglas
Charlotte O’Regan and Lucy Thomas
Dio Trio (Ashley Koo, Ally Zhang, and Samara Nation)
Ngarangi Mason, Emma Ngawhika and Xanthe Wainui-Mackle

This is not a ticketed event but due to a limited number of seats on the night under Level 2 COVID-19 restrictions please make sure you come and sign up for a seat outside the Music Room ASAP for any of your family members who wish to attend, or email arts@wdsg.school.nz to reserve a seat. 

On the evening, everyone will be asked to sign in for contract tracing and follow social distancing and hygiene protocols. Hand sanitiser will be available. Performers and accompanists are asked to report to R2 and use the R Block entrance to the chapel, and all other audience members are asked to enter through the main chapel doors. 

House Battle Competition

posted 22 Jun 2020, 21:32 by Georgina Hewitt   [ updated 28 Jun 2020, 13:55 ]

UPDATE: Official photos from the Dio House Battle event (a special COVID-19 version of House Singing for 2020) held in the All Saints Chapel, can be viewed on the link below. https://drive.gallery/share/cbr3ef

The live stream had issues with logins, but it was recorded which we hope to share more widely soon. With our traditional House Singing 2020 being cancelled due to the aftermath of COVID19, the House Leaders decided they wanted to make their legacy known and along with the House Singing team, they bring you a one off HOUSE BATTLE to be held on Friday 26 June 2020 in the All Saints Chapel.

It is similar in the fact that we are singing, and that we will rehearse during the day, but instead of performing that night in Claudelands, we are performing in the afternoon at school. Unfortunately due to space, we cannot invite parents/caregivers or whanau to the event. We are hoping to stream it live on our Facebook page and will update you if this is possible.

What will Friday look like?
There will be no classes, and it will be a mufti day in your House Colours. All that needs to be brought to school is your water bottles, lunch, and morning tea. Students will start their day by meeting in their assigned House areas where the Y13s will start to teach everyone the song. Everyone will get some time in the chapel to work out where they will sit and how they get on stage. When you are not in the chapel you are rehearsing in other venues around the school.

Lunchtime is slightly earlier at 12.20pm and will go for 30 minutes. Then form time will follow where we ask everyone to lock their bags and phones away in their form classes before heading to the chapel promptly.

If you are sick or feeling unwell on the day, please stay home and get your caregivers to contact the school regarding your absence as normal. If you are feeling unwell on the day, please let a supervising teacher know and go to the Wellness Centre.

If you have any questions, please ask your House Leader, Form Teacher, Mrs Greenslade or Miss Hewitt.

Please see the schedule below to see where your House will be at various points of the day. 

Orchestra Workshop

posted 21 Jun 2020, 14:43 by Georgina Hewitt   [ updated 21 Jun 2020, 14:48 ]

During lockdown the DiOrchestra was able to still have practices on Zoom every Wednesday. During these rehearsals we would all be on mute and would play along to a recording of our pieces. This helped us to keep on top of our music so when we got back to school we all were playing our pieces well and making good progress.  On the 20th of June the DiOrchestra was able to have a workshop with Tim Carpenter, throughout the afternoon we had sectionals with outside tutors/specialists including Mr Burnell, Mrs Kane, Mrs Bev Oliver, Oliver Barratt, Mr Chris Nation, Mrs Anne Mendrun, Mrs Smith and participated in the workshop with Tim Carpenter where we worked on technique and improved our 4 pieces for this year, which are Pirates Of The Caribbean, Wonder Woman, Gallop from the collection Ring Around The Moon and and a Arrangement of Amadeus by Mozart.  At the end of the day we had a concert for our friends and family which was well attended. It was a fun day and we worked really hard and made good progress.  Many thanks to Richard Lummus for the photos. 

 We really appreciate the input from our musical community working with us to become better musicians. We look forward to performing some pieces at the end of the term to residents at Hilda Ross Retirement Village.

Orchestra workshop 2020

Y13 Drama Solo performances

posted 10 Jun 2020, 14:15 by Georgina Hewitt

The Level 3 Drama class would like to invite you to attend one of their performance nights next week. On Monday and Wednesday nights (the 15th and 17th of June) at 7pm in PM2 they will be performing their original solo works. Devised and performed by the students themselves, the Solos are based on the life of a famous, or infamous, woman from history. The Level 3 Solos don't usually have a public audience, but this year, with all productions cancelled, this will be the only opportunity for the Year 13s to perform. It would be so wonderful for the girls to have a good audience for this, their last Drama performance at Dio.

To reserve a seat, please get your daughter to write your name on the reserve list on the Drama office door, or email arts@wdsg.school.nz 


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