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Cast list for Bring It On The Musical

posted 14 Dec 2020, 14:38 by Georgina Hewitt

The cast list for Dio's 2021 Production of Bring It On The Musical has been announced and can be found here 

2020 Visual Arts Showcase

posted 3 Dec 2020, 13:08 by Georgina Hewitt   [ updated 3 Dec 2020, 13:09 ]

 Visual Arts 2020 Snapshots! 
In the year of interruptions, delays, and problem solving, we are proud of all the work produced this year by the wonderful Dio students.

See below for snapshots of folios and work produced this year.

2020 Senior Visual Arts

L1 and L2 Art, Painting portfolios 2020

L2 Design 2020

L2 Photography 2020

L3 Painting and Photography 2020

Dio Students in NZSSSO

posted 29 Nov 2020, 13:54 by Georgina Hewitt   [ updated 29 Nov 2020, 14:00 ]


Dio Students in NZSSSO
We are so proud to recognise two Year 12 Students Ashley Koo and Clara Lynch who have been selected to be a part of the 2021 New Zealand Secondary Schools Symphony Orchestra course which will run in the April term break in Christchurch. 

Ashley (on Cello) and Clara (on Violin) have both been very significant parts of the extra curricular music programs here at Waikato Dio and they both were selected to be a part of the 2020 NZSSSO which unfortunately didn't go ahead due to COVID-19. They had to re-audition to be a part of the 2021 course. 

The NZSSSO offers a valuable opportunity for some of New Zealand’s top secondary school orchestral musicians to represent their school, and receive the opportunity to experience playing in a full Symphony Orchestra. The course runs for six days, during which students participate in a variety of practical sessions – culminating in two public performances. Each year the standard reached has remained high, with full-scale orchestral works being performed. It is widely regarded as a significant training ground for young players aspiring to membership of the New Zealand Youth Orchestra and ultimately to a career as a professional musician.

The 2021 NZSSSO course will be conducted by Timothy Carpenter and the programme includes
  • Sabre Dance – Aram Khachaturian (Arranged for Percussion)
  • A Bugle Will Do – Anthony Ritchie
  • Symphony No.2 in D major, op.73 – Johannes Brahms
  • Concerto for Flute – Aram Khachaturian
Congratulations Ashley and Clara for your success and we wish you well in the course next year. 

More information about NZSSSO can be found here http://www.nzssso.com/ 

Arts Awards 2020

posted 1 Nov 2020, 14:23 by Debbie Stevens   [ updated 1 Nov 2020, 15:52 ]

Unfortunately due to the year that has been some trophies cannot be awarded as there were not enough opportunities for evidence to fit some award criteria. These awards include Debating, Culinary Fare, and some Visual Arts. 

Major Awards

  • WILLIAMSON AWARD for Outstanding Leadership in the Arts - Emma Ngawhika
  • CREATIVITY AWARD for Outstanding Artistic Endeavour  - Kimberley Blow
  • ARTS LAUREATE - Lucy Thomas

High Achievers Awards (presented earlier in the year)

  • GREENSLADE CUP for Senior Vocal Performance - Isabella Reid
  • SCURRAH CUP for Junior Piano - Rochelle Fernandes
  • WAIKATO DIOCESAN SCHOOL MUSIC CUP for Senior Piano Lara Lamont
  • WAIKATO DIOCESAN SCHOOL GROUP PERFORMANCE CUP - ‘Dio Trio”, Ashley Koo, Samara Nation, Ally Zhang
  • NANCY LIGHT MUSIC CUP for 1st place in the High Achievers competition - ‘Dio Trio”, Ashley Koo, Samara Nation, Ally Zhang

