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Arts Extra Curricular Sign ups now live

posted 1 Feb 2018, 13:15 by Georgina Hewitt   [ updated 1 Feb 2018, 13:26 ]

The Arts Extra Curricular Sign ups are now live until 5pm 10 Feb 2018
If you have any questions about sign ups please see the Extra Curricular Guide or contact ghewitt@wdsg.school.nz.

Arts Registration Process 2018

2018 Production "Once Was Lost" Cast List

posted 31 Jan 2018, 15:05 by Georgina Hewitt

Many thanks to all the students who took the time to audition this week for the 2018 Production.
The audition panel were blown away by the talent that we have here at Dio and wish we could have cast
everyone who auditioned, but unfortunately stage space and time does not allow for everyone to be on stage. We would love for those who might miss out to be involved backstage in some way as we have more people behind the scenes than we do off stage! Please contact ghewitt@wdsg.school.nz if you would like to be involved. 

For those who have been cast, please check the rehearsal schedule again and let Miss Hewitt know ASAP if you have any clashes or if you feel you cannot commit to all the rehearsals. 
Our first get together is Thursday 1 Feb (TONIGHT) 7pm-9pm in the Dio School Hall (Please use the Martin Street entrance). 

If you have any questions about casting, please direct them to Miss Hewitt in the first instance. 

Production Auditions 2018

posted 16 Jan 2018, 13:18 by Georgina Hewitt   [ updated 16 Jan 2018, 13:18 ]

Information on the 2018 Production and Auditions can be found here 

If you have any questions please email ghewitt@wdsg.school.nz 

2017 Senior Visual Art Showcase Video

posted 15 Nov 2017, 14:54 by Georgina Hewitt

Check out the amazing art, design, and photography being produced by our Senior Visual Art students. 
Thanks to teachers Mrs Paula West, Mrs Tracy Ryan, and Mr Mark Bellham for collating this for us. 
We recommend viewing this in full screen. Enjoy!

Waikato Diocesan School Arts Awards 2017

posted 26 Oct 2017, 15:11 by Debbie Stevens   [ updated 26 Oct 2017, 15:19 ]

Junior Arts Honours in Dance
  • Jiorgia Newman-Jacobs
  • Emma Wood
  • Alyssa McDonald 

Junior Arts Honours in Drama

  • Rain Milne

Junior Arts Honours in Kapahaka

  • Ava Dunn
  • Jenna Foot
  • Ngarangi Mason

Junior Arts Honours in Music

  • Abigail Groves
  • Amelia Leidig
  • Charlotte O'Regan
  • Clara Lynch
  • Gina McCarthy
  • Grace Lockwood
  • Harriet Galpin
  • Isabella Reid 
  • Isabelle Groves 
  • Ishbel Eade
  • Isobel Beckitt-Goodyear
  • Lucy Thomas 
  • Megan Spring
  • Saniya Kansal
  • Tina Jiang
  • Xanthe Wainui-Mackle

Junior Arts Honours in Oratory

  • Amelia Le Comte
  • Brooke Carter
  • Carol Hu
  • Lily Ashenden 
  • Nicci Lee
  • Sankim Taing
  • Sophia Kilgour
  • Tiana Mayo
  • Zoe Clapcott

Junior Arts Honours in Performing Arts

  • Greta Glover

Junior Arts Honours in more than one discipline

Dance and Music Arts Honours 

  • Sophia Hasan-Stein
  • Music and Oratory Honours
  • Hazel Fairweather
  • Meixi Li

Music and Technical Honours

  • Maia Armistead

Senior Arts Honours in Dance

  • Caitlin Hall
  • Caitlyn Ulyatt
  • Emilie Bard 
  • Leah Slack
  • Madeline Peach 
  • Olivia Kerbers
  • Petra Walker
  • Pyper Kerr
  • Victoria Clapcott

