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APRIL 2013

Diocesan School for Girls Clyde Street, Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand P. 09 520 0221 F. 09 520 6778 E. DIOCESAN.SCHOOL.NZ


Ms Heather McRae


Ms Chris Arthur

Mrs Margaret van Meeuwen ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS

Mrs Kate Burkin

APRIL 2013

BOARD CHAIR Mr Andrew Peterson


Mrs Suzanne Brewin


Mrs Merle Boniface


Mrs Rachel Gardiner


Reverend Sarah Moss


Mrs Kate Jones


Virginia Dougherty


Phoebe Stanford

28 “Must we always teach our

children with books? Let them look at the mountains and the stars up above. Let them look at the beauty of the waters and the trees and flowers on Earth. They will then begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education.” David Polis

DIO TODAY is produced through the Marketing Office of Diocesan School for Girls and is designed and published by Hunter Creative For information about this publication please contact the Editor, Liz McKay, P. (09) 520 0221 ext 7733. Old Girls’ Liaison: Georgina Rose P. (09) 376 3922. Commissioned photography by Real Image, P. (09) 846 8683.

COVER: Isobella Baggaley, See story on page 28 Photo by Nicola Topping Real Image



02 From the Principal 08 Heritage Foundation 12 2013 School Leaders 14 Introducing Peg Lockyer 18 The new Dio Brand

32 Examination results 34 William Pike Challenge 50 Centre for Ethics 34 The Global Classroom

LIVING 38 Chaplaincy 41 Sport 52 Performing Arts 63 Parents & Friends’ Association

LIFELONG FRIENDS 66 Presidents’ column 69 Alumnae Meritae Awards 75 Professor Margaret Brimble

76 2012 Graduation Ball 78 Reunions 80 Milestones

EDITORIAL At Diocesan, we recently celebrated Grandparents’ Day, attended by more than 700 grandparents and ‘special people’. A sense of ‘family’ has long been a special feature of the Dio experience, commented on by visitors and people within the school community alike. It is one of the things that sets Dio apart. In her speech on Grandparents’ Day, Principal Heather McRae said, “Grandparents have always been important. Today, they’re even more important. In busy, two-career and single-parent families, an involved grandparent goes a long way to filling a void for children. What matters to your grandchildren today are the same things that have always mattered – family, friends, love, relationships and school. “Grandparents and special friends are a family’s strong foundation. We like to think that at Dio we also play a part in building that strong foundation of happy memories and lifelong friendships.” I recently received notification of the death of an Old Girl, Mary Aldworth. Her daughter, Rosemary, said of her mother’s relationship with the School, “She was so proud of her school and right up to the end she was reading every line and chapter of Dio Today (without glasses). She never ceased to marvel at all the opportunities the girls have these days and took very personally all the awards and achievements they received as if they were family. Thank you for making her so happy.” What a wonderful testament to the Dio ‘family feeling’. Liz McKay, Editor


Innovation Nation LEADING IN EDUCATIONAL INNOVATION In AUT’S December magazine Idealog, the winners and finalists in the New Zealand Innovators’ Awards were summarised. The supreme winners were a team from Revolution Fibres producing nanofibre used in air filtration, cosmetics and acoustics. The process perfected by the team, described as electrospinning, creates fibres with diverse characteristics including increased strength and high surface area and energy transfer. The global market for nanofibre is projected to be US$2.2 billion by 2020 which proves that Revolution Fibres is in the right place at the right time. Another finalist and winner of the Environment and Agriculture section developed a product called the Outpost Wasp, which helps to conserve water supply through its smart water meters and sensors. These connect to a web platform using mobile networks, delivering real time information on customers’ water consumption, automatically detecting leaks, and producing tools and reports to reduce demand. The Kiwi technology is being exported to Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia.



The pages of innovations made impressive reading and presented several points of reflection about the role of education in supporting an innovative nation. The most interesting comments were made by comedian Mike King who was a finalist in creating The Nutters Club which began as a radio talkback show and merged into a 60 show television programme on Māori Television and a best-selling book by the same name. After a life changing stroke, Mike King made a personal promise to himself: he vowed to do something different with his life if he ever got another shot at it. His work involved helping people express themselves and changing the way they think, feel, talk and behave in relation to mental, physical and emotional issues. The Nutters Club is a really effective and novel contribution to a community. Mike King says that the innovation was totally unexpected. The first point of interest is that innovations come in many different forms and sometimes in unexpected ways. Although there are purposeful support laboratories to grow innovation, others come from hardship and loss. The recent listing of Christchurch as a Top 10 city destination by Lonely Planet is a classic example of how hardship often creates innovation. The second point of interest is that innovations are sometimes service based as well as product based. The aim of all design is to create a better world and sometimes the designs are in the form of social services that can enhance life. Facebook is a classic example where online interaction and communication enables families and friends to stay in contact.


Two Year 5 Diocesan students are among nine finalists whose inventions will feature in the October series of Let’s Get Inventin’, which showcases inventions of Kiwi children aged between nine and 14 and now screens in 72 countries. The show’s producers say it sends the world a clear message that New Zealand is the home of innovation. See story on page 15.

Recently, members of the National Academy of Engineering were asked to name the Grand Challenges of the 21st Century. The top five were: 1. Make solar energy economical. 2. Provide energy from fusion. 3. Provide access to clean water. 4. Reverse-engineer the brain. 5. Advance personalised learning.

“Innovations that combine the power of human learning, technological advancements and opportunity have true potential to improve the world for people. Such should be the innovations we think about as we become agents of change in education.”

Michael Fullan in his book Stratosphere says that the trouble with the above ‘top five’ is that they were thought up by engineers. “No doubt doctors would have curing cancer near the top of their priorities. But I would venture to say that almost every group would have the integration of technology, human and social learning, and the improvement of their work in their ‘top 10’.” Michael also says that today’s schools should be focusing on the very integration of those three things through a process he calls “Change Knowledge” which he describes as the ability to put something new into practice. He says that this is the key to innovation in education. Change Knowledge has several components he describes as critical.

technologies to maximise the quality of learning. Salman Khan, who developed the famous Khan Academy, created over 3,000 Youtube videos to help students learn. Although the videos are just explanations, they enable students to hear those explanations of difficult concepts over and over again until they learn them. The videos are not a new invention but did demonstrate that old teaching techniques could be delivered in new ways.

First is focus, such as examining the roles of student and teacher. Although Steve Jobs and Bill Gates argue that students can learn by themselves with an iPad, Fullan argues that this is only half the solution. He says that students might do remarkably well with an iPad on their own, but they would do much better if led by a skilled change agent teacher. He says that, “in short, technology and pedagogy must be integrated around the roles of both students and teachers.” They must be working together with

The second point about Change Knowledge is that empathy is a rich and multi-faceted resource for bringing about innovations in education. Fullan’s research demonstrates that fostering teamwork and developing a strong sense of empathy for others, even those who are distractors, is a powerful influence in developing ideas. This brings about greater interaction and a sense of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. Fullan states that their change work demonstrates

that great teachers have impressive empathy or understanding of others, “that they are proactive in helping other people create a world they didn’t know they wanted. What could be a better description of teaching than that!” All of the evidence demonstrates that students won’t learn well if left on their own. Neither will teachers. Innovations that combine the power of human learning, technological advancements and opportunity have true potential to improve the world for people. Such should be the innovations we think about as we become agents of change in education. Heather McRae, Principal

Fullan, M, (2012) Stratosphere: Integrating Technology, Pedagogy and Change Knowledge. Pearson – Ontario, Canada. Idealog, November-December 2012, Auckland University of Technology – pages 52-60.



OUR 5 STRATEGIC PILLARS Inspiring Leadership Growing Knowledge Meaningful Relationships Innovative Quality Environment Purposeful Action

“While we teach conceptual knowledge and understanding, it is not enough to just ‘know’. We want our girls to have insight – to influence others, to show empathy and make a humane difference to the world.”



REALISE OUR ANGLICAN IDENTITY To ensure that staff, students and the wider school community have an understanding of the School’s Anglican identity. To educate staff about our Anglican identity and how it permeates all aspects of school life. To embody the six marks of mission and move towards being the aspirational community they point towards.

EMBED ETHICS AND LEADERSHIP To identify common elements of each of the ethics and leadership initiatives so they work and link together appropriately. To support the principles of each of the initiatives through activities and events that are part of the daily life of the School. To ensure that the content and value of the ethics and leadership initiatives are communicated to students, staff and wider school community. To ensure that our marketing effectively publicises these unique educational opportunities.


ANNUAL PLAN 2013 INQUIRY LEARNING To research, evaluate and implement a range of inquiry models.

ONLINE TOOLS To maximise the use of Moodle for Years 7-13 as an online interactive learning site for teachers, students and parents. To ensure and enhance the use of blogs for Foundation Class to Year 6.

STREAMLINED ASSESSMENT MODEL To develop and implement a streamlined school-wide assessment model.

JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL To ensure that learning outcomes and assessment tasks across Years 7-10 are closely mapped to the NZC and reported using appropriate assessment tools.

TEACHING AND LEARNING PHILOSOPHY PASTORAL CARE AND LEARNING To ensure that teachers, students and parents understand the key elements of the teaching and learning philosophy.

To foster resilience, risk taking and optimism in all students.

To provide differentiated professional development to embed a range of instructional strategies in classrooms.

To review and strengthen personalised learning objectives through progressive goal setting and action plans.

To ensure that the teaching and learning philosophy is included in appraisal goals for 2013.



Board news Diocesan is a very important part of my life and I am very honoured to have been asked to join the Board of Governors. Having been a Trustee of the Heritage Foundation for two years I have had the opportunity to observe what a professional, committed and aspirational Board the Dio Board is. When invited to join the Board, without hesitation I wanted to contribute further.

Andrew Peterson

At the end of last year, the Board had the pleasure of welcoming Jane Latimer as a Board member. As well as having a long association with Diocesan, Jane is a well-respected employment law barrister. She brings her employment and human resources specialist skills to the Board table, as well as her intimate knowledge of the School’s history and special character. In the accompanying article Jane explains a little of her background and why she is so passionate to ensure that, as a Board member, she can help assist the School in continuing to provide the right environment for our girls to be more than they ever imagined. We are delighted to have Jane as a Board member. Andrew Peterson, Board Chair

As an Old Girl and a parent of two daughters who recently went through Dio from the Junior School through to Year 13, I believe that the knowledge I have of the School and the school community and my dedication to Dio stands me in good stead to assist with the governance and leadership of the School. I attended Dio between 1968 and 1974 – when I was Head Prefect. I loved Dio from the day I started until the day I left. I still love Dio and get a warm feeling and a sense of pride every single time I walk through the school gates. I enjoyed being part of a school that had a proud heritage and had good traditions, many of which continue to be relevant, are observed today and are part of Dio’s special character. Just as today, the Chapel was a central part of school life and the campus, and remains a special part of Dio for me. I was married there and our daughters were baptised in St Barnabas, all three occasions being the most treasured memories for me. I regularly hear from Old Girls of all ages that the aspect of Dio they most treasure is the Chapel and the music and singing that have always flowed from it. Even back in my days, when facilities at schools were nothing like they are now, Dio was becoming progressive. I loved languages and while I was there, what I believed to be the first language laboratory in a secondary school was established. At the time this was very modern and ‘high tech’. Today, Dio’s campus and facilities are state of the art and I will be excited to be part of the planning and decision



making of further enhancements. Having said that, a fine school such as Dio is far more than great buildings; its people, values, culture, ethics and character makes it, in the words of the School Song, “the best school of all”. I have a particular interest in people, being an employment lawyer. Having been a partner at Kensington Swan, a large national law firm for more than 20 years, I now practice as a barrister, specialising in employment and related matters. I believe that my profession, skills and experience are relevant and a useful background for a Board member of a large community.

Jane Latimer

I am especially interested in ensuring that Dio retains and recruits the best teachers and that it is the school of choice for employment because of its culture, leadership, career opportunities, facilities and terms of employment. I am a Trustee of Recovery Solutions Group, an organisation which assists the mentally ill to better health and provides social housing to those with mental health issues and eating disorders. This governance role, which has exposed me to working with high calibre and

Erin Street development Driving to and from school, you may have noticed some construction activity at the school-owned properties located in Erin Street and wondered what this was.

experienced directors as well as the work I have done with boards over many years, has provided me with a good measure of governance experience which gives me the confidence to take on the Board role at Dio. My involvement in the life of Dio includes my membership for the past seven years, the last three years as Chair, of the Diocesan School Women2Watch Awards. I never fail to be humbled and amazed by the outstanding achievements of so many ‘young Old Girls’ and their interesting, diverse and budding careers. These young women are inspirational to current students and staff when, at our annual Women2Watch Awards special assembly, they address the School.


Innovative Quality Environment

Two new tennis and two new netball courts, together with a small spectator pavilion and ancillary services will be completed and ready for use at the start of Term 2. The courts will be fitted with an Ace rebound surface. Whilst this facility will increase the number of courts available for netball and tennis in the short term, they will in the longer term replace the Science Building courts, which will need to be demolished when construction on the Performing Arts Centre begins. When not required for school use, the courts will be available for Innes House boarders.

Our two daughters, Elizabeth and Charlotte, also loved their days at Dio. When Charlie left at the end of last year, we had been Dio parents for 13 years. Also with a great fondness for the Junior School, they particularly enjoyed their senior years at Dio. The entrenching of strong friendships and the camaraderie that comes with being a senior at Dio and the leadership opportunities rounded off their excellent school education. l join the Board at a time when the School is in excellent health. I cherish the opportunity to be part of the team that is charged with ensuring that it remains so. Jane Latimer, Board Member



Heritage Foundation UPDATE

The Diocesan School Heritage Foundation was established by the School’s Board of Governors in 2001 ‘for the purposes of the advancement of education by charitable means by providing financial and other assistance for the benefit of Diocesan School for Girls, Auckland’.

The Heritage Foundation’s Strategic Plan has four objectives:

Angela Anderson

The Heritage Foundation can only achieve its objectives through the wholehearted support of the Diocesan School staff, community and dedicated Trustees.

• to build and maintain a capital base for the School’s benefit; • to develop and enhance Diocesan’s culture of philanthropy and fellowship; • to attract, administer and coordinate all voluntary contributions to the School (whether cash or in kind); and • to provide direct financial support to students (through grants and scholarships), staff (through grants for development), the Chapel and campus development.

The Heritage Foundation can only achieve its objectives through the wholehearted support of the Diocesan School staff, community and dedicated Trustees. Diocesan is a not for profit organisation, meaning that whilst revenues (school fees) must cover operating costs; it does not aim to make a profit. Around 70% of our expenditure, for example, goes on salaries so that we can attract and retain the best teachers in the country. Diocesan therefore relies on the support of the School community to be able to develop and support our daughters to become the best they can be beyond the standard school curriculum, to ensure the School’s long term independence and to make sure Diocesan remains at the forefront of education. The Heritage Foundation’s funds are spread across seven separate categories, enabling donors to give to areas that they want to make a difference in.

The current funds are:

FUND Centennial Fund

VALUE $2,119,792

Building Fund (incl Dig Deep)


Chapel Fund


Arts Fund Sports Fund Student Scholarships (incl Endowments) Staff Scholarships Total Funds as at 31 December 2012

$404,806 $264,018 $1,349,713 $393,675 $4,862,068

The Heritage Foundation’s fundraising over the twelve years since its inception is summarised as follows:

Funds received and pledged


Funds distributed


Net Funds as at 31 December 2012




At the Heritage Foundation meeting in November last year, Steve Bootten and Jane Latimer advised the Trustees that they would conclude their service as Trustees of the Heritage Foundation at the end of the year. Both Steve and Jane have made an immense contribution to Diocesan.

Warren is married to Sarah (nee Willis) who is on the Old Girls’ Committee. They have two daughters at Diocesan – Olivia (Year 8) and Jemma (Year 7) – who are third generation students. They also have a son, Charles, at King’s School.

As well as Steve’s seven years as a Trustee of the Heritage Foundation and Chair of the Investment Committee, Steve was previously a member of the School Board. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Steve for the outstanding work and immense time he has spent to make Diocesan the place it is today. His prudent financial stewardship has ensured the Heritage Foundation’s investment fund has continued to grow and not one cent has been lost despite the worst financial markets ever seen.

and are Dio’s own rising stars. Jane was also the instigator of our Leavers’ Fund in 2012 which raised $18,500. This money has gone straight back to help families in 2013 who, for hardship reasons, would not otherwise be able to finish their daughters’ education at Diocesan. This Fund, although in its first year, will build momentum as we make a true difference in someone’s life. In February 2013 we welcomed two new Trustees to the Heritage Foundation – Warren Couillault and David Ballantyne. Both Warren and David come with extensive financial backgrounds and will join the Investment Committee. David also sits on Dio Sport and will be its representative on the Heritage Foundation.




David Ballantyne

David likewise is married to an Old Girl, Robyn (nee Mace). They have a daughter, Nicole (Year 11), at Diocesan and a son, Zac (Year 9), at St Kentigern College.

Jane has been a Trustee of the Heritage Foundation for three years and has only stepped down to take a position on the School Board. Jane has contributed hours of true love for the School to honour (through the Women2Watch initiative) the talented young Old Girls who are making their mark in the world

Along with the rest of the School community I welcome Warren and David and look forward to working with them. Angela Anderson Chair of the Heritage Foundation Warren Couillault

DONOR WALL Several new parents have commented on the sandstone wall adjacent to the drive-through and asked what it is for. This wall was erected to recognise donors who had given funds for the building of the Aquatic Centre, hockey turf and car park. Where donors were willing to have their generosity recognised, the School positioned silver circles with the families’ names engraved onto them. Over the next few months we will be placing a heading onto the wall to denote this.

The School would like to continue the practice of recognising donations of $2000 and above in this way. If you would like to make a donation to the Heritage Foundation, please do get in touch with us and also let the Development team know whether you would be happy for us to add a circle in your name as a lasting legacy for you and your daughter(s).




Donors in 2012 The Diocesan School Heritage Foundation would like to thank the following people and organisations who have generously given to the Heritage Foundation in 2012. We also wish to thank and acknowledge those donors who have given in past years and those who wish to remain anonymous. With your assistance we can make a difference. AACP Media NZ Ltd Air New Zealand Ltd Greig Allison and Deb Yates Allpress Coffee Alpers Dental Group Angela Anderson and Philip Wilson Arehana Anderson Jodie and Nicolas Archibald Auckland Chamber Orchestra Auckland War Memorial Museum Andrew and Libby Barrett Lucinda Batchelor and Joan Brown Bettjemans Bossley Architects Patrick Boyle and Helen Hockenhull Beverley Bray Charlotte Brebner Al Brown and J McOnie (The Depot) Browns Espresso Bar Debbie and Scott Burridge Business World Travel Christine Caughey Bill and Shona Caughey Julian and Fou Charteris Wei Xing Che and Yumin Qiu Mark and Lynore Conelly Warren and Sarah Couillault Elisa and Philip Crotty Dr Elizabeth Segedin and Dr Richard Cutfield Richard and Claire Cutforth Dr Michael and Prof Helen Danesh-Meyer Kylee Davis DDB New Zealand Elaine Dick Dio Arts Paul and Trish Dyson Sandy Ingram-Ellis and Rick Ellis Equipoise Spa Health and Beauty Farro Fresh Angie Nelson and David Ferrier Fuji Xerox Ian and Susan Gault Philippa Gebbie Peter and Kate Gomm Gow Family Trust Sharley Haddon Richard and Yvette Hall Tanya Hansen Isabel Harris Bruce and Marita Hassall Olivia Hemus Madeline Hernon Joann and Robert Hill Helen Hockenhull and Patrick Boyle Dame Rosie and Michael Horton Scott and Kathryn Hutchison In Touch IXIAN Ltd Kensington Hairdressing Prudence Lane and Perry Sansom



Jane Latimer and Julian Bell David Levene Foundation Little and Friday Dr Alastair and Raewyn MacCormick Jocelyn MacKay Tessa Marjoram and Kenneth Holt Marylin’s Hair Salon Jan McEwen and John Williams McHugh Media John McKelvie Bob and Kerry McMillan Heather McRae Millbrook Resort Darius and Edwina Mistry Molten Restaurant Christine and Terry Moore Nellie Tier Partnership Derek and Christine Nolan Marty and Deborah O’Halloran Matthias O’Malley Open Shutter Noeleen Palmer Perform Podiatry Poppies Remuera Lucy Powell Pumpkin Patch Rebecca Grey Dance Kathryn Roberts and Richard Commons Rocco & Rogue Frank and Georgina Rose Royal New Zealand Ballet Charlie Ruddenklau Russell McVeagh Don and Catherine Ryan Brana Serafin Shore Mariner Charlie and Trudie Smith Spa Ayurda Simon Spratt SsangYong New Zealand Nicholas and Rose Stanhope Stevens Home & Giving Gillian and Mark Stretch Rebecca Taylor Team McMillan Ltd Tessuti The Poi Room Emily Thodey Lawrence and Glenys Thompson Thread Design Limited Greg and Lynne Towers Transport Dynamics Ltd Trish Clark Associates Ltd Greg and Katy Waite Warner Music NZ Rachel Wesseldine Westpac NZ Wilson Consumer Products Mark and Helen Withy Shaun and Michelle Young

Dio Arts function honouring Rosey Eady Following the Alumnae Meritae Assembly and morning tea on 6 March, Dio Arts Angels, both present and past, gathered in School House Dining Room on the evening of 11 March for a Dio Arts function to honour Rosey’s achievements! With three recipients and their guests at Wednesday’s Assembly it wasn’t possible to include all the Dio Arts Angels but as Rosey felt so strongly that her achievements were a team achievement, it was agreed that a smaller function would be held to include all the Arts Angels. The evening was a great success and Heather McRae read the citation for Rosey (with a few extra stories included that had not been considered appropriate for Wednesday’s younger audience!) and Rosey replied in similar vein to Wednesday’s assembly. It was a great night and a lovely chance for all the Arts Angels to gather to personally congratulate Rosey on her achievements and for Rosey to show her appreciation of their efforts and to share her honour with them.


