New Families 2022

Haere Mai

Welcome again to Waikato Diocesan School for Girls.  Whatever your initial motivation for sending your daughter to our school, this is the journey we now share.

There are endless reasons why families choose Dio for their daughters’ education. Some are attracted by the opportunities offered in sport and the arts, some because a mother or grandmother is an Old Girl, or because one parent or both went to boarding school. Invariably it is because we deliver an excellent academic education and parents believe that their daughters will be happy and well cared for. 

But whatever families’ original motivation and accompanying expectations might be, it is our challenge each year to gather up 140 new entrants from up to 30 different contributing schools, to bind them together into a harmonious whole and absorb them into our existing school culture while still meeting the needs of every individual and satisfying the varied expectations of each family. 

Key Dates

  • Late November - Parental Portal details sent to you
  • January - Term 1 2022 Boarding accounts sent
  • Beginning February - February cccounts sent (this account will include the Term 1 attendance dues).
  • Wednesday 2 February, 8.30 am - Year 9s start. Please meet outside the All Saints Chapel. We will be undertaking placement testing on this day*. Students will also need PE gear, hats, and sunblock for both indoor and outdoor orientation activities
  • Boarding students will be required to arrive at boarding on the afternoon/evening  of the 1st February. Further details will be emailed to you prior to starting.
  • 3 and 4 February - Year 9 Orientation continues
  • 7 February - Waitangi Day holiday - SCHOOL CLOSED
  • 8 February - all students back. Poowhiri starts at 8.45am for new students , staff and parents. Students will begin timetabled classes
  • 9 February - Timetabled classes. School class and ID photos
  • 22-25 March 2022 - Year 9 Camp at Christian Youth Centre in Ngaaruawaahia

All other school dates can be viewed on our school calendar.

*As you are aware we were unable to conduct entrance testing this year. As this is an important part of our class placement it is still important that we test all incoming students so we can place students in a class that best meets their learning needs. As such, we will hold testing for the Year 9s on their first orientation day on the morning of Wednesday 2 February. The tests will cover core subjects, English, Maths and Science. The remainder of the week will be used to orientate all students into Dio. Classes will not start until Week 2 Term 1, which means the completed timetable for your daughter will not be ready until Week 2. 

Please email Penny Weinberg pweinberg@wdsg.school.nz if you have any information that you would also like us to consider when placing your daughter in her core class for 2022 e.g friendship, pastoral or learning concerns. 


Keep Connected

We would encourage you to start getting familiar with our website and social media over the next few months. This will assist you in getting a feel for the Dio community. Our social media is linked here, so make sure you like and follow us so that you can keep up-to-date with all the great things happening in our school community. Most direct communication from the school is by email so please check and update all contact information especially email addresses when we invite you to access the Parent Portal. Once school has begun you will also be able to see your daughter’s timetable and reports through the portal.

Click here to view school handbook.

Financial Information

Dio is an Anglican school with an excellent academic, sporting and extra-curricular performance record, committed to providing a well-rounded education for its young women. We are grateful for the parental support that enables us to provide the level of education we do. Voluntary donations and Attendance Dues are essential in order to maintain the standard of education provided at Dio and to support the ongoing development of the site. As a state-integrated school, our land and buildings are owned by the Anglican Church and we are responsible for maintaining and developing the site and its facilities.

Attendance dues are charged quarterly at the commencement of each term. Any donation payments may entitle you to a donation receipt for tax credits as at the 31 March each year. All statements will be emailed to you. When you receive your first statement, if the email address is not your preferred account email, please let us know so that we may change this for future statements. This first statement will be sent to boarding families in January and daygirls the first week of February. Monthly instalments should be initiated before then.  There are a number of payment options available to you but our preferred method of payment is by direct debit. A direct debit form is available here.

The most recent Financial Schedule can be found here.

Boarding 2022

For the school's some 160 boarders, developing caring attitudes towards each other and the wider community is the foundation of their boarding experience.

