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Get Your Tickets Now for Dio Arts Showcase!

posted 21 Sep 2017, 14:46 by Debbie Stevens

Student Art Exhibition

posted 16 Jul 2017, 22:00 by Megan Udy   [ updated 16 Jul 2017, 22:00 ]

Come and check out Dio's Student Art Exhibition, opening 1 August in the Piki Mahuta Centre.

Cake Art 2017

posted 1 Mar 2017, 17:18 by Georgina Hewitt   [ updated 6 Mar 2017, 13:40 ]

See the cakes up for auction here!

The cake auction will be at 12.45 pm in the Piki foyer - bring cash and pool with your friends to purchase a delicious treat.
All proceeds go to Autism NZ - please be generous! 

If you have any more questions, please ask via the Arts@Dio Facebook page!

DioNews eNewsletter Issue One

posted 20 Feb 2017, 12:44 by Debbie Stevens

Arts News & Events

Oliver! Production

We are straight into rehearsals and the Oliver cast is already looking and sounding amazing. Year 9's  Ava Downey is the lead in this spectacular musical, with many other outstanding actors, dancers, singers and musicians taking supporting roles. Make sure to purchase tickets from the school shop, on sale in March. Performance dates are 8th, 10th and 11th of April at 7.00pm, with a matinee on the 9th at 2.00pm.

Play Writing Competition

Students and Staff are encouraged to get involved with our first ever play-writing competition. To participate,  email or share with Miss Armitage (larmitage@wdsg.school.nz) a one-page play by 5 May.  A number of the best plays will be selected to be performed later in the year. This competition is open to all students and staff. So why not give it a go?


Recent Competition and Exam results

Year 13 student Ashleigh Smith achieved high merit in her grade 8 flute exam.

Year 10 student Lucy Thomas received four certificates in the Te Awamutu vocal competitions in term four 2016. Lucy was placed 2nd in Song in Costume, 1st in Folk Song, and was Very Highly Commended for Own Selection and Religious Solo.

Play it Strange

Class of  2016 student Mikaela Varcoe featured on the 2016 Play It Strange CD with her original song Picture to Burn. Play it Strange gives the opportunity for secondary school students to submit original songs and have their own voices and ideas heard around the county. Mikaela says it was a great to get some professional experience and make industry contacts. 
To hear Mikaela’s song and see her music video click here 

Bel Suono Choir Camp

Our Auditioned Choir, Bel Suono, had an intensive three-day camp before school started to get to know each other, learn four new songs, and get familiar with a further two songs to be ready for performances and competitions this year. They also had tutoring from Janye Tankersley and a fun talent quest on the final night. The camp concluded with a short concert for parents and staff. It was a great few days!

 NZ Secondary Students’ Choir Selection

Izzie Reid, Year 9,  has been selected for the NZ Secondary Students’ Choir, which comprises 30 boys and 30 girls, mostly from Years 11-13. This is the first time in a decade that a student has been selected at such a young age, from 250 students who auditioned.

Culinary and Design Tour 2017

On the 11th of January, 21 students and four teachers departed Dio at 1:30am to begin the Culinary and Design tour of New York and Los Angeles. The two-week tour held plenty of highlights for everyone, some of the favourites being the fountain in Central Park, our architectural boat tour on the Hudson River, and the Top of the Rock.  Central Park in winter is very beautiful, and very, very cold, especially if you forget your gloves. 

We visited the Bethesda Fountain there, which most people will know as the fountain that Chuck and Blair from Gossip Girl got married under or the fountain featured in the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. opening sequence. Needless to say, many selfies were taken with it. Another group favourite was our tour of New York’s impressive architecture, which took place on a boat travelling down the Hudson River. About an hour into the tour, it started to snow, so of course all of us ran out onto the deck of the boat to take pictures, make snowballs with the tiny amount of snow there was, and throw them at each other as hard as we could, only for them to fall apart in mid-air. 

We also went past the Statue of Liberty, cue everyone taking as many photos of the green lady as they could. One of our most favourite touristy places that we went to was the Rockefeller Center or Top of the Rock. Three very high up viewing levels and a very strange room where the lights actually follow you greeted us. Although it wasn’t the nicest day and it was rather cloudy, everyone got some fantastic photos of New York from our bird's eye view. 