Term 2 dates 2013 MONDAY 6 MAY – FRIDAY 5 JULY

6 May 9 May 11-16 May

Dio Arts Prefects’ Morning Tea On Friday 8 March the 2013 Arts Prefects and Council were warmly welcomed by the Dio Arts Committee at a special morning tea held in School House Dining Room. Each student was introduced by Jane Jackson and received a Dio Arts traditional red rose and certificate from Rosey Eady as part of the celebration. Parents and other Dio Arts supporters mingled over a cup of tea and the renowned Dio Arts cup cakes whilst discussing plans for another exciting year ahead for the Arts at Diocesan. Guests were also treated to a talk by New Zealand artist and photographer, Ken Adams, whose beautiful works currently hang in the Dining Room. Ken was well known to the girls as he has taught in the classroom at Diocesan for a number of years, sharing his passion for landscapes with the students.

14 May 18 May 20 May 23 May 24 May 25 May 29/30 May 30 May 3 June 4 June 5-8 June 5 June 6 June 9 June 10-12 June 11 June 14 June 16 June 17 June 18/19 June 20/21 June 23 June 25 June 25/26 June 26/27 June 27 June 1-5 July 1 July 3 July 4 July 5 July

Term 2 starts8:30am Years 7 and 8 Cross Country9:30am Years 9 – 13 Cross Country12 noon Copacobana Senior ProductionFor performance times see Page 52-53 Sam Chapman – Ethics speaker School Ball – Ellerslie Convention Centre7:30pm Parents & Friends’ Father Daughter Breakfast – Years 7-137:00am Junior High School Concert6:00pm Waikato Dio Sports Exchange at Auckland Dio Open Day1:00 – 3:00pm Heritage Foundation Cocktail Function6:00pm Junior School Fun Run Years 3-61:30pm Queen’s Birthday – school closed Junior School Cross Country Years 4-61:30pm Chamber Music New Zealand Competitions University Open Evening6:00pm Year 13 Ethics in Relationships – Lesley Elliott Neligan Chapel Service (Yrs 7-13)5:00pm Selwyn Chapel Service (Yrs 7-13)6:30pm Big Sing Auckland Innes House Chapel/School Birthday dinner5:15pm School Birthday Old Girls’ Baptisms11:00am Cowie Chapel Service (Yrs 7-13)5:00pm Cochrane Chapel Service (Yrs 7-13)6:30pm Option Evening Years 11-13 20146:30pm Year 13 Play7:00pm Night of Dance7:00pm Mitchelson Chapel Service (Yrs 7-13)5:00pm Roberton Chapel Service (Yrs 7-13)6:30pm Years 7-13 Parent Interviews A-G3:00 – 7:00pm Year 13 Play - Little Theatre7:00pm J-Rock Years 7 and 8 Years 7-13 Parent Interviews H-O3:00 – 7:00pm Year 4 Art Exhibition – Junior School Scholars’ Dinner6:30pm Junior School Parent Interviews Years 1-61:00 – 8:00pm Years 7-13 Parent Interviews P-Z3:00 – 7:00pm Junior School Parent Interviews Years 1-63:00 – 6:00pm Term 2 ends3:20pm



Embracing it! VALUE NO. 1 PRIDE Out of a group of 160 girls at the camp, there were 12 New Zealanders, so it’s easy to say we were the minority, but we took pride in this fact. For once we were seen as the exotic ones, the ones who come from a country with more sheep than people! I learnt that taking pride in where you come from is important, and we all come from one of the top schools in New Zealand, so what is there not to be proud about? The more pride that you show for our school, the more you’ll get out of it.

Virginia Dougherty and Phoebe Stanford

At a Prefects’ Full School Assembly held in February, Head Prefect Virginia Dougherty and Deputy Head Prefect Phoebe Stanford, spoke to the School about values.

“On the last weekend of the summer holidays we all went on a Prefect Camp at AUT and together we came up with four values for which we want this School to be known. We have set you all a challenge ‘to embrace something new this year’ however, as a group, we also want to see these values – Pride, Generosity, Approachability and Resilience – applied throughout the School. ‘Embrace it’ is the Year 13 mission statement for the School this year and we all need to portray the four values in order to be able to embrace opportunities.” As Phoebe went through the four values she briefly spoke about her trip with Student Services Prefect Alice Weil to Sydney in January where they both embraced all aspects of the Leadership Camp that they were lucky enough to attend.



VALUE NO. 2 APPROACHABILITY When you’re in another country with a large group of people and the only person you know has been put into a different group, things can get a bit daunting. Who do I talk to? What do I say? What if they don’t like me? I very quickly found out that all conversations at camp were easily started with a smile. A smile was like an instant invitation to come and chat, and the situation became that much less scary. Although I didn’t get to meet every single girl on that camp, I could say that I had met and knew at least half, and left with four new friends – from Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Connecticut in the United States. Each and every one of those girls was incredibly approachable, and that made all the difference. If you can be an approachable student, you will find it that much easier to interact with your class mates, people in other year levels and teachers; that way you are embracing all the friendship opportunities that surround you here at Dio. VALUE NO. 3 RESILIENCE Much to our disappointment, Alice got sick and was stuck in bed for the first two days at camp. Alice, with more energy than a Year 7 girl on Athletics Day, was stuck inside her room while the rest of us were out and about exploring Sydney. Although it seemed like a worst case scenario, Alice made a quick recovery and by the third day


was making the most of the days left at camp. Alice could so easily have gone home sick or had a really negative approach to camp, but on that third day she was back out there putting 100% into all the activities. In our school years it’s not always smooth sailing; whether we don’t get the grade we wanted on our internals, or we didn’t get into the sports team that we wanted, or we missed out on a ticket to that social, we need to show resilience. Bounce back, try again, until you get the result you wish for. And our final value, NO. 4 GENEROSITY One of the first exercises we did at camp was break up into our groups of about 20 and talk about milestones in our lives that have made us who we are today. Maddy spoke about how she had been severely bullied in primary school and she broke down in tears as she recounted her story to us, a group of strangers. I had known this girl for an hour, but I knew I had to show some support for her, so I went over and gave her a hug. To me, this seemed like such a minor act of generosity, but on the last day of camp when we were all saying our goodbyes, she gave me a hug and told me that my simple act of kindness was one of the sweetest things anyone had ever done for her. I was so humbled by this, yet it opened my eyes to how little or big generosity can be. Being generous doesn’t have to be sharing your cake with others, or donating a large amount of money to a charity, it can be as simple as a hug or any other kind of act of support. So girls, do your best to show these qualities. I can promise you that you will have no regrets when you look back on your school years, and you will leave here with a lot of fond memories, friendships and knowledge to set you up for life. Each and every one of you is extremely lucky to attend this school. I am a strong believer in making the most out of every opportunity you are given, so on that note, ‘Embrace it!’

2013 School Leaders Head Prefect / Councils

Virginia Dougherty

Deputy Head Prefect / Houses

Phoebe Stanford





Madeleine Ballard

Amelia Retter, Lauren Fong


Maria Cardy

Sian Morrison, Rachael Monkhouse

Community Service

Isobel Grant

Xaviar Rego, Olivia Thompson


Carena Lai

Dahné Boniface, Karen Sue

School Culture

Shefali Parekh

Brittany Young, Sharon Shin

School Events

Georgia Hoskins-Smith

Izzie McKenzie, Catherine Eaddy


Rosie McDermott

Georgie Jenkin, Sarah Fraser

Student Services

Alice Weil

Sarah Caro, Holly Gillan





Meghan Seel

Aleisha Robertson, Sophie Whitney


Rachel Twyman

Kendal Stratford, Shivanthi Anthony

Eliza Edwards

Bianka Covic

Anna Thompson, Georgie Townley

Mary Pulling

Lucy Gregory

Charlotte Stuart, Elena Gregory


Amy Mills

Ella Dobson, Sammie Fung


Monique Macalister

Jessica Lewis, Emelia Johnstone


Isabella Woolley

Lily MacLean, Ashlee Franklin


Kristina Gurshin

Emily Chin, Karin Ho




Walking the talk Diocesan School’s dynamic new Director of Sport sums up her approach to life, sport and her latest role with a simple motto. “In my career I have always believed that I must ‘walk the talk’ to be an effective role model for students,” says Peg Lockyer. For the driven former national canoeing champion, walking the talk means putting 110-percent effort into her work, her own sports and into her own continuing education which has included completing an impressive two Masters degrees in three years. Ms Lockyer, whose challenging new role includes overseeing more than 35 sports codes at Diocesan, is excited to be at the School. “I am working in a school with brilliant young women who have amazing potential. My job is to ensure they experience all that sport can offer them.” “It is important that they learn to become holistic athletes who know how to look after themselves – whatever their talents and abilities. Sport is a great environment for students to learn life-skills such as teamwork, discipline and lifestyle balance. “But first and foremost sport is about having fun. It’s satisfying setting a goal and then achieving it. It also creates life-long bonds and provides lots of opportunities to laugh with your friends.” Sport has always been important to Ms Lockyer who works out almost daily, windsurfs for fun and has made her latest goal learning to kite-surf. Her many achievements include being a semi-finalist for New Zealand in the Flat Water Canoeing World Championships in Paris in 1991, competing in Surf Life Saving National Championships



between 1983 and 1992, being an Out Rigger Canoeing New Zealand Champion in the early ‘90s and playing for the Otago U21 Netball team in 1984. “As a young woman, sport made me who I am,” says Lockyer. “And my early involvement in sport not only cemented health and wellness as part of my everyday life but also taught me how to push my body to its limits.” After completing a Bachelor of Education Degree from Massey University and a Diploma in Teaching in 1992, she worked as an assistant Physical Education teacher and was Teacher in Charge of Health for three years at Glenfield College. During nine years at Western Springs College she became head of Physical Education and was also a House Dean. While there she made the ‘strategic decision’ to complete a Sport and Leisure Studies Post Graduate Diploma at Waikato University so she could eventually study for a Masters degree. She left Western Springs College when the opportunity arose to run an Athlete Development Programme for young elite sports people at Unitec’s School of Sport for 18 months.

“We are delighted to have someone of Peg Lockyer’s calibre to set the strategic direction for sport over forthcoming years. She brings with her strengths in elite sport, school leadership and organisational expertise. Welcome to our team!” Heather McRae, Principal

After missing the secondary school system, she took up a role at Onehunga High School for five years – first as Deputy Principal then as Associate Principal.

An interim position for a term as acting Head of Sport at New Zealand’s largest school, Rangitoto College, followed before she worked for a year as a leadership and assessment facilitator at The University of Auckland’s Consortium of Professional Learning.

While working fulltime, she completed a Masters in Education with First Class Honours, then took a year’s study leave to complete a Masters in Legal Studies which included education law dissertations on privacy, human rights and restorative justice as well as a special topic on school discipline processes.

“When this job at Dio came up, I was ready for it,” says Ms Lockyer, who believes in applying her attitude to sport to her professional life. “If you are going to do something, you do it properly. Talent is important but it’s no guarantee. Effort and determination can make all the difference.”


IT teacher gets inventin’ Diocesan’s Junior School IT teacher, Mark Edwards, can claim a world first for his work helping to develop a new iPad app that helps students to transform their ideas into inventions. The producers of the popular TVNZ series Let’s Get Inventin’ asked Mr Edwards to write the class notes for the new ap – which they say is the first of its kind to be developed in the world – when they met him while they were filming a series of invention workshops with a Year 5 class in the Junior School. The new app, which allows budding inventors to build their ideas in a visual form, also aims to open up their minds to what different concepts can achieve. The workshops, filmed in Terms 1 and 2, will be the basis of one of 10 episodes of the next Let’s Get Inventin’ series which is due to screen this October. Two Year 5 Diocesan students – Alessandra Winton and Phebe Mason – are among nine finalists whose inventions will feature in the October series, which showcases inventions of Kiwi children aged between nine and 14 and now screens in 72 countries. Let’s Get Inventin’s producers say the show sends the world a clear message that New Zealand is the home of innovation. With our impressive track record, Diocesan’s Junior School looks to be the home of invention too! Mark Edwards, Phebe Mason and Clinton Randell

Ms Lockyer says her current position perfectly combines her leadership, physical education and educational learning skills with her passion for sport. Her role includes guiding the strategic vision for Diocesan sports, overseeing a fantastic group of sports managers and liaising with parents, students, teachers, coaches and community organisations. “I believe that our Principal, Ms Heather McRae, is one of the best Principals in the country. She’s a really skilled educator, is genuinely interested in everyone she comes in contact with and is a brilliant leader. I’m looking forward to being around someone of that calibre and learning all I can from her.”



ISNZ Award for Shelley Ryde Chef de Mission – with a Dio flavour!

Congratulations to Shelley Ryde, Head of Visual Arts at Diocesan, on receiving an Independent Schools of New Zealand Honours Award. The awards are made annually and acknowledge and celebrate outstanding staff within ISNZ member schools. Shelley has taught at Diocesan since 1983 and is highly regarded in the art education community, both locally and nationally, for her dedication and contributions to the field. Her sustained and outstanding competence in the areas of teaching, examining and moderating, curriculum development and service to art education are well known and acknowledged by educational leaders, peers and colleagues. Shelley is a woman who leads by example and as such she is highly regarded by her colleagues. She is a woman with a vision and she is dedicated to making things happen. She is also dedicated to improving school wide, regional and national 21st century teaching and learning. Shelley’s generosity in sharing her expertise through professional development courses for art teachers throughout New Zealand, particularly in the field of print-making, is much applauded. We are indeed fortunate to have staff of Shelley’s calibre at Diocesan and congratulate her on her award.



Shelley Ryde (left) and fellow staff member and former pupil, Katie Blundell, at the opening of Shelley’s art exhibition in School House in 2012.

In December 2012, the New Zealand Olympic Committee confirmed the appointment of Diocesan’s Deputy Principal, Christine (Chris) Arthur, as Youth Games Chef de Mission. A two-time Olympian in Hockey (Los Angeles 1984 and Barcelona 1992), Chris Arthur has extensive high performance experience and has worked with young people in a variety of leadership roles – even if one young athlete thought this role was of a culinary nature! Ms Arthur led a team of 150 young athletes, 50 coaches and managers and 20 support staff to the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in December. The AYOF had representatives from 30 countries competing in 17 sports; the first time that the IOC have run a Youth Olympics. The competitors included three Dio representatives – Caroline Baddock (swimming), Clementine Hutchison (gymnastics) and Kaitlin McLeod (badminton). New Zealand had a very successful campaign with the team achieving 69 medals; 11 Gold, 25 Silver and 33 Bronze.


Chris thoroughly enjoyed the experience, saying, “It was a fantastic opportunity for young athletes, coaches and managers to experience a festival that has many of the elements of an Olympic Games. The level of competition was very good for most sports and there were some quality competitors who are top internationally and this showed our athletes what to aspire to. “As my first experience I really enjoyed the blend of youthful enthusiasm and energy from the athletes and the guidance of staff who were all committed to making the next New Zealand Olympians. “To be involved in the Olympic Games at any level is very special. The Games are unique in that you bring together a range of athletes and coaches from vastly different sporting codes and create one national team. The pride in representing your country and the support across sports is very special. “It was certainly a privilege and honour to be amongst a group of very fine role models representing New Zealand youth and I will watch with interest as they go on to be our next generation of Olympians.” Chris Arthur will take a Youth Olympics team to Nanjeng, China, in 2014.

OPENING SPEECH TO ATHLETES Gathered here today we will have Olympic Champions of tomorrow and this festival is a key stage in the development of our future talent. You have all been selected because you have the potential to be the best in New Zealand and I hope many of you will commit and make choices that mean you will go on and make that new step. It takes courage to set a goal and then be relentless in the pursuit of that goal. You will need to persevere when things don’t go so well or you don’t get picked the first time you put your hand up. You will need to plan and practice and then practice and plan again. Be humble and know who to ask for help and who can support you in your dream, and remember to thank and acknowledge those who help you on the way. And finally remember that it isn’t easy – or everyone would do it. Your Olympic journey has already begun and now you have an opportunity to experience international sport with a distinctly Olympic flavour. The Olympics differ from other sporting competitions because of the founding values that have endured for over 100 years.

The three core values are Excellence, Friendship and Respect. Excellence describes the quality of effort that permeates all Olympic programmes. Athletes are expected to strive for personal bests that are captured in the Olympic motto; Citius, Altius, Fortius (Faster, Higher, Stronger). Friendships are the beginning of mutual understanding and the challenge is to strengthen links with team mates, across sports and across countries. The final value is respect which encompasses respect for oneself, others, the rules, fair play and the environment. I hope you will all embrace the opportunity to be part of this Olympic festival and live the values – strive for excellence, strengthen and develop new friendships and at all times show respect. Kia kaha kia maia kia manawanui – Be strong, be brave and be patient. World champs and other international competitions are great events but there is nothing as special as an Olympic games and becoming part of the New Zealand Olympic family.



New year...


LO K Over the past six months we have been taking a fresh look at the Diocesan brand and how we differentiate ourselves in an increasingly cluttered and competitive market.



Staff, community members and agency partners have been consulted to understand the true essence of the brand and what makes Dio unique. By bringing our purpose statement, ‘Be more than you ever imagined’, to life, we have a real opportunity to break the mould in the way schools typically present and market themselves. The refreshed approach sees the use of the word DIO where the ‘O’ represents our imagination


and provides us with the opportunity to showcase the value of a Dio education. By the time that this issue of Dio Today is distributed, you will have seen the new look rolled out across key communications, collateral and advertising, and our website will have been relaunched. Our Prospectus redesign is underway, and we look forward to this being ready for our May Open Day. In revitalising the brand one of the first things we developed is a comprehensive set of brand guidelines. These guidelines outline

the correct use of our logo, fonts and colours as well as our tone of voice and the application of the brand in various forms, ensuring it is applied consistently across all touchpoints. We would like to acknowledge the support of Board member Marty O’Halloran and Interbrand in revitalising the Dio brand. Keep an eye out for new images as we enlist the expertise of our Year 12 Photography students in capturing Dio students fulfilling their potential.

No matter what your daughter’s aspirations are, Diocesan helps create more opportunities for her future. At Diocesan, girls from Foundation Class to year 13 are part of a school that continues to produce New Zealand’s highest levels of academic, sporting and arts achievement.

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Learning EXAMINATION RESULTS 2012 The introduction of the endorsement awards for NCEA examinations, firstly across a level, and then for individual subject awards, gave Diocesan girls additional incentive to aim high and achieve their best results all year. It is rewarding for staff to hear conversations among the girls about how many Excellence credits they have already achieved and how many are left to achieve to reach their goals. Doing well has never been so ‘cool’! In the 2012 examinations almost every Year 11 student achieved Excellence or Merit endorsement. The only girls who did not achieve this were the ones who, because of illness, could not complete the course. To do this requires 50 credits of Excellence or 50 credits of Merit across all the standards entered for the appropriate level. (Level 1 is the equivalent of the old School Certificate, Level 3 of Bursary). The results at Level 2 were equally pleasing, especially as the Year 12 cohort (now our Year 13 scholars) doubled the rate of excellence Endorsement from the previous year. They have been set the challenge of repeating that feat this year. The Level 3 results are double the rate of the national rates – 66% endorsement compared to 32.5%.



Many Year 10 students have the opportunity to advance in one or two subjects and build up credits to contribute to their Level 1 Certificate. Two students did particularly well. Christine Li, the Junior High School Dux of 2012, gained her Level 1 Certificate and achieved Level 1 Endorsed with Excellence after achieving almost entirely Excellence results in Level 1 Mathematics, History and Music. Rebecca Brimble achieved the required 50 Excellence credits for Endorsement and is just six credits short of the 80 required for the Level 1 Certificate. We

It is rewarding for staff to hear conversations among the girls about how many Excellence credits they have already achieved and how many are left to achieve to reach their goals. Doing well has never been so ‘cool’! look forward to what the whole Year 11 cohort can achieve this year – the bar has been set quite high for them but we are confident that with the positive attitude to learning, the aspiration to do well, and the support of parents and their teachers they can do that.