Music Awards

  • ORBELL CUP for Junior Flute - Stephanie Gutsell
  • REID MUSIC TROPHY for Wind Instruments - Lauren Aplin
  • WENTWORTH CUP for Progress in Strings - Samara Nation  
  • DEIRDRE PARR MUSIC CUP for the Advanced String Player Contributing most to School Music - Tina Jiang
  • NISBET CUP  for Junior Piano - Grade 1-2 - Rochelle Fernandes
  • LA GROUW CUP for Grade 5 Piano - Tarika Lin
  • HAMILTON PIANOS CUP for excellence in music - Lucy Thomas
  • GERALDINE ADAMS CUP for contribution to school music - Ishbel Eade
  • Music Citizenship award with the prize donated by Shearers Music - Isabella Reid
  • Stewart Cup for Spirit of Choir Singing - Abigail Groves
  • Jane Holmes Cup for excellence in choral work - Isabella Reid 

Visual Arts and Technical Arts Awards

  • MOIRA STREET TROPHY for Contribution to Visual Art - Shaleen Singh-Ark
  • PHOTOLIFE AWARD for Contribution to Media  at Dio  (with the prize donated by Photolife) - Isabelle Groves
  • CAMERON AWARD for Visionary Artistic Practice - Gemma Smith
  • Divinitus inspirata consilio (Inspired Design) - Amber Hood
  • Innovation Award - For visionary technological practice - Jade Fon
  • NEW AWARD - Digital Design Award - Innovative creator of digital solutions and computational thinking - Ella Perry

Oratory Awards

  • DAY CUP FOR ORATORY winner of the senior speech competition - Xanthe Wainui-Mackle

Performing Arts and Kapa Haka Awards

  • ABBY DUTTON CUP for Passion for Dance - Kimberly Blow
  • KERYN BAIN AWARD for Leadership in Dance - Emma Wood
  • SUSAN HAYWORTH Award for best Drama performance of the year - Megan Brown for her Year 13 Drama Solo Devised Performance 
  • ASHLYN SMITH CUP for Service to Stagecraft - Lauren Aplin
  • PATRICIA RADICH CUP for contribution to the Performing Arts - Rain Milne
  • The ‘Rangitahi Ka Ea’ Leadership in Kapa Haka Award - Emma Ngawhika
  • ‘Nanny Maringi Kete and whānau’ Kapa Haka Award - Ngarangi Mason
  • 'The Kaahu Korowai' Award  - Ngarangi Mason

Arts Honours

Junior Arts Honours in Dance
  • Sienna Casey
  • Olivia Cook
  • Hannah Crawford
  • Esther Keller
  • Claire McKelvie
  • Jessica Mealing
  • Isla Grace Palairet
  • Casabella Smith
  • Kayla Te Kani
  • Iris Wainui-Mackle  

Junior Arts Honours in Drama
  • Skyla Clarke
  • Sarita Williams
  • Vina Young

Junior Arts Honours in Kapa Haka
  • Jamie Bidois 
  • Carys Foot
  • Lani Kete
  • Hannah Ngawhika
  • Sarah Ngawhika
  • Milan Nordstrom
  • Tania Pakinga
  • Jessie Parker 
  • Lilli Parres
  • Annika Te Anga
  • Natalya Walker-Riggins

Junior Arts Honours in Music
  • Shannon Aplin 
  • Elodie Bowman
  • Meg Crawford
  • Victoria Eng
  • Jorja-Rose Griffiths
  • Keisha Joe
  • Holly Landon
  • Pippa Morgans
  • Sophie Morgans 
  • Kezia Schuitemaker
  • Abigail Strever
  • Ellena Wood

Junior Arts Honours in Oratory
  • Sarah Crowther
  • Catherine Curry
  • Brooke Manderson
  • Serenita Wijaya

