At Waikato Diocesan we aim to develop balanced young women who are empowered to meet their full potential and we provide a wide variety of learning experiences to achieve this. Our outdoor education camps provide the opportunity for girls to push themselves beyond their comfort zones in a controlled environment. Together they learn to manage risk responsibly, while challenging themselves physically. In doing so their confidence and self-esteem is enhanced and their relationships with their peers are strengthened.

Teamwork, group interaction and basic outdoor skills are woven into the programmes. We believe that the environment, the culture and the history of the places we visit are essential to our sense of identity as New Zealanders and our place as citizens and custodians of the land. This is a theme that is woven throughout our camp programme from Years 9 to 12.

To ensure that the experiences are challenging and that safety is paramount the school uses specialist and experienced outdoor education providers with a low student/instructor ratio to lead the students on all activities and manage the camps. Dio staff accompany the students for pastoral support and to provide assistance with some of the camp activities.  We also consult and work with guidelines worked out by the Mountain Safety Council and other independent organisations.

Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award

Duke of Ed is a voluntary, non competitive programme of leisure activities for those aged 14 - 25, designed to offer a personal and individual challenge. It introduces young people to exciting, positive, challenging and enjoyable things to do in their free time. It encourages friendships amongst those taking part, and across the generations with adults who give up their time to share skills and help organise the programme.

Duke of Ed has a  four section programme with three levels:

  • Bronze – open to all aged 14 and over and lasting at least six months
  • Silver – open to all aged 15 and over and lasting at least six months
  • Gold –open to all aged 16 and over and lasting at least 12 months 

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