Rebecca Brimble and Christine Li

LEARNING Heather McRae, Kerry Mackereth, Madeleine Barber-Wilson and Brooke Healey Photograph by Michael Bradley Photography

Xaviar Rego

There were several highlights in the 2012 Scholarship results. In the first year that Scholarship Dance has been offered, two Scholarships were achieved. Congratulations to Gabby Hight and Amanda Wood and their teacher Miss Simone Kallil. History continues to be a centre of excellence with six Scholarships including two Outstanding results. Of particular note is Year 12 student, Xaviar Rego, who advanced in the subject and was rewarded with an Outstanding Scholarship. Her teacher, Ms Nina Blumenfeld, can be very proud. Year 12 students who entered for the Scholarship subject a year early (which is possible in some subjects where the curriculum is not as prescriptive) achieved 11 Scholarships in total. Evelyn Qian, an IB student will be a Gold Scholar at the Scholar’s Dinner this year after

achieving Scholarships in Calculus, English and Chemistry. This is the first time this has ever been achieved at Diocesan. If she achieves the same at the end of 2013 we may need to re-think the colour of the badge! Madeleine Ballard and Karin Ho, also IB students, achieved two Scholarships each. The top NCEA Scholars were Claire McRae (Media Studies, History and Classics) and Alex

Evelyn Qian

Beedie, Isabel Bridgman and Hannah Bartley with two Scholarships each. It is more difficult for the Year 13 IB students to enter for the Scholarship examinations as the curriculum does not always align and some choose to concentrate on their IB papers – which may mean as many as 15 individual examination sessions. Kerry Mackereth, the 2012 Dux, is one such student. She chose to concentrate on her IB papers, and was justly rewarded with a total of 44 points out of 45 – a result that placed her at the top of the New Zealand results. She received an award from the Governor-General at Government House, alongside Madeleine Barber-Wilson and Brooke Healey. Congratulations to all our students who completed external examinations in 2012. We wish the school leavers all the best as they continue with their academic careers in tertiary institutes across the world and New Zealand. We look forward to following your successes in the years ahead. To the senior cohort of 2013 – the challenge is there to surpass the excellent results of last year!



OLYMPIAD ACHIEVEMENTS In October last year Karin Ho and Evelyn Qian were put forward to take part in the preliminary selection examination for the NZ Chemistry Olympiad Trust and both gained places for the training programme during the summer break. Karin Ho received a Gold Award and Evelyn Qian received a Bronze Award for the preliminary exam, which is a great honour. Unfortunately in March neither student made it through to the final selection. The International Biology Olympiad (IBO) is a competition for secondary school students, who are winners of their respective National Biology Olympiad. Their skills in tackling biological problems, and dealing with biological experiments are tested. Interest in biology, inventiveness, creativity and perseverance are necessary. In bringing together gifted students, the IBO tries to challenge and stimulate these students to expand their talents and to promote their career as scientists. A very

A HARVARD EXPERIENCE Many senior Dio students participate in events organised by United Nations Youth, an international organisation which aims to inspire global citizens and offers leadership opportunities. In New Zealand, UN Youth organises Model United Nations (MUN) at each regional level for up to 160 secondary

Evelyn Qian and Karin Ho

important point is bringing together young people from all over the world in an open, friendly and peaceful way. Every participating country sends four students, who are the winners of the respective national competitions. They are accompanied by two team leaders who represent the country. Evelyn has been selected for the second time for the second round of this competition. If she is successful in this round she will represent New Zealand in Europe.

students and in July a NZMUN is held in Wellington for 200 students. This event provides an exciting opportunity to meet like-minded students from across the country and to debate world issues in a UN forum. UN Youth also sends delegations to the UN Youth Conference (UNYC) in Australia and 22 delegates to the Hague International Model UN (THIMUN) in the Netherlands. The USA also hosts an international event, which students can apply to attend. This year, 3,200 applicants from 38 countries were selected to participate in the MUN at Harvard from 31 January to 3 February. Diocesan’s Sammie Fung (13MI) was the sole delegate representing New Zealand. Sammie writes: “At HMUN delegates gained insight into the workings of the United Nations and the dynamics of international relations by assuming the roles of UN representatives and members of other international bodies and national cabinets. HMUN was an exciting opportunity for students to debate issues that confront world leaders and to draft resolutions in response to these global issues. “There were many categories but only 48 delegates were selected to be part of the Non-Governmental



Organisation Programme, myself included. I represented Oxfam and was placed into the United Nations High Level Meeting to discuss Failed States, focusing on Somalia, Mali and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. My role representing Oxfam was to be an independent expert and provide research on the issue. Every participant had to write Position Papers outlining their topic, their country/organisation/ representative’s views and the steps they would like taken. We also had to write Working Papers and Resolutions. “I placed 2nd out of the 48 in my category and received an Outstanding Fixed NGO Award. I was incredibly surprised as I wasn’t even aware that we were being ranked! “Delegates were also given tours of Harvard which gave us first-hand experience of Harvard life and we gathered advice from current students about how to get into this prestigious university. “I have been involved with UN Youth since 2011 and have attended many events. This year my goal is to be selected for THIMUN. If world issues and international mindedness matter to you, I totally recommend joining UN Youth. Their website is and our school contact is Ms Muir in C227.”


The Girdlers take great pride in supporting this award, which is symbolic of the Company’s warm and close relationship with New Zealand since 1933. Kerry will be New Zealand’s 49th Girdlers’ Scholar. “To attend Cambridge at such a young age is the type of experience that students like myself would usually only dream of. Cambridge is number one in the world for Sociology and Political Science so I am stoked to be going there,” says Kerry, who will study for an English Tripos in Humanities, Political and Social Sciences. The Hillsborough teenager, who began a Law and Arts conjoint degree at the University of Auckland this year, will begin studying at Cambridge in October after visiting her brother Stephen, who is studying Mathematics and Philosophy at Harvard. During her years at Diocesan School she made the most of opportunities to be involved in service work including being the Service Prefect, running the 40-Hour Famine and setting up a school branch of the Twinkle Child Foundation which helps hospitalised children.

Diocesan Dux wins coveted scholarship to Cambridge Former Diocesan student and 2012 Dux, Kerry Mackereth, has been awarded a coveted scholarship worth around $180,000 to attend Cambridge University in England where she will major in Political Science. The 18-year-old University of Auckland student has won the 2013 Girdlers’ Scholarship which is given to one outstanding New Zealander each year to cover their university and college fees and some living expenses while they complete a degree at Cambridge.

The scholarship is the latest of several awards and accolades that Kerry has received. They include a national Zonta award in 2012 that recognised her leadership skills and commitment to public service and civic causes and a $50,000 University of Auckland scholarship. The £25,000 per annum Girdlers’ Scholarship is administered by Universities New Zealand-Te Pōkai Tara, and funded by the Girdlers’ Company, a livery company in the City of London, which was founded in medieval times as a craftsmen’s guild.

She says her interest in Political Science and International Relations was tweaked when she was researching New Zealand’s 1980s anti-nuclear stance for an extended essay that was part of her two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma. “We are delighted with Kerry’s welldeserved selection,” says Peter Trimingham of the Girdlers’ Company. “In addition to her outstanding academic abilities, she has a strong sense of social justice and personal integrity.” Her long term goal is to work in the field of humanitarian aid or on development programmes with an agency such as the United Nations. “Humanitarian work is what I want to be doing for the rest of my life. Eventually I would like to come back to settle in New Zealand but who really knows?” Girdlers’ Scholarship – One award is given each year for study at Cambridge University’s Corpus Christi College. The deadline for applications is 1 December. More information on the Girdlers’ Scholarship can be found on the Universities New Zealand website at



Learning management system According to Professor John Hattie, the most powerful single moderator that enhances student achievement is feedback. The simplest prescription for improving education must be “dollops of feedback” – providing information about how and why the child understands and misunderstands, and what directions the student must take to improve. (Influences on Student Learning, John Hattie, 1999)



Over the past decade, powerful software for managing complex databases has been combined with digital frameworks for managing curriculum, training materials, and evaluation tools. The result is a technology known as the Learning Management System (LMS). LMS products and software allow any organisation to develop electronic coursework, deliver it with unprecedented reach and flexibility, and manage its continued use over time.

Common features of LMS systems include: • Upload and management of documents containing curricular content • Delivery of course content over webbased interfaces, most often allowing remote participation by the instructor or pupil • Creation and publication of course calendars • Interaction between and among students, such as instant messaging, email, and discussion forums • Methods of assessment and testing • Multiple ways of providing feedback to students. Diocesan staff chose a product called Moodle for our Year 7 – 13 LMS. Moodle is used worldwide – over 80,000 sites and used in over 200 countries. We use Moodle for two key reasons: • to provide better communications (feedback) to both students and parents • to assist streamline the teaching and learning process.


Some of the benefits for students and parents resulting from the use of Moodle include: • All communications with students (including feedback on assignments and grades) are in one location • Dates of course related events and assessments can be easily viewed on each course page • All course material is available 24/7 • Reduced paper use • Students have access to all course material if they are absent for any reason.

A typical section of a course may look something like this: Typical student course page

From a student’s perspective, Moodle can provide ready access to all of the course material they need in the one place – from course outlines to due dates for assessments and all of the notes they require for successful completion of the course.

Curriculum resources

Parents, too, will have visibility into Moodle courses in which their daughters are enrolled. Parents will be able to view some course content as well as due dates of assessments and assignments. The main purpose of providing parents with access, however, is to give

Assignment that may appear on the ‘user report’

immediate assessment information – both grades and feedback – whenever your daughter has had an assessment in her course. Parents will access a report for each course that their daughter is enrolled in.

Expect that teachers will make increasing use of Moodle for providing feedback to students. Each faculty and subject within the faculty will be using Moodle to provide grades and feedback to students in a variety of ways.

Such a report may look like this:

We are currently exploring ways to use Moodle to provide what you know to be the formal mid year reports. As the data in Moodle is more detailed and relevant to both students and parents you will be able to access a detailed report for your daughter across all of her subjects and also get feedback from her tutor teacher and dean. As Moodle is a ‘live’ system all of the time, you will have access via the internet to all Moodle content the moment that any content, grade or feedback is placed. This means that you have access to your daughter’s assessment data immediately and need no longer wait for a mid year report to see your daughter’s progress.


Teacher feedback Grade

We expect to run trials of the system with a focus group of parents in Term 3 with the intent to implement the system fully at the beginning of 2014.



EOTC The William Pike Challenge

Sir Edmund Hillary is famously quoted as saying, “It is not the mountain that we conquer, but ourselves.” This sentiment became a personal reality for twenty-three year old William Pike on the evening of 25 September 2007 when he and his friend, James Christie, were caught in a lahar, triggered by volcanic activity, on the slopes of Mt Ruapehu. Trapped by rubble that had partially buried the Dome Shelter where they were spending the night, William had to fight the odds, willing himself to stay alive while his friend went for help, braving the unfamiliar terrain in the dark. Theirs is an inspiring story of tenacity and survival.



You can read William’s amazing story in his book Every Day’s a Good Day. Even after losing his lower leg, William has turned personal suffering – and what some might regard as tragedy – into a positive outcome. He continues to be inspired by the wonderful environment in which we live, and actively participates in tramping, mountaineering, cycling, kayaking and diving. For William every day is indeed a good day. The William Pike Challenge Award (WPCA) is an outdoor, activity-based challenge programme available to schools. Dio is running the programme through 2013, which involved EOTC Week and with further activities throughout the school year. The WPCA website summarises the Award: Although called an award, the WPCA has more of a focus on the learner challenging themselves and participating in a journey of learning. Over the school year, the students’ journey is shared by peers, teachers, parents and the community through journals and online blogs; at ‘Dio shared through reflection activities’ and ‘My Portfolio’ which is available on the Dio Portal.

One of the major aims of the WPCA is to showcase the outdoors as a powerful tool for building confidence, building life skills and for the development of personality and character within an individual. The WPCA also aims to introduce more young people to the outdoors and in particular to encourage them to take advantage of the wonderful environments they have in their ‘backyards’. The WPCA also encourages the goals of keeping fit, making friends, developing a hobby, playing sport and having fun. There is an opportunity for students when, by trying a new sport, hobby or skill, they might discover a passion and/or strength. By participating in the WPCA, students are exposed to potential career pathways and opportunities, outdoor safety and survival skills, and an awareness of the environment and sustainability. In addition to outdoor activities (and the new skill), students are required to participate in 20+ hours of community service that directly benefits their local community. Through community service, students are encouraged to be active participants in their community. Their journey is recognised and celebrated at the end of the school year with a ceremony to reflect on the students’ journey through the WPCA. William Pike attends each ceremony himself, delivers a presentation, and hands out certificates and trophies to WPCA participants.

TERM 1 - YEAR 8 EOTC As part of the WPCA during EOTC Week, Year 8 students participated in four outdoor activities, community service and learnt a new skill.


Ride and Fly

Mountain Biking and Tree Adventures Tree Adventures is situated amongst the treetops of the Woodhill Forest in West Auckland, an exciting outdoor activity centre featuring ten courses that cater for different levels of ability – and fearlessness! – including an exhilarating flying fox ride. The Woodhill Mountain Biking Park has over 100km of world class trails including more than 200 jumps and structures. Tailored packages, with safety of paramount importance, offer a fun experience in a controlled environment with ‘hands on’ coaching.

Help is on its way

Sea to Sky

Kayaking, tramping and community service Following an instruction session on the theory and practice of kayaking, weather, tides and points of interest relating to the paddle trip, the students undertook a day paddle at Okura. This activity was coupled with a tramp and community service in weeding plants.

Round the Mountains

Reaching the summits of five local mountains in one day! In a 22km round trip, students were challenged to climb Mt Hobson, Mt Eden, Mt Albert, One Tree Hill and Three Kings mountain.

Sir Peter Blake Trust beach clean-ups and education Five hours of community service, cleaning up local beaches at Pt Chevalier, Mission Bay, St Heliers, the Shore Road mangroves and Meola Creek. After a ‘Care for our Coast’ talk and Red Socks presentation, students had to work out their clean-up strategy and set to work. In the ‘New to you’ session, students learnt a new skill activity – making jewellery, experiencing photography or learning how to knit. AND IN TERMS 2, 3 AND 4… During Terms 2, 3 and 4, further activities in the WPCA will be covered. This will include another ‘New to you’ Day in Term 3 when students will be provided with further opportunity to experience a new skill, and in Term 4, ‘Survival of the Fittest’, a survival skills experience involving an overnight camp, tramp, river crossing and abseiling. There is potential for curriculum areas to provide further opportunities for students to experience community service and environmental activities that will contribute toward the award as we continue to develop and integrate the leadership programme across the curriculum.



EOTC in the Junior SCHOOL

FOUNDATION CLASS EOTC Every Thursday morning the Foundation Class girls and staff have the privilege of visiting a very special landmark in our local community. Just up the road from our school is a wonderful place called Mount Saint John – Titiko Puke; a mountain that many of our girls have come to know so well. We like to think of Mount Saint John as our extended classroom, as each visit to the mountain provides the girls with new possibilities for learning and exploration. There are always new discoveries to be made, new heights to be reached in the trees and new insects, plants and birds to investigate. Regular visits to the mountain enable the girls to find out about the changing seasons in a way that is deeply connected to their real life experience. The girls encounter and embrace the changing weather, as well as the landscape, exploring the beautiful mountain with a real sense of wonder and delight. They enjoy exploring the falling leaves in Autumn, the mud and pond that forms in the Winter, the Kowhai flowers which appear in Spring, signaling the arrival of warmer weather and the dry grass in the Summer time.



Our weekly trip to Mount Saint John provides many challenges for the girls, as they decode the signs and symbols which we pass on the way up, they navigate their way down hills, negotiate with their friends about how many girls can fit in one tree, and take safe risks in a very stimulating environment. We are always pleased to see how the girls’ coordination, balance and strength develops over the many visits they make. The natural world provides the girls with countless resources, and the open-ended nature of these resources provokes the girls to use their imagination when engaging with them. Nothing on the mountain carries a prescribed use, therefore inviting and encouraging the girls to think creatively. The girls also actively engage in taking responsibility for the natural environment, collecting rubbish and being respectful in their encounters with both their living and non-living surroundings. We are so lucky to have such a rich natural resource so near to us, and it is beautiful to be able to observe the deep connection that the girls develop over time with this magical place.

“Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the mountains and the stars up above. Let them look at the beauty of the waters and the trees and flowers on Earth. They will then begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education.” David Polis


On Wednesday 6 March the whole of Year 4 went to Tiritiri Matangi Island and the Auckland Zoo.

YEAR 4 EOTC The Year 4 students went to Tiritiri Matangi and the Auckland Zoo as part of their EOTC learning experiences. The camp fully integrated with their current Unit of Inquiry into ‘Sharing the Planet – the existence of wildlife is affected by humans.’ The girls spent two days away from their usual learning environment and participated in a range of activities that included hiking up to the top of Tiritiri Matangi and bird spotting with an experienced Department of Conservation guide, a treasure hunt, staying overnight at Auckland Zoo and taking part in a night safari walk, completing team challenges and much more. All of these learning experiences were at the ‘ignition’ stage of our inquiry learning process and served to stimulate the girls’ curiosity.

The person who led us around Tiritiri was a kind lady named Rosemary. Rosemary showed us native birds; some of them were called Saddleback, Fantail and Stitchbird.

On the beach we had a sandcastle

From the huge amount of feedback given by teachers, parents and students, this was a very successful experience for all.


After we ate our dinner, we made our own bedrolls and put our sleeping bags on top.

Our helper at the zoo was Dave.

He told us what elephants used to live in the old Elephant House.

The staff then took us to where they kept the animal food. Lots of people asked, ‘Why is there stuff that humans eat?” The staff replied, “It is for the monkeys.” I loved camp because we got to see lots of interesting animals. This hippo said,


Captions by Sahaana Arunachalam 4LOJ DIO TODAY


Year 12 Leadership week Leadership development is an integral part of education for all students. Students are challenged to understand that leadership is not a position but a way of being. Everyone gets called upon to lead at some stage in their life and we want students to have the confidence and skills for leadership. The Leadership Initiative provides the students with the help to develop a leadership mindset as well as a leadership skill set that they can use throughout their school years and beyond. The framework for our Leadership Initiative is based on ‘Servant Leadership’ which is defined as ‘the need to serve combined with a motivation to lead’. This links with our school motto – Ut Serviamus, ‘that we may serve’ – and is the type of leadership we want modelled and upheld at Diocesan. From Year 1 through to Year 13 students strive towards building the six characteristics of servant leadership through a progressive framework. The six characteristics of servant leadership are: • Authenticity • Empowering and developing others • Humility • Interpersonal acceptance • Providing direction • Stewardship

Year 12 student, Tiffany Brown, reports on their EOTC Week activities: “The theme for Year 12 Leadership Week was to value and understand ‘Diversity’. Through this theme we were striving to build the servant leadership characteristics of ‘Interpersonal acceptance’ and ‘Empowering others’. We learned what it was like to walk in someone else’s shoes, to see things from other perspectives and what it meant to show empathy. We realised how important it was for us not look at what people lack, but what skills they can bring to our community. “Over the five days we had two days based at school, one day participating in a Hikoi activity, and two days on a placement in schools with assisted learning units. On the two days we spent based at school, we had speakers Cam Calkoen and William Pike, who inspired and motivated both staff and students. And we participated in activities and workshops to prepare us for our placement experience and build understanding around diversity. Some of these workshops included learning the alphabet and some simple phrases in New Zealand Sign Language. We participated in various Disability Sport activities organised by the Halberg Trust. This year the Halberg Trust also provided an authentic leadership

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experience for a group of girls who helped out for two days with Boccia, Cricket and Goal Ball tournaments. “While on placement I worked at the Pakuranga College Pegasus Unit. This unit had around 15 students, all with a variety of special learning needs. We did many different activities with the students, including helping them prepare for the school Special Olympics, helping them collect recycling around the school, going to an assisted Maths learning class where they learnt about change, and baking. Understanding the concept of paying money and getting change – or baking cupcakes – many of us take for granted. But measuring and working with money are important life skills that will be valuable for the students in the future. This really taught us a valuable lesson about not taking what we have for granted, as many of us do, but to be grateful for the skills, abilities and opportunities that we enjoy.”


Centre for Ethics TERM 1 EVENTS “Martine’s visit was wonderful and the girls really got a lot from it. I thought they asked questions that built on what she was talking about and so grew their knowledge well. Our Year 3 focus is on being open minded and we have certainly been able to relate that very well to her visit.”

The Centre for Ethics at Diocesan School has been established as a facility to encourage the school wide community to reflect upon and debate critical issues facing New Zealand and the world. After receiving very positive feedback from staff, students and parents about our inaugural year during 2012, when we hosted several distinguished guests at Diocesan School, we were keen to maintain the momentum at the beginning of this year. 2013 has certainly got off to a promising start.

MARTINE ABEL In late February we were delighted to host Martine Abel-Williamson, Programme Advisor for Disability at Auckland Council. Martine spoke to Senior and Junior School students about ethical issues relating to disability. The feedback from staff and students about these sessions was extremely complimentary and we are very grateful to Martine for all that she did to help our students’ learning in this area. Lucy Russ (4LO) wrote about Martine Abel’s visit to the Junior School: On Tuesday, Years 2, 3 and 4 were visited by Martine Abel. Martine is a blind lady who works at the Council. Martine’s role is to advise on how to make buildings accessible for people with disabilities. She also advises on how to make Auckland safer for people with disabilities.

