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DioNews Editorial July 2021

 
Principal's Welcome
Kia ora koutou
Greetings to all our families.

As you know the whole school participated passionately in our House Singing competition last week. This is a rare opportunity for every student to share their musical talents while being warmly connected by House spirit and pride. I was so proud of your tamariki. A job well done! An event like this doesn’t take place without the support of dedicated staff and supportive parents.  My thanks to each and every one of you!

My role as kaitiaki of our kura allows me the privilege of being witness to some wonderful activities and special events that often fly under the radar.

This week I supported our students and staff who volunteer to work at The Serve - a Trust of volunteers that feed those who are hungry in our community.

I also had the pleasure of attending a supper celebrating our lovely Year 13 boarders. We must never underestimate the work that goes in to creating a safe home away from home for some 160 boarders. A big thank you to our Year 13 boarders and Dean of Boarding Mrs Solomon and her team.

Finally, I was delighted to attend the yummy Matariki breakfast on Wednesday. Thank you to the wonderful Koka for providing this initiative for our students.

Congratulations to five former Dio students traveling to the Olympics in Tokyo: Julia Ratcliffe - Hammer; Tarryn Davey - Hockey; Jessie Hodges - Cycling; Katie Laurie ( nee McVean) - Equestrian; and Kelly Hudson - Umpire, Hockey. We wish them all safe travels and a successful Olympic Games experience.

I would also like to acknowledge MerriLynn Reardon, our Accounts Administrator, who is leaving Dio after 22 years of dedicated and efficient service. Thank you for all you have done to support staff, students,  families and Dio suppliers, MerriLynn. You will be sorely missed. MerriLynn's final day will be  30 July.

Finally, I would like to thank our Dean of International, Joanne Monney, who is stepping down from the role this week. Thank you for all you have done to lovingly support our international students - particularly over the past challenging year.  I'm sure students current and past will treasure the many memories of their Dio experience with you at the helm.  Welcome to our International family, Martha Enderwick who will job share the Deaning role with current International Administrator, Jayne Lugton.

Have a safe and restful break

Blessings,

Mary Curran
PRINCIPAL