Dio girls are undoubtedly privileged: they attend a school that can provide all the facilities and resources required to assist them to meet their potentials and they enjoy the unconditional love and support of their families who are fully involved in their lives and education. It is therefore gratifying when they are able to recognise and acknowledge these blessings and want to offer assistance and support to others who do not enjoy the same advantages.
Supporting charities and volunteering service have long been integral parts of the Dio ethos. These practices are embedded in the teaching and learning programmes, the annual calendar, and the House and student leadership structures. Our students support these customs without question and enjoy doing so. And, every year, they find new and increasingly ingenious ways of giving back.
In recent years, Dio has focused on one local charity or organisation to support throughout the year in order to make a meaningful difference. Organisations we have supported include Rainbow Place Hospice, Guide Dog Foundation, Autism Waikato, Waikato Women's Fund, and Anglican Action. Our charity work is pivotal in all that we do and all that we stand for and it is at the heart of the school’s teachings about values, citizenship, and service.
Every year, hundreds of Dio students assemble and donate Easter Baskets which are delivered to local rest home residents and children in hospital wards.
Our Year 10 students and staff also volunteer annually with Habitat for Humanity. Like us, Habitat for Humanity believes everybody deserves a decent place to live. With the help of thousands of volunteers each year, they build new homes, and repair and renovate houses to meet the needs of their occupants and run social rental properties that make affordability housing accessible.
Alongside these annual service initiatives, there is always room in Dio hearts for spur-of- the-moment causes, which students embrace with enthusiasm and determination.
Dio encourages its students to be involved in social services initiatives, knowing that, with willing minds and hearts, we can all make a difference. Through this involvement and awareness, students are developing the moral foundations for good citizenship.