Martine told us about what it is like being blind and what kinds of things she uses to help her. For example, Martine has a special dog called Westin who guides her around the city. Martine also owns a machine that tells her what colour things are. Another thing that helps her is a computer that speaks. We were allowed to ask questions about what it is like being blind. One of the questions was, “How do you cook?” Martine told us that she has to be really careful, especially chopping up food, and that she has recipe books in braille so that she can read them. She also needs to find other ways of working out if food is cooked

Michelle Paddison, Acting Dean Year 3 and Year 4

or not because normally people just look at food. Martine touches her food instead. Another question was, “How do you know when to get off public transport?” Martine said she asks the person siting next to her or that sometimes on public transport there is a speaker that tells passengers where the next stop is. At the end I said thank you and gave her a card. I learned a lot from Martine about how difficult it is being blind. DIO TODAY




ROD ORAM Soon after, we welcomed economic commentator Rod Oram to lead IB students in discussions around ethics within the Social Sciences. Here Madeleine Ballard, a Year 13 student, speaks about the impact he made. “On 18 March the Years 12 and 13 International Baccalaureate TOK (Theory of Knowledge) classes were privileged to hear an ethics presentation from esteemed journalist Rod Oram. “Rod opened with the idea that global issues can be met with local solutions, and that ‘radical’ is the new normal. He talked about the Rio 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, where world leaders discussed solutions for current global issues. In their summary statement, nations used the phrases ‘we will’ and ‘we must’ only five and three times respectively – reluctance around radical change seems clear. “But as Rod pointed out to us, we are all responsible, and global issues can be

addressed by us too. The New Zealand Government has established a programme called NZ Vision 2050: a roadmap for six million people to live sustainably in New Zealand by 2050. Every one of us is responsible for aiding this. We are privileged to live in such a developed country and it is only ethically right to maintain this by exploring the ‘right’ solutions to current problems and looking after our country and oceans. “After Rod had finished, we discussed a given New Zealand youth issue (child abuse, youth unemployment or youth education) in groups and prepared a presentation around how to combat



these issues, before presenting to the whole group. Several challenging ethical concepts were raised and many thoughtful, novel solutions proposed. Certainly we were all forced to think hard about youth values in New Zealand and consider how difficult it is to effect lasting and positive change. “We very much enjoyed Rod’s presentation and working to come up with our own ideas afterwards. It was an extending experience and one I think will certainly resonate with us all as we consider ethical issues in our classes – ethics is a key part of the IB course, and something I think we can all address a little better after this presentation.”


MARTIN BOULT Not to be outdone, the Digital Design and Technology Faculties came together to welcome Mr Martin Boult, Senior Lecturer and Curriculum Leader in Product Design at Unitec on Wednesday 21 March. Martin’s focus was around ‘sustainable design’, exploring a range of concepts within related subject areas. Samantha Langatuki, TIC Design and Visual Communication, was the inspiration behind the day and here she comments how he contributed to enhancing her students’ learning.

‘We should recycle, but it is not the first thing we should do, it is the last. Redesign first, then reduce, reuse and finally recycle, if there is no other alternative.’ Bill McDonough

“Designing raises many issues concerning sustainability, and as part of the Centre for Ethics programme we invited Martin Boult, Senior Lecturer of Product Design at Unitec to guide and encourage our senior students to look beyond the aesthetic style of consumer products and consider the global environmental problems of their manufacture and eventual disposal.

“Martin presented in the Year 13 Graphics and Year 12 Technology classes, where he engaged student discussion in the design issues of products and packaging. He highlighted strategies for change as designers that included reuse, selecting low impact materials and making more with less, ‘cradle to cradle’ concept, waste minimisation, questioning packaging, bio-mimicry and new technologies. “Martin had a powerful message that related to the everyday and challenged our students to question and rethink their own design practice to address environmental and social concerns in a responsible and innovative way in the future.”

Soap Box The Soap Box Competition has become a firm fixture in the calendar. Amelia Retter, Year 13 student and Ethics Committee representative, explains something about what has been happening in the Senior School over lunch breaks. “Is killing someone to save a loved one ever justified? Are some rights more important than others? “Every day we are faced with ethical challenges such as these and during Term 1 students from the Junior High and the Senior School have been exploring them as part of the Centre for Ethics’ second Soap Box Competition. Over four days girls had the opportunity to stand on a box outside the School Cafeteria to speak about a chosen ethical issue that they wanted others to hear about. Subjects ranged from animal testing to internet privacy.

“The Soap Box encourages ethical thinking and helps students to share their ideas and beliefs with the school community. It has generated discussion on a wide range of topics, giving students the opportunity to evaluate and rethink ideals. Currently, the Ethics Committee is working towards preparing for the final of the Soap Box Competition which will be held with two competing students from the Junior High School and two from the Senior School in front of the whole school on the last day of term. We look forward to continuing to promote ethical thinking with the Soap Box Competition at Diocesan in future years.”





WEDNESDAY 24 APRIL Visit Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and Waikele Outlet Mall.

Geography & Tourism trip Head of Humanities, Dian Fisher, reports: “We have 22 students from Years 11 to 13, both IB and NCEA, travelling on our combined Geography/Tourism trip to Hawaii. Our focus is on the process of tourism development, how and where this has happened in Hawaii since the 1880s and what patterns we can see as a result – as well as the impacts of tourism on people and the environment. We have heaps of fun activities planned – as well as a comprehensive work book and research tasks that students will work on daily.”

THURSDAY 18 APRIL Travel to Hawaii, arriving at 10:30am local time. FRIDAY 19 APRIL Familiarisation tour, ‘Amazing Race’ around Waikiki (with prizes!), then return to hotel for debriefing on history of tourism development. SATURDAY 20 APRIL Visit to Diamond Head followed by a surf canoe ride. International market place for lunch; then swim at Waikiki or visit the Zoo or the Aquarium. Attend Iolani School Fair in afternoon/ evening as a group. SUNDAY 21 APRIL From Hilo Airport to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – day trip and tour including visiting the Jaggar Museum,

Halema’uma’u Crater lookout and a drive by steam vents, then visit Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory back in Hilo. MONDAY 22 APRIL Pearl Harbour tour. Field work in Waikiki in the afternoon, experience Luau in the evening – a traditional Hawaiian party or feast accompanied by entertainment. TUESDAY 23 APRIL Bus tour to the historic Waimea Valley and waterfall; Sunset Beach; Turtle Beach; Haleiwa Village and the nearby Dole Pineapple Plantation with its giant Pineapple Garden Maze.

THURSDAY 25 APRIL Island bus tour - visiting Punchbowl Crater with The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific; Kualoa Ranch for a movie tour; then the Byodo-In Temple; the historic Nuuanu Pali Lookout and the Halona blowhole. Afternoon in Waikiki doing field work, then return to Ala Moana. FRIDAY 26 APRIL Visit local historic sites: Iolani Palace, Bishop Museum, Aloha Tower and marketplace. Aloha Beach Services for stand-up paddle boarding. Friday night fireworks at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in the evening.

SATURDAY 27 APRIL A fun day at Wet ‘n Wild! SUNDAY 28 APRIL Dolphin tour on the East Coast. MONDAY 29 APRIL Trip to Eastern beaches. TUESDAY 30 APRIL Final opportunity to shop and beach walk before leaving for the airport and flight back to Auckland. WEDNESDAY 1 MAY Arrive in Auckland.




During April and May, four groups of Dio students will be in very different parts of the world, engaged in a variety of learning activities – and a World Championship sports event!


Juntoku Girls’ High School Exchange

The annual exchange between Diocesan School for Girls and Tokyo’s Juntoku Girls’ High School is in its 24th year, with the girls travelling to Japan and New Zealand in alternate years. TUESDAY 16 APRIL Depart Auckland 8:15am. Arrive Narita 4:50pm local time. Visit Tokyo Tower. WEDNESDAY 17 APRIL Sightseeing in Tokyo, travelling by train and subway. Ueno Park to see cherry blossoms, lake and shrine. Asakusa to see Kaminarimon Gate and Nakamisedori. Kappabashi for cooking experience. Ginza to see San-ai Building, Ginza Crossing, Mitsukoshi Department Store, Mikimoto pearls, etc. Akihabara, an area famous for electronic goods. Ameyoko and Okachimachi, area known for very reasonably priced goods. Dinner in ‘make you own okonomiyaki’ restaurant in Ameyoko area. Visit Shinjuku area, including a traditional yakitori street, at night to see the area lit up.

to Kita-Senju to meet host sister and go to host family. FRIDAY 19 APRIL Meet at Juntoku Girls’ High School. Harajuku to Meiji-Jinju and Yoyogi Park. Shibuya to see the statue of Hachiko and go shopping Train to Curry Train Restaurant. Return to Shibuya and visit Harajuku – trendy teenage shopping area. Back to Juntoku Girls’ High School.

THURSDAY 25 APRIL Full day excursion to Kamakura – visit the Daibutsu (Big Buddha) and the Hasedera Temple, with time for shopping in Komachi-doori. FRIDAY 26 APRIL School programme. SATURDAY 27 APRIL School programme until midday and homestay with host family.

SUNDAY 28 APRIL Homestay with host family. MONDAY 29 APRIL School programme To Nippori Station to catch Skyliner train to Narita Airport. Depart Narita 7:00pm. TUESDAY 30 APRIL Arrive Auckland 8:55am.

SATURDAY 20/SUNDAY 21 Homestay. MONDAY 22 APRIL School programme. TUESDAY 23 APRIL Full day visit to Tokyo Disneyland. WEDNESDAY 24 APRIL School programme.

THURSDAY 18 APRIL Train to the Imperial Palace and Gardens. Ikebukuro to visit Icecream City. Nezu to the Azalea Festival. Odaiba over the Rainbow Bridge. Train



Spain & Portugal World Schools’ Orienteering

In a first for Dio, the School will be represented at the World Schools’ Orienteering Championships in Portugal this year. We feature the team’s itinerary here, although, by the time this issue of Dio Today is distributed, they will have arrived back in Auckland. Nevertheless, we hope that the itinerary will provide interesting reading, showing the wonderful opportunities available to our girls, not only in the academic arena, but in sport as well – and may inspire others to establish goals that set them on the path to a similar adventure!


FRIDAY 5 APRIL Depart Auckland 6:50pm and travel to Barcelona via Dubai. SATURDAY 6 APRIL Welcome to Barcelona! – 1:20pm local time. Half day Artistic Barcelona and Gaudi private tour. Overnight accommodation located in the heart of Barcelona, near the beach and within walking distance of Placa Reial, Gran Teatre del Liceu and Las Ramblas. Also nearby are Barcelona Cathedral and Palau de la Musica Catalana. SUNDAY 7 APRIL Depart Barcelona, travelling to Seville. On arrival, the team will be met by the Napier Boys/Girls High Photo by Jason Oxenham, Central Leader



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Schools and transferred by coach to Canos de Meca, where they spend seven nights at Training Camp. The week will allow the girls to acclimatise and train, utilising the orienteering maps in the area that are on similar terrain to the World Schools’ races. If possible, there may be sightseeing trips to Gibraltar and/or the town of Cadiz. SUNDAY 14 APRIL Transfer by bus to the World Schools’ event, being held in the Vila Real de Santo Antonio/Castro Marim area of the Algarve in Portugal. MONDAY 15 APRIL Welcome and accreditation. TUESDAY 16 APRIL Opening Ceremony, training event.


WEDNESDAY 17 APRIL Long Distance Race. Meeting of the Nations event.

MONDAY 22 APRIL Private walking tour of Seville.

THURSDAY 18 APRIL Cultural programme.

TUESDAY 23 APRIL Morning at leisure. Depart Seville at 5:30pm for return journey to Auckland via Madrid and Dubai.

FRIDAY 19 APRIL Middle Distance Race. Team building / friendship event. SATURDAY 20 APRIL Prize Giving / Closing Ceremony / Farewel Party. SUNDAY 21 APRIL Transfer by coach to Seville with Napier Boys/Girls High Schools. Afternoon at leisure. This evening, get into the Sevillian spirit with an evening of Spanish tapas and a flamenco show.

THURSDAY 25 APRIL Arrive in Auckland 12:45pm.

AGIdeas in Melbourne

On 28 April a group of 24 creative students, accompanied by three teachers and a parent will be heading off to Melbourne, Australia for the AGIdeas Conference. This trip will open students’ eyes to a world of possibilities relating to their creative futures. MONDAY 29 APRIL Practical design or photography focused workshops with artists. TUESDAY 30 APRIL Visit Monash University and the Top Art show at the Ian Potter Centre. Dinner at the famous Italian influenced Lygon Street. WEDNESDAY 1 MAY AGIdeas Conference starts - studio interact in the evening. THURSDAY 2 AND FRIDAY 3 MAY The intensive conference continues. SATURDAY 4 MAY Attend Top Designs - an exhibition at the Melbourne Museum and visit the Melbourne Markets. SUNDAY 5 MAY Return to Auckland.







Servant Leadership CHAPLAINCY

At the Year 13 Chapel Service this term we reflected on the nature of servant leadership and how it differs from commonly held views of what it means to lead.

The Leadership Programme at Diocesan places a strong emphasis on Servant Leadership which encompasses the desire to serve with the motivation to lead. It involves the following characteristics: • Empowering and developing people – the intrinsic value of others, recognition and acknowledgement • Humility – sense of responsibility, modesty and willingness to learn from others • Authenticity – being true to feelings and thoughts, having integrity • Interpersonal acceptance – perspective of others with empathy to create atmosphere of trust • Providing direction – right degree of accountability with strong reliance on values and convictions • Stewardship – caretaker and role model with social responsibility, loyalty and teamwork. Despite the fact that only a certain number of our Year 13 students are given the official title of a leader as prefects and student council deputies, all Year 13s are commissioned as leaders in our school. In their final year at Diocesan they are encouraged to reflect on those things that have shaped them as senior students and then offer back to the school community their service as leaders and role models for younger students. An extract of the sermon from the Year 13 Chapel Service follows.

As our Year 13 students for 2013, you have promised to exercise good leadership, be good role models and uphold the values of our school. Tonight, as we affirm that commitment and pray for you as you seek to fulfil it, I want us to spend some time considering what kind of leaders we are called to be and what that actually looks like in what we do, and how we do it. So to begin, I would like to draw on the wisdom of, who I believe, is one of the most inspirational leaders in modern history. The Reverend Dr Martin Luther King Jnr is an icon in 20th Century history as a pacifist and civil rights campaigner in America. You may remember talking about him in Religious Studies in Year 9 as one of the significant people in our world who had been inspired by Jesus. You may also remember that he was assassinated in 1968 at just 39 years of age. A couple of months before his death he preached a sermon that is very applicable to our thinking on leadership tonight. In it he talked about what he called the ‘Drum Major instinct’. A very familiar image in his American context, the Drum Major is the leader of the marching band – the one in front of everyone, leading them and keeping them in time. Often dressed quite spectacularly, they can be flamboyant and you can’t help but notice them. The ‘Drum Major instinct’, as King called it, is a leadership style that is characterised by DIO TODAY


the desire “to be out the front, a desire to lead the parade, a desire to be first”. According to the Rev Dr King, the drum major instinct is in all of us. “We all want to be important,” he said, “to surpass others, to achieve distinction, to lead the parade.” And psychology would have a bit to say about how this is expressed in our lives but basically it’s about significance: knowing that we’re important; knowing we matter. And this is important – we need to know we matter in life but it is how we get that sense that is the most important thing. In our Gospel reading, Mark 9:33-36, two of Jesus’ friends are arguing over which one of them is the greatest. Of course we don’t know the exact course of that conversation. It may be as simple as the kind of one-upmanship that we’ve all seen as two people subtly or unsubtly compete with each other. For Jesus’ disciples, the issue was one of status – and in that society, status was everything. I guess it’s not a lot different today when you think about it – we just have a whole lot of different symbols to express our status in life: the type of car we drive, the type of phone we carry or the colour of our credit card. But Jesus’ response is to tell his friends that being great is not about status. In his usual fashion of turning things on their head, he redefines greatness as serving others. “Whoever wants to be first,” Jesus said, “must be last and the servant of all.” At this point it would be easy to dismiss these words as suggesting that we become everybody’s doormat; that we dumb down our abilities so we don’t stand out, or step back from pursuing our goals in order to let others shine in our place. But I don’t believe this is what Jesus is talking about at all. I believe he is talking about our motivation; what drives us to do what we do. Is it to be the focus of greatness – to be at the front of the parade as Martin Luther King Jnr put it? Or, is it to be all that we can be in order that we can be of service to others? He’s not saying don’t be great, he’s just saying we’ve got the wrong idea about what being great is. True greatness, according to Jesus, comes from using all the great things about ourselves to help others, and he illustrates the point



“Jesus’ response is to tell his friends that being great is not about status. In his usual fashion of turning things on their head, he redefines greatness as serving others.” by identifying those with the least status in their society – a child – and he says to them that being great means being inclusive of everyone. As it is often said – the true measure of a society is how it treats its weakest members... so where the Servant Leader is inclusive, the Drum Major leader is exclusive, setting themselves (and maybe their special group) apart from everyone else. The Servant Leader says, “Come, let’s do this together – how can you be part of it?” The Drum Major Leader says, “Look at me – follow the way I do it.” The Drum Major Leader needs to be seen as the leader – out the front, noticed and admired as the one who decides what everyone should do; the Servant Leader is more likely in the group, noticing what the group needs and looking for ways to help them achieve what they need in order to develop and grow. Leadership then, is not about self-promotion, it’s about other-promotion. It sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Most of us would probably even say that’s the kind of leader we are, or would be. But it’s at this point the motto of my primary school comes to mind – “Deeds not words”. It’s easy to talk about the kind of leader we aspire to be but the true test is how we act in the situations we find ourselves in; the choice we make about what we do when we are faced with situations that challenge us. It’s then we have a choice between what may be easy and what may be better or, as Ginny [Head Prefect Virginia Dougherty] spoke about the other day, it’s about having the moral strength to make the right choices. Each of our choices contributes to the overall direction in our lives and our character as a leader. We can picture them as a series of decisions about what path we’ll travel on in life. And the ones we choose, according to the author of our first reading, can make all the difference.

The Road Not Travelled by Robert Frost is often interpreted as being about two paths in life: one being the easy, popular and well-worn path – the other; less travelled, less popular, being the better one and therefore making ‘all the difference’ in our lives. We can, if we like, stay with that interpretation but it is slightly more complex than that. Frost says that as he stands before the paths – each looks as good as the other. Neither of them has had anyone tread on their leaves that morning to lead the way and both look good. Then, at some point in the future, he will look back either with relief or regret and realise that his choice, which cannot be changed – whatever he thinks of it now, will have made all the difference. So, the question is not so much which path but how we walk it. Will we see it as having to lead ourselves before we can ever lead others? Will our deeds match our words? Will we be the kind of person who creates a kind of exclusivity by placing ourselves (or someone else) out the front and say – ‘be like this’ in order to ‘be’ at all? Or will we follow Jesus’ way where leading is intrinsically linked to serving and seeking the best for all – not just those whom we like or who are like us. Each of you in Year 13 is a leader, whether or not you wear a badge – in fact the role of those who do is simply to facilitate opportunities in which you all can exercise your leadership as your year group leads and serves in this Diocesan community. This is the path to awesome. Take it, walk it together. Walk it as a team and remember: you were made to be awesome – not as the drum major out the front but as the servant leaders who seek the good of the whole as the primary task of their leadership, not the promotion of self. And may God bless you and lead you as you do. Amen. The Reverend Sarah Moss, Chaplain


Swimming The Aquatic Centre once again hosted our Swimming Sports on Friday 8 February. It was adorned with House colours and filled with the sound of passionate chants throughout the day. Photo: Annabelle Paterson



Years 9–13 Swimming Champions, back from left; Charlotte Stuart, Ricci Ferigo, Lavana Knight, Jade Tuilaepa, Charlotte Borich, Sarah Robinson and front, Juliet Bevis, Kelly Kim, Juliana Tong, Annabelle Paterson and Jasmine Reynolds

Annabelle Paterson broke Carissa Thompson’s record from 2000 in the Intermediate 100m Freestyle race. The record was 1.02.04 and Annabelle swam 1.00.62. Gina Galloway broke her own Years 7 and 8 50m Butterfly record from last year. Her record was 33.69 and Gina swam 32.09. Gina also broke Carissa Thompson’s record from 1998 in the Years 7 and 8 50m Backstroke race. The record was 35.28 and Gina swam 32.09. A remarkable effort from both these swimmers, especially Gina Galloway breaking both records with the same time! Congratulations to all the students on their level of participation and achievements. The results from the day are as follows:



YEARS 7 & 8 HOUSE RELAY CUP Mary Pulling HOUSE CUP 1. Mary Pulling 2. Neligan 3. Mitchelson 4. Cochrane 5. Eliza Edwards 6. Roberton 7. Cowie 8. Selwyn

JUNIOR SWIMMING CHAMPIONS 1. Sarah Robinson 2. Jasmine Reynolds 3. Charlotte Borich Jade Tuilaepa INTERMEDIATE SWIMMING CHAMPIONS 1. Juliana Tong 2. Annabelle Paterson 3. Lavana Knight

YEARS 7 & 8 SWIMMING CHAMPIONS 1. Gina Galloway 2. sobel Avis 3. Alice Segedin

SENIOR SWIMMING CHAMPIONS 1. Ricci Ferigo 2. Kelly Kim 3. Juliet Bevis Charlotte Stuart



YEARS 9–13 HOUSE CUP 1. Cowie 2. Mary Pulling 3. Cochrane 4. Selwyn 5. Neligan 6. Mitchelson 7. Roberton 8. Eliza Edwards


LIVING Years 7 and 8 Swimming Champions, from left; Isobel Avis, Gina Galloway and Alice Segedin

Summer Swimming Successes Eleven-year-old Gina Galloway proved she is a swimming star to watch when she cleaned up at the State 2013 Junior Nationals in February for the second year in row – winning 10 gold and two silver medals. Gina, whose goal is to compete in the Olympics, previously won nine gold medals and one silver in individual events at the two-day dual meet held at Westwave Aquatic Centre in Auckland and the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre. She was also the youngest member selected for two Auckland teams which won gold in the 200m Freestyle Relay and silver in the 200m Medley Relay at the national meet that attracted entries from 92 New Zealand clubs. Gina won gold in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke, 50m, 100m and 200m Backstroke, 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 200m Individual Medley, 50m Butterfly and silver in the 200m Freestyle. The Year 8 student, who swims for King’s Swim Club

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and trains six times a week, also beat the 100m Backstroke record by 2.46 seconds, and the 200 Backstroke record by 1.57 seconds. Gina, who has been swimming since she was two and a half, says she was “not expecting anything from the Nationals.” “I just went and swam and tried my hardest. My goal was to beat my personal best times.” Gina Galloway currently holds at least 13 Auckland records across all four strokes, which she has broken during the past two years. Bianca Traplin also performed exceptionally well at the Junior Nationals, winning three gold medals in the 50, 100 and 200m Breaststroke and breaking all three records in those events including a 36-year-old record for the 100m. Emily Doughty won bronze in the 50m Breaststroke for 11 year olds. Other girls competing at this event were Carla Traplin, Isobel Avis, Paulina Kudrow, Jessica Shorter-Robinson, Alice Segedin and Imogen Rodgers. Congratulations to Annabelle Paterson who recently won the Female 15 and Under division of the Ocean Swim Series. Over the past five months, Annabelle has been competing in the series, which has seen her travel across New Zealand and participate in six different races.