Through a school-wide Peer Support Programme and ice-breaker weekend at the start of the year, the girls quickly find friends and mentors and 'big sisters' among the older students. 

Waikato Diocesan School for Girls is a seven-day boarding school. However, students are able to go home for weekends if they wish. There is no limit on this bar one in-weekend at the beginning of the year to build some unity.

In 2022, we will be moving our boarding students to a Junior and Senior Boarding structure to allow more flexibility and a more whaanau-type environment..

To begin this process, next year our Years 9 and 10 boarding students will be combined in Herft and Moxon boarding houses. We see this as a more functional way for our students to support each other in the boarding environment.

 Boarding families will receive more information about starting at boarding before Christmas.

Boarding Handbook

Uniform and Stationery

All your school uniform requirements can be purchased from our Uniform Shop either online or by visiting the Uniform Shop located in the Pavilion at the end of the hockey turf at Gate 3, Martin Street. The shop will be open additional hours in January, and the hours can beviewed here.

Waikato Diocesan uses OfficeMax MySchool.co.nz online ordering system for stationery requirements. The school gets paid a rebate based on the sales that are put through the website which is used to support the teaching and learning benefits of students. OfficeMax will have a list of requirements for each year level on their website.

Other emergency stationery items (pens, paper, cellotape, etc) are available to purchase at the school reception.

Buses

Parents and caregivers are ultimately responsible for getting their daughters to and from school each day. However, the Ministry of Education acknowledges that some parents and caregivers face issues of distance and lack of public transport. For this reason, the Ministry offers School Transport Assistance (a school bus place and/or an allowance) to help these parents and caregivers get their children to and from school. 

For further information on bus routes and school transport assistance, please click here.

Please contact Student Services or the Bus Companies direct (details found on the relevant bus route link) if you have any questions.

Year 9 Camp

The Year 9 outdoor education camp is a four-day residential programme, with a major focus on the orientation of our new students. Within the camp, students are placed in smaller activity groups formed across form classes. This ensures that the cohort is mixed and has the opportunity to develop relationships throughout the year level. Some of the fun activities include kayaking, mountain biking, archery, rock climbing, waka ama, orienteering, bushcraft, camp craft and tramping. Click button below to view the camp letter and complete online forms.


Extra-Curricular Sports

Preparing confident, resourceful and resilient young women to lead healthier and active lifestyles.

At Dio, we have a very extensive sports programme offering 26 different sports over summer and winter and catering for all levels of ability.  All students are encouraged to participate in sports to enhance their fitness, be part of a team and for the enjoyment that sport brings. At Dio sport is not compulsory but we have an incredible 80% participation rate in sports with most students participating in at least one sport during the year and many participating in more than one.

Summer Sports:

Athletics, Cricket, Futsal, Tennis, Touch Rugby, Sevens Rugby, Triathlon, Rowing, Water Polo and Volleyball.

Winter Sports:
Badminton, Basketball, Cross Country, Cue Sports, Cycling, Duathlon, Football, Get 2 Go, Hockey, Lacrosse, Netball, Snow Sports.

All Year Round Sports:
Cheerleading, Equestrian, Inline Hockey, Squash, Sport Climbing and Swimming.

We have excellent facilities including our swimming/diving pool, a fully-equipped gymnasium, netball courts, football field and Astro Hockey Turf. With the opening of our new Sports Education Centre in 2012 we now have a state of the art facility which is the hub of both our curricular and co-curricular sports programmes and includes a new fully equipped fitness centre which operates as a DioFit with membership open to all Dio students and staff. The DioFit Club is staffed by qualified fitness instructors.  As well as after-school sport we have House Sports competitions. Some take place during lunchtimes and are fiercely contested in a fun filled atmosphere. The whole school participates in Athletics Sports, Swimming Sports and Cross-Country as our main inter house competitions.