In Los Angeles, we visited the Southern California Institute of Architecture, and I think everyone got a kick out of the strange shape of the building, which was only about 20m wide, and just over 400m long. All in all, the jam-packed trip held at least a few good memories for every single person, and none of us will forget it for a good long while.

Madison Troughton, Year 13

Extra Curricular Sign-ups are now Live.

posted 2 Feb 2017, 13:11 by Georgina Hewitt

The Extra Curricular Sign ups for sports and Arts have been opened. These will remain open until afterschool on Friday 10 Feb.
Please discuss the extra curricular options together as a family while filling these forms out.
Instructions for signing up are below and an electronic version of the extra curricular guide can be found here.

Arts and Sports Registration Process 2017

Oliver! Casting notification

posted 5 Dec 2016, 00:10 by Georgina Hewitt

WDSG Oliver! Casting notification

Visual Arts 2016 Showcase Video

posted 1 Dec 2016, 15:22 by Georgina Hewitt   [ updated 1 Dec 2016, 15:39 ]

Visual Arts 2016 showcase video

Check out the amazing art being produced by our visual art students. So much talent!
#diolol #artwork #creative

Arts Awards 2016

posted 31 Oct 2016, 15:06 by Debbie Stevens   [ updated 31 Oct 2016, 15:31 ]

Junior Arts Honours in Dance

Caitlin Hall 
Greta Glover
Jiorgia Newman-Jacobs
Madeline Peach 

Junior Arts Honours in Kapa haka
Ava Dunn 
Chelsea Whittaker
Emma Ngawhika
Isobel Goldfinch 
Jenna Foot 
Ngarangi Mason 

Junior Arts Honours in Music

Amelia Leidig
Annaliese Fleming
Charli Herbert 
Charlotte Russell
Elizabeth Chan 
Emily Copland
Holly Mills 
Isabel Mallett
Jasmine Fountaine
Jessica Foster 
Kate Chibnall
Lucy Thomas
Maia Armistead
Maisey Li
Megan Spring
Nazeefah Ahmed
Paige Landon
Serena Yu
Sofia Kent 
Samantha Turnwald 

Junior Arts Honours in Oratory

Joyce Hu
Emily Rich

Junior Arts Honours in Performing Arts

Alanah Roberton
Olivia McLennan

Junior Arts Honours in more than one discipline

Drama and Music Arts Honours 
  • Charlotte O’Regan 

Oratory and Drama Honours
  • Talia Nicol

Oratory and Music Honours
  • Harper Smith

Senior Arts Honours in Dance

Anna Cullen
Caitlyn Ulyatt 
Ella Morgan
Emilie Bard
Leah Slack
Olivia Kerbers
Petra Walker
Pyper Kerr
Sarah Booth 
Victoria Clapcott
Zoe Holcroft

Senior Arts Honours in Drama

Ella Beattie
Emily Clapcott
Emma Spence
Natasha Coleman

Senior Arts Honours in Kapa Haka

Aryane Powell
Emma Jackways 
Tiana Thompson 

Senior Arts Honours in Music

Alexandra McLennan
Ari McAlley 
Ashleigh Smith
Chelsea Lin 
Elizabeth Price 
Eunice Koo
Hannah Foster 
Jamila Milne 
Jane Tian 
Jasmine Stewart
Katherine Blow
Kendal Scheurich 
Kiri Crossland
Maddison Leather
Madisyn-Reed Barnsdall
Marianna Kang
Mikaela Varcoe
Natalie Sharp
Nina Graham
Ocean Daniel
Olivia Van Der Klip
Phoebe Bedford
Rachel Shaskey
Rebecca McLay
Rilee Birss
Rosie Brooking
Sarah Dela Rue
Sarah Van Den Hurk
Sophie McAllister
Tayla Johnston 

Senior Arts Honours in Oratory

Amy Spittal
Charlotte McColl
Emma Fountaine
Emma Harris

Senior Arts Honours in Performing Arts

Eden Halley 
Grier Gardyne
Hannah Hittmann
Sydney Ensor 

Senior Arts Honours in Technical Arts

Monique Paul
Sabina East
Day-Eth Smit
Devon Bree 
Emma Barker 
Kess Walsh 

Senior Arts Honours in Visual Arts

Kerry-Anne Moss
Heather Walpole-Smith
Kaitlin Thornton

Senior Arts Honours in more than one discipline

Music and Kapa Haka Honours 
Caitlin Ryan 
Jamie Bayley 
Jaquan Nin
Matiria Moleni