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Dio Speedster makes World Water Polo Champs Rising Water Polo star Ricci Ferigo is one of the youngest New Zealand players to be selected to compete this year in the ultimate world competition for Under-20 girls.

The 17 year-old Diocesan student is part of the New Zealand Junior Women’s Water Polo Team that will compete in the 10th FINA World Women’s Junior Water Polo Championships in Volos, Greece, from 18–24 August. The team will have a pre-Worlds warm up in Hungary to get ready for the challenge of facing 15 of the world’s best U20 teams. Ricci, who is known as ‘the speedster’, impressed selectors with her superb swimming speed and determination at the prestigious 2012 FINA Youth Women’s Water Polo World Championships in Perth in December. “I was given a lot of pool time and our team finished 6th out of the 16 teams that competed – the highest a New Zealand team has ever ranked in a World Water Polo competition,” she says. New Zealand Junior team manager Sharon Geary says Ricci was one of the strongest players in Perth despite her young age and is one of the most committed and motivated players she has seen over the past 12 years. “We will be playing against some very big players in Greece so Ferigo will be



one of the smallest. But she is fast so she’ll be able to get away from those girls before they get to her.” Ricci is one of several talented Diocesan players who are going from strength to strength and competing impressively at national and international levels as the School this year cements its place as a formidable Water Polo force. Diocesan is the only New Zealand school to have won medals at every National Championship from 2003 to 2012. As well as playing for Diocesan’s Premier team, Ricci plays at club level for Marist in both their Under 18 and Senior Women’s teams – along with fellow Diocesan student, Annabel Harman, who is only 16. The duo also competed in the NZ U20 Women’s Squad in the Australian U20 State Championships in Sydney from 22 – 26 January. Ricci, who was named Diocesan’s 2012 Water Polo Player of the Year, and Annabel, a new New Zealand representative to the punishing sport, also performed impressively in the 2012 School Girls’ Trans-Tasman test


“To be selected for this team is a huge honour and testament to Ricci’s outstanding Water Polo ability, especially as she will be competing internationally at Under-20 level.” U18 Quad, from left to right, Ginny Dougherty, Amy Mills, Olivia Underwood, Paige Turley and Olivia Bollen, with coach, Nick Bixley.

series against Australia in Auckland in December. Although Australia took home the shield after winning the first two of three test games, New Zealand upped their game and drew the final game. “Diocesan has a strong Water Polo programme and our beautiful aquatic facility definitely helps. Flippa Ball from Years 5 and 6 feeds the Water Polo programme and we ensure the correct techniques are taught at a young age,” says Water Polo manager, Emily Cox. “We also encourage and support our Water Polo players to coach and give back to the School. In turn, they learn more about the game and improve as players. “Diocesan is also lucky to have Kurt Goldsworthy, who has been with the School for more than a decade and has coached a number of national teams including the New Zealand Senior Men’s Team, as its Premier Head Coach.” Dio students Annabelle Paterson, Farrah Mistry and Rachael White are among more than 40 girls invited to the second round of the Cadet (U15) New Zealand Girls’ Water Polo trials in April – a precursor for two overseas tournaments this year and the Junior Worlds in 2016. Annabelle was awarded two Most Valuable Player awards for the two Trans-Tasman test series this NZ U15 Team played in 2012. Antonia Lidgard, Annabel Harman, Lavana Knight and Annabelle Paterson have also remained in the NZ U17 Squad after the first national trial in February so could be selected for the team that will attend the FINA Youth World Water Polo Championships in 2014.

NZ Secondary Schools’ Regatta

Maadi Cup

This year’s New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Rowing Regatta was held at Lake Karapiro from March 18 - 23. Diocesan School for Girls sent a large team of 35, supported by parents. The week long event involves much preparation and a dedicated effort from families of the rowers to enable the 35 athletes to be fed and get to their races on time. Thank you to all the parent volunteers who gave up their working week to help with food preparation, clothes washing, boat maintenance, trailer and boat cartage, tent provision, T-shirt and cap production and other general duties which just got done! This time and effort is much appreciated by the girls and the School and we all know that sport wouldn’t happen without this time commitment from parents. This year’s team, ably led by Club Captain, Amy Mills, and Deputy Club Captain, Sarah Caro, had some outstanding achievements, making five A finals, four B finals, and two C finals, culminating in the U18 Quad of Ginny Dougherty, Amy Mills, Olivia Underwood, Paige Turley and Olivia Bollen (Cox) gaining a silver medal in this prestigious event. Trial selection: In addition to these great results Rosie McDermott has been selected for an U18 North Island Trial and we wish her well with that and look forward to hearing of her progress in the future. Congratulations to the following girls who competed at Maadi: Olivia Bollen, Elena Glengarry, Rosie McDermott, Meghan Seel, Amy Mills, Ginny Dougherty, Olivia Underwood, Paige Turley, Sarah Caro, Charlotte Orange, Harriet Taylor, Emily Lawson, Savannah Walker, Jess Doughty, Sophie Scott, Anna Burns, Sarah McCracken, Annabelle Brewer, Kristina Lowndes, Issey Wilson, Holly McKenzie, Emilee Wright, Ella Simanu, Grace ‘Otai, Alice Grave, Allison Nio-Tauber, Anna Kermode, Brooke Casey, Ella Marr, Emily Mills, Georgia Barclay, India Ludbrook, Lizzie Dean, Maria Burns, Jasmine Charteris. Finally a big thank you to our sponsors: Kellogs – Team McMillan BMW – Dole – Direct Car Rentals – Schofield Nissan – Waiwera Water – NZ Charitable Trust Thank you for this ongoing support and we look forward to working with you all in the future.



Athletics Day Congratulations to all girls who placed in the school Athletics Finals Day on Monday 18 February. Results are as follows: YEAR 7 CHAMPIONS 1. Anna Bannatyne 2. Alice Segedin 3. Katie Pearce YEAR 8 CHAMPIONS 1. Rachel Speir 2. Jessica Hindmarsh 3. India Manthel


JUNIOR CHAMPIONS 1. Laura Watkinson 2. Jade Tuilaepa 3. Mollie Kroon

YEAR 9-13 HOUSE RELAY CUP Mitchelson

INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONS 1. Sydney Fraser 2. Elenoa Toutaiolepo 3. Daisy Archibald SENIOR CHAMPIONS 1. Georgie Jenkin 2. Sarah Reid 3. Sarah Fraser

Year 7 champion, Anna Bannatyne



ATHLETICS HOUSE CUP 1. Mary Pulling 2. Mitchelson 3. Cowie 4. Eliza Edwards 5. Cochrane 6. Neligan 7. Selwyn 8. Roberton.

Rachel Speir

Year 8 champion, Rachel Speir

Junior champion, Laura Watkinson

On Tuesday 12 March the Central Zone Athletics Competition was held at Mt Smart Stadium. All schools within the Central Zone brought their top Years 9-13 athletes to compete. Dio had a very successful day achieving many placings, including a number of firsts: Junior 4x100m relay Intermediate 4x100m relay Intermediate 400m Junior 300m Junior 800m Junior 1500m Senior 800m Senior 400m Intermediate 100m Intermediate Triple Jump Intermediate High Jump Junior Javelin Intermediate Discus

2nd 1st 1st Alice Tilley, 2nd Tyler Lench 1st Jade Tuilaepa 1st Laura Watkinson 1st Laura Watkinson 2nd Georgie Jenkin 2nd Georgie Jenkin 2nd Sydney Fraser 1st Sydney Fraser 2nd Elenoa Toutaiolepo 2nd Jasmine Reynolds 2nd Elenoa Toutaiolepo

A highlight for Dio was the Intermediate 4x100m relay team that came 1st – the team consisted of Michelle de Heer, Sydney Fraser, Tamsin Harvey and Tyler Lench.

Intermediate champion, Sydney Fraser

Senior champion, Georgie Jenkin



Greater Auckland Athletics Championships On Tuesday 26 March the Diocesan athletic qualifiers competed at the Greater Auckland Athletics Championships held at Mt Smart Stadium. It was a hot day for the athletes as they competed in their track and field events against the best in Auckland. Diocesan produced some great results with many girls making their event final. The top results went to Laura Watkinson who placed first in the Intermediate Girls’ 1500m and Elenoa Toutaiolepo with a third place in the Intermediate Girls’ High Jump. Well done to all our athletes.

Winning House, Mary Pulling



Dio Equestrian

Dio Equestrian had a great start to 2013 with fabulous weather at the Ribbon Day on Friday 15 February. It was great to see such promising riders and their gorgeous ponies and horses in both the Junior and Senior rings, a good turnout from Year 5 through to Year 13. It was also fun to have help from girls who came unmounted to watch. Many thanks to all the parents and teachers for their support on the day; it was especially nice to have Ms McRae and Ms Lockyer there. Thank you also to Woodhill Sands for hosting the event. On Saturday 23 February we had an excellent training day at Bellewood Equestrian with our Dio coach, Christen Hayde. Thanks so much Christen for such good preparation for the AKSS Horse Trial. On 26 February at the Horse Trial, the Diocesan team was placed 3rd overall in the A-B section and Julie Bates came 2nd as an individual in the A section. A great start to the season!

On Friday 23 March our Equestrian team competed at the North Island Inter-Secondary Schools’ Dressage Championships held at St Peter’s, Cambridge. The riders involved were Julie Bates (Captain), Greta van den Brink and Sylvie Maclean. The girls had some great personal results with Greta gaining a 3rd placing, Julie two 5ths and Sylvie also obtaining a 5th place. Head Coach Christen Hayde was really pleased with the team and the results – overall the team placed 7th out of 18 schools which was a fantastic result.



CRICKET The Cricket 1st XI was involved in a three-day tournament during Summer Tournament Week and up against some tough competition. Our girls showed good fighting spirit against some of the top cricketing schools with standout performances from Yasmeen Kareem with the bat, scoring 41 and 44 as her top scores of the tournament and Mollie Kroon scoring 47. The young Dio players showed great determination and as the tournament went on grew stronger as a team, finishing in 7th place overall. DRAGON BOATING The Year 13 Dragon Boating team started out at the beginning of the term with two trainings a week at Westhaven Marina. Out of the group of 24, only one girl had attempted Dragon Boating before and none of us knew what we were doing. Six weeks later, on 24 March, we headed to Lake Pupuke for the AKSS Dragon Boating Regionals to compete against all the other Auckland schools involved in Dragon Boating. We ended up placing 2nd in the Girls’ Bowl Final. Despite missing out on a place in the Grand Final, we had come so far in the six weeks and really united as a team. Congratulations to the team for all their efforts and achievements this season. Emelia Johnstone, Dragon Boating Code Captain 2013

Julie Bates has been selected to represent Auckland Area Pony Club at the New Zealand Pony Club Horse Trials Championships in the Hawkes Bay from 26 to 28 April. With her horse, Clifton Comanche, she qualified for and went on to win the trial for the DC Section (16yrs and under), so will be Auckland’s first nominated rider for this section. The team consists of three sections determined by age groups, each with just two riders, and places within the team are hotly contested. The DC Champs competition involves three phases; Dressage, Cross Country and Show Jumping, all at Open level, which is the highest level offered by NZPCA.

EQUESTRIAN On Friday 23 March our Equestrian team competed at the North Island Inter-Secondary Schools’ Dressage Championships which were held at St Peter’s, Cambridge. The riders involved were Julie Bates (Captain), Greta van den Brink and Sylvie Maclean. The girls had some great personal results with Greta gaining a 3rd placing, Julie two 5ths and Sylvie also obtaining a 5th place. Christen Hayde (Head Coach) stated that she was really pleased with the team and the results. Overall the team placed 7th out of 18 schools which was a fantastic result. ROWING At Karapiro in the fiercely competitive annual Maadi event, the Under-18 Quad


Summer Tournament Week 18-24 March won a silver medal: Ginny Dougherty, Paige Turley, Amy Mills and Olivia Underwood, with coxswain Olivia Bollen. In total Dio was involved in five A, four B and two C finals. Rosie McDermott secured a North Island trial place. TOUCH The Diocesan Senior A Touch Team came an impressive 5th at the Touch Tournament during Summer Tournament Week, narrowly missing out on qualifying for Nationals. Sydney Fraser, through playing at a National Tournament in March, was selected for the 2013 NZ U15 Touch Team. TRIATHLON Three of Diocesan’s triathletes competed at the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Triathlon Nationals that were held in Pegasus, Canterbury on 21 March; Beatrice Meadowcroft, Arianna Ryan and Rose Dillon. The course was a tough course and all three triathletes competed well in the near perfect weather conditions, all finishing strongly in their categories. SAILING Our Sailing girls were out competing at Kohi on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 March and did exceptionally well, sailing away with the Auckland College Teams racing Regatta title! Eliza Wilkinson, Liese Belgrave, Nicole Davey, Charlotte Porter, Libby Porter and Annabel Cave will be presented as regional winners at the Nationals prize giving. It was quite an achievement for a school to achieve this result in its first season competing as a team. The team has gone on to qualify to compete at the NZSS Regatta at the end of April at Lake Taupo. WATER POLO Our Premier Water Polo team won silver in the North Island Secondary Schools’ competition over 21-24 March, narrowly losing to arch rivals Rangitoto College 7-6, despite a strong comeback in the final quarter. At the medal ceremony Annabel Harman was awarded the tournament’s Most Valuable Player medal.



Alice Tilley

Oceania Orienteering Champions for Dio Alice Tilley and Lauren Holmes kickstarted their 2013 orienteering season in an impressive way by winning Oceania titles – Alice is the Women’s 16 and under Middle Distance Champion and the Sprint Distance Champion and Lauren is the Women’s 18 and under Middle Distance Champion. Lauren and Alice won these titles while competing in the Oceania Orienteering Carnival that took place over 10 days around the lower North Island in early January. Oceania events are held every two years and are keenly contested competitions between New Zealand and Australia. Two other Dio squad members, Hayley Ewen and Hayley Smith, also competed. In the Women’s 16 and under Middle Distance race Hayley Smith finished 3rd and Hayley Ewen 12th. In the Sprint race, Lauren finished 7th in the Women’s 18 and under category and in the W16 category Hayley Ewen was 9th and Hayley Smith 12th.



In conjunction with Oceania 2013, the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Team competed against the Australian Schools’ Team in individual and relay events. Alice Tilley and Hayley Ewen, as members of the 2012 New Zealand Junior Secondary Schools’ Team, were part of this competition and contributed to the clean sweep in which New Zealand won all races over the Australian Schools’ teams. Hayley Smith, Hayley Ewen and Alice went on to compete in a six race sprint competition in the Hawkes Bay. Alice won the Senior Girls’ division and Hayley Ewen was 3rd. Hayley Smith finished 4th in the Junior Girls’ division. Further to the Oceania successes, three Diocesan students – Hayley Ewen, Alice Tilley and Lauren Holmes – have been selected for the New Zealand Under-20 Development Squad. Congratulations girls on achieving excellence in your sport!

New Zealand Club Championships Over Easter in the Canterbury region, six Dio girls competed in the New Zealand Club Championships with two of our girls gaining national titles - Lauren Holmes was first in the W18 Sprint Race and Alice Tilley was first in the W16 Sprint Race.

AKSS Sprint Finals Alice Tilley and Hayley Smith wrapped up a good school season at the AKSS Sprint Finals relays in April; the girls had qualified for the event from their regular Wednesday series and went on to take the title away. Alice Tilley finished 1st Senior Girl and Hayley Smith finished 1st Intermediate Girl.


JUNIOR SCHOOL SPORT Flippa Ball Our very keen Diocesan Flippa Ball teams began competition in February, and the Year 6 Orcas have displayed great performances in their games. With expert coaching from the Senior School Water Polo students, all four of our teams have unlimited potential in this sport.

Other As well as these events taking place, at the time of writing this report, Tennis training is underway, the Ball Skills course has begun, our Athletics programme and Dance classes have started, Gymnastics teams are currently being organised and Hockey and Netball trials are well underway at lunchtimes. It is all go at the Junior School! Overall, 187 Junior School girls have registered to play in one or more sports in 2013 – that is a participation rate of over 70%, a fantastic start to our sporting year – thank you for all your support!

Swimming Swimming Day for Years 4 – 6 went very well, with two records broken and outstanding performances from Alice Waldow to claim the Junior School Swimming Championship title. Marina Segedin was second and Claudia Avis third.

Alice Waldow

All three of these girls recently competed in the National Junior Swimming Championships, where Alice was placed 3rd in the 50m Butterfly.




Copacabana “Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl” … so begins the saga of Lola and Tony. Just arrived is small-town girl, Lola Lamarr, with two suitcases in hand and a dream in her heart, seeking fame and fortune at the Copacabana nightclub in New York City. Despite falling for cute Tony, she is lured by the charismatic Latino, Rico, into the dubious underworld of Havana’s Tropicana nightclub. Then the fun begins and the story unfolds …

Director Nancy Schroder again brings her magic to the Dio stage after two successful productions, Sweet Charity and Thoroughly Modern Millie. With choreographic triumphs at the Showdown Awards, Sheryl Orchard is again on board with fellow

choreographer Melinda Christensen. After last year’s success, Tizane McEvoy is once again Musical Director and adds her vocal expertise to the mix. We are also very fortunate to have the wonderfully talented Erika Farrant as Costume Designer for the show this year.

Our senior Dio/Dilworth production, Copacabana, looks set to be a hit this year. With dazzling choreography, a stellar cast, crazy storyline and toetapping jazzy chorus numbers that can’t help but be engaging, this show is promising a great night out for all the community. Auditions in February brought out some fabulous stars, with the multi-talented Nathan Hauraki playing the demanding lead as Tony, a struggling young composer. His romantic lead is played by our lovely Eliza Lantz as the innocent small town girl, Lola. The story takes us on a journey from 1940s New York to the Tropicana nightclub in Havana. This tale of romance, kidnapping and the criminal underworld unfolds with Latino, swing and schmaltzy crooning. Other leads are Maria Cardy as the blousy Gladys, Nicole Davey as the Latin bombshell Conchita and Sophie Morris as the swaggering, comic act Sam. Our leads are fantastically supported by the male leads from Dilworth and our magnificent cast of superb singers and dancers.