Olivia McDonald, is our Head of Sport in 2022, and will lead the Sports Council of nine senior students who work with the Sports Department to deliver our sports programme. They are integral in coordinating the inter-house sports programme, lunchtime sports competitions, sports results for assemblies, fairplay awards and organising the annual Sports Awards function. We also have a team of 26 Code Captains who also work with the Sports Department to help coordinate and lead their codes. Leadership opportunities are given to students to coach teams, captain teams, umpire or manage teams. Students are open to selection for regional and national representative teams. 

The Rowing Club is the only sport at Dio that operates as an independent club and is run by a committee of parents. Any new students who would be interested in rowing should contact Jane Schilov the Rowing Manager, on 021521503 for more information on how to join. 2021 Year 9 students may only start rowing in Term 4 of 2021.

We have always been supported by a huge volunteer base of parents and friends of the school to help with coaching, managing and umpiring teams.  It is becoming more and more difficult to find volunteer coaches and we always welcome new faces and expertise and assistance of any kind for the co-curricular sports programmes.  Anyone willing to assist should contact the Director of Sport.

For all information about co-curricular sport and registrations at  Dio, click here.

Extra-Curricular Arts and Culture

Dio has a significant number of extra-curricular arts activities in which our students can be involved. 

Current activities are:

  • Barbershop
  • Chapel Team
  • Choirs
  • Culinary Art
  • Debating
  • Dance Group
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Instrumental Groups
  • Junior Drama Club*
  • Kapa Haka
  • Student Magazine ‘Noise’
  • Performance Lessons
  • Jazz Band
  • Production
  • Shakespeare
  • String Group
  • Techy Angels
  • Worship Band 
  • Orchestra

The Arts Administrator supports the teachers of curriculum arts subjects by organising a range of activities and trips, as well as arranging opportunities for students to participate in a range of extra-curricular activities.

Dio has a student Arts Council led by the Head of Arts whose role it is to help organise and promote arts in the school.  Activities organised by the council include the Arts Report presented in assemblies, various arts-themed days which present a variety of arts to all students and Arts Awards.

House Singing is the main inter-house arts activity. Building up over the second half of Term 2, this culminates in an evening concert offsite near the end of Term 2. House Singing is a compulsory activity that the students participate in with their allocated Houses.  Each House sings one worship song and one song from a different genre each year.  These songs are chosen, arranged and taught by the house leaders and their team of helpers.  

A full school production takes place every year in some form. 2019’s production was The Sound of Music which was performed in the chapel, and also had a Sing-a-long night. 2020 had us ALMOST perform Lord of the Flies but the change in levels saw the end to that. With a fresh start, and a COVID back up plan, 2021 was the year of Bring It On The Musical, with cheerleaders taking over the Piki Mahuta Centre! 

Punk Rock will collaborate with Shakespeare for 2022’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. All incoming Year 9s can book an audition time (check your emails for details). The production will be opening on 9 April. There are also excellent year level drama performances to be enjoyed from the classes studying drama as a curriculum subject throughout the year.  

We have three established singing groups here at Dio - Espresso Barbershop Chorus sings four part a cappella harmony to some well known songs, and package it with costumes and choreography and have a lot of fun. Cantiamo Chapel Choir performs both sacred (religious) and secular (non-religious) music. This is an all-comers choir so anyone who has a love of singing is welcome to join.  With no auditions, Cantiamo Choir has a huge focus on serving the chapel and enjoyment of singing! 

Bel Suono Choir focus mainly on high level singing and competitions. The prerequisite for entry into this choir is membership of the Chapel Choir (Cantiamo Choir). Entry into this choir is by audition in November 2021 please contact Mrs Maria Colvin mcolvin@wdsg.school.nz for an audition time.   They start 2022 with an intensive camp before school starts in Term 1.

Our Kapa Haka group, Te Kaahu Pihopatanga, is an integral part of many school occasions, poowhiri, and the performing arts. They also start with a noho before Term 1 starts. If you would like to join this noho please contact Ms Faith (Kōka) Tautuhi ftautuhi@wdsg.school.nz

NCEA Music performance evenings, Dance Showcase, High Achievers’ Concert, and the Arts Showcase are great nights out which showcase both curriculum and extra-curricular arts. 