Senior Arts Honours in Drama

  • Emily Clapcott
  • Emma Spence
  • Phoebe Bedford
  • Sydney Ensor

Senior Arts Honours in Kapa Haka

  • Chelsea Whittaker
  • Olivia Holten 
  • Tiana Thompson
  • Jaime Bayley

Senior Arts Honours in Music

  • Alexandra McLennan
  • Charli Herbert
  • Daisy Bunting
  • Elizabeth Chan
  • Eunice Koo
  • Hannah Foster
  • Jamila Milne
  • Jasmine Stewart
  • Jessica Foster 
  • Kate Chibnall
  • Kate Woolerton
  • Katherine Blow
  • Madison Troughton
  • Nazeefah Ahmed
  • Olivia van der Klip
  • Paige Landon
  • Rosie Brooking
  • Sarah Dela Rue
  • Sofia Kent
  • Tayla Johnston

Senior Arts Honours in Oratory

  • Emily Rich
  • Harper Smith
  • Joyce Hu
  • Shekinah Blaikie
  • Talia Nicol

Senior Arts Honours in Performing Arts

  • Holly Katie Rose Mills
  • Mikaela Varcoe
  • Olivia McLennan
  • Rilee Birss 
  • Samara Marsters 
  • Sarah Pyke

Senior Arts Honours in Technical Arts

  • Caitlin Walters-Freke
  • Chelsea Mexted
  • Devon Bree
  • Emma Barker 
  • Joanna Brown 

Senior Arts Honours in Visual Arts

  • Alessandra Hodson
  • Jessica Hale
  • Katy Hooker
  • Lucy Oliver 
  • Monique Paul
  • Petra Riddell

Senior Arts Honours in more than one discipline

Dance, Drama, and Music Honour

  • Kendal Scheurich

Music Technical Arts and Visual Arts

  • Jane Tian 
  • Michelle Tiang

Drama and Music Honours

  • Ashleigh Smith
  • Hannah Hittmann
  • Olivia Thomas
  • Vivi Crossland

Dance and Drama Honours 

  • Ashton McDonald
  • Sarah Booth

Dance and Performing Arts Honours 

  • Zoe Holcroft

Drama and Visual Arts Honours 

  • Natasha Coleman

Kapa Haka and Music Honours

  • Caitlin Ryan
  • Matiria Moleni

Kapa Haka and Performing Arts Honours

  • Jaquan Nin

Music and Oratory Honours

  • Grier Gardyne

Music and Technical Arts Honours

  • Chelsea Lin

Music and Visual Arts Honours

  • Emily Brook-Watt

Oratory and Technical Arts Honours

  • Day-eth Smit

Performing Arts and Visual Arts Honours

  • Eden Halley

Technical Arts and Visual Arts Honours

  • Kate Seager

High Achievers Awards (Re-awarded)

  • Charlotte O’Regan
  • Nazeefah Ahmed
GREENSLADE CUP for Senior Vocal Performance
  • Olivia Thomas
  • Jaquan Nin
  • Michelle Tiang
  • Saki Kanai (Toshi Exchange Student)
Machiatto (Katherine Blow, Vivi Crossland, Matiria Moleni, Caitlin Ryan)

McKINNON CUP for Intermediate Piano
  • Chika Ezura 
  • Elizabeth Chan
  • Marianna Kang
NANCY LIGHT MUSIC CUP for 1st place in the High Achievers' Competition
  • Marianna Kang

House Singing Awards (Re-Awarded)

DORINDA WILSON MEMORIAL CUP for excellence in choral conducting in House Singing
  • Jaquan Nin
  • Sarah Dela Rue
  • Marianna Kang
LYON AWARD for Creativity in Arrangement in House Singing Competition
  • Ashleigh Smith

Dance Awards

ABBY DUTTON CUP for Passion for Dance
  • Caitlyn Ulyatt
KERYN BAIN AWARD for Leadership in Dance
  • Olivia Kerbers

Drama Awards

PATRICIA RADICH CUP for contribution to the Performing Arts
  • Emily Clapcott
ASHLYN SMITH CUP for Service to Stagecraft
  • Kate de Lautour 
SUSAN HAYWORTH Award for best Drama performance of the year
  • Olivia Thomas (for her Solo Devised Performance)