Junior Arts Honours in Technical Arts
  • Ella Perry

Junior Arts Honours in Performing Arts
  • Clementine Savil 

Receiving Junior Honours in more than one category
  • Eden Bibby Dance and Oratory Honours
  • Shelby Bowater Music and Kapa Haka Honours
  • Catherine Cross Music and Oratory Honours
  • Ava Germaine Music and Dance Honours
  • Sarah Hilton Oratory and Technical Arts Honours
  • Hannah Jacobsen Music and Technical Arts Honours
  • Hannah Levin Music and Dance Honours
  • Thea Liefting Music and Drama Honours
  • Caitlin Lou Music and Technical Arts Honours
  • Niamh McCormack Music and Oratory Honours 
  • Bella Potter Music and Oratory Honours
  • Ella Ramsay Music and Dance Honours
  • Breanna Rickman Music and Oratory Honours
  • Lilly Robinson Dance and Oratory Honours
  • Sarah Teale Music and Technical Arts Honours
  • Kaitlin Thorrold Dance and Drama Honours
  • Diny Zhou Music and Oratory Honours
  • Amiria Douglas  Music, Kapa Haka, and Oratory Honours
  • Joie Lin          Music, Oratory and Visual Arts
  • Emilee Mehrtens Dance, Oratory, and Kapa Haka
  • Julia Sharratt Music, Drama and Oratory Honours

Senior Arts Honours in Dance 
  • Hyewon Kim
  • Jiorgia Newman-Jacobs
  • Chloe Thirtle 
  • Emma Wood

Senior Arts Honours in Drama
  • Zoe Courtney 
  • Abbie Moore
  • Mio Morisaki

Senior Arts Honours in Music
  • Grace Chun
  • Lexin Deng
  • Leyi Deng
  • Olivia Driscoll
  • Ishbel Eade
  • Abigail Groves
  • Emily Han
  • Tina Jiang
  • Rayhee Kim
  • Ashley Koo
  • Lara Lamont 
  • Grace Lockwood
  • Clara Lynch
  • Alexis McKinnon
  • Samara Nation
  • Isabella Reid
  • Isabelle Stiles
  • Annabelle Young
  • Ally Zhang

Senior Arts Honours in Oratory
  • Amelia Le Comte
  • Danielle Gordon
  • Carol Hu

Senior Arts Honours in Visual Arts
  • Mind Buasree
  • Harmanpreet Kaur
  • Isabelle Mellow

Senior Arts Honours in Technical Arts 
  • Sydney Bayley 
  • Amisha Chatrath
  • Emma Collier 
  • Bailee Houghton
  • Nicci Lee
  • Rosie Lloyd 
  • Renée Miller
  • Natasha Raza
  • Rosie Ryan
  • Rylee Smith

Senior Arts Honours in Kapa Haka
Jorja Challis
  • Jenna Foot
  • Isobel Goldfinch
  • Aniwaniwa Koroheke
  • Cate Marcroft
  • Ngarangi Mason
  • Emma Ngawhika
  • Haley Parker 
  • Xanthe Wainui-Mackle

Senior Arts Honours in more than one category
  • Lauren Aplin Drama and Music Honours
  • Belle Beckitt-Goodyear Drama and Music Honours
  • Kimberley Blow Drama and Dance Honours
  • Eva Donkin Music and Oratory Honours
  • Hazel Fairweather Dance and Music Honours
  • Isabelle Groves Music and Visual Arts Honours
  • Harriet Galpin Drama and Music Honours
  • Michelle Jeng Oratory and Technical Arts Honours
  • Cooper Jones Drama and Oratory Honours
  • Jordi Leather Drama and Dance Honours
  • Ameila Leidig Drama and Performing Arts Honours
  • Alyssa McDonald Drama and Dance Honours
  • Bahaar Mahal Oratory and Technical Arts Honours
  • Charlotte O’Regan Drama and Music Honours
  • Helen Park Music and Oratory Honours
  • Shaleen Singh-Ark Technical Arts and Visual Arts Honours
  • Lucy Thomas Drama and Music Honours
  • Fidella Wijaya Music and Technical Arts Honours
  • Rain Milne Music, Drama and Visual Arts Honours

Audition information for Bring It On

posted 30 Sept 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 Sept 2020, 18:25 by Georgina Hewitt   [ updated 17 Jan 2021, 16:16 ]

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

Arts Showcase 2020

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 Sept 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 Sept 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.

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