Some fees are charged for the extra-curricular activities.  They can range from competition fees to costume fees and transportation on trips. These are most often charged to the students’ school accounts which are billed monthly. You will always be notified of these costs prior. 

All extra-curricular activity information (Extra-Curricular guide) can be found here. Here you will find all the information required to make informed decisions about the activities students wish to participate in.  During the first few days of school, students will be given the opportunity to register for arts and cultural groups at Arts Registration.  

Optional performance lessons occur during school hours up to 3:20pm. Each lesson is 30
minutes in length. While students will be taken out of their normal timetabled class to attend
their instrument tuition they will only miss the same class every 6 weeks. Students are
expected to catch up on any work they miss by being out of class, and to give plenty of notice
if they cannot leave class due to an assessment.

Fees are charged each term and reflect the current private market rates. Some instrument
lessons are covered by the itinerant music scheme and are of no cost to the student. These
spaces are limited and NCEA students are given preference. Sign ups for lessons are done
on a separate form found here.

School Association Inc

The Waikato Diocesan School Association is a team of dedicated parents who make the 'Dio Difference' through supporting school events and running fundraisers. Some of the events the School Association has organised over the years include Dio Ladies Night, Dio Quiz Night, DioArtX, Dio Day Out – Gardens and Art and Dio Golf Day.

The Association also runs the Dio Stock Scheme which involves our rural families donating calves or grazing for calves for funds. 

Dio Bears are another scheme where the Association makes and sells the gorgeous Dio Bears (dressed in junior or senior uniforms) to our graduating classes and special visitors to Dio. 

All this hard work sees the Association raise funds which are donated back to the school for the direct benefit of our students.

The Dio School Association is a very friendly group and is open to any Dio parent/caregiver to join. We warmly welcome all newcomers and their ideas. Please check the school calendar for meeting dates and times.

Kaupapa Maaori at Dio

Kaupapa Maaori at Dio is whaanau-based and whaanau-focused. Inclusive of Te Reo Maaori me ona tiikanga and kapa haka, students gain a sense of pride and belonging under the leadership of our Amokura (Maaori Student Leader) and her Mana Waahine Council.

Our school year starts with the whole school poowhiri led by our kapa haka group to welcome new staff and students. This is followed by the annual Cuppa at the Kura evening for new and existing whaanau to meet and greet.    

At the beginning of term two, all Year 11 students attend camp at Tuurangawaewae Marae in Ngaaruawaahia, home to one of our most famous Old Girls, the late Maaori Queen and the longest-serving leader of the Kiingitanga, Te Arikinui, Dame Te Atairangikaahu. This very spiritual camp aims to help students understand more about Kaupapa Maaori, which is underpinned by Tainuitanga, and experienced in the very heart of the Kiingitanga.

In term three, we celebrate Maaori Language Week, and our annual Whaanau Dinner showcases students' achievements and successes of the year in the concept of whanaungatanga.

Special Character at Dio

Veritate, Simplicitate, Fidelitate –
By Truthfulness, By Straightforwardness, By Loyalty

Our special character as an Anglican girls’ boarding school, underpins and informs everything that we do. Our Christian values are the clay from which the character of our students will be moulded and it is also the canvas upon which our waahine will paint their destiny. While literacy, numeracy, critical thinking and problem-solving are important in preparing students for their future careers, it is their social, emotional and spiritual development that will prepare them for a happy life to be lived well.

Dio students are fortunate to belong to a faith based school where our educational framework is underpinned by central Christian concepts of hope and forgiveness in a world too often marred by conflict, suffering and selfishness. These lessons of hope and forgiveness are not restricted to the Chapel but also play out in the classroom, on the sports field and the stage, in restorative conferences, selfless acts of community service and in our celebration of diversity. 

Academic excellence, success in arts and sports, the home away from home boarding experience – all these different reasons that parents select our school for their daughters - are inextricably linked to our special character because our faith shapes our practice and informs our appreciation of each unique individual and our desire for her to achieve to her fullest potential.