Music Awards

ORBELL CUP for Junior Flute
  • Ishbel Eade
REID MUSIC TROPHY for Wind Instruments
  • Jane Tian
WENTWORTH CUP for Progress in Strings
  • Michelle Tiang
DEIRDRE PARR MUSIC CUP for the Advanced String Player Contributing most to School Music
  • Eunice Koo
NISBET CUP for Junior Piano - Grade 1-2
  • Petra Riddell
LA GROUW CUP for Grade 5 Piano
  • Lara Lamont
HAMILTON PIANOS CUP for excellence in music
  • Ashleigh Smith
GERALDINE ADAMS CUP for contribution to school music
  • Olivia Thomas
Music Citzenship award (prize donated by Shearers Music)
  • Hannah Foster
JANE HOLMES CUP for excellence in choral work
  • Ashleigh Smith

Visual Arts Awards

MOIRA STREET TROPHY for Contribution to Visual Art
  • Jessica Hale
PHOTOLIFE AWARD for Contribution to Document Arts at Dio (prize donated by Photolife)
  • Natasha Coleman
CAMERON AWARD for Visionary Artistic Practice
  • Greta Glover – for her Shakespeare Costume design 
GLOVER AWARD for excellence in visual art - an award created by Fred Graham for all-round excellence in Visual Art
  • Kun Ka Leger

Oratory Awards

KIM BURKHART CUP for Best Senior Debater
  • Day-eth Smit
DAY CUP FOR ORATORY winner of the senior speech competition
  • Day-eth Smit
JESSICA CHEN AWARD for most improved Junior Debater
  • Amelia Le Comte
New Debating Award
TE KAI A TE RANGATIRA - Trophy for Most Promising Junior Debater
  • Lily Ashenden
This award was named after the well-known proverb* and makes reference to the sustenance provided by a leader through knowledge and communication.
  • Upholding School values and being a role model to all members and at all times
  • Showing a commitment to Junior Debating
  • Display qualities of good sportsmanship
  • The student’s style exemplifies charisma and persuasion in order to enhance the effectiveness of their content and audience engagement
  • The student uses effective and logical arguments, presenting relevant and compelling examples, and a strong rebuttal
  • Considerations will be made based on the number of times a student has received Best Speaker wins during the Regional Debating Competition 
*   He aha te kai ō te rangatira? He Kōrero, he kōrero, he kōrero (What is the food of the leader. It is knowledge. It is communication.)

New Kapa Haka Award
The ‘Rangitahi Ka Ea’ Leadership in Kapa Haka Award
  • Matiria Moleni
This award derives its name from a Ngāti Manawa proverb and is specifically linked to the Ngāti Hui marae in Murupara: Rangitahi; the home of Assistant Principal, Miss Jacqueline Smith.  Its meaning inspires our youth to have the determination and courage to achieve their goals no matter what obstacles or barriers one may face.
  • Contribution/ dedication to Kapa haka/ Ngā mahi a Te Rēhia
  • maintaining high personal standards
  • Upholding School values.
  • Having a positive impact on and being a role model to all members and at all times
  • Leadership and/or by example ie. through individual performance, commitment and/or by being a good role model
  • Showing a commitment to Kaupapa Māori.

Major Awards


  • Abby Dutton
Abby (class of 2008) has made her passion for dance into a career, when many people told her no. When many people told her to get a “real job”, she found gaps in the market and filled it.  She has developed and fostered passion for dance within so many people, including current Dio girls. She has come into the classroom to teach and choreograph specialist dances. We are so fortunate to have such a passionate and hard working Dio Old Girl who is making her own name in the world of Dance, forging new pathways, and contributing to so many future careers in dance.

WILLIAMSON AWARD for Outstanding Leadership in the Arts

  • Olivia Kerbers
Olivia has been the dance captain this year. In this role she has been coordinating the dance group and running rehearsals. She has also been reporting on student successes and promoting opportunities in dance. 
    Her responsibility in the Dance Group entailed choreography, teaching of the choreography, attendance records, organising performance opportunities and being a mentor. She also has been encouraging of other students to step up and choreograph, so much that there were 3 dance troupes within the dance group this year. She also gave up several studies over a period of time to teach one of the performance dances to the Level 1 dance class. She came prepared to do warm-ups, rehearse them for technique as well as work on their presentation and expression for the performance.
      This year for the production of Oliver! she was the dance captain helping Mrs Gould to teach and create the dances for the entire cast. She also took many young dancers under her wing to help them with the “acting” part of being in an ensemble. Living and breathing dance, her Level 3 Drama devised solo was based on Misty Copeland which you saw tonight. She always takes it upon herself to meet regularly with Mrs Gould to discuss the smooth running of the dance group.
        Olivia has consistently gone above and beyond her role as dance captain. She has been very decisive and diligent in her leadership role, she requires commitment from the girls and asks them to work at a high standard. As a leader, she models this on a weekly basis. She is considerate and compassionate and encouraging. A true role model for dance, and of a Dio student leader. 