Eliza Lantz and Nathan Hauraki



Opening Gala night at 7:30pm at 7:00pm Matinee at 1:00pm and 7:00pm evening show at 7:00pm at 7:00pm

Tickets through iTicket



Ballroom Dancing Championship successes

Two Year 11 students have made their mark on the Australian Nationals this year. Aged only 15, Lauren Anelay, and her partner Dylan Wyatt, are now the Australian Adult Level 2 Standard (Ballroom) Champions. They also reached the Adult Level 2 Latin final where they placed fourth. This year Lauren has moved from competing in the Youth (16-18yrs) grade to competing in the Adult Grade. Adult Level 2 events are the most fiercely contested events at most competitions in New Zealand and this was no exception at the Australian Nationals, attracting the highest number of entrants across all grade and age levels.

Isabelle Mechkova and Nick Mountain

Lauren Anelay and Dylan Wyatt




Since the Australian championships Lauren has had the privilege of attending a workshop and receiving coaching from the seventh ranked Latin couple in the world. It was an amazing experience and Lauren expects that the learning will serve her well for her competitions in 2013 which will involve, amongst a number of New Zealand based competitions, travels to China and Australia. Our other ballroom star is Isabelle Mechkova, who, with her dance partner Nick Mountain, was in the highest level of their age group and the best Junior couple in New Zealand in 2012, winning seven national titles in the 2012 New Zealand Open and Closed Dancesport Championships. They also won the Junior Level 3 Ballroom competition in the Australian Nationals.

Dio’s successful X Factor singers, from left; Nika Januszkiewicz, Ashleigh Parton, Cait Oliver-Roche, Grace Brebner and Rosalind Quatermass. Photo: Jason Oxenham, Central Leader

X Factor

Five Dio girls made it through to the live auditions in X Factor 2013. This prestigious national competition means competing against thousands of very talented New Zealand musicians. Year 12 students Ashleigh Parton and Nika Januszkiewicz duet as the Monday Roses; Ashleigh is also lead singer in the rockband Vivid. Year 11 students Cait Oliver-Roche, Grace Brebner and Rosalind Quatermass trio as Temperamental; these three girls also sing in our elite choir, St Cecilia Singers. All five girls are studying NCEA Music and have been involved in choirs and ensembles throughout their time at Dio. Their songwriting skills have been nurtured within the classroom programmes, where they have workshopped many original songs under the guidance of Mr Worsnop and Mrs Holliday. They are all extremely dedicated and we are lucky to have this calibre of singer/songwriters within our school community.

For these talented girls, it means a lot of dancing, competing over many rounds to try and reach a Final – a huge achievement in itself. Well done girls!



Chamber ensemble, from left, Rebecca Brimble, Eloise Chin, Eleanor Carll, Eugenie Chung, Helena Zhang and Hannah Kang. Absent from photo: Claudia Bridger

Chamber Music Groups This year we have commissioned Modus Vivendi, a work for a chamber ensemble of advanced students at Dio, by New Zealand’s foremost composer, David Hamilton. Modus Vivendi was kindly funded by the Chin family and Eloise Chin (Year 12) plays solo trumpet in the septet. We are very grateful for the generosity and foresight of Caroline Chin in requesting that more New Zealand composers should be commissioned work for students at school to encourage performance excellence and future success here at Diocesan. David describes the piece as “a group of distinct voices which have to accommodate each other’s sound and create a greater whole – a way of living through agreement.” Modus Vivendi will premiere at the 2013 NZ Chamber Music Competition. Members of the ensemble are: Eloise Chin – trumpet, Rebecca Brimble – bassoon, Helena Zhang – clarinet Hannah Kang – piano, Claudia Bridger – saxophone, Eugene Chung – cello Eleanor Carll – bass.



Jubilee Song Premiere

Diocesan students sang the official Jubilee Song, Sing, at the annual Senior Prize Giving in Parnell’s Holy Trinity Cathedral in November. The performance by 100 singers from three of Diocesan’s award-winning choirs, St Cecilia Singers, Bella Cantoris and the Senior Choir, was the fully orchestrated New Zealand premiere of the song which was created by Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Sing celebrates Queen Elizabeth’s 60-year reign and the power of music to unify cultures and continents across the Commonwealth.



National Mentoring Programme Mariko Windecker (Year 13), who was awarded the APO scholarship last year, and Gwyneth Nelmes (Year 10), awarded the highest mark nationally for her Grade 8 violin exam last November, were both successful in their auditions for the NZ Symphony Orchestra’s highly competitive mentoring programme. This is a very exciting opportunity for these aspiring young musicians to pair up with professionals and receive mentoring. Students have access to rehearsals and concerts and will also get the opportunity to perform with NZ’s finest instrumentalists in concert. This is a fantastic achievement for the girls and we have been impressed with their dedication and commitment.

Gwyneth Nelmes (left) and Mariko Windecker

Bassoonist awarded an

APO Orchestral Scholarship Year 11 student, Rebecca Brimble, has been awarded a Trusts Community Foundation Secondary School Scholarship from the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Rebecca is our star bassoonist in Dio Symphony and is in two prestigious Chamber Music groups entering the National Chamber Music competitions in June this year. She has very ably demonstrated her talent and excellent

Star bassoonist, Rebecca Brimble

musicianship in all solo and ensemble playing and is the recipient of a Performers’ Award Scholarship for 2013. This year she will perform a new Bassoon Concerto written by one of New Zealand’s foremost composers, David Hamilton, with the Dio Chamber Orchestra. She was also selected to take part in the APO Summer School, playing in the Fellowship Orchestra as principal bassoon, demonstrating advanced performance skills and dedication. We congratulate Rebecca on the APO scholarship award and her high achievement in music and look forward to her upcoming public performances with the orchestra.



Music Camps – instrumental and choral intensives

From left, Musical talents Sarah Heslin, Kelly Kim, Nicole Davey, Hope Whitehead and Rachel Twyman.

New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Choir St Cecilia Singers and Dio instrumental ensembles have devoted their weekends to intensive rehearsals this term, learning new repertoire and honing their ensemble skills. These intensives are necessary for girls to ‘get in the zone’ – without distraction! Both directors, Shelagh Thomson and Shona McIntryre-Bull, said the level of commitment by each member was exemplary and the potential for these ensembles to be winning material is more than evident. for landscapes with the students.

This week we heard the exciting news that four of our outstanding vocalists have been successful in their auditions for the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Choir. This is a real accolade and a first for Dio in many years. The audition process was gruelling and hugely competitive – over 200 singers auditioned nationally and our girls will make up 25% of the soprano squad. This will be a fantastic opportunity for these girls to sing in an exclusive SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, base) choir with the best young voices in New Zealand – well done! Our vocalists are Sarah Heslin, Kelly Kim, Hope Whitehead and Nicole Davey.

New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Orchestra Rachel Twyman has been selected for the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Orchestra – this orchestra draws on New Zealand’s finest young orchestral instrumentalists and again the auditions are rigorous. This is an outstanding achievement and we believe no Dio student has been successful in the past 10 years. Well done Rachel!

Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra Orchestral School We congratulate Christine Li (violin), Rebecca Brimble (bassoon) and Juliette Danesh-Meyer (cello) on their selection for this year’s APO Summer School, in the Fellowship and Junior Orchestras respectively. This week-long course gave the girls the chance to work in a one-to-one pairing with professional orchestral players, learning advanced repertoire, taking part in master classes and being tutored in sectional workshops. A fantastic experience for these girls – well done!



International Women’s Day Kapa Haka, St Cecilia Singers and the trio Temperamental all performed magnificently at this very prestigious and high profile event. Mayor Len Brown gave the girls from Dio a very special welcome and sang the praises of the strong, independent and forward-thinking young women this school produces. He also requested an impromptu performance with them of Te Aroha which was sung with gusto.



Calling outdoor enthusiasts! Be part of a rich Diocesan legacy of more than two hundred Gold Award recipients over the years!

Diocesan is looking for enthusiastic supporters to help our girls achieve the famed Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award. Are you perhaps a Duke of Edinburgh Award member yourself? Or do you have the experience and time to offer at least one weekend during the year at a location of your choice to complete a practice or qualifying tramp with our Duke of Edinburgh students? The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of leisure activities for young people 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.

We currently have nearly 200 students at Diocesan who are busy completing activities for their awards. Part of this requires the girls to complete an overnight tramp of either two, three or four days, depending on the level of the award, after completing a practice tramp of a similar nature and distance. Many of the tramps are completed in the Waitakere or Hunua Ranges whilst some are further afield in the Coromandel, around Ruapehu or in the South Island. There is also the option to undertake these journeys on water in kayaks. Are you able to help these young students undertake a tramp? To share your skills and make lasting friendships across the generations? Neil Marshall,

who runs the award at Diocesan, would like to talk to anyone who might be willing to support our girls complete this section of their award. The School will support volunteers in organising the tramps and meeting risk assessment and health and safety compliance requirements. Neil can be contacted by emailing If you go to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award website, you will find their slogan ‘It’s all about young people being the best that they can be’, which resonates very well with Diocesan’s own purpose statement - ‘Be more than you ever imagined’. Neil Marshall and Heather McRae DIO TODAY


Who is my Neighbour? When Diocesan opened in May 1904, one of its nearest neighbours was Mrs Isabella Dilworth. Her husband, James Dilworth, had died in December 1894, leaving most of his wealth in trust to establish a school for boys.



Dilworth was very particular in his instructions as to how his trustees were to proceed. Clearly he did not want his school to be developed in such a way as to deplete the initial assets. The 1880s and 90s had been a time of deep economic recession in the Auckland Province and in 1904 the Dilworth Trust was still trying to generate sufficient annual income to meet the totals stipulated in Dilworth’s will and which would allow them to proceed. Then late in 1904 Mrs Dilworth did a remarkable thing when she looked over the fence and saw the infant Diocesan School. Having been left a 10 acre farm at the foot of Mount Saint John along with a commodious estate house, income for a modest retinue of household servants and a carriage to convey her about, Mrs Dilworth, at the respectable age of 78, was self-sufficient and enjoying, what was for the time, a very high standard of living. However, she was clearly anxious to see a start made on the Dilworth School before she reached the end of her life and, inspired by the conversion of the Hesketh Homestead into a school for girls, raised with her fellow Trustees the possibility of converting the Dilworth homestead into a temporary home for the Dilworth School. Permission was sought from Parliament

to vary the terms of the Dilworth Trust, a small villa was built near the corner of Great South Road and Erin Street and in March 1906, Mrs Dilworth took up a more modest lifestyle in order to see the opening of the School that she and her husband had begun planning as early as the 1880s. Since then Dilworth has been a constant neighbour to all of us here at Diocesan – although from the outset it was never imagined that this would be a permanent state of affairs, it being envisaged that the permanent school would eventually be established in South Auckland at Wiri. By 1913 Dilworth had been functioning as a small boarding School for some seven years. The early staff took care to ensure that the orchard which occupied most of the ground between the old homestead and the boundary with Diocesan was kept out of bounds, and until 1927 those boys who required secondary schooling were sent up to Auckland Grammar or to Seddon Technical College. Just to be on the safe side a stone wall was maintained at the eastern end of the Diocesan hockey and cricket field. This endured for many years - well into the 1960s and a number of the older Old Girls have commented


on the momentous occasion when each found some reason to jump the wall. Dilworth began its own secondary education programme in 1927 and gradually more and more seniors were remaining on site for their schooling but care was taken to maintain an exclusion zone along the western boundary. During the many years that the boarders of both schools would attend Matins, Communion and Evensong down at Saint Mark’s in Remuera, great care was taken to see that the Dilworth boys and Diocesan girls sat in separate parts of the church and came and went through different doors. Even so, from time to time boys would be boys and girls would be girls. In June 1937 Miss Edwards had reason to include the following account in a letter to Dilworth Headmaster Mr Gibson: �

One of your boys with a little body of companions is beginning to take an interest in our crocodile on the way from Church. I do not know who he is – he may know one of the girls. However he

yesterday led his little group in front of us, smiling at the girls and trying to get their attention. At the corner of St Mark’s Road and Great South Road they let the croc pass so that they might have the pleasure of casting eyes upon them again as they crossed the street. It is only a tiny matter, but very unlike your boys. �

The crocodile referred to here of course is a species seldom seen in these more enlightened times, not the antediluvian reptile but rather Diocesan boarders in perfect attire with hats and gloves just so, Prayer Book and offertory money in hand, marching two by two down to Divine Service. Apart from problems with crocodiles and the need to attend Divine Service together at Saint Mark’s, the Dilworth lads and Dio lasses were generally kept apart. Old Girl and former staff member Meg Bayley (Sayers) recounts that as a boarder, during Saturday tennis matches, balls would occasionally disappear over the wall into the Dilworth orchard where the largely unseen lads toiling on ‘work parade’ would often return an apple in place of the lost ball!

In the 1950s a number of changes began to affect the relationship between the two schools. Probably the most significant of these was the decision of the Dilworth Trustees to seek permission to vary the Dilworth Trust once again and develop its permanent campus on the site of the old homestead. Another important change was the beginnings of a period of academic cooperation between the two schools under the gentle guidance of Diocesan Headmistress Dorothy Shrewsbury and Dilworth Principal John Conolly. In the 1950s it was particularly difficult to get sufficient numbers of teachers, especially in Science and Mathematics. In 1953 Pat Barfoot (Bull) was allowed, for the sake of her intended career, to cross the dry stone wall and hike up the hill through the orchard to Dilworth School where she took part in classes in Advanced Chemistry and Mathematics. Later still, during Miss Roberton’s time, Meg Bayley had a contingent or two of shy Dilworth boys crossing the fence line to attend her senior Biology classes. Indeed throughout the period from the 1960s until the 1990s boys from Dilworth would occasionally leap the fence to study in areas of the curriculum which



Dilworth was unable to accommodate – especially subjects such as Home Economics and Clothing. The girls too would attend classes at Dilworth now and then, notably in woodwork with Mr Brookes, until the establishment of the Shrewsbury building and our own technology facilities. Eventually, however, these exchanges came to an end as the development of each school campus enabled more and more of the curriculum to be taught in house. One consequence of this academic co-operation was that from around 1975 until about 1986 select Dilworth boys were included in Diocesan’s birthday celebrations. The Dilworth School Band contributed to the 1975 Birthday Concert, which included a debate on the moot that Dilworth student ‘George Barker should be an official Diocesan pupil’. While in 1978, Dilworth boy, Dale, is described as ‘a star attraction’. In 1983 however, the account in the Chronicle suggests that Dilworth provided a ‘monster’ which interrupted the Junior Concert and handed out sweets to the startled audience. Working together in the Dio Birthday Concerts is hardly surprising since one area in which Dilworth and Diocesan continue to work together is in the many theatrical productions presented by both schools. As we have seen, very little ‘co-education’ was permitted during Miss Edwards’ term as headmistress. With Miss Shrewsbury came a more modern approach and mixed Dance classes and mixed dances were held – because after all, sooner or later our girls were going to have to learn how to get along with boys and perhaps even marry them! Between 1961 and 1963 Dilworth boys and Dio girls joined forces to broadcast a number of Choral Evensong services. Then in 1964 Dilworth and Diocesan combined forces to present Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde while later in the year Diocesan joined forces with King’s College to present Handel’s Messiah. In 1969 the two schools joined forces once



Dilworth Boys, Nathan Hauraki and Mapa Toutaiolepo in the upcoming Dilworth/Diocesan musical production Copacabana.

again to stage She Stoops to Conquer and the following year the schools’ choirs and musicians combined to present Britten’s St Nicholas. Then between 1972 and ‘74, Oliver!, Britten’s The Little Sweep and Charlie’s Aunt all received the co-educational treatment, followed by Salad Day in 1976. In fact this seems to be the pattern for the two schools – two or three years of close co-operation before a short break where each joins forces with another of the schools close enough to make working together relatively easy, or selects productions that can be cast entirely from within the school. The period 1980 – 1987 probably marks some of the closest and most regular of the schools’ shared productions; here we find The Gondoliers and The Mikado, Can-Can, Showboat, The White Horse

Inn, Kiss me Kate and The Boyfriend. This pattern of co-operation continues. A year or two in which both schools are casting their extras further afield is followed by a season or two back together. In the last decade West Side Story, Sweet Charity, Little Shop of Horrors and Godspell are just a few of the shows whose casts and crews have continued the fine tradition of hopping the Dilworth/Diocesan fence. One hundred and seven years ago Mrs Dilworth, in response to the charge that Dilworth boys were ‘charity cases’ is documented as having replied that, on the contrary, the boys were her children. Looking over the fence, I think she would be pleased to know that her boys and their neighbours at Diocesan are getting along so well. Evan Lewis, Archivist

provide opportunities to enhance our daughters’ experience while at Dio. We host a number of events for the school community throughout the year. We are very fortunate to have an enthusiastic parent body who volunteer their time to help at these events. If you are interested in volunteering, you can email P&Fs at

Nicki McDonald

With the start of a new school year and many new families joining the Dio community, I’d like to take a moment to introduce the Diocesan Parents and Friends’ Association (P&F) and its role within the school community. The Association was founded to support the school in its many endeavours, and to

This year, we have already had the pleasure of hosting the New Students’ Buddy BBQ and the New Parents’ Cocktail Party. With the stunning summer we have been experiencing, both events could not have been more special to welcome our new girls and their families to the School. The BBQ, held on 29 January provided our new girls with the opportunity to meet their tutor group teachers, House leaders and Year 12 buddies prior to their first formal school day. The New Parents’ Cocktail Party, held in the Chapel Courtyard on Thursday 21 February, was an equally special occasion for new parents to meet and get to know each other.


Parents & Friends’ Association Thank you to our wonderful prefects, who helped welcome our guests and serve the delicious nibbles. Thank you also to our Principal, Heather McRae, who addressed our guests and made everyone feel very welcome.

Put this date in your diaries Our next P&F event is our annual Father and Daughter Breakfast for Years 7 to 13. It is to be held at the School on Monday 20 May. Guest speaker will be Cameron Leslie, MNZM, NZ paralympic swimmer. The event is always popular so early booking is recommended.

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The Dio School Cafeteria The School Cafeteria is also a P&F initiative. Belinda Brown, our Cafeteria Manager, and her team provide nutritious and healthy food which is indeed very popular with both girls and staff alike. Belinda could not achieve this without the support of the wonderful parents who volunteer their time to help in the Cafeteria. If you would like to help then please be in touch. It is a great way to get involved in the School and meet other parents.

Parents and Friends’ Committee members at the New Parents’ Cocktails function, from left, Bill Bennison, Nicki McDonald, Linda Sumner, May Chow, Sue Gault, Emma Taylor, Lisa Manks, Maree Webster, Rosiland Rundle, Libby Greenwood and Ian Greenwood.




New to Auckland Group For those of you new to both Dio and to Auckland, you may be interested in the New to Auckland Group, specifically organised for Dio parents who have recently moved here either from overseas or other parts of New Zealand. Sujay Kleeman has kindly agreed to organise this group this year, taking over from Mary Mason who has done a wonderful job running the group for a number of years. On behalf of Dio and P&F, thank you Mary for the wonderful contribution you have made to our community.



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Lifelong friends PRESIDENTS’ COLUMN The Year 13 Graduation Ball was another highlight prior to Christmas with 140 graduates and their families enjoying a fun filled evening celebrating the end of being Dio girls and the beginning of their time as Dio Old Girls! This occasion continues to be a highlight in the League’s Calendar and we are already underway with planning this year’s Graduation Ball for current Year 13 pupils. Other events held by the League since our last publication include the One Year Out Reunion and the Alumnae Meritae assembly, both of which are covered in more detail in the next few pages. Deb Yates and Anne Wilkinson on the Dio Arts Headland Tour to Waiheke in February.

It has been a long time since the last issue of Dio Today and, as usual, the League has been busy during that period. The AGM, held on Sunday 4 November, after Founders’ Day Service, marked the official end of the League’s centenary year and was a great occasion for us to reflect on the year that had gone and what we had achieved during that time. The highlight of our Centenary was undoubtedly the weekend of events in late April 2012 but we also undertook successful fundraising to provide another hardship bursary, enabling a descendant of an Old Girl to attend Dio, and we are delighted to announce that we are in a position to provide a further bursary, effective this year. A full list of donors to our fundraising is included in this edition of Dio Today; thank you one and all for your considerable generosity in helping us achieve this target.



We have also had a number of new committee members join after a couple of long serving members stepped down at Founders’ Day and a further two stepped down earlier this year. Two new committee members are profiled in this issue with a further two to be profiled in the next edition. The Old Girls’ League has also been working with the School to change the way we collect lifetime subscriptions from current pupils. Previously subscriptions were collected over a four year period, commencing when a pupil started in Year 9. However this system did not capture those girls who may have attended the Junior School and then left for any reason. We now collect lifetime subscriptions for pupils when they commence at Dio, regardless of their year of entry and this brings us into line with other alumni organisations of independent schools. There will be a transition period of a few years as girls migrate from the old collection system

to the new system but the new system seems to be implementing well. It has been another busy start to the year as, despite not having the excitement of a Centenary event to plan this year, there is still a lot of activity that the League is undertaking. We hope the start to 2013 has been positive and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at various events during the year. Ut Serviamus Deborah Yates and Anne Wilkinson

DIOCESAN OLD GIRLS’ LEAGUE COMMITTEE CONTACT DETAILS Email for all enquiries. President: Deb Yates Vice President: Anne Wilkinson (Foster) Treasurer: Felicity Buche (Olson)P. 521 8387 Secretary: Jo Turner (Appleby)P. 620 5100 General: Becky Buckley (Perkins)P. 368 1442 Penny Mander (Michaels)P. 361 6306 Emma Pettengell (Macnicol) Kim Sharp (Ryan)P. 524 0844 Sarah Couillault (Willis)P. 523 2917 Sarah-lee Wilson (Sharp)P. 522 4909 Anna Wight (Franklin)P. 522 4099 Dio Today Editor - League Pages: Georgina Rose (Shaw)P. 376 3922 Published by: Diocesan School Old Girls’ League PO Box 28 382, Remuera, Auckland 1541


New to the OGL Committee executive level. After my son was born I started a fashion importing business, supplying all the major department stores and high end boutiques throughout New Zealand with accessories, jewellery, shoes and hand bags.

