Respectful Relationships

He waka eke noaA canoe which we are all in with no exception

At Dio, we believe that positive relationships are the key to a happy school. When people are happy, they learn well and enjoy the things they are doing. Good relationships are based on respect, fairness, honesty and open communication. Sometimes, however, things don’t always go as we would like and problems occur between people. More often than not, these problems start off as little problems and if they are not dealt with they tend to become big problems.

Restorative Practice is central to Dio’s philosophy and is based on the development of respectful relationships and the awareness of how our behaviour affects others.

The core of Restorative Practice is the coming together of all people involved in the problem to discuss a way forward. Problems within school and between people occur at different levels of seriousness and this means that one type of restorative discussion does not fit all situations. The different types of restorative discussions that take place at school will depend on the level of the problem.

All classroom teachers at Dio base their practice in the classroom around the principles of
respectful relationships. However, if a student breaches any of the rules or expectations set
out in the School Handbook/Student Diary they can still expect possible consequences for their

At Waikato Diocesan every teacher has the right to set classroom expectations and every student has the right to learn in a friendly and respectful environment. It is the student’s responsibility to:

  • Be in class on time and pack up on the teacher’s signal.
  • Come to class prepared; bring the correct equipment, work to deadlines and complete homework.
  • Listen respectfully to the teacher and other students.
  • Follow instructions the first time given and ask appropriate questions if you don’t understand.
  • Wear the correct uniform.
  • Respect others and the classroom environment.
  • Encourage and support each other.
  • Use class time wisely to enhance each others’ learning.
  • Look for opportunities to extend yourself.
  • Be willing to contribute.
  • Be willing to work with a range of people.
  • Use initiative in your learning.

Our Motto

  • Veritate - By Truthfulness
  • Simplicitate - By Straightforwardness
  • Fidelitate - By Loyalty

Our school seeks to cultivate an awareness of God, care for oneself and one another; compassion for the needy and care for creation.

Mission Statement

To achieve excellence in education within a caring family atmosphere under the influence of the standards and practices of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia.

Our Vision

Preparing confident, resourceful and resilient young women to make a positive difference in their world.


Underpinning all that we do at Dio is the Anglican faith. One of the ways that we support this is through our understanding and putting into action of our Dio values of Courage, Empathy, Integrity, Tolerance, Respect and Diligence:

Kia mātātoa - to be courageous
Kia ngākau aroha - to show empathy
Kia ngākau pono - to have integrity
Kia ngākau mahaki - to show tolerance
Kia ngākau whakaute - to uphold respect
Kia pukumahi - to demonstrate diligence

Over the five years that our students spend with us, we explore our themes through the context of these values, which underpin everything that we do. 

Our Goals

  • Learning
    • Our girls: Provide learner-centred programmes that meet the needs and aspirations of all girls and inspire a passion for lifelong learning.
    • Our people: Attract, develop and retain inspiring staff who are mentors and facilitators of powerful learning and living.
  • Growing: Foster the physical, cultural, personal and social development of each girl.
  • Connecting: Engage meaningfully with the wider school community and other local, regional, national and global communities
  • Resourcing: Develop, maintain and effectively utilise physical and financial resources to support the school's strategic goals, ensuring long-term sustainability and on-going development.
  • Nurturing: Provide a safe,caring and supportive Christian environment where all members of the school community are valued and respected, and shaped by our values in an Anglican context.
  • Special Character: The special character of the school will underpin all aspects of school life and relationships.
    • The revised statement of special character will be widely shared and explored, and readily accessible in public forums
    • Faith and resilience will be encouraged as the cornerstones of good character
    • The school motto will be unpacked and given school-wide prominence