        CREATIVITY AWARD for Outstanding Artistic Endeavour

        • Ashleigh Smith
        Ashleigh has had many individual achievements in her time here at Dio, receiving many awards
          In Year 9, General Excellence in Food Technology, plus the Junior Instrumental Cup at the High Achievers concert. She also was the co-designer of the new Chapel Choir robes. In Year 10, Receiving Music Honours and the Orbell Cup for Junior Flute. 2015 saw Y11, achieving many excellences, plus Music Honours and Academic Endeavor in Drama where she also designed the hand-drawn programme cover for the production of Passengers
            In Year 12 her involvement in Godspell, and achievements with Bel Suono, also saw her receive Music Honours, the Senior Instrumental Performance Cup at High Achievers concert, and the Lyon Award for Creativity in Arrangement with Katie Garvey at House Singing. This is the year where her compositions became noticed. She entered the Sounz Choral Composition Competition and Her composition of You are the Peace won the RSCM Composition competition and was performed by the Cantiamo Chapel Choir at St Peter’s Cathedral. 
              In Year 13, saw her tackle the much-anticipated Drama devised solo, which showcased her talent in creating original, engaging and symbolic theatre. A powerful piece. In the world of music, she formed a Barbershop quartet Ristretto which placed 2nd in the Regional competition and also received the Isotonix Quartet trophy for top Novice Quartet, and allowing them to compete at Nationals. Ashleigh once again won the Lyon Award for Creativity in Arrangement in House Singing, and her piece titled Forgotten Shores was performed by the Orchestra at last terms Arts Showcase. For this piece, she had taken into account the abilities of each of the instrumentalists, as well as the range and technical requirements of the instruments, while at the same time creating a convincing and exciting competition. She has taken great care to ensure her compositions have musical direction and tell a story.

              ARTS LAUREATE

              • Olivia Thomas
              In year 9, Olivia was involved with the Barbershop Chorus, Junior Theatre Sports, Hummingbirds, Choir, and Junior Debating. She received General Excellence in Music and also Music Honours. Her speech as the tooth fairy made the semi-finals.

              In Year 10, Olivia was once again in the Barbershop Chorus, Junior Theatre Sports, Hummingbird and the Choir, and joined the School Production of The Manhattan Taproom. She again received General excellence in Music and Music Honours, and with the Hummingbirds received the Group performance trophy at the High Achievers awards

              In Year 11, Olivia continued her excellent participation in the Chapel Choir, Barbershop Chorus, Senior Theatresports, and the Production Antigone and also joined the school Jazz Band, the Dio Orchestra, and being a founding member of Bel Suono Auditioned Choir. Her Barbershop Quartet Coco received 3rd place at the Regional competition, allowing them to compete in Nationals for the first time. She received Music and Performing Arts Honours plus Academic Excellence in NCEA Music Level 1

              Year 12, while also being in all the groups previously mentioned, and having a lead role in the School Production of Godspell. Bel Suono Choir won gold at the Australian International Music Festival, Olivia’s Barbershop Quartet Coco received 1st place in the Regional competition and the Most Improved quartet trophy. They then went on to place 2nd at the Nationals, (and the chorus Espresso placing 3rd). She was the drama captain and head chorister for the chapel and Bel Suono choirs. She received Music and Drama Honours plus the GREENSLADE CUP for Senior Vocal Performance and the NANCY LIGHT MUSIC CUP for 1st place at the High Achievers competition, as well as the Group performance trophy with Luminescence

              In Y13, she was voted by her peers to be the Arts Prefect, and the leader of the Arts Council and their portfolio. She continued to be a part of many performance groups. She performed the lead role of Nancy in the School Production of Oliver! and was someone the juniors looked up to in the cast. 

              Bel Suono Choir Now Auditioning!

              posted 24 Oct 2017, 17:19 by Debbie Stevens

              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

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