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DIO NEWS EDITORIAL MARCH 2021

From the Principal

Kia ora koutou.

The year has got off to a flying start and it is great to hear the buzz of activity on campus. Many of the customary introductory activities are well underway or completed and our Year 9s and boarders have settled in smoothly.

As a community, we can take enormous pride in our provisional NCEA and scholarship results for 2020. Considering the year that was, our students have achieved some outstanding results even exceeding previous years in overall achievement and endorsement rates.
 
We are very proud of our senior students and the teachers and staff who supported them to such impressive levels of academic achievement.
 
2020 saw 100% of our Year 11 students gain their NCEA Level 1 certificate and 88.8% of these students gained either a Merit or Excellence endorsement.

At NCEA Level 2 98.6% of our Year 12 students achieved this qualification with 78.2% gaining either a Merit or Excellence endorsement.

At NCEA Level 3 95.5% of our Year 13 students gained this certificate and 91% of these students also achieved University Entrance - 68.5% of these students gained an endorsement and 22.8% at Excellence.
 
Of particular note is that our pass rates exceed those at each year level across New Zealand, according to decile 8 to10 schools and ethnicity. All our students achieved their academic potential with our Māori and Pasifika students' NCEA achievement equal to or greater than our non-Māori and Pasifika students.
 
As you can see, there is much cause for celebration and we will share these achievements in more detail once the confirmed statistics are available.
 
We were delighted with our ten students who achieved 12 scholarships across seven subjects - Biology, Classics, Drama, Economics, History, Music, and Physics. Of particular note is our Drama and two Music Scholarships as they are, according to Mrs Bain, “as rare as hen’s teeth."

Scholarship Recipients 2021
Danielle Gordon - Physics
Carol Hu - Biology
Lara Jones - Biology
Harman Kaur - Biology
Natalie Lander - Classics and History
Amelia Le Comte (Year 12) - Biology
Nicci Lee (Year 12) - Economics
Amelia Leidig - Drama and Music
Charlotte O'Regan - Music
Aliyah Thotathil - Biology
Last year was challenging and we do not underestimate the effort these students put in to achieve excellence in their subject areas. 
 
Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou. Congratulations to you all.

This year our school value is Integrity with a particular focus on:

Integrity of self
Integrity in our community
Integrity for our environment 
In the words of researcher and author Brene Brown, we learn that integrity is: choosing courage over comfort; choosing what is right over what is fun, fast, or easy; and choosing to practice our values rather than simply professing them.

People practice Integrity when 

They think before they act
When they keep their word
When they treat others with respect, and
When they tell the truth.
We will unpack what this looks like in our school throughout the year through our assemblies, Chapel Services, form classes, and Religious Education classes.
 
It is my pleasure to welcome a number of new staff this year:

Lucy Farell - Administration and School Support
Michelle Knott - Teacher in Charge of Food Technology
Joy Houghting - Principal's Executive Assistant
Gwen Hurley - Year 9 Boarding House Parent
Heather More - Years 12 and 13 Boarding House Parent
Anne O’Neil - Mathematics
Arapeta Paea - Te Reo
Kirsten Palmer - PE/Sports and Exercise Science/Health
Rebecca Prestige - Junior Science / Biology
Te Ani Solomon - Year 11 Boarding House Parent
Aimee Stevens - Junior Science / Biology
Sonia Williams - Guidance Counsellor

Welcome back to former Deputy Principal, Dianne Pacey, who is joining us in a fixed-term NZQA Assistant Principal role, while Deputy Principal, Jackie Smith, is on study leave.
 
I have no doubt that their combined experience and talents will be of enormous benefit to the school. I hope you get the opportunity to come onto our beautiful campus and meet them soon. 
 
It is exciting to have a year of such great promise stretching before us and I firmly believe that there is no limit to what our students and staff are capable of accomplishing this year. As always, it is the collaboration between home and school that will support our students to maximise their potential. Thank you to all those parents and whānau who so enthusiastically support us here at Dio. Your daughters value your interest in their school life.
 
God bless,

Mary Curran
PRINCIPAL