KIM SHARP (nee Ryan, Class of 1987) As a ‘Survivor’ who attended Diocesan from 1975-1987 (13 years!) I am very honoured to have been invited on to the Diocesan Old Girls’ League Committee. I believe their objective to provide bursaries for Old Girls’ daughters who would otherwise miss out on a Diocesan education is an amazing opportunity for those who receive the grant. When I was at Diocesan we were taught that anything was possible and prided ourselves on being great all-rounders. Diocesan creates a positive environment where girls are encouraged to have a tenacious attitude and to give anything a go. After school and tertiary education I established my own personnel company which specialised in recruitment up to

I am very proud to have been a Diocesan girl and Nick and I are very fortunate to be able to send our daughter, Sophia, who is currently in Year 5, to Diocesan. A ‘Mitchelson girl’, Sophia has relished all the opportunities on offer in the Junior School and is totally involved in sporting and cultural activities. We also have a son in Year 10 who attends King’s College. I look forward to being able to support Deb Yates and her very talented team and look forward to a highly successful 2013. SARAH COUILLAULT (Willis, Class of 1988) I am a second generation Dio Girl (daughter of Sue Willis, nee Foote) who started Dio in 1982. I left in 1988 as Head of Mitchelson House to study Law and Arts at The University of Auckland. I graduated in 1993 with a BA/LLB and a Chancellor’s Award. After several years practising in Auckland, Warren and I,

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now my husband, travelled to Sydney and London for work. While living in London we had two daughters, Olivia (now 12) and Jemma (now 11). The family came back to New Zealand and settled on the North Shore, where Charles was born in 2005. All the children attended Kristin Junior School. After several years living in Herne Bay, we moved to Remuera in 2012 when Olivia started at Dio (Year 7). Jemma started Dio this year in Year 7. Three generations of Mitchelson girls! Charles is now in Year 4 at King’s School. There are many, many girls who I met in Form 1 who are still my close friends today. Anna Wight (nee Franklin) has a daughter (Ella Wight) in the same tutor group as Olivia… the Dio circle of life! I am really excited to be an active member of the Old Girls’ League. I hope I can be an effective representative of the year of ‘88! It feels like yesterday we were in our long black skirts and those fetching green jumpers! I am confident that the League will continue to provide increasing and ongoing support and financial assistance to Old Girls and their families. The Dio community is alive and well.

Thank you to the all the following donors who assisted the Old Girls’ League with our Centenary Bursary Fundraising initiative last year. Thanks to your generosity we are delighted to announce that the Old Girls’ League will be able to offer an additional bursary from 2014 onwards, enabling us to assist a total of five descendants of Old Girls attend Dio at any one time.

DONORS Robyn Ballantyne Chris and Pat Barfoot Sarah Bartlett Bryan Bartley Sue Beedie Robin Bell Katharine Bowden Beverley Bray David Bridgman Felicity Buche Rebecca Buckley Shona Caughey Lauren Chee Angela Coe W and S Couillault

David Craggs and Moira Hall Nina Crawford G and R Creighton Joan deLatour Melanie Eady Lisa Ferrier Ian and Sue Gault Dawn Gibson Joan Grant Bruce and Marita Hassall Pat Hemus Moire Hepworth Margaret Ireland Rev Canon C Leys and Stephen Leys

Bridget Kool Sue Letcher Penny Mander James and Sue Matthews Diana McDonald Barbara McIntosh Joan Morrison Cecelia Murray Prue Olde A and L Peterson Hilary Poole Hilary Reid Bridget Romanes Janet Romanes Sam and Jess Scott

Nick and Kim Sharp Janet Smith Tui Soar Judith Spring Mary Stevenson Margaret Sutton Joan Thompson Greg and Lynne Towers Glen and Clare Turner Joanna Turner Joyce Waters Joy Whitney Martin and Anna Wight Anne Wilkinson Sue Williams

Elisabeth Wilson Deb Yates Several anonymous donations We would also like to acknowledge the significant support of the following donors: Angela Anderson Doris Innes House Trust The David Levene Foundation Diocesan School Parents and Friends’ Association inc. FW and GL Rose Anonymous



Dio Arts goes to Waiheke! On a mercifully cloudy day in February, a group of Dio Arts Angels gathered at the wharf to catch the ferry to Waiheke to visit the 2013 Headland Sculpture on the Gulf exhibition. Led by Liz Caughey (Old Girl and Braveheart Youth Trust founder), we were to spend the morning walking the 2.5km walk along the headland, viewing and learning about 30 works of art. Two of our number distinguished themselves by having to have the boat ramp re-lowered for them to board, but once we were all settled on board the boat trip flashed by as we talked nonstop. Rosey Eady, Dio Arts Chair and ‘head angel’ greeted us at the wharf and guided us onto the bus which took us up to the start of the walk. This year this option was introduced which meant that you started at the farthest point and walked the headland sculpture route back towards the ferry. Thirty sculptures were on display, and given the setting, a number were on the scale of public works of art rather than garden scale sculptures. There was a wide range of materials used and although we all had a detailed guide book, having Liz to interpret the information for us and add a wealth of extra detail about each artist and their body of work, meant that we really absorbed and understood each sculpture.

We took several hours to do the walk and learnt a lot more than going as individuals. Amongst many highlights was Old Girl, Nic Moon’s sculpture Breath. As we were admiring her work, artist Christian Nicolson’s Look Darling it’s Tom and Nancy came into view. After being greeted by Liz, he obliged by posing in his sculpture and was captured on camera. As two of the figures in his work are him as well, there was much enjoyment had from this moment. At the end of the walk Rosey was there to taxi us up to her wonderful property, Fossil Cove, for a lunch that she had prepared. Rosey and her husband David own 12 acres and have built a magnificent house which is available to rent. The house, detailed with Waiheke stone and made of other natural materials, sleeps eight in four rooms, hugging the curve of the land with panoramic views back towards Auckland City. Fourteen of us sat at her long dining table and enjoyed the exceptional view and the delicious lunch. We talked about the walk, the sculptures and what was next for Dio Arts. It was a wrench to return to Auckland and the hustle and bustle of our lives. A wonderful arts experience combined a healthy walk, great company and good food in naturally beautiful surroundings; a special Dio Arts event!


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The annual Women2Watch Awards celebrate the emerging careers of Old Girls aged 35 years and under on 31 December 2013. The Diocesan School Heritage Foundation, in conjunction with the Old Girls’ League, recognises Diocesan Old Girls who have demonstrated ‘excellence’ in their chosen field, and who have also shown personal character and a balance in life and work. Women2Watch invites you to nominate a talented Old Girl who you may know, or you can nominate yourself. Nominees can be from any background and must be 35 years old, or younger, on 31 December 2013. We are interested to know as much as possible about your nominee. Possible questions to consider are: • What are their/your key achievements? • What has been their/your biggest challenge to date? • What/who have been the key influences and/or support in their/ your life? • What do they/you love about what they/you do? • What are their/your goals – what path might their/your future take? Nominations close on 30 May 2013. Awards will be presented at a special School Assembly in Term 3. For further information and to download the nomination form please see the Heritage Foundation page of the school website or go to the Dio Facebook page. Women2Watch is proudly supported by Diocesan School’s Heritage Foundation






LIFELONG FRIENDS Left to right: Anne Wilkinson, Bridget Kool, Heather McRae, Rosey Eady, Hilary Poole and Deb Yates

Alumnae Meritae Awards 2013 The Old Girls’ League and the School jointly honoured three special Alumna Merita recipients at a Full School Assembly on 6 March. Recipients Dr Bridget Kool (Macnicol), Hilary Poole and Rosey Eady join an illustrious group of Old Girls who have received this award since its inception in 1990. The Dawn Jones Sports Centre was a fitting venue as the Awards were an initiative of the former headmistress for whom it was named. After a lee year in 2012 because of the League’s Centenary celebrations, it was especially pleasing that these three Old Girls had all made exceptional voluntary contributions to the School as well as being successful and high achieving individuals in their own lives. In front of a large group of family and friends, they received their badges, bouquets and gifts from Principal, Ms Heather McRae, and Mrs Anne Wilkinson, Vice President of the Old Girls’ League.

Ms McRae began her special Assembly welcome by saying it was fitting to end the Old Girls’ League Centenary year by honouring three Old Girls who have each made an outstanding contribution to Diocesan. She noted that collectively they had spent 27 years in their respective fields of voluntary service to the School. Each citation was read out, with each recipient accepting their presentation, then addressing the Assembly as a backdrop of photographs on a big screen illustrated their addresses. After this memorable and special Assembly for these three women who have each made an exceptional contribution to our School, they walked to School House Dining Room with their invited guests and enjoyed a late morning tea.

Dr Bridget Kool (Macnicol) Bridget attended Kohimarama Primary School before coming to Diocesan in Form 1 (Year 7). She left school midway through the 7th Form to go to nursing school, although handily she fitted in a month’s skiing before starting nursing! From 1977 to 1980 she trained as a nurse at Auckland Hospital and worked there until 1983. From 1983 she was based in Europe, alternating between skiing, windsurfing and nursing. From 1986 she nursed full time, until she was married in 1989 and had four children in four and half years. During the next 17 years she nursed part time. In 1996 she decided to do a BHSc (Nursing) when the university qualification was introduced. She loved the study and in 1999 embarked on a Masters of Public Health degree which she passed with First Class Honours. From 2000 she was a researcher at The University of Auckland. In 2005 she did a PhD at the University, and was placed on the Dean’s List for her outstanding doctorate. In 2009 she was awarded an Injury Prevention Network of Aotearoa New Zealand Te Manaia Leadership Award. She currently works as a Senior Lecturer at the University.



In late 2005 she briefly joined the Old Girls’ League, but before she attended her first meeting she was headhunted to join the School’s Board of Governors where she served for six years, from 2006 to 2012. She was also a Heritage Foundation Trustee from 2007 to 2012, a member of the Dig Deep Campaign from its inception and its Chair in the latter stages. She was also the chair of the Diocesan Old Girls’ League Centenary Committee.

In the Junior School, Hilary was proud of her blue badge and of being House Captain of Blue House in Standard 4. In her last year of school in 1981 she was Sports Captain, a prefect and played hockey in the 1st X1.

Bridget replied to her citation by saying she was honoured to receive the Alumna Merita Award. She acknowledged her parents for the sacrifices they made to ensure she and her sisters got the education at Dio they valued so highly. Bridget, who enjoyed school and described herself as having an average brain used well, was head of Mitchelson House. Bridget’s mother, Faye Macnicol (Cashmore), was an Old Girl and Bridget and her husband sent their three girls to Dio, two of whom were present, with her mother, to share this special occasion. Bridget said that she had a few regrets about leaving school midway through her 7th Form year and still feels she let people down who had placed their faith in her. However her decision worked out and her life has been happy and fulfilling. She is passionate about nursing, which stood her in good stead throughout those busy and complicated child raising years, by enabling her to work part time. She joked that she felt she may have neglected the housework and feeding the children – but we all knew that was unlikely! Skiing has been a lifelong sporting passion which she has pursued at every opportunity. Returning to university to study nursing in 1996 was a new direction which combined her passion for nursing with an enjoyment of study and research. She now enjoys her work which includes lecturing to more than 1000 under graduates doing the first year of their Health Sciences degree. This year can lead to a number of career pathways, including medicine. She often teaches Dio girls as they start their degree and it gives her great pleasure when they introduce themselves to her. Bridget has no middle name so her students are amused that she is Dr B Kool! Bridget describes Dio as giving you



the solid foundation of an excellent education and life skills and says she is still friends with girls she first met in Form 1. She feels the Dio school journey is just the beginning of a lifelong connection with the School, with friends and returning to the School for special occasions such as christenings. She holds the School’s traditions, but appreciates the changes too, especially the improvement of the Graduation Ball compared to the Debutante Balls of old. She is in awe of the people at Dio who she has worked with during her time on the Board, the Heritage Foundation, Dig Deep Campaign and the Old Girls’ League Centenary Committee; people she says are passionate and committed to serving the School and especially her fellow awardees for their contributions.

Hilary Poole Hilary started at Diocesan in 1969 at the age of four, commuting from Brookby, near Clevedon, each day with her father, older sister Phillippa and her three brothers, then travelling home by train. She loved the rural lifestyle without all the trappings and with animals to look after. A special memory was learning to ride on Banjo, the family donkey, at the age of three. Her parents were hard working and great role models, instilling in their offspring that “nothing gets handed to you on a plate… you have to put in the hard work.”

She was accepted into the School of Physical Education at Otago University. After her first year at university, she realised she wanted to pursue Commerce as well and was the first Physical Education student to graduate with a double degree in PE and Commerce (majoring in Marketing and Economics) in 1987. She was awarded the senior scholarship in PE and was asked to do a Masters degree but decided five years at university was enough. She had two part time jobs in her Varsity years and says that as a student you have so much capacity, so don’t waste time! Hilary was offered a place in three graduate programmes and chose the Bank of New Zealand, joining them in early 1988. She worked mainly in the marketing and operations divisions, becoming a senior manager. She then worked for GE Capital in London for several years in the mid-1990s. From 1997 to 2009 Hilary did project work through her own consultancy, advising business leaders in strategy, organisation development and marketing, working flexibly while raising three children with her husband, Paul Dougherty. During this time she was also trustee and Chair of the charitable trust, First Foundation, which provides tertiary scholarships to students from low decile schools. Bridget was also an independent director for a privately owned food company which produces the nutritional snack brands Mother Earth and Alison’s Pantry. Hilary has been Chief Executive of Hockey New Zealand and the Hockey Foundation since mid-2009. In 2012, she was awarded the inaugural CK Doig Award for Excellence in Leadership by Sport New Zealand and the FIH President’s Award for Service to International Hockey. In 2004, Hilary became a trustee of the Diocesan School Heritage Foundation, then Chair in 2006 and 2007. She was appointed to the Board in late 2006


was in the Wairarapa College First XI who caused an upset when they beat Dio in the National Secondary Schools’ title match in 2011, and again in the semifinals in 2012. The parents told Hilary what they remembered most was that even though the Dio First XI and staff were disappointed not to win in front of their home crowd, they were gracious in defeat and warmly congratulated Wairarapa College, showing great generosity of spirit.

and became Chair in from May 2007 to May 2012. During that time, she has appreciated the support of a strong Board and its hardworking members, some of whom held a number of responsibilities on Board Committees and school support groups. As Board Chair, Hilary helped to strengthen the Board’s governance policies and processes, and oversaw a review of the School’s strategy and positioning. At its heart, this strategy aims to create an environment where Dio girls not only excel at the highest academic levels, they also become outstanding young citizens because of the unique character of Diocesan. Hilary led the appointment of our Principal, Heather McRae, and directed several major changes to the campus, including completing the construction of the Aquatic Centre and the multi-purpose Sports Turf and underground car park. Hilary is hugely grateful for her “great education” at Dio and the sacrifices her parents made to make this possible. She appreciates the values, friends, qualifications and commitment to service she gained, along with her approach to lifelong learning, by being a ‘Dio girl’. She especially values and recognises the contribution her husband Paul has made. He has supported her every step of the way, in particular, during those difficult years as she juggled keeping a career the responsibilities and stresses that come with raising a

family. Paul has been a ‘hands on’ father and has supported Hilary in whatever she has wanted to achieve, running the home while she is away and having a successful career himself. Replying to her citation, Hilary thanked the Old Girls, Ms McRae, the staff and her family and friends. She spoke of how honoured she was to receive the Alumna Merita award and how she had enjoyed being able to serve the School – and to receive the award alongside Rosey and Bridget, both incredibly inspirational and hardworking women. Hilary said she thinks of her life in five parts: Dio Girl; student at Otago University; ‘Corporate Warrior’ at BNZ, then GE Capital in London; mummy/ work juggler working part time, raising her children during which she had the time and flexibility to give to Dio and the First Foundation; and now a full time working mother, using her corporate and leadership skills to help develop a sport. She spoke of a recent 24-hour trip to the Gold Coast for meetings with Hockey Australia on Trans-Tasman competition and for the Oceania Hockey Federation AGM which coincided with the Junior Black Sticks playing in a Junior World Cup Hockey Qualifier. She recounted an example of how Diocesan is perceived that spoke of our unique character as a School. During that flying visit a dinner for the parents of the Junior Black Sticks included a couple from the Wairarapa. Their daughter

Hilary concluded by saying: “It is a Dio trait to think of others, to show humility in success and grace in defeat and to make others feel good about themselves. This feedback made me feel so proud of this School, our values and all that we stand for, and I am grateful to have been able to contribute to its development. Dio, you have made me feel good today, thank you.”

Rosey Eady Rosey attended Diocesan from 1958 to 1970, and is a Dio ‘survivor’. She made lifelong friends at school, three of whom were able to join her for the Assembly and morning tea. She was a school Prefect and was awarded the Royal College of Music bronze medal. In January 1971 her father put her to work in his tobacconist’s shop in the central city. He believed in the value of learning how to run a retail business and after a few weeks training, he went on holiday with her mother, leaving Rosey to run the shop and everything that entailed. It was a baptism of fire but she thrived and loved it. It gave her life skills. In 1971 she was employed by the Blood Transfusion Centre where she trained as a laboratory assistant in immunehaematology. She found it demanding and exacting but she learnt a lot. In 1974 she moved to Dunedin but there were no laboratory jobs so she worked as a truck driver for Brambles, gaining an HT License. High heels, tight shirts and replacement of many side mirrors helped her to survive this role! Thankfully after a few months she got a job at the Wellcome Research Laboratory, testing drugs on hyper intensively bred rats. She



had to learn rat welfare and perform rat operations, jokingly describing herself as a rat surgeon.

work with so many special, committed and generous people in that role, especially parents, staff and Old Girls and to support so many outstanding and talented young women in her Dio Arts years. She noted that it had been rather ‘full on’ at times and she had on occasion brought her sleeping bag to School when particularly big events were coming to a head. She has found serving the School so rewarding personally. She expressed the hope that when the girls left school they would come back one day to contribute in their own ways.

She travelled to Australia and England for the next five years, working as a dental practice manager and having time off while in England to attend a Cordon Bleu cooking class once a week. This was a turning point, changing her life, and she became a real ‘foodie’. She then moved back to Australia and worked in David Jones Department Store and as a crew member on yachts. Rosey had become a devotee of mineral water and on her return to New Zealand in 1980 she wanted to start her own business and spotted a gap in the market here. She founded International Beverages NZ Ltd and her first container of Evian water, Badoit sparkling water and Evian spray arrived in October 1981. She sold her car to buy the products and admits it was a huge gamble but she worked day and night to get the venture to succeed. Friends lent her a warehouse to store the stock and she sold into restaurants, health food shops and supermarkets. She did it all. Gradually she added more than 1,000 product lines including chocolate and cosmetics, travelling all over New Zealand and opening over 1000 accounts. She started another business called Armstrong and Stewart in 1980, selling New Zealand-made plum puddings and brandy butter sauce throughout New Zealand and Australia. After 14 years running both businesses, she sold IBNZ when she felt it was at its peak. Her charitable work started in Australia when she began delivering meals on wheels at the age of 21. In 1980 she became involved with the National Party, becoming Chair of the Parnell Branch in 1982. In 1983 she was a founding trustee for the French New Zealand Business Council, spending many hours promoting France in New Zealand. In 1984 she was one of the founding trustees of the Auckland Zonta Club and then President. In 1992 she was elected Vice President of the Parnell Business Association. In 1993 she introduced the Mainstreet Concept to Parnell with the aim of reinvigorating the Parnell business district. She was the first Chair, a role she held for ten years. Rosey is a keen tennis player and was Captain of the ‘mid-week ladies’



at Mission Bay Tennis Club for two years. She was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2002 and was awarded the 2000 Millennium Medallion by the Hobson Community Board for residents who have made a significant contribution to the community. She was asked to be a trustee of the Diocesan School Heritage Foundation and served for seven years, introducing the Woman2Watch awards. In 2006 she founded Dio Arts, becoming the inaugural Chair, a role she holds to this day. Rosey is a living example of Ut Serviamus and of following one’s passions. In her reply, Rosey thanked Ms McRae and the Old Girls’ League, saying how grateful and humbled she was to receive this honour. She was proud to be sharing this occasion with the two other recipients and to join the list of incredible Alumna Merita Old Girls. She considers Diocesan gives you strength, knowledge, excellent values and lifelong friendships. Once they leave the gates for the last time, Dio girls have an inner confidence. She talked about how business was so difficult for women in the 1980s and how the girls listening to her would not realise that. She recalled that as she was just starting out, one food purchaser said he only bought products from male reps! She was honoured to be asked to join the Heritage Foundation and to Chair Dio Arts. She has felt privileged to

She stressed the following qualities; to smile, to be friendly and honest, to show friendship and love to each other, to laugh every day and to be independent. She feels strongly that “what the mind can conceive the mind can achieve”; that the girls should hold onto their dreams and never be afraid to ask for help. “Be the best in your field, you only have 40 years to be the best you can be. Make every moment and action count.” She thanked her wonderful husband David for his love and support and her treasured school friends. She has been so touched in her life by love and support; her parents sent her to Diocesan, it was a great sadness that they were no longer with us, how proud they would have been. She finished by quoting a poem:

“Change is a gift It’s moving us forwards, always We all have wings, But it is up to us to have the courage to fly. With action, anything in life is possible…” Marianna Vicelich, Australian Poet


“I am… very pleased that New Zealand has now recognised me, not for being a woman in science, but for my science.” at Dio and her passion for Chemistry rather than Biology, about which she was quoted as saying that she was expected to pursue a career in medicine, “…but I couldn’t deal with the blood and guts and tissue.” She was attracted to the black and white nature of chemistry and the logic of the subject.