Drama and Music Honours 
Katherine Garvey
Olivia Thomas

Music and Technical Arts Honours
Michelle Tiang 

Music and Visual Arts Honours 
Phoebe Clewlow-Gibson

High Achievers Awards (Re-awarded)
  • Nazeefah Ahmed
JUNIOR VOCAL - High Achievers Concert                
  • Jasmine Fountaine
  • Marianna Kang
  • Serena Yu
  • Vivi Crossland 
  • Ashleigh Smith
  • Luminescent - Rilee Birss, Sarah Dela Rue, Jaquan Nin, Olivia Thomas
GREENSLADE CUP for Senior Vocal Performance  
  •  Olivia Thomas
NANCY LIGHT MUSIC CUP for 1st place in the High Achievers Competition
  • Olivia Thomas

House Singing Awards (Re-Awarded)
DORINDA WILSON MEMORIAL CUP for Excellence in Choral Conducting in House Singing
  • Elizabeth Price
  • Sarah Dela Rue
  • Laura Henderson 
LYON AWARD for Creativity in Arrangement in House Singing Competition                                   
  • Katherine Garvey and Ashleigh Smith

Dance Awards

ABBY DUTTON CUP for Passion for Dance         
  • Olivia Kerbers

KERYN BAIN AWARD for Leadership in Dance
  • Ella Morgan

Drama Awards
PATRICIA RADICH CUP for contribution to the Performing Arts
  • Ella Beattie
ASHLYN SMITH CUP for Service to Stagecraft
  • Kaitlin Thornton
SUSAN HAYWORTH Award for best Drama performance of the year  
  • Ella Beattie (for her performance in Y13 Production 2016)
Music Awards
ORBELL CUP for Junior Flute         
  • Hazel Fairweather
REID MUSIC TROPHY for Wind Instruments
  • Jamila Milne 
WENTWORTH CUP for Progress in Strings
  • Eunice Koo
DEIRDRE PARR MUSIC CUP for the Advanced String Player Contributing most to School Music  
  • Chelsea Lin
NISBET CUP for Junior Piano - Grade 1-2
  • Ella Green
HAMILTON PIANOS CUP for Excellence in Music
  • Rebecca McLay
GERALDINE ADAMS CUP for Contribution to School Music
  • Sarah Van den Hurk
Music Citizenship Award (prize donated by Shearers Music)
  • Elizabeth Price
JANE HOLMES CUP for Excellence in Choral Work
  • Katherine Garvey

Oratory Awards

JESSICA CHEN AWARD for Most Improved Junior Debater         
  • Talia Nicol
KIM BURKHART CUP for Best Senior Debater         
  • Amy Spittal
DAY CUP FOR ORATORY winner of the Senior Speech Competition
  • Shekinah Blaikie 
LIPSCOMBE SHIELD for Intermediate Speech and Drama
  • Kate Gow

Visual Arts Awards
MOIRA STREET TROPHY for Contribution to Visual Art
  • Heather Walpole-Smith
PHOTOLIFE AWARD for Contribution to Document Arts at Dio (prize donated by Photolife)    
  • Emma Harris - for her contribution to Noise Magazine
CAMERON AWARD for Visionary Artistic Practice         
  • Isabella Robb
GLOVER AWARD for Excellence in Visual Art - an award created by Fred Graham for all round excellence in Visual Art 
  • Phoebe Clewlow-Gibson

Major Awards

OLD GIRL CONTRIBUTION TO ARTS                        

  •  Mrs Fiona Rimmer

CREATIVITY AWARD for Outstanding Artistic Endeavour

  • Ella Morgan
WILLIAMSON AWARD for Outstanding Leadership in the Arts
  • Kiri Crossland

ARTS LAUREATE                       
  •  Katherine Garvey

Waikato Diocesan Arts Awards photos are now online and are available to view and purchase by clicking here. Password is WDCP09

Bel Suono Choir - New Year 9s for 2017, Auditions

posted 13 Oct 2016, 14:28 by Debbie Stevens

Arts Showcase 2016

posted 13 Sep 2016, 15:33 by Debbie Stevens

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