World class researcher honoured In late November 2012 Professor Margaret Brimble was awarded the Rutherford Medal, New Zealand’s highest honour for Science and Technology, by the Royal Society of New Zealand at their Annual Research Honours Dinner held at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Of the fourteen prestigious medals awarded, Margaret won three that night and is only the second woman to be awarded the Rutherford Medal. Remarkably the first woman to win the Rutherford Medal was also a Dio Old Girl, Professor Christine Winterbourn, who was awarded the Medal in 2011 for her discoveries in the field of Biology. The President of the Society, Sir David Skegg said, “That Professor Brimble has won not only the Rutherford Medal, but also the Hector Medal – for excellence in Chemistry – and the MacDiarmid Medal – for science of potential human benefit – testifies to the excellence and importance of her achievements.” He described her research as “world class”.

Readers of these pages will remember we covered Margaret’s winning of the L’Oreal – Unesco Women in Science Asia-Pacific Laureate in Materials Science in 2007, the first New Zealander to do so. With that award, Margaret received international recognition for her work and achievements. When asked by the New Zealand Herald reporter, Jamie Morton, about receiving the Rutherford Medal in particular, Margaret was quoted as considering the receipt as a major career highlight and one “about national pride”. “I have a sense of trying to do things in New Zealand, for New Zealand and New Zealanders, and the Rutherford Medal really epitomises that.” Margaret’s award was also reported on in the NZ Listener by Rebecca Priestley in a more detailed article headed ‘Molecular Master Chef’. Margaret spoke of her time

In an article on the Independent Schools of New Zealand website Margaret credited Dio “for teaching her to aim high and persevere”. “It is important that Diocesan’s pupils do get to engage with scientists and be shown that pursuing science as a career is rewarding and something that can also lead to many other careers. I often say that doing research teaches you about decision making as you are constantly faced with difficult decisions as to how to progress your research. Look at Diocesan’s Principal, Ms Heather McRae. She started out as a graduate in Chemistry and Biochemistry and now she is one of New Zealand’s leading educators.” Professor Brimble has ended up in medicinal chemistry, overseeing two laboratories at The University of Auckland, one in the School of Biological Sciences where she focuses on synthesising novel peptides and the second in the School of Chemical Sciences where she and her team synthesise bioactive natural products. Margaret leads a large team and has supervised over 50 PhD candidates and thoroughly enjoys working with her post graduate students, describing them as one of the reasons she comes to work.

Source Credit and for further reading: NZ Listener Issue 1 December 2012 “Molecular Master Chef” by Rebecca Priestley NZ Herald 22 November 2012 “Feted Chemist wins top NZ medal” by Jamie Morton Independent Schools of New Zealand Website Monday 26 November 2012



First couple

of the Auckland café scene In July 2008 we reported on Old Girl Jackie Grant (Class of 1980) and her partner in life and business, Scott Brown, as they celebrated the opening of their fourth café in Auckland, Takapuna Beach Café. As directors of The Hip Group, their latest venture, café and bistro St Heliers Bay Bistro at 387 Tamaki Drive, has been wildly successful since it opened in January. Not taking bookings, it is very much a combination of luck and good timing if you secure a table. It has obviously met a real demand in that area for their special kind of dining experience.

exciting for them. After two years they purchased Rosehip Café in Gladstone Road, Parnell. The following year they opened their third café, Richmond Road Café, and then The Store just around the corner from Café on Kohi. They opened Takapuna Beach Café and Store at the sea end of The Promenade, Takapuna which has several ways of enjoying an eating experience; a full service café and a store offering, amongst many things, a fish and chippery and a wonderful range of gelato icecream from their Gelataria to choose from.

But to recap – in 2004 Jackie and Scott purchased Café on Kohi on Tamaki Drive, their first business of their own, both daunting and

As if beginning 2013 with their new venture, St Heliers Bay Bistro, wasn’t enough, in early 2013 Jackie and Scott were also working towards opening three new ventures in the Britomart Quarter including The Store, a bakery running sixteen hours a day which began operating in late January; a relaxed Italian bistro-style all day eatery, Ortolana (which has received excellent reviews in the short time it has been open) and a dessert restaurant/wine bar, Milse, both of which opened in February. Pastry and artisan breads are being made by hand in full view of the public at The Store which will supply their other cafes and stores. This is an exciting venture located in a prime area of downtown Auckland where a number of high end fashion labels and businesses are migrating to, including Karen Walker, as part of the renaissance of the entire central city waterfront. Jackie and Scott moved to an established four hectare property in Matua Valley, Kumeu last year which has a large greenhouse and a number of fruit trees including a citrus grove, pear trees and pecan trees, grape vines (montepulciano) and vegetable gardens. Produce grown on their property supplies their cafes and stores and their chefs regularly visit the property to harvest produce needed for existing menus and seeking inspiration for new dishes. Jackie and Scott have almost 300 staff and have a low staff turnover. Some of their staff have been with them since the beginning. Jackie and Scott have pooled their years of experience, both here and overseas, to create a series of eateries that offer a fresh approach to café dining in Auckland; the full table service, consistency of quality in both surroundings and service and excellent and innovative cuisine using the highest quality of produce and ingredients available. Their attention to detail and the lengths to which they go to ensure that each venture starts off on the best possible foot and continues at that level, has paid dividends. They love what they do, they work together with a single focus and their skills are complementary. They are a winning combination.




Senior Prize Giving 2012 This end of year event is a special one for the whole Senior School. Held in the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell, it is the occasion where a number of Old Girls’ League prizes are awarded. The recipients are reported on fully elsewhere but of special interest to Old Girls is the news that the Old Girls’ League Eliza Edwards Memorial Award was awarded to Anna Percy whose mother, Kim Percy (Barty) – Class of 1977 is an Old Girl. Anna is planning to become a doctor and has commenced her studies at The University of Auckland.

Old Girls’ team wins at Senior Swimming Sports Former Old Girls’ League Committee member Fiona Macleod was on the phone early this year gathering a swim team to enter the traditional race against staff and the girls at the Senior School Swimming Sports. Held on Friday 8 February in the Diocesan Aquatic Centre, our team of Fiona MacLeod, Michelle White, Mallory Ropati, Angela Brown, Eloise Wright and Bridget Sills competed in the relay race against teams of Dio Staff, Prefects and House Leaders.

Our Old Girls’ team led the whole way, winning the race by a body length over the staff team who came second. Our team was delighted with the win and the photo shows the team on School House lawn prior to their victory. Congratulations and a big thank you to Fiona for organising the team - and to the team collectively for giving up time in their work day to defend our honour!

Anna Percy

In addition, when the Head Girl for 2013 was announced, it was Ginny Dougherty, daughter of Old Girl, Hilary Poole. Many other daughters and granddaughters of Old Girls have notable successes every year during their schooling and are part of a special grouping within the School family, even if they don’t always realise it at the time.

Birthday celebration Heritage Foundation Patron and Old Girl, Jane Williams, laid on a very special morning tea at her home in March to celebrate the recent birthdays of two much-loved Diocesan family members, sisters Betty Reed and Joan ColmoreWilliams. Their sister-in-law, Beverley Gentles and Carey Frost, from the School, joined them for this happy occasion. Betty Reed, Diocesan Head Prefect in 1937, told us of how she would, at the age of seven, catch the ferry every morning with her father from Stanmore Bay where they lived, and then be put on the tram in Fort Street for her daily trip to school. She remembers fondly meeting other Dio girls on the ferry and making friends with them all. Her sister, Joan, started Dio a few years later when the family moved to Remuera and so missed out on the daily fun on the tram! Betty remembered also how the Principal at the time, Ethel Sandford, fought strongly for a swimming pool to be put in at Dio as she was a keen

sportswoman. The pool was indeed constructed during her time, in the same place as the current Aquatic Centre sits, and was the first of its kind at a girls’ school in New Zealand. Betty and Joan’s father and Beverley Gentles’ father-in-law was James Gentles, who was a member of the Board of Governors at Diocesan from 1921 to 1965. Jane Williams’ great grandfather, Sir Edwin Mitchelson, Founder Board Chairman, served on the Board of Governors from 1903 to1926. Later, Jane herself was a Board member.





LIFELONG FRIENDS The survivors 2012, girls who started Dio in Year 1

Graduation Ball 2012 This event was again held in the Guineas Room of the Ellerslie Convention Centre at Ellerslie Race Course, Greenlane on Friday 7 December. One hundred and forty-two girls graduated out of a possible one hundred and sixty in the year group. It was a special evening for the Year 13 leavers and their families. The Committee put a great deal of work into this event and special thanks go to Jennifer Barraclough and Sarah Bartlett who were the Committee members responsible for the Ball this year. It is a huge amount of work, especially doing the seating plan, with a very busy lead up day and night but it all went off without a hitch. The Class of 2012 were a colourful and highly enthusiastic bunch of girls who enjoyed the event to the full. As in previous years, Crackerjack Promotions managed the event for the League Committee Pam Glaser and her team did an excellent job. The theme was ‘A Night of Stars’, in colours of black and gold. The formal graduation ceremony presentation started at 7:30pm with our Principal and League Patron, Heather McRae, and our League President, Deb Yates, on stage congratulating each girl personally and giving them a graduation scroll and an Old Girls’ League badge. Shortly after the Graduation Ceremony the graduates and their fathers or special person crowded onto the dance floor for the traditional father/daughter dance and then a buffet dinner was served. After dinner the band Tongue

and Groove got the whole ball room dancing until late. The girls are noticeably more relaxed at the Graduation Ball, very few bring partners and they see it as the last chance to be all together before they go their separate ways. We encourage them to wear something they already have rather than go to the expense of a specially made or purchased outfit and this does allow them to be themselves to a much greater degree. Each girl was photographed on arrival with her family, with their graduation certificate on stage, then again after they left the stage, by Gino Demeer and his team from Cactus Photography. You can still go to Gino’s website to view and order photos from the Graduation Ball if you missed out purchasing them on the night or want some more copies. Or email for further information. Cactus Photography has kindly provided, free of charge, a selection of images from the evening for you to enjoy and we thank Gino and the team very much. The next event the League will host for this year group is the One Year Out Reunion which will be held on a Wednesday, most likely 11 December this year, when as many girls as possible are back in town. We will contact the girls by email and through Facebook nearer the time.



Reunion Updates

with action. Some faces had not been in Auckland for some time: Gillian and Diana back from England; the group from ‘Up North’, Jenevere from Hamilton, Rema from Wellington, Jean from Christchurch, Pat from Tairua and Judy from New York. We climbed the wide stairs for photos, just as we had in 1990 at our first reunion. Voices filled every room and the wide patio and calls for quiet went unheard till Joy rang a school bell which Stef sensibly handed her. She asked for the names of those no longer with us, there were apologies, and a blessing for all and for the food waiting on the dining table.

The Thirds of ‘53 Almost half the members of the Thirds of ‘53 walked down Stef Hernon’s (Hirst) Remerua driveway in the late morning of 22 February, each bearing a plate and a bottle. It was the first reunion in 23 years, one organised by Stef, Elisabeth Wilson (Beale) and Pat Cussen (Budd) with the minimum of fuss, just emails asking for the word to be spread. It was. Forty of us heeded the call. We knew we’d changed, so Pat staffed the name tag table. A good move. The day was warm and sunny, the talk lively, and of course we caught up with each other’s lives. And what lives they are… lots of surprises, some talents recently developed, much travel, husbands and children and (for most) life in technical retirement overflowing 78


So the day wore on, groups formed and reformed, glasses were filled, empty plates went to the kitchen where a core of volunteers; Jean, Judith and Ella principally, did the washing up. The afternoon grew late, people left to beat the bridge traffic, MC an event, cook dinner, walk the dog. It was, however, after 9:00pm in the evening before the hard core said their goodbyes. This was such a success that we must repeat it. We have agreed that, given the way the years pass so fast, we should not wait another 23 years to meet again. Two, or at the most three years, seems sensible. Stef has promised not to move… her home is the best party place ever and she is such a marvellous hostess. We have compiled a list of email addresses and phone numbers. We don’t have everyone so if you know someone who could not come this year please contact them and get them included. We’re a bit old to be careless about having old school friends miss out. A big vote of thanks to that small group who set the ball rolling this year. This was a reunion with the minimum of organisational fuss – we should be able to pull it off again!

One Year Out WEDNESDAY 12 DECEMBER 2012 On a gorgeous early summer evening approximately 35 girls from the class of 2011 gathered at the Richmond Road Café to catch up after a year out from school. This year we departed from tradition and held the event at Richmond Road Café rather than Café on Kohi as numbers were getting to bursting point at the latter venue. As luck would have it, fewer girls attended this year, but those who did attend had a fantastic evening and, with food and drinks provided by the Old Girls’ League, everyone enjoyed catching up.

Next reunions The next reunions for the Old Girls’ League are: 1973: 6:00pm on 8 June 2013 1993: 6:00pm on 14 September 2013 2003: 6:00pm on 2 November 2013 We require Class Co-ordinators for these events – if you would like to help, please contact Moira Hall, Events Coordinator DDI: +64 9 520 9344 P: +64 9 520 9224 ext 7921

Reunion contacts NEW ZEALAND CONTACTS Waikato: Vanessa Parker (Thomas) P. 07 823 4507, E. or Elizabeth Bayley (Daniel) P. 07 871 5372, E. Gisborne: Rosemary Spence (Wilson) P. 06 863 0312 Christchurch: Alison Lowe (Wayne) P. 03 326 6584, E. THE REST OF THE WORLD CONTACTS Hong Kong: Angeline Yee (Dang) P. 2915 7622, E. Queensland, Australia: Jennifer Cant (Smith) Year Group 1967 P. 07 5445 4048, E. United Kingdom: Nicola Haynes (Burrows) Year Group 1988, E. Please contact us if you are prepared to be a contact for any other area of New Zealand or the world. We would be delighted to hear from you.


This event is now firmly established in the League calendar, held annually on a Wednesday evening in December, and is the only formal occasion for the girls to catch up with one another before a similar event is held five years after they have left school. This event is best organised through Facebook and word of mouth so the Class of 2012 should keep an eye out for more information later in the year.

Upcoming Events 2013 Term 2 CLASS OF 2008 FIVE YEAR OUT REUNION Following the success of last year’s inaugural Five Year Out reunion, this year’s event will be held in July at a venue selected by the year group. Usually timed from 6:30 – 8:30pm, drinks and nibbles are provided and paid for by the Old Girls’ League. There will be a Facebook page about the event and you will also be notified by email where possible.

Term 3 CHAPEL FESTIVAL / FRIDAY 2 AUGUST The exact timing of this celebration will be advised in this column in the July Issue of Dio Today, but it is anticipated to be around 11:45am. All Old Girls are invited to attend the service and a light lunch in the School Hall afterwards. For catering purposes, please RSVP to Jo Turner (see below) if you will be attending. THE WOMEN2WATCH AWARDS CEREMONY This will be held during the third term on a date to be advised. This Full School Assembly in the morning is followed by lunch in School House Dining Room and is an event for invited guests only. THE SENIOR OLD GIRLS’ MORNING TEA Further details will be in the July issue of Dio Today and all Senior Old Girls living in the greater Auckland area whose current addresses are on our League database will be communicated with by letter from the League about the exact details. In the meantime any communications can be directed to our Secretary, Jo Turner, via email or by phone 620 5100. Old Girls from throughout New Zealand and overseas are very welcome also.

Term 4 FOUNDERS’ DAY SERVICE AND OUR ANNUAL CONFERENCE/ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING These events will be held on Sunday 3 November. The Service is likely to be at 9:30am followed by Morning Tea in the School Hall for all, followed by the AGM which will start at approximately 11:15am. GRADUATION BALL FOR YEAR 13 LEAVERS AND THEIR PARENTS This event is provisionally set down for Friday 6 December. This group will be communicated with directly through the School. ONE YEAR OUT REUNION - CLASS OF 2012 Likely to be on Wednesday 11 December but exact date, timing and venue will be advised. For all those known as the Class of 2012 – if your Year 13 year was or would have been 2012, this is your event. This event will be advertised by email and on Facebook. For more information about any of our upcoming events please contact Jo Turner on or phone 550 2893.




Catherine Growcott (Allen, 1985) Ordination to the Anglican priesthood on 24 November 2012.

Births Anna Bazley (Voss, 2004) a son on 20/11/2012 Rebecca Dearing (2000) a son on 16/10/2012 Lucy Dickinson (Letcher, 1995) a son on 22/04/2012 Margaret Douglas (1993) a daughter on 22/09/2012 Amanda Futter (Bluett, 2003) two daughters; on 19/10/2012 and 14/08/2011 Fiona Laing (1990) a son on 21/09/2012 Nicola McLaughlin (Diamond, 1991) a daughter on 07/05/2012 Jessica Newton (Amesbury, 2000) a daughter on 26/07/2012 Julia Sekula (Hill, 1997) a daughter on 02/08/2012 Diana Stirling (Cooke, 2000) a daughter on 12/11/2012 Sarah Thompson (Grayson, 1990) a daughter on 10/08/2012 Chia Tierney (Cheng, 2001) a son on 11/08/2012 Elizabeth Willoughby (1998) a son on 10/11/2011

Engagements Michelle Albans (2002) to Michael McKenzie Kimberley Dwan (2000) to Mark Ellett Kirsten Fuller (2000) to David Otero-Lambert Olivia Hemus (2000) to James Kirkpatrick Sarah Nolan (2001) to Alistair Mitchell Jackie Stifter (2004) to Michael Pritchard Natalie Van Beurden (2003) to Matt Field 80


Amanda Futter (Bluett, 2003) Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications, Christchurch

Lisa Walker (1985) to Jeff Brickell Amy Wilkinson (2000) to Marc Gilchrist


Regan Hillyer (2007) Bachelor of Architecture, Wellington 2011 Rachel Hung (2007) Bachelor of Pharmacy(Hons), The University of Auckland, 2012

Amanda Bluett (2003) to Luke Futter on 15/01/2011 Chia Cheng (2001) to Ross Tierney on 13/02/2010 Marie Pilkington (1998) to Jeffery Sutton on 27/04/2012 Fiona Walbridge (1987) to Hamish McLean on 02/03/2012

Joyce Lee (2012) Joyce has been offered a place at The University of Auckland, one of only three pianists to be selected from throughout New Zealand for Classical Performance Piano Studies at the University. She will be studying with New Zealand’s foremost piano teacher, Rae di Lisle.


Anna McMillan BCom (2003) Bachelor of International Hospitality Management AUT, 2013.

Mary Aldworth (Arrowsmith, 1932) on 31/12/2012, in her 99th year Jennifer (Jenny) Crawford (Caddie, 1950) on 28/01/2013, aged 80 years Rata Crooks (Bertrand, 1950) on 28/07/2012, in her 80th year Margery Jean MacCormick (Clark) on 03/04/2012, aged 96 years Barbara Pierard (Burrell, 1942) on 11/03/2012, in her 87th year Flora Rudman (Chilwell, 1935) on 11/08/2012, in her 95th year Beatrice Spring (McGechie, 1942) on 07/04/2013 Diana Stewart (1959) on 01/10/2012

Achievements Anna Chen (2006) Bachelor of Arts (Latin & Classics) and Civil Engineering, The University of Auckland, 2012

Emma Nolan (2007) BSc(Hons), University of Otago, 2012. Working at the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne (breast cancer research), beginning a PhD in 2013. Winner of the Cancer Council of Victoria PhD Scholarship. Sarah Nolan (2001) Masters in Environmental Law & Policy, University College, London, 2012. Ellis Poole (2011) Ellis received Massey University Vice Chancellor’s High Achiever Scholarship in her first year, and has recently been advised that she made the Pro Vice-Chancellor’s list for her second year’s work. Ellis is now entering her third and last year of completing a B Science with a triple major in Biochemistry, Microbiology and Genetics.

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